I deleted my Facebook account >> Dave Winer
Dave Winer doesn’t like being unable to log out: “Bottom-line: I know from experience that it’s bad to depend on a for-profit company to give me a free service that is supposed to not feel like it’s free. Facebook makes it difficult or impossible to maintain an archive copy of the stuff you post there, so, knowing this, I never posted anything there that wasn’t a copy of something I posted elsewhere or something I just didn’t care about. And I hate the idea that they devise ever-more-sneaky ways of tracking you on the web. And I’m not one of the people who uses the word “hate” when I mean “mildly dislike.” “But I’m not ruling out never going back. It’s possible they’ll add a feature that I feel I have to check out. Or they may relax their data export and import policies. Or there might be a law passed that everyone must have a Facebook account. All of these would be reasons why I might create a new account after my account is deleted, two weeks from yesterday, on November 23.”
The Facebook Freaky Line >> Scobleizer
..and on the pro side, Robert Scoble, who argues that the ‘freaky line’ is what Facebook is pushing… and people are acquiescing: “I listen to Spotify a lot in the car. I’m not even in a good place to tell you anything about the music I’m listening to. I wish I had 30 seconds to hit next before you were told I was listening to it. “Same thing with the Washington Post. Just because I clicked on a link it goes out to all of you. Very viral, and very good for software developers but it will quickly devolve into noise. Facebook always does this with its platforms (starts noisy, then moves the freaky line back as users get pissed off at the noise showing up on their screens). “This is Zuckerberg’s brilliance. Other companies just aren’t willing to even try to move the freaky line forward in order to build a new media company.”
Tech City Map: mapping who’s where in London
Analytics and coding by Trampolie Systems. Well done, people. This is what we’d have liked to do if we had the programming chops.
Siri (product): Why is Siri important? >> Quora
Very long answers from people who are deep in the field. There is a suspicion that Siri is just the thin end of a huge, huge wedge.
Greater choice for wireless access point owners >> Official Google Blog
“The wireless access point information we use in our location database, the Google Location Server, doesn’t identify people. But as first mentioned in September, we can do more to address privacy concerns. “We’re introducing a method that lets you opt out of having your wireless access point included in the Google Location Server. To opt out, visit your access point’s settings and change the wireless network name (or SSID) so that it ends with “_nomap.” For example, if your SSID is “Network,” you’d need to change it to ‘Network_nomap.'” Now it’s *your* fault if Google maps your Wi-Fi. Or something.
iPad tops holiday wish list for kids >> TUAW
Yeah, well you can wish for an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch, but guess what dad found in the bargain bin at Staples? That’s right kids, we’re getting a PlayBook! (Thanks @kingmaker for the link.)
The movement to rid the world of HTML purism >> Occupy HTML
“Flash is mature. It’s supported by all major desktop browsers. It’s stable when used properly. If not, it crashes a lot, just like every other technology. It requires constant security updates, just like every other web technology. It doesn’t work well on most mobile devices, and for good reasons. It’s a content plugin, developed during the era of closed standards and unilateral corporate control of web technology.” So where are you pitching your tent? (Thanks to @EMComments for the link.)