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Zuckerberg rejects invite from international committee to give evidence on fake news

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<em>Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg has rebuffed another invitation from the UK to answer questions from lawmakers. </em>

Mark Zuckerberg has turned down another yet another request to answer questions from politicians outside of the United States.

On October 31st, the Facebook founder was invited to give evidence before a UK parliamentary committee, with politicians from Canada co-signing the invitation. This unusual show of international cooperation has since been supported by lawmakers from Australia, Argentina, and Ireland, with these five countries forming an “international grand committee” representing some 170 million Facebook users.

Zuckerberg rejected the request on November 2nd, according to UK MP Damian Collins, who made the original invitation in his role as head of the country’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee. In a letter...

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Chris57
41 days ago
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The countries should block Facebook and guaranteed, he would show up.
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DuckDuckGo hits new milestone of 30 million private searches per day

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DuckDuckGo, the privacy-focused search engine, has reached a new milestone of 30 million direct searches a day, via Search Engine Journal. It reached the record just over 10 years after the service was first launched. The growth comes in the wake of a series of privacy scandals, from Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica breach to Google’s ever-tracking location history, that have made people much more aware of how their data is farmed and exploited by big tech firms.

DuckDuckGo’s estimated market share of 0.18 percent of global searches pales in comparison to established search giants like Google’s 77 percent, Baidu’s 14 percent, and Bing’s 5 percent. At least it’s ahead of the once-mighty AOL, which sits at a paltry 0.03 percent....

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Chris57
67 days ago
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Why use anything else
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Microsoft says it can recover missing files following botched Windows 10 update

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Microsoft abruptly paused the October 2018 Update of its Windows 10 operating system after reports the new software deleted some users' files. Luckily, there may still be hope of recovering your deleted files if you were one of the many people affected.

According to head of the Windows Insider program Dona Sarkar, Microsoft support has a few tools to reverse the effects of the update and restore your deleted files. “They have the tools to get you back to a good state,” Sarkar said in a tweet. She also suggested users who discovered missing files call Microsoft support at +1-800-Microsoft for assistance. Read more...

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Chris57
71 days ago
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Did they test the update on a PC?
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Burglar Grabs An Armful Of Right-Foot Sneakers

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A burglar, shown in a video released by the Roanoke County Police Department, stole a selection of shoes at Clean Soles.

"What was the point of grabbing one shoe off the shelf?" asked Rob Wickham, who works at Clean Soles shop in southwestern Virginia.

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Chris57
107 days ago
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If he was intelligent he would boot be a burglar.
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Google follows Apple, bans crypto-mining apps from Play Store

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Google has followed Apple's lead in banning apps that mine cryptocurrencies.

The company recently updated its Play Store policies to explicitly ban cryptocurrency-mining apps, although several such apps are still available to download at press time.

"We don't allow apps that mine cryptocurrency on devices," the new policy says. "We permit apps that remotely manage the mining of cryptocurrency." 

It's not clear if this change will only apply to new apps. There are still several of crypto-mining apps available via the Play Store, though they are explicitly labeled as such.

We've reached out to Google for clarification on its policy. Read more...

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Chris57
143 days ago
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They seem to do that a lot.
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Facebook mistakenly switched 14 million people's post settings to public because... oops!

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Welp, Facebook screwed us again.

The advertising giant wants you to believe that you're in control of what data you share, and who you share it with. We know that's mostly an illusion built upon conflating the photos you upload with the information the company collects on you. And now, for approximately 14 million people, even that illusion has been shattered.  

The company confirmed to Mashable on Thursday that from May 18 to May 22, a Facebook bug automatically set a host of users' new post settings to "public" regardless of their selected setting. It wasn’t fixed until May 27, which led Facebook to warn its users about any content posted between the 18th and 27th. Read more...

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Chris57
193 days ago
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Facebook is getting les and less appealing with each revelation of their disregard for their users.
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