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Research Triangle Park, N.C. — In today's Bulldog wrapup of technology news:
- Google's Street View loses at Supreme Court
- Facebook kicks off FbStart for apps developers
- Google shutting down first social network effort
- Red Hat to offer OpenStack certification
- A parking app in San Francisco won't obey order to shut down
- High court rejects Google appeal in snooping case
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has declined to hear Google's appeal of a ruling that it pried into people's online lives through their Wi-Fi systems as part of its drive to collect information for its Street View mapping project.
The justices did not comment Monday in leaving in place a ruling that Google employees violated the federal wiretap law when they rolled through residential streets with car cameras to shoot photos for Street View.
The federal appeals court in San Francisco said the information picked up from unencrypted Wi-Fi signals included emails, usernames, passwords, images and documents.
- Facebook Picks Apps Developers for FbStart
NEW YORK - Facebook has picked the first 500 apps developers for its FbStart program, which offers up to $40,000 in free products and services.
The move is Facebook's efforts to develop apps that could help the social media giant drive more advertising.
- Google Says Adios to Orkut
In a blog post Monday, Google said it would shut down Orkut - its first foray into social media - as of Sept. 30.
"Ten years ago, Orkut was Google’s first foray into social networking," the post reads.
"Over the past decade, YouTube, Blogger and Google+ have taken off, with communities springing up in every corner of the world. Because the growth of these communities has outpaced Orkut's growth, we've decided to bid Orkut farewell (or, tchau). We'll be focusing our energy and resources on making these other social platforms as amazing as possible for everyone who uses them.
"We will shut down Orkut on September 30, 2014. Until then, there will be no impact on current Orkut users, to give the community time to manage the transition. People can export their profile data, community posts and photos using Google Takeout (available until September 2016). Starting today, it will not be possible to create a new Orkut account."
- Red Hat Launches OpenStack Certification
RALEIGH - Red Hat on Monday further expanded its embrace of OpenStack as a cloud data solution by launching a cloud certification program for the Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform.
"The certification offers customers confidence that their OpenStack-based clouds and management solutions have been fully tested together and are supported jointly by Red Hat and the participating companies," Red Hat says.
"The expansion of Red Hat’s certification program to include cloud management solutions enables customers who want to deploy Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform at scale in a private cloud to also use their management solution of choice."
Red Hat Engterprise Linux is one of the most popular data management platforms used by Wall Street firms.
- San Francisco parking app refuses shut-down order
SAN FRANCISCO — The company behind a mobile app that allows San Francisco drivers to get paid for the public parking spaces they exit has rejected an order from the city attorney to stop its operations.
MonkeyParking CEO Paolo Dobrowolny said in an email Friday that City Attorney Dennis Herrera is misapplying a police code that prohibits the sale or lease of San Francisco's streets.
Dobrowolny said MonkeyParking doesn't sell parking spots, but convenience. He cites freedom of speech, saying people have the right to tell others they're leaving a parking spot and get paid for it.
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