5 most savage quotes from damning report on the ‘digital gangsters’ at Facebook


The results of an 18-month investigation into Facebook are out and they’re not pretty. 

The UK Parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee (DCMS) published a lengthy report filled with harsh words for the social media giant, which is accused of intentionally violating privacy laws.

In a statement, Facebook’s UK public policy manager, Karim Palant, said the company supports “effective privacy legislation that holds companies to high standards in their use of data and transparency for users,” and has already made “substantial changes” to its political advertising policies. 

Here’s a look at the most brutal takedowns of Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook in the report.  Read more…

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New Audi feature helps drivers catch more consecutive green lights


More Audi drivers can experience that rush from hitting a stretch of green traffic lights in a row. 

The car maker previously showed off its Traffic Light Information system about two years ago to give drivers more information about red lights and how long they’d be waiting. But this week Audi is all about green light information. 

With what Audi is calling Green Light Optimized Speed Advisory (GLOSA), drivers are connected to city infrastructure and can “game” the system by going a recommended speed limit. The dash indicates the best speed to catch the “green wave” based on the car’s position, speed limits in the area, and signal timing. It’s not that far off from the premise of timed streetlights to encourage driving the speed limit, but it’s a helpful boost. Read more…

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YouTube changes ‘strike’ policy for first-time offenders


YouTube is changing its “strike” policy in an effort to make it easier to understand.

With the changes, first-time offenders who violate YouTube’s policies will receive a warning instead of a “strike,” which carries more serious consequences. The new policy will take effect next week, beginning Feb. 25. 

YouTube’s strike system is the main way the service polices content on its platform. Creators get strikes when they violate the company’s policies, such as those prohibiting harassment and hate speech, for example.

“We want to give you even more opportunities to learn about our policies, so starting February 25, all channels will receive a one-time warning the first time they post content that crosses the line, with no penalties to their channel except for the removal of that content,” the company wrote in a blog postRead more…

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