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Twitter pauses account verifications after critics slam it for verifying Charlottesville rally organizer | TechCrunch
The blue check isn't always a reward - sometimes it's a warning: "Twitter today announced it’s pausing all account verifications – the process that gives public figures on Twitter a blue checkmark next to their names – while it tries to resolve “confusion” around what it means to be verified, the company says. The move comes shortly after a wave of criticism directed against the social network for verifying the account belonging to Jason Kessler, the organizer of the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in August that left one person dead."
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5 weeks ago by leolaporte
Sean Parker unloads on Facebook "exploiting" human weakness
"And that means that we need to sort of give you a little dopamine hit every once in a while, because someone liked or commented on a photo or a post or whatever. And that's going to get you to contribute more content, and that's going to get you ... more likes and comments."
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5 weeks ago by leolaporte
Gamification of personal interaction degrades human health
This is my exit interview from social media. Some of these “services” I abandoned years ago. Others I am still struggling to avoid. From experience, I assume that you, reader, will make it impossible for me to remain ignorant of developments WRT: all of this garbage. What all of this garbage has in common is that it has all lately proven to be surplus to requirements, and soon I will never voluntarily use any of it ever again.
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Paradise Papers: Dear Tim Cook
Public filings reveal that between 2010 and 2017, on average, Apple generated two-thirds of its profits outside the U.S. Evidently, it earned $41.1 billion in 2016 and $44.7 billion in 2017. What these filings also show is that since 2010, Apple’s foreign-earned income has been taxed at a rate of between 1 and 7 percent. Mr. Cook, do you believe this comports with the “moral responsibility” you have advocated? Such “tax optimization” – albeit legal – is only possible because specialized law firms such as Appleby devise complex company structures inaccessible to most other firms. Skilled workers, small business owners and employees in most countries outside the U.S., many of whom surely use Apple products, don’t have the means to shirk ordinary taxes.
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What happens when a company kills a cloud IoT device? Logitech kills Harmony Link.
I received an email today stating that my Harmony Link will no longer work after March 2018.  Can someone please confirm whether it will actually cease to function, or will it just no longer be supported?  The message in the email sounds like Logitech will brick my Link and force me to purchase a new hub.  There is nothing wrong with my link as of now, and I only use it to control a stereo I use for whole-house audio.  Please confirm that my link will NOT be bricked and remain functional after March 2018.
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5 weeks ago by leolaporte
Flying cars, coming to LA in 2020? Can't wait for the first high-speed chase.
Uber’s “flying car” project Elevate came whizzing back into view today with a number of key announcements about where it will first appear, who will be working on it, and how this futuristic service will look when it ultimately takes off.
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Should snapchat be easier to use? Kids say no, oldsters say "what?"
And it sounds like whatever’s on the way is far bigger than just some minor user experience tweaks. Spiegel says that “there is a strong likelihood that the redesign of our application will be disruptive to our business in the short term, and we don’t yet know how the behavior of our community will change when they begin to use our updated application.” His full statement on the new app follows below:
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5 weeks ago by leolaporte
Apple's 2020 vision
Unlike the current generation of virtual reality headsets that use a smartphone as the engine and screen, Apple’s device will have its own display and run on a new chip and operating system, according to people familiar with the situation. The development timeline is very aggressive and could still change, said the people, who requested anonymity to speak freely about a private matter.
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I can run Windows apps on my Chromebook? Nice
CrossOver by CodeWeavers has been available for Mac and Linux for years, allowing users of those operating systems to run some Windows programs without a copy of Windows. It does this by utilizing Wine, an open-source Windows compatibility layer for Unix-based operating systems (CodeWeavers is one of the main contributors to Wine's codebase).
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5 weeks ago by leolaporte
How Facebook Figures Out Everyone You've Ever Met
You might assume Facebook’s friend recommendations would work the same way: You tell the social network who you are, and it tells you who you might know in the online world. But Facebook’s machinery operates on a scale far beyond normal human interactions. And the results of its People You May Know algorithm are anything but obvious. In the months I’ve been writing about PYMK, as Facebook calls it, I’ve heard more than a hundred bewildering anecdotes:
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Texas church shooting: Gunman's cellphone is locked - CBS News
"With the advance of technology, and the phones, and the encryption, law enforcement at the state, local or federal level is increasingly unable to get into phones," Combs said. "I'm not going to say what kind of phone it is, I'm not going to tell every bad guy what phone to buy to harass our efforts to try to find justice here."
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Waymo now testing its self-driving cars on public roads with no one at the wheel | TechCrunch
Waymo recently hosted a number of journalists at its private Castle testing compound, and treated us to rides with no safety driver behind the wheel – now, the former Google self-driving car company is going farther still, however, launching public road tests of its autonomous Chrysler Pacifica minivans with no safety driver on board.
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5 weeks ago by leolaporte
Las Vegas is expanding its self-driving shuttle experiment - The Verge
The city of Las Vegas is expanding its experiment with autonomous technology, offering members of the public free rides on a self-driving shuttle bus making stops in the city’s congested downtown. The shuttle will only make three stops on its 0.6-mile loop, but its operators are calling it “the largest self-driving pilot project in the US.”
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5 weeks ago by leolaporte
Google Pixel 2 XL adds new display profiles, UI changes to address burn-in in latest update | Android Central
The latest update is also making changes to other display aspects, focused on limiting the amount of burn-in the Pixel 2 XL's display suffers from. These changes include a small reduction in the maximum screen brightness, as well as a navigation bar that now fades out after periods of inactivity. Both of these changes were previously included in the Android 8.1 Developer Preview, but it's great to see Google already implementing them in stable builds. The hope is that together these changes will reduce the strain on the screen and keep it from deteriorating faster than usual.
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Displaymate says iPhone X OLED Display is nearly "text book perfect"
The result: Apple has produced an impressive Smartphone display with excellent performance and accuracy, which we cover in extensive detail below. What makes the iPhone X the Best Smartphone Display is the impressive Precision Display Calibration Apple developed, which transforms the OLED hardware into a superbly accurate, high performance, and gorgeous display, with close to Text Book Perfect Calibration and Performance!!
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