“Our privacy is being attacked on multiple fronts,” he said, speaking remotely to EPIC event attendees in Washington, D.C. “I’m speaking to you from Silicon Valley, where some of the most prominent and successful companies have built their businesses by lulling their customers into complacency about their personal information. They’re gobbling up everything they can learn about you and trying to monetize it. We think that’s wrong. And it’s not the kind of company that Apple wants to be.”
Apple is still recovering from its own privacy scandals, namely the infamous iCloud hack that exposed several female celebrities’ nude photos in 2014. But in recent years, the company has been pushing for greater security measures to better ensure consumer data is protected from advertisers and law enforcement with encryption.
“If you put a key under the mat for the cops, a burglar can find it, too,” Cook said. “Criminals are using every technology tool at their disposal to hack into people’s accounts. If they know there’s a key hidden somewhere, they won’t stop until they find it.”
Cook’s comments alluded to legislators and law enforcement agencies who want devoted access to mobile devices and online services for criminal surveillance purposes. And Apple’s refusal has drawn the ire of intelligence agencies and the Justice Department’s requests to “hand over the digital keys” to encrypted devices.
Excellent and thought-provoking article today in the NYTimes about the lynch mob mentality that has set in on social media. It tracks what happens to someone who says something stupid on social media, and then gets drawn & quartered for it.
The writer goes back to the colonial era, back when the stocks & whipping were still common, to see how & we moved away from these forms of punishment (although apparently Delaware was still whipping people until 1972? WTF Delaware? Was the Christian Grey the f’in governor there or what?).
The movement against public shaming had gained momentum in 1787, when Benjamin Rush, a physician in Philadelphia and a signer of the Declaration of Independence, wrote a paper calling for its demise — the stocks, the pillory, the whipping post, the lot. “Ignominy is universally acknowledged to be a worse punishment than death,” he wrote. “It would seem strange that ignominy should ever have been adopted as a milder punishment than death, did we not know that the human mind seldom arrives at truth upon any subject till it has first reached the extremity of error.”
There’s a line between calling someone to account for something they say deliberately, with malice aforethought. And then there’s destroying someone for saying something stupid, making a bad joke. Most of the time in these here parts, we’re pretty firmly on the side of cutting someone a break, not flying off the handle, not setting out to deliberately cause an unsuspecting bystander pain.
But we can very easily tip over onto the other side. Please keep that in mind as we skewer the malevolent RWNJs. Not everybody deserves painful public immolation for being stupid.
In a series of Facebook posts obtained by ThinkProgress, the senior adviser for policy and communications to Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL) posted racial comments and endorsed gentrification of his neighborhood.
Benjamin Cole, a former Baptist pastor and energy industry spokesman, posted a series of videos and comments on October 13, 2013 mocking two African Americans outside his DC apartment. In the first, he compared them to animals escaping from the National Zoo engaged in “mating rituals.” That message included a video of a woman, shouting and seemingly engaged in an argument with someone not visible as she walked. In each of his posts, he used the hashtag “#gentrifytoday.”
The National Zoo was closed that week due to a federal government shutdown.
The posts appeared to have been removed Wednesday.
Later that year, Cole described witnessing a shooting of “one of the hood rats on my street” by “another hood rat.”
Apparently these guys have now moved on to Russian social networks, Facebook, and Tumblr. Ugh. Please don’t pass on anything they post if you see it. Yeah, I know they’re horrible and there are people out there who delight in showing how awful some Muslims can behave, but helping this group disseminate their pathological propaganda is a really bad idea.
A jihadi forum associated with the Islamic State (IS) militant group has warned its members to avoid using the popular WhatsApp messaging application, citing security concerns. […]
The announcement warns that even though WhatsApp is a popular application for instant messaging, including among “ordinary Muslims,” it is not secure and is being used “in the war against the mujahedin.”
According to the announcement, WhatsApp is helping the National Security Agency (NSA) and Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) to spy on users. Use of WhatsApp poses a threat to the sharing of information and pictures and a list of secure apps that can be used to share data will be released soon, the announcement says.
Considerable media attention has been given to the Islamic State group’s use of social media, including tools like WhatsApp, audio sharing site SoundCloud, and microblogging site Twitter. […]
The Central Intelligence Agency showed its hipper side Friday, launching its Twitter presence with a cheeky first tweet: “We can neither confirm nor deny that this is our first tweet.”
The CIA was slow to join Twitter. Other agencies like the geeky codebreakers at the National Security Agency and even the staid Director of National Intelligence had already joined Twitter. NSA had a creative tweet go viral last month, when @NSACareers tweeted a series of letters - with a challenge to break the code. @NSACareers is a veteran tweeter, having launched the first U.S. spy agency Twitter account in 2009.
CIA ✔ @CIA
We can neither confirm nor deny that this is our first tweet.
10:49 AM - 6 Jun 2014
Coming fashionably late to Twitter, CIA quickly made up for lost ground. Within the first hour of its account’s inception at 1:45 p.m., CIA had already gained almost 85,200 followers, their first tweet had been retweeted 70,000 times and “The CIA” was “trending,” in Twitter parlance.
The CIA had been planning to join Twitter for some time, but like all big bureaucracies, especially secret ones, decisions move slowly. “This has been a lengthy process,” said agency spokesman Dean Boyd. “It’s been in the works for a long time.”
Among the hurdles: CIA had to reclaim its handle from an individual who was impersonating the agency. The agency lodged a complaint earlier this year with Twitter to liberate the handle @CIA. “There was someone out there impersonating CIA via Twitter,” Mr. Boyd said. “CIA filed an impersonation complaint with Twitter and they secured the @CIA account for us, which is routine for government agencies.”
Prior to the impersonator, the @CIA Twitter handle belonged to the Cleveland Institute of Art. The institute ditched it in 2013 to consolidate its social media and avoid the ire of angry tweeters who confused it with the spy agency.
Because, this is just funny!
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Manchester United Will Rise Again! Defiant David Moyes Vows to End the Dark Days Starting With Olympiacos
‘This club will rise again,’ said Moyes, striking a rather dramatic tone.
‘My future hasn’t changed and we never discuss it,’ he said. ‘The biggest assurance is that the club let me get on with the job.’
It is a familiar Moyes theme and would deserve a more sympathetic audience if only his team’s football showed some sign of improving.
Sadly, the manner of Sunday’s defeat to Liverpool has done nothing to inspire any kind of optimism as United try to overturn a 2-0 first leg deficit.
Moyes may have sounded confident about his future yesterday but if performances don’t change soon then something else will.
United’s supporters will not stay classy forever. They may have more power than they think.
Read more: dailymail.co.uk
A German cartoonist has apologized for causing offense by depicting Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg as a hooked-nose octopus, after Jewish groups complained it resembled Nazi propaganda.
Cartoonist Burkhard Mohr says he had intended to make a point about Facebook devouring rival WhatsApp and didn’t realize the parallels to the Nazis’ anti-Semitic portrayal of Jews as hungry tentacle monsters.
The cartoon was published Friday in early editions of the Munich daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung. Later editions showed an empty hole where Zuckerberg’s face had been.
“I’m very sorry about this misunderstanding and any readers’ feelings I may have hurt,” Mohr said in an email to The Associated Press on Tuesday.
“Anti-Semitism and racism are ideologies that are totally alien to me,” he added.
Efraim Zuroff, the head Nazi hunter at the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Jerusalem, said he wasn’t convinced by the apology.
“He drew a caricature that is so reminiscent of Der Stuermer caricatures that it’s inconceivable to me he didn’t realize this,” said Zuroff, referring to the weekly propaganda paper that the Nazis used to whip up hatred against Jews. “Maybe he should pay a visit to their archives.”
I only started using WhatsApp a couple of months ago, after a prospective CouchSurfing host in Jakarta asked me if I had it on my mobile. It’s an elegantly simple messaging app — as simple as sending a text, but without incurring your carrier’s SMS fees.
Facebook just bought WhatsApp for $19 billion. Here’s Forbes’ profile of the creator of the app, a Ukrainian emigré who once depended on food stamps.
Jan Koum picked a meaningful spot to sign the $19 billion deal to sell his company WhatsApp to Facebook earlier today. Koum, cofounder Brian Acton and venture capitalist Jim Goetz of Sequoia drove a few blocks from WhatsApp’s discreet headquarters in Mountain View to a disused white building across the railroad tracks, the former North County Social Services office where Koum, 37, once stood in line to collect food stamps. That’s where the three of them inked the agreement to sell their messaging phenom -which brought in a miniscule $20 million in revenue last year — to the world’s largest social network.
With 450 million monthly users and a million more signing up each day, WhatsApp was just too far ahead in the international mobile messaging race for Facebook to catch up, as you can see in the chart above we made last year. Facebook either had to surrender the linchpin to mobile social networking abroad, or pony up and acquire WhatsApp before it got any bigger. It chose the latter.
Facebook recently said on its earnings call a few weeks ago that its November relaunch of Messenger led to a 70% increase in usage, with many more messages being sent. But much of that was likely in the United States and Canada where the standalone messaging app war is still to be won.
Internationally, Facebook was late to the Messenger party. It didn’t launch until 2011 after Facebook bought Beluga, and at the time it was centered around group messaging where SMS was especially weak.
WhatsApp launched in 2009 with the right focus on a lean, clean, and fast mobile messaging app. And while the international messaging market is incredibly fragmented, it was able to gain a major presence where Messenger didn’t as you can see in this chart above that we made about a year ago.
Unlike PC-based social networking, there is no outstanding market leader in mobile messaging. Still, WhatsApp absolutely dominates in markets outside of the U.S. like Europe and India. It’s also impossible for Facebook to acquire certain other Asian competitors like WeChat, which is the one hope of Chinese mega-giant Tencent to have a global consumer product.
So it’s clear that WhatsApp had strategic interest to Facebook, and we know that the two talked from time to time.