Here's a pair of great (JWZ) posts (Kevin Marks) on the Nym Wars, in which Googlers, net users, and sensible people try to convince the G+ team that it's insane to tell people that they must socialize using their "real names," and to then try to adjudicate what a "real name" is. Both link out to the canonical essays produced to date on the subject, such as EFF and boyd, and add a lot of good context.
Amazon Sidewalk is a new service that connects Amazon speakers and other devices into an open wireless network, and y'all are automatically opted in. In other words, some of my neighbors will soon be inadvertantly letting their other neighbors use their internet connections, with all the lost privacy and acquired liability this entails. Android Authority… READ THE REST
Wormhole is a file-sending site with end-to-end encryption: drop the file and off it goes, with a link you can share. It's the work of Stanford lecturer Feross Aboukhadijeh, who wanted to replace Firefox Send (previously at BB), which was shuttered late last year. I got tired of Dropbox and Google having all my files… READ THE REST
44 state attorneys general signed a letter to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg urging him to abandon plans to create an Instagram just for kids. The corrosive mental-health maze of social media remaking children in its quantified, privacy-dissolving, self-objectifying image? Not so great an idea. "Use of social media can be detrimental to the health and… READ THE REST
How do you reach dozens, hundreds, or even thousands without leaving your home or office? Well, there are always avenues like advertising. Of course, 30 seconds of television time isn't cheap, let alone if you want to talk for 10 or 30 or even 60 minutes. And heck, nobody wants to go outside and brave… READ THE REST
If you've been wanting to upgrade your kitchen with new gadgets, storage solutions, and cooking utensils, now's the time. That's because all of these items are marked down for a limited time for a semi-annual sale. Whether you've been meaning to cut back on your trips to the coffee shop by brewing your coffee at… READ THE REST
A wireless charger can make just about anyone's life so much easier. Whether you're looking for a wireless charger for your watch or a dock that can tackle a few of your gadgets at once, there are lots of markdowns right now for a limited time. There are even some chargers that are portable, so you… READ THE REST