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Date: Mon, 17 Oct 2011 23:28:47 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: To Track or 'Do Not Track' Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> To Track or 'Do Not Track': Advancing Transparency and Individual Control in Online Behavioral Advertising Omer Tene College of Management - School of Law, Israel Jules Polonetsky Future of Privacy Forum August 31, 2011 Abstract: The past decade has seen a proliferation of online data collection, processing, analysis and storage capacities leading businesses to employ increasingly sophisticated technologies to track and profile individual users. The use of online behavioral tracking for advertising purposes has drawn criticism from journalists, privacy advocates and regulators. Indeed, the behavioral tracking industry is currently the focus of the online privacy debate. At the center of the discussion is the Federal Trade Commission's Do Not Track (DNT) proposal. The debate raging around DNT and the specific details of its implementation disguises a more fundamental disagreement among stakeholders about deeper societal values and norms. Unless policymakers address this underlying normative question - is online behavioral tracking a social good or an unnecessary evil - they may not be able to find a solution for implementing user choice in the context of online privacy. Practical progress advancing user privacy will be best served if policymakers and industry focus their debate on the desirable balance between efficiency and individual rights and if businesses implement tracking mechanisms fairly and responsibly. Policymakers must engage with these underlying normative questions; they cannot continue to sidestep these issues in the hope that "users will decide" for themselves. ... http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1920505
Date: Mon, 17 Oct 2011 22:44:58 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Are Smartphones Becoming Smart Alecks? Message-ID: <email@example.com> Are Smartphones Becoming Smart Alecks? New Devices Dish Out Sarcasm, Tell Jokes; 'Two iPhones Walk Into a Bar' By GEOFFREY A. FOWLER OCTOBER 15, 2011 Now even your phone talks back. Matt Legend Gemmell, a software designer from Edinburgh, got a new Apple Inc. iPhone on Friday and asked it: "Who's your daddy?" "You are," the phone answered, in the voice of an authoritative man. Earlier, he commanded: "Beam me up." This time, the iPhone responded: "Sorry, Captain, your tricorder is in Airplane Mode." The real science of artificial intelligence is finally catching up to science fiction. HAL 9000, the creepy sentient computer from the movie "2001: A Space Odyssey," has been incarnated, in the form of Siri, a virtual personal assistant that comes with Apple's new iPhone 4S, which arrived in stores Friday. The phone takes verbal commands and questions, and responds with computer-generated speech. Real humans are responding to this alarming breakthrough by asking their iPhones ridiculous questions. The good news is, Siri has a sense of humor. ... http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204774604576631271813770508.html
Date: Mon, 17 Oct 2011 23:32:05 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Top U.S. Websites Share Visitor Personal Data Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Privacy Study: Top U.S. Websites Share Visitor Personal Data By Julia Angwin October 11, 2011 NOTE: This post has been updated to include clarifications that were made to the original study. A study released Tuesday shows that 45% of the top 185 U.S. websites transmit identifying details about their visitors to at least four outside websites. The data transmitted was primarily a "username" - which is the name a person uses to log into a website - or a user ID assigned by the website to a user. It was usually transmitted through referrers - which is information about the web page transmitted automatically. In some cases, the data went much further: the study found for instance that the online dating website OKCupid sent the gender, age, [and] zip code to two companies that sell personal data in auctions, BlueKai and Lotame. Lotame also received data about 'relationship status' and 'drug use frequency.' Lotame confirmed that it has a data licensing relationship with OKCupid, but said it does not use data in the "drug use category." BlueKai told Digits that it does not buy or sell data attributes like "drug use frequency" from OKCupid. "We do capture standard demographic attributes like zip, age and gender from several publishers," a BlueKai spokesperson said. It's not clear how many companies that received the data used the identifying information. But researcher Jonathan Mayer, a PhD student at Stanford University's computer security lab, said that the study proved that online tracking is not anonymous. ... http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2011/10/11/privacy-study-top-u-s-websites-share-visitor-personal-data/
Date: Mon, 17 Oct 2011 23:34:08 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Apple Helps Devices Get Their Heads in the Cloud Message-ID: <email@example.com> Apple Helps Devices Get Their Heads in the Cloud by Katherine Boehret October 11, 2011 Apple devices can be addictive: People buy one tiny iPod, fall in love, and end up with three or four other Apple products. Now if only they could see all their data on all those devices simultaneously. Starting today, they can. ICloud is designed to store and replicate documents, music, apps and 1,000 photos on PCs, the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. It also syncs contacts, calendars and email so all your machines and devices have the same data and content. It will back up five gigabytes of data, but certain types aren't counted against that total. The best part: It's free. I've been testing iCloud's sync ability between a MacBook Pro, iPhone 4S and iPad 3G. I also accessed and added content using iCloud.com. At first, I ran into a few hiccups with syncing photos, but an Apple spokesman explained that the company's servers were occasionally down while they were being prepared for Wednesday's iCloud launch. After that, iCloud worked without a hitch-well enough that I stopped thinking about which device held what since they were all updated with the same content. ... http://allthingsd.com/20111011/apple-helps-devices-get-their-heads-in-the-cloud/ ***** Moderator's Note ***** "And so, Mister Horne", the Senior Investigator said, "according to records supplied to us by the right-thinking Americans at Apple Corp., you have the address and phone number of a known Liberal in your computer"! "Jim, come here", cried the statistical lead excitedly, "this index of correlation is fantastic! I can tell you who he had lunch with two months ago"! "Even paranoids have enemies" - Berke Bill Horne Moderator
Date: Mon, 17 Oct 2011 22:27:30 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: In-depth Review: Apple's iOS 5 mobile operating system Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> In-depth Review: Apple's iOS 5 mobile operating system By Daniel Eran Dilger October 12, 2011 Apple's latest reference release of its mobile platform, iOS 5, isn't going to leave users wondering if they should upgrade. It's free, it has no real downsides, and has no competition among iPhone, iPod touch and IPad users. But here's a look at what's new and why it matters. ... http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/11/10/12/in_depth_review_ios_5.html
Date: Tue, 18 Oct 2011 02:29:45 -0700 From: Thad Floryan <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Future phones may rewire and reinvent themselves Message-ID: <4E9D4709.email@example.com> Slashdot had several interesting items in its email digest for Monday, 17-OCT-2011. The first one that intrigued me was the claim future computers won't be "artificial intelligence" as much as they'll be "artificial consciousness"; article here: http://h30565.www3.hp.com/t5/Feature-Articles/Science-Fiction-s-Take-on-the-Future-of-Computers-Visionaries/ba-p/556 What really piqued my curiosity, however, was another aspect of nanotechnology where circuits can be reconfigured on the fly per the following article: http://www.telecoms.com/34884/future-phones-may-rewire-and-reinvent-themselves/ First 4 paragraphs are below; article continues at above URL: Future mobile devices may be able to reconfigure themselves to meet new demands, according to researchers that have developed a nanomaterial that can "steer" electrical currents. The discovery could lead to the development of smartphones and devices that can reconfigure their internal 'wiring' and evolve into an entirely different and new device, to reflect the changing needs of consumers. With smartphones getting smaller and smaller, the materials from which the circuits are constructed begin to lose their properties and are more likely to be controlled by quantum mechanical phenomena, according to the research team from Northwestern University in Michigan. As devices reach this physical barrier, scientists have begun building circuits in three dimensions, by stacking components on top of one another. This technique was pioneered by Intel earlier this year. However, the team said that it has taken a fundamentally different approach be making reconfigurable electronic materials that can rearrange themselves to meet different computational needs at different times. The team is aiming to create a single device able to reconfigure itself into a resistor, a rectifier, a diode and a transistor based on signals from a computer. The multi-dimensional circuitry could be reconfigured into new electronic circuits using a varied input sequence of electrical pulses, the team said. ***** Moderator's Note ***** George Jetson might get to see this, but it sounds a bit far-fetched to be useful today. Bill Horne Moderator
Date: Tue, 18 Oct 2011 13:47:50 -0500 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Robert Bonomi) To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: Future phones may rewire and reinvent themselves Message-ID: <o6GdnVr3eLtLVADTnZ2dnUVZ_qednZ2d@posted.nuvoxcommunications> In article <4E9D4709.firstname.lastname@example.org>, Thad Floryan <email@example.com> wrote: >the following article: > > > http://www.telecoms.com/34884/future-phones-may-rewire-and-reinvent-themselves/ > > >First 4 paragraphs are below; article continues at above URL: > [[ sneck ]] >according to the research team from Northwestern University in >Michigan. Northwestern University in MICHIGAN???? Huh? >From further reading, it's the real Northwestern U., in Evanston IL I hope telecoms.com does a better job of getting their facts right, in general.
Date: Mon, 17 Oct 2011 23:36:58 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: The iPhone Finds Its Voice Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> The iPhone Finds Its Voice by Walt Mossberg October 11, 2011 Sometimes, as we all know, looks can be deceiving. While Apple's latest iPhone doesn't look different, and may not be the kind of blockbuster people expect from the late Steve Jobs's company, it thinks different, to quote one of Apple's old ad slogans. Inside its familiar-looking body there lurks a nascent artificial-intelligence system that has to be tried to be believed. Apple's fifth-generation iPhone, the $199 iPhone 4S, goes on sale Friday with a new operating system and a new cloud-synchronization service called iCloud. But, while its insides have been significantly improved, the phone's exterior design is identical to that of last year's iPhone 4, which Apple says is the best-selling smartphone in the world. I've been testing the 4S for about a week to see how it differs from the previous model. I also evaluated the key features added by the new operating system, called iOS 5, including a new, free text-messaging service; deep integration with Twitter; and the ability to edit photos right on the phone. This new software will be available as a free upgrade for owners of the iPhone 4 and the 2009-vintage iPhone 3GS, as well as for Apple's iPad tablet and its iPod Touch. ... http://allthingsd.com/20111011/the-iphone-finds-its-voice/ ***** Moderator's Note ***** I think the most trenchant remark in the article is this one: Despite Siri, the iPhone 4S isn't a dramatic game-changer like some previous iPhones. Some new features are catch-ups to competitors. I sense Apple chose to focus more on software and cloud service than on hardware. Bill Horne Moderator
Date: Mon, 17 Oct 2011 23:28:47 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Tracking the Trackers: Where Everybody Knows Your Username Message-ID: <email@example.com> Tracking the Trackers: Where Everybody Knows Your Username by Jonathan Mayer October 11, 2011 The Center for Internet and Society (CIS) Stanford Law School Click the local Home Depot ad and your email address gets handed to a dozen companies monitoring you. Your web browsing, past, present, and future, is now associated with your identity. Swap photos with friends on Photobucket and clue a couple dozen more into your username. Keep tabs on your favorite teams with Bleacher Report and you pass your full name to a dozen again. This isn't a 1984-esque scaremongering hypothetical. This is what's happening today. [Update 10/11: Since several readers have asked - this study was funded exclusively by Stanford University and research grants to the Stanford Security Lab. It was not supported by any advocacy organization.] ... http://cyberlaw.stanford.edu/node/6740
Date: Mon, 17 Oct 2011 22:38:33 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Cellphone Users to Get Billing Alerts Under New Voluntary Standards Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Cellphone Users to Get Billing Alerts Under New Voluntary Standards By AMY SCHATZ OCTOBER 17, 2011 WASHINGTON-Wireless-phone customers will begin receiving real-time alerts next year if they are about to go over their monthly voice, data or text-message limits under new voluntary industry standards set to be announced on Monday. Wireless-phone customers will begin receiving real-time alerts next year if they are about to go over their monthly voice, data or text-message limits under new voluntary industry standards. Amy Schatz has details on Lunch Break. Wireless carriers have agreed to send warnings to consumers in danger of exceeding their monthly subscriber minutes or data plans under a deal with the Federal Communications Commission. The companies will provide the alerts to consumers within 12 to 18 months, FCC officials said. ... http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203658804576635053172551850.html
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