Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 17th Jan 2013 23:36 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems "Meet the new ThinkPad X131e Chromebook: A fast booting, highly customizable laptop PC built with rugged features for the daily rigors of K-12 education. The ThinkPad X131e Chromebook simplifies software and security management for school administrators and provides students and teachers with quick access to thousands of apps, education resources and storage." Lenovo is the third OEM to jump into ChromeOS. Chromebooks have been doing well on Amazon, apparently, too. Android tablets, iPads, the Mac, and now Chromebooks - it must be rainy in Redmond.
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by Valhalla on Fri 18th Jan 2013 06:34 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: ..."
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Ads that result from Google analyzing your search activity, your email, your documents, your music (if you use that service), etc? Wow, how could they possibly be spying on you?

Obviously they will use information gathered when using their services to present you as a data point against advertisers, I'd say every 'free' service does this, including Bing, just read the end user agreements of these type of services.

Is this what you describe as 'spying'? Because it's not exactly a covert operation, it's kind of common knowledge that when you enter something in a search engine, this will be logged as a statistic together with any other data they have gathered on you, in a web search that would be your browser, operating system, screen resolution, etc, and likely identified through a cookie and thus combined with other searches belonging to the same cookie, ie you.

This is what all these services sell, Google/Bing/Facebook etc, a ball of data consisting of your online interests and habits which is sought after by advertisers.

If I already use Google's services I can't see how I would be more 'spied upon' with ChromeOS than I am now. And I certainly doubt I would be less 'spied upon' by using alternate 'free' services, the same data gathering goes on everywhere.

It's up to you to decide if you think the services offered are worth having your online habits be used for targeted advertising, one way or another you will have to pay for using these services, as it is now you are paying by being a data point for sale.

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