How Facebook Outs Sex Workers
By Kashmir Hill Yesterday 2:20pm
Leila has two identities, but Facebook is only supposed
to know about one of them.
Leila is a sex worker. She goes to great lengths to keep
separate identities for ordinary life and for sex work, to avoid stigma,
arrest, professional blowback, or clients who might be stalkers (or worse).
Her “real identity”—the public one, who lives in
California, uses an academic email address, and posts about politics—joined
Facebook in 2011. Her sex-work identity is not on the social network at all;
for it, she uses a different email address, a different phone number, and a
different name. Yet earlier this year, looking at Facebook’s “People You May
Know” recommendations, Leila (a name I’m using using in place of either of the
names she uses) was shocked to see some of her regular sex-work clients.
Despite the fact that she’d only given Facebook
information from her vanilla identity, the company had somehow discerned her
The Silicon Valley Backlash is Heating Up
By Eric Newcomer September 15, 2017, 4:00 AM PDT
Hi all, it’s Eric. Big tech is falling out of political
favor. This week, BuzzFeed's Ben Smith convincingly argued that the tides are
turning against Google, Facebook and Amazon. The article, “There's Blood in the
Water in Silicon Valley,” is worth a read.
As Ben points out, Steve Bannon is leading the charge from the right,
calling for Google and Facebook to be regulated like public utilities. Bernie
Sanders is helping to push the anti-tech charge from the left. Populists on
both wings want to kneecap big tech.
Unfortunately (or fortunately) for the technology giants,
there isn't a coherent, unified critique of their behavior. The grievances come
in many forms and from many camps. They include: ·Simmering 99 percenters angry over tech's
growing power ·Mounting antitrust concerns ·Animus from ad-dependent media companies ·Bias charges from right-wingers without a seat
at the table …
High-speed Hyperloop track ready for first trial run
By Cara McGoogan 7 APRIL 2017 • 10:38AM
The first tests of Elon Musk's revolutionary high-speed
transport system could begin soon after Hyperloop One, one of 12 companies
competing to make the idea a reality, completed its test track.
The company has finished work on its 500 metre long
testing tunnel, which is situated in the Nevada desert, near Las Vegas, and has
a diametre of 3.3 metres. It is expected to run initial trials on the
near-supersonic speed train in the first half of this year.
Hyperloop One announced the news alongside 11 proposed
routes for the super-fast transport, all of which are in the US. The longest
proposed route is 1,152 miles from Cheyenne to Houston and the shortest 64
miles from Boston to Providence.
It would take an average car 17 hours to travel the
longest route, which would be cut down to just an hour and 45 minutes on the
The radical mode of transport, which could also travel