Don’t Be Cronies

Google execs flew private jets filled with government-funded fuel
AP

Months after the federal government came under fire for subsidizing one company’s corporate executives’ private jet travel, it gave that company a multi-million dollar contract to manage the federally owned airfield where those executives stored their private jets.

Google Waze

Tech giant buys Israeli mapping software for record sum
Waze app / AP

JERUSALEM — Driving along the coast road to her son’s home last month for grandparenting duties, Suzanne Bercovici, a Tel Aviv bookkeeper, was suddenly advised by the voice emanating from her navigation device to get off at the next exit because of a traffic jam ahead. She found herself being guided through a rural area unfamiliar to her until she was abruptly deposited in front of her destination.

Reports On Surveillance Of Americans Fuel Debate Over Privacy, Security

NSA (AP)

The debate over whether the government is violating citizens’ privacy rights while trying to protect them from terrorism escalated dramatically on Thursday amid reports that authorities have collected data on millions of phone users and tapped into servers at nine internet companies.

Free Internet Under Fire

U.S. to oppose Russian plan to give U.N. control of Internet
International Telecommunication Union

The United States will seek to block an “alarming” Russian proposal to give a United Nations telecommunications group control over the Internet, a senior State Department official said on Thursday.

The Protocols of Apple

iTunes, Android marketplace selling anti-Semitic book
The Protocols of the Leaned Elders of Zion

The virulently anti-Semitic “Protocols of the Elders of Zion” is now available in virtual form as an application in both the Apple iTunes and Android marketplaces, according to a report by Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).

Obama bundler named Yahoo CEO

Marissa Mayer has raised more than $100,000 for the president
Marissa Mayer

Newly announced Yahoo Inc. chief executive officer Marissa Mayer has raised between $100,000 and $200,000 for President Obama’s reelection campaign, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.