This is the sixth time we’ve released this data, and one trend has become clear: Government surveillance is on the rise. — Dorothy Chou, Senior Policy Analyst.
Here’s an update to the obvious. The other day while walking the streets of Toronto, I counted 20 - 20! - security cameras in one intersection between private condo cameras and Metro Toronto police security cameras.
Interesting enough, the Metro Police CCTVs were installed in the “Entertainment District” due to the concentration of nightclubs and party-goers which have always created tension and incidents; thereby giving rise to their installation.
Now, city politics has changed and the city core where “entertainment” meant “weekend madness” has given way to million dollar condos and retail. Will the Metro Police CCTVs be decommissioned? Doubtful.
Regardless, this is becoming the challenge of the 21st century because it threatens basic principles of democracy as we (“blindly”?) accept technology in a social context with each passing day.
Like never before, we can know so much about everyone and the people close to us with a simple click called “Like”.
There’s something to be said about images, pins, and browsing behaviour in a social media world. Our minds our visual. We know that. Photos represented a huge chunk of Facebook’s attention platform. That is why they bought Instragram.
We’re saying less and less in the form of tweets and read less online compared to the long-form print media articles that won prizes for journalistic excellence. Not sure where this is all headed but more and more folks are talking about “restlessness” and for the need to “unplug”. Read this article.
- Pinterest drives more than window shopping (pcworld.com)
- The Story Behind Pinterest’s Soaring Popularity (sysomos.com)
- STUDY: Pinterest Tops Facebook In Shopping Engagement (allfacebook.com)
According to Robertson, Lockitron applied to Kickstarter during a time when the crowdfunding site was fielding a rash of complaints and negative press about funded projects that failed to deliver promised products. The negative response ultimately forced Kickstarter to revise their guidelines so that backers were better protected. ”We applied to Kickstarter on a Wednesday, ‘Kickstarter Is Not a Store‘ landed on Thursday and by Friday we were rejected,” Robertson wrote in a post on TechCrunch today. — Inc.
- The Story Of Lockitron: Crowdfunding Without Kickstarter (techcrunch.com)
- YC-Alum Lockitron Is Back With A New Kit That Allows Smartphones To Control Dumb Deadbolts (techcrunch.com)
- New Lockitron provides keyless entry, messages when someone knocks (digitaltrends.com)
It’s funny to watch.
The media mocks the “fanboys” (the overnight campers) but they’re just as prepared to give usLIVE COVERAGEof the door-crasher sales queue. Sheesh. Here’s a snapshot of the newsletter I got from Crunch Daily this AM.
Don’t blame Apple for all of this or their customers because the media does a pretty good job of generating the hype. Live coverage for an iPhone 5 launch? Really? OK, it’s TechCrunch. A tech portal. But still…ask my lady and she would say the same thing she says about social media behaviour… “nothing to do?”
Secretly, Tim Cook and Apple are laughing all the way to the bank - enough to become a bank of their own.
- Samsung mocks iPhone 5 line sitters (again) in new Galaxy S III ad (9to5mac.com)
- Samsung mocks iPhone 5 in ad campaign (telegraph.co.uk)
- Marketers Target Front of iPhone 5 Line [PICS] (mashable.com)
- Viral Video: iPhone 5 parody video with Steve Jobs - Firstpost (firstpost.com)
- Samsung mocks iPhone 5 “totally different plug” with print ad (adland.tv)
Not even a favourite? Bot crazy or real.
I like the Tumblr folks. Great platform. Great Themes support.
They seem to be a great bunch of folks. With a funny bone.
This AM’s follow “alert” gave me a chuckle. LOL. Thanks guys for having fun.
A BIG THANK YOUto Andy Klein Schmidt for the follow! No whatever on this side. :-)
I’m told this was a legit thread on twitter.