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So how’s that GDPR working out for ya?

One Year Into GDPR, Most Apps Still Harvest Data Without Permission

Protected Media is regularly approached by companies offering to sell data or social graphs. Greiner always makes a point of asking the salesperson how the data they’re peddling was obtained and what’s in it. “Invariably, they can never answer me,” Greiner said, “which leaves me to believe that they’re very rarely asked where they get the data from.”

See also: Websites not available in the European Union after GDPR—that’s a long list.

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It’s just over 5 months since my dad passed away after a terminal illness. The strain of helping care for him was replaced by that of executing his will and sorting out his estate. It’s only now that the burden’s begun to lift from me, and I can begin to heal.

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Cake or Death?

Cake or death: AMP and the worrying power dynamics of the web

If Google was my doctor, they’d be currently explaining to my family that although the experiment they tried did sadly kill me, they got a ton of useful data from it, and they think they can definitely work on fixing that bug in the next version of the experiment.

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Google’s Chrome Becomes Web `Gatekeeper’ and Rivals Complain

Truly, Chrome has become the new IE6.

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Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam…

Fake News is Spam

Crank calls and robocalls were spam of the phone era. The email had its spam. Text messages also became spam. Why are we surprised that social media posts became spam — in most cases as fake news. Tomorrow it will be video and virtual reality spam.

“But I dont like Spam!”

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What in the Hell Was Google Wave Trying to Be Anyway?

Wow. A whole decade since Google debuted what must rank as one of their most ‘WTF’ products ever.

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102KB ought to be enough for any email

Good grief. I remember this from when I still used Gmail in my browser. (I switched away in 2013, moved to FastMail.) Why is this still a thing??? (The 102KB email display limit, that is. Gmail’s another matter entirely.)

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Zdog · Round, flat, designer-friendly pseudo-3D engine for canvas and SVG

Mind = Blown.

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Get off of Twitter

Nolan Lawson doesn’t mince his words.

Write blog posts. Use RSS. Use micro.blog. Use Mastodon. Use Pleroma. Use whatever you want, as long as it isn’t manipulating you with algorithms or selling access to your data to advertisers.

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I have the font size cranked up to max (40 point) in macOS Safari’s Reader View. And the same in Reeder, my RSS reader of choice. I’m not particularly visually impaired, but I find it improves my reading comprehension a lot.