Facebook survey asks users if it is ‘good for the world’

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Facebook has scrambled to win back trust after the Cambridge Analytica scandal and the leaked 'ugly truth' memo. The company has made it easier for users to delete their data, dump third-party apps in bulk and started rolling out news verification to…
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LG asks Reddit for feedback on “the Notch”

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There has been a lot of contriversy over “the notch” in the past several days, particularly with Huawei’s announcement of the P20 and P20 Pro (though you do have the option of turning it off in the software), which both have notches. More recently, there was outcry on Twitter when Carl Pei, founder of OnePlus, was quoted saying that we should “learn to love the notch”. Having this notch in the display was the only way that Apple could get away making a phone (mostly) all display without technically having a bezel. This design choice is now trickling into other smartphone manufacturers and…

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Senate committee asks Facebook, Google and Twitter to testify on privacy

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The list of people that want to hear from social media giants in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal keeps getting longer. Senator Ron Wyden wants to know how the data collection happened in the first place, and Facebook talked to Congression…
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Bose AR audio-only augmented reality platform asks, ‘Who needs screens?’

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Augmented reality can make for some fantastically impressive tech demos, and the rise of systems like Google’s ARCore has started to bring AR to the masses, not requiring hardware any more advanced than the phone you already have. While phone-based AR feels like it has the potential to be quite popular, wearable AR devices have proven to be a tougher sell, and the public backlash against early efforts like Google Glass is still hard to forget.

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Facebook asks its users: Is pedophilia okay?

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Facebook got itself in blazing hot water today when a survey surfaced that appeared to ask users if they condone illicit correspondence between an adult male and a minor child. In response, the company said it was a “mistake” but danced around explaining why they asked the question in the first place. The Guardian‘s Jonathan Haynes initially posted screenshots of the survey to Twitter, which showed both the questions and answers. In thinking about an ideal world where you could set Facebook’s policies, how would you handle the following: a private message in which an adult man asks a 14…

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Europe asks social networks to remove terrorist content within an hour

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The European Commission published new guidelines for social networks today and among them is a request for these sites to remove reported terrorist content within one hour. In 2016, the Commission called for Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Microsoft t…
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Salon asks readers to pick their poison: ads or crypto mining

If you use an ad-blocker, you'll now be met with a pop-up when you visit Salon's website, the Financial Times reports. It will offer you two choices — turn off your ad-blocker or let the website mine cryptocurrency with some of your computer's extra…
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Facebook’s new Did You Know feature asks you to answer icebreaker questions

Facebook has started to include personality question prompts that appear on users’ profile pages, as spotted by TechCrunch. The questions, which are generally cutesy in nature, can be found in the lower left of desktop profiles as “Did You Know,” or just above your most recent status on mobile as “Fun Facts.”

Posited as a way to share an icebreaker about yourself, there’s the ability to cycle through several different prompts until you land on one you’d like to answer. If you choose to answer one, it will be posted as a text status with a colored background, under new category “Answer a Question.”

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Germany bans smartwatches for kids and asks parents to destroy them

Germany’s telecommunication agency, the Bundesnetzagentur, has banned smartwatches for kids, and is asking parents to destroy them. According to Bleeping Computer, (via Gizmodo) the regulators have deemed smartwatches targeted at kids “prohibitive listening devices” and are asking parents to destroy any smartwatches their kids have and advising schools to pay closer attention to kids with them.

Germany is targeting the listening capabilities of smartwatches but strangely didn’t say anything about the European Consumer Organization’s (BEUC) announcement that smartwatches pose a security threat to kids’ privacy. The BEUC warned that GPS-tracking smartwatches could be hacked and attackers could track or spoof the GPS location of kids’…

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Plus, Twitter is rethinking about verification after it blue-checked a white supremacist, and your connected holiday gift guide (privacy not included).

Musical.ly, the video lip-syncing app that took off like a rocket three years ago, will sell for at least $ 800 million. The buyer is Jinri Toutiao, the Chinese media startup. Musical.ly itself was created in China but enjoyed huge growth in the U.S. That growth has stalled in the last year, though. [Peter Kafka / Recode]

After white supremacist Jason Kessler was verified on Twitter, the company temporarily paused all account verifications while it clarifies its policy. Twitter verification gives public figures a blue checkmark next to their names, which has become a sort of status symbol. The controversy arose less than a month after CEO Jack Dorsey recommitted once again to eliminating “hate symbols, violent groups, and tweets that glorifies violence” from the platform. Meanwhile, Dorsey says he “absolutely” willing to testify before Congress about Russia if he had been invited. But he was — repeatedly. [Kurt Wagner / Recode]

Contradicting earlier reports, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said the Department of Justice did not ask him to sell CNN as a condition of acquiring Time Warner, and reiterated that he does not intend to sell CNN. If completed, the deal would transform AT&T into a colossus capable of both producing content and distributing it to millions of people via its wireless and satellite services. [Peter Kafka / Recode]

Comedian Louis C.K. has been accused of sexual misconduct by five women; last night’s scheduled premiere of his new movie, “I Love You, Daddy” was canceled, as was a scheduled appearance on Stephen Colbert’s show. And comedian Kathy Griffin, who lost high-profile jobs and was all but hounded out of the country after an ill-advised social media stunt about beheading Donald Trump, is on an international “Laugh Your Head Off” tour — and Trump’s condemnation is fueling her fierce new act. [The New York Times]

Wallpaper scored an interview with Apple design chief Jony Ive and Stefan Behling, one of the lead architects on the company’s new Apple Park HQ, which the design magazine calls “in some ways, the ultimate Apple product.” Ive goes into detail about how the unique circular structure functions, and muses on his concepts for the new iPhone X. Apple, meanwhile, released its latest diversity report, which notes that the overall racial and gender makeup of its workforce remains mostly unchanged since 2016. [Nick Compton / Wallpaper]

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