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Gmail Hooked Us on Free Storage. Now Google Is Making Us Pay

There’s No Such Thing As A Free Lunch: Google Edition

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Google uses Gmail to track a history of things you buy — and it’s hard to delete

When it comes to slurping up personal info, not being up-front about it, and making users do the work to opt-out (assuming that option is even available), Google is only a few steps behind Facebook.

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Privacy Theatre

Google’s New Privacy Features Put the Responsibility on Users | WIRED

But as Google increases the number of privacy features—part of an attempt to scrub its reputation clean of data-tracking dirt—the setup of the settings, toggles, and dashboards within its apps seems to put more responsibility on the individual user rather than the platform. As Pichai himself said, Google aims to give people “choices.” So it’s your choice if you want to take the time to adjust, monitor, take out, or toggle something off. Just like it’s Google’s choice to not change its fundamental approach to gathering data to help better target advertising and thus make heaps of money.

I think we need a new term for this sort of thing: ‘privacy theatre’. Much like ‘security theatre’, it has very little, if anything, to do with what it’s pretending to do. Not a new thing, either. And of course, applicable to Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft, the telcos and cable companies, and all the other data-scoopers out there.

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A Conspiracy To Kill IE6

A glimpse into the culture of the original YouTube, and a reminder of just how bad Internet Explorer 6 was.

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Avian’s Blog: Google is eating our mail

I opted to move to Fastmail back in 2013, at least they give a damn about their service. Google? Not so much.

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From the super-badly-targeted dept.

What If Google And Facebook Admitted That All This Ad Targeting Really Doesn’t Work That Well?

The little secret behind all of this that very few people want to admit is that, in most cases super-targeted ads are crap. They don’t perform well. That’s because even if you’re putting the ad in front of the right demographic, most of the time they don’t care or don’t want to see whatever it is that you’re pushing. Or, it shows an ad for something you already have (or the ever popular laugher: something you just bought and don’t need to buy again).

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Google launches AMP support on Gmail for interactive emails

AMP is a solution in search of a problem to solve. We have the means to make web pages faster and less bloated, just the will is lacking. And email needs less tracking, not more.

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Google Plus (or Minus) and the Ephemerality of Community

Jason Scott from the Internet Archive, who knows a thing or two about preserving digital content, on the challenge of preserving the social and cultural content held by the social networks.

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The Great Google Hangouts Shutdown begins October 2019 – Ars Technica

The Google Graveyard is looking busy this year.

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Less than a month to go before Google breaks hundreds of thousands of links all over the Internet – Philip Greenspun’s Weblog

Maybe this is why Google has a corporate mission of making the world’s information accessible? They’re the primary force now in making information inaccessible?