Grab popcorn. As internet fights go, this one deserves your full attention — because the fight is over your attention. Your eyeballs and the creepy ads that trade data on you to try to swivel ’em. In the blue corner, the Internet Advertising Bureau’s (IAB) CEO, Randall Rothenberg, who has been taking to Twitter increasingly loudly in recent days to savage Europe’s privacy framework, the GDPR, and bleat dire warnings about California’s Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) — including amplifying studies he claims show “the negative impact” on publishers. Exhibit A, tweeted August 1: More on the negative impact of #GDPR on publishers (and more reasons @iab is trying to fix #CCPA so publishers, brands, & retailers don’t get killed). https://t.co/BWtGNYGTJq — Randall Rothenberg (@r2rothenberg) July 31, 2019 NB: The IAB is a mixed membership industry organization which combines advertisers, brands, publishers, data brokers* and … [Read more...] about Don’t miss this epic Twitter fight between the IAB’s CEO and actual publishers
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We may earn a commission for purchases using our links. Learn more. Google Share Faster There's still no word as to when Google will launch Fast Share. Philip Berne 20 Nov 2019 0 Source: Joe Maring / Android CentralWhat you need to know Google Fast Share will let users send files between devices, similar to Apple's AirDrop. XDA Developers spotted new UI elements and icon designs that show some progress is being made with Fast Share. Android has lacked this native feature since Google deprecated Android Beam with Android 10. Google has made some progress building out its upcoming Fast Share feature, according to screenshots posted by XDA Developers Editor-in-Chief Mishaall Rahman on Twitter. The screenshots show new iconography for the Google Fast Share button in the Share card, as well as redesigned interface elements throughout the sharing procedure. The hope is that Google's Fast Share will be as easy to use as Apple's AirDrop feature. Early previews of Fast Share … [Read more...] about Google’s AirDrop competitor gets new UI and an updated icon
If you buy a Ring doorbell camera, don't be surprised if your local police department one day requests access to it. Amazon-owned Ring said today it has partnered with 405 police agencies across the US so officials can more easily access video footage captured by the doorbell cameras. However, the same partnerships have raised alarms among privacy advocates who fear Ring is paving the way for a US surveillance state. The arrangements made headlines in July when Motherboard reported on Ring's partnership with police in Lakeland, Florida. The department there got 15 free doorbell cams and each time a resident downloaded Ring's Neighbors app, Lakeland police got $10 toward another $130 Ring camera, the report said. That free Neighbors app functions as a digital neighborhood watch. Residents can tap into crime reports and get safety information from their local police department. But police departments can also request footage from Ring owners via a portal that allows police "to view Ring … [Read more...] about Video Doorbell Maker Ring Partners With 405 Police Agencies
Of all the tech echo-chamber arguments, one of my favorites has to be the “RSS is dead” one. Sure, perhaps I’m a bit partial because Steve Gillmor set the discussion in motion in May of 2009 for TechCrunchIT. But it’s still interesting to watch all the sides swarm around the topic. But what’s most interesting lately is how for every one person that busts out the death of RSS meme, a dozen people seem to pop up with posts that refute it. If RSS is doing just fine, shouldn’t that be self-evident? Why do we need so many posts pointing out just how not dead RSS is? Just today, we have GigaOM, Dave Winer, and even Google pointing out that RSS is fine. Some, like Winer, say that it simply needs to be rebooted. Others, like Mathew Ingram for GigaOM, point out that the current way people use it will continue to supplement services like Twitter and Facebook that are supposedly killing it. So what is actually going on? The fact of the matter remains that … [Read more...] about Saying “RSS Is Dead” Is Dead, Saying “RSS Is Not Dead” Is Not — Today.
Tom Goodwin Contributor Share on Twitter Tom Goodwin is EVP, head of innovation at Zenith Media and the co-founder of the Interesting People in Interesting Times event series and podcast. More posts by this contributor 7 things to think about voice Social media, politics, and the bubble of distraction The next few years will see voice automation take over many aspects of our lives. Although voice won’t change everything, it will be part of a movement that heralds a new way to think about our relationship with devices, screens, our data and interactions. We will become more task-specific and less program-oriented. We will think less about items and more about the collective experience of the device ecosystem they are part of. We will enjoy the experiences they make possible, not the specifications they celebrate. In the new world I hope we relinquish our role from the slaves we are today to be being back in control. Voice won’t kill anything The standard way … [Read more...] about 7 things to think about voice