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Microsoft Speaks Up About Gag Orders

Microsoft is fighting for your home.

It’s a metaphorical fight, but that metaphor is a legal metaphor. Legal metaphors have a way of becoming real, at least in the lives of people that G-Men get interested in. 952 more words


A Marketer's Dream: Using Mobiles to Connect Commercials to Shopping

Which commercials work?

Imagine a customer walks into a Lexus dealership and goes for a test drive, and the moment he or she does so, a third party logs that visit and notes that the consumer has seen three different Lexus ads on television in the last two weeks, as well as visiting the Lexus website. 772 more words


Want to Stop Data Brokers From Profiting Off You? These Subversives Have a Solution

On Valentine’s Day two years ago, Facebook explained how it can tell when you’re falling in love. Future couples start to interact a lot more and then, boom: kissy face. 1,011 more words


How Did the 'Netflix Reality Check' Gather Its Data?

Microphones are the new surveillance cameras.

TV news was abuzz Thursday morning after Variety reported on a presentation by Alan Wurtzel, a president at NBCUniversal, who said that streaming shows weren’t cutting into broadcast television viewership to the degree that much of the press seems to believe.  770 more words


Cryptic ideas on Encryption; 24-Nov-2015

After the Paris and Beirut attacks, several people and media houses are questioning terrorist use of encryption software. The author upholds the point of having such cryptography software and says that terrorism is not about means but about ends. 60 more words

Noteworthy Web Articles

Civilian Oversight Boards Should Ask Police These Questions

Recent movements against police violence in cities like Ferguson, Missouri, and Baltimore have raised serious questions about who holds the police accountable in violent encounters with civilians. 555 more words

Social Media

Websites Can Probably Guess Your Identity With Three Basic Data Points

With just your date of birth, your zip code and your gender, it is almost guaranteed that someone could identify exactly who you are. Our web browsers are readily giving up at least three pieces of information about us, which makes it easy to identify users across websites without actually putting anything on our computers.  1,203 more words