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Shot on iPhone 12: Portraits, cityscapes, the night sky, and more | Apple


Apple is showcasing the iPhone 12 as a camera, and an excellent one at that. Here are a series of images shot with the iPhone 12, and you can download them for a closer look.

#technology #tech #Google #Apple #photography #camera #iPhone
 
I have a batch of #photos on #Google, from back when it was Picasa. They are conveniently arranged in order, with data and notes. Is there an easy way to transfer them en masse to somewhere else? We're talking maybe 200 photos. This is one of the last things stopping me from deleting my google account. thanks.
#opensource #question
 

YouTube suspends Trump's channel after violating policy on inciting violence

(Reuters) - Alphabet Inc’s YouTube said on Tuesday it has suspended Donald Trump’s channel as it violated policies for inciting violence after last week’s assault on the U.S. Capitol by the president’s supporters.

Online platforms and social media companies are distancing themselves from, and taking action against, those that encouraged or engaged in the violence in Washington, DC.

Trump’s channel is now prevented from uploading new videos or livestreams for a minimum of seven days, which may be extended, Youtube said in a statement. ...
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-youtube-trump/youtube-suspends-trumps-channel-after-violating-policy-on-inciting-violence-idUSKBN29I0F9

#AMightyWind #TheGreatDeplatforming #Jan6Coup #DJT #youtube #google #sedition #Banned #politics #uspol #coup #sedition #traitor
 

Glenn Greenwald goes full retard: "How Silicon Valley, in a Show of Monopolistic Force, Destroyed Parler"


Greenwald's argument hinges on emotion, insinuation, invective, a completely unfounded premise, an absolute absence of evidence, and no consideration of alternative explanations: an overwhelmingly plausible ongoing law enforcement and national security operation, likely under sealed or classified indictments or warrants, in the face of ongoing deadly sedition lead by the President of the United States himself, including against the person of his own vice president and credible threats against the President-Elect and Inauguration.

Such an legal action is, of course, extraordinarily difficult to prove, and I cannot prove it. A key clue for me, however, is the defection not just of Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Stripe, and other tech firms, but of Parler's legal counsel, who would have to be an exceptionally stealth-mode startup to fit Greenwald's, or other's, "it's the tech monopolists" narrative. I've tempered my degree of assurance and language ("plausible" rather than "probable"). Time will tell. But a keen and critical mind such as Grenwald's should at least be weighing the possibility. He instead seems bent only on piking old sworn enemies, with less evidence or coherence than I offer.

This is the crux of Greenwald's argument. It's all he's got:
On Thursday, Parler was the most popular app in the United States. By Monday, three of the four Silicon Valley monopolies united to destroy it.
I'm no friend of the tech monopolists myself. The power demonstrated here does concern me, greatly. I've long railed against Google, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft, and Apple, among other tech monopolists. Largely because as monopolies they are power loci acting through their occupation of a common resource, outside common control, and not serving the common weal. Hell: Facebook, Google (YouTube), Reddit, and Twitter played a massive role in creating the current fascist insurrection in the US, along with even more enthusiastic aid and comfort from traditional media, across the spectrum. Damage that will take decades to repair, if ever.

But, if my hypothesis is correct, the alternative explanation would bet he opposite of this: the state asserting power over and through monopolies in the common interest, in support of democratic principles, for the common weal. And that I can support.

I don't know that this is the case. I find it curious that I seem to be the only voice suggesting it. Time should tell.

And after this is over, yes, Silicon Valley, in its metonymic sense standing for the US and global tech industry, has to face its monopoly problem, its free speech problem (in both sincere and insincere senses), its surveillance problem (capitalist, state, criminal, rogue actor), its censorship problem, its propaganda problem (mass and computational), its targeted manipulation adtech problem, its trust problem, its identity problem, its truth and disinformation problems, its tax avoidance problem, its political influence problem.

Virtually all of which are inherent aspects of monopoly: "Propaganda, censorship, and surveillance are all attributes of monopoly" https://joindiaspora.com/posts/7bfcf170eefc013863fa002590d8e506
HN discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=24771470

But, speaking as a space alien cat myself, Greenwald is so far off base here he's exited the Galaxy.

HN discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=25747659

#GoingFullRetard #GlennGreenwald #parler #TheGreatDeplatforming #fascism #Jan6Coup #Apple #Google #Facebook #Amazon #Reddit #Twitter #FISA #FBI #DoJ
 

Google Hangouts: A Eulogy


This year Google will stop supporting and remove Google Hangouts. Google
Hangouts, if you're not aware, was Google's replacement for their chat
program Google Talk. Google Talk was a XMPP-based chat client that was
available for all users of Google services. Google Hangouts was rolled
out around the same time as Google+, and was a wrapper for many
different Google services (phone, video chats, and Hangouts on Air).
What was nice about it was that anyone that you knew the GMail address
of had access to Google Hangouts. This meant that many of my friends had
Hangouts access. JoDee and I used Hangouts for much of our IM
communication. Unfortunately for whatever reason Google decided to
remove yet another of the things that I liked about Google services, and
proves once again that Google can't be trusted with any social platform.

Today I downloaded the "Google Takeout" of Hangouts and removed all of
the old chats. There were a lot of nice memories in there, and now they
can live in a collection of photos and one long JSON dump file that I'll
probably never read again.

If you want to find me I'm on Signal and Quicksy (an XMPP-based service
using phone numbers and OMEMO for encryption). If you have my phone
number you can use these services to get a hold of me. I'm still on IRC
and have accounts on other platforms. But what seems a constant is that
communication will be fractured over multiple platforms and the dream of
having one application doing everything well dies on July, 2021. And the
irritation of having yet-another-platform to talk to that one person is
the reality we'll all have to deal with until something better comes
along. Nothing is perfect and everything is terrible.

RIP Hangouts. You helped me not have to think about messaging.

http://decafbad.net/2021/01/09/google-hangouts-a-eulogy/
#misc #Adayinthelife #Messaging #Google
 
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Dear Googles: I hope you're giving a lot of hard thought to Brownshirt-proofing your vast troves of personal data.


Just sayin'.
Adapted from [url=https://web.archive.org/web/20170604101018/https://plus.google.com/104092656004159577193/posts/foKDxbyhYUF]an earlier G+ post[/url].

#DataAreLiability #Google #Facebook #Twitter #Microsoft #Oracle #Zoom #Apple #Amazon #Kristalnacht
 

A Mighty Wind: Meta-post Discussion of the Volte-face in online media and politics


Twitter and Facebook have banned DJT, GooglePlay have banned Parler, Apple appears ready to, and more, as ... scattered over numerous posts. @Joerg Fliege suggests:
I think we need a meta post to discuss this sudden change in Twitter/Facebook/Google/Apple[?]/Reddit[??] behaviour. Together with all the resignations from the White House it does feel like the wind is coming from a new direction.

(And I continue to be reminded of stories from my grandma, who lived through Hitler’s regime. The amount of people who suddenly decided to burn their uniforms in Spring 1945 was amazing. They all turned up later, well embedded in the new administration, mind you.)
I aim to please (though my aim is poor). Here's that meta post.

I'll collect other links in comments, though the inspiration post is Google pulls Parler from Play Store for fostering calls to violence.

Also: Twitter have permanently banned Trump:

General political / media topics welcomed.

#AMightyWind #Politics #Facebook #Twitter #Google #Apple #Parler #DJT #Jan6Coup #Defacification
 
Let's be very clear here: in no small part the blame for what happened today lies with surveillance capitalism.
It is profitable to put right-wing/fascist/conspiratorial content in front of more eyeballs, since it generates more "engagement". So Facebook, YouTube and others became perfect channels for this kind of crap.

Big Tech made money on this, for them today's insurrection is an "externality".
-- Rysiekúr Memesson

https://mastodon.social/@rysiek/105512138395670576

#Jan6Coup #Facebook #YouTube #Twitter #Google #SurveillanceCapitalism #AdTech
 

An OTM error in "Who Owns the Future?" No, Google did not exit social media in 2014


In an otherwise excellent programme, and her own otherwise insightful commentary, OTM guest Dina Srinivasan incorrectly comments that Google "exited social media" in 2014. This is not true, nor does it reflect Facebook's perceptions at the time by available evidence, though Facebook was very much the dominant online social network by 2014. The assertion mars Srinivasan's analysis.

Reading a prepublication draft of "The Antitrust Case Against Facebook" at SSRN, the claim seems to centre on one of several former Google social networking offerings, Orkut:
By 2014, competitors had exited the market, Google’s competitive offering Orkut shut down,76 and Facebook’s monopoly was complete ...
(p. 23)

The statement is true as far as it goes: Google social media platform Orkut was shuttered on September 30, 2014. However it was by the time quite marginal, having peak appeal in Brazil, and claiming 66 million users (by unknown qualification) as of 2011.

The problem with Srinivasan's claim is that Orkut was not, and is not, Google's only social media offering. Others include Google Buzz (shuttered October 14, 2011), Google Wave (shuttered August 2010, spun off to the ... now discontinued ... Free Software project Apache Wave), Google+ (launched June 2011, shuttered April 2019), and YouTube (extant). As the public is becoming aware, Google enters, and exits, product niches with some frequency. It's become something of a bitter joke in the tech community. See https://killedbygoogle.com or the tech discussion site Hacker News where new Google product announcements are largely met with collective yawns and the evergreen question "when will Google shut this down?"

As of 2014, Google+ was very much positioned as a Facebook competitor:

Another Try by Google to Take On Facebook by Claire Cain Miller, June 28, 2011
Google has tried several times, without much success, to take on Facebook and master social networking. Now it is making its biggest effort yet.

On Tuesday, Google introduced a social networking service called the Google+ project — which happens to look a lot like Facebook.
And Facebook appears to have taken the threat seriously. From Wired (which also cites Srinivasan extensively):
The most revealing insight comes from the summer of 2011, when the company was gearing up to fend off the threat of Google’s rival platform, Google+. The complaint quotes an email in which Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg wrote, “For the first time, we have real competition and consumers have real choice … we will have to be better to win.” At the time, Facebook had been planning to remove users’ ability to untag themselves in photos. One unnamed executive suggested pumping the brakes. “If ever there was a time to AVOID controversy, it would be when the world is comparing our offerings to G+,” they wrote. Better, they suggested, to save such changes “until the direct competitive comparisons begin to die down.” This is close to a smoking gun: evidence that, as Srinivasan hypothesized, Facebook preserves user privacy when it fears competition and degrades privacy when it doesn’t.
"The Smoking Gun in the Facebook Antitrust Case"
Gilad Edelman, 12.09.2020 07:42 PM

There's also ex-FB exec Antonio García Martínez's 2016 account:

"How Mark Zuckerberg Led Facebook's War to Crush Google Plus" by Antonio García Martínez, June 3, 2016
Google Plus was Google finally taking note of Facebook and confronting the company head-on, rather than via cloak-and-dagger recruitment shenanigans and catty disses at tech conferences. It hit Facebook like a bomb. Zuck took it as an existential threat comparable to the Soviets’ placing nukes in Cuba in 1962. Google Plus was the great enemy’s sally into our own hemisphere, and it gripped Zuck like nothing else. He declared “Lockdown,” the first and only one during my time there. As was duly explained to the more recent employees, Lockdown was a state of war that dated to Facebook’s earliest days, when no one could leave the building while the company confronted some threat, either competitive or technical.
Mind: despite being a very active user, I'll be the first to admit that Google+ had its limitations, including reach and uptake by the public. Google+ could claim a large number of user profiles, literally billions, as through about 2016, every new Gmail or Android user was automatically registered with the service, totaling about 3.5 billion profiles. Google were immensely cagey about just how many of these were actively using the site, offering statistics which were openly scoffed at in the press. I realised that a measurement was in fact possible, and determined that only 9% of users ever posted publicly to the service, and 0.16% (about 4--6 million) had a public post within the preceeding month. This is NOT the industry standard measure of monthly or daily "active users" (MUA, DAU), but does give a strong indication of activity.

https://ello.co/dredmorbius/post/naya9wqdemiovuvwvoyquq

(Yes, I am the king of underutilised social media services.)

Independently corroborated (on a 10x larger sample) by online marketing consultancy Stone Temple (now Perficient): https://blogs.perficient.com/2015/04/14/real-numbers-for-the-activity-on-google-plus/

Four million active users ain't nothin'. But it's extraordinarily small stakes in the online world, where mainstream services boast user counts in the hundreds of millions to billions (430m MAU for Reddit, 2 billion at YouTube, 186 million Twitter, 2.4 billion Facebook), with some 3.4 billion users worldwide. Even allowing for lurkers, Google+ active users were likely in the 10--100m range maximum.

Arguably the largest current Google social media offering, however, is YouTube, claiming 2 billion MUA in 2019, and the second most visited website worldwide overall, following Google Web Search. Facebook is number 6, and spots 3--5 are all Chinese.
Adapted from an email to OTM regarding the error.

#OnTheMedia #DinaSrinivasan #SocialMedia #Google #GooglePlus #SocialMedia #Monopoly
 

Google, Facebook Agreed to Team Up Against Possible Antitrust Action, Draft Lawsuit Says | WSJ

Facebook Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google agreed to “cooperate and assist one another” if they ever faced an investigation into their pact to work together in online advertising, according to an unredacted version of a lawsuit filed by 10 states against Google last week.
"Do evil."

#technology #tech #Google #Facebook #Antitrust #security #privacy
 

Explosive Document Reveals Facebook Gave Google Exclusive Access to Encrypted WhatsApp Messages | The Mac Observer

A document [PDF]from the Texas Attorney General as part of its antitrust investigation reveals that shortly after Facebook acquired WhatsApp in 2015, it gave Google exclusive access to millions of WhatsApp messages, photos, videos, and audio files that were supposedly end-to-end encrypted at the time. If they were truly end-to-end encrypted, this sort of access would not be possible.
#technology #tech #security #privacy #Google #Facebook
Explosive Document Reveals Facebook Gave Google Exclusive Access to Encrypted WhatsApp Messages
 

Explosive Document Reveals Facebook Gave Google Exclusive Access to Encrypted WhatsApp Messages | The Mac Observer

A document [PDF]from the Texas Attorney General as part of its antitrust investigation reveals that shortly after Facebook acquired WhatsApp in 2015, it gave Google exclusive access to millions of WhatsApp messages, photos, videos, and audio files that were supposedly end-to-end encrypted at the time. If they were truly end-to-end encrypted, this sort of access would not be possible.
#technology #tech #security #privacy #Google #Facebook
Explosive Document Reveals Facebook Gave Google Exclusive Access to Encrypted WhatsApp Messages
 

Malicious Chrome, Edge extensions with 3M installs still in stores


#security #google #microsoft #bleeping computer #bleepingcomputer #computers #technology #news #education #updates #tech
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Samsung fixes critical Android bugs in December 2020 updates


#security #google #bleeping computer #bleepingcomputer #computers #technology #news #education #updates #tech
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Why Don’t We Just #Ban Targeted #Advertising?


source: https://www.wired.com/story/why-dont-we-just-ban-targeted-advertising/
The thinking goes like this. #Google and #Facebook, including their subsidiaries like Instagram and #YouTube, make about 83 percent and 99 percent of their respective revenue from one thing: selling ads. It’s the same story with #Twitter and other free sites and apps. More to the point, these companies are in the business of what’s called behavioral advertising, which allows companies to aim their #marketing based on everything from users’ sexual orientations to their moods and menstrual cycles, as revealed by everything they do on their devices and every place they take them. It follows that most of the unsavory things the platforms do—boost inflammatory content, track our whereabouts, enable election manipulation, crush the news #industry—stem from the goal of boosting ad revenues. Instead of trying to clean up all these messes one by one, the logic goes, why not just remove the underlying financial incentive? Targeting ads based on individual user data didn’t even really exist until the past decade. (Indeed, Google still makes many billions of dollars from ads tied to search terms, which aren’t user-specific.) What if companies simply weren’t allowed to do it anymore?
#politics #law #privacy #business #economy #internet #finance #advertisement #money
 

Why Don’t We Just #Ban Targeted #Advertising?


source: https://www.wired.com/story/why-dont-we-just-ban-targeted-advertising/
The thinking goes like this. #Google and #Facebook, including their subsidiaries like Instagram and #YouTube, make about 83 percent and 99 percent of their respective revenue from one thing: selling ads. It’s the same story with #Twitter and other free sites and apps. More to the point, these companies are in the business of what’s called behavioral advertising, which allows companies to aim their #marketing based on everything from users’ sexual orientations to their moods and menstrual cycles, as revealed by everything they do on their devices and every place they take them. It follows that most of the unsavory things the platforms do—boost inflammatory content, track our whereabouts, enable election manipulation, crush the news #industry—stem from the goal of boosting ad revenues. Instead of trying to clean up all these messes one by one, the logic goes, why not just remove the underlying financial incentive? Targeting ads based on individual user data didn’t even really exist until the past decade. (Indeed, Google still makes many billions of dollars from ads tied to search terms, which aren’t user-specific.) What if companies simply weren’t allowed to do it anymore?
#politics #law #privacy #business #economy #internet #finance #advertisement #money
 

Thousands back Timnit Gebru over Google 'sacking' | BBC News

Scientists have expressed support for a leading artificial-intelligence ethics researcher who says Google fired her.
An open letter demanding transparency has now been signed by more than 4,500 people, including DeepMind researchers and UK academics.
Wow! That escalated at just the right speed.

#AI #Google #ethics #TimnitGebru
 

Timnit Gebru’s actual paper may explain why Google ejected her | The Verge

A paper co-authored by former Google AI ethicist Timnit Gebru raised some potentially thorny questions for Google about whether AI language models may be too big, and whether tech companies are doing enough to reduce potential risks, according to MIT Technology Review. The paper also questioned the environmental costs and inherent biases in large language models.
#technology #tech #Google #AI
 

Timnit Gebru’s actual paper may explain why Google ejected her | The Verge

A paper co-authored by former Google AI ethicist Timnit Gebru raised some potentially thorny questions for Google about whether AI language models may be too big, and whether tech companies are doing enough to reduce potential risks, according to MIT Technology Review. The paper also questioned the environmental costs and inherent biases in large language models.
#technology #tech #Google #AI
 

Google Maps now lets you create Street View photos with just a phone | The Verge

Google Maps is getting a new update that lets you create Street View photos using just a phone. Android users with ARCore-compatible devices can now capture imagery and publish it to Google Street View in certain areas. Google is allowing submissions initially in Toronto, New York, Austin, Nigeria, Indonesia, and Costa Rica. More regions will support this feature soon, and Google will use this user-generated content when it doesn’t have its own Street View imagery available.
#technology #tech #Google #Android #GoogleMaps
 

Here's how to enable Google Chrome's new modern PDF reader


#google #software #bleeping computer #bleepingcomputer #computers #security #technology #news #education #updates #tech
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And the wealthiest corporations in the history of the world are currently and quietly doing everything they can to perpetuate this current state of affairs because it's ALL ABOUT PROFIT!

They will soon CONTROL IT ALL!

#Alphabet #Google #FaceBook #IBM #Apple #Surveillance Capitalism #Greed
 

GitHub have restored the youtube-dl repository


https://github.blog/2020-11-16-standing-up-for-developers-youtube-dl-is-back/

Colour me pleasantly surprised.

I've followed this story since it broke. My own (lay) analysis of the RIAA's claims hit HN a few weeks ago:

https://joindiaspora.com/posts/808cf690f8e801381778002590d8e506 (https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=24888234)

The EFF's letter makes strongly similar arguments, admittedly with better legal citations buttressing.

I'd hinted in that post, and commented at HN, as to steps Microsoft could take to establish its credibility before the Free Software community:

https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=25007097

https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=24876199

Specifically:
  • Microsoft is a member of the RIAA. It could and should resign.
  • Microsoft can lobby for further exceptions to §1201 anti-circumvention.
  • Microsoft can issue a statement formally protesting RIAA's action.
  • Microsoft could offer an Amicus brief or other statements in favour of youtube-dl developers.
As an old-school Linux user and advocate, I'm used to considering Microsoft the opposition, and my praise is grudging, but given where due. By my reckoning, Microsoft are at least 3 for 4 in meeting my suggestions.

Of the fourth, I suspect its upcoming RIAA renewal discussion will be interesting.

Google, on the other hand, have been conspicuously silent. Chris DiBona, are you listening?

#github #youtubedl #riaa #dmca #copyright #eff #microsoft #google #ChrisDiBona
Standing up for developers: youtube-dl is back
 

New lawsuit: Why do Android phones mysteriously exchange 260MB a month with Google via cellular data when they're not even in use? | The Register

Google on Thursday was sued for allegedly stealing Android users' cellular data allowances though unapproved, undisclosed transmissions to the web giant's servers.
#technology #tech #Google #privacy #security #DontBeEvil
 
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