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Google Political War

Google Political War: Silicon Valley In The Crossfire

Nobody is immune to the hostile social-political climate that is 2017 America. No, nobody in computer repair, nobody in Silicon Valley. But Google is finding this out the hard way. Because one blog cost engineer James Damore his job. It also started a Silicon Valley war of ideas. Google political war: Silicon Valley in the crossfire. So this is how it started. Damore wrote a blog they call the 'anti-diversity manifesto'. He wrote why he is against Google's programs to [...]

Go FCC Yourself

Go FCC Yourself: John Oliver For Net Neutrality

Last month, on his late night talk show, host/comedian John Oliver praised the Internet. He also called out the Trump administration. This is because of their lack of protection for net neutrality. But he wants you to do something about it. He wants you to Go FCC yourself: John Oliver for net neutrality. So here is what Oliver wants you to do. Type go FCC yourself in any search engine. This will take you straight to the FCC (Federal Communications [...]

Happy Birthday GIF

Happy Birthday GIF

Yesterday was a horrible day. We had shootings in Alexandria, VA and San Francisco. Then we had an inferno in London. There was also a deadly mudslide in Bangladesh. But I'm here to talk happy news. As in happy birthday GIF. So GIF means Graphics Interchange Format. On June 15, 1987, Steve Wilhite created the GIF. In 1987, he worked at CompuSave. The company asked him to make color images for files people can download. So in 1987, he came [...]

Marissa Mayer Resigns

Marissa Mayer Resigns: Is Yahoo Dead?

As most of you know, Verizon purchased Yahoo for around 4 1/2 billion dollars. But when mergers happen, it's often low-end workers that leave. However, with this merger, even the Yahoo CEO has to go. Marissa Mayer resigns: Is Yahoo Dead? So Verizon gave a statement. The statement announced Meyer's choice to resign, rather than continue with the movie. Furthermore, Meyer penned a letter to her employers. She called it an honor to work and lead the company for five [...]

Pakistan Man Gets Death Sentence

Pakistan Man Gets Death Sentence Over Facebook

Okay, we all know a Facebook posts can get you fired. Also, a compromising Facebook post can earn you a divorce or break-up. But in Pakistan, it earned one man something far more serious. A Pakistan man gets death sentence over Facebook. So 30-year-old Taimoor Raza is guilty of blasphemy. He got into a religious debate on Facebook with someone. But that someone turned out to be an undercover cop. The cop arrested him for blasphemy. This is part of Pakistan's [...]

Pinetrest and AI

Pinetrest and AI: They’re What’s For Dinner

Today, we use AI (artificial intelligence) for many things. We use them for video games. Also, we use them to build robots. But do you use AI for food? Pinetrest and AI: They're what's for dinner. So let me explain. Social media site Pinetrest are using pictures of your food to suggest other dishes  and recipes. The AI feature Pinetrest Lens allows this to happen. Here's how it works. You take a picture of a soul food dinner: fried chicken, [...]

Facebook Code of Conduct

Facebook Code of Conduct Exposed

There have been disturbing actions on Facebook. This even includes murder. But recently, Facebook hired many to stop hate speech and hate promotion. Hence, here's how they do it. Facebook code of conduct exposed. So somehow, British publication The Guardian has over 100 training manuals. Such training fights violence, hatred, terrorism, hard core pornography, even cannibalism. One evil they address is revenge porn. So here is how. They say revenge porn is content that invades privacy, the victim is nude and/or [...]

Social Media Used For Good

Social Media Used For Good…And Evil

Social media used for good...and evil. Yes, social media often gets a bad reputation. But sometimes, people do use it for good. But others use it for evil and madness. So here are two examples. First, let me cover the good. Instagram opens a space to address mental health. Hence, they created a hashtag #Hereforyou. They're focusing on three particular issues. Those are eating disorders, depression, and suicide. This hashtag also connects you to a community with people who struggle [...]

Hacking Group Anonymous

Hacking Group Anonymous Warns of World War Three

Most of us know the headlines by now. So most know the tensions between the US and North Korea, as well as with other nations. Consequently, many ask, "What will become of this?" One hacktivist group says these tensions could have catastrophic results. Hacking group Anonymous warns of World War Three. Anonymous put out a video telling people to prepare for WW3. They also say signs of war on the Korean peninsula are looming. The video is on You Tube. [...]

Amazon and Apple Team Up

Amazon and Apple Team Up: What About Competitors?

Apple and Amazon never got along that well. But that was probably a good thing. Because that bred competition. They competed for our business and our loyalty. However, note how I'm using past tense. Amazon and Apple team up: What about competitors? So here's how Amazon and Apple team up. They agree to bring the Amazon video app to the Apple TV box. Do you know what this means? This means Amazon Prime subscribers can watch their favorite shows using [...]

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