Last week, Google engineering director Attila Bodis revealed that Google is going to pair your Google+ picture and phone number.
This is the coolest part of the new Caller ID by Google feature my team worked on, and we’re finally announcing it for early 2014:
“Coming in early 2014, users who have verified their phone number and have discovery turned on will have their names and Google Profile photos display whenever they call you, or you call them (it’s great if a new friend who hasn’t been saved in your contacts yet calls you). Check your Google Account to make sure you are happy with how you appear on caller ID by Google: http://goo.gl/g9P3Bp”
It’d be a good idea to change that picture to a cat now while you can. It’s an auto opt-in, so you need to actually go untick a box to change it.
If you want to know what other data Google has collected on you, your dashboard is a good place to start.
If you’re looking to change emails, reddit has done some research into that.
A shocking new study by the American Civil Liberties Union has found that more than 3,200 people nationwide are serving life terms without parole for nonviolent offenses. Of those prisoners, 80 percent are behind bars for drug-related convictions. Sixty-five percent are African-American, 18 percent are white, and 16 percent are Latino — evidence of what the ACLU calls “extreme racial disparities.” The crimes that led to life sentences include stealing gas from a truck, shoplifting, possessing a crack pipe, facilitating a $10 sale of marijuana, and attempting to cash a stolen check. We speak with Jennifer Turner, human rights researcher and author of the new ACLU report, “A Living Death: Life Without Parole for Nonviolent Offenses.”