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          Σοκολάτα ή χταπόδι για πρωινό; Οι πιο περίεργες διατροφικές συνήθειες των διάσημων δισεκατομμυριούχων      Cache   Translate Page      

Το γεγονός πως οι δισεκατομμυριούχοι έχουν τα χρήματα για να πληρώσουν τον προσωπικό τους σεφ ή για υγιεινά τρόφιμα εξαιρετικής ποιότητας δεν σημαίνει πως ακολουθούν πάντα και τις δίαιτες που τους ταιριάζουν. Μάλιστα μερικοί από τους ιδιοκτήτες των μεγαλύτερων τεχνολογικών κολοσσών φημίζονται για τις -κατά γενική ομολογία- περίεργες διατροφικές τους συνήθειες.

Κι ενώ κάποιοι πειραματίζονται με υγιεινά τιπς που θέτουν ως προτεραιότητα τα φρούτα και τα λαχανικά, άλλοι καταναλώνουν μεγάλες ποσότητες σοκολάτας για πρωινό ή δεν τρώνε καν κάποιο γεύμα το πρωί για μέρες.

Έτσι ακόμα κι αν κάποιες φορές τους ζηλεύετε για τη δυνατότητά τους να πληρώνουν για καλύτερη διατροφή, να θυμάστε πως πολλοί όχι μόνο δεν την υιοθετούν στην καθημερινότητά τους, αλλά αντιθέτως προτιμούν τροφές που δεν φημίζονται για τα θρεπτικά συστατικά που προσφέρουν στον οργανισμό.

Το Business Insider παραθέτει μερικές από τις διατροφικές συνήθειες κάποιων από τους γνωστότερους δισεκατομμυριούχους. Στη συνέχεια τις παρουσιάζουμε κι εμείς.

 

Ρίτσαρντ Μπράνσον, ιδρυτής της Virgin Group

Ο Ρίτσαρντ Μπράνσον έχει πολλάκις τονίσει πως καταναλώνει όχι ένα, ούτε δύο, αλλά είκοσι ολόκληρα φλυτζάνια τσάι την ημέρα. Μάλιστα το 2016 είχε δηλώσει μιλώντας στην Daily Mail πως δεν ξέρει πώς θα μπορούσε να επιβιώσει χωρίς το αγγλικό τσάι. Ο ίδιος το 2010 είχε επίσης υπογραμμίσει πως κάθε πρωί τρώει μια φρουτοσαλάτα με μούσλι, όπως επίσης και καπνιστή ρέγγα.Ο Μπράνσον ζει στο ιδιωτικό του νησί στην Καραϊβική, ενώ κάθε μέρα γυμνάζεται. Για βραδινό προτιμά να γευματίζει μαζί με άλλους ώστε όλοι να κάνουν διάλογο και να επικοινωνούν.

 

Τζεφ Μπέζος, ιδρυτής Amazon

Ο γνωστός σε όλους μας, Τζεφ Μπέζος, λέει πως προσπαθεί να αποφεύγει την πραγματοποίηση συσκέψεων το πρωί, ώστε πάντα να καταφέρνει να τρώει υγιεινό πρωινό χωρίς ιδιαίτερα παχυντικές τροφές. Το δημοσίευμα του Business Insider στη συνέχεια αναφέρει πως ο CEO της Amazon είχε κάποια στιγμή παραγγείλει για πρωινό ένα μεσογειακό χταπόδι με πατάτες, μπέικον, τζατζίκι και ένα αυγό. Ο Μπέζος ειδικότερα επέλεξε το συγκεκριμένο γεύμα έχοντας σαν στόχο να αναδείξει την στρατηγική της Amazon. «Είστε το χταπόδι που παίρνω για πρωινό. Όταν κοιτώ το μενού, είστε η επιλογή που δεν καταλαβαίνω, αυτή που ποτέ δεν είχα. Γι′ αυτό πρέπει να σας δοκιμάσω», έχει πει.

 

Μαρκ Κούμπαν, επενδυτής

Ο Μαρκ Κούμπαν σε συνέντευξη που είχε παραχωρήσει το 2014 είχε πει πως το πρωινό του περιλαμβάνει μια κούπα καφέ και δύο μπισκότα από μια εταιρεία που λέγεται Alyssa’s Cookies. Τα μπισκότα έχουν υψηλή περιεκτικότητα πρωτεϊνης και όχι υδατανθράκων.

 

Μπιλ Γκέιτς, ιδρυτής Microsoft

O ιδρυτής της Microsoft έχει στο παρελθόν δηλώσει πως λατρεύει τη γεύση της κόκα κόλα διαίτης. Μάλιστα, μπορεί να πιει τρία με τέσσερα μπουκαλάκια την ημέρα. Γενικότερα όμως οι διατροφικές συνήθειες του Γκέιτς δεν είναι οι καλύτερες. Εκείνος λέει ότι πίνει κακάο για πρωινό, η σύζυγός του ωστόσο ομολογεί πως ο άνδρας της παραλείπει τελείως το πιο σημαντικό γεύμα της μέρας. Ο ιδρυτής της Microsoft αγαπά επίσης τα cheeseburgers. Ο Τζο Κέρελ, διευθύνων σύμβουλος του Ιδρύματος Γκέιτς έχει πει πως πολύ συχνά θα δει κανείς τον Γκέιτς να επισκέπτεται τα McDonald’s.

 

Στιβ Τζομπς, ιδρυτής Apple

Πρόκειται για έναν άνθρωπο που όσο ζούσε φημίζονταν για τις περίεργες διατροφικές του συνήθειες. Ο ίδιος συνήθιζε να τρώει μόνο μία, ή δύο τροφές ολόκληρη την εβδομάδα. Κάποια στιγμή η διατροφή του απαρτίζονταν αποκλειστικά από καρότα και μήλα. Κάποια άλλη εποχή, ο Τζομπς ακολουθούσε μια δίαιτα η οποία του επέτρεπε να καταναλώνει μόνο φρούτα, λαχανικά, καρύδια και ξηρούς καρπούς.

 

Μαρκ Ζάκερμπεργκ, ιδρυτής Facebook

Για τον Μαρκ Ζάκερμπεργκ το πρωινό δεν είναι μια καθορισμένη συνήθεια. Θα φάει μόνο όταν έχει όρεξη και οι επιλογές του ποικίλουν. Είναι χαρακτηριστικό πως το 2011 υπήρξε περίοδος που είχε επιλέξει να τρώει μόνο ότι ο ίδιος σκότωνε. Μάλιστα προέτρεπε κι άλλους να κάνουν το ίδιο. Η διατροφή του τότε περιελάμβανε κοτόπουλα, αστακούς και χοιρινό.

 

Έλον Μασκ, ιδρυτής Τesla

Ο ιδρυτής της Tesla που εργάζεται πυρετωδώς και δεν κουράζεται ποτέ έχει πει πως συχνά δεν τρώει πρωινό αλλά όταν το κάνει θα προτιμήσει μια σοκολάτα Mars. Μάλιστα έχει παραδεχτεί πως καλό θα ήταν να μειώσει τα γλυκά, κάτι όμως που του είναι δύσκολο. Ο Μασκ έχει επίσης δηλώσει πως έχει αδυναμία στη γαλλική κουζίνα και το μπάρμπεκιου. Ο ίδιος εξηγεί πως δίνει ιδιαίτερη σημασία στο βραδινό ώστε να κλείσει η μέρα ευχάριστα.

 

Τζακ Ντόρσεϊ, δημιουργός Twitter

O Tζακ Ντόρσεϊ το 2012 είχε αποκαλύψει πως το πρωινό του περιλαμβάνει δύο βραστά αυγά που συνοδεύονται από σάλτσα σόγιας. Ο ίδιος τον Ιανουάριο τουίταρε πως πολλές φορές ξεχνά να φάει τελείως. Στο παρελθόν υπήρξε βίγκαν.


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          Millennials sind so gut ausgebildet, dass sie einen ganzen Karriereschritt ausradieren könnten      Cache   Translate Page      

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In Vorstellungsgesprächen und auf Networking-Partys beweichräuchern sich die meisten Menschen bekanntlich selbst. Und dann erwähnen sie auch gerne einmal, dass sie lernhungrig sind und sich immer wieder gerne neue Sachen aneignen. Gerade als Berufseinsteiger.

Aber jeder Berufseinsteiger würde wahrscheinlich auch ehrlich zugeben, dass er sich nach 13 Schuljahren, einem freiwilligen sozialen Jahr, zehn Semestern im Studium und diversen Praktika darauf freut, endlich Geld zu verdienen. Aber nicht so voreilig. Denn wenn ihr euch bei den großen deutschen Unternehmen bewerbt, bekommt ihr oft nur eine Trainee-Stelle angeboten. Also eine Ausbildung nach der Ausbildung. Die ist natürlich oft schlechter vergütet als andere Einstiegsjobs, aber ihr lernt ja dabei auch etwas.

Was viele als eine tolle Herausforderung sehen, ist für andere ein notwendiges Übel, um dem Traumjob ein Stück näher zu kommen. Aber kann man in Zeiten von Fachkräftemangel und dem „War for Talents“, dem Krieg um Talente, von potenziellen Mitarbeitern überhaupt noch verlangen, dass sie für weniger Gehalt und ein bisschen Ausbildung arbeiten?

Die Arbeitsmarktsituation stärkt Berufseinsteiger

Demnächst steigen auch die ersten Vertreter der Generation Z auf dem Arbeitsmarkt ein — also jene  Generation, die nach 1997 geboren wurde. Und sie findet eine völlig andere Situation vor als noch vor zehn Jahren. Denn damals war noch die Finanzkrise aus dem Jahr 2008 zu spüren. Es war eine Zeit, die von Einstellungsstopps, Kurzarbeit und Unsicherheit geprägt war. Mit anderen Worten: Kein guter Zeitpunkt, um in den Beruf einzusteigen. Nicht umsonst sprach man von „Generation Praktikum“. Viele Berufseinsteiger mussten sich von Projekt zu Projekt hangeln, befristete Arbeitsverträge in Kauf nehmen oder viele teils unbezahlte Praktika absolvieren.

Jetzt sieht die Situation für Berufseinsteiger völlig anders aus: Die Arbeitslosenquote in Deutschland liegt bei 5,3 Prozent - der niedrigste Stand seit der Wiedervereinigung. Wer in Zeiten der Automatisierung und Digitalisierung noch dazu eine Qualifikation im technischen Bereich mitbringt, ist extrem gefragt. Warum also sollte jemand noch auf Tausende Euro an Gehalt verzichten wollen, um zwei Jahre ein Trainee-Programm zu absolvieren?

„Der Arbeitsmarkt ist für die meisten Berufsgruppen besser geworden, dadurch ist auch das Selbstbewusstsein der Absolventen gestiegen“, sagt Karriereberaterin Ute Bölke im Gespräch mit Business Insider. „Deshalb entscheiden sich viele auch für einen Direkteinstieg.“ Bölke berät bis zu 90 Absolventen pro Jahr und sagt, dass sich von ihren Klienten nur etwa fünf Prozent entscheiden würden, in ein Trainee-Programm zu gehen.

Dennoch würde sie niemandem grundsätzlich davon abraten: „Die meisten Trainees sind mittlerweile gut bezahlt. Gerade für jene, die noch nicht sicher wissen, in welchen Bereich sie wollen, bietet ein Trainee die Chance, einen guten Überblick über ein Unternehmen und die Branche zu bekommen.“ Zudem würden einige Firmen keinen Einstieg ohne Trainee ermöglichen.

Wer jedoch am Ende seines Studiums genau wüsste, wo er hinwolle, der würde auch ohne diesen Karriereschritt auskommen, sagt Bölke.

Sogar Dax-Unternehmen verzeichnen Bewerberrückgang bei Trainees

Der Konsumgüter-Konzern Beiersdorf mit Sitz in Hamburg berichtet, in den vergangenen Jahren einen Rückgang der Bewerbungen auf Trainee-Stellen verzeichnet zu haben. Das geht aus einer Anfrage von Business Insider an die Dax-Unternehmen hervor. Eine Sprecherin von Beiersdorf sagte, dass das Unternehmen den Rückgang auf „die gestiegene Attraktivität von großen Internetkonzernen wie beispielsweise Google oder Amazon sowie von Startups“ zurückführt.

Der Sportartikelhersteller Adidas hat ebenfalls einen Rückgang von Bewerbungen auf Trainee-Stellen verzeichnet — man hätte diesen aber bewusst in Kauf genommen. „Seit dem vergangenen Jahr haben wir die Anforderungen verändert und das Anschreiben durch ein 90-sekündiges Video ersetzt, das die Motivation des Bewerbers für die Stelle verdeutlichen soll. Dadurch haben wir die Anzahl der Bewerbungen reduziert, die Qualität der Bewerbungen aber gesteigert“, sagte eine Sprecherin von Adidas.

Der Autozulieferer Continental gab unterdessen an, dass die Zahl der Bewerbungen nicht rückläufig sei, aber in wichtigen Bereichen wie Software und IT die Bewerber fehlen würden.

Andere deutsche Unternehmen wie SAP, die Merck Group, die Lufthansa oder Bayer verzeichneten wiederum ein gleichbleibendes Interesse oder sogar einen leichten Anstieg der Bewerbungen auf Trainee-Postionen.

Die Medienbranche hat ein Nachwuchsproblem

In der Medienbranche zeichnet sich unterdessen ein klareres, aber keineswegs besseres Bild ab. So haben gerade Lokalzeitungen mit einem akuten Mangel an Volontariatsbewerbern zu kämpfen. Volontariat ist der etwas ungelenke Begriff für eine Trainee-Stelle im Journalismus (anders als der Name vermuten lässt, ist die Stelle nämlich bezahlt). Die Zahl der Bewerbungen bei der Bielefelder Regionalzeitung „Neue Westfälische“ haben sich etwa halbiert, sagt der stellvertretende Chefredakteur Carsten Heil im Gespräch mit dem Deutschlandfunk. Sogar der öffentlich-rechtliche Rundfunk bewarb zuletzt vermehrt seine Volontariate — aus gutem Grund, in manchen Rundfunkanstalten sollen die Bewerbungen ebenfalls um 50 Prozent zurückgegangen sein, munkelt man in der Medienbranche. 

Gerade Volontariate sind — im Gegensatz zu Trainees in technischen oder wirtschaftlichen Bereichen — meistens schlechter bezahlt. Oftmals gibt es nicht einmal das Tarifgehalt für Volontäre, das je nach Gattung — also Printmedium, Privatfernsehen, öffentlich-rechtlicher Rundfunk oder Zeitschriften — unterschiedlich hoch ist, im zweiten Jahr aber steigen sollte. Die Unternehmen müssen sich nicht an den Tarifvertrag halten.

„Ich kann mir vorstellen, dass viele junge Menschen diesen langen Weg nicht mehr gehen wollen“, sagt Karriereberaterin Bölke.

Berufserfahrung schlägt Ausbildung

Zudem sei gerade für die spätere Karriere die Berufserfahrung oft wichtiger als die Ausbildung. „Wenn man sich Jahre später auf eine Stelle im mittleren Management bewirbt, fragt vermutlich niemand mehr nach dem Trainee“, sagt Bölke. Die Liste an erfolgreichen Managern, die ihre Ausbildung abbrachen, um gleich zu arbeiten, ist bekanntermaßen lang: Facebook-Gründer Mark Zuckerberg, Apple-Mastermind Steve Jobs oder Microsoft-Gründer Bill Gates gehören etwa dazu.

Der klassische Weg, möglichst schnell zu studieren, dann ein schlecht bezahltes Praktikum zu machen und zu hoffen, danach in ein Traineeprogramm aufgenommen zu werden, ist aus der Mode gekommen. „Viele junge Menschen nehmen eine Werkstudenten-Stelle an, studieren im Ausland oder unterbrechen ihr Studium, um eine Weile zu arbeiten. Dadurch bringen sie schon Berufserfahrung mit, wenn sie sich auf ihre erste Stelle bewerben“, sagt Bölke.

Auch Bernd Schmitz, Leiter des Personalmarketings bei Bayer, sagte kürzlich im Gespräch mit Business Insider, dass die praktische Erfahrung das schnelle Studium schlägt.

Der Bertelsmann-Personalvorstand Immanuel Hermreck wies im Interview mit dem Business Insider auf die außergewöhnlichen Lebensläufe der jungen Menschen hin: „Das hat es früher in der Form sicher nicht gegeben und sagt viel über die Persönlichkeit heutiger Bewerber aus.“

Aus diesem Grund haben viele junge Menschen nicht zu unrecht das Selbstbewusstsein, auch ohne Trainee-Programm in den Job einzusteigen. Aber sollte man das Trainee kategorisch ausschließen? Eher nicht — gerade weil ihr mit Mitte 20 nicht unbedingt schon wissen müsst, wo ihr wirklich arbeiten wollt.

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It is hard to know where to begin with the big story of cheating and bribery in order to gain admission to elite universities.

There are the rubbernecking aspects, actresses and business leaders ensnared by the indictment, including Lori Loughlin who with her designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to gain admission for their daughter to the University of Southern California, a daughter who was less than indifferent about the educational aspects of college to begin with.  

There are the stories of parents faking learning disabilities for their children to gain access to accommodations that would allow for the cheating to happen. The saddest story may be the parents who went to great lengths to hide the fact of the cheating from their own child, arranging for him to take a fake test.

Or another one, about non-athlete children having their faces photoshopped onto the bodies of actual athletes as proof they belonged in a pool of applicants deserving special consideration. 

We could talk about the greed, venality, corruption, and cluelessness that abounds in the details shared in the charging document. The bribes were even couched as charitable donations which allowed the parents to deduct them on their taxes. It’s simply gross. 

My jaw dropped a little deeper with each page, but it is important to distinguish between shock and surprise. I was shocked that we are finding out about these schemes, while being entirely unsurprised that something like this was going on. 

This is merely the illegal version of the rather common practices wealthy, almost universally white parents use to stack the elite admissions deck for their offspring. William Singer, the chief perpetrator of the fraud pitched the scheme as a “side door” to admission, an alternative to the “back door” of institutional advancement (meaning above board donations) that can’t offer a “guarantee” and are usually more costly.[1]

SAT tutors, admissions consultants, private schooling from the cradle, legacy admissions, crew, field hockey, grandpa’s name on a building. This is how the so-called meritocracy is supposed to perpetuate itself, not bribery and side doors.

U.S. attorney for the District of Massachusetts, Andrew Lelling, said, “The real victims in this case are the hardworking students,” who were presumably denied admission to these elite universities because of the fraud.

True enough, but not the whole truth. The full list of victims would include the following: Everybody.

As is my tendency, I immediately try to see these things through a systemic lens. Yes, the perpetrators are wrong and gross. Yes, they deserve whatever punishments are coming their way, but to truly understand the roots of this harm and fully appreciate the scope of those who are harmed, we have to go deeper.

Competition is bad for education, bad for learning, bad for students, bad, ultimately, for educational institutions as well. 

Competition is wasteful and inefficient, and leads institutions to engage in deliberately obstructive practices to hide the trust cost of attendance to students

Competition has squeezed poorer students not just out of admission at elite private universities, but public flagships as well, as demonstrated by a report from New America Education. 

Students competing for scarce slots in magnet schools or college feeders experience increased stress and anxiety. Even the “winners” are losing

I’m thinking about an even larger class of those who are harmed. How about black and brown children who are subjected to emotionally abusive practices at so-called “no excuses” charter schools so they may fare better in an admissions competition that will always be stacked against them?

Recall the story of T.M. Landry College Prep of Louisiana, which was faking transcripts in order to get their minority students into elite schools. This is a consequence of the same dysfunctional system that begat Aunt Becky bribing a dude to get her YouTube star daughter into USC. The difference is that those minority students were subjected to “a culture of fear with physical and emotional abuse, students and teachers saidStudents were forced to kneel on rice, rocks and hot pavement, and were choked, yelled at and berated,” while the daughter of the star of Garage Sale Mysteries had to experience the challenge of working around not being able to remove any of the standard issue USC dorm furniture, while still creating an Instagramable space.[2]

How about the harm done to public institutions which are required to compete for prestige in order to be deemed worthy of support, all while doing more with less, year after year.

I am grateful for the news of this scandal because it is a window into how messed up the system truly is, but it would be a shame if we fail to use this to look at these problems at a systemic level. 

Some initial thoughts on the implications of this news:[3]

1. Let’s just end using the SAT and ACT as admissions criteria. They’re biased, students who can afford coaching get an unfair advantage, they have little correlation to college success, and now they’ve proved central to a fraud. How much more do we need to act?

2. All schools should immediately cease to cooperate with the U.S. News & World Report rankings. Coincidentally, this year’s data was released the same day as the scandal broke. Everyone in education knows the data is largely meaningless as a reflection of the on-the-ground quality of education, so let’s just stop with the nonsense. Sure, this is more symptom than disease, but every little bit helps.

3. Let’s have a good, hard talk about whether or not public money in any form should be going to these elite private institutions. As of 2015, Stanford, whose sailing coach was implicated in the indictment, receives a taxpayer subsidy equivalent to $63,000 per student. Compare this to UC-Berkeley, which receives only $10,500 of taxpayer subsidy per student.

These subsidies are often hidden in tax breaks and other schemes.

4. Let’s invest in public education.[4]I will use a specific example that applies more broadly. You can get a great education at College of Charleston, my most recent employer. It is a fine school with great students and wonderful faculty. It is not without faults – no place is – but it is an example of a public institution trying its best to provide educational opportunities to their students.

The amount of money spent on the admissions cheating and bribery scheme ($25 million) is 50% more than the annual contribution of the state of South Carolina to CofC’s bottom line. 

Seventy-five percent of applicants to CofC are admitted. The opportunity is not particularly scarce, but the resources to support the students in our non-elite public institutions sure are.

There are thousands of institutions like this across the country, including our community colleges which are providing educational access for many students who are the least resourced. We should be working to make the path much smoother for those folks, and if it means taking elite privates down a peg or two in the process, consider it past due payment for services already rendered. 

They’ve been sponging off the rest of us for long enough.

 

[1]Page 78 of the indictment. If you haven’t read it, you really should see it for yourself. I cannot do it justice.

[2]Solution: “I covered a lot of stuff with blankets, like my chair. I used the marble tapestry to cover the large bulletin board on my wall that we were not allowed to remove.”

[3]If people have other things we should be considering, please add them in the comments.

[4]And tax the rich to do it, rather than having billionaires like Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg who claim to care about education launder their money through quasi-philanthropic giving.

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Zuckerberg’s new privacy essay shows why Facebook needs to be broken up

Zuckerberg describes Facebook as a town square. It isn’t. Facebook is a company that brought in more than $55 billion in advertising revenue last year, with a 45% profit margin. This makes it one of the most profitable business ventures in human history. It must be understood as such.

Facebook has minted money because it has figured out how to commoditize privacy on a scale never before seen. A diminishment of privacy is its core product. Zuckerberg has made his money by performing a sort of arbitrage between how much privacy Facebook’s 2 billion users think they are giving up and how much he has been able to sell to advertisers. He says nothing of substance in his long essay about how he intends to keep his firm profitable in this supposed new era. That’s one reason to treat his Damascene moment with healthy skepticism.

“Frankly we don’t currently have a strong reputation for building privacy protective services,” Zuckerberg writes. But Facebook’s reputation is not the salient question: its business model is. If Facebook were to implement strong privacy protections across the board, it would have little left to sell to advertisers aside from the sheer size of its audience. Facebook might still make a lot of money, but they’d make a lot less of it.

Zuckerberg’s proposal is a bait-and-switch. What he’s proposing is essentially a beefed-up version of WhatsApp. Some of the improvements might be worthwhile. Stronger encryption can indeed be useful, and a commitment to not building data centers in repressive countries is laudable, as far as it goes. Other principles that Zuckerberg puts forth would concentrate his monopoly power in worrisome ways. The new “platforms for private sharing” are not instead of Facebook’s current offering: they’re in addition to it. “Public social networks will continue to be very important in people’s lives,” he writes, an assertion he never squares with the vague claim that “interacting with your friends and family across the Facebook network will become a fundamentally more private experience.”

By narrowly construing privacy to be almost exclusively about end-to-end encryption that would prevent a would-be eavesdropper from intercepting communications, he manages to avoid having to think about Facebook’s weaknesses and missteps. Privacy is not just about keeping secrets. It’s also about how flows of information shape us as individuals and as a society. What we say to whom and why is a function of context. Social networks change that context, and in so doing they change the nature of privacy, in ways that are both good and bad.


          Facebook Reverses Zero Hedge Ban, Says It Made A "Mistake"      Cache   Translate Page      

It has been a strange 24 hours.

On Monday, we first learned that for the previous two days, Facebook had banned all Zero Hedge content across its various mediums, as it went against Facebook's "Community Standards" (which to the best of our knowledge, neither we not anyone else has any idea what they are), a decision which - as we noted yesterday - surprised us for two reasons: not only do we not have an official Facebook account, but Facebook did not approach us even once with a warning or even notification.

While we were in the dark about what had triggered Facebook, or what was the company's motive, we were humbled and delighted not only with the media coverage this event received, but far more so with the outpouring of support we received from readers and across social media, where Zero Hedge had not been yet banned, like Twitter, where figures from various industries and across the political spectrum voiced support and came to our defense, with many condemning what we felt was an arbitrary decision.

Among those who spoke up were President Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr., Nigel Farage, Peter Thiel's liberal foil at Thiel Capital, Eric Weinstein, Infowars' Paul Joseph Watson and many others.

To them, and to everyone else who reached out - either to us or to Facebook, or "said something" in private or on the Interweb - our sincerest gratitude.

And then on Tuesday morning, everything had suddenly returned to normal, and whether due to the unexpectedly widespread support we received, or because Facebook had made a sincere error, the ban was reversed.

While Facebook has yet to contact us directly, they did comment with a Facebook spokesman saying that "This was a mistake with our automation to detect spam and we worked to fix it yesterday." He added that "we use a combination of human review and automation to enforce our policies around spam and in this case, our automation incorrectly blocked this link. As soon as we identified the issue, we worked quickly to fix it."

We still have no insight into which article(s) Facebook decided was sufficiently "spammy" to block everyone's access to our content, or on what basis Facebook's "automation and human review" had made the decision to quarantine our small website from the rest of Facebook's 2.3 billion monthly users.

But we are heartened by this development, not so much because it means a rebound in our traffic - as we observed yesterday, we are lucky in that Facebook represents a tiny source of our inbound referral traffic - but because it means nothing changes: we can and will continue as before, with zero adjustments to our writing style, and we will certainly continue with our highly critical coverage of all things Facebook. And best of all: it will be read on Facebook, allowing users of the world's biggest media company to escape an informational echo chamber, and be presented with contrasting opinions, which even if wrong, will allow countless readers to make more informed opinions than if served with preapproved, uniform, and ideologically palatable content.

And since some may read this as a quasi-official press release, we leave the "about us" part to the money-losing media venture of billionaire Mike Bloomberg's business empire (funded since day one by the procyclical $25,000/year Bloomberg terminal business), which yesterday described our little adventure as follows: "Since being founded in the depths of the financial crisis, Zero Hedge has built a dedicated following by serving up a mix of hardcore financial analysis and populist political commentary. Both the ‘Tyler Durden’ name and the site’s tagline -- "On a long enough timeline the survival rate for everyone drops to zero” -- are borrowed from the anarchic cult classic ’Fight Club.’


          Los exóticos lujos de Kylie Jenner, la multimillonaria más joven del mundo      Cache   Translate Page      
Kylie Jenner se convirtió a los 21 años de edad en la persona millonaria más joven del mundo, según la revista Forbes. Con una fortuna de 1.000 millones de dólares, la menor del clan Kardashian Jenner, considerada la millonaria ‘hecha a sí misma’ rompió el récord del fundador de Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, que tenía 23 […]
          News AF 180 | Facebook Reading our Minds is News AF - March 12, 2019      Cache   Translate Page      
Rob, Tyson and Danny talk about how Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook want to be able to read our minds and all the interesting internet news stories of the week!
          Facebook Hits Elizabeth Warren With A Banhammer For Being Mean To Facebook      Cache   Translate Page      


Facebook doesn't seem too happy Elizabeth Warren. After the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate announced she would, if elected, try and break up big tech monopolies, her Facebook ads started disappearing across its platform. It's entirely possible that this is all part of some bizarre coincidence, but there's a chance that Mark Zuckerberg, drunk on power and Mountain Dew, hit Warren with a ban hammer for having the balls to call him on his bullshit. Maybe Warren was right?

Facebook has since restored Warren's ad "in the interest of allowing robust debate." A spox says that the ad violated their policies against using their corporate logo -- in this instance a lower-case "f" -- instead of the word "Facebook." None of Warren's other ads were taken down, but none of the other ads were videos arguing that Facebook buys up competitors to create a monopoly.


Shortly after Facebook restored the ads, Warren sent out a mean tweet criticizing Facebook for having the power to shut up anyone who calls Facebook a bunch of spiteful trolls who think they're infallible gods. She was joined by a chorus of legislators who've called to rein in big tech, like freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who said, "Facebook may have its own problems but it's increasingly starting to look like our society (namely, our democracy) has a Facebook problem."


Warren's call to break up and regulate big tech companies has scared the hell out of people throughout the Bay Area. The San Francisco Chronicle quoted a number of Silicon Valley's super rich crying at the thought of Uncle Sam coming to bust them up. As the tech-bros see it, this won't do anything to stop the state-owned monopolies China has on its highly monitored magic kingdom of censored shitposts, and "you can kiss American tech leadership goodbye" if you suddenly start making big tech follow century-old antitrust regulations like every other business. In an interview with The Verge, Warren shrugs off her critics and compared her proposal to break up big tech to the consolidation of railroads in the late 1800s.

There was a period of time when the railroads figured out that they could make money not only by selling tickets on the railroad, but also by buying the steel company and then cutting the price of transporting steel for their own company and raising the price of transporting steel for any competitors. And that's how the giant grows ... So my principle is exactly the same: What was applied to railroad companies more than a hundred years ago, we need to now look at those tech platforms the same way.

With big tech companies reeling from another round of bad press, it was perhaps another remarkable coincidence that a story appeared in Politico this morning talking about Warren accepting campaign contributions from people working at the very companies she wants to bust up. According to Politico, Warren took in $90,000 from employees who work at Amazon, Google, or Facebook between 2011 and 2018. For comparison, Bernie Sanders took in well over a quarter million from the very same people in 2016. Is this a #SCANDAL, or evidence people working for big tech companies find San Francisco so unaffordable that they're forced to live in their cars and poop on the street? On Sunday, when asked about contributions from tech executives, Warren stated, "nobody has been beating down the door," and added, "I'm not in Washington to work for billionaires. I'm in Washington to help level the playing field so that everybody gets a chance to get out there and compete."

[The Verge / Politico / WaPo]

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Radio Colonia: Intervista Arturo Di Corinto COSMO Radio Colonia – Beitrag | 04.02.2019 | 09:51 Min. Facebook compie 15 anni di Cristiano Cruciani e Francesca Montinaro Il 4 febbraio 2004 Marc Zuckerberg metteva online il social network che oggi conta oltre due miliardi di utenti, ma che ha fatto parlare di sé anche per la […]
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          The end of formal business attire?      Cache   Translate Page      
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While the suit may previously have been declared dead by fashion's forecasters, then resurrected for the umpteenth time on catwalks everywhere, formal business attire has been left somewhat to fend for its own merit.

This week Goldman Sachs, the oracle of investment banking, sent an internal memo to its employees stating it was loosening its approach to office attire, moving to “a firmwide flexible dress code” and asking employees to “dress in a manner that is consistent with your clients’ expectations.”

The announcement comes nearly three years after J.P. Morgan sent a similar memo to its staff in June 2016, stating business casual dress would be expanded "firmwide," which "reflects how the way JP Morgan works is changing."

What does business attire mean in 2019?

If we look at the wardrobe choices of successful CEO's, there is a discrepancy between types of businesses and the level formality their directors emanate, a precedent set by Apple's founder Steve Jobs in his nominative black turtle neck and jeans combo.

Silicon Valley and tech start ups tend to embrace casual styles with little regard for formalities or tailoring - see Mark Zuckerberg in a staple of grey t-shirts, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek in his preferred ensemble of graphic tee, jeans and sneakers - these looks are a far cry from the wardrobe choices by those in legal, banking or political professions.

A suit and tie means business, or does it?

A suit and tie once stood for serious business, it spoke of respect and hierarchy and propagated success. Being the best dressed depicted power and sartorial one-upmanship. Even today, people prefer their politicians and bankers to dress formally in time-honoured suits (could you imagine Theresa May negotiating Brexit in yoga pants?) yet these expectations are not extended to those operating in creative professions, where a suit and tie is largely deemed "too corporate."

At Paris fashion week, buyers and designers embraced the looks of fashion and brands au courant, whereas the MD's, CEO's and investors could be seen in suits. Even at PFW, the money guys embraced old-school uniforms, uninterested in the casualisation of dressing norms, and keen to define their roles with a more conservative wardrobe style.

Comfort over style

A shift in cultural buying habits has seen the suit outcasted as a uniform since casual codes and streetwear began to dominate the zeitgeist. Many favour comfort over style, and are happy to abandon neckties and other restrictive clothing items since corporations loosened their dress code requirements.

At Goldman Sachs, the updated dress code is officially business casual, but this spans a wide arena of possibilities, tinged with quiet expectation. Pinstripe suiting teamed with a red tie and brogues may not be necessary for Mondays at the office, where perhaps a chino, sweater and casual jacket could suffice. But client-facing and boardroom attire comes with its own rules and judgements as to what is appropriate and expected. Unless, of course, if you're Mark Zuckerberg.

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          Time to clamp down on bullying tech giants: Experts call for web watchdog      Cache   Translate Page      
Bosses, including Facebook's billionaire founder Mark Zuckerberg, pictured, have been accused of ignoring concerns over the behaviour of their businesses.
           Comentario en Facebook tiene los días contados: Zuckerberg admite que WhatsApp es su prioridad por Dalmer Ruiz       Cache   Translate Page      
No concuerdo del todo con su lectura querido amigo...Habla del desarrollo de servicios a través de la mensajería privada más en ningún lado en todo el texto habla de cómo podría verse afectado de manera significativa todo lo que hasta hoy ya existe ciertamente con una mayor grado de exposición. A juzgar por el post de Marck está muy lejos de ser el fin de Facebook.
          Zuckerberg Wants Facebook to Build a Mind-Reading Machine      Cache   Translate Page      

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          Zuckerberg diz que Facebook se concentrará mais na privacidade      Cache   Translate Page      
O presidente-executivo do Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, disse acreditar que mensagens privadas seguras se tornarão mais populares do que plataformas abertas, no mais recente sinal de que uma das empresas que popularizou as redes sociais vê seu futuro em conversas online mais protegidas.
          Caos virtual: cayó Facebook, Instagram y WhatsApp a nivel mundial      Cache   Translate Page      
(08-03)Usuarios de distintas partes del mundo alertaron sobre la caída de Facebook, Instagram y WhatsApp, es decir, las tres plataformas de Mark Zuckerberg. Hasta el momento no hubo información oficial de los servicios. La caída a nivel mundial de Facebook, Instagram y WhatsApp, fue alertada por usuario de toda pàrtes del mundo, quienes reportaron fallas en …
          Here's how Apple could use the Apple Watch to break into a whole new market for itself with healthcare (AAPL)      Cache   Translate Page      

Tim Cook Apple Watch

  • Apple could have a big opportunity in the health care market, longtime analyst Gene Munster said in a research note.
  • The company could soon offer a service that would allow physicians to access the health data from patients' Apple Watches for a monthly fee, he said.
  • Physicians would pay the fee, because they're increasingly having to bear the financial risk of treating patients, he said.
  • The data could help them sooner detect potential problems in patients and also help them encourage healthier lifestyles.

Apple's wearable devices could soon serve as its gateway into the massive American healthcare market.

The iPhone maker could soon set up a subscription service targeted at physicians and medical groups that would allow them to access the health data collected by Apple Watches and other devices worn by their patients, Gene Munster, a longtime Apple analyst, wrote in a research note Tuesday.

The service, for which Apple might charge doctors $10 per patient per month, would allow them to monitor their patients' health and potentially encourage healthier choices and lifestyles, he said.

"For physicians or any payer who covers healthcare expenses, there's a market for this now," said Munster, a managing partner with investment firm Loup Ventures. "Apple’s healthcare services opportunity," he continued, "likely lies in harvesting the data from [Apple] Watch and AirPods, then filtering, analyzing, and making it actionable."

Apple CEO Tim Cook is clearly interested in healthcare

Apple hasn't announced any plans to develop such a service. But CEO Tim Cook has been clear about his interest in healthcare in general and in developing new health-related features for Apple's wearable devices. Apple Watch has a pulse monitor built into it, monitors the wearer's activities, and can be set to remind them when to stand or breathe. The latest version of the software underlying the device includes a feature that allows the device to take electrocardiogram readings.

apple watch series 4 ecg"You will see continued things in the watch area that keep pulling the string between wellness and health," Cook said at the company's annual shareholder meeting earlier this month.

Read this: Apple is now one of the biggest investors in research and development, and critics are wondering what it's getting for its money

But the company's interest in health goes beyond Apple Watch. Apple was granted a patent in December for a version of its AirPods headsets that could include a biometric sensor that could be used to detect a wearer's pulse rate or blood oxygen level, Munster noted. Meanwhile, the company announced a deal last month with the US Veterans Administration that will allow military veterans to view their health records from the VA and other institutions in the Health app on the iPhone.

"Everything is right there," Cook said at the shareholder meeting.

Apple will likely build on such initiatives to try to create a real business around healthcare, Munster said in his note. A part of the motivation is there's a gigantic opportunity there, he said. 

Physicians have an incentive to sign up for an Apple health service

The US in total spent about $3.5 trillion on health care in 2017, amounting to about 18% of its gross domestic, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Consumer tech companies such as Apple have had little presence in that market so far, but that could change soon, Munster said.

apple airpodsThe industry has been shifting away from traditional fee-for-service reimbursement practices toward paying doctors and medical groups per use monthly fees to care for patients, he noted. Those fees shift the risk from insurers to physicians, giving them a financial incentive to promote healthier lifestyles and choices among their patients. Unlike insurers, doctors are also in direct contact with patients, making it easier for them to influence patents' behavior, Munster said. Those two factors could make them amenable to health-related service from tech providers such as Apple, he said.

"As financial incentives shift to providers, physicians will be more willing to pay for consumer tech that influences behavior and provides early warning systems," Munster said.

Apple is in a prime position to take advantage of this market because of the popularity of Apple Watch and its AirPods, he said. There are about 57 million Apple Watches currently in use, he estimated. That number could easily be four times larger than that eventually, he said.

For investors, the most important thing about Apple's health care opportunity is that Wall Street isn't yet accounting for it, Munster said.

"We believe the healthcare opportunity is not currently priced into [Apple's] shares," he said.

Got tip about Apple or other tech companies? Contact this reporter via email at twolverton@businessinsider.com, message him on Twitter @troywolv, or send him a secure message through Signal at 415.515.5594. You can also contact Business Insider securely via SecureDrop.

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          Here's how Apple could use the Apple Watch to break into a whole new market for itself with healthcare (AAPL)      Cache   Translate Page      

Tim Cook Apple Watch

  • Apple could have a big opportunity in the health care market, longtime analyst Gene Munster said in a research note.
  • The company could soon offer a service that would allow physicians to access the health data from patients' Apple Watches for a monthly fee, he said.
  • Physicians would pay the fee, because they're increasingly having to bear the financial risk of treating patients, he said.
  • The data could help them sooner detect potential problems in patients and also help them encourage healthier lifestyles.

Apple's wearable devices could soon serve as its gateway into the massive American healthcare market.

The iPhone maker could soon set up a subscription service targeted at physicians and medical groups that would allow them to access the health data collected by Apple Watches and other devices worn by their patients, Gene Munster, a longtime Apple analyst, wrote in a research note Tuesday.

The service, for which Apple might charge doctors $10 per patient per month, would allow them to monitor their patients' health and potentially encourage healthier choices and lifestyles, he said.

"For physicians or any payer who covers healthcare expenses, there's a market for this now," said Munster, a managing partner with investment firm Loup Ventures. "Apple’s healthcare services opportunity," he continued, "likely lies in harvesting the data from [Apple] Watch and AirPods, then filtering, analyzing, and making it actionable."

Apple CEO Tim Cook is clearly interested in healthcare

Apple hasn't announced any plans to develop such a service. But CEO Tim Cook has been clear about his interest in healthcare in general and in developing new health-related features for Apple's wearable devices. Apple Watch has a pulse monitor built into it, monitors the wearer's activities, and can be set to remind them when to stand or breathe. The latest version of the software underlying the device includes a feature that allows the device to take electrocardiogram readings.

apple watch series 4 ecg"You will see continued things in the watch area that keep pulling the string between wellness and health," Cook said at the company's annual shareholder meeting earlier this month.

Read this: Apple is now one of the biggest investors in research and development, and critics are wondering what it's getting for its money

But the company's interest in health goes beyond Apple Watch. Apple was granted a patent in December for a version of its AirPods headsets that could include a biometric sensor that could be used to detect a wearer's pulse rate or blood oxygen level, Munster noted. Meanwhile, the company announced a deal last month with the US Veterans Administration that will allow military veterans to view their health records from the VA and other institutions in the Health app on the iPhone.

"Everything is right there," Cook said at the shareholder meeting.

Apple will likely build on such initiatives to try to create a real business around healthcare, Munster said in his note. A part of the motivation is there's a gigantic opportunity there, he said. 

Physicians have an incentive to sign up for an Apple health service

The US in total spent about $3.5 trillion on health care in 2017, amounting to about 18% of its gross domestic, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Consumer tech companies such as Apple have had little presence in that market so far, but that could change soon, Munster said.

apple airpodsThe industry has been shifting away from traditional fee-for-service reimbursement practices toward paying doctors and medical groups per use monthly fees to care for patients, he noted. Those fees shift the risk from insurers to physicians, giving them a financial incentive to promote healthier lifestyles and choices among their patients. Unlike insurers, doctors are also in direct contact with patients, making it easier for them to influence patents' behavior, Munster said. Those two factors could make them amenable to health-related service from tech providers such as Apple, he said.

"As financial incentives shift to providers, physicians will be more willing to pay for consumer tech that influences behavior and provides early warning systems," Munster said.

Apple is in a prime position to take advantage of this market because of the popularity of Apple Watch and its AirPods, he said. There are about 57 million Apple Watches currently in use, he estimated. That number could easily be four times larger than that eventually, he said.

For investors, the most important thing about Apple's health care opportunity is that Wall Street isn't yet accounting for it, Munster said.

"We believe the healthcare opportunity is not currently priced into [Apple's] shares," he said.

Got tip about Apple or other tech companies? Contact this reporter via email at twolverton@businessinsider.com, message him on Twitter @troywolv, or send him a secure message through Signal at 415.515.5594. You can also contact Business Insider securely via SecureDrop.

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          On Breaking up Google - this is not your Grandma's Monopoly (PeraclesPlease)      Cache   Translate Page      

Another election and another round of liberal posturing - "how do we beat down the corporates, how do we dismantle their power?" "Google, Facebook, Amazon, Apple...," exclaims Elizabeth Warren, "along with their little subsidiary acquisitions". Let's call these The Big Four.

So let's tear this down - first, are these the monopolists you're looking for? Back in the day of the Robber Barons, we had goons showing up to beat up the competition - quite a bit of heat brought down on anyone who was in competition. This kind of activity is pretty rare these days - mostly it's just that customers are flocking to the big boys, and that's just tough on the rest.

The IT age truly hit when Microsoft ended up with a practical monopoly on the desktop. Sure, Apple could scrape out 4 million laptop & desktop sales a quarter with a huge comparative margin, and techies could go for Linux or lately Chromebooks, but in terms of units at home and in the workplace, DOS-Windows machines predominated since 1982, and still do. Microsoft went on to do quite well in the Office software and database business - and people howled to break them up. But in the end, they went from a dominant consumer company to a dominant enterprise software company, with the whole industry resigning itself to the fact that the OS is boring, and is best off boring, and all the OS wars in the 70's and 80's mostly led to things not working with each other, whereas the Windows behemoth solved that problem. Until the Web came along and made everything interoperable in a different way, so the Windows monopoly became a "who cares?" We got a little flurry of excitement when Steve Jobs decided to put a knife in the heart of Flash and Adobe itself, pretending to go to a new standard that was far from market ready - and suddenly we saw what we'd avoided for 2 decades - having to choose when we really didn't care. Sure, Excel rolled over Lotus-1-2-3 and M$ killed some other fine mail & database software companies, but it was the 90's, baby - the Internet Age, and if things hadn't just worked, that would have harshed our mellow. 

And that was in the age of price gouging. Antitrust was built on the old idea that monopolists like the oil and rail barons would take over everything and then raise the price. Except the new monopolists didn't do that. Hell, Google came along with a huge competitive field of shitty search engines and somehow did it much much better, incuding mail and calendar apps, but the consumer never (apparently) had to pay. Even the advertisers that flocked to the platform didn't seem to pay that much, considering how much the traditional ad agencies or classified ads had gouged people throughout the years. Remember how much it used to cost to sell your car, deciding whether to splurge for the week or just the Sunday edition?

Amazon was a bit similar - they were just an online bookseller back when we were buying computers the same way from Gateway - packed in some cow paddies up in North Dakota or somewhere where warehouse space roamed free. Of course as Amazon shipped books, they found they could ship other odds and ends like CDs and electronics and then household appliances, and they unfairly cemented their lead by... well, actually, they just sold stuff cheap and didn't have any stores, and their product search was pretty good, as was their reviews and the delivery... in short, they just crushed, helped of course by the lack of internet taxation - a 10% added margin can easily clench a sale over traditional stores. Sure we liked hanging out at Borders, but if we were going to binge on 5-10 books, online started making a lot more sense - especially when electronic versions became available. Yeah, I bought from Barnes & Noble a few times, and some other odds-and-ends sellers, but as with most consumer comfort, we end up going back to one familiar place.

[along the way, Amazon developed a whole bunch of cloud technology, AWS, to run all its services with - this of course could pretty easily be split off from the e-retail business - and no one would really care one way or the other]

Apple - lessee, yeah, they were bastards with Real Media and Adobe and put the hurt to dinosaur music labels and phone companies. But they also made online music work with the iPod and iTunes when everyone'd been yacking about it for a decade. When Apple introduced the iPhone, they overcharged for it - and people still bought them over the low and high-end Nokias and Blackberries. Google cleverly introduced their Android phones - but still more *elite* people wanted iPhones, and Apple naturally raised the price, while the rest could go buy cheaper Korean or Chinese Androids (Motorola went bankrupt during this transition, as did Nokia & Blackberry and a host of others). Apple made the App Store totally brainless to use, even to buy stuff. No "what version do I need?" - it figured it out and downloaded and installed the right one.

Facebook - uh, yeah, overall sux compares to what MySpace used to be. But for the non-musically/side-development inclined, I suppose, it was better with likes and little tweaks, but MySpace's CEO notes Facebook got people using their real names and they no longer minded (which meant bonanza time for marketers). They improved community and it too off. But with Zuckerberg's behavior in front of Congress and especially UK MPs, it's hard to feel any sympathy for their smug amoral attitude.

But let's say we break up Facebook. Within 2, max 3 years there'd be another trendy monopoly player that everyone flocks to because everyone's on it. (Younger kids have abandoned Facebook a great deal, thus the need to buy Instagram et al). If we break up Amazon, another player will implement 1-stop shopping that satisfies us, and we'll have a new different monopoly. Break up Apple - uh, like what? their tablet sales fell drastically after an initial goldrush, they discontinued their iPods cause they're just crippled iPhones now, they no longer really have desktops and their laptops sell the same 4 million per quarter as always.

Perhaps with Google we could split off the Android business from search, but Android on its own makes like 0 money, so Android development would grind to a relative halt (similar to Larry Ellison of Oracle buying Java just to keep someone else from having it, and so all interesting development has stopped).

Would any of this serve the customers, the consumers out there? The rapid rise of mobile use is based on being able to find anyone and anything quickly, to have over-the-air upgrades that don't need a techie to handle, being able to share data like photos and videos as a 5-year-old to 95-year-old. Remember when grandmothers used to have to ask for help with their PC's to use Hotmail or connect to the internet? Less and less does that happen. I haven't looked at "Senior Phones" in a decade, about when I was looking at some Senior video conferencing on tablet, but Skype and WhatsApp and Zoom pretty much covered that market for consumer and businesses. (okay, Microsoft bought Skype and merged it with its old clunky corporate package, so it's slightly worse, slightly better as tied to the Microsoft cloud - but still largely free or dirt cheap compared to what we recall of Telco charges).

We had the chance to break up some of our too-big-to-fail banks in 2009, and did a crappy job of it - but those were old school oligopolies and used market position to sell poison assets, robosign people's mortgage foreclosures, overcharge kids for credit cards, and other obscene practices. What'd we do? we gave traders bonuses, hand held investors with 100 cents on the dollar, bailed them out and let them merge into even bigger entities. Well, that went so well, let's try breaking up tech companies that politicians understand so poorly.

Even with advertising - Google & Facebook monopolize 60% of advertising, with Amazon working on breaking in. But one reason that advertising is so high is that advertisers want a single efficient spend, a single platform (or 2 at most). To build a mobile app you used to have to build 10 different versions at least ot effectively cover available phones. Now you build 2 - Android & Apple iOS, and just put it in their stores. Same pretty much for advertising - sure you can put up billboards or even pass out flyers, but it's totally simple to do Google & Facebook ads and check their analytics, and you know pretty much all the world is there if you design your pitch, your ad words right. So while people who want to enter the market complain, the ones using are mostly happy. What that means for consumers is evolving, since the system was built on "free lunch" and we're discovering (if we didn't know already) that "if you're not paying for the product, the product is you".

Does Elizabeth Warren and DC in general understand any of this? Do they see that people will freely gravitate towards a NetFlix without excessive pressure? We can see the damage that misuse of data creates, other types of abuses of worker pay, et al - but these aren't quite the focus of what a traditional split up would look like for a traditional monopoly. But as the bean counters from DC didn't help Detroit out much by taking over management (instead their only real successes were continuing say producton in China that was going well, while electric cars are still a bridge mostly too far), let's not expect Washington to understand well the retail or technology fields and what "platform-based" development means to the consumer and suppliers.

WalMart at one point was responsible for 13% of America's imports, but for the last decade or more has been trying to fight off Amazon's steady encroachment - including trying to compete with advertising, as well as go online, while Amazon has successfully taken the lead in apparel and opened bricks-and-mortars shops. Nokia had 50% of the global market share in 2007, and within 5 years was dead - despite a Microsoft buyout.

But would I rather be stuck with WalMart clothes and a Nokia flip phone?

It's a complicated developing world out there, and thanks to 2016 we're much more aware of the Big Brother side of corporations owning our data and other practices - but we're still a long way off from understanding the technical, legal and societal remedies. The Democrats always held Silicon Valley at arm's length, appreciating their support and often liberal values, but uncomfortable with their vast money-making technical enterprises and the venture capitalists that rose up around this.

So yeah, I'm uncomfortable with cries to just break up the Big Four and more - we've been down these roads before, and many of them look like the past. Develop a real goal, one that combines the challenges of Universal Basic Income and enough tax income for new initiatives like health care and better retirement and day care, one that identifies overstep in corporate behavior but tries to preserve consumer/B2B convenience and savings, one that's focused towards ensuring next-gen innovation rather than trying to recover some happier time that's already left last gen's Pandora Box. You can't have your Golden Goose and eat it too. It takes a platform to lay those eggs. We just need to make sure they're not Godzilla's instead.


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In the cover story of the November/December 2017 issue of the Washington Monthly, executive editor Gilad Edelman chronicled how anti-monopoly politics, including revived antitrust enforcement, had “seemed to go from fringe argument to a pillar of the Democrats’ economic plan, at least rhetorically, overnight.” (It turned out that years of earnest Washington Monthly articles on the subject played a role.) But, he cautioned, things like merely including a section on corporate concentration in the Democrats’ “Better Deal” agenda were just “baby steps.” It remained to be seen whether the issue would develop into a real campaign topic.

Two things happened this week that suggest the answer may be “yes.” Yesterday, at a rally in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Senator Bernie Sanders, who recently entered the presidential race, delivered a speech about how to improve the fortunes of rural America that heavily emphasized the need to combat agricultural monopolies. The argument sounded strikingly similar to the ones recently made by the Open Markets Institute’s Claire Kelloway, in the Washington Monthly, and Austin Frerick, in the American Conservative. 

Council Bluffs, IA – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders will deliver remarks in Council Bluffs today. See below for full remarks:

Thank you all very much for being here tonight and thank you for being part of a political revolution which will transform America.

Thank you for being part of a campaign which is not only going to win the Democratic nomination, which is not only going to defeat Donald Trump, the most dangerous president in modern American history, but with your help is going to transform this country and, finally, create an economy and government which works for all Americans, and not just the one percent. Today, I want to welcome you to a campaign which says, loudly and clearly, that the underlying principles of our government will not be greed, kleptocracy, hatred and lies. It will not be racism, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia and religious bigotry. All of that is going to end.
The principles of our government will be based on justice: economic justice, social justice, racial justice and environmental justice. Tonight, I want to welcome you to a campaign which tells the powerful special interests who control so much of our economic and political life that we will no longer tolerate the greed of Wall Street, corporate America and the billionaire class – greed which has resulted in this country having more income and wealth inequality than any other major country on earth.

No. We will no longer stand idly by and allow 3 people in this country to own more wealth than the bottom half of America while, at the same time, nearly 20 percent of our children live in poverty, veterans sleep out on the streets and seniors cannot afford their prescription drugs. We will no longer accept 46 percent of all new income going to the top 1 percent, while millions of Americans are forced to work 2 or 3 jobs just to survive and over half of our people live paycheck to paycheck, frightened to death about what happens to them financially if their car breaks down or their child becomes sick.

Together, we are going to create a political system which is based on the democratic principles of one person – one vote – and end a corrupt system which allows billionaires to buy elections. Yes. We are going to overturn Citizens United and move to public funding of elections.

Today, we fight for a political revolution.

And tonight, I want to offer a very special thanks to the people of the great state of Iowa. In 2016, this is where the political revolution began. Thank you Iowa.

When I first came here to campaign in 2015 not a whole lot of people knew who I was, nobody took our campaign seriously, and we were at 3 percent in the polls. Further, the ideas that we were talking about then were considered by establishment politicians and mainstream media to be “radical” and “extreme” – ideas, they said, that nobody in America would support.

Raising the minimum wage to a living wage. Too radical. Guaranteeing health care to all as a right, not a privilege. Too radical. Creating up to 15 million jobs by rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure with a one trillion dollar investment. Too radical. Aggressively combatting climate change. Too radical. Reforming our broken criminal justice and immigration systems. Too radical. Not taking money from super PACs and the rich. Too radical. Ending the power of super delegates at the Democratic Convention. Too radical.
Well, a funny thing happened in Iowa over that year. On Caucus Night we didn’t win 3% of the vote, we won 50% of the vote and half of the pledged delegates.

And that great start in Iowa led us to win victories in 22 states around the country, 13 million votes, over 1700 delegates at the convention and more votes from young people – black, white, Latino, Asian American and Native American – than Trump and Clinton combined.

And, by the way. Those ideas that we talked about 4 years years ago that seemed so very radical at that time. Well, today, virtually all of those ideas are supported by a majority of the American people and have overwhelming support from Democrats and independents – and they’re ideas that Democratic candidates for president to school board are now supporting.

So Iowa, you helped begin the political revolution in 2016 and, with your help on this campaign, we are going to complete what we started here. We’re going to turn our vision and our progressive agenda into reality.

Today, as we launch our campaign here in Iowa, we say to the private health insurance companies, whether you like it or not, the United States will join every other major country on earth and guarantee healthcare to all people as a right. All Americans are entitled to go to the doctor when they’re sick and not go bankrupt after staying in the hospital. We will no longer accept the absurdity of paying almost twice as much per capita on health care, while we have a lower life expectancy and worse health care outcomes than many other countries.

The goal of health care must be to provide quality care to all in a cost effective way, not tens of billions in profits for the insurance companies and outrageous compensation packages for CEOs. In 2017, the top 65 healthcare CEO’s made $1.7 billion in compensation including: $83.2 million to David Wichmann, the CEO of UnitedHealth Group and 58.7 million to Mark Bertolini, the CEO of Aetna. We need a health care system that invests in disease prevention, doctors, nurses, dentists and rural clinics. We don’t a system which makes insurance companies and their CEOs super rich.

Yes. We will pass a Medicare for all single-payer program. Health care is a right. And, by the way, our legislation improves health care for seniors by providing coverage for dental care, hearing aids and eye glasses.

Today, we say to the pharmaceutical industry, that you will no longer charge the American people the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs, the result being that one out of five Americans cannot afford the prescriptions their doctors prescribe. Seniors in this country should not have to cut their pills in half. The outrageous greed of the pharmaceutical industry is going to end. We are going to lower prescription drug prices in this country.

Today, we say to Walmart, the fast food industry and other low wage employers: Stop paying your employees starvation wages.. Yes. We are going to raise the federal minimum wage to a living wage – $15 an hour. Nobody who works 40 hours a week in this country should live in poverty. And yes. We’re going to make it easier for people to join unions, not harder.

Four years ago, when we talked about the idea of a $15 an hour minimum wage, it seemed like an impossible dream. Well, since then, I’m happy to tell you that 5 states have passed $15 an hour legislation and, just yesterday, the U.S. House Committee on Labor and Education reported out a bill that will raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $15 an hour. And, I believe, that bill will pass the full House within the month.

And by the way. Today we say to corporate America that artificial intelligence and robotics are not going to be used just to throw workers out on the street. This exploding technology must serve human needs, not just corporate profits.

Today we say to the American people that we will rebuild our crumbling infrastructure: our roads, our bridges, our rail system and subways, our airports, our water systems and wastewater plants – and when we do that we create up to 13 million good paying jobs. And let’s be clear. When I talk about infrastructure and clean water we’re talking about strengthening clean water laws so that corporate polluters stop poisoning the drinking water that communities in Iowa and across the country rely on.
Today we say to the parents in this country that you and your kids deserve quality, affordable childcare. The children are our future, and they deserve the best possible head start in life with a high quality, universal pre-K program.

Today, we say to our young people that we want you to get the best education that you can, regardless of the income of your family. Good jobs require a good education. That is why we are going to make public colleges and universities tuition free, and substantially lower the outrageous level of student debt that currently exists. America once had the best educated workforce in the world, and we are going to make that happen again.

Today, we say to our senior citizens, that we understand that you cannot live in dignity when you are trying to survive on $13,000 or $14,000 a year in Social Security benefits. My Republican colleagues want to cut Social Security but we have some bad news for them. We’re not going to cut Social Security benefits. We’re going to expand them.

Today, we say to Donald Trump and the fossil fuel industry that climate change is not a hoax but is an existential threat to our country and the entire planet – and we intend to transform our energy system away from fossil fuel and into energy efficiency and sustainable energy and, in the process, create millions of good paying jobs. All of us have a moral responsibility to make certain that the planet we leave to our children and grandchildren is healthy and habitable.

Today, we say to the prison-industrial-complex that we are going to bring about real criminal justice reform. We are going to end the international embarrassment of having more people in jail than any other country on earth. Instead of spending $80 billion a year on jails and incarceration, we are going to invest in jobs and education for our young people. No more private prisons and detention centers. No more profiteering from locking people up. No more “war on drugs.” No more keeping people in jail because they’re too poor to afford cash bail.

And by the way, when we talk about criminal justice reform, we’re going to change a system in which tens of thousands of Americans every year get criminal records for possessing marijuana, but not one major Wall Street executive went to jail for destroying our economy in 2008 as a result of their greed, recklessness and illegal behavior. No. They didn’t go to jail. They got a trillion-dollar bailout.

Today, we say to the American people that instead of demonizing the undocumented immigrants in this country, we’re going to pass comprehensive immigration reform and provide a path toward citizenship. We’re going to provide legal status to the 1.8 million young people eligible for the DACA program, and develop a humane border policy for those who seek asylum. No more snatching babies from the arms of their mothers.
Today, we say to the top 1 percent and the large profitable corporations in this country – people who have never had it so good — that under a Bernie Sanders administration we’re going to end the massive tax breaks and loopholes that you currently enjoy.

We will no longer accept the absurd situation where large corporations like Amazon, Netflix and General Motors pay nothing in federal income taxes after raking in billions in profits. We will no longer tolerate the situation in which the wealthy and large corporations stash billions in tax havens throughout the world.
Yes, the wealthy and multi-national corporations in this country will start paying their fair share of taxes. We are going to end austerity for working families, and provide some austerity for large, multi-national corporations.

Today, we say to the military-industrial-complex that we will not continue to spend $700 billion a year on the military – more than the next ten nations combined. We’re going to invest in affordable housing, we’re going to invest in public education, we’re going to invest in rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure – not more nuclear weapons and never-ending wars.
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Brothers and sisters: We’re going to win this election not because we have a super PAC funded by billionaires. We’re going to win this election because we will put together the strongest grassroots coalition in the history of American politics.

Donald Trump wants to divide us up by the color of our skin, our country of origin, our gender, our religion and our sexual orientation. We are going to do exactly the opposite. We are going to bring our people together – black, white, Latino, Native American, Asian American, gay and straight, young and old, men and women, native born and immigrant.

We are going to bring our people together for an unprecedented grassroots effort, which, I am happy to tell you, already has over one million people signed up as volunteers.
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Brothers and sisters: As someone who represents Vermont, one of the most rural states in the country, let me be very honest with you in saying that the U.S. Congress has, for too long, ignored the many crises facing rural America.

In Iowa, in Vermont and all over this country, we have seen more and more young people leave the small towns they grew up in and love, not because they don’t want to stay, but because there are fewer and fewer jobs that pay a living wage.

We have seen schools, churches and community centers shut down, and once vibrant Main Streets become boarded up and deserted.

In Vermont, Iowa and all across rural America, we have seen family farmers go out of business as the prices they receive for their products decline rapidly and large agri-business corporations and factory farming take over agriculture.

We have seen rural hospitals and nursing homes shut down, and not enough doctors to provide the quality health care that rural American deserves.

Tragically, instead of seeing good jobs, education and health care coming into our rural communities, we are far too often seeing despair and depression – and a terrible increase in suicide and opioid addiction.
Brothers and sisters. We need policies for rural America that represent the needs of working people and farmers, not agri-business and multi-national corporations.

Among many other things that need to be done is for the federal government to enforce anti-trust laws, and I will appoint an Attorney General who will do just that.

It is not acceptable to me that the top four packing companies control more than 80 percent of the beef market, 63 percent of the pork market, and 53 percent of the chicken market.

And these numbers understate the situation.

In many communities, there really is only one buyer, which means food producers are at their mercy. They must use that corporation’s feed and livestock, they must accept that corporation’s costs, and they must accept that corporation’s lower and lower payment rates. In many cases, the farmer doesn’t even own the livestock or supplies — they are effectively contract employees who are forced to lease everything, and then get paid an inadequate wage for their very hard work.

With the federal government not enforcing antitrust laws, we have seen mergers like the Bayer-Monsanto approved, giving the two largest conglomerates 78 percent of the corn seed market.

Further, instead of protecting family owned farms, federal support for agriculture is skewed toward huge farms. The top 10 percent of farms currently receive 77 percent of all subsidies.

The time is long overdue for the U.S. government to stand with rural America, and that is exactly what I do.
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Brothers and sisters. Over the last two years, and before, you and I and millions of Americans have stood up and fought for justice in every part of our society. And we’ve had some successes.

Together, as billionaires and large corporations have attacked unions, destroyed pensions, deregulated the banks, and slashed wages, we have succeeded in raising the minimum wage to $15 in states and cities across the country. And forced large corporations like Amazon and Disney to do the same. And we have supported teachers who successfully stood up for their kids in strike after strike after strike.

Together, as the forces of militarism have kept us engaged in unending wars, we have stood arm-in-arm to fight back. For the first time in 45 years, we have utilized the War Powers Act to move us forward in ending the horrific Saudi-led war in Yemen.

Together, as so many of our young people have received criminal records for nonviolent offenses, we have fought to end the war on drugs, and have seen state after state decriminalize marijuana, and have seen communities expunge the criminal records of those arrested on these charges.

Let’s be honest: while we have won some victories, our struggles have not always been successful. But I am here to tell you, that because of all the work we have done, we are now on the brink of winning not just an election, but transforming our country.

And let me tell you what that means.

When We are in the White House, we will enact a federal jobs guarantee, to ensure that everyone is guaranteed a stable job. There is more than enough work to be done in this country. Let’s do it.

When We are in the White House we will not only end the decline of rural America, but attack the problem of urban gentrification and build the affordable housing we desperately need all across this country.
When We are in the White House, we will move aggressively to end the epidemic of gun violence in this country and pass the common sense gun safety legislation that the overwhelming majority of Americans want. People who should not have guns, will not have guns.

When We are in the White House, we are going to address not only the disparities of wealth and income that exist overall in our nation, but we will address the racial disparities of wealth and income. We are going to root out institutional racism wherever it exists. Not only will we end voter suppression, we are going to make it easier for people to vote – not harder.

When We are in the White House, we are going to protect a woman’s right to control her own body. That is her decision, not the government’s.

Make no mistake about it, this struggle is not just about defeating Donald Trump. This struggle is about taking on the incredibly powerful institutions that control the economic and political life of this country. And I’m talking about Wall Street, the insurance companies, the drug companies, the military-industrial complex, agri-business, the prison-industrial complex, the fossil fuel industry and a corrupt campaign finance system that enables billionaires to buy elections.

These powerful special interests are going to spend a lot of money to try to defeat us. But we have something they don’t have: the power of the people.

Brothers and sisters: We have an enormous amount of work in front of us. But this what I believe. If we stand together, if we don’t allow Trump and his friends to divide us up; If we stand together as black and white, Latino, Asian American and Native American. If we stand together as gay and straight, men and women, native born and immigrant. If we stand together as rural and urban – north, south, east and west.
If we understand that there really is no such thing as blue state or red state, but states throughout the country where working people are struggling to survive.

If we stand together, this country has an extraordinary future. Let’s make it happen.

 

The other big news came this morning, when fellow candidate Senator Elizabeth Warren made her own antitrust news by unveiling “a regulatory plan aimed at breaking up some of America’s largest tech companies, including Amazon, Google, Apple, and Facebook.” It’s a plan that sounds a bit like former Mark Zuckerberg mentor Roger McNamee’s groundbreaking 2018 Washington Monthly article, which sounded the alarm on the myriad threats posed by the platform monopolies.

Over the past couple of days, we’ve published a couple of articles that could be viewed as favorable to former vice-president Joe Biden, but now it’s time to issue him a warning. The Democratic Party is already on our antitrust bus, and he needs to get on board too, because his record as a senator on these issues is woeful.

People often mark the decline of antitrust enforcement as beginning with the election of Ronald Reagan, but that’s not accurate. The history is more complex, and anti-regulatory reform was a hot topic among a lot of Democrats in the 1970s, including many progressives like Ralph Nader. In a recent Huffington Post piece, Zach Carter takes us back to the history books.

Biden first came to the nation’s capital in 1973 as the junior senator from Delaware, one of the few bright spots for Democrats in a disastrous 1972 election. Like most new members of Congress, he exercised little influence in his early years. At 30, he was barely eligible for Senate service, even younger than Ted Kennedy had been when he took over his brother’s Senate seat in 1962. An inexperienced Biden looked up to Kennedy, revering him almost as an older sibling.

But as Kennedy ascended the Democratic Party ranks, the two men clashed over the party’s economic agenda.

“When the Senator from Massachusetts moved up to the chairmanship of the judiciary committee this year, the hearts of antitrust activists beat faster,” The New York Times noted in 1979. Kennedy had his sights on a sweeping piece of legislation that would block corporate mergers based on the total size of the resulting company ― even if the company was a conglomerate of unrelated businesses, and the merger did not increase a firm’s share of business in a particular market.

But Kennedy almost immediately ran into problems with Biden. When Coca-Cola urged Congress to exempt the soft drink industry from these antitrust regulations, Biden joined Republicans to pass such a bill over the objections of Kennedy and Department of Justice antitrust expert Ky Ewing, who concluded that the bill was “special interest legislation” with “no evidence” to support it.

Antitrust law was an early salvo in what became a quarter-century struggle to shift the Democratic Party’s base of support away from organized labor toward large corporations. The Biden-Kennedy split carried symbolic connotations beyond the policy implications of their individual votes. Where Kennedy wanted to use the Judiciary Committee to continue the old New Deal-era attack on corporate power, Biden became an advocate for corporate interests that had previously been associated with the Republican Party.

As Biden fought Kennedy on the Coca-Cola bill, he was also trying to thwart a Kennedy effort that would have empowered consumers to sue over a broader swath of antitrust violations. In 1977, the Supreme Court issued a controversial ruling that only those who directly purchased products could sue companies for antitrust violations. That meant that manufacturers who sold their goods through wholesalers could only be sued by the wholesalers, not consumers.

Kennedy prepared a bill that would have reversed the court’s decision, but Biden, in the words of The New York Times, “vexed” him by siding with Republicans. Biden was going out on a limb by bucking leadership. Only two of the committee’s 10 Democrats opposed Kennedy on the bill, and the other was Howell Heflin, a conservative Democrat from Alabama. The bill narrowly made it out of committee after Kennedy made some desperate last-minute concessions to win over Republican Sen. Charles Mathias (R-Md.), but the bill never got a floor vote. Kennedy’s broader antitrust ambitions died with it.

Biden wasn’t a lone wolf. President Jimmy Carter and many of the younger Democrats who filed into Washington after Watergate were eager to break with the liberal orthodoxy that had dominated their party’s thinking since the era of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Even Kennedy had successfully pressed Carter to deregulate the airline industry in 1978, beating Ronald Reagan to the era of deregulation by nearly three years.

“A lot of us sit around thinking up ways to vote conservative just so we don’t come out with a liberal rating,” Biden told Washingtonian in 1974. “When it comes to civil rights and civil liberties, I’m a liberal but that’s it. I’m really quite conservative on most other issues.”

If Biden wanted low marks from liberal groups, he got them. By 1978, Americans for Democratic Action, the preeminent liberal watchdog group of the time, gave Biden a score of just 50, lower than its ratings for some Republicans. Kennedy typically scored in the 90s.

 

The latter day villains in the antitrust battle are already revealing themselves in reaction to Senator Warren’s direct challenge to the power of platform monopolies:

Senator Elizabeth Warren proposed in a Medium post on Friday to dismantle so-called Big Tech — Facebook, Google, and Amazon — but antitrust experts found serious flaws in her proposal.

The presidential hopeful is using a “sledgehammer,” that is, breaking companies up, to address problems like data privacy that could be solved in other ways, noted Herbert Hovenkamp, a leading authority on antitrust law.

Because of economies of scale, Hovenkamp noted, bigger companies can offer cheaper products, and forcing them to spin off businesses could hurt consumers.

“Customers are not complaining about Amazon — it’s got some of the highest consumer evaluations in retailing. The story for smaller businesses is a little more mixed. But on balance, a lot of them like dealing with Amazon,” noted Hovenkamp, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania law school.

The tech companies have more money than a Saudi prince, and they have no shortage of “leading authorities on antitrust law” to provide quotes for Yahoo! Finance articles panning the proposals of the Democratic presidential contenders. This is going to be a major battle throughout the 2020 campaign and into the next decade.

Joe Biden was on the wrong side of this battle when it began in a very significant and major way. He’s going to need a “come to Jesus moment” on corporate consolidation and antitrust regulation if he wants to atone for his past and provide leadership for the future.

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Generous! Zuckerberg’s $500 million investment VR content development — people.com.cn original title: big game! Zuckerberg’s $500 million investment VR content development on October 9th news, according to foreign media reports, the day before the Oculus developer conference held, Facebook CEO Zuckerberg announced in the VR application and game developers to support, has invested $250 million, […]
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Pour sa première sortie publique depuis son départ de « l'empire Zuckerberg », Kevin Systrom explique que l'application de partage de photos est plus « importante que jamais ».
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Brian Stelter sits down with Jonah Peretti, the CEO of BuzzFeed, to discuss the internet's "dumpster fire" problems, Mark Zuckerberg's privacy memo, and recent layoffs at BuzzFeed and other digital media companies. Peretti says people should join the "fight" for a better internet.
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Ovládání multimediálními tlačítky, lepší obraz v obraze nebo černé „noční“ barevné provedení pro macOS. To jsou nejzajímavější novinky v novém prohlížeči Chrome.
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"The Trump Challenge: How Many Circumcised Cocks Can You Fit in Your Mouth?" (Anglin):
"Look.
I can handle a little bit of kikesucking. But this is now officially out of control. It has become unreasonable."
"Has Trump Gone Full Neocon??" (Whitney).  Note how Bolton was supposed to be in Canberra but managed to muscle his way to Hanoi:  "Bolton’s Act of Sabotage" (Macilwain).

"Dual Loyalty as Racism" (Mykytyn).  One of these things is was not like the others:  "bigotry, discrimination, oppression, racism, and imputations of dual loyalty".  "Transgender Prof: Excluding Men From Women's Sports Is Like Excluding Black Women".  A lot of this is starting to sound like an reductio ad absurdum trick to undermine identity politics.

"Ilhan Omar: Obama’s a ‘pretty face’ who got ‘away with murder’" (Fredericks).  She's fearless, and has reached the point of just taunting them with a never-ending stream of truth bombs.

It was striking, and clarifying, how the Khazars went automatically to their bastion of bullying power, the Holocaust, in their dirty attacks on truth.  You'd think they might have just a smidgen of shame, but they don't:  "Oh, Here We Go Again, or, “The Holocaust”: Bringing White People to Heel Since 1967".  The idea that 'dual loyalty' charges are impossible now because the Nazis might have made similar charges in the 1930s is ridiculous, all the more so when such charges are so obviously true (much more so now with the existence of Israel).  (((Their))) loyalties, and the shameless way (((they))) flaunt them, are actually quite amusing:  "If he fails in his bid to serve as government chief, Farhi plans to return to Israel, he told Ynet News."

"Presstitutes Turn Blind Eye to UN Report on Venezuela" (Roberts).

Sabotaging the power grid in Venezuela is the kind of useless trouble making that you would expect from punks like Abrams and Bolton.

"Assad's Tehran Visit Signals Iran's Victory in Syria " (Cartalucci):
". . . the world is witnessing a 21st century rendition of the British Empire's withdrawal from around the globe, stubbornly being thrown out of one corner of its realm after the other until relegated as Washington's subordinate. For Washington, there is no other Western power for it to hand the torch of Western imperialism over to. Once it is evicted from around the globe, it will struggle to find a relevant or more constructive role to play in these regions ever again.

By virtue of Washington's shortsightedness and its inability to adapt to the world as it really is versus how Washington desires it to be - Washington has proven itself unfit to lead the "international order" it presumes dominion over.

In a global order predicated on "might makes right," Washington is now faced with the reality of no longer being mightiest, and thus no longer "right.""
"Pentagon Gives Erdogan An Ultimatum: Don't Expect Our F-35s If You Buy Russian S-400s" (Durden).  So the threat is you can't have our pilot-killing joke of a plane leaving you free to buy far superior tech from the Russians?

"On Int’l Women’s Day, Thousands of Ultra-Orthodox Assault Women of the Wailing Wall".  It is always going to be amazing that Israel is one of the most profoundly hateful places on the planet but solely through Khazar control of the (((media))) manages to pinkwash itself into some kind of world beacon of intersectional love and understanding.

"Did secret nuclear talks with Donald Trump trigger the killing of Jamal Khashoggi? Security expert's claim gives a chilling explanation for Saudi activist's shocking slaughter" ('Owen Wilson').  These are the real impeachable offenses of Trump and his boss, President Jared.

"Saudi investment fund hires US PR firm to create distance from crown prince" (Pecquet).

"Cover-up in India’s 1984 Golden Temple Massacre? British Involvement Revealed" (Miller).  Might have to wait for Corbyn to get the information.

"Pence Urged Germany To Provoke Russian Navy " (Durden):
"Interestingly, Merkel's stance wasn't based on any principled desire to promoted peace or prevent needless provocations which could potentially spark regional war between Ukraine and Russia and western allies, but out of concern it essentially "wasn't enough"."
"Over 30 New York scholars and activists spied on by former Mossad agents".  The amount of effort put into this kind of thing is amazing, and has completely failed, even backfired.

"Chelsea Manning Jailed For Refusing To Testify About Wikileaks" (Durden). MI6 gloatingBackground.

"Zuckerberg Has 70+ Personal Guards, Spends $10 Million Each Year in Security While He Shills For Open Borders" (Pomidor Quixote).  "Government to Facebook Pipeline Reveals a Corrupt Mix of Social Media and the State" (Agorist).

(((They))) are going after Winstanley now:  tweet:
"Comrades, friends, well wishers: I'm inundated and I can't keep up with all the outraged texts, calls and emails sending solidarity. Please be patient a little while longer: the truth will be revealed soon."
Tweet (Wedaddy):
"🇩🇿 Algeria: based on the massive turnout today, it's no longer a matter of debate; Algeria is in the midst of peaceful homegrown civic uprising against the clan & the Algerian deep state "
Tweet (Savvy and Realistic Democrat):
"Who says Realistic Democrats aren't ambitious? My policy agenda: • (means-tested) • Trope Police, to sniff out hurtful tropes against military aid packages • Rehab programs for ALL imprisoned parents of truant children (means-tested) • "

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          inThirty: Security 203 – Multi factor Problems      Cache   Translate Page      

First, update chrome… We explain why. This link doesn’t: https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2019/03/06/serious-chrome-zero-day-google-says-update-right-this-minute/

Then Facebook says we care about security (Again): https://www.facebook.com/notes/mark-zuckerberg/a-privacy-focused-vision-for-social-networking/10156700570096634/

We finish about Multi Factor Authentication, and how terrible it is to explain to the average user.

Tom’s Talk: https://samurailink3.com/talks/2-factor/
Crypto and Privacy Village Talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8Hj9TpFpjY

Comcast PIN is 000000: https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2019/03/05/comcast-security-nightmare-default-0000-pin-on-everybodys-account/


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·         ‘Tin vui’ nào cho EVFTA sau Đối thoại nhân quyền EU-VN? (VOA) - Khi đó, toàn bộ trách nhiệm lịch sử sẽ phải quy cho đảng CSVN - một chính đảng mà bằng thói đàn áp nhân quyền bất chấp đã bít luôn cửa vào thị trường châu Âu của hàng trăm ngàn doanh nghiệp Việt Nam.
·         Cố vấn an ninh Mỹ: Không để Trung Quốc biến Biển Đông thành tỉnh mới (RFI) - Trong bài trả lời đài truyền hình Mỹ Fox News hôm 10/03/2019, cố vấn an ninh quốc gia Hoa Kỳ John Bolton đã tuyên bố rằng các hành động của Trung Quốc ở Biển Đông là điều « hoàn toàn không thể chấp nhận được ». Hoa Kỳ, theo ông Bolton, sẽ tiếp tục có những hoạt động nhằm ngăn Bắc Kinh biến Biển Đông thành « một tỉnh mới của Trung Quốc ».
·         An Giang: Gần 1.000 công nhân đình công trở lại làm việc (RFA) - Khoảng 1.000 công nhân công ty TNHH may mặc Lu An có vốn đầu tư Trung Quốc ở khu Công nghiệp Bình Hòa, huyện Châu Thành, tỉnh An Giang, đã trở lại làm việc vào ngày 11/3 sau hai ngày đình công phản đối điều kiện làm việc.
·         Phụ nữ vườn rau Lộc Hưng bị tấn công vào tuần qua (RFA) - Ít nhất hai phụ nữ có nhà bị phá hủy tại vườn Rau Lộc Hưng vào tuần qua bị công an tấn công, sách nhiễu. Mạng báo UCANews đưa tin hôm 11/3/2019.
·         Chuyện Phạm Cao Lâm bị Thái Lan trục xuất về Việt Nam (BBC) - Người nói không liên quan gì đến Trương Duy Nhất nhưng bị trục xuất cho biết ông chỉ làm việc “từ thiện”.
·         VNTB - Vợ ông Châu văn Khảm kêu gọi giúp đỡ (VNTB) - Diên Vỹ lược dịch VNTB - Gia đình ông Khảm cho rằng những lời buộc tội là vô lý và không đúng. Ông Châu Văn Khảm vượt biên tới Úc vào năm 1982. Bốn năm sau đó ông kết hôn và có hai con trai, Daniel, 31 và Dennis, 29 tuổi. Ông Khảm mở một cửa hàng giặt ủi ở Sydney và sau đó là một tiệm bánh và làm việc đến khi nghỉ hưu năm năm trước, và từ đó trở thành người hăng hái ủng hộ dân chủ. Nguyên nhân đã khiến ông Khảm- 69 tuổi, thành viên của Việt Tân - trở lại quê hương là "tìm hiểu thực tế" về hồ sơ nhân quyền của Việt Nam trước khi bị bắt vào ngày 15 tháng 1 năm 2019.
·         Sẽ kiểm tra, giám sát việc thu phí 11 trạm BOT (RFA) - Tổng Cục Đường Bộ Việt Nam cho biết vừa lập kế hoạch kiểm tra, giám sát công tác thu phí của 11 trạm thu phí đường bộ BOT trên cả nước.
·         Tăng giá điện: Chỉ cần độc quyền XHCN là sẽ được hưởng lợi đủ thứ (BoxitVN) - Nguyễn Tường Thuỵ - Tại sao ngành điện không chịu học ngành viễn thông về mở cửa thị trường, tạo cạnh tranh để người dân được lợi? Ngành điện mà khâu phân phối và truyền tải vẫn độc quyền do Tập đoàn Điện lực VN (EVN) nắm giữ, với sự 'chống lưng' của Bộ Công thương và Bộ Tài chính. Vị thế đó, giá điện bao năm qua phải ‘cõng’, và từng phải ‘cõng’ luôn những chi phí vô lý như xe sang, biệt thự; lỗ tỷ giá; chi phí hiếu hỉ, nghỉ ...
·         Rọ mõm và nền hành chính quốc gia minh bạch (BoxitVN) - Đặng Đình Mạnh - Trong một quốc gia, bất luận ý thức hệ như thế nào thì nền hành chính công vẫn phải dựa vào kiềng ba chân: Công sở, công vụ và công chức vận hành theo một số nguyên tắc quản trị căn bản. Trong đó, nguyên tắc mà công chúng vẫn thường nghe nhắc đến nhiều nhất trong giai đoạn hiện nay là tính công khai, minh bạch, đúng thẩm quyền và có sự kiểm tra, giám sát.
·         Đẩy cái khó cho dân – Tư duy muôn thuở (BoxitVN) - Nguyễn Tuấn Anh - Bộ trưởng Nguyễn Văn Thể: mất bằng lái phải thi lại. Ông Khuất Việt Hùng: không cần chứng minh vi phạm, cứ xử phạt trước rồi người dân nếu thấy sai, có thể kiện ra toà. Hai câu nói của hai người làm giao thông cùng cho thấy một cách nghĩ giống nhau. Tư duy đẩy việc khó cho người dân luôn túc trực trong đầu những người quản lý với thói quen ăn trên ngồi chốc vô cùng tệ hại. Công nghệ thông tin phát triển nhanh, cho phép con ...
·         Có nên bắn hết những kẻ là tác giả đường sắt trên cao Cát Linh – Hà Đông? (BoxitVN) - Nguyen Ngoc Chu - 1. ĐẮT VƯỢT NGOÀI MỌI SỰ TƯỞNG TƯỢNG. Đường sắt trên cao Cát Linh – Hà Đông dài 13,1 km có giá là 891,92 triệu USD. Bình quân 45.184.732 USD/km. Sự đắt đỏ có lẽ không kém sự nâng khống giá trong vụ AVG: từ 500 tỷ lên 8900 tỷ (gần 18 lần). 2. GÁNH NỢ KHỔNG LỒ. Theo công văn Bộ Tài chính gửi cho Bộ GTVT, hàng năm Bộ GTVT phải trả cho Trung Quốc 28,8 triệu USD cho khoản vay ưu đãi từ China EximBank (250 triệu USD), ...
·         Tham nhũng chính sách tại liên Bộ NN&PTNT – Bộ KH&CN (BoxitVN) - Minh Châu
VNTB - Tham nhũng chính sách được chính phủ Việt Nam gọi là “lợi ích nhóm”. Đó là khi những người có quyền lực (chủ yếu là tiền) sử dụng nó để điều chỉnh chính sách theo hướng có lợi cho họ trong tương lai. Tất nhiên, quá trình “điều chỉnh” này đồng thời tước đoạt lợi ích của những người yếu thế hơn. Người giàu giàu hơn và người nghèo nghèo đi. Nước mắm nhỉ. Chiều ngày 8-3, Cục Chế biến và Phát triển thị trường nông sản (Bộ Nông nghiệp ...
·         Ai có thể giúp giữ được nước mắm truyền thống? (RFA) - Các nhà sản xuất nước mắm truyền thống lo ngại trong tương lai không xa, nước mắm truyền thống không còn chỗ đứng trên thị trường.
·         VNTB - Nước mắm truyền thống "lép vế" trước nước chấm công nghiệp?(VNTB) - Nguyễn Hiền VNTB - Nhưng Masan cũng dính không ít tỳ vết đen, một trong số đó là đạo diễn vụ nước tương có 3MCPD và nước mắm có Asen theo hướng “ngậm máu phun người”. Từ việc Chinsu bị phát hiện 3MCPD, nhưng ông Quang đã nhanh chóng tung ra nước tương Tam thái tử và thách thức người dùng phát hiện ra 3MCPD với giá trị giải thưởng lên đến 1 tỷ đồng, đi kèm theo đó là quay ngược tố cáo nước tương các hãng khác nhiễm 3MCPD. Cách thức này đã khiến cho nước tương truyền thống chết, dẫn đến nước tương hóa chất công nghiệp Chinsu chiếm lĩnh thị trường.
·         VNTB- Tiết lộ ‘hiểm nghèo’ – nhìn lại Đại Hội 12 của đảng CSVN (VNTB) - Phạm Chí Dũng Người Việt 10/3/2019 - Một bí mật được chôn giấu. Ba năm sau khi Đại Hội 12 của đảng CSVN với một tiêu chí ngầm “bất kỳ ai, trừ Dũng” kết thúc vào mùa xuân năm 2016, đến tận đầu mùa Xuân năm 2019 mới có một cựu quan chức cấp cao hé lộ một bí mật chôn giấu nơi cung đình: “Chúng ta đã lâm vào hoàn cảnh hiểm nghèo và trả giá đắt…”
·         VNTB - Đảng viên nào dám trái ý ông Nguyễn Phú Trọng sẽ bị khai trừ (VNTB) - Trúc Giang VNTB - “Đăng Facebook, ông Trần Đức Anh Sơn bị Đà Nẵng khai trừ Đảng”. Đó là nội dung của nhiều bản tin trên báo điện tử, đăng tải gần như đồng loạt vào sáng ngày 8-3-2019. Theo Ban Thường vụ Thành uỷ Đà Nẵng, ông Trần Đức Anh Sơn đã viết, đăng tin, bài sai sự thật, không đúng với quan điểm của Đảng, chính sách, pháp luật của Nhà nước trên mạng xã hội Facebook. Hành vi này vi phạm Điều 3, 4, Quy định số 47-QĐ/TW ngày 1-11-2011 của Ban Chấp hành Trung ương (khóa XI) về những điều đảng viên không được làm; vi phạm Quy định 5946-QĐ/TU ngày 13-9-2012 của Ban Thường vụ Thành ủy về trách nhiệm nêu gương của cán bộ, đảng viên, nhất là cán bộ lãnh đạo chủ chốt, người đứng đầu các cấp.
·         Người Việt hải ngoại và nỗ lực bảo tồn văn hóa dân tộc (VOA) - Tại ngoại ô thủ đô Washington của nước Mỹ có một tủ sách Tiếng Việt đã được thành lập gần 20 năm nay. Rất nhiều đầu sách có giá trị của các tác giả cả trong và ngoài nước đã được xuất bản thông qua tủ sách này bất chấp rất những khó khăn về mặt tài chính khi xuất bản sách tiếng Việt ở hải ngoại. Tủ sách là sáng kiến của các bậc nhân sĩ trong vùng với nỗ lực gìn giữ Tiếng Việt và duy trì những sinh hoạt văn học thường xuyên đối với các thế hệ người gốc Việt sinh sống ở đây.
·         Việt Nam dẫn độ công dân bị cho phạm tội từ Cuba về nước (RFA) - Cơ Quan Điều Tra Hình Sự các Tổ chức Sự Nghiệp Cục Điều Tra Hình sự Bộ Quốc Phòng và Văn Phòng Cơ Quan Điều Tra Bộ Công An Việt Nam vào sáng ngày 9 tháng 3 vừa qua cùng với INTERPOL dẫn độ Ông Lê Quang Hiếu Hùng từ Cuba về Việt Nam.
·         Hòa Bình: Nhận tiền để nâng điểm cho 140 bài thi (RFA) - Có đến 140/210 bài thi trắc nghiệm của 56 thí sinh trong kỳ thi tốt nghiệp Trung học Phổ thông 2018 tại Hòa Bình bị tẩy xóa, chỉnh sửa đáp án để nâng điểm.
·         Hải Dương: Người dân phản đối nhà máy rác gây ô nhiễm (RFA) - Nhiều hộ dân tại xã Lương Điền, huyện Cẩm Giàng, tỉnh Hải Dương thời gian qua đã gửi đơn phản đối tới các cơ quan chức năng huyện Cẩm Giàng về dự án xây dựng nhà máy xử lý rác thải để phát điện tại xã Lương Điền vì lý do ô nhiễm.
·         Hà Nội ô nhiễm bụi mịn hàng đầu thế giới (BBC) - Hà Nội vẫn nằm trong top các thành phố ô nhiễm nhất thế giới xét trên nồng độ bụi mịn độc hại trong không khí.
·         Saigon Sam: Từ lênh đênh trên biển đến Middlesbrough, Anh Quốc (BBC) - Thuyền nhân ‘Saigon Sam’ Nguyễn Văn Cảnh gặp lại ân nhân đã vớt mình trên biển gần 40 năm trước.
·         TIN ĐỌC NHANH (RFI) -
·         Thành tỷ phú công nghệ nhờ lá thư đến muộn (BBC) - Doanh nhân Scott Farquhar có tài sản trị giá 7 tỷ đôla, nhưng suýt nữa đã vào học viện quân sự thay vì học ngành máy tính.
·         Mark Zuckerberg: Không đặt máy chủ ở những nước đàn áp nhân quyền, chấp nhận bị chặn(BoxitVN) - Phạm Minh Trung - “Chúng tôi không xây dựng trung tâm dữ liệu ở những quốc gia có truyền thống vi phạm nhân quyền như quyền riêng tư và quyền tự do biểu đạt”, nhà sáng lập Facebook Mark Zuckerberg tuyên bố trong một thông báo đầy bất ngờ ngày 7/3. “Nếu chúng tôi xây dựng trung tâm dữ liệu và lưu dữ liệu nhạy cảm ở những nước ...
·         Châu Âu bắt đầu ý thức được tham vọng của Trung Quốc (RFI) - Trung Quốc tiếp tục được các báo Pháp chú ý nhiều, từ khi nước này trở thành cường quốc kinh tế của thế giới cùng những tham vọng trên trường quốc tế. Châu Âu giờ mới bắt đầu ý thức được về những nguy cơ bành trướng của Trung Quốc. Nhật báo Le Monde hôm nay có bài xã luận mang tiêu đề : « Trung Quốc phô bày tham vọng ».
·         Trung Quốc tạm ngưng bay Boeing 737 MAX 8 sau tai nạn Ethiopia (VOA) - Hôm 11/3, Trung Quốc và Ethiopia đã ra lệnh ngưng hoạt động các máy bay Boeing 737 MAX 8 sau khi một chiếc máy bay thuộc dòng này của hãng Ethiopian Airlines lâm nạn hôm 10/3.
·         Hoa Vi kiện Mỹ: "Con kiến đi kiện củ khoai" ? (RFI) - Tập đoàn công nghệ Trung Quốc Hoa Vi ngày 07/03/2019 đã mở thêm một mặt trận mới trong cuộc chiến chống chính phủ Hoa Kỳ khi đệ đơn kiện luật cấm các cơ quan liên bang sử dụng sản phẩm của tập doàn Trung Quốc. Theo nhiều nhà quan sát, khả năng Hoa Vi thắng kiện rất ít. Trong một bản tin ngày 07/03 vừa qua, hãng tin Anh Reuters đã điểm qua các biện pháp của chính quyền Mỹ đối với Hoa Vi, bản chất của vụ kiện do tập đoàn Trung Quốc khởi động và lý do tại sao Hoa Vi có thể sẽ thất bại.
·         Nhật Bản tưởng niệm nạn nhân thảm họa Fukushima (RFI) - Vào hôm nay, 11/03/2019, toàn thể nước Nhật đã lại giành một phút mặc niệm để tưởng nhớ nạn nhân của ba thảm họa đồng thời xẩy ra cách đây đúng 8 năm : Một trận động đất dữ dội đã làm dấy lên một đợt sóng thần cực lớn, kéo theo một thảm họa hạt nhân khi nhà máy điện nguyên tử Fukushima bị thiên tai phá hỏng. Tính ra đã có khoảng 18.500 người thiệt mạng trong ba thảm họa liên hoàn đó.
·         Sứ quán Bắc Hàn bị xịt sơn trước phiên xử vụ ám sát Kim Jong Nam (VOA) - Hôm 11/3, Đại sứ quán Triều Tiên tại Kuala Lumpur đã xịt sơn vài giờ trước khi diễn ra phiên tòa xét xử vụ ám sát Kim Jong Nam.
·         Vụ Kim Jong-nam: Nghi phạm Indonesia được thả, Đoàn Thị Hương ở lại (VOA) - Hôm 11/3, Thẩm phán tại tòa án Malaysia đã hủy bỏ cáo trạng đối với Siti Aisyah và lập tức được trả tự do cho nghi phạm người Indonesia này tại tòa, trong khi nghi phạm Việt Nam Đoàn Thị Hương cho biết cô “bị sốc.”
·         Bố Đoàn Thị Hương: ‘Mong con được thả, mong nhà nước giúp cháu’ (VOA) - Bố của cô Đoàn Thị Hương nói khi nghe tin Aisyah được trả tự do, ông "cũng muốn con mình được thả” và ông muốn "cấp nhà nước, Bộ Ngoại giao giúp đỡ cháu Đoàn Thị Hương”.
·         LHQ lo ngại Bangladesh có thể di dời người  Rohingya ra đảo (VOA) - Hôm 11/3, một nhà điều tra nhân quyền của LHQ phụ trách Myanmar bày tỏ quan ngại sâu sắc về kế hoạch của Bangladesh di dời 23.000 người tị nạn Rohingya ra một hòn đảo xa xôi ở Vịnh Bengal vào tháng 4 tới.
·         Hàng ngàn người Nga biểu tình chống cô lập về Internet (RFI) - Tại Nga, hôm qua, 10/3/2019, khoảng 15.000 người đã biểu tình chống một dự luật mà theo họ là mối đe dọa cho tự do ngôn luận trên Internet, nhằm cô lập nước Nga khỏi mạng thông tin toàn cầu. Chính quyền thì nói rằng luật này là nhằm tạo lập một mạng Internet độc lập và bảo đảm an ninh mạng.
·         Dù mất đi cứ địa, tổ chức Nhà Nước Hồi Giáo vẫn là một mối đe dọa (RFI) - Kể từ 18 giờ ngày 10/03/2019, Lực Lượng Dân Chủ Syria bao gồm các chiến binh Kurdistan và Ả Rập, với sự yểm trợ của không lực liên quân quốc tế do Mỹ dẫn đầu, đã mở cuộc tấn công vào làng Baghouz gần biên giới với Irak. Đây là cứ địa cuối cùng của tổ chức Nhà Nước Hồi Giáo (Daech) tại Syria và Irak. Việc Daech mất đi mảnh đất cuối cùng là điều chắc chắn, nhưng theo giới quan sát, mối đe dọa mà tổ chức khủng bố này đặt ra vẫn tồn tại.
·         Mất điện ở Venezuela: Cướp bóc khi tuyệt vọng gia tăng (BBC) - Người dân thủ đô Caracas chia sẻ với phóng viên BBC về nỗi tuyệt vọng ngày càng tăng của họ.
·         Venezuela vẫn tê liệt vì cúp điện, đối lập đòi hỏi tình trạng khẩn cấp (RFI) - Một lần nữa, chính quyền Venezuela hôm qua 10/03/2019 lại ra lệnh đóng cửa các trường học và cơ quan hành chính, trong bối cảnh toàn quốc vẫn bị tê liệt do cúp điện từ hôm thứ Năm 070/3. Thủ lãnh đối lập Juan Guaido kêu gọi Quốc Hội thông qua « tình trạng khẩn cấp ».
·         Tai nạn máy bay Ethiopia : Điều tra về an toàn của Boeing 737 MAX 8 (RFI) - Hôm nay 11/03/2019 các nhà điều tra đã tìm được cả hai hộp đen của chiếc máy bay Boeing 737 MAX 8 thuộc hãng hàng không Ethiopia bị rơi hôm qua, làm toàn bộ 157 người trên phi cơ thiệt mạng. Các nạn nhân mang 35 quốc tịch khác nhau, trong đó có 22 nhân viên Liên Hiệp Quốc. Đây là thảm họa thứ hai trong vòng bốn tháng qua liên quan đến kiểu máy bay mới nhất và bán chạy nhất của hãng Boeing.
·         Pháp : Tổng thống Macron thăm đồng minh Djibouti (RFI) - Để củng cố vị trí của Pháp trong khu vực Đông Phi, tổng thống Emmanuel Macron công du Djibouti, Ethiopia và Kenya trong bối cảnh thế lực Trung Quốc ngày càng tăng. Khoảng 50 đại công ty Pháp hiện có mặt trong vùng.
·         Tổng thống Iran thăm Irak, đồng minh của Mỹ (RFI) - Ngày 11/03/2019, tổng thống Iran đến Irak. Trong ngày đầu tiên, ông Hassan Rohani sẽ lần lượt gặp tổng thống và thủ tướng Irak trước khi đến hai thánh địa của hệ phái Hồi Giáo Shia, Kerbala và Najab. Tại vùng Trung Đông đang có xung khắc giữa phe thân Mỹ và thân Iran, chính phủ Irak cố giữ thế quân bình với hai đối tác là kẻ thù của nhau. Đó là cơ hội tốt để Teheran luồn lách cấm vận kinh tế của Washington.
·         Gặp những thiếu niên khiếm thị lái máy bay (BBC) - Chương trình của các học viên không quân tại Scotland mang đến cho những bạn trẻ khiếm thị cơ hội lái máy bay.
·         Cách ăn uống và tác động của vi khuẩn đường ruột tới sức khoẻ (BBC) - Trong ruột có cả vi khuẩn có ích lẫn vi khuẩn gây hại. Chúng tác động thế nào tới sức khỏe của chúng ta, và ta có thể làm gì để 'tăng bạn bớt thù'?








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          Le RDV Tech 288 - Facebook, Privacy First ?...      Cache   Translate Page      
Le RDV Tech 288 - Facebook, Privacy First ?...

Au programme :
"A privacy focused Facebook" : changement de cap pour Mark Zuckerberg ?
Huawei traine le gouvernement américain devant les tribunaux.
Tesla et l'empreinte écologique.
Toujours plus de téléphones pliables, FourSquare vous traque partout, la taxe GAFAM touche les boites française...
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          Facebook terá de responder a dois processos registrados pelo Brasil      Cache   Translate Page      

O Facebook tem vivido dias conturbados, especialmente após a explosão do escândalo Cambridge Analytica no ano passado, pelo qual a empresa foi acusada de fornecer indevidamente informações pessoais de milhares de usuários. O caso, no entanto, parece estar longe de acabar. Isso porque o Ministério da Justiça e Segurança Pública (MJSP) do Brasil anunciou, nesta terça-feira (12), que instaurou dois processos contra o Facebook, e a empresa de Mark Zuckerberg pode acabar pagando um valor de R$ 18 milhões.

Os dois processos em questão foram abertos pelo Departamento de Proteção e Defesa do Consumidor, órgão da Secretaria Nacional do Consumidor, ligada ao MJSP. Ela está de olho na possível falha que a empresa cometeu em preservar a privacidade dos usuários brasileiros. O departamento ainda realizou, esse ano, uma investida contra empresas de tecnologia que trabalham com um grande volume de dados. A Google, por exemplo, acabou se tornando um dos alvos sob a alegação de que a empresa poderia ler os e-mails que tramitam no Gmail, e pode terminar precisando desembolsar R$ 9,7 milhões em multas.

Nesse processo, vale notar que tanto o Facebook Inc, matriz da rede social, quanto o Facebook Serviços Online do Brasil Ltda, a subsidiária brasileira, se tornaram alvos. Quanto aos detalhes das ações instauradas, a primeira está relacionada ao uso de dados sensíveis pelo qual a Cambridge Analytica obteve dados de 87 milhões de pessoas, dentre as quais estavam as informações de 443 mil brasileiros.

A segunda ação está relacionada à brecha da rede social, que permitia que hackers conseguissem extrair dados como nome, data de nascimento, celular, trabalho, nível de escolaridade, entre outros. Segundo o MJSP, a empresa pode ser obrigada a pagar multa de R$ 9 milhões por ação.


          Ministério Público vai investigar união de Facebook, WhatsApp e Messenger      Cache   Translate Page      

O Ministério Público do Distrito Federal iniciou nesta semana uma investigação sobre a possível união do Facebook, WhatsApp e Messenger. O inquérito segue declarações do CEO da rede social, Mark Zuckerberg, e rumores que desde janeiro indicam que a empresa estaria disposta a unir os sistemas de mensagens e comunicação das três plataformas em uma única estrutura.

A ideia inicial seria permitir que os utilizadores de uma conseguissem conversar com os usuários que estão apenas nas outras, mas é claro que a obtenção de dados e a manipulação de um maior volume deles está sendo questionada pelos críticos de Zuckerberg. É justamente esse o aspecto que o MP deseja investigar, acompanhando o processo de integração, quando ele for iniciado, e entendendo o que ele representa para as informações dos usuários trafegadas por eles.

Aberto pelo promotor Frederico Meinberg Ceroy, coordenador da Unidades Especial de Proteção de Dados de Inteligência Artificial (Espec) do MP, o inquérito também vai apurar se esse processo de união está de acordo com normas brasileiras relacionadas à privacidade. O Cade (Conselho Administrativo de Defesa Econômica) também foi alertado, já que, assim como lá fora, se considera a criação de um monopólio de comunicação por conta da unificação de três das maiores plataformas desse fim.

Em suas declarações, entretanto, Zuckerberg passa longe desse tipo de possibilidade e afirma que a comunicação privada e criptografada é o futuro das redes sociais. Para ele, em um longo texto publicado na última semana, mensageiros instantâneos e diretos estão se tornando mais importantes do que sistemas abertos como o próprio Facebook, enquanto stories e grupos de discussão ganham cada vez mais espaço quando o objetivo é se comunicar massivamente.

Sendo assim, para ele, o futuro pode se tornar bem diferente daquilo que temos hoje em dia e significar até mesmo o fim do Facebook como o conhecemos. O CEO admite, de leve, sua parcela de culpa nesse movimento, afirmando que, ao usarem plataformas privadas e criptografadas, as pessoas se sentiriam mais confiantes quanto à utilização de seus dados pessoais e à própria segurança.

No texto, Zuckerberg também falou diretamente sobre a integração entre as três plataformas, afirmando que tanto Facebook quanto Instagram estão evoluindo para se tornarem mais parecidos com o WhatsApp. No futuro, aponta ele, as pessoas poderão manter suas contas separadas, é claro, mas também serão capazes de interagirem com pessoas em outros serviços a partir delas.

Já antecipando investigações e possíveis inquéritos como o aberto no Brasil, Zuckerberg disse ainda que o Facebook está disposto até mesmo a deixar países que não aceitem protocolos de criptografia e comunicação privada ou que exijam a entrega indiscriminada de dados. Autoridades europeias também já anunciaram a abertura de processos sobre a união entre as soluções, que estaria sendo planejada para o final deste ano.


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Mit seinem ausführlichen Statement „A Privacy-Focused Vision for Social Networking“ legte Mark Zuckerberg, CEO und Gründer von Facebook, vergangene Woche seine Pläne zur Weiterentwicklung der Facebook-Plattform offen. Die Kernaussage: Die verschiedenen Facebook-Dienste wie WhatsApp, Instagram, Messenger und Facebook werden auf einer gemeinsamen Messenger-Basis zusammengeschaltet. Darauf aufbauend gibt es dann die jeweiligen Funktionen der individuellen Dienste, ... » weiterlesen
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Alex Stamos, NBC News cybersecurity analyst and former Facebook chief security officer, joins 'The Exchange' to discuss how social media companies are fighting the threat of fake news to India's upcoming election.
          "Nuestros periféricos no lo son de ordenadores y de dispositivos, lo son de la nube": Bracken Darrell, CEO de Logitech      Cache   Translate Page      

Todos reconoceréis a Logitech. Es una empresa que lleva con nosotros desde 1981, y prácticamente ha crecido paralelamente junto con el mercado de los ordenadores personales. Pero no lo ha hecho siguiendo un camino recto, ni mucho menos: Logitech ha vivido una serie de cambios que han hecho que sea una compañía irreconocible comparándola con sus inicios.

Para poder comentar los motivos de esta evolución, además de la visión actual y de futuro de la compañía, hemos charlado un rato con su CEO Bracken Darrell aprovechando su visita a Barcelona y su ponencia en el evento paralelo 4 Years From Now del Mobile World Congress 2019.

33 años fabricando ratones, y sin vistas a dejar de hacerlo

Logitech Raton Antiguo

Hagamos un resumen de la historia de Logitech. Desde el comienzo de la compañía en 1981 hasta 1998 fueron conocidos como fabricantes de ratones (aunque su idea inicial fallida fue ser una empresa de software). En esa época el mercado del ordenador personal no hacía más que crecer, y tal y como nos comenta Bracken la idea de fabricar más periféricos para los PC vino sola.

Así, Logitech vivió una edad de oro en la que creció en porcentajes de dos dígitos interanualmente pasando a fabricar teclados, altavoces y cámaras web entre otros accesorios para la época. Pero entonces llegó 2007, Apple presentó su iPhone y todo cambió. El mercado del ordenador personal empezó a ralentizar su crecimiento para después empezar a decaer. Y con él, todas las divisiones de Logitech empezaron a hacer lo mismo.

Fue ahí donde Bracken estrenó su cargo de CEO en Logitech. Hubo un cambio de estrategia en la compañía, que pasó a valorar más el diseño de sus productos y contrató al diseñador responsable hasta ese entonces de los productos de Nokia Alastair Curtis. Logitech salió de los números rojos diversificando objetivos, y vendiendo también accesorios para los dispositivos móviles.

Bracken Darrell 4yfn Bracken Darrell en la charla que ha dado en el evento 4YFN de Barcelona.

De todos modos, Bracken no quiere que la gente reconozca los productos de Logitech por su diseño. "Un gran diseño no implica un estilo específico y reconocible, al menos para nuestra compañía. Para nosotros un gran diseño es una experiencia de uso óptima. Puede que se puedan reconocer algunos detalles, pero el objetivo primario de nuestra empresa es lograr esa experiencia de usuario óptima. Lograr que digan "wow, este producto es perfecto", y que luego se den cuenta de que es de Logitech".

Los cambios que Logitech ha experimentado tampoco significan que la compañía haya dejado de vender ratones, desde luego. Siguen siendo un periférico esencial, y Bracken no considera que las previsiones de que sus ventas dejen de crecer 2023 sean ajustadas. El ejecutivo admite que no tiene una bola de cristal y que no se atreve a hacer previsiones que vayan más allá de dos años, pero para él no hay nada que se haya convertido en una mejor alternativa que el teclado y el ratón a pesar del crecimiento de otros modos de comunicación con nuestros gadgets:

"Las interfaces por voz son estupendas, pero no son lo mismo que el teclado y el ratón. Quizás van a actuar como algo complementario, pero no superarán del todo al ratón tradicional. Así que nuestro plan es seguir innovando en esos dispositivos, creo que ese mercado irá bien".

Bracken tampoco cree que las tabletas vayan a hacer que el ordenador desaparezca de nuestras vidas, mencionando incluso mi postura encorvada frente al portátil y defendiendo que lo mejor es tener una postura saludable frente a un monitor de sobremesa adecuadamente colocado. Aunque desde luego, "todo lo aprendido con los teclados de ordenador puede aplicarse a teclados como los de las tabletas".

"Los eSports son una parte increíblemente importante de nuestro negocio"

Esports

Un sector en el que los teclados y ratones de Logitech tienen mucha presencia es en el gaming. "Nuestra división de productos para jugones es ahora más grande que las de teclados y ratones por separado", nos afirma. Esa división, llamada Logitech G, ha cogido toda la experiencia de la fabricación de ratones y teclados que la compañía tiene desde 1981 y lo ha aplicado. El CEO está seguro de que cierto sector de clientes ven a Logitech como una compañía de artículos gaming, e insiste en que su principal ventaja es tener la experiencia de hacer teclados y ratones desde hace más de 33 años.

Y del gaming, nos vamos a los eSports. A mi pregunta sobre si los deportes electrónicos son interesantes para Logitech y si la compañía quiere tener un papel en ellos, Bracken me responde con un dato: los ratones inalámbricos de Logitech G fueron los usados por el equipo que ganó el campeonato de Overwatch el año pasado.

"Somos los máximos responsables de que los ratones inalámbricos estén entrando de lleno en el mercado del gaming en este momento", comenta Bracken. "Los Sports son una parte increíblemente importante para nosotros y nuestro modelo de negocio". Darrell también afirma que Logitech G crece más rápido que competidores como Razer, aunque quiere dejar claro que le encanta que haya competencia porque al final el beneficio recae en todo el mundo.

Los periféricos para la nube y otras revoluciones que veremos

Logitech Brio

¿Qué otros productos que hace Logitech se han popularizado? Pues las webcams, que también llevan siendo fabricadas por la compañía desde hace años. El sector creció durante un tiempo pero se estancó, sin embargo ahora mismo el negocio de las cámaras web vuelve a crecer gracias a los que se dedican a retransmitir contenidos a buena calidad desde plataformas como Twitch.

¿Y en cuanto a la privacidad? Tras recordarle a Bracken sobre las imágenes de Zuckerberg tapando la webcam de su propio portátil, la polémica está servida. El ejecutivo nos promete que Logitech ha aplicado "todos los protocolos de seguridad y privacidad" imaginables en sus cámaras, y que es algo que es crucial para la compañía. De hecho defiende el hecho de que sus webcams sean externas, ya que la mejor forma de protegerse es simplemente desconectándolas del ordenador en las que se estén usando.

Un ángulo interesante que también nos ofrece Bracken es el de cómo ha cambiado el modo con el que utilizamos nuestros dispositivos, tanto que hace que el ejecutivo diga que sus accesorios sirven para la nube más que para esos dispositivos.

"Mira este iPhone, por ejemplo [coge mi teléfono]. Es como si fuera el suelo de una pista de baloncesto: los servicios, como una pelota, rebotan encima de él constantemente. Nuestras cámaras de vídeo retransmiten hacia una nube. Nuestros altavoces reproducen canciones y podcasts que están en la nube. Los dispositivos son bases para todas las nubes que utilizamos".

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Para el futuro a largo plazo, Bracken espera ver una revolución fruto de la evolución del Machine Learning. El ejecutivo también espera ver muchos beneficios fruto de la revolución que está suponiendo democratizar la creatividad: "Instagram, Twitch, YouTube. Todo el mundo puede ahora ser un artista, un cómico, un presentador, un retransmisor, un cineasta, un actor... simplemente desde su silla. Eso es una revolución creativa".

Más allá de eso, con la llegada del 5G y del Internet de las Cosas, Bracken espera ver una revolución en absolutamente todos los objetos que utilizamos. "Hasta esta mesa que estamos usando ahora, todo será reinventado por las startups". Respecto a Logitech, a largo plazo, Bracken se imagina verla como una compañía multimarca global de la misma forma como son ahora mismo Unilever o Procter&Gamble. Muchas marcas, muchas categorías de productos, englobadas en una gran corporación.

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How the Far Right Perverts Ancient History—And Why It Matters. Author and historian Myke Cole (@MykeCole) writes in the Daily Beast (formerly behind a paywall) on the political right-wing appropriation of classical antiquity: "It may seem silly to argue about the interpretation of events that unfolded thousands of years ago. But those ideas are having life-and-death consequences in America today." Donna Zuckerberg: How the Alt-Right Is Weaponizing the Classics: The Red Pill community has been using Greek and Roman antiquity to bolster their credibility Natalie Haynes: Must Ovid be hijacked by the alt-right? White supremacists are now appropriating Classical authors to lend authority to their vicious world view. Donna Zuckerberg is determined to fight back Denise Eileen McCoskey: Beware of Greeks Bearing Gifts: How Neo-Nazis and Ancient Greeks Met in Charlottesville Black Athena, White Power: Are We Paying the Price for Classics' Response to Bernal? Myke Cole previously: the wages of a life spent in crisis
          Mark Zuckerberg wants to build a ‘brain-computer interface’ that can read your THOUGHTS, report claims      Cache   Translate Page      
Daily Mail | Facebook is developing technology that could soon make it possible to read your mind. 
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          Mark Zuckerberg And The Tech World Still Do Not Understand Ethics (good read via Forbes)      Cache   Translate Page      
Derek Lidow writes: “Expectations for technology startups encourage expedient, not ethical, decision making. As people in the industry are fond of saying, the tech world moves at “lightspeed.” That includes the pace of innovation, the rise and fall of markets, the speed of customer adoption, the evolution of business models and the lifecycles of companies. […]
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Pedofilia, Momo y ‘Capitana Marvel’: a YouTube le crecen problemas#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000\

La plataforma de vídeos lleva mucho tiempo luchando por mejorar su reputación como viralizador de bulos y contenidos maliciosos sin conseguirlo. Su última apuesta pasa por priorizar una sección de 'noticias destacadas' ante temas polémicos.

Hace poco más de un año, la crítica sobre el uso de las redes sociales y otras plataformas de contenido pivotaba de Facebook a YouTube. La compañía de Mark Zuckerberg había anunciado un cambio en su algoritmo para prevenir las noticias falsas, y aún no había saltado el escándalo de Cambridge Analytica. En ese momento, se puso el foco en YouTube como dispensador de bulos y alimentador de teorías conspiranoicas.

Su algoritmo para recomendar vídeos, según varios experimentos que también probamos en Hipertextual, hacía que surgieran fácilmente vídeos sobre el terraplanismo al bucear por vídeos divulgativos sobre el sistema solar, y en España en particular fue el caldo de cultivo de un sinfín de conspiraciones sobre la muerte del niño Gabriel, menor que fue asesinado en un suceso que captó la atención de todo el país.

La peregrina respuesta de la plataforma entonces fue insertar enlaces en contenidos sospechosos que llevaban a las páginas de referencia de Wikipedia, sin haber avisado siquiera antes a la enciclopedia colaborativa. El estallido de Cambridge Analytica poco después diluyó el foco sobre la plataforma de Google para volver a centrarlo en Facebook. Sin embargo un año después los problemas de YouTube han vuelto a crecer de forma inusitada, demostrando que lo que estaba roto, y a pesar de la potencia de sus medidas de control, no se ha arreglado.

YouTube prueba una sección de 'noticias destacadas' ante la polémica de Capitana Marvel

La polémica más reciente que relaciona a YouTube ha tenido que ver con el estreno de Capitana Marvel. La nueva heroína del UCM, que llegó a las salas en pleno Día Internacional de la Mujer, despertó la reacción del público más antitolerante y machista. Las críticas de la película en Rotten Tomatoes cayeron con comentarios que la tildaban de estar protagonizada por una 'feminazi', y YouTube, como no, también se llenó de este tipo de contenido, generado porque la derecha más radical norteamericana -y después del resto del mundo- inició una campaña contra Brie Larson y su nuevo personaje.

Tras una semana de 'hate' sin filtros, YouTube tomaba las riendas para cortar por lo sano, pero para ello no confiaba esta vez en su algoritmo, sino en la inserción de una nueva sección de 'noticias destacadas' donde solo aparecen críticas de medios profesionales. Esta nueva característica, que adelantó The Verge en un primer momento, ya ha llegado a España, aunque como hemos podido comprobar de momento solo aparece en la búsqueda de Capitana Marvel, donde por ejemplo se ha dado prioridad en la búsqueda a contenidos como el de la agencia Europa Press.

Hemos hecho la prueba con otros temas candentes como el Brexit y otras películas como Alita: Ángel de Combate, y por el momento YouTube no lo ha insertado aquí. No conocemos, y la plataforma no se ha pronunciado, sobre si esto es una prueba o no, pero lógicamente parece una apuesta clara por marcar una línea entre contenidos de medios 'confiables' elegidos por la plataforma y vídeos que supuestamente no lo son tanto. La duda es cómo afecta esto a los youtubers y otros creadores, que de momento no aparecen en esta sección, o si en un momento lo hacen, cómo se elegirá a los que sí aparezcan y a los que no.

Además de esto, y según Buzzfeed, YouTube también estaría haciendo pruebas, esta vez con su servicio en La India, para mostrar un pequeño cartel de texto que avise a los usuarios de posibles bulos y fake-news, marcados claramente con un aviso donde se puede leer 'false'. Otra medida que llega después de un mes cargado de problemas para la plataforma de vídeos.

Captura vía Buzzfeed India

Del escándalo de la red de pedofilia al bulo de Momo

Porque como sabrás, las polémicas en las últimas semana en torno a YouTube vienen de lejos. El primero y más punzante de estos escándalos fue el descubrimiento a mediados de febrero de una red de usuarios pedófilos que en los comentarios de vídeos de menores se citaban indicando fragmentos de escenas que podían ser utilizados para su fin depravado. Se había formado literalmente una red pedófila que en solo unos clicks encontraba lo que buscaba, ayudados muchas veces por el algoritmo de recomendación, que mostraba cada vez más contenido justo como el que buscaban.

La primera respuesta de YouTube fue cancelar varios canales gracias a denuncias de otros usuarios y millones de comentarios detectados por su algortimo, pero pronto surgió un nuevo hándicap aún más retorcido. Algunos 'trolls' utilizaron esta ola de denuncias para reportar canales que no incumplían las normas y ajenos a la red. Aunque supuestamente la IA de la plataforma era capaz de distinguir qué acusaciones eran reales, YouTube tomó la decisión poco después que ir a más con sus restricciones inhabilitando los comentarios en la mayoría de vídeos infantiles. Por el camino, varios anunciantes como Nestlé, Epic Games (el estudio de Fortnite) o Disney, paralizaron su publicidad al ver que se introducía de forma automática en los vídeos denunciados.

Sin que esta polémica estuviera zanjada, poco después la plataforma era azotada por lo que a ella misma se le ha acusado de no conseguir detener: los bulos. Desde Facebook surgió el rumor de que la imagen de Momo, un 'creepypasta' surgido hace unos años y que muestra a una mujer desfigurada, se estaba colando de forma aleatoria en vídeos de YouTube Kids supuestamente incitando al suicidio. Por supuesto, era un bulo. Momo es en realidad la foto de una escultura de un artista japonés que desde 2016 había circulado por Whatsapp y que ahora renacía como un 'hoax' de YouTube.

Sin embargo, el bulo aprovechaba un hecho que fue real: en un vídeo destinado a los más pequeños se coló la imagen de un actor que explicaba a los niños cómo suicidarse. YouTube pidió disculpas, aumentó sus controles y con respecto a Momo, acabó por prohibir sus miniaturas en el área de Kids y desmonetizar todos los vídeos que hablaban del tema, incluso los que lo hacían explicando que era un bulo.

El tratamiento y el control de los contenidos de YouTube Kids se veía una vez más puesto en entredicho, a pesar de que la propia CEO de la plataforma, Susan Wojcicki, se pronunciara asegurando que para ellos lo más importante era la seguridad de los más pequeños. No es la primera vez que sucede algo así, en 2017 varios vídeos de contenido especialmente violento pero que mostraban personajes infantiles como Peppa Pig o la Patrulla Canina también se distribuyeron pasando todos los controles. Desde entonces, no han sido pocas las voces que han pedido a YouTube que además del control parental, se plantee una revisión humana de cada uno de los vídeos que se suben a su área infantil. Un trabajo inabarcable para el flujo de contenido que hay hoy en día, y que YouTube no parece estar interesado en plantearse.

Los creadores también se ven afectados por el algoritmo

YouTube también aclaró su política de suspensión de canales después de que muchos youtubers y creadores se quejaran de que las normas, aplicadas en primera instancia por una inteligencia artificial, a menudo reconocía como dañino contenido que no lo era.

La youtuber española Rocio Vidal (La gata de Schrödinger) denunció por ejemplo que un vídeo suyo en el que experimentaba como tomar una gran cantidad de pastillas homeopáticas no provocaba ningún efecto fue retirado al considerar que se trataba de un contenido que “incitaba a actos violentos o peligrosos”. La IA de YouTube, de nuevo, no supo distinguir lo que era una denuncia sobre el engaño de la homeopatía de una youtuber que se dedicaba a tomarse decenas de pastillas frente a sus seguidores para demostrarlo, de un supuesto vídeo que incitaba al suicidio. El vídeo fue repuesto unos días después.

La duda que queda, no obstante, es ver cómo se concretan todos estos cambios y bandazos que YouTube parece estar dando sin potenciar ninguno. Los enlaces a Wikipedia, los avisos de bulos falsos o las noticias destacadas parecen meros parches mientras no se pula de forma segura su algoritmo de recomendación y que los auténticos dinamizadores y protagonistas de la plataforma, los creadores de contenido, tengan algunas garantías para que su trabajo sea tratado bajo unas normas claras.


          Zuckerberg's turn to encypted messaging suggests that policing Facebook doesn't work      Cache   Translate Page      

With his decision to emphasize encrypted messaging, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has effectively accepted that the fight to police the platform against bad actors and other excesses can't be won.

Why it matters: The future of global messaging is now much different — not the remarkable, if profoundly flawed, public square of more than 2 billion members that Facebook has become, but a fractured one, with the world chatting and spending money on smaller platforms and in countless separate channels.


Zuckerberg might not have made such a climactic decision unless pushed commercially. Some 15 million Americans stopped using Facebook last year, according to a new study, and Wired's Molly Wood calls Zuckerberg's move an effort to get in front of a coming "collapse" of his core business.

But the shift also coincides with intense global public and political pressure over unabated abuse of the platform to spread hate, divide societies, traffic in humans, and commit murder, all of which proved exceedingly difficult to stop.

What's happening: Zuckerberg announced the move last week in a long statement, setting Facebook on a course of building out a private, encrypted dimension of the platform that will ultimately eclipse the current public square.

  • Experts surveyed by Axios are skeptical: Some said encryption and private channels will not rid Facebook of abuse, which they said may now be even harder to police. Others — after years of Facebook's slow, grudging admission of the truth going on behinds its walls — simply were not prepared to take Zuckerberg at his word (see below for more).
  • Neither Zuckerberg nor anyone else at Facebook has publicly thrown in the towel. ("Z would NEVER acknowledge that it is too hard for him to do anything!" said Brian Balogh, a history professor at the University of Virginia.)
  • Yet, even if he did not say so explicitly, there was no getting around the main takeaway: His tacit admission that the current state of affairs at Facebook, with all of its calamitous social and political effects, is not repairable.

"Facebook was originally not designed as a public medium, so I think a return to its original friends-and-family focus makes sense for them to better match their users’ expectations," Deb Roy, a professor at MIT and former chief media scientist at Twitter, tells Axios.

  • "Human roles that typically not only police bad behavior but more generally moderate and facilitate behavior were never part of Facebook’s system design," Roy said.
  • "Now with billions of users, it may indeed be impossible to retrofit such roles in an effective way."

In a statement, a Facebook spokesperson said:

"That’s a fundamental misreading of the announcement. First, as we’ve repeatedly made clear, we have built new products, hired tens of thousands of new people to keep our platform safe, and are a different company than we were in 2016. Second, as Mark pointed out, this announcement will take a real amount of time to implement and public sharing on social networks will always be important.”

The big picture: In a previous post, we asked experts to imagine a world without Facebook. None could — all found the platform too useful to too many people, and admonished any government that would try to take it down.

Just half a year later, it's hard to find any clear Facebook defenders — and that's the case with Zuckerberg's attempt at reform as well. Here are a couple of questions I heard while canvassing experts:

Can Zuckerberg be believed at all?

  • Ian Bremmer, president of the Eurasia Group, has his doubts. "It’s hard to see how they end [the current Facebook business] model without ending their business success along with it," he said.
  • Tiffany Li, head of the Initiative on Intermediaries and Information at Yale Law School, agrees: "What’s really important is seeing if Facebook makes any actual changes to make their products and services safer. We’ve seen them apologize for privacy violations before, and we’ve heard them promise to do better many times before — without much to show for it."

But, if he can be believed, will the situation only become worse?

  • "From my perspective, this move to consolidated privacy is going to make it more difficult to assess the ways in which Facebook is manipulated. ... Media manipulators will adapt to this tactic and it will be harder to assess or take down content that is considered private," said Joan Donovan, director of the Technology and Social Change Research Project at Harvard's Kennedy School.
  • "If Facebook is encrypted, Zuckerberg and his employees won't know what is in the messages and won't be responsible for downgrading or deleting racist, threatening, anti-scientific, and politically manipulative content from domestic and foreign actors. Facebook is off the hook," said Andrew Feenberg, a philosophy professor at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver.

The bottom line: Fifteen years after launching Facebook in his dorm room, Zuckerberg is again reinventing his creation. But Tim Derdenger, a professor at Carnegie Mellon, says the network effects of huge numbers of customers can work in exponential reverse as people leave you. In other words, Zuckerberg has no time to waste. "They need to move fast."


          Here's how Apple could use the Apple Watch to break into a whole new market for itself with healthcare (AAPL)      Cache   Translate Page      

Tim Cook Apple Watch

  • Apple could have a big opportunity in the health care market, longtime analyst Gene Munster said in a research note.
  • The company could soon offer a service that would allow physicians to access the health data from patients' Apple Watches for a monthly fee, he said.
  • Physicians would pay the fee, because they're increasingly having to bear the financial risk of treating patients, he said.
  • The data could help them sooner detect potential problems in patients and also help them encourage healthier lifestyles.

Apple's wearable devices could soon serve as its gateway into the massive American healthcare market.

The iPhone maker could soon set up a subscription service targeted at physicians and medical groups that would allow them to access the health data collected by Apple Watches and other devices worn by their patients, Gene Munster, a longtime Apple analyst, wrote in a research note Tuesday.

The service, for which Apple might charge doctors $10 per patient per month, would allow them to monitor their patients' health and potentially encourage healthier choices and lifestyles, he said.

"For physicians or any payer who covers healthcare expenses, there's a market for this now," said Munster, a managing partner with investment firm Loup Ventures. "Apple’s healthcare services opportunity," he continued, "likely lies in harvesting the data from [Apple] Watch and AirPods, then filtering, analyzing, and making it actionable."

Apple CEO Tim Cook is clearly interested in healthcare

Apple hasn't announced any plans to develop such a service. But CEO Tim Cook has been clear about his interest in healthcare in general and in developing new health-related features for Apple's wearable devices. Apple Watch has a pulse monitor built into it, monitors the wearer's activities, and can be set to remind them when to stand or breathe. The latest version of the software underlying the device includes a feature that allows the device to take electrocardiogram readings.

apple watch series 4 ecg"You will see continued things in the watch area that keep pulling the string between wellness and health," Cook said at the company's annual shareholder meeting earlier this month.

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But the company's interest in health goes beyond Apple Watch. Apple was granted a patent in December for a version of its AirPods headsets that could include a biometric sensor that could be used to detect a wearer's pulse rate or blood oxygen level, Munster noted. Meanwhile, the company announced a deal last month with the US Veterans Administration that will allow military veterans to view their health records from the VA and other institutions in the Health app on the iPhone.

"Everything is right there," Cook said at the shareholder meeting.

Apple will likely build on such initiatives to try to create a real business around healthcare, Munster said in his note. A part of the motivation is there's a gigantic opportunity there, he said. 

Physicians have an incentive to sign up for an Apple health service

The US in total spent about $3.5 trillion on health care in 2017, amounting to about 18% of its gross domestic, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Consumer tech companies such as Apple have had little presence in that market so far, but that could change soon, Munster said.

apple airpodsThe industry has been shifting away from traditional fee-for-service reimbursement practices toward paying doctors and medical groups per use monthly fees to care for patients, he noted. Those fees shift the risk from insurers to physicians, giving them a financial incentive to promote healthier lifestyles and choices among their patients. Unlike insurers, doctors are also in direct contact with patients, making it easier for them to influence patents' behavior, Munster said. Those two factors could make them amenable to health-related service from tech providers such as Apple, he said.

"As financial incentives shift to providers, physicians will be more willing to pay for consumer tech that influences behavior and provides early warning systems," Munster said.

Apple is in a prime position to take advantage of this market because of the popularity of Apple Watch and its AirPods, he said. There are about 57 million Apple Watches currently in use, he estimated. That number could easily be four times larger than that eventually, he said.

For investors, the most important thing about Apple's health care opportunity is that Wall Street isn't yet accounting for it, Munster said.

"We believe the healthcare opportunity is not currently priced into [Apple's] shares," he said.

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O Ministério Público do Distrito Federal deu inicio, nesta segunda-feira (11), uma investigação sobre a união do Facebook, WhatsApp e Messenger. Entretanto, devido ao maior alcance e manipulação dos dados muitos estão questionando as intenções de Zuckerberg. É esse aspecto que o MP vai investigar.
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          An Ohio man says he's only drinking beer during lent because that's what monks used to do      Cache   Translate Page      

Del Hall

  • Del Hall, the director of sales at Fifty West Brewing Company in Cincinnati, Ohio, is doing a beer fast for lent, the 46 days leading up to Easter Sunday.
  • He was inspired by German monks from the 1600s, who brewed a specific beer for lent, when they couldn't eat solid food. 
  • While the monks stuck to the hearty doppelbock beer, Hall told INSIDER he will drink any type of beer. 

An Ohio man says he is only drinking beer until Easter Sunday, as a nod to monks from the 1600.

Del Hall, the director of sales at Fifty West Brewing Company in Cincinnati, Ohio, told INSIDER that he's living off of beer for all of Lent, the 46 days before Easter, a time in which Christians pray and give penance.

He was inspired by German monks from the 1600s, who brewed a specific beer during lent, a time when they were not allowed to consume solid foods.

The beer was a rich lager called a doppelbock, which had a high alcohol content and was full of carbohydrates, according to the Catholic News Agency.

Hall has done water fasts before — his longest lasted four days — and wanted to combine the act with his love of beer to see what happens. 

While the monks stuck to the hearty bock beer, Hall told INSIDER he's drinking all kinds of beer, so he can "still entertain" himself over the 46 days. He noted his favorite beer is Bell's Two-Hearted IPA. 

While taking the month off eating food, Hall is having check-ups with a doctor every two weeks to ensure his body is holding up throughout the fast.

Read more: Chocolate for breakfast and freshly killed goat for dinner. Here are the diets of notable tech billionaires.

He told INSIDER he's taking a "Super Size Me" approach, in that he's seeing how the diet impacts him, and documenting how his body changes over the time period. 

Hall said he hopes that the fast changes his outlook on food. 

"I feel like if I do this, and I finish the 46 days, and I'm a sane man, moving forward, if I'm presented with an unhealthy food option, I can say I don't need to eat that right now," he said. 

Ahead of starting the fast, a doctor told him he was in good health overall, and should take a daily multivitamin and make sure he stays hydrated throughout the 46 days. 

At the start of the fast, Hall, who is 6-foot-two, weighed 292 pounds. And in the first week, Hall noted he had lost 15 pounds. 

While his first few meals after breaking fast will be soup to normalize his body, he told INSIDER he looks forward to eating a steak when it's all over.

"Your digestive system sort of shuts down," he said of the fast. "So you have to slowly re-introduce food."

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Dans le cadre de sa série Leaders internationaux Bell, la Chambre de commerce du Montréal métropolitain invite les représentants des médias à la conférence de Randi Zuckerberg, une leader profondément investie dans le rôle des femmes,...
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I’m now aware of something I wasn’t before: Facebook‘s guidelines on adult nudity and sexual activity. And let me tell you something – they’re wild. Basically, these are the policies the social media giant uses to define whether something is too sexual to be allowed on the platform. We were alerted to them by Twitter user GordyPls and you can read the whole thing here, which I suggest you do. Now, as is only right, we need to take a deep dive into this document. We need to understand it, to analyze it, to become it. So, first things first, let’s look at its…

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Ovládání multimediálními tlačítky, lepší obraz v obraze nebo černé „noční“ barevné provedení pro macOS. To jsou nejzajímavější novinky v novém prohlížeči Chrome.
          Here's how Apple could use the Apple Watch to break into a whole new market for itself with healthcare (AAPL)      Cache   Translate Page      

Tim Cook Apple Watch

  • Apple could have a big opportunity in the health care market, longtime analyst Gene Munster said in a research note.
  • The company could soon offer a service that would allow physicians to access the health data from patients' Apple Watches for a monthly fee, he said.
  • Physicians would pay the fee, because they're increasingly having to bear the financial risk of treating patients, he said.
  • The data could help them sooner detect potential problems in patients and also help them encourage healthier lifestyles.

Apple's wearable devices could soon serve as its gateway into the massive American healthcare market.

The iPhone maker could soon set up a subscription service targeted at physicians and medical groups that would allow them to access the health data collected by Apple Watches and other devices worn by their patients, Gene Munster, a longtime Apple analyst, wrote in a research note Tuesday.

The service, for which Apple might charge doctors $10 per patient per month, would allow them to monitor their patients' health and potentially encourage healthier choices and lifestyles, he said.

"For physicians or any payer who covers healthcare expenses, there's a market for this now," said Munster, a managing partner with investment firm Loup Ventures. "Apple’s healthcare services opportunity," he continued, "likely lies in harvesting the data from [Apple] Watch and AirPods, then filtering, analyzing, and making it actionable."

Apple CEO Tim Cook is clearly interested in healthcare

Apple hasn't announced any plans to develop such a service. But CEO Tim Cook has been clear about his interest in healthcare in general and in developing new health-related features for Apple's wearable devices. Apple Watch has a pulse monitor built into it, monitors the wearer's activities, and can be set to remind them when to stand or breathe. The latest version of the software underlying the device includes a feature that allows the device to take electrocardiogram readings.

apple watch series 4 ecg"You will see continued things in the watch area that keep pulling the string between wellness and health," Cook said at the company's annual shareholder meeting earlier this month.

Read this: Apple is now one of the biggest investors in research and development, and critics are wondering what it's getting for its money

But the company's interest in health goes beyond Apple Watch. Apple was granted a patent in December for a version of its AirPods headsets that could include a biometric sensor that could be used to detect a wearer's pulse rate or blood oxygen level, Munster noted. Meanwhile, the company announced a deal last month with the US Veterans Administration that will allow military veterans to view their health records from the VA and other institutions in the Health app on the iPhone.

"Everything is right there," Cook said at the shareholder meeting.

Apple will likely build on such initiatives to try to create a real business around healthcare, Munster said in his note. A part of the motivation is there's a gigantic opportunity there, he said. 

Physicians have an incentive to sign up for an Apple health service

The US in total spent about $3.5 trillion on health care in 2017, amounting to about 18% of its gross domestic, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Consumer tech companies such as Apple have had little presence in that market so far, but that could change soon, Munster said.

apple airpodsThe industry has been shifting away from traditional fee-for-service reimbursement practices toward paying doctors and medical groups per use monthly fees to care for patients, he noted. Those fees shift the risk from insurers to physicians, giving them a financial incentive to promote healthier lifestyles and choices among their patients. Unlike insurers, doctors are also in direct contact with patients, making it easier for them to influence patents' behavior, Munster said. Those two factors could make them amenable to health-related service from tech providers such as Apple, he said.

"As financial incentives shift to providers, physicians will be more willing to pay for consumer tech that influences behavior and provides early warning systems," Munster said.

Apple is in a prime position to take advantage of this market because of the popularity of Apple Watch and its AirPods, he said. There are about 57 million Apple Watches currently in use, he estimated. That number could easily be four times larger than that eventually, he said.

For investors, the most important thing about Apple's health care opportunity is that Wall Street isn't yet accounting for it, Munster said.

"We believe the healthcare opportunity is not currently priced into [Apple's] shares," he said.

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Facebook está caído en gran parte del mundo, así al menos se reporta en redes sociales y en sitios como Down Detector que alertan el problema.

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O primeiro é pelo escândalo da Cambridge Analytica. O segundo, pela invasão de contas por hackers. Empresa pode ser condenada a multas de R$ 9 milhões. Mark Zuckerberg, CEO do Facebook, durante o F8, conferência de desenvolvedores da rede social em maio de 2018 Stephen Lam/Reuters O Ministério da Justiça abriu dois processos contra o Facebook no Brasil, informou o Departamento de Proteção e Defesa do Consumidor (DPC). Ambos são motivados pela exposição de dados de usuários brasileiros no ano passado, envolvendo o escândalo Cambridge Analytica e a invasão de contas por hackers. Se condenada, a empresa poderá ter de pagar multa de mais de R$ 9 milhões em cada caso. O primeiro processo se refere ao compartilhamento indevido de dados de usuários extraídos da plataforma Facebook Login, por intermédio de um aplicativo, o que teria beneficiado a empresa Cambridge Analytica. O caso envolvendo dados de 87 milhões de usuários em todo o mundo, cerca de 400 mil no Brasil, veio à tona 1 ano atrás e gerou a maior crise na história do Facebook. A Cambridge Analytica, assessoria britânica que trabalhou para a campanha de Donald Trump, é suspeita de usar os dados coletados na rede social por meio de teste de personalidade para influenciar no resultado das eleições americanas. O segundo processo é sobre a invasão de contas do Facebook por hackers que coletaram informações pessoais, tais como nome, e-mail, número de telefone, locais visitados e buscas realizadas pela internet. Ao anunciar o caso, em em setembro, o Facebook obrigou que alguns usuários se logassem novamente para acessar a rede. Posteriormente, informou que cerca de 30 milhões de contas foram expostas em todo o mundo, inclusive no Brasil. O Facebook terá o prazo de 10 dias para apresentar defesa. os processos envolvem tanto a matriz, nos EUA, quanto o Facebook Serviços Online do Brasil Ltda, a filial brasileira. O DPDC também notificou a companhia a prestar esclarecimentos em um terceiro caso, a suspeita de que a empresa use aplicativos para coletar dados sensíveis dos seus usuários, tais como ciclo menstrual e frequência cardíaca.
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In this April 11, 2018, photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg listens to a question as he testifies before a House Energy and Commerce hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, about the use of Facebook data to target American voters in the 2016 election and data privacy. Zuckerberg said Facebook will start to emphasize new privacy-shielding messaging services, a shift apparently intended to blunt both criticism of the company's data handling and potential antitrust action. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Facebook's having an outage.

The Silicon Valley social network, as well as its photo app Instagram and messaging platform Messenger, went down for some users on Wednesday.

Some users reported they were able to open the social network (albeit slowly) but couldn't post anything, while for others it wouldn't load at all. 

DownDetector, a website where people can report outages of popular internet services, indicates there has been huge spikes in complaints about Facebook, Messenger, and Instagram over the last hour.

The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Last week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced a new “privacy-focused” direction for the company that, while sounding great in theory, also set off several alarm bells—including concerns about competition as the company moves to make its messaging properties indistinguishable from one another. As usual for Zuckerberg, it’s all frying pans and fires: just a few days later, it seemed the company had accidentally-on-purpose picked a fight with one leading competition critic — Senator and Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren — by deleting Facebook ads, placed by her campaign, that advocated breaking up the platform.

Facebook has since restored the ads, and clarified that they were removed solely because they violated policies against the use of the company’s trademarks in advertising on the platform. The company’s advertising platform policy prohibits advertisers from  “represent[ing] the Facebook brand in a way that makes it the most distinctive or prominent feature” of the ad, and use of the logo itself is forbidden.

This policy goes well beyond what the law requires. Trademarks are intended to protect consumers by helping ensure that a person can identify a product’s source. If you prefer Coke over Pepsi, a logo helps you know which to buy. But advertisers, whether commercial or political, can normally use a trademark as part of speech criticizing conduct or to comment upon corporations and products, as long as the use doesn’t suggest endorsement. If an advertiser, especially a political campaign, is using Facebook’s trademark to identify the company in a critical comment, it’s unlikely people would think Facebook endorsed it.

There have always been two groups of people on the platform: those with the power to contest censorship and those without.

Given Facebook’s outsized influence on political discourse, the company’s choice to go beyond the law matters a lot. The ability to reference a company by name and logo in critical commentary is an extraordinarily important aspect of free speech and fair use. This is how Verizon can compare its wireless coverage to AT&T’s and Microsoft can compare its voice recognition to Apple’s—and how you can call the “Super Bowl” the Super Bowl in commentary (or criticism) despite the phrase being trademarked.

Facebook claims it restored Warren’s advertisements "in the interest of allowing robust debate,” and there’s no reason to look for more nefarious reasons for the takedown than the ads having violated the trademark policy. But trademark has often been used to limit debate, accidentally or intentionally, and if the company shuts down ads that use Facebook trademarks by default, then it is also censoring critics and silencing debate by default, as well. As Warren’s ads point out, using the platform is an important way to spread a political message—over 30% of the world’s population use the platform monthly. If it truly wants to restore debate, Facebook should stop censoring first and asking questions later.

This takedown is also a reminder that there have always been two groups of people on the platform: those with the power to contest censorship and those without. After the ads were restored, Warren wrote that “you shouldn't have to contact Facebook's publicists in order for them to decide to "allow robust debate" about Facebook,” and she’s right. If a candidate with less name recognition had their ads removed for a similar reason, it’s difficult to know if they would have been restored.

We’re just in the run-up to the 2020 Presidential campaign cycle, so this issue is only going to get more attention over the next twelve months. While no popular politician has taken a bigger swing at Facebook than Warren, criticisms of it are frequent across the political spectrum. The company is interwoven into the political process so deeply at this moment that every action it takes regarding political ads will be scrutinized closely. In a growing number of countriesFacebook requires a verification process to run such ads, which puts the company in control of whether or not an ad is “political.” Earlier this year, Facebook blocked transparency tools that inform users of how they were being targeted by advertisers. If Facebook wants to allow robust debate—and not be at the center of it—it should update its advertising policy, for political ads at least, and stop taking down uses of its trademark by default.


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Facebook, la red social más importante del mundo, se pronunció tras su caída a nivel mundial en la internet debido a que millones de usuarios no pueden pueden ingresar, comentar, publicar, transmitir en vivo ni usar Messenger.

Según publicó la plataforma de Mark Zuckerberg, aún no saben cuál es el problema que generó la caída y se encuentran investigando y trabajando para la reactivación.

"Actualmente estamos experimentando problemas que pueden hacer que algunas solicitudes de API se demoren más o fallen inesperadamente. Estamos investigando el problema y trabajando en una resolución", reza lo comunicado.

Los usuarios de Facebook están usando Twitter para no despegarse de la información que pulula por la internet a cada minuto.

Cabe recordar que Instagram también está presentando problemas con su conexión, no cargan las imágenes ni se pueden publicar fotografías.


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I have just a few more days of full time employment before I start out on this great new adventure. There have been a few surprises in the last couple weeks having announced my next steps:

1) No one has been skeptical, at least to my face. Ever since Mark Zuckerberg, no one dares doubt the computer-nerd-turned-entrepreneur. Where my parent's generation would have looked down on this new business-minded youngster for 'selling out' and being 'part of the establishment', it seems almost everyone now embraces and even celebrates it. I'm paraphrasing a bit from a great New York Times article about our entrepreneurial generation: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/13/opinion/sunday/the-entrepreneurial-generation.html?_r=1 

2) Opportunities are all around. Since I announced I was leaving full time, I have had 1 full time offer, 3 freelance gigs, and a teaching position offered to me all around apps and health. Turning stuff down is tough, and I haven't turned it all down, but I won't be taking anything that might crowd my creative forces. Then again, I do need to plan for a few breaks. The brain is a multi-tasker after all.

3) I haven't even started yet, and I've already spotted the signs of doubt / fear pop in to my mind. Building a business that asks people to spend minutes of their life using it, or even paying hard earned money to use, is opening yourself up to them. You're saying "here are my ideas, wrapped in my ability to execute, and your life will be better for engaging with it." Even scarier, is the notion that you launch early to get feedback. Get it out, just bare bones without all the frills. Scary. I came across this article by James Altucher just in time: http://techcrunch.com/2011/12/03/how-entrepreneurs-can-increase-productivity-by-500/ My biggest take-away from that article is that all negative thoughts, speculation of failure, are not based in reality. These are thoughts that are not useful. If I'm going to go for it, I need to go for it, and use my brain cycles to propel forward.

4) There isn't just one idea and one shot. Possibly the most interesting thing so far is that the only thing I've had to explain about my plan is that I'm not afraid of the first idea not succeeding. My in-laws started up too, with a candy sale business, travel business, baked breads, all before they came to realize their winning business which was a Mexican bakery in East LA. My grandfather also experimented before he eventually created a fabric business in LA that eventually took off. That same old-world business mentality should be followed in the internet entrepreneur world as well. Keep working at it until you find something people like. Tweak (or "pivot") what you're selling until you find what works. 

But those are all the surprises. Nothing has changed about my resolve. I'm excited to link my creativity to my financial success, and to build some thing(s) that I believe in and I can call my own.

So, what's the plan? The plan is to start out and make a plan. Then, the plan is to build it. More on that in the next installment. 

To friends and family -- thanks for the support. 

 

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Let me see if I understand:

they hired a woman CEO in order to fire 200 employees? Oh, the irony...

The big question is: does SHE know how to code?
I hear it will became handy when other CEOs actually do know how to.
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Recently, Mark Zuckerberg posted a lengthy note outlining Facebook’s vision to integrate its three messaging services – WhatsApp, Messenger, and Instagram (through its Direct messaging functionality) – into one privacy and security oriented platform. The post positioned Facebook’s future around individual and small group conversations, rather than the “public forum” style communications through Facebook’s newsfeed platform. Initial coverage of the move, largely critical, has focused on the privacy and security aspects of this integrated platform, the history of broken promises on privacy and the changes that would be needed for Facebook’s business model to realize the goal. However, there’s a yet darker side to the proposal, one mostly lost in the post and coverage so far: Facebook is taking one step further to make its family of services into the newest walled garden, at the expense of openness and the broader digital economy.

Here’s the part of the post that highlights the evolution in progress:


Sounds good on its face, right? Except, what Facebook is proposing isn’t interoperability as most use that term. It’s more like intraoperability – making sure the various messaging services in Facebook’s own walled garden all can communicate with each other, not with other businesses and services. In the context of this post, it seems clear that Facebook will intentionally box out other companies, apps, and networks in the course of this consolidation. Rather than creating the next digital platform to take the entire internet economy forward, encouraging downstream innovation, investment, and growth, Facebook is closing out its competitors and citing privacy and security considerations as its rationale.

This is not an isolated incident – it’s a trend. For example, on August 1, 2018, Facebook shut off the “publish_actions” feature in one of its core APIs. This change gutted the practical ability of independent companies and developers to interoperate with Facebook’s services. Some services were forced to disconnect Facebook profiles or stop interconnecting with Facebook entirely. Facebook subsequently changed a long-standing platform policy that had prohibited the use of their APIs to compete, but the damage was done, and the company’s restrictive practices continue.

We can see further evidence of the intent to create a silo under the guise of security in Zuckerberg’s note where he says: “Finally, it would create safety and spam vulnerabilities in an encrypted system to let people send messages from unknown apps where our safety and security systems couldn’t see the patterns of activity.” Security and spam are real problems, but interoperability doesn’t need to mean opening a system up to every incoming message from any service. APIs can be secured by tokens and protected by policies and legal systems.

Without doubt, Facebook needs to prioritize the privacy of its users. Shutting down overly permissive APIs, even at the cost of some amount of competition and interoperability, can be necessary for that purpose – as with the Cambridge Analytica incident. But there’s a difference between protecting users and building silos. And designing APIs that offer effective interoperability with strong privacy and security guarantees is a solvable problem.

The long-term challenge we need to be focused on with Facebook isn’t just whether we can trust the company with our privacy and security – it’s also whether they’re using privacy and security simply as a cover to get away with anticompetitive behavior.

How does this square with the very active conversations around competition and centralization in tech we’re witnessing around the world today? The German competition authority just issued a decision forcing Facebook to stop sharing data amongst its services. This feels like quite the discordant note for Facebook to be casting, even as the company is (presumably) thinking about how to comply with the German decision. Meanwhile, the Federal Trade Commission is actively pursuing an investigation into Facebook’s data practices. And regulators in the U.S., the European Union, India, Israel, and Australia are actively reviewing their antitrust and competition laws to ensure they can respond to the challenges posed by technology and data.

It’s hard to say whether integrating its messaging services will further entrench Facebook’s position, or make it harder to pursue the kinds of remedies directed by the Bundeskartellamt and being considered by politicians around the world. But it seems like Facebook is on a collision course towards finding out.

If Facebook believes that messaging as a platform offers incredible future innovation, the company has a choice. It could either seek to develop that potential within a silo, the way AT&T fostered innovation in telephones in the 1950s – or it could try the way the internet was built to work: offering real interoperability on reasonable terms so that others can innovate downstream.

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  • Larry Page, Google's cofounder, threatened to leave the company in 2011, Bloomberg reported Wednesday.
  • Together with fellow cofounder Sergey Brin and top executive Eric Schmidt, Page held shares with super-voting powers that gave the threesome control over Google.
  • Page was worried he'd lose that control if Brin or Schmidt sold their shares, according to recently unsealed court records viewed by Bloomberg.
  • At the time he made the threat, Page was pressing Google's board of directors to create a new class of stock that would allow him to retain control even if Brin and Schmidt sold their stock.

Google's board of directors created a third class of stock in 2012 in part to placate cofounder Larry Page, who was worried about losing control of the company, Bloomberg reported Wednesday, citing recently unsealed court records.

Page fretted that fellow cofounder Sergey Brin and top executive Eric Schmidt, who along with himself held shares that collectively gave the threesome control over the company, would sell their super-powered stock, Bloomberg reported. Starting in late 2010, Google's founders and board started negotiating over a plan to create a third class of stock that would help ensure that he would retain control over Google even if they did so. 

In June 2011, with negotiations still ongoing, Page suggested he might resign if the company's board didn't resolve the dispute to his liking, according to the court records cited by Bloomberg.

Page "leveled a veiled threat in that 'why should I sacrifice and work so hard if I might not be in control,'" Paul Otellini, a Google director at the time, said in a 2011 email.

At the time, Google, now a part of holding company Alphabet, had two classes of shares. Class A, held by everyday investors, had one vote per share. Class B, held by Page, Brin, and Schmidt had 10 votes per share. Those super-powered shares gave the threesome 66% of the shareholder votes at Google.

But under the terms of Google's corporate structure, if any of the three top officials sold their Class B shares, their stock would be converted into Class A shares, and the threesome would lose a portion of their control. Their control could also be diluted if Google issued new Class A shares as part of an acquisition.

Other tech companies have followed Google's lead

Google, now a part of holding company Alphabet, ultimately created a third class of stock — Class C shares — that it distributed as a dividend to existing shareholders. Those shares come with no votes, meaning that Google can issue an endless number of them without affecting the voting control held by Page, Brin, and Schmidt.

The revelation about Page's threat to leave the company was found in documents filed in a shareholder lawsuit over the establishment of the Class C stock. The investor who sued complained that Google was giving its founders additional control over the company at the expense of regular shareholders without compensating investors for it. The investor was also worried that the new shares would allow the founders to sell off significant numbers of shares — and thus dramatically decrease their economic stake in Google — while still retaining control of the company.

As part of a 2013 settlement of that suit, Google agreed to require Page, Brin, and Schmidt to sell their Class B shares whenever they sold Class C stock. It also agreed that any attempt to change the requirement would have to be approved by Google's entire board.

Google was one of the first tech companies to have a dual-class stock structure. But that set-up has since been copied by Facebook and Snap and has become increasingly popular among Silicon Valley startups looking to go public. Advocates have touted them as a way to allow corporate founders to focus on their organization's long-term success, rather than on the day-to-day concerns of short-term investors.

But such stock structures have drawn increasing scrutiny and criticism of late, because they can insulate corporate insiders from legitimate shareholder and societal concerns. Such worries have been highlighted at companies including Facebook, which has seen a string of scandals over the last two years, and Snap, which has struggled financially and operationally since becoming a public company.

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Some institutional investors have been pressuring stock markets and indices to exclude from their ranks companies that restrict the voting rights of everyday shareholders.

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          The Facebook Messaging Push Is Not About Privacy — It’s About Control {Here’s What it Means to You}      Cache   Translate Page      

Facebook kingpin Mark Zuckerberg recently confirmed via blog post that the company is merging Instagram, WhatsApp, and Facebook Messenger to create a new, interoperable, “privacy-focused” social network. Reaction from the mainstream and technology media has primarily been, “Facebook has been rocked by privacy scandals, and now sees the error of their ways, and is shoring […]

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          Facebook e Instagram experimentan una caída en varios puntos del mundo      Cache   Translate Page      
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Ambas plataformas experimentan fallos en su funcionamiento.

Tanto Facebook como Instagram se encuentran experimentado fallos de conexión durante este miércoles. Varios usuarios alrededor del mundo han señalado que ambas plataformas, propiedad de la firma de Mark Zuckerberg, han dejado de funcionar de manera correcta, cargando el contenido de man… Seguir leyendo...


          Mark Zuckerberg เปิด 6 แผนปรับใหญ่ Facebook ให้ “ส่วนตัวยิ่งขึ้น”      Cache   Translate Page      
มาร์ก ซัคเกอร์เบิร์ก (Mark Zuckerberg) เปิดแผนปรับใหญ่เฟซบุ๊ก (Facebook) ใน 6 ทางเพื่อให้บริการเครือข่ายสังคมยอดนิยมมีความเป็นส่วนตัวและผ่อนคลายมากขึ้น เบื้องต้นมีการวิจารณ์ว่า Facebook ในอนาคตอาจจะมีลักษณะเหมือนแอปส่งข้อความส่วนตัวอย่างว็อตสแอป (WhatsApp) ก็ได้
          Facebook e Instagram down in tutto il mondo      Cache   Translate Page      

Nuovi problemi per le piattaforme di Mark Zuckerberg. Sia Facebook che Instagram sono infatti inutilizzabili da diversi minuti a causa di un down che sta interessando un pò tutto il mondo. Come sempre in questi casi fa sempre molto eco questo genere di disservizio, vista l’altissima affluenza di utenza che ogni secondo si riversa sulle due piattaforme di Zuckerberg. Da ormai diversi minuti infatti diverse […]

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          Even Mark Zuckerberg’s Sister Feels Facebook Is Too ‘Cluttered’      Cache   Translate Page      
"Sometimes we have to do a little de-cluttering of our social media profiles to remove those we don't know," said Randi Zuckerberg.

          Brasil quer multar Facebook por Cambridge Analytica e ação de hackers      Cache   Translate Page      

O escândalo da Cambridge Analytica continua gerando repercussões negativas para o Facebook. O Ministério da Justiça e Segurança Pública (MJSP) informou nesta terça-feira (12) ter instaurado dois processos contra o Facebook que podem obrigar a empresa a pagar R$ 18 milhões. Um deles é para averiguar a responsabilidade da rede social no caso de vazamento de informações para a empresa de consultoria política que prestou serviços para Donald Trump durante sua campanha presidencial, em 2016.

Os dois processos foram abertos pelo Departamento de Proteção e Defesa do Consumidor, órgão da Secretaria Nacional do Consumidor, ligada ao MJSP. A pasta averigua uma possível falha da empresa em preservar a privacidade de seus usuários brasileiros. Neste ano, a pasta iniciou uma investida contra empresas de tecnologia que lidam com grandes volumes de dados. Em fevereiro, o Google foi alvo de uma ação que pode resultar em multa de R$ 9,7 milhões. A acusação é que a empresa "lê" emails que circulam pelo Gmail.

O MJSP incluiu como alvos dos processos tanto o Facebook Inc, matriz norte-americana da rede social, como o Facebook Serviços Online do Brasil Ltda, a subsidiária brasileira. A pasta deu 10 dias para as companhias apresentarem uma defesa administrativa. Após ser contatado pelo UOL Tecnologia, o Facebook informou que colabora com o ministério.
O Facebook está à disposição para prestar esclarecimentos ao Departamento de Proteção e Defesa do Consumidor

A primeira ação diz respeito ao roubo de informações de usuários promovido pela Cambridge Analytica. Por meio de um teste de personalidade distribuído na rede social, a firma britânica reuniu dados de 87 milhões de pessoas. Dentre eles, estavam 443 mil brasileiros.

Esse levantamento massivo não era proibido à época em que ocorreu, em 2014, mas o que a empresa fez em seguida, sim. Ela retirou essa imensa quantidade de informações da plataforma e a utilizou para traçar os perfis psicológicos de pessoas nos Estados Unidos e Reino Unido. O objetivo era interferir nas campanhas presidenciais do primeiro país e nas discussões sobre a saída da União Europeia no segundo.

O segundo processo instaurado pelo MJSP focará a ação de hackers que, no ano passado, expuseram informações de 29 milhões de usuários do Facebook. Uma brecha no site permitia que os cibercriminosos roubasses dados como:
  • Nome
  • Endereço de email
  • Celular
  • Nome de usuário
  • Data de nascimento
  • Gênero
  • Tipos de dispositivos com que você acessou o Facebook
  • A língua em que você usa o Facebook
  • Status de relacionamento
  • Religião
  • Cidade de nascimento
  • Cidade atual
  • Trabalho
  • Educação
  • Site
  • 10 mais recentes localizações que você fez check-in ou que foi marcado
  • 15 buscas mais recentes que você procurou na barra do Facebook
  • Pessoas e páginas que você segue no Facebook
Segundo o MJSP, a empresa pode ser obrigada a pagar multa de R$ 9 milhões por ação.

Terceira ação

De acordo com a pasta, o Facebook foi notificado a respeito da possibilidade de uma terceira ação ser aberta. A rede social foi requisitada a prestar esclarecimentos sobre a suspeita de que a empresa use aplicativos para coletar dados sensíveis de usuários, como o de ciclo menstrual ou de frequência cardíaca.

Se o Facebook não responder aos questionamentos ou caso haja provas de que os consumidores tiveram seus direitos violados, o MJSP pode abrir um terceiro processo contra a rede social.

Apesar de a pasta não detalhar de onde partiram as suspeitas, a prática descrita por ela está alinhada com as condições do Facebook para que aplicativos usem sua plataforma de anúncios. Para poderem exibir publicidade contratada junto à empresa de Mark Zuckerberg, serviços conectados, como Spotify e TripAdvisor, enviam dados de seus usuários ao Facebook, ainda que essas pessoas não possuam conta na rede social.

A prática foi descrita no começo deste ano pela Privacy International, uma entidade britânica que trabalha em defesa da privacidade e contra práticas corporativas e estatais que vão contra isso.

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          Actually, Myspace Sold Your Data Too      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram y Messenger sufren una caída masiva que está afectando a casi todo el mundo      Cache   Translate Page      

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No, no eres tú ni tu conexión. Estamos cerca de cumplir tres horas desde que surgieron los primeros reportes de que Facebook estaba presentando problemas para algunos usuarios en diversas regiones del mundo. Una hora después, los reportes se fueron expandiendo y llegaron a Instagram y Messenger. Pero parece que esto no es una simple caída, ya ahora hay reportes de fallos en WhatsApp, lo que significa que hay afectaciones en todos los productos de la compañía de Mark Zuckerberg.

La misma Facebook informó hace una hora a través de Twitter que su familia de aplicaciones (Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram y Messenger) estaba presentando problemas y que ya estaban trabajando en resolverlo.

Hasta este momento, Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram y Messenger están caídos en gran parte del mundo, por lo que se pensó que se trataría de un ataque DDoS, pero Facebook ya ha confirmando que no están bajo ningún tipo de ataque, aunque no confirman qué es lo que está pasando.

En algunas regiones, las aplicaciones están caídas por completo y no es posible acceder a ellas de ninguna forma, mientras que otros usuarios informan que les es posible entrar pero que no pueden publicar nada.

WhatsApp fue la última en sumarse a esta afectación, ya que en los últimos minutos empezaron a surgir reportes de usuarios que no pueden enviar mensajes de voz ni archivos multimedia, así como algunos que aseguran que los mensajes de texto están tardando en enviarse y el remitente no los recibe.

Según DownDetector, Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram y Messenger están sin servicio en gran parte del mundo y minuto a minuto se suman nuevas regiones a esta caída que está por cumplir tres horas.

Estaremos atentos ante cualquier novedad para actualizar esta entrada.

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          Social down: Facebook, Instagram e Whatsapp coinvolti      Cache   Translate Page      

E ci risiamo, i maggiori social network sono in down. In particolare sono coinvolti: Facebook, Whatsapp e Instagram. Il signor Zuckerberg ha appena dichiarato che i tre social sono in down per dei bug fix importanti. Non è una novità, succede spesso che i social di Zuckerberg abbiano dei momenti in down. Sono momenti che […]

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          Facebook se potýká s výpadkem. Problém má i Instagram a WhatsApp      Cache   Translate Page      
Sociální síť Facebook má problém s výpadky, které postihly uživatele po celém světě. Při pokusu o přihlášení se mnoha lidem ukazuje hláška, že síť je mimo provoz z důvodu údržby. Problémy mají i platformy Messenger, Instagram a WhatsApp, které Facebooku patří.
          WhatsApp non funziona: down anche Instagram e Facebook Messenger      Cache   Translate Page      

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Notizia dell’ultima ora, WhatsApp Messenger ha smesso di funzionare, moltissimi utenti stanno segnalando problemi con l’invio e la ricezione dei messaggi in varie parti del globo. Anche voi state riscontrando questa difficoltà?. Come spesso è accaduto in questi giorni, il trio di applicazioni di proprietà dell’azienda di Zuckerberg, ovvero Facebook Messenger, Instagram e WhatsApp stanno causando notevoli disservizi agli utenti in […]

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          Facebook Bans All Content on Vaccine Awareness (Ingredients, Injuries and Industry Collusion)      Cache   Translate Page      
Just as we warned would happen, the tech giants are now moving aggressively to ban all speech that contradicts whatever “official” position is decided to be “the truth” by the corrupt establishment.

This week, Facebook announced it would block all content on Facebook that questions the official dogma on vaccines, which falsely insists that vaccines have never harmed anyone (a hilarious lie), that vaccines contain only safe ingredients (a blatant deception) and that vaccines always work on everyone (another laughable lie).

Facebook is achieving this by labeling vaccine awareness information “misinformation” or “hoaxes.” At the top of the list is the assertion that vaccines are linked to autism — something that even the CDC’s own top whistleblower scientist reveals to be true, yet the vaccine industry claims it’s all a hoax (in order to cover of the crimes of medical violence against children that are being committed by the vaccine pushers).


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          WhatsApp no funciona: no envía fotos ni audios; Facebook e Instagram también tienen problemas      Cache   Translate Page      

La compañía de Mark Zuckerberg concluyó recientemente la migración de WhatsApp a sus servidores. Eso quiere decir que Facebook, la red social Instagram y el servicio de mensajería instantánea WhatsApp funcionan sobre la misma infraestructura. Y es lo que explica que, en caso de que existan problemas técnicos con alguno de los servicios, el resto se vean afectados de la misma forma o de un modo similar. En estos momentos hay problemas con WhatsApp y el resto de servicios de Facebook.

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          Zuckerberg could face Canadian subpoena if he turns down meeting      Cache   Translate Page      
The Facebook founder is already promised a summons should he ever step food in England

          Zuckerberg Wants Facebook to Build a Mind-Reading Machine (fascinating story via Wired, and video with Harvard’s Jonathan Zittrain)      Cache   Translate Page      
“The idea is to allow people to use their thoughts to navigate intuitively through augmented reality—the neuro-driven version of the world recently described by Kevin Kelly. No typing, no speaking, even, to distract you or slow you down as you interact with digital additions to the landscape: driving instructions superimposed over the freeway, short biographies […]
          El día en que cayeron las redes sociales: WhatsApp, con fallas en envíos de audio y fotos       Cache   Translate Page      

Como abrir dos cuentas de WhatsApp en un mismo lugar

13 de marzo de 2019, el día en que cayeron las redes sociales. Y múltiples quejas de usuarios aparecieron desesperadamente.

 

A lo largo de este miércoles, se realizaron varias inconvenientes con las mismas. Mientras Instagram y Facebook anunciaron sus caídas respectivas a través de TwitterWhatsApp también presentó inconvenientes con su funcionamiento limitado: presentó problemas en envíos de audio y fotos.

 

"No escucho el audio", "No me baja las fotos", fueron algunas de las frases que los lectores de DIARIO 26 denunciaron ante nuestro medio. Desde nuestra redacción pudimos confirmarlo.

 

Mark Zuckerberg debió usar Twitter para anunciar las fallas.


          Facebook confirmó su caída en todo el mundo y lo informó por Twitter      Cache   Translate Page      

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(Foto: Reuters)

 

Todo se desencadenó cerca de las 13:00 horas (de Argentina) y se replicó a nivel mundial. Se cayó el servicio de Facebook y millones de usuarios se vieron afectados.

 

"Facebook estará disponible pronto", se leyó en un mensaje recibido por miles y miles de usuarios de diferentes partes del mundo cuando intentaban ingresar a sus cuentas de la red social.

 

Caída de Facebook

 

También se dio el caso de miles de usuarios que ya estaban logueados y que no pudieron ni publicar, ni comentar o realizar ningún tipo de acción en la plataforma propiedad de Mark Zuckerberg.

 

El portal Down Detecto recibió a partir de ese momento muchos reclamos y reportes por las fallas detectadas, las cuales se replicaron de inmediato.

 

Un mapa muestra que las zonas que se vieron más afectadas, que fueron Estados Unidos y México, Brasil, Argentina, Perú y Colombia, parte de Europa y algunos países del sudeste asiático.

 

Caída de Facebook	, mapa mundial

 

La propia red social confirmó que estaban al tanto de "los problemas de algunos usuarios para entrar a las apps de Facebook" y que estaban trabajando para solucionarlo.

 

Debieron anunciarlo por Twitter.

 

En el caso de Instagram, que también experimentó una baja de servicio, las quejas también vienen de usuarios de todas esas regiones. Aunque en esta plataforma, se nota una concentración de quejas particularmente de la costa este de Estados Unidos y de Europa.

 

No se trató de un bloqueo completo, sino de fallas con algunas herramienta. Muchos usuarios pueden acceder a la plataforma pero no pueden dejar comentarios ni recibir o enviar mensajes.




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