From the “horrendously bad ideas” file, we have this piece about Google filing a patent application to intercept web URLs directly from router traffic to seed its search engine. What data center or network provider in their right mind would just hand Google the right to intercept their customer’s traffic?
From the “misguided and misunderstood” file, we have the FTC opening an investigation into the privacy implications of cloud computing. The implication is that because the storage from the cloud is shared that this somehow makes it simple to exchange data and this ease will lead to using the data for nefarious purposes. Of course, this totally ignores the fact that physical servers have been using shared back end storage long before the cloud ever appeared.