Thursday, May 01, 2014

Perhaps Facebook is listening, probably they don't think many users will do this. I would guess far less than 1 percent.
Tim Mayr reports:
At its annual F8 developers conference in San Francisco on Wednesday, social network Facebook unveiled a new ‘anonymous login’ feature which will give users greater power and more control over their personal data online.
Announcing the anonymous login feature at the conference, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that the feature will forbid apps or websites from collecting personal information of the users as facebook members signup using their facebook account.
Read more on Austrian Tribune.

An interesting perspective.
Zack Needles reports:
Holding that telephones are expressly exempt from the devices prohibited by the Pennsylvania Wiretapping and Electronic Surveillance Control Act regardless of how they’re used, the state Supreme Court has ruled that a state trooper did not violate the act when he instructed an informant to set up a drug deal with the defendant on speakerphone and then eavesdropped on the conversation.
In Commonwealth v. Spence, the court unanimously reversed a state Superior Court decision that had affirmed a Delaware County trial judge’s ruling suppressing evidence obtained when the trooper listened in on the phone call.
Read more on The Legal Intelligencer.

Perhaps they could automate the process?
Michael Geist writes:
Every 27 seconds. Minute after minute, hour after hour, day after day, week after week, month after month. Canadian telecommunications providers, who collect massive amounts of data about their subscribers, are asked to disclose basic subscriber information to Canadian law enforcement agencies every 27 seconds. In 2011, that added up to 1,193,630 requests. Given the volume, most likely do not involve a warrant or court oversight (2010 RCMP data showed 94% of requests involving customer name and address information was provided voluntarily without a warrant).
In most warrantless cases, the telecommunications companies were entitled to say no. The law says that telecom companies and Internet providers may disclose personal information without a warrant as part of a lawful investigation or they can withhold the information until law enforcement has obtained a warrant. According to newly released information, three telecom providers alone disclosed information from 785,000 customer accounts in 2011, suggesting that the actual totals were much higher. Moreover, virtually all providers sought compensation for complying with the requests.
Read more on Michael Geist.

For the student's “Very Basic” toolkit.
– is a site which gives you every possible piece of information about your system. This can be something as simple as your IP address, to more complex stats such as hardware, network and broadband speeds. However, some features are browser-specific.

For my students who write. (Yes, all of them)
New on LLRX – Fargo Brings An Outliner to Your Browser
by Sabrina I. Pacifici on April 30, 2014
Via - Fargo Brings An Outliner to Your Browser - Elmer Masters explains the pragmatic as well as technological value of Dave Winer’s new full featured outliner, Fargo. Fargo runs in your web browser and stores your data in your Dropbox folder. According to Masters, this combination of browser and cloud puts the outliner everywhere, making it a good choice for anyone looking for ubiquitous note taking and writing capabilities. That includes just about all of us!

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