Tried a free month of YouTube premium on my iPhone to see what the fuss was about, got an email from Google that I did not have Gmail, Google Maps installed, immediately cancelled so I wouldn’t be charged after the free month. Also uninstalled YouTube.

Google knowing what apps I do or do not have installed on my non Android phone is unacceptable

We ❤️ open source. Your Tutanota client is fully published as open source software. 😍 We even built our own captcha instead of using Google's Captcha. Read here why:

Happy birthday, #RMS! May your day be filled with freedom and cake made from open source recipes!

6 Tricks with Resting and Spreading JavaScript Objects

Resting and spreading can be used for more than just resting arguments and spreading arrays.

The China firewall is extreme.
However, there is technology at Youtube (Google) and Facebook to audit ISIS content. Yet, they don't use it for racist posts.

This is not motivated from some sort of benevolent place of free speech, but IT MAKES THEM MONEY.

That's truly sick. That's why you should encourage people to leave their platforms.

Google Play Apps With 150 Million Installs Contain Aggressive Adware

So, have been bought by . What are people’s thoughts on the acquisition?

Looking For a De-Googled Smartphone OS?

An interesting company called /e/ has a solution that does sound interesting. It remains to be seen how it will hold up once they get going a bit more. I think this may be something to watch.

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The value of owning more books than you can read

"All those books you haven't read are indeed a sign of your ignorance. But if you know how ignorant you are, you're way ahead of the vast majority of other people"

Gmail tracks you, Yahoo scans your entire mailbox. Fortunately, we have a choice! Start using an alternative that respects your right to privacy: 😃

#privacybydesign 😍

Read the full report of recommended privacy-friendly apps:

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Find an alternative to Gmail, and other Google products, in our guide to living without Google:

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Lydia has a motivating sentiment for why to make your code maintainable.

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Oh good. Facebook gives advertisers your two factor authentication phone number.

<< They found that when a user gives Facebook a phone number for two-factor authentication or in order to receive alerts about new log-ins to a user’s account, that phone number became targetable by an advertiser within a couple of weeks. >>

It makes me uncomfortable how people have adopted corporate language when talking about themselves on the internet. You are not a corporation or a persona. You are a whole person.

You don't have a "brand" – you have passions and interests. You don't "create content" – you share thoughts, words, ideas, knowledge, and a whole galaxy of other things.

There are plenty of people out there who want to categorise you and put you in a box. Don't help them to do this.

You're so much more than that. 💚

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