Voters used as lab rats in political Facebook adverts, warn analysts

Parties are all involved in a targeted experiment that campaigners warn lacks transparency and could harm democracy The three main political parties in England and Wales are using Facebook audiences as lab rats in a giant experiment, according to the first detailed analysis of online advertising during a UK election. Campaign group targeted Facebook ads, said Sam Jeffers, the co-founder of Who Targets Me? Most of us know nothing about who is targeting us and how, or what impact this will have on politics and society. We urgently need more transparency. From 27 October to 2 November, the Liberal Democrats spent 25,502 on Facebook ads. Of this, 2,985 went on sending 15 different Jo Swinson ads to a total of …

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Internet Marketing Newsletter PLR – Product Review You may have seen a lot of hype around Nick James’ Internet Marketing Newsletter PLR lately. They have just released their 100th issue and Nick is celebrating by offering a huge discount to new members. You might be wondering if this is any good and worth joining. I’m going to give you my full unbiased review here, but the short version is… yes, it’s definitely worth joining this while the discount is still available! However, this is obviously not a good fit for all marketers and businesses… so read on below to see if this will be a good investment for you.   Firstly… what is the Internet Marketing Newsletter PLR? This is …

Someone Modified A Roomba To Curse When It Bumps Into Things And Its Hilarious

If you, like me, were unfamiliar with the name ‘Roomba,’ it is one of those robot vacuum cleaner thingys, which are now much more common and popular than I realized. Apparently, I’m still stuck in the middle ages, vacuuming away in analog like a absolute sucker. Image credits: Michael Reeves, known for his colorful language and clever but ultimately pointless robots, decided to take a different approach, however, by responding to his followers’ requests to make a Roomba that screams and curses when it bumps into stuff. After some unusual engineering, Michael Reeves created a monster iDubbbz, LilyPichu to lend their voices and inspiration to the project. Eventually, they come up with a whiney, potty-mouthed machine full of self-pity and existential …

US lawmakers hammer Facebook exec over Libra’s threat to privacy

House members challenge company over its plans to protect data and question its goals in latest clash on Capitol Hill Facebook once again faced intense questioning from US lawmakers over the future launch of its cryptocurrency project Libra, in a combative hearing that highlighted deep skepticism over the tech firms possibly entering the banking world following a slew of privacy scandals. Members of the US House financial services committee grilled the questioned Facebook on Tuesday about similar matters. Though some members praised the company for taking steps to innovate, the tone of the hearing was overwhelmingly hostile, and it was clear Facebook does not yet have a clear path to Libras launch. I dont think you should launch Libra at …

Flickr Cofounder Questions Techs Impact on Humans

“Should this exist?” is not typically a question that technol­ogists ask themselves, Caterina Fake says. The Flickr cofounder turned investor says that most entrepreneurs and engineers will ask themselves, “Can this exist, could this exist, how can we gain the funding to make this exist? Those are the conversations we’ve been having for the past 15 to 20 years about technology.” But that narrative in tech is evolving, Fake tells WIRED on this week’s Gadget Lab podcast, from one of ideation, optimism, and changing the world to a stark reality in which technology can do as much harm as good. The cracks are showing, and suddenly, Fake says, “people are asking, ‘Whoa, what have we done? Is this what we …

Elon Musk’s lawyers say tweet did not violate court order

Financial regulators said a tweet from the Tesla chief executive violated a September fraud settlement The conceded last month that Musks tweet was not pre-approved. But the tweet Musk fired off after the markets closed merely restated prior disclosures on electric car production volumes, the lawyers wrote on Monday, did not disclose material information and did not alter the mix of data available to investors. The settlement between Musk, Tesla and the SEC resolved an SEC lawsuit over claims Musk had made on Twitter last year that he had funding secured to take Tesla private at $420 per share. As part of that settlement, Musk stepped down as the companys chairman and he and Tesla agreed to pay $20m each …