You are the product

A warm and windy Sunday. Happy birthday to Jeff Bezos, Haruki Murakami and Haverhill’s own Rod Zombie.

Complaining can be good. Except when it’s bad.

You know Facebook is tracking you*. Wired describes just how much information is being collected and what you can do to limit how it’s being used.

This WaPo headline on Tom Steyer‘s campaign is a great example of Betteridge’s Law in action.

If you wanted to analyze your Apple Card spending patterns you were out of luck until now. A frustrated cardholder (and developer) came up with a solution, which he is now offering for a small fee.

And science has apparently established what we all know to be true: looks count.

In the uncanny valley

Friday today. RIP Carl Sagan.

According to Mark Gurman, Apple is working on a plan to use satellites to provide connectivity to its devices.

A headline should entice you to want to read the underlying story. But rarely does it explicitly tell you to do so, as it does here with Ty Burr’s review of Cats. But you should. It’s a great read.

What’s next in the impeachment process? Also, speaking of headlines…

Algorithmic bias is a real thing. Science can certainly help to solve crimes but investigators should be wary of too quickly embracing every new advance. Then again, knee-jerk bans on technology often backfire. When San Francisco banned facial recognition technology it also banned the use of Face ID to unlock the phones it issued to city employees. (Since fixed with an amendment.)

And, another day, another data breech. Facebook this time.