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  • John McCain wants Google and Facebook to reveal who pays for political ads

    10/20/2017 1:34:59 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Vox ^ | October 19, 2017 | Ella Nilsen
    Three senators are putting pressure on internet giants like Facebook and Google to be more transparent about who is buying political ads on their sites in the wake of revelations that Russian-linked operatives placed ads on social media networks to sow division in the runup to the 2016 election. On Thursday, Republican Sen. John McCain announced he is joining Democratic Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Mark Warner to co-sponsor the Honest Ads Act, which would require political ads sold on the internet to follow the same rules as ones sold on television, radio, and satellite networks, all of which have to...
  • any Adobe CC licensing experts? Trying get an answer about that and legacy versions

    10/18/2017 9:34:53 AM PDT · by NewJerseyJoe · 7 replies
    self | 10/18/17 | NewJerseyJoe
    Trying to find an unused retail version (on eBay, etc.) of older versions of Creative Suite is next to impossible, unless you've got a lot of $$. I read that, if a person has a Creative Cloud subscription, he can download legacy versions of Creative Suite from http://www.adobe.com/downloads/other-downloads.html I have two questions about things that aren't clear: 1. Does the user have to own a previous license for CS6 (or other legacy version), or does the CC license qualify to use both CC and the legacy version? 2. If a user stops the CC subscription after a year, is he...
  • 'This is cultural hacking': How Russia harvested American rage to reshape US politics

    10/18/2017 8:57:45 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Brisbane Times ^ | October 18, 2017 | Nicholas Confessore and Daisuke Wakabayashi, The New York Times
    YouTube videos of police beatings on United States' streets. A widely circulated internet hoax about Muslim men in Michigan collecting welfare for multiple wives. A local news story about two veterans brutally mugged on a freezing winter night. All of these were recorded, posted or written by Americans. Yet all ended up becoming grist for a network of Facebook pages linked to a shadowy Russian company that has carried out propaganda campaigns for the Kremlin, and which is now believed to be at the centre of a far-reaching Russian program to influence the 2016 presidential election. A New York Times...
  • Hiring not part of Alibaba pledge to create US jobs

    10/17/2017 12:58:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | October 17, 2017 | Agence France-Presse
    Alibaba executive vice chairman Joseph Tsai said Tuesday he expects to boost US jobs by expanding the Chinese firm's e-commerce platform -- not by hiring American workers. Tsai, speaking at a California tech conference, made the comments to follow up on a headline-grabbing pledge earlier this year by Alibaba founder Jack Ma and US President Donald Trump that the Chinese internet firm would create one million US jobs. The pledge by Ma was seen at the time as more of a public relations move than a promise to hire in the US. When asked what Alibaba was doing to deliver...
  • How Digital Inexperience Paid Off in the Trump Campaign

    10/17/2017 12:48:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Civicist ^ | October 17, 2017 | David Karpf
    The answer for digital campaigners moving forward isn’t to abandon experiments, testing, and analytics. The answer is to listen better and to continuously test standing assumptions. The 2016 Trump campaign’s digital director, Brad Parscale, was featured on 60 Minutes last week. Much of the interview focused on the central role of Facebook in Trump’s digital strategy. Parscale shared that he “understood early that Facebook was how Donald Trump was going to win. Twitter is how he talked to the people. Facebook was going to be how he won. …We did [ads] on Twitter, Google search, other platforms. Facebook was the...
  • Twitter Blocks Candidate’s Mention of “Aborted Baby Parts” [semi-satire]

    10/17/2017 11:16:17 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 3 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 15 Oct 2017 | John Semmens
    A tweet from Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) that mentioned Planned Parenthood’s sales of aborted baby parts led to Twitter blocking a campaign ad in her bid for a US Senate seat in her state. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey labeled Blackburn’s tweet “inflammatory and likely to evoke a strong negative reaction. On the one hand, there’s the woman who already has to deal with the emotionally difficult decision to terminate her pregnancy. Awareness that her baby might be cannibalized and sold for parts like a junked car would add unnecessary trauma to that decision.” “On the other hand, there is potential...
  • Poll: Most Would Welcome New Amazon Headquarters

    10/17/2017 2:18:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Morning Consult ^ | October 17, 2017 | Joanna Piacenza
    U.S. adults disregard potential negative impact of Amazon's presence Time is running out for cities to submit their bids to become Amazon.com Inc.’s second home. The tech giant announced plans last month to open up a second headquarters — and its hunt for a host city. Bids from metropolitan areas are due Thursday. There are plenty of willing contestants: Mayors across the country have launched viral-worthy campaigns enticing Amazon to choose their cities, with the winner set to be announced sometime in 2018. A Sept. 29-Oct. 1 Morning Consult survey found that 72 percent of a national sample of 2,201...
  • WikiLeaks' Julian Assange tweets mysterious code – is a new leak about to be released?

    10/16/2017 11:12:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    International Business Times ^ | October 16, 2017 | Jason Murdock
    Julian Assange, the founder of whistleblowing website WikiLeaks, has published a mysterious 68-digit code on Twitter that many believe indicates a fresh disclosure is on the horizon. The string of letters and numbers, which appears to be an encryption key, or hash, sparked a frenzy of speculation across social media, with many claiming that it meant that a new leak about Hillary Clinton was imminent. Others believed it was a so-called "dead man's switch." Hashes of this nature can be used to verify the transfer of documents or files and are often described as a digital signature. Assange has not...
  • Vengeful in Defeat: Hillary Clinton Fantasises about WikiLeaks

    10/16/2017 8:14:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Dissident Voice ^ | October 16, 2017 | Binoy Kampmark
    The Hillary Clinton mope tour, which should have reached a high water mark, has gone global. It entails drumming up her credentials (immaculate, we are told, but unnoticed), and pouring upon the man who beat her to the White house (a danger to the world). The latter is the fundamental point: Donald Trump would not have won, not because of Clinton’s flaws but because of what others did. One of those big others remains WikiLeaks. The other, supposedly, is its Russian ally – no, employer, sponsor, even, there one say it peering into that dark mind of hers, director-in-chief. Forget...
  • ‘Cold creepiness rarely seen’: Hillary seethes when asked about Wikileaks

    10/16/2017 11:42:11 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The American Mirror ^ | October 16, 2017 | Kyle Olson
    Failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton became visibly irritated during an interview with Australian TV when she was asked about Wikileaks and its founder, Julian Assange. In the interview with 4corners, she appeared tired with bags under her eyes, and her bitterness over losing the election to Donald Trump clearly remained. “I think Assange has become a nihilistic opportunist who does the bidding of a dictator,” Clinton said, apparently referring to Russia’s Vladimir Putin. When the interviewer noted many people in Australia view Assange as a “martyr for free speech and freedom of information.” Clinton bristled. “I mean, he’s a tool...
  • Steve Wozniak announces launch of Woz U tech education platform

    10/15/2017 10:49:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Gears of Biz ^ | October 13, 2017 | Victoria Ritter
    Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak yesterday announced the launch of Woz U, which will start as an online learning platform focused on both students and companies that will eventually hire those students. Based out of Arizona, Wozniak hopes to launch physical locations for learning in over 30 cities across the globe. The platform will initially be centred around computer support specialists and software developers, with courses on data science, mobile applications and cybersecurity to be added in the future. In addition to the education platform, Woz U will also offer platforms for tech companies to recruit, train and retain their workforce...
  • Software company expands in Guilford County (North Carolina: 80 jobs averaging $57,829 a year)

    10/13/2017 12:14:18 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet
    The News & Observer ^ | October 12, 2017 | Max Diamond
    Superion, a software company that provides service for non-profits and state governments, is expanding operations and adding jobs at its site in Guilford County. Over the next three years Superion plans to create 80 full-time jobs, at an average annual salary of $57,829, in High Point. The Guilford County average is $45,602. The company will also invest $3.6 million at the site. Currently, Superion has 170 employees in High Point. The new jobs will be in software development and customer support. Among Superion’s customers are law enforcement dispatch operations. The company’s “Freedom” is a phone app that gives police call...
  • The shock and outrage over Facebook and Google 'embedding' people in the Trump campaign is dumb

    10/11/2017 1:32:16 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Business Insider ^ | October 11, 2017 | Mike Shields
    People are shocked that Facebook and Google apparently "embedded" staff in the Trump campaign. • But big-spending advertisers get hands-on treatment from platforms all the time. • The tech giants made this offering available to Hillary Clinton, and also brands like Clorox. Did you hear that Facebook and Google helped swing the 2016 election by planting people in the Trump campaign? It was on 60 Minutes the other night, when a stunned Lesley Stahl quizzed Trump digital ad guru Brad Parscale on how the tech giants planted staffers inside Trump HQ: Brad Parscale: Well, we had our-- their staff embedded...
  • Millennial Insensitivity: Zuckerberg's Puerto Rico Virtual Reality 'Tour'

    10/10/2017 4:07:31 PM PDT · by impetrio1 · 8 replies
    Black & Blonde Media ^ | 10/10/17 | Black & Blonde Media
    Imagine if President Trump decided to utilize technology and used virtual reality to put himself into a disaster-ravaged part of the United States? We all know the media would be going off for a few days of 24-hour news cycle attacks on his insensitivity in the wake of the human suffering of fellow Americans. Any adult knows that would be in bad taste. Then again, we're not always talking about good taste when we're talking about millennials, especially elitist millennials who believe the world is their playground.
  • How E-Commerce Can Actually Create More, Better-Paying Jobs and Boosts Productivity

    10/09/2017 9:47:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Equities ^ | October 9, 2017 | Guild Investment Management
    After strong stock-market performance in the year to date, several big U.S. tech firms have begun to receive some negative attention from the public, as well as from regulators and politicians. Alphabet (GOOG) and Facebook (FB) have gotten the most scrutiny, with European regulators leveling accusations of unfair search advantages against GOOG, and U.S. lawmakers drawing FB into the controversy surrounding alleged Russian efforts to influence the outcome of last year’s election. Amazon (AMZN) has not been above the fray. The company’s recent acquisition of Whole Foods Market led to a few muted pieces of press coverage that mentioned “antitrust,”...
  • VANITY--Surprise, Surprise. Google no cute little cartoon for Christopher Columbus Day

    10/09/2017 8:30:27 AM PDT · by AbolishCSEU · 4 replies
    But somehow manage to pump out a cute little cartoon for every obscure NON-western European "history maker." The only surprise is they didn't do an "Indigenous Peoples" day theme. . .
  • Agri. Robots Market: Future Forecast Assessed on the Basis of How the Market Is Predicted to Grow

    10/08/2017 9:03:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | October 6, 2017
    Albany, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 10/06/2017 -- The global agriculture robots market features a widely diverse competitive landscape characterized by region-wise dominance of prominent players, notes Transparency Market Research (TMR). For instance, the agriculture robots market in North America was dominated Harvest Automation, Inc., Clearpath Robotics, and PrecisionHawk, Inc., in 2015, while in the same year, Naio Technologies and SenseFly SA led the Europe market. In addition, Shibuya Seiki was one of the leading players in the Asia Pacific market for agriculture robots in 2015. Furthermore, driven by abundant lucrative avenues, the market is witnessing a constant influx of emerging...
  • Lawyer Says Dems Ordered Falsification of Records [semi-satire]

    10/08/2017 10:27:42 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 8 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 8 Oct 2017 | John Semmens
    Democratic National Committee IT aide Imran Awan has been indicted for bank fraud and is suspected of pilfering computer equipment and selling classified materials to the highest bidders. Aaron Page, one of his lawyers says that his Democratic congressional employers told him to falsify records in order to conceal how they were spending public funds. The alleged falsification scheme entailed bogus invoices showing a expensive equipment incorrectly inventoried at under $500 in value, but with an attached "service plan" to compensate the vendor for the full cost of the item. Later these items frequently disappeared because items listed as under...
  • Amazon's Search for a Second Headquarters Could Weigh on Seattle's Growth

    10/07/2017 10:04:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Fox Business ^ | October 7, 2017 | Peter Grant
    Amazon.com Inc.'s decision to establish a second corporate headquarters is going to make some North American city very happy once the online retail behemoth announces its choice next year. But it will likely be bad news for Seattle, Amazon's longtime home, which has benefited enormously from the company's rapid growth. Analysts predict that much of the company's future expansion will be in its second headquarters. "It had generally been assumed that [Amazon's] growth would be concentrated in Seattle," said Dave Bragg, an analyst with Green Street Advisors, a real-estate research firm. "That now needs to be adjusted." Green Street, in...
  • Perrone Robotics to create 127 new jobs in Albemarle County (Virginia)

    10/07/2017 9:22:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet
    The Augusta Free Press ^ | October 7, 2017
    Perrone Robotics, a developer of autonomous car software, will invest $3.8 million to expand its research and development operation in Albemarle County to add to its test track and facilities. Virginia successfully competed against California, Michigan, and Pennsylvania for the project, which will create 127 new jobs over the next three years. “Entrepreneurial companies like Perrone Robotics are putting Virginia on the map for cutting-edge industry and the jobs that come with it,” said Governor McAuliffe, speaking at the event. “This expansion is a testament to Virginia’s stellar technology workforce and competitive business climate, particularly for high-tech companies in sectors...