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Submission + - Facebook Locking Users Out While Using Marketplace (

An anonymous reader writes: Facebook has been locking people out of their accounts when they are doing things in the marketplace. I saw 81 new tweets in the last hour about the issue.
A FACEBOOK glitch has allegedly left people locked people out of their accounts after they posted items for sale on Marketplace, the social network’s Gumtree-style classifieds page.

Users affected by the bug are locked out of Facebook for 72 hours, but some people claimed their accounts were closed down for weeks at a time.

Submission + - 10 Ways You Are Being Watched, Monitored And Spied On (

cukic writes: Is this for real? In 2013, the BBC ran a story about the increasing numbers of CCTV cameras being installed and put into operation across the United States, where they were being hailed as crucial in apprehending the culprits of the Boston bombing.

Submission + - Why Did Google Really Block A Guerrilla Fighter In The Ad War? (

tedlistens writes: Google's decision to ban the Chrome plug-in AdNauseum due to a violation of its "single purpose policy"—shortly after the app began supporting the EFF's new Do Not Track standard—was only the latest salvo in an ongoing war over online advertising. The ad industry knows that ads are a nuisance, and it's now taking pre-emptive measures to make them more palatable—or, in Google's case, to block the unpalatable ones. But Google's positions also point to a crucial disagreement at the heart of the ad war: What makes ads such a nuisance to begin with?

Ads aren't just ugly, annoying, and bandwidth-sucking: They pose a risk to privacy, as the networks of software behind ads—cookies, trackers, and malware—watch not only where you go on the web but, through your phone and your purchases, what you do in real life. But privacy is largely missing from Google's discussion of problematic ads, says Howe. By avoiding mentioning AdNauseum's actual intent, Google's explanation for banning it echoes the advertising industry's discussion of web ads, which focuses on aesthetics rather than privacy.

Comment Re:Facilitator (Score 1) 312

That seems a bit harsh, but not far off.

"Through a phenomenon called "dissimilarity cascades," we place greater stress on personal and cultural differences than on similarities"

A prime example of this is in being someone who tries to be politically moderate, agreeing and/or disagreeing with various tenets of both sides of the political spectrum. Rather than making a bond with everyone through a few common threads, you just alienate everyone instead of half of everyone. Right wingers will focus only on those issues with which they disagree, and Left wingers will focus only on those issues on which they disagree. You'll be accused of a lack of principles, or a spine, and hit with any number of No True Scotsman fallacies. Any similarities are taken for granted and ignored. It doesn't matter that, as a moderate, you'd prefer to think for yourself and not toe any particular party line on every subject.
If you're a pro-choice republican, for example, you're pretty much on your own: ostracized from the right for the pro-choice view, and ostracized from the left for being registered republican. If you're a democrat who believes in gun rights or are pro-life, the same applies.

Submission + - A Terrible Decision by the Internet Archive May Lead to Widespread Blocking (

Lauren Weinstein writes: We can stipulate at the outset that the venerable Internet Archive and its associated systems like Wayback Machine have done a lot of good for many years — for example by providing chronological archives of websites who have chosen to participate in their efforts. But now, it appears that the Internet Archive has joined the dark side of the Internet, by announcing that they will no longer honor the access control requests of any websites.

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