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New Park in Rockland, Maine Celebrates Google Maps

“The brilliance of Google,” writes Owl Eyes Creative, “is that the company has grown to understand its users.”

Part of understanding Google’s users is an understanding of where Google users live. Google has become an unrivaled expert at using the power of well-designed data mining to create a deeper level of understanding for users about [...]

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. [...]

NSA Spying On Normal Lawful Communications Just In Case We Might Do Evil

The genius of the NSA spying system is that it’s never in plain sight, though it’s something that we all may reasonably suspect is watching us at any moment. [...]

Your Encryption Will Not Save Your Privacy

The rare corporations that have refused to betray promises of encryption to their customers have been targeted by the NSA anyway, through hacking operations that have stolen encryption keys or found other ways to bust through privacy protections. [...]

News About Electronic Surveillance Gets Even Worse

Several new pieces of news reveal that online spying, involving both the NSA and corporations, is even worse than we thought. [...]

When You Search With Google You Fund Antiscientific Propaganda

Google’s position defending those in power against grassroots change is confirmed in this week’s news that Google is now supporting politicians who oppose action to slow down climate change. [...]

When Mark of the Beast and End Times Outrank Available Evidence, Conspiracies Follow

Since January 2013, writers at Irregular Times have been pointing out the problems in the conspiracy theory insisting that the “Obamacare” health care law requires all Americans to be forcibly implanted with RFID-trackable microchips starting this year. The biggest problem with this claim is empirical: if you read the text of the law yourself, you’ll [...]

Google To Release GoogleMug In April

The apps specially designed for the GoogleMug will make use of an array of sensors on the interior of the cup. The background of the screen exterior will change color as the coffee or tea inside cools. Embedded heaters can also be set to automatically reheat the liquid once it goes down below a certain temperature. [...]

Social Media Infographic Hype Doesn't Help

This morning, a contact of mine recommended an infographic to me.

Go ahead and click on the infographic (uploaded April 2012) if you’d like to read it in detail on its original website, whitefireseo.com; I can’t find the space to post the graphic at its full size and write about it at the same time. [...]

The Evolution of a Quote: Misconceived, Misattributed, Misconstrued

Yesterday a professional contact of mine shared the following message on Facebook:

“Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an [...]

Security Culture Blow To Freedom Culture Began Before September 2001

This inversion in the political culture of the United States is happening at a time when the technology for the creation of a security state has been developed beyond our ancestors’ capacity for imagination. The FISA Amendments Act and the Patriot Act have resulted in the creation of a ubiquitous surveillance system far more powerful than what George Orwell anticipated in 1948. [...]