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Tom Petty's family demands Trump stop using Petty's music for the best reasons
June 21, 2020 at 2:17 pm 0
The punches from the Trump Tulsa rally just keep coming in. This time, it's from the family of the late Tom Petty demanding that the president back down from using Petty's song "I Won't Back Down." Those at the rally would've heard the song's intended message of defiance playing to a less than packed arena. The Tom Petty estate responded with a cease and desist letter followed by a statement on Twitter signed by Petty's daughters and widows Adria, Annakim, Dana, and Jane.  The reason they give for why he has no right to play Petty's music is pitch-perfect, too. "Trump was in no way authorized to use this song to further a campaign that leaves too many Americans and common sense behind," it reads. "Both the late Tom Petty and his family firmly stand against racism and discrimination of any kind. Tom Petty would never want a song of his used for
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IBM gets 'woke,' pulls facial recognition software from law enforcement
June 9, 2020 at 11:41 am 0
Artificial intelligence powerhouse IBM has had it with law enforcement's misuse of facial recognition technology. In a letter to Congress this week, IBM CEO Arvind Krishna outlined the different ways the tech company intends to address racial injustice and police abuse. "IBM would like to work with Congress in pursuit of justice and racial equity, focused initially in three key policy areas: police reform, responsible use of technology, and broadening skills and educational opportunities," Krishna wrote. As part of its effort to responsibly use technology, Krishna explained how facial recognition tools are misused for mass surveillance, racial profiling, and human rights violations, and said the company would no longer offer "general purpose IBM facial recognition or analysis software." Read more...More about Ibm, Facial Recognition Software, George Floyd, Tech, and Politics
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John Oliver debunks Trump's claim that voting by mail leads to 'massive fraud'
June 1, 2020 at 10:16 am 0
The concept of voting by mail is probably something you've heard quite a bit about recently. Most likely from the president, who keeps banging on about it on Twitter in big, shouty all-caps. But does voting by mail actually lead to the "massive fraud" he's suggesting it does? Here to break it all down is John Oliver — whose monologue above suggests that while the system is flawed, it's still ultimately a crucial part of American democracy which results in "very rare" (think 0.002 percent) cases of illegal votes being cast. "I am not saying that voting by mail is perfect," Oliver explains. "Mail ballots are rejected at a higher rate than those cast in person. And it doesn't work for all communities — some people with disabilities need to go to an in-person voting place for help casting ballots, and places like Native American reservations and remote Alaskan villages may have
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This Trump press conference parody is hilariously awkward
April 23, 2020 at 2:59 am 0
If there's one thing that seems almost ready-made for parody, it's a Trump press conference. With the rambling sentences, casual misinformation and random attacks on the media, the president's briefings frequently feel more like a farce than real life. Here to draw attention to the lowlights is British comedian Michael Spicer, returning to The Late Late Show in his role as Trump's behind-the-scenes "advisor." His parody is just bang-on as it was before, and this time there's even beautifully crafted video presentation interlude. Hopefully there will be more where this came from. Read more... More about Donald Trump, The Late Late Show With James Corden, Entertainment, Politics, and Movies Tv Shows
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Stephen Colbert has the perfect solution to Trump's rambling press conferences
April 17, 2020 at 1:56 am 0
To say Donald Trump's coronavirus press conferences have lacked a little clarity would perhaps be the understatement of the year — and they only seem to be getting more and more rambling as the weeks go on. Luckily, Stephen Colbert has a solution. "Trump's been having a blast at his briefings, but it turns out he initially had a totally different idea for how to connect with the American people," explains Colbert in the clip above. "Early on in the crisis, Donald Trump wanted to start a White House talk radio show. Apparently, Trump emphasised that the show would need to be at least two hours a day, every day." Read more...More about Donald Trump, The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, Coronavirus, Entertainment, and Politics
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Fake copyright claim takes down Twitch’s biggest political streamers during Democratic debate
February 26, 2020 at 4:40 pm 0
A fake copyright infringement claim resulted in the removal of some of Twitch’s biggest political channels. On Tuesday night, a number of popular left-leaning Twitch streamers found their channels shut down during their livestream coverage of the South Carolina Democratic Primary Debate.  The streamers who were issued a ban include Chapo Trap House, The Majority Report, The Serfs, Bad Bunny, Trihex, David Pakman, Mike from PA, Central Planning Committee, 27 Dollars, The Progressive Voice, and Justin Young. All these channels provide explicitly progressive or leftist commentary streams. (Disclosure: The author of this piece formerly worked at The Majority Report.) Read more...More about Politics, Democratic Debate, Twitch, Livestreaming, and Copyright Infringement
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Trevor Noah uses R&B analogy to make a point about the Democratic debates
February 20, 2020 at 3:31 pm 0
With the Democratic debates becoming increasingly brutal, Trevor Noah wants us all to start being a little nicer to one another. "I do think it would be cool if you could just watch debates where people just proposed what they're gonna do, as opposed to trying to attack another person," the Daily Show host says in the clip above. "The age-old player hating thing, you know what I mean?" To explain his point, Noah uses a handy R&B analogy. "Just promise your thing, don't make me look bad!" he says. "Just be like, 'I'll make love to you all night,' and then I'll be like, 'Yo, I'm doing the best I can, right now!' Read more...More about Democratic Debate, The Daily Show, Trevor Noah, Entertainment, and Politics
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Look out, influencers: Your #ads could be in danger
February 20, 2020 at 3:31 pm 0
There are 11.5 million posts tagged as an #ad on Instagram. Soon, the government agency in charge of regulating advertising will decide on whether that three character hashtag and its ilk are enough to inform followers that what they're ingesting is sponsored content. On Friday, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is publishing a request for public comments on its "Endorsement Guides," or the rules that govern how advertisements that use personal endorsements and testimonials must make it clear to consumers that they are ads. These sorts of ads include influencer posts, but also encompass much more, such as magazine advertorials or comments and reviews on sites like Yelp that someone has paid for. Read more...More about Advertising, Influencers, Tech, Web Culture, and Politics
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The tech product that made Bloomberg rich is a perfect metaphor for his candidacy
February 18, 2020 at 2:46 pm 0
As billionaire and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg attempts to buy (and meme) his way into the hearts of voters in the democratic primaries, there's renewed scrutiny on who this dude is, what he's done, and where he came from. A good starting point is: How did Bloomberg earn the billions that make him the ninth richest man in the world? A large part of the answer to that is The Bloomberg Terminal, a clunky but allegedly highly effective tech product. It's an information portal, a social network, and a trading tool that's deeply entrenched in the financial industry, used by finance bros and salespeople the world over. Read more...More about Wall Street, Elections, Bloomberg, Tech, and Politics
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U.S. politicians can now pay for sponsored content on Facebook
February 15, 2020 at 2:09 pm 0
As the U.S. election season trudges forward, Facebook announced it will allow politicians and political groups to pay for sponsored content on the platform, Reuters reported Friday. This means that politicians can pay users, groups, or pages to post content in partnership with the politicians, which is a separate beast from standard advertising. The decision form Facebook comes after Mike Bloomberg, who is vying to be the Democratic candidate in 2020's presidential election, began a campaign of branded content on Instagram, paying popular accounts to promote his campaign. Content creators on Facebook will now be able to tag if a post is sponsored by a politician more easily. In order to pay for sponsored content, politicians and political groups will have to be authorized to do so by Facebook. Read more...More about Facebook, Tech, Big Tech Companies, and Politics
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