Google Pixel 2 XL: Like paying Apple-tier prices then saying, hey, please help yourself to my data • The Register:
Is Google double dipping? It is selling a premium priced phone, like Apple, but still wants our data:
Re Register points out:
All that changed in 2016 as Google adopted the Pixel brand instead and poured hundreds of millions of dollars into marketing. This entailed a significant price hike, what we called “the Mountain View equivalent of the Cupertino idiot tax”. It was an, um, interesting decision.
In its splash screens Apple says it believes “privacy is a fundamental human right”. But it can afford to: Apple merely sells overpriced hardware and doesn’t use your data for targeting advertisements as its main source of income. The Apple “tax” is the price you pay for privacy. With Pixel, Google wanted to keep Apple inflated margin and slurp up all your data, too?
It seemed a lot to ask, especially since the first 2016 Pixels were good without being standout attractive.
Beware of scammers impersonating energy and telecommunications companies | Scamwatch:
Beware of scammers impersonating energy and telecommunications companies 24 April 2018 The ACCC is warning consumers to beware of scammers impersonating energy and telecommunications providers and demanding payments.
Scamwatch has received 5000 reports of fake billing scams in the last 12 months, with reported losses of close to $8000.
“The scammers typically impersonate well known companies such as Origin, AGL, Telstra and Optus via email, to fool people into assuming the bills are real,” ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard said.
“They send bulk emails or letters which include a logo and design features closely copied from the genuine provider. The bill states the account is overdue and if not paid immediately the customer will incur late charges or be disconnected.”
First it was 50 million, then it was 87 Million, now it is 2.2 BILLION!
“We believe most people on Facebook could have had their public profile scraped in this way.”
Oh! Shock! Horror! Farcebook lied/ Forgot/ Prevaricated/ Obfuscated/ stuffed up AGAIN. Imagine That!
That wonderful, open, disingenuous honest lad Mark Zuckerberg made a teen, tiny mistake.
It was (Once Again) LOTS more people
Facebook Just Made A Shocking Admission, And We’re All Too Exhausted To Notice | Gizmodo Australia:
Mike Schroepfer, Facebook’s chief technology officer, explained that prior to yesterday, “people could enter another person’s phone number or email address into Facebook search to help find them.” This function would help you cut through all the John Smiths and locate the page of your John Smith. He gave the example of Bangladesh where the tool was used for 7 per cent of all searches. Thing is, it was also useful to data-scrapers. Schroepfer wrote:
However, malicious actors have also abused these features to scrape public profile information by submitting phone numbers or email addresses they already have through search and account recovery. Given the scale and sophistication of the activity we’ve seen, we believe most people on Facebook could have had their public profile scraped in this way. So we have now disabled this feature. We’re also making changes to account recovery to reduce the risk of scraping as well.
Facebook admits your data has probably been scraped by ‘malicious actors’ – ABC News
the company disclosed they “do not know precisely what data the app shared with Cambridge Analytica or exactly how many people were impacted”.
Facebook chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg said they calculated the 87 million figure by constructing “the maximum possible number of friends lists that everyone could have had over the time, and assumed that [Cambridge University scholar Aleksandr] Kogan queried each person at the time when they had the maximum number of connections that would’ve been available to them”.
“That’s where we came up with this 87 million number. We wanted to take a broad view that is a conservative estimate,” he said.
The REAL story here is that Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg has once again failed to offer any real protection to his users. The reason, of course it that the users are not the customers.
Facebook’s customers are those willing to pay for access to the astounding database of personal information that Facebook has developed. You can access this data by buying ads inside the Facebook platform, or using it sport information into your own database. This is what Cambridge Analytica did, and, apparently an endless list of others.
Remember, it is always easier to ask for forgiveness, than to ask for permission. This is a lesson Zuck (or F**k as many are now calling) him learned many years ago.
He considers his users as “Dumb Fu*k’s” for giving him their information. Well, I guess they are…
Welcome to the world of Farcebook. Time to #DeleteFacebook…