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|Coming up on DTNS ...Samsung says the Galaxy Fold lives! Gaming adults say they're getting harassed, and did the retweet set us all back?||Twitch Chat|
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|:31||TM||Let's start with a few tech things you should know...|
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|sl||eBay is launching Managed Delivery, an end-to-end fulfillment offering for eBay sellers, in the US next year. The company will store seller merchandise in third-party warehouses and give sellers the option to provide free 2-3 day shipping. Around 1.5 million packages are sent daily in the US by eBay sellers. Managed Delivery will better brand those packages for the company.||https://techcrunch.com/2019/07/25/ebay-will-offer-long-overdue-amazon-shipping-competitor-next-year/|
|jry||NBC and Twitter are partnering to bring limited live Olympic coverage and highlights to the social network during the Tokyo 2020 Games. NBC previously worked with Snapchat for the 2018 Winter Games. The Twitter partnership has an interactive twist - users can vote on preferred events or athletes, and live streams lasting around five minutes will be broadcast on the platform.||https://www.engadget.com/2019/07/25/twitter-nbc-olympic-games-tokyo-2020/|
|tm||Stock trading service Robinhood is informing some customers it stored their passwords in cleartext in an internal system, according to emails seen by ZDNet. Robinhood says it's fixed the issue and is now resetting passwords out of caution, but says it didn't find evidence of abuse. Passwords are now being hashed using the Bcrypt algorithm||https://www.zdnet.com/article/robinhood-admits-to-storing-some-passwords-in-cleartext/|
|sl||Samsung announced it made "improvements" to the Galaxy Fold plans to sell it in September for $1980. The top protective layer of the display has been extended beyond the bezel, which should help deter users from thinking they should remove it like a typical screen protector. Both hinges of the device now feature protective caps, the space between the hinge and the body has been reduced, and the screen has been reinforced with additional metal layers underneath.||https://www.theverge.com/2019/7/24/20726487/samsung-galaxy-fold-fixed-price-new-release-date|
|tm||Apple is buying the "majority" of Intel's smartphone modem business for $1 billion. Apple will get 2,200 Intel workers along with equipment intellectual property and leases.|
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|:33||jry||US presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard is suing Google for $50 million after her campaign was suspended from buying ads for six hours following a debate in June. Google told the New York Times its automated systems flag unusual activity like sudden increases in spending. The system triggered the suspension of Gabbard's campaign and the account was reinstated shortly thereafter. The campaign also believes its emails are being placed in Gmail's spam folders at "a disproportionately high rate."||https://www.engadget.com/2019/07/25/tulsi-gabbard-sues-google-censorship/|
|:37||sl||The Anti-Defamation League published a new report that found 74% of adults who play games online have experienced some form of harrassment. In a survey from April 2019 of more than 1000 adults, 65% reported "severe harassment" including physical threats, stalking and sustained harassment, while 29% reported being doxed. The report found that Dota 2 had the most adults quit playing as a result of harassment. Other games found to have high instances of harassment were Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Overwatch, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, and League of Legends. 80% reported having positive social interactions within games, with World of Warcraft, Minecraft and NBA 2K having the highest percentage. 35% of respondents said they engaged in negative social behavior themselves, from trolling to using offensive names. The report found moderation policies outdated, with some large commercial spaces unmoderated. ADL suggested the ESRB take into account online behavior and a publishers moderation policies when assigning ratings to games.||https://kotaku.com/74-of-adults-have-been-harassed-while-gaming-online-s-1836678162|
|:41||jry||Pew Research Center analyzed every video posted by 43,770 YouTube channels with more than 250,000 subscribers in the first week of 2019. Among the findings: 10% of these channels created 70% of the videos posted. The top 10% of most-viewed videos made up 79% of all views in the period. Only 17% of the quarter million videos analyzed were fully in English. Video intended for children were longer and on tended to receive more views than other videos. Videos featuring a child younger than 13, whether intended for children or not, received nearly three times as many views on average as other types of videos. Videos with children targeted at children were the most popular kind of video of all. And finally, 16% of english-language videos were related to current events or politics, the majority were international and did not mention the US.||https://www.pewinternet.org/2019/07/25/a-week-in-the-life-of-popular-youtube-channels/|
|:44||tm||Jonathan Zittrain has a piece in the New Yorker about what he calls Intellectual Debt.|
That's studying and discovering something works but without knowing how. For instance, aspiring existed in many forms as a fork remedy and became aspirin in 1897. But a convincing explanation of how it worked to dull pain was not determined until 1995.
Zittrain suggests that machine learning also incurs intellectual debt. Because we don't know how algorithms get good at identifying cats etc. That means we will not know when it fails unless we already know the answer. As Zittrain says, not a big deal for an ML creating new pizza recipes, kind of a big deal for an ML making health recommendations.
(In 2017, LabSix altered the pixels of a cat photo so that it looked like a cat to humans but Google's image recon. also Inception thought it was guacamole. )
Zittrain is concerned that trade secrets and proprietary code from businesses will hinder the analysis of how ML works. And that reliance on well-performing AI might reduce human oversight and prevent us from catching error and bias.
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|:48||The Man Who Built Twitter's Retweet: “We Handed A Loaded Weapon To 4-Year-Olds”||https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/alexkantrowitz/how-the-retweet-ruined-the-internet|
|Chris Wetherell told BuzzFeed he regrets building the retweet button for Twitter. He led the team that made it in 2009.|
Initially he thought it would help elevate underrepresented voices.
He says after the launch of the button he thought, “We might have just handed a 4-year-old a loaded weapon.”
Jason Goldman, the head of product for Twitter in 2009: “The biggest problem is the quote retweet. Quote retweet allows for the dunk. It’s the dunk mechanism.”
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey also told Buzzfeed: “Definitely thinking about the incentives and ramifications of all actions, including retweet. Retweet with comment for instance might encourage more consideration before spread.”
- Reduced friction in spreading
- Attracted "publications, journalists, and politicians "
- Caused Facebook to add a retweet-like function "mobile share"
- In 2014 started noticing how gamer gate posters were using retweets. There was no defense for targets against repetitional harm.
- "It dawned on me that this was not some small subset of people acting aberrantly. This might be how people behave. And that scared me to death.”
- A group or "audience" that is regularly amplifying "awful" posts could lead to suspension of ability to retweet for members of that group
- Limit number of times a tweet can be retweeted (WhatsApp is doing this)
- MIT's David Rand - No retweet without clicking
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|Soumyadip points out that while Netflix's Mobile only plan in India at 199 Rupees a month is cheaper than Hotstar Premium's 299 rupees a month, you can pay for a year of Hotstar premium for 999 rupees, making it cheaper. And Netflix's full premium plan is 799 Rupees per month. |
"I have myself unsubscribed Netflix because of its cost and even this Rs 199 plan is not tempting enough.
India is a price sensitive market and for Netflix to be able to make deep inroads they will have to price it more competitively. In my opinion this Rs 199 plan isn't going to make much of a difference.
Also Netflix has the disadvantage of fewer local content offerings as compared to Hotstar or even Amazon Prime Video. More new Bollywood movies make way to Amazon Prime Video than to Netflix. And they don't have the television content that Hotstar does.
The operative principle in the mind of the Indian consumer is summarised in the popular Hindi phrase: "Sundar, sasta, tikau" (Attractive, cheap, durable).
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