Answer key: Silicon Valley Con

Lesson Plan: Beware of Silicon Valley  “Con”

II. While Reading Activities

Word Inference

  1. negotiate |nəˈɡōSHēˌāt| verb-1 [with object] obtain or bring about by discussion: he negotiated a new contract with the sellers.
  2. meh |me| informal exclam. expressing a lack of interest or enthusiasm: Meh. I’m not impressed so farOrigin: 1990s: apparently popularized by the television series The Simpsons.
  3. blatant |ˈblātnt| adjective-(of bad behavior) done openly and unashamedly: blatant lies.
  4. app  |ap| noun –1 Computing an application, especially as downloaded by a user to a mobile device: I’ve just installed the app on my phone.
  5. predatory |ˈpredəˌtôrē| adjective-seeking to exploit or oppress others: a life destroyed by predatory biographers and  bad journalists.
  6. Data |ˈdadəˈdādə| noun [treated as singular or plural] –facts and statistics collected together for reference or analysis. See also datum.
  7. conspiracy |kənˈspirəsē| noun (plural conspiracies) a secret plan by a group to do something unlawful or harmful: a conspiracy to destroy the government.
  8. snoop |sno͞op| informal verb [no object]-investigate or look around furtively in an attempt to find out something, especially information about someone’s private affairs: your sister might find the ring if she goes snooping around | (as adjective snooping) : snooping neighbors.
  9. mandate |ˈmanˌdāt| noun-1 an official order or commission to do something: a mandate to seek the release of political prisoners.
  10. guarantee |ˌɡerənˈtē| verb  [no object] (guarantees, guaranteeing, guaranteed)
    provide a formal assurance or promise, especially that certain conditions shall be fulfilled relating to a product, service, or transaction: [with clause or infinitive]:  the  law guarantees that the app will not spy on users.

Source: New Oxford American Dictionary   

 Grammar Focus: Structure and Usage


Google was a little more careful.


Facebook has the  ability to recommend friends.


The sign-up process required minors to get parental consent.