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Friday - September 12, 2014
Facebook on Thursday updated its ad policy with two changes. One gives users the option of explaining why they don't want to see a specific ad in their News Feed when they click to hide the ad. The second update takes this new policy a step further by giving more weight to the feedback provided from users who rarely hide ads. Users previously could opt to hide an ad they didn't like, and that was the end of the process. That is still the procedure -- but now they are presented with a window displaying questions about why they don't want the ad. [More...]

Friday - September 12, 2014
The Obama administration threatened Yahoo with fines of $250,000 daily if it wouldn't comply with demands to hand over user information to the United States National Security Agency, Yahoo has disclosed. Yahoo had filed suit against the demands in 2007, citing the Fourth Amendment. "They basically said you must do this thing that you don't want to do or we'll put you out of business," said Daniel Castro, senior analyst at The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation. [More...]

Friday - September 12, 2014
Enterprise IT is a very serious matter, but you might not know it judging by the software tools that are often integral to its operations. The list of odd names in today's data centers and enterprise IT shops also highlights the ongoing trend of polyglot programming. Today's applications and services are based on a wider variety of application components and run on a wider array of infrastructure that includes bare metal servers, traditional data centers, virtual environments, and public, private or hybrid clouds. [More...]

Thursday - September 11, 2014
Europeans are relentlessly attacking Google: A German official called for its breakup, a French minister charged it was a threat to sovereignty, and a publisher compared it to a dragon, according to a report. Really? I would have thought the euro and the draconian austerity program needed to keep it functioning threatened sovereignty more than Google. What's troubling is that Google and the European regulators reached a deal on Google's alleged antitrust activities related to search back in February of this year. When is a deal not a deal? [More...]

 

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