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#Google Manipulates Search Results, Former Engineer Shockingly Confirms

A former Google engineer has confirmed that Google manually manipulates search results based on its own internal values.

ccn.com/shock-confirmation-goo

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Smile, you're on refrigerated camera...

@sidneyfussell says Walgreens' smart coolers, w/cameras to analyze shoppers' faces to guess age & gender, are just one of many tracking technologies emerging in retail. Another example of the need for regulation. theatlantic.com/technology/arc

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🚨NEW PIXELFED INSTANCE ALERT🚨
Just launched a #pixelfed instance! I’d love for all you lovelies to join.

pixels.helpchangethe.world/
We’ll ❤️ each others pictures and it’ll be super great 🤗

*Boost Please*

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The "Advertisers" section of @katienotopoulos's Facebook Settings revealed targeting by a confusing list of advertisers, like distant car dealerships, that likely paid for her info.
buzzfeednews.com/article/katie

If you still use Facebook, check yours here: facebook.com/ads/preferences/?

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If you’re still using Internet Explorer, now is a great time to make the switch. Along with our Version 4.0 update, ProtonMail will no longer support that iconic browser of your youth. protonmail.com/blog/internet-e

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My friend and I deactivated our Facebooks together this weekend. I think Throw Away Facebook parties are a great idea - we want Facebook because it gives the illusion of community. But if community is all around us, then why do you need Facebook? Plus positive peer pressure is real handy sometimes.

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Journalists must be free to do their jobs without fear of surveillance, harassment, or harm. We’re committed to giving them the tools to protect themselves and their sources. Learn more: protonmail.com/blog/journalism/ #WorldPressFreedomDay

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I hate the "own your data" meme in the decentralized social web. A friend of mine pointed out how useless the phrase is a few years ago and I agree. "Ownership" sounds an awful lot like digital "property", which is nonsense when moving from physical to digital stuff because copying doesn't destroy the original. The path you go down there is the path to artificial constraints like DRM. Yikes!

We should be talking about user autonomy instead. That's a much better meme.

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