New and notes from around the interweb:
- WhatsApp began as a solution to a business travel problem, and Facebook’s acquisition of Whatsapp was forced to close because of a Lufthansa first class award ticket. Sadly Facebook plans to start scanning Whatsapp messages, bypassing encryption. [Update: Bruce Schneier now says he believes this is a false alarm.]
- Delta refuses to transport epileptic toddler’s support dog.. because it’s a pit bull, they don’t take pit bulls in the cabin. Which seems like a reasonable policy to me.
- Global entry applications can now take 100 days though most are processed much more quickly. Appointments can be hard to get, and LAX has stopped taking them altogether as agents get sent to the border. Once you’re conditionally approved try for a walk-in or to complete enrollment on arrival. Here’s a reminder by the way about why people are having their Global Entry revoked.
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- There’s a growing movement against facial recognition technology with three cities banning their governments from using it.
- CBS Marketwatch runs a rather mundane piece suggesting having credit cards means your credit card data can be stolen so signing up for more cards means more places your data can be stolen from. Using Google and Facebook does this too. And driving where traffic cameras can see you, having your picture taken by the DMV, signing up for CLEAR too. Do you have a social security number?
- Emirates President Tim Clark wrote an op-ed in which he gave the CEOs of United, Delta, and American a proverbial raspberry. (HT: One Mile at a Time)
- Man with Parkinsons had to crawl through London Heathrow airport on hands and knees
- The bags in the truck go round and round, round and round, round and round. The bags in the truck go…