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Disable iTunes 6.0.2's reporting of listening habits
Authored by: vykor on Jan 11, '06 08:26:37AM

Hm. I guess I don't get the furor over this. Recommendation engines are all around. Your buying habits off Amazon are tracked so they can do similarity analysis and make recommendations. Your Gmail is being parsed so that Google can show you advertising links.

When I worked in intelligent information research, we did fairly similar sorts of things. Generating relevant information to assist the user in some user daily tasks by tracking useful actions and being self-aware enough to understand usage context and various metadata. While there are privacy issues to examine, intelligent information techniques != spyware.

I'm inclined to believe this still falls within the former category, albeit a rather simple form of it.



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