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Utilizing a Bloomberg-Curated Twitter Feed

“Social media has fundamentally changed the way new information is disseminated in everyday life. Compared with conventional channels such as TV, newspapers or magazines, social media outlets truly leveled the playing field by giving all content owners equal access to a publishing service that is essentially free, instant and global. In this paper, we explain how clients can make use of a Bloomberg-curated Twitter feed to make smarter investment decisions.” [email reg. req’d]

Categories: Law and Legal

Elon Musk's Boring Company Is Planning a Tunnel to Dodger Stadium

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 22:00
The proposed 3.6-mile route would take fans from the metro to the parking lot, saving them from hellish Los Angeles traffic.
Categories: Just News

1st Day Of School At Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, 6 Months After Mass Shooting

Students returned to the building for classes for the first time since 17 people were killed in a shooting rampage at the Florida school.

(Image credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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Americans don’t think the platforms are doing enough to fight fake news

Knight Foundation report: “Major internet companies such as Google®, Yahoo® and Facebook® have millions of users who visit their websites or apps frequently to find information or connect with others. In addition to those basic tasks that popularized the sites, they now provide news to their users, typically by linking to news articles reported by outside news organizations. Given the reach of major internet companies, the content they show people can have a profound impact on the public’s views of the U.S. and the world. As part of its ongoing Trust, Media and Democracy initiative, the John S. and James L.Knight Foundation partnered with Gallup to ask a representative sample of U.S. adults for their views on the news editorial functions played by major internet companies. From a broad perspective, Americans credit major internet companies for connecting people and helping them become better-informed. At the same time, they are concerned about their role in spreading misinformation and in potentially limiting exposure to different viewpoints. They are more negative (54%) than positive (45%) about the idea of major internet companies tailoring information to individual users based on their interests, their internet search activity and their web browsing history. Americans seem even more concerned when the approach of tailored content is extended to news coverage…”

Categories: Law and Legal

Report shines light on political ads that appear on Google and affiliates

Google Transparency Report – “This searchable database features political ads that have appeared on Google and partner properties. It is updated once a week. Find ads about federal candidates or current elected federal officeholders, and see who paid for them…

Introducing a new transparency report for political ads. We first launched our Transparency Report in 2010 with the goal of fostering important conversations about the relationship between governments, companies, and the free flow of information on the internet. Over the years, we’ve evolved the report, adding sections about content removed from Google Search due to European privacy laws, adoption of encryption on websites (HTTPS), and more. And today, we’re adding another new section to our Transparency Report: Political Advertising on Google. Earlier this year, we took important steps to increase transparency in political advertising. We implemented new requirements for any advertiser purchasing election ads on Google in the U.S.—these advertisers now have to provide a government-issued ID and other key information that confirms they are a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, as required by law. We also required that election ads incorporate a clear “paid for by” disclosure. Now, we’re continuing to roll out new transparency features with the addition of the political advertising report as well as a new political Ad Library.”

Categories: Law and Legal

Data-Driven Law: Data Analytics and the New Legal Services

Recommendation via Joe Hodnicki: Data-Driven Law: Data Analytics and the New Legal Services, edited by Ed Walters “helps legal professionals meet the challenges posed by a data-driven approach to delivering legal services. Its chapters are written by leading experts who cover such topics as:

  • Mining legal data
  • Computational law
  • Uncovering bias through the use of Big Data
  • Quantifying the quality of legal services
  • Data mining and decision-making
  • Contract analytics and contract standards

“In addition to providing clients with data-based insight, legal firms can track a matter with data from beginning to end, from the marketing spend through to the type of matter, hours spent, billed, and collected, including metrics on profitability and success. Firms can organize and collect documents after a matter and even automate them for reuse. Data on marketing related to a matter can be an amazing source of insight about which practice areas are most profitable. “Data-driven decision-making requires firms to think differently about their workflow. Most firms warehouse their files, never to be seen again after the matter closes. Running a data-driven firm requires lawyers and their teams to treat information about the work as part of the service, and to collect, standardize, and analyze matter data from cradle to grave. More than anything, using data in a law practice requires a different mindset about the value of this information. This book helps legal professionals to develop this data-driven mindset.”

Categories: Law and Legal

Where's The Beef? Wyoming Ranchers Bet On Blockchain To Track It

By tagging cattle and updating their data about their free-range, grass-fed quality of life using blockchain, some ranchers are hoping to solve paper tracking pitfalls and sell their beef for more.

(Image credit: Kamila Kudelska/Wyoming Public Radio)

Categories: Just News

Purged By Turkey, An Ex-NATO Officer Speaks Out About Detention Under Erdogan

Cafer Topkaya describes how he went from unassuming Turkish NATO officer to one of the thousands of targets in the Turkish government's sweeping crackdown after the 2016 coup attempt.

(Image credit: Teri Schultz)

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New Zealand Bans Home Sales To Most Foreigners: 'It's Not A Right, It's A Privilege'

Squeezed by high prices and low home ownership, the country's housing market has become a big concern for New Zealanders. As part of their solution, lawmakers took aim at buyers beyond their borders.

(Image credit: Fiona Goodall/Getty Images)

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Senior Chinese Monk Resigns After Sexual Misconduct Allegations

A top Buddhist monk in China was accused by multiple nuns in a report that circulated on social media. He has publicly denied the reports of misconduct.

(Image credit: Wang Zhao/AFP/Getty Images)

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Bombing In Kabul Targets Educational Center, Kills Dozens Of Young People

A suicide bomber reportedly struck a classroom in a Shiite neighborhood where teenagers, male and female, were studying for college entrance exams. Authorities say the death toll is at least 48.

(Image credit: Rahmat Gul/AP)

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Trump Revokes Clearance Of Ex-CIA Boss Brennan, Puts Other Critics On Notice

In addition to revoking the clearance of former CIA Director and outspoken Trump critic John Brennan, Trump called for a review of the clearances of nine current and former government officials.

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Alex Jones Penalized By Twitter

Last week, the company was a notable exception after a wave of other major tech companies banned Jones and his main channels. Jones cannot tweet on his main account for one week.

(Image credit: Jim Bourg/Reuters)

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Why Facebook Enlisted This Research Lab to Track Its Trolls

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 15:40
What can the 14-person Digital Forensics Research Lab discover about fake news on Facebook that the billion-dollar company doesn't already know?
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'Crazy Rich Asians' Changes Nothing About Rom-Coms, and Everything About Movies

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 15:27
Jon H. Chu’s posh extravaganza is a movie of communal heart and necessary firsts.
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How To Get Women To Trust The Police? 'Gender' Desks

In Tanzania and Zanzibar, the rate of sexual assault is high. And even the police admit they don't do a good job responding to complainants. So they came up with a plan.

(Image credit: Rebecca Grant for NPR)

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With Scarce Access To Interpreters, Immigrants Struggle To Understand Doctors' Orders

Despite laws guaranteeing access to health care, non-English speakers in the U.S. often rely on family and friends as ad-hoc interpreters — and may misunderstand what doctors think they're conveying.

(Image credit: Ryan Collerd for Undark)

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Turkey Frees Honorary Chair Of Amnesty International Turkey After Year In Jail

Although Turkey released Taner Kiliç, it refused to free an American pastor whose detention has sparked a diplomatic dispute between the two countries.

(Image credit: Francois Guillot/AFP/Getty Images)

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How Rude Humanoid Robots Can Mess With Your Head

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 14:00
A pair of clever studies show how the development of advanced social robots is far outpacing our understanding of how they’re going to make us feel.
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Turkey Counterpunches By Raising Tariffs On U.S. Goods

Ankara has increased tariffs on U.S. products ranging from liquor to automobiles to beauty products, in some cases more than tripling them.

(Image credit: Burhan Ozbilici/AP)

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