Facebook ‘Nearby Friends’ Will Track Your Location History To Target You With Ads


Facebook says it’s not using its new Nearby Friends feature to target ads yet, but after I asked why it’s tracking “Location History” it admitted it will eventually use the data for marketing purposes.

This morning, the proximity sharing feature began rolling out to iOS users after it’s launch yesterday, and with it I discovered a new “Location History” setting that must be left on to use Nearby Friends.

For an overview of how the Nearby Friends option lets you share your proximity or real-time exact location, and its privacy implications, read my feature article from yesterday’s launch.

The description below the Location History setting in Nearby Friends reads “When Location History is on, Facebook builds a history of your precise location, even when you’re not using the app. See or delete this information in the Activity Log on your profile.” Notice the careful use of ‘builds a history’…

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White House Declines To Deport Bieber, Pivots To Immigration Reform In Its Official Response


TechCrunch squinted slightly when the White House petition to deport the Canadian Justin Bieber passed the 100,000-signature mark, the minimum threshold to warrant an official response. (At that time, TechCrunch offered to help build a catapult to assist in completing the expulsion.)

The White House today responded to the petition with a dodge:

Thanks for your petition and your participation in We the People.

Sorry to disappoint, but we won’t be commenting on this one.

Hardly a surprise. (The White House did link to this Time piece that details why sending Biebs home would not be a simple task, legally.) But given that no moment can be wasted in politics, the White House quickly pivoted in its response to a discussion of immigration reform.

On a different note, the “Pardon Edward Snowden” petition, which collected more than 150,000 signatures during its open period, still lacks an official response. Surprise.

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Nike Is Said To Be Killing Off The FuelBand


Bad news, Fuel fans: Nike is purportedly killing off their wearable hardware efforts, including the FuelBand.

Just a few days ago, folks started whispering about shakeup in Fuelband land after the following post popped up on Secret:


Now, sure enough, CNET says they’ve got a person-in-the-know confirming that the majority of the 70-person FuelBand team has been let go.

It’s a pity, really; despite never really finding a massive audience, the FuelBand is/was a damned slick piece of hardware. It was hardly perfect, but it did some things — like its super pretty dot matrix display — quite well.

So why might Nike be heading for the exit?

Because the wearables market is about to get really, really crowded — primarily by devices that will do everything the FuelBand does, and more.
On one hand (wrist?), you’ve got Google, who just launched an entire branch of Android dedicated specifically…

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Fresh Unanswered Questions on Kenya’s First Lady’s London Marathon Gimmick

Kenya Stockholm Blog

Jared Odero:  "Beyond Zero" missing on official London's Marathon map of Charity initiatives! Jared Odero:
“Beyond Zero” missing on official London’s Marathon map of Charity initiatives! That is the truth.

Kenya’s First Lady Margaret Kenyatta made world history by being the first holder of the title to participate in the London Marathon 2014, and finished the race after 7 hours 4 minutes. Her purpose was to raise awareness and funds to improve maternal and child healthcare in Kenya through her ‘Beyond Zero Campaign’ initiative which was recently heavily criticized at the Kenya Stockholm Blog for wasting public resources. (See: http://kenyastockholm.com/2014/04/13/kenyas-first-ladys-beyond-zero-campaign-is-a-cheap-publicity-stunt/)

The London Marathon began in 1981 and has since taken place in the spring of each year. “As a fundraising event, there is no race in the world that comes close to the London Marathon. An iconic image of the event is the thousands of runners traipsing the streets to raise money for charity, many in fancy dress, hoping to stand out as…

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Uwezo Fund to Be Released Soon

Campus Post

The Ministry of Devolution and Planning from Monday held a two-day training workshop for key Uwezo Fund managers as it prepares to release the funding to beneficiaries.

Some 290 Uwezo Fund Constituency Management Committee members were trained on how to handle the finances.

The ministry said the training aimed to equip the participants with skills to handle and evaluate project proposals from groups and institutions interested in funding.

“This training programme will ensure the fund is managed professionally at the constituency level by a well-equipped team that will guarantee efficiency, accountability and transparency in dispensing its duties,” said Devolution PS Peter Mangiti.

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Brazil: Police Evict 5000 Occupiers At Gunpoint

The Free

Americas, Brazil

tear gas at rio eviction of 5000At 4 am on Friday, 1,500 BOPE killer cops took under siege a building, in northern Rio, which had been occupied by homeless working people, teargasing and attacking people in their sleep.  Another person was executed during protests against the military occupation of Mare, on Saturday.

Residents believe that 2 kids and an old man have been suffocated to death in the military assault. Dozens have been injured, some lost their eyes.

Residents believe that two children and an old man have been killed – it is not known who are their names, or if they were killed due to the teargas or the smoke from the building set on fire during the forced eviction.  27 people had been arrested when they defended against the police attack.

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A whirlwind of gradual pleasure

Silver Poetry

life is my pleasure

unremarkable, determined thoughts driving into

the calm, fertile bay of cosmic consciousness.

It’s purity sweeping over me

interrupted only by

hot pebbles rolling

in my shoulders and hips,


brush is

thick and wet

consolidating energy

parting , breasting , gliding , angling

on it’s rambunctious journey

flexed green toes

bounding past

tribespeople standing,

deceptively still


with god’s eyes

peeking over cups of sun

minds like water….

knots are unravelling, unconvincingly  tied in the first place,

clots draining away

till the sickness is nought but a dribble

a drip

a coagulating puddle of tar

used for other unnecessary things…..

but all

becoming a whirlwind of gradual pleasure


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Harvard Accepts Record Percentage of Black Students to Class of 2018


475924741.jpg.CROP.rtstory-large College admissions letters are out, and for the Class of 2018, Harvard University has accepted a record-high percentage of black students.

According to the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, of Harvard’s total acceptances for the Class of 2018, 11.9 percent are black, the highest ever for the university. The journal estimates that nearly 170 black students will enter Harvard this fall. Overall, Harvard accepted only 2,023 students from a pool of 34,295 applicants.

Harvard is not alone in its overall low acceptance rate. Other top-tier institutions accepted between 5 and 10 percent of the students who applied.

Williams College, the No. 1 liberal arts college in the country, also accepted a high percentage of black students. This year, the college has offered admission to 165 black students. Black students account for 14.3 percent of all Williams College’s acceptances this year. Half of the admitted students at Williams…

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