Digits is a service by Twitter that allows developers to connect a user to their app not with a username and password, but by using their mobile number. The idea is similar to how WhatsApp operates, using SMS to validate a user's identity. Interestingly, while this platform is open for developers to use, and Twitter is footing the bill, the catch is that Twitter gets to keep the numbers. This may have at to do with the idea that native advertising will be taking an even bigger share of the advertising revenue currently being enjoyed by Google, tremendously benefiting "Twitter’s advertising business in mobile."
That seems generous of Twitter, but there’s a catch: Twitter gets to keep those phone numbers too, and store them on its servers.
It can then use them to enhance its mobile advertising network MoPub. Phone numbers give Twitter a better read on who app users are, to better target them with ads (assuming developers also install MoPub, which Twitter owns and offers them access to for free).
|“Many people say they’re resigned to the idea that we’re going to be spied on and there’s nothing we can do about it.”|
|UK Open Rights Group Raising Money to Take Government to Court Over Surveillance|
|Apple Will No Longer Unlock iPhones for the Police|
|fix #ubuntu: Quick Fix For More #Privacy|
|Be Seen and Unseen With Privacy Glasses|
|“A mass of meat, ready for human consumption, with no brain or wings or feet.”|
|CaptchaTweet: Write Tweets in Captcha Form|
|The (Very Scary) People of Public Transit|
|“The deadlines aren't the problem. It's our failure to heed them.”|
|Recycled Vacuum Lamps|
|How to Avoid Jury Duty|
|“Impossible Aerospace founder and CEO Spencer Gore hopes to make self-flying electric planes.”|
|Naked Preacher Lady [NSFW]|
|U.S.S. Enterprise Owner's Manual|
|“We are undergoing the greatest economic transformation in our history, and we are dealing with it by pretending nothing is happening.”|
|“World’s largest floatplane-only airline [...] to become an electrically powered airline.”|
|“To be a creator, not only a consumer.”|