Wednesday, February 27, 2019

The Guardian UK:
"Microsoft workers are calling on their employer to cancel a $480m contract to provide the US army with augmented reality (AR) headsets, saying they 'do not want to become war profiteers'.

'We did not sign up to develop weapons, and we demand a say in how our work is used,' reads a petition being circulated inside the company, a copy of which was published on Twitter on Friday afternoon. More than 50 employees had signed the letter as of Friday afternoon, according to an employee.

The employee protest is the latest manifestation of a growing labor movement in the US technology industry. Employees at companies including Microsoft, Google, Amazon and Salesforce are increasingly speaking out both about their own working conditions and about the uses to which their employees put their work product."

-->The NYT won't print stories like this because it is in the pocket of the major internet companies. U.S. worker rebellions have to be reported by a newspaper printed in England. 


"After The Wall Street Journal reported that popular period-tracking app Flo had been secretly sharing some of its users' most personal health data with Facebook, Flo is promising to make some changes.

Along with a number of other popular health apps, Flo used Facebook's developer software to track users' data in a way that could be used for advertising purposes, the report found. 

In Flo's case, the period tracking app 'told Facebook when a user was having her period or informed the app of an intention to get pregnant,' according to The WSJ. This data 'was sent with a unique advertising identifier that can be matched to a device or profile.' "

-->Too bad our newspaper of record can't bring itself to print this story. It certainly hyped Flo when the app was first introduced. 


"Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution, which took off with the election of President Hugo Chávez in December 1998, frequently and even quite recently received praise for its social gains from the United Nations, international humanitarian organizations and economists. This aspect of the country’s story has been almost entirely written out of media coverage of the effort to overthrow the Venezuelan government by the US, Canada and their right-wing partners in Venezuela and the region.

Under Chávez, poverty in Venezuela was cut by more than a third, and extreme poverty by 57 percent (These declines were even steeper if measured from the depths of the opposition-led oil strike, designed to force Chávez out by wrecking the economy.)

In June 2013, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) included Venezuela in a group of 18 nations that that had cut their number of hungry people by half in the preceding 20 years ..."

-->All the news that's fit to print never includes good things about an elected leader the U.S. is trying to overthrow. In effect, the NYT prints all the news the Pentagon deems fit to print.

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