This week in pictures: Carrier IQ raises a ruckus
Also, Groupon takes a wild ride; the Swiss government says music downloads are A-OK; eBay's new datacenter likes it hot; and Justin Bieber makes pre-teen girls swoon (over Nintendo 3DS).
Millions of Android phones are running software written by Carrier IQ that tracks every keystroke, has full privileges, and can't be stopped. Even keystrokes over Secure HTTP are tracked.
AT&T and Sprint have confirmed the use of Carrier IQ software on their handsets. While Verizon, RIM, Nokia insist their handsets don't support the software.
Apple issued a statement saying that it stopped supporting Carrier IQ software with iOS 5. And Senator Al Franken is demanding that Carrier IQ explain whether its smartphone application is spying on users.
Don't expect the furor to die down anytime soon.
Who needs SOPA? Judge orders Google, Facebook to hide websites in Chanel case
A Nevada judge, siding with Chanel in counterfeit cases, has ordered major search engines and social media sites to "de-index" hundreds of domain names, and awarded those names to Chanel. Read more.
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Swiss Govt report: piracy not costing media companies money
Swiss media companies have been after the government to do something about piracy. Happy to oblige, the government studied the problem and determined that downloading movies and music will stay legal. strong>Read more.
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EBay finishes data center in a very hot place
Temperatures in Phoenix, Arizona -- one of the most arid places in the U.S. -- routinely exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius). That's about the opposite of the typical cool-weather environments companies often choose to build data centers. But in about two weeks, eBay will formally open its latest data center there, a facility the company hopes will be used for as long as 20 years. Read more.
RIM pre-emptive Q3 warning laced with delusional happy talk
In a fittingly dismal end to a disastrous year, Research in Motion on Friday gave investors an unscheduled warning that third-quarter revenue and earnings fell short of estimates, sending shares (NASDAQ: RIMM) of the BlackBerry maker down 10% in early trading. Read more.
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Justin Bieber wants a Nintendo 3DS for Christmas (oh, and you)
You may wonder, why this story made it into this week in photos post. The reason, dear reader, is the not-so-subtle product placement of the Nintendo 3DS portable gaming system in the new video of Maria Carey and Bieber's duet of her classic "All I Want for Christmas Is You". If you want to skip ahead, the Nintendo stuff comes at the 2-minute mark. Read more.