Marco Arment on Google’s latest terrible Google+ idea: Hey Let’s Make It Easier For Complete Strangers To Email But Totally Not Harass You
I did it. Day-to-day, I am Google-free. I’ve found alternatives for everything I used to use at Google and I am largely happier for it. My Google Apps account for personal work projects is still laying around, but it’s not doing anything and as soon as I’ve squared everything away, I will delete it.
You deserve better. We all do.
Print a few copies, keep them in your bag for friends and family gatherings. Review it periodically. And find a way to get less alienated.
Some people, including myself, previously claimed we haven’t seen much out of Apple in 2013. Patrick Rhone prompted me to do some digging and, as it turns out, we’re wrong.
That’s according to a single anonymous former US official, mind you, and neither the FBI nor Google was willing to confirm or deny the report, but remotely forcing a cellular mic to eavesdrop isn’t a new idea. The FBI’s so-called “roving bugs” were used against alleged mobsters in 2004, and in 2002 the FBI kept tabs on supposed criminals using the microphone in a vehicle’s emergency call system. What’s new, according to several former anonymous officials, is a dedicated FBI group which regularly hacks into computers, using both custom and off-the-shelf surveillance software which it buys from private companies.
We live in the future!
Yes. The end.