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Trackers and Sneaky Bots In WordPress, Moving Foward

This weekend, as we were preparing for a nice Mother’s Day weekend, we came upon a nasty shock. A reader informed us that Irregular Times was exposing people to a piece of software called SkimLinks.

SkimLinks is a plugin that transforms simple html links into money-making engines for SkimLinks clients. The links include code […]

Bernie Sanders / Bank Of America 2016 Big Data Running Mates For The White House

Bernard Sanders is a frequent critic of Bank of America. So, the senator’s own Twitter feed, as well as Twitter feeds of his supporters, often include the phrase “Bank of America”. Twitter’s predictive system is too stupid, however, to notice that Sanders and his fans are describing Bank of America as heartless, corrupt, abusive, and vile. […]

Are Automattic and WordPress Purposefully Sneaking Skimlinks Trackers Into Jetpack For Self-Hosted Users?

Trust that relies on concealing the truth about what’s really going on is not trust at all. That’s why we urge Wordpress to distance their Jetpack software from the likes of SkimLinks, and honestly explain how the two became entangled in the first place. […]

TechCrunch Celebrates Freedom From Tracking Software While Using Tracking Software

“DuckDuckGo aims to offer up the simplicity and functionality of the big search engines, minus all the creepy tracking stuff. The company outlines everything they do/don’t store right here, but most importantly: it doesn’t use tracking cookies, and it doesn’t save a record of your IP.”

So reads a positive review of DuckDuckGo, a search […]

How To Opt Out Of Corporate Surveillance Programs

Smart Store Privacy is a start, but only a start. It’s a little token of respect for privacy, providing a small territory of safety within a wide open field under the continual scrutiny of data hunters. […]

Draft Version Of Apple Earth Day Press Release

Not for release: Plausibility Committee, please review.

Tomorrow is Earth Day, a day when corporations around the world pretend to care about panda bears, the climate, and yoga. This year, we at Apple are aiming higher. In the spirit of transparency, we are going to admit to you that, although we know that dealing […]

Dark Data And Cash

This morning, I decided to bake crescent rolls, out of a tube, for breakfast. It’s a simple, easy pleasure I indulge in every now and then, but I like to keep it to myself.

So, instead of getting in a car with satellite navigation that could transmit a record of my journey to corporate headquarters […]

Condoleezza Rice and DropBox Collude With Heartbleeding NSA

Corporate and governmental hubs of power have been consumed by a surveillance culture in which top executives presume that they have the right to seize and whatever information they want, to use for whatever purposes they can dream up. They don’t believe that the law, or the Constitution of the United States, applies to them anymore. […]

Portrait Of The Internet

I had a heartbleed this morning, and had to go to the pharmacist for a treatment. When I got there, I discovered this latest update of the Internet’s infrastructure, waiting for me outside.

The 90 Percent Of Us Who Need Google Glass

The Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that most workers don’t make enough money to buy Google Glass as a professional accessory. […]

Would Mother Nature Move You Through A Purchase Funnel?

Mother Nature Network – it sounds like a warm and friendly, huggy and human kind of place – the sort of news web site that might hand you a warm, freshly-baked gluten-free cookie when you visit. It’s a web site that celebrates the “Joy of Less”, so you might expect its web design to be […]