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Today in Tabs: It’s About Ethics in Tabs

Where is the Internet’s ombudsman?

Today in Tabs: It’s About Ethics in Tabs
[Photo: Flickr user Amnesty International UK]

The Guardian published what they clearly want to be a scathing exposé on how teen-angst/creeper-grooming app Whisper collects and stores its users’ location info. Whisper’s editor in chief and human Chartbeat algorithm Neetzan Zimmerman, was shocked, shocked! to be accused of these nefarious deeds, sir! Zimmerman was so upset he actually started tweetstorming like a straight-up Egg, while Whisper’s CTO Chad DePue took to Hacker News. The company eventually published a five page response to the Guardian’s allegations. The conflict seems like two organizations defining their terms differently, for the most part. The Guardian wants to say that location data tracked over time constitutes personal information, and Whisper wants to say it doesn’t. It appears that Zimmerman earnestly believes that an IP address and a timestamp don’t give law enforcement the ability to identify an individual, when the great majority of the time they definitely do. And for an awful lot of us, just a log of location data does as well. But hey, it’s all just metadata, right? No big! Buzzfeed suspended its longstanding partnership with Whisper “temporarily” (i.e. until everyone moves on). As usual, Daily Dot addresses the important question, which is: how easy is it to buy drugs on Whisper?

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Future Lerer family member has a completely incomprehensible Kickstarter, if you like giving money to people who already have lots of access to money. What if Drake covered Pinkerton? The world would be at least 37% more awesome, that’s what. Please do not judge me by my conservative name. Speaking of Buzzfeed, they’ve been building their News Metavertical and getting ready to launch a news app. Meanwhile Alexis Madrigal departs The Atlantic with a post about toast.

Today in More Like Crapbox: Mapbox can give you drone-recorded elevation data with this nifty tool. Meanwhile Mapzen just released a fast open source geocoder based on Open Street Map data and Elasticsearch.

Andy Baio points out a few enjoyable links where #gamergaters watch their heroes call them garbage. Here’s an interview with the guy whose site is booming thanks to the howling mob of misogynist hate-weasels. The world’s worst ex-boyfriend posted his own transcript of his Buzzfeed interview, apparently thinking it makes him look… better? Or at least not worse? It does neither. And elsewhere, Radley Balko says “…not all child porn!”

This is really late because I was busy today, and apparently so was the intern because I threw a cup of coffee at his head (like I do every day) and all he managed to produce was this:

TODAY’S INTERN TAB, by BIJAN STEPHEN

Fair point, I guess. But get me new cup of coffee.

About That Apple Event: Paul and Anil‘s liveblog is really all you need to read

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Today’s Song: Someone tweeted this at me, and… I don’t know, sure whatever, it’s Friday: Beat Medieval

~Whenever there’s trouble we’re there on the double, we’re the Tabhound Gang~

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