Monday, August 29, 2016

Around The Net

  • Brooklyn Data Scientist Traces Source of Unwanted Email Brooklyn

    Brooklyn-based data scientist Fred Benenson was surprised to get a follow up email from Sears after browsing their site, despite not having signed up for their email list. Instead of deleting the email, he traced the source and found that direct marketing agency Criteo had been hired by Sears to pull his email from a partner database. Benenson could not figure out which company had sold his email address, but he suspects that whoever it was had dropped a Criteo cookie in his browser and in turn gave his data to Criteo. ...Read the whole story

  • FCC Won't Appeal Court Decision To Reinstate Muni-Broadband Restrictions Motherboard

    The FCC won't appeal a recent ruling that reinstated restrictions on muni-broadband in Tennessee and North Carolina. “Sometimes you’ve got to know when to fold 'em,” Harold Feld, senior vice president of advocacy organization Public Knowledge, told Motherboard. “This case was always something of a long-shot, but now it’s too much of a long-shot to put money on.” ...Read the whole story

  • Megyn Kelly A 'Traitor,' Facebook Trending Topics Says, Briefly Mashable

    Facebook ran into trouble earlier when its Trending Topics list editors were alleged to be biased against conservative. With an algorithm-only new system Trending highlighted a far-right Website's unproved, unsourced story that Fox's Megyn Kelly will vote for Hillary Clinton and is, therefore, a "traitor." Facebook has now removed the item, though, probably now it IS trending. ...Read the whole story

  • AT&T, HBO Make Mother Of All Carriage Deals Variety

    HBO and AT&T struck what they are calling a “historic” first-ever affiliate pact that secures carriage for a channel across linear TV, online and authenticated streaming all at once. They also announced that the premium network will join the telco’s upcoming streaming bundle DirecTV Now as part of a multi-platform deal. ...Read the whole story

  • California May Legalize Ballot Selfies Arstechnica

    Ballot selfies will be legal in California, if Gov. Jerry Brown signs a measure passed last week by state lawmakers. Currently, California prohibits voters from showing their completed ballots to other people; the new law lifts that prohibition to allow people to voluntarily disclose their votes. ...Read the whole story

Social Media Linked To Better Health In Seniors

Social media use is correlated with better physical and mental health in older adults, including lower levels of chronic disease and depression, according to a new study published in the journal "Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networki ...More

  • Time For The FTC Crackdown

    The recent crackdown on influencer content and native advertising disclosures is not all that surprising. It a typical response to the burgeoning changes in advertising. Requiring clear and conspicuous disclosures across all social media channels is ...More