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Top IT news for April 24: FBI wants to monitor Internet, strong earnings from Apple, Vista SP1 goes automatic

Top IT news stories for April 24, 2008: FBI wants to do widespread monitoring of the Internet, Apple releases strong earnings report, Vista SP1 starts delivering automatically, U.S. Department of Justice looks into the Google/Yahoo ad test, Steve Ballmer says Microsoft won't raise its bid for Yahoo, and much more.

Top five headlines

  1. FBI eyes widespread monitoring of Net
  2. Apple blows through estimates; Ships 2.29 million Macs; Outlook light by design?
  3. Microsoft begins automatic distribution of Vista SP1 today
  4. Report: Yahoo, Google talk with DOJ on ad test
  5. Ballmer: We don’t need Yahoo and we aren’t raising our bid

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11 comments
jasonhiner
jasonhiner

Original post: http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/hiner/?p=669 The FBI already does extensive monitoring on federal government domains, but now it wants to monitor for illegal activity across the Internet. Does this make sense? Is it not a big deal? Or is this another step down a slippery slope?

IC-IT
IC-IT

They just need to talk to another agency to add their keywords. ;-)

RFink
RFink

And there isn't a whole lot you can do about it. You think your rights are gone now? Just wait for the October suprise. You haven't seen anything yet. EDIT -- Keyboard can't keep up with my fingers. :)

TonytheTiger
TonytheTiger

[i]And there isn't a whole lot you can do about it.[/i] ... once.

lanhawk
lanhawk

I'm sure they are doing it now, this announcment is political jargon for getting the law makers to increase their budget.

TonytheTiger
TonytheTiger

and taxpayers' money... Not to mention much of what they WANT to do would require changing the constitution.

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

on the right day, voil? , Constitution changed. etu

RFink
RFink

It happened in Detroit. The famous "Poletown" case. Lots of people lost their homes and businesses just so GM could build an auto plant.

jdclyde
jdclyde

the courts might someday decide to kick someone our of their home so a hotel can be built. crazy talk.

Bizzo
Bizzo

In my opinion, if it stops another 9/11 or paedophiles, then they should do it.

Dan Aquinas
Dan Aquinas

Your response seems to follow the reasoning that "The ends justify the means". While initially appearing reasonable, it in the long run is not a valid means of arriving at/justifying a decision.

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