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Archive for June 20th, 2009

Ok, this is a really worrisome thing if it becomes a trend.  In this economy when people are struggling to find jobs, it is really unfair that they are asked to turn over this level of privacy…  Isn’t it also against Facebook/MySpace Service agreements to give out your password like this?   I don’t know.  Like most people, I never looked…

“Please list any and all, current personal or business websites, web pages or memberships on any Internet-based chat rooms, social clubs or forums, to include, but not limited to: Facebook, Google, Yahoo, YouTube.com, MySpace, etc.” the form reads. But Bozeman isn’t simply interested in finding out where to look for potentially embarrassing personal details; the city wants full disclosure, since the form demands username and password information for each. City employees will apparently be able to dig through any information applicants have put online, regardless of whether it’s accessible to the public.

This is especially ironic given that Bozeman’s website has an extensive privacy policy that indicates a significant familiarity with some of the major issues that have cropped up regarding the retention and security of information entrusted to websites.

This actually goes well beyond a startling invasion of privacy in a state that has a reputation for a strong independent streak; it provides a serious risk of running afoul of employment law. Employers are typically prohibited from digging into an applicant’s ethnic or religious background. An Internet search already runs the risk of picking up photos or text that can reveal these sorts of details; opening a person’s social networking accounts would seem to make the discovery of these details almost inevitable.

via City to job applicants: Facebook, MySpace log-ins please – Ars Technica.

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Well written, well referenced post over at PalmAddicts, one of my favorite megablogs for a long time. I think there is a lot of truth in that statement that Apple sees Palm as a serious threat.

Isn’t weird how much free marketing Palm is getting off the iPhone?  Every newspaper article and gadget blog is comparing the iPhone 3GS to the Palm Pre, as if they are worth comparing.  As if this tiny company that was on the brink of bankrupcy has a device that is worth comparing on equal footing with the biggest hit the technological universe has known for… maybe the last decade.  Oh my! the iPhone is 11% faster.  Oh! the iPhone boots 20 seconds faster (who boots their phone?).  Palm really has something good going on right now…

Nope, the answer is much simpler than that. It is because Palm is the very reason itself, it’s because from all of the big companies out there Apple sees Palm as one of them who could actually become a serious threat in the future. Especially when Jon Rubinstein is now appointed as the new CEO, replacing Ed Colligan the longest running leader of Palm.

via PalmAddicts: When Palm and Apple play a poker game.

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