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Facebook Pushes Privacy Limits with New Mobile Ads

In Big Brother, News, NWO, Other Leaks, Science & Technology on July 10, 2012 at 8:29 AM

 

07/09/2012

BusinessInsider:

Facebook will launch a second mobile ad product which will serve ads to users based on which other apps they’ve downloaded onto their phones—raising concerns over privacy, according to the Wall Street Journal:

… ads for apps directly in a users’ News Feed on their mobile devices, whether the consumer has noted an interest in that company or not,

Facebook engineers have built technology that lets the company track what apps people have on their phones and target ads based on that information, these people said.

Previously, Facebook largely served ads keyed by users’ own preferences, friends, and their Likes. Sponsored stories, for instance, Facebook’s first mobile ad product, serves ads triggered by users’ brand mentions in their status updates.

Facebook IPO REVEALED

In News, NWO, Other Leaks, Science & Technology, Viral Videos on May 23, 2012 at 12:12 AM

05/22/2012

InfoWars:

The fact Morgan Stanley was the lead banker on the Facebook IPO should have set off alarm bells for investors in the NASDAQ casino. The deal had SUCKER’S BET spray-painted all over it. But like the infamous dot-com bubble and any other number of pump and dump schemes rolled out by the banksters, the Facebook IPO was designed to enrich a small number of insiders like Goldman Sachs and take the clueless horde on the outside to the cleaners.

 

Even cynical observers are willing to give the trendy stock time to “perform” when it is obvious the Facebook “offering” is simply more toxic waste proffered by people who specialize in multi-billion dollar scams and snake oil tours.

“Maybe I am a grouch,” writes the New Yorker’s John Cassidy. “But it all sounds suspiciously like an inside job, in which the last ones in, the ordinary investors, are the saps. At the very least, this entire issue is something that the authorities – the S.E.C., but also the Nasdaq and other stock exchanges – should be looking at closely.”

The SEC is clueless and was designed to be so. It is blind to financial derivatives and has strict orders to leave the Big Boys alone to do as they please. It took the SEC a full nine years to respond to the stench of Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme. Facebook is not even on its radar screen.

Back in 1988 an unconstitutional presidential executive order irrevocably tied the SEC to the Treasury and its boss, the Federal Reserve. The blinders became even more restrictive for the hand-picked commissioners who twiddle and twaddle as the banksters deconstruct the economy.

MarketWatch wrote the following as the Facebook IPO was unveiled:

The list of insiders — including angel investor Peter Thiel, the venture-capital firm Accel Partners, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Tiger Global Management — reads like a who’s who list of savvy tech investors.

In other words, the “savvy tech investors” are banksters and spooks. Matt Greenop wrote back in 2007:

Facebook’s first round of venture capital funding ($500,000) came from former Paypal CEO Peter Thiel. Author of anti-multicultural tome ‘The Diversity Myth’, he is also on the board of radical conservative group VanguardPAC.

The second round of funding into Facebook ($US12.7 million) came from venture capital firm Accel Partners. Its manager James Breyer was formerly chairman of the National Venture Capital Association, and served on the board with Gilman Louie, CEO of In-Q-Tel, a venture capital firm established by the Central Intelligence Agency in 1999. One of the company’s key areas of expertise are in “data mining technologies”.

Breyer also served on the board of R&D firm BBN Technologies, which was one of those companies responsible for the rise of the internet.

Dr Anita Jones joined the firm, which included Gilman Louie. She had also served on the In-Q-Tel’s board, and had been director of Defense Research and Engineering for the US Department of Defense.

 

Facebook may as well be called Stasibook. It is the most effective surveillance tool the world has ever known. Nearly a billion people love to be not so secretly data-mined, every chat and friend connection tucked into super-computer data reservoirs at the NSA.

Facebook, writes Andrew Wozny, “does what Chairman Mao, Joseph Stalin, or Adolf Hitler could not have dreamt of – it has a half billion people [now almost a billion] willingly doing a form of spy work on all their friends, family, neighbors, etc. – while enthusiastically revealing information on themselves.  The huge database on these half a billion members (and non-members who are written about) is too much power for any private entity – but what if it is part of, or is accessed by, the military-industrial-national security-police state complex?”

CNBC and the business side of the establishment media may chatter inanely about what went wrong with the Facebook IPO – nothing went wrong, it was just another sucker’s bet thrown out by the elite – but despite all the hubbub and hubris, Facebook will continue to operate as the finely honed machine that is Stasibook, and the controllers will sell us servitude gussied up as a trendy and glittery technological wonder.

Israelis Against War with Iran

In Iran, Israel, News, Viral Videos, World Revolution, Zionism on March 24, 2012 at 10:44 PM

03/13/2012

PressTV:

As the Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu sharpens his rhetoric against Iran; the threat of war is looming, this despite the fact that many Israelis remain opposed to the idea of such a strike.

Opposition that stems from a belief that such an action would not only be ineffective but would also pull the region in a long conflict with dire outcomes for all.

But apparently opposition to such an action is also contradictory to Orthodoxy Judaism, explains one Rabbi.

Iran maintains that its nuclear program is peaceful in nature and is currently cooperating with the International Atomic Energy Agency.
Recently former Mossad chief Meir Dagan drew a lot of criticism from the Israeli cabinet when he made his opposition to a military strike against Iran. Dagan has warned that Israel would be in a serious situation for a long time should it attack Iran.

One may wonder if this idea of a military strike on Iran’s nuclear sites is mainstream among Israelis. Some has even said that the current Israeli leadership is entirely making up the idea of an Iranian threat in order to divert the Israeli public and indeed the whole world from Israel’s long occupation of the Palestinian territories.

 

03/20/2012

Some Israeli activists are showing the power of social media, creating a Facebook page called “Israel ❤ Iran”. It has gained attention quickly and even made it to mainstream media coverage within a day of being started.

 

 

03/24/2012

 

RT:

UK activists from the ‘Stop the War Coalition’ have held a day of action to speak out against war with Iran. Protesters took to the streets of 15 major British cities. In Israel, hundreds marched in Tel Aviv protesting the war.

The coalition’s unit in Nottingham declares on its website, that the United States has always been “tempted to use its overwhelming military strength” to try to make up for its relative economic decline, exacerbated by the current crisis.

“This means that the target is shifting to Iran and Syria. There are continual calls for intervention in Syria, and the war of words with Iran continually threatens to boil over into a war of aircraft carriers and bombs in the Straits of Hormuz,” the activists say.

The protesters compare what they call “current hysteria against Iran” with 2002 debates over the invasion of Iraq. At that time they feared war against Iraq was fatally approaching and held massive demonstrations against it.

Just as before the Iraq war, many experts are also warning to strike Iran would carry too many risks for the US and Israel. But campaigners say observers cannot stop the war.

“We heard it back in 2002. An attack on Iraq would have incalculable consequences across the region, we were told, and therefore will not be risked. Right and wrong, as we now know,” anti-war protesters believe.

They regret they could not prevent what they call “failed wars” in Iraq and Afghanistan, but reiterate that public opinion is a major threat to those pushing another war in the Middle East. Now they are calling for everyone to come to the streets and protest the gathering threat of war.

“Just as we’re winding down the disastrous and unnecessary war in Iraq, the very same people who misled our nation into invading Iraq are now saying that now we need to attack Iran,” they say.

The marches come as immense tension grows around Iran’s nuclear program, which has resulted in sanctions imposed by the US and EU.

­Hundreds of Israelis protest war against Iran

­Hundreds of anti-war activists have rallied in Tel Aviv to warn the authorities against a potential attack on Iran. Protesters began their march at Tel Aviv’s Habima Square, before making their way to the city’s Meir Park.

Campaigners fear that mounting pressure could escalate into all-out war, the effects of which would reverberate globally.

The protest grew following a recent spontaneous Facebook campaign in which large numbers Israeli and Iranian citizens united in their opposition to potential war between their countries. The initiators of the phenomenon, however, explained on their Facebook page that they had nothing to do with the Tel Aviv protest march, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports.

The campaign was launched last week by graphic designer Ronny Edry and his wife, Michal Tamir, who uploaded a poster onto their Facebook page which depicted Edry and his daughter with the words, “Iranians, we will never bomb your country, we [heart] you.”

The image sparked a whole movement, with many other people sending their own similar messages from Israel, Iran, and elsewhere in the world.

On Saturday, participants on the march held signs with such captions as “No to War with Iran,” and “Talks, not Bombs,” as well as “No to pre-emptive suicide.”

Recent polls suggest that some 58 per cent of Israeli citizens are against any military strike, RT’s Paula Slier reports from Tel Aviv.

Europe, Israel and the US have accused Iran of enriching uranium in order to build a nuclear weapon.They say the Islamic Republic conceived the data on nuclear experiments.

The sanctions against Iran came after a report by the International Atomic Energy Agency, released in November last year. The UN inspectors raised questions about a possible military dimension to Iran’s program.

Iran vehemently denies the accusations and reiterates that its program is solely for civilian energy and medical research.

Jeremy Corbyn the chair of the ‘Stop the War Coalition’ told RT that isolating Iran and allowing Israel to continue with its threats will lead to very dangerous developments.

“The way forward has to be de-escalating the tension and denuclearizing the region, otherwise somebody somewhere is going to develop a nuclear weapon,” he said.

He urged people to think about the consequences of a possible attack on Iran, saying it would dramatically affect the world economy and result in an incalculable loss of people should it happen.

“If we let slip the dogs of war, we will all regret it,” he concluded.

NSA Refuses to Disclose Links with Google

In Archive, Google, NSA on March 13, 2012 at 1:18 AM

RT:

Wondering if the US government’s shadowy security agents are working behind the scenes with the biggest entity on the Internet? Don’t hold your breath waiting — one advocacy group has to take Uncle Sam to court for an answer.

The Electronic Privacy Information Center, or EPIC, is suing the United States National Security Agency to find out the truth behind any partnership between the NSA and Google, the Silicon Valley giants behind the Web’s most popular search engine and a laundry list of other online applications and services. EPIC has been asking for information on an alleged alliance since 2010, but with the NSA refusing to submit to Freedom of Information Act requests, the US District Court of Appeals will hear arguments later this month that the advocacy group hopes will mean that they will soon learn the truth regarding whether or not the two are in cahoots.

In February 2010, DC-based non-profit group EPIC filed a FOIA request with the NSA as reports were unearthed suggesting that the government’s security group was hammering out a deal with Google on the topic of cybersecurity. EPIC was curious at the time about any correspondence between the parties that could concrete rumors of a relationship and filed the necessary paperwork to obtain materials. Although the NSA responded that March, the agency did so by saying that they could neither confirm nor deny any partnership between the two. For failing to disclose information pursuant with the FOIA request, EPIC took NSA to US District Court last July, only for US District Judge Richard Leon to stand with the government and further reject EPIC’s requests.

More than two years after filing their first FOIA request, EPIC and the NSA will face off again this month when the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit will hear arguments on March 20. EPIC is hoping to have Judge Leon’s 2011 decision overruled, in turn approving the non-profit’s motion for summary judgment.

Although the last court ruling granted the NSA the motion for summary judgment that has kept them from having to disclose any documents, EPIC now says that the NSA cannot be entitled to summary judgment when it neglected to even search for the materials requested. “Without first conducting the search, not even the agency can know whether there is a factual basis for its legal position. The decision of the District Court should be reversed and the case remanded with an order requiring the agency to conduct the search for responsive records,” writes EPIC.

EPIC’s attorneys drafted and published their oral arguments in January and will present them before a three-person panel of appeals judges later this month. It will be then in a DC court that they will argue that the NSA is required to conduct a search for responsive agency records before the agency can flatly opine they can neither confirm or deny any partnership, an explanation referred to in legal circles as a Glomar response. Following the initial request from 2010, the NASA invoked Exemption 3 of the Freedom of Information Act to defer acknowledging any assistance — or lack thereof — of NSA records pertinent to the request. EPIC was quick to fire back, however, filing an administrative appeal that May stating that the NSA had failed to provide evidence that the materials in question warranted a response on par with what the agency provided.

In explaining their case now, EPIC’s attorneys write thatThe Glomar response is appropriate where ‘to confirm or deny the existence of records … would cause harm cognizable under a FOIA exception.’” On the contrary, argues EPIC, “The NSA has failed to meet this standard and has failed to perform the segregability analysis required by statute to determine whether non-exempt records may be released.”

“The NSA asserted Glomar, a narrow doctrine for a special category for records, without ever searching for any responsive records within the agency’s possession, without ever attempting to identify materials that could be disclosed, without even creating a record that would allow appellant or the court to evaluate the agency’s position on an agency activity that is widely report in the national media, acknowledged by the former director of the agency, and impacts the interests of millions of Internet users. The agency’s position is contrary to FOIA and prevailing case law,” adds EPIC.

Over their lack of cooperation and assistance in the inquiry, EPIC charges that “While the agency may choose to assert several statutory exemptions if it wishes to withheld records in its possession, acknowledging the existence of unsolicited third-party e-mails sent to the NSA does not reveal any information about the NSA’s functions and activities. Moreover, if records in possession of the agency reveal activities that fall outside of the agency’s proper functions and activities, these too would be subject to disclosure under the FOIA.”

In appealing, EPIC quotes US President Barack Obama, who announced on his first full day in office that FOIA requests “should be administrated with a clear presumption: in the face of doubt, openness prevails.” Although Obama campaigned with the promise of creating an administration more transparent than any other in history, watchdog groups such as EPIC continue to be locked out of FOIA request and whistleblowers, including PFC Bradley Manning and WikiLeak’s Julian Assange, are prosecuted and shunned by the federal government.

EPIC also argues that the NSA has been responsive to FOIA requests in the past, which adds to the intrigue over a possible government-Google alliance. This Court has never granted the broad authority that the NSA seeks in this case, to issue a Glomar response without conducting a search for responsive records, particularly when the agency itself has put so much information about the subject matter of the request in the public record,” claims EPIC.

Calling into question any conspiring between the search engine giants and the government, EPIC adds, “Google provides cloud-based services to consumers, not critical infrastructure services to the government.”

Despite an array of violations identified by the Securities and Exchanges Commission, Google has repeatedly been left off the hook by the federal government with merely a slap on the wrist. Earlier this month, Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom attacked the partnership between Silicon Valley’s private sector and the US federal government for allowing Google to walk over copyright infringement charges while the alleged file-sharing kingpin could end up behind bars for life for similar crimes.

“I’m not Google. I don’t have 50 billion dollars in my account and right now I’ve not a penny on my account. All my lawyers currently are basically working without a penny and they are all still on board and all still doing their job because what they see here is unfair, is unreasonable and is not justice,” Dotcom told New Zealand’s 3news, adding he felt the persecution was “political.”

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Whether the NSA will admit it or not, their ties to Google and all of Silicon Valley for that matter are deep, specifically In-Q-Tel, a venture capitalist firm established by the CIA.

As mentioned above, it’s not only Google. The NSA and Microsoft have close ties as well.

When we look at Facebook, again we see In-Q-Tel and the CIA at the roots of it’s creation.

Stay tuned for more updates on this developing story.

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