NSA Extorted Yahoo’s Compliance With PRISM With $250,000 Per Day Fine Threat

By: Friday September 12, 2014 10:44 am

While many in the tech industry appear to have no trouble collaborating with those illegally spying on American citizens, it is instructive to see what happened to the companies that even put up mild resistance to the NSA’s mission of “collect it all.” According to recently unsealed court documents the NSA threatened to fine Yahoo [...]

Google’s Monopoly Under Threat In Europe

By: Tuesday September 9, 2014 7:26 am

Though Google may have US officials on the end of a string it is facing serious pushback in Europe. Calls for the search monopoly to be broken up and more heavily regulated have been voiced from high government officials as the company that once claimed the motto of “don’t be evil” is seen as a [...]

Facebook And BuzzFeed Violating User Privacy

By: Monday June 30, 2014 5:37 am

This is some serious potential evil from Buzzfeed. Collecting lists of rape victims, ppl with eating disorders, etc. http://t.co/fp3pR0BMBU — Matt Stoller (@matthewstoller) June 26, 2014 The NSA are not the only ones violating people’s rights online. Both Facebook and BuzzFeed have been recently caught engaging in transgressive conduct regarding users’ privacy.Treating their users with [...]

Majority Of Fortune 500 Using Offshore Tax Schemes To Hide $90 Billion

By: Friday June 6, 2014 10:17 am

According to a new report from Citizens for Tax Justice and the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, the majority of America’s Fortune 500 companies are cheating the tax man to the amount of approximately $90 billion by using offshore tax havens. That cheating leaves the rest of US taxpayers on the hook to make up [...]

Google Buying More Influence In Washington

By: Monday April 14, 2014 6:04 am

So much for don’t be evil. According to a report in the Washington Post  Google has become a powerhouse in the game of corporate influence peddling. From lobbying to contributions to funding think tanks Google has been cynically buying influence to influence regulators in the federal government even to the point of organizing Google friendly [...]

Facebook Getting Into The Drone Business

By: Tuesday March 4, 2014 8:14 am

It seems Silicon Valley has once again found a way to profit off of taxpayer funded technology. The drone industry, which has had massive amounts of R&D provided by US taxpayers, is taking off and now TechCrunch is reporting that Facebook wants in. As part of its effort to bring in new customers Facebook helped [...]

Silicon Valley Makes Another Attempt To Dodge Taxes With G20

By: Monday January 20, 2014 8:29 am

Silicon Valley likes to present itself as some hub of boot strapping entrepreneurs, nothing could be further from the truth. The entire economy is built on government subsidies and protection. As Steve Blank notes in his famous presentation The Secret History of Silicon Valley the place would not even exist without the Department of Defense [...]

Google Takes A Step Closer To Owning All Your Information With Acquisition Of Nest

By: Tuesday January 14, 2014 8:03 am

Walking anti-trust case Google Inc. has taken a step closer to owning all your information with the acquisition of Nest. Google already has a monopoly on search and has also made major inroads into the smartphone and browser markets with Chrome. And now with Nest the Silicon Valley juggernaut will be able to develop and [...]

Google Funding Tea Party Group That Helped Shut Down Government

By: Friday November 29, 2013 6:00 am

Don’t be evil? Remember when Google presented itself as a progressive tech company that was all about building a better future? Not so much these days. It seems the corporation has been shoveling cash to one of the most reactionary groups in American politics – Heritage Action For America. An off-shoot of the Heritage Foundation, [...]

NSA Reportedly Hacked Internet Companies At Weak Spot

By: Tuesday November 26, 2013 7:39 am

One of the open questions regarding internet companies like Yahoo, Google, and Facebook concerning the now revealed NSA spying program is how in the dark were they? No one is really buying their protestations of total innocence but there does seem to be some possibility that they were not completely aware of all the NSA [...]

Google’s Privacy Violations Under Fire

By: Tuesday October 15, 2013 8:12 am

Everyone’s favorite tax dodger, Google inc., is trying to put out multiple fires concerning their seeming total disregard for user privacy. In an effort to snatch even more revenue in search – a category they may already be violating anti-trust laws in – Google introduced “shared endorsements.” Shared endorsements monitors what users do on Google [...]

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