Computers

China launches cyber-court to handle internet-related disputes – The Verge

Posted: Friday, August 18, 2017

China’s new cyber-court in the city of Hangzhou will start hearing cases today that exclusively deal with e-commerce and internet-related cases, according to China Law Blog. The court will have the ability to handle all aspects of a case online from beginning to end. The court will accept filings electronically and try cases via live stream for the following areas of dispute: contract disputes arising from online shopping, product liability…

Neo-Nazis Expose the Internet’s Big Weakness – Bloomberg

Posted: Friday, August 18, 2017

An obscure internet executive’s decision to shut down a neo-Nazi website has rightly sparked a debate about how to govern the global computer network. On a technical level, though, it also demonstrates how vulnerable this supposedly resilient mode of communication has become. The Daily Stormer, which spreads neo-Nazi propaganda using cartoon frogs and anime avatars, was far from the most beloved page on the web. The site had already relocated…

Why Consumer Reports is wrong about Microsoft’s Surface products – Mashable

Posted: Friday, August 18, 2017

Yes, I’m that guy. I’m the one who sits on the train using a Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and who takes it to the front row of exclusive Apple press events while balancing its unconventional kickstand on my lap. I’ve been this guy for three years, and it’s not because someone dared me to use a Microsoft laptop. Nope. I chose this life. I chose this product. Now, following Consumer…

‘The Daily’: The Alt-Right and the Internet – New York Times

Posted: Friday, August 18, 2017

• Tech platforms like Google, Airbnb and PayPal are battling with far-right activists, who accuse the companies of censoring their ideas. • Two women in the middle of the violence in Charlottesville have filed a lawsuit against more than two dozen white nationalists and groups that organized the march. Tune in, and tell us what you think. Email us at thedaily@nytimes.com. Tweet me at @mikiebarb. And if you’re interested in…

“Bing is bigger than you think,” Microsoft boasts, at 33% of US searches – Ars Technica

Posted: Friday, August 18, 2017

reader comments 111 Bing is bigger than you think! #SEM #PPC #bingadswebcast pic.twitter.com/fFtEDvM634 — Bing Ads (@BingAds) August 17, 2017 We’ve known from Microsoft’s financial reports that Bing has been growing. The search engine became profitable in the third calendar quarter of 2015, and Microsoft says it has continued to grow both the market share and revenue-per-search since then. But how big is Bing? Via OnMSFT, Microsoft tweeted yesterday that…

Text of James Murdoch’s Email Condemning Trump’s Response to Charlottesville – New York Times

Posted: Friday, August 18, 2017

Photo James Murdoch, the chief executive of 21st Century Fox, in April in New York. Credit Kevin Hagen for The New York Times WASHINGTON — The following is the text of an email that was sent Thursday by James Murdoch, the chief executive of 21st Century Fox and the son of Rupert Murdoch, a frequent ally of President Trump’s. The email was confirmed as authentic by a spokesman for his…

Text of James Murdoch’s Email Condemning Trump’s Response to Charlottesville – New York Times

Posted: Friday, August 18, 2017

Photo James Murdoch, the chief executive of 21st Century Fox, in April in New York. Credit Kevin Hagen for The New York Times WASHINGTON — The following is the text of an email that was sent Thursday by James Murdoch, the chief executive of 21st Century Fox and the son of Rupert Murdoch, a frequent ally of President Trump’s. The email was confirmed as authentic by a spokesman for his…

Is White Power Music Finally Getting Booted from the Internet? – Pitchfork

Posted: Friday, August 18, 2017

In December 2008, on the heels of President Obama’s first victory, Ken McLellan, longtime frontman of neo-Nazi punks Brutal Attack, said attitudes were changing toward white power bands. “Being sold in mainstream places shows that white power isn’t so taboo anymore,” McLellan told SPIN. His pro–“Final Solution” lyrics had been a tough sell with physical retailers, but Brutal Attack’s late-’80s album Tales of Glory was easy enough to find from…

Microsoft: Here’s When You Can Find Out About Xbox One X Pre-Orders – Forbes

Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2017

Credit: Microsoft Xbox One X Console and Controller. In a video game world where the Internet is prone to break over teasers of trailers of betas of games, it isn’t surprising that today’s convoluted announcement from Microsoft does, in fact, count as important news. Despite having been revealed a few months ago at E3 and coming out in November, the Xbox One X still hasn’t been made available for pre-order,…

Report: Trump’s lawyer circulates email with secessionist rhetoric – CBS News

Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2017

The man leading President Trump’s legal team forwarded an email to conservative government officials and journalists that praised Confederate General Robert R. Lee and was written by someone who runs several websites alleging conspiracy theories, according to The New York Times. John Dowd, one of the president’s attorneys, forwarded an email with the subject line, “The Information that Validates President Trump on Charlottesville” whose substance was reminiscent of secessionist Civil…

Keep the Internet’s Backbone Free From Censorship – Bloomberg

Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2017

It was inevitable that the fallout from violent protests in Virginia organized by white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups would extend to the virtual world of the web. The internet is our modern commons. But the past few days have shown how fast we can glide down the slippery slope to web censorship. Facebook and Twitter were perfectly within their rights, legally and ethically, when they banned accounts of certain hate…

Microsoft forced to Photoshop penis out of Bing homepage – The Verge

Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2017

Bing.com, Microsoft’s search engine, always features an image on its homepage. It changes every day. Today, Bing is displaying the gorgeous beach on Brač Island in Croatia. Seriously, this beach is dreamy: Bing Right? So nice. But developer Andrew Lyle noticed an odd shape carved into the white pebble sand. Say what? Let’s take a closer look. Bing Bing Bing Bing Bing Bing Yeah, that’s definitely a penis. I’d like…

Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom on Free Speech, Artificial Intelligence, and Internet Addiction. – WIRED

Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2017

I sat down with Kevin Systrom, the CEO of Instagram, in June to interview him for my feature story, “Instagram’s CEO Wants to Clean Up the Internet,” and for “Is Instagram Going Too Far to Protect Our Feelings,” a special that ran on CBS this week. It was a long conversation, but here is a 20-minute overview in which Systrom talks about the artificial intelligence Instagram has been developing to…

Newton is the rare email app that works great on both Windows and Mac – Engadget

Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2017

I tried out Newton on Windows 10 over the last week, and the good news is that it offers a near-identical experience to the Mac app. For those who haven’t given Newton a shot, it’s similar to the departed Mailbox app — it’s starkly minimal and puts the focus on whatever message you happen to be reading or composing. There aren’t multiple panes to distract you; you either see a…

Trump Lawyer Forwards Email Echoing Secessionist Rhetoric – New York Times

Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2017

His words were widely criticized in Washington but were praised by white supremacists, including a former Ku Klux Klan leader. Mr. Dowd received the email on Tuesday night and forwarded it on Wednesday morning to more than two dozen recipients, including a senior official at the Department of Homeland Security, The Wall Street Journal editorial page and journalists at Fox News and The Washington Times. There is no evidence that…

Read Apple CEO’s email denouncing white supremacism in Charlottesville – The Verge

Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2017

Much like politicians, tech company CEOs are nowadays expected to take a position on the big social issues facing their country, and Apple boss Tim Cook has been the latest to join the fray with an email sent to all global employees of the company on Wednesday night, which was obtained by Recode. In the email, Cook provides a strong response to the violence on display in Charlottesville over the…

Google acquires AIMatter, maker of the Fabby computer vision app – TechCrunch

Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2017

Computer vision — the branch of artificial intelligence that lets computers “see” and process images like humans do (and, actually, often better than us), and then use those images to help run programs — is at the heart of how the next generation of tech is developing, and this week Google made an acquisition this week to help it along with its own efforts in this area. The search and…

Internet firms shift stance, move to exile white supremacists – Reuters

Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Silicon Valley joined a swelling backlash against neo-Nazi groups in the United States on Wednesday as more technology companies removed white supremacists from their services in response to weekend violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. Social media networks Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) and LinkedIn, music service Spotify Ltd and security firm Cloudflare Inc were among the companies cutting off services to hate groups or removing material that they said…

The Docx games: three days at the Microsoft Office World Championship – The Verge

Posted: Wednesday, August 16, 2017

On a Sunday night two weeks back, in the Rose Court Garden of the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California, 150 antsy competitors between the ages of 13 and 22 milled around eating miniature whoopie pies by the light of the Moon, sizing up their global rivals in the efficient use of Excel, PowerPoint, and Word. It was as if the Olympics opening ceremony was replaced by a networking event: teens…

Microsoft launches Azure Event Grid, a fully managed event routing service – TechCrunch

Posted: Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Microsoft announced a new product in its Azure line-up in preview today that will make it easier for developers to build event-based applications. The Azure Event Grid makes events (like uploading a picture or video, clicking a button, updating a database, etc.) first-class Azure objects. Event Grid complements Azure Functions and Azure Logic Apps, Microsoft’s existing serverless offerings, and gives developers access to a fully managed event routing service. This…