Facebook job offers ‘shunned by top talent after data scandal’

Recruiters reportedly say social network has suffered major decline in interest from top US schools The fallout from the data of up to 87m users of the social according to 3 million users in Europe after the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Facebook has led such calls on the US presidential campaign trail. The former UK deputy prime minister and Facebooks head of global affairs, Nick Clegg, Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

It’s not enough to break up Big Tech. We need to imagine a better alternative | Evgeny Morozov

Presenting tech companies as Americas greatest menace may appeal to voters, but it does little to chart an alternative future As Facebook all but pleads guilty to a severe form of data addiction, confessing its digital sins and promising to reinvent itself as a privacy-worshiping denizen of the global village, the foundations of Big Techs cultural hegemony appear to be crumbling. Most surprisingly, its in the United States, Silicon Valleys home territory, where they seem to be the weakest. Even in these times of extreme polarization, Trump, who has habitual outbursts against censorship by social media platforms, eagerly joins left-wing politicians like Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders in presenting Big Tech as Americas greatest menace The recent call by Chris …

Google has given $150,000 in free ads to deceptive anti-abortion group

Obria Groups ads suggest it provides abortion services, when in fact it tries to persuade women not to terminate pregnancies Google has given tens of thousands of dollars in free advertising to an anti-abortion group that runs ads suggesting it provides abortion services at its medical clinics, but actually seeks to deter abortion-minded women from terminating their pregnancies. The a pro-choice group found the platform was running deceptive ads for clinics that appeared to offer abortions and other medical services, but instead focused on counseling and information on alternatives to abortion. In some cases, such clinics,close to Planned Parenthood clinics and provide some medical treatment, such as pregnancy tests, ultrasounds and prenatal counseling. But they also seek to deter women …

Dyson patents reveal plans for electric car with off-road potential

Innovative vehicle, which is being designed in England, is due to go on sale in 2021 The first drafts of Dysons closely guarded electric car designs have emerged, showing a vehicle with unusual proportions that could be used off-road. The patent filings are the first clue to what the outspoken supporter of Brexit, provoked anger by announcing last year that the car would be new plant in Singapore, because Dyson believes there is a bigger market for electric vehicles in Asia. However, he maintains the car is a British project, with the design, engineering and testing of prototypes being carried out at Hullavington airfield, where hangars have been converted to house the project. In an email sent to more than …

Great fanfare as Uber gets its stock on the road, but app stalls in New York

Could this be the moment the sentiment on Wall Street turned against the tech sector? Ubers stock market debut came with all the usual razzmatazz of a big American technology IPO. The chief executive spent weeks making sweeping statements about how the business was just getting started and had new worlds to conquer everything from pizza delivery to international freight. In the background, investment bankers whipped up buyers for the transportation stock of the 21st century. And, when immediately went into reverse. Priced at $45 a share, valuing Uber at $80bn (61.4bn ), the stock opened at $42 and closed at $41.51. True, the taxi-hailing app firm turned out to have picked a poor day to list the wider market …

Will I be forced to upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10?

Microsoft wants Martin to upgrade Windows 7 to 10 for 120, but what if you cant afford it or a new PC? Microsoft has just started its bombardment about the end of Windows 7 and upgrading to Windows 10, suggesting that a new device is advisable and including links to its preferred dealers. Apart from the integrity or otherwise of this approach, I dont think Microsoft has really thought this through, especially in relation to those who simply cannot afford the 120 upgrade even if their current machine is suitable. The fact that people chose to remain with Windows 7 rather than take the free upgrade to Windows 10 surely tells Microsoft that this forced upgrade is a step too …

Apple finds wearable gimmicks really count as iPhone slips

As sales of its signature product peak a big change in strategy has emerged in the form of the Apple Watch and AirPod If Apple wants to prove to doubters that there is life beyond the iPhone, then the wrists and ears of millions of customers could provide the answer. Twelve years from the launch of Steve Jobss signature product, Apple wearables and the services that tie in to them have emerged as an important component of the tech giants profile, accounting for more than a third of sales in the last quarter. Last week Apples chief executive, Tim Cook, reported that sales in its wearables division which includes products from the Apple Watch to wireless headphones grew at a …

Hand dryers v paper towels: the surprisingly dirty fight for the right to dry your hands

The long read: For a century, the humble paper towel has dominated public toilets. But a new generation of hand dryers has sparked a war for loo supremacy In the summer of 2005, a Chicago marketing consultant named George Campbell received a tantalising call from a headhunter. Was he open to an interview at Dyson? The company was secretively preparing to launch a new appliance, and it needed a sales strategy for the US: that was all the headhunter would divulge. Campbell was excited; he saw Dyson as a company with the iconic quality of Apple, and an ability to take a basic product like a vacuum cleaner and make an 80% margin on it. He went along to Dysons …

Uber’s self-driving car unit valued at $7.3bn as it gears up for IPO

Valuation comes after firm received $1bn investment from Toyota and Saudi Arabia Ubers self-driving car unit has been valued at $7.3bn (5.6bn), after receiving $1bn of investment by a consortium including Toyota and Saudi Arabias sovereign wealth fund. With weeks to go until the loss-making San Francisco firms stock market float, company at up to $100bn, Uber said it had secured new financial backing for its plans to develop autonomous vehicles. Japanese carmakers Toyota and its compatriot Denso, a car parts supplier, will invest a combined $667m in Ubers Advanced Technologies Group (ATG). The remainder will come from Japanese conglomerate SoftBanks $100bn Vision Fund, whose largest investor is Saudi Arabia. Toyota and SoftBank are already major investors in Uber, with …

Car-sharing app out of service in Chicago after dozens of vehicles stolen

Police have charged 21 suspects in connection with the stolen vehicles that were reported missing from the Car2Go app this week Car-sharing service Car2Go was out of service in the Chicago area on Friday after dozens of its vehicles were stolen through the app this week. Up to 100 cars were launched in Chicago in June of 2018 where it offered Mercedes-Benz CLA and GLA vehicles in addition to the miniature smart cars. This weeks breach highlights broader security issues with shared driving apps, said Nathan Wenzler, the senior director of cybersecurity at IT firm Moss Adams. All it takes is for a malicious user to use a false identity paired with someone elses stolen credit card information, and they …

Airplane with world’s longest wingspan takes flight, beating Spruce Goose record

Stratolaunch jet, brainchild of late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, may be used to launch small satellites into space A giant six-engine aircraft with the worlds longest wingspan surpassing Howard Hughes infamous Spruce Goose took off from California on its first flight on Saturday. The behemoth, billionaire Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, who died in October, is vying to be a contender in the market for air-launching small satellites. It was an emotional moment for me, to personally watch this majestic bird take flight, to see Paul Allens dream come to life in front of my very eyes, Floyd told a teleconference briefing. As the plane lifted off, Floyd said, I did whisper a thank you to Paul for allowing me to …

Its genuine, you know?: why the online influencer industry is going authentic

The long read: Calamities such as Fyre Festival have tarnished the booming business of YouTube and Instagram stars. Now the industrys top tastemakers have a new plan: keeping it real In a central London hair salon last December, the fashion influencer Victoria Magrath (@inthefrow) mingled among a few of her 849,000 Instagram followers. Magrath tall, with signature silver hair was celebrating the launch of her book, The New Fashion Rules, at an event organised by her talent agency, Gleam Futures. She chatted easily, her high, delighted voice ringing out over the roar of the hairdryers and her manner so convincingly intimate that it was possible to think she knew her followers as well as they knew her. In a group …

Pinterest pins hopes on cut-price IPO as latest tech ‘unicorn’ goes public

Companys $9bn valuation is $3bn less than 2017 figure and digital scrapbooking site is to be followed by Airbnb, Uber and WeWork Pinterest, the digital scrapbooking site, has became the latest Silicon Valley unicorn to publish details of its plans to go public. The companys initial regulatory filing would value the company at around $9bn, significantly less than previous valuations but a figure that could change if investors get behind the initial public offering (IPO). Pinterest is the second of a herd of unicorns private companies valued at over $1bn now stampeding to list on the US stock markets. According to the companys filing Pinterest plans to sell 75m shares at a price of between $15 and $17. The $9bn …

Plagiarism, book-stuffing, clickfarms … the rotten side of self-publishing

Scams are rife, particularly when some authors can rake in thousands each month but high-profile victims of plagiarism warn day of reckoning is coming NSerruyas alleged plagiarism was first exposed by US author Courtney Milan, who found passages from her book The Duchess War in Serruyas novel Royal Love. After Milan went public and after highlighted by authors and readers Serruya pulled her books from sale, blaming the overlaps on a ghostwriter she said shed hired from freelance marketplace Fiverr. A former law professor, Milan was a dreadful choice to lift from as was Roberts, who has never been sanguine about plagiarism, taking her fellow novelist and former friend Janet Dailey to court in 1997. But Serruya is just one …

Dirty lies: how the car industry hid the truth about diesel emissions

The long read: The Dieselgate scandal was suppressed for years while we should have been driving electric cars John German had not been looking to make a splash when he commissioned an examination of pollution from diesel cars back in 2013. The exam compared what came out of their exhaust pipes, during the lab tests that were required by law, with emissions on the road under real driving conditions. German and his colleagues at the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) in the US just wanted to tie up the last loose ends in a big report, and thought the research would give them something positive to say about diesel. They might even be able to offer tips to Europe …

The Cambridge Analytica scandal changed the world but it didn’t change Facebook

A year after devastating revelations of data misuse, Mark Zuckerberg still hasnt fulfilled his promises to reform It can be hard to remember from down here, beneath the avalanche of words and promises and apologies and blogposts and manifestos that Facebook has unleashed upon us over the course of the past year, but when the long and deafening silence. It took five full days for the founder and CEO of Facebook the man with total control over the worlds largest communications platform to emerge from his Menlo Park cloisters and address the public. When he finally did, he did so with gusto, taking a Facebook page to the mainstream press to discussion series hes planning to subject us to at …