Perhaps it was fitting that in the moments that Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam first came under fire late last week for a yearbook photograph portraying two men in racially insensitive manners–one in blackface, the other donning Ku Klux Klan robes–former Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julian Castro was the first 2020 Democrat hopeful to call on Northam to resign. Castro was out with a statement before any of his 2020 rivals—declared or considering—and was perhaps the boldest, directly calling on Northam to resign immediately.“It doesn’t matter if he is a Republican or a Democrat,” Castro tweeted. “This behavior was racist and unconscionable. Governor Northam should resign”: It kicked off a leftist chain reaction. Many of Castro’s declared and potential opponents in the 2020 Democrat presidential primary, including Sens. Kamala Harris (D-CA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and … [Read more...] about Identity Politics and Class Warfare Define Julian Castro 2020 Campaign
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Early last month, Tumblr announced it would ban porn. When the new content policy went into effect around two weeks later, on December 17th, it was immediately obvious that there would be problems. As soon as it was deployed, the AI system Tumblr had chosen to oversee its first wave of moderation began erroneously flagging innocent posts across the site’s 455.4 million blogs and 168.2 billion posts: vases, witches, fishes, and everything in between. While it’s not clear what automated filter Tumblr was using, or whether it had created its own — the company did not respond to a request for comment for this story — it’s evident that the social network had been caught flat-footed, in both its policies and its technology. The site’s inconsistent stance on “female-presenting nipples” and artistic nudity, for example, are context-specific decisions that shows Tumblr isn’t even sure what it wants to ban from its platform. How does a … [Read more...] about Porn: you know it when you see it, but can a computer?
source Facebook Facebook was sued for $2 billion by Zenimax Media, the former employer of an Oculus executive. A jury awarded Zenimax $500 million, which was subsequently reduced to $250 million. Both parties sought appeals. Facebook and Zenimax reached a settlement in December 2018, a little more than four years after litigation began. The terms are private. Facebook is, by far, the largest social media platform on Earth. Nearly 2 billion people use it – just over 25% of the planet’s population. But the company’s vision for the future goes beyond baby photos and shareable headlines: The $2 billion acquisition of Oculus VR in 2014 was a strong indication of what’s next for Facebook. Indeed, CEO Mark Zuckerberg and company see virtual reality as an integral part of Facebook’s future. And that future is off to a rocky start. Weak sales of the company’s first VR headset, the Oculus Rift, are just … [Read more...] about Facebook just settled a $500 million lawsuit over virtual reality after a years-long battle — here’s what’s going on
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Larry Edelman Globe Staff November 30, 2018 Good morning and welcome to Talking Points AM for Friday, Nov. 30. Eleven months down, one to go. Here's what's breaking in biz news. Right now: General Electric’s stock is tanking again this AM, down more than 6 percent, after two pieces of bad news.First: The GE analyst at Deutsche Bank slashed her price target on the stock by more than a third. According to Bloomberg, analyst Nicole DeBlase reduced her target to $7 from $11.DeBlase said the Boston-based company “will likely be able to build up its balance sheet next year with cash flow from its industrial units to around 34 cents a share, assuming economic headwinds don’t worsen in the next three years and debt comes down,” Bloomberg reported. “Still, the scenario supports a lower price target on the stock.” The average … [Read more...] about General Electric’s stock tanks again
Lindsey Bahr, Ap Film Writer Updated 11:15 am PST, Monday, November 12, 2018 Comic book genius Stan Lee, the architect of the contemporary comic book, has died. He was 95. Comic book genius Stan Lee, the architect of the contemporary comic book, has died. He was 95. Photo: Lionel Hahn, TNS Notable Deaths of 2018 Notable Deaths of 2018 Photo: Antonella Ragazzoni / Eyeem/Getty Images/EyeEm Willie McCovey, 1938-2018: Willie McCovey, the sweet-swinging Hall of Famer nicknamed "Stretch" for his 6-foot-4 height and those long arms, died Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. He was 80. A first baseman and left fielder, McCovey was a .270 career hitter with 521 home runs and 1,555 RBIs in 22 major league seasons, 19 of them with the Giants. He also played for the Athletics and Padres. less Willie McCovey, 1938-2018: Willie McCovey, the sweet-swinging Hall of … [Read more...] about Comic book genius Stan Lee, Spider-Man creator, dies at 95