Facebook launches initiative to fight online hate speech – BBC News

June 23, 2017

… spread extremist propaganda. In particular, security services have criticised Facebook, Twitter and Google for relying too much on other people to report inappropriate content, rather than spotting it themselves. In April, Germany passed a bill to fine social networks up to 50m (44m) if they failed to give users the option to report hate speech and fake news, or if they refused to remove illegal content flagged as either images of child sexual abuse or inciting terrorism. Following the London …

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Al Franken Warns On Impeachment: ‘Zealot’ Pence Would Be ‘Worse than Trump’

June 20, 2017

Vice President Mike Pence would move into the Oval Office, and Franken said that would lead to new set of problems. Franken said Pence, who ran the Trump transition, was responsible for some of Trumps worst Cabinet choices, including Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Health and Human services Secretary Tom Price, and Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney. If youre talking about how we handle North Korea or something like …

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Foreign Carmakers Invoke Reagan To Sway Trump On Trade

June 17, 2017

… access to Canadian and Mexican consumer markets, and parts suppliers elsewhere in North America. Of course, experts disagree about the net employment effects of this bilateral trade, let alone its benefits for consumers. Some 17 percent of the value of Mexican automotive exports to the U.S. comes from components, chemicals and services that originated in the United States, according to an estimate by the economic think tank Bruegel. The type of NAFTA reform that Bozzella said the AGA …

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Four women face charges in Arkansas hot car death

June 17, 2017

(CNN)Four Arkansas women are facing manslaughter charges in the death of a 5-year-old boy who died after he was left inside a day care van all day, police said. The van’s driver 42-year-old Felicia Ann Phillips and three other employees, Pamela Lavette Robinson, 43, Kendra Washington, 40, and 43-year-old Wanda Taylor were fired on Wednesday and have been charged with manslaughter. Ascent Children’s Health services CEO Dan Sullivan said the staff did not follow company …

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Banking with your personal assistant will be the future, whether you like it or not

June 12, 2017

… is in the bank’s interests to push the service as it helps cut back on manpower and costs,” Chia Tek Yew, head of Financial services Advisory at KPMG Singapore, told Mashable. “And at home, it will be a convenient channel of choice given the prevalence of home assistants Amazon Echo, Google Home and Apple HomePod,” Chia added. “[People] will be drawn to shop and transact via voice.” A customer sets the Touch ID of his new iPhone 7 at an Apple Store in …

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Tim Cook, Jeff Bezos and more tech CEOs are set to attend a White House summit with Jared Kushner

June 11, 2017

Ready for part 2.Image: Evan Vucci/AP/REX/Shutterstock Leaders from the largest technology companies are set to visit the White House later this month for an inaugural meeting of President Donald Trumps group formed to modernize government services, according to three people familiar with the plans. They will arrive weeks after many tech chiefs publicly split with Trump on his decision to exit the Paris climate deal. The American Technology Council meeting will include a gathering of top …

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EPA Inspector General Probing Whether Agency Staffer Colluded With Monsanto

June 7, 2017

… of Health and Human services. Rowland retired from the EPA last year, and plaintiffs lawyers have been deposing him about allegations that Monsanto may have funneled money to him . Rowlands lawyer, William E. Lawler III, downplayed the IGs letter in an email to HuffPost. Jess Rowland is a well-respected former public servant who honorably served the EPA for 26 years and received commendations from the agency both during his service and on his retirement, wrote Lawler. He is a man of the …

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Snapchat snaps startup to help it with location tracking

June 7, 2017

… Cosmopolitan editor, now Snap board member Joanna Coles. Thats really important to us. Of course, the location tracking is all opt-in. Snap also will put in place data-sharing, privacy, and security guidelines so that advertising data is not shared between Snap’s own services like “Snap to Store” and the company Placed. Placed has more than 100 employees, according to GeekWire. The company will operate independently from Snap, maintaining its offices in Seattle, New York, and …

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EY report: Scottish economy ‘stuck in slow lane’ – BBC News

June 6, 2017

… and smarter to achieve sustained growth. “The economy has to rebalance and shift away from a reliance on public-funded major infrastructure projects. “Sector diversification is also required to help move away from an over-reliance on the oil and gas, construction and financial services sectors.” He added: “Stimulating business investment in Scotland both in terms of physical assets and skills could deliver extensive, long-term economic benefits. “This presents an …

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General election 2017: Security dominates campaigning – BBC News

June 6, 2017

… Secretary Karen Bradley told the BBC that the fight against online radicalisation meant getting “access to information as required” from tech firms. Pressed on whether this meant penetrating encrypted messaging services, she said the tech industry had done the “right thing” in the past in terms of removing indecent images from their platforms and now ministers wanted the “same response” over extremist material. “We know it can be done and the internet …

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Reality Check: What is the Prevent strategy? – BBC News

June 5, 2017

Social services departments have become increasingly involved in identifying Prevent cases because of their duty to counter radicalisation. About 7,500 referrals were made to the scheme in 2015-16 – the equivalent of 20 a day – according to a Freedom of Information Request to the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC). Out of those referrals, action was taken in one in every 10 cases. No action at all was taken in 37% of the cases, while a quarter of people referred were …

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General Election 2017: The EU citizens in the UK who can’t vote – BBC News

June 4, 2017

… desperately wished I could. ‘I feel like a second-class citizen’ Polish-born Michal Siewniak, 37, lives in Watford, Hertfordshire In some ways I can understand why British people want to leave. The EU used to be all about free movement of goods, services and people – these are positive things. But the EU has become more and more controlling. You can’t elect commissioners so they are untouchable. If I look at it from my own country’s perspective, I see how laws …

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How a Silicon Valley veteran created an app that 400 nonprofits use to help refugees

May 30, 2017

… AOL, Cisco, Microsoft, and Yahoo in their early days. “My approach to being a technology founder, which I pretty much have always been, is starting with the user experience and then using that to do product design development,” she says. That’s exactly what she’s doing with her latest project, albeit with a more humanitarian twist. Taylor is behind the Refugee Aid app, or RefAid, which connects refugees with crucial services when and where they need them most. More than …

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Rocket Lab Reports Launch Into Space From New Zealand

… increase the pace and affordability of sending up imaging and communication gear used for services including weather monitoring, natural disaster management and crop surveillance. The company said in 2015 that it should be able to offer a launch service for less than $5 million. “Today’s successful launch is a major milestone in the development of New Zealand’s space industry,” Simon Bridges, Minister for Economic Development, said in a statement. “It is …

May 25, 2017
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Sturgeon: ‘Be vigilant but not alarmed’ – BBC News

… upcoming public events, including this weekend’s Scottish Cup Final, are being thoroughly reviewed and the public should anticipate additional safety measures such as full body and bag searches. “Our emergency services prepare extensively for situations such as this, and those well-rehearsed plans are now being put into practice.” Related Topics Islamic State group Nicola Sturgeon More From this publisher : HERE Recommended ProductsProsociate 4 Agency Upgrade Upgrade a …

May 25, 2017
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The Porn Business Isnt Anything Like You Think It Is

… of credit card verification systems takes on a new meaning when you consider that many credit card services now refuse to work with adult operations (in the early years, fraud, inordinate chargebacks, and other abuses were rampant). Many mainstream technology vendors take much the same stance, including companies that build email services and, yes, video engines. “For adult companies, it’s chaos. It’s fragmented. It’s broken. It’s blocked,” Adams says. …

May 24, 2017
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Trump’s Budget Would Cut Planned Parenthood Out Of All Federal Programs

Andrew Cullen / Reuters The Trump administrations proposed budget specifically excludes Planned Parenthood from all Department of Health and Human services programs, apparently the first time a presidents budget has done so, according to the leaked executive summary of the plan. Trumps proposed fiscal 2018 budget follows through on a campaign promise and prohibits any funding in the Labor-HHS appropriations bill for certain entities that provide abortions, including Planned Parenthood, the …

May 23, 2017
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