a ‘personal security initiative’How to Build a Secure Online Presence
‘commitment to user freedoms’Our encryption tools must be free software, not just open source
Freedom of the Press Foundation, a donation-based initiative
‘the easy road’Secret: Do we need another way to be selfish on the internet?
a new formPopup ads are back
...just because it works, doesn't mean you should do it.
“we have our doubts”Google Removes Vital Privacy Feature From Android, Claiming Its Release Was Accidental
“privacy is about trust”Privacy And Why It Really Matters
just another flavor of spamAn email received
'more important than ever'Software Transparency
selling an ugly visionThe Internet Must Go
deceiving the userDark Patterns - User Interfaces Designed to Trick People
'users are humans'Human Interest
Common courtesy requires that we assume first that we are inconveniencing others unless we're told otherwise, showing respect for their time and attention.
It's all changed.There Was A Time
connecting the dotsIt's no accident Facebook made Instagram's new videos exactly as long as a television commercial
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questions and viewpointsSlant – "a collaboratively edited resource that helps you quickly make decisions"
a matter of privacyYahoo Starts Scanning Emails
data for nothing and tricks for freeFree information, as great as it sounds, will enslave us all
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on 'marketing spam'Alienate Potential Customers with the Power of Social Media!
'important UI elements'URLs are for People, not Computers
If the URL looks like garbage people won’t click it
one's thoughts on browsersWhy I'm Switching (Back) to Firefox
'killing innovation'Google, destroyer of ecosystems
'some jumbled thoughts'We are in the final years of our internet
'mostly faded away'The Web We Lost
a 'cooling-off period'Congressman Issa's “Internet Law Freeze”: Appealing but Impractical
'We become spectators...'The Horrible Future of Social
[Eduardo Morais' stream]
'strange and creepy'On the Leakiness of Surveillance Culture, the Corporate Gaze, and What That Has To Do With the New Aesthetic [Eduardo Morais' stream]
'record is not inspiring'There’s a big hole in the ad-industry privacy initiative. It’s called Facebook.
from smoke signals to Twitter"Back when people used to know how to truly communicate"
'nearing an impasse'The Trouble with ID Cookies: Why Do Not Track Must Mean Do Not Collect
'pain in the arse'Why You Should Be Bothered About Twitter's t.co Url Shortener And A Way To Bypass It, from the creator of Twitter Mafia (for laughs)
'a reason for concern'Gatekeeper and the rise of the Total Apple Consumer
'a techie sausage fest'Why I don't use Google+ (as a woman)
'shape of things to come'Too closed to comfort
I really never had a problem with non user-replaceable batteries, but here we also have a fixed amount of RAM and disk space that either you choose to upgrade via Built-To-Order customisation (paying a handsome price) or you'll have to live with it throughout the entire life-cycle of the machine. Which, by the way, is being artificially shortened year after year.
obsolete ≠ uselessRethinking Our Wasteful Habits: Is Anything Ever Really Obsolete?
need to rethink 'usability'Mobile Site vs. Full Site (Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox)
Nielsen is wrong on mobile | Opinion | .net magazine (heavy advertising)
'growing number of attacks'10 Simple Tips for Boosting The Security Of Your Mac
He's right!Privacy is not an Option
Software developers need to look at privacy the same way we've learned to look at security: it's not an add-on or a feature that customers have to turn on, it's something built-in that shouldn't be turned off.
'you become mere product'Privacy betrayed: Twitter sells multi-billion tweet archive
space efficiency ≠ readability*Dotsies
*in my opinion, anyway
'beautifully unified distraction'Why I stopped using Gmail
the missing option...A Modest Proposal: Google, Take My Money
I just wish you'd take alternative forms of payment besides my eyeballs and my personal information.
disconnect.me: Paying with our data
'open admission' of bribery?Investigate Chris Dodd and the MPAA for bribery after he publicly admited to bribing politicans to pass legislation.
'defending an open Internet'Combating Online Piracy while Protecting an Open and Innovative Internet | The White House
bad behaviorWomen as Entertainment in the SEO Industry
It's all about censorship... (2)Don't Break the Internet
It's all about censorship...An Open Letter From Internet Engineers to the U.S. Congress
'weirdly unsocial' networksThe Social Graph is Neither
Social networks exist to sell you crap. The icky feeling you get when your friend starts to talk to you about Amway, or when you spot someone passing out business cards at a birthday party, is the entire driving force behind a site like Facebook.
'a lack of engagement'Google's Management Doesn't Use Google+
Firefox 7 kills 'window.resizeTo()'
Among my most useful bookmarklets are those I use to resize my main browser window. With Firefox 7, they no longer work. Some config changes made them work again, but only temporarily. This does not necessarily benefit the user. In some cases, it interrupts one's workflow.
Others have noticed the problem as well:
I don't like it when a site attempts to resize my window and never revisit such sites. But as a user, I want the freedom to quickly resize my own window to various specific sizes as needed and this change in Firefox 7 stops me from doing so – not a good decision in my opinion.
Facebook privacy is a joke......and it's not funny anymore!
'too shady'OnStar Begins Spying On Customers' GPS Location For Profit
'power over vulnerable people'"Real Names" Policies Are an Abuse of Power
ch-ch-ch-ch-changesFirefox 6 already, mozilla please stop this game
Gimme a break!Android vs. iPhone: Battle of the Mobile Operating Systems
Yes. I'm skeptical as to the accuracy of some of the stereotypes presented. /jenett
'some other purpose'Why I'd never work for Google, Twitter, or Facebook
Google+ isn't about sharing cat pictures, it's about serving ads. Twitter's massive network of 140-character bits of information isn't about connecting people across the globe or to view current trends in worldwide thinking, it's about serving ads. Facebook isn't about entertaining yourself with games or sharing interesting links, it's about serving ads.
'making text readable'Contrast Rebellion - to hell with low-contrast fonts!
Down with the Contrast Rebellion
'pretense of empowerment'The "walled garden" becomes a prison for reality
'a living computer nightmare'FaceFacts
'all emotion, no intellect'How the 'Thumbs Up/Like' Button is Dumbing Users Down
'Free Wiki World Map'OpenStreetMap
OpenStreetMap is a free editable map of the whole world. It is made by people like you.
OpenStreetMap allows you to view, edit and use geographical data in a collaborative way from anywhere on Earth.
List: We've got issues...
protect your sensitive data... (2)How Dropbox sacrifices user privacy for cost savings
protect your sensitive data...Dropbox authentication: insecure by design
'too many bad songs'An Open Letter to Jon Bon Jovi On What's Really "Killing The Music Business" (heavy ads)
killing innovation?Dear Twitter
'Is IE9 a modern browser?'IE9 vs. Firefox 4 (more info)
it's about humans, not brandsThe Twitter Revolution Must Die
a little thought provocationMinimalism is not a viable intellectual strategy
Something to think about - can minimalism be a good long-term strategy?
Minimalism cannot be a long-term strategy, but it makes an excellent short-term tactic.
'Why should I care?'The Open Internet: A Case for Net Neutrality
Ageism by Google?Teach Parents Tech
Mom and Dad aren't necessarily as dumb as implied in this odd (and somewhat offensive) marketing approach by Google – in many cases, they're the more tech-savvy ones in the family – a little out of touch, in my humble opinion!
Every December, millions of tech-savvy young people descend on their homes only to arrive to a long list of tech support issues that their parents need help with. A few of us at Google thought there had to be a better way that would save us all a few hours each December...
'There is only passion.'There is no talent
It's so easy to give up; it might almost seem like the whole world is against you. Well, forget about the rest of the world. There is no such thing as talent, and in the end you will end up as skilled as your "talented" heros.
Simply by following your passion.
'decide not to participate'free of advertising
Every nook of our lives is filled with advertising these days. It's so pervasive that we have come to accept it as a fact of life, and it cannot help but have an effect on our minds...
Is privacy dead?The tech industry is a virus
'a world with fewer options'In the Grip of the Internet Monopolists
Do away with Google? Break up Facebook? We can't imagine life without them—and that's the problem
'not lies... just marketing'The 4G forgery (ads)
on the 'personal brand' conceptThe Case Against Personal Blogging
This past decade, personal blogging became about building a personal brand. It meant putting yourself out there for future employers or clients.
unauthorized data sharingFacebook's Instant Personalization: An Analysis of Fundamental Privacy Flaws
comparing privacy policiesPrivacy is the new search quality
'working to transform society'Design Manifestos 2010 » 100+ Years of Design Manifestos
a more beautiful web?Beauty of the Web
As amazing as the web is, its potential is immeasurably greater. Internet Explorer 9 was designed to let that potential shine through. Click below to see how developers and designers are creating a more beautiful web using HTML5 and advancements in Internet Explorer 9.
They also state, "A focus on HTML5 and modern standards enables the same markup across browsers." A little late to the party and a seemingly Windows-centric vision of 'standards' (proprietary, as in the past), in my humble opinion. I should note that both Apple (Safari) and Google (Chrome) also seem to have self-centered visions of the web (and standards) lately, each as if HTML5 was their own baby.
Note: This is not an endorsement,
'Global Peace Index'Vision of Humanity
too many eggs in one basket?
marketing tactics vs. web standardsApple's HTML5 Showcase Isn't HTML5, Blocks Other Browsers
(see Apple - HTML5)
It seems like Apple is using the same sneaky marketing tactics as Microsoft does with its HTML5 demos page - which doesn't really use any HTML5 either. This similarity is hardly surprising considering both companies are pushing a non-Free patent-encumbered codec for HTML5 video.
misleading open letter?Jobs on Flash: Hypocrisy So Thick You Could Cut it with a Knife (in response to Apple's Thoughts on Flash)
WTF?Opinion Mart pop-ups are annoying many on the web and it appears that BBC's news site has just started to impose these pop-ups on its users (at least, here in the U.S.). Shame on you BBC!
AORTAL - the anti-portal,
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