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The People Trying to Make Internet Recommendations Less Toxic

The internet is an ocean of algorithms trying to tell you what to do. YouTube and Netflix proffer videos they calculate you’ll watch. Facebook and Twitter filter and reorganize posts from your connections, avowedly in your interest—but also in their own. New York entrepreneur Brian Whitman helped create such a system. He sold a music analytics startup called The Echo Nest to Spotify in 2014, bolstering the streaming music service’s ability to recommend new songs from a person’s past listening. Whitman says he saw clear evidence of algorithms’ value at…

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How Cambridge Analytica Sparked the Great Privacy Awakening

On October 27, 2012, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote an email to his then-director of product development. For years, Facebook had allowed third-party apps to access data on their users’ unwitting friends, and Zuckerberg was considering whether giving away all that information was risky. In his email, he suggested it was not: “I’m generally skeptical that there is as much data leak strategic risk as you think,” he wrote at the time. “I just can’t think of any instances where that data has leaked from developer to developer and caused…

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Son Shares Photo Of His Dad, Sad That No One Is Coming To His New Donut Shop, It Goes Viral And People Flood The Shop

estimated that some 20% of small businesses will fail in their first year. Image credits: share a pic of his dad looking ‘sad’ about his predicament. Now, social media gets a lot of stick at times, bringing out the very worst in us as we shout at each other obnoxiously and say things to each other that we never would in real life. But it definitely has its good side too, as people can come together for a good cause and help someone in need, fostering a real community spirit. Image…

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The Huawei Case Signals the New USChina Cold War Over Tech

The deepening saga of the US government’s campaign against Chinese tech company Huawei intensified this week, with Huawei filing a lawsuit in Texas alleging that the government’s ban of Huawei equipment is “illegal” and based on propaganda, not facts. The case may not have much of a chance legally, but it underscores how this contest has become a microcosm of the larger competition between the US and China over who will define—and control—the technology of the 21st century. The main thrust of the US push versus Huawei is that the…

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The Last Place Big Tech Wants to Be Is on the Defense

So, it finally happened. A leading American politician has said aloud what many have whispering: it’s time to break up Big Tech. Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren just fired the opening salvo and called for the federal government to take action: “Today’s big tech companies have too much power— too much power over our economy, our society, and our democracy. They’ve bulldozed competition, used our private information for profit, and tilted the playing field against everyone else. And in the process, they have hurt small businesses and stifled innovation.” To remedy…

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Volvo’s Polestar unveils competitor to Tesla’s Model 3

(CNN Business)Polestar, a plug-in performance car brand that was spun off from Volvo, revealed its first all-electric car Wednesday. The Polestar 2 will be a direct competitor to the Tesla Model 3. Like Tesla’s cars, the Polestar has “vegan” interior materials, rather than leather. Drivers will be able to use their smart phones like a remote key fob, another feature found on Tesla cars. An optional Pilot Package will give the car automated driving assistance features, such as Lane Keeping Assistance — which keeps the car in its lane —…

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The slowdown in China’s economy just cost 1,400 Illinois auto workers their jobs

New York (CNN Business)The plunge in auto sales in China has made its way to the US heartland. The company wouldn’t say exactly where the drop-off in Cherokee sales occurred, but its last earnings statement made clear it is suffering the biggest sales weakness in China. China is the world’s largest market for auto sales, and has been the engine for growth for the global auto industry for most of the last two decades. But over the last six months the country has become a source of concern for automakers.…

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Starbucks’ new 32,000-square-foot store in Tokyo is its biggest in the world

New York (CNN Business)Starbucks is about to open its biggest Roastery in the world in Tokyo. “In Milan, even today, we have lines around the building on the weekends,” Johnson noted this month. Starbucks has always been “a more affluent brand,” said Morningstar analyst R.J. Hottovy. The Roasteries take it “even more upstream,” he said. Menu and design innovations In addition to offering a premium experience, the Roastery also serves as an innovation lab, Johnson said. Starbucks has rolled out new beverages nationwide after testing them out at Roasteries. The…

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Still a year away from launch, Meg Whitman and Jeffrey Katzenbergs Quibi keeps adding talent

Video won’t start rolling on Meg Whitman and Jeffrey Katzenberg’s new bite-sized streaming service with the billion-dollar backing until the end of 2019, but talent keeps signing up to come along for their ride into the future of serialization. The latest marquee director to sign on the dotted line with Quibi is Catherine Hardwicke, who will be helming a story around the creation of an artificial intelligence with the working title “How They Made Her,” according to an announcement from Katzenberg onstage at the Variety Innovate summit. Whistle called “Benedict Men”…

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Boeing delivers first 737 from new Chinese factory

New York (CNN)Boeing on Saturday delivered its first 737 airliner from its new factory in China — a debut that comes amid a 90-day truce in the US-China trade war. “This is a significant milestone of Boeing’s efforts to deepen its footprint in China, as well as to support the growth of China’s airline industry, opening an era of the collaboration,” Zhao Yuerang, president of COMAC, said in a statement. Critics of Boeing’s new facility say it moves work done by US-based workers abroad and gives China valuable insight into…

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China’s battered stock market just had its best day in years

Hong Kong (CNN Business)China’s beaten-down stock market had its best day in more than two and and a half years on Monday. “It’s rare to see officials make this kind of public comment on the stock market,” said Dickie Wong, head of research at Hong Kong-based stock broker Kingston Financial. “It’s definitely boosting market sentiment.” Monday’s 4.1% jump, the biggest since March 2016, brings the Shanghai index’s gains to nearly 7% over the past two days of trading. On Friday, central bank chief Yi Gang said that the recent slump…

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Asshole Client Bullies This Artist To Make A Halloween Costume For His Son Without Paying For His Time

This parent, in a post shared by Imgur user Ashontez, is clearly feeling the pressure. Or perhaps he is just an asshole. Either way, the post clearly highlights the kinds of situations that people who work for commission regularly find themselves in, overworked and underappreciated by customers who expect personalized, custom made work done for them at factory prices. “All you do is sit at a computer,” the customer whines, as he is quoted $25 an hour to have an Optimus Prime costume designed and fitted for his son. “I’ll…

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Beaten by Amazon and Walmart, Sears faces the end after 125 years

The company, once a staple of the American lifestyle, is expected to file for bankruptcy after years of losses I dont understand the point of Sears, I just buy everything online, said 23-year-old Lyft driver Shannon Dickey as we pull up to the abandoned storefront of Sears that sits at the top of Ross Park Mall, nine miles north of downtown Pittsburgh I think their old catalogs are cool, but I just dont understand the point of Sears. Founded in 1893, Sears was once a staple of the American lifestyle.…

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SoftBank punt on WeWork office space hub is risky business

Workspace company makes substantial losses and providing short-term office space is notoriously cyclical WeWork, according to the founders blurb, is a place you join as an individual, me, but where you become part of a greater we. A place where were redefining success measured by personal fulfilment, not just the bottom line. Very uplifting, but youd probably think twice before investing. Funky murals and cheese-tasting events for tenants are eye-catching but, in the end, WeWork is a provider of office space on short-term leases, which is a notoriously cyclical game.…

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Dublin’s homelessness crisis jars with narrative of Irish economic boom

Ireland is the EUs star performer, but almost 700 families have become homeless in the capital this year Jobs are bountiful, luring back emigrants and drawing newcomers. Property prices are soaring. Chic restaurants are fully booked weeks in advance. RT television is showcasing the top new entries to People in emergency accommodation in Ireland Its virtually an emergency situation, said Tommy Gordon, who manages Wicklow Homeless Five Loaves, a drop-in centre south of Dublin. Were supplying tents and sleeping bags to the homeless and food to those in financial difficulty.…

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