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A day of generally more hopeful news. It's about time.
The Washington Post
Tony Romm, Elizabeth Dwoskin
– Aug 15, 1:28 PM
Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey said he is rethinking core parts of the social media platform so that it doesn't enable the spread of hate speech, harassment and false news, including conspiracy theories shared by prominent users like Alex…
francine hardawayHe seems like such a nice guy. Free speech is an issue here, though, and he can't just shut it down. Nor can Zuckerberg. These are such complex problems.
In the spring of 1994, Abdoul Salam Nizeyimana's executioners arrived. It was about two weeks after the Hutu majority-controlled government stepped up its decades-long persecution of the Tutsi minority, calling on citizens to slaughter all Tutsis.
francine hardawayA little bit of better news. This is cool.
New York University medical students received life-changing news on Thursday -- the School of Medicine will cover full tuition going forward for all current and future students, regardless of need or merit. Trustees, leaders and faculty at NYU…
francine hardawayMore good news. There is already a shortage of doctors. Perhaps this will encourage some people who really want to go to medical school to reconsider.
The New York Times
– Aug 16, 2:38 PM
The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved the first generic version of EpiPen, providing new competition that could help drive down the cost of a lifesaving product that had become a notorious symbol of high drug prices. The generic…
francine hardawayI'm so delighted that there's finally a generic of this. For parents with allergic kids especially, this was way too anxiety producing
London (CNN) Mark Lewis, a famed libel and privacy lawyer, is leaving Britain. Worn down by years of anti-Semitic abuse and death threats, he has decided enough is enough. The 53-year-old plans to begin a new life in Israel with his partner, Mandy…
francine hardawayAmazing to think that this is happening twice in my lifetime.
The New York Times
– Aug 16, 1:45 PM
Facebook has made a mint by enabling advertisers to identify and reach the very people most likely to react to their messages. Ad buyers can select audiences based on details like a user's location, political leanings and interests as specific as…
francine hardawayWe are gradually deciding as a population that social media supported by advertising is bad for us.
Google leadership addressed Dragonfly, the company's censored search product for Chinese markets that sparked internal furor when many employees first learned about it two weeks ago, for the first time at an all-hands staff meeting today. But…
francine hardawayEmployees outside of the comms department have never been allowed to talk to the press in public companies. Too dangerous.
The New York Times
Brian X. Chen
– Aug 15, 2:16 PM
Online ads have always been annoying, but now they're worse than ever. Consider what happens when you shop online for a wristwatch. You peruse a few watch websites and the next thing you know, a watch advertisement is following you everywhere. On…
francine hardawayI thought retargeting was going away! I guess not without help.
Once silent on InfoWars, the controversial media outlet that publishes viral conspiracy theories, consumer-facing media companies like YouTube, Facebook, Spotify, Apple, and Twitter have pulled an about-face in recent weeks, cutting ties with the…
francine hardawayInfrastructure companies aren't responsible for what's on them.