'Virtual strip search' backlash goes viral (week in review)
TSA feels travelers' wrath, while The Beatles and iTunes finally come together. Also: Facebook tackles e-mail.
The Internet is helping to fuel anger over air traveler screening, but changes to what some have termed a "virtual strip search" are unlikely to materialize before the busy Thanksgiving travel period draws near.
John Tyner, a software engineer from Oceanside, Calif., videos are here) and is now facing a possible lawsuit for entering a security line and then not allowing a government employee access to his crotch during a pat-down search.after telling a TSA screener: "If you touch my junk, I'll have you arrested." Tyner had the foresight to record the exchange on his mobile phone (
Foes who had hoped a Senate hearing would lead to a privacy outcry on Capitol Hill werethe Obama administration and Republicans offering only modest criticism. Indeed, Jay Rockefeller, chairman of the Senate committee overseeing air travel, told the TSA chief: "I think you're doing a terrific job."
An administrator with the Transportation Security Agency said the agency would be "
"Seamless messaging" will take into account e-mail, IMs, SMS, Facebook messages, and more, and offer a "social in-box" to set priorities, says CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
Fans of the Fab Four can now get the entire Beatles catalog via the iTunes store. The news marks a long-time-coming, personal victory for Apple's Steve Jobs.
Commission report to Congress says hacking by Chinese government, individuals, and organizations into networks in the U.S. and elsewhere has "extensive intelligence and reconnaissance components."
No specific details were released, but CEO Eric Schmidt held up an unannounced Android phone during his Web 2.0 Summit talk that uses a new wireless chip.
One of the more convoluted App Store approval processes has come to an end now that a native Google Voice app is available for the iPhone.
The Web 2.0 Summit conference in San Francisco made plenty of attendees and speakers nervous about the level of ill will in the Valley these days. But here's a thought: Isn't that just business?
Hollywood could have snubbed Netflix, ditched Hulu and stuck with traditional distribution. Instead, they're licensing content for Web TV and taking on former partners, including theaters owners.
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