Privacy Regained

April 2, 2018

Copyright @iamdylancurran

Rather than adding my voice to the chorus of the last few weeks, and months, and years, decrying issues of control and privacy lost via social media and search engines I’ll link instead to another voice, a straightforward post by Dylan Curran in which he graphically illustrates the data the Facebook and Google collect about each user. (more…)

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Google to Acquire Twitch for $1 Billion

May 19, 2014

Here’s BBC’s version of tonight’s news story about Google’s proposed $1 billion acquisition of Twitch; you can find many more stories of equally pricey deals during the last few years. (Amazon ended up buying Twitch in August 2014 for $970 million).

There’s no point in pontificating about a new Internet bubble. The maneuvering of high tech firms is so unusual this time around that “bubble” doesn’t begin to describe the shape. (more…)

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Running the Numbers on Barnes & Noble

April 13, 2012

In the wake of media speculation of the impact of the Department of Justice lawsuit against Apple, Macmillan and Penguin and the secondary speculation of the impact on Barnes & Noble I thought I’d run a few numbers and see what story they might reveal. (more…)

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Google Converses With Me

October 2, 2010

Back in July I noticed that Google’s gmail SAS (software-as-a-service) enjoys chatting with me about spam.

Tonight I found it reading my mail just as I was sending it:

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I think it’s becoming just a little too intimate (although it did help prevent a “senior moment”).

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Google Converses With Spam

July 27, 2010

My favorite moment with Google Gmail is when I go to my Spam folder for a quick glance before deleting, to make sure the coast is clear. Often I’ll find a message or two that does not belong there. I wonder how many I miss. But it’s worth the effort if only to revisit one of my favorite dialog boxes. When I click “delete all spam messages now” I’m asked:

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So spam is in fact a “conversation”? I know who’s speaking. Who’s replying?

Yes, I’m sure I want to continue.

And then I see:

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Ah, the conversation is with Google. At least I’m not alone.

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