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Submission + - Would you be willing to be tracked with a "digital (

whencanistop writes: ""Using new products from companies like BlueCava and Ringleader Digital, advertisers will be able to link and track individual consumers on their mobile phones, desktop PCs, tablet devices, games consoles, TVs — even their cars — and serve them ads based on activity across those devices. They will do so using a process often referred to as device fingerprinting, an emerging device identification technique which could eventually replace the cornerstone of online measurement and data collection, the cookie." according to Clickz. As I've been posting on my blog recently, this just goes to show that Government needs to regulate data use, not data collection."

Submission + - de-indexed from Google (

whencanistop writes: I'm sure I'm not the first to point this out — but The Times recently announced that it was going to put itself behind a pay wall (for when The Times does go behind a pay wall and you can't see that article, here is a link to The Guardian's article on it). Now Google has apparently decided that it is going to remove The Times from its search index (just in case they get put back) so that users will not be able to find it by natural search (it still seems to appear in Google News). Interestingly this doesn't appear to have been done by The Times as there is nothing in its robots.txt that states that this should be disallowed. To prove how annoying this actually is, I had to go back to my blog to find a link to that article stating what The Times is doing because I couldn't find it in Google. It's also worth pointing out that in, if you search for "The Times" you now get pointed to the new domain and not the old one.

Submission + - EU cookie law is ridiculous (

whencanistop writes: A couple of weeks ago there was some talk about the EU cookie law which has now been passed into law. Whilst the original story broke on the Out-law blog from a law perspective there has been a follow up from a couple of industry insiders. Aurelie Pols of the Web Analytics Association has blogged on how this will affect websites who want to monitor what people are looking at on their sites, whilst eConsultancy has blogged on how this will affect the affiliate industry. All of this is probably ignoring the general public who, if this is actually implemented, will have to proceed through ridiculous screens of text every time they access a website telling them that they are going to put cookies on their computers. I know most of you guys hate them, but it is vital for websites to work out how people are accessing the sites so they can work out how to improve the experience for the user.

Computers can figure out all kinds of problems, except the things in the world that just don't add up.