Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak Swipes at Zuckerberg: He Buys Up Neighboring Houses to Protect His Privacy

This week, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak joined the growing boycott of Facebook, telling USA Today that he left the social media platform over concerns regarding its data collection. Facebook has estimated that as many as 87 million people possibly had their personal data improperly shared with firm Cambridge Analytica. With Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifying before Congress this week about the company’s privacy policies and the Cambridge Analytica data leak, Wozniak appeared on MSNBC this afternoon to discuss. In the tech pioneer’s opinion, Zuckerberg obviously values his privacy far more than he does of Facebook’s users, considering how he lives his personal life. “Look at the privacy side of it, though,” Wozniak said. “Mark Zuckerberg buys all the houses around his for privacy and buys extra lots in Hawaii around his for privacy. But oh, our privacy has not been respected and watched over.” He continued, “Facebook could have Continue reading "Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak Swipes at Zuckerberg: He Buys Up Neighboring Houses to Protect His Privacy"

Apple CEO Tim Cook Dunks on Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg: ‘I Wouldn’t Be In This Situation’

Apple CEO Tim Cook took a shot at Facebook’s embattled chief Mark Zuckerberg in an interview with Record and MSNBC Wednesday night, rebuking the social platform’s collection of user data. Facebook has come under fire in recent weeks after it was revealed Cambridge Analytica, a data firm employed by the Trump campaign during the 2016 election, illicitly obtained the data of 50 million users. Since, Zuckerberg has been on an apology tour, and is expected to testify before Congress regarding the scandal. “We could make a ton of money if we monetized our customers, if our customers were our product,” Cook said an the interview with Kara Swisher and Chris Hayes. “We’ve elected not to do that.” “I think it’s an invasion of privacy. Privacy to us is a human right,” Cook said. “It’s a civil liberty, and in something that is unique to America, this is like freedom Continue reading "Apple CEO Tim Cook Dunks on Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg: ‘I Wouldn’t Be In This Situation’"

Netizen Report: Cyber Attacks Sideline Independent Media in Azerbaijan, Philippines

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in internet rights around the world. Technical attacks ranging from 1:1 hacking incidents to full-on DDoS (distributed denial of service) attacks have become an increasingly common tactic for silencing critical voices on the internet. Two examples of this threat have emerged in recent weeks in Azerbaijan and the Philippines. Independent news site MeydanTV was one of those targeted in a wave of attacks on the websites, Facebook pages and email accounts of Azerbaijani dissidents and their supporters. Meydan TV, which has provided routine coverage of politics and social movements (despite clear and present risks), had its Facebook account hacked, resulting in the loss of years’ worth of posts and 100,000 followers. The attacks appear to be part of a broad campaign to quell online dissent in Azerbaijan in the lead-up to presidential elections this
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Turns out people really like podcasts after all (and now we have numbers to prove it)

Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue 149, published January 30, 2018. One month in. When Apple rolled out its long-awaited in-episode podcast analytics last month, part of the anxiety (and excitement, really) was finding out whether, essentially, the world would end. Which is to say, whether this whole podcast thing was a bubble, a house of cards; whether perhaps many of the metrics the industry had been using to articulate, extract, and transact its value was nothing more than inflated abstraction, like the hollow vitality of a viral tweet lifted up by a golemnic army of stolen identities. You can scratch that particular anxiety off the list. Over at Wired, Miranda Katz checked in with a few publishers one month in and wrote:
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Media companies should open up an HQ2

Amazon has announced its list of 20 finalists to be the new home for its second headquarters, its HQ2. (Though 20 feels more like a longlist than a shortlist, to be honest.) For anyone hoping that Amazon would play urban revivalist and plunk its employees down in some down-on-its-heels third-tier burg, it’s a disappointing list of the usual major-league cities and suburbs. (While the city that wins will obviously get a development boon, it seems borderline unfair to have raised the hopes of places that never had a chance. I love my home state of Louisiana, but I’m pretty sure the Lafayette–Baton Rouge corridor wasn’t going to be competitive no matter how good their PowerPoint was, barring a crawfish-specific ask in the RFP that I missed. I’m reminded of the time Tulsa tried to get the Summer Olympics: You want to applaud the chutzpah, but you also Continue reading "Media companies should open up an HQ2"

Can sports turn the local podcast business into a green monster?

Two things to watch with Season Ticket. The first is how much, and how fast, it will grow. Recall that the station’s first major podcast achievement, Modern Love, garnered 1.4 million downloads in its first month, and after four months the podcast was averaging 300,000 downloads a week. The second is how Season Ticket will find its place within the Boston sports fan media diet. This is, after all, a media consumer long super-served by New England’s sprawling network of sports media institutions, talk radio and otherwise, and WBUR’s task will be to tap into a completely new set of previously unserved fans — a younger generation, perhaps, or a diaspora in need — or test the limits of the hypothesis that the Boston sports fan’s hunger for coverage could very well be infinite. Whatever WBUR finds out, they can definitely add another feather to their cap of Continue reading "Can sports turn the local podcast business into a green monster?"