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Rich neighborhoods hiring private security as cities lay off cops

As cities lay off police, frustrated neighborhoods turn to private cops (via The Christian Science Monitor) Copyright ImageClick to View A closed and boarded up Oakland Police Department recruiting center is seen in downtown in Oakland, Calif., in 2010. Officer layoffs are one reason that some Oakland neighborhoods are hiring…

Google fined $7 million for collecting personal data with Street View

Google struck a deal with US authorities Tuesday to pay a $7 million fine for collecting people’s personal data without authorization as it combed neighborhoods for its Street View service. In a legal settlement with 38 states, the Internet giant agreed to destroy emails, passwords, and web histories it harvested…