Facebook and Google are taking unprecedented steps to crack down on bad ads

June 19, 2017

… $25 million to circumvent. They also force its Chrome browser to compete with ad-free rivals that are popular in Asia, such as Alibabs UC browser. For Facebook, these ads bog down load times for outside links and thus hamper user experiencesomething the company recently cracked down on via an algorithm tweak. They’re not alone in their distaste for the seedier elements of digital advertising. Pretty much everyone in the industry seems to agree that a certain segment of bad actors are …

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German court issues injunction to Google over the ‘right to be forgotten’

June 17, 2017

… back several years allows E.U. citizens to request that search engines remove certain links containing personal information that is “inaccurate, inadequate, irrelevant, or excessive.” Google has done this by removing requested links and replacing them with text that reads, As a reaction to a legal request that was sent to Google, we have removed one search result. You can find further information at LumenDatabase.org. …

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It’s Simple: Either Trump Or Comey Is Lying. Who Is More Credible?

June 9, 2017

Comey laid out his version of events before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday,detailing comments the president had made to him about the FBIs investigation into links between Russia and the Trump campaign and its probe of Trumps former national security adviser, Michael Flynn. Comeys account suggests that the president attempted to interfere with the bureaus investigations,pressed the then-FBI director to pledge Trump his loyalty and asked him to get out the word that the president …

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Please stop talking about The Skimm

… called The Skimm. It’s a daily digest of news and internet links, writtenlike so many email newsletters to come before it, and that will come afterwith a specific tone, for a specific audience. The Skimm has become wildly successful, due in no small part to that tone, which is conversational, and casual, and flippant, and cheeky. SEND THEM TO THE GODDAMN HAGUE, right? Anyway, because People In The Business Of Content need to keep the Content Sarlacc Pit good on the noms, they’ve …

May 19, 2017
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Fox Stands By DNC Murder Conspiracy Theory Even After Main Source Changes Story

Fox News and its Washington, D.C., affiliate, Fox 5, are that slain Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich was connected to WikiLeaks before he was shot to death in July even as those stories fall apart. Fox News and Fox 5 published separate stories about the supposed links on Tuesday. But since then, the main source has changed his story, D.C. police and the FBI have disputed the most explosive claims, and Richs family has called on the network and station to issue retractions, …

May 18, 2017
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In ancient city of Xi’an, China hopes to restart the Silk Road

… to the east of us. As the new Silk Road goes westward, we are now the gateway to the West.” The logistics park was founded in 2008, but has since been firmly placed under the “One Belt, One Road” umbrella. Some economists, however, remain skeptical of the much vaunted new rail links between China and Europe. “Seaborne freight is much cheaper and manufacturing in China happens along the coast,” said Andy Xie, an independent economist. “It costs a lot of …

May 15, 2017
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