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thisistheverge:

Facebook is buying WhatsApp for $16 billion

thisistheverge:

Facebook is buying WhatsApp for $16 billion

Facebook and Twitter have quantified your social status, turning social interaction into a game that can be measured, and “won”. As with any well-structured game, competition, engagement, and stress ensue. There will always be losers.

Snapchat is not a competition. It’s an outlet from the competitive nature of modern content sharing. You choose a select group of people to see your low-fi picture, and you don’t feel pressured to create a masterpiece. Everyone is a winner. Everyone can have fun.

- Am I Going Insane? Snapchat is Intrinsically Worthless (via courtenaybird)

Banks are alowing Aeroplan to benefit #digitalholdupprivacystyle

In terms of privacy, Canadians are being  #digitalholdupprivacystyle by Aeroplan in which it demands all of you information relating to your transactional data from your affiliated credit card.  

One may ask, this is only nothing as Aereoplan and banks such as:  CIBC, TD Canada Trust, American Express would need the consumers explicit permission and there would be an opt out option.

But NO, the email from Aeroplan, was Aeroplan is taking this information relating to transactional data from your affiliated credit card and there is no opt out.  By the way, there is nothing you can do, except leave the program.

Amazing how banks who say, trust use with your personally identifiable information, are just giving your personally identifiable information away without seeking the consumers explicit permission.

More interesting, is the Canadian Bankers Association, why would they allow for such an insane set up by its members.  

A complete privacy FAIL!

Canadian Bankers Association #digitalholdupprivacystyle and #privacy

In terms of, #digitalholdupprivacystyle, why does the Canadian Bankers Association allow its members such as TD CanadaTrust, American Express, CIBC to provide financial details to Aeroplan relating to a consumers  affiliated  credit or charge card.  

As this information is not needed to run the program and there is no opt out, only a take it or leave mantra from Aeroplan. 

Amazing that the Canadian Bankers Association would take such a half assed approach relating to the personally identifiable information of its members consumers to be sold or given away in such a manner.  

One has to wonder if the Canadian Bankers Association as a quasi Self Regulating Body, can be trusted with the privacy of important financial information relating to Canadians.

#digitalholdupprivacystyle

#Privacy is currently being help up.  The term #digitalholdupprivacystyle is what happens when companies like Aeroplan tell consumers they have no choice but to have all financial transactional information be sent to Aeroplan from their banks like TD Canada Trust, American Express and CIBC.

No opt-out and it is mandatory if you want to continue with the program but none of this information is required to run the program,  It is just a free data grab by Aeroplan with the express permission of their participating Canadian Banks like:  TD Canada Trust, American Express and CIBC.

Wonder if the Canadian Bankers Association has any policies regarding #digitalholdupprivacystyle by its members.

Iphone iOS 7

Downloaded the new iOS 7 for my old iPhone last night and to me it is the same old lame story:

Crappy User Interface that does not come close to the osX linage.


The skin is different, I will give this to Apple, but that is it.  The machine still requires the whole home button and still does not allow true multi tasking or gesturers via the touch screen,

Too bad Apple, keep up this under perfuming, you may lose the next lap top purchase.

I am glad I dropped the iPhone.

Sep 7
Miss these windy days!

Miss these windy days!

Sep 6
pewresearch:

Who are you hiding from on the Internet?
33% of Internet users say they try to avoid being observed by hackers; only 5% say the same about the government. Right in the middle are: certain friends, people from your past, and employers.

pewresearch:

Who are you hiding from on the Internet?

33% of Internet users say they try to avoid being observed by hackers; only 5% say the same about the government. Right in the middle are: certain friends, people from your past, and employers.

Sep 6
theatlantic:

Faking a Pregnancy Test is Inadvisable; Courts Agree

According to multiple reports, positive pregnancy tests are available for purchase on Craigslist. Why would someone sell such a thing, and why would anyone purchase it? The answer to both questions, according to legal experts, may not only be immoral and unethical, but criminal. Outside the world of soap operas, faking pregnancy can be a crime.
Just before Labor Day, Courtney and Irvin Murrell were sentenced to jail time for pretending that Courtney miscarried twins. The Murrells bilked various friends, acquaintances and employers out of money for funeral expenses and other miscellaneous costs associated with the fabricated pregnancy and miscarriage. One of the victims was the mother of one of Courtney’s former boyfriends, whom she named as the father of the nonexistent children.
According to criminal defense attorney Pamela Mackey, best known for representing basketball player Kobe Bryant in a high-profile rape case, women who mislead men in their lives for financial gain in the way the Murrells did could face similar legal ramifications. She said such behavior constitutes “theft by deception. If you deceive someone into giving you money, that’s a crime.”
Read more. [Image: BrownGuacamole/Flickr]

theatlantic:

Faking a Pregnancy Test is Inadvisable; Courts Agree

According to multiple reports, positive pregnancy tests are available for purchase on Craigslist. Why would someone sell such a thing, and why would anyone purchase it? The answer to both questions, according to legal experts, may not only be immoral and unethical, but criminal. Outside the world of soap operas, faking pregnancy can be a crime.

Just before Labor Day, Courtney and Irvin Murrell were sentenced to jail time for pretending that Courtney miscarried twins. The Murrells bilked various friends, acquaintances and employers out of money for funeral expenses and other miscellaneous costs associated with the fabricated pregnancy and miscarriage. One of the victims was the mother of one of Courtney’s former boyfriends, whom she named as the father of the nonexistent children.

According to criminal defense attorney Pamela Mackey, best known for representing basketball player Kobe Bryant in a high-profile rape case, women who mislead men in their lives for financial gain in the way the Murrells did could face similar legal ramifications. She said such behavior constitutes “theft by deception. If you deceive someone into giving you money, that’s a crime.”

Read more. [Image: BrownGuacamole/Flickr]

Sep 6
pocaro2622:

If you get this joke I automatically have more respect for you

Clever!

pocaro2622:

If you get this joke I automatically have more respect for you

Clever!