Wednesday, July 04, 2018

If you have to “agree” to allow this access, would lawyers be inviting a third party into any exchange of data with a client? (Just one scenario that leaps to mind.)
Your phone isn’t listening to you, researchers say, but it may be watching everything you do
You’ve seen the YouTube videos. It’s a shaky-cam iPhone shot with a wide-eyed someone giggling under their breath “cat food,” or some other miscellaneous thing they allegedly never talk about or search for near or on their device. The climax of this plot line hits in the following hours or days after they’ve muttered said random phrase, and they’re suddenly served an ad on Facebook of the exact same thing they said before. Preposterous! It’s the classic “your phone is listening to everything you say,” conspiracy theory that so many people have willingly started to believe. But, according to researchers from Northeastern University, reported by Gizmodo’s Kashmir Hill, this isn’t the case at all. After a yearlong study, they found no evidence that your apps are listening to you, but they did find out that they may be watching everything that you do.
A group of computer science academics ran an experiment that tested over 17,000 of the most popular Android apps in order to determine if any of them recorded audio from the phone’s microphone.
… Using an automated program as a method of interacting with the apps on the devices, all of the traffic created was analyzed and the researchers determined that no audio files were sent to any third-party domains.
… But, the researchers did notice something else funky, according to Gizmodo. Several apps had taken video recordings and screenshots of what people were doing. These screenshots were then sent off to third-party domains.

Free, encrypted speech has a few flaws beyond yelling fire in a crowded theater?
India asks WhatsApp to curb spread of false messages
India has asked Facebook Inc-owned WhatsApp messenger to take steps to prevent the circulation of false texts and provocative content that have led to a series of lynchings and mob beatings across the country in the past few months.
… “The government has also conveyed in no uncertain terms that WhatsApp must take immediate action to end this menace and ensure that their platform is not used for such malafide activities,” it added.

This is going to require a bit of tweaking…
Facebook’s Political Rule Blocks Ads for Bush’s Beans, Singers Named Clinton
Under rules for the new archive that strives for transparency in politics, all sorts of organizations with names linked to presidents are finding their promotions blocked.

Impossible requirements?
… Among the issues raised by the bill is a vague requirement in Article 13 that requires popular websites—estimated to encompass the top 20 percent of sites—to utilize a content filtering system that prevents copyrighted works from ever being posted to the platform. The other key issue is Article 11, also known as the “link tax.” In an effort to push readers back to the homepages of news organizations, lawmakers want to charge websites fees for linking to news and using snippets of text from articles. Both articles have broad implications for upending the way the internet functions as we know it today, but activists have warned from the beginning that online encyclopedias that rely on fair use practices would have their very existence threatened.

Amazon could be coming for CVS, Rite Aid, and Walgreens and over half of consumers say they are on board
In an informal survey of Business Insider readers, Business Insider Intelligence found that the majority of respondents (57%) would use a pharmacy service offered by Amazon over their current pharmacy. The data isn't representative of the general population — Business Insider readers tend to be younger, male, and tech-savvy. Still, we think the data provides a strong indicator that retail pharmaceuticals will be one of the next industries to get "Amazon'd."

(Related) The “old school” view?
Amazon: How The PillPack Acquisition Is Shaking Up The Health Care Sector
… We expect that the move will force some changes on the incumbents, but we don’t think that any of them will be waving a white flag anytime soon. As an example, just last week CVS announced that it will begin shipping prescriptions nationwide for a nominal $4.99 fee. Walgreens also offers the same one-day service for $19.95 (we think that price may drop a bit now).

Netflix Crushes Cable and Broadcast TV for Home Viewing, Survey Finds
Consumers continue to move away from basic cable and broadcast television for Netflix, according to a new survey from financial research firm, Cowen Inc.
… Netflix was most popular, with 27% of respondents saying they used the streaming service most often. Basic cable came in second place at 20%, and broadcast television was third with 18%. YouTube, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video followed. Premium cable channels such as Showtime, HBO and Cinemax were next.

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