Google used a secret program called “Bernanke” that used historical bidding data to give its ad-buying system a major advantage over its rivals, an antitrust lawsuit filing claims, a program that earned the company hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue.
Google is in the process of dealing with an antitrust lawsuit from a group of state attorneys general, about its advertising technology and ad industry dominance. In a response to the lawsuit filed by Google in early April, the search company accidentally let slip of some of its behind-the-scenes work.
In the initial version of the filing, seen by the Wall Street Journal, Google failed to properly redact some sections, revealing the secretive business elements. A federal judge allowed Google to refile the properly-redacted version under seal.Source: Apple Insider
Bernanke? Does that tell you something? Oh yeah right! The head of the US Federal Reserve. The one responsible for zero interest rates and money printing. And for the billions of billions for the banks in the financial crisis. For the largest bottom-up redistribution of wealth in the history of the world. That Bernanke!
It’s a zombie economy. For 40 years, we’ve eroded the wages of workers and transfered their share of profit and productivity to owners of capital. This is a problem, because people need money to buy things, and if they run out of money, they stop buying and profits vanish.Source: Cory Doctorow
Uninterrupted, good quality mobile phone reception is extremely important to rail passengers. In technical terms, it’s the pièce de résistance for every network provider because the demands on bandwidth increase with data-intensive applications. Swisscom has now successfully achieved a transmission speed of over 1 Gigabit per second on a moving train under test conditions. This result sets a new benchmark for the mobile phone industry.Source: Swisscom
WordPress, the iOS app, lets you build and manage a website right from your iPhone or iPad, for free.
Separately, WordPress.com also happens to sell domain names and fancier website packages.
Now, WordPress founding developer Matt Mullenweg is accusing Apple of cutting off the ability to update that app — until or unless he adds in-app purchases so the most valuable company in the world can extract its 30 percent cut of the money.
The app simply lets you make a website for free. There isn’t even an option to buy a unique dot-com or even dot-blog domain name from the iPhone and iPad app — it simply assigns you a free WordPress domain name and 3GB of space.Source: The Verge
Thanks, but no eroded fruits for me ever.
“Black Mirror” can be called a number of things—intelligent, well-crafted, beautifully acted, and gripping, just to name several descriptors. But one thing that the bulk of “Black Mirror” can’t be called is uplifting. And that’s something that creator Charlie Brooker is painfully aware of, and it’s the driving force behind his reluctance to write more episodes of the sci-fi anthology series.
Brooker was recently interviewed with Radio Times, and as you might expect, the conversation eventually turned to “Black Mirror” and the future of the Netflix series. When asked about the possibility of a new season of “Black Mirror,” Brooker replied, “I’ve been busy, doing things. I don’t know what I can say about what I’m doing and not doing.”
“At the moment, I don’t know what stomach there would be for stories about societies falling apart, so I’m not working away on one of those,” he added. “I’m sort of keen to revisit my comic skill set, so I’ve been writing scripts aimed at making myself laugh.”Source: The Playlist
Here’s a comment by John Fiddle about that article:
Black mirror portraits dramatized possible scenarios where modern technology and society enslaves, kills or monitors people.
Imaginable, officials don’t want such topics while they are launching an app that could track our movement, behavior and social relations on a huge, if not global scale.
So black mirror is either on hold because it has been required by a government or Netflix’ interest in their customers overall mood became bigger than their greed for money.
The world needs your hardihood of self-thinking. Sometimes asking the right questions impacts more than giving the right answers.
Anyways. This hypothesis supports the theory that the corona app’s main purpose is mass surveillance and not aid. So I’m officially denying it now, because an increase in fear could result in further holds of black mirror. The current global crisis however would fit excellent as a black mirror episode.John Fiddle
The U.S. Government issued Executive Order 13884, the practical effect of which is to prohibit almost all transactions and services between U.S. companies, entities, and individuals in Venezuela. To remain compliant with this order, Adobe is deactivating all accounts in Venezuela.
Executive Order 13884 was issued with no expiration date – the decision to rescind it rests solely with the U.S. Government. We will continue to monitor developments closely and will make every effort to restore services to Venezuela as soon as it is legally permissible to do so.Source: Adobe
Put your data in the cloud, they said. It’s save and accessible from everywhere, they said.
Oh, what a pity! My beloved wallpapers site is down for several months now, and despite all those alternatives I really miss them. Their last tweet on their Twitter account is from 2015, so I guess they’re dead. :(
Currently I’m preparing a full dump of the user submissions. If you cannot or do not want to wait, here a some torrents to respective dumps:
All images 1920 x 1080 + vote on submissions
All images 3840 x 2160 + vote on submissions
All images in maximum resolution link 1 and link 2.
Thanks to Yuri Gudilin for those torrents.
Currently I experience password recovery emails from Pickaface not being received in GMX email accounts. Yet, I don’t know whose fault it is, and I cannot contact Pickaface using the registered GMX account, because GMX keeps telling me that the account is misused by spammers and therefore sending mails is temporarily disabled. Although, I revoked all authorizations, changed the password of the GMX account and waited about six hours now, but it still doesn’t allow me to send one single mail. Receiving mails works fine, except the ones from Pickaface. Yes, I also checked the spam folder. No luck there.
So, I got stuck here. Of course I could contact the Pickaface support team and request to reset the password of that account. But since my request won’t be sent by the email address associated to the account in question, they’ll likely ignore that request and file it under hacking attempt. On the other hand I could contact the GMX support team to have my email account unlocked. But they only provide a costly 0900-hotline and charge you € 3,99 per minute instead of providing proper ways to unlock your account by yourself.
The background story of all this is, that I currently try to move away from GMX and migrate all my accounts to another email service provider. In the more than 15 years now of being a GMX user, they managed to let me down several times, make using their products unnecessarily complicated and provide a constantly decreasing user experience. I’m really happy that I never used their services in a productive environment.