Lawsuit: "pivoting to video" was a disaster led by Facebook's cooked viewing data

Several years ago media sites began firing writers en-masse to hire video people instead, because Facebook and other social media companies told them that this was the future. "Pivoting to video," some called it. But what Facebook actually delivered was "fraudulent" analytics. Advertisers slowly figured out the videos weren't being watched. Facebook lied about it for a while. Then it apparently admitted it. Then the media sites started firing the video people too.
Submitted by nocash at 2018-10-17 14:19pm to the The Economy forum.

Let's Remember the Time Anita Bryant Got a Pie to the Face

Her so-called “crusade” eventually led her to Des Moines in 1977, where, during an Oct. 14 press conference, some small kind of uppance finally came. Thom Higgins, a gay activist from St. Paul, Minn., who worked as a nurse until his death in 1994, hit Bryant in the face with a pie, finally shutting her up, albeit momentarily, with an act as palpably angry as it was delightfully campy.
Submitted by nocash at 2018-10-17 14:02pm to the Food forum.

Teen baked her grandfather's ashes into sugar cookies and brought them to school, police say

A Davis high school student allegedly baked her grandfather’s ashes into a batch of sugar cookies and gave them to classmates, some of whom were aware they contained human remains before they ate them, authorities said Tuesday.

A female student at Da Vinci Charter Academy, a public charter high school, brought the cookies to school on Oct. 4 and gave them to at least nine other students, said Davis Police Lt. Paul Doroshov. Some ate the cookies without knowing the extra ingredient and were ...
Submitted by sleeppoor at 2018-10-17 3:36am to the Food forum.

Elizabeth Warren's Deception

I am so very tired.

Before we dive into this, allow me to head one future issue off real quick: Elizabeth Warren, no matter what any DNA test says, no matter what the outcome of the 2020 election is, will never, ever be the first Native American anything. It is possible this particular political ploy will never be brought forward, as it was when someone touted her in 1996 as the “first woman of color” to be hired by Harvard Law. But after Warren’s decision Monday morning to release a ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2018-10-17 3:59am to the Politics forum.

Black senior citizens ordered off Georgia bus taking them to vote

Government officials in an east Georgia county told about 40 African-American senior citizens to get off a bus taking them to vote Monday, leading to complaints of voter suppression.

The bus, run by the group Black Voters Matter, was preparing to depart from a senior center operated by Jefferson County when the center’s director said they needed to disembark, said LaTosha Brown, a co-founder of Black Voters Matter.

A county clerk had called the senior center raising concerns about allowing ...
Submitted by sleeppoor at 2018-10-17 0:39am to the Politics forum.

The last days of Theranos — the financials were as overhyped as the blood tests

Such boldface-name investors as Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim; Betsy DeVos, now secretary of education; Oracle founder Larry Ellison; the Walton family of Walmart fame, who invested $150 million in Theranos; Greek shipping heir Andreas Dracopoulos; and members of South Africa’s Oppenheimer family, which controlled the diamond company De Beers Group, lost their entire investments.
Submitted by vvp the deathless at 2018-10-17 0:26am to the Crime forum.

Ecuador tells Assange to avoid political activity online – and feed the cat

Ecuador has laid out a stringent new set of house rules for Julian Assange, warning the whistleblower to avoid online comments about political issues – and ordering him to clean his bathroom and take better care of his cat, or risk losing his pet.

Assange, who has been living in Ecuador’s UK embassy since June 2012, must obtain approval for all visitors from diplomatic staff three days in advance. He is expressly banned from activities which could be “considered as political or ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2018-10-16 23:58pm to the Off Topic News forum.

Was Gary Hart Set Up?

In the last year of his life, Atwater publicly apologized for tactics like these. He told Tom Turnipseed, the object of his “jumper cables” attack, that he viewed the episode as “one of the low points” of his career. He apologized to Dukakis for the “naked cruelty” of the Willie Horton ad.

And in a private act of repentance that has remained private for nearly three decades, he told Raymond Strother that he was sorry for how he had torpedoed Gary Hart’s chances of becoming ...
Submitted by revdrew at 2018-10-16 23:06pm to the Politics forum.

Republicans Are Adopting the Proud Boys

Nine members of the far-right Proud Boys group and three protesters are facing riot and assault charges after a street brawl between them Friday night in New York.

The fight wasn’t a random clash, though: The Proud Boys were in Manhattan thanks to an invite from the Metropolitan Republican Club.

In a speech at the club, which was vandalized before the event, Proud Boys leader Gavin McInnes waved a sword at anti-fascist protesters and celebrated the assassination of a socialist Japanese ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2018-10-16 21:45pm to the Crime forum.

Elizabeth Warren angers prominent Native Americans with politically fraught DNA test

Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s release of a DNA test that suggested a lineage to a distant Native American ancestor has roiled the Cherokee Nation and others in indigenous communities frustrated about the seizure of cultural and social ties for political maneuvering.

The Massachusetts Democrat, a likely presidential contender in 2020, released the test Monday in an attempt to neutralize attacks from President Trump and other Republicans. She has previously cited family stories to claim Cherokee and ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2018-10-16 21:45pm to the The World forum.

Millennials Need to Start Voting Before the Gerontocracy Kills Us All

The United States, circa 2018, looks like a place run by people who know they’re going to die soon.

As “once in a lifetime” storms crash over our coasts five times a year — and the White House’s own climate research suggests that human civilization is on pace to perish before Barron Trump — our government is subsidizing carbon emissions like there’s no tomorrow. Meanwhile, America’s infrastructure is already “below standard,” and set to further deteriorate, absent hundreds ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2018-10-16 21:45pm to the Politics forum.

What's the Matter With Manhattan?

These days, walking through parts of Manhattan feels like occupying two worlds at the same time. In a theoretical universe, you are standing in the nation’s capital of business, commerce, and culture. In the physical universe, the stores are closed, the lights are off, and the windows are plastered with for-lease signs. Long stretches of famous thoroughfares—like Bleecker Street in the West Village and Fifth Avenue in the East 40s—are filled with vacant storefronts. Their dark windows ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2018-10-16 21:45pm to the The Economy forum.

Lindsey Graham: I’m taking DNA test, ‘I think I can beat’ Elizabeth Warren on amount of Cherokee heritage

Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) told "Fox & Friends" on Tuesday that he would be taking a DNA test, and that he thinks he can "beat" Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) in terms of the amount of Cherokee heritage that it will show.

"I've been told that my grandmother was part Cherokee Indian. It may all be just talk, but you're gonna find out in a couple of weeks because I'm gonna take this test," he said.

Warren released the results of a DNA test Monday which "strongly support[s]" her claims of ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2018-10-16 21:06pm to the Horseshit! forum.

The Magic Leap Con

“Today, our world feels divided.” Rony Abovitz, CEO of the infamous mixed reality startup Magic Leap stood awkwardly on a circular stage, surrounded by hundreds of attendees of his company’s first developer conference, and first major public-facing event, eyeing a teleprompter, arms behind his back. “It feels broken,” he said. “Our new medium of spatial computing feels fresh. It doesn’t carry the baggage and negative headlines that are dominating the news today.”

That, of ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2018-10-16 20:50pm to the The Economy forum.

Mold Eats World

Toxic mold could be lurking behind your walls, inside your ceiling, and beneath your countertops, and our warming climate isn’t helping. But is this fungal explosion really the health risk we might think it is?
Submitted by nocash at 2018-10-16 18:49pm to the Science forum.

He’s a Rhodes Scholar. The G.O.P. Keeps Calling Him a ‘Big-City Rapper'

PORT EWEN, N.Y. — It has taken 12 years, but Antonio Delgado has finally received recognition for his brief career as a rap artist. All it took was for him to run for Congress in New York.
Submitted by revdrew at 2018-10-16 18:33pm to the Politics forum.

The Bizarre Drama Between Drew Barrymore and EgyptAir’s In-Flight Magazine, Explained

In early October, photographs of an interview that Drew Barrymore apparently gave to EgyptAir’s in-flight magazine began to circulate on Twitter, in which the actress made remarks about motherhood and body-shaming that were so bizarre, many were quick to conclude that there’s no way the interview was legitimate.
Submitted by nocash at 2018-10-16 17:56pm to the Off Topic News forum.

Gainesville barbershop co-owner arrested in sex sting

...he told Volusia County sheriff’s deputies he only came to the meeting place because he believed it was an undercover sting and he thought it would be cool to see it in action...
Submitted by gotterdamm at 2018-10-16 17:41pm to the Crime forum.

Man run over by lawn mower while trying to kill son with chainsaw

A man who police say was run over with a lawn mower while trying to kill his son with a chain saw has had to have his leg amputated.

According to a Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office release, officers called to a home June 28 found Ferguson bleeding from his leg and head. A preliminary investigation indicated he had tried to attack his son with a running chain saw while he son mowed the yard.

Detectives say the father and son had an ongoing feud.
Submitted by katheudo at 2018-10-16 17:24pm to the Crime forum.

Uniqlo replaced 90% of staff at its Tokyo warehouse with robots

At a warehouse in Tokyo’s Ariake district once mainly staffed by people, robots are now doing the work of inspecting and sorting the clothing housed there by Japanese retailer Uniqlo.

The company recently remodeled the existing warehouse with an automated system created in partnership with Daifuku, a provider of material handling systems. Now that the system is running, the company revealed during a walkthrough of the new facility, Uniqlo has been able to cut staff at the warehouse by 90%. ...
Submitted by katheudo at 2018-10-16 17:22pm to the The Economy forum.