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Amazon And Google Employees Busted In Asian Sex Trafficking Sting

Several Seattle employees of both Google and Amazon were busted after using their corporate accounts to send emails to local brothels and pimps looking to purchase services from sex workers trafficked from Asia, according to emails obtained by Newsweek. “[E]mails obtained by Newsweek reveal another sordid corner of the tech sector’s treatment of women: a […]


Is Facebook Using Your Phone’s Camera And Microphone To Spy On You?

Do you ever feel like you’re being watched when there’s nobody else around? Decades ago, if the answer to that question was ‘yes’, doctors might’ve advised you to see what they called a headshrinker. But technological progress has a funny way of turning situations on their head. For example, at the turn of the 20th […]


What Are Retail Investors Buying Right Now?

Submitted by Nicholas Colas of DataTrek Research Today we want to expand on our recent thoughts on “What are retail investors buying right now?” We showed last week, courtesy of Fidelity Investments data, that mom-and-pops are still adding to positions even on breakouts in US equities. Further, the names at the top of the retail […]


The Demise Of Dissent: Why The Web Is Becoming Homogenized

Authored by Charles Hugh Smith via OfTwoMinds blog, In other words, we'll be left with officially generated and sanctioned fake news and "approved" dissent. We've all heard that the problem with the web is fake news, i.e. unsubstantiated or erroneous content that's designed to mislead or sow confusion. The problem isn't just fake news–it's the […]


Is Peter Thiel Trying To Break Up Google? This $300,000 Political Contribution Seems To Imply He Is…

Peter Thiel, the billionaire venture capitalist who backed President Trump (just before giving his presidency a “50% chance of ending in disaster“) and infamously helped Hulk Hogan bring down Gawker.com, has allegedly set his sights on a new target: Google.  According to The Mercury News, suspicions about Thiel’s next pet project were raised after he […]


De-FANGed: Five Ways The Disrupters Could Be Disrupted

We highlighted the launch of the ICE FANG futures contract earlier this week (here) and what an auspicious moment it was for the launch. The argument put forward by our guest author, Kevin Muir via The Macro Tourist blog, was that it is possible to be “bearish on the FANG stocks, but not be some […]


Facebook Reportedly “Looking Into” Calls To Ban Breitbart From Its Ad Network

If you can’t beat ’em, censor ’em…  That seems to increasingly be the rallying cry of Silicon Valley’s left-leaning (understatement, we know) social media giants after Twitter recently announced plans to ban RT and Facebook is apparently now considering the same with Breitbart. According to a report from Business Insider, Facebook said they’re “looking into” […]


First Twitter, Now Facebook: Company Introduces New Political Ad Transparency Policy

Facebook must’ve seen this tweet, published three days ago by a ProPublica journalist after Twitter unveiled a sweeping new transparency policy that included new disclosure rules for “political” and “issues-based” ads… Twitter is promising more transparency in political ads than Facebook. I love seeing tech giants try to outdo each other on transparency pic.twitter.com/aXPOpLicoB — […]


Twitter Caves: Announces Plan To Improve “Transparency” For Political Ads

One week before Twitter executives are slated to testify before the Senate and House Intelligence Committees, the company has bowed to pressure from lawmakers and announced it will soon begin providing users with more information about political advertising appearing on its platform, CNBC reported. Bruce Falck, Twitter’s GM of revenue, product and engineering, made the […]


Google And Facebook To The Moon… Or Peak Advertising?

By Chris at www.CapitalistExploits.at In the late 90’s and early 2000’s, I spent a lot of time travelling through a host of the world’s airports. This naturally meant spending an inordinate amount of time staring at random people, wandering about aimlessly (no business class lounges when you’re an impoverished backpacker living on noodles), and traipsing through […]


Hackers ‘Screw’ Millions Of PornHub Users In Large-Scale Malvertising Scheme

Via StockBoardAsset.com, Proofpoint, a next-generation American cybersecurity firm, has uncovered a large-scale malvertising  campaign in adverts appearing alongside videos on PornHub (Alexa US Rank 20 and world rank 37 as of this writing). Researchers at Proofpoint have pinpointed KovCoreG group, the hacker organization behind the “sophisticated social engineering scheme that convinced users to infect themselves” […]


Google ‘Suddenly’ Discovers Questionable “Russia Ads” On YouTube, DoubleClick, Gmail

Et tu, Google? For the first time since Sen. Mark Warner began questioning whether Silicon Valley tech giants have been “doing enough” to root out and expose examples of alleged Russian interference in the November 2016 election, Google has reportedly discovered that Russia-linked operatives deceptively purchased tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of advertising on […]


Apple Does Right By Its Users… And Advertisers Are Displeased

Authored by Andres Arrieta via The Electronic Frontier Foundation, With the new Safari 11 update, Apple takes an important step to protect your privacy, specifically how your browsing habits are tracked and shared with parties other than the sites you visit. In response, Apple is getting criticized by the advertising industry for "destroying the Internet's […]


A Startling Anecdote About Online Ad Fraud From Uber

One week ago we said that Category 1 storm clouds are gathering over what has traditionally been one of the most lucrative, and perhaps only profitable, sectors to come out of Silicon Valley in decades: online advertising. We directed readers' attention to the recent Global Retailing Conference organized by Goldman Sachs, in which Restoration Hardware's […]