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What If I Told You…

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Thursday, January 3, 2019

That Google knows where stuff is in your house?

Too far fetched?

Not really.

If you have a “Roomba” brand robot vacuum cleaner device, The Great G knows your house layout.

Seriously. Read the rest of this entry »

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Danger, Will Robinson… DANGER! Big Brother IS Watching -and- Listening!

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Thursday, January 3, 2019

Feeling paranoid?

Not to worry.

You just think you are.

But it’s true.

YOU’RE BEING WATCHED.

-and-

Did you know?

Even the direction-finding app Waze is owned by Google.

The G will eat your babies.

The G has already eaten your lunch.

And G, you didn’t even know it.

The G is Google.

So, here’s the deal: You THINK you’re searching for something and the search will return UNBIASED results… right?

WRONG!

From Forbes, Mar 5, 2012, 12:34pm: “Google will track what you search for in its search engine facility and then use that intelligence to its advantage.”

But we can go back even further to see where “You’re not the customer; you’re the product.”

In 1973 the artists Richard Serra and Carlota Fay Schoolman broadcast a short video titled “Television Delivers People.” An anodyne soundtrack played while sentences in white text on a blue background slowly scrolled upward. The messages displayed thematically matched the saying under exploration. Emphases were added to the excerpt by Quote Investigator: 1

Commercial television delivers 20 million people a minute.
In commercial broadcasting
the viewer pays for the privilege of having himself sold.

It is the consumer who is consumed.
You are the product of t.v.
You are delivered to the advertiser who is the customer.
He consumes you.
The viewer is not responsible for programming——
You are the end product.

If you think that anything has changed, you’re WRONG AGAIN.

This time, it’s Google.

And not only is there online Google, there’s now the danger of Amazon’s Alexa listening device, which increasingly is being found to be not only INSECURE, but invasive.

Truly…

BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING!

Look, I’m not now, nor have I ever been one to be conspiracy-minded, nor any kind of fear-monger. But THIS is not surreptitious, this is BLATANT! Echo/Alexa, Siri, Cortana and Google’s Home Assistant are ALL privacy invaders! Those so-called “smart speakers” are ALWAYS LISTENING! They’re snoops! Blatant eavesdroppers! And the tragic irony is, folks freely give up their privacy to have that “shiny new thing.”

Okay, perhaps you don’t have that “shiny new thing,” and if you don’t, GOOD FOR YOU! But Read the rest of this entry »

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Google Announces $600,000,000 Data Center Investment in Jackson County, Alabama

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Wednesday, June 24, 2015

This is THE biggest news for Alabama since development of NASA at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville!

JACKPOT!
Google Announces $600,000,000 data center investment in Jackson County, AL
https://www.google.com/about/datacenters/inside/locations/jackson-county/

100% powered by Renewable Energy
http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2015/06/a-power-plant-for-internet-our-newest.html

A power plant for the Internet: our newest data center in Alabama

Posted: Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Every time you check your Gmail, search on Google for a nearby restaurant, or watch a YouTube video, a server whirs to life in one of our data centers. Data centers are the engines of the Internet, bringing the power of the web to millions of people around the world. And as millions more people come online, our data centers are growing, too.

We’ve recently expanded our data centers in Iowa, Georgia, Singapore and Belgium. And today we’re announcing a new data center in Alabama—our 14th site globally.

This time, we’re doing something we’ve never done before: we’ll be building on the grounds of the Widows Creek coal power plant in Jackson County, which has been scheduled for shutdown. Data centers need a lot of infrastructure to run 24/7, and there’s a lot of potential in redeveloping large industrial sites like former coal power plants. Decades of investment shouldn’t go to waste just because a site has closed; we can repurpose existing electric and other infrastructure to make sure our data centers are reliably serving our users around the world.

TVA Widow's Creek fossil plant will be the site for Google's 14th, and newest Data Center, and represents a $600,000,000 investment in Alabama.

TVA Widow’s Creek fossil plant will be the site for Google’s 14th, and newest Data Center, and represents a $600,000,000 investment in Alabama.

At Widows Creek, we can use the plants’ many electric transmission lines to bring in lots of renewable energy to power our new data center. Thanks to an arrangement with Tennessee Valley Authority, our electric utility, we’ll be able to scout new renewable energy projects and work with TVA to bring the power onto their electrical grid. Ultimately, this contributes to our goal of being powered by 100% renewable energy.

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Alabama Solar Energy Farm Announced

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Friday, February 13, 2015

TVA Announces 80 MegaWatt Solar Farm in Lauderdale County Alabama

At their quarterly board meeting, the Board of Directors for the Tennessee Valley Authority moved Thursday, February 12, 2015, to adopt resolutions which would allow TVA President and CEO Bill Johnson to:

  • Establish a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with NextEra for electricity from its planned 80MW solar farm in Lauderdale County, AL. The installation would be significantly larger than any existing solar facility in the Tennessee Valley.

and

  • Acquire for $340 Million Quantum Utility Generation’s Choctaw combined cycle Natural Gas (NatGas) plant near Ackerman, MS. TVA has been buying power from the 760MW plant since 2008. This would be TVA’s sixth combined cycle plant, with two more under construction, all since 2007.

Confidential terms of the agreements were not released.

Concerning the NatGas plant, Mr. Johnson said, “We can purchase the gas plant for substantially less than it would cost to build one, and the solar power is at a price competitive with other energy sources.”

The board unanimously approved the purchase of Quantum Utility Generation’s 760MW Choctaw combined-cycle power plant near Ackerman, MS, for about $340mn, or $447/kW, half the cost to build a new gas plant, according TVA Chief Operating Officer Charles Pardee.

TVA has bought most of the output of the Choctaw gas plant since 2008. If the deal closes, Choctaw will be the sixth combined-cycle gas plant TVA has purchased or built since 2007. Two more combined cycle plants are under construction.

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#DontDoubleMyRate: How a Passive Aggressive GOP Congress Damages Our Nation

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Wednesday, July 3, 2013

The Twitter hashtag #DontDoubleMyRate has been trending, off and on, for the past several weeks.

Naturally, the GOP faction, led by Speaker of the House, John Boehner, claims they “appreciate” college students, and “sympathize” with their predicament – which is a crippling blow to our nation, to students, and to universities, public and private, throughout the union.

However, their inaction – more accurately described as passive aggressive behavior – their actions are neither stalwart nor honorable, for they steadfastly refuse to collaborate to do the Good and Right Thing by the people. By claiming they desire to help, and then through their inaction, they actually damage the entire nation.

That type behavior, formerly formally diagnosed by the mental health professionals as “Passive Aggressive Personality Disorder,” is a chronic, long-term condition in which a person seems to actively comply with the desires and needs of others, but actually passively resists them.

People with this disorder resent responsibility and show it through their behaviors, rather than by openly expressing their feelings. They often use procrastination, inefficiency, and forgetfulness to avoid doing what they need to do or have been requested by others to do.

Common characteristics of Passive-Aggressive personality disorder include:

  • Acting sullen
  • Avoiding responsibility by claiming forgetfulness
  • Being inefficient on purpose
  • Blaming others
  • Complaining
  • Feeling resentment
  • Having a fear of authority
  • Having unexpressed anger or hostility
  • Procrastinating
  • Resisting other people’s suggestions

A person with this disorder may appear to comply with another’s wishes and may even demonstrate enthusiasm for those wishes. However, they:

  • Perform the requested action too late to be helpful
  • Perform it in a way that is useless
  • Sabotage the action to show anger that they cannot express in words

The nut of the whole ordeal is that people who exhibit such behavior are inherently selfish, non-communicative, manipulative, and greedy.

And there you have it, Passive Aggressive Behavior.

It’s the perfect definition of the Republican Congress.

Oregon Explores Novel Way to Fund College

By DOUGLAS BELKIN Updated July 3, 2013, 12:25 a.m. ET

As lawmakers in Washington remain at loggerheads over the student-debt crisis, Oregon’s legislature is moving ahead with a plan to enable students to attend state schools with no money down. In return, under one proposal, the students would Read the rest of this entry »

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Deep Data Mining & Personal Privacy: The NSA has NOTHING on BIG BUSINESS

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Saturday, June 8, 2013

Much ado about nothing.

That’s how I describe the recent ruckus & hullabaloo made about the recent UK news story that “revealed” the U.S. National Security Agency is “spying” on American citizens at home.

The reality is, that the information the NSA is creating is called “metadata,” is a set of data that describes & gives information about other data. Phone numbers called, dates, times & length of calls is NOTHING by comparison to what BIG BUSINESS knows about us already.

Why do you get certain junk mail?

Ever got junk mail from the AARP?

If you’re near age 50, or older, you probably already have.

Ever gotten junk mail from Social Security, Medicare, FDIC, or even your Congressman or Senator?

I dare say you have NEVER.

When you bought your car, if you borrowed money to purchase it, the bank or credit union which loaned the money to you performed a background credit check on you before they loaned their money to you.

Where do you think they got such information? The federal government?

Please… don’t insult my intelligence.

When you applied for a credit card, did you happen to list your age or birthdate on the application?

What about the life, health, auto, or house insurance policies you have? Did you mention your relationship status, number of children, their ages, specifics of your health including medicines, treatments, surgeries, income & source, length of residency, height, weight, or even the size, color & consistency of your last bowel movement?

I would imagine the answer to ALL those questions – at one time or another – has been “yes.”

And yet, unless you’ve served in the Armed Services, or as a Read the rest of this entry »

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Federal Judge backpedals: Google must now hand over private customer data

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Saturday, June 1, 2013

Google ordered to hand private customer data over to FBI investigators

Judge who earlier ruled National Security Letters unconstitutional orders Google to nonetheless comply with them

Matt Williams and agencies
  • guardian.co.uk, Saturday 1 June 2013 11.49 EDT
  • A US judge has ordered Google to comply with FBI secret demands for customer data, despite earlier ruling the warrantless orders unconstitutional.

    It was unclear from the judge's ruling what type of information the government sought to obtain with the letters. Photograph: Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images

    It was unclear from the judge’s ruling what type of information the government sought to obtain with the letters. Photograph: Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images

    District court judge Susan Illston this week rejected the internet search giant’s argument that so-called National Security Letters (NSLs) violated its constitutional rights. As such it ordered Google to hand over private information relating to US citizens to federal agents.

    It comes despite Illston earlier ruling Read the rest of this entry »

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    Yahoo! Marissa Mayer, employee #20 at Google, to be new Yahoo! CEO

    Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Monday, July 16, 2012

    Congratulations to both!

    Now, perhaps Yahoo! can move ahead.

    Here’s hoping!

    July 16, 2012, 4:00 pm

    Google’s Marissa Mayer Tapped as Yahoo’s Chief

    By ANDREW ROSS SORKIN and EVELYN M. RUSLI
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    Marissa Mayer, New CEO of Yahoo!

    Marissa Mayer, one of the top executives at Google, will be the next C.E.O. of Yahoo, making her one of the most prominent women in Silicon Valley and corporate America.

    The appointment of Ms. Mayer, who was employee No. 20 at Google and was one of the few public faces of the company, is considered a surprising coup for Yahoo, which has struggled in recent years to attract top flight talent in its battle with competitors like Google and Facebook.

    Ms. Mayer, 37, had for years been responsible for the look and feel of Google’s most popular products: the famously unadorned white search homepage, Gmail, Google News and Google Images. More recently, Ms. Mayer, an engineer by training whose first job at Google included computer programming, was put in charge of the company’s location and local services, including Google Maps, overseeing more than 1,000 product managers. She also sat on Google’s operating committee, part of a small circle of senior executives who had the ear of Google’s co-founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin.

    With her appointment as the president and chief executive of Yahoo, Ms. Mayer joins a short list of women in Silicon Valley to hold the top spot. The elite club includes Read the rest of this entry »

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    FaceBook jokes aside, are there GENUINE dangers in Social Media?

    Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Monday, June 11, 2012

    Slowly, but surely, there is a resounding “YES!” which is beginning to reverberate throughout the nation, in response to that question.

    Recently, news reports have emerged that FaceBook‘s lawyers are seeking a way around the “Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998.” Mr. Zuckerberg’s opposition to COPPA is well-known. In a May 2011 interview with CNNMoney writer , when asked how he would deal with COPPA, said “Because of the restrictions we haven’t even begun this learning process. If they’re lifted then we’d start to learn what works. That will be a fight we take on at some point.”

    [Ed. note: The COPPA may be read here: http://www.ftc.gov/ogc/coppa1.htm]

    That federal law, in essence, forbade (that is, made illegal) any effort by an online entity from collecting personally identifying information from children.

    And, true to form, there will doubtlessly be laws enacted, and court cases decided that deal with issues of commerce, privacy, First Amendment rights, and other certain freedoms that we as people freely exercise.

    Doubtless as well, those pushing the limits will be corporations – those “artificial” persons, which – according to the United States Supreme Court – also have the EXACT SAME RIGHTS as any real person.

    And then again, there’ll be the TEA Party/Republican radicals that scream “too much government, too much regulation, smaller government, less regulation – let the free market decide!”

    In essence, not only have you already become a commodity that is bought, sold & traded (think “slavery” – yes, I’m dead serious), but you will soon no longer have any rights to control the invasive eavesdropping/electronic surveillance/stalking that the companies perform against you while you peruse their websites or use their software. Suffice it to say, the information they collect about you is not yours, but rather theirs.

    And just so you’ll be aware, this FaceBook problem is not exclusively limited to the United States.

    Before closing this commentary, I’d like to let readers know that there are several good browser add-ons that assist privacy efforts. Among them are “HTTPS Everywhere” – by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and “DNT+” – by Abine. Of course, Aurora by Mozilla/Firefox is a more secure browser than either Microsoft Internet Explorer, or Apple’s Safari.

    I encourage you to also read the Consumer Reports article on FaceBook privacy which follows this item.

    ADDENDUM Tuesday, 26 November 2013:

    F.B. (Fluff Busting) Purity (FBPurity.com) is an anti-spam, browser extension / add-on that lets you clean up and customize Facebook. It filters out the junk you don’t want to see, leaving behind the stories and page elements you do wish to see. The list of story types that FBP hides is customizable to your taste. It alters your view of Facebook to show only relevant information to you. It removes annoying and irrelevant stories from your newsfeed such as game and application spam, ads and sponsored stories. It also hides the boxes you don’t want to see on each side of the newsfeed.

    Wising Up to Facebook

    June 10, 2012, By

    WHAT’S the difference, I asked a tech-writer friend, between the billionaire media mogul Mark Zuckerberg and the billionaire media mogul Rupert Murdoch?

    When Rupert invades your privacy, my friend e-mailed back, it’s against the law. When Mark does, it’s the future.

    There is truth in that riposte: we deplore the violations exposed in the phone-hacking scandal at Murdoch’s British tabloids, while we surrender our privacy on a far grander scale to Facebook and call it “community.” Our love of Facebook has been a submissive love.

    But now, not so much. In recent weeks it seems the world has begun to turn a jaundiced eye on this global megaplatform. While that may not please Facebook’s executives, it is a good thing for the rest of us — and maybe for the future of social media, too.

    The recent history of the Facebook phenomenon has been a serial bursting of illusions.

    Most conspicuously, there was the

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    Sure, money is power. But, is it also liberty and freedom? Or, is it a tool?

    Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Thursday, May 3, 2012

    As Bob Dylan sang some years ago, “The times, they are a-changin’.” Our laws should reflect those changes while adhering to the values ensconced in our Constitution. In essence, the argument is about freedom – freedom from the large corporations that supply “content” via the Internet. As well, openness and honesty – popularly termed as transparency – should be the hallmark of all dealings, by government and enterprise.

    In short, what we’re encountering in this age, in this era, is an almost unprecedented and wholesale onslaught of money and the power that comes with it. It is, in essence, a corrupting influence. It is, in essence, a type of bribery – and bribery is itself, a form of theft. Bribery is a form of theft because it takes away, removes, or forbids resources from going where they ought, or rightfully should. In this case, it robs freedom from the people. Not only does it usurp their decision-making capacity, it is a blatant announcement and condemnation of freedom, because it says that the rich, the wealthy have freedom, while the poor and disenfranchised have none.

    If – as the Supreme Court has declared – money is the equivalent of free speech, and neither cannot, nor should not be limited, what freedom does the poor man have? Again, if money is equated with free speech (that is, our First Amendment rights), the poor man has none. And that, my dear readers, is but one reason why such a ruling is not only ANTI-Constitutional, but is antithesis of freedom.

    Making a further case, our nation’s specie – that is, the currency and coinage – is the property of the United States government. It is NOT private property. Money is a thing used to represent something else. So again, I ask rhetorically… in such instances, and in this case, what does it represent?

    Google Says “It’s Our Web”–and they bought it fair and square

    April 23, 2012

    Who can forget then-candidate Ronald Reagan’s classic line at the 1980 New Hampshire candidate’s debate:  “I’m paying for this microphone!”  And Google probably is wishing that whichever Ivy League idiot thought of rebranding their anti-SOPA campaign site with the double entendre “It’s Our Web” had not been quite so…uh..transparent…about it all.

    President Obama had dinner with technology moguls February 17, 2011 in California’s “Silicon Valley” at the home of John Doerr, venture capitalist and partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, in Woodside, California. Flanking the president are (L) the late Steve Jobs, Founder/CEO of Apple Computer, and (R) Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of FaceBook. Also present are:Cisco CEO John Chambers, Google CEO Eric Schmidt, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo and Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz. Art Levinson, chairman and former CEO of Genentech, is on the Apple board of directors, and was also present. White House press secretary Jay Carney said after the dinner President Obama exchanged ideas with the business leaders “so we can work as partners to promote growth and create good jobs in the United States,” and discussed research and development spending proposals with the CEOs. (Official White House photo by Pete Souza)

    Because it certainly is “their web” and they bought it fair and square according to Read the rest of this entry »

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    THE SKY IS FALLING! THE SKY IS FALLING! Or… maybe not.

    Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Wednesday, April 25, 2012

    Believe it or else, there were opponents to air bags, seat belts and child safety restraints.

    Some time, someone will oppose everything… even vanilla ice cream and Mother’s Day.

    There are, I suppose, several ways to consider the following.

    One could presume the psychotic Chicken Little, paranoid delusional “the-sky-is-falling” approach, or, one could suppose the device is only an extension of someone who cannot tell a lie… or, at least is very difficult to deliberately fabricate falsehood.

    And then, there’s something in the middle.

    I would imagine that’s where the truth resides.

    A Black Box in Your Car?

    By Sam Favate, April 23, 2012, 1:40 PM

    If you thought having EZ Pass in your car would make it too easy for the government to track you, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

    The Senate passed a bill in March that calls for “mandatory event data recorders” (or black boxes) to be installed in all new passenger motor vehicles, starting with the 2015 models, and which would record data before, during or after a crash, according to KurzweilAI.net.

    The bill, which can be seen here, has a privacy provision but gives the government the authority to access the black box in a number of circumstances, including court order, consent of the owner, an investigation or inspection, or to determine the need for emergency responses.

    The same bill would allow the IRS to Read the rest of this entry »

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    Federal Investigators: Google obstructed justice in snooping case

    Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Monday, April 16, 2012

    To some, the decline was in full swing when the term “google” became a proper name, but when “Google” as a proper name (and therefore a noun) began to be used as a verb, as in “Google it,” when referring to an Internet-based search.

    Is this not another case in point for strong regulation?

    Google fined by FCC for impeding Street View probe

    By , Monday, April 16, 9:44 AM

    The Federal Communications Commission has cleared Google of charges that it illegally collected WiFi data using its Street View cars, but fined the company $25,000 for obstructing the bureau’s investigation.

    According to the FCC filing, the company has not been helping U.S. regulators look into the matter. “For many months, Google deliberately impeded and delayed the Bureau’s investigation by Read the rest of this entry »

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    Some bloggers censor, censure, limit & forbid comments. I don’t.

    Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Tuesday, April 10, 2012

    I may take a different tack than some bloggers, and I have only in extreme cases (translate: virtually never) blocked, deleted or censored comments.

    The reason why is rather simple.

    And it is, that often, the comment says more about the commenter than the topic.

    Sure, some folks have written nasty, vile & vitriolic commentary upon some entries posted here, but fortunately, they are the exception, rather than the rule.

    Even if a topic is hotly debated, discourse should be civil, though the bane of many forums is that remarks upon them are not.

    GKChesterson writing at desk

    Gilbert Keith Chesterton was a 20th Century British man of letters, towering intellect and stature.

    Regarding disagreement, G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936) was a man of towering intellect and stature – who in addition to being an English journalist by profession, was a respected man of letters, novelist, essayist, author & poet who also produced works on philosophy, social and literary criticism – had several thoughts on disagreement and quarrels, among others.

    He once wrote that Read the rest of this entry »

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    The Ultimate iPhone Apple Mac Google Contacts Address Book iCal Calendar iTunes sync post

    Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Thursday, February 23, 2012

    2/26/12 Update: Be sure to read also “Sync-ing your iPhone’s Google Contacts/Address Book got you sunk? Fear not!

    ***

    Okay, maybe it’s not the “ultimate.”

    But, perhaps it’s the penultimate.

    That’s good too, eh?

    Yeah.

    Well, you dropped the bomb, bought a Mac and or an iPhone, and you have a Google account already. Welcome to the club.

    You’re loving Lion and iCloud and probably wondering, “how can I get all my stuff all synced up?”

    I can understand why it might all seem confusing.

    First, you have iTunes sync.

    Then, you’ve got Address Book and Calendar sync.

    And then… you’ve got iCloud.

    Good grief! How does it all fit together!?!

    Sure, it can be Read the rest of this entry »

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    Big Name Retailers abandon FaceBook during IPO period

    Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Friday, February 17, 2012

    News of FaceBook‘s February 1, 2012 filing for a $5Billion IPO (Initial Public Offering) status has Wall Street investors salivating, if not outright champing at the bit for an actionable piece of of that pie. With an estimated net worth of $17.5Billion, CEO Mark Zuckerberg, whom at age 28 is one of – if not the – world’s youngest billionaires, could at least double his personal net worth.

    With an estimated 845 million active users, and offices in 15 nations, among online tech giants such as Google, Twitter, and the soon-to-be-defunct MySpace, FaceBook continues to dominate the  SoMe (Social Media) market.

    As many may already know, FaceBook neither provides a marketable product or service, and their solitary claim to market value lies in harvesting demographic data from those who establish free FaceBook accounts – which also continues to be a corporate sore spot because of privacy rights concerns. While advertising revenue for the company accounts for their majority income, their “click-though” rate – the percentage of which site visitors click on an advertisement – remains the lowest in the online advertising industry, at 0.04% (400/1,000,000). Standing in stark contrast is Google’s 8% click-through rate, while MySpace’s click-through rate of 0.1% still surpasses that of rival FaceBook.

    Video advertising, however, remains a FaceBook strong suit. A study conducted in 2010 found that more than 40% of those who viewed the advertising videos watched the entire video, while the industry average was 25%.

    Pundits suggest that the technologically savvy younger demographic uses ad-blocking software, and ignores advertising, whereas an older, more mature demographic may not be aware of such add-on features.

    Now, amidst the opportunity and risk, traditional retailers and eTailers have slowly begun to abandon their FaceBook presence.

    This is not good news for potential investors.

    Retailers Shut Facebook Storefonts Amid Apathy

    By Ashley Lutz – Feb 16, 2012 11:00 PM CT

    A shop in Tahrir Square is spray painted with the word Facebook in Cairo, Egypt. Photographer: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

    Last April, Gamestop Corp. (GME) opened a store on Facebook to generate sales among the 3.5 million-plus customers who’d declared themselves “fans” of the video game retailer. Six months later, the store was quietly shuttered.

    Gamestop has company. Over the past year, Gap Inc., J.C. Penney (JCP) Co. and Nordstrom (JWN) Inc. have all Read the rest of this entry »

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    Why hate on Wikipedia? Here’s why.

    Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Tuesday, January 24, 2012

    It’s easy to hate Wikipedia.

    There are too many reasons not to hate it.

    But let me be more precise, and explain what’s wrong with Wikipedia.

    To be certain, what you’re about to read is in no way a defense of Wikipedia.

    Instead, I will bash it unashamedly, and will explain why it is unreliable, and supply reasons for others to look askance at it. This critique is no casually jaundiced glace, but rather scathing.

    It can be difficult to know exactly where to begin, but I think it possible to start with reliability, and move tangentially to toward other areas.

    Wikipedia calls itself Read the rest of this entry »

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    Google’s Gmail new look has problems

    Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Friday, January 6, 2012

    (Teaser: Be sure to share your thoughts in the poll following this entry.)

    Google, the undisputed Internet search engine leader and online giant, has embarked upon a new adventure.

    No, it’s not a new social media, mapping service, business document service, or cloud computing service.

    And no, it’s not a new email service.

    Well, not a “new” new one, per se.

    Shortly after it was introduced, Google’s Gmail customer/user base quickly eclipsed Microsoft’s purchase of Hotmail Internet-based email service. And for the past 13 years, Gmail’s layout and design – their online interface – has not significantly changed. No matter in what Read the rest of this entry »

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    Sync-ing your iPhone’s Google Contacts/Address Book got you sunk? Fear not!

    Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Friday, December 23, 2011

    2/26/12 Update: Be sure to read also “The Ultimate iPhone Apple Mac Google Contacts Address Book iCal Calendar iTunes sync post

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    Some folks have expressed difficulty synchronizing their contacts on their iPhones with iOS 5.

    That should NOT be a problem.

    Because iOS 5 has incorporated features into it that make synchronization seamless and virtually invisible, losing a note, email, address or contact is a thing of the past.

    However! To take advantage of those built-in features, they must be turned ON! It’s a bit like Read the rest of this entry »

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    SOPA… exactly what is it?

    Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Thursday, December 15, 2011

    Unless you work in media, pay attention to issues relating to the operation of the Internet or laws concerning the same, chances are, you’ve probably not even heard about the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) introduced by House of Representatives, or the Senate’s PROTECT IP Act (PIPA).

    The title sounds good, doesn’t it?

    Who wants online piracy, anyway?

    Turns out, it’s a really bad – indeed, a phenomenally bad – idea.

    Regardless how you identify yourself politically, the ideas promoted in SOPA are a seriously genuine breach of the Bill of Rights, and Read the rest of this entry »

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    WAFF implicates Juggalo of Insane Clown Posse in murder

    Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Friday, December 9, 2011

    First, let me say this: WAFF and their sensationalistic baloney “reporting” is the collectively worthless representative work of human beings assembled together for the express purpose of nothing more than getting you to watch their “the sky is falling” crap.

    It’s not that the human beings are worthless, it’s what they do which is worthless.

    Here’s why.

    Marie Waxel – whose published email address is Read the rest of this entry »

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    How to get the most out of Flickr

    Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Friday, November 11, 2011

    By now, if you’re not aware of Flickr… God help you!

    All seriousness aside, of course, Flickr is – as they describe it – is “almost certainly the best online photo management and sharing application in the world.”

    Image representing Flickr as depicted in Crunc...

    Image via CrunchBase

    I agree.

    While I am familiar with Googleit is so much more than a search engine – and their Picassa photo management service, I have chosen to stay with Flickr for several reasons… not the least of which is that I have found it more hospitable to the protection of photographers’ copyrights.

    While it’s not a perfect tool (find one that is!), I have found it much better than Read the rest of this entry »

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    Google’s Cloud Music Server Up & Running

    Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Wednesday, March 9, 2011

    Are computer code-writers/programmers intent upon facilitating the theft of music?

    Hackers find Google’s music cloud

    Google Music Sync is go

    By Bill Ray

    Posted in 8th March 2011 11:26 GMT

    Android hackers have discovered that Google’s cloud-based music service is up and running, for those prepared to muck about with the internals of Honeycomb at least.

    Google has been widely expected to launch a cloud-based music service – an online store of your existing collection – and Read the rest of this entry »

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    Apple’s iOS inherently more secure

    Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Tuesday, February 8, 2011

    Once again, Apple Computer rises to the top!

    How?

    Their iOS does NOT use Flash.

    McAfee reported that Adobe software products such as Flash and Acrobat were the “clear choice of malware authors and cybercriminals.” Read the rest of this entry »

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    Social Media Mega Melee: The Flickring Twittering FaceBooking Googleplex -or- How I made FaceBook work for me!

    Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Monday, February 7, 2011

    I have found a way to make FaceBook work for me! Read the rest of this entry »

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    “As the Plains Burn” – pre-Iron Bowl Auburn rants

    Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Wednesday, November 24, 2010

    As The Plains Burn

    Compiled by blueTunaTiger
    SEC Rant – TigerDroppings.com
    November 17, 2010 / 11:21 AM CT

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    What’s the Buzz about?

    Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Friday, November 5, 2010

    Google rarely contacts Gmail users via email, but we are making an exception to let you know that we’ve reached a settlement in a lawsuit regarding Google Buzz (http://buzz.google.com), a service we launched within Gmail in February of this year.

    Shortly after its launch, we heard from a number of people who were concerned about privacy. In addition, we were sued by a group of Buzz users and recently reached a settlement in this case.

    The settlement acknowledges that we …Continue…

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