A close reading of Vox Media’s privacy policy … for all of us who never read these things
Dec15

A close reading of Vox Media’s privacy policy … for all of us who never read these things

If you’re reading this story on Vox.com, we have probably already collected quite a few bits of information about you. We, as well as our third-party advertisers, likely know which type of device you’re on, what browser you’re using, what you do on our site (which articles you read, how long you stay, what ads you visit), and what site you visit next when you click somewhere else. We know where you are based on your device’s IP...

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Twitter is disturbingly right and alarmingly wrong about what you’re interested in
Dec15

Twitter is disturbingly right and alarmingly wrong about what you’re interested in

Vox Slack on a Friday is probably like a lot of office Slacks on Fridays: The chatter there can get a bit … unproductive. And one Friday a while back, it entailed a discussion of what Twitter thinks we’re into. A colleague had stumbled upon Twitter’s list of her “inferred interests” — basically, the things it believes she likes and who she is. Twitter describes her as an “affluent baby boomer” and “corporate mom” with multiple kids....

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After a decade of growth, Silicon Valley grapples with ‘unintended consequences’
Dec05

After a decade of growth, Silicon Valley grapples with ‘unintended consequences’

The technology that connects us has revolutionized the world over the past decade — at times moving faster than we could keep up with, irrevocably changing how people interact and in many ways changing our lives for the better. But as the decade comes to a close, some say the most significant development in tech was its unintended consequences — including impinging on privacy and presenting new opportunities for criminals...

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Police partner with Amazon’s Ring to crack down on porch pirates
Dec04

Police partner with Amazon’s Ring to crack down on porch pirates

A police department in New York announced a new partnership with Amazon’s Ring doorbell to help combat porch pirates just in time for the holidays. The announcement comes at a time, however, when the smart doorbell has faced intense scrutiny from lawmakers over privacy concerns. The Nassau County Police Department on Long Island announced the initiative on Wednesday, saying the agency is working with the Ring Neighbors App to...

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Amazon pulls Auschwitz holiday ‘ornaments’ after online outrage
Dec02

Amazon pulls Auschwitz holiday ‘ornaments’ after online outrage

Online retailer Amazon has pulled a range of macabre holiday ornaments featuring images of the Auschwitz death camp posted by sellers on its platform. The items came to light after the Auschwitz Memorial tweeted on Dec. 1, saying that the products did “not seem appropriate” and called on Amazon to remove them. The items it highlighted included Christmas tree-style ornaments featuring images of a path surrounded by barbed wire and the...

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Massive black hole that ‘should not even exist’ has been discovered
Nov29

Massive black hole that ‘should not even exist’ has been discovered

A black hole with a mass 70 times greater than the Sun was discovered, leaving scientists stunned. “Black holes of such mass should not even exist in our Galaxy, according to most of the current models of stellar evolution,” Professor Jifeng Liu, who led the team at the Chinese Academy of Sciences that made the discovery, said in a statement. Scientists previously believed that the mass of an individual stellar black hole...

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