Amazon as a Vector

Amazon as a Vector

While platforms like Amazon have cornered markets through long-term investment strategies and developing itself as a utility[9], a central cog in the systems of e-commerce and retail, this doesn’t beget issues of public trust and the increasing complexity from running these multiple lines.

Former Mozilla exec: Google has sabotaged Firefox for years

Former Mozilla exec: Google has sabotaged Firefox for years

"When I started at Mozilla in 2007 there was no Google Chrome, and most folks we spoke with inside [Google] were Firefox fans," Nightingale recollected in a Twitter thread on Saturday.

Mark Zuckerberg leveraged Facebook user data to fight rivals and help friends, leaked documents show

Mark Zuckerberg leveraged Facebook user data to fight rivals and help friends, leaked documents show

The documents, which include emails, webchats, presentations, spreadsheets and meeting summaries, show how Zuckerberg, along with his board and management team, found ways to tap Facebook’s trove of user data — including information about friends, relationships and photos — as leverage over companies it partnered with.

How to delete your voice recordings from Google Assistant

How to delete your voice recordings from Google Assistant

It has a recording of my voice — or my wife's — asking Google Assistant everything — such as playing music, turning off the bedroom lights, getting directions. I don't mind if it saves a few commands for the sake of creating a better product.

Google’s Nest fiasco harms user trust and invades their privacy

Google’s Nest fiasco harms user trust and invades their privacy

But, following a trust-shattering move by Google last month regarding its Nest Secure product, consensus on one issue has emerged: Companies shouldn’t ship products that can surreptitiously spy on users.

Least Authority and Private Internet Access announce PrivateStorage.io: a secure and privacy-focused cloud storage solution.

Least Authority and Private Internet Access announce PrivateStorage.io: a secure and privacy-focused cloud storage solution.

As firm believers in protection of our customers’ privacy, we joined efforts to offer a private, secure and end-to-end encrypted solution to allow the end user — not third-parties — to determine whether and to what extent the personal data on the storage service is collected, shared, and processed.

Fixing the Most Despicable Website on the Planet – Facebook

Fixing the Most Despicable Website on the Planet – Facebook

If you are a Facebook user with the primary intent of just keeping up with friends and posting the occasional photo here and there, you might be wondering if this should worry you and if so, why.

Facebook’s Phone Number Policy Could Push Users to Not Trust Two-Factor Authentication

Facebook’s Phone Number Policy Could Push Users to Not Trust Two-Factor Authentication

Last week, Emojipedia founder Jeremy Burge warned in a viral Twitter thread that anyone could look him up on Facebook using his phone number, which he provided to the social network in order to enable two-factor authentication.

Instagram is listening to you

Instagram is listening to you

At some point I was talking with my cousin (in spanish) about a product I would like to buy: a micro projector connected in Bluetooth to share videos on a wall from my phone.

With OpenSolaris, there was some l10n code in libc that they weren't able to get...

With OpenSolaris, there was some l10n code in libc that they weren't able to get...

Windows has ~30 years of legacy. Does anybody care?", but what if some fundamental parts of the shell was licensed back then and dragged forward all those years?

Google forced to reveal which products have microphones following privacy backlash

Google forced to reveal which products have microphones following privacy backlash

The existence of a microphone on the Nest Secure has never been mentioned in any product material for the device, which a Google spokesperson said was “an error” on the company’s part.

Shoshana Zuboff Q&A: The Age of Surveillance Capital

Shoshana Zuboff Q&A: The Age of Surveillance Capital

Zuboff, who published her first book in 1989 on the future of technology and data in the workplace, warns in Surveillance Capitalism of a “seventh extinction” that threatens to eradicate “what has been held most precious in human nature.” Given the fragility of the global political and economic order, surveillance capitalism amounts to a “coup from above,” Zuboff argues, an assault on democracy by way of subverting the very idea of what it means to be an individual.

Social Media and Governance: The Disequilibrium of Communication and Commodification

Social Media and Governance: The Disequilibrium of Communication and Commodification

The governing of the interactions of socio-economic spheres have found a new force to contend with in the form of the platform and the social media network, as issues of data management, image control, proprietary rights and arbitration become central to people’s existence on online forums.

Google admits error over hidden microphone

Google admits error over hidden microphone

Image copyright Google Image caption The Nest Guard acts as a way to arm and disarm the firm's home security alarm system by use of a code or tap of a key fob In response to criticism, Google said on Tuesday: "The on-device microphone was never intended to be a secret and should have been listed in the tech specs.

Why Technology’s Early Adopters Are Opting Out

Why Technology’s Early Adopters Are Opting Out

When the new video chat device hit the market, Facebook didn’t make a play for the typical early adopter group—young, tech-savvy consumers. Facebook Portal is a paragon of the new cost of early adoption.

It’s not just Google or Facebook: The freezer aisle is ad targeting you now

It’s not just Google or Facebook: The freezer aisle is ad targeting you now

A startup named Cooler Screens is piloting a new door for commercial freezers and refrigerators that’s equipped with a camera, motion sensors, and eye tracking in six Walgreens pharmacies around the country, including the one off of Union Square.

Facebook shares shoot up after strong Q4 earnings despite data breach

Facebook shares shoot up after strong Q4 earnings despite data breach

Those numbers handily beat Wall Street’s expectations of $16.39 billion in revenue and $2.18 GAAP earnings per share, plus 2.32 billion monthly and 1.51 billion daily active users.

Introducing Community Products — making crowdselling a reality

Introducing Community Products — making crowdselling a reality

Over the last few months, one of Streamr project’s talented community members, Gang Liu, has been figuring out how to push data from his personal Fitbit to a product he created on the Streamr Marketplace.

Blocking Unwanted Connections with a Hosts File

Blocking Unwanted Connections with a Hosts File

Select a Tip HostsNews blog & Updates To contribute a listing for our resources, or any other comments: Contact If you find the MVPS HOSTS file useful ... These updates are posted to most major security related sites, Newsgroups, and mailing lists, blogs etc.

Israel company admits spying on Emir of Qatar

Israel company admits spying on Emir of Qatar

In an interview with Yedioth Ahronoth this weekend , Shalev Hulio admitted that his company’s product was used to spy on Emir Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, as well as Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani. If the image(s) bear our credit, this license also applies to them.

This project hacks Amazon Echo and Google Home to protect your privacy

This project hacks Amazon Echo and Google Home to protect your privacy

An open-source hardware project promises to keep Amazon and Google’s smart assistants from listening in on your private conversations by constantly creating white noise, as first spotted by Fast Company .

Privacy and elementary OS

Privacy and elementary OS

Some people coming from this world of vacuuming up data ask us: how does elementary know what features to develop, which areas to focus on, how many daily active users we have? Is elementary against responsible, privacy-first collection of useful data?

Yuhong Bao's blog

Yuhong Bao's blog

DoubleClick themselves called its product “Dynamic Advertising Reporting and Targeting” at one point for example. Initially DoubleClick was mostly banner ads, and many users developed so-called banner-blindness from these ads.

Undetectable Remote Arbitrary Code Execution Attacks through JavaScript and HTTP headers trickery

Undetectable Remote Arbitrary Code Execution Attacks through JavaScript and HTTP headers trickery

Comment 1 • 4 months ago CC: decal Flags: needinfo?(giacomo) (Reporter) Comment 6 • 4 months ago (In reply to Daniel Veditz [:dveditz] from comment #5) > The current behavior appears to be dictated by the various specifications of > the web.

Facebook still hasn’t launched a big privacy feature that Mark Zuckerberg promised more than seven months ago

Facebook still hasn’t launched a big privacy feature that Mark Zuckerberg promised more than seven months ago

Back in May, at the height of Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal, the company made a timely announcement: Facebook users would soon be able to clear the browsing history connected to their Facebook profile, meaning that the company would no longer link users to the apps and websites they visited off of the social network.

Yes, You Should Delete Facebook – Member Feature Stories – Medium

Yes, You Should Delete Facebook – Member Feature Stories – Medium

Netflix doesn’t make more money the more time you spend on it (they make less, actually), so they have no incentive to addict you to the platform (beyond keeping you from switching to a competitor).

Google Reveals Plans to Monitor Our Moods, Our Movements, and Our Children's Behavior at Home

Google Reveals Plans to Monitor Our Moods, Our Movements, and Our Children's Behavior at Home

What’s of note is the patent that was awarded to one of Google’s star teams, associated with the development of the Nest thermostat — a breakthrough product with a microphone.

Customer experience keynote speaker; user experience keynote speaker

Customer experience keynote speaker; user experience keynote speaker

It’s just that you’re our product. What is there about you that’s worth selling if not the stuff you hold private and personal? You didn’t actually think this stuff was free, did you?

Apple reportedly buys AI startup with privacy-conscious approach

Apple reportedly buys AI startup with privacy-conscious approach

Apple has reportedly acquired Silk Labs, a little-known startup which focused on building on-device machine learning software. After an unsuccessful foray into the smart home, Silk Labs developed on-device machine learning services.

Apple reportedly buys AI startup with privacy-conscious approach

Apple reportedly buys AI startup with privacy-conscious approach

Apple reportedly buys AI startup with privacy-conscious approach Silk Labs developed machine learning software for tasks like home security and building surveillance Apple has reportedly acquired Silk Labs, a little-known startup which focused on building on-device machine learning software.

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