Google Transparency Report now including data about National Security Letter (NSL).
“When conducting national security investigations, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation can issue a NSL to obtain identifying information about a subscriber from telephone and Internet companies. We’re thankful to U.S. government officials for working with us to provide greater insight into the use of NSLs,” Google wrote.
In addition, “you can now find answers to some common questions we get asked about NSLs on our Transparency Report FAQ,” Google said.
By visiting the user data requests page, you’ll see “in broad strokes, how many NSLs for user data Google receives in the U.S.,” as well as the number of accounts in question.
Update: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has awarded Google a new patent on March 5th, filed on August 25, 2009 by Google’s Matt Cutts and Fritz Schneider “Systems and methods for detecting hidden text and hidden links.”
“A system detects hidden elements in a document that includes a group of elements. The system may identify each of the elements in the document and create a structural representation of the document. The structural representation may provide an interconnection of the group of elements in the document. The system may also determine whether one or more elements of the group of elements are hidden based at least in part on locations or other attributes or properties of the one or more elements in the structural representation,” the abstract reads.
Google AdCamp for current sophomores and juniors is open for the registration todayapply today!
The deadline to apply is Friday, April 5, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. PST.
“We look for the brightest in a range of fields, and the University Programs team seeks to help students understand our business, as well as how their passions align with it. Up to 30 current college sophomores and juniors attending four-year colleges and universities in the U.S. will be selected to participate in the all-expense-paid program at Google New York from August 4-7, 2013,” Google wrote.
Check out the AdCamp website for more details.
Google has opened the 2013 DoGooder Video Awards for nominations to selec the best nonprofit videos of the year.
“If you’re a nonprofit who made a video in 2012, you’re eligible and encouraged to submit your video. We’ll award prizes like $3,500 grants, free admission to the Nonprofit Technology Conference, and special promotion on YouTube,” Google stated. Check out the official rules here.
The deadline to enter is March 22, 2013.
Update 2: YouTube plans to launch a music subscription service later this year, to allow people to listen to tracks online, and to possibly cut out the ads that precede each video for subscribers.
In a statement to Fortune YouTube confirming the subscription service said:
“While we don’t comment on rumor or speculation, there are some content creators that think they would benefit from a subscription revenue stream in addition to ads, so we’re looking at that.”