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Life Without the Tech Giants

Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Apple collectively make products that we love, products that we hate (but can’t stop using), and products that dictate how we communicate and how we are seen. Their devices and services make our lives easier than they’ve ever been before, yet more complicated in unforeseen…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Science, Microsoft, Tech Giants, Masochism, Amazon Facebook Google Microsoft, Blocking The Tech Giants, Immersion Journalism

Are cats jerks? Or are YOU the jerk?

Researchers discovered that the more attention you give a cat, the more likely they are to return it. Cats are territorial; being in their home environment greatly affects their attitude. The common wisdom that cats are aloof is provably false. None This weekend, my wife and I visited the San Diego Zoo. Having grown up nearby, she visited often as a child, though it was my first time. While I generally avoid zoos, this particular one is a leading conservation institute. While a sense of overbea...
Tags: Psychology, Facebook, Science, Learning, Animals, Intelligence, Sociology, Innovation, Davis, Derek, Lower East Side, Oregon State University, Buster, Jackson Galaxy, Mike Delgado, Baltasar

Facebook Scandals Test U.S. Watchdog With Privacy Power at Stake

The FTC is investigating whether the social-media giant failed to honor its commitments when political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica gained access to information about millions of users. While a conclusion could still be months away, the agency is expected to hit Facebook with a record fine, said a person familiar with the case who asked not to be named because the investigation is confidential. Facebook says it hasn’t violated the decree.
Tags: Facebook, Science, Ftc, Cambridge Analytica

WhatsApp Puts New Limit on Message-Forwarding in Effort to Curb Misinformation

WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned chat service, has announced that it will cap the number of messages that can be forwarded at once at five, Reuters reported Monday. The move is WhatsApp’s latest effort to limit the spread of misinformation and fake news on its app.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, India, Whatsapp, Reuters, Misinformation, Fake News

Monday's Best Deals: Timbuk2, Oregon Trail, Anker Earbuds, Waterproof Kindle, and More

Bookmark Kinja Deals and follow us on Twitter and Facebook, or sign up for our newsletter to never miss a deal.Read more...
Tags: Deals, Kinja Deals, Facebook, Science

President Trump Posts Altered Photos to Facebook and Instagram That Make Him Look Thinner

President Donald Trump’s social media accounts are filled with vile racism, idiotic xenophobia, and inaccurate statistics. And now we can add another category to the list: fake photos.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Apps, Science, Craigslist, Instagram, Crowdfunding, Photoshop, Fat, Mcdonalds, Donald Trump, Fake, Gofundme, Facetune, Fakes, Donald Trump Jr, Ronny Jackson

How Long Before Facebook's New Petition Feature is Complicit in Genocide?

Facebook, a tech company that the United Nations said has been literally complicit in genocide, has a new feature that’s being rolled out this week. And there’s a very good chance that it’s going to be abused, no matter what assurances the company provides.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Science, Social Media, United Nations, New Features, Community action, delete Facebook, Our Garbage Facebook

Study: On Facebook and Twitter your privacy is at risk -- even if you don't have an account

New research shows that on social media, like Facebook, privacy can be at risk, even if a person doesn't have an account. Scientists at the University of Vermont demonstrated that a person's identity and actions can be predicted from their friend's posts and writings online.
Tags: Facebook, Science, University Of Vermont

Sheryl Sandberg Reiterates Yet Again That Facebook Has a Lot of Work to Do

Last year was not great for Facebook’s embattled chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg—particularly after it was revealed that she personally requested information on vocal Facebook critic George Soros after he publicly deemed the company as a “menace.” But Soros conspiracy ordeal notwithstanding, the company she’s…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Science, Privacy, Data, Sheryl Sandberg, George Soros, Soros, Sorry We Did The Bad Things

Report: The FTC May Slam Facebook With 'Record-Setting' Fine Over User Privacy

Federal Trade Commission staff assessing whether social media giant Facebook violated a legally binding user privacy agreement with the agency are considering slapping the company with a “record-setting fine,” the Washington Post reported Friday, citing “three people familiar with the deliberations but not authorized…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Technology, Privacy, Washington Post, Social Media, Cybersecurity, Fines, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Cambridge Analytica, delete Facebook

Facebook Faces Potential Record U.S. Fine on Privacy Violations

The Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s chief privacy watchdog, is weighing a penalty against the social-media giant for violating a 2011 settlement with the agency that required the company to take a series of steps to protect users’ personal information, said the person, who asked not to be named because the investigation is confidential. It’s also not clear whether the agency has settled on how much to seek from the Menlo Park, California-based company or whether it will also require chan...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Federal Trade Commission, Menlo Park California, Facebook Faces Potential Record U

Facebook's Secret Meme App for Kids Sounds Like a Freaking Embarrassment

With older generations turning away from Facebook after a litany of fake news, privacy, and security-related debacles, Facebook has renewed its efforts to capture and monetize the memes of teens in hopes of raking in future revenue streams. So following in the footsteps of Lasso, Lifestage, and Slingshot comes LOL,…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Apps, Science, Social Media, Memes, Lol, The Saddest Lol Youll Ever See, Lol App, Lasso Lifestage

Report: Facebook Knew Its Games Were Taking Money From Kids, But Denied Refunds Anyway

Facebook’s nightmare 2018 might be over, but its 2019 is just getting started. A federal judge ruled Monday to make public a new batch of court documents detailing how Facebook made money off children.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Mobile Games, delete Facebook, Facebook Knew

Facebook's AR Glasses May Be Getting Closer to Becoming a Reality

Facebook is reportedly dumping resources into developing nifty new augmented reality hardware—but don’t put money on seeing its products anytime super soon.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Glasses, Science, Augmented Reality, AR Glasses

Tim Cook on iPhone Sales: We Need to Talk About Facebook

Just in case you weren’t already aware of this, Apple is super duper serious about privacy. In a new Time opinion piece, Tim Cook reiterated the company’s old talking points about how other companies (read: Facebook and Google) turn people’s personal data into a product that they can sell, sometimes without the user…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Science, Privacy, Time, Marketing, Tim Cook

Facebook Deletes Pages That Were Secretly Controlled by a Russian Propaganda Network

Facebook has deleted hundreds of pages linked to the Kremlin-backed propaganda network known as Sputnik. The pages, allegedly operated by Sputnik employees, were made to look like they were coming from outside of Russia. The Facebook pages helped spread propaganda about NATO and European politics, among many other…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Science, Instagram, Vladimir Putin, Russia, Social Media, Nato, Crimea, Sputnik, Ira, Kremlin, Donald Trump, New Cold War, Internet Research Agency, President Trump

Most Facebook Users Still Unclear About How the Hell Targeted Ads Work: Pew Survey

There are plenty of very good reasons Facebook users should be extremely skeptical of the information the social media platform collects about them following years of data and privacy scandals. But even as the company continues to push its “ ” narrative, many of its users still do not understand how their…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Pew Research Center, delete Facebook

Upskirting Set to Be Criminalized in England and Wales, Thanks to Viral Facebook Post

A year and a half after Gina Martin began a campaign against taking invasive photos, the British Parliament’s House of Lords has approved legislation that would make taking upskirt photos a criminal offense punishable of up to two years in prison, in England and Wales, reports the BBC.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, UK, England, Science, Wales, Bbc, Sexual Harassment, Viral Facebook Post, Gina Martin, Upskirting, British Parliament 's House of Lords

Bonkers Post Making Up Stuff About Female Microsoft Developer Advocate Backfires Big Time

The tables turned big time on a supposed software developer posting under the identity “Tee Medlin” on Friday after he sent an Instagram post accusing Microsoft senior cloud developer advocate Chloe Condon of stalking him at a conference—something that never occurred—and other social media users quickly discovered…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Science, Pinterest, Instagram, Microsoft, Sexism, Oops, Social Media, Plagiarism, Sexual Harassment, Chloe Condon

Epicurious has a video explainer on brownies that takes the cake and delivers the fudge

I wanted to make fudgy brownies. A week or so ago I posted a cry for help. There was so much conflicting information on how to make a fudgy brownie, I didn't know what to do. Tons of comments in our forum, as well as on Facebook and Twitter, only continued to show the massive body of conflicting information. Today, Carl Rigney shared this Epicurious video with me, and I am finally satisfied that I can control my brownie outcomes.
Tags: Cooking, Facebook, Video, Science, News, Dessert, Brownies, Epicurious, Science In The Kitchen, Carl Rigney

Swatting Incident Reportedly Targeted Facebook Executive in Palo Alto

Police in Palo Alto, California received a phone call on Tuesday night from a man who reportedly claimed to be a Facebook executive who had shot his wife and was holding hostages in his home. A rapid response team arrived at the scene and eventually determined the exec was the victim of a hoax.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Palo Alto, Palo Alto California, Swatting, Facebook Executive

Mathematicians Discovered a Computer Problem that No One Can Ever Solve

Mathematicians have discovered a problem they cannot solve. It's not that they're not smart enough; there simply is no answer. The problem has to do with machine learning -- the type of artificial-intelligence models some computers use to "learn" how to do a specific task. When Facebook or Google recognizes a photo of you and suggests that you tag yourself, it's using machine learning. When a self-driving car navigates a busy intersection, that's machine learning in action. Neu...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Science, Chicago, University Of Illinois, Cohen, Gödel, Kurt Gödel, Paul Cohen, Nature Machine Intelligence, Lev Reyzin, Reyzin

Research finds heavy Facebook users make impaired decisions like drug addicts

Researchers at Michigan State University are exploring the idea that there’s more to “social media addiction” than casual joking about being too online might suggest. Their paper, titled “Excessive social media users demonstrate impaired decision making in the Iowa Gambling Task” (Meshi, Elizarova, Bender and Verdejo-Garcia) and published in the Journal of Behavioral Addictions, indicates that people who use social media sites heavily actually display some of the behavioral hallmarks of someone ...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Science, Instagram, Tech, Addiction, Michigan State University, IGT, Iowa Gambling Task Meshi Elizarova Bender, Verdejo Garcia, Bergen Facebook Addiction Scale, Iowa Gambling Task IGT

U.S. Military Trusted More Than Google, Facebook to Develop AI

More than two-thirds of those surveyed said they had either "no confidence" or "not too much confidence" in Facebook developing A.I., a report from the Center for the Governance of AI, part of the Future of Humanity Institute at the University of Oxford, said. The public was significantly more skeptical about Facebook than other tech companies working on cutting-edge A.I. research, according to the survey. Among technology companies, Microsoft Corp. was the most trusted, with 44 percent of peo...
Tags: Facebook, Science, University of Oxford, Microsoft Corp, Google Facebook, Future of Humanity Institute

Self-Described Proud Boy, QAnon Believer Arrested for Allegedly Murdering Brother With Sword

A 26-year-old Seattle man who described himself online as both a member of the far-right Proud Boys group and a believer in the sprawling QAnon conspiracy theory, Buckey Wolfe, is in custody after allegedly stabbing his brother in the head with a sword on Sunday, the Seattle Times reported.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Technology, Youtube, Social Media, Conspiracy Theories, Seattle, Far Right, Seattle Times, Proud Boys, Online Extremism, QAnon, Buckey Wolfe

Twitter Mulls Redesign That Looks a Heck of a Lot Like Facebook, Just With More Neo-Nazis

Twitter will be rolling out beta updates including “conversational”-style speech bubbles and indented/color-coded replies based on whether you follow another user in the coming weeks, the Verge reported on Wednesday. Other features under consideration, but which will not be available in the forthcoming beta, include…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Science, Design, Technology, Nazis, Social Media

Science Confirms That Your Parents Love Fake News

A new study confirms something we all already suspected to be true: people older than 65 are more likely to share fake news on Facebook than people of other ages. Age was a better predictor of sharing fake news than any other factor, including sex, race, income, social media usage, or even political affiliation.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Media, 2016, Digital Literacy, Fake News, American Electorate

Giant Screens and Walking Cars: The Best of CES 2019

Apple covered the entire side of a hotel looming over the main convention center with a message aimed directly at Amazon, Google and Facebook, all of which have business models that rely on amassing huge amounts of consumer data. As the tech and automotive industries continue to blur together, CES has become a major platform for car companies to show off. Aptiv, a self-driving car technology company, partnered with Lyft to give attendees hands-free rides on the Las Vegas Strip in automated BMW...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Las Vegas Strip, Amazon Google, Giant Screens

You'll Never Guess What Group of People Shared the Most Fake News Around the 2016 Election

Old people may have the worst internet journalism literacy, according to common sense, and partially backed up by new research on the spread of so-called “fake news” immediately before and after 2016 presidential election.
Tags: Facebook, Science, Misinformation, Fake News

Elderly, conservatives shared more Facebook fakery in 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sharing false information on Facebook is old.
Tags: Facebook, Science, Washington, Ap

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