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Twitter reinstates racist leader’s account

Twitter was supposed to have cracked down on "alt-right" racism back in mid-November, but it appears to be having second thoughts. The social network has reinstated the account of Richard B. Spencer, the white nationalist leader whose groups were an...

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Quick fixes for common computer grievances: Jammed drives and bouncing cursors – Peninsula On-line

Peninsula On-line Quick fixes for common computer grievances: Jammed drives and bouncing cursors Peninsula On-line "Users can use tweezers to remove the muck from the little wheels located inside the mouse ", Michael Schmelzle of " PC Welt" magazine says. Colour cast: A loose plug ... Unrecognized USB devices: If a computer all of a sudden fails to recognize a device ... and more »

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Facebook to start using browsing data from Like and Share buttons in its ad targeting system next month, opt-out setting available (Tom Simonite/MIT…

Facebook’s “Like” buttons have been logging data on our browsing for years – now the company will start using that data to target ads. By Tom Simonite on September 16, 2015 Facebook’s ad targeting algorithms are about to get a new firehose of valuable and controversial personal data. Starting next month, the millions of Facebook “Like” and “Share” buttons that publishers have added to their pages and mobile apps will start funneling data on people’s Web browsing habits into the company’s ad targeting systems. After the change, the types of sites you visit could be used to tune ads shown to you inside Facebook’s social networking service, its photo-sharing service Instagram, and websites that use Facebook’s ad exchange. Facebook first offered the Like button to publishers in 2010 as a way to help people tell friends and the company what was interesting (see “ 10 Breakthrough Technologies 2011: Social Indexing ”). The buttons take the form of a snippet of code to be added to a page. That code directs a person’s browser to contact Facebook’s servers, allowing them to know the page you’re visiting, and to see the “cookie” files that Facebook pushes to its users’ browsers to identify them. The fact that Facebook offers to track people’s Web browsing has long concerned privacy campaign groups. Not long after the Like button’s launch in 2010, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and other organizations wrote an open letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg that asked him to set the buttons to only collect data if someone clicked on one. Facebook continued to let its buttons log data, and finally said in 2014 that it would “soon” use it to target ads. The company said in a blog post Tuesday that it will now officially start. The post also announced a new privacy setting that lets you opt out of seeing ads targeted based on data collected on your online activity

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