Daily Cuppa: Google fined for tracking Safari, while RIM is off the hook

Google has been fined US$22.5m for circumventing the security settings of Safari, while RIM has escaped paying damages for a patent-infringement case with Mformation.

Finally, it's the last day of the working week. After you're done dreaming about sleeping in on the weekend, you might want to check out what happened in the tech space overnight.

Google has agreed to fork out US$22.5 million in penalty fees , after the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) found that the company installed advertising-tracking cookies on devices using Apple's Safari web browser. Safari has pretty strong security settings to block such cookies, but Google somehow circumvented them.

But really, US$22.5 million is spare change for one of the world's richest tech companies.

In other court news, a US judge has overturned a ruling from last month that found that Research In Motion (RIM) had infringed on the patents of device-management firm Mformation with its BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES). RIM was meant to pay US$147.2 million in damages, but the beleaguered company has been let off the hook.

This is lucky for RIM, since, unlike Google, the mobile vendor doesn't have much money to spare.

Microsoft has teamed up with New York City to develop and sell a law-enforcement software kit. Dubbed Domain Awareness System (DAS), it can aggregate streams of data from CCTV cameras, radiation detectors and number-plate readers to work with database information to make life easier for police and counterterrorism personnel.

New York City will take a 30 per cent cut in revenue made through DAS, as Microsoft moves to market the system across the world.

Adobe has issued a warning about critical security flaws in Acrobat Reader versions 9.5.1 and 10.1.3 for both Windows and Mac. The software vendor will release an update for those two readers on 14 August to fix the issue.

A new cyber espionage tool kit, called Gauss , has appeared, which seems to have come from the same nation-state creators that thought up Stuxnet.

According to web analytics company Akami, the global average internet connection speed jumped by 14 per cent from the previous quarter to 2.6Mbps. The trouble is that we want much higher speeds than that.

Facebook has shown off data about how it achieves strong water-efficiency usage for cooling its datacentre in Prineville, Oregon. Considering how much data Facebook holds, its datacentres must be working overtime, so it's interesting to see how the social network manages to cool its facilities.