Google was aware that it was violating U.S. law since at least 2003 and provided “customer support” to some Canadian on line pharmacies until 2009 to help them reach U.S. customers.
If Google had been prosecuted by the government for knowingly endangering U.S. consumers, It could have tainted its famous credo of “Do No Evil.” A criminal conviction can also disqualify a company from bidding for any government contracts.
The settlement had been widely expected. Google said earlier this year that it was setting aside $500 million to resolve an investigation by the justice department but gave few details.
The BBC had a similar documentary on the subject that aired last year, the Love of Money, but I think Charles Ferguson’s 2010 treatment does a much better job at explaining the subtleties involved and is particularly helpful if you’re not fluent with all the financial industry jargon.
Have you discovered all these subtle improvements in Lion yet? My favourites:
- emails lifting up to top of screen before whooshing off to be sent
- animation from when a single email turns into a thread
- ability to add contact thumbs to mail list view (not detail view)
- loupe for preview
- signature for PDFs
- quicklook for spotlight results
- stateful Terminal
- swiping through page history in Safari
- list of recent files in Expose
How good are data detectors on Lion? Really good. Check out this example of their integration in Apple Mail:
As in Leopard and Snow Leopard, anything that resembles a date or time is picked up if you hover the cursor over it. But look at the dialog that appears when I accept the offer to add the event to iCal:
The app has read through the entire mail, noted the 2pm, associated it with my chosen date, and combined the two into a calendar appointment. Not bad!
Doris Desktop 1.8 is now ready to download from the new, dedicated website.
New in this release:
- Link detection added in task description, as well as spell checker and auto-correction
- Data detectors enabled, effectively this means we have iCal integration!
- Added links in Help section for online help and feature requests sites
- Restricted to Snow Leopard and added warning for other users
- some minor UI tweaks, like now you can use the Return key to submit new tasks
If you haven’t discovered Airbnb, check it out, it’s the Ebay or Amazon of travel accommodation, a great way to find places to stay while abroad or even local, and often a lot better and cheaper than what you would find on typical travel sites.
With their latest Facebook integration Airbnb has hit the masterstroke: you can now see properties around the globe either hosted by your friends or circle of trusted contacts, or that they’ve used and rated. One of the most useful applications of “social media” I’ve seen in ages.