Kindness from tens of thousands of strangers – not just from the UK but from across the world - is almost unbelievable.These messages of support and solidarity have given me much needed strength to continue in my struggle for justice, a struggle that began exactly four years ago today on 20 January 2014.That was the day that my brother, Nakiea, was shot dead by the Jamaican police in our hometown, Kingston.My brother was unarmed and yet they shot and stole him from us.Between January and September 2017, police killings had increased by 44%, compared with the same period the year before.I have become a broken sister who speaks out so that others won’t forget.
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Britain could be back in the European Union in a generation if it is reformed, a senior Cabinet minister has hinted.David Lidington said he did not believe the result of the referendum would be reversed but suggested the EU would not look the same in 20 years’ time, The Press Association reports.The bloc is likely to be configured differently and that “is something that future parliaments, future generations, will have to consider”, the Cabinet Office Minister said.Lidington, a former Europe minister who campaigned for Remain, told The Daily Telegraph: “I think that the EU itself is going to change, and I think it is almost inevitable that the dynamic of the single currency is going to drive at least some of the current members of the EU towards much closer economic and, to a degree, political integration in the future.“And I can’t see the UK wanting to go back into that sort of arrangement.“But we may be looking in a generation’s time at an EU that is also configured differently from what it is today, and the exact nature of the relationship between the UK and that future system – whatever it turns out to be – of European co-operation is something that future parliaments, future generations, will have to consider.
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Apple is also getting in the game now, announcing this week that it too is going to build a new “campus” that would focus on technical support, at least initially.While it hasn’t announced a request for proposals yet, it did say the decision on location “will be announced later in the year.”While city officials are rushing to put together proposals, urban thinkers are aghast at these so-called reverse RFPs.Amy Liu, who runs Brookings Institution’s prominent Metropolitan Policy Program and spoke to NPR about Amazon’s process, said that “It’s created a major distraction from what the real day-to-day economic development activity should be.” Which, apparently, is not job creation.Maybe Hawaii can send out an alert.What all these critics are missing though is that the economy has changed dramatically over the past thirty years.
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Apple CEO Tim Cook is the latest in a series of tech entrepreneurs and c-level executives to warn of the potential risks of social media.Speaking in the UK on Friday, Cook said:I don’t have a kid, but I have a nephew that I put some boundaries on.There are some things that I won’t allow; I don’t want them on a social network.He didn’t stop at social media.Cook also said he didn’t believe in the idea that the best technologies are those we become obsessed with.
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In China, tech behemoths Tencent and Alibaba have carved up the industry according to their respective strengths: Tencent has claimed gaming and social networking, whereas Alibaba has made ecommerce its raison d’etre.In particular, WeChat mini programs are providing shops with new ways of selling products, such as group buying deals that are facilitated through chat groups.“In that way, mini programs and WeChat Pay, the app’s mobile wallet, could pose a threat to Alibaba’s online business,” Mo continues, though it remains to be seen how Tencent manages shops on the WeChat platform, as well as related issues like counterfeit goods.The startup takes advantage of each user’s social network by offering discounts for group purchases.Tencent is also an investor in Meili United Group, which consists of two fashion ecommerce startups, Meilishuo and Mogujie, that merged in 2016.According to ParkLu, an agency that helps brands collaborate with social media influencers, the introduction of mini program shops has doubled clickthrough rates for some bloggers, such as fashionista Becky Li.
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We decided that having the community determine which sources are broadly trusted would be most objective.”The vetting process will happen through Facebook’s ongoing quality surveys — the same surveys it uses to ask whether Facebook is a force for good in the world and whether the company seems to care about its users.According to Zuckerberg, these surveys will help the truth about trustworthiness rise to the top: “The idea is that some news organizations are only trusted by their readers or watchers, and others are broadly trusted across society even by those who don't follow them directly.”It’s tempting to read a lot into Zuckerberg’s words, especially when the missive was so short on details.Relying on users “lets them sidestep allegations of bias and take steps to fix it without directly becoming the dreaded 'arbiter of truth,'" says researcher Renee DiResta, a technologist who has been studying the manipulation of social-media platforms.Facebook did not immediately return a request for comment.
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A recent yacht party saw 600 enthusiasts travel to exotic Thailand in a swank affair complete with cryptocurrency-themed music and plenty of booze.While the party-goers’ vessel steamed across the ocean, Bitcoin was making waves of its own.The popular cryptocurrency’s value plummeted thousands of dollars in mere hours, which certainly shifted many of the passengers’ fortunes by millions.But the party never stops when, if you’re optimistic, you know that’s just the way it goes.We’re teetering on that moment in mainstream society where not knowing what Bitcoin is makes you look out of touch.In fact the more it looks like they’re losing, they more they act like they aren’t.
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On Friday, Twitter took an end-of-the-week opportunity to dump some better-late-than-never news onto its userbase.For anybody who followed or engaged with a Twitter account that faked like an American during the 2016 election season but was actually linked to a major Russian propaganda campaign, you're about to get an email.This count includes those who interacted with the 3,814 accounts that Twitter has directly linked to the Internet Research Agency (IRA), the Russian troll farm whose election-related meddling was exposed in 2017.That number of accounts, Twitter noted, is a jump from Twitter's prior count of 2,812 IRA-linked trolls, which it had disclosed as part of an October 2017 hearing in Congress.In its Friday disclosure, Twitter did not take the opportunity to acknowledge how the remaining percentage of these posts, which included anything from "I'm a real person" idle banter to indirect and divisive messaging, may have ultimately contributed to the troll farm's impact.(For example: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey bit, and bit hard, on a known IRA account by retweeting two of its 2016 posts.)
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Following Facebook’s publication of a tool that shows users whether they followed Russia-linked pages comes an update from Twitter: it is emailing users who followed a Russia-linked page on its platform.Twitter revealed its plans in an update on the topic, where it details its progress and what it is doing moving forward.Among its users, 677,775 people located in the United States either liked, followed, or retweeted Russia-linked accounts.The matter revolves around Russia’s interference in the US’s 2016 presidential election.The nation was found to have used major social media platforms, namely Facebook and Twitter, in an effort to manipulate the public, destabilize the nation’s population, stir up tensions, and more.The propaganda work was linked to an organization linked to the Russian government called “Internet Research Agency.”
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Twitter says it will warn hundreds of thousands of tweeters who deliberately or inadvertently interacted with Kremlin bots during the 2016 US presidential election.The micro-blogging website said that, during the White House race, some 677,775 people followed accounts controlled by Russian propaganda groups, or liked or favorited their tweets."Consistent with our commitment to transparency, we are emailing notifications to 677,775 people in the United States who followed one of these accounts or retweeted or liked a Tweet from these accounts during the election period," Twitter conveniently announced on Friday afternoon, Pacific Time, when basically no one in the West would be paying any attention."Because we have already suspended these accounts, the relevant content on Twitter is no longer publicly available."These are the same bots that helped swing Donald Trump's 2016 electoral college victory.The profiles, designed to spread discord and confusion in America, operated on both sides of the political spectrum, but many of the most successful accounts favored Trump.
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US regulator won't pretend that mobile networks are equivalent to landlinesAnalysis America's favorite government watchdog – the Federal Communications Commission – has backtracked on plans to downgrade the entire country's internet, agreeing to maintain its current definition of what is broadband speed.In a "factsheet" put out by the telecoms regulator on Friday, FCC chairman Aji Pai noted that the latest draft of its annual broadband deployment report "finds that the current speed benchmark of 25Mbps [down] 3Mbps [up] remains an appropriate measure by which to assess whether a fixed service provides advanced telecommunications capability."That decision follows a remarkable effort by the FCC to change the definition of broadband internet to a slower speed by arguing that "internet access" can be defined as either a fixed connection or wireless connection.No one is sure what a "holistic view" of internet provision means but it will almost certainly amount to the FCC looking for ways to distort the data to say that internet providers are doing a great job.According to the most recent figures – stretching back to 2016 - only three per cent of the United States has a real level of internet competition where consumers have a choice of three or more providers if they want 25/3Mbps speeds.
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The Acura RDX Prototype debuted at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, and we're a fan of its new sportier look and improved interior.Roadshow Editor-in-Chief Tim Stevens and Editor-at-Large Brian Cooley were able to sit down and go over all of the new, nearly production ready features on the 2019 RDX with the program's lead designer, Stephen Frey.The RDX prototype takes some styling cues from Acura's NSX halo car and trickles them down into a sharp-looking family hauler that the company hopes will make big waves here in the US as well as in China, where it also plans to produce the vehicle due to Chinese import laws.The interior is all-new as well with newly designed seats and more glass to offer a "luxury penthouse" feel as well as a total ban on fake wood and metal, going forward.We can't wait till Roadshow gets its hands on the new RDX when it makes its stateside debut in late summer this year.Until then, check out our gallery of the vehicle from Detroit.
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Twitter has provided updated details on its investigation into Russian election interference on its platform in 2016.Its identification of more than 13,000 more Russian-linked bots that made election-related tweets puts the total over 50,000.In addition, about 3,800 (up 1,000 from Twitter’s data in the fall) were associated with the now-notorious Internet Research Agency.Still, Twitter denied that these accounts were a significant problem:The results of this supplemental analysis are consistent with the results of our previous work: automated election-related content associated with Russian signals represented a very small fraction of the overall activity on Twitter in the ten-week period preceding the 2016 election.As if to demonstrate the different scales at work here, the Twitter blog post then changed topics to its efforts to block bots and suspicious activity platform-wide.
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Google CEO Sundar Pichai says he still believes that it was appropriate to fire James Damore.“I don’t regret it,” said Pichai, in an interview with Recode’s Kara Swisher and MSNBC’s Ari Melber.“It was the right decision,” YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, echoed on stage.It’s been almost six months since the company dismissed the engineer, who authored a controversial memo about purported gender differences.In a ten page rant, Damore made a series of claims arguing against Google’s diversity initiatives, some of which he incorrectly characterized as confirmed by science.The decision to oust Damore received a lot of praise — and also a lot of condemnation.
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If you had the chance to ask your favorite vlogger what they want in a camera, you’ll probably get a laundry list of feature requests.It needs a display that flips around so they can see their framing when they are asking for their audience to smash that like button.Perhaps unsurprisingly, there aren’t really any cameras that fully fit this description.Even Sony’s super popular RX100 lineup lacks the microphone input that larger cameras offer.The G7 X lineup is Canon’s answer to Sony’s RX100 — compact cameras with relatively large sensors and a lot of physical controls.It will even have a hot shoe to mount a shotgun mic to.
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We’ll also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months; here’s what we have so far (send us your events!When babies crawl on the floor, especially in carpeted areas, their movement kicks up lots of dirt and dust, including things like skin cells, bacteria, and fungal spores.So they built a “robotic crawling baby (which is much less adorable than the real thing) and tested it crawling on actual carpet samples they had removed from homes.”The researchers found that a concentrated cloud of resuspended particles forms around the Pig-Pen wannabes, and that the concentrations around them can be as much as 20 times greater than the levels of material higher in the room.Moreover, infants’ bodies aren’t as good at blocking this dust storm, Boor says.But for very young children, they more often breathe through their mouths, and a significant fraction is deposited in the lower airways—the tracheobronchial and pulmonary regions.It’s sort of like what CyPhy Works is doing, except that it’s just for power, meaning that you can use it with just about any drone that’s DJI Phantom-sized or larger:
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MIT researchers have developed hardware that uses electric fields to move droplets of chemical or biological solutions around a surface, mixing them in ways that could be used to test thousands of reactions in parallel.The researchers view their system as an alternative to the microfluidic devices now commonly used in biological research, in which biological solutions are pumped through microscopic channels connected by mechanical valves."Traditional microfluidic systems use tubes, valves, and pumps," says Udayan Umapathi, a researcher at the MIT Media Lab, who led the development of the new system.I noticed this problem three years ago, when I was at a synthetic biology company where I built some of these microfluidic systems and mechanical machines that interact with them."Biology is moving toward more and more complex processes, and we need technologies to manipulate smaller- and smaller-volume droplets," Umapathi says.The system includes software that allows users to describe, at a high level of generality, the experiments they wish to conduct.
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Photo by Dieter Bohn / Dami LeeGboard, Google’s iOS and Android keyboard app, has quietly updated its design by moving its GIF-making button up next to the word suggestion bar.The GIF-making feature has been around since last September, but it was hidden behind the emoji button on the bottom.With its shiny new placement, the button allows for GIFs to be recorded from the front and back camera, and it lets you record in two modes: “Loop,” which is basically a Boomerang you can record for three seconds, and “Fast-Forward,” which lets you record up to one minute and speeds up the result.When you’re done recording, you can copy and paste the GIF into your message, and send it off to your friends.Recording and making your own GIFs isn’t new — you can easily turn your live photos into GIFs through Google’s excellent Motion Stills app — but placing the feature so prominently on the keyboard means you might be seeing your friends’ moving faces way more often.
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Facebook is shaking up your news feed yet again.After announcing last week that it will prioritize posts from friends and family members over brands and publishers, the social media site will also begin focusing on news that comes from "trusted sources."-- his Facebook page, CEO Mark Zuckerberg acknowledged that although posts from news publications will make up small amount of a user's news feed (about 4 percent), his company isn't up to the task of choosing which sources are trustworthy or not.So, Facebook will ask us to choose instead.Ultimately, he said, it will help the company determine what's a broadly trustworthy source and what isn't."Social media enables people to spread information faster than ever before, and if we don't specifically tackle these problems, then we end up amplifying them."
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Back in August, Verizon diced up its Unlimited plan and with that came multiple varieties of “unlimited,” one of them being Verizon Go Unlimited.That plan clocks in at $75/month versus Beyond Unlimited’s $85/month price, though with restrictions, such as “dvd-quality” video streaming versus actual HD quality over mobile.Now the company is adding a new feature to its cheaper plan, and travelers will be pleased.Verizon Go Unlimited, the budget-tier of the unlimited plans, will soon offer service in Mexico and Canada as part of its offerings, meaning those subscribers won’t have to pay extra to use their plan in either country.The change will take place on January 25.Previously, Verizon customers who wanted service in either country needed to be a Verizon Beyond Unlimited subscriber (which meant paying $10/month more), or they needed to get a TravelPass, which was a better alternative in cases where travel is infrequent.
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