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Facebook’s Filter Bubble Is Getting Worse

Facebook’s Filter Bubble Is Getting Worse

Hi there. If you’re reading this piece, consider yourself lucky. Don’t take it for granted. Especially if you’re like the 62 percent of American adults who get their news from social media, as a recent Pew Research poll showed, and you usually find our posts on Facebook.

Facebook is becoming an echo chamber that prevents us from being confronted with opinions we don’t agree with

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/facebooks-filter-bubble

 

How Yahoo derailed Tumblr

How Yahoo derailed Tumblr

When Mayer showed up 20-30 minutes late, Karp and the audience listened as she talked about her time at Google, the thinking behind the ad sales transition and her intention to help Tumblr grow. Concerns went mostly unaired. One engineer made a GIF of Karp fiddling with his phone while Mayer talked on the screen overhead. He was Photoshopped to be eating while she talked.

Interesting perspective on how badly Yahoo! screwed up tumblr. I guess it could have been worse.

http://mashable.com/2016/06/15/how-yahoo-derailed-tumblr

Scripts to optimize PNGs and JPEGs

(Warning: geek post)

I recently created a couple bash scripts I can run via cron to use pngcrush and jpegtran on images I use in web production. I’m sure they could be done better but so far they are working for me. Here they are if you are interested:

crush_pngs.sh & crush_jpegs.sh

Purple Go Gopher!

Purple Go Gopher!

 

Purple Go Gopher

A coworker got me a PURPLE Go Gopher!

The mascot for one of the programming languages we use (Go) is a gopher.

I am not a product

I am not a product

Warning: Extremely geeky post follows:

Today, most people have their digital life stored on online servers from various companies. Think Google, Apple, Facebook, Twitter, Dropbox, Instagram and many others. You uploaded your pictures, your music, your daily ramblings, happy and sad thoughts. You use these services to share with others, to send and receive emails, store address books, play music and video, have your files available on any device you want. All great features, no doubt! When your phone breaks, just having to log in to the new one to find all your pictures, contacts and other settings is an amazing and reassuring capability brought by these services, often (perhaps incorrectly) called ‘the cloud’.

But you might wonder: “Where is this data? Who has access to it?[1]

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5 private details Facebook asks for that you shouldn’t share

5 private details Facebook asks for that you shouldn’t share

Everything you look at, click, like and so on is recorded by Facebook and tied to your user profile. As a result, the site learns more and more about you in order to serve you ads that you’re most likely to click. Your profile also plays a big role as well, and there’s a great deal of personal information Facebook asks for in order to learn more about you. This info often does little or nothing to enhance your user experience though, so you might be better off omitting it.

5 private details Facebook asks for that you shouldn’t share

Phrack is Back!

Phrack is Back!

Hello Phrack readers! It has been a long time, hasn’t it? Aren’t you
relieved that the world didn’t end in 2012?! What if the Mayans were right?
What if comets hit Earth? Yes, we were worried too, so we decided to take
some time off and enjoy the last days of this planet. Once enough time had
passed, we were pretty sure our species was not going to disappear. It was
about time we returned to our blinking terminals again and finish what we
started :>

Phrack #69