Got Verizon? Check this Out

Excerpted from an article “How To Shield Yourself from Verizon’s Mobile Tracking,” published by ComputerWorld:

http://www.computerworld.com/article/2871022/how-to-shield-yourself-from-verizons-mobile-tracking.html

“The advertising industry has worked together to develop far more effective methods for consumers to express the choice not to receive tailored ads,” Turn said, noting that opt-out tools are available from the Network Advertising Initiative and the Digital Advertising Alliance.

There are several tools, however, that can block Web trackers such as Turn, wrote Peter Eckersley, technology projects editor for the EFF. Applications such as AdAway, AdBlock, AdBlock Plus and Disconnect Pro will all halt Turn from receiving data.

Users don’t have a lot of options for preventing their mobile traffic from being tagged with a UIDH. Using a VPN or Tor would stop it, but it’s probably unlikely the vast majority of people would use those kinds of services on a mobile device.

But people could stop using Verizon. Ironically, that is Verizon’s suggestion according to its privacy policy: “If you do not want information to be collected for marketing purposes from services such as the Verizon Wireless Mobile Internet services, you should not use those particular services.”

Is Google Glass Gone for Good?

It looks like Google may be giving up on getting people to buy Glass — for now.

The company is shifting strategies, shuttering the Google Glass “Explorer” program and halting sales of the $1,500 gadget, according to a blog post published Thursday.

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The move seems to signal that Google Glass may be struggling to connect to consumers, which you may have guessed given that some Glass ambassadors have been physically attacked just for wearing the thing. Certain bars have also banned the wearable, which allows individuals to easily record their surroundings and get information delivered straight to their eyeball.

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Posted: 01/15/2015 5:03 pm EST Updated: 01/16/2015 11:59 am EST

Is History Repeating?

Can Turkey Lead the Islamic World and Still Be a Western Ally?

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The AKP does not aspire to be a model for the Islamic world; it aspires to be its leader — a duty which includes safeguarding the interests of the nearly 20 million Muslims living in Europe. In Erdoğan’s view, it is the EU which must accommodate itself to Turkey, not vice versa. Erdoğan is saying to the West: If you want my help in the Middle East, then we’ll play by my rules.

All the Jobs in the Shale Oil Patch Are about To Go Down the Drain

The oil boom created by “fracking” is about to go bust because of the low price per barrel of oil. At the current price, it costs too much to get the oil out of the ground. Frackers borrowed too much money to set up their businesses, and needed to sell oil at significantly higher prices to make a profit. According to zerohedge.com, the bankruptcies have just begun:

“There are too many ugly balance sheets,” warns one energy industry analyst, adding simply that “the group is not positioned for this downturn.” While the mainstream media continues to chant the happy-clappy side of lower oil prices, spewing various ‘statistics’ about how the down-side of low oil prices is ‘contained’ and the huge colossal massive tax cut means ‘everything is awesome’ for America, the data – and now actions – do not bear this out. Macro data has done nothing but disappoint and now, we have the first casualty of the shale oil leverage debacle as WSJ reports, on Sunday, a private company that drills in Texas, WBH Energy LP, and its partners, filed for bankruptcy protection, saying a lender refused to advance more money. There are many more to come…