This is why minimizing data collection is ideal. techcrunch.com/2020/05/2…

Is Sweden wrong in relying on herd immunity too early? www.theguardian.com/world/202…

If you are looking for a mail provider that DOES NOT collect your data (meta data included) and use it to generate revenue for themselves, then Fastmail.com is one of your best options. ref.fm/u23847016

So fun to see daughter tinker with Swift Playgrounds and control a drone.

This is interesting. I bet that if someone does this in the Philippines. it’d be such a novel case and precedent setting, too. www.bbc.com/news/tech… #DeleteFacebook

Facebook knows accounts that are potential scammers or child abusers - and yet they are NOT deleting the account - so they will just tell about it when these accounts message you. Something is not right. www.wired.com/story/fac…

Apple is rumoured to ship iPhones without earpods. If Apple does this, they will be called greedy. HOWEVER, it is means reducing the cost by $50, then I’d bite. :)

iPhone 8, 2017 Macbook Pro, 2018 iPad, and older - turn off Bluetooth if you don’t have any need for it. www.imore.com/apple-dev…

Podcast going exclusive? Good luck with that. www.theverge.com/2020/5/19…

If you have absolutely no reason to keep Bluetooth ON, then please turn it OFF permanently. Otherwise, make sure that your devices are all updated. thehackernews.com/2020/05/h…

This is a good preview of what the US gov’t will do when it actually acts on anti-trust complaints against Google. www.omidyar.com/sites/def…

The San Mateo-Batasan check point is useless - as seen on GMA News TV - multiple passengers, IDs or passes not being checked, temperatures checked selectively, motorcycle passenger gets off and walks to the other side of the checkpoint and waits for the rider. Is this right?

This is one of the reasons why I am skeptical about mail services that consolidate your email. I’d rather just let the client connect to each mail server directly. www.macrumors.com/2020/05/1…

This is also good, BUT, if the Facebook-FTC settlement is the template, Google will just pay peanuts as fine. www.theverge.com/2020/5/15…

This is good. Regulate the heck out of Facebook-Giphy deal. www.theverge.com/2020/5/15…

Giphy, now another Facebook tracker

Woke up to the news of Facebook acquiring Giphy for USD400M. Giphy is the search engine for GIF images, that is often shared on your messaging app or social network. This news made me immediately delete Giphy off of my iPhone.

Why, you may ask?

Well, there is only one reason for Facebook to buy Giphy - to get hold of the data that Giphy has on its users. Every time you use Giphy, either via its application or its web, data about you is captured, e.g., date and time, make and model of the device and browser, device operating system, application that you using to send the image to, and the actual search term(s) - which gives a peek on what you are thinking or feeling at that particular moment, among other things. I wouldn’t be surprised when Facebook adds location data to the collection.

##What’s next?

After deleting Giphy off of my iPhone, I went straight to my Pi-Hole 5.0 instance and blocked giphy.com, and all its subdomains. I did the same for my block list on Windscribe’s R.O.B.E.R.T., and Nextdns.io. Lastly, I updated my Firewalla device to block it for all devices on my home network.

Now that I rid my device of the latest Facebook tracker, I thought of using Apple’s #image iMessage app, but apparently that uses Giphy as a source, too. I am not sure if Apple is doing what Signal has done, i.e., acting as a proxy for users so Giphy only knows that Signal is using it and not the real user. To be sure, I decided to get GiFWrapped, a free iOS application, with in-app purchase. For USD3.50/year, I decided to subscribe and support the developer – at least I have the peace of mind that Facebook is not getting any of my GIF searches! In your face, Facebook!

Delete Giphy now, or forever provide Facebook a backdoor on your devices!

Is Apple doing something similar - working as a proxy for all the searches on their GIF iMessage app? signal.org/blog/sign…

I just subscribed to @gifwrapped and followed @jellybeansoup. DELETE Giphy NOW. Giphy, now a Facebook tracking machine.

Free Coursera course on Contact Tracing by Johns Hopkins University. This trumps digital contact tracing. hub.jhu.edu/2020/05/1…

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, new series with Captain PIke and Number One – can’t wait! Now, where’s Seven of Nine’s series? :)

Facebook buys Giphy. Giphy deleted from devices. Giphy will automatically be a tracker for Facebook - just wait a few weeks.

Another good read. Something that IATF should actually read and try to understand. www.brookings.edu/techstrea…

THIS is what I am trying to say to friends who love posting photos. Yes, you have nothing to hide… tsk tsk. medium.com/digital-m…

This is a huge push for AR/VR. Apple has the capability of bringing AR/VR to mainstream. Can’t wait. www.appleworld.today/blog/2020…

This is so sad. Also shows the promise of K-12, particularly SHS, is not being met. @PhCHED needs to re-think how it accredits higher education institutions. www.philstar.com/business/…