A Facebook bug showed moderators to the terror groups they monitored

June 18, 2017

… friend requests from profiles affiliated with the radical groups they were suppressing. The personal profiles of content moderators were visible to group admins within the activity logs of Facebook groups after other administrators were banned for posting inappropriate material, like explicitly sexual or violent images. If a group had multiple admins, they would then be able to view a log about the changes and see exactly who edited the content. Facebook created a task force of data scientists, …


Amazon’s great at selling its own batteries and baby wipes. But Food and fashion? Not yet

June 11, 2017

… and low prices. “[Brands] can no longer view Amazon as solely a channel and need to acknowledge them as a competitor, Jed Alpert, senior vice president of marketing at 1010data, said in a recent report. Amazon’s many tentacles Private labels are standard practice for big retailersthey’re the generic names you see in supermarket aisles or the typically bland clothes on department store racks. Stores like them because they undercut supplier markups and don’t require a ton …


After sexual harassment investigation, Uber fires more than 20 employees

June 7, 2017

… pic.twitter.com/lGmYdye3hN Melanie Ensign (@iMeluny) June 6, 2017 This is only the first report of what could be more bad or good, depending on your point of view news to come. Former attorney general Eric Holder is leading a separate investigation into the company, whose results have yet to be publicly released. Holder’s report is expected to not only investigate Fowler’s claims but “diversity and inclusion at Uber more broadly,” according to an email sent by CEO …


Run, Hide, Tell? London Attack Response Likely Saved Lives

June 5, 2017

… Houston, Texas. Run, Hide, Fight is standard protocol for active-shooter situations in the U.S. It advises people to run away if possible, get out of view, and if that's not feasible, try to incapacitate the shooter if there is an imminent threat. Larry Barton, professor of public safety at the University of Central Florida and a threat assessment instructor for the FBI, said the strategy saves lives, but people need to make decisions quickly. "The longer you wait and deliberate …


Trump Twitter bot puts the president’s tweets in their proper context

June 5, 2017

Image:  Bryan Thomas/Getty Images The often flippant, emotional stream of tweets from President Trump never ceases to amaze, particularly since it is, for all intents and purposes, filled with official messages from the White House. Now, thanks to one clever Twitter user, we can view those often bombastic, poorly worded, and downright trivial tweets in their proper context: official White House statements. SEE ALSO: The Office of Government Ethics is now trolling Trump on Twitter On …


reMarkable E-Ink tablet has papers number

June 1, 2017

… access the menu and top the undo option. Almost like paper. Image: lance ulanoff/mashable reMarkable is Wi-Fi-enabled and connects to the companys cloud-based service so your library of drawing and notes is always in sync. At launch there will be iOS, Android, Windows and MacOS applications so you can view your library from any device. That same interface will also allow you to pull a PDF into the app and have it appear on the reMarkable tablet where you can mark it up. Wanberg showed me …


The Unfortunate Consequences Of Correcting History

May 29, 2017

… persuaded to do anything but objectively reflect on history as something that happened in a vacuum. By jackhammering Robert E. Lee statues into dust and yanking down rebel flags and literally defacing the tombs of Klan members, were trying to symbolically accomplish that which is physically impossible: alter the course of our shared history that got us where we are today and make it inconceivable to view the past through anything but our collective, contemporary, ideologically-biased …


P.C. Trump Abandons Radical Islamic Terror

… scorned the name and shame argument, saying it only serves to alienate ordinary Muslims and make it harder for their leaders to work with the U.S. on counterterrorism and de-radicalization programs. We dont need to call them a particular name to know who to kill, one senior military official told The Daily Beast. The officials spoke anonymously in order to discuss the quiet campaign to change Trumps language. But McMasters point of view is at direct odds with those who helped Trump win the …

May 24, 2017

Bush, Obama Lawyers Slam Trump’s Possible Meddling In FBI Russia Probe

… in the separation of powers as well as Trumps unique status as one of the weakest chief executives in history. But the presidents dealings with the FBI director took center stage during their presentation. It was part of my view that the president of the United States, who is above the attorney general in the hierarchy, absolutely had to stay out of any criminal matter whatsoever, Eggleston said. He didnt think there wouldnt be any charges brought a statement that I think was regarded in …

May 18, 2017

Experts poke holes in marketing claims about fidget spinners

… NPR. About 11 percent of U.S. children between the ages of 4 and 17 or 6.4 million kids have been diagnosed with ADHD as of 2011, according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. Their parents often search for help beyond the typical medication, which might make them more vulnerable to marketing efforts that falsely lump these toys in the category of evaluated, proven solutions that help students focus and learn. Another expert had a similarly skeptical view of fidget spinners. …

May 15, 2017