5. This morning, Fast Company reports that Facebook is now going to make it less difficult for people to buy things online by providing a way for people to route their financial interactions through Facebook, allowing Facebook to take a cut as a middleman. How many people are suffering from the difficulty of making a purchase online?
4. Remember when we used to read stories about how the autocratic governments in totalitarian nations like China would use the Internet to keep track of their citizens’ private activities? Welcome to their world. In a few weeks, the United Nations is going to launch an investigation of human rights abuses by the NSA against the American people.
3. A company called Ultramercial thinks it has the right to claim ownership of all Internet advertisements that are shown before access to copyrighted content – even though its patent doesn’t describe any actual technology, just the idea that advertisements would be “on the Internet”.
2. Although Apple has conned the New York City Police Department into distributing advertisements for its iPhones, asserting that the iPhone’s new operating is more secure than previous iterations, it has taken hackers only two days to figure out a way to defeat the fingerprint biometric security system of the iPhone 5S.
1. Telecommunications companies have been taking hundreds of millions of dollars from the spies at the National Security Agency in exchange for the huge amounts of data about their customers that’s being handed over. Hey, NSA! Where’s our share? It’s information about the private lives of ordinary American citizens that you’re taking. If you’re going to spy on us unconstitutionally, the least you could do is write us a check every now and then.