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Google uses Gmail to track a history of things you buy — and it's hard to delete

This is quite an odd thing for Google to do if they are not monetizing this information.

Two more things that are odd:

  1. My purchase history only goes as far back as late 2014 (article cites 2012)
  2. This only seems to work for Gmail accounts, not G Suite (business email hosted by Gmail)

Perhaps the last one makes sense and could be part of their ToS but sounds like a feature a business use could make really good use of, despite how shady it seems.

Posted 20th May 2019 @ 08:45

Arrested Westeros

Arrested Westeros brings Game of Thrones screen caps together with Arrested Development captions. I came across the blog long before I had even seen Game Of Thrones and found it funny then, but with a bit more context it's even funner.

As it's updated after each show and with the finale tonight, beware of spoilers!

Posted 19th May 2019 @ 23:00

'My Next Guest Needs No Introduction' season 2 trailer

I really enjoyed season 1, all but one of the guests were really engaging. Season 2 doesn't look to bad either:

  • Kanye West
  • Ellen Degeneres
  • Tiffany Haddish
  • Lewis Hamilton
  • Melinda Gates

All episodes available from May 31st.

Posted 17th May 2019 @ 18:00

7 Google privacy settings you should revisit right now

Google had already announced that you'd be able to limit how long they could keep your data, but I hadn't seen the settings in the wild. Until now.

Points 1, 5, 6 & 7 are the ones to look for. You can choose unlimited, 18 months or 3 months as the length of time (I opted for 3 months). You can also opt out of ad personalisation and being identified as a source in search results. This last one is quite useful to see, but also seems like a pretty shady way for Google to use your data.

There's a link to Ad Choices where you can opt out of over 100 advertisers. You have to go one by one, but totally worth it.

Posted 17th May 2019 @ 15:00

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