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Google Deducing Wireless Location Data 90

Posted by timothy
from the peekaboo-the-van-sees-you dept.
bizwriter writes "When it comes to knowing where wireless users are, the carriers have had a lock on the data. But a patent application shows that Google is trying to deduce the information based on packet headers and estimated transmission rates. This would let it walk right around carriers and become another source of location data to advertisers."
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Google Deducing Wireless Location Data

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  • Re:Amazing Google (Score:4, Informative)

    by phantomfive (622387) on Saturday January 30, 2010 @03:27AM (#30960180) Journal
    Wow, that is the densest post I have seen in a long time. Companies ignore the interest of shareholders all the time. Apple, for example, would be paying dividends if it really cared about its shareholders. They have the cash, and a lot of shareholders really want it.

    The legal requirements towards shareholders is really weak. About the only thing you can't do is deceive the shareholders about what you are planning.

    Completely ignoring a billion people is not what shareholders want.

    That's really bold of you to speak for all those people you don't know. In fact, in this case we know that the significant portion of Google shareholders actually do want Google to stop censoring search results in China.

    Companies are run by people. They aren't faceless borgs; the problem is you don't know the faces of the people running the companies, so it's easy for you to imagine they are evil. In reality they are no more evil than the people running them.

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