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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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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unclefester Member since:
2007-01-13

As far as PayPal cutting off WikiLeaks, sharing classified government documents, even if you come across them accidentally, is illegal.

Only if you're American.

The whole "Loose lips sink ships" thing.

There was nothing of any real intelligence value in the material leaked material. It was simply embarrassing.

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jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

There is no higher crime than embarrassing a high ranking political or military figure. Just ask that poor fellow from England who's still fighting extradition over the high crime of embarrassing the US military. ;)

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JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

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.


Why should an Australian citizen, not a US resident and a free person unbound by any oath to US be subject to US laws?

He may think whatever he wishes, but US law DOES NOT APPLY to him. And the pressure that Americans are exerting on other governments is just further proof that US is an imperialist country.

If you found secret Russian documents, would you return them to the Russian embassy? I bet not, because you are not a Russian citizen.(Change Russian to Chinese, if you're Russian)

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twitterfire Member since:
2008-09-11

"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.


Why should an Australian citizen, not a US resident and a free person unbound by any oath to US be subject to US laws?

He may think whatever he wishes, but US law DOES NOT APPLY to him. And the pressure that Americans are exerting on other governments is just further proof that US is an imperialist country.
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Well, it is teh internets vs jewmoney.

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frajo Member since:
2007-06-29

As far as PayPal cutting off WikiLeaks, sharing classified government documents, even if you come across them accidentally, is illegal.


While I'd always defend your right to think in an US-centric style and, of course, everybody else's right to think differently, i.e. globally, the axiology demonstrated here is quite interesting.
Assuming that most people on this planet share the view that it is wise to consider the legality of anything one does or omits to do there remains the question how wise it is to neglect any value not implicit to legality.
The regimes of Nazism, Stalinism, and Guantanamism ought to challenge all people with a legality-only approach to reality.

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vitae Member since:
2006-02-20

Really? You're comparing Guantanamo Bay with the Nazi Death Camps? Soviet stalags? Gitmo is a problem, but let's not get carried away here.

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