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Is Natalie Portman’s Israel Protest a Tipping Point?

The Oscar-winning, Israeli-born actress bowed out of a prestigious Israeli awards ceremony in protest of the country’s “atrocities.” And its impact …

Israel

Stuck in Jamaica: 'My pension, my house and my kids are in the UK'

Windrush immigrants unable to re-enter Britain after a visit, or deportation, feel ignored<p>Everyone in Jamaica knows someone who “lives in foreign” – the Jamaican expression for abroad. There have been generations of children who have been left at home with family members as their parents went to …

United Kingdom

'I thought I would die': Windrush man left homeless after brain surgery

Winston Jones was admitted to hospital with a brain aneurysm in 2014, which he attributes to the stress he was under as he tried to sort out his passport problems.<p>The 62-year-old spent five months in hospital, where staff told the former British Rail worker that he might need to pay for his …

Windrush

Exclusive: YouTube ran ads from hundreds of brands on extremist channels

Ads from over 300 companies and organizations -- including tech giants, major retailers, newspapers and government agencies -- ran on YouTube channels promoting white nationalists, Nazis, pedophilia, conspiracy theories and North Korean propaganda, a CNN investigation has found.<p>Companies such as …

Internet

WPP: breaking up world's top advertising group could net £22bn

How Sir Martin Sorrell’s sprawling empire breaks down – and who could succeed him<p>Martin Sorrell’s resignation triggers 7% slide in WPP shares Nils Pratley: Sorrell’s exit leaves too many unanswered questions<p>Sir Martin Sorrell’s resignation has raised the question of whether his successor will be …

Advertising

Meet the Parents Cold Open - SNL

Saturday Night Live

“As an Added Bonus, She Paid for Everything”: My Bright-Lights Misadventure with the Magician of Manhattan

She walked into my life in Gucci sandals and Céline glasses, and showed me a glamorous, frictionless world of hotel living and Le Coucou dinners and infrared saunas and Moroccan vacations. And then she made my $62,000 disappear.<p>According to my closest friends and various suspect Internet sources, …

Hung Up

U.S. boxer wearing 'border wall' shorts gets pounded by Mexican opponent

Mexican boxer Francisco Vargas crushed the border wall on Thursday night.<p>His opponent, U.S. boxer Rod Salka, donned shorts reading "America 1st" that …

Boxing

'Dear Mark, this is why I hate you.' An open letter to Zuckerberg

Dear Mark,<p>Fuck you. Oh, sorry, were you expecting something politer? Senators might courteously thank for you volunteering to appear in Congress, but …

Privacy

Google’s astounding new search tool will answer any question by reading thousands of books

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada<p>Imagine if you could gather thousands of writers in a circle to discuss one question. What would optimist Thomas L. Friedman say about intervening in Syria, for example? Would chaos theorist Santo Banerjee concur?<p>Google now has a way to convene that kind of …

British Columbia

Amazon Apologizes for Shipping Ten Thousand Copies of Comey’s Book to White House

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Calling it a “regrettable accident,” Amazon apologized on Thursday for shipping ten thousand advance copies of James Comey’s book, “A Higher Loyalty,” to the White House.<p>Cartons of the book arrived early Thursday morning and kept coming throughout the day, until …

The White House

Facebook could theoretically owe the FTC $7.1 trillion for recent data scandals

It’s a big week for Facebook. CEO Mark Zuckerberg is set to appear before Congress tomorrow, ready to fess up to his social network’s multitudinous problems. But the company might soon have a bigger adversary: The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which could put Facebook on the hook for more money …

Privacy

Dunning-Kruger Effect: Why Incompetent People Think They Are Superior

The Dunning-Kruger effect is a type of cognitive bias in which people believe that they are smarter and more capable than they really are. …

Psychology

UC Berkeley Is Offering Data Science, Its Fastest-Growing Course Ever, for Free Online

It's worth passing along a message from UC Berkeley. According to its news service, the "fastest-growing course in UC Berkeley’s history — …

Online Education

50 Novels All Men Should Read Before They Die

No excuses, now<p>Forget coming-of-age fiction or impenetrable 'classics' – these are the books all grown men should be ticking off. Why? Because they're as entertaining as they are wise<p>On Beauty – Zadie Smith<p>The Circle – Dave Eggers<p>East of Eden – John Steinbeck<p>The Road – Cormac McCarthy<p>The Blind …

Literature

How Facebook can cut down on fake news without relying on thousands of humans to decide what is true

The world’s most powerful news provider has a fake news problem—and it doesn’t appear to know what to do about it.<p>After Donald Trump secured an unexpected victory in the US presidential election, Facebook’s role in enabling his campaign has come under the spotlight. Not only did the social network …

Internet

Germany starts enforcing hate speech law

<b>Germany is set to start enforcing a law that demands social media sites move quickly to remove hate speech, fake news and illegal material.</b><p>Sites that do not remove "obviously illegal" posts could face fines of up to 50m euro (£44.3m).<p>The law gives the networks 24 hours to act after they have been …

Social Media

Facebook Says Data on Most of Its 2 Billion Users Is Vulnerable

Facebook Inc. said data on most of its 2 billion users could have been accessed improperly, giving fresh evidence of the ways the social-media giant …

Social Media

Inside the Two Years That Shook Facebook—and the World

One day in late February of 2016, Mark Zuckerberg sent a memo to all of Facebook’s employees to address some troubling behavior in the ranks. His …

Social Media

Christopher Wylie: Why I broke the Facebook data story – and what should happen now

The whistleblower at the centre of the Cambridge Analytica storm asks if Britain will now address the hard issues which it has raised<p>In January, I told the British authorities that the app that was used to harvest data for Cambridge Analytica was likely to have pulled the profiles of British …

Brexit

Owen Jones goes on a Russian dirty money tour: 'We need to hit kleptocrats in their wallets'

Request sent to artist following concerns that unsightly blockades will put off visitors<p>Published: 20 Apr 2018<p>Canadian envoy to chemical weapons watchdog condemns ‘craven attempt to mislead international community’<p>Published: 18 Apr 2018<p>UK foreign secretary tries to clarify apparent claim that …

Nerve Agents

Elon Musk Urges People to Watch Chris Paine's A.I. Movie While It's Free

"Do You Trust This Computer?" is now available to stream.<p>Elon Musk is concerned about the future of humanity. The tech entrepreneur shared a link …

Tesla

Facebook's surveillance is nothing compared to Comcast, AT&T and Verizon

Comcast, AT&T and Verizon pose a greater surveillance risk than Facebook – but their surveillance is much harder to avoid<p>If you think Facebook’s “Cambridge Analytica problem” is bad, just wait until Comcast and Verizon are able to do the same thing.<p>In response to the Cambridge Analytica data …

Net Neutrality

'A nice set of curves if I do say so myself': a Twitter lesson in how not to write women

A male author’s claim to be living proof that men can write authentic female characters has provoked glee online – but he’s not the worst offender<p>One integral thing about being female is that we don’t really think about our breasts very much at all. If we ever do, we never think about how we’ve …

Books

Hey, Alexa, What Can You Hear? And What Will You Do With It?

Amazon ran a commercial on this year’s Super Bowl that pretended its digital assistant Alexa had temporarily lost her voice. It featured celebrities like Rebel Wilson, Cardi B and even the company’s chief executive, Jeff Bezos.<p>While the ad riffed on what Alexa can say to users, the more intriguing …

Automation

'I went to death row for 28 years through no fault of my own'

Anthony Ray Hinton endured almost three decades behind bars, wrongly convicted by Alabama’s racist judiciary system. Here, he tells his incredible story<p>Anthony Ray Hinton was going out of his mind on Alabama’s death row as he repeatedly churned over the iniquities of the shambolic trial that put …

U.S. Supreme Court

There is one major difference between people who move abroad and those who don't, according to a recent study

Living abroad has plenty of incredible benefits including getting to travel to new places, meet new people, and try new things. But, perhaps the greatest benefit of all is the brand-new sense of self you'll discover along the way.<p>And this isn't us just waxing poetic about living overseas. There's …

Columbia University

21 keyboard shortcuts Mac users need to know

I’m sure most Mac users know <i>Command-C</i> means copy and<i> Command-V</i> means paste, but there’s a host of other useful shortcuts that make a Mac user’s life …

Keyboard Shortcuts