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An investigation into the smartphone tracking industry from Times Opinion

The New York Times – Twelve Million Phones, One Dataset, Zero Privacy – By Stuart A. Thompson and Charlie Warzel, December 19, 2019. “Every minute of every day, everywhere on the planet, dozens of companies — largely unregulated, little scrutinized — are logging the movements of tens of millions of people with mobile phones and… Continue Reading

Microsoft Edge Chromium – a viable alternative to Chrome and Firefox

Android Authority – “Microsoft hasn’t had the best reputation when it comes to web browsers. For the past half-decade, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge have played second fiddle to Google Chrome and Mozilla’s Firefox, often serving no other purpose than to install these rival browsers. In a bid to win back some share of the… Continue Reading

Think you can’t escape Google? You haven’t seen anything yet

FastCompany – The future of Google is post-phone, post-Internet, ambient computing all around you. “…The news of today is that Google is repositioning an open source technology it developed called Flutter to have a bigger scope. It’s a software development kit that allows designers to build an app UI just once, and then use that… Continue Reading

Your data has been sold to websites like MyLife and WhitePages

USA Today – “If you think your privacy is at risk when it comes to social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, they’re nothing compared to the “people search engines.” We’re talking WhitePages, MyLife.com, BeenVerified and the like. Here’s the deal: States sell their data to brokers, who in turn feed court and criminal records,… Continue Reading

How do I protect my online privacy from ‘surveillance capitalism’?

The Guardian UK – “…On [December 2, 2019], the Electronic Frontier Foundation published a 17,000-word report on this topic. Behind the One-Way Mirror: A Deep Dive Into the Technology of Corporate Surveillance, by Bennett Cyphers and Gennie Gebhart, covers both online privacy problems and the growth of real-word surveillance. BOWM, for short, explains how personal… Continue Reading

Alternative search engine provides google results but with privacy

FastCompany – “Picture for a moment a version of Google Search that barely evolved from its early years. Instead of a results page cluttered by informational widgets, this one would primarily link out to other sites. And instead of tracking your search history for ad targeting purposes, this search engine would be decidedly impersonal. It… Continue Reading

2020 Guide to Web Data Extractors

New on LLRX – 2020 Guide to Web Data Extractors – This guide by Marcus P. Zillman is a comprehensive listing of web data extractors, screen, web scraping and crawling sources and sites for the Internet and the Deep Web. These sources are useful for professionals who focus on competitive intelligence, business intelligence and analysis, knowledge… Continue Reading

Internet Companies Prepare to Fight the ‘Deepfake’ Future

The New York Times – Researchers are creating tools to find A.I.-generated fake videos before they become impossible to detect. Some experts fear it is a losing battle…”For internet companies like Google, finding the tools to spot deepfakes has gained urgency. If someone wants to spread a fake video far and wide, Google’s YouTube or… Continue Reading

Why many in the search community don’t believe the WSJ about Google search

Follow up to previous posting – an article by WSJ.com – How Google Interferes With Its Search Algorithms and Changes Your Results – please read – Search is complicated. The WSJ appeared set on seeing that complexity through a conspiratorial lens. Barry Schwartz on November 18, 2019. “…At first, I thought maybe the Wall Street… Continue Reading

Univ of Texas Libraries Launch Access Tool for Digital Collections

“The vast digitized collections of the University of Texas Libraries are now becoming available through a new web portal. A new access point on the Libraries’ website – the Collections portal – allows users to undertake remote research and study utilizing rich resources that have previously only been available in person or through more time-intensive… Continue Reading