IN THE NEWS: TWITTER LAWSUITS FILED OVER ACCOUNT BANS
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A prominent white nationalist is suing Twitter. Jared Taylor filed the suit yesterday in California state court over having his Twitter accounts canceled. The move comes as social media sites try to take steps to get control of online networks that let users post hateful and abusive content — without seeming to censor unpopular opinions. Taylor is the founder of the Virginia-based New Century Foundation, an IRS-classified charity that operates the American Renaissance online magazine. The magazine touts a philosophy that it’s “entirely normal” for whites to want to be a majority race. Twitter suspended the accounts of well-known white nationalists in December, saying it was enforcing new rules aimed at reducing abusive content. Social media sites are under increasing public pressure to flag and ban abusive, hateful and bullying posts by some of their billions of users.
IN THE NEWS: GOOGLE AND NEST
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google and Nest are getting back together — after two-and-a-half years apart. And that has big-time implications for those who have Nest-branded devices in their home. Google’s virtual assistant is now being offered to those who own the Next Cam IQ. A new feature just rolled out to pair the two technologies. But teaming the devices is expected to ramp up privacy concerns surrounding internet-connected microphones. Many privacy watchdogs are warning about the potential for internet-connected devices being used as surveillance tools. Google’s assistant already can be used to control Nest’s cameras and online-linked thermostat its Home speaker and smartphones are running on its Android software. This will be the first time that people will be able to interact with the digital concierge through a security camera.
ON THE WEB: WALMART – FURNITURE
CYBERSPACE (AP) — Walmart is launching a new online home shopping experience in the coming weeks that will let shoppers discover items based on their style. The move is part of the company’s broader campaign to redesign the site with a focus on fashion and home furnishing. The overhauled website will be launched later this year. It will mirror how people shop for different items. Walmart’s home shopping site will include curated collections and nine shop-by-style options including modern, traditional and bohemian. It will offer design tips that will help shoppers pull items together for their home decor.
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IN STORES: OLYMPIC CHOICES
NEW YORK (AP) — The games are well underway. And now some people who have been trying to keep up with the Winter Olympics are finding there’s a lot of stuff out there — because there are five TV channels, online streaming, VR and Snapchat sharing the action with viewers. And like a person going through an all-you can eat buffet, the challenge is to decide what you want to load up on — while knowing that there are a lot of things you will miss out on. So far, the best option has been to lean on what the national carrier, NBC, and its affiliated channels, offer. Between its nightly shows, websites and apps, there are more than 175 hours of Olympic programming being shown.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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