Mozilla is currently testing a new feature that would see encrypted Google searches enabled by default for all Firefox users.
"We are currently testing the change to use SSL for built-in Google searches in our Firefox nightly channel," said Johnathan Nightingale, senior director of Firefox engineering, in an email. "If no issues are uncovered, it will move through our Aurora and Beta release channels before eventually shipping to all our Firefox users. This will include migrating the changes to our non-English version of Firefox, as well."
Apple has lost its battle to force Motorola to turn over data about Google's development of its Android mobile-phone operating system and planned acquisition of the mobile-phone manufacturer.
U.S. Circuit Judge Richard A. Posner, who in June will preside over back-to-back patent trials pitting Apple against Motorola, denied the production request in a single-paragraph order: “The motion is vague and overbroad and Motorola’s objections are persuasive,” Posner wrote. The mobile-phone maker’s opposition to Apple’s March 16 demand was filed under seal.
The Electronic Privacy Information Center originally filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the NSA which was denied and is today having it's appeal heard. The center is trying to obtain information about a deal the NSA cut with Google following an attack on Gmail by Chinese hackers in 2010.
In its Freedom of Information Act request, the information center is requesting:
The US Department of Justice and US Federal Trade Commission should “think long and hard” before bringing antitrust cases against tech companies such as Google or Apple says Ronald Cass, former Vice Chairman of the US international Trade Commission.
His comments follow recent news reports that the DOJ is investigating Apple and five e-book publishers over pricing issues and the FTC is investigating Google over complaints that the search giant is using its dominance in the search space to unfairly drive consumers to use its other products.
Having difficulty gaining access to a pimp's Android phone they seized, the FBI has turned to Google for help. The FBI, which didn't have the right to search the phone without a warrant, obtained one in February. However, after sending it off to the FBI Regional Computer Forensics lab in California, technicians there “attempted to gain access to the contents of the memory of the cellular phone in question, but were unable to do so” says the FBI. Apparently they were defeated by Android's “pattern lock” screen.