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Google's Anti-Breitbart Plot: Employees Targeted Site’s Ad Revenue in 2017

GOOGLE’S ANTI-BREITBART PLOT: Employees Targeted Site’s Ad Revenue in 2017

10 Dec 2018
Emails leaked exclusively to Breitbart News reveal that a group of Google employees, with encouragement from the tech giant’s director of monetization, began plotting the downfall of this website shortly after the 2016 election.The group sought to strike at Breitbart News’ revenue by kicking the site off Google’s market-dominating ad services. Although their efforts ultimately failed, the discussion featured senior Google employees speaking frankly about their reasons for targeting the site. These included unfounded allegations of “hate speech” and “fake news.” In the leaked emails, Google employee Richard Zippel advised a fellow employee that Google would act against Breitbart News “at the site level” if sufficient examples of “hate” were found. This kicked off a concerted effort to find evidence of “hate speech” on Breitbart. Another employee, David Richter, then forwarded Zippel’s email to his collea…

Social media outpaces print newspapers in the U.S. as a news source

Social media outpaces print newspapers in the U.S. as a news source
BY ELISA SHEARER December 10, 2018
Social media sites have surpassed print newspapers as a news source for Americans: One-in-five U.S. adults say they often get news via social media, slightly higher than the share who often do so from print newspapers (16%) for the first time since Pew Research Center began asking these questions. In 2017, the portion who got news via social media was about equal to the portion who got news from print newspapers.
Social media’s small edge over print emerged after years of steady declines in newspaper circulation and modest increases in the portion of Americans who use social media, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted earlier this year.
Overall, television is still the most popular platform for news consumption – even though its use has declined since 2016. News websites are the next most common source, followed by radio, and finally social media sites and print newsp…

Your apps know where you were last night, and they’re not keeping it secret

Your apps know where you were last night, and they’re not keeping it secret
The database reviewed by The New York Times, a sample of information gathered in 2017 and held by one company, reveals people’s travels in startling detail, accurate to within a few yards and in some cases updated more than 14,000 times a day.
At least 75 companies receive anonymous, precise location data from apps whose users enable location services to get local news and weather or other information, The New York Times found.
The millions of dots on the map trace highways, side streets and bike trails — each one following the path of an anonymous cellphone user. One path tracks someone from a home outside Newark, New Jersey, to a nearby Planned Parenthood. Another represents a person who travels with New York’s mayor during the day and returns to Long Island at night.
Yet another leaves a house in upstate New York at 7am and travels to a middle school 14 miles away, staying until late afternoon each school…

Google announces new security flaw in Google Plus, closes social network early

Google announces new security flaw, closes social network early
Google Plus received its initial kiss of death in early October, when the company revealed that a security bug had exposed the information of 500,000 users.
By Jillian D’Onfro Dec. 10, 2018 12:30 PM PST
Google is shutting down its beleaguered social network sooner than expected in the wake of a new security issue that affected 52.5 million users.
Google Plus received its initial kiss of death in early October, when the company revealed that a security bug had exposed the account information of 500,000 users, including their names, email addresses and occupations. At the time, Google planned to shut down the social network by August 2019.
But in a blog post Monday Google wrote that it discovered a second bug that allowed the profile information of 52.5 million users to be viewable by developers, even if it was set to private, using one of Google’s application programming interfaces, or APIs, for six days in November. Once…

Chinese court bans sale of most iPhones

Apple falls after Chinese court bans sale of most iPhones
·A Chinese court ordered a ban on most iPhone sales in the country as part of two preliminary injunctions. ·Qualcomm sought the injunctions, alleging Apple violated two of its patents. ·Apple denies violating the patents and says the scope of the iPhone ban in China goes beyond what the injunction calls for.
By Lauren Feiner December 10, 2018 CNBC.com
Apple was down about 2 percent Monday morning after a Chinese court banned the import and sale of most iPhone models in the country as part of an injunction. Qualcomm requested the injunction for alleged patent violation and announced the news in a statement Monday morning.
Qualcomm alleged that Apple violated two patents it holds on features that lets users reformat the size and appearance of photos and manage applications on a touch screen when navigating through phone apps. The two preliminary injunctions were granted by the Fuzhou Intermediate People's Court in China. Apple …

Scientist warns people could LOSE jobs though brain decoding

‘Brain TRANSPARENCY’ AI expert warns against LOSING JOBS over THOUGHTS
Scientist warns people could LOSE jobs though brain decoding
A LEADING expert on the ethical, legal and social implications of bioscience has revealed her concerns over handing over the control of our minds.
By CALLUM HOARE 22:56, Sun, Dec 9, 2018 Scientist warns people could LOSE jobs though brain decoding
Nita Farahany has detailed her fears artificial intelligence in the workplace could lead to the loss of jobs over employees thoughts. She revealed how more and more companies are looking into the idea of making electroencephalography (EEG) devices a compulsory part of their uniform. The wearable headset, which can be used to monitor alertness, productivity and mental state, is already being used in China.
Train drivers on the Beijing – Shanghai high-speed rail are required to wear the technology, and, according to some reports, in government-run factories in China, the employees are required to wear EEG sensor…

Robots given sense of TOUCH by stunned AI experts

Robots given sense of TOUCH by stunned AI experts
ARTIFICIAL intelligence experts have developed an electronic glove containing sensors, in a tech breakthrough that means robots could have a sense of touch. By David Rivers / Published 22nd November 2018
Engineers at Stanford University said the device will allow a robotic hand to touch a delicate berry or pingpong ball without squashing them.
Chemical engineer, Professor Zhenan Bao, said: "This technology puts us on a path to one day giving robots the sort of sensing capabilities found in human skin."
He added that sensors in the glove can measure the "intensity and direction of pressure".
This is crucial in handling items with skill, and it also believed a robot using the glove will be able to hold an egg between a thumb and forefinger without smashing it.
Prof Bao added: "We can programme a robotic hand to touch a raspberry without crushing it, but we're a long way from being able to touch and detect t…