Location data from a gas station app sold for $9.50 per 1,000
— Imagine if someone offered to pay less than a penny for your location history.
— That would include where you’ve been and when you were, down to the exact latitude and longitude. That sensitive information would go to advertisers in many fields, including politics, health care, restaurants and entertainment.
— Chances are, you’d say no to that offer — but that’s exactly how much Reveal Mobile, a location-based marketing and analytics firm, agreed to pay for data from GasBuddy, an app designed to help you find the cheapest gas station prices in your area.
Your apps know where you were last night,
and they’re not keeping it secret
NY Times (via an Indian Express hop over the paywall)
> The database reviewed by The New York Times, a sample of information gathered in 2017 and held by one company, reveals people’s travels in startling detail, accurate to within a few yards and in some cases updated more than 14,000 times a day.
— The millions of dots on the map trace highways, side streets and bike trails — each one following the path of an anonymous cellphone user. One path tracks someone from a home outside Newark, New Jersey, to a nearby Planned Parenthood. Another represents a person who travels with New York’s mayor during the day and returns to Long Island at night.
— Yet another leaves a house in upstate New York at 7am and travels to a middle school 14 miles away, staying until late afternoon each school day. Only one person makes that trip: Lisa Magrin, 46, a math teacher. Her smartphone goes with her.
— An app on the device gathered her location information, which was then sold without her knowledge. It recorded her whereabouts as often as every two seconds, according to a database of more than 1 million phones in the New York area that was reviewed by The New York Times. While Magrin’s identity was not disclosed in those records, The Times was able to easily connect her to that dot.
— The app tracked her as she went to a Weight Watchers meeting and to her dermatologist’s office. It followed her hiking and staying at her ex-boyfriend’s home, information she found disturbing. “It’s the thought of people finding out those intimate details that you don’t want people to know,” said Magrin, who allowed The Times to review her location data.
— Like many consumers, Magrin knew apps could track people’s movements. But as smartphones have become ubiquitous and technology more accurate, an industry of snooping on people’s daily habits has spread and grown more intrusive.
Trump lackeys hid report showing Wells Fargo was screwing student borrowers
——> Trump and Wells Fargo. Perfect together.
— The so-called Trump administration for months concealed a report that showed Wells Fargo charged college students fees that were on average several times higher than some of its competitors.
— The “unpublished” report was obtained by POLITICO through a Freedom of Information Act request. It was produced by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau office previously led by Seth Frotman, who quit as the bureau’s top student loan official in protest of Trump administration policies. Frotman said in his resignation letter that CFPB leaders had “suppressed the publication” of the report.
Maria Butina is accused of trying to infiltrate Republican political circles and party leaders during the 2016 campaign in order to advance Russian interests, and prosecutors have said the former American University student was in touch with politically powerful Russians about her activities in the US.
Supremes spurn wing-nut effort to abort Planned Parenthood
— Despite its new, more conservative tilt, the court let stand federal appeals court rulings that allowed the reproductive health organization to contest laws in Louisiana and Kansas that stripped its Medicaid funds.
— The court’s refusal to hear the case represents a setback for conservative interest groups in many states that have sought aggressive action against Planned Parenthood and abortion providers in general. Notably, Chief Justice John Roberts and new Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh did not join the dissent.
Facebook Employees Are So Paranoid They’re Using Burner Phones to Talk to Each Other
“People now have burner phones to talk shit about the company — not even to reporters, just to other employees,” one former employee said. Another described the current scene as a “bunker mentality,” meaning that after nearly two years of continuous bad press some people are, to borrow a phrase, leaning in as hard as they can to cope. “It’s otherwise rational, sane people who’re in Mark’s orbit spouting full-blown anti-media rhetoric, saying that the press is ganging up on Facebook,” said the former employee.
>>>> No sex, please, this is Facebook
“Facebook‘s new ‘sexual solicitation’ policy is horrifying. It bans, among other things, erotic art (even non-explicit), talking about kink, talking about your boobs or butt, mentioning your preferences in sexual partners, ‘sexualized slang,’ and ‘vague suggestive statements.’ ”
Idiot penpal of lunatic killer Dylann Roof arrested in bomb plot
— An Ohio woman who corresponded with Charleston, SC, church shooter Dylann Roof was accused Monday of planning to commit “an upscale mass murder” at a Toledo bar, according to reports.
— Elizabeth Lecron, 23, one of two people arrested in terrorism-related cases, was charged with purchasing bomb-making materials that the FBI said she intended to use at the drinking joint, the Toledo Blade reported.
— Toledo police received a tip about Lecron’s social media activity and alerted the Northwest Ohio Joint Terrorism Task Force, US Attorney Justin Herdman said Monday.
>>>> FLASHBACK to March: It runs in the family. Roof’s sister busted with drugs, weapons after vicious social media post.
Chinese court bans sale of iphones
—–> Gee, that wouldn’t be a political move, would it?
Designer babies? Eh
— I study the prediction of complex diseases and human traits that result from interactions between multiple genes and lifestyle factors. This research shows that geneticists cannot read the genetic code and know who will be above average in intelligence and athleticism. Such traits and diseases that result from multiple genes and lifestyle factors cannot be predicted using just DNA, and cannot be designed. Not now. And very unlikely ever.
US, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Russia (all oil producers) sabotaged climate deal
— The US has allied with major oil producers Russia, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait to intercept the adoption of a crucial climate change report by world leaders at a UN conference.
— Experts have condemned these “climate villains” after their efforts plunged talks into chaos at the critical COP24 climate summit in Poland over the weekend.
The four nations blocked the full endorsement of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s report, which was commissioned at a previous COP meeting.
Their actions triggered a diplomatic standoff that went on long into Saturday night, and set an ominous tone as ministers arrive for the second week of the climate event.
>>>>> FROM THE GUARDIAN: Global investors managing $32 trillion issued a stark warning to governments at the UN climate summit on Monday, demanding urgent cuts in carbon emissions and the phasing out of all coal burning. Without these, the world faces a financial crash several times worse than the 2008 crisis, they said.
Scientists identify vast underground ecosystem containing billions of micro-organisms
— The Earth is far more alive than previously thought, according to “deep life” studies that reveal a rich ecosystem beneath our feet that is almost twice the size of that found in all the world’s oceans.
— Despite extreme heat, no light, minuscule nutrition and intense pressure, scientists estimate this subterranean biosphere is teeming with between 15bn and 23bn tonnes of micro-organisms, hundreds of times the combined weight of every human on the planet.
— Researchers at the Deep Carbon Observatory say the diversity of underworld species bears comparison to the Amazon or the Galápagos Islands, but unlike those places the environment is still largely pristine because people have yet to probe most of the subsurface.
— “It’s like finding a whole new reservoir of life on Earth,” said Karen Lloyd, an associate professor at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. “We are discovering new types of life all the time. So much of life is within the Earth rather than on top of it.”
At NPR, an army of temps faces a workplace of anxiety and insecurity
The Washington Post
… For decades, the public broadcaster has relied on a cadre of temporary journalists to produce its hourly newscasts and popular news programs. Without temporary workers — who are subject to termination without cause — NPR would probably be unable to be NPR. Temps do almost every important job in NPR’s newsroom: They pitch ideas, assign stories, edit them, report and produce them. Temps not only book the guests heard in interviews, they often write the questions the hosts ask the guests.
— And there are a lot of them. According to union representatives, between 20 and 22 percent of NPR’s 483 union-covered newsroom workforce — or 1 in 5 people — are temp workers.
JAIL TO THE CHIEF?
“There’s a very real prospect that on the day Donald Trump leaves office, the Justice Department may indict him. That he may be the first president in quite some time to face the real prospect of jail time.”
Rep. Adam Schiff
as reported by The Hill
Look out below! The financial bubble in one chart
If you can’t clearly see how the above chart explains the massive price inflation over the past years in stocks, bonds and real estate, you’ll have no chance of understanding what’s coming next. Best of luck to everyone choosing to avoid paying attention to this critical information.
NY Times: White House zombie Kushner advised murderous Saudi prince on “how to weather the storm.”
— They’re text buddies, of course, and on a first-name basis.
Suspicion: Russian bot conspiracy helped kill Net Neutrality
— The Justice Department is investigating whether crimes were committed when potentially millions of people’s identities were posted to the FCC’s website without their permission, falsely attributing to them opinions about net neutrality rules, BuzzFeed News has learned.
— Two organizations told BuzzFeed News, each on condition that they not be named, that the FBI delivered subpoenas to them related to the comments.