17 Feb '12, 5am

A Sad State of Internet Affairs: The Journal on Google, Apple, and “Privacy” via @johnbattelle

A Sad State of Internet Affairs: The Journal on Google, Apple, and “Privacy” via @johnbattelle

The news alert from the Wall St. Journal hit my phone about an hour ago, pulling me away from tasting “Texas Bourbon ” in San Antonio to sit down and grok this headline: Google’s iPhone Tracking . Now, the headline certainly is attention-grabbing, but the news alert email had a more sinister headline: “Google Circumvented Web-Privacy Safeguards.” Wow! What’s going on here? Turns out, no one looks good in this story, but certainly the Journal feels like they’ve got Google in a “gotcha” moment. As usual, I think there’s a lot more to the story, and while I’m Thinking Out Loud right now, and pretty sure there’s a lot more than I can currently grok, there’s something I just gotta say. First, the details. Here’s the lead in the Journal’s story, which requires a login/registration: “Google Inc. and other advertising companies have been bypassing the privacy settings of millions ...

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