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Tech News 2Night 121
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Tonight! Facebook appologizes- sorta, cyberbullying is free speach in New York, and why Facebook bought LiveRail
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This is Tech News 2Night Episode #121, for Wednesday July 2, 2014
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Yesterday we talked about Facebook 's psychological research experiment on nearly 700,000 unknowing users. Today, while traveling in Delhi, India, Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg said in a statement that “This was part of ongoing research companies do to test different products, and that was what it was; it was poorly communicated,” It was the first public comment on the study by a Facebook executive since the controversy came to light over the weekend. Sandberg also said “We take privacy and security at Facebook really seriously because that is something that allows people to share” opinions and emotions."
Well this one's a head scratcher. New York state’s highest court in Albany has struck down an existing anti-cyberbullying law that was enacted in 2010. The New York Court of Appeals ruled that the law violated the First Amendment in a 5-2 ruling yesterday. What does the ruling mean? well, that virtual harassment, intimidation, and the like are now protected free speech. Cyberbullying, according to New York law, specifically means: any act of communicating … by mechanical or electronic means
“including posting statements on the internet or through a computer or email network
“disseminating embarrassing or sexually explicit photographs
“disseminating private, personal, false or sexual information,
“or sending hate mail
with no legitimate private, personal, or public purpose
with the intent to harass, annoy, threaten, abuse, taunt, intimidate, torment, humiliate, or otherwise inflict significant emotional harm on another person."
The Guardian reports that it received automated notification that six Guardian articles have been scrubbed from search results, as the result of a Euro-pean court ruling that individuals have the right to remove material about themselves from search results, known as "the right to be forgotten." When you Google someone from within the EU, you now see the most important information the target of your search is not trying to hide. as an example, The Guardian notes that Three of the articles, dating back to 2010, relate to a now-retired Scottish Premier League referee, Dougie McDonald, who was found to have lied about his reasons for granting a penalty in a soccer/football match, which eventually led to his resignation. However, Anyone entering the search term "Dougie McDonald Guardian" into google.com – the US version of Google – will see three Guardian articles about the incident as their first results. in the UK, You can still find a vanished Dougie McDonald page if you search "Scottish referee who lied"; it only disappears when you add his name to the search. The Guardian argues that it "writes about things people have done which might not be illegal but raise serious political, moral or ethical questions – tax avoidance, for example. These should not be allowed to disappear: to do so is a huge, if indirect, challenge to press freedom. The ruling has created a stopwatch on free expression – our journalism can be found only until someone asks for it to be hidden".
Five tech giants, including Arista Networks, Broadcom, Google, Mellanox Technologies and Microsoft, have formed a consortium to push ahead with creating specifications for both 25 Gigabit Ethernet and 50 Gigabit Ethernet, called the Gigabit Ethernet Consortium, which wants to create standards for both 25 Gigabit Ethernet and 50 Gigabit Ethernet, which are necessary in order to convert speed into systems. This level of performance is becoming more and more important due to the expansion of cloud technology, and to optimize datacenters. The consortium was formed after plans to create official Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) specifications stalled at a meeting last March. The consortium members now predict that technology based on these standards could hit the market within the next 12 to 18 months.
Back in March, the second generation of Oculus’ virtual reality headset went up for pre-order for $350, with a target ship date of “sometime in July”. The company has just announced that the first DK2 (Developer Kit #2) headsets should start arriving by the week of July 14th. Oculus has received just over 45,000+ pre-orders for the DK2, but just 10,000 headsets are expected to ship this month. Around 12.5 thousand pre-orders came in the first 36 hours alone; so some people who got their orders in by the second day might not be getting their headsets for a few weeks.
coming up, after breaking a Kickstarter record, the plans Levar Burton has for the new Reading Rainbow
and next I'll talk with Josh Ong about Facebook's plans after acquiring LiveRail
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Josh Ong Reporter The Next Web
wrote article: ""Facebook acquires video advertising platform LiveRail""
- Why does Facebook want LiveRail?
- Facebook introduced Premium Video ads in March, when will video ads become commonplace?
- Will these be nationally based or local advertisers?
- Is LiveRail something they will use in the video ad business outisde of Facebook?
finally, remember LeVar Burton's Kickstarter campaign to bring Reading Rainbow to multiple platforms and thousands of classrooms for free? the kickstarter closed today with funding of over $5.4 million — plus an additional $1 million that Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane plans to donate. Burton's company will now be bringing Reading Rainbow to Android as well as the Xbox, PlayStation, Apple TV, and Roku. Originally, Burton had only announced plans to bring Reading Rainbow to the web. Reading Rainbow's campaign estimates that the web portion should be ready by next May. the project didn't set a new monetary record on kickstarter— the Pebble smartwatch still holds that crown— but it did set a new record for backers, ending with a total over 100,000.
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