Sometimes, when sitting quietly, enjoying a cooling cup of perfectly crafted pour-over coffee, I find myself staring at the back of my hand. In front of my eyes lies a landscape akin to the red sand of the American Southwest that lay baking under the scorching sun after a week of rain. You can see the time crisscrossing the skin, which has been losing a battle with the vanishing collagen. What was unseen slowly becomes more visible, crack by crack—a slow creep of the wrinkles. You can run, but you can’t hide from time.
Leichtman Research Group (LRG), a market research group, has collated the data for 2021 and “found that the largest cable and wireline phone providers in the U.S. – representing about 96% of the market” added 2.95 million net additional broadband Internet subscribers. These companies added 4.86 million subscribers in 2020 and 2.55 million in 2019. They now account for 108.4 million subscribers — cable companies have 75.7 million broadband subscribers, while phone companies have 32.7 million subscribers.
Just because Facebook, Google, and everyone else has managed to erode our privacy and hoard our data doesn’t mean we shouldn’t take our privacy seriously. Why? Because data is personal and social. And like us humans, it ages with time, gets stale, and becomes pretty worthless. Any day is a good day to fight back for control of your privacy and data, notes The New Oil.
Put this in the WTF category. Vizio TVs push ads onto your screen, and you don’t have much choice. These ads are called jump ads, and Vizio figures out what is on the screen and places a banner ad over live TV programs.
This is not “smart TV.” Instead, it is “Crap TV.”
Why isn’t there more outrage about this bad behavior from our media corps? While Big Tech comes under scrutiny, it is shitty little companies that cause more damage to our privacy. I won’t be surprised if these cheap companies will use embedded microphones and cameras in their devices to abuse our personal space even more soon. Where is FTC when you need it?