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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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
A woman says Batavia school board member John Dryden threatened her and other parents with a comment he made about them on his Facebook page. Kelly Sullivan of Batavia said she filed a police report Wednesday, the day after a school board meeting where she and two other parents criticized how the district handled a situation involving a transgender student's use of the sixth-grade girls locker room and restrooms at Rotolo Middle School. related advertisement After the meeting, Dryden posted on Facebook:"Sometimes School Board meetings are like Mr. Toad's wild ride. (Enjoy it on BATV.) You can watch me try really hard not to launch myself over the table and strangle an anti-transgender lynch mob. The Board Comments at the end are worth listening to. Cheers Batavia -- let's move ahead, not backwards ..."In an interview, Sullivan said the board was rude to the parents and Dryden's Facebook comment was a threat.She said she also is afraid because many commenters on … [Read more...] about Batavia school board member’s Facebook comment after transgender debate called a threat
A controlling boyfriend beat his girlfriend up after he saw she had liked an ex-partner's Facebook post, a court heard. Dylan Hall treated with former teenage partner - who was 'slight' in build and under 5ft - 'like an animal'. The 'well-built' 20-year-old didn't let her go to the shop without him, prosecutors said. When his ex did something he didn't like, Hall - who stands at over 6ft - made her stand in the corner of the room for an hour as 'punishment', Manchester Crown Court was told. Hall, from Gorton, has now been jailed for two years after pleading guilty to assault following an incident in June. The court heard he pushed, punch and kicked his former partner - and dragged her by her hair - during a furious row. A judge also imposed an indefinite restraining order, stopping Hall from contacting his ex. "She couldn’t understand why you treated her like an animal rather than somebody that you loved," the judge told Hall. "She cannot take any more and she won’t … [Read more...] about Boyfriend battered his girlfriend after she ‘liked’ an ex’s Facebook post
What’s in your bag? is a recurring feature where we ask people to tell us a bit more about their everyday gadgets by opening their bags and hearts to us. This week, we’re featuring music producer and DJ R3hab. R3hab, real name Fadil El Ghoul, strides into The Verge with a bubbling energy that ekes into every corner. “Who’s the sound man?” El Ghoul says to the room as he plunks down for his interview. “Make me sound really cool! It’s crazy what a little bit of compression does. Sometimes I listen to myself on the radio and my voice sounds deep!” Everyone cracks a smile. El Ghoul simply can’t help but talk about engineering audio wherever he goes. The 32-year-old Moroccan-born DJ and producer first popped onto people’s radars in the early aughts, as one of the leaders of the Dutch house music movement alongside names like Afrojack and Chuckie. While on the rise, he racked up millions of plays making four-on-the-floor festival … [Read more...] about What’s In Your Bag, R3hab?