As Joseph Heller wrote and Kurt Cobain sang: Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t after you. Two items on privacy and three other cool items, in this week’s Five for Wednesday.
- Japan’s National Institute of Informatics has developed something called the Privacy Visor, which reflects light in a way that confuses face-recognition algorithms. Looks really dorky now, but I’m guessing this kind of thing will be available at your local Lenscrafters before too long.
- The Electronic Frontier Foundation (“the leading nonprofit organization defending civil liberties in the digital world;” read more about EFF here) has released Privacy Badger 1.0, a browser extension for Firefox and Chrome that blocks the hidden trackers that spy on your Internet wanderings. Read more about it and download it here.
- Twitter is lifting the 140-character limit in direct messages. The new limit is 10,000 characters, which NAR’s smart data scientist tells me is an increase of over 7000%. So go crazy and DM your heart out.
- Microsoft is showing Outlook.com users some serious love: Evernote, Yelp, PayPal, Uber, and others are participating in Outlook’s “add-in” API program. Want to send your buddy $50 directly from your email? Outlook.com + PayPal will do that.
- Are you a Verizon subscriber? They recently announced some BIG changes to how they’ll be running their wireless services. Be sure to read C|Net’s FAQ.