Simply put, PRISM is only a small piece of the NSA’s larger digital surveillance efforts.
“President George W. Bush secretly authorized the NSA to plug into the fiber optic cables that enter and leave the United States, knowing it would give the government unprecedented, warrantless access to Americans’ private conversations.
Tapping into those cables allows the NSA access to monitor emails, telephone calls, video chats, websites, bank transactions and more”
Everything you have done online is stored somewhere, by your government, for use at their discretion, either with a warrant or without, depending.
The question is simple: would you rather have digital, and telephonic privacy, and do you trust the government to be responsible with your data, or would you rather take a larger risk regarding your physical safety.
“Schiller should have brought out a mic just to drop it”
– ‘Can’t innovate anymore, my ass’: Apple’s bravado clouds the company’s real challenges | The Verge
“I learned not to expect enthusiasm from everybody.”
Wondering what’s wrong with Microsoft? Start with this!
Remember that good ol’ Apple-related quote on A-players and B-players?
“As a culture we have moved into a realm where the consumption of news is a near-constant process. Users with smartphones and tablets are consuming news in bits and bites throughout the course of the day — replacing the old standard behaviors of news consumption over breakfast along with a leisurely read at the end of the day.”
Richard Gringras, Senior Director of News & Social Products at Google, talking to Wired about why they decided to kill off Google Reader.
In my own case, this is absolutely accurate. I used to sit in front of Google Reader all day, every day. Then Twitter came along and I just stopped doing that. Most of the news I consume now gets pushed to me from Techmeme or a few other sources via Twitter on my various iOS devices.
I also get a ton of value out of things like Flipboard (which I do read “leisurely” in the morning) and services like Pocket and Instapaper.
In a way, this reminds me of the cable television situation. I have moved from a bundled approach where I get everything from every source dumped in my lap to a à la carte approach, where I choose what I want.
The next evolution of this will be the Google Now approach Gringras hits upon. But I think that will be pretty complicated to get right.
I REALLY love these animations.
YES YES YES !
“When recruiting, I look for people who’ve had a very shitty job in the past, because the worst day in our industry is always going to be better than the best day in that shitty job!”
Foundation (podcast by Kevin Rose)
Bloomberg interview of Jack Dorsey (CEO and co-founder of Twitter and Square)
Perfect timing: in the midst of a #Tumblr scare, #Yahoo just announced that it was giving 1TB of free storage space for #Flickr !
Naysayers need to understand that since +Marissa Mayer got onboard, this is a different company, a different +Yahoo! altogether!
Yahoo Meeting Minutes - 05.20.13
The Tumblr-Yahoo deal explained in one picture!