Archive for March 2018

Facebook’s Surveillance Machine Reach

A few hundred thousand people may not seem like a lot, but because Facebook users have a few hundred friends each on average, the number of people whose data was harvested reached about 50 million. Most of those people had no idea that their data had been siphoned off (after all, they hadn’t installed the app themselves),

Source: Facebook’s Surveillance Machine – The New York Times

He didn’t say, ‘I want to destroy the record business’.

“When Shawn Fanning started [music sharing site] Napster, he said, ‘I want to trade songs’,” Iovine says. “He didn’t say, ‘I want to destroy the record business’. So, right now, what engineers are saying – because I work with a lot of them – they’re saying, ‘This bit of communication between artist and audience is still flawed.”

Source: Apple Music’s Jimmy Iovine on what music streaming services can learn from Netflix | The Defiant Ones documentary – Radio Times

A Zuckerberg cannot change its stripes.

sitting in his Harvard dorm room instant-messaging with a friend

Zuck: Yeah so if you ever need info about anyone at Harvard

Zuck: Just ask.

Zuck: I have over 4,000 emails, pictures, addresses…

[Redacted Friend’s Name]: What? How’d you manage that one?

Zuck: People just submitted it.

Zuck: I don’t know why.

Zuck: They “trust me.”

Zuck: Dumb fucks.

Facebook doesn’t have value for publishers

“Facebook doesn’t have value for publishers,” he said.

Facebook was not immediately available for comment.

Source: NBC News plans online streaming service to attract younger viewers

Google removed 100 bad ads per second in 2017

In 2017, we took down more than 3.2 billion ads that violated our advertising policies. That’s more than 100 bad ads per second! This means we’re able to block the majority of bad ad experiences, like malvertising and phishing scams, before the scams impact people. We blocked 79 million ads in our network for attempting to send people to malware-laden sites, and removed 400,000 of these unsafe sites last year. And, we removed 66 million “trick-to-click” ads as well as 48 million ads that were attempting to get users to install unwanted software.

Source: An advertising ecosystem that works for everyone

Apple to acquire digital magazine service Texture

Apple today announced it will acquire Texture, the digital magazine subscription service that gives users unlimited access to their favorite titles.

Source: Apple to acquire digital magazine service Texture

Apple News meet Paywall