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Google Maps’s Moat
Insights into Google Maps in 2017
google  map  data  gis  satellite  surveillance  maps  analytics 
december 2017 by ivar
The Google-Facebook Duopoly Threatens Diversity of Thought - WSJ
‘A monopoly on the means of communication,” Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson wrote in “Leviathan,” their 1975 novel, “may define a ruling elite more precisely than the celebrated Marxian formula of ‘monopoly in the means of production.’ ” Bear that in mind when you hear this next statistic: In 2017 Google and Facebook have accounted for 84% of all digital advertising outside China, including 96% of its growth, according to an industry forecast this month from Zenith, Magna and GroupM.
media  journalism  centralization  culture  propaganda  google  facebook 
december 2017 by ivar
'Our minds can be hijacked': the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia | Technology | The Guardian
Google, Twitter and Facebook workers who helped make technology so addictive are disconnecting themselves from the internet. Paul Lewis reports on the Silicon Valley refuseniks who worry the race for human attention has created a world of perpetual distraction that could ultimately end in disaster
design  ethics  facebook  technology  captology  surveillance  mental  health  distraction  google 
october 2017 by ivar
Google and Facebook Have Failed Us - The Atlantic
Google and Facebook Failed Us

The world’s most powerful information gatekeepers neglected their duties in Las Vegas. Again.
media  news  propaganda  filter  facebook  google  info 
october 2017 by ivar
John Lanchester reviews ‘The Attention Merchants’ by Tim Wu, ‘Chaos Monkeys’ by Antonio García Martínez and ‘Move Fast and Break Things’ by Jonathan Taplin · LRB 17 August 2017
You are teh product
Automation and artificial intelligence are going to have a big impact in all kinds of worlds. These technologies are new and real and they are coming soon. Facebook is deeply interested in these trends. We don’t know where this is going, we don’t know what the social costs and consequences will be, we don’t know what will be the next area of life to be hollowed out, the next business model to be destroyed, the next company to go the way of Polaroid or the next business to go ...
facebook  google  surveillance  capitalism  advertising  attention  ml  data 
august 2017 by ivar
Big brother is here, and his name is Facebook | Hacker News
Interesting discussion about the surveillance capabilities of Google and Facebook
privacy  surveillance  facebook  google  hn 
august 2017 by ivar
AI, Apple and Google — Benedict Evans
It seem to me that there are two things that make it hard to talk about the AI explosion. The first is that 'AI' is an impossibly broad term that implies we have a new magic hammer that turns every problem into a nail. We don't - we have a bunch of new tools that solve some, but not all, problems, and the promise of extracting new insight from all sorts of data pools will not always be met. It might be the wrong data, or the wrong insight. The second is that this field is growing and changing very fast, and things that weren't working now are, and new things are being discussed all the time. So we have excitement and bullshit, skepticism and vision, and a bunch of amazing companies being created. Some of this stuff will be in everything and you won't even notice it, and some of it will be the next Amazon.
apple  ai  google  culture  criticism  vc 
july 2016 by ivar
Shoshana Zuboff: Secrets of Surveillance Capitalism
Governmental control is nothing compared to what Google is up to. The company is creating a wholly new genus of capitalism, a systemic coherent new logic of accumulation we should call surveillance capitalism. Is there nothing we can do?surveillance capita
analysis  analytics  economics  google  capitalism  surveillance  facebook 
march 2016 by ivar
"Yeah, we ditched Google."
For the past five years, we had been using Google Analytics for monitoring our web traffic. Innocent enough decision, right? Then we asked ourselves, “are we contributing to the mass surveillance of the web by using a feature-rich, yet free service that tracks web visitors?” Sadly. we didn’t like the answer to that question. “Yes, by using Google Analytics, we are furthering the erosion of privacy on the web.”
privacy  analytics  surveillance  google  web 
december 2015 by ivar
If Apple didn’t hold $181B overseas, it would owe $59B in US taxes | Ars Technica
"Individual taxpayers don’t have a strong incentive to lobby for change," he said. "Meanwhile, Apple has a $59.2 billion incentive to lobby for the law not to be changed."
tax  evasion  corporation  tech  usa  revenue  offshore  haven  apple  google  microsoft 
october 2015 by ivar
Google Optimization Tools   |   Optimization   |   Google Developers
This site provides an introduction to or-tools, Google's software suite for combinatorial optimization. The suite contains:

A constraint programming solver.
A simple and unified interface to several linear programming and mixed integer programming solvers
ai  google  math  optimization  programming  combinatorial  algorithm  ml 
july 2015 by ivar
Recorded Future: Real-Time Threat Intelligence
Funded by Google and CIA

Major corporations are hacked every day, lose valuable data, and suffer financial, operational, and reputational consequences. Now, more than ever, enterprises need better, more timely, and actionable information on cyber threats. The Web is becoming the place to find cyber threat information that helps organizations prevent attacks.


Recorded Future arms you with real-time threat intelligence so you can proactively defend your organization against cyber attacks. With billions of indexed facts, and more added every day, our patented Web Intelligence Engine continuously analyzes the open Web to give you unmatched insight into emerging threats. Recorded Future helps protect four of the top five companies in the world.
analysis  analytics  future  google  prediction  cia  ml  surveillance 
april 2015 by ivar
Facebook Privacy: Chats Are Being Scanned By A CIA Funded Company
Considering that they were crawling links that were not published anywhere else and only sent via FB chat “open Web” seems to be an understatement.

Also, the interesting part is that recent focus of “Recorded Future” are terrorist groups such as ISIS, cyber criminal organizations and any kind of “public” internet activity that’s related to possible threats.

Conclusion would be that the privacy on facebook does not exist and their lawyers covered it well with EULA and their privacy policy:
facebook  surveillance  scanned  cia  google  ml  chat  recordedfuture 
april 2015 by ivar
Waze: Google’s New Spying Tool | Zdziarski's Blog of Things
In 2013, Google acquired Waze, a tool designed to find you the best route while driving. Upon hearing of the application, I thought I’d check it out. Unfortunately, I didn’t get past the privacy policy, which was updated only six months ago. While Waze’s policy begins with “Waze Mobile Limited respects your privacy”, reading the policy demonstrates that they do no such thing.
google  privacy  location  data  surveillance  policy  waze  pii 
february 2015 by ivar
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