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Family DNA Privacy at Risk #1356



Family DNA Privacy is at risk with pleas from commercial DNA collection groups wanting you to give them free rein over your DNA to allow it to be shared with law enforcement. One could be responsible for a family member getting locked up or worse yet yourself implicated in something you have now knowledge of. I know personally that my DNA is in the national database from my active military days. I knew what I signed up for, but what about you? Will your DNA test end up getting your family member locked up to solve an outstanding crime?

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“Google, We Can’t Spy On Our Users!” Whines The BBC



If you don’t believe the adage “If it’s free, you’re the product” then you need to go and look at the BBC’s foot-stomping and whining at Google.

The BBC has pulled its podcasts from the Google ecosystem and in a blog post, Kieran Clifton, the BBC’s Director of Distribution and Business Development, explains why. He says, “Google has since begun to direct people who search for a BBC podcast into its own podcast service, rather than BBC Sounds or other third party services, which reduces people’s choice.

This seems very laudable at this point, though by several accounts, the BBC Sounds app isn’t that great. However, it all becomes much clearer in the next few lines, “….this means us getting hold of meaningful audience data…Unfortunately, given the way the Google podcast service operates, we can’t do any of the above...”

This isn’t an altruistic crusade by the BBC to stop Google, it’s simply that the Beeb wants to get its grubby hands on podcast usage info. They already force you to login into iPlayer so that they can check that you’ve paid your TV tax, sorry, TV licence at GB£154 per year. If you don’t believe me, go here – “Will you share my data with TV Licensing? We share some of your personal data with TV Licensing to check if you are using BBC iPlayer and to keep their database up to date.

I’d hoped that the BBC would be above this kind of behaviour but it’s becoming clear that it’s just another commercial media organisation, albeit a state-supported one. Sad to see the day.


Apple News Day #1355



Apple News dominated the tech sector today, it seems everyone has figured out to not even try to make any announcements when Apple is having a big event. We had to dig to get you a full stack of news today. Some of the topics covered are not linked below but the meat of today’s shot is. I have some callout to some of our Ohana during the podcast today lots to talk about and lots to contemplate as the big transition is forthcoming.

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T-Mobile Home Internet #1354



T-Mobile Home Internet with unlimited bandwidth may be coming to a rural area near you. I would encourage T-Mobile to really get this offer out in the 49082 zip code area. I am really excited about this as there is simply no way that the incumbent cable providers are ever going to get this done or have the fortitude to make it happen. The 5G speeds that are coming will make this a great alternative for rural customers if the offering is truly unlimited and they do no throttling. Relief could be coming to the millions that do not have broadband in the true sense of the word.

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YouTube & Facebook Battle Video Takedowns #1353



YouTube & Facebook had their hands full with taking down all the rouge videos from the Christchurch shooting and massacre. With the easy of live streaming these days it’s not an easy thing to have enough technology to halt live streams like this mid progress but even harder to kill all the copies of the video once it has been published. My heart goes out to the Ohana in New Zealand. Had an interesting live viewer today and I provide some commentary from feedback during the show.

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Facebook Had and Outage and No one Cared #1352



Facebook had the biggest outage of its history and no one seemed to care. In my opinion, everyone’s mental health probably improved during the outage. More worrisome is the new cell phone location data proposal of the FCC that will pinpoint your location to within 3 feet in buildings and everything that does not come with any additional privacy rights. I talk about my household shipping concerns and what I have been up to in investigating the shipment of my gear and personal effects out of Hawaii.

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It’s Show Time #1351



Apple is having an event that is entitled “It’s Show Time” which can only mean that it is going to be a media event surrounding Apple TV and there news division. We will likely also get to see details on upcoming iOS releases. Well my travel schedule continues but I should be home for a few weeks. But as I look at the calendar sometime between May 20th and May 24th will be the last live video show from Hawaii. I expect the shipping container to be there at some point around those dates. Then 4 to 6 weeks downtime before we resume live video podcasts in Michigan. So time is quickly approaching for the move to begin.

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