I think we are all making to much of this. To my knowledge, Facebook has not violated any laws in the USA. We (the collective we) agreed to operate on their terms. And we’ve done it for many years. It seems many are no longer happy with the arrangement. Perhaps it’s time we negotiated a new agreement.

But there is definitely some benefit to the collection and use of social interaction and personal data for limited purposes. Let’s enable those.

The patent logjam is a symptom of a system that allows poor quality patents. When the issuance rate for applications is so high, of course more people are going to apply for patents. And more of these applications are going to be very stupid. And more of these patents will haunt our innovation space just shy of two decades from now.(via The Next Patent Office Director Probably Shouldn’t Be One Of The Guys Who Killed Patent Reform | Electronic Frontier Foundation

Unless things start to change, I see a “We the people …” moment coming in the future.

Will Nest customer Data be Shared with Google?Techcrunch

Our privacy policy clearly limits the use of customer information to providing and improving Nest’s products and services. We’ve always taken privacy seriously and this will not change.Nest

That answer is a bit vague, but the concerns over the recent revelations of enormous data gathering efforts on the part of the NSA should definitely cause some to worry. Whether Google chooses to share information voluntarily, it’s still a big target for those looking to hoover up vast swaths of data about its users, and that will only be more likely as time goes on, not less.Techcrunch