With Amazon opening its platform to advertisers in a massive way, we sift through the WSJ article and discuss as thought leaders (!) how old world common sense like selling physical things, not only makes sense but is just what Amazon is doing. Why isn’t anyone else? It’s odd when you sit and think about it – where other sites are specifically after selling our data, Amazon’s busy selling us actual stuff whether you’re online or not. Looks like we’d better warm up to our new overlords. And Linux squeezes in a tiny appearance in today’s episode.

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Not everything scales up well. Unpoliced social networks breed hate counter to the designers’ goals.

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What does it take to get a break from technology? Technology (sometimes). It’s not entirely strange; decompressing on a rainy day or when time is limited can use the aid of hardware to make the livin’ easy. Techxiety, remember, revolves a great deal around the intangibles that were previously private unto us that software is exploiting. So a look at hardware undoing some of that stress also seems a fitting revenge.

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Although I can argue for and against Chrome’s ditching of privacy when moving from site to site, I’m exhausted at the prospect of having to switch browsers.

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From a Facebook post with a recent brainstorm, a podcast is brewing about saving Amazon from scrutiny.

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It’s a long journey that the great “we-all” have ahead, but watching Firehose API news trends shows that we may be moving in the right direction. It’s not giving anything away to say that privacy might benefit from the switches big data is making; we’re far from out of the woods and even farther from calculating middle ground or defending with certainty against scammers and big data thieves. But a silver lining does exist.

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The news roll was hefty with privacy talk both for and against us. It’s a busy world right now and where privacy doesn’t exist the way it should, defenders are vigilant. And then there’s the privacy some wish they had, presidentially. Not something we’ll dwell on – there’s lots to pick up on and the time is right to know what’s happening all around our heads, behind our backs and what tools are adapting to be at our disposal.

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