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Top Stories Now, that’s more like it.The Arizona Cardinals bounced back from a season-opening loss to the New England Patriots by pasting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at University of Phoenix Stadium Sunday. Carson Palmer threw three touchdown passes and the Arizona defense forced five turnovers from reigning NFC Offensive Player of the Week Jameis Winston on the way to an easy 40-7 win.The victory, if nothing else, quelled the seemingly growing sentiment that the Cardinals were not the same team that won 13 games a year ago before trudging through a playoff win against Green Bay and stinking up the joint against Carolina in the NFC Championship Game. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Cardinals Average Power Ranking: 5.20(up from 7.10 last week)High Ranking: #3 (ESPN)Low Ranking: #9 (CBS Sports) Week 3 NFL Power Rankings: Patriots, Steelers power up to 1-2Cardinals rank: #3 (▲ 2)Even at 1-1, the Cardinals are the top-ranked team according to our NFL Football Power Index (FPI). Ball control (zero turnovers) is a major reason behind that. A reeling Bills team is up next for the Cards.NFL Power Rankings, Week 3: Red-hot Steelers claim No. 1 spotCardinals rank: #5 (▲ 2)Impressive response from the Cardinals, who took it to the upstart Buccaneers in the first half, then pumped the breaks in the second. Drew Stanton was running mop-up duty with a ton of game clock to burn. At the heart of Big Red’s win: Forcing five turnovers from a Bucs attack that put it on Atlanta’s D in Week 1. Offensively, Arizona kept running the same plays on the ground, while Carson Palmer was busy averaging 10 yards per throw. Tampa had no answers. You get the feeling the Cardinals had no smiles last week at practice following the disconcerting home loss to Jimmy G and the Patriots. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling NFL Power Rankings: Packers offense looks as average as it did in 2015Cardinals rank: #4 (▲ 2)Again, it was funny how many people tried telling me last week that the Cardinals were actually not very good.USA Today Power Rankings – Week 2Cardinals rank: #5 (▲ 1)You knew they weren’t going to open 0-2 at home, especially considering they have to spend four of their first six road games on the East Coast.NFL Week 3 power rankingsCardinals rank: #5 (▲ 3)After a disappointing loss to the Patriots in Week 1, the Cardinals blew the Buccaneers out of the water. The offense was firing on all cylinders, while the defense forced five turnovers in the 40-7 win. It’s not as if the Bucs are a terrible team, either. The Cardinals are just that good.PFT’s Week Three Power RankingsCardinals rank: #5 (▲ 1)Maybe every coach should call out multiple players in the media by name. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires That’s the NFL for you — reactionary on a week-to-week basis.Here’s a rundown of what some prominent national outlets are saying about the Cardinals: Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (31) stiff arms Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Alterraun Verner (21) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) – / 44 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo NFL Week 3 Power Rankings: Impressive Texans on the rise as Colts keep tumblingCardinals rank: #5 (▲ 4)It has been just two weeks, of course, but Larry Fitzgerald currently sits on pace for 112 receptions and 24 touchdowns this season. Those retirement rumors that popped up prior to Week 1 should be tucked away for a long while. Fitzgerald looks like he could play another decade.NFL Power Rankings: Go ahead and pile on the 0-2 Redskins, Colts and JaguarsCardinals rank: #9 (–)They bounced back from their first loss with an impressive blowout of the Bucs. They now face a long road trip to Buffalo, but the Bills are reeling.NFL power rankings 2016, Week 3: Broncos defense is as scary as it getsCardinals rank: #6 (▲ 4)No comment.NFL Power Rankings: Chris Simms’ Rankings Heading into Week 3Cardinals rank: #5 (–)BruceBall is back in the desert.Head coach Bruce Arians put his foot on the gas pedal and didn’t take it off until his team sealed its first win. Then, he kept scoring just to show the league he could.Tampa Bay couldn’t stop it. Late in the second quarter, the Cards launched a four-play drive that essentially sealed their win. Time of possession on that scoring march? Forty-five seconds. 0 Comments Share read more

Samsung is bolstering its UK gaming lineup with t

first_imgSamsung is bolstering its UK gaming line-up with the addition of the PlayStation Now and GameFly Streaming apps to its smart TV store.The new apps join a growing line-up of services available to download through its smart TV hub, which include Amazon Instant Video, Curzon Home Cinema, Mubi and YouTube.“At Samsung, we are committed to giving people the best home entertainment experience possible, and our gaming offering is just one of the ways in which we aim to achieve that,” said Samsung UK and Ireland content product manager, Rhian James.As part of a promotion aimed at gamers, Samsung will offer UK customers who buy Samsung Smart TVs between June 6 and September 4 a three-month subscription to GameFly Streaming and a complementary controller. The offer will apply to selected TV models, bought from participating retailers.last_img read more

Portuguese pay TV provider NOS has launched multis

first_imgPortuguese pay TV provider NOS has launched multiscreen picture-in-picture mode, allowing users to view content while simultaneously accessing other applications and services.NOS has staked its claim to be the first operator in the market to offer picture-in-picture, with a second pop-up screen enabling users to access content from another app.NOS said that the launch of the service was designed to meet growing demand from subscribers to be able to multitask on the TV, allowing them to view supplementary information.The picture-in-picture window can be placed anywhere on the TV screen and is available across devices regardless of the app or browser being used, according to NOS.Picture-in-picture from NOS is available on Android smartphones and Android and iOS tablets as well as PCs via Chrome.João Ferreira, director of product development at the pay TV provider, said that the functionality had been full designed in-house by the company’s innovation team.He said that the feature would “allow the user to enjoy an innovative and enriching experience in the context of the interactive consumption of multiple content”.last_img read more

In This Issue Currencies attempt to recover 1

first_imgIn This Issue.*Currencies attempt to recover. *10-year Treasury recovers. *Canada’s jobs data is strong! *$136 Billion more stimulus for Japan.And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts!Fundamentals Return!Good day. And a Marvelous Monday to you! The first Monday of the year! The NFL playoffs this past weekend didn’t exactly have me riveted to my seat, as the games weren’t very exciting. (except if your team won!) The NHL has decided to salvage ½ of their season, and will begin games soon. I’ve complained about the lack of hockey this winter, so, this was welcomed news to hear. And so it goes for the first weekend of 2013.On Friday morning, I told you about the dollar rally that was kicked off by a stupid statement in the FOMC meeting minutes about ending Quantitative Easing (QE) in 2013. Recall that I said it was stupid for the markets to have reacted they way they did, for the FOMC didn’t say “when in 2013!” they could continue with QE until 12/31 and it would still be 2013! And I think that calmer heads began to pop up and prevail on Friday, as the ugliness of the morning, didn’t last all day. Friday’s, end of day, price action in the currencies and metals wasn’t good, but at least it wasn’t as bad as earlier in the day!You can watch the 10-year Treasury most of the time to get the pulse on what the Fed is up to. On Friday morning I told you that the 10-yr Treasury yield had risen to 1.96%… A little later that morning, I was talking to the Big Boss, Frank Trotter, and I said, “you watch, I think the Fed will be in to buy, for they can’t have the 10-year’ yield breaking through 2%”. And guess what? Or better yet, guess where the 10-year yield is this morning? Back down to 1.90%… So. Friday’s claims by some pundits that the rise in yields would remove the need to own risk assets, turned out to be exactly what I thought, and said it would be. a lot of nothing! Could it still occur? Sure it could. But not in my opinion. not now. Shoot Rudy, I don’t think I have to remind you all that The Fed has said they will leave interest rates near zero for a long time still, The Fed is still buying $85 Billion in bonds to stimulate the economy and keep interest rates down for a reason. The economy is walking on eggshells.OK. speaking of economies. Ty Keough sent me some data that I thought was very good at illustrating a point that I’ve been making. and that is the relative calm that is spreading in the Eurozone. For instance. did you know that Greece, Ireland, Portugal and Spain all reported current account surpluses in late 2012. To me, I see nothing but more relative calm from news like this. The head of Economic research at UBS told CNBC that “The euro breakup call has been proved entirely wrong. The economy is recovering. European imbalances have been reduced massively, half of the GDP of Europe is now in countries which are able to stabilize their debt-to-GDP ratio.”Does this mean the euro or Eurozone are out of the woods? Hardly! It just means that things are looking up and for once the light at the end of the tunnel for the Eurozone isn’t an oncoming train!The Jobs Jamboree on Friday turned out to be OK. not great, just OK. and I guess that’s better than a negative report. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) said that 154,000 jobs were created in December (152K was forecast).. The Unemployment rate ticked higher though to 7.8% (from 7.7%). So. the report was OK. nothing more, nothing less. certainly not the stuff that strong economies drive. And with the Fed’s new “tying of interest rates to the unemployment rate” tells us that interest rates aren’t going anywhere for now!So, the winners and losers from Friday though the overnight trading last night, are wide spread. and I was telling a dealer friend on Friday, that I’ve been writing about the divergence that’s returning to the markets. Which means the Risk On, Risk Off Days of explaining what’s going on are ending. Because you may have days when the Aussie dollar (A$) rallies and the euro or yen get sold. Or days when stocks go up but currencies go down, or days when Gold gets sold but Oil and the euro rally. So. once again, we’ll get back to fundamentals for valuations. I LOVE IT! We’re not “all-in” on this yet, so there will be days that we revert, but for the most part, fundamentals are returning. YAHOO!For instance. this morning, the euro has lost about 1/4-cent, but the A$ is stronger, and the Canadian dollar / loonie is stronger on news that Canadian employment jumped by 39,000 in December (only 5,000 was expected) with the unemployment rate falling to 7.1% from 7.2%… And the “real good news” is that the Average Hourly Wages for full-time workers were 2.5% higher than in 2011. Now that’s the kind of news that screams strong fundamentals, and that a currency should be rewarded. and so it was!The A$ is rallying on the news that the price of Iron ore is rallying to the highest level since October 2011! This is just another illustration of what I’ve been telling you about the Chinese economy. The Chinese economy is recovering and with that is their renewed demand in raw materials. if the demand for iron ore wasn’t strong, the price wouldn’t be hitting its highest level in over a year!So, see. it’s much easier to explain why a currency is going up or down in a day when their movements are tied to fundamentals, and not if the markets’ think it’s a Risk On or Risk Off Day!China and Brazil have renewed their currency swap agreement, which allows them to remove dollars from the terms of transactions between the two countries. So, Brazil can sell oil to China without having to use U.S. dollars to settle the transaction. The first time I read about these currency swap agreements I saw them for what they truly were. and told you! These agreements are to lessen the role of the dollar. China has signed these agreements with a medium list of countries, and continues to look for more countries that no longer want to be saddled with depreciating dollars in their reserves! Australia and Japan signed last year. And there are still rumors of the Arab countries signing an agreement with China. Should that happen, then the dollar’s relevancy in the world will have taken a HUGE blow!OK.. so there I was on Sunday morning, sipping some coffee, and taking my last bite of the scrumptious egg casserole I had prepared that morning, when a story in my local paper’s business section caught my eye… The title of this story was: For Peace Of Mind, Spread The Risk… OK! now I’m interested to see what this is all about… but, as I suspected before I read one word of the story, not one investment adviser that was interviewed about how they would, in their minds, diversify investors’ portfolios, talked about currencies… or Gold/ Silver / Platinum… Only one, even mentioned in passing that an investor might want to allocate some money to commodities… of course, he didn’t say which ones… This is the battle that I have fought for a long time now.. The battle to make investment advisers accept currencies and precious metals as asset classes that should be used when properly diversifying an investment portfolio.. Why do these investment advisers refuse to include these two asset classes? Because they don’t: 1. understand them 2. takes away from their mutual fund commissions 3. their brokerage doesn’t allow these asset classes in accounts… So, if they have to do all this work to get their accounts properly diversified… forgetaboutit! And so…. I’m out here, by my lonesome, battling to get investment advisers to understand that there’s more to diversification than stocks, bonds, and mutual funds! And it looks as though I’ve got a tough row to hoe, given this story in my local paper… UGH!Did you see what St. Louis Fed President, James Bullard said on CNBC last Friday? When it was stated that “it is easy for you to say, you have a lot of dollars to spend; you get to print them” Bullard replied, “Ahhh- indeed we do”. the Fed Heads have been out in force since the printing of the FOMC meeting minutes that caused the big hub-bub in the markets on Friday. The Fed Heads are making certain that the markets know that the Fed Heads believe that the economy is weak and in need of QE!And then we have the Japanese doing everything they’ve already not done, to weaken the yen, inject inflation, and revive the economy. They’ve played this game for almost 2 decades now. The latest is a demand by new Japanese PM, Abe, to inflate the economy, and he will introduce a $136 Billion stimulus. I’m shaking my head in disgust. but. weaken the yen, he will get his wish, soon enough.Then There Was This. the story I found on Bloomberg plays well with the thoughts I have for the euro and the Eurozone. So. here you go! “Futures traders reversed bets that the euro will decline against the dollar, wagering for the first time since August 2011 that the shared currency will gain, figures from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission show.The difference in the number of wagers by hedge funds and other large speculators on an advance in the euro compared with those on a drop, so-called net longs, was 5,126 on Jan. 1, compared with net shorts of 2,549 a week earlier. The figures reflect holdings in currency-futures contracts at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange as of Tuesday.The euro halted a two-year losing streak versus the greenback in 2012 as European Central Bank President Mario Draghi’s commitment to backstop the shared currency stymied the debt-contagion threat. The shared currency rose 1.8 percent in 2012, after sliding almost 10 percent during the prior two years, aided by a 2.6 percent gain in the fourth quarter.To recap. The currency & metals selloff on Friday morning, pared back a bit as the day went on, and the 10-year Treasury yield gained back to 1.90% (it had been as high as 1.96%) The risk assets continue to move away from the Risk On / Risk Off trading and back to fundamentals. The Jobs Jamboree in the U.S. was just OK. Canada’s job data was very strong, and Japan is going to announce a $136 Billion stimulus.Currencies today 1/7/13. American Style: A$ $1.05, kiwi .8355, C$ $1.0135, euro 1.3035, sterling 1.6065, Swiss $1.0785, .. European Style : rand 8.6065, krone 5.6075, SEK 6.53, forint 223.85, zloty 3.1610, koruna 19.5795, RUB 30.41, yen 87.75, sing 1.2295, HKD 7.7510, INR 55.22, China 6.2295, pesos 12.74, BRL 2.03, Dollar Index 80.59, Oil $92.72, 10-year 1.90%, Silver $30.23, and Gold. $1.656.30That’s it for today. Well. 625 NHL games were cancelled but at least the remainder of the season will get played. I received a few notes on our Sunday Pfennig & Pfriends video, that the “link didn’t work”. Make certain you are viewing the whole email, and have accepted downloads and pictures, when you do, you’ll see a video box with Frank, Chris and Chuck. Hope that helps. Last Friday, I was remiss in not mentioning that it was my dad’s birthday. He’s been gone since 1995, but not forgotten. He would have been 88 this year. Next week I’ll be on hiatus in S. Florida for the week. Chris and Mike will have the conn on the Pfennig, as I get away from the cold weather for a few days! And I hope your weekend was grand. Thanks for reading the Pfennig, now go out and make this a Marvelous Monday!Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837last_img read more

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode CircularAbou

first_imgPart 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Circular.About Tristram Stuart’s TED TalkOur industrial food system is doing serious damage to our planet and food waste is a rampant problem. Tristram Stuart offers one strategy to combat food waste: cook scraps and feed them to livestock.About Tristram StuartTristram Stuart is an environmental activist working to combat food waste. He is the founder of Feedback, a charity that works to improve the environmental impact of food around the world. Also, in 2016, he founded Toast Ale, a company that brews beer from leftover bread.Stuart is the author of The Bloodless Revolution, and Waste: Uncovering The Global Food Scandal. He is an Ashoka Fellow, a WEF Young Global Leader, and the recipient of the international environmental award, the Sophie Prize. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

Paralympians heading to Rio next week have lost th

first_imgParalympians heading to Rio next week have lost their Motability vehicles after being reassessed as part of the government’s programme of benefit cuts and reforms, a member of the ParalympicsGB team has revealed.Some Paralympians have spoken previously of the importance of the support they receive from the benefits system particularly through disability living allowance (DLA), but this is the first confirmation that any of them have lost that support as a result of the government’s austerity programme.The concerns were raised by wheelchair-racer Ben Rowlings, one of the young track stars of the British team, who is set to compete in the T34 100 metres and 800 metres in Rio, and holds the British record at 100, 200, 400 and 800 metres.He currently receives the higher rate mobility component of DLA, which has allowed him to use that payment to lease a vehicle through the Motability scheme.But like hundreds of thousands of other disabled people, he has been told he will be reassessed for the government’s new personal independence payment (PIP) – introduced in 2013 in a bid to cut working-age DLA spending by 20 per cent – and that an assessment of his eligibility will take place next year.The Shropshire resident does much of his training 50 miles away in Coventry, alongside fellow Paralympians Kare Adenegan and Mel Nicholls, and told Disability News Service this week that the PIP reassessment could put his career in jeopardy if it results in him losing his Motability car.He said: “It is something that’s on my mind because without the access to having my Motability car… I wouldn’t be able to get to any of the training that I do.“I need my car, I need the support to get me around to places, and training and work, because racing is my job, and without the support of the Motability [car] and the DLA, I wouldn’t be able to get to training.”The 20-year-old said he knew of fellow Paralympians who have already lost their Motability cars after being reassessed for PIP.He said: “There have been Paralympians who have been told that they are too able to claim Motability and they have had to fight to get the cars back because they have been taken off them.“I don’t know too much about it, I haven’t spoken to them about it because that’s a personal matter for them, but it’s something I’m a little bit concerned about.”He said he was not comfortable providing further details about colleagues, and could not say how many fellow team-members had lost their Motability vehicles, but added: “All I know is anyone with disabilities is getting assessed at the moment, so it’s a possibility for any of us.”Last month, another ParalympicsGB star wheelchair-racer, Hannah Cockroft (pictured with Rowlings), told DNS she was “scared” that she would lose her independence when she was reassessed for PIP.Cockroft, who won double gold at London 2012, has also yet to be assessed for PIP, but she said that she was dreading her eventual reassessment, the possibility of having her support cut, and potentially losing the car she leases through the Motability scheme.Motability has said that it expects 35,000 vehicles will have to be returned by disabled people during 2016 as a result of the PIP reassessment programme.Of Motability customers reassessed for PIP so far, 44 per cent of them have lost their entitlement to the scheme and have had to hand their vehicles back.Activists who took part in a national day of action last month – organised by Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC), WinVisible and the Mental Health Resistance Network – said they believed PIP was “rotten to the core”, and pointed to growing evidence of the “shoddy nature” of PIP assessments, which are carried out by the government’s contractors, Capita and Atos.The British Paralympic Association – which manages the ParalympicsGB team – has not responded to a request for a comment.Asked how removing a Motability vehicle from a Paralympian training for Rio would have helped their medal efforts, a Department for Work and Pensions spokeswoman said: “This question is unfounded.“Decisions on Motability are made based on claimants’ individual needs and after consideration of all the evidence, including an assessment and information provided by the claimant and their GP.“All claimants have the opportunity to appeal their decision.”Asked how many Paralympians had lost their Motability vehicles after being reassessed, she said: “We do not ask PIP claimants whether they are Paralympians, and they are not required to disclose this information when making a claim.“Therefore, we are unable to answer this question.”But she said there were now more people on the Motability scheme than before PIP was introduced*, while the “majority of people leaving the Motability scheme will be eligible for a one-off payment of £2,000**, which will help ensure their mobility needs continue to be met”.Asked if DWP accepted that DLA and PIP played a vital part in providing the support that disabled people need to live independently and contribute to society, she said: “Yes. DLA and PIP provide important support for those who have been assessed as meeting the criteria for the benefit(s).”Meanwhile, research by the MS Society suggests that up to one in 10 of the 100,000 people with multiple sclerosis in the UK could lose the highest rate of mobility support as a result of the PIP reassessment process.The charity has estimated that more than 1,000 people with MS have already had their benefits cut since PIP was introduced.Under DLA, 93 per cent of people with MS who received the benefit [not everyone with MS claims DLA or PIP] were awarded the highest rate of the mobility component, and of the 4,349 DLA claimants with MS who have so far been reassessed and awarded any kind of PIP award, only 70 per cent have received the equivalent rate. The charity is calling on people with MS to share their experiences of the reassessment process with the government’s second independent review of PIP.*The Motability scheme is still growing slowly overall, at about 1.5 per cent a year, because of the number of new members joining, and currently has 651,000 vehicles (636,000 through the car scheme and 15,000 powered wheelchairs and scooters). Motability expects the overall number of customers to start falling at some stage in the reassessment process but does “not expect the number of vehicles to fall below 600,000 over the next few year”.**This payment applies to those customers who joined the scheme before January 2013.last_img read more

At CES Netflix Shows Off LabGrown Bodies

first_img At CES, Netflix Shows Off … Lab-Grown Bodies? Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Netflix has a booth here at CES, but it’s easy to miss. The setup is not showcasing Stranger Things or HDR, but … human immortality?Stop by and you’ll find two lab-grown bodies inside glass pods, asleep and held in icy stasis. The signage out front? Psychasec, a Silicon Valley “company” that can download human minds into new bodies. As you might expect, the display has been attracting crowds and prompting dumbfounded looks. In reality, the booth is a marketing campaign for Netflix’s upcoming sci-fi series Altered Carbon.Based on the novel by Richard K. Morgan, the show envisions a dystopian future where anyone can digitally transfer their mind into a new body. As a result, people can live forever, exchanging old bodies for new ones, even switching genders.Sound a bit bizarre? CES attendees apparently did, too. The booth fooled many into asking serious questions about Psychasec’s fictional product.Employees at the booth played along. “Want to be taller? Want to be darker? Want to be genetically physically superior?” one of them asked. “Anything you can design, we can achieve here at Psychasec.”The booth itself is quite elaborate. On display are videos explaining the company’s “technology” and its “cortical stack,” which facilitates the mind transfer. Psychasec employees will also show you a catalog of lab-grown bodies on offer.Deep inside the booth is another lab-grown body — this one still in its package. However, CES attendees who take the full booth tour will soon be let in on the joke. At the end is a video trailer for the show, which is slated to arrive on Feb. 2. Reporter –shares The Psychasec booth on the CES show floor is an elaborate marketing stunt for Netflix’s new show, Altered Carbon, and some people are falling for it. Next Article Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Guest Writer Register Now » CES 2 min read January 11, 2018 This story originally appeared on PCMag Image credit: via PC Mag Michael Kan Add to Queuelast_img read more

Government Must Protect Rude or Racist Brands Court Says

first_img Jeff John Roberts 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. –shares January 5, 2016 Image credit: Shutterstock This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine Government Must Protect Rude or Racist Brands, Court Sayscenter_img Legal 2 min read Should the federal government protect company brands if their names use racial, religious or anti-gay slurs? A major appeals court ruling in December could force the U.S. Trademark Office to do just that. At the same time, the decision could tilt the fight over the controversial name of Washington’s pro football team.In the ruling, which was made public just before Christmas, the U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington said the government was wrong to deny a trademark to “The Slants,” an Asian-American band. The trademark office cited a law that lets it to deny protection to “disparaging” or “immoral” marks.In the past, the trademark office has used this power to deny other applications such as “2 Dyke Minimum,” “Christian Prostitute,” and “Stop the Islamization of America.” The rule against disparaging marks is also why a judge stripped the trademark of the Washington Redskins.Now, the bar on “disparaging” names may no longer hold up. In its 9-3 decision, the majority of the appeals court judges said the law violated the First Amendment because it lets the government give benefits to some types of speech but not others.The upshot is that the trademark office may now be obliged to hand out legal protection for a slew of taboo or offensive terms. These could conceivably result in official status for homophobic, pro-Nazi, or racially inflammatory brands.Trademarks themselves are not all-powerful since companies and groups can still use offensive names without one. But a trademark bestows an official status, and the absence of one makes it harder for a company to stop competitors from using their name.For now, the legal issue is not over, including for the Redskins. The football team’s owner is still awaiting the appeal from an other appeals court, which is not bound by the Washington ruling.But as law professor Eugene Volokh notes, the First Amendment argument is a strong one, and the Supreme Court would likely hear the case since it involves striking down a federal statute. Rebecca Tushnet, another influential intellectual property scholar, has likewise predicted the case could reach the top court. In recent years, the Supreme Court has repeatedly struck down laws it regards as government intrusion on free speech. Apply Now » Add to Queue Next Article last_img read more

The Super Bowl of Drone Racing Will Offer 1 Million in Prize

first_img March 3, 2016 4 min read John Gaudiosi Image credit: Pixabay The Super Bowl of Drone Racing Will Offer $1 Million in Prize Money Guest Writer Add to Queue Drones –shares Next Article One million dollars is up for grabs at the world’s biggest drone racing competition.The inaugural World Drone Prix, which will take place on March 11 and 12 in Dubai, will feature 32 competitors who will try to navigate their aircraft through an obstacle as fast as possible. The competition will be livestreamed online here.Over 100 teams have been invited to compete in Dubai following a series of pre-qualifying events in Los Angeles, Seoul, Berlin and cities across China this year. That tournament will take place March 7 and 8 and whittle the field down to the top 32 racers.The $1 million will be divided across different categories including best track team, best lap time, best freestyle team, and best constructor (for these custom-built drones). Fans will vote on a Best Team award winner.This marks the first drone racing event in an annual calendar of global competitions organized by the World Organization of Racing Drones and Sheikh Hamdan, crown prince of Dubai to promote the advancement of drone sport and drone technology.Drone pilot Ryo Rex, who founded the separate Aerial Grand Prix series of races in Los Angeles in 2014 and is working with World Drone Prix, says this is peek into the future. The outdoor physical track was custom built for drone racing to include obstacles and other challenges for the racers.“Over the last two months, the team has gathered the best engineers and partners from around the globe to create micro-race technology that has never been done before in any technical sport,” Rex says, referring to the miniature drones that race at high speeds and in close proximity.There are other drone competitions, but nothing on this global scale. Rex says Drone Racing League is currently a web series open only to selected pilots who compete within a small group, and it’s not open for entries from the public.“World Drone Prix initiated its mission by opening the selection process to the entire world,” Rex says.World Drone Prix competitors were chosen based on videos they submitted of them piloting drones in a way that met certain guidelines. Pilots are allowed to use any kind of drone and components, which Rex says opens up the league to the hundreds of drone manufacturers that want to gain publicity.“The mission of World Drone Prix was created to provide a professional arena which the community would benefit from, as opposed to the other way around,” Rex says.Early sponsors of the league include Skydive Dubai and XDubai, which are local Dubai tourist attractions. Rex says additional parties are interested in this new “sport.” The league was commissioned by Sheikh Hamdan.Future competitions are expected after the initial World Drone Prix, Rex says.Drone pilots around the world currently fly and compete in parks, fields, canyons, parking garages, inside office buildings, warehouses, and underground caverns, and over oceans. Rex hopes this Dubai event elevates the hobby to a professional grade sport.“A few have taken the leap towards a full-time drone pilot,” Rex says. “Some have their own drone manufacturing companies, some are fully sponsored by corporations. We hope this continues so more pilots can do this full-time.”Rex also sees a role for virtual reality in the league’s future. The initial events will be livestreamed in high definition in 2D, but 360-degree video is just around the corner.“As digital 360-degree VR improves, we will see the racing and competition formats expand to accommodate for the technical innovations,” Rex says. “VR would make things a lot more realistic, further transporting your consciousness into the seat of the drone.”Many pilots use virtual reality headsets to steer their drones through racing events because it offers a better view of the action. Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Register Now »last_img read more

Apple Reportedly Declines to Support GOP Convention

first_img Image credit: Shutterstock 1 min read –shares Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Add to Queue Next Article This story originally appeared on CNBC Applecenter_img Technology behemoth Apple has ruled out supporting the Republican Convention next month, according to a published report, citing its disdain over Donald Trump’s public stances on women, immigrants and minorities.Sources familiar with the matter told Politico that the iPhone maker will not contribute technology or cash to the GOP confab in Cleveland, despite having donated to both parties in the past. Facebook, Google and Microsoft are all planning to support the convention in some form or fashion.Trump has been embroiled in skirmishes with the tech giant, primarily over the San Bernardino terror attack in December that left more than a dozen people dead. Apple’s refusal to help the government decrypt the attacker’s iPhone led to a high profile war of words, which Trump joined by calling for a boycott of the company.According to Politico, Apple told Republicans about its decision in private. Representatives at the Republican National Committee did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment. A spokesperson for Apple declined to comment to CNBC.The full report can be found at Politico’s website. Javier E. David Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. June 20, 2016 Apple Reportedly Declines to Support GOP Convention Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

Vertex Announces Salesforce Commerce Cloud Integration

first_img CRM platformcustomer serviceMarketing TechnologyNewspersonalizationSalesforce Commerce CloudVertex Previous ArticleSailPoint Drives the Future of Identity Governance with SailPoint Predictive IdentityNext ArticlePacific Life Partners with Salesforce for Digital Transformation Vertex Announces Salesforce Commerce Cloud Integration PRNewswireMay 30, 2019, 10:02 pmMay 30, 2019 Customers Can Benefit from Certified End-to-End Tax FunctionalityVertex, Inc., a leading provider of tax technology and services, announced a certified integration with Salesforce Commerce Cloud, the fastest path to unified commerce with advanced sales and use tax management capabilities.@VertexInc’s latest integration with @CommerceCloud enables end-to-end #tax functionality.Commerce Cloud enables brands to provide personalized experiences for shoppers that span web, mobile, social and in-store. As a part of Salesforce, the world’s #1 CRM platform, Salesforce Commerce Cloud customers can deliver completely unified experiences that extend beyond commerce to include marketing, customer service and more.The Salesforce certified Vertex integration empowers Commerce Cloud customers to automate tax calculations and generate signature-ready PDF returns in one solution, saving time, reducing risk and improving compliance. With 40 years in the industry and experience with thousands of implementations, Vertex builds robust integrations that consider every type of financial transaction and automatically apply the most up-to-date tax rates, rules and exceptions across jurisdictions.Marketing Technology News: Verint Honors 7 Award-Winning Customers Achieving Remarkable Results in Customer Engagement“There are multiple functionalities, from recurring billing and quick sales to multi-warehouse shipments or deliveries, that must be considered to satisfy the complex workflows of business,” said Paul Beirnes, managing director of partner development at Vertex. “Our tax integrations are built with the flexibility in mind to satisfy even the most sophisticated of customer needs.”Marketing Technology News: Zendesk Unveils Next Generation of Conversational Messaging ExperiencesThe Salesforce Commerce Cloud empowers retailers to unify customer experiences across all points of commerce, including web, social, mobile and store. From shopping to fulfillment to customer service, the Commerce Cloud delivers 1-to-1 shopping experiences that consistently delight customers, driving increased engagement, loyalty and conversion. With embedded predictive intelligence and a robust partner ecosystem, the Commerce Cloud helps retailers deliver superior customer experiences for retailers, from planning to launch and beyond.Marketing Technology News: MRC Continues DoubleVerify’s Accreditation for Desktop, Mobile Web & In-App Impressions, SIVT Traffic Filtration & Viewabilitylast_img read more

Maybe you shouldnt eat that Novel app switches you to healthier options

first_img“That’s when you should take a step back and say, ‘Maybe, I shouldn’t be eating this. What else is out there?'” Huffman said. Drop that yogurt. Instead, try this one with less sugar, fat and fewer unpronounceable additives. The FoodSwitch app allows users to compare similar products to quickly see which one is healthier. The app scanned two bags of chips and displayed them in order of healthiness in its comparison. Credit: Northwestern University App makes low salt and gluten-free shopping easy A SaltSwitch filter within the app can guide users to foods with less salt. During a recent grocery shopping trip, a SaltSwitch scan of a bag of Lay’s classic potato chips resulted in three red traffic lights (fat, saturated fat and sodium) and one green traffic light (sugar). The list of healthier alternatives suggested trying Lay’s Lightly Salted Potato Chips instead, which had only two red traffic lights (fat, saturated fat), one yellow traffic light (sodium) and one green (sugar).Fourth of July (sodium) fireworksWith Fourth of July cookouts around the corner, it’s important keep in mind that, on average, a meal consisting of two hotdogs and two servings of chips will account for a whopping 117 percent of a person’s recommended daily sodium intake and 75 percent of their recommended daily total fat intake.Using the SaltSwitch filter, a recent FoodSwitch scan of hotdogs said, “There are no low-salt products in this category. We have listed any similar products with a healthier profile and less salt, but suggest you limit your intake in this category.”FoodSwitch can help cookout hosts make healthier choices at the grocery store for their guests by scanning products to find lower-sodium alternatives.FoodSwitch USA is the latest launch of the FoodSwitch appFoodSwitch has already launched successfully in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, India, China, South Africa and Hong Kong. FoodSwitch is novel because, unlike other apps, the FoodSwitch team will use data to monitor and improve the healthfulness of the U.S. food supply by linking FoodSwitch USA to its global partners for cross-country comparisons. If similar products are healthier in other countries, Huffman and his team want to help Americans know and to press manufacturers to improve them.”We need detailed information on our food supply to improve it,” he said. The FoodSwitch team also is developing the app as a platform for research to test and improve behavioral and nutritional research.By expanding the app’s reach to the U.S., which has the largest food supply in the world (about 400,000 foods compared to 150,000 foods in Australia), the number of foods in the FoodSwitch database should more than double.The app’s database of foods and their nutritional values will continually grow to include foods consumers find in stores such as small, ethnic mom-and-pop shops to supermarkets.”The U.S. food supply is so large and so unique because this is a great country of immigrants,” Huffman said. “Whether it’s South-Asian foods or Ethiopian grocery stores, we’ll be able to capture that scope, size and detail.” That’s the message from FoodSwitch—a free mobile app developed by Northwestern researchers. Using FoodSwitch is like having a nutritionist at your side in the grocery store.”FoodSwitch is unique in that users don’t have to hunt for healthier alternatives. They’re all listed in the app,” said FoodSwitch collaborator Dr. Mark Huffman, associate professor of preventive medicine and medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and a Northwestern Medicine cardiologist.Unlike other nutrition apps, FoodSwitch asks users to crowdsource information on new and changing foods within the U.S. food supply to update the app’s 268,000-product database in real time. Given that 20 percent of the packaged foods in the U.S. turn over every year, having a constantly updated database helps track what is in the global food supply and how healthy it is.Although the app will officially launch June 28, it is already available in Apple and Google Play stores. SaltSwitch, a salt-focused filter within the app, will be available Monday, June 25. SugarSwitch and FatSwitch modes will be available for those on specialized diet plans in the coming months.FoodSwitch USA was developed by The George Institute for Global Health in Australia in collaboration with Northwestern Medicine and Chicago-based Label Insight.The whispering nutritionist: How the app worksWith a tap of the screen, users can scan a packaged food’s barcode, quickly see its nutritional rating and identify similar foods that are healthier. The app provides a simple Health Star Rating that scores each food between 0.5 stars (unhealthy) to 5 stars (healthiest). The scoring is based on a scientific algorithm that weights the impact of different nutrients on health. The app also provides a breakdown of the food’s fat, saturated fat, sugars and salt in grams and gives a percentage of an adult’s daily intake for each. This is shown as red, yellow and green traffic lights.When a food gets few stars or multiple red lights, consumers can see it’s high in fat, saturated fat, sugars and salt. Users also can compare multiple products in the same category, such as regular and fat-free salad dressing, to quickly determine which product is healthier.Crowdsourcing new and changing packaged food information If a user scans a barcode and the food is not in the database, the app prompts the user to photograph the packaging, its nutrition facts panel and ingredient list so the app’s team can add it to the database. This type of crowdsourcing is vital for the app’s success, Huffman said, because manufacturers frequently update or add products, and independent grocers carry foods that are not always found in mainstream grocery stores. There is an approximately 20 percent turnover in the U.S. food supply every year, he said.”Our food supply is a big system that changes constantly,” Huffman said. “FoodSwitch is a really good way to capture that change in real time because people are so interested in food. We think users will want to participate in building the largest, most up-to-date database.”Tracking the global food supplyPackaged food manufacturers change their products frequently, which can make it difficult to track how well they are reducing sodium, added sugars or saturated fats in their foods. FoodSwitch can help. As users crowdsource new information they find on packaged foods and update the FoodSwitch database, it will become easier to track what’s in the global food supply and how healthy it is.Huffman said it is important to empower individuals who know they should be eating healthful food but who don’t always have easy access to it.”With FoodSwitch, we’re making it easier for consumers to know what’s in the food they’re eating, so they can make healthier purchasing decisions,” Huffman said. “Since the app tells them which healthier alternatives are out there, they can demand those from their grocers.”SaltSwitch, other specialized diet filtersExcess sodium in one’s diet can lead to high blood pressure, the “silent killer,” and the majority of excess salt in peoples’ diets comes from processed foods. The American Heart Association says eating less sodium can help blunt the rise in blood pressure that occurs with age,and reduce the risk of heart attack, heart failure, stroke, kidney disease, osteoporosis, stomach cancer and even headaches. Explore further A user reviews the nutritional information of a yogurt using the traffic light rating within the FoodSwitch app. Credit: Northwestern University This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Provided by Northwestern University A user scrolls through the healthier options that FoodSwitch provided after they scanned the barcode of a packaged food. Credit: Northwestern University Citation: Maybe you shouldn’t eat that: Novel app switches you to healthier options (2018, June 28) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-06-shouldnt-app-healthier-options.htmllast_img read more

Alliance talks continue as Ford VW call off joint Detroit appearance

first_img Citation: Alliance talks continue as Ford, VW call off joint Detroit appearance (2019, January 15) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-01-ford-vw-joint-detroit-alliance.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. With a flair of showmanship that included virtual-reality goggles and a sports car levitating down from the ceiling, Ford revealed a high-powered version of the Mustang called the Shelby GT500—boasting of more than 700 horsepower. A practically jubilant Akio Toyoda introduced a refresh of his beloved sports car Supra, which Toyota stopped producing 17 years ago. Toyoda trotted out Spanish racecar driver Fernando Alonso to attest to the car’s racing authenticity with an everyman appeal.”It’s like a race car you can drive quite comfortably every day,” Alonso said during a scripted presentation. Explore further The two car giants have been in discussions for more than six months over a partnership to develop self-driving and electric technologies. But a source close to the talks told AFP that they had so far only produced a deal over commercial vehicles.A highly-anticipated announcement at the US’s premiere auto show in the Motor City was called off late Monday, and the two sides planned a conference call with reporters instead for the following morning.”We don’t have enough details yet to go out in front of more than 500 journalists, so we decided to call it off,” Ford spokesman Mark Truby told AFP.Earlier in the day, Ford Chairman Bill Ford had told reporters that discussions were going well but that they would have “more to say later this week.”Both Ford and Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess appeared optimistic about a potential partnership. “Volkswagen is a really big car company worldwide… but we are not as big in small commercial vehicles,” Diess told the Detroit Free Press newspaper.”So we decided to join forces there. And we will become very, very competitive together in this segment—which consists of small commercial vans and small and midsize pickup trucks.”SUVs, trucks, sports carsAside from the abrupt cancellation by Ford and VW, the show began as scripted, with SUVs, trucks and sports cars center stage, with extra showmanship to pump up the excitement despite fewer carmakers and more uncertainty this year. Under pressure to change, Ford is reinventing itself © 2019 AFP The Detroit auto show was abuzz over what Ford and Volkswagen would announce Tuesday, after the car giants called off a joint appearance during which they were widely expected to announce an alliance. The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is unveiled during day one of the Detroit auto show Automakers have all but abandoned compact cars and sedans, an ever-shrinking portion of the North American market, as evidenced by what models were on display.Trucks, SUVs and high-performance vehicles dominated the new debuts. Volkswagen was among the few exceptions with a new Passat sedan.For the first time, Ford publicly displayed a redesigned Explorer SUV, including a hybrid version, which first debuted in Detroit on Friday.Fiat Chrysler unveiled redesigns of larger models of its popular Ram truck.For those looking for an alternative, carmakers were emphasizing sporty cars and nostalgic pasts—largely eschewing the traditional sedan in favor of flashier options. A Mustang Convertible is seen on its side at the Ford booth during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan on January 14, 2019 Aside from Volkswagen, German carmakers abandoned the 2019 Detroit show Future ‘less positive’Aside from VW, German carmakers abandoned the Detroit show this year, amid competition from events in New York, Miami and Las Vegas where increasingly tech-centered car announcements were presented. Hoping to revitalize the show, organizers were holding the event for the last time in January and will move to June next year to allow for outdoor activities such as test drives.For the industry at large, the hope was that bigger and more profitable SUVs and trucks would help weather economic storms—whether from tariffs or fewer consumers buying cars due to rising prices, higher interest rates or a lagging world economy. Analysts predicted slowing sales in 2019, following a decade of growth.The Detroit show was also clouded by uncertainty in US trade policy.Beijing and Washington remained locked in a trade war that could escalate as soon as next month, when the Commerce Department is expected to deliver a report on possible new auto tariffs. Analysts predict rapid contraction in the auto industry should more tariffs take effect.”Tariffs would be devastating to the entire industry,” said Robert Carter, chief of Toyota’s North American sales, adding that vehicle prices would increase and suppress sales.”Not only would it affect the Toyota brand, it’s going to affect every brand in the industry, every car in the industry.”The president of Chinese automaker GAC, Yu Jun, said the ongoing trade war had delayed the company’s entry into the US market from 2019 to the first half of 2020.”We have postponed our plans due to the recent development on trade. We’re making steady progress towards it,” Yu said, according to a company interpreter.last_img read more

EU urges internet firms to intensify fake news fight

first_img The European Commission said Google, Facebook, Twitter, Mozilla and advertising groups have made “some progress” toward meeting their pledges to fight fake news by removing bogus accounts and curbing suspect sites.However, “the pace of progress needs to be faster,” the EU’s security commissioner, Julian King, said just four months before elections for a new European Parliament.”We cannot afford to wake up the day after the elections and find we could and should have done more,” King told a press conference in Brussels.The European Commission, the 28-nation union’s executive arm, gave its first report on what the internet players have done to meet pledges made late last year in a “code of practice” to fight disinformation.The commission said “additional action is needed to ensure full transparency of political ads” by the start of the election campaign in EU member countries.It also urged platforms to give European researchers access to their data, something King said leading researchers claim Facebook has failed to do. The commission called on the platforms to ensure cooperation with member countries through the Rapid Alert System.Planned for March, the system will allow members to share data and analysis on propaganda campaigns and promote what the bloc says will be objective communications about its values and policies.Mariya Gabriel, the commissioner for digital economy and society, said internet players must intensify their monitoring and reporting while increasing cooperation with fact checkers and researchers.”The time for fine words is over,” Gabriel told the press conference.Facebook came under the biggest spotlight in the commission report despite unveiling new tools on Monday to counter online political meddling.The US tech giant’s vice president, former British deputy prime minister Nick Clegg, said in Brussels that the methods would become available in late March and help “make political advertising on Facebook more transparent”.’Water pistols’King welcomed the Facebook announcement but said it “would have been better” had the Silicon Valley firm submitted the details for the progress report. © 2019 AFP Facebook has ‘new tools’ against EU election meddling While praising Facebook for removing new fake accounts, he said Facebook must still take down up to 90 million old accounts that the firm estimates still exist.He said Facebook must also extend cooperation with fact-checkers from seven member countries to the entire bloc. The social network has in the past been accused of being used as a platform to spread divisive or misleading information, most notably during the 2016 election that put US President Donald Trump in the White House.Facebook ads have also been at the centre of the FBI investigation over Russia’s alleged meddling in that election and suspicions are rife that the Kremlin has interfered in votes across Europe.Moscow has repeatedly denied allegations of hacking and meddling in foreign elections through disinformation over recent years.The commission said Google was helping to make political advertising more transparent but said some tools to help users were limited to only a few member countries.It said trade associations like the World Federation of Advertisers and Interactive Advertising Bureau Europe have raised awareness about the code of practice but noted the absence of corporate signatories.The commission renewed warnings it could take “regulatory” action if the online platforms fail to honour their pledges, which will now be reviewed in monthly reports.Activist group Avaaz said Facebook and others see the code of practice as a “PR stunt” and will not fight the lies and hate it says are destroying European democracies.”Europe is on fire, and social media platforms bring water pistols to fight the flames,” Avaaz campaign director Christoph Schott said. “It’s now on the EU Commission to do what they’ve threatened for a year: Legislate.” Analysts warn that populist parties opposed to founding EU democratic values could do well in the May 23-26 elections by playing on anti-immigrant sentiment.Such parties have already done well in national elections, including coming to power in Italy. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The European Union on Tuesday urged US internet giants and advertising firms to intensify the fight against disinformation campaigns before EU elections in May, or risk regulation. European Commission officials are campaigning against “disinformation” which they see as a threat in election campaigns Citation: EU urges internet firms to intensify fake news fight (2019, January 29) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-01-eu-urges-internet-firms-fake.html Explore furtherlast_img read more

Fake Facebook accounts the neverending battle against bots

first_imgFacebook’s crackdown on “inauthentic” activity has resulted in the blocking of some three billion account creations over a six-month period The staggering figure of more than three billion fake accounts blocked by Facebook over a six-month period highlights the challenges faced by social networks in curbing automated accounts, or bots, and other nefarious efforts to manipulate the platforms. Facebook: Fake account removal doubles in 6 months to 3B “Three billion is a big number—it shows they don’t want to miss any fake accounts. But they are willing to take a risk” of disabling some legitimate accounts, Varol said. Here are four key questions on fake accounts:How did so many fake accounts crop up?Facebook said this week it “disabled” 1.2 billion fake accounts in the last three months of 2018 and 2.19 billion in the first quarter of 2019. Most fake social media accounts are “bots,” created by automated programs to post certain kinds of information—a violation of Facebook’s terms of service and part of an effort to manipulate social conversations. Sophisticated actors can create millions of accounts using the same program.Facebook said its artificial intelligence detects most of these efforts and disables the accounts before they can post on the platform. Still, it acknowledges that around five percent of the more than two billion active Facebook accounts are probably fake.What’s the harm from fake accounts? Fake accounts may be used to amplify the popularity or dislike of a person or movement, thus distorting users’ views of true public sentiment. Bots played a disproportionate role in spreading misinformation on social media ahead of the 2016 US election, according to researchers. Malicious actors have been using these kinds of fake accounts to sow distrust and social division in many parts of the world, in some cases fomenting violence against groups or individuals.Bots “don’t just manipulate the conversation, they build groups and bridge groups,” said Carnegie Mellon University computer scientist Kathleen Carley, who has researched social media bots.”They can make people in one group believe they think the same thing as people in another group, and in doing so they build echo chambers.”Facebook says its artificial intelligence tools can identify and block fake accounts as they are being created—and thus before they can post misinformation.”These systems use a combination of signals such as patterns of using suspicious email addresses, suspicious actions, or other signals previously associated with other fake accounts we’ve removed,” said Facebook analytics vice president Alex Schultz in a blog post.Does Facebook have the control of the situation?The figures from Facebook’s transparency report suggests Facebook is acting aggressively on fake accounts, said Onur Varol, a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Complex Network Research at Northeastern University. Legitimate users may be inconvenienced, but can generally get their accounts reinstated, the researcher noted.”My feeling is that Facebook is making serious efforts” to combat fake accounts, he added.But new bots are becoming more sophisticated and harder to detect, because they can use language nearly as well as humans, according to Carley.”Facebook may have solved yesterday’s battle but the nature of these things is changing so rapidly they may not be getting the new ones,” she said.Varol agreed, noting that “there are bots that understand natural language and can respond to people, and that’s why it’s important to keep research going.”Should I worry about bots and fake accounts?Many users can’t tell the difference between a real and fake account, researchers say. Facebook and Twitter have been stepping up efforts to identify and weed out bogus accounts, and some public tools like Botometer developed by Varol and other researchers can help determine the likelihood of fake Twitter accounts and followers.”If you use Facebook to communicate with family and friends you should not worry much,” said Filippo Menczer, a computer scientist who researches social media at Indiana University.”If you use it to access news and share that with friends, you should be careful.”Menczer said many Facebook users pay little attention to the source of material and may end up sharing false or misleading information.”Everyone thinks they cannot be manipulated but we are all vulnerable,” he said.Along with bots, humans represent a key element in the misinformation chain, researchers say.”Most false information is not coming from bots,” Carley said. “Most of it comes from blogs and the bots rebroadcast it” to amplify the misinformation.Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook is seeking to eliminate the financial incentives of fake accounts.”A lot of the harmful content we see, including misinformation, are in fact commercially motivated,” Zuckerberg told reporters. “So one of the best tactics is removing incentives to create fake accounts upstream, which limits content made downstream.” Explore further Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said most fake accounts are detected by automated tools and disabled before they can post on the platform © 2019 AFP Citation: Fake Facebook accounts: the never-ending battle against bots (2019, May 24) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-fake-facebook-accounts-never-ending-bots.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Air Marshal RKS Bhadauria shares his experience of flying a Rafale jet

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