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Steven Johnson / Wired:
Behind Cloudflare's decision to boot The Daily Stormer off its service, while it struggled to stay true to the principle of protecting free speech online   —  IN THE FALL of 2016, Keegan Hankes, an analyst at the Southern Poverty Law Center, paid a visit to the neo-Nazi website the Daily Stormer.
Jan 17, 2018, 8:15 AMIn context
Zeynep Tufekci / Wired:
Free speech online has grown even as Facebook, Google, Twitter control more attention; most effective censorship now is meddling with trust, not muzzling speech   —  FOR MOST OF modern history, the easiest way to block the spread of an idea was to keep it from being mechanically disseminated.
Jan 16, 2018, 9:20 PMIn context
Fred Vogelstein / Wired:
Facebook's head of News Feed Adam Mosseri says the recently announced overhaul, designed to help people better connect, will result in less video appearing   —  Facebook on Thursday announced sweeping changes to the way it plans to manage the newsfeed, the front door to the service for its 2 billion monthly users.
Jan 15, 2018, 9:30 AMIn context
Tom Simonite / Wired:
After mislabeling some black people as “gorillas” in 2015, Google Photos says it still blocks similar search terms due to limitations of computer vision tech   —  IN 2015, A black software developer embarrassed Google by tweeting that the company's Photos service had labeled photos of him with a black friend as “gorillas.”
Jan 13, 2018, 11:55 PMIn context
Erin Griffith / Wired:
Jan 11, 2018, 6:15 PMIn context
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Experts dispute WhatsApp's “end-to-end encryption” claim, saying confidentiality of group chat could be broken if servers were compromised   —  When WhatsApp added end-to-end encryption to every conversation for its billion users two years ago, the mobile messaging giant significantly raised …
Jan 10, 2018, 2:05 PMIn context
David Pierce / Wired:
Google unveils point-and-shoot VR180 cameras from Lenovo and Yi that can live stream 180-degree VR video to YouTube and save panoramic images to Google Photos   —  JUST ABOUT EVERYONE agrees virtual and augmented reality are going to be important.  The tech already sort of works, and will get better quickly from here.
Jan 10, 2018, 1:35 AMIn context
David Pierce / Wired:
Inside Amazon's Alexa Voice Services division, which makes hardware and software development kits that help manufacturers build Alexa-enabled products   —  WHEN IT FIRST launched in 2014, Amazon's Alexa voice assistant was little more than an experiment.  It appeared first inside the Echo …
Jan 9, 2018, 12:35 AMIn context
Nitasha Tiku / Wired:
The unprecedented power of technology companies is prompting calls for the rethinking of decades-old US antitrust laws focusing on consumer protection   —  TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES WITH unprecedented power to sway consumers and move markets have done the unthinkable: They've made trust-busting sound like a good idea again.
Jan 7, 2018, 2:00 AMIn context
Louise Matsakis / Wired:
Experts: human damage to undersea fiber optic cables would be less severe than military warns; of ~428 cables, one is damaged every couple days, often by nature   —  IT MIGHT SEEM like nightmare scenario.  A terrorist organization or nefarious nation state decides to derail the global internet …
Jan 6, 2018, 7:05 AMIn context

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