Turbotodd

Ruminations on tech, the digital media, and some golf thrown in for good measure.

What A Week in Tech (and Privacy)

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What a headspinning week in tech!

I don’t really even know where to begin.

On the one hand, we saw more stratospheric (and sometimes recordbreaking) tech earnings from the likes of Facebook, Microsoft, and Amazon.

On the other, we saw more privacy gaffes that make me think my personal digital data was a lot safer during the 2016 elections than it was here in the present of 2018.

The New York Times’ Mike Isaac suggested in an article yesterday that Tim Cook and Apple held significant cards in their enterprise agreement faceoff with Facebook.

And Kara Swisher wrote in the Gray Lady that Tim Cook “has become the critic-in-chief for Facebook” — particularly when it comes to privacy matters — even as Apple had to face up to its own privacy snafu with FaceTime Group chats (although Apple said today it had fixed that particular flaw).

Thankfully I don’t use such group chats, but it was still not exactly reassuring that the privacy industrial complex is clearly growing bigger and making billions and still doing a sheit job of protecting our data.

Those two missions — making lots and lots and lots of money and protecting users’ personal information — now seem to be not only completely at odds, but almost at war.

And that’s before we really turn the volume up on artificial intelligence’s capabilities and the genies (and demons) that that could unleash.

TGIF.  I need a beer.

Please, just don’t tell my Facebook page or my FaceTime app — my insurance company might be listening.

Written by turbotodd

February 1, 2019 at 12:16 pm

Posted in 2019, apple, facebook

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  1. I’ve started keeping my VPN on at all times, no exceptions. If a website forces me to turn it off (e.g. 4Chan) then I’ve decided I’m simply not going to use that site. I’ve had to look for alternative sources and forums to 4Chan in order to satisfy my need for information on the tech and business worlds. It’s just not worth the risk. With all these gigantic media corporations being more aggressive than ever in their attempts to mine our data and use it against us, we’ve got to be super-aggressive in fighting back.

    psychocod3r

    February 19, 2019 at 9:41 am


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