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Instagram’s latest feature means one more online identity to monitor

One month after adding one of Facebook’s most famous features, Instagram finds itself on a slippery slope

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Today in the New York Times: One guy’s embarrassing Facebook ad saga hits the front page

Meet Nick Bergus. He’s a pretty cool guy who once linked to an odd product on Facebook as a bit of a joke — a 55-gallon barrel of lube from Ha ha, funny, right? But the joke was on him, as Facebook’s algorithms started featuring his smiling face in personalized ads featuring the giant barrel of lube. From there, his story spread — first to his personal blog, then to Gawker, with an amazing headline. Now, Bergus’ somewhat embarrassing (but admittedly kind of awesome) tale is on the front page of the New York Times. All because he once linked to a giant barrel of lube. (photo by Stephen Mally/NYT)

Wait. What? Facebook can profit from my image without my consent? Or is that a clause in the ToS? Did everyone just hand over their rights by using Facebook? As if there aren’t enough reasons to hate these jokers already, yeesh.

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Does this information look like it belongs to a real person? Yes? But it’s bogus. Fake Name Generator lets you create believable—but fictitious—credentials so that you can avoid giving out your real identity to sites that have no business knowing what they are (ahem, Google+).

Okay, Best Buy, why the hell do you need my email for a return?

When did this evil practice start? I already gave you my driver’s license and phone number, why do you need my email?

Anyway, gripe long enough for the counter guy to call his supervisor, who’ll then come over and tell him to put in a bogus address. (That’s what happened in my case anyway.) What this tells me is that there is no valid reason for Best Buy to request this information. Bastards.

Open Graph is a development tool that lets third-party apps and sites report your activities back to Facebook. It’s meant to extend or replace the Like button. It’s a way for sites and services to jack directly into Facebook from anywhere. If companies use Open Graph, they can publish to your Ticker and Timeline, too, effectively sending tattle-tale updates on anything you do to everyone you know, in real time. And then Facebook gets to keep that data forever. It is the ultimate collection tool, a way for Facebook to monitor you, wherever you go.
Facebook wants to share everything you do online with the world, whether you want to or not. This is on top of a cookie that tracks your activity even when you’re logged out of Facebook. People are upset over Spotify requiring new users to sign up through Facebook, but this isn’t going to be the end of it.

The Truth About Cell Phones and the National Do-Not-Call List


You may have received an email telling you cell phones will start to get unwanted telemarketing calls unless you add your wireless number to a special Do-Not-Call Registry.

However, placing telemarketing calls to wireless phones is, and always has been, illegal.

It is unlawful for anyone to place a call using an automatic telephone dialing system or a prerecorded voice message to a telephone number assigned to a paging service, mobile telephone service or any service for which the called party is charged for the call. This applies whether or not your cell phone number is listed on a Do-Not-Call list.

If you receive unwanted calls that you believe violate the do-not-call rules, you can file a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission.

Seems that this issue has gotten a lot worse (for me at least) in the last six months or so. Problem is, unethical telemarketers don’t care about the law, and they also disguise their numbers.

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