New York Governor Cuomo Orders Probe into Facebook Access to Personal Data

FILE PHOTO: Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo holds a news conference after voting at the Presbyterian Church in Mt. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs/File PhotoNEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Friday ordered two state agencies to investigate a media report that Facebook Inc may be accessing far more personal information from smartphone users, including health and other sensitive data, than had previously been known. The WSJ reported that several apps share sensitive user data including weight, blood pressure and pregnancy status with Facebook. The report said that the company can access data in some cases even when the user is not signed into Facebook or does not have a Facebook account. Shares in Facebook took a short-lived hit after the Wall Street Journal report was published, but recovered by midday.

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Why's a Big Red Tanker Drifting Near Boston?

The vessel, owned by Excelerate Energy LP, is periodically delivering super-chilled liquefied natural gas from Trinidad to Excelerate’s Northeast Gateway, a deepwater port 13 miles (21 kilometers) offshore of Boston. Early last month, the Northeast Gateway started importing for the first time since 2016 by bringing in a cargo sourced from Russia on the tanker Exemplar. Northeast Gateway started up in 2008, just as the shale boom took off. Even though New England’s gas prices climb in the winter, the region is only a premium market for two months, January and February, Simpson said. To avoid a repeat, Excelerate is seeking deals with power generators, utilities or other gas buyers to use Northeast Gateway next winter, Simpson said.

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New HN Front Page

Front page stories from February 21, 2019, ordered by time spent there.

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A Heavily Commented Linux Kernel Source Code [pdf]

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An update about Redis developments in 2019

I really believe that in the future of Redis “client side caching” will be a big thing. Redis unstable, that will become Redis 6, already has a RESP3 implementation that is almost complete, and there are no attributes. You have a Redis instance and you plan to use the instance to do a new thing: delayed jobs processing. Or maybe you just hired a junior developer that is keeping calling “KEYS *” on the Redis instance, while your company Redis policy is “No KEYS command”. We’ll call this threading model “Slow commands threading”.

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YouTube Just Demonetized Anti-Vax Channels

Their ads appeared on videos from channels including VAXXED TV, LarryCook333 (a proponent of StopMandatoryVaccinations.com), and iHealthTube, all of which YouTube has since demonetized, or prevented from running ads. YouTube on Friday said it would prevent channels that promote anti-vax content from running advertising, saying explicitly that such videos fall under its policy prohibiting the monetization of videos with “dangerous and harmful” content. In addition to demonetizing anti-vax content, YouTube also introduced a new information panel pertaining to vaccines. Previously, information panels appeared on anti-vax videos that explicitly mentioned the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine, and only described what the MMR vaccine is for and linked to its Wikipedia page. The YouTube advertisers contacted by BuzzFeed News about their ads on anti-vax content said they were unaware that their programmatic ads, which are controlled algorithmically, were appearing alongside such videos.

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We Are Living in the Anthropocene – When Nature Is No Longer Natural

Here, too, but in a different way, nature depends on human activity, in this case the activity of meaning-making. The emerging Anthropocene politics of nature may yield a new set of ideals. But if we embrace not just the Anthropocene condition but also the insight—if we accept that there is no boundary between nature and human action and that nature therefore cannot provide a boundary around contestation—we may have the basis of a democratic future. The food movement provides a possible model of the next politics of nature, emphasizing the metabolism between humans and world. If the old vision of nature was one of wilderness and the pristine, which assumes the separateness of humans and nature, the new one might be agriculture, which emphasizes how the constant, inescapable metabolism between humans and the rest of the world shapes both.

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Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB Review

Kicking things off in turn for this new GPU is NVIDIA’s latest video card, the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti. This puts GTX 1660 Ti in an interesting spot in terms of memory bandwidth, since it’s benefitting from the jump to GDDR6; if you thought the GTX 1060 could use a little more memory bandwidth, GTX 1660 Ti gets it in spades. Another constant across the Turing family has been price inflation, and the GTX 1660 Ti is no exception. So the GTX 1660 Ti and GTX 1060 won’t be sharing space on store shelves for long. Instead, AMD’s competitor for the GTX 1660 Ti looks like it will be the Radeon RX Vega 56.

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Linus Torvalds on Why ARM Won't Win the Server Space

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Apple to Close Stores in Eastern District of Texas to Fight Patent Trolls

A rough visualization of Apple's retail stores in the Eastern District of Texas and its upcoming Galleria Dallas storeApple plans to close both of its retail stores within the Eastern District of Texas in a few months from now in an effort to protect itself from patent trolls, according to five sources familiar with the matter. Apple Willow Bend in Plano, Texas and Apple Stonebriar in Frisco, Texas, both located in the northern suburbs of Dallas, are expected to permanently close in mid April. One source said each store's final day of business will be Friday, April 12. Employees were briefed about the plans earlier this week.To continue to serve the region, Apple plans to open a new store at the Galleria Dallas shopping mall in Dallas, just south of the Eastern District of Texas border. One source said Apple has offered employees opportunities to transfer to other stores, work from home for AppleCare , or severance.Apple has yet to publicly announce the plans.

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