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eBay Is Delisting Dr. Seuss Books Taken Out of Print This Week

Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg, reporting for The Wall Street Journal: Online marketplace eBay Inc. said it is working to prevent the resale of six Dr. Seuss books that were pulled earlier this week by the company in charge of the late author’s works because they contain offensive imagery. “EBay is currently sweeping our marketplace to...

The EFF: ‘Google’s FLoC Is a Terrible Idea’

Bennett Cyphers, writing for the EFF: Google is leading the charge to replace third-party cookies with a new suite of technologies to target ads on the Web. And some of its proposals show that it hasn’t learned the right lessons from the ongoing backlash to the surveillance business model. This post will focus on one of those proposals,...

★ Apple’s App Store Privacy Nutrition Labels Depend on the Honor Policy, and, Surprising No One, Some Developers Are Dishonest

Speaking of Geoffrey Fowler, he had an interesting premise in a column last month: are the new privacy “nutrition” labels Apple is requiring developers to supply accurate? I downloaded a de-stressing app called the Satisfying SlimeSimulator that gets the App Store’s highest-level label forprivacy. It turned out to be the wrong kind of slimy, covertlysending...

Google’s Search Results Have Gotten Worse

Geoffrey Fowler, writing for The Washington Post back in October: Over the last two decades, Google has made changes in drips rather than big makeovers. To see how search results have changed, what you’d need is a time machine. Good news: We have one of those! The Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine stored some Google search...

Brave Buys a Search Engine, Promises No Tracking, No Profiling

Thomas Claburn, writing for The Register: Brave intends to make Tailcat the foundation of its own search service, Brave Search. The company hopes that its more than 25 million monthly active Brave customers will, after an initial period of testing and courtship, choose to make Brave Search their default search engine and will...

★ Google’s Outsized Share of Advertising Money

Sam Schechner and Keach Hagey, reporting yesterday for The Wall Street Journal (News+ link): Google’s heft means the change could reshape the digital adbusiness, where many companies rely on tracking individuals totarget their ads, measure the ads’ effectiveness and stop fraud.Google accounted for 52% of last year’s global digital ad spendingof $292...

NYT: ‘Colleges That Require Coronavirus Screening Tech Struggle to Say Whether It Works’

Natasha Singer and Kellen Browning, reporting for The New York Times: Before the University of Idaho welcomed students back to campuslast fall, it made a big bet on new virus-screening technology.The university spent $90,000 installing temperature-scanningstations, which look like airport metal detectors, in front of itsdining and athletic facilities...

Apple Clarifies When It Locks Your Apple ID Because You Owe Them Money

Statement from Apple to 9to5Mac, regarding yesterday’s much-publicized story about Dustin Curtis getting locked out of his Apple ID: We apologize for any confusion or inconvenience we may have caused for this customer. The issue in question involved a restriction on the customer’s Apple ID that disabled App Store and iTunes purchases...

It’s Now March and Most of Google’s Flagship iOS Apps Still Don’t Have Privacy Nutrition Labels

Speaking of Google and tracking, the saga with Google’s iOS apps and their lack of privacy nutrition labels continues. Remember that (a) Google told TechCrunch back on January 5 they expected to add the privacy labels “this week or the next week”, and (b) because they haven’t added the labels, none of these popular apps have been updated since December....

Google Claims It Will Replace Tracking With Privacy-Preserving Ads

David Temkin, director of product management for ads privacy and trust, writing on the Google Blog: Today, we’re making explicit that once third-party cookies are phased out, we will not build alternate identifiers to track individuals as they browse across the web, nor will we use them in our products. We realize this means other...

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