Tuesday, June 03, 2014

What does your phone know? (How does your phone know all this?)
Don’t Miss The Next Big Thing — iBeacons
In Apple’s WWDC this year, one of the seemingly minor announcements has many industries abuzz with anticipation — iBeacons. While Apple did not highlight this new technology as prominently as others, mobile app developers and physical retail executives see huge potential in this nascent technology.
… Think of it this way: You’re walking through an airport, and your phone knows you normally buy a cup of coffee around 8am. So, it sends you a prompt letting you know that a Starbucks is 50 feet away on your left. Or, you’re in a clothing store. Based on your buying history, your phone knows your size and what styles you prefer, so it sends you a prompt telling you where to go in the store to look for those types of items. Maybe you’re in a grocery store buying a bottle of wine? Your phone knows you like Merlot and there’s a sale on one of your favorite bottles one row over… Your phone could send you a push notification alerting you to that sale.

Am I reading this correctly? This is not a development project? Who had this software ready to sell?
Secret Service seeks software to monitor current and historical social media data
by Sabrina I. Pacifici on June 2, 2014
Via NextGov: “The Secret Service is purchasing software to watch users of social networks in real time, according to contract documents. In a work order posted on Monday, the agency details information the tool will collect — ranging from emotions of Internet users to old Twitter messages. Its capabilities will include “sentiment analysis,” “influencer identification,” “access to historical Twitter data,” “ability to detect sarcasm,” and “heat maps” or graphics showing user trends by color intensity, agency officials said. The automated technology will “synthesize large sets of social media data” and “identify statistical pattern analysis” among other objectives, officials said.”

Is this how we move toward global government? (at least, global laws?) Or will some banks lie to the IRS and keep my accounts hidden?
IRS Nets Offshore Data From 77,000 Banks, 70 Countries In FATCA Push
An astounding 77,000 banks and financial institutions—even some in Russia—have registered under FATCA—the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act. America’s global tax law requires foreign banks to reveal American accounts holding over $50,000. Non-compliant institutions could be frozen out of U.S. markets, so everyone is complying. The fact that 77,000 banks have registered and some 70 countries are providing government help to the IRS means almost no foreign account is secret.

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