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A Gentle Reminder About Always-On Voice Devices; How To Save The Internet; More in Five for Wednesday

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  1. I can’t think of better adjectives than those already used in this article about a Burger King ad that’s meant to trigger your Google Home hub and Android phone: “horrible, genius, infuriating, hilarious, and maybe very poorly thought-out.” Just a gentle reminder that Google’s and Amazon’s voice assistants are always listening.
  2. On a slightly more serious note: between threats to net neutrality and assaults on your privacy, the Internet’s in trouble. Tech journalism veteran Walt Mossberg has some ideas about where we should go from here.
  3. Cybersecurity has traditionally been viewed as an IT issue, but it’s clearly a business risk as well. That’s got insurers trying to figure out what they’ll cover, and managers wondering how much risk they’re willing to tolerate.
  4. iOS users: are your iMessages popping up on every device you use? What seemed like a good idea at the time (“I won’t miss a text!) can easily become excessive or even embarrassing. Here’s how to tame those texts.
  5. Chicago’s mayor just announced that by 2025, all municipal buildings in the city will be powered by renewable energy. Makes me proud of my adopted hometown.

Joseph Sullivan

Joe Sullivan is a User Experience Designer for the Center for REALTOR® Technology.

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