‘This article is spying on you’

I’m glad to see this piece in the New York Times, addressing the slight hypocrisy of news orgs “exposing” the proliferation of tracking cookies and surveillance-powered advertising around the web. Carnegie Mellon’s Timothy Libert writes: News sites often expose users to the same surveillance programs and data-collection companies they criticize. Even articles that explained how […]

Amazon optimised for itself – WSJ

Make no mistake, this story, in the WSJ, is a blockbuster: Late last year, these people said, Amazon optimized the secret algorithm that ranks listings so that instead of showing customers mainly the most-relevant and best-selling listings when they search—as it had for more than a decade—the site also gives a boost to items that […]

Twitter’s rather ill-advised ad campaign in San Francisco

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Twitter’s advertising campaign, whereby it stenciled tweets onto the city’s sidewalks, may well have broken the law. Reporter Ryan Kost quotes Rachel Gordon, spokeswoman for San Francisco Public Works: “That’s not the use of the sidewalks,” she said. “We can go and document them. If they don’t remove them […]

Hulu pulls support for Google’s VR platform

Variety’s Janko Roettgers: Hulu has dropped support for Google’s Daydream VR platform: The video streaming service quietly removed Daydream support from its Android app in recent weeks, making it impossible for most Daydream users to watch Hulu videos on Google’s Daydream View VR headset. It can’t be a good sign when the first bit of […]

Google will prioritise “original” reporting

Google’s head of news, Richard Gingras: Recently, we’ve made ranking updates and published changes to our search rater guidelines to help us better recognize original reporting, surface it more prominently in Search and ensure it stays there longer. This means readers interested in the latest news can find the story that started it all, and […]

Huawei may sell its 5G tech

Huawei founder and chief executive Ren Zhengfei held a “two hour” interview with the Economist on Tuesday. In it, he shared the firm’s strategy to get its 5G tech out there: selling it to a western buyer. Per the piece: For a one-time fee, a transaction would give the buyer perpetual access to Huawei’s existing […]

Following Boris

The BBC’s political editor Laura Kuenssberg isn’t making TV news packages these days – she’s basically making daily documentaries. Thursday’s was particularly epic. Have a watch of her news package from the BBC News at Ten, where she spends the day on the campaign (?) trail with the Prime Minister. Kuenssberg’s piece begins at 2:00, […]

Apple Watch sleep tracking

Today on 9to5 Mac: 9to5Mac has learned from sources inside Apple that the company is working on sleep tracking for the Apple Watch, which won’t require any special hardware to work. The new feature could be announced as early as next week when the company is expected to announce the next generation iPhones and possibly […]