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Friday
May042018

Apple took 8 days to give me the data it had collected on me. It was eye opening.

[Link] : How much does Apple know about me? The answer surprised me.<p>Following Facebook's acknowledgement that it had let a political ad targeting firm scrape the personal data of 87 million users, I rushed to see what kind of personal data the social network and Google had gathered on me. Both had more …
Friday
May042018

Pirate Radio Stations Explode on YouTube

[NyTimes] : "Luke Pritchard and Jonny Laxton were 13 when they met at a boarding school in Crowthorne, England, in 2011. They bonded over a shared love of underground music and in 2014 started a YouTube channel, College Music, to promote the artists they liked.<p>At first, the channel grew slowly. Then, in the …"

Wednesday
May022018

Dating with Facebook: What’s love got to do with it?

[Link] : In Hindi, there is a saying that no matter what you do, you can’t unbend a dog’s tail. I was reminded of that saying when I read the news that …
Wednesday
May022018

Facebook will allow users to opt out of letting Facebook collect their browsing history

[Link] : It’s arguably the company’s biggest update since the Cambridge Analytica scandal broke.<p>Facebook users will soon be able to opt out of one of Facebook’s key data gathering practices: Its collection and use of people’s web browsing history, which the company uses to sell targeted ads.<p>Facebook …
Sunday
Apr292018

How a News Junkie Stays Plugged In: Newsletters and Her Kids

[NyTimes] : "<i>How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives?</i> <i>Rebecca Blumenstein</i><i>, a deputy managing editor for The Times, discussed the tech she's using.</i><p><b>What are your favorite tech tools for spotting breaking news and trend stories?</b><p>I've always been a news junkie, and …"

Sunday
Apr292018

At Nike, Revolt Led by Women Leads to Exodus of Male Executives

[NyTimes] : "For too many women, life inside Nike had turned toxic.<p>There were the staff outings that started at restaurants and ended at strip clubs. A supervisor who bragged about the condoms he carried in his backpack. A boss who tried to forcibly kiss a female subordinate, and another who referenced a staff …"

Sunday
Apr292018

Briton Who Drove Tesla on Autopilot From Passenger Seat Is Barred From Road

[NyTimes] : "The era of driverless cars is coming down the road.<p>But not quickly enough for one British man, who ran afoul of the law when he was caught in the front passenger seat of a Tesla set to Autopilot, cruising at about 40 miles per hour with his hands behind his head.<p>No one was in the driver's …"

Saturday
Apr282018

Ford’s decision to kill most of its cars was inevitable

[Link] : American drivers have made up their minds. Bigger is most certainly better, and Ford Motor Co. has reacted. This week the automaker announced that over the next few years it would be phasing out all its cars (except for the iconic Mustang) in favor of SUVs, trucks and commercial vehicles (vans) in …
Saturday
Apr282018

Google’s Sergey Brin warns of the threat from AI in today’s ‘technology renaissance’

[Link] : Google co-founder says the company is giving ‘serious thought’ to problems like job destruction<p>Google co-founder Sergey Brin has warned that the current boom in artificial intelligence has created a “technology renaissance” that contains many potential threats. Writing in the company’s annual …
Friday
Apr202018

THE SIGNING MACHINE BY JAQUET DROZ: THE ART OF MECHANICAL ASTONISHMENT | Jaquet Droz

[Link] : Four years of development were required to complete the project launched in 2014. The Signing Machine, unveiled for the brand's 280th anniversary, …
Friday
Apr202018

How a Common Beetle May Offer Deep Insights Into Evolution

[NyTimes] : "When Joseph Parker was growing up in Swansea, in South Wales, he had an obsession with insects. His room was filled with tropical insects, but he discovered a common local one that really captured his attention. The rove beetle.<p>The tiny beetles are everywhere, but most interestingly, in ant and …"

Friday
Apr202018

Kevin’s Week in Tech: Jeff Bezos Reminds Tech Who’s Boss

[NyTimes] : "<i>Each week, Kevin Roose, technology columnist at The New York Times, discusses developments in the tech industry, offering analysis and maybe a joke or two.</i> <i>Want this newsletter in your inbox? Sign up here.</i><p>Hello again! I'm finally getting back to a somewhat normal existence after last week's …"

Friday
Apr202018

A.I. Researchers Are Making More Than $1 Million, Even at a Nonprofit

[NyTimes] : "SAN FRANCISCO — One of the poorest-kept secrets in Silicon Valley has been the huge salaries and bonuses that experts in artificial intelligence can command. Now, a little-noticed tax filing by a research lab called OpenAI has made some of those eye-popping figures public.<p>OpenAI paid its top …"

Friday
Apr202018

Bodies Remodeled for a Life at Sea

[NyTimes] : "We are the products of evolution, and not just evolution that occurred billions of years ago. As scientists peer deeper into our genes, they are discovering instances of human evolution in just the past few thousand years.<p>People in Tibet and Ethiopian highlands have adapted to living at high …"

Thursday
Apr192018

Silicon Valley’s scooter scourge is coming to an end

[Link] : San Francisco is a city where companies frequently like to try out new ideas. Uber had its start here many years ago, as did success stories like Twitter and Airbnb. So it's no surprise that San Francisco happens to be one of many cities currently experiencing a new form of transportation: …
Thursday
Apr192018

Palantir Knows Everything About You

[Link] : Peter Thiel’s data-mining company is using War on Terror tools to track American citizens. The scary thing? Palantir is desperate for new …
Thursday
Apr192018

Artificial Intelligence — The Revolution Hasn’t Happened Yet

[Link] : Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the mantra of the current era. The phrase is intoned by technologists, academicians, journalists and venture …
Monday
Apr162018

Baby Boomers Reach the End of Their To-Do List

[NyTimes] : "Life, if you're lucky, is divided into thirds, my father used to say: youth, middle age and “You look <i>good</i>.” The dawn of that third stage is glinting right at me.<p>It isn't simply that at this point more life is behind me — behind any middle-aged person — than lies ahead. Middle-aged? Who am I …"

Monday
Apr162018

'The most significant development since the safety belt'

[Link] : <b>Here is an extraordinary statistic: since the Volvo XC90 went on sale in the UK in 2002 it has sold over 50,000 vehicles, yet not a single person has been killed while driving it, or as a passenger.</b><p>It is, according to the independent laboratory Thatcham Research, the safest car it has ever …
Monday
Apr162018

If you’re using an Android phone, Google may be tracking every move you make

[Link] : Biking? Google probably knows you are. Up a mountain? It probably knows that, too.<p>The Alphabet subsidiary’s location-hungry tentacles are quietly lurking behind some of the most innovative features of its Android mobile operating system. Once those tentacles latch on, phones using Android begin …