Liz Gannes

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In Pursuit of Openness: Facebook Admits It Tried to Smear Google on Privacy

At a time when Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg is being praised for her political deftness, the company appears to have made a serious PR blunder in trying to plant anti-Google privacy stories. Facebook admitted to the Daily Beast Thursday night that it was the client behind an exposed whisper campaign by a PR firm to plant stories about Google social products scraping user data–a concern various people have determined was overblown. More background here and here. Update: Facebook and the PR firm put out statements.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik