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Weekly Wrap-up: Google Hands Over Wikileaks Volunteer’s Gmail Data to U.S Government and more

It was announced this week that a Wikileaks volunteer’s Gmail data, including his IP address and his contacts list, was handed over to the U.S. Government upon request. This, plus FSF founder Richard Stallman’s final (we hope) insensitive blow to the memory of Steve Jobs, are our top news stories this week at ReadWriteWeb.

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Google complied with a request from the U.S. Government and handed over the IP address and contacts list of Jacob Appelbaum, a WikiLeaks volunteer and developer for Tor. Appelbaum’s ISP, Sonic.net, attempted to fight the order, but in the end, also complied. According to Google’s Transparency Report, the company received 4,601 user data requests from the U.S. government in the second half of 2010, complying with 94%.

Our own Joe Brockmeier called for a new voice to lead the Free Software Foundation after reading Richard Stallman’s controversial post after the death of Steve Jobs. From Joe’s post, “It’s unseemly to wish away those we do not agree with. What Stallman is saying, in essence, is that his ideals of free software can only compete with what users want from computing products when they’re less attractive.”

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