So far, 2010 has started off with a bang. Google decides to take on Apple in the ultra-smartphone market, while Apple appears on the verge of creating yet another new market for touchscreen tablet PCs. Google says "bite me" to China, after Chinese cyber attackers target it and three dozen other tech firms. Yahoo chimes in with support for Google and gets spanked by its Chinese partner, Alibaba. This story isn't going away any time soon.
Before we get too far into the new decade, though, I'd like to highlight a handful of really great letters from readers regarding two recent posts.
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The first is from reader K. R., who was responding to my story on Facebook's increasingly blithe attitude toward its subscribers' privacy ("Facebook puts your privacy on parade"). He says he recently deleted all of his Facebook updates and closed his account because of changes the network made to its default privacy settings.
As a highly visible gay political activist in the 1990s, KR says he received his share of blowback -- being fired from one job, almost losing another, and harassment by men posing as local police. And as with most Facebook users, his past and current interests were woven into his Facebook profile -- searchable by anyone, including prospective employers:
My direct action days are now largely past, but I did make mention of them periodically on my Facebook page. I posted a pic of myself, for example, wearing just boots, leather shorts, and a harness, from the 1995 Pride parade carrying a sign directed at Fred Phelps reading "He's your God. They're your rules. YOU go to Hell!" ....