Is there anyone out there who *doesn’t* get hacked?
Welcome to another nice Friday!
In some ways, though, it’s a sad occasion, as Byteside’s amazing content producer, Chris Button, is off on another adventure next week. Big thanks to Chris for all his work published on the site, his work behind the scenes and his somber tones on this year’s edition of the High Definition podcast.
Here’s what we found interesting online this week.
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Good analysis of what has gone right and wrong when Spotify has bought successful podcast companies and then forced their existing shows into platform exclusives.
Shout it again for those in the back. AI is not biased!
Always interesting to see where new social apps find penetration. Can positivity win? Or will the kids always find a way to turn good vibes into a new vector for bullying or ostracism?
Regardless of your preferences, all roads seem to lead to conservative videos.
A very interesting look at the Twitter accounts that recreate videos, quotes and trends and bring attention to followers.
I was on the ABC with Richard Glover discussing this yesterday. Perhaps there is a little less identity theft at play here, but there is also a much deeper level of private information that the attackers threaten to exploit. The potential to reveal private medical insights about high-profile individuals is a very nasty threat. And that’s the kind of data we should could rely on an insurance provider to act on our behalf as needed.
Along with the above, there really should be audits and investigations that are triggered automatically against companies that hold critical personal data and are affected by a breach. It feels like the news cycle is ready to leave the Optus situation in the past and everyone is just shrugging and moving on. We need real transparency and real accountability when big companies fail when it comes to security.
New tools will make it easier to control ad tracking without having to turn off other useful features of the Google experience. Progress.
In other Google news, these new tablet-friendly features are another win for the Android ecosystem. With the Pixel tablet on the way too, delivering a better experience that embraces larger and wider screen formats will help people see the value of choosing such devices.
I hadn’t read much into Bluesky before, but this latest update speaks to a social protocol that has great potential as a truly open platform. “Decentralized” doesn’t have to mean crypto. Email is a wonderful decentralized, unified means of communication that anyone can use. Getting it right in a similar way for social could be great.
“OK, you can have Instagram, but a searchable index of GIFs is a bridge too far.”
A leak in Columbia has put Australian authorities at risk. The ripple effects of cyber security cross the globe.
Consider the timeline from here to 2030. A few more generations of USB, all based on the same USB-C port. It seems that we will “save on cables”, but there will certainly be some cables that are more USB-C than others, and knowing which one will become more difficult every year.