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« Reply #100 on: July 25, 2014, 11:59:27 am »



Data hoarding captures casual secrets


NZ Newswire – 3 hours ago

Casual conversations with gym staff, deleted Facebook friends and old CVs believed to be deleted are all among information companies are storing without people realising, research shows.

The amount and nature of the stored data has surprised the third-year media studies students at Victoria University, who put in Privacy Act information requests to find out what companies knew about them.

The companies included TradeMe, FlyBuys, One Card, social media sites, banks and health agencies.

One student was shocked to find her gym file had detailed notes on conversations she'd had with the receptionist, including information on her boyfriend and her exam stress, says lecturer Kathleen Kuehn.

Another student found Facebook had kept a list of all the people she'd ever friended or claimed to be in a relationship with long after she'd deleted that information.

Another student found TradeMe Jobs stored information such as CVs and cover letters after they had been "deleted".

Dr Kuehn said putting a few reports together could provide a fairly comprehensive picture of people's daily lives.

"It wouldn't be hard to know incredibly detailed information about me and my day just by combining my Snapper card, Eftpos and iPhone app data."

One of students, Philippa Cole, says trying to protect your privacy could paradoxically be detrimental to a person.

If someone did not have a digital footprint a prospective employer could deem it to be suspicious or the person not technically proficient enough, she said.

Dr Kuehn said the data collection could also reinforce stereotypes.

"If I change my settings from 'female' to 'male' on Facebook, my targeted ads change from ads about cookbooks and luxury cruises to ads about luxury cars, information about earning a tax refund and an advertisement for a career advice workshop.


"This not only reinforces gender norms, but also gives the 'male version' of myself a competitive advantage in the marketplace."

https://nz.finance.yahoo.com/news/data-hoarding-captures-casual-secrets-185721260.html

The companies included TradeMe, FlyBuys, One Card, social media sites, banks and health agencies

nemmind, your tracking cookies know where we've been and they probably have us on gps too
 


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« Reply #101 on: July 26, 2014, 02:36:35 am »

They also spy on all our emails the only way to beat them is by encrypting them.
Its like 1984 on steroids lol






 
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« Reply #102 on: August 26, 2014, 11:48:45 am »



roflmao @

Even English footballer Wayne Rooney was among many who got the brothers mixed up. 'Rip David Attenborough,' he posted on Twitter.

Yet despite the confusion, others were ...

https://nz.entertainment.yahoo.com/news/article/-/24809931/social-media-tributes-mistakenly-flow/

Nemmind, I always think of Mickey Rooney when I see the Rooney name, and British Prime Minister David Cameron apparently got it right in http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/film/10420072/Actor-and-director-Richard-Attenborough-dies. Just goes to show ya that politicians keep up with the play better than teenaged footballers can?

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« Reply #103 on: September 30, 2014, 08:57:06 pm »


Mark Morford

Ello is the tiny, ad-free anti-Facebook. Does it have a prayer?

By Mark Morford, SF Gate Columnist | 3:52PM PST - Friday, September 26, 2014

Cute, no?
Cute, no?

ELLO is having a moment.

Ello, in case you’re not fanatically dialed in to the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it tech zeitgeist, is the elegant, artist-created, exceedingly simple, Courier-obsessed, ad-free anti-Facebook everyone’s talking about — everyone, that is, who has the spare time to score an invite to the private beta, so they can kick the skinny e-tires on what is, at this point, no more than a quaint idea, a baffled puppy in a land of dragons, all yappy and cute until the novelty fades, the next tech tingle comes along and everyone realizes they really don’t have the bandwidth to welcome yet another social media service into their lives, because OMG iPhone 6 and Thom Yorke has a new album and shiny shiny hey look over there.

Ello, sighingly, has a long way to go.

But Jesus with a boring status update, give it a chance, will you? After all, Ello is still in beta. It’s got a thousand bugs, a thousand more known shortcomings and they never promised it would be your new best Friendster, so pipe down, haters.


“The Facebook” circa 2004. Like a pair of Crocs, but for your computer!
“The Facebook” circa 2004. Like a pair of Crocs, but for your computer!

Besides, remember how homely Facebook looked when it first hit the public domain? And unlike Facebook, which just had a very unpleasant tussle with the LGBT community, Ello lets you choose whatever user name you want. Give the kid a minute to breathe, would you?

Or, maybe not. It would appear that all is not what it seems when it comes to Ello’s charming, bootstraps-and-a-dream backstory. As Ello early adopter @Waxpancake so helpfully pointed out, Ello.co has already taken $435,000 in VC seed money (stealth mode, baby), way back in January. They will presumably need many millions more to fix all those shortcomings and make the thing work at any sort of scale. They will, presumably, be asked to try and pay some of that cash pile back.


An Ello profile, in beta, minimalist and cute and Courier-tastic.
An Ello profile, in beta, minimalist and cute and Courier-tastic.

Hence, the obvious: How can Ello possibly remain ad-free and largely revenue-less, going forward? How can the boys of Ello keep saying “you’re not the product” when you being the product is the very essence of social media? Are they secretly hoping to build it just big enough to attract a multibillion buyout from Google and then scamper away, laughing?

Ah, hipster startups. It’s all fun and games until someone smashes your ideals with the sledgehammer of capitalism.

But maybe there’s more to it than that? Maybe the sudden flurry of attention Ello is receiving right now, coupled to the fact that it really does appear to be a genuinely independent idea borne of a tiny creative crew whose CEO, Paul Budnitz, builds hipster bikes and founded kidrobot — as opposed to, say, a dumb app blurted out by a gang of spoiled, sexist, rich-kid tech bros at a frat party (hi, SnapChat) — this would all seem to indicate something a bit more transgressive, even potentially transformative. You think?

Look: It’s impossible to say, at this point, if Ello really has a chance of toppling Facebook, or carving out its own niche, or if their egalitarian ideals can remain unpolluted by greed and fame and the undying appeal of a fleet of 911s for the bros.

Maybe it’s not so much that Ello is the perfect anti-Facebook we’ve all be aching for. Maybe it’s more of a reminder of just how much FB has become overly stale and domineering, a bit like Microsoft circa 2007 — a beastly, bloated monolith that somehow forced its way into everyone’s workflow and leaves no real choice. How quickly we forget: There’s more than one way to do this tech life thing. Right? Isn’t there?


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http://blog.sfgate.com/morford/2014/09/26/ello-is-the-tiny-ad-free-anti-facebook-does-it-have-a-prayer
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« Reply #104 on: December 27, 2014, 05:31:38 pm »



'Algorithmic cruelty': Facebook's Year in Review feature criticised for being insensitive

HANNAH FRANCIS

Last updated 05:00, December 27 2014

Facebook has once again been panned for toying insensitively with users' emotions after its "Year In Review" feature forced a prominent web designer to relive the pain of losing his young daughter.

In recent days the social network has been prompting users to create and share a personalised scrapbook of photographic moments they posted during the year.

Facebook prepopulates the photographs from a user's timeline, although they can be customised later. Users are prodded repeatedly with advertisements for the feature, even after they choose not to create an album in the first instance.

But what for many may simply be an annoyance, for those who have had a bad year it can prove heartbreaking.

In what he has dubbed Facebook's "inadvertant algorithmic cruelty", Eric Meyer, who is credited with advocating for web development standards such as cascading style sheets (CSS), was repeatedly shown images of his deceased daughter, Rebecca.

"I didn't go looking for grief this afternoon, but it found me anyway, and I have designers and programmers to thank for it," he wrote on his personal blog.

Many of the Year in Review previews were captioned: "It's been a great year! Thanks for being a part of it."

Meyer criticised Facebook for failing to give users an easy opt-out, instead repeatedly promoting the feature "through different fun-and-fabulous backrounds, as if celebrating a death, and there is no obvious way to stop it".

Meyer's sentiments were widely shared across social media and attracted many similar complaints from those who had lost family members or experienced other traumatic events.

Curtin University media lecturer Tama Leaver said it was a "classic" mistake of software engineers building something for 90 per cent of users but forgetting about the remaining 10 per cent who might experience a product differently.

Facebook's approach in this instance was "consistent" with the network's general philosophy of being a "space for positivity", Leaver said.

"You don't have a 'dislike' button, and you don't have the ability to formally critique things - if you have to engage with a brand, you have to 'like' them first."

However he said many users had become cynical towards Facebook because while on the surface it promoted positivity, in the background it was "experimenting with negativity".

Earlier in the year Facebook's ethics were questioned after it was revealed it had "manipulated" nearly 700,000 users by displaying either positive or negative content in their news feeds as part of a research experiment.

Meyer and many of his followers called on software designers to be more sensitive to "the edge cases" and "the worst-case scenarios" within their audiences.

"We unleash so many literally thoughtless processes on our users, on our lives, on ourselves," he said.

Leaver said there were simple ways Facebook could have been more considerate towards vulnerable users. For instance, not pre-populating Year In Review images on behalf of the user, and making it an opt-in product rather than one that was difficult to opt out of.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/64488169/Algorithmic-cruelty-Facebooks-Year-in-Review-feature-criticised-for-being-insensitive

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« Reply #105 on: April 08, 2015, 04:07:48 pm »


http://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/buyers-beware-waikato-police-warn-public-following-facebook-robberies

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« Reply #106 on: June 06, 2015, 09:31:17 am »


Facebook criticised by NSPCC over baby ducking video clip

By Leo Kelion
Technology desk editor


6 hours ago

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-33014112

saw the story on Sky au, had to hunt the vid clip down to see whether it was the NZ toddler  who died because her family tormented her swung her on a clothes line and dunked her in a bucket of water etc. etc.

it wasn't. 

But I think that not even a warning on a disturbing vid should be used instead of it's removal - so many dumpf copycats "out there" with "monkey see monkey do" syndrome


 
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« Reply #107 on: January 15, 2016, 06:41:45 am »


German high court rules Facebook 'Friend Finder' is unlawful


ReutersJanuary 15, 2016, 5:58 am





FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany's highest court has declared unlawful a feature that encourages Facebook users to market the social media network to their contacts, confirming the rulings of two lower courts.



A panel of the Federal Court of Justice ruled that Facebook's "friend finder" promotional feature constituted advertising harassment in a case that was filed in 2010 by the Federation of German Consumer Organisations (VZBV).



The Facebook feature invites users to grant it permission to vacuum up the e-mail addresses of friends or contacts in the user's address book, which in turn allows the social network to send an invitation to non-Facebook users to join the service.



The court concluded this was a deceptive marketing practice, confirming decisions by two lower courts in Berlin in 2012 and 2014, which had found that Facebook had violated German laws on data protection and unfair trade practices.



The federal court also said Facebook had not adequately informed members about how it was using their contacts' data.



In a statement, a spokeswoman for Facebook in Germany said it was waiting to receive the formal decision and would study the findings "to assess any impact on our services".



(Reporting by Harro ten Wolde; Editing by Eric Auchard)
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https://nz.news.yahoo.com/technology/a/30576889/german-high-court-rules-facebook-friend-finder-is-unlawful/





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« Reply #108 on: March 10, 2016, 12:29:57 pm »

And I still don't want to join a bunch of tattle-tongued tales-telling twits



Alleged flag voting paper theft investigated

Updated at 2:25 pm on 9 March 2016

The Electoral Commission is investigating claims an Auckland man stole hundreds of flag voting papers and voted in favour of the new design.

Several people alerted the commission to the comment he made on a Facebook page five days ago.

The man said he had collected the voting papers from people 'who couldn't care less'.The man said he had collected the voting papers from people 'who couldn't care less'. Photo: FACEBOOK

He had ticked the new flag option on all of them - but it was not known if the papers have been cast.

The man said no referendum has ever brought change except for the Irish referendum that allowed gay marriage.

The Electoral Commission has referred four incidents of alleged flag referendum misconduct, posted on social media, to the police.

Several of the 20 complaints it has received relate to the Auckland incident.

A person who is convicted of filling out someone else's voting paper faces a maximum sentence of two years' jail and or a fine of up to $40,000.


http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/298496/flag-voting-paper-theft-investigated


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« Reply #109 on: March 11, 2016, 11:52:38 am »


from Fusion....

DIGITAL GRAVEYARD

We calculated the year dead people on
Facebook could outnumber the living


By KRISTEN V. BROWN | 1:00AM - Saturday, March 05, 2016



BY the end of this century, Facebook might start to feel more like a digital graveyard than a place for the living.

Facebook has 1.5 billion users now. And according to the Digital Beyond, an online legacy planning company, millions of them are already dead. Often when people die, their loved ones turn their profiles into memorials, digital tombstones that friends and family can revisit in remembrance of their life. If every Facebook user who dies is memorialized, at what point will those digital tombstones outnumber profiles belonging to people who are still alive?

I asked a statistician to calculate the year it might happen, taking into account Facebook's growth, demographic data about its existing global users and death rates from the Centers for Disease Control.

I reached out to a dozen statisticians about the project and almost all of them said it was simply too complicated to calculate. But the heroic Hachem Sadikki, a Ph.D. candidate in statistics at University of Massachusetts, was willing to take a stab at modeling a projection. He crunched the numbers and found that dead users on Facebook will surpass the number of living users sooner than you might think—in the year 2098.

We reached out to Facebook to ask if it had any projections for when this year would come or if it could tell us how many of its users have already died; it declined.

While we think this date is fairly accurate, there are some flaws to the model. It assumes that everyone who dies will be memorialized, for example. And using the CDC's U.S. death rate data for users across the world is an extremely rough way to calculate the demise of users globally. For one, Americans' life spans differ from people in other countries. And two, the CDC categorizes age groups differently than Facebook.

Sadikki also operated under the assumption that, at some point relatively soon, Facebook's exponential growth will plateau, but we have no certain way of knowing if or how soon this will happen. In the U.S., where more than 70 percent of the adult population is already on Facebook, this is already happening.

Back in 2013, Randall Munroe of the web comic XKCD tried his own hand at estimating when Facebook would transform into a digital grave and came up with two potential numbers that were much later: either the 2060s or the 2130s. That difference has to do with the changing of Facebook's demographics between now and then, but also, Sadikki said, in the sets of data that he and Monroe used. Munroe's 2130s estimate assumed that Facebook keeps growing, while the earlier 2060s one assumed, as Sadikki did, that its growth would plateau.

There is no crystal ball to determine how fast Facebook's user base will grow or die. But what is certain is that right now Facebook's users skew very young (more than 60 percent of users are under 35 and less than five percent are over 65) and that as those users already on Facebook age, the rate of death among them will accelerate. If Facebook's global growth stagnates or it loses favor among young people, it could happen even faster.

Either way, on Facebook, pretty soon, you'll be seeing a lot of dead people.


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« Reply #110 on: March 24, 2016, 06:36:24 pm »


A Facebook user has lost about $200,000 thinking they were dealing with high-profile businessman Sir Ralph Norris, when in fact they were not.

The former head of ASB and Air New Zealand has been caught up in a scam that has now sparked warnings from both the police and NetSafe.

Sir Ralph's name has been found on three Facebook profiles that authorities shut down within 24 hours, but not before people were scammed.

Detective Senior Sergeant Iain Chapman said there had been an exponential rise in the number of fake Facebook profiles being created for the sole purpose of scamming people.

"We know of at least two occasions where late last year foreigners were scammed by the people using Sir Ralph's profile.

"One person in particular lost a couple of hundred thousand dollars believing they were engaged in speaking with the Sir Ralph Norris where of course that wasn't the case at all," he said.

Sir Ralph himself has never had a social media account.

Sir Ralph, the police and NetSafe are now urging Facebook users to be very sure of who they are dealing with online.

"Before you decide to handle or send money to anyone you've met online, if you haven't met them before then consider yourself being scammed," Mr Chapman said.

"These people are organised criminals, this is their business, this is their full-time job and they do everything they can to disguise themselves between layers and layers of legitimacy.

"Almost invariably they're offshore, we see a lot of west African countries caught up, a lot of scams tend to come back to countries like Malaysia and China," he said.

Mr Chapman said it was very hard to identify the actual people behind the Facebook profiles, because they used throwaway mobile phones and using fake IP addresses in internet cafes.

"At best we may get a general location," he said.

NetSafe operations manager Lee Chisholm said it was receiving regular reports of fake profiles and pages being used.

"With more than 1.5 billion Facebook users, the platform has become a high profile target for various scams and we'd encourage people to research any offer that's being presented to them," she said.

Sir Ralph Norris responds

Read that and more at
http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/299835/top-businessman's-name-used-in-scam

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« Reply #111 on: September 02, 2016, 11:09:40 am »

Rocket explodes at Cape Canaveral o


The rocket was carrying a satellite to be used by Facebook (FB, Tech30) to bring internet access to Africa, the Middle East, and Europe.
Facebook is in a partnership with French satellite firm Eutelsat Communications. The satellite, called Amos 6, was owned by Israeli company Spacecom.


http://money.cnn.com/2016/09/01/news/companies/spacex-explosion/

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« Reply #112 on: September 02, 2016, 11:57:58 am »


from The Washington Post....

VIDEO: Watch the devastating SpaceX explosion up close



(click on the picture to read the news story)


Further reading....

SpaceX explosion blew up one of Facebook’s most ambitious projects
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DO I LOOK LIKE THIS?
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