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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Leaked Emails Prove Facebook Is Creepy as Hell

Kashmir Hill writing for Gizmodo:

The business team wanted to get Bluetooth permissions so it could push ads to people’s phones when they walked into a store. Meanwhile, the growth team, which is responsible for getting more and more people to join Facebook, wanted to get “Read Call Log Permission” so that Facebook could track everyone whom an Android user called or texted with in order to make better friend recommendations to them.

Kashmir goes on to detail how Facebook found a loophole where they could get call log permission on Android without having to ask for it:

Then a man named Yul Kwon came to the rescue saying that the growth team had come up with a solution! Thanks to poor Android permission design at the time, there was a way to update the Facebook app to get “Read Call Log” permission without actually asking for it. “Based on their initial testing, it seems that this would allow us to upgrade users without subjecting them to an Android permissions dialog at all,” Kwon is quoted. “It would still be a breaking change, so users would have to click to upgrade, but no permissions dialog screen. They’re trying to finish testing by tomorrow to see if the behavior holds true across different versions of Android.”

There’s no way to look at this where the people involved don’t look malicious and evil. If you care at all about your privacy and personal data, you should have nothing to do with Facebook or their affiliated companies.

(via Daring Fireball)

Why We Need to Forgive Kevin Hart

Susan Fowler makes a great argument here. I’ve said and done things that I deeply regret—we all have. No one is perfectly above reproach, and expecting that is unreasonable.

Pull List for December 12, 2018

Pull List for December 12, 2018
From left to right, back to front: Bully Wars #4, Star Wars: Age of Republic - Qui-Gon Jinn #1, Paper Girls Vol. 5 TP, Shazam! #1, and Martian Manhunter #1

Every Wednesday, new comic books hit the shelves with new stories to be engrossed in, and new art to be fascinated by. This is my weekly write-up where I share what comic books I read last week, and my pull list of comics for this week.

What I read last week

  • Bully Wars #4 - As usual, the art is breath taking in each of these issues. I’m constantly taken aback by the detail. If you don’t look closely at each panel, you’ll miss something (like the comic book shop scene in this one).
  • Deadpool #7 - Holy moly. What a dark story.
  • Martian Manhunter #1 - Really excited about this 12-issue series. I don’t know much about J’onn J’onzz, but I’m intrigued to find out more. Maybe a quick read on Wikipedia would me out. Also, there’s some alien sex in this issue which is… interesting. Adding Martian Manhunter to my pull list.
  • Shazam! #1 - Like I mentioned last week, I’m not very familiar with Shazam other than what I saw in the movie trailer. Thankfully it didn’t really matter. The story was easy to get into, and it even had some laugh-out-loud moments. Another DC title going on my pull list.
  • Star Wars: Age of Republic - Qui-Gon Jinn #1 - I’m pretty bummed to find out this is a one-off story. Either way, the issue was a fun read. Qui-Gon is a character begging for more story. While not necessarily a rebel, he marches to the beat of his own drum. Instead of just falling in line or following the rules blindly, he’s not afriad to question the Jedi Council. I really hope we get more of him, no matter the medium.

Favorite of the week: Shazam! #1

Picking up this week

  • The Amazing Spider-Man #11 - Ryan Ottley is back on art. I’m enjoying the hell out of this book.
  • Batman Annual #3 - Tom Taylor is writing, so I’m buying.
  • Detective Comics #994 - New creative team on this title with Peter J. Tomasi writing. The story arc has me intrigued.
  • Oblivion Song #10 - Last issue ended on such a huge cliffhanger, and honestly, was a twist I didn’t expect at all. Really looking forward to reading this one.
  • X-Men: Red #11 - Last issue of this series. I’m sad to see it end. A big thanks to Tom Taylor for creating an X-Men series I fell in love with.
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