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U.K. Parliament report calls Facebook 'digital gangsters'

The article is now titled "As U.S. dithers on Facebook, Europe pounces". I fear that this is going to be one of the last times that the U.K. will be able to compile a report that has any sort of impact. Leaving the EU is going to reduce any influence we have and we'll probably be playing catch up or adopting the laws of the Union we 'voted' to leave:

Why it matters: U.S. regulators have fewer powers at their disposal and have moved more slowly than their European counterparts, leaving Europe to frame the debate over tech firms' privacy controversies, misinformation problems, and potential antitrust violations.

Large fines can't come soon enough. This is a damning statement from the report:

"Facebook has not provided us with one example of a business excluded from its platform because of serious data breaches," the report says. "We consider that data transfer for value is Facebook's business model and that Mark Zuckerberg's statement that 'we've never sold anyone's data' is simply untrue."

Posted 24th Feb 2019 @ 09:00

Instagram is an engagement powerhouse

I'm pretty stingy with my likes on all social platforms, but Instagram is by far the easiest on which to show so love (pun intended).

Axios ranked accounts by interactions and from the top 10 for both Twitter and Facebook, I follow 0. On Instagram, I only follow 1 of the top 10; The Rock. Quite proud of that.

Twitter is actually my preferred social network. For all it's ills I think being selective with who you follow and who you engage with is key to making the best use of it. As with anything you see online, you don't have to engage or reply. In fact engaging with those that deserved to be ignored doesn't help anyone.

And don't forget to look after your digital state of mind.

Posted 23rd Feb 2019 @ 15:00

A tipping point on climate change

In a way it's funny, for all his flaws Donald Trump could have left a real legacy and got behind climate science. Instead he's doubled down on denying global warming is a thing and has begun to look more and more of a fool.

Another report the Trump administration released on Black Friday tied trends in wildfires, sea level rise, and other extreme events to human-caused greenhouse gas emissions.

And yet:

...there remains a stark partisan divide in public views on climate, with many Republicans remaining skeptical of the science.

Posted 22nd Feb 2019 @ 13:00

New identity for Paris

This redesign is NOT a tourism brand, it's for the City of Paris, the organization that provides city services and information — all the unsexy stuff that makes a city work.

Created by Carré Noir:

The logo is based on the nave - the historical symbol of Paris representing a boat, symbol of the capital for over a thousand years. The city's motto is Fluctuat Nec Mergitur - Fluctuates but never sinks.

I quite like the identity but the word mark instantly made me think of Paris Saint Germain's branding and their collaboration with Jordan:

PSG x Jordan jersey

Posted 22nd Feb 2019 @ 11:15

Samsung Galaxy Fold smartphone

I planned to dedicate a week to Samsung's phones but now that it's here, it feels more like a notable item to me.

John Gruber covered their launch event quite well and The Verge have some commentary on it too.

Folded up, it's a mess. It's far too narrow to be used in this way and the screen appears to only be half the size of the available space. Looks like it would be pretty thick too.

'rear' view of the Samsung Galaxy Fold

Unlike Gruber, I'm not that offended by the notch on the Galaxy Fold, in fact because of the devices size I think the corner approach works well. There's plenty of screen left... As for the S10 series...

Samsung Galaxy S10

Gone is the notch and we now have the hole punch. Not a bad look at all, but the placement looks lazy. MKBHD covered a hole punch display and discussed why it wasn't aligned very well. It aligns better with status and notification bars. Would Apple ship something like this? I'm not so sure, but then they still sell the wireless mouse with a lightning port underneath it!

One last thing in the Galaxy Fold, in it's smaller form factor the product photos reminded me of one of Nokia's fashion phones, the Nokia 7280.

Price: $1980

Posted 22nd Feb 2019 @ 09:00

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