Facebook to start policing antiBlack hate speech more aggressively than antiwhite comments, documents show

As one way to assess severity, Facebook assigned different types of attacks numerical scores weighted based on their perceived harm. For example, the company’s systems would now place a higher priority on automatically removing statements such as “Gay people are disgusting” than “Men are pigs.”

Facebook has long banned hate speech — defined as violent or dehumanizing speech— based on race, gender, sexuality, and other protected characteristics. It owns Instagram and has the same hate speech policies there. But before the overhaul, the company’s algorithms and policies did not make a distinction between groups that were more likely to be targets of hate speech versus those that have not been historically marginalized. Comments like “White people are stupid” were treated the same as anti-Semitic or racist slurs.

In the first phase of the project, which was announced internally to a small group in October, engineers said they had changed the

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Facebook will start paying UK news sites for news stories

As with the US News section, the UK tab will offer a mix of personalized and curated top stories. Facebook will normally show top headlines and stories, but will add news digests with original and “authoritative” reporting during major news cycles. The tab will build on the success of the US site, Facebook said, “where we’ve found more than 95 percent of the traffic Facebook News delivers to publishers is new audiences that have not interacted with those news outlets in the past.”

Facebook didn’t say how much it would pay publishers, but some expect millions of pounds each year from multi-year details, The Guardian reported. That means Facebook could be paying tens of millions in the UK alone, much-needed revenue for struggling news outlets. It may also feature smaller local sites that

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When Did Cyber Monday Start And Who Invented It?


  • Cyber Monday refers to the Monday following Thanksgiving and Black Friday
  • The term was coined by Ellen Davis and Scott Silverman in 2005
  • Cyber Monday was created to encourage people to shop online

Just a few days after Thanksgiving and Black Friday comes another “holiday” Americans anticipate every year — Cyber Monday.

Cyber Monday is the Monday after the Thanksgiving holiday where e-commerce retailers promote their products by offering exceptional bargains. But how did the annual event start?  Retailers have Shop.org, a division of the National Retail Federation, to thank, according to CNN.

Ellen Davis, the senior vice president of research and strategic initiatives for the NRF, and retail consultant Scott Silverman, who was the executive director of Shop.org at the time, coined the term “Cyber Monday” back in 2005.

A recurring spike in online revenue and traffic on the Monday following Thanksgiving for several years in a

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Is It Time To Start Developing Your Software Solutions In-House?

Veer Singh, CTO at FoodJet Inc, leads enterprise engineering projects, motivating teams and stakeholders with a customer-first approach.

The SaaS industry has democratized access to technology for businesses of every size. However, once you begin to scale your business, you’ll start to notice the pitfalls of licensing a third-party SaaS solution. 

When the seams start to show, you’re faced with a decision: Is it time to stop renting your software systems and owning them instead? There’s no single right answer, but there is a decision matrix to run through.

Customization, Control And Competitive Advantage

The first question to ask is whether the business function(s) is business-critical. The more critical the function, the more you want to control the software system running it and the system’s evolution.

A small SaaS may be highly responsive to your function requirements and customizations. But the SaaS will grow, and its product development

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Xbox Series X/S Has Impressive Early Start in UK

Early Xbox launch numbers have been released for the UK via a VGC report, and it appears the console is performing slightly ahead of what the Xbox One managed back in 2013. This makes it the largest Xbox launch ever for the region. It was also the biggest Xbox launch of all time, with a global release instead of a region-stagged launch like Microsoft has done in the past.

The difference between the two generations isn’t enormous, with the Xbox Series X and Series S managing to sell 155,000 units in its first two days compared to 150,000 for the Xbox One. However, when considering the supply shortages likely caused by the ongoing pandemic–and customers’ tightened budgets because of it–it’s promising news for Microsoft.

Industry analyst Daniel Ahmad corroborated the news on November 18, adding that this puts the systems ahead of the launch sales for the 3DS, Wii, DS,

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‘Don’t count out technology,’ even as value stocks start to stage a comeback, says Oppenheimer’s strategy chief

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  • With positive COVID-19 vaccine news lifting value stocks related to the reopening trade, technology stocks have underperformed.
  • In fact, since September 23, value stocks have outperformed growth stocks across all market cap segments, according to a Monday note from Oppenheimer.
  • Technology investors should stay calm, as the underperformance of growth stocks over the past couple months likely has to do with a potential tax-hike under a Biden administration, the note said.
  • “Interest rates are likely to remain low for the intermediate term suggesting that growth will retain its attraction for investors,” Oppenheimer’s Chief Investment Strategist John Stoltzfus said.
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Value stocks have staged a comeback over the past two months as investors bet that beaten down cyclical shares will surge on an economic reopening.

The outperformance in value stocks relative to growth stocks has become more pronounced over the past week, with

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Alek Minassian’s father testifies in van attack trial his son was about to start a good computer job

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He paused in his testimony as he became emotional.

He said he watched video of his son pulling his hand out of his pocket and pointing it at police, pretending he had a gun.

“I was in a state of shock,” he said. “How is this even possible?”

He testified there was no hint of his son being capable of it.

“I’ve seen no history of violence. He is, if anything, he’s always been characterized as a gentle person.”

Minassian’s father said his son had problems from a young age because of odd behaviours. He was in a special education program throughout his schooling. In some subjects, such as math, he was ahead of his peers but in other he was far behind.

Social interaction, he said, “was one of the greatest challenges he had.” He did not recognize facial expressions that reveal other’s emotional state, such

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How to wipe a computer if you want to sell it or give it a fresh start

a man sitting at a table using a laptop computer: The process of wiping your PC is quite different from wiping a Mac — here's how to do both. Yagi Studio/Getty Images

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The process of wiping your PC is quite different from wiping a Mac — here’s how to do both. Yagi Studio/Getty Images

  • You can wipe a computer’s hard drive and return it to its factory conditions with just a few clicks. 
  • If you are not keeping the PC, you should be sure it’s impossible to recover any old data from the solid-state drive by encrypting the data. 
  • When you reset your PC, be sure to choose the option to remove everything.  
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Although older versions of Windows didn’t make it easy to wipe your computer clean of personal information, that’s pretty simple to do with Windows 10. You can do this if you’re preparing to sell or give away your computer, or you might do this to troubleshoot a problematic PC. Wiping it and starting fresh can help

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