Oh, Google Maps. The Age: Google Maps has shifted Collins Street to the middle of Africa. “Google Maps has moved one of Melbourne’s busiest streets to the outskirts of Ghana, Africa. But don’t take our word for it – try it for yourself. Open up a new window and type ‘Collins Street’ into Google.” Just typing Collins Street didn’t work for me here in the US – I got a bakery in Texas – but typing Collins Street Melbourne – hey, it’s Ghana!
New York Times: Facebook Briefly Suspends Account of Outspoken Chinese Billionaire. “Guo Wengui, a Chinese-born billionaire who lives in America, has recently publicized accusations of corruption against family members of top-ranking Chinese Communist Party officials. This week, China’s government asked Interpol to issue a request for his arrest. On Friday, Facebook suspended Mr. Guo’s account. After Mr. Guo complained publicly, Facebook said the suspension had been a mistake, and his account was restored.”
ZDNet: A huge trove of patient data leaks, thanks to telemarketers’ bad security. “A trove of records containing personal and health information on close to a million people was exposed after a former developer working at a telemarketing company uploaded a backup of its database to the internet.”
Techdirt: Newly Leaked Documents Expose Stunning Waste And Incompetence At The Copyright Office. “Previously unreleased documents acquired by Techdirt show, fairly conclusively, that Congress will be making a huge and dangerous mistake if it moves forward with changing how the head of the Copyright Office is appointed. And despite the fact that the RIAA & MPAA are eagerly supporting this change, the people it will hurt the most are content creators. Because the Copyright Office is basically incompetent when it comes to modernizing its technology. That’s what was found by a thorough (but not publicly released) Inspector General’s report, detailing how the Copyright Office not only threw away $11.6 million on a new computer system that it said would cost $1.1 million, but also lied to both Congress and the Library of Congress about it, pretending everything was going great.”
The Intercept: I Spent a Week Trying to Make the Broadband Lobby Answer a Simple Question About Selling Your Data. “House Republicans last night voted to overturn an FCC rule that bars your internet provider from telling advertisers which websites you visit and what you search for in exchange for money; the Senate voted along the same lines last week. The decisions were immediately praised by lobbying groups like the NCTA, which represents broadband companies like Verizon and Comcast — and which for some reason framed the gutting of federal privacy regulations as good for privacy, a choice that the organization seemingly cannot explain, no matter how many times you ask.”
Gizmodo: University Threatens Destruction of Millions of Specimens if Museum of Natural History Collection Not Relocated. “According to a Facebook post from the University of Louisiana at Monroe Museum of Natural History, administrators have demanded that 6.5 million plant and fish specimens must find a new home on campus within 48 hours or they will be have to be donated or destroyed. Apparently, space is needed for the track team.”
CNET: FedEx will pay you $5 to use Adobe Flash on your browser. “You know when people say ‘this is so bad, you couldn’t pay me to use it’ FedEx just upped the ante.”