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Uber Doesn’t Deny What’s Clearly Happening in the Front Seat of This Driver’s Car

What the fuck is going on in the front seat of this car? It may be something else or it may be exactly what it looks like. Aner Manuel, a stylist in Boston, claims he captured the video of his Uber driver being “intimate” with a woman while driving him in mid-July. Of course, this would be unsafe (yes, drivers have killed people while getting road head before), but it would also be an inexcusable violation of Uber’s rules for drivers. Read More >>

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Motorola’s New Body Cam AI Stops Just Short of Dystopian Surveillance

Unsurprisingly, the latest AI advancement in body camera technology comes no closer to increasing police accountability or officer transparency. As the public’s push for body cameras has died down, tech companies are now making their own appeal for body cameras to the police departments that buy them: offering sharper, smarter surveillance. Read More >>

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Leaked Facebook Rules Reveal Why It Won’t Protect Black Children From Hate Speech

On Wednesday, ProPublica published dozens of startling training documents reportedly used by Facebook to train moderators on hate speech. As the trove of slides and quizzes reveals, Facebook uses a warped, one-sided reasoning to balance policing hate speech against users’ freedom of expression on the platform. This is perhaps best summarised by the above image from one of its training slideshows, wherein Facebook instructs moderators to protect “White Men,” but not “Female Drivers” or “Black Children.” Read More >>

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Researchers Think They Can Use Twitter to Spot Riots Before Police

Researchers in the UK used machine learning algorithms to analyze 1.6 million tweets in London during the infamous 2011 riots, which resulted in widespread looting, property destruction and over 3,000 arrests. According to the researchers, analysing Twitter data to map out where violence occurred in London boroughs was faster and more accurate than relying on emergency calls—or even on-the-ground information gathering. Read More >>

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Uber Can’t Stop Tripping on Its Own Misogynistic Feet

Leaked audio from a Tuesday all-hands meeting shows that Uber, still struggling to win back the public’s goodwill since the company was accused of widespread misogyny and sexual harassment earlier this year, can’t help but continue on its path of self-destruction. Read More >>

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Thai Click-Fraud Farm Busted Using Wall of iPhones

Three Chinese citizens were arrested in Thailand on Sunday after a police raid uncovered a massive click-fraud operation of roughly 500 smartphones, mostly iPhones, and an estimated 350,000 SIM cards. The men reportedly admitted to using the phones to inflate the number of clicks on ads in WeChat, China’s largest messaging app. Read More >>

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One of Trump’s Tweets Just Helped Sabotage His Travel Ban 

On Monday, a US federal appeals court voted to uphold the block on Donald Trump’s travel ban, citing one of Trump’s own tweets in its reasoning. The ban would’ve blocked refugees from six countries from entering the US. In the court’s opinion, the second version of the travel ban—which Trump himself tweeted was a “watered down, politically correct version” of the original—neither justifies targeting those countries nor clears the legal bar of not being discriminatory against people entering from those countries. Read More >>

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Dozens of US Cities and States Are Initiating Rogue One, Planning to Independently Rejoin the Paris Agreement 

Former New York City major, Michael Bloomberg, is coordinating an effort among 30 mayors, three governors, 80 university presidents and over 100 businesses to independently align with the Paris Agreement’s goal of curbing US carbon emissions, the New York Times reported Friday. Additionally, 83 mayors have signed the Climate Mayors Agreement, similarly with the goal of independently reducing carbon emissions. Read More >>

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The Climate Deniers Have Won

At President Trumps’ behest, the US is joining Syria and Nicaragua in abdicating from the Paris Agreement, a coalition of 147 nations to combat climate change by reducing carbon emissions. While Trump faced heavy international pressure to remain within the agreement, from the Pope during his trip to the Vatican, China’s President Xi and European leaders during the G7 summit, the GOP overwhelmingly opposed Paris from the get-go. EPA head Scott Pruitt has long argued that the United States’ emissions reduction goal under Paris weakened the US economy. Read More >>

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Vatican Compares Trump to Flat Earthers Over Climate Change

After widespread media reports that President Trump plans to withdraw the US from the Paris Agreement, an international commitment between 147 nations to reduce carbon emissions, a Vatican official has said that Trump’s insistence on propping up coal while removing environmental regulations is akin to being a flat earth truther. Read More >>

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Let Germany’s Robopriest Offer You Guidance and Protection 

Unlike many of today’s workers, priests probably thought their jobs were safe from automation. Well, they thought wrong. In Wittenberg, Germany, one church has taken to automating spiritual guidance, creating a new robot, called the Bless U-2, that offers robotic benedictions to its fleshy parishioners. Read More >>

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An AI Is Now the Best Player of Humanity’s Most Complicated Game

In Wuzhen, China, on Thursday, Google’s AlphaGo artificial intelligence beat the world’s best (human) Go player in their second consecutive match, making the computer program the current champion of humanity’s most complex game. Read More >>

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Trump Will Almost Certainly Break His Promise to Read the Pope’s 192-Page Letter On Climate Change

As part of his international, interfaith tour that began in Saudi Arabia, President Trump met with Pope Francis Wednesday at the Vatican to discuss peace, religion, and surprisingly, climate change. As is custom for presidents, Trump and Pope Francis exchanged gifts. Trump gave the pope a first-edition series of literature from Martin Luther King, while the Pope gave the president his 2017 essay on peacemaking and his 192-page encyclical on the importance of combating climate change. Read More >>

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The Fyre Festival is Still a Damn Mess, and Now the FBI is Involved 

Fallout from the cataclysmic Fyre Festival is still going, per a new report in the New York Times, and it’s spread from its owner and organisers to Bahamian locals. Oh, and now the FBI is apparently involved, too. Read More >>

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The Dystopian Surveillance State Will Be Extremely Convenient 

When privacy finally dies, it will be, if nothing else, extremely convenient for travellers. Read More >>