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I haven’t done a tech post lately, so here’s some propeller-head info for your Friday enjoyment!

Government Location Tracking: Cell Phones, GPS Devices, and License Plate Readers.
This is unsettling. I knew it, but I guess I’ve not given it much thought. My phone is always with me, and it’s never off.

As long as it is turned on, your mobile phone registers its position with cell towers every few minutes, whether the phone is being used or not – and mobile carriers are retaining location data on their customers.

As a result, government officials can learn a tremendous amount of detailed personal information about you by accessing your location history from your cell phone company, ranging from which friends you’re seeing to where you go to the doctor to how often you go to church. Law enforcement can get months’ worth of this information, without you ever knowing – and often without a warrant from a judge.

Google’s Motorola to Sell Made-in-Texas Moto X by October

The new phone will be manufactured near Fort Worth, Texas, creating about 2,000 jobs, Motorola Mobility Chief Executive Officer Dennis Woodside said yesterday in an interview at the D: All Things Digital conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. Flextronics International Ltd. (FLEX) will make the device, said Renee Brotherton, a spokeswoman for the company.

Apple and the DOJ face off over e-book prices

Apple and the U.S. Department of Justice head to a Manhattan court Monday to begin a trial over whether the Cupertino, Calif., electronics giant colluded with several major publishers to fix pricing on e-books.

Things already have gotten complicated: the DOJ’s lawsuit originally targeted Apple and five major e-book publishers. The publishers have since settled, leaving Apple the sole, staunch holdout.

Gmail adds another way to sort your email by what’s important

The new features will come together as another way to view your inbox, similar to priority inbox or unread first. The new view will allow users to toggle between tabs that show different types of messages: primary (default tab for most emails and meant for friends and family), promotions (Groupon emails, daily deals, etc.), social (email from Facebook, Twitter, online dating sites, gaming platforms, etc.), updates (notifications on things like bills, receipts or statements), and forums (messages from mailing lists and email subscriptions).

Has anyone tried the new Google Maps yet? It isn’t working for me, I suspect because I’ve got AdBlock and DoNotTrackMe installed. When I enter a search term, the only thing I get is a blank gray screen.

Let’s talk tech this morning. Or let’s talk anything….it is Friday Free for All!

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I retired from the University of Notre Dame in the Office of Information Technology in 2010. I'm divorced, with two grown children and 8 grandchildren. I'm a lifelong liberal and a "nonbeliever."