August 5, 2021

Facebook responds to the New York Times’ blockbuster exposé

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By Steve Dent From engadget But fails to address some of the report’s key findings. The New York Times recently published a bruising Facebook report saying, among other things, that the social network knew about Russian interference well before it said, feared Trump supporters and lobbied against critics. The nature of the article stunned even […]

Real news of fake reviews

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By Jon Evans Goodhart’s Law, as phrased by Mary Strathern: “When a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be a good measure.” Honored more in the breach than the observance, alas. Our algorithmic world has turned so many measures into targets, and by doing so ruined them. Let’s talk about just one example: let’s […]

NYT refused to publish Climate-Gate hacked emails

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By Cathy Burke From Newsmax The New York Times once came underscrutiny for allegedly engaging in “institutional hypocrisy” about which private data it decides to make public – by refusing to post hacked emails that cast doubt on scientists’ pro-global warming arguments. The conservative Media research Center’s Newsbusters noted in 2009 that Times environmental reporter […]

ExxonMobil is being investigated

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By Charles Kennedy, OilPrice.comFrom Business Insider The investigation by a handful of attorney generals into ExxonMobil has much more to do with the oil major misleading investors than it does about covering up climate science. The legal headache stems from several news reports that ExxonMobil buried decades of internal climate science in order to protect […]

Amazon’s depiction as ‘a bruising workplace’ stokes debates about IT culture

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By Patrick Gray From TechRepublic The bleak picture of Amazon’s work environment detailed in a NYT article is leading to important discussions about the employer/employee relationship and work/life balance. The New York Times article Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas in a Bruising Workplace has ignited debate about workplace practices in the tech industry and the […]

iNews Briefs

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Man pleads guilty of theft at Cayman Islands gas station (stealing a drink) Logan Bodden (41), pleaded guilty to stealing a drink from Delworth’s Esso Gas Station Friday (14) located on Eastern Avenue in George Town, Grand Cayman on 8th April this year. He had earlier also been charged with robbing an 82 year old […]

NYT: NSA embeds radio transmitters to access offline computers from miles away

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By Richard Lawler From engadget [Another] fun NSA revelation comes courtesy of the New York Times, reporting on an agency program to access and alter data on computers that aren’t connected to the internet. Cherry picked from the NSA’s tool kit of developments — often used to bug equipment before it reaches the intended destination […]