Tarshema Brice hardly ranks among the world’s elite counterfeiters. But with the help of modern consumer technology, she developed an exacting system for crafting fake U.S. greenbacks.
First, the 34-year-old hairstylist and janitor took $5 bills with a specific watermark and soaked them with “Purple Power” degreaser. Next, she scrubbed off the ink with a toothbrush. After drying the now-blank notes with a hair dryer, she fed them through a Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) Co. 3-in-1 inkjet printer that emblazoned them with scanned images of $50 or $100 bills.
The counterfeits looked and felt real and could pass any rudimentary test by a retail clerk.
While searches for government-sensitive terms dropped in the US, the data indicates only a minor drop in US-based “privacy-related” searches–the sort that might get you in trouble with friends or family (see examples below).
Outside of the US—the researchers also looked at searches from the US’s top ten trading partners—they found that Google users tended to search less both on government-sensitive search terms like “anthrax” (those searches dropped by 1.1 percentage points) but also on personally-sensitive terms like “eating disorder” (those searches saw a nearly 1.6% decline), even as less sensitive terms showed a general rise. The trend was led by searches in the United Kingdom and Canada, and, to a lesser extent, by France, Mexico, Japan, Brazil and China.
I confess. I squinted at the graphs and I can’t see much of a change.
I liked that the list of naughty terms includes pork and influenza. I caught a cold at a pig roast.
Two weeks ago, when Moves announced their acquisition by Facebook (with a happy little exclamation mark in the headline):
For those of you that use the Moves app — the Moves experience
will continue to operate as a standalone app, and there are no
plans to change that or commingle data with Facebook.
Moves, the fitness-tracking app recently acquired by Facebook, has
including with Facebook.
“I am altering the deal. Pray I don’t alter it any further.”