Uber to share data to help ease city congestion

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Uber is launching a website outlining how its cars move around cities, in an effort to appease city authorities who have long called for more data sharing.  It will provide data on dozens of cities from next month.  Uber’s transportation data could help cities to improve traffic flow.  The controversial app-based taxi service had previously… Read more »

Facebook ‘to launch ads within videos’

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Facebook is to test “mid-roll” video advertising – in which ads are played after a video has already started.  The ads would probably first appear in Facebook videos by professional publishers, said one analyst.  To date, the social network has resisted allowing “pre-roll” ads that play before a video starts.  Publishers would receive 55% of… Read more »

Facebook Is Recycling Your Likes To Promote Stories You’ve Never Seen To All Your Friends

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Facebook is now recycling users’ Likes and using them to promote “Related Posts” in the news feeds of the user’s friends. And one more thing, the users themselves have possibly never seen the story, liked the story or even know that it is being promoted in their name. Source: Fortune Magazine Date: January 3rd, 2017 Link: http://www.forbes.com/sites/anthonykosner/2013/01/21/facebook-is-recycling-your-likes-to-promote-stories-youve-never-seen-to-all-your-friends/#2b6cc6e05777 Discussion… Read more »

U.S. President-elect Trump’s Labor secretary is no stranger to debate over jobs and robots

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Donald Trump’s nominee for Labor secretary is well-acquainted with one of the hottest debates about work today: automation.  Andrew Puzder, the chief executive of CKE Restaurants, has extolled the benefits of automation, while also criticizing government for pushing businesses to use machines instead of humans. (CKE Restaurants is the parent company of Carl’s Jr., Hardee’s,… Read more »

Great. Now Even Your Headphones Can Spy on You

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CAUTIOUS COMPUTER USERS put a piece of tape over their webcam. Truly paranoid ones worry about their devices’ microphones—some even crack open their computers and phones to disable or remove those audio components so they can’t be hijacked by hackers. Now one group of Israeli researchers has taken that game of spy-versus-spy paranoia a step… Read more »

Tech firms seek to frustrate UK internet history log law

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Plans to keep a record of UK citizens’ online activities face a challenge from tech firms seeking to offer ways to hide people’s browser histories.  Internet providers will soon be required to record which services their customers’ devices connect to – including websites and messaging apps.  The Home Office (the UK department responsible for the… Read more »

Facebook made China censorship tool

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Facebook worked on special software so it could potentially accommodate censorship demands in China.  Since 2009, the only way to access Facebook in China has been via a virtual private network – software designed to “spoof” your real location and avoid local internet restrictions.  Facebook, which has 1.8 billion active users, is aggressively looking to… Read more »

Beware online “filter bubbles”

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As web companies strive to tailor their services (including news and search results) to our personal tastes, there’s a dangerous unintended consequence: We get trapped in a “filter bubble” and don’t get exposed to information that could challenge or broaden our worldview. Eli Pariser argues powerfully that this will ultimately prove to be bad for… Read more »

Facebook’s Race-Targeted Ads Aren’t as Racist As You Think

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IN LATE OCTOBER ProPublica released a scathing investigation showing how Facebook allows digital advertisers to narrow their target audience based on ethnic affinities like “African-American” or “Hispanic.” The report suggested that Facebook may be in violation of federal civil rights statutes and drew parallels to Jim Crow Era “whites only” housing ads. Source: Wired Magazine Date: November… Read more »