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  • From The Information: In a big shift, Facebook plans to signal its control of Instagram and WhatsApp by adding its name to both apps, according to three people familiar with the matter. The social network will rebrand the apps to “Instagram from Facebook” and “WhatsApp from Facebook,” the people said. Employees for the apps were…

  • My stage name is less about withholding parts of myself or maintaining privacy than it is a symbol of the idea that I am more than just my job or any other isolated slice of my identity. […] Maybe it would be easier to navigate the dissolving boundaries between public and private spaces if we…

  • From the WSJ: “Over the last two years, we’ve shown Google irrefutable evidence again and again that they are displaying lyrics copied from Genius,” said Ben Gross, Genius’s chief strategy officer, in an email message. The company said it used a watermarking system in its lyrics that embedded patterns in the formatting of apostrophes. Genius…

  • That’s right. Later today, you should be able to download all your personal data through Apple’s shiny new Privacy Portal. What was originally a GDPR compliance move only available in the EU, is being rolled out globally later today. Interestingly, the new privacy page suggests that users turn on two-factor authentication (if they haven’t already).…

  • We’re all familiar with SMS messaging. Texting (as it’s colloquially called), has been around for over 25 years now. But there’s an inherent problem with SMS. It’s not encrypted. Through no fault of the designers of SMS either. The specification is clearly meant to be simple. SMS files are literally just text files. The encrypted transmission…

  • Marty Swant of Adweek: In the next few weeks, the company will begin showing its users more information about who is advertising on Twitter and what those ads entail. The additional disclosures will include all ads running on Twitter, how long they’ve been running, the creative for a campaign and information about why a user…