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Daily Archives: February 3, 2009
- Google‘s head of privacy, Peter Fleischer, is due to appear in an Italian court on Tuesday on a criminal charge of defamation and failure to protect personal data. The case – said to be the first of its kind, and carrying a penalty of up to 36 months in prison – stems from a video uploaded to Google Video. [Update: Our correspondent in Milan reports from the hearing that Fleischer was not in court today, and that the judge allowed the case to go forward - full report on FT.com to follow.]
- The semiconductor industry is becoming a smaller chip off the old block as the economic downturn deepens. The Semiconductor Industry Association reported on Monday that sales in 2008 fell year-on-year for the first time since 2001. They were down 2.8 per cent at $248.6bn.
First, Google announced it was cutting adrift a number of services, including Notebook, that thousands of users had come to rely on.