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  • Cambridge Analytica Whistleblower: Facebook Able to Listen to You at Home and Work

    03/27/2018 6:19:03 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 40 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 3/27/2018 | PAULA BOLYARD
    Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christoper Wylie, appearing before a committee of British MPs on Tuesday, said that Facebook has the ability to spy on users in their homes and offices. The British parliament is investigating Cambridge Analytica's involvement in the Brexit election. MP Damian Collins, who chaired the committee, asked Wyle whether Facebook has the ability to listen to what people are talking about in order to better target them with ads. "There's been various speculation about the fact that Facebook can, through the Facebook app on your smartphone, listen in to what people are talking about and discussing and using...
  • Revealed: Mark Zuckerberg Wants to ‘Trade’ Free Speech for ‘Safety’ And ‘Having an Informed [tr]

    03/23/2018 6:14:25 AM PDT · by C19fan · 35 replies
    Breitbart ^ | March 22, 2018 | Allum Bokhari
    In an interview with Wired magazine, Mark Zuckerberg revealed Facebook’s political agenda — he wants to curb free speech and free expression on the platform in exchange for “safety.” From the Wired interview: I think at the heart of a lot of these issues we face are tradeoffs between real values that people care about. You know, when you think about issues like fake news or hate speech, right, it’s a tradeoff between free speech and free expression and safety and having an informed community. These are all the challenging situations that I think we are working to try to...
  • Amazon Knows Alexa Devices Are Laughing Spontaneously And It's "Working To Fix It"

    03/09/2018 1:35:25 AM PST · by waterhill · 54 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | March 5 2018 | Vanessa Wong
    Owners of Amazon Echo devices with the voice-enabled assistant Alexa have been pretty much creeped out of their damn minds recently. People are reporting that the bot sometimes spontaneously starts laughing — which is basically a bloodcurdling nightmare.
  • Mark Zuckerberg Finishes Another Long Day Of Deciding What People Should Believe

    03/05/2018 10:23:59 PM PST · by Silentgypsy · 15 replies
    Babylon Bee ^ | 05/25/2017 | Unattributed
    MENLO PARK, CA—Giving his arms and legs a nice little stretch while reclining in his office chair Friday afternoon, Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, confirmed that he had successfully completed another long day of deciding what people around the world should believe. The tech titan, worth $71 billion, went on to describe the weight that comes along with being the arbiter of moral fitness and objective truth, able to make or break nearly any website on the internet by lowering the organic reach of their posts or outright banning them, based upon Facebook’s opinion of the views expressed in their...
  • Do Not, I Repeat, Do Not Download Onavo, Facebook’s Vampiric VPN Service

    02/15/2018 5:36:24 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | Dell Cameron
    Facebook is not a privacy company; it’s Big Brother on PCP. It does not want to anonymize and protect you; it wants to drain you of your privacy, sucking up every bit of personal data. You should resist the urge to let it, at every turn. There’s a new menu item in the Facebook app, first reported by TechCrunch on Monday, labeled “Protect.” Clicking it will send you to the App Store and prompt you to download a Virtual Private Network (VPN) service called Onavo. (“Protect” shows up in the iOS app. Gizmodo looked for it on an Android device...
  • O’Keefe Drops 3rd Twitter Undercover Video Employees Paid to View ‘Private Sex Messages’ of Users

    01/16/2018 9:16:54 PM PST · by Beowulf9 · 5 replies
    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com ^ | Jan 12, 2018 | Cristina Laila
    Project Veritas set Twitter ablaze last week with back to back bombshell undercover videos exposing the social media giant for their ‘big brother’ practices and censorship of Trump supporters.
  • Disney to buy 21st Century Fox assets in a deal worth more than $52 billion in stock

    12/14/2017 5:14:18 AM PST · by C19fan · 35 replies
    CNBC ^ | December 14, 2017 | Michelle Castillo
    Bob Iger (R), CEO of Walt Disney Co. and Rupert Murdoch, Chairman and CEO of News Corp. Disney to buy 21st Century Fox assets in a deal worth more than $52 billion in stock 54 Mins Ago | 03:52 Disney on Thursday announced a deal to acquire many parts of Twenty-First Century Fox for $52.4 billion in stock. The company will get Fox's movie studios, network Nat Geo, Asian pay-TV operator Star TV, stakes in Sky and Hulu and regional sports networks. The acquisition bolsters Disney's plans to become a dominant streaming service platform, making it a bigger threat to...
  • Why Google Should Not Rule the World

    12/02/2017 9:45:56 PM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 3, 2017 | Bruce Bialosky
    The internet has provided tools to improve the world that are, in a way, indescribable. For example, understanding the multitude of medical challenges people face becomes easier with the internet. Improving your language skills and understanding a foreign language is infinitely simpler. But there are severe challenges that come with the ease of the internet. Google and others cannot go unchallenged. This all began as something to explore for me when within a month I had a chance to spend an extended period of time with two different biochemists on two different continents. Both of these men are utterly brilliant...
  • Wait, what the heck did USA Today do to members of Trump’s golf courses? Really?!

    09/06/2017 9:26:27 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 34 replies
    USA Today is touting a report out this morning that “ID’ed 4500 Trump golf-club members through” their social media accounts as well as an online service that lets golfers track their handicaps: Do they not see how awful this looks?
  • How Google's Jigsaw is fighting the darkest parts of the internet

    08/10/2017 11:11:02 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies
    Mashable ^ | JUL 20, 2017 | KERRY FLYNN
    How Google's Jigsaw is fighting the darkest parts of the internet BY KERRY FLYNN JUL 20, 2017 Fake news, terrorist propaganda, hateful comments — the internet is not the nicest place in the world. Jigsaw is trying to change that. Formerly under Google, Jigsaw now is a subsidiary within Alphabet. The company, under the direction of Alphabet chairman Eric Schmidt and Google Ideas founder Jared Cohen who serves as founder and CEO of Jigsaw, focuses on researching some of the darkest corners of the internet and implementing ways to address them. Yasmin Green, director of research and development at Jigsaw,...
  • You Are the Product

    08/05/2017 1:19:11 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 2 replies
    The movie Zuckerberg is a highly credible character, a computer genius located somewhere on the autistic spectrum with minimal to non-existent social skills. But that’s not what the man is really like. In real life, Zuckerberg was studying for a degree with a double concentration in computer science and – this is the part people tend to forget – psychology. People on the spectrum have a limited sense of how other people’s minds work; autists, it has been said, lack a ‘theory of mind’. Zuckerberg, not so much. He is very well aware of how people’s minds work and in...
  • Your 'Anonymous' Browsing Data Isn't Actually Anonymous

    08/03/2017 12:10:34 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 7 replies
    Motherboard ^ | 3 Aug 2017 | DANIEL OBERHAUS
    Researchers said it was "trivial" to identify users and view their browsing habits in purchased 'anonymous' browsing data... After receiving her free trial data, Eckert partnered with Andreas Dewes, a data scientist who runs the company 7 Scientists, to see if they could identify individual users within the massive dataset. At first glance, the browsing data doesn't look like much, just a bunch of URLs with timestamps... During their investigation, Eckert and Dewes managed to find a handful of politicians in the dataset. The web browsing habits of these public servants, such as the apparent kinky porn browsing habits of...
  • 23andMe is recruiting 25,000 people for a study on depression and bipolar disorder

    07/31/2017 10:26:53 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    CNBC ^ | 8/1 | Christina Farr
    At-home DNA-testing company 23andMe is recruiting 25,000 people for a study to determine how genes influence brain functions in people diagnosed with depression and bipolar disorders. The Google-backed company's latest project is a collaboration with the Milken Institute, a medical research nonprofit, and Lundbeck, a drug developer, to study the genetics -- and also symptoms, behavior and other environmental factors --- associated with bipolar and major depressive disorders. In interviews with CNBC, the company describes its goal as finding out how genes influence brain processes, like attention and visual perception, for those with these conditions. 23andMe is currently recruiting 15,000...
  • Elon Musk Lays Out Plans to Meld Brains and Computers

    04/21/2017 5:08:10 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 48 replies
    WSJ ^ | 4/20/17 | Rolfe Winkler
    Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk on Thursday confirmed plans for his newest company, called Neuralink Corp., revealing he will be the chief executive of a startup that aims to merge computers with brains so humans could one day engage in “consensual telepathy.” Speaking to writer Tim Urban on the explainer website Wait but Why, Mr. Musk confirmed a Wall Street Journal report last month that Neuralink aims to implant a tiny brain...
  • Social Web App Meetup Goes Full #Resist, attempts to have it both ways.

    02/13/2017 3:14:54 PM PST · by theBuckwheat · 24 replies
    Direct email ^ | February 13, 2017 | Meetup Email
    I subscribe to Meetup to see what groups are meeting in my area. I received a company email that stated: Meetup has always served as an organizing platform for a wide range of political views, welcoming everyone from the Howard Deaniacs to the Tea Party. Meetup will always welcome people with different beliefs. But after the recent executive order aimed to block people on the basis of nationality and religion, a line was crossed. At a time when core democratic ideals feel under attack, we feel a duty to spark more civic participation. Last week, we created 1,000+ #Resist Meetup...
  • World-Renowned Texas Cancer Center Reducing Workforce by 1,000 (because of Obamacare)

    01/05/2017 10:57:44 PM PST · by Zakeet · 56 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 5, 2017 | Lana Shadwick
    The world-renown MD Anderson Cancer Center has announced a workforce reduction by 1,000, the CEO of the center said on Thursday. The cancer hospital has had $110 million in operating losses from September through November this year, reported the Houston Chronicle. [Snip] The local publication reported that the financial problems began in the spring when the hospital implemented a new electronic medical-record system. Doctors and staff members at the center spent a great deal of time getting up to speed in using the program and that took time away from their patients.
  • EXCLUSIVE: Facebook 'fact checker' who will arbitrate on 'fake news' is accused of defrauding..

    12/21/2016 6:47:58 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 22 replies
    Daily Mail Co. (UK) ^ | 21 December 2016 | Alana Goodman
    One of the websites Facebook is to use to arbitrate on 'fake news' is involved in a bitter legal dispute between its co-founders, with its CEO accused of using company money for prostitutes. Snopes.com will be part of a panel used by Facebook to decide whether stories which users complain about as potentially 'fake' should be considered 'disputed'. But the website's own troubles and the intriguing choice of who carries out its 'fact checks' are revealed by DailyMail.com, as one of its main contributors is disclosed to be a former sex-blogger who called herself 'Vice Vixen'. Snopes.com will benefit from...
  • Report: Anti-White Agenda Revealed at GitHub’s Diversity Team

    02/15/2016 7:17:59 AM PST · by Altura Ct. · 26 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/8/2016
    Online source code repository and team collaboration service GitHub has been under fire after an anti-white agenda was revealed within the company’s “Social Impact Team.” According to Tech Insider’s reveal on GitHub’s current situation, CEO Chris Wanstrath is radically changing the company. The former flat structure that eliminated substantial hierarchy has been replaced with supervisors and middle managers, and the ability for employees to work remotely has been cut back in favour of mandatory office working environments. These changes have prompted many long-term employees to leave, with some reportedly being ousted if they cannot meet the new requirements. GitHub’s Social...
  • Cortana now scans your emails to make sure you're keeping promises

    01/25/2016 5:31:40 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    theverge.com ^ | January 25, 2016 09:00 am | Tom Warren
    Starting today, Windows Insiders will get access to a new commitment option in Cortana for Windows 10. Commitments is very similar to the existing flight and delivery tracking in Cortana, but it's designed to pick up on emails where you promise your boss to finish a particular project in time. "Cortana will look for emails where you've said you're going to do something," explains Microsoft's Marcus Ash in an interview with The Verge. If you send an email to a friend or colleague with content like "I'll get back to you by next week" or "I'll have this finished by...
  • This Girl Has No Way Of Proving She’s A U.S. Citizen Thanks To Her Fundamentalist Parents (VIDEO)

    02/11/2015 9:11:47 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 140 replies
    addictinginfo.org ^ | 02/11/15 | JAMESON PARKER
    19-year-old Alecia Faith Pennington has spent her life so sheltered by her Christian fundamentalist parents that now, as a young adult, she is finding it almost impossible to prove to the government that she actually exists. In a video uploaded to YouTube and quickly going viral, Pennington documents the various ways her parents have managed to prevent leaving even a single speck of evidence to help her gain an official identity or to prove that she is a United States citizen. For starters, they gave birth to her at home, and declined to get a birth certificate or social security...