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Facebook: Cambridge Analytica may have accessed some users’ private messages

While CEO Mark Zuckerberg donned a suit and parroted rehearsed lines in front of (mostly) old white men in Congress today, his company worked behind the scenes to notify users whose accounts may have been compromised in the recent Cambridge Analytica scandal. Me, for example. As is standard practice when it comes to disclosures such as this, the real warning lies in the message behind the message. And while it’s not exactly hidden, it’s not something most are going to go out of their way to click on. It’s an empty message, devoid of context or any real reason to… …read more

The (precious few) highlights from Zuckerberg’s sit-down with 44 Senators

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified at a Congressional hearing today before 44 senators from the Senate’s Judiciary and Commerce committees. I hope his non-specific “team” is getting paid time-and-a-half, because from the sounds of Zuckerberg’s responses to Senator’s questions, they’re going to be doing an awful lot of following up. Most of Zuckerberg’s responses were fairly predictable and mechanical. There were the references to how AI is going to help solve Facebook’s problems, references to Zuckerberg’s Harvard dorm room, and something about how Facebook needs to take a “broader view of responsibility” for its tools. There were a few moments… …read more

State Department Denies Reports on Travel Curbs for Pakistani Diplomats

The U.S. State Department has confirmed via email that there are “no restrictions on travel for Pakistani diplomats in the United States” despite reports that they will soon be subjected to new travel restrictions.

Pakistani and Indian media had earlier reported that the Trump administration has notified Pakistani authorities that diplomats at the country’s U.S. embassy and consulates will not be able to travel more than 40 kilometers (about 25 miles) from their posts without permission. The reports indicate the measures are expected to take effect in May.

Pakistan’s embassy in Washington told VOA on Tuesday that it had received no information …read more

These free fonts let you write like David Bowie, John Lennon, and other music legends

Have you ever considered writing in a font that mimics your favorite artist’s handwriting? No? Well, now you can anyway. A website creatively named ‘Songwriters Fonts‘ hosts free typefaces modelled after legendary musicians. So far these include the scrawls of Kurt Cobain, David Bowie, John Lennon, Leonard Cohen, and Serge Gainsbourg. They all happen to be dead, which probably helps avoid legal skirmishes. On the other hand, it has a weird vibe somewhat like other posthumous likenesses – hologram Tupac comes to mind. At least the designers aren’t making money off it. According to the website’s brief description, the typefaces… …read more