Morning tech tip sheet: Friday, May 21 — More on Google's privacy flap

Other news ...

U.S., China aim to boost patent cooperation (Tech Daily Dose) — Reports Juliana Gruenwald: "The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced Thursday that it has signed a memorandum of understanding establishing bilateral cooperation on patents with its Chinese counterpart. ... The Commerce Department agency said in a statement that the agreement provides a framework for increasing cooperation between the PTO and China's State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO). They said they hope the effort will improve the administration and effectiveness of the two countries' intellectual property systems through the exchange of information and development of best practices. The agreement also calls for developing work-sharing programs and a bilateral 'patent prosecution highway' aimed at reducing patent application backlogs at the USPTO and Chinese SIPO."

FB, Myspace change data sent to advertisers from clicks (Bloomberg) — From Brian Womack, "Facebook Inc. and News Corp.’s MySpace are working to change the data on their social- networking websites that is sent to advertisers that could be used to gather information on users. ... Facebook, the world’s largest social-networking site, said it has been working on removing user identifications from 'uniform resource locators' that are sent to advertisers after an ad is clicked. MySpace will obfuscate its 'FriendID' in any URL that goes to advertisers, it said in an e-mailed statement."

Google faces new inquiries in Europe over private data (NYT) — Reports Kevin J. O'Brien: "Officials in Spain, France and the Czech Republic announced plans on Thursday to investigate Google’s collection of data from wireless networks in their countries, raising the likelihood that the company could face sanctions in Europe. ... Five days after Google said it had inadvertently collected 600 gigabytes of data described as snippets of Web sites and e-mail messages from unsecured Wi-Fi networks around the world, privacy lawyers said Google was likely to face fines and suffer damage to its reputation."

After Facebook, Pakistan shuts down YouTube (Reuters) — From the wire: "Pakistan has blocked the popular video sharing website YouTube indefinitely in a bid to contain 'blasphemous' material, officials said on Thursday. ...The blockade came after the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) directed Internet service providers to block access to social network site Facebook indefinitely on Wednesday because of an online competition to draw the Prophet Mohammad."



Cato Institute
Updating ECPA: An electronic privacy law for the 21st century
Where: Dirksen 226
When: Noon
Slated to attend: Julian Sanchez, research fellow at the Cato Institute; Will DeVries, policy counsel for Google; and Greg Nojeim, senior counsel and director of the Project on Freedom, Security and Technology at the Center for Democracy and Technology.