Senators Want Facebook to Put a Price on Your Data. Is That Possible?

In these days of anti-tech ire, it’s a popular cocktail hour topic: How much is Facebook making off my data? Last year, I spent a month trying to find out, hawking my personal data on blockchain-based marketplaces. I came away with $0.003. On Monday, when Senator Mark Warner (D-Virginia) announced a proposal to force tech companies to tell users the value of their data, he was slightly more generous, ballparking the average at $5 a month. In truth, it’s probably only Facebook or Google (and their advertisers) who could hazard a good guess. “The cards are really stacked against us,” says David Carroll, a professor of media design at the New School known for his extensive quest to reclaim his …

Julin Castro claims momentum, denies advocating open borders, after debate performance

“I accomplished my goal for the debate,” Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro told reporters Thursday. (Alex Pappas/Fox News). Among the reasons: his clash with fellow Texan Beto O’Rourke – the former Texas congressman who has largely overshadowed Castro until now – over getting rid of Section 1325 of the Immigration and Nationality Act that would decriminalize illegal border crossings. O’Rourke rebuffed the call. But as the split screen showed O’Rourke and Castro going back and forth on Wednesday night, Castro said, “I think you should do your homework on this issue. If you did your homework on this issue you would know that we should repeal this section.” During the debate, Castro also delivered an emotional response to the recent photos …

Big Data Supercharged Gerrymandering. It Could Help Stop It Too

The Supreme Court’s conservative justices ruled Thursday that the highest court doesn’t have the power to address partisan gerrymandering, the practice in which politicians redraw district maps to help their own party win more elections. In two cases, Lamone v. Benisek and Rucho v. Common Cause, the court split along ideological lines 5 to 4. Chief Justice John G. Roberts wrote the majority opinion, concluding that “partisan gerrymandering claims present political questions beyond the reach of the federal courts.” The cases concerned two instances of redistricting, one in North Carolina, where plaintiffs said the map was gerrymandered to favor Republicans, and another in Maryland, where plaintiffs said it was designed to favor Democrats. Justice Roberts agreed that the states’ district …

Official: Soldiers found dead at Mexico-Arizona border died by suicide

Army engineers install concertina wire on Nov. 5, 2018, on the Anzalduas International Bridge, Texas. (US Air Force photo by Airman First Class Daniel A. Hernandez) Hodges was found June 1 near the border city of Nogales; Christian died Sunday, 200 miles away in Ajo. Both men were assigned to the Southwest Border Support Mission, which has some 2,400 service members. President Trump has deployed active-duty soldiers to the U.S.-Mexico border to support the Border Patrol amid a surge of migrants from Central America. Duties have included placing hundreds of miles of concertina wire and reinforcing points of entry. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP Military officials said the deaths are still under investigation.

Heres Everything Youve Ever Wanted To Know About The Central Park Five

Alyssa Lynn Malmquist Updated June 20, 2019 By When They See Us With the powerful release of When They See Us, we have an entirely new generation learning about The Central Park Five case that started the night of April 19, 1989, when a female jogger was brutally assaulted and left for dead. The five boys, grouped as The Central Park Five, were wrongfully convicted and as a result collectively spent 6-14 years in prison, all starting when they were teenagers. The prosecutor, Linda Fairstein, has called the Netflix special an “outright fabrication,” disagreeing with their exoneration. Although it took 14 years to prove their innocence, these five boys were at the wrong place at the wrong time, and their skin …

Duncan Hunter’s lawyers seek to block evidence of extramarital affairs in corruption case

In this Dec. 3, 2018, photo, Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter, center, leaves court in San Diego.  (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File) Politico reported that defense attorneys also chastised federal prosecutors for airing Duncan’s infidelities in public through a motion filed Monday asking for jurors to hear testimony about the relationships. “However unpopular the notion of a married man mixing business with pleasure, the government cannot simply dismiss the reality that Mr. Hunter’s relationships with [the women] often served an overtly political purpose that would not have existed irrespective of his occupation,” they wrote. Hunter — an Iraq War veteran — is scheduled to go on trial for allegedly spending more than $250,000 in campaign funds on vacations, meals, hotel stays and bills. …

Kamala Harris takes criticism for offering ‘That little girl was me’ T-shirt online for $30

The ‘That little girl was me’ t-shirt sells for $30 on Harris’ website.  (kamalaharris.org) The moment has been touted as one of the standouts of the two nights of debates. Afterward, Harris tweeted a photo of herself as a little girl with a note saying, “There was a little girl in California who was bussed to school. That little girl was me. #DemDebate.”

Trump hammers Biden, questions if ‘big secret’ is behind why Obama hasn’t endorsed his ex-VP

President Trump has renewed his attacks on Joe Biden, this time questioning why former President Barack Obama hasn’t endorsed his ex-VP. (AP-AP-Reuters) “He was the vice president. They seemed to have gotten along. President Obama not endorsing him is rather… a big secret.” FLASHBACK: BIDEN ENTERS WHITE HOUSE RACE WITHOUT OBAMA’S ENDORSEMENT Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

While You Were Offline: The President Is Running for President, FYI

Wow. So, what all happened last week? Well, former vice president and presidential hopeful Joe Biden can't seem to get out of his own way, and people are starting to wonder if smartphones give you horns. So there's that. Also, Roy Moore is inexplicably back in politics. Meanwhile, Slack went public; Radiohead's Thom Yorke is making musicals now; the Senate surprisingly voted to block President Trump's attempts to sell arms to Saudi Arabia; the US team is still dominating the Women's World Cup; and the NBA Draft happened. Really, it's been quite the week. While You Were Offline is here to catch you up on the rest. Semantic Disputes What happened: There are detention centers inside the US for immigrants …

YouTube Is Giving You More Control Over Video Recommendations

YouTube has been at the center of a long series of scandals in recent years, many concerning one of its main features: the recommendation algorithm. The software encourages users to watch one video after another, which are served up on a menu labeled “Up Next.” Dubbed the “great radicalizer,” the algorithm has been accused by critics of guiding people down a rabbit hole of increasingly extreme content. To address the issue, YouTube began reducing the number of times it recommended things like conspiracy theories and bogus miracle cures. Now, the company wants to give more control over the algorithm to its users. Starting Wednesday, you can block specific channels from appearing in your YouTube recommendations, the company announced in a …

Hollywood Tried to Save America With a Live Reading of the Mueller Report

On Monday night, a passel of Hollywood A-listers did the most theater geek thing imaginable: They attempted to fix the problems of America by doing a staged reading of a play. The movie stars gathered at the Riverside Church in New York to read an adaptation of special counsel Robert Mueller's 448-page report on Russian interference in the 2016 election and President Trump's possible obstruction of that investigation, written by Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright Robert Shenkkan. The Investigation: A Search for the Truth in Ten Acts was livestreamed for the world to see. Each act was meant to show an act of obstruction, i.e. Act 1 showed Trump asking the FBI to shut down the investigation into Michael Flynn, Act 2 …

Tunnel blow to 2.8bn electrification scheme

The 133-year-old tunnel between south Wales and England has its own pumping station which brings out an estimated 14 million gallons of water (64 million litres) a day to prevent it being flooded by an underwater spring. Faster service plan between Cardiff and London Train named after sporting legends ‘Teething problems’ for new GWR train Network Rail has conceded it is a “very challenging operating environment to run 25 kilovolts of electric through” but insist journeys will not be affected because the new multi-million trains that serve the route are diesel and electric hybrids. Trains travelling into and out of the tunnel will be powered by the overhead wires but they will switch to diesel to travel under the Bristol …

Florida city to pay $600K ransom to hacker who seized computer systems weeks ago

(CNN)A Florida city is paying $600,000 in Bitcoins to a hacker who took over local government computers after an employee clicked on a malicious email link three weeks ago. Riviera Beach has a population of 35,000 and is about 80 miles from Miami. Attacks by hackers are on the rise Targeted ransomware attacks on local US government entities — cities, police stations and schools — are on the rise, costing millions as some pay off the perpetrators in an effort to untangle themselves and restore vital systems. Cybersecurity firm Recorded Future found that at least 170 county, city or state government systems have been attacked since 2013, including at least 45 police and sheriff’s offices. So far this year, there …

Donald Trump Says Woman Accusing Him Of Rape Is ‘Not My Type’ – See Her Response! – Perez Hilton

In a new interview with The Hill, the President said that New York-based advice columnist E. Jean Carroll, who accused him of “The moment the dressing-room door is closed, he lunges at me, pushes me against the wall, hitting my head quite badly, and puts his mouth against my lips. I am so shocked I shove him back and start laughing again. He seizes both my arms and pushes me up against the wall a second time, and, as I become aware of how large he is, he holds me against the wall with his shoulder and jams his hand under my coat dress and pulls down my tights… The next moment, still wearing correct business attire, shirt, tie, suit …

First Democratic debates mark the real start to the 2020 campaign

(CNN)It’s the moment that Democrats have been anticipating since the tearful trauma of Election Night 2016 — when their campaign to make Donald Trump a one-term President really begins. Over the next two nights in Miami, former Vice President Joe Biden will seek to prove his claim that he’s the best equipped Democrat to take on Trump. Sen. Elizabeth Warren can solidify a policy-heavy campaign that is looking increasingly formidable after a rocky start. Sen. Bernie Sanders must show that his “revolution” can make a leap to minority and female voters who spurned him in 2016. More obscure candidates stuck in the pack hope for a breakout moment to distinguish them from a bloated field that threatens to choke their …

Oregon senator walkout: ‘patriot’ groups vow to protect Republicans who fled state

Lawmakers were again a no-show at the state house to block the passage of landmark climate legislation Members of rightwing patriot movement groups have vowed to protect Republican senators in Oregon who have walked out of the state legislature in order to try and block the passage of climate legislation. The raised the prospect of having members of the Oath Keepers and the III% provide security for Republican events. Multnomah Republicans later Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways