It's strike 2 for the former mayor of New York City on the Google-owned platform.
Apart from eliminating the tweets of the Brazilian president, the social media giant has also removed the contents of the president of Venezuela and former mayor of New York City for violating the ban put by Twitter on the ongoing health emergency content.While removing the materials of the presidents of Brazil and Venezuela, it was said that the tweets of both are against the guidance provided by the authoritative sources of local and global public health information.Meanwhile, a spokesperson of Twitter said in an email that the social media giant will continuously keep on reviewing the contents regarding emergency health outbreaks and will not hesitate to remove the tweets violating the rules of Twitter and spreading misinformation about emergency health outbreak.Further, the spokesperson said that the conversation of the current health emergency is going on all across the globe, and any misinformation will not only create panic among the people but also worsen the current situation.The spokesperson of Twitter said that the social media giant is committed to remaining vigilant in such an emergency and focusing on protecting the conversation about public health.Twitter, by taking such steps, is helping the people to get the right information from only authoritative sources regarding the ongoing health emergency.Amidst all, it has been revealed that the two Tweets of President Bolsonaro removed by Twitter included the videos in which he has endorsed the use of hydroxychloroquine as the potential treatment option for curing the ongoing health outbreak.Meanwhile, it is worthwhile to note that hydroxychloroquine still has not been proven as the potential treatment for curing the current health issue all across the globe.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos called former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg earlier this year and asked him if he was interested in running for president, according to Recode.Bloomberg filed paperwork to enter the Democratic primary in Alabama this week, a major indicator that he may enter the 2020 presidential race.But he told Bezos he was not considering a run at the time of their call, according to the report.Bloomberg's potential candidacy has already attracted the support of other billionaires, including investor Leon Cooperman, who has been highly critical of the more left-leaning candidates in the race.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg took steps toward entering the 2020 presidential race this week, filing to enter the Democratic primary in Alabama.
What do you expect from Mister 'Truth isn't truth'?The month after Rudy Giuliani was named the US president’s cybersecurity adviser, the former mayor of New York queued up outside an Apple Store in San Francisco to get staff to reset his iPhone because he couldn’t remember the passcode.Giuliani had typed into the wrong code more than 10 times, seizing up the phone and an Apple staffer reset and restored the iPhone 6 using his iCloud backup, according to NBC News which today saw and posted a picture of the internal Apple memo concerning the visit.The yarn - which has not been disputed - has left security experts stunned.As an adviser on cybersecurity to President Trump and more recently as his personal lawyer, Giuliani has direct access to the White House and, if reports are to be believed, is in charge of a parallel foreign policy effort involving a range of countries, most notably Ukraine.Or, in other words, Giuliani’s phone is a prime target for surveillance efforts and he simply handed it over to a random Apple employee.
For much of the 2000s, President Donald Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani billed himself as a high-level security consultant after presiding as mayor of New York during the 9/11 terror attacks.But NBC News reported that shortly after being named Trump's cybersecurity adviser in 2017, Giuliani went to an Apple Store to unlock his iPhone after entering the wrong passcode at least 10 times in a row.A former Apple store employee told NBC Giuliani's passcode mistake was "very sloppy," adding, "Trump had just named him as an informal adviser on cybersecurity and here, he couldn't even master the fundamentals of securing your own device."For much of the 2000s, President Donald Trump's personal attorney billed himself as a high-level security consultant after presiding as mayor of New York City during the 9/11 terror attacks.But shortly after being named Trump's cybersecurity adviser in 2017, Giuliani needed cyber assistance of his own to unlock his iPhone after entering the wrong passcode at least 10 times in a row, NBC News reported, citing two sources familiar with the matter and an Apple Store document from the location in San Francisco that Giuliani visited.Giuliani has long been known for experiencing technical difficulties online on platforms like Twitter, and for accidentally butt-dialing and pocket-dialing reporters.
Uber filed a lawsuit against New York City Friday in an effort to overturn rules limiting the amount of time ride-hail drivers can spend in busy parts of the city.It was the second time this year that Uber has sued New York City.The suit comes a month after the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission approved an extension on its cap on the number of Uber and Lyft vehicles permitted to operate within the city.The moratorium on new vehicle licenses now extends until August 2020.The commission also amended its rules aimed at limiting the amount of time drivers can cruise without passengers in Manhattan below 96th Street.Under the new rules, Uber and Lyft must reduce deadheading — or the amount of time drivers spend without passengers in the car — from 41 percent to 31 percent.
As 33 states investigate roughly 450 lung illnesses that may be associated with vaping, the billionaire former New York City mayor and founder of Bloomberg, Michael Bloomberg, is committing $160 million to combat vaping.Bloomberg has long been an advocate for anti-smoking campaigns and has spent millions on getting folks to quit smoking.Now he’s turning his attention to vaping, the new scourge of teens everywhere.What Bloomberg hopes to accomplish is nothing short than a ban on flavored e-cigarettes and the complete cessation of marketing vaping products to minors.However, these recent efforts by Juul to change its marketing tune, may be too little, too late.It’s no secret that Juul used to market heavily to young adults in its early promotional materials and there are still social media accounts dedicated to the company’s product filled with user generated memes and short videos that appeal to kids.
New York Mayor and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Bill de Blasio says American workers need to be protected from automation.In an opinion article published last week on Wired, he said as president he would issue a robot tax for corporations displacing humans and would create a federal agency to oversee automation."The scale of automation in our economy is increasing far faster than most people realize, and its impact on working people in America and across the world, unless corralled, will be devastating," de Blasio wrote.De Blasio would call the new regulator the Federal Automation and Worker Protection Agency, which would safeguard jobs and communities.In addition, his proposed "robot tax" would be imposed on large companies that eliminate jobs as they become more automated.The tax would be equal to five years of payroll taxes for each employee eliminated, according to De Blasio.
ITHACA, N.Y. - A new clinical model developed by Cornell Tech researchers aims to respond systematically and effectively to the growing array of digital threats against victims of intimate partner violence.Working with the New York City Mayor's Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence, the researchers created and piloted a questionnaire, a spyware scanning tool and a diagram for assessing clients' digital footprints.The first-of-its-kind model can help counselors without tech expertise pinpoint online abuse - and protect the safety of abuse victims and their advisers.Using this strategy, researchers found potential spyware, compromised accounts or exploitable misconfigurations for 23 of the 44 clients they advised."Prior to this work, people were reporting that the abusers were very sophisticated hackers, and clients were receiving inconsistent advice," said Diana Freed, Cornell Tech doctoral student in the field of information science and co-lead author of "Clinical Computer Security for Victims of Intimate Partner Violence," presented Aug. 14 at the USENIX Security Symposium in Santa Clara, California."Some people were saying, 'Throw your device out.'
Billionaire businessman and philanthropist Michael Bloomberg recently pledged to rapidly spend $500 million in a bid to push the U.S. “Beyond Carbon,” aiming to end this country’s use of coal and natural gas power in a generation or less.In another recent piece, I featured an in-depth interview with Carl Pope, the veteran environmental leader who has essentially been the inspirational force behind Bloomberg’s evolution.The former New York City Mayor had never given a major gift to environmental causes as of a decade or so ago, until Pope “convinced” him to get involved.My previous piece was an attempt to understand the ethical vision influencing Bloomberg’s work, by looking at Pope’s personal story and the history of the environmental movement he has helped to shape.Below, Pope joins me again to look at the details of Bloomberg’s “Beyond Carbon” plan, including how he was able to persuade Bloomberg to take it on, and some areas of controversy that could arise as the $500 million is distributed.Carl Pope: About 12 years ago, actually.
Michael Bloomberg is an unrepentant capitalist who, as he says in his 2017 book A Climate of Hope, is “not exactly your stereotypical environmentalist.” Yet over the past decade, Bloomberg has become arguably the biggest environmental philanthropist in the world — especially given the $500 million investment Bloomberg announced last month that he would soon make in rapidly moving the U.S. “Beyond Carbon,” off both coal and natural gas and to a “100% clean energy economy.” How did this happen?It turns out one of the biggest factors in Bloomberg’s green transformation has been his friendship with Carl Pope, the longtime former head of the Sierra Club, whom Bloomberg first met about a decade ago, as Mayor of New York.The two co-authored the book — and not just in the sense that Pope ghost-wrote Bloomberg’s opinions, as happens regularly when busy political and cultural celebrities take on a lesser-known co-author for some glamour project they may barely even read.A Climate of Hope is an extended dialogue between Bloomberg and Pope, with the two alternating chapters throughout and at times even disagreeing on potentially important issues.What there’s no disagreement on, however, is that Pope “convinced” his co-author to dive into massive environmental spending (a feat accomplished in part by showing the health-conscious Bloomberg the numbers on how lethal coal can be).Pope is no stranger to controversy — perhaps unsurprising for a nonprofit leader who has raised money well into the nine figures.
New York, a longtime holdout in the dockless electric scooter boom, appears poised to finally allow scooter-sharing companies like Bird and Lime to operate on its roads.Lawmakers in the state capital of Albany have reached a deal to lift the ban on throttle-based scooters and bikes, and if Governor Andrew Cuomo signs off, New Yorkers may soon see the electric-powered vehicles zipping down their streets in droves.The bill would change state law to legalize e-bikes and scooters, but would require cities to opt in and would give localities the opportunity to decide for themselves how to regulate the vehicles.Under the new law, e-bikes and scooters would be legal statewide, but a sharing service would need to be permitted by municipalities before launching.This would appear to satisfy some lawmakers who opposed legalizing scooters for reasons of safety and sidewalk obstruction.Legislative leaders reach 2-way agreement on e-bikes and e-scooters:
One delightful diversion of yesteryear that's still going strong: Pinball.You can find machines, new and old alike, in neighborhood bars, college dorm lounges, and teen rec centers—proof that pinball will be around for some time to come.And one place that pinball will surely live forever—or at least until rising sea levels cause the collapse of human society—is the Pacific Pinball Museum in Alameda, California.At the center of this pinball universe is Michael Schiess, a collector who founded the museum in the early 2000s and now serves as its executive director.He told us some interesting facts about pinball's history, and how it's been shaped by technology over the decades.Hitting a high score takes a lot of skill, but even the most supple-wristed will agree that pinball is essentially a game of chance.
Tech news you can use, in two minutes or less:Scientists have revealed the first-ever picture of a black holeIt may not be how you imagined it after watching Interstellar, but you can finally see the first real picture of a black hole.The image was taken over five days using eight telescopes, and it depicts the supermassive black hole at the center of M87, a galaxy 54 million light years away.Facebook is changing News Feed ... againFacebook is taking yet another stab at halting fake news, announcing a slew of changes to its news feed.
On Monday, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention came out with its latest measles numbers, and let’s be honest, they weren’t great.At least 465 cases across 19 states have been reported nationwide so far this year, including 78 in the last week alone.Nationwide, that means more people have caught the notoriously contagious disease in the past three and a half months than all of last year.According to the CDC, it’s the “second greatest number of cases reported in the US since measles was eliminated in 2000.” As outbreaks continue to spike around the country, local governments are increasingly feeling pressure to do something about them.On Tuesday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio declared a public health emergency in Brooklyn, and issued mandatory measles vaccine requirements for people living in or near Williamsburg, the neighborhood where an outbreak has infected 285 people since last fall.Affected individuals were told they have 48 hours to get immunized; those who don’t comply risk receiving tickets or possibly facing fines of $1,000.
An apparent breakdown in talks between BuzzFeed management and the company’s newsroom union spurred expressions of solidarity from other unions — and even from New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.The employees of BuzzFeed News (the company’s journalistic arm) voted to unionize in February, following major layoffs.At the time, Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith reportedly responded, “We look forward to meeting with the organizers to discuss a way toward voluntarily recognizing their union.”But those discussions appear to have come to a halt.The union said that yesterday, BuzzFeed executives failed to show up for a meeting, only informing union representatives of this five minutes after the scheduled start time.We came to the table today ready to meet with BuzzFeed execs about finally recognizing our union.
New York City mayor Bill de Blasio announced a huge climate-focused infrastructure effort on Thursday, calling for a project that could, among other things, extend lower Manhattan two blocks into the East River and cost as much as $10 billion.Sea level rise due to climate change has long been a cause of concern for New York City.According to the Lower Manhattan Coastal Resilience survey, released today, 37 percent of lower Manhattan will be at risk for storm surges by 2050.“We don’t debate global warming in New York City.— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) March 14, 2019The plan also includes more projects costing around $500 million, which would include resiliency measures like elevating parks and building removable flood barriers in lower Manhattan that can be used when a storm approaches.
Nearly 80 New York City leaders in public office, business, and the community have sent an open letter to Jeff Bezos asking him to reconsider building an Amazon headquarters in Queens.In a full page ad in the New York Times, a number of officials, including a former Mayor of New York City and a number of elected representatives, said: “A clear majority of New Yorkers support this project and were disappointed by your decision to not proceed.”The ad states that the headquarters would have brought “25,000 permanent jobs, 11,000 union construction and maintenance jobs, and $28bn in new tax revenues”.Among those who signed the letter were a former New York City mayor, chief executives of both Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan, the presidents of both New York University and Cornell University, and Congress representative Hakeem Jeffries.In their bid to urge Amazon to reconsider its decision to pull out of New York, the signatories said that governor Andrew Cuomo “will take personal responsibility” and work with mayor Bill de Blasio to “ensure that the Amazon campus will be a tremendous benefit to residents and small business in the surrounding communities”.Both Cuomo and de Blasio were supportive of the plan, but while Cuomo hopes Amazon will consider, de Blasio has moved towards being critical of the company following its decision to abandon the proposals.
The e-commerce giant on Thursday cancelled its plans to build a new headquarter in New York City following persistent criticism from local union supporters, the New York City Council and several elected officials.Amazon in November announced plans to build two 25,000-employee campuses in Long Island City, New York and in Arlington, Virginia.Both locations were chosen from more than 200 bidders and were expected to receive $2.5 billion in investments from Amazon.Since Amazon dropped the HQ2 plan in the Big Apple, several elected officials and organizations have spoken.New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio"You have to be tough to make it in New York City.