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Google’s smart city dream is turning into a privacy nightmare, Engadget Oct 2018
"Sidewalk Labs, an Alphabet division focused on smart cities, is caught in a battle over information privacy. The team has lost its lead expert and consultant, Ann Cavoukian, over a proposed data trust that would approve and manage the collection of information inside Quayside, a conceptual smart neighborhood in Toronto. Cavoukian, the former information and privacy commissioner for Ontario, disagrees with the current plan because it would give the trust power to approve data collection that isn't anonymized or "de-identified" at the source."

"Sidewalk Labs published some initial proposals for data governance in Quayside last week. The bottom line: It wants someone else to handle the issue."
engadget  Google  Alphabet  privacy 
19 days ago by pierredv
Amazon & Alphabet Stock Down in After-Hours Trading, Following Earnings Reports
Amazon stock was off 6 percent after it reported revenue of $56.6 billion in the third quarter and earnings of $5.75 a share. Sales were short of the expectations of analysts. Alphabet stock was off 4 percent after reporting $13.06 in earnings per share, better than what Wall Street was expecting, on revenue of $33.7 billion, which was slightly less than expected. Google sold $29 billion in advertising in the third quarter, up from $24.1 billion in the same quarter last year. Amazon, meanwhile, said that its subscriptions services business, comprised largely of digital video and audio, grew revenue by 52 percent to $3.7 billion.
dd  alphabet  amazon 
20 days ago by motiveunknown
'Not good enough': Toronto privacy expert resigns from Sidewalk Labs over data concerns | CBC News
"A privacy expert who resigned this week from her role as an advisor to Sidewalk Labs, the Google sister company set to build a "smart" neighbourhood on Toronto's waterfront, is concerned that the "treasure trove" of data collected there will be vulnerable to attacks."
google  sidewalklabs  alphabet  toronto  privacy 
24 days ago by danhon
JF Ptak Science Books: Alphabet Tubes (1895)
The Domincan priest Father Vincenzo Calendoli invented (between 1893 to 1895) an unusual and seemingly-simple-but-hardly-so linotype machine that was seen by some as “the typsetting machine of the future...”(--C. Cochrane, American Printer and Lithographer, vols 21-23, 1896). The image below shows Calendoli in serene concentration seated at his machine which looks like a cross between a small Jacquard loom and an odd harpsichord (emphasis on the harp).

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The Scientific American Supplement (1895, pp 16055-16057) illustration is reproduced exactly in an uncommon publication called the Rosary Magazine, (1895)--exact, with the exception of the additional caption: the writer annotates it by identifying the “checker board”, “inclined wire and galleys”, and the indescribably beautifully-named “alphabet tubes”! The explanation of what this tube is is far less interesting than its title--tubes filled with type-- though the machine overall was extraordinary.

Here are a few notices on Calendoli's machine, all from Typographical Journal, vol 30, 1900.

“The machine which will eventually control the market and supplant the typesetting machines now in use will not be properly speaking a typesetting machine but a combination of typewriters tape punching devices and type bar or type block forming machine...Father Calendoli's machine has hit upon an idea in keyboard mechanism which must eventually supersede present keyboards. He makes use of fifteen alphabets each of which is arranged in a square or block the keys in each block being so separated and colored as to be readily distinguished. In each block the letters are so arranged that a number of common words and syllables may be struck in order....”

“The invention: Imagine a kind of harp whose cords are replaced by metallic tubes adhering to each other in four series. These tubes communicated through an electrical device with a keyboard or rather checker board divided into twenty one small squares covered with electrical knobs three for caps fifteen for ordinary letters and the remainder for figures and accented vowels. Points of punctuation and accents formed a horizontal line on the lowest part of the checker board and were operated with a pedal. Each letter was printed on the little knobs and to avoid useless motions of the arms the squares were repeated three by three. In these squares the consonants were not repeated but the vowels were triplicated and surrounded the consonants in a very ingenious way which permitted the composing of most of the syllables with a single finger in touching two knobs at once as be bi bo bu etc..”

“...Father Calendoli's machine has hit upon an idea in keyboard mechanism which must eventually supersede present keyboards. He makes use of fifteen alphabets each of which is arranged in a square or block the keys in each block being so separated and colored as to be readily distinguished. In each block the letters are so arranged that a number of common words and syllables may be struck in order....”

“The machine which will eventually control the market and supplant the typesetting machines now in use will not be properly speaking a typesetting machine but a combination of typewriters tape punching devices and type bar or type block forming machines...”

“Happy will be the compositor who fifty or a hundred years hence can look down from printers heaven and note the progress made in the art since he laid down his composing stick.”

“.. ingenious combination of type tubes...When the keys are struck electric impulses are given to wires which release types from certain tubes. The length of these tubes is so arranged that the longest slide or fall is given to the last letter of the set and a proportionately shorter slide to the others so that each is sure to fall in proper order although the whole four or live are struck simultaneously. It is obviously necessary to employ fifteen sets of type tubes as there must be a tube for every key on the keyboard...”
typesetting  poetical.engines  Vincenzo.Calendoli  alphabet  alphabets  alphabet.tubes 
24 days ago by asfaltics
12 letters that didn't make the alphabet
You know the alphabet. It’s one of the first things you’re taught in school. But did you know that they’re not teaching you all of the alphabet? There are quite a few letters we tossed aside as our language grew, and you probably never even knew they existed.
writing  alphabet  history  language 
9 weeks ago by terry
12 letters that didn't make the modern alphabet
This is FASCINATING stuff. Here's a list of twelve letters that once say varying degrees of use (some were common as recently as 100 years ago!) but have been relegated to the dustbin of history, for the most part. Also could include the German double-S thing: ß.
bibliophilic  writing  language  alphabet  trivia  NEWSLETTER 
9 weeks ago by jdroth
Experts Call for Transparency Around Google’s Chinese-Made Security Keys - Motherboard
- I was waiting for this shoe to drop. I would make more sense to do the assembly outside China with a Taiwanese supplier rather like BlackBerry used to do with its devices. Apple has to do a lot of proprietary work and inspections to keep its devices secure and there is no sign that Google has done this
alphabet  informationsecurity  totwitter  privacy  cryptography 
10 weeks ago by renaissancechambara

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