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Fake numbers? Facebook misled advertisers with inflated ‘potential reach,’ lawsuit says

Fake numbers? Facebook misled advertisers with inflated ‘potential reach,’ lawsuit says
By SEUNG LEE PUBLISHED: August 16, 2018 at 3:09 pm
Facebook allegedly misled advertisers on its platform by demonstrating it had a far larger audience size in U.S. cities and states than it actually had, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday.
The lawsuit, filed by a Kansas-based aromatherapy fashionwear business owner, alleged Facebook ballooned its “Potential Reach” number for how many users were targeted by an advertisement, thereby misleading advertisers to purchase more advertisements than they might otherwise have.
The lawsuit from owner Danielle Singer alleges that Facebook’s purported Potential Reach figures for the 18-34 age demographic in all 50 states exceeded the actual population of 18-34 year olds who use Facebook.
The lawsuit also says it received testimony from former Facebook employees confirming the inflation. One anonymous employee said the Potential Reach number was “like a ma…

Google clarifies location-tracking policy - Track even if Location History is turned off

APNewsBreak: Google clarifies location-tracking policy
By RYAN NAKASHIMA August 16, 2018
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google has revised an erroneous description on its website of how its “Location History” setting works, clarifying that it continues to track users even if they’ve disabled the setting.
The change came three days after an Associated Press investigation revealed that several Google apps and websites store user location even if users have turned off Location History. Google has not changed its location-tracking practice in that regard.
But its help page for the Location History setting now states: “This setting does not affect other location services on your device.” It also acknowledges that “some location data may be saved as part of your activity on other services, like Search and Maps.”
Previously, the page stated: “With Location History off, the places you go are no longer stored.”
The AP observed that the change occurred midday Thursday, a finding confirmed by Internet Ar…

Baseball players want robots to be their umps

Baseball players want robots to be their umps
August 16, 2018
The sports world has been dealing with the human error of referees and umpires for decades—it’s pretty much tradition at this point. But with technology that can assess the game more accurately, some athletes are ready to push the people calling balls and strikes off the field in favor of technology.
The news: On Tuesday, Chicago Cubs second baseman Ben Zobrist, one of the most vocal supporters of turning over baseball rulings to software, used an argument with the umpire as a chance to advocate for a change in the league.
“That’s why we want an electronic strike zone.”
—Zobrist, shortly before getting his first career ejection
The comment reinvigorated a long-standing debate over automation in sports.
You’re out! As you watch baseball on television, a graphic is often overlaid on the action that shows in real time whether a pitch is a ball or a strike. But human umps are still making the calls on the field based on nothin…

Sacramento has been tracking license plates to monitor welfare recipients

Sacramento has been tracking license plates to monitor welfare recipients
BY MELISSA LOCKE August 16, 2018
Sacramento County officials have been tracking the license plates of welfare recipients in the hopes of catching potential fraud, according to a new report in the Sacramento Bee.
The license plate monitoring program, which the ACLU warned us about, snaps photos of license plates when the cars they are attached to make their way past telephone poles and police cars, letting officials track the location of vehicles. Welfare fraud investigators working with the Sacramento County Department of Human Assistance (DHA) pay $5,000 a year for access to the license plate reader database to track those welfare recipients they suspect of fraud. This isn’t new, either: They’ve been doing it since 2016.
It’s not immediately clear what welfare investigators are even hoping to do with the information they unearth by tracking license plates, but the Sacramento Bee reports the DHA accessed the da…

Do you trust your computer? New film explores perils of technology

Do you trust your computer? New film explores perils of technology
Chris Paine’s documentary looks at the potential dangers of our intimate relationship with smartphones and laptops
Charles Bramesco Thu 16 Aug 2018 05.00 EDT
In all likelihood, you are currently reading this article on a device that contains all the salient parts of your life. You’ve given it your bank account information, and use it to move your money around. It’s privy to your conversations with loved ones and work associates, perhaps even words uttered out loud in private moments. It knows your schedule, where you are at any given moment, what you buy, what music you listen to, and who you should date.
Chris Paine’s new documentary Do You Trust This Computer? wonders if that might not contain some potential for disaster down the line.
In fact, it’s really more of a film essay, in the methodical way it introduces, dissects and draws conclusions from ideas applied to real-world developments. Having tried narrowing hi…

Why AI won’t replace doctors yet Article that makes the opposite case

Everyone;
Interesting opinion piece that makes the opposite case that the author is arguing.He is saying that the doctors knowledge & experience is superior to what AI would have…… and yet states that for “Yet it may be safe to say that AI is superior to radiotherapy physicians and technicians” and that AI correctly diagnosed a rare cancer & its cure that doctors missed.
Ken
Why AI won’t replace doctors yet
BY TAKAMITSU SAWA AUG 16, 2018
HIKONE, SHIGA PREF. – A medical doctor diagnoses the patient and writes prescriptions based on interview with the patient as well as blood tests, analysis of image data obtained from magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT), information related to the patient’s genes and so on. In giving the diagnosis, the doctor combines the information obtained through such processes with his or her own knowledge and experience. No matter how reputed a physician may be, the chances of them making a wrong diagnosis can never be zero.
With t…

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey: “We can’t build a service that is subjective just to the whims of what we personally believe,”

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Alex Jones, election security and regrets
“We can’t build a service that is subjective just to the whims of what we personally believe,” Dorsey told NBC News’ Lester Holt in an exclusive interview.
by Alyssa Newcomb / Aug.15.2018 / 10:47 AM ET
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Wednesday defended the company’s decision this week to put Infowars’ Alex Jones in a seven-day “timeout” after Jones urged his viewers to ready their “battle rifles” against the media.
Dorsey said he resisted banning Jones, the embattled conspiracy theorist and radio host, despite calls to do so, some of which came from inside Twitter.
“We can’t build a service that is subjective just to the whims of what we personally believe,” Dorsey told NBC News’ Lester Holt in an exclusive interview.
Dorsey said he believes the suspension can be effective and is consistent with the company’s policies.
“I feel any suspension, whether it be a permanent or a temporary one, makes someone think about their a…