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Data sheds light on how Russian Twitter trolls targeted Canadians

You can’t believe everything you read on the internet, especially social media. Remember to get your news from reputable sources.


Ford’s Tories using taxpayer dollars to produce ‘lookalike news’ videos promoting party message, opposition says

What’s the purpose of producing these videos in this way other than trying to fool people who are watching them?


The European Commission Versus Android – Stratechery by Ben Thompson

This is a great overview of the EU’s decision against Google and Android. Google has been strong arming OEMs for years and locking more and more of the Android OS down. 

If Android were truly open source, I’d expect to see many more forks than we have today, but Google makes sure that doesn’t happen by moving more and more into Google Play Services and letting those pieces of the Android Open Source project languish. 


Ontario sex-ed will still include consent, gender identity, education minister says

I’m sure this will all be smoothed out by September 🙄


Gabriel Weinberg's answer to What is the revenue generation model for DuckDuckGo? - Quora

I’ve been using Duck Duck Go as my search engine for over a year now. While I occasionally need to go back to Google for things, most of the time the first result from Duck Duck Go has what I’m looking for.

This is a great overview about how tracking and advertising do not need to go hand in hand. Advertising without the invasive tracking is still very profitable, and I’m sure if companies like Google and Facebook wanted to, they could make it work, they chose not to. 


How Smart TVs in Millions of U.S. Homes Track More Than What’s On Tonight

"Once enabled, Samba TV can track nearly everything that appears on the TV on a second-by-second basis, essentially reading pixels to identify network shows and ads, as well as programs on Netflix and HBO and even video games played on the TV. Samba TV has even offered advertisers the ability to base their targeting on whether people watch conservative or liberal media outlets and which party’s presidential debate they watched."

My TV isn't "smart", but if I ever did have a smart TV, I wouldn't hook it up to the internet.