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With James Croft, Anthony Agius and Pete Dillon.

Reckoner Podcast

Facebook’s data should’ve told them this would annoy us…

A Rant About Facebook’s Feed Experiments

Facebook Experiments Had Few Limits: Data Science Lab Conducted Tests on Users With Little Oversight

A couple of items in education technology-related news:

Two Days At EduTECH 2014: Where Education And Technology Get Weird Together
Apple Upgrades iTunes U, Enables Course Creation On iPad

Home automation gets even smarter with power outlets and switches:

Ubiquiti Releases Wi-Fi Power Outlets and Switches You Actually Want

Meanwhile, shenanigans in the Bitcoin world as details leak and the US Marshals descend…

Melbourne-based bitcoin fund lost $70,000 in a cyber-attack caused by US Marshals Service

Also related: someone bought all the Silk Road Bitcoins for $19 Million At Auction

A new civilization game is neigh, so bulk-buy those adult diapers now and save!

Civilization Beyond Earth Gets a Release Date: Oct 24th
Civilization Revolution 2 on iOS

Finally, if you’re a Victorian-based uni or TAFE student you should really be signing up for…

UNIHACK: A Melbourne Hackathon For Uni & TAFE Students

Charlie Brooker:

In other words, the fine folk at Facebook are so hopelessly disconnected from ground-level emotional reality they have to employ a team of scientists to run clandestine experiments on hundreds of thousands of their “customers” to discover that human beings get upset when other human beings they care about are unhappy.

Great rant about Silicon Valley hubris.

Casey Johnston at Ars Technica:

Facebook has added a new feature to its mobile app as of Wednesday that uses a phone’s microphone to identify ambient TV shows, music, or movies and include them in status updates.

So the idea is that if you’re listening to Kenny G or watching Game of Thrones, you can instantly post and appropriately tag whatever it is. This ambient microphone use is only switched on while you’re writing a status update, but check this screenshot:

Facebook with some creepy new passive listening options

‘No’ is not in Facebook’s dialogue box vocabulary, apparently.

There’s also this fairly creepy post by Facebook explaining the new feature:

If you leave the feature on, you will see the audio icon move and attempt to detect a match when you’re writing a status update. No sound is stored and you’ll always get to choose whether you post to your friends.

It’d be interesting to know if ‘no sound is stored’ means that absolutely all the data is ditched if you decide not to post it. Or, is the metadata match record for Kenny G stored in some kind of Facebook ‘matched-but-not-shared’ column in their Big Data Vault Of Everything They Know About You?

I guess there’s an easy way to find out when this feature launches — listen to a bunch of Kenny G during status updates (but don’t post the match), then watch your ads on Facebook very carefully.

If you suddenly start getting Facebook ads for saxophone reeds, Enya on iTunes or chamomile teas, then you have your answer.