Facebook set to be grilled by lawmakers over Trump-linked data firm


Cambridge Analytica is the name on everyone’s lips right now, and British and U.S. lawmakers want to know about Facebook’s dealings with it. 

The U.K. based political data firm has been suspended by Facebook, following revelations it used the personal data of 50 million users without their knowledge. 

SEE ALSO: Everything you need to know about the Cambridge Analytica controversy

Cambridge Analytica allegedly used this data for something it called “psychographic profiling,” using the information to predict voting behaviour. It was used by the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election, and is being investigated for its role in the “Brexit” referendum vote. Read more…

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‘Handmaid’s Tale’ cast teases all the Season 2 secrets: ‘Anyone could die’


This story contains spoilers for The Handmaid’s Tale Season 1. To refresh your memory of where we left off, check out our highlights recap.

There’s just about one guarantee for the second season of The Handmaid’s Tale: No one is safe.

The cast and executive producers of Hulu’s hit show made that abundantly clear during the panel at PaleyFest on Sunday, March 18. They revealed some tantalizing details about where the characters are going when we return to Gilead on April 25.

“Anyone could die,” said executive producer Warren Littlefield. But, like the show’s world, it isn’t just all darkness. Showrunner Bruce Miller also revealed that at least one person will escape Gilead’s clutches, and well, we’re certainly pulling for June over Serena. Read more…

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YouTube still hasn’t figured out how to keep its videos age-appropriate


YouTube Kids is once again facing questions over the content of its app. This time, it’s not violent videos but questionable conspiracy theories. 

A report in Business Insider found the app recommended a number of videos promoting conspiracy theories, including that the moon landing was faked, the pyramids were built by aliens, and that “the planet is run by reptile-human hybrids,” among others.

SEE ALSO: YouTube’s solution to scary conspiracy theories: Wikipedia

Though these videos may not violate YouTube’s guidelines, it’s obviously not the type of content YouTube wants to promote to young children. Read more…

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Everything you need to know about the Cambridge Analytica controversy


Facebook is once again in hot water over the role its policies may have played in the election.

On Saturday, two explosive reports from The Guardian and The New York Times surfaced alleging that more than 50 million Facebook users had personal data used without their knowledge by Cambridge Analytica, a U.K.-based data firm employed by Donald Trump’s presidential campaign in 2016.

SEE ALSO: How to see all the weird apps that can access your data on Facebook

The news quickly set off a firestorm on social media, where Facebook executives attempted to do damage control as a new backlash against the company ensued.  Read more…

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Demi Lovato celebrates 6 years of sobriety with DJ Khaled and Kehlani in emotional speech


On March 14, Demi Lovato celebrated a major milestone in her life and career. No, it wasn’t a shiny award or magazine cover: it was her 6 year anniversary of being sober. 

The singer has been an advocate for mental health awareness and overcoming addiction, and she’s been public about her own struggles with both issues, but her ‘sober birthday’ was celebrated on stage during her performance in New York City on March 16. Lovato’s tourmates DJ Khaled and Kehlani stopped her set to share their love and support for the singer. 

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“First of all, I watched your documentary. I watched it a few times and every time I look at you…I say, ‘this is a strong queen,'” DJ Khaled told Lovato while the audience cheered. “What you’ve overcome, through trials and tribulations, through dark clouds—you’ve found the sunshine and now the sun is shining on you forever.”  Read more…

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Facebook investigating a current employee who has ties to that Trump-linked data firm


The hits keep on coming for Facebook.

On Friday, the social media company booted the Donald Trump campaign-linked data firm Cambridge Analytica from its platform. On Saturday, we learned why: The firm played a role in secretly harvesting data belonging to more than 50 million users.

SEE ALSO: How to see all the weird apps that can access your data on Facebook

On Sunday, a third bomb dropped: Joseph Chancellor, currently a researcher at Facebook, may be connected to this whole mess.

A Sunday report from CNN reveals that Chancellor previously served as a director of Global Science Research (GSR). When whistleblower Christopher Wylie teamed up with Cambridge University’s Aleksandr Kogan to develop an app that could harvest Facebook user data, GSR was the company that data funneled through. Read more…

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A treasure trove of handheld video games from the ’80s added to the Internet Archive


Tiger Electronics. Coleco. Konami. Bandai.

These are all familiar publishers for gamers from the ’80s. Back in the days when Nintendo’s biggest competitor in the living room was Atari, the handheld market was dominated by battery-operated LCD games.

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Now, many of those games live on, thanks to the Internet Archive.

The digital library’s ongoing efforts to preserve old games and software — a process that began around four years ago — have now given us the Handheld History Collection. The lineup of games, tabletop machines, and board games covers products released over a big stretch of time, from the 1970s into the 1990s. Read more…

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The only thing better than the ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ trailer is this parody


By now you’ve probably watched the latest trailer for Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War a million times. Don’t worry, we’re not judging you. But while that trailer is fantastic and all, there is another one that might be better. 

For an English class project, students cobbled together a frame-for-frame remake of the trailer. If you can’t wait for the film’s release on April 27th, watching this on repeat might tide you over. 

SEE ALSO: Here’s our sound effects demo of the ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ trailer

Who did it better? @MarvelStudios pic.twitter.com/k504zAadGB

— Aiman Sany (@awesomerawks) March 17, 2018 Read more…

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New Android Auto feature lets you actually use your phone while connected


Android Auto just got a small but incredibly useful update.

Google appears to be rolling out a new “swipe to unlock” feature for the vehicle-connected app that makes it easier to unlock your phone while it’s paired to the car.

SEE ALSO: Google’s Android Wear is now called Wear OS

The company hasn’t yet disclosed the change, but it’s been spotted by a number of Redditors (h/t Engadget), who report seeing the feature show up in the last day or two. 

With the update, users can unlock their phones while it’s connected to the in-car Android Auto system with a simple swipe up. This allows you to access content form your phone that wouldn’t otherwise be accessible via the Android Auto dash system. Read more…

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Watch Blue Ivy bid $19,000 on art like it’s nothing


When you’re the six year-old daughter of two moguls, sometimes your weekly allowance gives you the opportunity to bid a couple bucks on artwork from time to time.

Or $19,000, to be exact. 

Blue Ivy Carter made an appearance with her parents Jay-Z and Beyoncé on Saturday night at the  2018 WACO Wearable Art gala, a fundraiser to support Tina and Richard Lawson’s Where Art Can Occur (WACO) Theater Center. 

It was a star-studded event, but Blue is the one who stole the show when she made it clear she was ready to take something home, no matter the price tag. 

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