A federal appeals court is reinstating a class-action privacy suit, ruling that police departments who put too much private data on parking citations are breaching federal privacy law. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the police department of Pallantine Village, a Chicago suburb. When issuing electronically produced parking citations, the department lists the vehicle owner’s name, address, driver’s license number, date of birth, sex, height and weight. That ticket and accompanying information is usually left underneath a vehicle’s windshield-wiper blade.
When Kobe Bryant said his 2012 U.S. Olympic basketball team could beat the Dream Team of 1992, responses spanned from the raised eyebrows of polite fans to the outright derision offered by several members of the ?92 squad.
?For him to compare those two teams is not one of the smarter things he ever could have …
Skyhook, a company that provides location positioning technology to devices and software, has launched a power-management solution for one of the most power-hungry category of apps: The ones that use constant background location tracking.
Give Kevin Smith an open forum and you’ve got instant gold. So that’s what we did at the Wired Cafe.
For seven months, Pakistan has blocked ground convoys from resupplying troops based in Afghanistan. Pakistan wanted an apology for the death of 24 Pakistani soldiers — killed in U.S. airstrikes last November — and a new fee for every shipping container transiting the country. Until Pakistan got its apology, the border would remain closed, forcing the U.S. into a costly aerial resupply route through Kyrgyzstan.
Everyone’s getting into the mapping game these days. While Google has been mapping the world for years, Apple has recently jumped into the cartography pool. Now it seems that Amazon wants in on the 3D mapping action. Ferdinand Magellan would be so excited.
Does the rest of the cloud computing world really need to clone Amazon Web Services in order to succeed? Probably not, says Lew Moorman, the president of Rackspace, the San Antonio, Texas, company that plays second fiddle to Amazon in the cloud game.
Several major PC manufacturers, including Toshiba, Acer and Asus, are set to unveil new Windows 8 tablets at next week’s Computex show in Taipei, according to a report from Bloomberg.
Selling Apple prototypes is tricky business. There’s always the chance that Apple will shut it down and ask for the device back. The seller of the dual-dock iPad prototype knew this when he posted his Ebay auction. “I wasn’t expecting the auction to finish, I was expecting Apple to take it down.”
Siri’s had a rough ride since its launch with the iPhone 4S in October. And now it looks like Apple employees may also be upset that Siri hasn’t yet matured into the digital assistant of our dreams.