In a privacy reversal, Apple Inc.'s (NasdaqGS:AAPL) Spotlight search utility now mingles your search queries with millions of others, and forwards those sweet, sweet nuggets of data to Microsoft Corporations' (NasdaqGS: MSFT) Bing search engine.
While, on the surface, this data collection does not appear to violate any of http://www.apple.com/privacy, it is quite simply a terrible decision, and certainly muddies the waters for MAC OS X users world wide.. Simply astonishing...
Apple's statement, culled from the Spotlight application on Yosemite, otherwise known as Apple Mac OS X 10.10:
About Spotlight Suggestions & Privacy
When you use Spotlight, your search queries, the Spotlight Suggestions you select, and related usage data will be sent to Apple. Search results found on your Mac will not be sent. If you have Location Services on your Mac turned on, when you make a search query to Spotlight the location of your Mac at that time will be sent to Apple. Searches for common words and phrases will be forwarded from Apple to Microsoft's Bing search engine. These searches are not stored by Microsoft. Location, search queries, and usage information sent to Apple will be used by Apple only to make Spotlight Suggestions more relevant and to improve other Apple products and services.If you do not want your Spotlight search queries and Spotlight Suggestions usage data sent to Apple, you can turn off Spotlight Suggestions. Simply deselect the checkboxes for both Spotlight Suggestions and Bing Web Searches in the Search Results tab in the Spotlight preference pane found within System Preferences on your Mac. If you turn off Spotlight Suggestions and Bing Web Searches, Spotlight will search the contents of only your Mac.
You can turn off Location Services for Spotlight Suggestions in the Privacy pane of System Preferences on your Mac by clicking on “Details” next to System Services and then deselecting “Spotlight Suggestions”. If you turn off Location Services on your Mac, your precise location will not be sent to Apple. To deliver relevant search suggestions, Apple may use the IP address of your Internet connection to approximate your location by matching it to a geographic region.
News, via Renee Yao [with guest writer Mark Voelker, technical lead at Cisco] writing at Cisco Blogs, of the newly released OpenStack 2014.2 (aka Juno). Fundamentally, OpenStack open-source software targets the creation of cloud compute infrastructure, both private and public. Absolutely Outstanding.
In an astonishing announcement, and one that I thought might never materialize in my lifetime, Lockheed Martin's Skunkworks has revealed a new fusion reactor, slated for market deployment within a decade. Not to be outdone, the University of Washington has also announced a new tokamak concept reactor that promises inexpensive energy, in fact, 'cheaper than coal'. Absolutely Outstanding.
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