Liked It's Time for Action on Privacy, Says Apple's CEO Tim Cook by Tim Cook (Time)
One of the biggest challenges in protecting privacy is that many of the violations are invisible. For example, you might have bought a product from an online retailer—something most of us have done. But what the retailer doesn’t tell you is that it then turned around and sold or transferred information about your purchase to a “data broker”—a company that exists purely to collect your information, package it and sell it to yet another buyer.

The trail disappears before you even know there is a trail. Right now, all of these secondary markets for your information exist in a shadow economy that’s largely unchecked—out of sight of consumers, regulators and lawmakers.

Let’s be clear: you never signed up for that. We think every user should have the chance to say, “Wait a minute. That’s my information that you’re selling, and I didn’t consent.”
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Woot! Best thing I’ve read all month! I fully support this. The EU GDPR document was a not a riveting read but is a punch to the groin for data aggregators and brokers. And it put in place fines, 4% of revenue, for violations. We need similar legislation here.

Liked I Really Couldn't Care Less by Greg Morris (gr36.com)
Why should I care that Apple achieves a certain revenue, or equally that they are doomed because some person on Twitter says so. I am focused on what a difference the products make to my life, what they do for others, and what I can do to help people get the most from their device. I am not bothered how many iPhones sell in China (or anywhere) all I care about is if I buy one or not.

I think this is a good attitude. I want to develop the same attitude.

Liked On Netflix Pulling Out of iTunes Billing for New Users by John Gruber (Daring Fireball)
If Apple wants to insist on a cut of in-app purchased subscription revenue, that’s their prerogative. What gets me, though, are the rules that prevent apps that eschew in-app purchases from telling users in plain language how to actually pay. Not only is Netflix not allowed to link to their website, they can’t even tell the user they need to go to netflix.com to sign up.

I agree with Gruber. This isn’t right.