links for 2011-08-22

August 22nd, 2011
  • (speculative) post on the internal debate within Google on GooglePlus' realname policy.
  • First Data Protection agency that plays it hard: using FB's Like Button and other social plugins considered infringing.

    "… calls on all institutions in the federal state of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany to shut down their fan pages on Facebook and remove social plug-ins such as the “like”-button from their websites.
    .. such features are in violation of the German Telemedia Act (TMG) and of the Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG)..
    By using the Facebook service traffic and content data are transferred into the USA and a qualified feedback is sent back to the website owner concerning the web page usage, the so called web analytics (Ger.: Reichweitenanalyse). Whoever visits or uses a plug-in must expect that he or she will be tracked by the company for two years. Facebook builds a broad individual and for members even a personalised profile.
    .. There is no sufficient information of users and there is no choice"

links for 2011-08-20

August 20th, 2011

links for 2011-08-19

August 19th, 2011
  • Bookmarklet showing you a list of people, ranked according to the "likeliness you search for them". It contains both contacts and non-contacts. What it comes down to: people whose profile you visit often, score high, the more recent you visited them, the higher it scores.

    A good illustration of the kind of datamining that Facebook does…

    "Facebook gives explicit numbers to the directed edges (connection going from you to your friend), about how much they think you are looking for this person. I wrote a bookmarklet that makes it easy to see this list. Although you already know who you look at most, it is eerie to see the list they have come up with—and the numbers they give. The more negative the number, the more Facebook thinks you are looking for them."

links for 2011-08-18

August 18th, 2011

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August 14th, 2011

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August 11th, 2011

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August 10th, 2011

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August 8th, 2011

links for 2011-07-22

July 22nd, 2011

links for 2011-07-17

July 17th, 2011