Verizon Using Zombie Cookies To Track You


Online Advertising Clearinghouse Uses Cookies That Come back From The Dead To Track Web Surfing

A company called Turn has a high profile customer list. Companies like Facebook, Google and Yahoo use Turn’s monitoring system that re-spawns tracking cookies that have been deleted by users. Turn takes advantage of a hidden, undeletable Verizon number to bring tracking cookies back to life that have been deleted. In other words, customer web surfing is tracked especially if you are a Verizon customer.

Turn’s zombie cookies are in the middle of a controversy. The telecom industry’s use of tracking devices that shadow mobile phone users is a major issue for many phone customers. Verizon and AT&T customers noticed their phone companies inserted a tracking number into all their website visits even if customers tried to opt out of the service. The tracking number can be used by websites to build a file about customer behavior. The file contains what website they visited and what apps were used.

ATT stopped using the Turn number last November, but Verizon still uses the cookies. A company spokesman said, “it is unlikely that sites and ad entities will attempt to build customer profiles” Most customers find that hard to believe.

Turn calls itself a “Digital Hub.” They generate income like this. When a person visits a website that has the Turn code embedded, Turn holds an auction for advertisers to target that user. That action happens within milliseconds of the visit. The winning company has an ad placed on the user’s screen instantly as the web page loads. Turn claims it gets 2 million requests for advertising placements per second.

I am scared for this kind of zombie cookie. It can track phone calls I make. For example it can track that I called my friend, Bernardo Chua, or see that I was on the facebook app on my phone. When is there too much tracking on your actions?

69 Million iPhones Sold


Investment Banking firm UBS published an interesting report on Apple’s iPhone sales. Apple produced and sold about 69.3 million iPhone models in the Christmas quarter , according to the UBS.

Wall Street expected to sell 65.5 million iPhones during the period. They estimated iPhone sales about 56.5 million in last year. However, Apple was sold only 53 million iPhone in last year same time frame. The sales rate is impressive because it has 36% extra than the company thought to be sold in the holiday quarter.

UBS Evidence Lab iPhone Monitor’s data are based on the statistic report and data is collected from only 20 countries. The institution has used 2008-2012 as base years to make the statistic report and comparison.

The high demand for the Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S in China this year has resulted in record sales for Apple in the holiday quarter. Apple’s devices are still the most popular smartphone according to the China market report.

“35% iPhones are sold during the holidays and 22% of  those sales last year were in China,” Steve Milunovich, the UBS’ famed tech analyst reported.

“Apple has earned $68 billion revenue in the Christmas holiday while it earned only $57.6 billion in the last year. It has interested the stock market of Apple. Apple’s stock priced was $107.75 on Wednesday and this could reach up to $125,” Milunovich predicts. Apple products were expected to sell highly with their recent release of the iPhone 6. I know these China sales surprise tech guru, Marc Sparks, just as they surprise me

Dr. Mark J. Ahn, Business Executive, Entrepreneur & Author

Dr. Mark Ahn is a well known Biotechnology business executive. He is an innovative and accomplished leader in the industry and has taken up numerous leadership roles in his career spanning over 20 years. He is a PHD in philosophy and has been a part of many leading biotech companies. He is also known for his entrepreneurial genius.


Dr. Mark Ahn is a well rounded business executive with education from varied backgrounds. He acquired his Bachelor of Arts (BA) from Chaminade University of Honolulu. He later went on to acquire his MBA from the same university. With the urge to get going, Dr. Mark Ahn received his Masters degree in Arts from the Victoria University of Wellington.

He continued his education by getting his PHD from the University of South Australia as a Doctor of Philosophy. He was also a graduate fellow in Economics at Essex University, and a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute.

With quantum of knowledge under his belt and decades of experience in business consulting in the bio-sciences department, Dr. Mark Ahn is a very reputed name in the business circles!


Dr. Mark J. Ahn’s work in the bio-science and biotech field is a career spanning over 20 years. In these 20 years Dr. Ahn has taken up leadership roles and responsibilities in many biotech industries, big and small. He started career working for the industry leader Amgen, acting as a general manager for 6 years. He later moved to Bristol-Myers Squibb, New Jersey, as a Senior Director for Immunology department. His services lasted for over 4 years in this company. He even acted as a Vice President of Hematology department in Genentech, San Francisco for 2 years.

Between the years 2007-2014, Dr. Mark Ahn also acted as the President and CEO, Director of Galena Biopharma, a company focused on innovative medical therapies to address various unmet needs of the public.


After his services at Genentech, Dr. Mark Ahn shifted his focus towards Entrepreneurship. With the goal to start a biotech company he laid foundations to his own company and launched Hana Biosciences, where he served as the President and Chief Executive Officer until eventually selling the company to Spectrum Pharmaceuticals in 2007.

Later on in 2009, he launched his successful Biotechnology consulting company, Pukana Partner, which was aimed at providing business analytic solutions and strategies to accelerate value creation for biotechnology companies. Dr. Ahn is the Principal of the company.


Dr. Mark J. Ahn has authored over 50 journal articles and books. His two well known works include: “Building the Case for Biotechnology: Management Case Studies in Science, Laws, Regulations, Politics, and Business” and “Strategic Risk Management: How Global Corporations Manage Financial Risk for Competitive Advantage”. Both of these were co-authored by Dr. Mark Ahn.


Dr. Mark J. Ahn is also an adjunct Professor at Portland State University and Caregie Mellon University and a strategy consultant in the biotechnology industry. He is a profound writer and his publications are known for their focus on Entrepreneurship, Life sciences, innovation and business analytics.

He is presently acting as the Principal for his biotechnology consulting company Pukana Partners and he spends his time helping bio-science companies to improve their business.

Skout: What Is It and Why Is It Popular?

For those not in the know, Skout is an exceedingly popular social application for cellular phone users, whether the user’s phone uses an Android or iOS operation system. Rather than casting a wide net across the entire planet, Skout concerns itself with tracking the relative location of one Skout users in relation to other users that happen to be in the area. The tracking feature works through using GPS and is a feature that users can elect not to use, should they harbor any fears of being tracked, and even then. If a parent is worried about trying to prevent their child from meeting strangers in this way, the GPS sense feature is only available to adult users. An individual must be at least 13 years of age to create a Skout account.

A Skout user can sign in to the service by either creating an account specific to the application, supplying his e-mail address for the log-in, or by signing into it through either a Facebook or Google+ account. While a user is engaging Skout, he can see the profiles, interests, and recent activities of other users within Skout’s detection range. Skout also offers communication with other users in the form of an instant messaging client and even a remarkable “shake to chat” mechanic; the latter of the two opens up a chat between the user and any other Skout users that happen to be shaking their phone at the same time. In a move that was engineered to encourage meeting new and interesting people, the Skout profiles of users joining a shake to chat conversation are masked for the first 40 seconds of activity. If the conversation goes well, a user can even decide to send another user some virtual gifts.

Non-English users of this application need not worry; Skout supports 14 different languages and has enough coverage to function in 180 different countries on this planet. In another nod to Skout’s wide-ranging detection features, the Skout Travel features, which costs an additional fee, gives users the opportunity of meeting up with other people while on the road and traveling to a different city.

Skout was founded in 2007 by Christian Wiklund, who serves as the company’s CEO, and Niklas Lindstrom, who serves as the company’s CTO.

Google Skipping Over Seattle As A Hot Spot For Its Fiber Expansion

As Google Fiber continues to grow, bringing millions of users its new high speed internet access, one major city right now seems to be a roadblock for its expansion. While Google seems to be expanding its influence across the western plains states, the Rockies, and into the major cities of Phoenix and Atlanta, it seems the Seattle metro area is not quite on board the Google train just yet. Just why is it that Seattle is not buying into the new high-speed internet giant? It seems as though Google’s business model and needs are in a clash with the Seattle city hall and for now, no negotiations will be made.

While it seems that at times before Seattle’s city council and former Mayor McGinn actually did try to bring Google there, but the regulations Google would’ve had to overcome to bring this about were too many. As analyst Tom Rothman noted, perhaps the city being entrenched with Comcast and Centurylink running their fiber through its center along with many permits that Google would have to obtain, is what discouraged them from actively looking to make inroads there. In a day when lightning-fast internet speeds are in high demand, there is certainly no shortage of demand from Seattle residents for better connectivity at half the cost.

Net Nuetrality


For Christian Broda, One of the biggest votes coming up in the house of congress this January is the Net Neutrality vote. Many large companies have sponsored commercials announcing their support for Net Neutrality, essentially indicating no changes to internet access and distribution like we know it today. The latest voice to Net neutrality is the good old Google!

In a letter to the Federal communication commission, Google argued against Verizon’s case, explaining that the proposed changes will curtail industry creativity. Google explains that, the new changes supposed to bring in competition will end up as a boon to the industry.

Off course Google has its own interest, the fact that it already has an existing subsidiary, that install fiber-optic infrastructure for internet distribution and related services. It has its interests to watch for, but the most important fact is that, it wants to be judged right by history.
There is obviously no need to fix or pretend to fix something that is working just right. The moment internet provision becomes a competitive commodity, more money buys one more speed, then, the regular Joe, small businesses, the backbone of america, the work place for over 80% Americans, will easily swallowed by sharks.

In Austin, Texas, for example, AT&T owns 20% of the city’s utility poles. When Google argued for access to these 20%, AT&T denied them the right.

The first 3D Yearbook

It’s not exactly yearbook pictures, but it’s a start. At the Seoul Korea National School For the Blind located in South Korea, 3D Tek, created 3D busts of all 8 graduating students. The students each received a bust of themselves and their 7 classmates. The idea for the 3D touchable yearbook won a silver medal in the Ad Star’s Festival Award Show, which took place back in August 2014. 

Blind students have been unable to take advantage of the experience of opening up a yearbook and being able to identify their classmates, which is something most of us never considered, reports Tom Rothman. In 2014, a computerized program that reads images and creates 3D plastic images changed that. 3D Tek had gotten the idea to make it possible for blind students to be able enjoy “seeing” the images of themselves and their classmates on graduation day. As long as the students keep the busts, they’ll be able to relive memories just like everyone else. Each bust includes a tag with the student’s name on it in Braille. Seoul Korea National School, being the largest school blind school in South Korea, seemed like the best place to launch this new type of yearbook. The debut of this new idea was presented before an audience of over 2,000. The yearbook was so popular that it will become a school tradition at each graduation.

NSA Listens to You

The National Security Administration is always in the news, somewhere, now days. It never ceases to amaze me that they draw so much attention. The agency has been around since 1952. The NSA was formed back then to do exactly what it does today. I mean Exactly. The NSA deciphers code. They have gotton pretty good at over the last 63 years. Most of the advances in computer software was developed by the NSA or our Government for some reason or another. The system we use and know as the World Wide Web, or Internet has it’s beginnings as a strategic tool for the Government.

They could communicate where ever, with whomever, completely secure. Dechipher your tweets from twitter, look at your GooGs on Google, and so on and on. The Government has every right to do this, you allowed them to. After 9/11 what the Government did in the dark, now has permission to do in the light. Look at the Patriot Act it will clear a few things up for you. So Scribd writers want to tell you please don’t be so surprised when you find out the Government knows exactly what you have in your refrigerator, including the one in the garage.