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If you aren’t paying for the product, you are the product

"If you aren't paying for the product, you are the product." It's unclear where that quote first originated but in the internet world, no truer words have been spoken. And that brings us to Facebook, where the users are the product. That's right, Facebook is a service, but the users are the product. More specifically, […]

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Zombie Cookies From Hell

You're pertty savvy when it comes to internet privacy, right? You have cookies turned off by default, and you run NoScript, AdAware, and FlashBlock. You think you're taking reasonable measures to protect your privacy, but you might as well not bother. Zombie cookies are here, and they're nearly impossible to get rid of. It's every […]

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Is It The End For AOL?

America Online, at one-time the largest ISP in the world, looks like it may be in its death throes. Once famous for mailing out millions upon millions of AOL subscription CDs*, the company recently reported some grim figures for profits that show AOL going from from a $90M net profit last year to a $1B […]

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Microsoft: Ad Dollars Are More Important Than Your Privacy

You've got to hand it to Microsoft. And if you don't hand it to them, they'll just come and take it. An article in the Wall Street Journal details how Microsoft made a decision to throw away your privacy in return for money from advertising companies. According to the article, a "heated debate" ensued when […]

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iTunes Has Been Hacked, And You’re On The Spot For It

That's right, iTunes has been fully hacked, and your account is quite possibly up for grabs, as are the details of your personal information and your credit cards. Wasn't the whole "We're-Apple-and-we-control-what-gets-into-the-App-Store" thing supposed to prevent this exact scenario? But it's worse than that.

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Microsoft: “Yesterday’s Technology Tomorrow!”

Leave it to Microsoft to keep innovating in the dark as if their development labs were built from left-over bits of Rupe Goldberg's yard sale. Microsoft has an unparalleled knack for bringing out new products that underperfom in every meaningful way, and which then promptly sink like a rock. The latest stillborn creation is the […]

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Facebook, MySpace Lie To You Again

From the "I'm-Shocked!-Shocked-I-Tell-You" department: Facebook, MySpace, LiveJournal, Hi5, Xanga, Digg and other social-networking sites deliberately broke their own stated privacy policies and sent data to advertising companies that could be used to find and identify users' names and other personal details. Facebook calls it a "privacy loophole". I call it dirty dealing, lying, and outright […]

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