From the massive Marriott breach to Facebook's many missteps, consumers in 2018 were given plenty of reason to worry about their online information. Given the trends in data collection revealed at this year's CES, the public may have only more reason for concern this year. "Built on the foundations of the digital age, we're fast approaching the data age of consumer technology," Steve Koenig, VP of market research for the Consumer Technology Association, said at the start of the consumer electronics show in Las Vegas. More and more decisions -- made by both consumers and businesses -- "are backed up, supported and informed by data," he said. "Data is going to be the common denominator."It's easy to write off privacy and security concerns, given the robust growth of many data-hungry businesses. For instance, 74.2 million Americans are expected to use a smart speaker in 2019, according to eMarketer -- up 15 percent over last year. More than 63 percent of smart speaker users will use an … [Read more...] about CES 2019: Can brands be trusted in the data age?
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A week ago, I looked at some of the early reporting around how the Yellow Vest protests in France had been organized on, and perhaps amplified by, Facebook and its family of apps. Ryan Broderick and Jules Darmanin have a new report in BuzzFeed today looking at the latest round of protests in the weekend, which were broadcast live on Facebook by activists. The reporters describe the Yellow Vest movement as a feedback loop that started on Facebook in so-called “Anger Groups” and generated violent protests in the real world that, in turn, were consumed on Facebook. The Anger Groups finally mobilized in October after a Change.org petition about fuel taxes went viral within a small Parisian suburb. The petition led to a Facebook event, which has now led to four weeks of similar Facebook events spreading across France. Three people have died so far, hundreds more have been injured, and thousands have been arrested. This weekend the Facebook feedback loop seems to have completed … [Read more...] about Facebook’s role in the French protests has polarized observers
Television comes back with a vengeance this month, as the start of the traditional broadcast season syncs up with the never-ending deluge of fresh content from streaming services and cable channels. With that in mind, The A.V. Club is breaking down its usual fall TV preview into monthly installments; we’ll be back in October and November with a rundown of those month’s premieres. And stay tuned next week for the staff’s picks for the fall debuts and returning favorites that we’re most excited for. September 4 Mayans M.C. (FX, 10 p.m.) Gas up your hogs, because Kurt Sutter is taking another trip into outlaw territory with Mayans M.C., the Sons Of Anarchy spin-off he co-created with Little Birds writer Elgin James. The sprawling drama fits seamlessly into the SOA template, complete with a conflicted central figure. East Los High breakout J.D. Pardo plays EZ Reyes, who, like Son Of Anarchy Jax Teller, finds himself irresistibly drawn to his show’s titular … [Read more...] about Mayans, Maniac, Murphy Brown and all the new shows to watch in September
State Of The Nation Welcome to State of the Nation, a five-part series about North Carolina's pivotal role in American history over the past 50 years. Norma Rae was a lie. Maybe lie is too strong. And maybe that reference is a bit dated. But still, watching the movie coming up on 40 years later, the message that it wants to sit with you as the credits roll feels more like a half-truth; a prettier lie, then. A piece without a realistic end—there’s not much money to be made in a film with a climax of a mill closing up shop. But Norma Rae exists as a pop-culture historical moment nonetheless, one preserved by the United States Library of Congress in 2011. If you’ve seen the film, you remember one thing, it’s the ending. It’s Sally Field standing atop a table with her “UNION” sign while the deafening looms on the floor are switched off one-by-one in a final, victorious show of support. The union wins the vote by a narrow margin, and Norma ends … [Read more...] about The Murder of Mill Town, USA
It hasn't flown in 15 years, but Concorde Alpha Foxtrot still looks like something from far in the future. You'll notice its striking and almost sensuous lines the moment you enter its museum home in Bristol, England. A sharply pointed nose gently widens to a slender fuselage and broad delta-shaped wings that dip slightly to the floor. Farther back, streamlined nacelles hide the massive engines and a raked tail fin towers above a rear end that tapers to another fine point. Though it was made in an era of slide rules and blueprints, Alpha Foxtrot remains a stunner.If you've always regretted (hello!) not flying on the world's only supersonic airliner to regularly carry passengers, all you can do today is sit in Alpha Foxtrot, or one of the other handful of Concordes in museums around the world, and watch the cabin Machmeter trip over Mach 1 (Champagne not included). Yes, you're just playing pretend, but keep your seat belt fastened. Several companies are now working to bring the dream of … [Read more...] about Supersonic without the boom