This past Tuesday I gave my first conference talk at View Source in Amsterdam! It was an awesome experience at an amazing venue in a rainy city where people from all corners of the web came together to discuss many of the challenges, opportunities, and learnings for browsers, web development and the overall landscape of […]
My course was four weeks long with three classes a week. At the end of each class, I recorded a brain dump of everything I learned. Here’s what I focused on and how I progressed over my first month of rowing.
The Quora Conundrum Quora reported a data breach earlier this month and the company outlined the stolen data, what they are doing, and what you can do in an email to those affected: The following information of yours may have been compromised: Account and user information, e.g. name, email, IP, user ID, encrypted password, user account […]
As Facebook is upending the journalism industry, the New York Times is continues their campaign of exposing Facebook’s questionable data use. Summary from The Download via the MIT Technology Review https://www.technologyreview.com/the-download/612642/facebook-gave-more-than-150-companies-special-access-to-your-data/
This made quite the ruffle today when Google transferred the domain duck.com to the privacy focused search engine DuckDuckGo. Google’s ownership of Duck.com was previously a source of frustration for DuckDuckGo, when it would redirect users to Google’s rival homepage instead of DuckDuckGo. Google kindly tried to clear up this confusion in July by adding […]
The New York Times released a report (with some fancy graphics) detailing location data use by apps for advertising, outside the main purpose of the app. Only 10 apps were covered in depth, but the findings reveal how some advertising companies aggregate location data from apps.
Your personal data is already stolen. Here’s what you need to be doing: if you are the type of person who likes to re-use passwords, then you definitely need to be using a password manager freezing your credit files with the major credit bureaus, and regularly ordering free copies of your credit file from annualcreditreport.com […]
It is increasingly difficult to trust someone calling from a phone call you don’t recognize. Not only are scammers calling from numbers that seem to be in your area, but they are also impersonating family members in distress. The dirty little secret about elder exploitation is that almost 60 percent of cases involve a perpetrator who […]
In his post Nobody is immune to ads, Georges Abi-Heila explores the psychology of how humans react to the barrage of brands and ads we see every day. There’s no scientific consensus on the number of ads we’re exposed to daily, as estimates vary from a few hundreds to thousands. Why is it so hard to […]
Yuval Noah Harari on the Talks at Google podcast (and in video form) He’s marketing his new book extremely well and a New York Times interview on the subject garnered attention: It made him sad, he told me, to see people build things that destroy their own societies, but he works every day to maintain […]
The Exponent podcast is back! And there’s a lot of news regarding pressure to change existing App Store pricing models. it seems incredibly worrisome to me anytime any company predicates its growth story on rent-seeking: it’s not that the growth isn’t real, but rather that the pursuit is corrosive on whatever it was that made […]