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The implication here is that Google is playing active studio cop -- doing takedowns of this nature preemptively even in the absence of any complaints by IP holders. And of course unless there's a big public stink to attract attention, even for these long-term app developers to get any real explanation is almost impossible. And what would be wrong with initially warning (e.g. "please change this within 10 days or your app will no longer be available") the app developer first in a situation like this (an app that has been available for years trouble-free), rather than just pulling down the app on such a basis as the first action. C'mon, this just doesn't make sense. The worst part of this is how Google treats app developers who have long been in good standing -- seemingly no better especially in terms of communications than they treat fly-by-night spam app developers. You can do much better, Google.
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Too little, too late. Time to go after this prejudice in every state with similar laws.
The heat over Indiana's new religious objections law spread Friday across social media and to the White House as many local officials and business groups around the state tried to jump in and stem the fallout. Use of the hashtag #boycottindiana spread across Twitter, spurred on by activists...
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+Alex Schroeder Well, I suppose that nut-job Xtians might also choose to discriminate against atheists, or non-Xtian religions they dislike for whatever reason. I can easily imagine some FoxBot type refusing to serve Muslim people - or Sikhs, who the ignorant in this country all too often mistake for Muslims. (Given that Sikhs developed part of their historical reputation for making excellent soldiers fighting invading Muslims,  that's a rather uncomfortable bit of ignorance.)
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+William Walimaki Wow... people have gotten that nostalgic for AOHell?!
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Circa 1960.
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^5 Yes.
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Oh man! I used to watch this growing up. Then one time I saw this commercial, and almost fell off my chair. So great :D
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UK Users can Sue Google Over Browser Cookies (+My Blog on this from 2012) (MacObs): http://www.macobserver.com/tmo/article/uk-safari-users-can-sue-google-over-unwanted-browser-cookies "Google lost its fight to keep UK residents from filing lawsuits over the Safari browser tracking cookies it ...
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Yes, the ruling is simple bull.
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any too's in that?
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Yeap. As only Fred Gwynne could sell it.
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So I'm digging through the unused disk swamp and find an old 200GB drive in a case that was configured originally for Firewire. Hmm, I might actually have a use for this drive and case -- ah, it supports USB too. Let's clean it off, dip into Lysol, hit with the sterilization beam, and see if it will spin up on the Chromebox. Sure enough, it does. But immediately our friend below appears on the screen (actual screenshot). Egads, it's Torgo -- the disk is playing Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966) as some sort of bizarre autostart. I'm not at all sure that this is a good sign. The Master definitely might not approve.
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This post made me start watching MST3K - Manos The Hands of Fate: https://youtu.be/9AJVZuQuD6M . What have you done!? :-O
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Technology Systems & Policy Analysis: Internet, Privacy, plus Other Sundry Topics.
Introduction
Lauren is co-founder of PFIR - People For Internet Responsibility, co-founder and moderator of NNSquad - Network Neutrality Squad -- and founder of the PRIVACY Forum. He created the PRIVACY Forum in 1992, and has been involved with Internet and other technology issues for over 40 years, including at the first site on the ARPANET (the ancestor of the Internet), which was located at UCLA.  Lauren is also the founder of the Global Coalition for Transparent Internet Performance - GCTIP.  

His focus is both policy and engineering issues related to the Internet, privacy, the interaction of technology with society, and a range of other areas..

Lauren is widely quoted regarding such matters by newspaper, magazine, and other articles.  He participates in numerous radio and television news programs, talk shows, and other venues where these important issues are under discussion.

Lauren is a member of the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) Committee on Computers and Public Policy.

Lauren is based in Los Angeles.

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