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Twitter Needs a Pause Button

Twitter Needs a Pause ButtonAs a shooter in Christchurch, New Zealand, set about massacring dozens of worshippers at two mosques on March 15, his body cam beamed live footage to social media. Soon after, Susan Wojcicki, the CEO of YouTube, learned that it was being uploaded to the platform. The company put thousands of human beings and a pile of algorithms to work finding and removing the snuff footage. It was already too late. As The Economist recounted not long ago, “Before she went to bed at 1am Ms Wojcicki was still able to find the video.” And no wonder: It was being uploaded as often as once every second, a dispersal “unprecedented both in scale and speed,” as a YouTube spokesperson told The Guardian. Facebook, also scrambling, removed the video from users’ pages 1.5 million times in the first 24 hours after the shooting. Yet nearly two months later,…


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Amazon Ring Will Survive the Anti-Surveillance Backlash

Amazon Ring Will Survive the Anti-Surveillance BacklashIn most cases, when police want to search your neighborhood, they need a warrant and a reason to believe something’s amiss. Now, “reasonable suspicion” is going the way of dial-up. Fifty police departments across the United States are partnering with Amazon to collect footage from people who use Ring, the company’s internet-connected doorbell. Some are offering discounted or free Ring doorbells in exchange for a pledge to register the devices with law enforcement and submit all requested footage. Amazon has also filed patents to expand its Ring line beyond doorbells and into cameras mounted on motor vehicles; inside baby monitors and wearable “smart glasses”; even atop security drones that circle your home and call the police if they detect a disturbance.In a statement to The Atlantic, a spokesperson for Amazon Ring said the company doesn’t endorse the giveaways that require users to hand over…


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Parents of sick and premature babies should get more leave – PM

Parents of sick and premature babies should get more leave – PMTheresa May says “it’s not fair” parents have to return to work before their baby leaves hospital. ….. Read More.BBC NEWS – Health | Consumers & ShoppingThu, July 18, 20192 days ago




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