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Undercover Facebook moderator was instructed not to remove fringe groups or hate speech

Is Facebook supporting the far-right? Certainly seems that way.

TheVerge:

An investigative journalist who went undercover as a Facebook moderator in the UK says the company lets pages from far-right fringe groups “exceed deletion threshold,” and that those pages are “subject to different treatment in the same category as pages belonging to governments and news organizations.” The accusation is a damning one, undermining Facebook’s claims that it is actively trying to cut down on fake news, propaganda, hate speech, and other harmful content that may have significant real-world impact.

Blue Origin successfully lands both booster and crew capsule

TechCrunch:

[Yesterday] at its Texas launch facility, Blue Origin performed its most critical test to date. It performed a live separation test of its crew capsule from the rocket booster and everything performed as expected. The crew capsule fired its escape motor at the right time, sending the capsule higher than it ever has gone before. This successful test is a huge milestone for Jeff Bezos’ rocket company, which previously stated that if the test went well it could put the rocket company in position to become operational by the end of the year.

Google was fined by the EU, but Apple deserves the same

Bloomberg (paywall):

If Google is at fault for its de facto monopoly in Android app stores, Apple should be held to account for a similar violation. Although an Android user can easily shop in a few alternative stores (though none is a match for the Google Play Store), an iPhone user cannot go outside Apple’s App Store without “jailbreaking” the phone, a process that disables operating system updates. That makes Apple a monopoly in the truest sense of the word, and the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a suit challenging this super-dominant position on behalf of consumers who have no choice but to pay Apple’s 30 percent commission for developers as part of every app’s price.

Like Google, Apple makes its preinstalled browser impossible to delete from a phone. Google, however, allows users to choose their own default applications, including the browser and maps. Apple doesn’t do that; you can, for example, install Google’s Chrome browser and Google Maps on an iPhone, but they won’t launch by default when you click on a link in an email or another app. That’s even more anticompetitive than simply preinstalling one’s own software and hoping users will keep it because it’s good enough.

Quitting social media can help your career

The digital detox will reduce procrastination and strengthen mindfulness.

Quartz:

It is astounding how much time I squandered on social media, mindlessly scrolling through profiles of people I scarcely knew or taking “Which Disney Prince Should You Marry Based On Your Skincare Preferences?” quizzes or watching compilations of the dancing videos Donald Glover slams in his music video for This Is America—all in an attempt to ward off boredom. This procrastination impeded more than my ability to meet deadlines; it also eviscerated my sense of presence, of mindfulness.

Are you spending time with the right people?

Studies have shown that behaviors are contagious and that our social networks can influence obesity, anxiety, and overall well being.

NY Times:

“I argue that the most powerful thing you can do to add healthy years is to curate your immediate social network,” said [Dan Buettner, a National Geographic fellow and author who studies the health habits of people who live in so-called blue zones], who advises people to focus on three to five real-world friends rather than distant Facebook friends. “In general you want friends with whom you can have a meaningful conversation,” he said. “You can call them on a bad day and they will care. Your group of friends are better than any drug or anti-aging supplement, and will do more for you than just about anything.”

Van: The Turkish city that lives for breakfast

BBC:

Turkish breakfast – a meal of epic proportions based around an often daunting array of cheeses, olives, egg dishes, jams, grilled sausage and cup after cup of black tea – is among the country’s finest culinary rituals.

And while the most important meal of the day is cherished and taken seriously throughout the country, its heartland is the eastern city of Van.

MacBook Pro 15 (2018) with the Core i9 CPU is very expensive and not up to the task

You don’t get what you pay for. Except maybe in the Arctic.

More: TechCrunch

Tesla Autopilot has driven over 1.2 Billion miles

MIT:

Total estimated Autopilot miles to date exceeds 1.2 billion.

How FAST is your internet speed?

Check it out at FAST.com – owned by Netflix.

The unhealthy epidemic of perfectionism

To be human is to be flawed.

The pursuit of perfection can lead to eating disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), anxiety, body dysmorphia, depression, and even suicide. Captain Obvious would say ‘it’s not healthy.‘

The Guardian:

Perfectionism can affect people of all ages and lifestyles, but it is increasingly prevalent among students. Earlier this year, research involving 40,000 students at universities in the UK, the US and Canada found a 33% increase since 1989 in those who feel they must display perfection to secure approval. The report’s lead author, Thomas Curran of the University of Bath, fears a “hidden epidemic of perfectionism”.

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