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FOWC with Fandango — Recall — This, That, and The Other

Welcome to April 14, 2019 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). It’s designed to fill the void after WordPress bailed on its daily one-word prompt. I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (US). Today’s word is “recall.” Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, […]

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Driver Killed By Concrete Chunk Likely Thrown From Highway Overpass — CBS San Francisco

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (CBS Local) — A driver was killed Tuesday when a chunk of concrete, likely thrown from a highway overpass, crashed through his windshield and hit him in the face, investigators in Tennessee said. Joe C. Shelton Jr., 54, was driving on Interstate 24 near downtown Nashville when he was killed just before 5…

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LA Jury Awards Woman $3.8M In Stage-Diving Suit Against Skrillex — CBS Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – A jury has awarded a woman $3.8 million in her lawsuit against DJ Skrillex — in which she alleges she was hurt and days later suffered a stroke — after the musician leapt on top of her from a downtown Los Angeles stage during a performance in 2012. The Los Angeles…

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APC Primaries: Two Reps Dump Party For PDP, Condemn Ruling Party |RN — THE REPUBLICAN NEWS

House of Representatives Leke Baiyewu, Abuja Two members of the House of Representatives, on Wednesday, announced their resignation from the ruling All Progressives Congress. They are Babatunde Kolawole representing Akoko South-West and South-East in Ondo State, and Mukaila […]

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Internet Yahoo, Google, Facebook and more face fight to salvage reputations over NSA leaks Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube and Apple have been floundering for a response Lisa O’Carroll @lisaocarroll Tue 11 Jun 2013 12.38 BST First published on Tue 11 Jun 2013 12.38 BST This article is over 5 years old Shares 7 Google. Apple. Facebook. Microsoft: they are the brands that want the world to trust them with personal information, emails, photos, documents – yet they are now facing a battle to maintain that trust after disclosures that the US government was given access to their customers’ data online via the Prism programme operated by the NSA. The companies involved – Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube, Apple – vigorously deny giving the Obama administration backdoor access to users’ internet information, but the potential damage to their brand reputation has left the companies floundering for a way to respond. Advertisement Viktor Mayer-Schonberger, professor of internet governance and regulation at the Oxford Internet Institute, believes there could be serious consequences for the collective reputations of all internet companies who have meticulously built their trade on trust. Sign up to the Media Briefing: news for the news-makers Read more He cites Amazon – not one of the companies involved in Prism – as a case in point when the company took the side of consumers after publishers protested about bad reviews. “It may have dissuaded someone to buy a book, but it instilled trust in Amazon which was far more important to it long-term,” said Mayer-Schonberger. “If you violate that trust, it is difficult to re-establish. Even if it turned out to be a hoax, trust has been destroyed because everyone is talking about it.” He added: “These companies depend on their users being sufficiently trusting to give them personal data. Many of us are perfectly fine for these companies to use this information for their own commercial benefit, to place more relevant adverts on the right hand side, but we do not want it passed on to the government or to tax authorities for instance.” Greg Nojeim, senior counsel at Centre for Democracy and Technology in New York said that for Google – a company which has Don’t be Evil as an informal company slogan and has pioneered online openess, “more transparency would be helpful”. He said: “An important step would be for these companies to exert even more pressure; pressure on the intelligence authorities to disclose more information about intelligence related surveillance that they are compelled to conduct.” In his statement following the Prism revelations, Google CEO Larry Page indicated this was the tack his company would be taking to protect its brand reputation. “The level of secrecy around the current legal procedures undermines the freedoms we all cherish,” he said. Civil liberty activists have also been alarmed. In the UK, the US surveillance, even of high level data, has raised questions about breaches of domestic data protection laws. Since you’re here … … three years ago, we knew we had to try to make The Guardian sustainable by deepening our relationship with our readers. The revenues from our newspaper had diminished and the technologies that connected us with a global audience had moved advertising money away from news organisations. We knew we needed to find a way to keep our journalism open and accessible to everyone, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. And so, we have an update for you on some good news. Thanks to all the readers who have supported our independent, investigative journalism through contributions, membership or subscriptions, we are starting to overcome the urgent financial situation we were faced with. Today we have been supported by more than a million readers around the world. Our future is starting to look brighter. But we have to maintain and build on that level of support for ev


Opinion In California, I saw the virtues – and vices – of the new economy Will Hutton As a country we don’t get the importance of computer code or the scale of the revolution unleashed by the digital world Sat 14 Sep 2013 20.30 BST First published on Sat 14 Sep 2013 20.30 BST It might sound absurd, but Palo Alto, where I spent a part of last week, reminds me of Pompeii or the remains of those other Roman cities I’ve explored over the years under a sweltering sun. For this vibrant centre of California’s Silicon Valley is planned on Roman grid principles, is low storey, presumes sunshine and is surprisingly ordered. Perhaps for a city built on computer code nobody should be surprised. This is a place where invention, new ways to assuage human need and the hunger to make cool fortunes interact. A third of the students at Stanford University, across the railway line from Palo Alto, opt to take computer science for all or part of their degree. It’s the precondition for anyone who wants to make Californian-style riches, even for joining in certain key conversations. That’s one point about Twitter and its ambition announced last week to sell its shares on the New York Stock Exchange valuing the company at up to $15 billion. Its founders – Jack Dorsey, Biz Stone and Evan Williams – will join a roll-call of other San Francisco/Palo Alto-based internet entrepreneurs who turned super-rich. There’s Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), Larry Ellison (Oracle), Larry Page and Sergey Brin (Google). What unites these names is the ability to write code. If you want to be very wealthy, be listed as one of the most influential Americans and do good in the world by promoting connectivity or enabling something momentous to happen with greater ease or reduced cost, you can’t begin unless you write code. Without a sophisticated structure that can turn the idea into companies that can grow explosively, it might all be worthless. Palo Alto boasts an extraordinary world-class research university on its doorstep in Stanford, an institution that is hard-wired to connect research, code-writing and start-ups . Almost everyone you meet is either involved in a start-up or contemplating getting involved. At best, only one in 10 ventures will succeed. But all over the valley, countless entrepreneurs regularly pitch their ideas to a room full of angel investors and venture capitalists. The idea has to be original and solve a human problem, but, crucially, it has to be scalable: unless there is faith the fledgling company can reach a billion dollars turnover fast, it won’t raise a single dollar. Having a single market of 315 million at their feet ready to experiment with the novel – and allow the prospect of scale – is yet another building block. The angel investors and venture capitalists are very un-British. Many are former entrepreneurs or senior executives in hi-tech companies, recycling the fortunes either they or their own investors have made . Many write code too – and while keen to make money, many speak of changing the world for the better, building an insurgent business. This is not a state-driven ecosystem, in European terms, but is governed by a sense of “publicness”. There is also an understanding that one person alone, given all the technical complexity and potential to make colossal mistakes, is unlikely to crack whatever problem presents itself. You have to collaborate, open up, build fluid teams and work together. Our story today of Airbnb in Tech Monthly is typical: its success is about three people – not one. In this respect, what is happening in California is a bit like Britain’s industrial revolution. James Watt, Richard Arkwright, Samuel Crompton and Josiah Wedgewood wanted to embrace the new and to change the world. They collaborated and shared. There was a nobility of intent that united them, even while they made fortunes. Nobility of intent is not usually associated with successful capitalism. For the ideologues of the right, cargo cult