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Live in Silicon Valley? Not For Long, Apparently.
For anyone with a brain, SV is sounding more and more like a desolate hellscape.

With landlords eager to cash in, formal evictions had increased 55% in five years. More often, though, landlords simply bullied their tenants into packing up. “Tenants are getting evicted for having cups in their cupboards. The landlords say it’s clutter. They’ll say anything. Eventually the tenants just give up,” a lawyer for a tenants’ rights organisation told me. His employer, the Eviction Defense Collaborative, was itself getting evicted from its offices so that the landlord could rent the space to a tech startup.

#siliconvalley
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Snap's New Spectacles Are Incoming
As a member of the very first millenials, I'm excited.

I'm well aware of how silly Snap's Spectacles were. They didn't sell nearly as many as they thought they would, they didn't do everything you would want of them. You couldn't wear with ordinary glasses. And they were rather expensive for one-off toys. Skepticism is warranted.

That said, I don't know why the author of this can't see the potential. Snap is much more focused in its use case than Facebook, and yet the Big F sees Snap as its greatest threat. Facebook is dedicating immense resources to stamping them out. Snap needs to double down on what makes it special to defend against a much larger and better-funded company. Spectacles fit perfectly into that.

Furthermore, while Snap oversold Spectacles, they actually weren't a failure! They were a weird thing, but hundreds of thousands of people in the US bought them. They should have stayed focused on their original projections and not gotten wrapped up in their own hype. If they had, Spectacles would have never been seen as a "failure," because Snap would have sold all of them!

Long story short, Snap has a lot of potential because their use space is much more restricted than many other pieces of hardware, such as Google Glass, Hololens, and Magic Leap. They want to link up seamless recording to their service which supports seamless upload. And since that's all they do, they can keep all of this under a brand much better than Facebook, even though Facebook has kept Instagram separate from the broader company. Instagram is still much more than Snap, which actually makes extending its brand more difficult.

#snap #snapchat #spectacles #facebook #instagram
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Last week Facebook confirmed it: it told the world that as many as 87 million profiles were collected. This included more than one million British records.
My intention here, is to set out the issues – and the evidence – as simply as possible.

#brexit #cambridgeanalytica #trump

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Building A New DNS
Can a new DNS system better protect us?

Now Cloudflare is launching a free, privacy-focused DNS at the address 1.1.1.1, and it’s partnering with Mozilla to support an encrypted connection with the Firefox web browser. Cloudflare is one of the big content delivery networks that sit between websites and the open internet, shielding them from cyberattacks and speeding up delivery of their content. But 1.1.1.1 is available to any user or site, not just Cloudflare customers.

#privacy #security #cybersecurity #infosec
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The demise of the nation state
After decades of globalisation, our political system has become obsolete – and spasms of resurgent nationalism are a sign of its irreversible decline.

The destruction of state authority over capital has of course been the explicit objective of the financial revolution that defines our present era. As a result, states have been forced to shed social commitments in order to reinvent themselves as custodians of the market. This has drastically diminished national political authority in both real and symbolic ways. Barack Obama in 2013 called inequality “the defining challenge of our time”, but US inequality has risen continually since 1980, without regard for his qualms or those of any other president.

#trump #economics #economy #brexit

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Watch This Fantastic Comparison Of Ipads
God, I wish more reviews of art tablets and displays were like this. Give me granular data!
#apple #ipad
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By Not Changing Too Much, The New iPad Remains In A League of Its Own
With the addition of Apple Pencil and a faster CPU, the new iPad impresses.

The new iPad is not only the best tablet for less than $500, it's the best tablet that isn't the iPad Pro, which says more about the quality of Android tablets than anything else. It's probably why Google is so obsessed with its Pixel and other Chromebooks, but that's neither here nor there.

The iPad is not perfect, though. The design is old, it's unserviceable, and the camera is terrible. It's literally the same camera as found in the iPhone 5s. This is a detriment to the AR abilities of the device, which Apple continues to tout.

Everything about the iPad seems to scream how the tablet market is moribund. Sales flatlined years ago and have been dropping ever since, and the fact that Apple's three-year-old technology is still better than mostly anything with Android on it I think goes to show how little attention companies are now paying to tablets.

But Apple is still plugging away. The Pro is definitely their baby right now. It's got the cool toys. It's got the good camera. But this iPad is the one to possibly rejuvenate tablet sales. It has the pencil, which is the best stylus this side of a Wacom, and a seriously affordably price. With Android companies having thrown in the towel, Apple may be resting on some laurels, but at least not too many.

#apple #ipad
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Woman's Real Dad is Mom's Doctor
Well, this will lead to some super awkward Christmas dinners.

Rowlette was likely expecting to discover new details about her distant ancestors, but she instead learned that her DNA sample matched that of a doctor in Idaho. The Ancestry.com analysis predicted a “parent-child” relationship. Befuddled and in disbelief, Rowlette relayed the findings to her parents, Sally Ashby and Howard Fowler. According to a lawsuit the family filed in the US District Court of Idaho, she told her parents she was disappointed that the results were so unreliable.

#oops #genetics
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Twitter Built Its Own Madhouse
Then it purposely let the inmates run wild.

Though the company has taken significant steps in recent years to remove bad actors, it hasn’t shaken the lingering impression that it isn’t trying hard enough to make the service a safer space. Twitter’s response to negative incidents is often unsatisfying to its users and more than a trifle mysterious–its punishment of Rosenberg, instead of his tormentors, being a prime example. “Please can someone smart make a new website where there’s only 140 characters and no Nazis?” one user tweeted shortly after Twitter introduced 280-character tweets in November.

#twitter #trump #racism #freespeech
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