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S&F- not bad for your first post, not bad at all.
What if you discovered that government, through stock ownership, already had controlling interest in the companies you listed?
How hard would it be for government to demand and get whatever it wanted from these companies?
Allow me to introduce Walter Burien and CAFR1.
Would you go to your neighbor and ask for $20,000 from him to help you make ends meet or would you draw from that $80,000 dollar reserve you have left? In our world the neighbor would tell you to go screw yourself.
The tie in is that every editor of every newspaper, the Washington Post included, gets a copy of the "second book" each year but for some reason they never mention it in their publications. Why do you suppose that is?
What possible reason would they have for contracting with both Red Hat, Inc (creators of Red Hat Linux) AND Microsoft?
Google Says It Mistakenly Collected Data on Web Usage
Google Inc. said an internal investigation has discovered that the roving vans the company uses to create its online mapping services were mistakenly collecting data about websites people were visiting over wireless networks.
The Internet giant said it would stop collecting Wi-Fi data from its StreetView vans, which workers drive to capture street images and to locate Wi-Fi networks. The company said it would dispose of the data it had accidentally collected.
((CNN) -- Google made headlines when it went public with the fact that Chinese hackers had penetrated some of its services, such as Gmail, in a politically motivated attempt at intelligence gathering. The news here isn't that Chinese hackers engage in these activities or that their attempts are technically sophisticated -- we knew that already -- it's that the U.S. government inadvertently aided the hackers.
In order to comply with government search warrants on user data, Google created a backdoor access system into Gmail accounts. This feature is what the Chinese hackers exploited to gain access.
Google's system isn't unique. Democratic governments around the world -- in Sweden, Canada and the UK, for example -- are rushing to pass laws giving their police new powers of Internet surveillance, in many cases requiring communications system providers to redesign products and services they sell.
Many are also passing data retention laws, forcing companies to retain information on their customers. In the U.S., the 1994 Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act required phone companies to facilitate FBI eavesdropping, and since 2001, the National Security Agency has built substantial eavesdropping systems with the help of those phone companies.
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Originally posted by findingth3truth
I agree with kevinunknown. Just because one of these companies is on the payroll does not automatically mean they are doing something sneaky. However, the one I do think is interesting is Adobe. For the company who makes photoshop to be contracted out seems a little fishy.