Facebook will verify the location of U.S. election ad buyers by mailing them postcards

Facebook’s global director of policy programs says it will start sending postcards by snail mail to verify buyers of ads related to United States elections. Katie Harbath, who described the plan at a conference held by the National Association of Secretaries of State this weekend, didn’t reveal when the program will start, but told Reuters […]

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White House government shutdown away message is a political attack on Democrats

Image: Getty Images/Gallo Images By Adam Rosenberg2018-01-20 23:42:34 UTC Donald Trump’s White House sunk to a new level of petty on Saturday, as the United States government shutdown. Callers dialing into the publicly available White House comments line — at 202.456.1111 — are greeted with a recorded away message. An unrecognizable female voice politely explains […]

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Twitter hits back again at claims that its employees monitor direct messages

Twitter is pushing back against claims made by conservative activist group Project Veritas that its employees monitor private user data, including direct messages. In a statement to BuzzFeed News, a Twitter representative said “we do not proactively review DMs. Period. A limited number of employees have access to such information, for legitimate work purposes, and […]

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Apple’s ‘I’m sorry’ for throttling old iPhones isn’t good enough for Congress

Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, speaks during the Fortune 500 Global Forum in Guangzhou, Guandong Province, China in December.Image: ALEKSANDAR PLAVEVSKI/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock By Brian Koerber2018-01-13 21:36:28 UTC The drama surrounding Apple’s old iPhone batteries isn’t over yet. Four U.S. House Republicans sent a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook on Friday asking for answers on […]

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Trump’s ‘sh*thole’ comment: Who censored and who didn’t?

Donald Trump’s “shithole” comment left the media figuring out how to censor it.Image: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images By Johnny Lieu2018-01-12 06:06:38 UTC Trump’s racist comment about “shithole” countries shocked with its crudity, leaving the press figuring out how to deal with the word. The U.S. president used the word to refer to Haiti, El Salvador and […]

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White House might take away staffer cellphones like they’re in junior high

Like an angry math teacher, Donald Trump could take away his staffers’ cellphones. The president was “furious” and “disgusted” by excerpts of a book that were made public Wednesday, according to White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House won’t hit shelves until Jan. 9, and […]

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Researchers can now make neighborhood voting predictions from Google Street View images

In a sign that computers will be able to perform image analysis as fluently as text analysis, a group of Stanford-based researchers were able to make accurate predictions about neighborhood voting patterns based on millions of pictures collected from Google Street View, reports The New York Times. While other academic projects have used artificial intelligence […]

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Trump’s NYE bash has a ‘modern fantasy garden’ theme. We have some better suggestions.

The fantastical president.Image: Orlando Sentinel/Getty Images By Jack Morse2017-12-31 21:24:53 UTC President Donald Trump is often accused of living in his own personal fantasy world where white supremacists are “very fine people” and New Jersey muslims celebrated the 9/11 attack. So it is perhaps fitting that his New Year’s Eve celebration at Mar-a-Largo has, according […]

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