Facebook’s eroding privacy VS your growing mobility

Facebook is all fun and games on the iPhone; and why shouldn’t it be? you’ve got scores ways to disseminate your preferences and personal information to the web, all through the lens of ‘social networking’. It wasn’t always that way though, and in lieu of recent official decisions such as the Digital Economy Act, the sharing of personal information makes loads of sense, at least from a witch-hunting perspective. Facebook has had to erode its privacy policies to manage stay on top of the social world; if it hadn’t, it’d be snowed under by the next aggressive phishing trend.

Just a friendly reminder to mind your own information whilst farming, mafia’ing, and facing around on the good – and now stodgily pervasive – social network agent.

Thanks to the EFF

OS 3.0 – A Glimpse Through Apple’s Recent History (or why we should not have to pay for iPhone updates)

news-os30-03Just hours ago, iPhone OS 3.0 was unleashed onto the App Store with prices starting at USD 9.99$. Packed with many great ‘new’ features, the software is bound to stay a top download until current Touch and iPhone users have finished the update cycle or upgraded to newer hardware. Spotlight, cut/copy/paste, landscape editing, bluetooth, MMS, voice memo, iTunes account managing/redeeming, etc. – all are great reasons to update to a new point release, however, Apple have only really taken the blinders from the platform rather than added anything to our beloved devices.

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EFF and Apple: Jailbreaking is Illegal

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The Freedomless iPhone
In declaring Jail-breaking illegal, Apple pragmatically slammed the door on reverse-engineering.  In some ways it makes sense.  They have been actively pursuing patents to stifle any innovation set forth by their rivals since the days of  Microsoft’s DOS.  Now, Apple are trying to copyright all aspects of the iPhone’s user interface.  They have been successful in the past, powering past other moguls such as Xerox, Apple Corp (the Beatles), eMachines and Creative (maker of the Zen line of portable audio players) among others. Legally, they are a virtual mother goose: hissing at any passerby while madly winging in their biological and adopted baby iPhone elements. And that is exactly the reason we should be wary:  Apple are about all about the ‘i’ as it pertains to ‘me’ – as in Apple.  

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