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Ben Munster / Decrypt:
Interviews with contractors who write crypto white papers reveal startups routinely force them to fabricate business models, inflate funding budgets, and more   —  We dive into this murky industry to find out who writes these things, what goes into the research and how much it really costs to get one written.
Apr 23, 2019, 7:05 AMIn context
James Thorne / GeekWire:
Facebook names John Pinette, a former Vulcan and Gates Ventures exec, as its VP of global communications, replacing Caryn Marooney, who is leaving after 8 years   —  Facebook has a new point person for its global communications, and he's a familiar figure in the Pacific Northwest tech community.
Apr 22, 2019, 7:55 PMIn context
Owen Churchill / South China Morning Post:
A promo video for Leica showed the Tiananmen Square “Tank Man” photo, so China banned the word Leica on Weibo; the camera maker says it wasn't an official video   —  Leica draws fire from online commenters and is censored on Chinese social media platform Weibo Spokeswoman …
Apr 21, 2019, 7:15 PMIn context
Annaliese Griffin / Quartz:
A look back at a distinctly gendered condescension that has often defined the news coverage of Pinterest because of its overwhelmingly female audience   —  Even as Pinterest prepares to go public, tech journalists covering the company remain slightly befuddled when it comes to defining what it does.
Apr 21, 2019, 3:05 PMIn context
Madhumita Murgia / Financial Times:
A comprehensive look at the plethora of face datasets, available upon request from universities and US government, used to train facial recognition software   —  When Jillian York, a 36-year-old American activist, was on vacation in February, she received an unexpected text.
Apr 21, 2019, 1:40 PMIn context
Washington Post:
Sri Lanka blocks access to social media platforms, including WhatsApp and Facebook, to curb spread of misinformation after a series of deadly explosions   —  LONDON — The Sri Lankan government blocked access to social media platforms on Sunday, following a string of explosions that claimed …
Apr 21, 2019, 10:05 AMIn context
Daniel Susser / Slate:
Ethics can provide blueprints for good tech, but it can't implement them; ethics boards should raise awareness and drive self-criticism, not just be moral cover   —  Ethics can provide blueprints for good tech, but it can't implement them.  —  The New York Times has confirmed what some have long suspected …
Apr 20, 2019, 7:05 AMIn context
New York Times:
As some militant groups find ways to maintain a social media presence despite bans, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter struggle to enforce rules toward the groups   —  SAN FRANCISCO — In July 2013, a broadcaster affiliated with the Islamist group Hezbollah posted a threatening video on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.
Apr 20, 2019, 1:35 AMIn context
Joseph Cox / Motherboard:
36 days after Christchurch, variations of raw attack footage like short modified clips and screen recordings of the video playing can still be found on Facebook   —  The videos on Facebook and Instagram show sections of the raw Christchurch attack footage, and variations continue to thwart Facebook's moderators and technology.
Apr 19, 2019, 12:46 PMIn context
Guilherme Rambo / 9to5Mac:
Sources: macOS 10.15 to get Siri Shortcuts support for Marzipan apps, Screen Time, and a new Apple ID management panel   —  Apple is working on bringing the Mac and iOS closer together with the introduction of macOS 10.15 and iOS 13.  Siri Shortcuts, Screen Time, and more are expected …
Apr 19, 2019, 11:15 AMIn context

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