Google Buzz Privacy Suit Settlement Announced

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The launch of Google Buzz did not go well, as you may remember.  Automatic opt-ins and privacy scares created quite a stir.  But Google’s putting the matter behind it, as the search giant has settled a class action suit by agreeing to create a privacy-centric fund. Google is supposed to contribute $8.5 million to the fund, and according to an …

Apple Confirms AT&T Has iPhone Exclusivity Until 2012

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It was speculative before given the lack of independent confirmation, but now apparently Apple has gone on record to confirm that the original deal signed with AT&T for iPhone exclusivity back in 2007 was a five-year deal. That means at least some legal hoops would need jumping through if we’re ever going to see that oft-rumored Verizon iPhone before 2012. …

Privacy Concerns Put the Kibosh on the Netflix Prize

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Amid class-action lawsuits over privacy and subsequent FTC inquiries, Netflix announced today that it will not be pursuing the next Netflix Prize. For more than three years, individuals competed to win the $1 million Netflix Prize, in the process improving the company’s algorithm for recommending movies to its users. When the results were first announced last summer, Netflix followed them …