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First POST: Resets

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, September 18 2014

Resets

  • If there was any doubt that the consumer zeitgeist has shifted in the wake of Edward Snowden's disclosures, this headline for Brian Chen's story on Apple's updated operating system should put that to rest: "Apple Says iOS Update Keeps Data Private, Even From the Police."

  • This letter from Apple CEO Tim Cook, accompanying the iOS8 rollout, about the company's "commitment to your privacy" can and is being interpreted as a direct attack on its competitor Google. He writes:

    A few years ago, users of Internet services began to realize that when an online service is free, you’re not the customer. You’re the product. But at Apple, we believe a great customer experience shouldn’t come at the expense of your privacy. Our business model is very straightforward: We sell great products. We don’t build a profile based on your email content or web browsing habits to sell to advertisers. We don’t “monetize” the information you store on your iPhone or in iCloud. And we don’t read your email or your messages to get information to market to you.

  • The Occupy Wall Street Media Group, led by Marisa Holmes, is suing organizer Justin Wedes, seeking control of the @OccupyWallStNYC Twitter account, reports Rosie Gray for BuzzFeed. (The story's headline--"The People Who Organized Occupy Wall Street Are Now Suing Each Other"--is a bit of an exaggeration, but hey: it's BuzzFeed."

  • Speaking of Occupy, which took to the streets of lower Manhattan three years ago, the StrikeDebt spin-off group has now paid off the student loans of more than 2,700 Everest College students, reports the Guardian's Jana Kasperkevic. The $3.8 million in debt was bought on a discount, for a total of $106,700.

  • As Scotland votes on independence from Great Britain, our friend Jon Worth asks "Can Technology Help Swing Scotland's Referendum Towards Yes?"

  • Microsoft's Bill Gates and his wife Melinda have given $1 million to back a Washington state ballot initiative requiring universal background checks for all gun buyers, reports Cliff Schecter for The Daily Beast.

  • "We are beset by wicked problems exacerbated by networks of sublime scale that have been built on top of millennia of injustice chaotically interacting with good works and hope," writes Tim Maly, a fellow at Harvard's metaLAB, about context collapse at the recent XOXO conference. Read the whole thing.

  • How Egypt, with the help of an American company, is drastically increasing its spying on its citizens' use of online services.

  • How CryptoPhone is hoping to enable users to know when someone is trying to spy on them.