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Facebook is cutting out the human element of [tagging the photo]

Wednesday, December 20th, 2017

NPR the two-way: Facebook Expands Use Of Facial Recognition To ID Users In Photos.

“Facebook is expanding its use of facial recognition software to alert users when photos of them are posted on the platform — whether or not they are tagged in the photo.

By default, Facebook users in the U.S. will be signed up for these face recognition alerts, unless they have previously opted out of a similar, more limited feature. But users can turn off face recognition, Facebook says.

Additionally, the company says it will roll out new tools to alert users if someone else may be impersonating them with a misleading profile photo.”

“Das Ausmaß der Datensammlung verstößt gegen zwingende europäische Datenschutzwertungen”

Tuesday, December 19th, 2017

Deutsche Welle: Bundeskartellamt: Facebook missbraucht Nutzer-Daten. “Das Onlinenetzwerk Facebook gerät unter Druck. Das Bundeskartellamt wirft dem Konzern das “missbräuchliche” Sammeln und Verwerten von Daten vor. Damit würde Facebook seine Marktmacht ausnutzen, so die Behörde.”

“Die Wettbewerbsbehörde sehe vor allem die Datensammlung außerhalb des sozialen Netzwerks und ihre Zusammenführung mit dem Facebook-Konto als “problematisch” an, erklärte Kartellamtspräsident Andreas Mundt in einer vorläufigen Einschätzung. Zu diesen Drittseiten gehören dem Kartellamt zufolge einerseits konzerneigene Dienste wie WhatsApp oder Instagram, aber auch Webseiten und Apps anderer Betreiber, auf die Facebook über Schnittstellen zugreifen kann. “Dies geschieht sogar schon, wenn man zum Beispiel einen ‘Gefällt Mir-Button’ gar nicht nutzt, aber eine entsprechende Seite aufgerufen hat, in die ein solcher Button eingebettet ist”, erklärte Mundt. Dies sei den Nutzern nicht bewusst.”

“Do I know you? Facebook seems to think so.”

Saturday, December 9th, 2017

Gizmodo: How Facebook Figures Out Everyone You’ve Ever Met. “Behind the Facebook profile you’ve built for yourself is another one, a shadow profile, built from the inboxes and smartphones of other Facebook users.”

“Shadow contact information has been a known feature of Facebook for a few years now. But most users remain unaware of its reach and power. Because shadow-profile connections happen inside Facebook’s algorithmic black box, people can’t see how deep the data-mining of their lives truly is, until an uncanny recommendation pops up.”

Quartz: Google collects Android users’ locations even when location services are disabled.

“Many people realize that smartphones track their locations. But what if you actively turn off location services, haven’t used any apps, and haven’t even inserted a carrier SIM card?

Even if you take all of those precautions, phones running Android software gather data about your location and send it back to Google when they’re connected to the internet, a Quartz investigation has revealed.”

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“So long Pop! I’m off to check my tiger trap!”

Friday, November 10th, 2017

S Anand: Every Calvin and Hobbes strip in an instant searchable interface. What is says on the tin. I do have The Complete Calvin and Hobbes on paper, but this is really handy if you want to find just this one strip…

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“I can haz all your votes”

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

The Economist: Once considered a boon to democracy, social media have started to look like its nemesis.. “An economy based on attention is easily gamed.”

“Facebook and Google account for about 40% of America’s digital content consumption, according to Brian Wieser of Pivotal Research, a data provider[.]
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Adult Americans who use Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp spend around 20 hours a month on the three services. Overall, Americans touch their smartphones on average more than 2,600 times a day (the heaviest users easily double that). The population of America farts about 3m times a minute. It likes things on Facebook about 4m times a minute.

The average piece of content is looked at for only a few seconds. But it is the overall paying of attention, not the specific information, that matters. The more people use their addictive-by-design social media, the more attention social-media companies can sell to advertisers—and the more data about the users’ behaviour they can collect for themselves. It is an increasingly lucrative business to be in. On November 1st Facebook posted record quarterly profits, up nearly 80% on the same quarter last year. Combined, Facebook and Alphabet, Google’s parent company, control half the world’s digital advertising.”