Secondary Markets

Startup Takes Your Personal Data, Forces Brands To Compete To Sell You Stuff

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We know that Facebook, Gmail, Twitter, and other services leverage our data to benefit from marketers and advertisers. But a new startup called OwnOut wants to help you get in on the action by leveraging your own data to pit brands against each other in a fight for your loyalty.

“We help brands steal customers,” OwnOut Founder Mike Grassotti said yesterday — nine times actually — at a presentation for ERA Demo Day.

It works like this: customers give over their email account so OwnOut can go in and examine their purchasing habits. If that seems scary, consider: you’ve likely already given that data away to other online services — OwnOut just wants you to benefit directly. Read More

THE GOOG

You’re Not Crazy: Gmail Is Down [UPDATE]

Google CEO Larry Page

Did you find yourself in a state of fury this morning because nobody seemed to be responding to your emails? Worse still, did it make you feel unloved and unpopular both personally and professionally?

Well, we can’t actually speak for how your friends and coworkers feel about you, but you can take some solace in the fact that Gmail is experiencing service disruptions. Read More

ECommerce Rules Everything Around Me

Retailers Really Sad They Can No Longer Advertise At You For Free Via Gmail

She's pulling in a mill as we speak. (Photo via Getty)

Gmail’s new inboxes have elicited many an aggravated response from users who expect the free service to be exactly the way they want it at all times and never change. And now, retailers are weighing in with their own tales of woe and disappointment.

To be specific, ecommerce types are “up in arms,” the New York Times reports, about the fact that their endless stream of junk mail is now relegated to a folder labeled “promotional.” Read More

Privacy Police

If You’re Having an Affair, Probably Avoid Gmail

Erik Schmidt in search of his "I care" face (Photo: Flickr)

In a move that will likely make no difference to politicians embroiled in as-yet-unreported sex scandals, Google has pretty much flat-out stated that it has a right to go through your email.

A motion filed on July 13 by Google’s attorneys “says Gmail users should assume that any electronic correspondence that’s passed through Google’s servers can be accessed and sued for an array of options, such as selling ads to customers,” RT reports. Read More

Linkages

Booting Up: U.S. Officials Say Cyberattacks Are Originating From a Chinese Army Building

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An “overwhelming” percentage of cyberattacks on U.S. corporations and government agencies seem to originate out of a 12-story Chinese Army complex in a rundown neighborhood of Shanghai. [NYT]

Microsoft says it has signed up 60 million active users for its free, web-based Outlook email service, and that one-third of those users switched over from Gmail. [Bloomberg]

The liquidation of Ecomom was precipitated, at least in part, by aggressive bets on how much merchandise the ecommerce site could move. [PandoDaily]

A handful of developers in San Francisco and New York had a chance to play with Google Glasses earlier this month, as Google engineers sought feedback on their API.  [ArsTechnica]

Finally, the true tale of Times reporter’s John M. Broder and Tesla’s Model S sedan. [AllThingsD]

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Booting Up: Time to Beam the Racists Out of Reddit, Shatner Says

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There’s no room for bigotry on the bridge … or in online communities, new redditor William Shatner said in a series of comments in the “Star Trek” subreddit: “The fact that someone could come here, debase and degrade people based on race, religion, ethnicity or sexual preference because they ‘have a right’ to do so without worry of any kind of moderation is sending the wrong message, in my humble opinion.” [PandoDaily]

NASA’s rover Curiosity drilled into a rock bed on Mars in search of water-deposited minerals, and there are photos. [Discovery]

Automaker Lincoln spent lavishly to help Beck record an old David Bowie number: “If this is what you guys are talking about when you talk about ‘native ads,’ then okay.” [AllThingsD]

Several journalists who cover Myanmar, including a correspondent for the Associated Press, received warnings from Google that their Gmail accounts might have been hacked by “state-sponsored attackers.” [NYT]

Here is an infographic that wants to help you defuse Internet trolls. Good luck with that. [Mashable]

Are you underwhelmed by the traffic to your carefully manicured Wikipedia page? Two ideas that might help jump your bio to the most widely-read entries: Perform during the Super Bowl halftime show, or drop dead. [Gizmodo]

Planet GOOG

Gmail Is Down, Permission to Give Up Granted

Could it be a fender bender in the Intertubes? (Photo: ZDNet)

Did Gmail decide it was time to take a lunch break? The service has been having problems for the last 20 minutes or so, and a gander at Twitter indicates the impact is international. As we hit pub on this post, Gmail was currently back up and running, albeit at a glacial pace. But Gchat is still out of commission, and there are reports that the outage might be causing issues in Chrome, as well. Read More

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Booting Up: Trampoline to Work Edition

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The Gmail app for iPad and iPhone got an upgrade. [Gmail Blog]

Despite the cluttered app market, half of all revenue from the app store goes to just 25 developers. [The Register]

Techstars company Karma has launched its $79 4G mobile hotspot that rewards users for sharing their connection. [TechCrunch]

If the Curiosity Rover can last eight more years, it will get a friend. NASA plans to send another rover to Mars in 2020. [BBC]

Why walk or drive to work when you could trampoline? [The Guardian]

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Booting Up: The Queen’s Tablet Edition

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Gmail has improved its search capabilities, making it possible to now search for emails by size or specific date parameters. This should make finding all those embarrassing emails you sent to your ex even easier. [Gmail Blog]

NY Senator Charles Schumer proposed an initiative yesterday that would create two new high school diplomas that focus on promoting high-tech industries. Gotta start ‘em young? [Press Connects]

The Queen of England prefers the Galaxy Note over the iPad for some unknown reason. [CNET]

Here’s something to alarm you before 9 a.m.: Mat Honan, the Wired writer who was famously hacked, on why passwords are basically useless in protecting your personal information. [Wired]

Americans are too prudish to get into the spirit of fancy butt-washing Japanese toilets. :( [Priceonomics]