This one might be a little divisive. Notes To My Future Husband tends to provoke howls of recognition from women but – speaking here from personal experience – can just as often induce in men a short and embarrassing guilty silence. Not just a place to come and laugh then – also a place for serially bad boyfriends to come and learn something. By category: “GIRLFRIENDS – Treat mine well. They know more about you than you can possibly imagine.” “BACON – Bring home the bacon. Literally. I love bacon. That shit is delicious.”
“What seemed at first a whoa-ful tale to be reined in, has now become a bit of a mare, neigh an un-fetlocked disaster, as it gallops into one of the week’s mane stories. What will the whips say?”—Some great puns coming in around horsegate
Even with the best intentions of Google to ensure privacy. The centralisation of data not only makes it vulnerable to attack. It also makes it likely to be attacked and leaked onto the internet.
Peter Barron answers:
We're keenly aware of the importance of keeping people's information safe, and helping them keep their information safe. We were the first webmail provider to switch to secure connections for all our users, and the first to offer two step verification (so that even if a hacker tricks you into divulging your password, they still won't be able to access your account). We work hard to make sure people know about these things:we recently launched a national advertising campaign on this topic called Good to Know. More on that www.google.co.uk/goodtoknow
Peter Barron responds:
We've been moving in this direction for some time. We announced in January that these changes were coming, and since then we have carried out a huge notifiication programme, including a email to every Google account holder, and lots of home page promos and landing pages, as well as briefing European privacy regulators. In In the case of the French CNIL we have contacted them several times in recent weeks to answer their concerns, but they haven't come back to us. We're happy to continue to talk to them and others
How long does our data stay on your system?
Peter Barron answers:
the amount of time information stays on our servers varies depending on the product. If you're not logged in, we anonymise our logs after 9 months. If you're logged in--for example in Gmail--we'll keep that information until you choose to delete it or you close your account. To be clear - we don't give or sell the data to anyone else
“One thing that became clear to me after the Occupy Wall Street encampment at Zuccotti Park in Manhattan was evicted is that it had been built, half-consciously or consciously, to show parts of American life that are essential to our popular identity, and that we stand to lose.”—Mark Greif asks what the Occupy London camp meant to Britons
“It was Valentine’s Day. Harry Belafonte was performing. At some point, he (Harry) proposes to some woman in the audience on behalf of her boyfriend. She had to go up to the stage to get the ring from Mr. Belafonte in front of a packed house. I was shocked. I couldn’t believe anyone would do such a manipulatively public proposal. Turns out the woman is a friend of a coworkers. Although she said yes in public (Minnesotans are so polite - she didn’t want to spoil the mood of the evening for anyone). But she did not marry the poor fool.”—Your best and worst marriage proposal stories. Happy leap year!
"The attacks that are being launched on public sector workers at the moment are so deep and ideological that the idea the world should arrive in London and have these wonderful Olympic Games as though everything is nice and rosy in the garden is unthinkable.
"Our very way of life is being attacked. By then this crazy health and social care bill may have been passed, so we are looking at the privatisation of our National Health Service. I believe the unions, and the general community, have got every right to be out protesting. If the Olympics provide us with an opportunity, then that’s exactly one that we should be looking at."
”—Trade union boss Len McCluskey calls for civil disobedience during Olympics