Google isn’t evil.

Lot’s of folks linking to this today.

It is pretty brutal how Google functions when it comes to their policy of anyone can buy ad against anything – that is anything but Google.

I think Bill is correct – it’s a shake down:

(LINK) Farewell Stripe – Raylene Yung – Medium

Farewell Stripe – Raylene Yung – Medium:

We’re building for APAC from APAC, with a localized development team: Every global leader I’ve met is visibly excited when I describe what we are doing and why. Many have spent years sending product requests to other offices (with limited success) or struggling to communicate in both directions. For us it’s still early, but it’s working — our Malaysia beta was launched with many cross-functional team members working together locally.

This is going to be fun to watch. There really is no other large global player like Stripe in Singapore building stuff for the region.

Google is doing maybe a little of this but seems to be only for India as of late.

None of the other global players are doing any engineering work in Singapore at all. 

Stripe is doing some great work – I love this latest announcement ::

Apple says it’s banning Facebook’s research app that collects users’ personal information – Recode

I see this as a good start to body checking FB but I hope Apple goes further than this.

Mere mortals can do only one thing to escape FB, which is don’t use the service.

However large platforms like Apple and Google could work harder to keep fFB from abusing users on said platforms.

So much for Google being a good actor in any of this ::

I hope Apple takes this a step further.

In the meantime – apart from making bank, it must suck to work at FB these days.

Apple says it’s banning Facebook’s research app that collects users’ personal information – Recode

AP Exclusive: Google tracks your movements, like it or not

Keep telling yourself Google isn’t evil.

AP Exclusive: Google tracks your movements, like it or not:

An Associated Press investigation found that many Google services on Android devices and iPhones store your location data even if you’ve used a privacy setting that says it will prevent Google from doing so.

Computer-science researchers at Princeton confirmed these findings at the AP’s request.

Asia Tech Review: August 6 2018 | Revue

Totally agree with Jon on this. Let’s wait to see what they ship but doesn’t make one feel any better about Google.

Asia Tech Review: August 6 2018 | Revue:

As I said on Twitter, Google has done a lot more than most to help increase internet adoption in India, Southeast Asia and other markets through initiatives such as free WiFi, data-friendly apps, and even ‘lite’ versions of Android. Arguably this all serves the purpose of widening the market it can monetize, but the impact is positive for all. However, its seemingly financially-motivated return to China – and 180-degree flip on opposing censorship – threatens to remove any positive sentiment about its business and progress in Asia.