The moderator asked the panelists (which included Nobel Laureate microfinance guru Muhammad Yunus) which innovation they’d most like to see emerge next. And the innovation Gore would most like to see? The emergence of sustainable capitalism, he said. Which would need to include placing an adequate cost on externalities, the like emissions generated from burning coal and the byproducts of manufacturing. As it is, some commodities and processes (coal, oil) are far too cheap–their price doesn’t factor in the pollution and contamination they create. The companies that trade and use them dodge the price tag of environmental messes that other people must clean up, and the ill health effects others must pay to remedy.
In a highly unusual move, a federal judge has ordered Google to deactivate the email account of a user who was mistakenly sent confidential financial information by a bank.
The order, issued Wednesday by U.S. District Court Judge James Ware in the northern district of California, also requires Google to disclose the Gmail account holder’s identity and contact information. The Gmail user hasn’t been accused of any wrongdoing.
The ruling stems from a monumental error by the Wilson, Wyo.-based Rocky Mountain Bank. On Aug. 12, the bank mistakenly sent names, addresses, social security numbers and loan information of more than 1,300 customers to a Gmail address. When the bank realized the problem, it sent a message to that same address asking the recipient to contact the bank and destroy the file without opening it. No one responded, so the bank contacted Google to ask for information about the account holder.
Banks are clearly above the law and more important than the mail of a mere peon.
There’s a new site out that claims to be able to track clicks in the iTunes store.
If you have some time, click on one or more of these links below – you don’t have to buy, of course, but I’m curious how well they track: