License to panhandle is validated with iBeacon, iOS and The Cloud

A bold economic theory on why panhandlers should act more like registered charities; Leslie Albrecht; In MarketWatch; 2017-07-24.
Teaser: Giving money to others boosts our happiness, but only when we know we’re making an impact

tl;dr → a license to panhandle validated with a bluetooth beacon+iOS+Cloud; appware entitled GiveSafeSamaritan, is in market now (Apple only). roles: supplicant, samaritan, supplier; It’s a scrip scheme, yet whither AML & KYC?


Contrast With

Dispossessed in the Land of Dreams; Monica Potts; In The New Republic; 2015-12-13; previously noted.
Teaser: Those left behind by Silicon Valley’s technology boom struggle to stay in the place they call home.
Monica Potts is a fellow with the New America Asset Building program.

GiveSafe → Samaritan

  • GiveSafe (now called Samaritan)
  • FoodCircles LC
  • iOS only; see iTunes
  • Developed in Seattle, WA
  • Stable:


  • New York City Mayor
  • Bill de Blasio, mayor, New York City
  • Manhattan
  • Elizabeth Dunn hasn’t studied panhandling specifically, but said <paraphrase>it was probably similar enough for the purposes of the interview</paraphrase>


Credentialing the homeless

<quote>[GiveSafe] notifies users when they walk past a homeless person who’s wearing an electronic “beacon.” The app provides the user with the story of how the homeless person ended up on the street. The <edit>mark</edit> can make a donation that the recipient can only use for essentials such as “bus fare, groceries, a haircut or storage locker.”</quote>


<quote>I could see a world where just as there are different personal trainer certifying groups, there could be different panhandler certifying groups. </quote>, attributed to Brendan O’Flaherty.
<quote>Mosques could certify panhandlers who are observant Muslims, other groups could credential panhandlers who are sober.</quote>, attributed to Brendan O’Flaherty.


  • Brendan O’Flaherty, staff, economist, Columbia University
  • Megan Hustings, interim director, National Coalition for the Homeless
  • Elizabeth Dunn, professor, psychology, University of British Columbia



In MarketWatch

Previously filled.

The App-ocalypse: Can Web standards make mobile apps obsolete? | Ars Technica

The App-ocalypse: Can Web standards make mobile apps obsolete?; Larry Seltzer; In Ars Technica; 2015-12-28.
Teaser: Many big tech companies—absent Apple—are throwing weight behind a browser-based world.

tl;dr → Betteridge’s Law; i.e. No.

  • WebApps are a Google-culture thing.
  • And good luck with Apple; they are intransigent in their non-interest.


In (the arbitrary) order of appearance in the piece:



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Intel Cloud Services Platform

Intel Cloud Services Platform, version 6.0, 2013-11-21

Release Notes

  • Intel Identity Services => FedID
  • Cultures
    • Android (2.2, Froyo onward)
    • iOS
    • JavaScript, HTML5
    • Windows
  • Baseline RESTful API
    • XML
    • JSON
  • Services
    • Analytics
    • Catalog,
    • Commerce
    • Curation,
    • Recommendation

Identity Services

  • Social Integration
    • Facebook API tokens
    • Yahoo! Social Login
  • Regulatory: COPPA
  • REST Developer’s Guide
  • Intel Identity Services REST API Reference
  • OAuth 2.0
    • ClientID + Client Secret
    • Access Token
  • Concepts
    • Scopes
    • Redirect
    • Sync vs Async (urn:intel:identity:oauth:oob:async)
      • Web App Synchronous => http://localhost/callback.html
      • Mobile App Synchronous => (deep link) myapp://action
      • Web App Asynchronous => urn:intel:identity:
  • URN Support (i.e. deep links)
  • Badging

Analytics Services

  • Opt-Out
  • Session Tracking API
  • Custom Events API
  • Dashboards
  • Real-Time Analytics
  • User, device, session, and demographic Analysis

Commerce Services & API

  • Client ID
  • PayPal
  • Taxation computations
  • Subscription API
  • Cart & Order Management

Catalog Services

  • Datasets
  • Bulk Upload
  • POI Data
  • Schema Management

Context SDK

  • States
    • Location-based states:
      • Country,
      • City,
      • Semantic Place (Home/Work),
      • Nearby restaurants.
    • Time and date-based states:
      • Time zone,
      • Local time,
      • Weekday,
      • Part of day,
      • Holiday information in your location.
    • Device-based states:
      • Applications running,
      • Missed calls,
      • Battery level,
      • Music played.
  • Context states sensing
    • Environment weather.
    • Device terminal context.
    • Location semantic/geographic place.
    • Network connection.
    • Device contacts.
    • Device calendar.
    • Physical activity.
    • Audio classification.
    • Message (SMS).
    • Device information.
    • Installed applications.

Location-Based Services

  • Removed 2013-11-11


See Also

Genevieve Bell, Keynote Address; Intel IDF; 2013-09-12; 43 pages.

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User, device, session, and demographic Analysis




  • a VPN
    • for pay based on bandwidth/month
  • Support
    • Android
    • iOS
    • Windows
    • OS/X
  • Benefits Alleged
    • “Simple”
      • on or off
      • Country masquerade
    • Prophylaxis against “social sharing”
      • Facebook
      • Twitter
      • Linkedin’s Intro ref
      • Something vague about maybe blocking ad tracking
    • Consumer-grade privacy


  • Toronto CA
  • private funding


  • Ryan Dochuk, co-founder, CEO




Mentioned Within

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Precision Moments Targeting | Kiip

Precision Moments Targeting (PMT), Kiip

Kiip Picture


  • Who
  • San Francisco
  • CrunchBase
  • Products/Services/Platforms
  • Availability
    • Android
    • iOS
  • Engines
  • Localizations
    • Japan (language)
  • Features & Functions
    • Demographics
      • age
      • gender
    • Verticals, Categories, Channels
    • Neural Net <buzzz>machine learning</buzzz>
      Something about

      • propensity profiling
      • lookalike modeling
      • first party data (survey data)
    • Location
    • Mindset & Sentiment
    • Historical Redemption (patterns)
    • Dayparting
      Hinted at from the “day circle” motif
  • Partners (recent)
    • Yahoo! Japan
    • comScore




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Aldo Cortesi on the Antisec UDID Leak

From His Blog Feed



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