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YouTube, the Great Radicalizer

from NYTs At one point during the 2016 presidential election campaign, I watched a bunch of videos of Donald Trump rallies on YouTube. I was writing an article about his appeal to his voter base and wanted to confirm a few quotations. Soon I noticed something peculiar. YouTube started to recommend and “autoplay” videos for […]

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US Federal Court Rejects Global Search Order

from EFF After years of litigation in two countries, a federal court in the US has weighed in on a thorny question: Does Google US have to obey a Canadian court order requiring Google to take down information around the world, ignoring contrary rules in other jurisdictions? According to the Northern District of California, the […]

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The Alternative Facts of Cable Companies

from Backchannel Cable companies have bad reputations for customer service, and sometimes they rename themselves to divert attention and get a fresh start. Comcast’s “Xfinity” rebranding in 2010 has now been followed by Charter’s renaming of itself—after a megamerger with Time Warner Cable last year—as “Spectrum.” But changing your name doesn’t mean that you aren’t liable […]

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The New York Times Claws Its Way Into The Future

from Wired ARTHUR GREGG SULZBERGER doesn’t remember the first time he visited the family business. He was young, he says, no older than 6, when he shuffled through the brass-plated revolving doors of the old concrete hulk on 43rd Street and boarded the elevator up to his father’s and grandfather’s offices. He often visited for a few […]

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How Free Is Our Freedom Of The Press?

from TED In the US, the press has a right to publish secret information the public needs to know, protected by the First Amendment. Government surveillance has made it increasingly more dangerous for whistleblowers, the source of virtually every important story about national security since 9/11, to share information. In this concise, informative talk, Freedom […]

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Microsoft’s Azure Cloud Business Almost Doubled In The Past Year

from recode Double-digit growth in Microsoft’s cloud services and a modestly improving PC business allowed the company to beat Wall Street expectations for the December quarter. Excluding three weeks of LinkedIn results and adjusting for Windows 10 deferrals and other items, Microsoft posted per-share earnings of 84 cents on revenue of $25.8 billion. On that […]

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Why You Should Care About Yahoo Secretly Scanning Emails Even If You Use Gmail

from NewStatesman Yahoo reportedly built secret software to allow intelligence agencies to scan its users’ emails last year. Here’s why this affects everyone – even those without a Yahoo account.  If someone guessed, around, let’s say, 1948, that one day 280 million people’s personal correspondence would be systematically sifted, scrutinised and spied on by government agencies, it […]

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