With the US mulling the decision to ban , we should also consider banning and because they essentially do the same thing: piss all over your privacy while allowing you to be "connected" to people that atrophy helped you get rid of long ago.

Oh, wait, American companies that spy on people are okay and acceptable. It is different when the Chinese do it.

Please unfollow and block me if you have any sympathy for Q-Anon. It’s IMHO a dangerous cult. I want nothing to do with it.

Holy crap, google is apparently taking down all/most fediverse apps from google play on the grounds that that some servers in the fediverse engage in hate speech. At least three apps I know of anyway and I'd imagine the others will follow soon under the exact same reasoning.} Seems to be the case with Husky, Fedilab, and "subway" tooter.

this is a scary precedent if google play is going to ban any apps that can in any way be used to access content with hate speech. So what about a forum client, do they take that down just because there is a forum somewhere on the internet posting hate speech?

This is particularly worrisome because for most people Google Play is the only way they understand to install apps at all.

Picture attached of one of the notices received by fedilab.



@fedilab @tateisu #fediverse #mastoadmin #freespeech #censorship

One thing I do enjoy about writing a PWA: I don't have to ask Google's or Apple's permission to publish my "app" to the "store"

Just removed all the Google analytics stuff, that I can find, from all the sites and store pages I have.

Going with Plausible for the few bits I do need. Costs some money, but they don't appear to be evil.

@brejoc @gairsty @nebunez I went earlier this year, been very happy. Bundled it together with .

I like the more traditional webmail interface, netflix on the vpn and they took bitcoin for payment.

Really the only thing has going for it is the price

@narF The day I realized this was the day I got creeped out enough to actually set forth a plan to delete my Google account and my Facebook.

Something to think about:

When Facebook, Instagram, Google Gmail, or whatever app asked to have access to your contact list to "help you find your friends", and you accepted, you gave them access to all the email addresses, phone numbers and home address of all the people in your list.

Did you ask permission to all these people before doing that? Do you think they are happy about what you did?

#GAFAM #deleteFacebook #instagram #facebook #gmail

I made time to go to the bank just to have my email address changed to something other than my old #gmail .

When your email provider is , I am afraid to send emails to you.

We challenge @SamsungMobile to provide updates to all their customers, including those with the cheapest devices not just their flagship models, for at least 3 years



As privacy and security aspects are constantly rising, more and more businesses choose Tutanota to secure their emails and calendars. Check out what our customers say about Tutanota: tutanota.com/secure-business-e πŸ˜€πŸ‘‡

"Google is an organization that excels at taking individual, seemingly-benevolent units of work and then combining them into things that are anti-competitive or just plain evil"

Interesting AMA from a Mozilla employee


Free software/culture :thonking: 

@cstanhope Having spent some time in both FOSS-centric and business-centric contexts, I can say that:
1. UI/UX still has to catch up, great strides have been made but this stuff is just not easy.
2. FOSS world remains dismissive of branding & marketing. It's not about deception, good marketing is about explaining yourself clearly, good branding is knowing what you stand for. It's when these things are done poorly/lazily that it becomes shady.

Free software/culture :thonking: 

I often wonder whether a foundation or company (cooperatively owned hopefully) established solely to produce slick propaganda (popularly known as advertising) for free software and culture projects could work. I mean, proprietary stuff is just absolutely winning with their propaganda. It seems to me they are pretty much controlling the discussion and the framing. It seems overwhelming and no single project can hope to stand up to it. But perhaps collectively?

@Tutanota: Can we expect a blog post about what exactly happened? πŸ˜‘

Also, as @M0YNG asked, have you really planned how we can still access email when the servers are down?πŸ€”

In the "Roadmap" section of your web site, you have only pinned the local caching language, but not the inbox or the local caching schedule. I almost lost money by not being able to respond to an urgent e-mail. πŸ€•

@marc0janssen Yes, we'll improve our DoS mitigation, apologies again!

Thanks for bearing with us through this DDoS attack. We apologize for the inconvenience last night and thank you for your patience! Tutanota is back up now.

Germany is moving towards a 7 day incidence rate of 10 infections per 100k population. Not good. Let’s do everything to keep it from going exponential. #WearAMask😷 rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neua

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