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Facebook usage over Tor passes 1M per month

The number of people using the Tor anonymizing browser to access Facebook has passed the one million mark this month for the first time, Facebook has announced. Read More

http://techcrunch.com/2016/04/22/facebook-usage-over-tor-passes-1m-per-month/?ncid=rss

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Report: Apple says it sucks at selling ads, will soon let publishers do the hard work but keep all the revenue

Apple’s rocky iAd advertising platform is about to see some major changes, says Buzzfeed’s John Paczkowski. According to the report, Apple plans to dismantle its iAd sales team and stop its role as a middleman between publishers and customers: While iAd itself isn’t going anywhere, Apple’s direct involvement in the selling and creation of iAd units is […]

http://9to5mac.com/2016/01/13/report-apple-says-it-sucks-at-selling-ads-will-soon-let-publishers-do-the-hard-work-but-keep-all-the-revenue/

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Federal judge asks Apple to explain why decrypting iPhones would be “unduly burdensome” as tactic to open debate

A New York federal judge has indicated that he is likely to refuse a government request to compel Apple to unlock a customer’s iPhone, but will first ask Apple to explain why decrypting iPhones would be “unduly burdensome.” The iPhone concerned is apparently not running iOS 8 or 9, and so Apple would have the technical ability […]

http://9to5mac.com/2015/10/12/iphone-encryption-law/

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Apple is upping its AI game but can it become as smart as Google without tracking us?

Reuters reports that Apple is working on significantly increasing the number of artificial intelligence specialists it employs as it works to make Siri smarter, but that the company’s commitment to user privacy imposes constraints. As part of its push, the company is currently trying to hire at least 86 more employees with expertise in the branch of […]

http://9to5mac.com/2015/09/07/apple-next-gen-siri-ai-hires/

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Erase Yourself From the Internet

JustDelete.me ranks each site’s process from “easy” to “impossible,” so you know what to expect ahead of time. For example, Amazon.com and the NewYorkTimes.com are rated “hard” to delete, while movie directory IMDB.com and PayPal are listed as “easy.” Sites such as Pinterest and Netflix are “impossible.”

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