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U.S. Government Contractor Embedded Software in Apps to Track Phones -- oh dear, "App publishers often allow 3rd-parties, for a fee, to insert SDKs into their apps...SDK maker sells consumer data harvested from publisher gets a chunk of revenue

Congress forced Silicon Valley to answer for its misdeeds. It was a glorious sight great Guardian piece by

Drug cartel ‘narco-antennas’ make life dangerous for Mexico’s cell tower repairmen

Twitter says it's looking at subscription options as ad revenue drops sharply

Deepfake used to attack activist couple shows new disinformation frontier - Deepfake spotting is getting harder.

TikTok and many other iOS apps still snoop your sensitive clipboard data - list includes News, Weather, and Games apps

Your Apps Know Where You Were Last Night, and its for sale - In-depth analysis of location data and privacy by NYT

Steve Bannon used location targeting to reach voters who had been in Catholic churches - geofencing + fingerprinting = means the geofencing data isn't anonymous

60Gbit/sec of additional network function virtualisation capacity… should be enough for little while!


Need more Gigabits!


Economics of restaurant food delivery stinks - the companies are propped up by VC cash - good commentary from

Robot lawyers are thriving during the pandemic - software is eating Law

Apple Just Crippled IDFA, Sending An $80 Billion Industry Into Upheaval - from Forbes (which sets around 40 cookies). This change is big: "almost every large mobile-first business is completely dependent on performance marketing on mb for revenue growth"

Nothing says "we care about you" like outsourcing your company's first contact with its most important partners… to AI chat bots.

Rocket scientists "disrupting" human resources by removing the humans is peak techbro startup culture.


Traintrackr connects to the tube's API for live location data every second and uses a powered circuit board to show a map of the London Underground, lighting up in real time - shows train locations on 333 stations on all 12 main lines. You can buy them!

RT is nominated for the for their proposed approach to introduce DNS-over-HTTPS in such a way as to bypass UK filtering obligations and parental controls, undermining safety standards in the UK.


Great DuckDuckGo backstory, the privacy search engine - inspired by a glassmaking class And tech analyst thinks it would be a good acquisition at around $1 billion for Apple to support its privacy-focused brand image

When the response to a peering request is the command their NOC engineer used to deploy the BGP configuration to their routers: well played,, well played.

…and right back at you! ;-)

It's the Manchester LAN's birthday today: eight years of exchanging traffic outside the M25! We're celebrating by turning up BGP sessions on both (where we've been for ages) and now — the latest exchange that AS41495 has joined.

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