Articles 2015

19 Dec 18
The Chronicles of Claire

I think I may have touched on this a few diary entries ago, but considering I’m the only one who reads this, who cares?!  Recently I was asked what I think my meaning in this life is.  It has left me thinking for a few weeks since it was asked, and actually caused me a […]

19 Dec 18
The Scottish Sun
FACEBOOK reportedly gave “private” info to Russia’s version of Google, despite reports that the organisation is linked to Kremlin spies. Russian web giant Yandex was allegedly given special information that other apps weren’t allowed to access – for privacy reasons. Facebook is accused of handing over private info to Russia’s Yandex The new details have come to light in a damning exposé by the New York Times. The report highlights secret partnerships with companies like Netflix, Amazon and Spotify, giving tech giants access to sensitive info – like a user’s private messages. But it also reveals that Facebook had a secret partnership with Yandex, Russia’s main search engine. Yandex is the largest technology company in Russia, and the biggest search engine in the nation too – marking it as a Google equivalent. Yandex, which is primarily a search engine business, is Russia’s biggest tech firm According to the NYT report, Facebook records show that Yandex had access to Facebook’s unique user IDs. This was reportedly the case as late as 2017, long after Facebook stopped sharing these with other apps. Facebook stopped sharing them to protect user privacy, as user IDs could be used to target specific people with advertising or propaganda campaigns. The report notes that Yandex has been accused by Ukraine’s security service of “funnelling its user data” to the Russian government. Ad David Carroll, Associate Professor of Media Design at New York’s New School University, said that Yandex “has a direct line to the FSB”. The FSB is Russia’s security service, responsible for counter-intelligence and surveillance. Billionaire boss Mark Zuckerberg has consistently failed to protect user privacy When asked if the NYT report claims were true, a Yandex spokesperson told The Sun: “In January 2014, Yandex announced that it entered into an agreement with Facebook to enrich our search results by indexing public data from Facebook pages and public Facebook posts for users in Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan and other CIS countries. “Similar to other leading search engines, the agreement with Facebook helped improve our search results and also provided Facebook with more traffic. “Our agreement was limited to the countries stated above in which we operate our search engine, and was limited to content posted by users under ‘Public’ privacy settings.” The spokesperson added that no data from other countries was shared between Facebook and Yandex. And they said that Yandex stopped receiving data from Facebook in 2015, after Facebook disabled the feed. “In providing our services, a significant part of our commitment to users everywhere is protecting their privacy and security,” they added. In response to the NYT article, Facebook put out a lengthy 900-word statement to “clear up” claims being made about the social network’s partners. But nowhere in the statement are the words “Yandex” or “Russia” mentioned. We’ve asked Facebook for comment and will update this story with any response. [bc_video video_id=”5969927877001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg refuses to resign despite ‘missing something really important’ when Russian trolls tried to swing US election”] The news comes less than a week after Facebook admitted that it had exposed private photos on your smartphone. The social network gave admitted it gave app makers too much access to the photos of up to 6.8million users. When apps connect to your Facebook – like Tinder or Spotify – they get permission to access some information. For instance, Tinder can take some of your photos to populate your dating profile with. But Facebook accidentally gave some app makers additional access to photos they shouldn’t have been allowed to see. This included photos you’d never actually posted to Facebook, but that were inside your phone’s private camera roll. [article-rail-section title=”MOST READ IN TECH” posts_category=”261″ posts_number=”6″ query_type=”popular” /] This year has seen Facebook caught up in several major controversies over privacy. The main one came in March, when Facebook was forced to admit that it had given away users’ info without their consent. And then in September, Facebook admitted that it had given hackers access to tens of millions of accounts. Are you tempted to delete Facebook? Let us know in the comments! We pay for your stories! Do you have a story for The Sun Online news team? Email us at tips@the-sun.co.uk or call 0207 782 4368 . We pay for videos too. Click here to upload yours.
19 Dec 18
The Irish Sun
FACEBOOK reportedly gave “private” info to Russia’s version of Google, despite reports that the organisation is linked to Kremlin spies. Russian web giant Yandex was allegedly given special information that other apps weren’t allowed to access – for privacy reasons. Facebook is accused of handing over private info to Russia’s Yandex The new details have come to light in a damning exposé by the New York Times. The report highlights secret partnerships with companies like Netflix, Amazon and Spotify, giving tech giants access to sensitive info – like a user’s private messages. But it also reveals that Facebook had a secret partnership with Yandex, Russia’s main search engine. Yandex is the largest technology company in Russia, and the biggest search engine in the nation too – marking it as a Google equivalent. Yandex, which is primarily a search engine business, is Russia’s biggest tech firm According to the NYT report, Facebook records show that Yandex had access to Facebook’s unique user IDs. This was reportedly the case as late as 2017, long after Facebook stopped sharing these with other apps. Facebook stopped sharing them to protect user privacy, as user IDs could be used to target specific people with advertising or propaganda campaigns. The report notes that Yandex has been accused by Ukraine’s security service of “funnelling its user data” to the Russian government. Ad David Carroll, Associate Professor of Media Design at New York’s New School University, said that Yandex “has a direct line to the FSB”. The FSB is Russia’s security service, responsible for counter-intelligence and surveillance. Billionaire boss Mark Zuckerberg has consistently failed to protect user privacy When asked if the NYT report claims were true, a Yandex spokesperson told The Sun: “In January 2014, Yandex announced that it entered into an agreement with Facebook to enrich our search results by indexing public data from Facebook pages and public Facebook posts for users in Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan and other CIS countries. “Similar to other leading search engines, the agreement with Facebook helped improve our search results and also provided Facebook with more traffic. “Our agreement was limited to the countries stated above in which we operate our search engine, and was limited to content posted by users under ‘Public’ privacy settings.” The spokesperson added that no data from other countries was shared between Facebook and Yandex. And they said that Yandex stopped receiving data from Facebook in 2015, after Facebook disabled the feed. “In providing our services, a significant part of our commitment to users everywhere is protecting their privacy and security,” they added. In response to the NYT article, Facebook put out a lengthy 900-word statement to “clear up” claims being made about the social network’s partners. But nowhere in the statement are the words “Yandex” or “Russia” mentioned. We’ve asked Facebook for comment and will update this story with any response. [bc_video video_id=”5969927877001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg refuses to resign despite ‘missing something really important’ when Russian trolls tried to swing US election”] The news comes less than a week after Facebook admitted that it had exposed private photos on your smartphone. The social network gave admitted it gave app makers too much access to the photos of up to 6.8million users. When apps connect to your Facebook – like Tinder or Spotify – they get permission to access some information. For instance, Tinder can take some of your photos to populate your dating profile with. But Facebook accidentally gave some app makers additional access to photos they shouldn’t have been allowed to see. This included photos you’d never actually posted to Facebook, but that were inside your phone’s private camera roll. [article-rail-section title=”MOST READ IN TECH” posts_category=”15″ posts_number=”6″ query_type=”popular” /] This year has seen Facebook caught up in several major controversies over privacy. The main one came in March, when Facebook was forced to admit that it had given away users’ info without their consent. And then in September, Facebook admitted that it had given hackers access to tens of millions of accounts. Are you tempted to delete Facebook? Let us know in the comments! We pay for your stories! Do you have a story for The Sun Online news team? Email us at tips@the-sun.co.uk or call 0207 782 4368 . We pay for videos too. Click here to upload yours.
19 Dec 18
Emily Rowland - Journalism

PART ONE: How do we access digital magazines? Magazines must adapt to digital technology and so products must be available on different platforms. Due to print sales failing, publishers had to produce publications for an audience who want to access it through their tablets and their phones. We can access these magazines online by searching […]

19 Dec 18
MovieBabble

This week will see the release of a new Transformers and a new DC movie. Due to the lackluster history of these franchises, their stories will no doubt be focused around a MacGuffin. A MacGuffin is an object/event/person that drives the story forward. When done well, MacGuffins come in the form of Death Star plans […]

19 Dec 18
WCCO | CBS Minnesota

The deals helped Facebook gain more users, according to the report, and its partners were able to add new features to their products while effectively avoiding Facebook’s usual privacy rules.

19 Dec 18
Biography of Marc Dominicke Fukunaga Pamplina

{Hatnote|For other possible meanings see [[Marc Dominicke Pamplina (disambiguation)]]}} <!– For subject’s with only a single name, use if necessary. –> <!– The Infobox_Biography entries are examples only–> {{Infobox person | name = Marc Dominicke Pamplina [[File:Dominicke_in_July_of_2014.jpg|thumb|right|Dominicke in July 2014]] | caption = Dominicke in July 2014 | birth_date = May 16, 1994 (age 20) […]

19 Dec 18
🚨 Conservative, Right Wing News

The Gospel According to Nancy: No Borders, Kill Babies THIS ARTICLE FIRST APPEARED IN AMERICANTHINKER.COM, By T.R. Clancy Tucker Carlson pointed out a few days ago how the already insufferable leader of the Congressional Democrats has recently been “ordained….an archbishop in the church of progressive sanctimony.”  For a while now, Nancy Pelosi’s been the country’s expert […]

19 Dec 18
Russia News Now

Stephen LENDMAN The claim is the Big Lie that won’t die – no matter how often accusations and allegations are debunked. Imagine the following: If endless political, media, think tank, fake reports, and other efforts spent trying to prove nonexistent Russian US 2016 presidential election meddling went for promoting world peace, social justice, and other […]

19 Dec 18
news web site

Tafarwa Beckford, 36, the stepbrother of singer Jamelia, was jailed for life at Birmingham Crown Court today over the murder of Derek Myers Junior, 25, in the Hockley area of the city in 2015. source https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6511907/Singer-Jamelias-stepbrohter-Tafarwa-Beckford-jailed-life-murder-Derek-Junior-Myers.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ito=1490&ns_campaign=1490

19 Dec 18
Russia News Now

On December 14, Martin Griffiths—the UN Special Envoy for Yemen—briefed the UN Security Council about the talks that had just concluded in Sweden the previous day. Griffiths, sitting before a large UN logo from Jordan, spoke by video to a Council that had not been able to move an effective agenda to end the brutal […]

19 Dec 18
Andy May Petrophysicist

By Andy May An intriguing report on the Greenpeace business model and philosophy has just been published by the Heartland Institute and can be downloaded here. The report was researched and written by Dr. Michael Connolly, Dr. Ronan Connolly and Dr. Imelda Connolly all of Ireland, Dr. Patrick Moore of Canada is one of the […]

19 Dec 18
Stage Misfits

This was originally posted on metal-bell.com as part of a series of articles meant to promote the Metal Bell 6th Anniversary event, which was organized by SledgeHammer Productions. The final band in the Metal Bell 6th Anniversary lineup is Qantara, a local band with a genre of their own called MetalFlow.

19 Dec 18
Anna Gooding-Call

Ten years ago, solar energy was about to get big. The federal government rolled out a 30% tax break for home solar arrays while several states, including my home state of Massachusetts, started SREC programs. In case you’re not familiar with the lingo, SREC stands for Solar Renewable Energy Credits. You can earn these with your […]

19 Dec 18
the shoestring

Walmart and the Feds came bearing gifts of ammo and Tasers By Will Meyer Federal Money for Tasers in Holyoke On Tuesday, the Holyoke City Council will voted the Finance Committee’s recommendation to accept federal money to purchase Tasers. It is the second part of a gift from 2015 that allows the department to purchase […]