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Google Reaches Settlement in Buzz Suit

Does anyone else find it ironic that Google uses Gmail to reach it’s customers for the first time, in well,a very long time, to tell us that it has settled a lawsuit involving privacy?

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Google has released an email to all customers using the “Google Buzz” microblogging service to send out details of a settlement involving Google Buzz and privacy matters.  Google Buzz, the microblogging arm of Gmail went live earlier this year. Almost simultaneously a group/class formed to sue google for infringements on their privacy that were not currently outlined in the Google Buzz privacy policies.

The settlement admits that Google worked quickly to solve this problem for it’s Google Buzz users. It also details a fund of $8.5 Million that Google will set aside to support organizations promoting privacy education and policy on the web. Google has also agreed to be more vigilant in educating customers about their privacy and rights within the Gmail/Google Buzz/Google Apps ecosystem.

It’s very important to note this is not the kind of class action settlement where everyone who uses Gmail is entitled to some kind of monetary compensation. In fact Gmail users don’t have to do anything.  The settlement is the $8.5 Million dollars in privacy education funding to Google.

For more information Gmail/Buzz users should visit https://www.buzzclassaction.com

Samsung hits 1mil before the Galaxy S is fully deployed!

There has been alot of buzz surrounding Samsung recently. As one of the charter members of the OHA, their participation in Android as a manufacturer had been very small comparatively. Excitement grew quickly at their announcement of the Galaxy S line, the first line of phones to exist on every carrier in a unique way. Now, with their upcoming release of the Galaxy Tab, and their recent achievements with Divx and the typing world record, it seemed Samsung was reaching a peak of hype and excitement. Well, apparently not, as Samsung just announced they have sold over 1 million handsets, before the full deployment of the Galaxy S could even be realized!

“Bringing Galaxy S devices to multiple carriers has given Samsung Mobile the opportunity to reach millions of consumers,” said Dale Sohn, president of Samsung Mobile. “I am proud of the instant success of the Galaxy S line up and I am very pleased to announce that because of the support of our carrier partners and loyal customers, we have shipped one million Galaxy S devices in the U.S. market. Samsung Mobile looks forward to sharing additional Galaxy S milestones in the future.”

1 million handsets, when they have only released to two of the four carriers, is very exciting. Verizon and Sprint are both due to get their Galaxy treatment soon, and if the success if existing Android phones is any indicator, the Galaxy S will continue to explode with popularity at a rate previously unseen. Pair that with an already extremely hyped Tablet release pending, and Samsung is poised to take a leading roll in the next chapter of Android’s future.