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Microsoft Snoops, Turkey Twits, Qik Quits, MtGox Finds, Samsung Slams [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 21-03-2014

Today in Tech News Digest, Microsoft looks in Outlook, Turkey bans Twitter, Qik is killed off, a Fitbit class-action lawsuit, MtGox finds missing Bitcoin, Facebook needs you for beta testing, and Samsung snark.


Microsoft Can Look In Your Outlook

Microsoft has the legal right to search through your emails, and it’s retaining that right despite user complaints. However, in light of the backlash prompted by the original revelation, the company is tightening its own rules to appease concerns.

We found out Microsoft can snoop through your inbox after court documents showed the company did just that while investigating Alex Kibalko. Kibalko is a former Microsoft employee accused of leaking Windows 8 code to a French blogger, whose Hotmail account was subsequently searched for evidence of wrongdoing.

The search was entirely legal based on Microsoft’s Terms of Service, but that didn’t stop the concerns and complaints from swarming in. As a result of which, Microsoft is changing its policies going forward.

These changes mean all searches of Microsoft accounts will comply with court order standards and only begin if there is “evidence of a crime.” Furthermore, searches will remain focused and be subject to “supervision by counsel.” Microsoft will also publish details of these searches in an effort to increase transparency.

It should be noted that both Google and Yahoo include similar clauses in their Terms of Service 8 Ridiculous EULA Clauses You May Have Already Agreed To Here are some of the most ridiculous terms and conditions in the EULAs of popular services. You may have already agreed to them! Read More . So whichever Webmail service you use, the company responsible can probably access your inbox in exceptional circumstances.


Turkey Terminates Twitter

Turkey has blocked access to Twitter, with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowing to “eradicate” the social network. During a rally in Bursa, Erdogan stated, “I don’t care what the international community says. Everyone will witness the power of the Turkish Republic.

Twitter was quick to act, tweeting instructions on how Turkish users can send tweets via SMS. It’s thought the ban is a result of Erdogan’s ire at audio recordings leaked on Twitter allegedly revealing corruption at the highest level of government. And this is obviously a very measured and thoughtful response to that action. /sarcasm

Qik Is Quitting

Qik is closing down on April 30, 2014. This means all Qik apps will cease functioning and will be removed from the various app stores. Videos uploaded or shared through the service will also no longer be available. The closure is as a direct result of the Qik technology Qik: Streaming Video From Your Cell Phone To Others Read More having been incorporated into Skype following its acquisition in 2011.

This is actually old news, with Qik announcing the closure on its support pages in January and then tweeting about it in February. However, emails were only sent out to users this week, hence it being reported across the Web.


Fitbit Faces Irritating Lawsuit

Fitbit is facing a class-action lawsuit over claims that wearing its Fitbit Force bracelet caused rashes or blisters. The company recalled the Fitbit Force last month over the issue, but a class-action lawsuit seeking refunds and full disclosure has now been filed in the U.S.

MtGox “Finds” 200,000 Bitcoins

MtGox, the bankrupt Bitcoin exchange Bitcoin Crisis At MtGox, Glass Lobbies, New YotaPhone, Xbox One Twitch [Tech News Digest] Bitcoin exchange MtGox offline, Google lobbies Glass driving legislation, dual-screen YotaPhone 2 debuts, buy BBM for $19 billion, Twitch streaming for Xbox One, Gmail adds an 'Unsubscribe' button, and Paramount stops the Top Gun tweets. Read More , claims to have found 200,000 Bitcoins in an old digital wallet dating from 2011. The find is currently worth around $120 million, and means the number of Bitcoins lost by MtGox stands at 650,000 rather than 850,000. Who knows, a quick look down the back of the digital sofa may reveal more missing Bitcoins.

Facebook Messenger For Android Beta

Facebook is seeking people to test Facebook Messenger for Android Join The Opt-In Program For The Facebook Messenger Beta Android App Facebook is looking for beta testers to squash the bugs and road test the latest beta versions of Facebook Messenger for Android before they are released to the general public. Read More . If you have both a Facebook account and an Android handset then you’re invited to join the beta, with your only job being to report back on any problems that you (are almost guaranteed to) find.

Samsung Mocks The Competition

And finally, Samsung has never been shy of mocking the competition Facebook WhatsApp, SkyDrive OneDrive, Yahoo Siri, Apple Tesla [Tech News Digest] Facebook buys WhatsApp, FCC responds to the loss of 'net neutrality', SkyDrive becomes OneDrive, Yahoo wants its own Siri, Apple is interested in Tesla, and Samsung mocks Apple in its latest set of television commercials. Read More , but its latest ad pushes the idea even further than is usual for the company. The commercial (as discovered by CNET) for the Galaxy Pro line throws barbs at the Apple iPad, the Microsoft Surface, and the Amazon Kindle. Because they all suck, apparently.


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Related topics: Facebook, Microsoft Outlook, Twitter, Wearable Technology.

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  1. Brandon R
    March 21, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    lolz funny Samsung video

  2. Tom W
    March 21, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    Google may scan your email, but everyone *knows* they scan your email. They can make an informed choice. Microsoft attempted a smear campaign about it, when they have the right to do the exact same thing. In my mind, the hypocrisy is worse than the act.

    I loved the Samsung advert just for the scene at the end:
    Apple: "Mine has the retina thing."
    Samsung: *Smug look*

    • Dave P
      March 22, 2014 at 1:40 pm

      I'm not sure everyone does know that about Google. You and I both do, but we're obviously a little more knowledgeable than your average Internet user.

      You don't think Samsung went a little too far with that ad?

    • Tom W
      March 23, 2014 at 1:36 pm

      Apple has been making smug "We're better than everyone else" adverts for years. At least the Samsung ones are funny, and at least Samsung products give you better value for money.