Google transferred ownership of Duck.com to DuckDuckGo

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 […]

Sunday Reading: Thoughts on The Tech Industry’s War on Kids

Reflecting on The Tech Industry’s War on Kids: How psychology is being used as a weapon against children Richard Freed is a child psychologist who focuses on helping families work through “extreme overuse of phones, video games, and social media.” Preteen and teen girls refuse to get off their phones, even though it’s remarkably clear that […]

Short Codes (aka Messages & Two Factor Authentication from Random Five to Six Digit Numbers)

There are some cool new security features in the latest versions of iOS and Android to help you keep your accounts secure. Android’s updated Messages app and iMessage in iOS 12 both bring simplified one-time passcodes and two factor authentication (2FA) management. iMessage – iOS 12   Android Messages   With both Apple and Google […]

Google, Data Privacy, and Unconscious Oversharing

Google is tracking your location. Did we not already realize this? Yesterday the Associate Press released a story titled Google tracks your movements, whether you like it or not. The gist of the article is there are at least two settings on your Google account relevant to your location, “Location History” and “Web and App […]

How Asia (and social networking) Works

After over three years on the bookshelf, I finally picked up the Bill Gates recommended, How Asia Works by Joe Studwell. The review sparked my interest in the book then, but the intrigue was rekindled recently when I discovered Strange Parts on YouTube (don’t ask how it took me so long to find Scotty). Seeing another […]

Why I Switched to WordPress.com

I spent the entire weekend trying to sort out why changing my WordPress theme brought down my site. There was this error and I just couldn’t figure out what was happening. I exported my data, moved to a temporary free WordPress.com account as a backup, and re-installed WordPress on my self hosted site. Before we […]

What we learned from Facebook this week

For all the talk with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in the US Senate and House this week, there was very little surprising content. We give consent to use the Facebook service, we upload images, write posts, and like articles. We have control at every step of our interaction to decide how much to share with […]

Week in Review – October 1, 2017

Read The Handmaid’s Tale (no, don’t just watch the show) Write Book or blog? Unfinished and developing thoughts fit best in a blog. Plus one can use WordPress and Stripe for subscriber payments. https://stratechery.com/2017/books-and-blogs/ Because aggregators deal with digital goods, there is an abundance of supply; that means users reap value through discovery and curation, […]