FACEBOOK begins to phase out ‘Likes’

The company has now officially started a test that will remove public visibility of Like, reaction and video view counts from people’s posts and ads across Facebook.

 

[I]t does present a problem for social media influencers, many of whom have built business models based entirely around Likes and the clout that comes with them.

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Face masks to decoy t-shirts: The rise of anti-surveillance …

Emily Roderick, 23, and her cohorts in “The Dazzle Club” walked around the British capital last week with blue, red and black stripes painted across their faces in an effort to escape the watchful eye of facial-recognition cameras.

From sunglasses to face masks, numerous wearable devices promising a veil of anonymity are making their way into the mainstream, said Henry Navarro Delgado, an art and fashion professor at Canada’s Ryerson University.

“If someone steals your credit card, you can cancel it and get a new one … (but) most of us are not going to do plastic surgery to rearrange our identity,”

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Doctors took a newborn baby from her parents after they refused a vitamin K shot for her. Now they’re suing – Personal Liberty®

The Boughers said they are not “anti-vaxxers” or against any procedure they believe to be medically necessary, but they didn’t think the shot was in that category. They had agreed to sign a waiver confirming their wishes that the new baby — their fifth child — not receive vitamin K, based on their beliefs that God’s creation isn’t automatically deficient or flawed at birth.

But instead of offering them a form, the Boughers allege, the nurse announced she was reporting the couple to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and left the room with the newborn. It would be about 12 hours before they got the child back, the couple said.

“I honestly could not understand what was going on,” Angela Bougher said through tears in a recent interview. “I was in total shock. I’ve never not had my baby right away.”

The episode was the result of a controversial DCFS policy that classified parents’ refusal of their newborn’s vitamin K shot as medical neglect…

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Successful Training and Employment for Homeless Vets Gets Shut Down

Traditional trade schools took too long…especially when paychecks weren’t coming in.

10 hours a day, 5 hours a day for 6 weeks…  We removed all the distractions…  paid their hotel, transportation, meals, weekly stipend.

A placement department the same size as our admissions department…  Start selling them to employers the day they enrolled.

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IRS To Track Taxpayer Behavior, Movements Through Phones – Nextgov

When taxpayers use online systems, the IRS really wants to make sure the people accessing information are who they say they are.

“BioCatch collects behavioral metrics—i.e., left/right handedness, pressure—while a user is interacting with eAuth without impacting user experience and establishes a profile for the user,” IRS contracting officers wrote in the statement of work. “Once this profile is established, this data is used to detect fraud on subsequent login attempts and to prevent account takeover during the user’s session.”

… BioCatch was selected for its behavioral biometrics and fraud reduction capabilities to be tested with eAuth.”

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Facebook to Buy Startup for Controlling Computers With Your Mind

(Bloomberg) — Facebook Inc. agreed to acquire CTRL-Labs, a technology startup that is building software to let people control a digital avatar using only their thoughts. The world’s largest social network is paying between $500 million and $1 billion, according to people familiar with the deal.

The closely held four-year-old startup, which has dozens of employees and has raised tens of millions in venture capital, uses a bracelet to measure neuron activity in a subject’s arm to determine movement that person is thinking about, even if they aren’t physically moving. That neuron activity is then translated into movement on a digital screen. Facebook declined to comment on the price of the acquisition.

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