Amazon just bought iRobot, the company that makes Roomba, for $1.7 billion. Shelly Palmer speaks with Robert Moses and Tashanea Whitlow about what Amazon is going to do with the data -- and whether or not you should be worried. Continue Reading →

Amazon Mapping Your Life

iRobot, the company that makes Roomba robotic vacuum cleaners, has agreed to be acquired by Amazon for $1.7 billion, according to a joint statement. If the deal closes, Amazon will have access to the maps a Roomba makes of each room it cleans. Continue Reading →
FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr has given the CEOs of Apple and Google until July 8 to respond to his open letter asking Mr. Cook and Mr. Pichai to remove TikTok from their respective app stores. Continue Reading →
At a dinner party the other night, a very accomplished business person told a story about how he and his wife were certain that their devices were listening to their conversations. “I was talking to my wife about a pair of designer shoes that she wanted to purchase, and not 10 minutes later while she was doing some online research for work, she saw an ad for that exact pair of shoes. She hadn’t searched for the shoes; the ad just appeared. Clearly, our computers or our phones are listening.” Some people nodded in agreement, and others began to chime in. Continue Reading →
The Competition and Transparency in Digital Advertising Act was introduced Thursday by a group of key senators on the Judiciary subcommittee on antitrust: the ranking member and chair, Sens. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., as well as Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. If passed, the bipartisan bill would force Google to break up its ad business. Continue Reading →

Data is like pizza?

Data is a lot like pizza, or at least that's what Wide Open West (an ISP with about 800,000 customers) would like you to believe. The company sent an email to its internet users telling them that it was instituting data caps on June 1 because they want everyone to get the amount of pizza they ordered. If this sounds weird or confusing or condescending, I'm not doing it justice. It's way worse than that. Continue Reading →
Facebook and Google have to pay for news in Australia. That's the law! Except… there are loopholes that allow for negotiation, and the way the law is written allows both sides to spin the story as if they won. This raises the question: Who actually won? Continue Reading →

Deepfake Authors

Shelly Palmer
They used to say, "You can't believe everything you read." Now, you can't believe that it was written by a human. Welcome to the world of AI authors who write as well as (and in some cases better than) humans. Shelly Palmer chat about it with Kerry Drew and Bianca Peters on Fox 5's Good Day New York. Original Airdate: August 4, 2020 Continue Reading →
Shelly Palmer on Fox 5
The US Government is looking into banning TikTok. Will it happen? Shelly Palmer talks with with Kerry Drew and Bianca Peters about social media addiction, data privacy and how the Chinese government is involved on Fox 5's Good Day New York. Original airdate: July 14, 2020 Continue Reading →
Equifax
The Attorney General of the United States announced that the government had confirmed that the Equifax hack was the work of the Chinese military. As we enter the age of AI-assisted warfare, it’s important to unpack some of the underlying issues. Continue Reading →