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C ancel Passwords, LinkedIn Reactions and Your Interests

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Nick Cotton May 3, 2019
When can we finally get rid of passwords?
By Jon Porter from The Verge
  • “Rather than having to type in a string of characters (or, let’s face it, have a browser or password manager type it in for you), you authenticate through a security key or a biometric device like a fingerprint reader.”
  • “In order to offer this kind of login, websites use a part of the FIDO2 standard called WebAuthn, an open protocol that was approved by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) at the beginning of March.”
  • “But most companies aren’t yet ready to replace passwords entirely. Soneff says that an entirely password-free future is the goal Google is working toward, but the company was unwilling to say when this functionality might be rolled out.”
LinkedIn Rolling Out Reaction Buttons
By Laura Donovan from Business 2 Community
  • “LinkedIn has officially announced it is rolling out its own Reaction Buttons, giving users more ways to express themselves.”
  • “In addition to liking something posted in your feed you can now ‘Celebrate’ to praise an accomplishment or milestone (i.e. a new job or a work anniversary.) ‘Love’ can be used to express deep feelings for something or to express support. ‘Insightful’ is used to recognize an interesting idea or good information. ‘Curious’ lets users show the desire to learn more about the topic posted.”
  • “As of April 11, 2019, the Reaction Buttons have started to roll out and will be available to all members…”
Twitter is disturbingly right and alarmingly wrong about what you’re interested in
By Emily Stewart from Vox
  • “Twitter has been letting users get a look at what it thinks they’re into since 2017, when it rolled out a series of privacy updates, including some improvements to transparency. Users can see what Twitter thinks they’re interested in as well as what Twitter’s partners — i.e., advertisers — think they like.”
  • “And the endeavor, as Twitter’s “inferred interests” shows, isn’t always a fruitful one: It gets some things right, but it gets a lot of things wrong.”
  • “The fact that the platforms sometimes get the targeting data wrong probably doesn’t please advertisers. In Twitter’s case, that so many of the inferred interests were wrong could explain some of its problems in monetizing its business.”

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