Google privacy issues, HP layoffs, a look ahead

Concerns related to Google and privacy superseded concerns related to Facebook and privacy this week. And thousands of Hewlett-Packard employees aren't so much feeling the economic uptick, with news of forthcoming pink slips. In other news, we started to look ahead to next week -- and not just because the FIFA World Cup starts next Friday.

1. Google faces privacy investigation in Canada, Google U-turn over secret Wi-Fi data and Google Wi-Fi uproar: Six class-action lawsuits filed: The privacy spotlight is on Google these days, with investigations, lawsuits and general vexation popping up across the globe.

2. HP to cut 9,000 jobs, automate enterprise service business: Hewlett-Packard is cutting another 9,000 jobs over upcoming years as it reorganizes its enterprise services business and automates services in the wake of its acquisition of EDS. We wonder how Palm employees are feeling these days.

3. Facebook hopes new privacy page can quell unrest and Facebook CTO: Don't forget Facebook is for sharing: The latest on the privacy row over at Facebook, along with an interview with the company's chief technology officer, who reminds us that the objective of the service is to share information. (And, yes, we get that Facebook is for sharing -- the thing is that many Facebook users really want to be the ones to decide what gets shared and with whom, OK? Thanks.)

4. Facebook likejacking attacks continue with 'Paramore n-a-k-e-d photo leaked!': With privacy issues ostensibly dealt with -- for now -- perhaps it's time to turn the spotlight on security.

5. iPad rivals: Over a dozen Windows and Android tablets shown at Computex and Protesters gather outside of Computex trade show: The Computex trade show in Taipei kept our reporters busy with a steady stream of news this week, including all sorts of rivals to the iPad. Besides the news going on inside the show, labor unions and environmental groups protested against big-name IT vendors outside of the show.

6. AT&T drops unlimited data plan, impacts iPhone users, AT&T's new data plans: The backlash, Decoding the new AT&T iPhone data plans and AT&T response to CEO e-mails leads to backlash: AT&T proved to be a major irritant to any number of its customers this week, with "backlash" figuring as a prominent word in headlines about the company.

7. Jumbo dual-screen tablet Kno debuts at D8: We debated whether to include this one in the week's top IT news round-up, until we heard a couple of our geekier friends raving about how much they want one. End of debate -- this one is for you, guys, complete with pictures.

8. WWDC preview: What to expect when you're expecting the unexpected: Apple fans worldwide are undoubtedly waiting with great anticipation for the start of the company's Worldwide Developer Conference Monday in San Francisco, where we expect Steve Jobs to announce the newest iPhone, which word has it will be a multitasking marvel. Apple isn't the only company with a big upcoming event though ...

9. Microsoft TechEd event to shine light on cloud computing plans and TechEd watchers expect Windows Phone news, Azure details: Microsoft's TechEd kicks off in New Orleans next week, with advance news already out about what attendees and those interested in the conference can expect -- cloud, cloud and more cloud, along with Windows Phone updates and details on Azure.

10. Oracle Fusion Apps to headline OpenWorld: And Oracle's OpenWorld in September will prominently feature the company's long-awaited Fusion Applications, according to agenda details that Oracle has begun publishing.

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