With GDPR Decision, Zuckerberg Proves Yet Again He Has Learned Absolutely Nothing From the Cambridge Analytica Scandal

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OK, I’ll go ahead and say it: Mark Zuckerberg’s reputation is in the toilet right now. As the company suffers scandal after scandal and the price of its shares continue to drop like they’re hot, Zuck has fumbled to make amends. And now, presented with a great opportunity to win back customers and investors alike, he’s like “Mm, no thanks.”

That opportunity: The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the European Union’s new law on data privacy. It ensures that every individual on the internet has a right to know which company has what data about them, plus the right to have it destroyed. To be active in the EU, websites, including social media, must comply with the new regulations that take effect on May 25.

So Facebook is making the necessary changes, as you may expect, because there were some 252 million Facebook users in the EU alone in June 2017. But according to a report from Reuters, those privacy protections won’t extend to people in other countries.

Let’s be clear: the site already has the technological capabilities to do this for users in whatever country it damn well pleases. But it’s simply choosing not to.

It’s almost as if Mark forgot what got his company into this big stinking Cambridge Analytica mess in the first place. What makes Americans (and the rest of the world) inherently unworthy of having the same privacy rights as their European counterparts?

Predictably, Zuckerberg deflected any suggestions that the choice was malicious, telling Reuters about his plans for the rest of the world, “we’re still nailing down details on this, but it should directionally be, in spirit, the whole thing.” In spirit? Really?

This isn’t likely to appease American Facebook users, who are still fuming over the company giving away their data to shady political consultancy groups.

Zuck didn’t do any more explain his choice, but he didn’t really have to. Keeping things the way they are for users outside the EU means Facebook can keep making money (and a lot of it) from the data the company harvests. And it has no legal requirement to change. So why should it?

“If user privacy is going to be properly protected, the law has to require it,” Nicole Ozer, the director of technology and civil liberties at the American Civil Liberties Union in California, told Reuters.

Regardless of what Zuckerberg’s vision of the future of data privacy in the U.S. looks like, the decision not to extending the same privacy rights to all users worldwide looks shady as hell.

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Infinity War’s Thanos proves CGI supervillains are a terrible idea

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The final Infinity War trailer presents a terrifying, monumental threat to earth. Armies clash. Dead bodies are strewn about the screen. Music blares. Impressive percussion stirs up emotions. Lightning cracks. And at the center of it all is… Thanos! The terrifying universe-destroyer! Who, unfortunately, looks like a bald purple plastic mannequin with weird grooves in his chin to make up for the fact that he can’t grow a beard.

There’s no kind way to put it: Thanos isn’t impressive; he’s ridiculous. A villain named after death should look frightening, maybe with some sort of visual reference to death. Instead, Thanos comes across as an over-inflated cousin of Grimace from McDonald’s marketing. Except Grimace is actually kind of scary.


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iOS 12 concept video proves that Apple Music would be better with a ‘Dark Mode’ option

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Rumors of Apple adding a new “Dark Mode” setting to iOS seemingly spring to life every single year in the weeks and months preceding WWDC. And every single year, without fail, WWDC comes and goes with nary a mention of a new Dark Mode option. Still, that hasn’t stopped designers from putting together stunning concept photos and videos which set out to illustrate why iOS users are still clamoring for an official Dark Mode feature.

In light of that, a new concept video from Lior Azulay specifically imagines what Apple Music would look like with a Dark Mode option enabled. What’s more, the video also showcases some interesting design tweaks that, to be honest, Apple would be well-advised to implement. As a quick example, being able to slide between playlist songs would be a welcome addition. Indeed, it’s one of the features that, in my opinion, tends to make Spotify a superior service.

Azulay’s concept video also imagines what a Cover Flow style feature might look like on the iPhone. Apple of course axed Cover Flow a few years ago, but the implementation here is certainly eye-catching. As for the Dark Mode feature, it effectively makes Apple Music look like Spotify, which some might say is a step in the right direction.

As far as concept videos go, Azulay’s creation is incredibly well-thought out and artfully pieced together. And while many iOS concept videos highlight features and design tweaks that look amazing but are inherently unrealistic or impractical, the design overhaul imagined for Apple Music here could easily be implemented.

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‘Black Panther’ proves why Afrofuturism matters

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Ehang proves its passenger drones are the real deal in new flight footage

Chinese drone maker Ehang wowed visitors at CES 2016 when it brought along a prototype of its passenger drone; however, it didn’t have much else to show at the time. Now, it’s released footage of the 184 in flight with a passenger for the first time, with the company’s CEO on board. Following ‘1000 tests’, Ehang took to YouTube to show off the drone in action with CEO Huazhi Hu, as well as other senior management, and deputy mayor of the Chinese city of Guangzhou, where the trials took place. Besides talking up the 184’s ease of use, Hu also…

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This video proves we’re all just taking the same Instagram pictures

#instatravel, #passportlife, #wanderlust. We’ve all seen these travel hashtags permeate our Instagram feeds, usually used for glamorous shots of people doing enviable things in exotic places. Now a perspicacious person named Oliver has created a video aptly titled “Instravel — A Photogenic Mass Tourism Experience,” which is a Black Mirror-esque look into how our fixation with capturing the perfect image has homogenized our creativity.

Oliver writes that he was inspired to create the video after becoming frustrated with tourists while traveling in Rome (though also noting that he himself was one). He writes:

“During my trip, I felt that many people didn’t really enjoy the moment and were hooked to their smartphones. As if the ultimate…

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Apple’s new TV project with ‘La La Land’ creator proves that it’s dead serious about competing with Netflix and HBO

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With a reported $ 1 billion at its discretion to develop and acquire original content, Apple’s TV chiefs —  Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht — have been making a number of high-profile and intriguing moves over the past few months.  Most recently, Apple managed to secure an original series from acclaimed La La Land writer and director Damien Chazelle.

Originally reported by The New York Times, Chazelle’s new vehicle at Apple is said to be a drama. While specific details about the series remain scarce, word is that Chzaelle is on board to write and direct every single episode.

“For the mysterious new assignment,” the Times notes, “Mr. Chazelle will reunite with the producers Jordan Horowitz and Fred Berger, both of whom worked on ‘La La Land.’ MRC, which produced ‘House of Cards,’ is the studio behind the show.”

Without question, Apple landing a new series from Chazelle is a huge score for the company’s somewhat fledgling TV streaming division, especially as it seeks to compete more ably with established services like Netflix and HBO. In addition to being the mastermind behind La La Land, Chazelle was also the creative genius behind Whiplash, the 2014 film about an overbearing jazz instructor that saw J.K. Simmons win an award for Best Supporting Actor.

Slowly but surely, Apple seems to be building up an impressive stable of original content with some big Hollywood stars attached to a number of projects. Aside from the aforementioned series, Apple last week inked a deal with Saturday Night Live alum Kristen Wiig for a new comedy series. Before that, Apple managed to strike a deal with Steven Spielberg to bring back the award-winning 80s show Amazing Stories.

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Netflix’s My Next Guest Needs No Introduction proves the world still needs David Letterman

When David Letterman left the Late Show in 2015, it felt like a generational changing of the guard. After over three decades as a late-night host, the comedian was stepping away, letting Stephen Colbert reinvent the show while Letterman enjoyed the free time to do, well, nothing — other than grow a really serious beard. So when Netflix announced last year that he would be coming out of retirement to host a talk show, it raised a couple of questions. What could Letterman do outside the limitations of network television that he hadn’t already done, and would a David Letterman series still seem relevant given that the late-night world has moved on?

The first episode of the show, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman, is…

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