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'They don't care': Facebook fact checking in disarray as journalists push to cut ties

'They don't care': Facebook factchecking in disarray as journalists push to cut tiesJournalists paid to help fix Facebook’s fake news problem say they have lost trust in the platform Sam Levin in San Francisco Thu 13 Dec 2018 14.50 EST
Journalists working as factcheckers for Facebook have pushed to end a controversial media partnership with the social network, saying the company has ignored their concerns and failed to use their expertise to combat misinformation. Current and former Facebook factcheckers told the Guardian that the tech platform’s collaboration with outside reporters has produced minimal results and that they’ve lost trust in Facebook, which has repeatedly refused to release meaningful data about the impacts of their work. Some said Facebook’s hiring of a PR firm that used an antisemitic narrative to discredit critics – fueling the same kind of propaganda factcheckers regularly debunk – should be a deal-breaker. “They’ve essentially used us for crisis PR,” said…

Facebook bug exposed up to 6.8M users’ unposted photos to apps

Facebook bug exposed up to 6.8M users’ unposted photos to apps
By Josh Constine December 14, 2018
Reset the “days since the last Facebook privacy scandal” counter, as Facebook has just revealed a Photo API bug gave app developers too much access to the photos of up to 5.6 million users. The bug allowed apps users had approved to pull their timeline photos to also receive their Facebook Stories, Marketplace photos, and most worryingly, photos they’d uploaded to Facebook but never shared. Facebook says the bug ran for 12 days from September 13th to September 25th. Facebook tells TechCrunch it discovered the breach on September 25th, and informed the European Union’s privacy watchdog the Office Of The Data Protection Commissioner (IDPC) on November 22nd. The IDPC has begun a statuatory inquiry into the breach.
Facebook provided merely a glib “We’re sorry this happened” in terms of an apology. It will provide tools next week for app developers to check if they were impacted and it will w…

Facebook will know where you are going before you do, new plans reveal

Facebook will know where you are going before you do, new plans reveal
Facebook is patenting technology that will be able to predict users' future movements.
By Natasha Bernal  11 DECEMBER 2018 • 6:23PM
Facebook is set to know where you are going before you do and send you targeted adverts for your destination, after filing a new technology patent in the US.
The patent, filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office, relies on users' previously logged location data from their phones as well as similar data on other people to forecast where and when they are likely to go next.
Facebook can blend behavioural patterns with those of friends and others to help it build up a picture of habits and guess your future movements, according to one of the patents which was made public last week. 
The social media giant sought to play down the significance of the patent application."We often seek patents for technology we never implement, and patent applications - such as this one - should n…

Google CEO: Fears about artificial intelligence are 'very legitimate,'

Fears about artificial intelligence are 'very legitimate,'
Tony Romm, Drew Harwell and Craig Timberg, The Washington Post Published 4:02 pm PST, Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Google CEO Sundar Pichai answered a lot of questions about anti-conservative bias.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai, head of one of the world's leading artificial intelligence companies, said in an interview this week that concerns about harmful applications of the technology are "very legitimate" - but the tech industry should be trusted to responsibly regulate its use.
Speaking with The Washington Post on Tuesday afternoon, Pichai said that new AI tools - the backbone of innovations such as driverless cars and disease-detecting algorithms - require companies to set ethical guardrails and think through how the technology can be abused.
"I think tech has to realize it just can't build it, and then fix it," Pichai said. "I think that doesn't work."
Tech giants have to ensu…

Number of Streaming Shows Overtakes Basic Cable, Broadcast for First Time

Number of Streaming Shows Overtakes Basic Cable, Broadcast for First Time, FX Reports
By Joe Otterson December 13, 2018 11:16AM PT
Streaming services snatched their biggest piece of the TV pie ever in 2018.
According to FX’s annual report on the number of scripted originals on TV, the number of streaming shows has surpassed the number of basic cable and broadcast shows for the first time ever. Out of 495 scripted originals that aired in 2018, 160 of them did so on a streaming platform. That is compared to 146 on broadcast and 144 on basic cable. Pay cable accounted for the remaining 45 shows.
Streaming shows also saw the biggest increase year-to-year, growing from 117 last year. Broadcast dipped slightly, dropping from 153 in 2017. Basic cable saw a more sharp decline, compared to the 175 shows that aired on basic cable the previous year. Pay cable was up slightly from 42.
On a percentage basis, streaming shows now account for approximately one third of all scripted originals, with a…

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 …