Google Announces The OnHub WiFi Router

Google sees everything anyways so what’s the harm of letting them own your home wifi router?

Today Google announced that they are moving into the WiFi router market. The new router is produced through a partnership with TP-Link and it’s called OnHub. Google is marketing OnHub as a router that is simple to setup, effortless to maintain, and highly reliable.

via Google Announces The OnHub WiFi Router.

The ethics of modern web ad-blocking

Marco Arment’s rant against ad practices today:

Publishers don’t have an easy job trying to stay in business today, but that simply doesn’t justify the rampant abuse, privacy invasion, sleaziness, and creepiness that many of them are forcing upon their readers, regardless of whether the publishers feel they had much choice in the matter.

Modern web ads and trackers are far over the line for many people today, and they’ve finally crossed the line for me, too. Just as when pop-ups crossed the line fifteen years ago, technical countermeasures are warranted.

via The ethics of modern web ad-blocking –

ICYMI: Study of Ad-Blocking Software Suggests Wide Use

Ad-blocking will lead to almost $22 billion of lost advertising revenue this year, according to the report, put together by Adobe and PageFair, a Dublin-based start-up that helps companies and advertisers recoup some of this lost revenue. That represents a 41 percent rise compared to the previous 12 months, and the levels of ad-blocking activity now top more than a third of all Internet users in some countries, particularly in Europe, the report said.

via Study of Ad-Blocking Software Suggests Wide Use – The New York Times.

Biased Algos

Yet there is growing evidence that algorithms and other types of software can discriminate. The people who write them incorporate their biases, and algorithms often learn from human behavior, so they reflect the biases we hold. For instance, research has shown that ad-targeting algorithms have shown ads for high-paying jobs to men but not women, and ads for high-interest loans to people in low-income neighborhoods.

via Algorithms and Bias: Q. and A. With Cynthia Dwork – The New York Times.

Opinion: Forget open, ad tech’s future is closed

Google has disabled something that represented 5 percent of its total YouTube sales — is that really worth all the fuss?

…Google has no obligation to make life easy for them. Indeed, Google is not alone. Facebook locked everything up; Amazon would rather shut sales down that let you get hold of its data; AOL, Yahoo and others hold all their best inventory back so you can only buy it through their platforms.

…Welcome to the future. These companies have invested billions into their product, and they have no obligation to make other competitive businesses rich on the back of their investments. It is called competitive advantage.

via Opinion: Forget open, ad tech’s future is closed – Digiday.

Inside DraftKings’ reign: Online sports meets offline experiences

Good read on this new big market:

Critics of the industry say that the biggest challenges are the legality issue — many people still denounce fantasy sports as gambling. And there can be low margins on customers: A person familiar with the matter said economics can be questionable since the companies often only keep a small percentage of prize money. Right now, funding is at an all-time high, so those issues can often be swept under a rug.

via Inside DraftKings’ reign: Online sports meets offline experiences.