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Emails Show Facebook Is Well Aware That Tracking Contacts Is Creepy

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Kashmir Hill, writing for Gizmodo:

Then a man named Yul Kwon came to the rescue saying that the growth team had come up with a solution! Thanks to poor Android permission design at the time, there was a way to update the Facebook app to get “Read Call Log” permission without actually asking for it. “Based on their initial testing, it seems that this would allow us to upgrade users without subjecting them to an Android permissions dialog at all,” Kwon is quoted. “It would still be a breaking change, so users would have to click to upgrade, but no permissions dialog screen. They’re trying to finish testing by tomorrow to see if the behavior holds true across different versions of Android.”

Oh yay! Facebook could suck more data from users without scaring them by telling them it was doing it! This is a little surprising coming from Yul Kwon because he is Facebook’s chief ‘privacy sherpa,’ who is supposed to make sure that new products coming out of Facebook are privacy-compliant. I know because I profiled him, in a piece that happened to come out the same day as this email was sent. A member of his team told me their job was to make sure that the things they’re working on “not show up on the front page of the New York Times” because of a privacy blow-up. And I guess that was technically true, though it would be more reassuring if they tried to make sure Facebook didn’t do the creepy things that led to privacy blow-ups rather than keeping users from knowing about the creepy things.

The Facebook executives who approved this ought to be going to jail.

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sdevore
7 days ago
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Time for me to leave it. Just have some groups to convince to get the heck off it
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sdevore
184 days ago
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oh this is the way my brain sees all these cards
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chrisrosa
184 days ago
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ouch...too real.
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The John McCain documentary was made to spit-shine his image

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‘John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls’ glosses over the unsavory parts of the senator's career.
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sdevore
198 days ago
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let the white washing of this man who started out so strongly and with such hope, who devolved into one of the sower of our current pollical mess. A man whom in his later years said many things and voted to undermine and tear apart this county
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Yep, That $500 M from China to Trump Project Looks Like a Pretty Big Deal

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You probably saw the news yesterday that just days before President Trump tweeted that he was intent on saving that sanctions-busting Chinese telecommunications company, China had agreed to loan $500 million to a major Trump-backed development in Indonesia. These kinds of situations are now basically commonplace in the Trump Era. But it is important to look at them from a macro- and a micro-perspective. The details are quite complex in the latter case. We are still digging into them. But I wanted to give you a first sense of what we’re finding. Because they make Trump’s connection to the operation and potential profits look considerably tighter than what I’d been led to expect yesterday from early reports.

First some basic details. The mega project is something called the Lido City development about an hour outside of Jakarta. It’s like a mini-luxury city set on 3,000 hectares, which is just over 7,400 acres. Trump has a hotel there and a golf course and various other facilities. There’s also an amusement park planned on the grounds. That’s going to be built by a subsidiary of a Chinese state-owned company called Metallurgical Corporation of China (MCC). They appear to be essentially bringing with them $500 million in Chinese-government backed loans for the development of the amusement park. Makes sense: they’re both parts of the Chinese government. That’s the commitment that came just before Trump’s tweet and which has gotten all the attention.

Now, the question I had was ‘is this just one more component of a huge development that Trump also just has one part of?’ The answer seems pretty clearly to be no. The overall project has two backers: MNC corporation of Indonesia (huge diversified mega corp) and the Trump Organization (family company of American strongman). A corporate financial/promotional document for MNC says the company “is currently developing the MNC Lido City project; both theme park and smart city – in partnership with The Trump Hotel Collection. (emphasis added)”

So MNC actually says that it and Trump Org. are developing the theme park jointly. That sounds pretty tight. They actually refer to the whole project as a “Trump Community.” In other documents, they refer to the Trump Organization having licensing and management contracts for facilities in Lido City beyond the Trump buildings and residences.

To be clear, these are phrases. We don’t know what the underlying contractual connections are or value of these various relationships and management contracts are. If experience is any guide, Trump tends to keep his investments limited and rely on the Trump brand to leverage upsides and revenues from management and licensing. But the press references to this project being “connected to” Trump seem to significantly understate the relationship.

More to come.



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sdevore
213 days ago
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wow the depth of the money grab has no bounds.
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Why the days of the analog clock are (and should be!) numbered

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This is really interesting. It makes sense that children don’t “need” to be taught skills they aren’t likely to ever need but it’s hard to let go of the analog clock.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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sdevore
217 days ago
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I still like the 'softness' of analog time. It's nice to get a 'sense' of the time without having to be exact all the time
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Long long ago, in a telnet far, far away...

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I don't remember exactly where I first heard of this, but it's been around online for a very long time.

Open a telnet connection to towel.blinkenlights.nl.

It just makes me so happy that someone put the time into making this, and that it's still online after all of these years.

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sdevore
260 days ago
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Such fun memories when I first saw this... so glad in a small way it is still there
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