I found this video awfully funny and brazen on the part of Peter Thiel. If you don’t know who he is, educate yourself and look him up.
Venture capitalist Peter Thiel tells Google Chairman Eric Schmidt the company has no idea how to invest its money.
WATCH THIS__> http://money.cnn.com/video/technology/2012/07/17/bst-thiel-schmidt-innovate.fortune/?iid=HP_LN
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Google launched a petition. Wikipedia voted to shut itself off. Senators‘ websites went down just from the sheer surge of voters trying to write them. NYC and SF geeks had protests that packed city blocks.
You made history today: nothing like this has ever happened before. Tech companies and users teamed up. Tens of millions of people who make the internet what it is joined together to defend their freedoms. The free network defended itself. Whatever you call it, the bottom line is clear: from today forward, it will be muchharder to mess up the internet.
The really crazy part? We might even win.
Approaching Monday’s crucial Senate vote there are now 35 Senators publicly opposing PIPA. Last week there were 5. And it just takes just 41 solid “no” votes to permanently stall PIPA (and SOPA) in the Senate. What seemed like miles away a few weeks ago is now within reach.
But don’t trust predictions. The forces behind SOPA & PIPA (mostly movie companies) can make small changes to these bills until they know they have the votes to pass. Members of Congress know SOPA & PIPA are unpopular, but they don’t understand why–so they’re easily duped by superficial changes. The Senate returns next week, and the next few days are critical. Here are two things to think about:
1. Plan on calling your Senator every day next week. Pick up the phone each morning and call your Senators’ offices, until they vote “no” on cloture. If your site participated today, consider running a “Call the Senate” link all next week.
2. Tomorrow, drop in at your Senators’ district offices. We don’t have a cool map widget to show you the offices nearest you (we’re too exhausted! any takers?). So do it the old fashioned way: use Google, or the phonebook to find the address, and just walk in, say you oppose PIPA, and urge the Senator to vote “no” on cloture. These drop-in visits make our spectacular online protests more tangible and credible.
That’s it for now. Be proud and stay on it!
–Holmes, Tiffiniy, and the whole Fight for the Future team.
P.S. Huge credit goes to participants in the 11/16 American Censorship Day protest: Mozilla, 4chan, BoingBoing, Tumblr, TGWTG, and thousands of others. That’s what got this ball rolling! Reddit, both the community and the team behind it, you’re amazing. And of course, thanks to the Wikimedians whose patient and inexorable pursuit of the right answer brought them to take world-changing action. Thanks to David S, David K, Cory D, and E Stark for bold action at critical times.
P.P.S. If you haven’t already, show this video to as many people as you can. It works! http://fightforthefuture.org/pipa/
- Email I received about some of the results of online Protesting for 1/18/12 (fourbluehills.com)
- Is your SOPA still hot? (arjanshahani.com)
- Why SOPA and PIPA Matter More Today Than They Did Yesterday (blogworld.com)
Starting Now! Today,, LOL
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Google chairman and outgoing CEO Eric Schmidt said Tuesday that Android-based smartphones can save the world — as long as you’re willing to share information with Google.
“We now have all of the world’s information at our fingertips,” Schmidt said in a keynote address at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. “I’m not sure it will prevent war, but it will produce a lot of talking before war starts.Schmidt’s basic premise was that people are now effectively carrying around mini personalized computers that allow us to share and collect information about ourselves and the world around us.They’re also becoming ubiquitous: The growing ability to make cheaper, low-end smartphones means 2 billion more people will soon have access to the mobile Internet over the next several years.Schmidt thinks all of that information sharing will serve as the sunlight that disinfects the world’s tyranny and corruption.
Phones will also help prevent disease, Google’s CEO said. Since the devices follow their users around all day, smartphones will soon be able to monitor your health and alert you to problems as they’re happening. And he said Android is making people happier.
“You’re never lonely, you’re never lost, you’re never bored, and you’re never out of ideas,” Schmidt said. “It’s all because of our ability to understand what you care about, get relevant information to the devices you carry around, and use supercomputers in the cloud to process all that data.”
Okay. But what if you don’t want to share? All of Schmidt’s premises are contingent on the user’s willingness to hand information — much of it intimately personal — over to Google.
For instance, Schmidt envisioned a scenario where you would enter the task “buy pants” into your smartphone. Based on your shopping history, Google (GOOG, Fortune 500) knows you like deals. It also knows where you are, since your smartphone has GPS. Your phone instructs you to go to a store near you that happens to have a great deal on pants, and Google tells the store to hold the pants at the counter for you.
Oh, and you just tap your smartphone onto a reader at the store to pay, since Google has all of your credit card information.
Some read that scenario and eagerly ask “Where do I sign up?!”
But Schmidt acknowledged that many don’t want Google to know everything about them.
The CEO mentioned the phrase “with your permission” five times during the presentation. He also said Google is “very careful about privacy” and that “not everyone will choose to do this.”
But he followed that thought with this one: “For those who do, the more your phone knows about you, the better.”
When asked how Google can convince users to share all that personal information about themselves, Schmidt reiterated that the company takes privacy seriously — a message he thinks users embrace.
Google isn’t trying to violate people’s privacy by collecting tons of information about them, he said. Rather, it is “trying to give them choices.”
Of course, a company doesn’t need to purposefully violate people’s privacy for some to lose some faith in it. Google Buzz, for instance, made it unclear to many users just how much they would be sharing. As a result, many were surprised to find that their most frequent contacts were outed online.
But Schmidt is right when he says that users will need to place an awful lot of faith in Google to enable his utopian vision of nearly omnipotent personal technology.
Because it won’t just be Android saving the world. Even Google’s robotic cars could save lives one day, Schmidt said: “A car that drives you around by itself gets you home better than you would if you were drunk.”
Talk about trust.
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