Interesting Links November 24th, 2018

  1. A leaky database of SMS text messages exposed password resets and two-factor codes : TechCrunch — This article shows the depth of complexity the modern world requires to run all these services. It shows how easily and quickly things can get out of hand and create real problems for the users. The knock-on effects are wide-ranging and it is generally scammers that’ll use this information — most likely bought on the Dark Web — to get the unaware to pay a bit of BitCoin. I suppose the only positive is that BitCoin is hemorrhaging badly at the moment.
  2. Nigerian police say “fake news” on Facebook is killing people : BBC — A great in-depth feature from the BBC, broken up into chapters and presented with style. You come for the name and the style, but you leave feeling rotten at the realities of Facebook’s platform. Four, yes four, fact checkers for Nigeria.
  3. I Found the Best Burger Place in America. And Then I Killed It : Thrillist — The title is a little hyperbolic, and oozing remorse, but the article is well-written and asks a few interesting questions about the thirst for the best-of, or top 10’s.
  4. The Media Industry and the “Make-Google-Pay” Fantasy : Monday Note — As always, Monday Note’s articles are thoughtful, interesting and very well executed. You should read this article to get a sense of what is happening in Europe in media circles, as America thinks about its own online giant regulatory ideas. Stunning factoid : 400 hours of content is uploaded to YouTube every minute.
  5. Apple designer Jony Ive explained how ‘teetering towards the absurd’ helped him make the iPhone : Independent — A nice piece from the Independent in the UK on Jony Ive. As always the Apple blogosphere lit up to digest the minutest of details about the highly secretive man himself. To be honest, I loved reading it. Big takeaway from the article is how the design process of Apple is just so much different to that of others like Samsung, that appear to resolve issues raised in committee and user-feedback groups. Skating to where the puck will be, to paraphrase Steve Jobs and Wayne Gretzky.
  6. How Facebook’s P.R. Firm Brought Political Trickery to Tech : NYTimes — This article just depressed me. I’ve never used Facebook and am unlikely to use it for personal purposes, as it just revolts me. the rotten just keeps piling up for them, and rightly so. They have been rotten from the beginning and we are only just starting to se and understand how much. Until a long hard look at themselves from a moral perspective is taken, there is no hope for this disgraceful outfit.
  7. Facebook Fall Guy Admits Doing the Bad Things in Conveniently Timed Memo : Gizmodo — Speaking of rotten. If you think it is just the core leadership that stinks, you’re mistaken. This article highlights an internal memo from the person ‘responsible’ for hiring the dirt rakers, but like always at Facebook, even their apology is not. No one is doubting that the work conducted could be used for good, it’s the fact that the other use is so much more toxic on balance.
  8. Clear vision needed for energy cooperation – UWI professor tells CSEF VI : Caricom — An insightful comment from Professor Anthony Bryan. The complexity of the Caribbean should be its force. The opportunity is to show the rest of the world a way forward.
  9. LinkedIn quietly introduces a new privacy setting that defaults to blocking a user’s connections from exporting a user’s personal email address : Techmeme — Well this is a turn up for the books. Bad privacy design essentially allowed for people’s email adresses to be ‘traded’ without their knowledge. If this was post-GDPR then this is going to get costly for LinkedIn (Microsoft).
  10. In open letter to EU competition chief, price comparison sites say Google has failed to comply with EU ruling that requires it to give equal treatment to others : Techmeme — Are we surprised?
  11. LinkedIn processed 18 million email adresses of non-users for targeted advertising : Irish Times — More on the LinkedIn article from the Irish Times

24 November 2018

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