Good morning tech

Hill notes

Senators ask why Marshals save body-scan images. Eight members of the Senate wrote to the U.S. Marshals service late Friday to determine why it has been storing more than 35,000 images from full-body-scan machines at a federal courthouse in Orlando, Florida. The senators demand to know why the Marshals are preserving the images, which show individual's bodies in detail, and encourage the Marshals to adopt privacy policies similar to those of the Transportation Security Administration, which bans the preservation of such images in all but a few cases.

Industry notes

Google buys Google has agreed to purchase the visual search engine and online shopping company for roughly $100 million, according to reports on Saturday. The move is the latest in a string of acquisitions for Google, which revamped its Image Search function earlier this summer and may be looking to do so again by acquiring the online retailer known for matching products to customers' tastes.

Zuckerberg: unblockable. Apparently there's one Facebook user that you just can't get rid of: CEO Mark Zuckerberg. According to the blog TechCrunch, attempting to block the site's founder results in an error message unique to his account. It could raise concerns among the privacy advocates who have their eyes peeled for any sign of a misstep by the social networking behemoth.


" 'The financial support for television is higher than it’s ever been. That’s something that gets missed in some of the excitement of covering the Internet,' he said, making the word sound a little creepy."

—Jeffrey Bewkes, the chief executive of Time Warner, as described by David Carr in The New York Times. (The NYT also looks at how Internet television has failed to create a major disruption for the cable industry so far:


BIG SCREEN. After a Hollywood studio acquired the movie rights to a book about Google, All Things D has offered some ideas on who should be cast in the major roles. Among the suggestions: Phillip Seymour Hoffman as Eric Schmidt, Reese Witherspoon as Marissa Mayer and Denzel Washington as David Drummond.

—Elise Viebeck contributed to this report