Un-installed Twitter

There is a recent Hacker New thread about Twitter reading the installed apps on your phone to send that information back to Twitter and Twitter in turn sells it to whoever will pay money for it.

I have often lamented about ad-based business models on TechCraft. They are in direct conflict with users interests. It is not so much that the app is reading your installed apps, that is unsurprising. The problem is that it is done by default and you have to opt-out of it. Therefore I have un-installed Twitter from my iPhone.

I have heard the argument that most people “don’t care” about this or they are “OK” with it. I think that that is a fundamentally lazy defense and demonstrates a lack of understanding of the userbase. Ad-based models are a race to the bottom, no-one wakes up thinking they would love to see more tailored ads. This model degrades the product and the user experience and ultimately shareholder value.

Twitter FAQ here: https://support.twitter.com/articles/20172069

Ad Blocker

After a long time with AdBlock and AdBlock plus, I switched to ┬Áblock for Opera ( I don’t use Chrome) and to Adblock Edge on Firefox. So far so good.

Basically, both AdBlock became opaque and AdBlock Plus changed their development model and started creating white lists in exchange for money.

Adblock Edge is a fork of Adblock plus and uBlock seems to be a new derived from HTTP Switchboard. So far it is very nice and the performance is great. More performance data here: https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock/wiki/┬ÁBlock-vs.-ABP:-efficiency-compared

Company Adds Algorithm to it’s board

Deep Knowledge Ventures, a firm that focuses on age-related disease drugs and regenerative medicine projects, says the program, called VITAL, can make investment recommendations about life sciences firms by poring over large amounts of data.

via Marginal Revolution

Algorithms / Robots replacing humans is one of the long term trends, I forsee entire occupations replaced by robots / algorithms because of this.