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I'm Being Followed: How Google—and 104 Other Companies—Are Tracking Me on the Web - Alexis C. Madrigal

I'm Being Followed: How Google—and 104 Other Companies—Are Tracking Me on the Web - Alexis C. Madrigal
Who are these companies and what do they want from me? A voyage into the invisible business that funds the web. This morning, if you opened your browser and went to NYTimes.com, an amazing thing happened in the milliseconds between your click and when the news about North Korea and James Murdoch appeared on your screen. Data from this single visit was sent to 10 different companies, including Microsoft and Google subsidiaries, a gaggle of traffic-logging sites, and other, smaller ad firms. There's nothing necessarily sinister about this subterranean data exchange: this is, after all, the advertising ecosystem that supports free online content. Even if you're generally familiar with the idea of data collection for targeted advertising, the number and variety of these data collectors will probably astonish you. And that's just the As. To be clear, these companies gather data without attaching it to your name; they use that data to show you ads you're statistically more likely to click. Related:  ControlBIG BROTHER & Co. are WATCHING us....

Snowden Uncovers Shocking Truth Behind Chemtrails Share This Article With Others Edward Snowden, the hacker who gained access to every secret corner of the Internet during his tenure at the NSA, has come forward with details of a classified project to alter the world’s climate. The shocking truth, as he says, is that chemtrails are part of a benevolent program aimed at countering global warming. By cooperating in secret with jet fuel manufacturers, government agents have carefully kept the massive chemtrail efforts completely under wraps. Snowden added, “I am only revealing this program because there is no oversight in the scientific community, no public discussion, and little concern for the side-effects which are well known only to a few privileged people interested in continuing the decades-long chemtrail program in secret.” According to Snowden, chemtrails are the only thing keeping the US from global warming incineration, but at what price? Source: www.chronicle.su Eddie (1897 Posts) Eddie L. is the founder and owner of WorldTruth.TV.

Brazil looks to break from US-centric Internet (Update 2) Brazil plans to divorce itself from the U.S.-centric Internet over Washington's widespread online spying, a move that many experts fear will be a potentially dangerous first step toward fracturing a global network built with minimal interference by governments. President Dilma Rousseff ordered a series of measures aimed at greater Brazilian online independence and security following revelations that the U.S. The leader is so angered by the espionage that on Tuesday she postponed next month's scheduled trip to Washington, where she was to be honored with a state dinner. Internet security and policy experts say the Brazilian government's reaction to information leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden is understandable, but warn it could set the Internet on a course of Balkanization. While Brazil isn't proposing to bar its citizens from U.S. Rousseff says she intends to push for international rules on privacy and security in hardware and software during the U.N.

Introduction and overview of responses Introduction and overview of responses A high-impact cover story in Wired magazine in 2010 asserted in its title: “The Web Is Dead. Long Live the Internet.” Anderson and Wolff stated their case this way: As much as we love the open, unfettered Web, we’re abandoning it for simpler, sleeker services that just work ….This is not a trivial distinction. Because the screens are smaller, such mobile traffic tends to be driven by specialty software, mostly apps, designed for a single purpose. This was all inevitable. The wide-open Web of peer production, the so-called generative Web where everyone is free to create what they want, continues to thrive, driven by the nonmonetary incentives of expression, attention, reputation, and the like. They clearly forecast the rise of the mobile Web, but the debate they launched with the apps vs. The trends are quite clear. According to estimates by Cisco, by 2016 there will be 10 billion mobile Internet devices in use globally. The case for the Web

Walnuts Are Drugs, Says FDA Diamond’s transgression was to make “financial investments to educate the public and supply them with walnuts,” as William Faloon of Life Extension magazine put it. On its website and packaging, the company stated that the omega-3 fatty acids found in walnuts have been shown to have certain health benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease and some types of cancer. These claims, Faloon notes, are well supported by scientific research: “Life Extension has published 57 articles that describe the health benefits of walnuts”; and “The US National Library of Medicine database contains no fewer than 35 peer-reviewed published papers supporting a claim that ingesting walnuts improves vascular health and may reduce heart attack risk.” This evidence was apparently not good enough for the FDA, which told Diamond that its walnuts were “misbranded” because the “product bears health claims that are not authorized by the FDA.” Faloon thinks he knows why this is the case.

Brazilian president Rousseff: US surveillance a 'breach of international law' | World news Brazil's president, Dilma Rousseff, has launched a blistering attack on US espionage at the UN general assembly, accusing the NSA of violating international law by its indiscriminate collection of personal information of Brazilian citizens and economic espionage targeted on the country's strategic industries. Rousseff's angry speech was a direct challenge to President Barack Obama, who was waiting in the wings to deliver his own address to the UN general assembly, and represented the most serious diplomatic fallout to date from the revelations by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Rousseff had already put off a planned visit to Washington in protest at US spying, after NSA documents leaked by Snowden revealed that the US electronic eavesdropping agency had monitored the Brazilian president's phone calls, as well as Brazilian embassies and spied on the state oil corporation, Petrobras. "Personal data of citizens was intercepted indiscriminately.

quoi ressemble l’internet en 2012 Voilà 20 ans que le web existe. Conçu par Tim Berners-Lee à la fin des années 80, les premiers sites web sont apparus en 1992. Vingt ans plus tard, Internet est devenu l’un des canaux de communication les plus utilisé, et très certainement le média de référence du XXIème siècle. Je pars du principe que vous avez tous une bonne connaissance du web et de ce que l’on peut en faire, par contre avez-vous à votre disposition des données chiffrées récentes ? C’est justement ce que je me propose de faire avec cette compilation de nombreuses études statistiques et sociologiques publiées en fin d’année. La France compte près de 49 millions d’internautes, soit 75% de sa population. Concernant les sites web en eux-mêmes, la société Email-Brokers dans son baromètre de l’Internet comptabilisait plus de 2,6 millions de sites dont la majorité sont à caractère professionnel (ils ne comptent donc pas dedans les blogs). L’étude nous fournit d’autres chiffres :

The Conspiracy Theory Is True: Agents Infiltrate Websites Intending To "Manipulate, Deceive, And Destroy Reputations" Republished from zerohedge.com By Tyler Durden In the annals of internet conspiracy theories, none is more pervasive than the one speculating paid government plants infiltrate websites, social network sites, and comment sections with an intent to sow discord, troll, and generally manipulate, deceive and destroy reputations. Guess what: it was all true. And this time we have a pretty slideshow of formerly confidential data prepared by the UK NSA equivalent, the GCHQ, to confirm it, and Edward Snowden to thank for disclosing it. Greenwald's latest revelation focuses on GCHQ’s previously secret unit, the JTRIG (Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group). Among the core self-identified purposes of JTRIG are two tactics: (1) to inject all sorts of false material onto the internet in order to destroy the reputation of its targets; and (2) to use social sciences and other techniques to manipulate online discourse and activism to generate outcomes it considers desirable. The Art of Deception

Yahoo CEO Mayer: we faced jail if we revealed NSA surveillance secrets | Technology Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook and Marissa Mayer, the CEO of Yahoo, struck back on Wednesday at critics who have charged tech companies with doing too little to fight off NSA surveillance. Mayer said executives faced jail if they revealed government secrets. Yahoo and Facebook, along with other tech firms, are pushing for the right to be allowed to publish the number of requests they receive from the spy agency. During an interview at the Techcrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco, Mayer was asked why tech companies had not simply decided to tell the public more about what the US surveillance industry was up to. Mayer said she was "proud to be part of an organisation that from the beginning, in 2007, has been sceptical of – and has been scrutinizing – those requests [from the NSA]." Yahoo has previously unsuccessfully sued the foreign intelligence surveillance (Fisa) court, which provides the legal framework for NSA surveillance. "I thought that was really bad," he said.

The Web Ain’t Dead Yet (And It’s Getting Easier to Create) | Epicenter  We spend a lot of time and bandwidth using client apps and closed platforms. It makes sense: Big platforms and device-specific apps look slick, they’re easy to use, and they deliver rich interactive multimedia (which is one reason why they use so much time and bandwidth). Wired magazine wrote a big cover story about the internet’s shift away from the open to the proprietary web. But that shift is hitting a snag. The main problem with apps and big platforms is that while they may be easy to use, they’re still tough for nonprogrammers to make. Meanwhile, HTML5 increasingly makes the web look better and work harder. 1. Adobe Muse, recently released in beta, is a post-Dreamweaver web design and management application. Muse is much more fully baked than Edge. If I were building a website from scratch today, I would probably try to use Muse. Still, it’s a tough needle to thread for Adobe. 2. Twitter doesn’t have the same problems as Adobe: It has no sales of developer suites to prop up. 3.

“I Was Literally Surrounded By Them When I Was 14″ – Corey Feldman Exposes Hollywood Pedophilia For those who haven’t already heard, Corey Feldman (arguably the biggest child actor of the 80’s) went public about being sexually abused by Hollywood moguls, multiple times. He describes how he and fellow former child star Corey Haim were constantly fed drugs and taken advantage of. Feldman started speaking out after the death of his friend. He says that the trauma Haim experienced as a child played a large role in his death. This isn’t the first time an actor or actress has come out, Allison Arngrim, the former “Little House on the Prairie” star also wrote about her own experiences in the book “Confessions of a Prairie Bitch,” where she also expresses how she was abused multiple times. Sex abuse charges have been laid multiple times against Hollywood employees. On a personal note, based on everything I have looked at over the years I have no doubt in my mind that Hollywood is filled with pedophiles and occultists. Related CE Articles: Roseane Barr “MK Ultra Rules in Hollywood” Sources:

Microsoft and Google to sue government over transparency In a blog entry by Microsoft General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs Brad Smith, the company explained how negotiations with the government over permission "…to publish sufficient data relating to Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) orders" have faltered. Both Microsoft and Google will proceed with litigation to seek permission from the FISA court. Ever since the public disclosure of the NSA's surveillance programs by former contractor Edward Snowden, Microsoft, Google and many other companies have called on the government to allow them to disclose the extent of their cooperation so that customers and foreign governments can make informed decisions about the trustworthiness of the companies' services. Smith says in the blog that both Microsoft and Google filed suit in June for permission to disclose the information, and they believe they have the clear constitutional right to do so. See also:

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