While perusing another blogger’s site, I came across this information which might be of importance to Google Gmailusers.
On Tuesday Google updated its privacy policies to make it absolutely clear that it is scanning your email.
It added these sentences:
Our automated systems analyze your content (including emails) to provide you personally relevant product features, such as customized search results, tailored advertising, and spam and malware detection. This analysis occurs as the content is sent, received, and when it is stored.
It also tweaked a few sentences that warn that all the stuff you upload to Google is considered fair game. (Google included the editing marks, to show you exactly which words it changed):
When you upload,or otherwise submit, content to our Services, you give Google (and those we work with) a worldwide license to use, host, store, reproduce, modify, create derivative works (such as those resulting from translations, adaptations or other changes we make so that your content works better with our Services), communicate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute such content.
However, last month, the judge in the case did not allow the suit to go forward as a class-action suit. That put a damper on the case because individual email users would each need to pursue lawsuits, Johnston reports
WHAT 2 new things did you learn in 2011, andLIST 5 pieces oftrivia that might be of interest to others (or not). So, I’ll begin…
Image by marklarson via Flickr
NEW things I learned…
Wrote flash fiction at an adult ed class at the local college and…
Wrote a book review, uploading it to Blogging for Books’ website and Amazon.com. Sorry to say the time and effort was mind-boggling…almost a week’s worth. Haven’t done it since. But proud I succeeded.
5 pieces of trivia…
Bed bug bites are lined up vertically, in close proximity. According to the experts, the bug likes to feed in the same area. Bet you didn’t know, or care to know, that. But if you’re bitten, you’ll know whether or not it was by a bed bug.
Clicking the red “x” in an unsolicited pop-up might allow a virus to infiltrate your computer. I know. I learned the hard way…to the tune of $199 paid to TechPro to clean out the whole kit-n-kaboodle.
Sleeping on an air mattress for 2 weeks straight isn’t the ideal scenario for someone with lower-back pain. I found out the hard way. Many visits to the chiropractor and physical therapist, as well as back-strengthening exercises have nearly got me fit as a fiddle…nearly…but not quite there.
Cats can for sure have human diseases. My Sunkist has renal failure…Sitka has a slow colon…Juneau was pre-diabetic. All 3 are stabilized with the help of pills and special foods.
Yard work is for the birds. This has not been a good year for getting out in the garden, what with one thing after another keeping me from it. So it’s literally gone to the birds…bunnies…stray dogs and cats…squirrels…and who knows what else. But I gotta love my neighbor. When I saw her at dinner the other night and started complaining about my lackluster yard, she cut me off with “Your garden is always so lovely.” Well shut my mouth…and I did.
See, easy peasy…as my friend Nancy said about posting an image to my blog. So you take a crack at it. Have to admit it was a brain game, trying to dig deep into all the nooks and crannies, sweeping away all the cobwebs that have accumulated over the year…and some.
Image via Wikipedia
Challenge yourself to remember…new things that have broadened your mind…and trivia that you just hoard. You can use the comment boxes on my post…or create your own post…and let me know so I can check it out. But no stresses, remember…
it’s an easy peasy challenge…if there is such a thing…
At the risk of being called a cynic by my husband, and you, I must confess to being one. Can I at least blame it on having lived and worked in NYC for more than a decade?
Just before he went to bed, I spoke with my husband about my experience with Twitter today. Half asleep since it was almost midnight, I expected his eyes to grow bigger by the minute as my tale unfolded. Instead, tiny wrinkles formed at the corners of his eyes. I’m sure he delighted in telling me that I’d made the mistake, and that the brouhaha of which I posted earlier was another one of my lapses into New York cynicism.
I’d forgotten that I’d opened my Twitter account using my husband’semail address. Why, I don’t recall and neither could he. No wonder my email address and password didn’t work. Duh?!? So there! I admit to my egregious mistake, and may Twitter and Helah Chester @helahcobtendy forgive my trespasses. Mea culpa! Mea culpa!
Thank goodness my husband and I have funny bones. We had a good laugh, albeit at my expense.
Almost a month has elapsed since I spent my days blogging away contentedly. I must admit my neck, back and shoulders got a much needed break from the long hours I’d spend hunched over my laptop keyboard. If your eyes have been glued to your computer screen in recent days trying to digest my thriller about bedbugs, then you’ll understand my long absence from hugmamma’s mind, body and soul. Let’s just say I was out making memories, however forgettable I wish they were. At my age you’d think I’d have enough life experiences not to need more to feel like an adult. I thought 61 years was a pretty solid foundation upon which to rest my laurels. But apparently not.
Since my daughter’s apartment, both of them actually, were in total disarray, and because we were faced with the overwhelming task of moving her furnishings out of storage, and sanitizing everything before moving them into her new place, blogging was the furthest thing from my mind. Besides which we tried not to spend more time than was necessary where the bedbugs resided, the old apartment. Unfortunately, that’s also where the internet was still hooked up. Not until a new desk we’d purchased was assembled and in place, did my daughter want to relocate her computer and cable connection. All this to say I couldn’t blog even if I’d wanted to do so. I’m sure you’ll understand when I say…that was the last thing on my mind.
Image by Cat Sparx via Flickr
When I finally did sit down to log onto hugmamma’s mind, body and soul, I was very surprised, and very delighted, to find that my subscribers had remained loyal. I was certain the list would have dwindled alongside my dwindling posts. As other bloggers will confirm, “site stats” are an important indicator of a blog’s viability. While views declined as I expected, it was indeed humbling to see that I’d picked up another few subscribers, while hanging on to past subscribers. It reiterated, for me, the words of my Blogging 101 instructor,Cat Rambo.“Write something of value, and readers will come.”
So I thank each and every one of you who continue to make me feel my words are of value. I’m unable to publicly recognize all, for there are those who subscribe via particular posts, and friends and family who subscribe via email, neither of which I’m capable of reproducing below. But know that I include you, about 90, among the following WordPress subscribers whose gravatars I am able to show.