Google’s latest announcement regarding ad-targeting changes generated quite a few headlines (Click the links to read the stories).
The Wall Street Journal: “Google to stop selling ads based on your specific web browsing”
Mashable: “Google Says It Will Stop Targeting Ads Based On User’s Browsing History”
Digiday: “Google will end behavioral targeting, profile-building in its ad products”
Yahoo: “Google plans to stop targeting ads based on your browsing history”
Quite the noise. The new ad-targeting announcement, where Google has announced they will no longer target ads based on personal user fingerprinting, is being hailed as a pro-privacy move.
Peer pressure is a powerful thing — what we see people around us do shapes our notion of how life should be lived and how things should be done, even more so when we’re subtly shamed for not conforming.
But when you peek under the hood, not everything makes sense. Here are a few things whose status as ‘a part of life’ seems suspicious.
Addiction to busyness
This is the year 2021, when many things that used to take ages like long-distance communication and downloading/transferring files are all near-instant. …
Verkada is a tech company founded in 2016 that offers surveillance solutions for enterprise customers. This is how they describe themselves on LinkedIn:
Earlier today, news broke that hackers were able to gain access to Verkada’s “Super Admin” feature which allows the user to see live and archived footage of Verkada customers. Over 150,000 security cameras were exposed, and affected customers included Tesla, US jails, and hospitals.
This is terrible, of course. Any security breach at a company that provides surveillance as a service is bad news for clients, and anyone who was taped.
Democracy is in danger. Climate change will kill us all. Income inequality is out of line. Life expectancy is declining.
Wherever you look on the internet, the torrent of bad news is inescapable.
This phenomenon has a term — doomscrolling. When you open up your favourite social media or news app/website and scroll through the feed, chances are you see a significant proportion of content that is doom and gloom. There’s no hope for the world. Everything is f*cked.
Identifying problems is an important function of every profession, and the media does this at scale. …
WhatsApp is a popular messaging app that has 2 billion users worldwide, delivering roughly 100 billion messages a day. India is by far its biggest market, with 350 million users.
It was launched in 2009, and once claimed “Respect for your privacy is coded into our DNA”. In 2014 came its acquisition by Facebook for $19 billion, and the inevitable dilution of this principle.
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What you are about to read from here is heavily hyperlinked. While I would be honoured if this post is taken at face value…
Even on the most ordinary day, one can find interesting conversation popping up out of nowhere. Now, like most individuals, Tom hated missing the elevator by a whisker. He was low-key overjoyed when he was able to slide in through closing doors just in time, and doubly glad to see his old friend Gerald, who worked in the same building, inside. Working on floors 24 and 25, it was a fair way up, so Tom was glad to spend a couple of minutes with a familiar face.
Not one moment after exchanging pleasantries, however Gerald asked, “Why do we need…
Genre: Sports documentary series
Personal rating: 8.5/10
This docu-series was a breath of fresh air in a football media landscape that seems to focus too much on the Hollywood tier clubs and/or players, giving a rather lopsided view of the actual majority of football players and fans who exist in the relative wilderness of mid-table and lower division football. …
“So long as I retain the approval of one person, my existence is vindicated. Just as memories keep one alive long after they die, being forgotten kills them before their heart stops. Today, I still matter.”
Tom gazed another moment at his reflection, adjusted his tie and picked up his bag. It was time to go to work.
Life as CEO of a tech company is extremely stressful, but Tom made it all seem like a breeze. …
Genre: Psychological thriller
Personal rating: 6.5/10
Note: Some spoilers ahead, but harmless in the grand scheme of things
When something seems to good to be true, it usually is.
Dylan Sprouse shines in his portrayal of Lucas Ward, a transfer student. No ordinary one either: Lucas is the Model Student, a polyglot who is attentive and engaging in class, and able to interpret complex texts seemingly effortlessly.
Kent Osborne also shows great range in his portrayal of Mr. Butler — an average English teacher with a mediocre academic record and goals to match. That description may seem harsh…