Supported by Technology By NELLIE BOWLESAPRIL 21, 2018 Continue reading the main story Share This Page Continue reading the main story It was another terrible day for Facebook and the company had dispatched Campbell Brown, its head of news partnerships, to do some damage control.In mid-March, Ms. Brown took the stage at a conference in New York about the future of the media industry. In front of a room full of editors and advertising executives, she immediately faced a question about Facebook’s latest scandal: The company had sent a letter to The Guardian threatening a lawsuit if the newspaper published a massive report on the political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica’s improper harvesting of the data of millions of the social network’s users.“If it were me, I would have probably not threatened to sue The Guardian,” Ms. Brown said, with a Southern lilt in her voice and the easy charm of a onetime broadcast anchor. “Probably not our … [Read more...] about Is Facebook’s Campbell Brown a Force to Be Reckoned With? Or Is She Fake News?
It starts with a clickbait-y title -- "You Won't Believe What Obama Says In This Video!" -- and then delivers on that promise. Buzzfeed released a video on Tuesday that at first appears to show former US President Barack Obama conveying a warning, saying "We're entering an era in which our enemies can make it look like anyone is saying anything at any point in time." It then continues with Obama dropping an obscenity about President Donald Trump.Obama didn't say these things, of course. The video quickly reveals it's a fake, with the Oscar-winning filmmaker, actor and writer Jordan Peele providing the voice. Peele and Buzzfeed are looking to draw attention to the growing problem of fake-news videos, which can seem startlingly real. Buzzfeed points to the work of University of Washington computer scientists who demonstrated the ability to turn audio clips into realistic lip-synced video for a study last year. Those researchers shared a video of Obama as an … [Read more...] about Jordan Peele turns Obama into a foul-mouthed fake-news PSA
A high-level deputy director in Mayor de Blasio’s Office of Criminal Justice was arrested on gun charges this weekend, police say. Reagan Stevens, the deputy director of Youth and Strategic Initiatives, was charged along with two men after officers found the trio in a vehicle with a loaded handgun late Saturday night, according to police. Officers were responding to ShotSpotter, the NYPD's bullet-detection system, near the corner of 177th Street and 106th Avenue in Jamaica when police say they found the “suspicious” vehicle double-parked nearby. The officers found the loaded 9mm handgun in a glove compartment, according to police, who said the weapon holds an eight-round clip but that only three rounds were remaining. Police said it wasn’t immediately clear if the gun had been recently fired. Top News: Conor McGregor Arrested After Backstage Melee Julio Cortez/AP Stevens, 42, was charged with criminal possession of a loaded firearm and criminal … [Read more...] about Top De Blasio Aide Arrested on Gun Charges in Queens
Once again, it is time for our weekly news round-up, where we put the most interesting stories from the past seven days for anyone who needs to catch up.One of last week's top news shed some light on Android's roadmap. We can now rest assured that the platform's next major release is to be previewed at the Google I/O conference, which will take place in San Francisco on May 28 and 29. While details are still a bit unclear, we're expecting the so-called Android M to bring new proximity-based communication features, enhanced voice commands, improved Material Design, and more.And now, a few words about the Samsung Galaxy Note 5. No, the fifth-generation Galaxy Note phablet has not been announced yet, but latest rumors suggest that it's coming in September with a pixel-packed screen and cutting-edge hardware under its hood. Also, it is likely to see a circular smartwatch by Samsung on the day of the Note 5's announcement. In other news, the founder and CEO of OnePlus, Pete Lau, has … [Read more...] about Android M, the rumored Galaxy Note 5 specs, and the latest OnePlus Two rumors: Weekly news round-up
The New York Times has refreshed its app in the Windows Phone Marketplace. The update comes a couple of months after the launch of a new flagship model for Microsoft's mobile OS and gave the Times the incentive to re-design its app to take advantage of the features of new models like the Nokia Lumia 900. Some of the new features include the ability for a user to pin certain news categories and blogs to Live Tiles so that the phone can display real-time news updates. With the updated app, users can now save articles to the cloud and access them from other devices. Pivot Navigation will allow users to see articles, videos and blogs in each section. Additionally, the UI has been refreshed and performance improved.The app shows 25 sections of The New York Times including video, sideshows and blogs. The app allows you to share information with friends and your social networks and will allow readers to view news while offline. The app will be available later Thursday at Windows Phone … [Read more...] about New York Times delivers all the news that fits for Windows Phone with re-designed app