Big Data, meet Big Privacy

Look up “big data” (with the quotes) today on Google, and you’ll results that look like this: Basically, a heap of hype. The only visible organic search results are a Wikipedia article and the a May 2011 report that McKinsey wrote for corporate customers. I am sure some of those same customers are among the advertisers hogging acreage [Read More →]

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LG jumps on advertising bandwagon, runs over its own customers

Used to be a TV was a TV: a screen for viewing television channels and programs, delivered from stations and networks through a home antenna or a cable set top box. But in fact TVs have been computers for a long time. And, as computers, they can do a lot more than what you want, [Read More →]

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When the customer gets the pricing gun

Customers don’t normally operate pricing guns. That’s why we have this old Steven Wright joke: The lady across the hall tried to rob a department store — with a pricing gun. She said, “Give me all of the money in the vault, or I’m marking down everything in the store.” It wouldn’t be funny if [Read More →]

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Come to VRM & Personal Cloud Day

Tomorrow, Monday 21 October, is VRM and Personal Cloud Day at the Computer History Museum. Register at that link. It’s free. Or just show up. (Registering gives us a better idea of head count.) It’s the time and place to brainstorm about both topics, plus what we’ll be discussing and moving forward the following three days at [Read More →]

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Cracks in the walls of the online advertising castle

On the advice of @SteveLohr and @michikokakutani ’s review in The New York Times, I just ordered Dave Eggers‘ The Circle — a tale of the dystopian present taken to its future extreme: a world where we are all fully devolved into data, and one big company serves us exactly the poop it knows — and helps — us want. [Read More →]

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Why Google and Facebook need to go direct

In Google sets plans to sell users’ endorsements, Claire Cain Miller and Vindu Goel describe new ways that Google and Facebook are taking liberties with users who have had nice things to say about companies’ products and services in the past, in contexts where they didn’t expect their words to turn into personal endorsements (especially [Read More →]

Link-o-rama

VRM There is an interesting correlation happening right now between online advertisers and adblocking technology: they’re both growing. By Till Faida, co-founder of Adblock Plus, in RealBusiness. Pull-quotage…”Our ultimate consideration, however, should lie in keeping these decisions in the users’ hands. So, adblockers should not rid the Internet of all advertising, they should give users the choice [Read More →]

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VRM at IIW

We’re coming up on the 17th Internet Identity Workshop, better known as IIW. It takes place on 22-24 October at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. While IIW’s title suggests a focus on identity, there are as many different foci as there are subjects to discuss, and the participants choose those. That’s because [Read More →]

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Why reduce yourself to a qualified lead?

I have almost 46,000 photos in my main Flickr account. Most of them face the public rather than just friends and family. All of my public-facing photos encourage re-use and re-mixing, through a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 license. And frankly, if Flickr made public domain dedication available as a choice I would use that, because [Read More →]

Link logging

Research Most Americans Confused By Cloud Computing According to National Survey. “For example, 51 percent of respondents, including a majority of Millennials, believe stormy weather can interfere with cloud computing. Nearly one third see the cloud as a thing of the future, yet 97 percent are actually using cloud services today via online shopping, banking, [Read More →]

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