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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…

The way you get TV and internet at home is about to change drastically — for the better

The way you get TV and internet at home is about to change drastically — for the better
Verizon and other internet providers are going to start rolling out 5G internet this year.
It will change how we get TV and internet in our homes.
Instead of drilling holes for cable everywhere, you'll get a modem and a subscription to a streaming TV service.
By Todd Haselton August 15, 2018 CNBC.com
The way you get and use both TV and internet in your home is about to change drastically.
Verizon detailed a bit about how the next stage of home TV and internet will work when it discussed its 5G rollout plans on Tuesday evening. Lots of buzzwords get tossed around with 5G, so I'll try to explain how it's going to change how you get TV and internet at home as easily as I can.
Right now, you probably have a cable wire running from the telephone poles on your street to your house. It might come in the attic and then, thanks to some drilling done by the cable guy, snakes its way from room to…

Twitter cracks down on right-wing media personality Alex Jones

Twitter cracks down on right-wing media personality Alex Jones
Jones has been blocked from posting on Twitter for seven days, Dow Jones reported, citing the company.
The social media platform told CNBC that Jones' account now has "limited functionality," adding that Twitter required the deletion of a tweet that violated its rules.
By Joanna Tan August 15, 2018 CNBC.com
Twitter has restricted the account of right-wing media personality Alex Jones for violating its policies, the company told CNBC.
Jones will be blocked from posting on Twitter for seven days because of a post that linked to a policy-violating video, Dow Jones reported.
A Twitter representative told CNBC: "I can confirm that a tweet was reported to us which contained a link to a video on Periscope. Upon review we determined it violated our rules and required the account to delete the tweet and video." Periscope is a live streaming app owned by Twitter.
Jones' Twitter account now has "limi…

Iranian nationals are impersonating Americans online to stoke fears of Indian immigrants

EXCLUSIVE: IRANIANS POSING AS ANTI-IMMIGRANT AMERICANS ONLINE
By Peter Hasson 8:57 PM 08/13/2018
·Iranian nationals are impersonating Americans online to stoke fears of Indian immigrants ·The Iranians are trying to defeat legislation that would eliminate the per-country cap on employment-based green cards, which would force them to wait behind Indian visa-holders, who were in line for green cards first. ·The Iranians are organizing their campaign in chat groups on the messaging app Telegram ·TheDCNF gained access to the groups through one of its members; one of the administrators confirmed that members are using faux American identities online
Iranian nationals are impersonating Americans online to demonize Indian immigrants as part of a lobbying campaign against proposed legislation in the House of Representatives, a Daily Caller News Foundation investigation has found.
Using Twitter usernames that read like foreign stereotypes of American names, they tweet obsessively at reporters and…

Apple Pushes Apps Toward Subscription Model Behind the Scenes...

How an invite-only meeting at Apple's luxury loft in New York set the stage for one of the biggest subscription businesses in the world
Kif Leswing, Business Insider Aug. 12, 2018, 8:30 AM
Apple's App Store may be the world's largest software distribution platform. But there are concerns that the competitiveness of the marketplace may make it difficult to maintain high-quality utility apps.
Apple is strongly encouraging developers to transition to a subscription, software-as-a-service model, and held an invitation-only meeting in the spring of 2017 to convince developers to lean in to the new business model.
In April 2017, a group of over 30 software developers gathered at a luxury loft in New York City's trendy Tribeca neighborhood after receiving an invitation from Apple. They didn't know exactly why they had been summoned, but all of them had one thing in common: they developed apps for Apple's devices, according to people who attended the event.
The developers at…

Facebook: WORK WITH US OR DIE Threatens Press saying: ‘Work with us or end up in a hospice’

WORK WITH US OR DIE Facebook threatens Press saying: ‘Work with us or end up in a hospice’
Campbell Brown, Facebook's head of news partnerships, is said to have told a group of Australian media executives that their businesses would die without their help
By Natasha Clark 14th August 2018, 3:36 pm
FACEBOOK has been accused of threatening media firms into working with them by saying their businesses would end up "in a hospice" if they didn't.
Campbell Brown, Facebook's global head of news partnerships, is said to have told a group of Australian media executives that their businesses would die without their help, and that Mark Zuckerberg "doesn't care" about publishers.
According to The Australian, as part of a four-hour closed-door meeting with Ms Brown, the top exec for the social media giant said: "We will help you revitalise journalism … in a few years the reverse looks like I’ll be holding your hands with your dying business like in a hospi…

Cash machines could be mass-hacked in global cyber attack, FBI warns

Cash machines could be mass-hacked in global cyber attack, FBI warns
By Natasha Bernal 13 AUGUST 2018 • 2:06PM
Banks have been warned of an imminent threat that their cash machines could be mass-hacked by cyber criminals.
In a confidential alert on Friday, America's Federal Bureau of Investigation told international banks that criminals are plotting a concerted global malware attack on cash machines in the next few days.
The FBI issued a warning about a highly choreographed fraud scheme known as an ATM "jackpotting", in which crooks hack a bank or payment card processor and use cloned cards at cash machines around the world to take out millions in just a few minutes.
UK-based banks with large international operations, such as HSBC and Barclays, are among those thought to have been made aware of the threat.
“The FBI has obtained unspecified reporting indicating cyber criminals are planning to conduct a global Automated Teller Machine (ATM) cash-out scheme in the comin…