Most GDPR Emails Unnecessary and Some Illegal, Say Experts
Posted by News Fetcher on May 21 '18 at 11:12 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's closer-look department:
The vast majority of emails flooding inboxes across Europe from companies asking for consent to keep recipients on their mailing list are unnecessary and some may be illegal, privacy experts have said, as new rules over data privacy come into force at the end of this week. From a report: Many companies, acting based on poor legal advice, a fear of fines of up to $23.5 and a lack of good examples to follow, have taken what they see as the safest option for hewing to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR): asking customers to renew their consent for marketing communications and data processing. But Toni Vitale, the head of regulation, data and information at the law firm Winckworth Sherwood, said many of those requests would be needless paperwork, and some that were not would be illegal.

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Supreme Court Upholds Workplace Arbitration Contracts Barring Class Actions
Posted by News Fetcher on May 21 '18 at 11:12 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's work-culture department:
The Supreme Court on Monday ruled that companies can use arbitration clauses in employment contracts to prohibit workers from banding together to take legal action over workplace issues. From a report: The vote was 5 to 4, with the court's more conservative justices in the majority. The court's decision could affect some 25 million employment contracts. Writing for the majority, Justice Neil M. Gorsuch said the court's conclusion was dictated by a federal law favoring arbitration and the court's precedents. If workers were allowed to band together to press their claims, he wrote, "the virtues Congress originally saw in arbitration, its speed and simplicity and inexpensiveness, would be shorn away and arbitration would wind up looking like the litigation it was meant to displace." Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg read her dissent from the bench, a sign of profound disagreement. In her written dissent, she called the majority opinion "egregiously wrong." In her oral statement, she said the upshot of the decision "will be huge under-enforcement of federal and state statutes designed to advance the well being of vulnerable workers."

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Toys ‘R’ Us Australia Goes Into Administration
Posted by News Fetcher on May 21 '18 at 10:11 AM
By Black Convoy from TFW2005:
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Sadly, we have another chapter in the story of Toys R Us closing. Via Ozformers forums and several online articles, we got word that Toys ‘R’ Us goes into administration in Australia. Kind of an unexpected event, since it seemed Toys “R” Us stores in Australia will continue on the business like other stores in Asia, despite the US main brand closing. This also affects Toys “R” Us partner Babies ‘R’ Us. Here’s a brief quote from an article from Australian site Inside  Toys ‘R’ Us Australia and sister brand Babies ‘R’ Us have fallen into voluntary administration, following the » Continue Reading.

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TFSource News! PotP Unicronus, X2 Big Computer, ZT Racket, DX9 Gabriel, Weijiang Omega Guard & More!
Posted by News Fetcher on May 21 '18 at 10:11 AM
By AzT from TFW2005:
TFW2005 friend and sponsor TFSource brings us their latest weekly newsletter.  Check out the highlights below and then read on for the full listing! NEW HOT INSTOCK ITEMS: – <a href="" » Continue Reading.

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China Launches Satellite To Explore Dark Side of Moon
Posted by News Fetcher on May 21 '18 at 09:52 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's up,-up,-and-away department:
China launched a relay satellite early on Monday designed to establish a communication link between earth and a planned lunar probe that will explore the dark side of the moon, the official Xinhua news agency said. From a report: Citing the China National Space Administration, Xinhua said the satellite was launched at 5:28 a.m. (2128 GMT Sunday) on a Long March-4C rocket from the Xichang launch center in the southwest of the country. "The launch is a key step for China to realize its goal of being the first country to send a probe to soft-land on and rove the far side of the moon," Xinhua quoted Zhang Lihua, manager of the relay satellite project, as saying.

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Google Sued For 'Clandestine Tracking' of 4.4 Million UK iPhone Users' Browsing Data
Posted by News Fetcher on May 21 '18 at 09:52 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's to-the-surprise-of-no-one department:
Google is being sued in the high court for as much as $4.3 billion for the alleged "clandestine tracking and collation" of personal information from 4.4 million iPhone users in the UK. From a report: The collective action is being led by former Which? director Richard Lloyd over claims Google bypassed the privacy settings of Apple's Safari browser on iPhones between August 2011 and February 2012 in order to divide people into categories for advertisers. At the opening of an expected two-day hearing in London on Monday, lawyers for Lloyd's campaign group Google You Owe Us told the court information collected by Google included race, physical and mental heath, political leanings, sexuality, social class, financial, shopping habits and location data. Hugh Tomlinson QC, representing Lloyd, said information was then "aggregated" and users were put into groups such as "football lovers" or "current affairs enthusiasts" for the targeting of advertising. Tomlinson said the data was gathered through "clandestine tracking and collation" of browsing on the iPhone, known as the "Safari Workaround" -- an activity he said was exposed by a PhD researcher in 2012. Tomlinson said Google has already paid $39.5m to settle claims in the US relating to the practice. Google was fined $22.5m for the practice by the US Federal Trade Commission in 2012 and forced to pay $17m to 37 US states.

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Netflix's DVD Rental Business Is Still Profitable
Posted by News Fetcher on May 21 '18 at 08:32 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's all-cool department:
Netflix might be focusing on its streaming business, but the produce that made its name is still alive -- and apparently well. From a report: The company's DVD rental business has 3 million subscribers and generated a whopping $56 million in profit on just $99 million in revenue during the first quarter, CNBC is reporting. That staggering profit margin aside, Netflix's business has a wide selection of 100,000 DVDs, which easily overshadows the 5,600 streaming titles available on Netflix, according to the report.'s profitability might surprise some who moved on long ago from disc-based entertainment in the living room to streaming. Indeed, Netflix itself seemed to have moved on in 2011 when it split the DVD division from its now-core streaming operation. And whenever Netflix discusses its business, the company focuses on streaming and its place in the original content market rather than DVDs.

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Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin Wants Justice Department To Scrutinize Big Tech
Posted by News Fetcher on May 21 '18 at 08:32 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's urgent-attention-needed department:
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin on Monday joined the growing chorus of government officials concerned about tech monopolies. From a report: When asked if Google is a monopoly, Mnuchin said, "These are issues that the Justice Department needs to look at seriously -- not for any one company -- but obviously as these technology companies have a greater and greater impact on the economy, I think that you have to look at the power they have," Mnuchin told CNBC's "Squawk Box." Mnuchin acknowledged that antitrust matters don't fall under his jurisdiction, but said someone ought to be looking. His comments come on the heels of a "60 Minutes" segment on Google's unparalleled market share in online search. The Sunday night spot included an interview with Jeremy Stoppelman, co-founder of Yelp, which he said "would have no shot" if it were being built today.

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Morning News
Posted by News Fetcher on May 21 '18 at 08:21 AM
By Randall Munroe from XKCD:

Support your local paper, unless it's just been bought by some sinister hedge fund or something, which it probably has.

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Sony Is Done Working For Peanuts in the Hardware Business, New CEO To Detail Shift Away From Gadgets
Posted by News Fetcher on May 21 '18 at 07:10 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's up-next department:
Kenichiro Yoshida, who took over as chief executive officer in April, is set to unveil a three-year plan on Tuesday that embraces Sony's growing reliance on income from gaming subscriptions and entertainment. From a report: The transition is already happening: even though the company sold fewer hardware products such as televisions, digital cameras, smartphones and PlayStation consoles in the year through March, it was able to post record operating profit. It's a tectonic shift for a company built on manufacturing prowess. Sony popularized transistor radios, gave the world portable music with the Walkman and its TVs were considered top-of-the-line for decades. With the rise of Chinese manufacturing, making and selling gadgets has become a business with razor-thin profit margins. Investors have applauded the transformation that's been under way since Kazuo Hirai took over as CEO in 2012, with the shares climbing more than five-fold amid a turnaround.

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Advocacy Groups Call for the FTC To Break Up Facebook
Posted by News Fetcher on May 21 '18 at 07:10 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's too-big-to-fail department:
An anonymous reader shares a report: Several advocacy groups have banded together for a campaign that calls upon the US Federal Trade Commission to intervene and break up Facebook into smaller companies -- and more specifically to split off the Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp services from the mother company. The campaign, named Freedom from Facebook, was set into motion today by eight groups -- Demand Progress, Citizens Against Monopoly, Content Creators Coalition, Jewish Voice for Peace, MoveOn, Mpower Change, Open Markets Institute, and SumOfUs, respectively. Through a dedicated website, the eight advocacy groups are urging users to file a petition with the FTC on the grounds that Facebook has become a monopoly. The campaign's motto is "It's time to make Facebook safe for democracy." "Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg have amassed a scary amount of power," the campaign's website reads. "Facebook unilaterally decides the news that billions of people around the world see every day."

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MoviePass' Days Look Limited
Posted by News Fetcher on May 21 '18 at 04:30 AM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's burning-cash department:
Kyle Stock writes via Bloomberg: Eight months after slashing its price and expanding membership past 2 million users, MoviePass is now at risk of going bust. The parent company, Helios & Matheson Analytics, which now owns 92 percent of MoviePass, said last week that it had just $15.5 million in cash at the end of April and $27.9 million on deposit with merchant processors. MoviePass has been burning through $21.7 million per month. A U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing last month revealed that the company's auditor has "substantial doubt" about its ability to stay solvent. Michael Pachter, an analyst at Wedbush Securities Inc., warns that MoviePass may not survive the summertime run of blockbusters. On Tuesday, Helios reported the performance of MoviePass for the three months ending on March 31. The company lost $107 million, earning just over $1 million from marketing deals and $47 million from subscriptions. Helios shares have fallen to decade lows of less than $1 after peaking at $32.90 in October, alongside the MoviePass hype.

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New Toronto Declaration Calls On Algorithms To Respect Human Rights
Posted by News Fetcher on May 21 '18 at 12:31 AM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's whatever-makes-you-sleep-better department:
A coalition of human rights and technology groups released a new declaration on machine learning standards, calling on both governments and tech companies to ensure that algorithms respect basic principles of equality and non-discrimination. The Verge reports: Called The Toronto Declaration, the document focuses on the obligation to prevent machine learning systems from discriminating, and in some cases violating, existing human rights law. The declaration was announced as part of the RightsCon conference, an annual gathering of digital and human rights groups. "We must keep our focus on how these technologies will affect individual human beings and human rights," the preamble reads. "In a world of machine learning systems, who will bear accountability for harming human rights?" The declaration has already been signed by Amnesty International, Access Now, Human Rights Watch, and the Wikimedia Foundation. More signatories are expected in the weeks to come.

Beyond general non-discrimination practices, the declaration focuses on the individual right to remedy when algorithmic discrimination does occur. "This may include, for example, creating clear, independent, and visible processes for redress following adverse individual or societal effects," the declaration suggests, "[and making decisions] subject to accessible and effective appeal and judicial review."

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Scientists Transfer Memory Between Snails
Posted by News Fetcher on May 20 '18 at 09:51 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's point-A-to-point-B department:
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Scientific American: UCLA neuroscientists reported Monday that they have transferred a memory from one animal to another via injections of RNA, a startling result that challenges the widely held view of where and how memories are stored in the brain. The finding from the lab of David Glanzman hints at the potential for new RNA-based treatments to one day restore lost memories and, if correct, could shake up the field of memory and learning. The researchers extracted RNA from the nervous systems of snails that had been shocked and injected the material into unshocked snails. RNA's primary role is to serve as a messenger inside cells, carrying protein-making instructions from its cousin DNA. But when this RNA was injected, these naive snails withdrew their siphons for extended periods of time after a soft touch. Control snails that received injections of RNA from snails that had not received shocks did not withdraw their siphons for as long.

Glanzman's group went further, showing that Aplysia sensory neurons in Petri dishes were more excitable, as they tend to be after being shocked, if they were exposed to RNA from shocked snails. Exposure to RNA from snails that had never been shocked did not cause the cells to become more excitable. The results, said Glanzman, suggest that memories may be stored within the nucleus of neurons, where RNA is synthesized and can act on DNA to turn genes on and off. He said he thought memory storage involved these epigenetic changes -- changes in the activity of genes and not in the DNA sequences that make up those genes -- that are mediated by RNA. This view challenges the widely held notion that memories are stored by enhancing synaptic connections between neurons. Rather, Glanzman sees synaptic changes that occur during memory formation as flowing from the information that the RNA is carrying. The study has been published in the journal eNeuro.

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Power of the Primes Wreck-Gar – New Images
Posted by News Fetcher on May 20 '18 at 08:50 PM
By onslaught24 from TFW2005:
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Thanks to the TFND Facebook page, we have another look at the upcoming Walgreens exclusive, Power of the Primes Wreck-Gar! With these new images, we have our first look at both modes, his packaging, and his weapon. Unfortunately, said weapon appears to be the same tailpipe/ax wielded by the original Generations Wreck-Gar. Thanks to the peg holes on the combiner thumbs however, there is vehicle mode storage for his weapon. So far we don’t really have much info on this Junkion’s release date or if/when online retailers will be getting some like they did the Brainstorm exclusive from the » Continue Reading.

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Transformers Platinum Edition Rise Of Rodimus Prime Packaging Art By Ken Christiansen
Posted by News Fetcher on May 20 '18 at 07:33 PM
By Black Convoy from TFW2005:
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Artist Ken Christiansen keeps sharing more of his packaging artwork he has done for Hasbro. Now he has revealed art from the Platinum Edition Rise Of Rodimus Prime. The images were shared via Ken Christiansen Facebook account. We have the pencils of the Platinum Edition Rise Of Rodimus Prime set (which included repaints of Generations Galvatron and Titanium Rodimus) both the packaging and the inner flap pencils. You can click on the bar to see the mirrored new images on this news post (and our previous round ups too), and then share your impressions at the 2005 Boards! All our round ups of Combiner » Continue Reading.

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Amazon Offers Whole Foods Discounts To Prime Members
Posted by News Fetcher on May 20 '18 at 07:10 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's buy-and-save department:
Amazon-owned Whole Foods debuted a loyalty program on Wednesday that offers special discounts to Prime members, including 10 percent off hundreds of sale items and rotating weekly specials. "The new loyalty strategy will test whether Amazon's $13.7 billion deal for Whole Foods brings much-feared disruption and an intensified price war to the $800 billion U.S. grocery industry dominated by Walmart and Kroger," reports Reuters. From the report: Those perks are available now in Florida and will roll out to all other stores starting this summer. Amazon previously announced free two-hour delivery from Whole Foods stores for members of Prime, its subscription club with fast shipping and video streaming. The new perks could make Whole Foods cheaper than conventional grocers for about 8 million of its customers who already subscribe to Amazon Prime, according to Morgan Stanley analysts. Prime members scan an app or input their phone numbers at checkout to receive the discounts.

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Tesla Unveils Dual Motor and Performance Specs For Model 3
Posted by News Fetcher on May 20 '18 at 04:31 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's the-moment-we've-all-been-waiting-for department:
Rei writes: Yesterday evening, Elon Musk announced the pricing and specs for two of the Model 3's most in-demand options -- dual motor and performance versions. The base dual motor configuration adds an AC induction front motor to the current partial-PM reluctance rear motor for $5,000; in addition to AWD and allowing the car to drive with either motor out, this cuts the 0 to 60 mph acceleration time from 5.1 seconds to 4.5 seconds. The performance package is available as a bundle, including the long-range pack, premium interior, 20" wheels, carbon fiber spoiler, and a new black-and-white interior. The vehicle will cost $78,000; 0 to 60 mph times are further cut to 3.5 seconds and the top speed increases from 140 mph to 155 mph. While these options have consistently polled as the most in-demand options not yet available, several still remain and are variously due late this year/early next year: cream interior, non-PUP, tow hitch, SR battery, and air suspension. EU-spec and China-spec are also due early next year. Production is currently over 3,500 per week, rumored to be 4,300 per week, and will be undergoing a shutdown from May 26-31 to raise production to the Q2 target of 5000-6000.

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'TeenSafe' Phone Monitoring App Leaked Thousands of User Passwords
Posted by News Fetcher on May 20 '18 at 03:11 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's here-we-go-again department:
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: At least one server used by an app for parents to monitor their teenagers' phone activity has leaked tens of thousands of accounts of both parents and children. The mobile app, TeenSafe, bills itself as a "secure" monitoring app for iOS and Android, which lets parents view their child's text messages and location, monitor who they're calling and when, access their web browsing history, and find out which apps they have installed. But the Los Angeles, Calif.-based company left its servers, hosted on Amazon's cloud, unprotected and accessible by anyone without a password. "We have taken action to close one of our servers to the public and begun alerting customers that could potentially be impacted," said a TeenSafe spokesperson told ZDNet on Sunday. The database stores the parent's email address associated with their associated child's Apple ID email address. It also includes the child's device name -- which is often just their name -- and their device's unique identifier. The data contains the plaintext passwords for the child's Apple ID. Because the app requires that two-factor authentication is turned off, a malicious actor viewing this data only needs to use the credentials to break into the child's account to access their personal content data.

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