Let me start by getting this out of the way: I am in no way arguing that Google Glass is entirely without privacy concerns, some of which may have to be addressed through litigation, some through private or pubic regulation (e.g. banning their use or even the wearing of them in certain settings), and some… Continue reading No, Google Glasses Won’t Destroy Privacy
To FTC Chairman Jon Liebowitz: Facebook is out of control and needs to be stopped and only your agency can do it. You should have already, in fact, long ago. Facebook controls its users “Likes”. That’s the latest news, although it’s not really news, Facebook has been doing this for a while and everyone who’s… Continue reading Open Letter to the FTC: Put Up or Shut Up on Facebook!
We live in a world of free internet services. Of course, we know that most of these “free” services aren’t really free, they’re ad supported or bundled with other paid services. There is no question we will surrender privacy for the benefits of these services. We were doing this long before the web existed. The… Continue reading On Being the Product, Not the Customer
As most people know by now, Facebook has been up to its old tricks again, making drastic, anti-competitive changes to their user’s accounts in the dead of night, with no meaningful warning, and no guidelines as to how to undo the changes (leaving that, of course, to the blogosphere to do for them). But, hey,… Continue reading Why You Should Leave Facebook (And How to Do It)
The “Ghosts” of Google+ Are Heeeere… Well, Sort Of Discuss on Google+ In March, 2012 Engadget reported on a Google patent application (http://goo.gl/d4IuH) for a, “system and method for generating a ghost profile for a social network.” In principle what this would allow anti-social network types to follow the online social activities of other… Continue reading Social Wars: The Phantom (Account) Menace
Google Drive is here, long anticipated, and with disruptive potential for the cloud computing wars. In fact, we can already see the disruptiveness, as competitors rush to match or beat Google Drive on storage space and pricing. It’s already reminiscent of the email storage wars that Gmail disrupted with its plentiful storage space.But, some potential… Continue reading Google Drive & Delusions of Grandeur
Unless you don’t pay much attention to technology news, or have been living with the Cave People of Alpha Centauri recently, you’ve probably heard by now that Google has released a concept video for their new “smart glasses” project, “Project Glass”, presumably running a version of Android. The video has inspired excitement, contempt, and… Continue reading Google Glass: Concept, Hype, and Impatience
Google wants to eat your flesh, steal your First Born children, drown your pets in the nearest lake, and send the Secret Police after you! At least that’s the impression many writers have tried to create over the past few days since Google, in a move Facebook should learn from, decided to tell all of… Continue reading Google’s New Integration will STEAL YOUR SOUL!
My View of What Really Happened Yesterday In all the talk of the “protests” against SOPA and PIPA yesterday, something has, I believe, been largely overlooked: yesterday, the world witnessed the largest, most diverse, most successful revolution (no mere protest) in human history, and it all happened without any bloodshed. Millions of Americans fought a corrupt… Continue reading How the Web was Won: SOPA, PIPA, and the Netizen Revolution
Is Google, despite their own policies, evil? Probably not. Certainly not in the Biblical sense. I can understand, though, why people would have mixed feelings about it. No one would reasonably deny that Google earned its reputation as search engine extraordinaire, crushing the competition so badly that even upstart competitors gain market share only by… Continue reading Mixed Feelings About Google