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  • Amazon's Prime Day outages trip up shoppers

    07/17/2018 5:43:22 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 17 replies
    CNN ^ | July 16, 2018 | Heather Kelly
    Amazon's self-created Prime Day holiday got off to a rocky start. The retailing giant's website experienced periodic outages on desktop and mobile on Monday afternoon, right after the Prime Day sale began at 3 p.m. ET. Many shoppers hoping to score deals were instead met with photos of cute dogs, the company's standard error page. That put Amazon in the doghouse with upset customers, many of whom have gone on social media to complain. The issues appeared to affect other Amazon products and services. According to Downdetector.com, a website that tracks outages, Amazon's Alexa, Prime Video Services, and Amazon Web...
  • Department store apocalypse is taking its toll on NYC

    07/16/2018 8:22:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    The New York Post ^ | July 14, 2018 | Steve Cuozzo
    I’m going to miss Lord & Taylor like mad when the Fifth Avenue flagship closes next year. It isn’t only because of the unlikely bargains I scored on its often-deserted men’s floors — a red vinyl Perry Ellis-label jacket, marked down from $79.95 to $39.95 that strangers hilariously mistake for Armani, and a wool winter coat as good as any for $49.99. I won’t miss the once-charming but more recently cheap-looking holiday windows that weren’t worth waiting on line for. But Lord & Taylor, like every big department store, offered a welcoming civility that softened the city’s rough edges. New...
  • Free speech means a free internet — even if Democrats don't like it (Internet Bill of Rights)

    07/06/2018 5:48:10 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/06/18 | Dan Backer
    The Federal Election Commission (FEC) recently held two days of hearings on proposed internet regulations. While the hysterical media has ginned up a new “red scare,” the FEC’s proposals will do nothing to stop bad actors, but will undermine our First Amendment rights to online political speech. The FEC used the hearings, at which I testified, to consider different approaches — some more restrictive than others — to “improve” disclaimers for online political advertising. Yet FEC regulations already require political action committees (PACs) and other online spenders to use disclaimers where they can, or to click through to fully-disclaimed pages...
  • Walmart Made An Incredibly Sharp Move This Month Hiring Valerie Casey

    06/30/2018 7:08:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Forbes ^ | June 30, 2018 | Chris Walton
    This month some important Walmart news did not get the attention it deserved. The news wasn't some flashy announcement about virtual reality or about some new service for busy Manhattanites. It was something much more subtle and much more substantive. It was the hire of Valerie Casey. Google "Valerie Casey" even today and only two listings make mention of her newfound connection with Walmart on the first page of the returned search results. This amount of attention is unjustifiably slight. Let this piece then serve as the hire's coming out party. Shrewdly, Walmart has made Valerie Casey, formerly of Frog,...
  • Amazon Promotes Sexual Confusion on My Home Page

    06/30/2018 6:57:12 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 18 replies
    amazon ^ | 6/30/18 | sff
    So I went to amazon today to look at some stuff. And in the middle of the home page, I see a commercial or promotion, whatever you want to call it, promoting someone who works for the Amazon company who is massively confused.
  • The 25 Most Influential People on the Internet

    06/29/2018 1:29:42 PM PDT · by MNDude · 51 replies
    Last October, an anonymous user, known simply as Q, started posting cryptic messages on the controversial message board 4chan—the common theme being that President Trump is a secret genius and his opponents, namely Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, are evil. Q reportedly claimed to be getting this information directly from the government, thanks to tops-secret, “Q-type” security clearance. There has been little—if any—hard evidence to support Q’s musings. But over time, thousands of people started to believe them—or at least, to acknowledge they might be real. And they became the foundation of a wide-ranging conspiracy theory, known as QAnon, that...
  • Supervisor: Facebook says Greece (NY) 4th of July posts "qualifies as political" and blocks them

    06/29/2018 7:44:23 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 30 replies
    © 2018 WHEC-TV, LLC ^ | June 27, 2018 06:47 PM | Berkeley Brean
    Facebook blocked more people from seeing posts about 4th of July fireworks in Greece, N.Y. Why? Politics and Russia. Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich says he was trying to inform as many people as possible about the free 4th of July events in the town. When he boosted the posts, he says Facebook blocked them because Facebook said they were political. Reilich posted the events on his official supervisor Facebook page where he is listed as a "government official." When he tried to pay Facebook $90 to boost the posts, so more people could see them, he says Facebook said...
  • Exclusive: ‘Little Russian media project’ tries to turn America against itself

    06/24/2018 8:26:37 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 22 replies
    McClatchy DC ^ | June 20, 2018 | Tim Johnson
    Alexander Malkevich is an information warrior for Russia. Over the weekend, he sat in an oyster bar in the basement of Grand Central Station in New York City and related to McClatchy the endless difficulties facing his English-language website, USA Really, which is financed by unnamed pro-Kremlin Russians. USA Really has all the markings of a Russian troll factory trying to undermine U.S. democracy, spinning conspiracy theories, aggregated news and opinions with an aim to show America in a state of near-chaos. Facebook and Twitter have shut down its accounts. When Malkevich’s website called for a rally June 14 to...
  • Supreme Court ignores obvious solution to Internet sales tax debate in Wayfair ruling

    06/24/2018 12:56:31 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 83 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | June 21, 2018 | Mattie Dupler
    One question before the Supreme Court this term was a big one: As technology evolves, how do our laws governing commerce evolve with it? The answer, issued in the ruling held in a 5-4 decision on Thursday, is a bad one for taxpayers. Many proponents of an online sales tax have argued that we must completely revisit what we know about interstate commerce, and create illusory tax regimes to contemplate a brave new order of online transactions. In reality, none of this is true. For one, while it has been 26 years since the Supreme Court visited the issue in...
  • Twitter is Reworking Classic Rock Songs for Millennials

    06/21/2018 1:01:23 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 44 replies
    Ultimate Classic Rock ^ | Debra Filcman
    Social media is abuzz with the hashtag #millennialclassicrock, a game in which Twitter users update the lyrics of famous classic rock songs to reflect the sensibilities of a younger generation. Fans got clever, with puns, rhymes and other modern twists on classic rock lyrics that ran the gamut but focused largely on topics like technology, the economy and social interactions. The tweets put bands like Queen, Blue Oyster Cult and the Police in the spotlight. Tweets abounded with updates to Queen's "We Are the Champions," their mega-hit from 1977's News of the World, with a variety of stabs on the...
  • High Court: Online shoppers can be forced to pay sales tax

    06/21/2018 7:58:37 AM PDT · by Reno89519 · 162 replies
    AP ^ | June 21, 2018 | Hessuca Gresko
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says states can force online shoppers to pay sales tax. The 5-4 ruling Thursday is a win for states, who said they were losing out on billions of dollars annually under two decades-old Supreme Court decisions that impacted online sales tax collection. The high court ruled Thursday to overturn those decisions. snip “Each year the physical presence rule becomes further removed from economic reality and results in significant revenue losses to the States. These critiques underscore that the physical presence rule, both as first formulated and as applied today, is an incorrect interpretation of...
  • The End of All That's Good and Pure About The Internet (Censorship LINK TAX passed)

    06/20/2018 6:11:49 PM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 40 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 06/20/2018 | Rhett Jones
    The End of All That's Good and Pure About The Internet https://gizmodo.com/the-end-of-all-thats-good-and-pure-about-the-internet-1826963763 Rhett Jones June 20 2018 The EU has passed an Internet link tax on anyone who links to any EU published content. The tax will be levied against individuals or organizations in any country due to mutual copyright treaty conventions. Article 11 Article 11 has been variously called the link tax or the snippet tax. Designed to mitigate the power over publishers that Google and Facebook have amassed in the last decade, it codifies a new copyright rule for linking to news organizations and quoting text from their stories. Online platforms...
  • The End of All That's Good and Pure About the Internet (EU)

    06/20/2018 10:27:29 AM PDT · by Johnny Diamond · 9 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | June 19 | Rhett Jones
    We regret to inform you that the internet is on red alert once again. On Wednesday, the EU’s Legislative Committee voted to adopt sweeping measures that will upend the web in every way that we know it. Memes, news, Wikipedia, art, privacy, and the creative side of fandom are all at risk of being destroyed or kneecapped. By the time Americans woke up on Wednesday, the Legislative Committee had voted on the final form of the EU Copyright Directive—the first major update to European copyright law since 2001. Much of what’s in the legislation has been met with approval, but...
  • The conservative free speech dilemma

    06/17/2018 11:45:25 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 21 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 17 Jun, 2018 | Joshua Broom
    In a democratic republic, freedom of expression and enlightened, open-ended debate are paramount. Yet in America in 2018, First Amendment rights are vanishing for conservatives. There's a reason: Powerful entities such as online and televised media, many of whom are left-oriented, have gradually shape-shifted our nation's speech to match their political flavor. For progressives, this uneven playing field is a seismic boon. For conservatives, not so much, nor is it good for even moderate left-wing thinkers. Under such a regimen, though, a land and people once revered as freedom-loving now creep closer toward socialism. Yet there they stand: the venomous...
  • This is How Google will Collapse

    06/15/2018 1:34:17 PM PDT · by marktwain · 39 replies
    Hackernoon ^ | 24 April, 2018 | James Daniel Colin
    Google made almost all its money from ads. It was a booming business — until it wasn’t. Here’s how things looked right before the most spectacular crash the technology industry had ever seen.The crumbling of Google’s cornerstone Search was Google’s only unambiguous win, as well as its primary source of revenue, so when Amazon rapidly surpassed Google as the top product search destination, Google’s foundations began to falter. As many noted at the time, the online advertising industry experienced a major shift from search to discovery in the mid-2010s.While Google protected its monopoly on the dying search advertising market, Facebook — Google’s biggest...
  • Tired of Twitter censorship? Gab claims to offer an alternative

    06/11/2018 8:08:00 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 12 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 6/11/18 | Jim Bray
    In our increasingly divided and partisan society, it appears that some forces are stepping up their efforts to silence others, shutting down debate rather than taking part in it. It's a mark of folks who know they have no winning argument, so therefore have to project, obfuscate and name call rather than actually address issues. Snowflakes! This is nothing new, but in the Trump era – in which the losing side of the 2016 presidential election still thinks of itself as the side of goodness despite increasing evidence to the contrary – U.S. President Trump's efforts to drain the deep...
  • Louis Farrakhan Loses Twitter Verification After ‘Satanic Jew’ Tweet

    06/11/2018 9:12:20 AM PDT · by Simon Green · 14 replies
    The Wrap ^ | 06/11/18 | Jon Levine
    Louis Farrakhan is no longer verified on Twitter. Sometime over the weekend, the social-media giant quietly removed the Nation of Islam chief’s blue-check verification. The decision came shortly after a clip posted of Farrakhan warning about “the Satanic Jew.” “Thoroughly and completely unmasking the Satanic Jew and the Synagogue of Satan,” the minister tweeted, along with a video of a recent sermon expounding on the same theme. The comments weren’t new for Farrakhan, who routinely spouts content widely condemned as anti-Semitic. With each new example, critics have argued that Farrakhan’s blue-check verification should be revoked, especially after the company announced...
  • Trolling becomes new trend in international diplomacy

    06/11/2018 9:23:45 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 2 replies
    The Hill ^ | Ali Breland - 06/11/18 | Ali Breland - 06/11/18
    When Iran’s supreme leader tweeted criticism of Israel on Sunday, Israel’s embassy in the United States fired back with an image from the movie “Mean Girls” to poke fun at Ayatollah Khamenei. While dismissed as internet trolling, experts say the embassy snark is part of a pattern of internet diplomacy increasingly used around the world amid a resurgence of populist rhetoric. Governments seek to please their most vocal political bases domestically are becoming cavalier with how they communicate with countries abroad — at least online. In 2013, as Iran’s new president Hassan Rouhani was publicly signaling a willingness to negotiate...
  • YouTube Deletes Brownells Channel Without Warning

    06/09/2018 12:17:11 PM PDT · by Simon Green · 37 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 06/09/18 | Dan Zimmerman
    The gradual, incremental, persistent, unrelenting “other”-ing of guns and those who sell, shoot, broadcast and write about them continues apace. The latest victim: Brownells. Yes, the notoriously radical, fire-breathing Iowa-based retailer has had their YouTube page deleted by the don’t-be-evil types who run YouTube, the Google-owned video platform. Brownells just announced the move on their Facebook page and had this to say on Twitter (while both of those social media channels remain open to them): Brownells’ YouTube channel has been terminated w/oout warning or notice. If you’re opposed to the attacks on our communitys 1st & 2nd Amendment rights, please...
  • Geller: Who Is Behind the Internet Thought Police?

    06/08/2018 2:21:14 PM PDT · by davikkm · 11 replies
    breitbart ^ | Pamela Geller
    Just who is behind the policing of our thought online? An article, “What the Red Pill Means for Radicals,” published on June 7 in the ironically named publication Fair Observer might have passed unnoticed as yet another uninformed, biased and ideologically motivated attack on all who ever get labeled “extremists.” The piece is so riddled with non-sequiturs and wild generalizations that it seems almost cruel to rip it to shreds. But the author is Bharath Ganesh. A little online research reveals that Ganesh is currently working at the Oxford Internet Institute — at the esteemed Oxford University — on a...