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          Comment on The Women in The Social Network: Pre #Metoo Storytelling by Nathalie      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Hi Cale, thanks for sharing your thoughts. The trouble I have is this is a fiction. Yes, it's based on a true story, but a lot of it is fiction and as soon as we talk about fiction there is a lot of room to show something else. Of course, it's a boys club, and yes, the most efficient way to show the world is a boys club is to show how poorly women are treated. But I find it fascinating that no one cares about the fact that Priscilla Chan is not in the story. She started dating Zuckerberg in 2003 and they're now married with two kids. 2003 = 1 year before Zuckerberg launched Facebook. Do you maybe see a problem here??? Do you think maybe this real woman had an impact on Zuckerberg's life? Besides, how do you know Zuckerberg was "terrible to women"? I find it so amazing how quickly you buy this fictional story. Again: Sorkin created the woman storyline. It's a fiction, not a documentary. Sorkin <strong>decided</strong> to make the storyline about Zuckerberg's inability to connect with a single woman he dated for six minutes the arch narrative for Facebook's creation when it's just not that. So yes, we can all explain why not having women in the film works so well. Because it does work so well. Because we are all so used to it. Which is why we are always telling the same stories, from the same angle, explaining why it's all justified because it makes so much sense that these guys are nerds with under-developed EQ. But hey, maybe we are just buying a well-crafted story that takes a zillion shortcuts and convinces us of something that wasn't even in Zuckerberg's landscape. Zuckerberg created Facebook while dating a woman he still loves apparently. Wow. Also, I never said the movie was anti-feminist. I don't even understand what that means. I'm not asking people to make "feminist" movies. You are reducing me to a concept when I'm making a valid storytelling point. My point in this article is not to say if a movie is feminist or not, my point is to say this is a work of fiction that takes all the narrative shortcuts pre #Metoo and you are falling into the trap by explaining to me how this is all justified because it's real life. It. is. not. But it's certainly making you believe so apparently. That's the power of storytelling and that's why it's so important to tell different stories. Because you're not the first person to look at me in the eyes and say "but this is what happened!". No, it's not. Sorkin creates fictions. He always has a choice to do it differently, so please don't think there's no other way to tell this story than by reducing women power and role in Facebook's story. Especially if you consider yourself a storyteller.
          Comment on The Women in The Social Network: Pre #Metoo Storytelling by Cale      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
I understand why Social Network's portrayal of woman would make any woman, and hopefully any man, queasy. Thematically, the movie is intended to portray how Facebook was essentially created by socially-inept college students just looking to get laid. It is critical of this, and it is especially critical of the way Jesse Eisenberg's Zuckerberg treats woman, more specifically how he treats Rooney Mara's character. This film also portrays what is very likely the "boys' club" that the ivy league schools of the time were, and hopefully what they aren't anymore. Though the cynical side of me thinks it probably is still a boys' club, minus the half-hearted inclusion of woman. What I'm basically saying is I think your critique should be aimed at the Zuckerberg's and Harvards of the world, and not the storytellers. It in no way glorifies any of the men in the film, and it victimizes Rooney Mara's character. If I remember correctly, the film's final shot is a dejected Jesse Eisenberg checking his ex-girlfriend's (Mara) facebook. A sad and compelling truth all too familiar to everyone on facebook. I think feminism, an all-important and exciting movement, one that hopefully never goes away until woman reach equality with men, sometimes misses the core of the argument. Just because a movie is made all about men doesn't make it anti-feminist. In this case, I think it is being true to the story, a story of men who were terrible to women. And thus, is actually feminist. I think counting how long a woman is onscreen for misses certain themes and nuances presented by the filmmakers.
          Update: Hundreader (Books)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Hundreader 4.1.3


Device: iOS Universal
Category: Books
Price: Free, Version: 4.1.2 -> 4.1.3 (iTunes)

Description:

Hundreader - Worldwide Book Recommendation Catalog

Hundreader offers book recommendation catalogs from literary awards, leading universities and prominent figures on an international basis.

A newly coined name, ‘Hundreader’ indicates one who reads hundreds of books about liberal humanity.

Everyone craves for good reading but when it comes to delicately sorting out those books, many run into difficulties.

In order to settle inconvenience and trouble and to define global criteria about ‘good book’, Hundreader scraped up book recommendation catalogs from prominent groups all over the world.

It provides book lists recommended by world major universities such as St. Johns College, Harvard University, Columbia University, Seoul National University, Tokyo University, Peking University and so on, literary awards and figures like Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg.

From oriental/occidental classics of liberal humanity and science classics through modern prize-winning piece, these are indeed the treasury of knowledge which has constructed human civilization.

So far this app is compatible with 9 different languages -Korean, English, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, French, German, Russian, Arab, therefore any cosmopolitan could speak out openly about books and intellect, regardless of language barrier.

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- More than 30 Worldwide Universities : St. Johns, Harvard, Columbia , Chicago, Seoul National, Yonsei, Korea, Tokyo, Kyoto, Peking, Tsinghua, etc.

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          Handy says "ready a book!"      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
If you want to be like Warren Buffett and Bill Gates, adopt their voracious reading habits (Quartz) -- it's a story line that comes back every few years. "From Mark Zuckerberg to Bill Gates, all of the most successful leaders are avid readers" -- Why You Should Read 50 Books This Year (And How To Do It) (Fast Company). Is that target too low? How to read 100 books a year (Observer). But if a specific number of books is a daunting target, instead focus on the fact that It's Never Too Late to Be a Reader Again (Wired). Still looking for inspiration to grab a book? There's a video for that! Make that many videos! Behold BookTube! (Wikipedia) Here's A Beginner's Guide to BookTube (Bookriot), and Meet the YouTube Stars Turning Viewers Into Readers (NYT).

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          Comment on IT is urbanizing, McDonald's gets it, but Woonsocket doesn’t (yet) by Brotopian      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
I've actually worked around the startup engineering geniuses and CEOs. Here's a little secret: Most successful startup CEOs are much older than the stereotypical 25-35 year olds that people all seem to think start companies. Most aren't started by a Jobs, Zuckerberg or Gates who just dropped out of college. The younger ones fail nearly all the time. The successful ones are mid-career people who quit a company to go out on their own. The big tech companies like to pretend everyone wants to work there but the truth is they only want to work there FOR A FEW YEARS EARLY IN THEIR CAREERS. This is why they over-rely on H1B visas to make up for all the attrition among US citizen employees. They burn people out so bad they're lounging around campus doing nothing on an unofficial "Sabbatical" while they wait for stock options to vest. Most are successful because they did 1 thing really well and it's hard to stop the avalanche once it starts going downhill in corporate America, until one day it flies off the face of the cliff due to apathy and mismanagement. What works is having a broad, diverse workforce of people with different work styles and ideas and talents and letting each of them fill in the collective gaps, rather than a youth-centric one-size-fits all organization led by immature managers who're in over their heads. Experience helps when you're trying to make good decisions. Ask Zuckerberg. He wouldn't know what you're even talking about.
          Move over LinkedIn, Facebook wants to be the place to find a mentor      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Facebook is gearing up to mine what it sees as a massive opportunity to engage its users by offering mentorship through its Groups channel.

“Last year, the team worked with a couple of nonprofits,” says Gabe Cohen, Facebook’s product manager for Mentorship. In November 2017, the social network announced the new tool as a pilot program, and now they are rolling it out in earnest.

This is not to be confused with the partnership between Facebook’s Workplace and Ten Thousand Coffees that also debuted a mentorship matching feature recently. The startup is using Facebook’s Workplace to integrate its services to its client companies looking to match mentees with mentors within the organizations.

Mark Zuckerberg at the Social Good Forum, 2017 [Photo: courtesy of Facebook]
The good news for Facebook is that they don’t have to reinvent the wheel. In fact, when they debuted Mentorship last year, each mentee and mentor was matched by a nonprofit partner organization to work through a step-by-step program. The programs were developed by the organizations, tailored to fit the mentees, and geared to work directly on the platform through private interactions between the pair.

The pilot began with iMentor (for education) and The International Rescue Committee (for crisis recovery). From the outset, Facebook was eyeing expansion into other areas like addiction recovery and career advancement, according to Cohen. And he’s quick to point out that as “privacy is very important to us” (Facebook’s recent and constant refrain in all public forums), each pair’s conversations are private.

Other Groups have participated since the initial launch, like Mama Dragons, which Cohen describes as a support network for Mormon families with LGBTQ kids. “They’re having a profound faith and family crisis,” he explains, “and finding people going through that experience is really hard.”

iMentor [Photo: courtesy of Facebook]

Matching without an algorithm

Part of what is making it such fertile ground for connecting is the lack of algorithmic intervention. Cohen says that it’s a very manual process that relies on admininstrators’ expertise within their communities and the qualifications of its members. Facebook provides an additional layer of tools for admins to manage an influx of information and customizes the data to help them ask more specific questions to make prospective pairings. Allison Esposito, an administrator of Tech Ladies, says she’s been needing this kind of tool for a while–especially since most of her members are on Facebook.

“One of the challenges is that if you have an extremely large group, it can take a lot of admins to match people,” she explains. Tech Ladies make it work by using the data tools to segment 650 people out of the full 25,000-plus member group and match those by hand. As networking is a key part of career advancement, Tech Ladies mentorship has focused on that. “The further we go in our careers, the more women and nonbinary people we need to bring up with us,” says Esposito. “The mentorship tool helps us do that by making targeted and meaningful introductions in our community.”

Cohen says that Facebook has further developed templates in-house for mentor/mentee interaction based on expert thought leadership as well. “We don’t want people to do a lot of work to create their own content,” he says. Cohen does admit these templates are fairly generic and designed just to help the pairs get started. “Everything about this is subject to change over time,” he says, from the content to the spaces Facebook would like to get into.

Facebook is just scratching the surface right now, but Cohen says there’s potential to reach tens of thousands of Groups that run the gamut from professional to the more personally-oriented. The difference, he says, from traditional mentoring in the workplace–as well as digital mentorship like the one launched by LinkedIn–is that Facebook intends to help people form more meaningful connections with people they wouldn’t otherwise get to know.

“It’s not just about asking questions and finding solutions,” Cohen says, with a nod to LinkedIn’s matchmaking feature. “We want there to be something in common as the foundation for the relationship,” he explains, “but we want there to be enough distance for building bridges rather than reinforce tribalism.” Isn’t that inherently problematic if admins are doing the matching by hand and mentors or mentees can reject a match? “We want people to have agency,” Cohen asserts, and that will be reflected in the preferences of who they want to work with. “That is always going to be pulling against broadening their horizons,” he admits. But as Facebook gathers survey data from participants and admins, Cohen says they’ll continue to figure out how to present good options.

“Needs [for mentorship] change every day,” he maintains, “But this kind of connection with someone who knows about the thing you are dealing with can be really powerful.”


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SORDIDE….Zuckerberg.
          Here's How Right-Wingers Have Gotten Away with Ridiculous Lies — For Decades      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
How did Alex Jones become possible? Because we tolerated “lesser” lies for too long

This week, in a sudden bout of atypical decency and common sense, a cavalcade of social media companies and content platforms — including YouTube, Spotify, Apple and Facebook — finally banned Alex Jones and his media empire Infowars.

The move was long overdue, as Jones has spent his whole career peddling not just right-wing disinformation, but the worst kinds of conspiracy theories, demonizing innocent people and running cover for legitimate villains. Jones has used his platform to terrorize the families of shooting victims, even parents of the Sandy Hook children, by suggesting they are "crisis actors" participating in a massive hoax. On the flipside, he's denied violence committed by actual murderers, claiming that Timothy McVeigh was a "patsy" and that arguing that David Koresh, who impregnated 12-and-13-year-olds and almost certainly ordered a mass suicide that killed multiple children, was an innocent victim.

It's a sign of how trollish and amoral conservatives have become that their instinct was to rush forward and claim that it was an assault on free speech for online platforms to refuse to distribute the steady stream of lies and defamation that pours out of Infowars. Most of these folks didn't even pause for breath between trying to get writer Sarah Jeong fired from the New York Times for jokes mocking racists to declaring that "free speech" requires private companies to signal-boost an amoral monster like Jones. Such bad faith isn't merely a tool of the right. It's the central organizing feature of the troll lifestyle that they've created for themselves.

What's going on here is not a mystery. American conservatives long ago decided that nothing mattered more than winning. They won't hesitate to support harassment, defamation, disinformation or, as we're now learning, possible treason, if they feel the end result will be a few more votes for the Republican party.

But the whole Jones debacle highlights a very real problem that social media and other content platforms have to contend with: Where do you draw the line? Jones may be on the fringe, but his show was linked to the Republican mainstream in the sense that most of the American conservative movement functions by peddling disinformation and, in many cases, conspiracy theories. Banning all disinformation from these sites would mean wiping out the vast majority of right-wing content, which would no doubt result in even more squalling that we're hearing now. But the current situation, where some lies cross the line but others don't, is a muddled mess that allows for all the bad-faith posturing about "free speech" that's going on now.

It's not quite fair to blame Mark Zuckerberg personally for this particular problem, because misinformation isn't just about "fake news" or the blatant fictions of Infowars. It goes straight to the heart of Republican politics, even before the party nominated a conspiracy theorist and con man to be their presidential candidate. Making false claims, intentionally or otherwise, has been a central Republican tactic for decades, and it's just getting worse.

Take climate-change denial as the primary example. There's a widespread, tacit acceptance in the mainstream media that it's normal for Republican politicians to "believe" that climate change is a hoax. (Even though that wasn't universally true even 10 years ago.) This is taken as somehow categorically different and less awful than, say, claiming that a mass shooting of children is a hoax.

But is it really all that different? In both cases, the person is apparently claiming that a widespread fiction has been created to trick the public into embracing certain policies, and that the hoaxers are so powerful they are able to hoodwink the media, the government and the public at large into believing them. In both cases, the conspiracy being posited would require literally thousands of people to pull it off and then to be quiet about it for decades. With climate-change denialism, there's even the suggestion that the conspiracy is worldwide, requiring a level of organization and secrecy that is frankly impossible for real-world human beings to pull off.

In both cases, the impact of the conspiracy theory is so horrible it's hard to contemplate. With conspiracy theories about mass shootings, surviving family members are harassed and hounded, even forced to move to escape their tormenters. With Pizzagate, we've already seen an armed vigilante holding a restaurant hostage because he believed lies about pedophiles organizing there.

But with climate change, a more socially acceptable conspiracy theory, the cost of indulging the lie is death. People are dying from heat, people are dying from floods and people will die from resource wars — all because we were too crippled by a conspiracy theory to take action to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions when that could have prevented or mitigated this catastrophe.

The reason we have Infowars, and have conservatives defending it, is because we — the public, the media, politicians — didn't do enough to stand up to the rising tide of right-wing lies a decade ago. We politely agreed to treat empirically false claims on everything from climate change to economic policy as if these were matters of opinion on which reasonable people could disagree, rather than a question of one side flat-out denying actual reality. So we shouldn't be surprised now that conservatives feel emboldened enough to back up the guy who accuses innocent people of being pedophiles or faking children's deaths.

Kicking Infowars off social media is a good start, but to get our disinformation epidemic under control, more drastic measures need to be taken. Gatekeepers of all sorts, journalists in particular, need to become more active in fighting back and challenging conservatives on their lies, including those that have been falsely categorized as differences of opinion. We gave them an inch and they took a mile. It was a massive mistake that should never be made again.


          Atención: Facebook empieza a borrar publicaciones engañosas      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Mark Zuckerberg, pese a los numerosos intentos por limpiar la imagen de su plataforma, Facebook, la red social con mayor cantidad de usuarios en el mundo, por encima de la competencia, continúa haciendo esfuerzos determinados para recuperar la confianza del usuario. Después de todos los problemas, busca que los usuarios se sienta cómodos dentro el rey de […]

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          Anne Frank Center asks Facebook to remove Holocaust denial pages      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect is calling out Facebook for allowing Holocaust denial pages on its site. And the center is doing so through a petition in which it's requesting Facebook and CEO Mark Zuckerberg take them down. "When these pages spread lies and untruths, it is veiled hatred and anti-semitism designed to cast doubt on facts," the center says in the Change.org petition. "There is a difference between providing a platform for free expression and knowingly spreading false information and lies. Denying the Holocaust causes harm."

Source: Change.org


          Anne Frank Center asks Facebook to remove Holocaust denial pages      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect is calling out Facebook for allowing Holocaust denial pages on its site. And the center is doing so through a petition in which it's requesting Facebook and CEO Mark Zuckerberg take them down. "When these page... Reported by engadget 55 minutes ago.
          Beware the Slippery Slope of Facebook Censorship      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
August 8, 2018
Common Dreams
Matt Taibbi

The social network is too big and broken to properly function, and these “fixes” will only create more problems

You may have seen a story this week detailing how Facebook shut down a series of accounts. As noted by Politico, Facebook claimed these accounts “sought to inflame social and political tensions in the United States, and said their activity was similar — and in some cases connected — to that of Russian accounts during the 2016 election.”

Similar? What does “similar” mean?

The death-pit for civil liberties is usually found in a combination of fringe/unpopular people or ideas and a national security emergency.

This is where we are with this unsettling new confab of Facebook, Congress and the Trump administration.

Read this jarring quote from Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) about the shutting down of the “inauthentic” accounts:

“Today’s disclosure is further evidence that the Kremlin continues to exploit platforms like Facebook to sow division and spread disinformation… I also expect Facebook, along with other platform companies, will continue to identify Russian troll activity and to work with Congress…”

This was in a story in which Facebook stated that it did not know the source of all the pages. They might be Russian, or they might just be Warner’s idea of “sowing division.” Are we comfortable with that range of possibilities?

Many of the banned pages look like parodies of some paranoid bureaucrat’s idea of dangerous speech.

A page called “Black Elevation” shows a picture of Huey Newton and offers readers a job. “Aztlan Warriors” contains a meme celebrating the likes of Geronimo and Zapata, giving thanks for their service in the “the 500 year war against colonialism.”

And a banned “Mindful Being” page shared this, which seems culled from Jack Handey’s Deep Thoughts bit:

“We must unlearn what we have learned because a conditioned mind cannot comprehend the infinite.”

Facebook also wiped out a “No Unite The Right 2” page, appearing to advertise a counter-rally on the upcoming anniversary of the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Facebook was “helped” in its efforts to wipe out these dangerous memes by the Atlantic Council, on whose board you’ll find confidence-inspiring names like Henry Kissinger, former CIA chief Michael Hayden, former acting CIA head Michael Morell and former Bush-era Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff. (The latter is the guy who used to bring you the insane color-coded terror threat level system.)

These people now have their hands on what is essentially a direct lever over nationwide news distribution. It’s hard to understate the potential mischief that lurks behind this union of Internet platforms and would-be government censors.

As noted in Rolling Stone earlier this year, 70 percent of Americans get their news from just two sources, Facebook and Google. As that number rises, the power of just a few people to decide what information does and does not reach the public will amplify significantly.

In a way, this is the other shoe dropping after last week’s much-publicized brouhaha over Infowars lunatic Alex Jones. Jones had four videos removed from YouTube and had his Facebook page banned for 30 days, though he seemed to find a way around that more or less instantly.

These moves were celebrated across social media, because who doesn’t hate Alex Jones?

The complainants in the Jones case included parents of Sandy Hook victims, who have legitimate beef with Jones and his conspiratorial coverage. The Infowars reports asserting the grieving parents were green-screen fakes were not just demonstrably false and rightfully the subject of a defamation suit, but also seemingly crossed a separate line when they published maps and addresses of family members, who experienced threats.

When Jones and his like-minded pals cried censorship and bias, they came across as more than a little disingenuous. After all, right-wingers have consistently argued on behalf of the speech rights of big corporations.

Conservative justices have handed down rulings using the First Amendment to hold back regulation of big tobacco and the gun industry, and to justify unlimited campaign spending. Citizens United was a crucial moment in the degradation of the First Amendment, essentially defining corporate influence as speech.

As many pointed out last week, the Jones ban was not a legal speech issue – not exactly, anyway. No matter how often Jones yelped about “Hitler levels of censorship,” and no matter how many rambling pages he and his minions typed up in their “emergency report” on the “deep state plan to kill the First Amendment,” it didn’t change the objectively true fact their ban was not (yet) a First Amendment issue.

The First Amendment, after all, only addresses the government’s power to restrict speech. It doesn’t address what Facebook, Google, YouTube and Twitter can do as private companies, enforcing their terms of service.

So it’s true, there was no First Amendment issue with the Jones ban. But that’s the problem.

The pre-Internet system for dealing with defamatory and libelous speech was litigation, which was pretty effective. The standard for punishment was also very high. In the 1964 Supreme Court case New York Times v. Sullivan — the bedrock case for libel law involving a public figure — the court went out of its way to make sure that complainants needed to prove reckless or knowing disregard for fact.

Among other things, the court worried that absent such a tough legal standard, outlets would play it too safe with speech, and “make only statements which ‘steer far wider of the unlawful zone.’”

This mostly worked. Historically there were few analogs to Infowars that got anything like wide distribution because of the financial threat, which scared publishers most of all. In order to have power to distribute widely you needed resources, but you put those resources at risk if you defamed people.

That all changed with digital media. Way back in 1996, when mastodons roamed the earth and people used dial-up to connect to the Internet, Congress passed the Communications Decency Act.It contained the following landmark language:

“No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.”

Essentially this meant that Internet providers wouldn’t be treated like news organizations. In the eyes of the law, they were less like CBS or Random House than they were bookstores or newsstands.

The rule allowed platforms to grow exponentially without the same fear of litigation. Companies like Facebook and Google became all-powerful media distributors, and were able to profit from InfoWars-style programs without having to be liable for them.

This led to the flowering of so much obnoxious speech that the First Amendment acquired a reputation as a racist con, and online media distributors, instead of being sued themselves as publishers, began to be viewed as potential restorers of order, beneficent censors.

Now, at a moment of crisis and high political tension, the public seems unable to grasp the gravity of allowing the government or anyone else to use that power.

It is already a scandal that these de facto private media regulators have secret algorithmic processes that push down some news organizations in favor of others. Witness the complaints by outlets like Alternet, Truthdig and others that big platforms have been de-emphasizing alternative sites in the name of combating “fake news.”

But this week’s revelation is worse. When Facebook works with the government and wannabe star-chamber organizations like the Atlantic Council to delete sites on national security grounds, using secret methodology, it opens the door to nightmare possibilities that you’d find in dystopian novels.

The sheer market power of these companies over information flow has always been the real threat. This is why breaking them up should have long ago become an urgent national priority.

Instead, as was obvious during the Senate hearing with Mark Zuckerberg earlier this year, politicians are more interested in using than curtailing the power of these companies. The platforms, for their part, will cave rather than be regulated. The endgame here couldn’t be clearer. This is how authoritarian marriages begin, and people should be very worried.

Posted with permission from Common Dreams.


          Good news: Facebook's web traffic has dropped by almost half in the last two years      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

A new study revealed that monthly page visits to the user-hostile social media site Facebook have dropped from 8.5 billion to 4.7 billion since 2016.

From CNBC:

"Although Facebook's app traffic has grown, it is not enough to make up for that loss, the study said. Facebook took a market tumble last month when it reported that the number of daily active users remained flat in North America in the second quarter, and declined in Europe."

Meanwhile, traffic growth on YouTube is booming and will overtake Facebook as the second most popular website. The top spot is held by Google, which also owns YouTube.

Image: Brian Solis/Wikimedia Commons. Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

          New Google Technology Autocorrects Users’ Thoughts      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The Babylon Bee reports,
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA—At a special press conference held at the technology giant’s sprawling campus Tuesday, Google engineers revealed exciting new technology that autocorrects any errant thoughts its users are having, replacing them with positions approved by the company.

Utilizing advanced retinal scan and proprietary telepathic scanning technology, the new automatic thought correction algorithm is now live for users of Google’s search engine, Android operating system, Chrome OS, and the hundreds of other apps and services the company provides.

“Let’s say you start thinking there may be some kind of inherent biological difference between men and women,” Google employee Ryan Vo said in a live demo of the new tech. “Immediately, the thought suggestion program in any nearby Google device, app, or service will scrub the idea of inherent gender differences and replace them with the sure knowledge that there are at least three hundred different genders in existence, and always has been.”

“Google will begin rebuilding your mind, piece by piece,” he added to the cheers and applause of the tech bloggers and industry professionals gathered.

According to the spokesperson, Google is also utilizing crack teams of ex-military personnel to round up anyone who resists the new technology, taking them to a new portion of Google’s campus known as the “Department of Love” for questioning, reconditioning, and re-introduction into civilized society.

At publishing time, a jealous Mark Zuckerberg had put his best programmers on the job of attempting to reverse-engineer Google’s new thought correction algorithm for use on his own social network, sources confirmed.

          Mark Zuckerberg's testimony before the European Parliament: The four key moments      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faces tough questions before the European Parliament about Facebook's business practices.
          Comment on Finding Mr X: The story of an anti-cycling hate page (and the cyclist behind it) by Robert Merkel      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
I'm no fan of Facebook's business practices or Mark Zuckerberg, but dealing with the dregs of human behaviour is not at all easy for them.
          区块链给网络安全带来了什么好处      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

网络安全的世界就像我们现代的“仙境”一样。有了海量的数据,任何事情都可能发生。在适应现代数字时代中,广泛传播的行业阻力已经为那些利用其计算机网络知识的人铺平了道路,他们利用和勒索他人来获取财务或个人利益。

在全球范围内,我们目睹了诸如Equifax和Facebook等大规模数据泄露事件对我们造成的巨大破坏。在我看来,不幸的是,直到Mark Zuckerberg在国会作证以及GDPR在5月生效之后,这些影响才真正得到承认。

但是,当涉及到安全问题时,仍然有很多东西需要学习,因为永远不能有足够的保护。为什么?因为每进行了一个补丁都会有一个新的攻击者寻找下一个漏洞。当我们谈论数字资产时,比如加密货币,当然还有区块链技术,情况也是如此。

科技的迅猛发展带来了许多好处,但同时也带来了许多灾难。例如,正在迅速扩张的数字资产市场,正在为新形式的网络攻击(如利用个人数字资产和投资)提供强有力的支持。

尽管比特币从2009年开始出现,但“加密货币”的概念仍处于初级阶段。与这些货币相关的波动性,以及围绕其监管的不确定性,仍然是不可预测的。直到最近举办的国会听证会,美国才最终听取了众议院农业委员会(House Agriculture Committee)和众议院金融服务委员会(House Committee On Financial Serviceson)关于未来数字资产向经济和金融部门提出的论点。

但是,了解网络安全空间的根本问题,可能有助于揭开如何将区块链和加密货币等新技术应用到我们的相关行业中。或者,这可能继续让我们所有人为之疯狂。

1.网络安全解决方案过多

在我看来,区块链可以极大地减少网络安全产品在市场上的过剩。我不情愿将所有这些产品归类为“解决方案”,这是为了整个行业的利益,也是为了保护消费者的钱包。为甚麽呢?因为质量和数量是有区别的。

对改善我们的“网络环境”的需求已经导致市场上大量的网络安全产品的供应。例如,你看到多少广告试图让你投资于一个新的反病毒或反恶意软件,如McAfee、Norton、AVG或Kaspersky?有多少广告吸引你浏览VPN,或虚拟专用网络软件,以帮助你隐藏和保护你的计算机IP地址?

如何真正选择一种产品?这不仅对软件开发者和公司来说是一个挑战,让他们在这个空间中竞争和茁壮成长,而且对普通消费者来说也是一个挑战,他们需要了解他们在寻找什么。为甚麽呢?所有这些都归结为不能正确地判断我们正在面临的问题或需要注意的产品。

说到保护我们的数字资产不受威胁,我的看法是,在区块链“解决方案”和加密货币风险的数量方面没有什么不同。我们需要能够精简质量和消除垃圾。市场上充斥着成千上万的加密货币和区块链项目,它们只做两件事 淹没了发展空间,压倒了消费者和投资者。

通过在组合中引入区块链技术,我们可以开始改善我们的“网络环境”。

2.我们的‘网络环境’很差,需要清理

区块链可以充当某种数字拖把,帮助清理我们已经采取的安全习惯。当我们谈论良好的“网络环境”时,我们指的是我们在识别威胁、解决这些威胁以及确保我们继续采取预防性措施防止潜在的网络剥削方面的主动性。对你作为消费者或企业所拥有的信息有一个基本的了解是至关重要的。

如果我们看一下过去几年里出现的绝大多数的数据泄露事件就会发现,几乎所有的数据泄露都可以归结为:当它第一次开始留下痕迹时就没有人在意威胁已经出现了。这样,就会出现懒惰的监控,比如无法更新操作的系统,对设备进行现代化的犹豫,甚至忽略了那些容易识别的危险信号。

3.使安全性更加清晰

每当我看到市场上最新的安全产品时,我都会做相应的功课。就像我使用新的区块链技术一样,我会研究和比较产品。我读了评论,很快就知道我应该投资什么了。但是,这并不是许多消费者如何实现他们的安全唯一途径。在对区块链技术进行投资时,花时间研究它是如何形成的,以及为什么它最适合于它特定的应用也是很重要的。

事实上,选择安全产品的一个主要问题是,许多消费者往往不能认识到产品的有效性。或者,他们对该特定产品如何工作的知识有限,常常不能充分利用他们的投资。

你能正确识别软件能力的唯一方法就是进行研究和自我测试。用户或市场评论本身可能有缺陷,但自我测试,就没有人可以超越。当我们开始看到新的公司进入区块链或加密货币领域时,许多供应商还没有在这个领域的业务。为甚麽呢?因为他们没有这方面的经验或历史。然而,人们相信如果该公司有一个极具吸引力的白皮书或视频他们就将改变世界。

我曾与许多在区块链和加密货币领域的知名人士交谈过,其中包括金融先锋、LDJ Capital, David Drake,,以及前CNET创始人Halsey Minor,,探讨了实现这一领域的最佳方法。即使是备受尊敬的投资者,如Herjavec集团的首席执行官Robert Herjavec和Shark Tank 鲨鱼投资人iMark Cuban也加入了进来,他们都同意这样一个事实――你必须自己进行研究,并且记住不要投资炒作。

无论您是在国内还是在国际范围内查看产品或项目, 供应商的跟踪记录总是那么的重要。无论您是在寻找像 McAfee、Norton或 AVG 这样的公认市场品牌, 都永远不会有 绝对“完美” 的解决方案。虽然在为个人或商业安全解决方案采用国际安全产品时犹豫不决, 但我确实遇到了一家公司, 使我非常感兴趣。

作为韩国第一大网络和数据安全供应商――Penta Security Systems inc.的内部合资企业,Cloudbric已经在安全领域工作了20多年,拥有多个获奖产品,并在亚太地区提供了他们的专业知识。Penta Security Systems inc.的首席执行官Seokwoo Lee和 Lab Advisory Board委员会成员Jae-Woo Lee,最近也加入了Cloudbric并作为该公司的顾问。

该公司有还有来自中国的支持者, 三星电子中国市场的前首席执行官杨金华、Goldford金融科技公司的首席执行官Caspar Wong,以及Goldford集团的首席执行官Steve C.Y. Pang。

Cloudbric公司打算推出ICO, 旨在解决困扰市场的各种问题, 开发一个易于管理, 分散的 AI 安全平台。通过数字资产保护、物联网、智能恶意软件保护、网络钓鱼保护以及我们现在拥有的与数据挖掘和加密挖掘相关的知识, 整合企业级网络安全, 我们也许能够慢慢开始解决这个新的数字安全时代。

到头来,我将更多地信任一家像这样的公司,因为它背后的名字和它们的历史记录,已经与Cloudbric安全系统有了相当紧密的联系。

透过网络安全的镜子

归根结底,我们必须从一个全新的角度来看待网络安全问题,因为威胁正在迅速演变。而在镜子的另一面,就是区块链和它能给该领域带来的许多好处。

随着市场上网络安全供应商的日益增多,收集到的大量数据,如恶意IP地址、恶意软件识别和其他渗透来源,迫切需要大规模采用的解决方案,可以使用私有化数据的安全性来生成分析报告。通过安装软件同意条款和条件的用户正在提供这些数据。利用区块链技术,消除了遮掩消费者获取信息的权利。

将区块链技术纳入网络安全方程,将使安全供应商能够设计出解决办法,使其用户能够在安全系统的增长和准确性方面发挥更重要的作用。


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Facebook eliminerà le pubblicazioni che ingannano gli utenti per ottenere benefici economici

Facebook sta reinventando il concetto di “espressione libera” che ha governato la sua piattaforma fino a pochi mesi fa. Dopo i vari scandali sulla privacy che collegano la società di Mark Zuckerberg con applicazioni di terze parti e l’uso della piattaforma per influenzare la decisione dell’elettorato durante il concorso presidenziale del 2016 negli Stati Uniti, […]

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The Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect is calling out Facebook for allowing Holocaust denial pages on its site. And the center is doing so through a petition in which it's requesting Facebook and CEO Mark Zuckerberg take them down. "When these page...
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Zuckerberg is a Globalist stooge. Facebook is a front for the intelligence agencies. He didn't really steal anything. He's an employee of "the System."
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Facebook has become a monopoly. The reason we cannot allow monopoly is that too much power gets centralized. In the case of Zuckerberg, Bezos, Gates and a few others, they could meet and set national policy without being elected. They are doing it now. We need to get all Ida Tarbell up in here, right quick, or say hello to Dystopia, created by bezerko wealthy inexperienced uneducated experimenters, having fun on the weekends with the future of millions. It is a simple concept to plan 7 generations ahead. I have a new simple question. Why does Catholicism support Capitalism with such vigor ?
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>Who are we? Passion translated to profession for Mallika Kejriwal when she branded her work and The Design Bay Studio, a Graphic Design and Social Media Agency, came into being. You’ll find a team of about 15 people here, dedicated to your design and branding needs! Coming up with a business idea, the conceptualization and execution is work enough! – We take the rest off your hands! Design Bay is an agency very strong in its design aesthetic, and no matter who the client – from a serious Finance industry or a fun Beauty Brand, we make it a point to extend our design aesthetic into all of it! Brochure designing, catalogs, professional portfolios and customized stationery for your brand, is our job. You know those creative invites that circulate in your WhatsApp chats? That’s us too! In terms of Social Media marketing, our team promotes your work through all possible digital media platforms, along with designing and curating content for the same. We are constantly brainstorming here at the Design Bay Studio and come up with interactive and engaging promotional campaigns and content for your brand. Browse through our services and refer our completed Projects, to know more on how we can help your or your brand on our website What’s in the name? The name of the Company has a funny story behind it! While she was still a freelancer, working from home, Mallika had exhausted her mind trying to come up with the name, and as always when a designer is doing something for themselves – nothing is good enough! There’s always something amiss! In the midst of the back and forth of just the name (don’t even get her started on the logo) here’s the funny part! – she and her husband were downloading torrents – before netflix ever came into play – from the legendary website – pirate bay – and that’s when her husband had a ‘Eureka’ moment and said – why not call it Design Bay!! It had the word ‘Design’ and being based in Bombay – it was an easy sell to be honest! The Design Bay Studio, stands for a niche studio in South Mumbai (a.k.a. – The Bay). Also Read: Agency Feature – Three Fourth Solutions What we do? ●Brand Identity Design & Development ●Graphic Designing ●Website Design & Development ●Internal Branding ●Brand Strategy & Positioning ●Packaging Conceptualisation & Design ●Social Media Marketing & Advertising ●Exhibition Collateral & Conceptualisation ●Blogger Associations & PR Packages ●App Development ●Email Marketing ●Search Engine Optimization Why we do it? The entire Design Bay team loves design! Even the business team gets so inspired looking at the designers that they want to learn the software too! That’s why we do it! It our form of de-stressing even with all the stress, chaos and deadlines (DEAD.lines) – we enjoy what we do! To the point that it physically hurts when clients approve the bad logo, or fix on the worst colour combination! How we evolve? The key to evolving is Research constantly updating yourself! This is similar to how a newspaper is read on a daily basis – you’ve got to be on top of the game! Reading Blogs, Articles on what’s new, Zuckerberg’s’ updates & how Instagram has developed their app with new features, going for events, even buying design books on a regular basis – is what’s important for any agency out there! We’ve got to ensure we know it all in the Marketing aspect, along with learning new tricks that our design softwares often surprise us with! At work, internally, we ensure our Employees develop the Culture our Founder wishes to carry forward. With the industry growing at a rapid space, we sometimes tend to forget a lot of values that have gotten us far. However, at The Design Bay Studio, we have monthly training sessions amongst our team that ensure these values are never forgotten!   Social responsibility in social media   Every month, we generate content buckets for our clients that emphasize on the various topics that we can use for our Social Media Handles. Out of them, Social Responsibility is Key. CSR Activities for any brand, always adds value to them. We also do recommend on a time-to-time basis, some NGOs that our brands can tie up with. This helps build a positive impact to the page. Need of the hour Language! Always use simple words & short / to-the-point sentences on your Social Media Pages. Never over-do it with the text. Text on the creative is a complete no-no! Keep your images as photographic and visually appealing as possible. We learned the hard way Social Media is extremely Dynamic in nature, as a service. Be it the weekend, a Friday night or a Sunday morning, you’ve always got to be on it! But that helps ensuring everything is on track & nothing gets missed out. 1. Have a ready Calendar Template for you to fill in every month! 2. Set a consistent Posting schedule 3. Always be on it! Keep tracking & checking every Business Page you manage 4. Keep up with the constant changing trends – you’ll be shocked at the kinds of things that are trending! 5. Ensure you’re tapping the right target audience in order to avoid getting followers that aren’t going to turn into your customers. They work with us ●Taj Khazana, Taj Group Of Hotels ●Asian Paints ●Columbia University, New York ●Future Group ●Girnar Tea ●KOKO Restaurant ●One Street Over by Chef Kelvin Chung ●Sweetish House Mafia ●Sprout Gourmet Kitchen ●Ministry of Salads ●Natures Basket ●FoodHall ●HomeDelight / Sargam ●Blue Sea Banquets ●Jindal Cocoa ●The Mad House Cafe ●The Filos Cafe ●Carters Blue ●Me!Bath India ●Elenblu Cosmetics X Nykaa ●Colors TV X Brandwok, UK ●Crescent Moon Exhibitions ●AS Motiwala Fine Jewellery ●The Stylease ●Poshtik Pregnancy Care Products ●Bubber Couture Also Read: Agency Feature: Magikbox Media Industry as we foresee The response received by several brands from the Digital Marketing initiative done by them, has been phenomenal. Advertising on Facebook turned into targeted followers, designs turned into an image of the brands and inquiries turned into leads with these leads finally turning into conversions! When you focus & ensure you’re doing the right kind of marketing,automatically everything falls into place! Other than Social media Marketing, we also feel Videos would become the future.With the growing increase in watching videos rather than creative’s,Videography will be the future! A day without Internet A Holiday!! Lastly, are you hiring? Yes we are!

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          Libreoffice 6.1 ist da – und überrascht mit neuer Optik      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Mit Version 6.1 führt Libreoffice nicht nur eine neue Datenbank ein, sondern auch einen neuen Satz an Icons, an dem vor allem Windows-Nutzer Gefallen finden sollen.  Die Document-Foundation hat Version 6.1 der freien Office-Suite Libreoffice veröffentlicht. Zu den Neuerungen zählt eine neue Datenbank namens Firebird, die die alte HSQLDB-Datenbank von Base ersetzt. Wer die neue Firebird-Datenbank einsetzt, kann alte Dokumente via Import-Tool konvertieren.

Neues Icon-Theme: Libreoffice stellt Colibre vor

Auffälliger ist dagegen eine optische Änderung: Ein neues Icon-Thema unter Windows namens Colibre, das zumindest unter Windows nun standardmäßig ausgewählt ist, basiert auf den Icon-Design-Guidelines von Microsoft. Das soll die gesamte Anwendung zeitgemäßer machen und mehr den heute üblichen Windows-Anwendungen annähern. Darüber hinaus soll es aber auch mit Karasa Jaga einen weiteren Icon-Satz geben, der sich am Stil der nun in Rente geschickten Oxygen-Icons orientiert. Da Oxygen nicht mehr weiter betrieben wird, lassen sich die Icons nur noch über die Extensions einbinden. Unter Linux mit Gnome-Desktop ist hingegen Elementary das Default-Icon-Theme. [caption id="attachment_1100842" align="alignnone" width="974" class="tg-noadgoal"] Libreoffice 6.1: Neuerungen beim Design und in der Datenbank. (Bild: Libreoffice)[/caption] Zu den weiteren Änderungen zählt ein überarbeiteter Epub-Filter für die Verarbeitung von E-Books, der nun schneller E-Books aus Dokumenten erstellt und eingebettete Links und Schriftarten schneller verarbeiten kann. Hinzu kommt ein verbessertes Image-Handling-Feature, das schneller und stabiler aufgrund einer veränderten Grafikverwaltung arbeiten soll. Insbesondere unter den proprietären Formaten soll sich hier ein Geschwindigkeitsgewinn ergeben. Libreoffice ist für Windows, Linux und Mac-OS erhältlich und kann hier in der jeweils aktuellen deutschen Version heruntergeladen werden. Das könnte dich auch interessieren:   
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Todo mundo sabe que os jovens não gostam do Facebook. Instagram, Snapchat e YouTube são os serviços preferidos dos mais novos. Mas Mark Zuckerberg não desiste, e tenta várias estratégias para atrair os usuários mais novos para a rede social. Para isso, adquiriu o TBH, um aplicativo de mensagens anônimas, que conta com 2.5 milhões […]

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Agosto è il mese in cui le novità faticano ad arrivare, ma non ditelo a Mark Zuckerberg dato che pochi giorni fa è stata annunciata una novità che interesserà soprattutto il mondo delle aziende presenti sul social: arrivano le nuove […]

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Anne Frank

En plena vorágine de noticias sobre contenido de odio que queda restringido de los catálogos de grandes compañías, el centro Anne Frank por el Respeto Mútuo ha dado otro paso y ha pedido a Facebook que clausure todas las páginas de la red social que nieguen el Holocausto.

Lo ha hecho a través de una campaña de Change.org, que ya cuenta con más de la mitad de las firmas que ha pedido mientras escribo estas líneas. En ella se pide directamente al CEO de Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, que deje de hospedar páginas de Facebook que nieguen el Holocausto nazi.

"Cuando esas páginas difunden mentiras y difamaciones están difundiendo odio y antisemitismo, diseñado para generar dudas en hechos demostrados. El Holocausto ha ocurrido. Es algo que no puede disputarse. Punto". Así de tajante de muestra la petición, que también argumenta que una cosa es defender la libertad de expresión y otra cosa es "difundir conscientemente mentiras e información falsa".

El tropiezo de Zuckerberg con los negacionistas

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¿Y qué puede responder Zuckerberg al respecto? Pues podemos mirar lo que dijo en una entrevista reciente sobre las páginas de Infowars y Alex Jones, retiradas recientemente de varias redes sociales:

Puedes tener tu página, y si no te organizas para agredir a alguien u provocarle otro tipo de daños puedes poner contenidos en esa página. Aunque alguien esté en desacuerdo con lo que pongas o se sienta ofendido por ello.

El CEO de Facebook, precisamente, tuvo que retirar unos comentarios en los que decía que no creía que los que negaban el Holocausto lo hacían intencionadamente. Aclaró que eso no significaba que los defendía. Las consecuencias de toda esta desinformación tienen consecuencias más grandes de lo que se suele pensar: ya se han localizado campañas para desinformar sobre las elecciones legislativas de este noviembre en los Estados Unidos.

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在上周,似乎每个新闻媒体都发布了这样一行消息:

“科技界一直在流传着谷歌重返中国的秘密计划。”

流传?拜托, 只有八卦才会被流来传去。这些八卦是老太太们在院子里遛狗的时候才讨论的事。这些八卦大都未经证实,没有太多证据支撑。

自今年年初以来,谷歌在中国一直非常活跃,设立办公室,进行重大投资,推出微信小程序,并在与腾讯达成交易后宣布交易结果,很明显谷歌与腾讯似乎正在合作,至少合作范围在谷歌涉及中国市场的方方面面。从我在中国科技行业人力圈听到的情况来看,谷歌自2017年以来就一直在中国积极地招贤纳才,当然,可能比我知道的时间开始得更早。

The Intercept上周报道谷歌秘密地开发了一款适合中国的搜索应用程序,这肯定是一条重大新闻。但这是2018年,伙计们。 搜索只是互联网可执行的各种功能的一小部分。 不,谷歌并不打算回归中国。 谷歌已经回归中国了。 事实上,他们已经在那里了。话虽这么说,凡事都没有100%肯定这一说法。 中国的环境总是处于变化之中。 然而,事情发展的总体方向似乎可以预见:当大家在考虑中国互联网不远的将来时,谷歌将发挥一定作用。



但是,对于已经身处于竞争激烈的大环境中的其他竞争者来说,这意味着什么呢? 好吧,在这迷局中,会有一些赢家,一些输家,还有一些问题,等待我们的回答。

赢家:

中国互联网的用户

中国两大顶级搜索引擎百度和搜狗,在各自擅长的领域都是十分强大的。事实上,在2010谷歌的绝大部分抽里中国市场时,如果那时候的百度还称不上是中国互联网的首选搜索引擎,但至少百度已经成长为一个引人注目的竞争对手。

但是,缺乏竞争压力确实已经削弱了中国境内互联网内容的质量,这个现象确实存在。

百度搜索由于道德问题多次引起中国网民的愤怒。创始人兼首席执行官李彦宏今年早些时候评论说,“中国互联网用户对隐私不感兴趣”时,这对于改善公众对百度之间那脆弱的信任关系根本毫无作用。

百度,单纯地作为一家公司看来,也并没有像其他公司一样样表现优异。虽然首字母缩略词BAT经常被用来指中国三大互联网巨头(百度,阿里巴巴,腾讯),但“A”和“T”却将“B”留在了它们的尾气当中。当腾讯和阿里巴巴的估值增长能与它们在硅谷的竞争对手相媲美时,截至2018年8月8日,百度的交易额仅为780亿美元。这与腾讯的4300亿美元,阿里巴巴的4580亿美元,或谷歌的877亿美元相比,百度与其竞争对手相比,相形见绌。


至少,谷歌在中国的存在会迫使其中国竞争对手更积极地参与竞争并提供更好的服务,谷歌同时也带来了另一个好处。 Google搜索为全世界打开了一个进步的窗口。尝试在百度上搜索任何英文内容。结果绝对不理想。即使遵守相对严格的中国互联网法规,谷歌也极有可能为中国互联网用户提供更多外网的搜索结果。

腾讯

凭借微信,腾讯可以说已经摘得了那颗中国互联网的皇冠上的宝石。通过对京东和美团 - 点评的重要投资,腾讯如虎添翼,有了两个得力帮手。然而,腾讯与谷歌的合作关系,更有可能使腾讯的发展跃上一个新台阶。

通过一系列的重要协议,谷歌正在与腾讯的合作正在不断推进当中,这一点已经越发明显,而且从战略上讲,这种合作关系,对于马化腾的腾讯来说,更有意义。

受益于此合作最明显的一点,就是腾讯与国内竞争对手打交道时平添不少优势。在搜索中,他们现在可以与百度相媲美,这还仅仅是个开始。据报道,谷歌还在为中国市场开发新闻整合应用程序。这一点尤为重要,因为中国目前的顶级新闻平台是由超级独角兽字节跳动公司拥有和运营的今日头条,腾讯在公开场合总是与之针锋相对。 字节跳动公司的核心优势是其人工智能驱动的内容推荐引擎,腾讯一直在努力跟上它们的步伐。这一点本来十分难实现,但是,如果可以运用谷歌的人工智能,那这对腾讯来说,可能不再是一个问题。

然后我们再来看看谷歌可以为微信带来什么。腾讯拥有的超级应用程序几乎已经占据了中国移动数据使用量的三分之一,并且微信一直在扩展其功能。微信支付已经处理了中国大量的金融交易,微信中的小程序对传统移动应用程序也发起了挑战。几个月前微信开始提供购物功能,用户可以在其中浏览和订购京东上的产品,这一切只需轻点击几下。如果谷歌搜索也被嵌入到微信中,那么我们可以想象,大部分中国人在渡过他们数字化的一天时,完全没必要离开微信应用程序,这个机会能令微信有效地形成自己的移动操作系统,覆盖在Android或iOS之上。

最后,当腾讯向外扩张时,无论腾讯的全球野心触角伸向何方,谷歌都会是腾讯最好、最合适的全球互联网主页合作伙伴,同时,谷歌还坐拥各种数据资源。

谷歌的股价

谷歌及紧随其后的其他硅谷超级巨星的股票近年来一直持续飙升,他们的股东已经习惯了这种增长。然而,这种飞速增长随着盈利能力的日渐低迷变得越来越稀缺,监管机构现在也以更加怀疑的目光看待着这些企业,谷歌需要找到一个新的增长引擎。中国的14亿人口和大量仍在城市化进程中的人口,可能就是这个引擎。 

中国的商业环境

中国的环境被许多外国公司质疑,许多人怀疑中国是否还是一个欢迎外国企业的国度。尤其是美国商界,曾经作为中国最强大的盟友,他们似乎已经失去了对中国的热情。

通过欢迎谷歌回归,中国向全球商界发出了一个明确的信息,中国还是积极地敞开怀抱,拥抱世界。这种高调重返中国的大型公关确实能为中国的商业环境加分不少。

Facebook

Facebook紧密关注中国市场已经不是什么秘密了。马克·扎克伯格(Mark Zuckerberg)已经像其他全球性公司CEO一样卯足了劲儿,试图与中国保持良好关系。到目前为止,他的努力似乎无济于事,但这在不久的将来可能会发生变化。如果中国愿意为谷歌打开大门,那么也许中国也会愿意为Facebook打开一扇窗。上个月,Facebook在杭州还开设了一家短期存续的子公司。虽然Facebook面前长路漫漫,但似一切都在往好的道路上缓慢发展。

输家:

字节跳动

由于谷歌熟练掌握内容整合、推荐以及拥有微信生态系统的粘性,腾讯团队最终也可能推出有一个新闻应用程序,足以媲美今日头条。由于字节跳动一直在中国互联网监管机构划下的界限上左摇右摆,如果有一个强有力的替代品出现,中国政府将有更多选择,在必要的时候,可以对张一鸣领导的字节跳动公司实行监管。谷歌也是中国顶级人工智能工程人才的竞争对手,谷歌公司肯定会把目光投向字节跳动公司现有的一些顶级人才。这些人才现在的头衔是“世界上最有价值独角兽公司的一员”,但当谷歌回归中国,要再取得进一步的发展可能就变得有些艰难。

搜狗

中国第二大搜索引擎得到了腾讯的强力支持。在他们去年上市之前,腾讯拥有搜狗44%的股份,搜狗也是QQ消息应用程序默认的搜索引擎。但是,搜狗不是谷歌。众所周知,腾讯利用内部竞争来推动产品开发,腾讯团队可能会让搜狗和谷歌做类似的比拼。看搜狗与谷歌竞争似乎有些于心不忍。我在这里用个比喻吧,两者若是站在同一条起跑线上,搜狗开着的是一台大众汽车的高尔夫,而谷歌则驾驶着一台法拉利。

阿里巴巴

在中国互联网行业的竞争中,阿里巴巴和腾讯已经相互对标。阿里巴巴拥有天猫和淘宝,腾讯拥有京东。阿里巴巴有饿了么,腾讯有美团-点评,阿里巴巴努力向微信学习,试图主导社交媒体,与此同时,阿里巴巴的云平台也正在把腾讯甩在身后。

然而,谷歌和腾讯之间关于云服务的合作似乎正在进行中,这可能会迅速抹去阿里云已经形成的领先优势。

阿里最明显的反击是与Facebook合作,并且有一些证据表明他们两方已经开始考虑这些问题。如果腾讯可以与谷歌合作,让阿里在云计算方面的优势化为灰烬,那么阿里 - Facebook的联盟将直捣腾讯主导社交媒体的“老巢”。

谷歌的品牌效应

谷歌在2010年退出中国时,这一举动在一些外媒看来是占据了道德的至高点,称其坚定捍卫公司原则,绝对“不干坏事”。当谷歌重新进入中国时,外国记者的批评声不绝于耳,甚至谷歌自己的雇员都对此举颇有不满。

但我们要明确的是,用“不干坏事”这四个字来解读谷歌的撤退有点过于简单化了。硅谷并不“好”,而中国的互联网也并不“坏”,几乎所有在中国或美国从事科技行业工作的人都知道无论在中国还是美国,好与恶都是同时存在的。谷歌的撤退并不是要扔掉黑帽子选择戴上白帽子,事实上,谷歌选的帽子总是灰色的。

但显而易见的是,谷歌已经选择了一条不利于其公司形象的道路,这已经引起了一些员工和用户的强烈反对,这些人原本以为自己在努力支持的是一间“好公司”。 今年早些时候,谷歌从其公司行为准则中删除了“不干坏事”这一条,引起了公众恐慌。在雇员列出一堆缺点,反对谷歌与美国军方进行合作,认为入不敷出的时候,谷歌公司依旧坚持放弃一个利润丰厚的合同,而是在人工智能武器方面与美国军方合作工作。

有些人认为,谷歌现在只是诚实地向公众展示到他们一直以来处理道德问题的复杂性。而有些人认为,谷歌现在的行事原则正在摒弃谷歌一直以来坚持的核心。无论哪种解读,我们都能看出谷歌这一品牌在公众眼中的形象发生了一些摇摆。

问题来了:

阿里巴巴和Facebook:他们会不会也开展合作呢?

这两家公司现在的关系就像《老友记》前几季里的Rachel和Ross,我们知道他们真的很般配,也知道他们两方互相中意,我们只是不知道究竟什么时候,他们两方能够水到渠成,喜结连理。

Facebook上个月在阿里巴巴总部所在地杭州注册其短期子公司时似乎表明了他们的意图。然而,就目前的现状而言,我们能做的只是推测......

腾讯和谷歌也会在中国之外也会合作吗?

显而易见,腾讯拥有称霸全球的雄心壮志,他们似乎正在与其他主要国际公司建立一系列联盟。除了有据可查的与谷歌进行交易之外,腾讯也与沃尔玛关系紧密,沃尔玛刚刚宣布对腾讯支持的杂货配送服务达达-京东到家进行重大投资。

虽然这些联盟似乎目前只专注于中国市场,但它们在中国以外的国家可能也可能具有极高的价值。随着亚马逊和阿里巴巴继续着其积极的全球增长态势,谷歌 - 沃尔玛 - 腾讯/ 京东“三巨头”的组合可能会所向披靡。

你说的这件事是真的吗?如果确实如此,谷歌可以在中国走多远?

谷歌若能够进入中国,这对谷歌来说意义深远,对腾讯,以及出于多种原因,对整个中国都有很大意义。当然,这件看似简单的事情背后要比我们想象的复杂得多。中国和美国都存在一些不利因素。

然后还有一个简单的问题,即谷歌是否能够真正成功打败其在中国国内的竞争对手,顺利与其在中国的合作伙伴开展合作?如果是,那么合作形式又是怎样的呢?谷歌不太可能像它的国内竞争对手一般了解中国消费者,而且谷歌对国内的大环境也并不了解。腾讯和谷歌的企业文化是截然不同的,两方在实践中的合作可能并不像在理论上的讨论那样和谐。

无论发生什么,谷歌重返中国都能为中国的互联网用户带去整体利益,并成为中国互联网行业观察者们挂在嘴边的一个有趣故事。

你,准备好“吃瓜看戏”了吗?

 

 



          El centro Anna Frank pide a Facebook que elimine todas las páginas que nieguen el Holocausto      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Anne Frank

En plena vorágine de noticias sobre contenido de odio que queda restringido de los catálogos de grandes compañías, el centro Anne Frank por el Respeto Mútuo ha dado otro paso y ha pedido a Facebook que clausure todas las páginas de la red social que nieguen el Holocausto.

Lo ha hecho a través de una campaña de Change.org, que ya cuenta con más de la mitad de las firmas que ha pedido mientras escribo estas líneas. En ella se pide directamente al CEO de Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, que deje de hospedar páginas de Facebook que nieguen el Holocausto nazi.

"Cuando esas páginas difunden mentiras y difamaciones están difundiendo odio y antisemitismo, diseñado para generar dudas en hechos demostrados. El Holocausto ha ocurrido. Es algo que no puede disputarse. Punto". Así de tajante de muestra la petición, que también argumenta que una cosa es defender la libertad de expresión y otra cosa es "difundir conscientemente mentiras e información falsa".

El tropiezo de Zuckerberg con los negacionistas

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¿Y qué puede responder Zuckerberg al respecto? Pues podemos mirar lo que dijo en una entrevista reciente sobre las páginas de Infowars y Alex Jones, retiradas recientemente de varias redes sociales:

Puedes tener tu página, y si no te organizas para agredir a alguien u provocarle otro tipo de daños puedes poner contenidos en esa página. Aunque alguien esté en desacuerdo con lo que pongas o se sienta ofendido por ello.

El CEO de Facebook, precisamente, tuvo que retirar unos comentarios en los que decía que no creía que los que negaban el Holocausto lo hacían intencionadamente. Aclaró que eso no significaba que los defendía. Las consecuencias de toda esta desinformación tienen consecuencias más grandes de lo que se suele pensar: ya se han localizado campañas para desinformar sobre las elecciones legislativas de este noviembre en los Estados Unidos.

Imagen | Rae Allen
En Genbeta | Facebook censura las pinturas de Rubens y varios museos lanzan una campaña que trollea esta situación


          Inside Kylie Jenner's Life-changing Year—and the Milestones She Intends to Tackle Next      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Her 21st year began with a surprise as siblings Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, Kendall Jenner and mom Kris Jenner gathered to fete her with a curvaceous, nude ice sculpture, chocolate fondue and a sheet cake bearing her likeness. But it was Kylie Jenner that was harboring the secret. 

Her romance with rapper Travis Scott—which had admittedly started fast what with Jenner agreeing to join him on tour after their first official hang at Coachella—was approaching mach level speeds. Kylie and the "Antidote" musician (born Jacques Berman Webster II) were due to welcome a daughter that February—a full two months before they would mark their first anniversary. 

Kylie Jenner's 20th Birthday Party

It's the type of curveball that might hamper most 20-year-olds—or your average burgeoning relationship. But for Kylie, the impending arrival of Stormi Webster (graced with Dad's legal last name) just gave her more reason to hustle. Diving out of the spotlight for the first time in her overly Instagrammed youth, the makeup mogul nurtured her growing relationship with the 26-year-old Texas-born rock star (who boasts his own devoted, cult-like following) and prepared for motherhood with such zeal that even her older, more experienced sisters say she's the one to turn to for guidance. "She's not judgmental at all and she's not a hater," Kim recently opined to E! News. "She gives really good, sound advice."

As a new mom faced with the classic parenting conundrum of prioritizing career or family, she chose both, spending as much time as possible with her beloved Storm Storm while running her $900 million cosmetics empire from the Hidden Hills, Calif. home next door. (Because who needs an office when you can snap up a 5,147-square-foot spread within spitting distance of one of your many multi-million-dollar homes?) 

Now, as she kicks off her 22nd year, she's eyeing actual world domination. If she maintains her current growth, Forbes predicts that at some point this year the founder, CEO and chief creative officer of Kylie Cosmetics will usurp Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg as the youngest self-made billionaire. (Yes, her head start as a scene-stealing precocious tween on Keeping Up With the Kardashians is undeniable, but she turned that notoriety and some seed money from modeling gigs into the beauty empire she's long dreamt of.)

And while that would give her every excuse to buy that Malibu farm, throw away her phone and "just really, like, live my life," as she once fantasized about to Elle UK, that's not on the agenda quite yet. There's a new collection to put out—this one, a collaboration with best pal Jordyn Woods—a plan to open a series of brick-and-mortar stores and whatever else the social media wunderkind dreams up. As momager Kris projected to WWD last year, "She's just scratching the surface." 

First, though, she's going to turn up. Kylie rang in 21 Thursday night with a pink-themed bash at West Hollywood lounge Delilah that sister Kourtney Kardashian vowed to make epic. You see, the eldest Kardashian spent Kendall's 21st (also at the roaring twenties-themed spot) a few years back making believe that she, too, was reaching the milestone age.  

"So Kylie was like, 'You better be pretending like this is your 21st also," Kourt revealed to E! News days before the party. "So it's a lot of pressure, but I'm going to have a lot of fun that night." 

The question is, will she be acting like your standard 21-year-old or one more akin to her little sister. Because the woman who made hundreds of million of dollars peddling a so-basic-its-genius solution to her naturally thin lips has little in common with the average college kid. She could have simply added the success of Kylie's Lip Kits (the entire 15,000-piece inventory sold out within 60 seconds) to a growing resume of modeling gigs, clothing lines and a few YA novels, counted her money and moved on. But she sagely seized on that demand, adding more shades, more products (eyeshadow palettes, concealers and illuminating powder Scott describes as "the little powder things") and a series of collaborations with Kourtney, Kim, Khloe and Kris. 

Next up in Woods, her bestie since middle school. By the time they announced their forthcoming launch in a July YouTube video, the twosome had been testing shades and reviewing formulas for months. Says a source, "They have spent a lot of time perfecting it before it's launched later this year."

More hours await. Because once the hue and scent ("I knew I wanted something sweet," she's said of her lipstick criteria) of a product is locked in, the marketing challenge begins. Rather than dole out cash for advertising, the reality star relies on the power of Instagram (the brand's page boasts nearly 17 million followers, just a fraction of the 112 million fans who follow Kylie) spending hours determining the best lighting and enlisting her housekeeper to model each shade. "She has the best arm for swatches," she explained Fast Company last year. "She's so nice and just sits there and has her arm ready and lets me do my thing. I care a lot about what my products look like when people first see them."

Her attention to detail is working. Kylie need only post one photo of herself modeling the latest iteration and her millions of devotees clamor to add it to their cart. Which is why her plan to open a set of stores worldwide is sure to be a winner. Though her GQ profile didn't include the details of when and where, writer Mark Anthony Green shared that her proposal was incredibly fleshed out with Kylie telling him, "I really want to create an experience." 

Her biggest dream, though, is already realized. "Everyone says you change completely when you become a mom, but I really feel the same, just better," she told sister Kim in interview for ES Magazine. Raising little Stormi, she continued, has "just been so amazing, and so much fun. I'm learning so much more about myself and life, and it's been such a great experience." 

In between meetings (and her newly adopted morning sweat sessions), Kylie wiles away hours dressing her 6-month-old in her collection of Burberry and Louis Vuitton designs, cooing over her latest milestone (a recent tummy time session indicated that crawling is soon to come), changing diapers ("It's really satisfying,") and getting Stormi ready for her next foreign adventure. 

Her passport already bursting with stamps from Turks and Caicos (where they celebrated Scott's May birthday) and France (for his Cannes Lion Festival performance), Stormi is due for more international experiences, thanks to Dad's Astroworld Tour. Kylie, who recently appeared in Scott's "Stop Trying to Be God" music video, is determined to hit up as many stops as possible and has already enlisted Woods as an extra travel buddy. "She really wants to be there supporting Travis and is very proud of him," an insider reveals to E! News. And Scott is psyched for some backstage companions. Says the insider, "Travis doesn't want to miss out on anything with Stormi."

Kylie can't stand the thought of missing Scott, either. From the moment the former acquaintances (though they had a collection of mutual friends, "e never really had a conversation because I thought that he didn't like me," she admitted to GQ) realized there was something between them, they made it a point to be together as much as possible. As soon as possible. Their group hang turned pseudo date—however you want to label it—at Coachella had been surprisingly successful. "So he said, 'I'm going back on tour—what do we want to do about this?'" Kylie recalled to the mag. "And I was like, 'I guess I'm going with you.'" 

Claiming a seat on his tour bus, she joined him at stops in Pittsburgh, Charlotte, St. Louis and Milwaukee—places that afforded them a bit more anonymity where they could stroll hand-in-hand and truly get to know each other as people, not grandiose personas. "We got to not be who we really were," she explained. "Life, if we were in L.A., I feel like it would've been way different. Everything happens for a reason. We weren't going out as 'Kylie and Trav.' We would just be in Cleveland, walking the street for hours." 

Somewhere between the California desert and his finale at Tennessee's Bonnaroo, as they were bonding over a shared love of the color black and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, they solidified their union, it's permanence signified by matching butterfly tattoos and, of course, the little Storm they had brewing.

As news leaked out of their impending arrival and Kylie dove underground to enjoy this transitional time away from social media and its judgmental commenters, questions arose about just how involved Scott was. But those queries were answered when Kylie shared her pregnancy story in spectacular fashion, releasing an epic 11-minute video that painted the hyped up hip-hop performer as a devoted father-to-be who attended doctor's appointments, eagerly showed off sonogram videos and claimed a front row seat to the reality scion's Feb. 1 arrival, tearing up when he heard her first plaintive wails. "I was there through the hell...the epidural and shit," he told GQ. "Crazy." 

He's rarely left since. Of course there's the intense fear of missing out on his baby girl's next milestone—"He is obsessed with her," an insider tells E! News—but more than that, he simply can't stand to be away from his favorite ladies.  

Despite thriving careers, "Travis and Kylie are really good about managing their schedules and have only had a few days away from each other at a time ever since Stormi was born," says another source, noting Kylie "wants to make sure the family is together as one unit as much as possible." 

From months of experiences, Kylie has learned that's the key to keeping their relationship in what the source calls "a really great place." While little tiffs are "normal," she admitted to GQ they only tend to happen "because we've been away from each other for too long." 

Fortunately, they've proved themselves to be adept at kissing and making up. Frustrated with an argument they had over the phone ahead of her cover interview, she rescheduled the chat and hopped a flight to Houston to spend time with Scott. "I was like, 'I just need to go,'" she explained to the mag. The Grammy nominee met her private jet with a custom Stormi chain and any disagreements were soon forgotten. 

Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott: Romance Rewind

The romantic gesture wasn't a one-off event. His standoffish personality and predilection for raging (he once cut his palm while swinging from an chandelier mid-concert, and responded by wiping the blood off on the ceiling) belie an incredibly sweet and romantic side. 

Take this gesture from Kylie's 20th birthday last August. "He woke me up out of bed at, like, six in the morning," she recounted. "He was like, 'We gotta go,' and I'm just, like, half asleep, like, 'What do you mean? What do you mean?' And he just starts pulling me, and the sun was just coming up, and he had flowers all the way down his house and violin players everywhere." 

It's a move that's undeniably smooth and one that could be hard to beat. But for starters, may we suggest adding a tower of champagne and a toast to the mogul's incredibly bright future?

Inside Kylie Jenner's Life-changing Year—and the Milestones She Intends to Tackle Next originally appeared on Eonline.com
          The Real Reason for the Left's Double Standard on Hate Speech      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Why is it that organizations like the SPLC can designate conservative Christians as hate groups while ignoring radical leftists like Antifa? Why is that Facebook and Google and YouTube and Twitter appear to punish conservatives disproportionately for alleged violations of community guidelines?

The answer is as disturbing as it is simple. The left believes is it so morally and intellectually superior to the right that it can see nothing wrong with its extreme positions and hostile words. Is it wrong to be intolerant of bigots? Is it wrong to hate (or even punch) a Nazi?

In short, if I'm a member of the KKK, is it wrong for you to disparage and mock me? If I'm a dangerous homophobe, is it wrong for you to vilify and exclude me? If I'm a hate-filled propogandist spreading dangerous lies, is it wrong for you to mark me and marginalize me?

Of course, there are double standards on all sides of the debate, on the right as well as on the left. And there is more than enough hypocrisy to go around, from the most progressive to the most conservative.

All of us also have our share of blind spots, so we tend to condemn in others what we justify in ourselves. Welcome to human nature.

Still, it is conspicuous that the same behavior gets treated differently by the leftist elite (including many a university professor) and by watchdog groups like the SPLC and by the internet giants.

Back in 2004-05, when I first began to address gay activism, I was widely mocked for saying, "Those who came out of the closet want to put us in the closet."

The response was consistent: "No one wants to put you in the closet!"

A few years back, I noticed a change in tone: "Bigots like you belong in the closet!"

But of course!

While being interviewed on a Christian TV program back in 2011, I quoted the comment of a Christian attorney. He told me that those who were once put in jail (speaking of pioneer gay activists) will want to put us in jail.

For having the audacity to say this on Christian TV, I was vilified and maligned.

Yet when Kim Davis was jailed in 2015 for refusing a court order to grant same-sex marriage licenses, there was widespread rejoicing on the left: "Kim Davis is ISIS! Lock her up!"

Again, I'm aware of double standards on all sides, and it's a point of personal reflection and self-examination in my own life.

For example, I believed that, in 2004, San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsome should have been disciplined for issuing same-sex marriage licenses in violation of the law. Yet I believe that Kim Davis was within her rights in refusing to issue such licenses and her home state of Kentucky failed to protect her, under the law.

These are debates we can (and should) have.

What I'm talking about here has to do with fundamental attitudes, with the basis of our judgments, with the inability to see wrong on one's own side. I'm talking about a dangerous hypocrisy. (For the record, I never compared Gavin Newsome to Muslim terrorists.)

In my May, 2016, in the article "Is Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg a Well-Intended Liberal with a Massive Blind Spot?", I referenced the kidnapping of Adolf Eichmann, the notorious Nazi mass murderer, who was apprehended by two Israeli agents while living quietly with his family in Argentina.

They had to wait for several weeks before smuggling him out of the country, during which time they spent many hours in private conversation with him, somehow managing to restrain themselves from taking the law into their own hands.

During one of the conversations, one of the agents realized that Eichmann had given the order to exterminate the village in which his wife's family lived, killing every single one of them.

When asked how he could do such a thing, Eichmann seemed perturbed, responding, "But they were Jews."

Of course he gave the order to kill them. What else was he to do?

Again, to be clear, I am not comparing the SPLC or Facebook or Google to Eichmann and the Nazis. That would be as bad as leftists comparing conservatives to Nazis. Not a chance.

I'm simply pointing out that in Eichmann's twisted world, he was only following orders and doing what was right.

So also, in Antifa's twisted world (although, again, I emphasize, not as twisted as that of the Nazis), they are doing what is right in violently opposing the tyrannical right. Somebody's got to do it!

Thankfully, there is an ongoing, healthy push-back against this liberal hypocrisy. In fact, just this week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions called out the SPLC for using hate group labels to "bully" conservatives. Let their hypocrisy be exposed.

But remember: You have been prejudged as guilty, so your mistreatment is well-deserved.

It is this highly bigoted attitude we must overcome with truth, reason, determination and love.


          Ini Prinsip Mark Zuckerberg saat Cara Karyawan Baru      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Liputan6.com, Jakarta - Di luar segala kontroversi yang belakangan ini terjadi di Facebook, popularitas situs tersebut masih ada di posisi teratas. Pengguna hariannya pun masih di atas 1 miliar orang.

Saat Facebook tersandung kasus Cambridge Analytica, Mark Zuckerberg ternyata tidak memecat satu pegawai pun. Jadi, apa rahasia Zuckerberg dalam mencari karyawan?

Dilansir dari CNBC, prinsip sang CEO ternyata sangat sederhana: Zuckerberg tidak mau mempekerjakan orang apabila dirinya sendiri tidak mau bekerja untuk orang itu sebagai bawahan.

"Saya selalu bilang ke orang-orang bahwa kamu seharusnya hanya mempekerjakan orang ke dalam tim bila kamu sendiri mau bekerja sebagai bawahan mereka," kata Zuckerberg.

Dalam memandang orang-orang yang bekerja di Facebook, seperti Sheryl Sandberg, sang CEO mengaku akan dengann senang hati bekerja sebagai bawahan mereka. "Di semesta alternatif, saya akan merasa terhormat untuk bekerja di bawah mereka," ungkap Zuck, panggilan akrabnya.

Lebih lanjut, Zuck mengaku tidak minder mempekerjakan sosok-sosok yang lebih tangguh darinya. Baginya, itulah yang membuat sebuah perusahaan hebat.

"Perbedaan tunggal yang saya lihat apakah perusahaan akan menjadi hebat dan meraih potensi mereka atau hanya cukup bagus, adalah apakah mereka nyaman dan percaya diri untuk memiliki orang-orang yang lebih kuat dari mereka di sekeliling mereka," jelas Zuckerberg.

Pertumbuhan Pengguna Facebook Kian Melambat

CEO Facebook Mark Zuckerberg memenuhi panggilan untuk bersaksi di hadapan Komite Senat Amerika Serikat di Capitol Hill, Washington, Senin (10/4). (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000

Pertumbuhan pengguna baru Facebook dilaporkan melambat. Pengguna bulanan Facebook mencapai 2,23 miliar--hanya naik 1,54 persen--jauh lebih lambat dari Q1 sebesar 3,14 persen.

Sementara pengguna aktif harian tembus 1,47 miliar, naik sangat rendah yaitu 1,44 persen persen dibandingkan dengan Q1 yang mencapai 3,42 persen.

Mengutip laman Tech Crunch, Jumat, 27 Juli 2018, sebagai perbandingan laju pertumbuhan pengguna harian paling lambat di Facebook adalah 2,18 persen pada Q4 2017.

Untuk mengalihkan perhatian terkait pertumbuhan pengguna yang lemah, Zuckerberg mengumumkan ada 2,5 miliar orang yang menggunakan aplikasi miliknya: Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, dan Messenger.

Namun, pernyataan bos Facebook tetap mempengaruhi pendapatan perusahaan. Saham Facebook pun anjlok hingga 22 persen karena investor khawatir soal pertumbuhan yang lambat dan dampak dari masalah privasi pada bisnis perusahaan.

Facebook juga mengumumkan bahwa pertumbuhan pendapatan perusahaan akan melambat di paruh kedua tahun ini dan pengeluaran bakal meningkat lebih cepat ketimbang pendapatan tahun depan.


          Good news: Facebook's web traffic has dropped by almost half in the last two years      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

A new study revealed that monthly page visits to the user-hostile social media site Facebook have dropped from 8.5 billion to 4.7 billion since 2016.

From CNBC:

"Although Facebook's app traffic has grown, it is not enough to make up for that loss, the study said. Facebook took a market tumble last month when it reported that the number of daily active users remained flat in North America in the second quarter, and declined in Europe."

Meanwhile, traffic growth on YouTube is booming and will overtake Facebook as the second most popular website. The top spot is held by Google, which also owns YouTube.

Image: Brian Solis/Wikimedia Commons. Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

          Netzfund: Die große Liebe ist nur einen Klick und unzählige Daten entfernt      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Neulich ist Facebook Historisches gelungen: Die Firma hat 121 Milliarden Dollar binnen eines Tages an der Börse verloren – die Folge unzähliger Negativschlagzeilen der letzten Monate. Doch scheint das wenig auszumachen. Mark Zuckerberg hat schon konkrete Pläne, wie er sein Imperium weiter ausbauen kann. Mit neuen Funktionen will Facebook zum größten Dating-Berater der Welt werden. […]
          Olvida la regla de las 10,000 horas; Edison, Bezos y Zuckerberg siguen la regla de los 10,000 experimentos      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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La mayoría de las personas creen que Edison inventó la primera bombilla.

Están equivocados.

De hecho, Edison llegó espectacularmente tarde al juego...



          An analyst shared an embarrassing piece of ad-industry gossip about Facebook, and it's another sign the firm is no longer an untouchable rocket ship of growth (FB)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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  • The respected media analyst Liberum has circulated a note saying Facebook's UK advertising revenue may have fallen recently for the first time.
  • Liberum said it showed Facebook's woes might be catching up with the company, but it also posited that advertisers could have switched their spending to TV during the World Cup.
  • The gossip comes with caveats, but it's another signal that the social network is not an untouchable rocket ship of growth.

An analyst has taken the unusual step of sharing some advertising-industry gossip about Facebook — and it's probably the kind of thing the company would prefer to keep a lid on.

Respected media watchers over at the British analyst Liberum sent a note to clients claiming that Facebook's UK advertising revenue may have fallen recently for the first time.

One caveat: It's from one media-buying source and relates to one month's worth of data, for June. Facebook declined to comment.

Liberum said it could be a sign that "Facebook's woes are starting to impact advertising revenues." Though it didn't go into any material detail about these woes, it did mention so-called fake news. The analyst could also be referring to the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the new GDPR privacy law, and election meddling.

Another theory Liberum posited is that advertisers diverted spending into TV because of the World Cup. The football tournament is an ad bonanza for commercial channels like ITV — all helped by England's strong performance, as the team was cheered on by giant audiences of up to 27 million viewers.

Liberum's information is not exactly contradicted by Facebook's second-quarter earnings, which helped wipe a record $119 billion off the firm's value in a single day.

The company's $13.23 billion in revenue did not meet Wall Street expectations, while it warned of revenue growth rates falling by "high single digit" percentages in coming quarters. What's more, Facebook's monthly active users declined in Europe for the first time since at least 2009.

Though the latest news is unverified, the mere fact media buyers are even talking about Facebook in these terms is another signal the social network is not an untouchable rocket ship of growth.

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          David Olive: Why you shouldn’t put stock in Facebook’s future      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Facebook Inc.’s days as a carefree profit maximizer are numbered, and so is its inflated stock price.

Even at its knocked-down share price of $185.18, Facebook stock is not the bargain many investors believe it to be. (All figures in U.S. dollars.)

True, Facebook’s user base of 1.4 billion accounts for close to one-sixth of humanity. The company’s profits have continued to grow. And having shed $147 billion worth of shareholder value on July 25, or more than 19 per cent, the temptation is there to buy the stock on a dip.

Yet even at its current, lower price, stock in the 14-year-old social-media juggernaut remains over-priced, and Facebook’s total valuation, of $535 billion, looks unsustainable.

Facebook faces daunting challenges for which it is not prepared. So does the entire social-media industry.

Consider the sloth of Facebook and certain of its peers in waiting until this week to boot Alex Jones, the notorious peddler of incendiary falsehoods, off their platforms.

And Jones, a hate-spewing creation of the social-media giants, whose platforms lifted him from obscurity, has not had his account revoked by Twitter Inc.

The Jones episode is more evidence of the young social-media industry’s inability to police itself. Even Mark Zuckerberg, cofounder and CEO of Facebook, believes regulation of his industry is inevitable.

The industry must therefore brace for the same state regulation with which traditional media comply – including the libel, hate-speech, anti-defamation and anti-monopoly laws.

And that will undermine the industry’s current, lucrative Wild West business model.

Facebook’s business model is to collect ever-increasing amounts of personal data from an ever-larger population of users – including the dangerous kooks to whom it provides a platform. It then “rents” those users to advertisers, who exploit the user data Facebook provides them to precisely target their messages.

Facebook is an advertising-revenue business. It is only incidentally an exchange for baby photos and recipes.

And the social networks have turned anti-social, especially, given its size, Facebook.

In March, it was revealed that the exhaustive data Facebook has accumulated about its users was compromised to manipulate the outcome of the 2016 Brexit referendum and the U.S. presidential election.

But exuberant investors kept the faith. Prior to the July 25 stock drop, they had boosted the price of Facebook stock more than 40 per cent since the revelations of 2016. That was also the year of the tragic live-streamed death of Antonio Perkins, who used Facebook Live to broadcast his suicide.

It is untenable that Facebook continue to allow itself to be used to meddle in the affairs of countries and to provide a global stage for the behaviour of deeply troubled people and groups.

Yet Facebook stock is still “priced to perfection,” even after its abrupt fall from its peak value of $217.50 per share July 25. To justify its inflated, albeit diminished, stock-market valuation, Facebook must execute perfectly on each of its growth goals. But that’s unlikely to happen, given the enormity of negatives facing social media.

  • Facebook’s current price assumes that the unregulated social-networking industry will retain that status. It will not. Facebook already has to cope with strict privacy protections imposed by Europe this year. The U.S. will follow suit. And both jurisdictions are also investigating suspected anti-trust practices at social-networking firms.

Compliance with regulations newly imposed on them will cut into profit growth at social media firms by curbing user and advertising growth rates.

  • Facebook has effectively saturated the North American and European markets that account for 72 per cent of its revenues. In those core markets, user growth is slowing, and time spent on the network is slipping. Privacy concerns account for some of that fall-off, and they are growing. Yet continual double-digit growth in both metrics is built into the current Facebook share price.

  • Unilever Plc, the giant consumer products firm (Dove soap, Sunlight cleansers, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream), is among the companies that have begun threatening to pull their ads from Facebook.

“We cannot have an environment where our consumers don’t trust what they see online,” said Unilever’s chief marketing officer Keith Weed.

Unilever accuses Facebook of failing to protect its users from extremist and illegal content.

Obliging advertisers who increasingly worry about their reputations, as social-media firms must do, will curb the user growth that drives ad-revenue growth. Again, the business model is to host as many users as possible, not evict existing ones or turn away disreputable prospective ones. But that model is a public-health hazard.

And as long as Facebook fails to clean up its act, it’s doubtful that the likes of Loblaws, Tim Hortons and the Anglican Church of Canada will continue seeking to be “liked” on Facebook.

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  • A Facebook whose content foments dissent in the West cannot hope to expand more widely in repressive markets like China, a source of growth also factored into Facebook’s current lofty share price.

Facebook will also struggle in trying to launch new products.

This week, Facebook said it will try, with users’ permission, to obtain their personal financial data from their banks in order to sell financial-transaction services to them.

But with Facebook users now “unfriending” the network on privacy concerns, how likely is it that remaining users will trust Facebook with even more personal data than it already collects?

“Facebook is the least trustworthy online company,” U.S. investment manager Om Malik of True Ventures told Bloomberg Television this week. Malik, an erstwhile Facebook investor, says Facebook needs to be regulated, citing a litany of broken Facebook promises to protect its users.

Facebook has long known that it is a cesspool of cyberbullies, fomenters of ethnic violence, and Vladimir Putin operatives looking for new ways to disrupt the Western alliance, as they have done with Brexit and the installation of Donald Trump.

“The ugly truth is that we believe in connecting people so deeply that anything that allows us to connect more people more often is de facto good,” Andrew Bosworth, a Facebook vice-president, said in a 2016 leaked internal memo.

“Maybe it costs a life by exposing someone to bullies. Maybe someone dies in a terrorist attack coordinated on our tools. And still we connect people.”

Facebook finally committed this year to purging at least some questionable content from its network. But Facebook’s ultra-sophisticated algorithms continue to connect malevolent people to each other with an efficiency unprecedented in history.

It must be granted that Facebook is a significant part of the culture.

But like the regulated investor-owned utilities whose ranks Facebook is destined to join, Facebook will no longer command a sky-high market valuation. It will become an income stock rather than a go-go investment.

There are worse things than being an income rather than a growth stock. Except for investors who mistake one for the other.

David Olive is a business columnist based in Toronto. Follow him on Twitter: @TheGrtRecession


          San Francisco's housing crisis is so bleak, this startup is reinventing homeschooling so teachers can afford to live where they work      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

wonderschool preschool startup 6Wonderschool

  • In San Francisco's absurd housing market, teachers are struggling to afford to live near where they teach.
  • A startup called Wonderschool is helping preschool teachers stay in San Francisco by providing them with the framework to set up preschools and daycares out of their homes.
  • A school operator on Wonderschool earns an average salary of $78,000, which puts them in a better position to pay rent.

 

Linda Jung's living room has been taken over by five screaming, cheering, playful little children — their toys, their books, and their art.

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Facebook e Instagram permiten que destacados grupos de neonazis y supremacistas blancos aprovechen sus plataformas para vender sus productos, como camisetas de niños con el lema "Bebé blanco: el futuro de nuestra raza".

El mes pasado, Facebook eliminó la página White Rex, una empresa de ropa de propietarios rusos neonazis, después de que la edición estadounidense del HuffPost lo denunciara. Pero al menos otras tres marcas, entre ellas Sva Stone, Ansgar Aryan y Pride France, siguen manteniendo sus páginas de Facebook. White Rex también está en Instagram, que es propiedad de Facebook.

La página de Sva Stone, una marca de ropa ucraniana de un importante propietario neonazi.

La proliferación de negocios de supremacistas blancos en Facebook es una muestra más de la incapacidad del gigante de las redes sociales para atajar el radicalismo y el odio en su plataforma. Algunas de las páginas de marcas de ropa que el HuffPost identificó ya fueron anteriormente, lo cual demuestra las carencias del enfoque de Facebook con respecto al extremismo.

Las marcas de ropa utilizan continuamente variantes de los archiconocidos símbolos nazis y referencias codificadas en sus productos y en sus publicaciones de Facebook, pero normalmente evitan las llamadas a la violencia y la retórica explícitamente de odio. Su apoyo al supremacismo blanco, sin embargo, es evidente si se echa un vistazo rápido a las páginas.

Un post de Sva Stone en Facebook muestra a un hombre con una de sus camisetas de inspiración nazi con un arma en la mano.

En una entrevista con Recode el mes pasado, el CEO de Facebook Mark Zuckerberg usó la negación del Holocausto como un ejemplo del tipo de discurso que la empresa no debería eliminar porque es "difícil impugnar la intención y entender la intención". Después de que varios grupos judíos y en contra de la discriminación criticaran su afirmación, pidió disculpas.

La marca alemana Ansgar Aryan, que tiene más de 16.000 seguidores de Facebook, utiliza un poco velado símbolo con el logo HH y recurre continuamente al número 88. Ambas son referencias comunes entre los nazis por la frase "Heil Hitler". Otra camiseta muestra a un miembro del Ku Klux Klan con un rifle y el eslogan "Queremos que te alistes hoy. Únete al imperio".

En un post 13 de julio, Ansgar Aryan regalaba una edición gratis de la revista National Socialism Today a cualquiera que hiciera una compra superior a 50 euros de la marca. La revista llevaba en portada a la extremista convicta Ursula Haverbeck, que niega la existencia del Holocausto. Cuando un reportero del HuffPost señaló el discurso de odio de la página de Ansgar Aryan, Facebook dijo que el contenido no violaba los estándares de la comunidad.

Ansgar Aryan está dirigida por Patrick Schroder, un neonazi alemán miembro del Partido Nacionaldemócrata de Alemania (NPD), de extrema derecha. Schroder es "nipster", de la subcultura hípster neonazi, que trata de mostrar una fachada menos violenta de su ideología extremista. Y, aun así, la web oficial de Ansgar Aryan vende cuchillos, bates, espray pimienta y pasamontañas.

Un anuncio de la página de Facebook de Ansgar Aryan muestra a un miembro de Ku Klux Klan. Otras publicaciones de la página hacen referencia a la iconografía y los símbolos nazis.

Schroder no es el único supremacista blanco conocido por usar Facebook para crear su marca.

Sva Stone, por ejemplo, es propiedad de un importante neonazi ucraniano llamado Arseniy Bilodub. Tiene más de 20.000 seguidores en Instagram y unos 7.000 en Facebook. Las prendas de Sva Stone incluyen símbolos similares al logo nazi de las SS y esvásticas modificadas. También fabrican una línea de camisetas con un logo parecido a una esvástica y los eslóganes "chico blanco", "chica blanca" y, en talla de niños, "bebé blanco" (en la foto inferior).

"Normalmente, la llevan neonazis de Europa del Este", comenta Pavel Klymenko, que controla el extremismo y es investigador en la FARE Network, una organización que monitoriza el hooliganismo de extrema derecha y la discriminación en el fútbol.

Sva Stone también utiliza Facebook para promocionar festivales de música de supremacistas blancos que llevan a la banda metal de Bilodub, Sokry Peruna. Un vídeo de un concierto de Sokry Peruna en abril muestra una actuación de Bilodub con un banner de Sva Stone mientras una multitud de skinheads hace el saludo nazi. En las fotos del evento también se ve a gente ondeando banderas nazis, con camisetas con esvásticas y ropa de Sva Stone y White Rex.

"[Bilodub es], de algún modo, el patriarca de la escena musical nazi ucraniana", explica Klymenko. "Su música siempre ha sido hardcore neonazi, con letras del tipo 'mata al mono', 'mata al inmigrante".

Los vínculos de Sva Stone con el nazismo y su apoyo al supremacismo blanco no han impedido que la compañía lleve gestionando su página de Facebook durante más de cuatro años. El grupo vende camisetas que cuestan unos 15 euros, usando la función de venta de la plataforma.

"Tenemos buena relación con Facebook", cuenta un representante de Sva Stone al HuffPost por correo electrónico.

La empresa niega que sea un movimiento político o que apoye ninguna ideología. También se negó a comentar cuánto dinero consigue de sus ventas en la tienda de Facebook.

"Ahora estamos centrados en la invasión rusa a Ucrania y estamos implicados en la ayuda a batallones benéficos y a grupos que defienden a Ucrania", afirma Sva Stone.

Uno de los posts de Sva Stone en Facebook apoya al ultranacionalista Azov Battalion, una poderosa milicia ucraniana con miembros neonazis que el Congreso de Estados Unidos prohibió que se financiara. Bilodub tiene vínculos con líderes del Azov Battalion, asegura Klymenko, y los miembros de la milicia suelen llevar ropa de Sva Stone.

Una captura de un vídeo de YouTube de uno de los conciertos de Bilodub. Mientras Bilodub canta en el escenario, la gente lanza saludos nazis.

Muchas de esas marcas de extrema derecha también participan en la escena europea de artes marciales mixtas neonazis y promueven torneos de lucha clandestinos de supremacistas blancos por Europa. El neonazi ruso Denis Nikitin, promotor de estas luchas y propietario de White Rex, es uno de los principales organizadores y animadores de estos eventos.

"El señor Nikitin admira la dedicación y devoción del doctor Goebbels a la Idea del Nacionalsocialismo", declara al HuffPost un representante de White Rex. La marca, sin embargo, niega que Nikitin tenga una foto enmarcada de Joseph Goebbels en su habitación, como informó previamenteThe Guardian.

La empresa dice que no tiene opinión sobre el Holocausto, y no respondió a la pregunta de si negaba que seis millones de judíos fueran asesinados en el Holocausto.

Nikitin se reunió a principios de este año con supremacistas blancos estadounidenses que ahora también venden prendas de White Rex en su propia tienda online. Otros extremistas han tratado de abrir otras marcas de ropa basándose en los modelos de Bilodub y Nikitin.

"Ahora cualquier hooligan o neonazi que tenga más de 10 amigos intenta fabricar su propia ropa", señala Klymenko.

Facebook es consciente de que los extremistas están usando su plataforma para aprovecharse y fomentar la ideología del odio, y ha vetado a grupos extremistas de extrema derecha e islamistas en numerosas ocasiones. No obstante, la empresa no es capaz o no está dispuesta a dejar fuera de su plataforma permanentemente a este tipo de páginas.

Dos de las páginas de White Rex fueron eliminadas anteriormente, según un portavoz de Facebook, pero de algún modo se las arregló para crear una nueva que permaneció abierta durante tres años y ganó unos 13.000 seguidores. Una publicación de la marca de ropa Pride France animaba a la gente a hablar a sus amigos de la página para que pudiera recuperar las cifras que tenía antes de que Facebook se la cerrara.

Facebook e Instagram no han respondido a la edición estadounidense del HuffPost, que preguntó por qué estas marcas de ropa supremacistas tienen permiso para operar en las plataformas y cuánto dinero ganan con la venta de sus prendas en redes.

El gigante de las redes sociales está viviendo uno de sus peores meses hasta la fecha. La semana pasada las acciones de Facebook cayeron aproximadamente un 19% después de que la compañía publicara unos resultados en los que se apreciaba un crecimiento de usuarios más lento y unas ventas más flojas de lo esperado. Facebook perdió unos 120.000 millones de dólares de capitalización bursátil (valor total que tiene la compañía en el mercado) con esa caída.

Ansgar Aryan y Pride France tampoco han respondido a las preguntas sobre su ideología y su relación con Facebook.

ACTUALIZACIÓN: Facebook e Instagram han despublicado varias de estas páginas horas después de que la edición estadounidense del HuffPost publicara esta historia.

Como ha hecho en otras ocasiones, Facebook eliminó las páginas ofensivas de su web sólo después de que un medio, esta vez HuffPost, contactara directamente con un portavoz antes de la publicación del artículo.

El Instagram de Sva Stone, que tiene más de 20.000 seguidores, sigue online.

Este artículo fue publicado originalmente en el 'HuffPost' EEUU y ha sido traducido del inglés por Marina Velasco Serrano


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Facebook has fundamentally changed the news ecosystem and has, in fact, jeopardised press freedom and plurality – whether willingly or not.

lead lead March 2018, Hamburg: Mathias Döpfner, CEO of Axel Springer SE and President of the Federal Association of German Newspaper Publishers, at 'Online Marketing Rockstars' fair. Axel Heimken/Press Association. All rights reserved.

When asked in December 2016 what kind of a company Facebook was exactly, Mark Zuckerberg replied that "Facebook is a new kind of platform. It's not a traditional technology company. It's not a traditional media company." Zuckerberg has always been reluctant to describe his company as a publishing house, but the control he has acquired over who gets to see what and when makes him the most powerful news editor the world has ever seen and although Facebook does not produce any content of its own, the news publishers’ dependence on the social medium for the distribution of their content has turned Facebook into a de facto news company.

One of the more serious consequences of this development is that neither the news publishers nor the news consumers have much control over the flow of news content. Instead, Facebook can decide which user sees what type of information, based on detailed psychographic profiles. The company therefore has a considerable impact on how its more than two billion active users perceive the world. How easy it is for Facebook to affect the sensitivities of its users has been proven by a number of controversial experiments conducted by Facebook without its users’ knowledge. In 2013 for example, a group of psychologists tried to see whether or not a change in the news feed can alter the mental states of Facebook users. By tweaking the algorithm, the scientists tried to find out whether exposure to positive or negative posts would lead to emotional contagion. They found strong evidence for mood alterations on Facebook. “When positive expressions were reduced, people produced fewer positive posts and more negative posts; when negative expressions were reduced, the opposite pattern occurred”, they concluded. The company therefore has a considerable impact on how its more than two billion active users perceive the world.

There have been fears that Facebook could use the sway it holds over its users’ emotions to influence election results. Unknowingly to its users, Facebook conducted several social experiments during the 2012 US presidential election campaign to see whether a higher amount of political news in one’s news feed would increase interest in politics and, consequently, voter turnout. The data analysts concluded that Facebook did have an impact on voting behavior, as the number of voters did indeed go up as a consequence of the experiment. Likewise, in 2016 Facebook launched its “get out the vote” campaign, which, according to a post by Zuckerberg, has “helped as many as 2 million people register to vote”. What Zuckerberg presents as civic responsibility of his company was seen by many as a meddling in the election campaigns. Facebook has reacted by declaring it will never use the platform to influence the electoral results: “Voting is a core value of democracy and we believe that supporting civic participation is an important contribution we can make to the community. We encourage any and all candidates, groups, and voters to use our platform to share their views on the election and debate the issues. We as a company are neutral – we have not and will not use our products in a way that attempts to influence how people vote.” The distribution of news on Facebook is anything but impartial. The platform can be – and has been – misused for political manipulation and propaganda.

Conservative groups in particular were not persuaded by these promises of neutrality – not only because Zuckerberg has never made any bones about his support for the Democratic party, but more crucially, because Facebook has been accused in the past of wilfully suppressing conservative news publishers. In January 2014, Facebook launched “Trending Topics”. Thanks to this news feature, which showed up on the right side of the News Feed, Facebook users could know which stories were most popular on the platform at a given moment. Publishers for their part were able to extend their reach and engagement. Furthermore, advertisers could adapt their ads campaign to the prevailing trends. In May 2016 the tech website Gizmodo issued an investigative piece based on interviews with Facebook “news curators”, who claimed that conservative news were deliberately prevented from showing up in the Trending Topics list. At the same time, news about liberal causes such as posts relating to the Black Lives Matter movement were artificially injected into the list to push their reach, according to the same Facebook employees. Furthermore, Facebook also indicated that news about Facebook should not be circulated via the Trending Topics feature. Not only did Gizmodo’s article accuse Facebook of political bias but it also showed that the distribution of news was not merely based on algorithms but that human editors were also at work.

The report seemed to corroborate the fears of Trump supporters who worried about Facebook’s opposition to their candidate following a leak that documented how Facebook employees were toying with the idea of stopping Donald Trump from becoming the next US president. Tom Stocky, who is responsible for Facebook’s Trending Topic feature, and Mark Zuckerberg responded to the allegations by denying any wrongdoing. Internal investigation did not find any evidence to support the claims iterated by Gizmodo. “ We have rigorous guidelines that do not permit the prioritization of one viewpoint over another or the suppression of political perspectives ”, Zuckerberg wrote in a May 2016 post. Nonetheless, Zuckerberg has met with leaders of conservative publishers, such as Glenn Beck, following Gizmodo’s scathing article. A few months after the meeting, Facebook decided to get rid of its news editors in favour of distributions based completely on algorithms.

While conservative groups have voiced concern over Zuckerberg’s support for the Democratic party, several newspapers have documented how the Republican party itself had instrumentalized the platform during the 2016 elections by flooding the News Feed with fake news in order to promote Trump and denigrate his adversaries. Fake news are believed to have strongly influenced the outcome of the US presidential election – though it is difficult to measure their political impact. However, according to a 2016 BuzzFeed study, the most successful election-related fake news stories generated more engagement on Facebook than the most successful posts from reference newspapers. Facebook algorithms are believed to have prioritized fake news over accurate reporting – mostly to the advantage of the GOP. The Cambridge Analytica (CA) and Aggregate IQ scandals further corroborated the accusations against the Republican party. (Interestingly enough, CA’s parent firm Strategic Communications Laboratories Group has been hired by several national defense departments to disseminate military propaganda.) Fake news also influenced political decisions in Europe. It is believed that disinformation has strongly affected the outcome of the Brexit referendum. In April 2018, Facebook representative Mike Schroepfer had to give evidence to the UK’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee on the issue of fake news and its impact in Britain.

Political leaders worldwide have reacted to the dangers of fake news in upcoming elections and have urged Zuckerberg to take measures against the scourge. What Gizmodo’s revelations as well as the scandals around the elections and referenda show, is that the distribution of news on Facebook is anything but impartial. The platform can be – and has been – misused for political manipulation and propaganda.

Monetizing

Financial incentives are an important factor in the propagation of fake news as well as in the decline of accuracy and quality of news. In the current system publishers hope to attract as many clicks as possible in order to monetize on the ads placed on their website. As a result of this ads-based monetization system quality and truth becomes subordinate to reach and engagement. As a consequence, online journalism has adopted the style and methods of tabloids and muckraking newspapers in order to attract the attention of Facebook users. Articles are often emotionally charged, strongly biased, hyperbolic or intentionally provoking. Phenomena such as clickbait or engagement bait have invaded the social network. Viral propagation, shitstorms and hashtag campaigns have become the boon of online journalism. Even highly respected news publishers have preferred to produce trashy pieces and infotainment that may be low-quality but that nonetheless results in a great deal of engagement. Even highly respected news publishers have preferred to produce trashy pieces and infotainment that may be low-quality but that nonetheless results in a great deal of engagement.

The Facebook page of leading international newspapers are filled with so-called junk food news. There is in fact an enormous quality gap between print and online versions of the same news publishers as the quality of online newspapers is considerably lower to the print versions due to the “eye-catching” effects needed to attract the attention and the clicks of Internet users.

News consumers have now become very sceptical of the press in general and are questioning the objectivity and accuracy of news reporting. A 2018 global report by the Edelman Trust Barometer, which surveyed people from 28 countries, showed that media in general are facing a crisis of trust. 66% of the respondents agreed with the statement that news organisations are overly focused on attracting large audiences rather than reporting, 65% found that news organisations sacrifice accuracy in order to be the first to break a story and 59% thought that news media supported an ideology instead of informing the public. The study also shows that 7 in 10 people worry about fake news being used as a weapon. 63% of respondents have admitted that they were unable to tell good journalism from rumour or falsehood.

Polarisation and echo

Both fake news and partisan low-quality articles have led to two other dangerous and related developments: the polarization of society and online echo chambers. Content that can potentially go viral often deals with divisive and highly emotional issues such as immigration as well as identity-related topics such as race or gender. By flooding the social platform with partisan articles on these topics in order to generate more engagement, newsrooms have contributed to further fragment society along ideological and identity-based lines. Furthermore, the result of this distrust is not that people read less news or that they restrict their news consumption to renowned news publishers but rather that they only read news that confirms pre-existing beliefs. Ironically, this only worsens the problem as confirmation is replacing accuracy as a yardstick for good journalism. News consumers are less likely to read and engage with content that does not conform to their pre-existing beliefs, which in turn leads to more polarization.

Facebook plays a big part in this development. Algorithm-generated distribution may reduce the risk of biased human intervention, but it opens the door to other dangers, such as for instance the risk of creating echo chambers. This concept denotes the selective exposure to ideas that a given individual agrees with, thereby reinforcing her belief system. As stated above, most news that appear on our wall tally with a user’s perceptions thereby reinforcing the impression that her own beliefs are the predominant ones. The user is only confronted with topics she is interested in and with opinions she agrees with. The digital world makes it easier for individuals who share certain outlooks and beliefs, to gather in virtual discussion spaces and mutually confirm their common bias. Several studies have indeed found evidence that echo chambers exist on Facebook and that Facebook users are highly polarised. This polarisation obviously has consequences in the offline world, too.

After initially dismissing the scope and effects of fake and low-quality news on its platform, Facebook has promised to introduce new measures in order to reduce these phenomena. Acknowledging that financial gain is one of the main incentives for spreading fake news as well as clickbaiting headlines and sensationalist articles, Facebook made several updates to make it more difficult to reap profits from such misleading posts. On August 2017 for instance, Facebook made an update to block ads from users who have repeatedly shared false or misleading content on Facebook. Critics were quick to warn about possible abuses of power. Facebook should not take the spread of misinformation on its platform as an excuse to suppress content. In an interview with the Swiss publication “Blick”, Mathias Döpfner, CEO of the German publishing house Axel Springer, explained the dangers of Facebook turning into a news editor: “Those who are now calling upon Facebook to employ an editor-in-chief and to verify the accuracy of independent editorial texts, deleting them where appropriate, they are creating a kind of global super censor and are destroying precisely the diversity that makes up our democracy.” Dunja Mijatović , the Representative on Freedom of the Media for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, seconded Döpfner and argued that monitoring content “may just cause greater harm to free expression than any lie, no matter how damaging”. A number of NGOs advocating free speech, such as IFEX or Article19, have documented cases of government censorship that have been justified on the grounds of protection against fake news, thereby underlining the dangers of instrumentalising the debate for political goals.

Global super censor

Facebook has repeatedly pledged that, as a tech company, it was not going to make such editorial decisions. “We cannot become arbiters of truth ourselves, it’s not feasible given our scale, and it’s not our role. Instead, we’re working on better ways to hear from our community and work with third parties to identify false news and prevent it from spreading on our platform.” One possibility is to work with third parties who check the veracity of news posted online. In December 2016 Facebook announced its collaboration with the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) to fight fake news. Once a news item has been identified as fake, the fact-checkers can issue a rebuttal that will then be attached to the original link. Döpfner has criticized the initiative arguing that journalists are doing even more free work for Facebook in order to solve its fake news problem instead of producing quality articles. Some fact-checkers themselves have also questioned the efficiency of the initiative. Besides, it has been argued that the project puts newspapers in a conflict of interest given that some selected media outlets were granted the privilege to assess the articles of other newspapers.

Additionally, Facebook has introduced measures to expose users to a more diverse range of sources. In April and October 2017, Facebook has tested a function that would show related articles in order to offer different perspectives, as well as a function that provides context for articles that are shared on the news feed, such as information on the publisher or related articles, so that readers can make “an informed decision about which stories to read, share, and trust”. Another early attempt was to introduce a function that let users flags news as “disputed”. According to Facebook, this would make it easier to tell fake articles from authentic ones and thus prevent the spread of hoaxes.

A year after introducing the function Facebook withdrew it, admitting that it generated the opposite effect of what was hoped. In 2018, Zuckerberg introduced a new measure to rank publishers according to their trustworthiness: Facebook users could now decide for themselves which news publishers they deem authentic. News publishers who are “broadly trusted across society, even by those who don’t follow them directly” would as a consequence be prioritised. This again has drawn criticism by those who accuse Facebook of “taking the path with least responsibility”, implying that Facebook should censor instead of continuing to make money with hoaxes.

“Meaningful interaction”

It is clear that whatever the solutions offered, there will always be downsides. The press has become so dependent on Facebook that each adjustment may lead to undesired consequences. This has been exemplified by Facebook’s introduction of a separate news feed which would only display non-promoted press content. The original news feed would instead focus on posts made by friends and family in order to foster what Zuckerberg described as “meaningful interaction”.

Ads would still show up in the original news feed, as well as news – if publishers paid for it to appear there. The feature was launched in 6 countries on 19 October 2017 and has resulted in a massive loss of referral traffic for the concerned news outlets – especially smaller and local publishers relying on Facebook for reaching their audience and making money. The reach of the Guatemalan publisher Soy502 has dropped by 66%, according to one of its editorial board members. In Slovakia, publishers are reported to have lost two thirds to three quarters of their Facebook reach. The failed experiment shows just how much the press is hooked on Facebook and what effects a change in Facebook’s policies can have on media pluralism and especially local and small-sized media outlets in countries as distant as Slovakia and Guatemala.

One of Facebook’s more ambitious and arguably less controversial initiatives has been the launch of its “Facebook Journalism Project” (FJP) under the aegis of Campbell Brown. The declared goal of this news initiative is to raise the quality of and the trust in journalism and is based on three pillars according to Fidji Simo, the director of the project: collaborative projects, training for journalists and training for everyone. One of the focal points of FJP is therefore the educational axis. FJP offers several courses directed at journalists who want to enhance their digital skills. In January 2018, Brown has announced that FJP would offer scholarships to 100 ongoing journalists. Furthermore, FJP tries to advance media literacy through the “News Integrity Initiative” (NII) which it founded in collaboration with a series of other institutions in order to help people “make informed judgments about the news they read and share online”. NII has also pledged to support quality journalism with a $2.5 million grant to partners worldwide.

Facebook FJP has also started to reach out to local media with projects such as the Local News Subscriptions Accelerator aimed to help local media raise their subscription revenue or apps such as Today In which only displays local news and events. The results of these projects remain to be seen but, here again, publishers have questioned the efficiency of the initiative, wondering whether FJP was not a mere PR stunt after all.

Reluctant to quit

While discontent over Facebook is constantly growing, media outlets have nonetheless been reluctant to quit the platform. In fact, they have become too dependent on the social network. News publishers see themselves confronted with a difficult dilemma: should they continue to use Facebook as a distributive platform in order to reach larger audiences at the expense of quality and control?

Or should they stop using Facebook to retain control over production and readership and produce high-quality journalism but suffer a loss of audience as well as revenue? The dilemma involves Facebook users and news readers, too: should they consume free, low-quality news that is conveniently selected by a Facebook algorithm according to one’s interests and preferences or should they find more cumbersome alternatives that involve fees but also higher quality standards? It seems that, without the willingness of readers to pay for journalism, news publishers will hardly have an incentive to quit Facebook. Without the willingness of readers to pay for journalism, news publishers will hardly have an incentive to quit Facebook.

Facebook too is facing an important dilemma. Should it stress its quality as a tech company whose ultimate goal it is to maximise its gain ­– in which case, it can continue to monetize on viral posts that are usually low quality, sometimes false and often extremely divisive. Or should it identify more strongly as a news distributor, thereby assuming greater responsibilities in its function as a primary news source for a growing amount of its users worldwide? In this case, Facebook ought to promote better journalism, which entails sharing a greater part of its revenue with publishers. The company may as a consequence also experience a reduction of reach and engagement for many posts.

But even if Facebook opts for the latter, as seemingly it has during the last two years, it is still difficult to find a solution that satisfies all parties: the advertisers, major publishers, local news outlets, governments, NGOs and, obviously, Facebook itself as well as its users. Changes in Facebook’s News Feed or algorithms may for instance have serious consequences on some of the publishers, as the fates of Slovakian and Guatemalan news outlets have shown. Furthermore, Facebook is caught between demands for more regulation of news content on the one hand, being accused of a laissez-faire attitude vis-à-vis fake news and low-quality garbage, while on the other hand it is confronted with accusations of using fake news as an excuse to monitor and censor content on its platform along the lines of ideological preferences.

Whatever the decision taken by the different parties involved, the repercussions on the press may be considerable. Facebook has fundamentally changed the news ecosystem and has, in fact, jeopardised press freedom and plurality – whether willingly or not.

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In the wake of recent Facebook security breaches, in which many account users’ personal information was compromised, the stock price of Facebook took a major fall, costing its founder and owner Mark Zuckerberg billions of dollars. The sudden drop in Facebook’s stock price has been accompanied by people, many of whom have grown weary and […]
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It is, of course, his business. I'm sure that Mark Zuckerberg "meddles" with decisions about how to run Facebook. However, there is no evidence that Castellini actually does meddle in baseball decisions. It generally stems from a statement of his to the effect that "I hope Billy Hamilton is a Red his entire career." The owner OUGHT to say that about all of his players, else it is interpreted as "We need to trade that fat toad." But it has been interpreted to mean that Bob has a man-crush on Billy and will not allow him to be traded. As a general observation about self-made people worth hundreds of millions of dollars, they did not build their businesses by making overly sentimental personnel decisions. They made their fortunes by being hard-nosed businessmen, listening to good advice, and generally running a tight ship. I don't understand the assumption that Castellini is now a doddering incompetent, unable to understand that a player hitting .225 with no power isn't very good offensively and that he shouldn't pay that player $6mm/year.
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Com toda a pressão que o Facebook e seus produtos (como o WhatsApp e o Instagram) estão recebendo em relação às “fake news“, a rede social de Mark Zuckerberg está se esforçando para desencorajar a propagação de boatos. Como no Brasil o WhatsApp é excessivamente popular e estamos nos aproximando da época eleitoral, o app …
          A professor in Ohio takes attendance on Twitter, posts homework on Slack, and holds office hours at 10 p.m. — and it shows how different Gen Z really is      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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  • The oldest members of Generation Z, born in the late 1990s, are changing the way colleges teach their students.
  • An Ohio State professor quoted in The New York Times uses Twitter, Slack, and Zoom for tasks like taking attendance and holding office hours.
  • The changes reflect Generation Z's digital upbringing.


Generation Z is the most tech-savvy cohort in history.

Defined as those born after 1997, Generation Z is growing up in a world where smartphones, social media, and content-streaming are ubiquitous.

And now that the oldest Gen Zers are attending college, they're rewriting the playbook for higher education.

One professor revealed to The New York Times the extent she incorporates technology into her class. Nicole Kraft, a journalism professor at Ohio State University, told reporter Laura Pappano that she takes attendance for her class via Twitter, posts coursework on the instant-messaging app Slack, and holds office hours on the video-conferencing app Zoom at 10 p.m., "because that is when they have questions."

Kraft told the Times she doesn't even use email in her class, except to teach her students how to write a "proper" one, because "that is a skill they need to have."

Kraft's methods aren't the only changes at Ohio State. According to The Times, Ohio State issued 11,000 iPads to incoming students this year and designated 42 courses as "iPad required." And the school is designing an app that students will use to plan and schedule their courses, check their grades, and even campus maps and bus routes all in one.

The changes reflect how Generation Z is diverging from the millennial generation. A full 95% of American teenagers today have access to a smartphone, and 45% of teens said they're online "almost constantly," according to a Pew Research Center survey. Teenagers today spend an average of two and a half hours a day on their phones, according to psychologist Jean Twenge.

As Generation Z continues to come of age, it seems clear that colleges are going to have to adapt to their students' changing behaviors.

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  • Mark Zuckerberg reportedly suspects that infamous Infowars founder Alex Jones wanted to get banned from Facebook all along, for the attention it would give him.
  • Indeed, the official Infowars app has shot up the Apple and Google app store charts in the wake of Facebook's actions. 

The tech giants are cracking down on Alex Jones — and his public profile is skyrocketing in the aftermath.

Over the last few days, numerous big tech firms, including Facebook to YouTube, have banished the often-controversial conspiracy theorist from their platforms, citing their rules around hate speech. But Mark Zuckerberg reportedly suspects that this was all part of Jones' plan. 

According to a new report from The New York Times published Friday, citing anonymous sources, the Facebook CEO mulled over whether the faux-newsman  "was purposefully trying to get kicked off the platform to gain attention" before finally pulling the trigger after Apple moved first and booted the Infowars podcasts from its iTunes directory.

In other words, Zuckerberg thought Jones might believe the positives of getting banned from Facebook would outweigh the negatives, before the CEO ultimately bowed to public pressure and banned him anyway.

Indeed, in the wake of these bans, the official app of Jones' Infowars network has shot up the charts of Apple and Google's mobile app stores, giving him a major publicity boost, at least in the short term.

A Facebook spokesperson did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment.

In recent months, Facebook and other social networks have come under intense pressure over the spread of misinformation and hoaxes on their platform, with critics calling them to do far more to halt the spread of malicious falsehoods.

The recent moves to eject Alex Jones suggests a potential sea change in tech firms' approach to policing their platforms and their view of their responsibilities. That said, Twitter, unlike most other major social networks, has refused to crack down on Jones, insisting he doesn't violate its rules — though a recent analysis from CNN suggests otherwise.

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  • Facebook is speaking with several crypto projects as it explores ways it can use blockchain technology.
  • In recent months, Facebook's blockchain team has met with the open-source payment-technology company Stellar about some of these opportunities, people familiar with the talks told Business Insider.
  • Facebook could use blockchain technology to rival big banks' payments networks.
  • The tech firm has big ambitions for its blockchain group, with a recent job ad saying it "is a startup within Facebook, with a vision to make blockchain technology work at Facebook scale and improve the lives of billions of people around the world."

Facebook is speaking with several crypto projects as it explores ways it can use blockchain technology.

In recent months, Facebook's blockchain team, led by the former PayPal executive David Marcus, has met with the open-source payments-technology company Stellar about some of those opportunities, people familiar with the talks told Business Insider.

While the talks were early-stage and there is no indication they will lead to a partnership, they could shed light on Facebook's ambitions to push into finance and take on big banks.

For example, if Facebook wanted to rival the big banks' payments networks, it could leverage blockchain technology to do so, said a person familiar with the firm's talks with Stellar.

The speed of certain blockchains over traditional financial pipes-and-plumbing is one of the most cited benefits of the red-hot technology. A JPMorgan research note said a transaction on Ripple's network took four seconds versus three to five days for traditional banking systems to process a transaction.

Facebook already appears to be taking other steps to break into banking, reportedly considering showing users their bank balance or fraud alerts.

A Stellar insider told Business Insider it would make sense for Facebook to record payment transactions on a distributed ledger like Stellar. Other merchants could then connect to a Stellar-based ledger. Such a platform could rival the Swift payments network that connects banks and allows for money transfers.

"They'd be taking the rug out from under the banks," the person said. "They can add a bank more quickly than a bank could build a social network."

Sources say Facebook and Stellar have spoken about the firm potentially forking the main Stellar network as part of its blockchain efforts. A crypto fork is when a blockchain splits into two — both have the same underpinnings but can be managed differently moving forward.

Facebook is known for working with other open-source technologies; it's one of the largest maintainers of React, an open-source technology language. It could, in theory, fork an existing blockchain as opposed to building its own.

A representative for Facebook disputed that the company would build on Stellar's technology. A spokeswoman for Stellar declined to comment.

The price of Stellar Lumens rose about 8% following Business Insider's report on the talks between Facebook and Stellar, according to CoinMarketCap. 

'Improve the lives of billions of people around the world'

A source close to Facebook's blockchain business said the company was making a long-term bet on blockchain that would most likely resemble its investments in artificial intelligence. Rather than targeting a specific vertical, such as payments, Facebook's blockchain group would provide a foundation from which the firm will be able to target an array of possible opportunities.

A recent Facebook job ad reflects this notion, saying the blockchain group "is a startup within Facebook, with a vision to make blockchain technology work at Facebook scale and improve the lives of billions of people around the world."

The firm is also looking to expand its crypto group, according to job ads. One position the firm is looking to fill is a manager for a newly created software engineer team within the blockchain group.

Facebook is also hiring a blockchain public-policy manager to analyze policy issues relating to blockchain and advise product and business teams on those developments.

Already, Shashwat Gupta, a former product manager for Samsung Pay, joined as a product strategist for blockchain in May. "Blockchain" was removed from his LinkedIn profile after Business Insider talked to a Facebook spokesman.

And Evan Cheng was promoted to head of engineering for blockchain in June.

The duo joined Facebook employees including Kevin Weil, a vice president of product, and James Everingham, a head of engineering.

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          Astronaut Mark Kelly says Trump's plan to create a Space Force 'is a dumb idea'      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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  • President Donald Trump's administration hopes to create a sixth division of the military called the Space Force.
  • Mark Kelly, a retired NASA astronaut, tweeted in June that it's "a dumb idea."
  • The US Air Force already has a Space Command and a space force.

President Donald Trump and his administration are angling to create a Space Force, a sixth branch of the military that sounds straight out of a sci-fi movie.

On Tuesday, Vice President Mike Pence set a deadline for its creation: "Our administration will soon take action to implement these recommendations with the objective of establishing the United States Department of the Space Force by the year 2020," Pence announced.

Neither the White House nor the Pentagon can create a Space Force  without the approval of Congress, though Trump has pushed for the plan many times since becoming president.

At a meeting of the National Space Council on June 16, Trump said, "we are going to have the Air Force, and we are going to have the Space Force — separate but equal."

The idea is part of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, which became law in December and defines the force as "a separate military department responsible for the national security space activities." It asks the Defense Department to submit a final plan for its structure and functions by December 31.

But retired NASA astronaut Mark Kelly — a former Navy pilot, combat veteran, four-time space-flyer, and the identical twin brother of the former astronaut Scott Kelly — doesn't support the plan, and some members of Congress have also voiced their distaste for the idea.

"This is a dumb idea. The Air Force does this already. That is their job," Mark Kelly tweeted in June, following Trump's remarks. "What's next, we move submarines to the 7th branch and call it the 'under-the-sea force?'"

Kelly reiterated that point yesterday.

"There is a threat out there but it's being handled by the US Air Force today," he said during an MSNBC interview, according to Reuters. "[It] doesn't make sense to build a whole other level of bureaucracy in an incredibly bureaucratic DoD."

Why the US already has a Space Force

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Kelly was referring to the Air Force Space Command, though the group has had different names over the years.

Space Command is headquartered in Colorado, and its responsibilities include supporting military use of satellites, rocket launches, and cyberwarfare operations. The group also helps track the countless pieces of space junk and debris around Earth that pose a persistent threat to anything in orbit.

Space Command is managed by US Strategic Command, one of 10 groups that direct major pieces of the Defense Department. Its responsibilities include oversight of the country's nuclear-weapons capabilities, which involves space because long-range, nuclear-tipped missiles fly through space.

In July 2016, Space Command even announced the creation of a Space Mission Force, which military leadership said was akin to an expeditionary force.

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This force was created in part to quickly respond to outer-space attacks from adversaries. The main countries of concern are Russia, which continues to publicize new weaponry, and China, which destroyed one of its own satellites in a 2007 test with a "kill vehicle" — essentially a giant bullet launched by missile.

"Despite world interest in avoiding militarization of space, potential adversaries have identified the use of space as an advantage for US military forces, and are actively fielding systems to deny our use of space in a conflict," Gen. John E. Hyten, the commander of US Strategic Command, wrote in a white paper about the decision in 2016, when he led Space Command.

The Trump administration wants to peel these space-related capabilities from the Air Force, however, and form a new division entirely.

For and against a Space Force

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Some members of Congress, especially those in the House of Representatives, appear warm to the idea.

"As we get all these briefings about what adversaries are doing, our dependence on space, it's clear that we have to do better," Rep. Mac Thornberry, the Texas Republican who chairs the House Armed Services Committee, told reporters in early June, according to Space News. "Organizational changes don't fix all the problems. But on the other hand, they can sometimes help make sure space gets the kind of priority it should have, like cyber, as a domain of warfare."

But others in Congress — and apparently some high-ranking military officials — have, like Kelly, questioned and pushed back on the idea of a Space Force.

"The president told a US general to create a new Space Force as 6th branch of military today, which generals tell me they don't want," Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida tweeted on June 18. "Thankfully the president can't do it without Congress because now is NOT the time to rip the Air Force apart. Too many important missions at stake."

Stationing or testing any weapons of mass destruction in space, including nuclear weapons, is banned by the United Nations' Outer Space Treaty of 1967. While peaceful use and exploration is permitted, smaller-scale weapons are not explicitly barred, and experts fear that militarizing space with them could stoke a costly new arms race.

A war in space might also lead to something called a Kessler event. In this scenario, uncontrolled space debris could collide and create even more uncontrolled space debris, ultimately shutting off human access to space for decades, if not centuries.

This story has been updated with new information. It was originally published on June 19, 2018. A previous version misidentified Rep. Thornberry's state.

Ben Brimelow contributed reporting.

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          How an average 21-year-old stacks up against Kylie Jenner      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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How do you even pick a birthday present for someone like Kylie Jenner, who already has almost a billion dollars to her name?

Thankfully those outside the Kardashian-Jenner orbit don't have to worry about that. But it's wild to remember that at 21-years-old, Kylie is on her way to becoming the youngest-ever "self-made" (to quote Forbes) billionaire in history.

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As plenty have pointed out, "self-made" is a bit of a stretch for Kylie, at least according to the Dictionary.com definition of the word. She did have the advantage being born into a super successful reality TV family that laid the groundwork for literally every opportunity she's had. But fine! Read more...

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          Lebron's radically different vision for public education is what we need | Nikhil Goyal      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The Trump administration is proposing to cut funding for programs that can provide all children, not just the rich and a lucky few, the education they deserve

It’s become fashionable for celebrities and the ultra-rich to start charter schools or make philanthropic gifts with the aim of remaking our “failing” public schools.

Mark Zuckerberg, for example, gave away $100m to schools in Newark, New Jersey, which was largely squandered on consultants.

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THE internet and social media can be powerfully democratising forces. We welcomed Damian Collins MP’s calls for more transparency and user control online but some of the DCMS committee’s recommendations caused us concern [“Mark Zuckerberg still has a...
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In one important way, Jack Dorsey is a lot like the guy in charge of the Hair Club for Men: He isn’t just Twitter’s chief executive; he’s also a user. Unlike the head of just about any other consumer-facing company, he has a public, accessible presence on the product his customers complain about. You can’t walk up a few aisles during a flight and complain to the airline’s CEO, but on Twitter, @jack is always there. This means that for any user with beef, he’s always just an @ sign and an easy-to-remember four letters—of course he has a coveted first-name-only handle—away.

Lately, Twitter users are invoking @jack a lot. They want to know why Dorsey hasn’t banned conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, why he instead seems to have banned various people they do like, why he went on Sean Hannity’s radio show, what actually constitutes hate speech on Twitter, when he’s going to resign from the company, and so on. So they tag him, early and often.

MySpace’s Tom automatically became every MySpace user’s first friend back in the MySpace era. Mark Zuckerberg littered early Facebook with lots of personal touches, but stopped short of giving every user a direct line to him. Facebook has been in the news a lot this year thanks to privacy scandals that have even inspired some user exoduses, but the platform, with its closed circles of friends, has largely continued to look like its normal self, a stream of pictures of pets and kids from familiar users. The debate about Twitter’s moderation of its network, though, is perpetually playing out on Twitter itself, a place that has traditionally operated as more open and public than other social media. On Twitter, users are able to transition seamlessly from being harassed or having some other unpleasant experience that goes against the company’s terms of service to CCing the company’s CEO about said interaction.

Already an assertive bunch, Twitter users on the whole have never hesitated to tag companies with gripes. The extended rant directed to a cable company or airline is a well-established genre of tweet (or tweetstorm). Sometimes the goal is to expedite a response from customer service via the threat of negative PR, but tagging can also function as a public call-out, more symbolic than anything else. That’s why you sometimes see New Yorkers tagging Mayor Bill de Blasio about problems with their morning subway commutes. Something similar is going on when people tag Dorsey. It’s unlikely they’re looking for an individual response; what they really want to do is help direct a broader outcry in his direction so that the company is eventually spurred to action.

Twitter users with complaints could tag the official Twitter account or the support-specific account, and it’s true that they often do. But tagging Dorsey escalates the complaint by going straight to the source. If it seems petty, it only emphasizes the petty problems that have been born of Twitter’s ineffective policies, while repositioning the company’s CEO as both the deity hovering above this corrupted Eden as well as the world’s most harried volunteer message board moderator. Tagging @jack conflates Dorsey with the company itself; the two become interchangeable, and that makes each @jack appeal more urgent. For all the talk about how companies aren’t people, when consumers or users are angry at a company, they sure appreciate having a specific person to direct their rage toward. Imprecise as it may be—a whole bureaucracy interprets and updates a set of rules in order to determine what is and is not appropriate on Twitter—you can’t deny the rhetorical usefulness of simply @-ing Jack. He’s a Twitter user too, and while his own user experience shouldn’t be his top priority, there’s also the indisputable fact that his replies right now must be a mess. Anytime he’s tempted to say, “RIP my mentions,” he has to know that the company he runs is largely to blame.


          A professor in Ohio takes attendance on Twitter, posts homework on Slack, and holds office hours at 10 p.m. — and it shows how different Gen Z really is      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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  • The oldest members of Generation Z, born in the late 1990s, are changing the way colleges teach their students.
  • An Ohio State professor quoted in The New York Times uses Twitter, Slack, and Zoom for tasks like taking attendance and holding office hours.
  • The changes reflect Generation Z's digital upbringing.


Generation Z is the most tech-savvy cohort in history.

Defined as those born after 1997, Generation Z is growing up in a world where smartphones, social media, and content-streaming are ubiquitous.

And now that the oldest Gen Zers are attending college, they're rewriting the playbook for higher education.

One professor revealed to The New York Times the extent she incorporates technology into her class. Nicole Kraft, a journalism professor at Ohio State University, told reporter Laura Pappano that she takes attendance for her class via Twitter, posts coursework on the instant-messaging app Slack, and holds office hours on the video-conferencing app Zoom at 10 p.m., "because that is when they have questions."

Kraft told the Times she doesn't even use email in her class, except to teach her students how to write a "proper" one, because "that is a skill they need to have."

Kraft's methods aren't the only changes at Ohio State. According to The Times, Ohio State issued 11,000 iPads to incoming students this year and designated 42 courses as "iPad required." And the school is designing an app that students will use to plan and schedule their courses, check their grades, and even campus maps and bus routes all in one.

The changes reflect how Generation Z is diverging from the millennial generation. A full 95% of American teenagers today have access to a smartphone, and 45% of teens said they're online "almost constantly," according to a Pew Research Center survey. Teenagers today spend an average of two and a half hours a day on their phones, according to psychologist Jean Twenge.

As Generation Z continues to come of age, it seems clear that colleges are going to have to adapt to their students' changing behaviors.

Read the full article at The New York Times »

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Billionaires now deciding what you can see and read Paul Joseph Watson Infowars.com AUGUST 10, 2018 A New York Times report confirms that Mark Zuckerberg personally made the final decision to ban Infowars. In an article entitled Facebook Banned Infowars. Now What?, Kevin Roose reveals how, “Late on Sunday, after returning to his hotel room […]


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