Smoke Free Workplace Bill Passes

first_imgIt passed the Senate early this morning. Written within the bill allows local communities to opt out of the proposed law via local elections. The bill sponsored by Senator Peter Micciche (R-Soldotna) passed the House 32-7 on Saturday. The measure will ban smoking on buses and in cabs, and in places including office buildings, hotels, restaurants, bars and shops. It also restricts outdoor smoking in certain areas. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Legislature has passed a statewide smoke-free workplace bill.last_img read more

Some Holes Cannot Be Climbed Out Of

first_imgJust days ago I urged journalism teachers to force students to learn about business and finance. In particular, I want students to understand debt financing, which has put a stranglehold on many publications.My hope is that by understanding the murderously difficult environment in which many publishers operate, students will made better decisions about their career path.To that end, I offer a reading assignment. Reuters has published a lengthy and well-reasoned article showing that it will be damn near impossible for Sam Zell to avoid a default at the Tribune Co., which is groaning beneath $4 billion of debt and some tough-to-meet debt covenants. You can check out the article here. Students who take the CliffNotes approach to study can get everything they need from PaidContent’s take.Those of us in b-to-b should avoid the urge to feel smug about the nightmare that is newspaper finance. In our end of the industry, things are likely just as bad. But since so many of our major players are privately held, we just don’t know how ugly the balance sheets may be.And as I’ve said before, I’m worried.Read more here …last_img read more

Happy Death Day 2U review Horrorcomedy keeps dying to reinvent itself

first_imgHappy Death Day 2U, in theatres now, at first aims to expand this concept by trapping bumbling science student Ryan (Phi Vu) into a new time loop, one that Tree and her new boyfriend Carter (Israel Broussard from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before) aim to stop with the help of students working in the school’s science lab. Unfortunately, the science behind the time loops of both Happy Death Day films is the least interesting part of the films. While alternate dimensions and the multiverse might add great fun to Star Trek: Discovery, Marvel movies and time-travel films like Back to the Future Part II, in Happy Death Day 2U the ideas come across like a dull, sleepy science class. That said, once the science is over, Happy Death Day 2U veers back to its core: telling a ridiculous story full of amusing death sequences and funny banter among characters, a few of whom are as cartoony as ever. As the trailers reveal, Tree gets stuck in a new time loop but with her world remixed, and the movie franchise’s genre along with it. Nearly all of the first movie’s characters return thanks to this premise. Some are totally different, others appear much the same but have different relationships. And instead of necessarily having to solve her own murder, Tree’s trying to figure out whether to restore her original life or embrace a new timeline that feels like an idealized version of her life.Film Title: Happy Death Day 2UCarter (Israel Broussard) and Tree (Jessica Rothe) hope to end the time loop that the latter has been stuck in for two movies. Universal Pictures Seeing all of the characters return and some of the first film’s sequences revisited in a slightly different setting is a plus for anyone who enjoyed the original film, but anyone hopping into 2U without watching the first film will likely lose out on these references.At first glance for fans of the original movie, each of these scenes seems like a re-creation of what was already told the first time. However, thanks to the premise, the twists and deaths keep changing. And unfortunately for Tree, this also means even more dying and reliving the same day over and over — which at this point she handles with expertise during a montage of her killing herself in a variety of ridiculous ways.The film’s third act takes one more genre-hop into becoming a heist film, and with that turn another actress, Rachel Matthews, gets to shine as Danielle, Tree’s attention-demanding frenemy. Matthews brings absurd character acting to a hilarious bait-and-switch scene that nearly steals the spotlight from the entire film.While Happy Death Day 2U can still be classified as a horror film, it clearly doesn’t want to stay in just that genre. Thanks to its lighthearted tone, it’s found a way to reinvent itself again. Should there be a Happy Death Day 3, fans will likely expect the movie to find another way to die and reinvent itself again.See GameSpot’s take on Happy Death Day 2U. 2:33 Jessica Rothe’s Tree returns to Happy Death Day 2U, and she’s still dying all over this film. Universal Pictures With the new horror-comedy Happy Death Day 2U, it’s time to die again, and again, and again, just like in the 2017 movie Happy Death Day it follows. But this time, things are a bit different.Following the Groundhog Day premise of the first movie, the wackier and funnier sequel initially seems like it’ll move the story of Tree (Jessica Rothe) forward from the literal last second of the first film. She spent that whole movie trapped in a time loop on her birthday, getting killed by her jealous college roommate and waking up having to relive the day until she solved the murder. Stream these 2019 Oscar nominees now 19 Photos Hate Valentine’s Day? Watch these streaming movies and TV shows TV and Movies Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Tags Post a comment 0 Movie reviewslast_img read more

Indias Youth Ride High on Union Budget

first_imgThe country’s youth have several reasons to cheer about the Budget, with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley sticking to Narendra Modi’s ambition of galvanising the large demographic group to push development of the country. India is said to have one of the largest youth population in the world, with two-thirds Indians below the age of 35 years.The Union Budget holds several schemes and promises that look set to bring the country’s youth to take charge in the future.From offering them skills training and giving them incentives to start businesses, to setting up sports facilities and premier educational institutes, the government’s Budget looks to capitalise on this age group.Skill India Programme: This national multi-skill programme announced by the government on Thursday is meant to train the youth in several professional skills. With an emphasis on employability and entrepreneurial skills, the government has set aside ₹100 crores for this programme. It will also provide training and support for traditional professions like that of welders, carpenters, cobblers, masons, blacksmiths, and weavers.Young Leaders Programme: “The youth of India are pragmatic, forward-looking and wish to be leaders in all fields. In order to promote leadership skills, I propose to set up Young Leaders Programme with an initial allocation of ₹100 crore,” the finance minister announced on Thursday. Jaitley allotted another ₹100 crore to promote village youth to take up entrepreneurship.Facilitating jobs: Jaitley said the government would work towards converting employment exchanges set up under the Employment Exchanges (Compulsory Notification of Vacancies) Act, 1959 that primarily offer information on availability of jobs into career centres, where the youth will also be offered counselling on selecting jobs based on their aptitude and skills.₹10,000 crore assistance for start-ups – In order to help entrepreneurial youth in the country to start up their own businesses, the government has set aside a ₹10,000 crore fund to provide venture capital for the micro, small and medium enterprises. It also announced ₹200 crore for establishing a technology centre network to promote innovation and entrepreneurship.Five more IITs, IIMs: The Modi government has decided to take the number of IITs and IIMs, the most premier institutions in the country, up to 21 and 18 respectively. The government also announced that four medical instutions on the lines of AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences) will be set up in the country.National-level Sports Academies: The current state of sports in the country is much below the international standard, and the focus of the government was to ensure the youth of the country get good sports facilities. The government has assured that academies with international-level facilities for training of accomplished athletes and for nurturing talent at junior and sub-junior level will be set up for shooting, archery, boxing, wrestling, weightlifting and various track and field events. Jaitley also announced ₹200 crore for upgrading the indoor and outdoor sports stadiums in Jammu and in Kashmir Valley to international standards.Sports University: The government has allotted ₹100 crore to set up a national sports university at Manipal.Amendment to Apprenticeship Act: Jaitley promised that the Apprenticeship Act will be suitably amended to meet the current needs of the industry as well as the youth. “Comparing the size of the Indian economy, the performance of the Apprenticeship Training Scheme is not satisfactory and a large number of training facilities in the industry are unutilised,” he said during his speech.last_img read more

Coaching Centre ACC for punishing 97 teachers

first_img-The Anti-Corruption Commission has recommended that the cabinet division take punitive action against 97 teachers of eight educational institutions in Dhaka city allegedly for their involvement in private coaching centres.  The graft watchdog sent a letter to the cabinet division in this regard on Sunday, ACC deputy director (public relations) Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya told Prothom Alo on Monday.Of the 97 teachers, 36 are from Ideal School and College, 24 from Motijheel Model High School and College, seven from Dhaka Viqarunnisa Noon School and College, five from RAJUK Uttara Model College, 12 from Motijheel Government Boys High School, four from Motijheel Government Girls High School, Khilgaon Government High School, one from Khilgaon Government High School, and eight from Dhanmondi Government Boys’ High School.The ACC, in the letter, said the cabinet division can take punitive action against the teachers of government educational institutions considering their activities as breach of government service rules.Earlier, the ACC recommended transferring 522 teachers of the city’s government schools, who have long been working at the institutions, outside the capital as they are allegedly involved in teaching in private institutions disobeying government instructions.last_img read more

Hall Of Fame QB Warren Moon Sued For Sexual Harassment

first_img Share via Twitter @USATODAYHall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon has been accused of sexual harassment by an assistant for his sports marketing firm, according to a lawsuit filed in California.The civil lawsuit was filed Monday in Orange County Superior Court. According to court documents, Wendy Haskell alleges Moon made “unwanted and unsolicited” sexual advances as part of her role as his assistant working for Sports 1 Marketing. Moon is the co-founder and president of the company.The Washington Post first reported on the lawsuit Wednesday. The 61-year-old Moon has been working as a radio commentator for the Seattle Seahawks. The team announced later Wednesday that “We have accepted Warren Moon’s request for a leave of absence as the club’s radio analyst.”Moon played parts of 17 seasons in the NFL with Houston, Minnesota, Seattle and Kansas City. He threw for 49,325 yards and 291 touchdowns in the regular season and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2006. The former University of Washington star led Edmonton to five Canadian Football League titles before playing in the NFL.According to the lawsuit, Haskell was hired as an executive assistant to Moon in the summer of 2017. The lawsuit alleges that Haskell was forced to sleep in the same bed with Moon on business trips while wearing lingerie. Haskell says in the lawsuit that she complained about the arrangement but that Moon responded “this was the way it was.” Additionally, the lawsuit claims Haskell was required to keep the bathroom door unlocked while she showered and Moon repeatedly entered the room.Haskell also claimed she was drugged by Moon during a trip to Mexico in October. The lawsuit alleges that Moon acknowledged drugging Haskell because he thought she wasn’t “having fun.” She also claims Moon pulled off her swimsuit during the Mexico trip.The lawsuit claims that Haskell reported Moon’s behavior to Sports 1 Marketing CEO David Meltzer but the company did not investigate her claims. Haskell claims she was demoted after making the complaints.Haskell’s attorney, Diane L. Fitzgerald, told The Washington Post her client had decided to go public with the suit.“She was expecting to further her career in the sports marketing industry,” Fitzgerald told The Post. “She had no idea that her job duties were going to involve that kind of perverse protocol.”last_img read more

Thousands Mourn Mozambique Rebel Leader as Talks Press On

first_imgBy The Associated PressThousands of people on May 9 attended the funeral of Mozambican rebel and opposition leader Afonso Dhlakama, with the country’s president and Dhlakama’s successor pledging to forge ahead with peace talks.Dhlakama died at age 65 last week in his rural hideout in central Mozambique, where he had run a renewed military campaign against the southern African nation’s government after pulling out of a 1992 peace accord that ended 16 years of civil war that killed up to 1 million people.Family members of Mozambique’s opposition leader, Alfonso Dhlakama react during his state funeral in Beira about 700 kilometres south of the capital Maputo. Dhlakama, who led a rebel group during the devastating civil war that ended in 1992 died on May 3. He was 65. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)His death came not long after he had renewed negotiations with the government.President Filipe Nyusi said those talks should continue.“I want to make it clear that I will carry on with the work that we began, the peace and strengthening of our democracy,” Nyusi said at the funeral in the port city of Beira.Dhlakama, who turned the Mozambique National Resistance, or Renamo, from a rebel group into a competitive political party after the 1992 peace deal, had demanded the decentralization of power as a condition to lay down arms. His group, which never fully disarmed, was repeatedly defeated in elections and alleged fraud.Renamo’s interim leader, Ossufo Momade, repeated the demand for more autonomy on Wednesday but committed the movement to negotiations, saying discussions also should focus on integrating Renamo’s fighters into the national army.Nyusi said he accepted the need to finalize the two demands.“I confirm my availability for the process,” the president said, adding that the fighters should disarm and join the national army.In March, Nyusi proposed constitutional changes to redistribute power to the provinces as part of peace efforts.Renamo’s interim leader also alleged that Dhlakama had died in the bush because of the military’s attempts on his life. The Portuguese news agency Lusa has reported that Dhlakama was ill prior to his death, citing an unnamed Renamo official. Nyusi has said he had hoped to help transfer Dhlakama out of the impoverished country for medical treatment, but it was too lateDhlakama’s supporters, some wearing T-shirts with his picture, lined up on Wednesday to view the body of a man loved by some and hated by others for his role in the civil war. Dozens of people climbed trees, while others followed the proceedings from the balconies of nearby apartments.The coffin was draped in the national flag while uniformed soldiers – once the main targets of rebel attacks – stood guard.Speakers described Dhlakama as a visionary, a democrat and a negotiator.“He was a man of the people. He died fighting for the freedom of the people,” Sarah Zhuwawo, who said she was a relative, told The Associated Press.Others were less charitable.“He was a bandit. He was a dangerous man, that one. He wanted this country to collapse,” said Lucas Chikweya, who was selling boiled eggs on the street.In the city of Mutare in neighboring Zimbabwe, some criticized Dhlakama for sending his fighters across the border to attack innocent villagers in the 1980s.Hordes of Mozambicans fled into Zimbabwe and neighboring Malawi as refugees during the fighting.Between 2013 and 2016, Renamo resumed low-intensity sporadic attacks on Mozambican police, the military and civilians after Dhlakama left his Beira residence for rural Gorongosa, citing renewed attacks on him by the government.However, tensions eased in 2017 as Dhlakama met Nyusi in Gorongosa to discuss differences between the two sides.“What matters most is that he was working toward peace at the end. It is important that negotiations are completed before next year’s elections,” said Zimbabwean opposition politician Chris Sibindi, who attended the funeral. Mozambique is set to hold presidential, legislative and provincial elections in October 2019.Dhlakama will be buried Thursday in his home village.last_img read more

Louisiana Coroner Rules Museum Founders Death A Homicide

first_imgBy REBECCA SANTANA Associated PressThe founder of Baton Rouge’s African American history museum died of suffocation and her death was a homicide, a coroner ruled Monday, as residents of Louisiana’s capital city struggled to come to terms with the slaying of the well-respected, 75-year-old community leader.East Baton Rouge Coroner Beau Clark released preliminary autopsy results that show Sadie Roberts-Joseph was suffocated before her body was found in the trunk of a car Friday.In this Feb. 17, 2010, photo, Sadie Roberts-Joseph, founder of the Odell S. Williams Now and Then Museum of African-American History, now known as the Baton Rouge African-American History Museum, poses for a portrait wearing an Egyptian headdress, in Baton Rouge, La. East Baton Rouge Coroner Beau Clark released preliminary autopsy results Monday, July 15, 2019, that show Roberts-Joseph, 75, was suffocated to death before her body was found in the trunk of a car over the weekend. (Travis Spradling/The Advocate via AP)He said Roberts-Joseph died from “traumatic asphyxia, including suffocation.” The Advocate reports this means her airways were physically blocked, cutting off her oxygen supply.Roberts-Joseph founded the Baton Rouge African American Museum in 2001. It features a 1953 bus that visitors can board to learn more about the Baton Rouge bus boycott of that year. They can also learn about three different types of cotton grown in the museum’s garden, and learn more about African American contributions in areas such as inventions and art.C. Denise Marcelle, a state representative and former member of the council that governs Baton Rouge, had known Roberts-Joseph for years. They worked together on Juneteenth celebrations which commemorate the end of slavery.“She was just a very likeable person and that is why the community is so outraged,” Marcelle said. “It’s really a shock to the entire Baton Rouge community. It’s just a shock.”Recently Marcelle said she’d put the lieutenant governor’s office in touch with Roberts-Joseph so they could work together on a civil rights trail project across Louisiana. Marcelle said Roberts-Joseph often came to the council to speak on various issues. She was soft-spoken and even if she disagreed with you on an issue, she did it respectfully, Marcelle said.The Baton Rouge Police Department announced Saturday that Roberts-Joseph’s body had been discovered Friday. Sgt. L’Jean Mckneely Jr. said Monday that she’d been discovered in the trunk of her own vehicle.“The Baton Rouge Police Department joins the community in mourning the loss of Ms. Sadie Roberts-Joseph. Ms. Sadie was a tireless advocate of peace in the community,” the department said in a Facebook post Saturday.“We had opportunities to work with her on so many levels. From assisting with her bicycle giveaway at the African American Museum to working with the organization she started called CADAV. (Community Against Drugs and Violence) Ms. Sadie is a treasure to our community, she will be missed by BRPD and her loss will be felt in the community she served,” the post said.__Follow Santana on Twitter @ruskygal.last_img read more

New omnidirectional wind turbine can capture wind energy on building rooftops

first_img Image: Katru Eco-Energy Citation: New omni-directional wind turbine can capture wind energy on building rooftops (2011, May 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-05-omni-directional-turbine-capture-energy-rooftops.html More information: via New Inventors (video) Sureshan, who has been in the business of designing mechanical systems (such as the first hybrid rooftop solar air-conditioning unit to go up on a commercial building in Queensland, Australia), for over 25 years, says he began working on the design after spending a lot of time working on building rooftops and noting how there was a lot of very nearly constant wind flying around, and thought there ought to be a way to capture it and put it to good use.After studying then current ideas for capturing wind, Sureshan hit on the idea of building an enclosure of sorts, or shroud, with airfoil blades for “walls” that allowed air to travel inside the chamber, but because of the angle, would force it to flow upwards inside the chamber, rather than allow it to pass through and out the opposite side; all that wind (or at least 87% of it) would then flow upwards towards the horizontal blades connected to the turbine, which would spin, producing electricity. The result is a wind turbine that has just one moving part, is much quieter than most other turbines and doesn’t harm birds because they are too large to fit through the sidewall blades. It looks pretty cool as well. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Image: Katru Eco-Energy Explore furthercenter_img The IMPLUX, under development for several years, and recently field tested in Singapore, relies on a central chamber that has been specially designed to capture wind as it comes from any direction and then to propel it upwards towards the turbine, accelerating it, without allowing any of it to escape. It is considered to be a vertical wind generator, as its main rotor shaft is arranged vertically, and while it’s not the first to incorporate such technology it is unique in that it has horizontal blades, and because it’s likely the first to have been tested by Honda Formula 1’s racing team to validate its unique ability to capture wind and hold onto it, rather than letting any escape out the opposite side. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Smart wind turbines can predict the wind The Katru Eco-Energy website indicates the IMPLUX wind turbines should be ready for sale by mid 2012. (PhysOrg.com) — Katru Eco-Energy, headed by founder and inventor, Varan Sureshan, has developed a new kind of wind turbine meant to capture the winds that fly in all directions atop big buildings, and unlike conventional devices, the IMPLUX, as it’s called, can capture wind from any direction as it stands; meaning without having to be repositioned or pointed. The IMPLUX achieves this feat by means of horizontal turbine blades that sit atop a vertical axis and are turned by wind that is pushed up through what Sureshan calls a “fluid dynamic gate.”last_img read more

A tribute to Kishore Kumar

first_imgTo pay tribute to the legendary playback singer – Kishore Kumar, the Kishore Kumar Memorial Club organised a cultural programme at Pyarelal Bhawan, New Delhi recently. The programme was inaugurated jointly by an eminent promoter of Art and Culture in the country –Lala Ram and Amarjeet Singh Kohli, who is the Chairman of the organisation ‘Sakha’. K J Alphons, Tourism Minister, Government of India was invited as the Chief Guest at the event. Besides, the 17th Kishor Kumar Awards were also conferred to deserving artists who were present on the occasion in his memory. Apart from that, The Tourism Minister also released the book written by Kamal Dhiman on the life and times of Kishore Kumar ‘Filmmaker Kishor Kumar’ on the occasion. A rare Photo Exhibition on the life and works of Kishor Kumar was also organised on the occasion to commemorate this great play back singer of the country.last_img read more

Industry Acadmia conclave begins at VIT

first_imgVELLORE: Internet of Things 2018 – an Industry Academia conclave began at Vellore Institute of Technology. R K Shenoy, Senior Vice President at Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions Private Limited, inaugurated the event at Kamaraj Auditorium recently. Anand A Samuel, Vice Chancellor of VIT and Anil Prakash, General Manager, Training and Development, Global Mobility, University Relation of Robert Bosch were also present at the ceremony organised by the School of Electronics Engineering (SENSE). Also Read – Add new books to your shelfElizabeth Rufus, Dean of SENSE, welcomed the gathering along with M Arun, event coordinator, who outlined the objectives of the conclave and Professor P Karthikeyan who thanked the gathering. Presiding over the function, Dr G Viswanathan, Founder and Chancellor of VIT, said that the Industry Academia Conclave was being held at VIT for the second year in a row. Towards this endeavour, VIT had tied up with over 1,000 industries and had also taken up research that was required for these industries. Further, they also provided opportunities for people to take up research at the University. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveDr Viswanathan said that such industrial academic tie-ups would pave the way for devising means to increase industrial production and also to establish new methods to devise low cost means while at the same time implement high-end technological processes in industrial production. Along with an increased output in agricultural sector and growth of industries, India would become a developed nation. In his address, Shenoy said that it was very important for industries to work closely with educational institutions for increasing production and also for creating new innovations. The impact of these findings will significantly improve the quality of life of people. He said that there were many industries that were struggling to devise new means of production. And, adding that such conclaves would help in addressing the problem. More than 300 academicians, industry representatives, experts, young research scholars and students are taking part in the event, where the speakers would be discussing and also exchanging ideas on subjects like cloud computing, data analytics, security and block chain.last_img read more

The silver equities traded almost in lock step wit

first_img The silver equities traded almost in lock step with their golden brethren—and Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed up 0.73%. Palladium didn’t do much until shortly before 11 a.m. in Zurich.  The tiny rally from there tacked a percent on the price, but the traders in New York cut that gain in half by the close—and palladium finished up another four bucks at $869.00 spot.  They’re certainly not letting this metal, and platinum, run away to the upside, which is what they both want to do. First Majestic is a mining company focused on silver production in México and is aggressively pursuing the development of its existing mineral property assets. The Company presently owns and operates five producing silver mines; the La Parrilla Silver Mine, the San Martin Silver Mine, the La Encantada Silver Mine, the La Guitarra Silver Mine, and the Del Toro Silver Mine. Production from these five mines is anticipated to be between 12.70 to 13.35 million ounces of pure silver or 14.85 to 15.60 million ounces of silver equivalents in 2014. Please visit our website for more information. It was a Groundhog Day in platinum After the obligatory sell-off at the New York open on Monday evening, the gold price headed a bit lower in Far East trading on their Tuesday—and didn’t rally until 2 p.m. Hong Kong time, an hour before the London open.  That rally, such as it was, got dealt with in the usual manner by a seller of last resort once the London p.m. gold “fix” was in.  The low came around noon EDT—and from there it rallied gently until 4 p.m.—and then traded flat from there. The high and low tick were recorded by the CME Group as $1,325.70 and $1,314.30 in the August contract. Gold finished the Tuesday trading session at $1,319.60 spot, down 40 cents from Monday’s close.  Net volume was pretty light at 96,000 contracts. Silver also had the same obligatory sell-off at the New York open on Monday night.  Silver traded lower until a rally began at the noon silver fix in London—and that rally got stepped on minutes after the 8:20 a.m. EDT Comex open.  The HFT boyz did the rest once the p.m. gold fix was done.  Silver’s low was also at noon in New York—and the subsequent rally made it back to Monday’s close minutes after 4 p.m. in electronic trading, before selling off a few pennies. The high and low were recorded as $21.245 and $20.955 in the September contract. Silver finished the day at $21.015 spot, down 3 cents from Monday.  Volume, net of July and August, was very robust at 44,500 contracts. The gold stocks gapped up a bit at the open—and stayed up until the HFT boyz took gold down at the London p.m. gold fix.  From that point the stocks slid into negative territory, with the low of the day coming minutes after 11:30 a.m. EDT.  The subsequent rally took the stocks back into positive territory, hitting their absolute highs around 2:30 p.m. in New York—and then traded sideways into the close.  The HUI finished up 1.49%. Platinum had a similar trading pattern on Tuesday as it did on Monday—and the price finished exactly on its Monday close as well—$1,491.00 spot—and a dollar off its Friday close.  What are the chances that these were free market events? As you can see, we’re still chopping sideways in price in both metals waiting for some sort of resolution to this this current overbought situation—and the now wildly bearish COT numbers, especially in silver.  I’m also aware that there may be a ‘black swan’ out there—and just as much as a precious metal shortage would end the price management scheme, the same can be said for some other potential “long tail” events that are unknown to us at the moment. Yesterday at the close of Comex trading, was the cut-off for Friday’s COT Report—and just looking at the five day reporting period on the charts above, I would guess that we’ll see more deterioration in the Commercial net short position in both gold and silver, but mostly in gold.  I’ll be happy to wrong, but that’s the way I’d bet ten bucks if forced to. As I type this paragraph, it’s about 45 minutes to the London open.  All four precious metals are up a bit from their respective closes on Tuesday.  Gold volume is pretty light, but higher than it was this time yesterday.  Silver volume is light as well—and lower that it was on Tuesday at this time.  The dollar index is flat. And as I prepared to send this out the door at 4:45 a.m. EDT, I note that not a lot has changed since I wrote the above paragraph a bit over two hours ago.  All four precious metals are hanging onto some or all of their gains from back then—and volumes are more or less what I expect at this time of day when there isn’t much going on from a price perspective.  The dollar index, which had been flat, dipped within spitting distance of the 80.00 level about forty minutes before the London open, but a buyer of last resort was there to save the day. I haven’t the foggiest idea as to what the rest of the Wednesday trading session will bring—and nothing will surprise me when I look at the gold chart later this morning. Enjoy your day—and I’ll see you here tomorrow. The dollar index closed late on Monday afternoon in New York at 80.22—and it rose to its 80.29 ‘high’ by 11:15 a.m. BST in London.  By noon in New York it was at its 80.15 ‘low’ by noon in New York.  It didn’t do much after that—and finished the Monday session at 80.17—down a whole 5 basis points. The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that 25 gold and 40 silver contracts were posted for delivery within the Comex-approved depositories on Thursday.  Jefferies was the issuer on all of them in both metals—and the stoppers were “all the usual suspects”—and the link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here. There was another deposit into GLD yesterday.  This time an authorized participant added 67,372 troy ounces.  And as of 9:47 p.m. yesterday evening, there were no reported changes in SLV. Just as a matter of interest, since the rallies in both gold and silver began a bit over a month ago, there has been 424,653 troy ounces of gold added to GLD—and 10.31 million troy ounces of silver withdrawn from SLV.  There have been no deposits of silver at all—only withdrawals.  Ted Butler says that SLV is owned about 8 million ounces. The U.S. Mint had a sales report yesterday.  They sold 2,000 troy ounces of gold eagles—500 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes—-and 130,000 silver eagles. The Royal Canadian Mint posted its Q1-2014 report on its website the other day—and here is what they had to say about bullion sales on pages 5 and 6—“Sales of Gold Maple Leaf (GML) coins declined 34.6% to 176,000 ounces compared to 269,000 ounces in the same period in 2013. Sales of Silver Maple Leaf (SML) coins increased 24.2% to 8.2 million ounces from 6.6 million ounces in the same period last year. The decline in GML sales reflects the lack of volatility in the gold price during the fourth quarter of 2013 and first quarter of 2014 as well as continuing activity in the gold bullion secondary market. The increase in SML sales reflects continued strong demand in North America, Europe and emerging markets such as Southeast Asia.“ “Refinery revenues were up slightly in the thirteen weeks to March 29, 2014. Gold rough deposits increased as the Mint competes successfully for a growing market share. This was partially offset by a decline in silver rough deposits due to increased competition in the silver refining sector. Also contributing to this growth was an increase in sales of 1 kg gold bars, which increased 525% to 18,099 bars, which offset a contraction in sales of 100 oz silver bars, which decreased 25% to 12,562 bars.“ Over at the Comex-approved depositories on Monday there was a decent amount of gold deposited, as HSBC USA took in 32,092 troy ounces.  None was reported shipped out.  The link to that activity is here. As is almost always the case, the activity in silver was far bigger.  Only 9,903 troy ounces were reported received, but a very decent 1,157,462 troy ounces were shipped out the door.  The link to that action is here. I have a far more reasonable number of stories today—and there should be at least a couple in here that you’ll find of interest. It was one of the largest three week Commitment of Trader changes in memory for gold, as more than 97,000 commercial contracts were sold on a $70 gold price rally since June 10. Most notable was that the raptors accounted for 80,000 contracts of the commercial selling and the technical funds 88,000 contracts of the buy side. Never have two distinct groups controlled so much of the positioning.   In COMEX silver futures, the 9,100 contract increase put the total commercial net short position at 52,000 contracts. This is highest level of commercial shorts in COMEX silver since December 18, 2012. I hope everyone knows that “highest” here means, in COT terms, most bearish. I must point out that in December 2012 silver was around $34; whereas today the price is near $21 and below the cost of production for many primary silver miners. – Silver analyst Ted Butler: 07 July 2014 Another day—and another non-for-profit seller in both gold and silver at the London p.m. gold fix—and it was a Groundhog Day in platinum.  Here are the 6-month charts for both gold and silver updated with Tuesday’s trading data. Sponsor Advertisementlast_img read more

Government ministers know their fitness for work

first_imgGovernment ministers know their “fitness for work” system is making disabled people’s health worse, and is increasing the risk of suicides, the award-winning film director Ken Loach has told Disability News Service (DNS).He was speaking ahead of the national release of his critically-praised new film, I, Daniel Blake, which tells the story of a man with a heart condition who becomes caught up in the work capability assessment (WCA) system.The film (pictured), which won the Palme D’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, also addresses links between the complexity, unfairness and cruelty of the social security system and the increase in the use of foodbanks.Loach also backed the idea of seeking a criminal investigation into the failings of former Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) ministers Iain Duncan Smith and Chris Grayling.The Scottish-based grassroots group Black Triangle – supported by DNS – is seeking to persuade Police Scotland to investigate the refusal of Duncan Smith and Grayling to act on a letter written by a coroner weeks before the 2010 general election that warned ministers that the WCA process risked causing further deaths of people with mental health conditions.Black Triangle, other disabled activists, and the families of at least two claimants who are believed to have died as a result of those uncorrected flaws, want to see the ministers prosecuted for the Scottish offence of wilful neglect of duty by a public official because they failed to act on that letter.Loach told DNS that such a prosecution “sounds a good way of challenging them”, although he stressed that he did not know whether there was enough evidence to justify taking such a case.But he said: “I think they know what they are doing. They know they are making people’s health worse. They know they are increasing the risk of suicide.”The idea for the film came, says Loach, from the “extraordinary” stories he and his writing partner Paul Laverty kept hearing about the WCA, which he said came “one after the other” in the newspapers, through online campaigns and via Twitter.As they investigated the issue, Loach and Laverty visited about six towns and cities, including London and Glasgow, but mostly across the Midlands and the north of England, where they heard “story after story”.They also talked to organisations like Black Triangle, and individual disabled people, which Loach said was “hugely valuable in covering the ramifications and the details of the system”.Following that research, Laverty developed the two main characters, and then wrote the first draft of the script.Loach said the most striking aspect of what they were told was the “perversity” of the system, which he said was the “common denominator” of people’s stories.“You would find one route blocked off, so you would turn somewhere and go along another path to get resolution or solve a problem or get someone to speak to you and that would cut out and you would find somewhere else,” he said.“And the hours and the effort that goes into dealing with the bureaucracy that is actually going to bring you back to square one…“It’s snakes and ladders all the time. You go up a ladder and then you’re down a snake.“That was the common denominator that came time and time again.”The character at the heart of the film, who has to deal with the WCA system, is not, says Loach, “an extreme case”.“There are so many stories we could tell, so many different perspectives, much harsher experiences than there are in the film,” he said.“We were very conscious that we didn’t want to make it an extreme case.“We wanted to say to people who haven’t been through it, ‘This could happen to someone like you, as well as someone who has plainly got a serious health issue.’”He said he hoped that disabled people and those with health conditions who have been through the WCA system will feel that their experiences have been “recognised” by his film.He said: “I would hope they would feel that somebody was expressing a little bit of what they experienced, that there is something that rings true to them, given their experience, and they feel at least acknowledged.”And he said he hoped that it would encourage them to join people in similar situations and “make their voices heard” and campaign for change, and “just feel confident enough to carry it further”.Loach’s films stretch back over five decades and are known for their strong focus on issues of social justice, illustrating his own socialist principles, including Up The Junction, Poor Cow, and more recently Raining Stones, Bread and Roses, The Wind That Shakes The Barley – which also won the Palme D’Or – and Land and Freedom.But I, Daniel Blake is also released 50 years after Cathy Come Home, the hugely-influential film Loach directed for the BBC in 1966, and which led to the formation of Crisis, the charity for single homeless people.Loach said there was a “common denominator” between the two films.“The common denominator is a state that knows – in the 60s it was a housing issue that we made the film about – the social problems that they have created; they refuse to do anything about them to solve the fundamental issues, so they punish the people who are suffering because of it.“It was the same in housing [in the 1960s]; they weren’t building houses, they chose not to, and they dealt with people who were therefore homeless very harshly, and it destroys families, and they would sooner do that than solve the problem.”But Loach stressed that the film had to be character-driven, despite the many distressing stories and information they had heard about.“You just start with the stories you hear and try and tell the truth of the situation,” he said.“Once you have done the general research, which Paul did most of, and you have written the characters, then all the research is there to inform how you tell the story, but what’s going to drive it is the people in the film and they have to be individuals and not ciphers to make an argument.“You just want to tell a story that gets to the heart of it, to the essence of it.“There’s a million details and a million stories if you want to make an academic treatise of the situation, but just tell one story with a couple of people that gets to the nub of the situation if you can.”Meanwhile, Black Triangle used a local premiere of the film in Newcastle this week to launch a new campaign, in association with fellow grassroots network Cross Border Alliance.Their Cradle 2 Grave campaign – backed by both Loach and Laverty – highlights “the violation and systematic abuse of human rights of those unfortunately relying on the state for health and financial assistance”.They say that “time is running out” to save the NHS, the social security system, pensions and public services for future generations, and that health and public services are “overrun by an ideology where money and profits come before lives”. They hope to raise money through crowdfunding to launch a national poster campaign, with posters “in every town and city across the UK”. Donations can be made through the Cradle2Grave website.last_img read more

A note from the editor For nine years Disability

first_imgA note from the editor:For nine years, Disability News Service has survived largely through the support of a small number of disability organisations – most of them user-led – that have subscribed to its weekly supply of news stories. That support has been incredibly valuable but is no longer enough to keep DNS financially viable. For this reason, please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support its work and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please remember that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring, and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS… The government’s trade bill – which will give ministers powers to give up disability rights protections in exchange for deals with other countries – proves disabled people were right to be concerned about the impact of Brexit, say campaigners.Disability and human rights organisations have written to trade secretary Liam Fox to express alarm about the bill, which gives ministers “delegated powers” to change legislation including the Equality Act in exchange for future trade deals.These trade deals are those previously agreed with other countries by the EU, and which have already been scrutinised by the UK parliament and the EU, but which could now be altered post-Brexit.The trade bill was passed by MPs this week but will now be debated in the House of Lords.The letter, sent by Liberty and signed by organisations including Disability Rights UK (DR UK), Disability Law Service, RNIB and the UK human rights consortium Just Fair, tells Fox that the bill as it stands includes “no safeguards to prevent ministers from using these new powers to remove rights granted by Parliament”.And it says the powers could be used, for example, to change parts of the Equality Act that require public transport to be accessible for disabled people.The letter adds: “We urge you to add a commitment to the text of the Bill to protect human rights and equality laws during the process of legislating for the UK’s exit from the EU.”The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has told Disability News Service that it shares the concerns in the Liberty letter.EHRC’s own briefing document on the bill warns that the delegated powers currently in the bill are “wide enough to allow a future reduction in the protection of fundamental rights”, such as on worker’s rights, equality and non-discrimination, inclusion of disabled people and access to social protection.Sue Bott (pictured), deputy chief executive of DR UK, said: “Ever since the referendum result, we have been concerned about the potential impact of Brexit on disabled people. “We think it is a matter that should concern us all, however people voted.”DR UK has drawn up a manifesto on what the disability rights sector should be seeking from a post-Brexit Britain, including the need to retain the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. Bott said: “The trade bill, in allowing ministers to change laws like the Equality Act to gain international trade agreements, demonstrates that we were right to be worried and for this reason we agreed to be a signatory to the letter put together by Liberty. “Words and platitudes are not enough. We need our rights guaranteed in legislation, not watered down. “This bill demonstrates that we have to be vigilant in defending our hard-won rights.”Martha Spurrier, director of Liberty, said: “This trade bill turns crucial protections into bargaining chips.“With no consent from parliament or the public, ministers would be able to dispose of vital protections against discrimination and prevent equal access to jobs, education, transport and public services simply because another country thinks equality gets in the way of trade.“Human rights are not up for negotiation – MPs must press the government for a cast-iron legal commitment that they won’t be undermined in the name of trade.”The Department for International Trade (DIT) failed to comment on the call for an explicit commitment in the bill that it would not be used to undermine rights.Despite the concerns raised in the Liberty letter and by EHRC, a DIT spokesman claimed it was “wrong to state that the continuity powers in the trade bill can be used without parliamentary scrutiny, and we have made a clear commitment to parliamentary debate on any changes which may have to be made in order to transition these from EU to UK agreements”.He said the trade agreements had “already been scrutinised by parliament and the EU” and the government had made clear that it would keep these agreements “the same as much as possible and only make technical changes when needed”.He said DIT would respond to Liberty’s letter in due course.last_img read more

Steve Wozniak Is Bringing Comic Con to Silicon Valley

first_img Apply Now » February 11, 2016 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List –shares Steve Wozniak Steve Wozniak Is Bringing Comic Con to Silicon Valley Comic Con is coming to Silicon Valley, and it’s all thanks to beloved Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.The idea is for the gathering, which Woz will serve as the face of, to be a hybrid of pop culture and technology that appeals to entrepreneurs, pop-culture buffs and engineers.”I don’t like doing the same thing as everyone else,” Wozniak told the Associated Press yesterday. “The emotions we have for technology now are the same as we get for movies, celebrities and the whole pop culture side of our lives.”Related: 9 Things Steve Wozniak Told the 14-Year-Old Student Who Just Interviewed HimThe event will take place in San Jose Convention Center from March 18 to 20.“At SVCC, you can get your technology fix while scratching your pop culture itch!” the website proclaims. Panels will include “Superbabies vs. AI” and “The Past, Present and Future of Mobile Gaming.” Cast members from Back to the Future and actors such as Charisma Carpenter and Nathan Fillion, who were both featured in shows by fan favorite Joss Whedon, will make appearances. Products from tech-focused startups will also be debuted on what has been dubbed “app alley.”With Wozniak’s involvement and the location of the event itself, the convention is getting attention and legitimacy before it even starts. As Inverse points out, Woz’s celebrity is most appreciated around young, tech-focused professionals, who will certainly attend in droves. Prices to attend Silicon Valley Comic Con range from $25 to $99, and the 30,000 tickets to the event are expected to sell out.Related: 5 Steps to Nail an Event in Silicon Valley Without Big Brand Backing 2 min readcenter_img Next Article The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Carly Okyle Add to Queue Assistant Editor, Contributed Contentlast_img read more

Connatix Announces Launch of Elements the First Online Video Platform with Builtin

first_imgUnique to other OVPs, Elements operates primarily on a revenue-share model with no up-front cost commitment or hosting fees. This pricing model removes the risk publishers often face when it comes to scaling their video content production.“Elements redefines the traditional OVP by going beyond the player, and brings harmony to the publisher’s editorial and revenue goals with a unified technology stack. This completely removes the risk publishers have long associated with OVP partnerships, and creates guaranteed revenue while offering advertisers a brand-safe way to reach premium audiences,” said David Kashak, CEO of Connatix.Connatix has completed its beta program with a group of ten publishing partners, and is working to integrate the technology with premier publishers across verticals including Literally Media, Inverse, and Washington Examiner. The end-to-end platform equips publishers with the tools they need to deliver high performing video experiences and scale their content strategy.Marketing Technology News: Mindtree to Showcase Contextual, Real-Time Solutions for Personalized Traveler Experiences at HITEC Minneapolis“Video has been really important to the growth of Inverse. We see it as a necessary way to connect with our readers, and it’s something we continually invest in,” said Winton Welsh, CTO of Inverse.com. “Elements by Connatix has helped us advance that mission, connecting us with our viewers while boosting our revenue.”From its inception, Connatix’s mission has been to help publishers deliver successful content experiences without compromise. In addition to Elements, its current product suite includes unique video formats such as Stories and Highlights, which allow publishers to aggregate articles and videos from their website and create immersive experiences. The company is also integrating natural language processing into their product suite following the acquisition of Kamidoo earlier this year.“As much of the internet’s content moves towards video, Elements is an innovative technology with a commercial model that is aligned with publisher revenue models, and will help publishers take their video strategy to the next level.” Mr. Kashak said. “We look forward to rolling it out to new and existing clients. Now more than ever, the industry needs high quality ad-supported publisher content. We believe our technology can help more publishers connect with their readers and further their missions.”Marketing Technology News: CoreMedia Announces CoreMedia Content Cloud – Marketing Connector on Salesforce AppExchange, the World’s Leading Enterprise Cloud Marketplace Connatix Announces Launch of Elements, the First Online Video Platform with Built-in Revenue for Publishers Business WireJune 18, 2019, 4:39 pmJune 18, 2019 Built-in RevenueConnatixDavid KashakNewsOnline Video PlatformWinton Welsh Previous ArticleCuspers: Creative, Stressed, Impulsive – Fullscreen Generational Study Shines Light on the Unique Life Stage Between Millennials and Gen ZNext ArticleAcquia Unveils Faster, Easier Personalization for Marketers Marketing Technology News: Triton Digital Integrates Centro’s Basis Platform with the a2x Programmatic Marketplace Transformative video technology disrupts traditional video player cost models to help publishers create new revenue streams, engage readers, and offer premium video inventory to advertisersConnatix, a next-generation video technology company for publishers, announced the launch of Elements, the first online video platform (OVP) to unify editorial and revenue goals through an integrated technology stack.With an advanced video player at its core and robust content management tools, Elements was designed to drive revenue with a video-first ad server and in-house exchange. In a real-time environment, Connatix’s proprietary algorithm makes smart decisions through a unified auction to drive the most revenue for the publisher while delivering a flawless video experience. This integrated approach offers built-in monetization, more efficiency and enhanced visibility for publishers.last_img read more

FLOURISH Userfocused driverless car project releases latest research findings

first_img Provided by University of Bristol Credit: University of Bristol FLOURISH TrialsThe members of the FLOURISH consortium have developed rigorous tests and trials designed to examine both the experience of older adults and the technical functionality of CAVs, with a focus on data and secure communications. The project conducts its user-focused trials using a simulator and a pod, building a comprehensive understanding of what is required to provide a mobility solution which is positively received by older adults.Specially designed and simulated scenarios enable the monitoring and post-trial evaluation of participants’ responses to a range of issues with a focus on HMI usability, evaluated using physiological, cognitive and attitudinal factors. The same scenarios are then replicated in the FLOURISH pod to validate the findings from the simulator trial in a real-world urban network setting.The FLOURISH car trials are conducted in Bristol and South Gloucestershire. The first car trial tested a connected vehicle network and associated technologies in a complex urban environment. Vehicle-to-Infrastructure communications between the autonomous vehicle and roadside units were examined. The trial assessed message delivery, the distance over which messages can be successfully sent (depending on the local environment) and the time between the sending and receipt of messages. It also tested success against the performance level of the transceivers, to develop an understanding of the impact of the communication equipment’s performance on the functionality of the communication service.Legal and insuranceFLOURISH has also released its Legal and Insurance Report today, which supports the findings of the user-focused trials that easy interaction with the vehicle is key to building trust. The report focuses on cyber security and data protection and makes a number of recommendations to help improve trust in the technology, including creating a comprehensive data map so people can understand how and where their data is shared.The Future for FLOURISHTracey concludes: “Future simulator and pod trials will focus on gaining further insights into what older adults need from CAVs, looking at additional HMI features, including voice recognition. Future car trials will build on the previous trials to further test the CAV communication network, cooperative services and associated technologies.” More information: To find out more about FLOURISH, see the project website: www.flourishmobility.com/about-flourish Citation: FLOURISH: User-focused driverless car project releases latest research findings (2018, October 24) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-10-flourish-user-focused-driverless-car-latest.html The outcomes from these trials are expected to provide the basis for the development of a future communications architecture for CAVs. Driverless cars are forcing cities to become smart The West-of-England-based FLOURISH driverless car research and development project has today released its mid-project trials report detailing its latest findings and what they mean for the future deployment of connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) on the UK road network. Credit: FLOURISH Explore further The University of Bristol’s Professor Robert Piechocki said: “We are on the cusp of the biggest revolution on our roads since the advent of the internal combustion engine. Connected and Automated Vehicles (CAV) promise to deliver safe, efficient, inclusive and environmentally responsible transportation services. However future smart vehicles will require smart infrastructure to fulfil all the promised potentials. Roadside sensing (via lidar, radar, video etc.) will enhance road safety; virtual and dynamic signage and regulations communicated wirelessly will orchestrate traffic flow and resolve contention at intersections. The Flourish project attempts to provide the first glimpse of that future.”Tracey Poole, FLOURISH Project Manager, said: “Our trials explore what older adults need to be able to interact with CAVs with confidence. At a technical level, FLOURISH supports this aspiration by investigating how data can be used to optimise regional transport networks and how to ensure secure communications between autonomous vehicles and the surrounding transport infrastructure.”The early findings from this user research suggest that older adults prefer to use an uncluttered and highly intuitive Human-Machine Interface (HMI) to interact with CAVs. The results also indicate that trial participants’ trust in the CAV is optimised when they have the option of receiving journey management information from the vehicle in both an audio and visual form. These findings will help inform future HMI designs.Furthermore, the project’s investigations into the dependability of communications and message handling between autonomous vehicles and roadside assets have spanned signal coverage, reliability of transmission and cyber responsiveness.Under the trial conditions, the maximum distance for the successful communication of messages was 472 metres, with some non-line-of-sight coverage achieved. Transmission reliability, measured in terms of the awareness horizon, showed a rapid drop-off in the delivery of reliable communications beyond 120 metres. 95% of all messages were received within 778 milliseconds. The data gathered has provided a benchmark against which the performance of a wide range of Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) services can be evaluated. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. 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Documents show Facebook used user data as competitive weapon Update

first_imgIn this April 10, 2018, file photo Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg pauses while testifying before a joint hearing of the Commerce and Judiciary Committees on Capitol Hill in Washington about the use of Facebook data to target American voters in the 2016 election. The British Parliament has released some 250 pages worth of documents that show Facebook considered charging developers for data access. The documents show internal discussions about linking data to revenue. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File) This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The cache includes emails from Zuckerberg and other key members of his staff. The emails show Zuckerberg and other executives scheming to leverage user data to favor companies not considered to be threats and to identify potential acquisitions.Collins said the emails raise important issues, particularly around the use of the data of Facebook users. “The idea of linking access to friends’ data to the financial value of the developers’ relationship with Facebook is a recurring feature of the documents,” Collins said.The committee’s summary said the company used surveys of what mobile app customers were using to decide which companies to acquire. It also said Facebook knew that an update to its Android mobile app phone system—which enabled the Facebook app to collect user call logs—would be controversial.”To mitigate any bad PR, Facebook planned to make it as hard as possible for users to know that this was one of the underlying features of the upgrade of their app,” the summary said.Facebook executives clearly understand the material is valuable. An unsigned memo setting policy for a system upgrade known as “Platform 3.0” rejected anyone who could be construed as a competitor. This March 28, 2018, file photo shows the Facebook logo at the company’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. The British Parliament has released some 250 pages worth of documents that show Facebook considered charging developers for data access. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File) In a Facebook post , Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg sought to put the documents in context. “Of course, we don’t let everyone develop on our platform,” he wrote. “We blocked a lot of sketchy apps. We also didn’t allow developers to use our platform to replicate our functionality or grow their services virally in a way that creates little value for people on Facebook.”The U.K. committee seized the documents from app developer Six4Three, maker of a now-defunct bikini-picture search app. Six4Three acquired the files as part of a U.S. lawsuit that accuses Facebook of deceptive, anti-competitive business practices. The documents remain under court seal in the U.S.In a summary of key issues pertaining to the documents, the committee said Facebook “whitelisted,” or made exceptions for, companies such as Airbnb and Netflix, giving them continued access to users’ “friends” even after the tech giant announced changes in 2015 to end the practice.”Facebook have clearly entered into whitelisting agreements with certain companies, which meant that after the platform changes in 2014/15 they maintained full access to friends data,” the committee said in a statement. “It is not clear that there was any user consent for this, nor how Facebook decided which companies should be whitelisted or not.” Facebook mulled charging for access to user data The parliament’s media committee accused Facebook on Wednesday of cutting special deals with some app developers to give them more access to data, while icing out others that it viewed as potential rivals. In other documents, company executives discussed ways to obfuscate how the company was collecting and exploiting user data.The committee released more than 200 pages of documents on the tech giant’s internal discussions about the value of users’ personal information. While they mostly cover the period between 2012 and 2015 —the first three years after Facebook went public—they offer a rare glimpse into the company’s inner workings and the extent to which it used people’s data to make money while publicly vowing to protect their privacy.Facebook said the documents are misleading and that the information they contain is “only part of the story.””Like any business, we had many internal conversations about the various ways we could build a sustainable business model for our platform,” the company said in a statement. “But the facts are clear: We’ve never sold people’s data.” Citation: Documents show Facebook used user data as competitive weapon (Update) (2018, December 5) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-12-uk-parliament-internal-facebook-documents.html In this file photo dated March 29, 2018, the logo for social media giant Facebook, appears on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite, in New York’s Times Square. The British Parliament’s media committee seized confidential Facebook documents from a developer and on Wednesday Dec. 5, 2018, has released a cache of documents that show Facebook considered charging developers for data access. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, FILE) In this May 1, 2018, file photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg makes the keynote speech at F8, Facebook’s developer conference in San Jose, Calif. The British Parliament has released some 250 pages worth of documents that show Facebook considered charging developers for data access. The documents show internal discussions about linking data to revenue. “There’s a big question on where we get the revenue from,” Zuckerberg said in one email. “Do we make it easy for devs to use our payments/ad network but not require them? Do we require them? Do we just charge a rev share directly and let devs who use them get a credit against what they owe us? It’s not at all clear to me here that we have a model that will actually make us the revenue we want at scale.” (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File) “There are a small number of developers whom no amount of sharing to FB or monetary value can justify giving them access to Platform,” the memo said. “These developers do not want to participate in the ecosystem we have created, but rather build their own ecosystem at the expense of our users, other developers and, of course, us. That is something that we will not allow.”The documents also suggest Facebook would jealously safeguard its interests. In a January 2013 email exchange, Zuckerberg signed off on cutting access to Twitter’s Vine video-producing app, which had allowed users to find friends via Facebook.”Unless anyone raises objections,” Facebook Vice President Justin Osofsky wrote, the company would cut Vine’s access to users’ friend networks. “We’re prepared reactive PR.””Yup, go for it,” Zuckerberg replied.The documents also suggest robust internal discussions about linking data to revenue.”There’s a big question on where we get the revenue from,” Zuckerberg said in one email. “Do we make it easy for (developers) to use our payments/ad network but not require them? Do we require them? Do we just charge a (revenue) share directly and let (developers) who use them get a credit against what they owe us? It’s not at all clear to me here that we have a model that will actually make us the revenue we want at scale.” The documents “raise important questions about how Facebook treats users’ data, their policies for working with app developers, and how they exercise their dominant position in the social media market,” said committee chair Damian Collins. “We don’t feel we have had straight answers from Facebook on these important issues, which is why we are releasing the documents.” Internal Facebook documents released by a U.K. parliamentary committee offer the clearest evidence yet that the social network has used its enormous trove of user data as a competitive weapon, often in ways designed to keep its users in the dark. Explore further © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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