Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 27th May 2011 21:50 UTC, submitted by sawboss
Legal Ding ding ding ding - I think we have a record here. Launched yesterday, Google Wallet has already attracted a lawsuit. While patent lawsuits are teh shizzle these days, this lawsuit is a little different, so sadly I can't trot out my usual 'software patents bad' lines (aww). PayPal has sued Google over its Wallet service, claiming that one key former PayPal executive who accepted a job at Google took trade secrets with him.
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gladiators in the economic arena
by frajo on Sat 28th May 2011 09:05 UTC
frajo
Member since:
2007-06-29

I never know who's the good, the bad, or the ugly in the economic arena because I'm not interested in bullfights, cockfights, or circenses Romanos.
But I know what to think of PayPal since BBC wrote on 2010.1204:

Online payments firm PayPal says it has cut access for donations to the whistle-blower website Wikileaks because of "policy violations"

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molnarcs Member since:
2005-09-10

I never know who's the good, the bad, or the ugly in the economic arena because I'm not interested in bullfights, cockfights, or circenses Romanos.
But I know what to think of PayPal since BBC wrote on 2010.1204: "Online payments firm PayPal says it has cut access for donations to the whistle-blower website Wikileaks because of "policy violations"
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I was just about to post something along those lines. Thanks. PayPal's conduct in this matter is abhorrent. I do hope Google succeeds in invading their turf, and I don't care how they do it. I trust Google more to withstand government censorship pressure than PayPal.

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pantheraleo Member since:
2007-03-07

I do hope Google succeeds in invading their turf, and I don't care how they do it. I trust Google more to withstand government censorship pressure than PayPal.


I hope PayPal wins myself, because Google is is simply getting to big and having way too much control over the Internet. Basically, rather than working with partners, Google is trying to create competing products for virtually everything. They have their fingers in too many pieces of the pie.

I also find it interesting that you trust Google more. I certainly don't trust Google with my personal data. Not after they have pulled some of the things they have done in the past, like share it without my permission on Google Buzz, and collect WiFi data from their cars and then claim it was a "programming error and the data wasn't supposed to be collected" yeah right... We believe that one. And then there is the fact that if you use GMail, Google's ad system reads all of your personal email and collects data from it to send you targeted advertising. I don't know about you, but I don't Google's software scraping my personal email and building a database of information about me so that it can send me targeted ads. Literally, if you use GMail, Google probably knows more about you than your best friends do.

As far as PayPal cutting off WikiLeaks, sharing classified government documents, even if you come across them accidentally, is illegal. The whole "Loose lips sink ships" thing. Also, I don't know about you, but personally I find Julian Assange to be an extremely annoying and arrogant prick. Guy seems to think he is above the law and untouchable. Hopefully he will learn that he is not.

And granted the, accusations haven't been proven true yet. But rape is a pretty serious crime.

Edited 2011-05-28 14:07 UTC

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jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

The same company that harvested wireless network traffic instead of simply recording MAC and SSID information.

A company who's business is selling data procured through it's various services; now your email, PIM, phone calling and financial transactions can all be analyzed together for a more complete data set sold off to every marketing and gov agency that comes knocking.

A US company who will quickly bend over the table and spread wide for any official looking person in a suit waving a government letterhead rather than a legally justified warrant. "what? It's for the War on Whale Extinction? Shit. How much of our database do you need? Did you bring some DVDs?"

And, on an individual level, statistically some of the individual staff employed by Google will abuse there access to information.

I don't really trust either company as the primary purpose of both is to manufacture profits for shareholders with whatever benefit they provide to me being a bi-product of the manufacturing process. At least with PayPal, there is some small separation between Google's mega-database and my what few financial transactions I've used PayPal for.

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