FACEBOOK is launching its own cryptocurrency next year with plans of allowing people to move money from their smartphone. But what is cryptocurrency, and how will Libra work? Here's what you need to know. What is Facebook's cryptocurrency Libra? Facebook is launching the cryptocurrency next year that will allow people to move money from their smartphone. The currency is known as Libra, which the social network says it has "no special role" in governing and will manage the reserve equally with a group of big companies. Experts have branded the move a dangerous power grab that marks Facebook's "most invasive and dangerous" form of surveillance yet. So far, Facebook has enlisted 28 firms, including Spotify and Uber, who each had to invest a minimum of £8million to be a founding member of the Libra Association, an independent not-for-profit membership organisation. It wants to attract 100 businesses in time for launch, which it is aiming for the first half of 2020. Libra is supported … [Read more...] about What is Facebook’s cryptocurrency Libra and how does it work?
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Sport by Press Association December 18, 2018, 6:44 pm FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Sport newsletter Manchester United are on the hunt for a new manager following the sacking of Jose Mourinho. Here, Press Association Sport takes a look at the club’s fortunes since Sir Alex Ferguson’s long and successful reign came to an end in May 2013. Best laid plans It seemed a natural succession when Ferguson called for the United faithful to get behind new boss David Moyes when he finally called time on his trophy-laden Old Trafford career. Time, though, was a luxury his fellow Scot did not have. Being the man who followed the man was never going to be an easy job, in fact it was almost impossible – with all the best forward planning swiftly laid to waste as results on the pitch just did not stand up to the scrutiny. Former Holland boss Louis van Gaal replaced Moyes and lasted just less than two years at the … [Read more...] about What problems have Manchester United faced since Sir Alex Ferguson’s exit?
Facebook is cautiously expanding a feature that shows people local news and information, including missing-person alerts, road closures, crime reports and school announcements. Called “Today In,” the service shows people information from their towns and cities from such sources as news outlets, government entities and community groups. Facebook launched the service in January with six cities and expanded that to 25, then more. On Wednesday, “Today In” is expanding to 400 cities in the US — and a few others in Australia. The move comes as Facebook tries to shake off its reputation as a hotbed for misinformation and elections-meddling and rather a place for communities and people to come together and stay informed. Facebook isn’t paying anyone to include posts, nor can a business or group pay to be listed — at least for now. “Today In” is the brainchild of the Facebook Journalism project, a broad undertaking to boost the news … [Read more...] about With an eye on past problems, Facebook expands local feature
Domenica Bongiovanni Indianapolis Star Published 6:00 AM EST Nov 8, 2018 Zeynep Tufekci spends her days telling people just exactly how much data Facebook, Google and others are collecting on them. But before you shrug and say that's how the world works now, she wants you to understand why that could be damaging. The professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill studies digital surveillance, how technology guides social movements and how complex algorithms influence our culture. She'll touch on these topics, and the strengths and weaknesses of social movements in the social media age, when she speaks in Indianapolis this weekend. And if time permits, Tufekci, who's also a contributor to The New York Times op-ed section, will talk about artificial intelligence and how its decisions affect the public sphere. "We're switching from a world of gatekeepers of one kind to a world of gatekeepers of another kind, and we're just not doing a great … [Read more...] about Zeynep Tufekci explains what information Facebook collects
The Texas Tribune is part of Electionland — a collaboration of newsrooms across the country tracking voting problems — and working to collect stories from voters casting ballots in the 2018 general election. Whether you’re voting early (which begins Monday in Texas) or heading to the polls on Nov. 6, we want to hear from you if you have any trouble voting. You can tell us about your experience by signing up for Electionland. We’ll check in to find out how long it took you to vote and whether you had or saw any problems. SMS: Send the word VOTE, VOTA (for Spanish) or 投票 (for Chinese) to 81380 (standard text message rates apply). WhatsApp: Send the word VOTE, VOTA (for Spanish) or 投票 (for Chinese) to 1-850-909-8683. Facebook Messenger: Go to m.me/electionland. Our inboxes are also open — email reporter Alexa Ura at [email protected] or drop us a note at [email protected] Meanwhile, here’s what you need to … [Read more...] about Texas voters: Tell us what problems you have while voting