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Traffic / Facebook Turns to U.K. Politician to Help Repair Its Image
« on: October 19, 2018, 02:20:11 PM »
Nick Clegg, who was Britain’s No. 2 leader from 2010 to 2015, has been hired to be Facebook’s top policy and communications executive.

So BRITS what say you?

Traffic / Google Finally Acknowledges "Project Dragonfly"
« on: October 16, 2018, 02:36:54 PM »
For readers who missed the damning series of leaks sketching out the scope of the project, "Dragonfly" is intended to be a censored search engine that would block results for queries that the Chinese government considered sensitive, like the Mandarin phrases for "human rights" and "student protest". It would also require Chinese users to log in with their credentials before searches can be run, ensuring that the Communist Party can log and examine a comprehensive record of search activity.


Water Cooler / A new Amazon patent will allow Alexa to detect emotions
« on: October 15, 2018, 12:24:43 PM »
“A current physical and/or emotional condition of the user may facilitate the ability to provide highly targeted audio content, such as audio advertisements or promotions, to the user,” Amazon’s patent says.

Traffic / Stunning 85-page Google memo 'The Good Censor' leaked
« on: October 11, 2018, 09:25:15 AM »

    An internal company briefing produced by Google and leaked exclusively to Breitbart News argues that due to a variety of factors, including the election of President Trump, the "American tradition" of fr## sp##ch on the internet is no longer viable. ...

    [T]he 85-page briefing, titled "The Good Censor," admits that Google and other tech platforms now "control the majority of online conversations" and have undertaken a "shift towards censorship" in response to unwelcome political events around the world.

    The briefing labels the ideal of unfettered fr## sp##ch on the internet a "utopian narrative" that has been "undermined" by recent global events as well as "bad behavior" on the part of users. ...

    It acknowledges that major tech platforms, including Google, Facebook and Twitter initially promised fr## sp##ch to consumers.  "This fr## sp##ch ideal was instilled in the DNA of the Silicon Valley startups that now control the majority of our online conversations," says the document.

    The briefing argues that Google, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter are caught between two incompatible positions, the "unmediated marketplace of ideas" vs. "well-ordered spaces for safety and civility."

Economics & Investing / What can a financial crisis lead to
« on: October 10, 2018, 11:45:47 AM »
It starts with people living beyond their means and taking on debt..

In his best-selling book “The Four: The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google,” Galloway cites some arresting statistics: Far fewer U.S. households have a gun than Amazon Prime, by 30 to 64 percent. More Americans have Prime than voted in 2016 (55 percent), or earn $50,000 or more a year (55 percent), or go to church (51 percent). He calls Amazon’s ability to woo Prime subscribers at a $119 yearly cost the equivalent of “entering into a monogamous relationship” with its consumers, who as of 2016 spent, on average, $193 per month. (Non-Prime members average $138 per month.)

Water Cooler / Possible CoreCon 2019 - Maybe
« on: October 07, 2018, 01:08:57 PM »
We are due for another CoreCon meetup.
I was thinking it might be best to keep it near where RC Jordan resides.

Ruth Ann and I stayed at a Marriott on the beach this weekend that we both thought met all CoreCon criteria. Next time Louise Jordan visits Wilmington she might want to check it out.

Walk across the street to the Best Restaurant  in town.

Traffic / Former Google boss launches scathing Silicon Valley attack
« on: October 07, 2018, 12:23:52 PM »
Google's own former PR chief Jessica Powell called the firm 'deluded' in essay

She hit out in attack at the web giant, saying the firm 'takes itself too seriously'

Economics & Investing / #CHINA
« on: October 02, 2018, 11:47:48 AM »
“They are worried about chaos,”

The government’s new directive betrays a mounting anxiety among Chinese leaders that the country could be heading into a growing economic slump. Even before the trade war between the United States and China, residents of the world’s second-largest economy were showing signs of keeping a tight grip on their wallets. Industrial profit growth has slowed for four consecutive months, and China’s stock market is near its lowest level in four years.

Water Cooler /
« on: September 29, 2018, 04:30:28 PM »
This week, Berners-Lee will launch, Inrupt, a startup that he has been building, in stealth mode, for the past nine months. Backed by Glasswing Ventures, its mission is to turbocharge a broader movement afoot, among developers around the world, to decentralize the web and take back power from the forces that have profited from centralizing it. In other words, it’s game on for Facebook, Google, Amazon. For years now, Berners-Lee and other internet activists have been dreaming of a digital utopia where individuals control their own data and the internet remains free and open.

"We [Google] can surface relevant information related to your interests, even when you don’t have a specific query in mind."

The main feature will be video chat, and Facebook will use facial recognition to tag users and follow them around the room. (Amazon’s Echo Show and Google-powered smart displays don’t identify users’ faces, though some security cameras do.)

The new networks are expected to enable the steering of driverless cars and doctors to perform complex surgeries remotely. They could power connected appliances in the so-called Internet of Things, and virtual and augmented reality. Towers would beam high-speed internet to devices, reducing reliance on cables and Wi-Fi.

Economics & Investing / Why China Has Its Eyes Set On Greenland
« on: September 10, 2018, 11:40:21 AM »
In the past five years, Chinese acquisition firms have targeted transport hubs in Europe, such as the Greek port of Piraeus and the Belgian port of Zeebrugge. Chinese firms now control approximately 10 percent of cargo port space in Europe, according to data from the International Transport Forum.

Like elsewhere in Europe, “the big fear is that even a small Chinese investment will amount to a large part of Greenland’s GDP, giving China an outsized influence that can be used for other purposes,” said Jon Rahbek-Clemmensen, an associate professor at the Royal Danish Defence College’s Institute for Strategy.

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