“Often when we talk about rising suburban poverty, people automatically think about, ‘Well, who’s moving into these neighborhoods?'” Kneebone says. “But it’s not just people moving in. There have been two downturns in the last decade, and long-running structural changes in the economy, finding a lot of long-time suburban residents growing poorer, slipping down the economic ladder.”
Google reportedly paid Adblock Plus not to block its ads – I’m not sure how I feel about this report. On the one hand, you don’t pay anything for Adblock Plus so it doesn’t surprise me that it is surreptitously whitelisting some companies and showing you their ads regardless but the sneaky nature of their business is disconcerting. The Verge
“Google has reportedly paid the makers of Adblock Plus, the single most popular browser extension on Chrome and Firefox, to look the other way when it comes to its web advertisements. According to the German news site Horizont, Google and other unnamed companies are paying to be included on a “whitelist” that prevents their pop-ups, banners, and display ads from being blocked by the free service.”
Samsung and Jay-Z give the Internet a master’s class in how not to make an app – Speaking of being product, Samsung advertised a great deal during the NBA Championships that it would offer the latest Jay Z album “Magna Carta” as a free app. What happened, though, was one of the most invasive probes into your smartphone’s existence that you wonder if the NSA was behind it. After you give it permission to give your phone an enema, it then requires facebook or twitter access and then proceeds to tweet / share crap with your friends and family.
Even worse, Ars Technica says that the app becomes totally useless as it drops DRM free album into the music folder. Ars Technica
Diagon Alley at Warner Bros, Leavesden – In invasiveness we can get behind, Google Street View offers an opportunity to stroll through Diagon Alley at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London in Leavesden. Google
Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty.
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