YouTube Attacker’s Complaints Echoed Fight Over Ad Dollars

YouTube Attacker’s Complaints Echoed Fight Over Ad Dollars SAN FRANCISCO — The authorities believe a woman who shot three people at YouTube’s headquarters before killing herself on Tuesday was angered by the social media outlet’s policies.
While the police did not specifically say what those policies were, they likely had to do with a concept called “demonetization.” In response to pressure from advertisers and consumers, YouTube has been pulling ads from thousands of videos that it decides do not meet its standards for content. That has sparked an outcry from many of the people who post videos to the service.
One of those creators was Nasim Najafi Aghdam, the woman the police said had shot YouTube employees in San Bruno, Calif. She frequently posted videos to several YouTube channels and had become increasingly angry over the money she was making from them.
“My Revenue For 300,000 Views Is $0.10?????” Ms. Aghdam wrote on her website, while calling YouTube “a dictatorship.” “There is n..

Plastic-backed fridges must be 'urgently' removed from sale, says Which?

Which? said its own, more stringent, tests found that no plastic backing sample was able to withstand a flame for 30 seconds
A watchdog has called for plastic-backed fridges to be “urgently” removed from sale after finding they pose a fire risk and could even hasten the spread of a blaze.
Which? said an industry-wide investigation of more than 500 of the most popular refrigeration appliances on the market found that backing material on 45 per cent of them was made of unsafe plastic which posed a potential fire risk.
The research also found that a number of models backed with plastic which manufacturers previously claimed was flame-retardant could speed up the spread of a fire, the consumer group said.
Read more Plastic-free events show how sport can cut out ‘huge amounts of waste' All plastic-backed fridges, freezers and fridge-freezers on the market pass existing safety standards but Which? said the tests were “inadequate, not fit for purpose and do not come close to repli..

Tech Fix: Unknown Tech Brands Aren’t Like Groceries. Don’t Just Grab Them.

Unknown Tech Brands Aren’t Like Groceries. Don’t Just Grab Them. Photo Credit Minh Uong/The New York Times If there was one broad takeaway from the data leak involving Cambridge Analytica, the voter profiling firm that obtained private information from up to 87 million Facebook accounts, it’s that you should hesitate before sharing your data with an unknown brand.
This lesson applies to just about everything that touches your personal technology, including the apps that you download to your phone or computer and the free online services that you use. And, yes, it also includes those seemingly harmless personality tests run by some unfamiliar organization on Facebook — the kind that helped Cambridge Analytica get the data on users.
To make matters worse, the information that can be stolen from you is becoming increasingly personal. Smartphones, for one, are embedded with microphones, motion sensors and cameras that can spy on your every move if corrupted by a bad actor. Home gadgets lik..

‘Vegan Bodybuilder’: How YouTube Attacker, Nasim Aghdam, Went Viral in Iran

‘Vegan Bodybuilder’: How YouTube Attacker, Nasim Aghdam, Went Viral in Iran


YouTube Suspect Was Popular and Ridiculed in Iran

Nasim Najafi Aghdam, the woman who the police say attacked the YouTube headquarters on Tuesday before killing herself, created and posted videos that show her to be a passionate animal rights activist and vegan. But they also reveal her anger toward the video internet giant.

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TEHRAN — In Iran, she was known as Green Nasim, a social media star with followings on YouTube, on Instagram and elsewhere.
In the United States, the star cast a very different profile, a proponent of vegan diets and home exercise who had increasingly become agitated by one of the tech companies that helped give her a platform.
On Tuesday afternoon, Nasim Najafi Aghdam sneaked into YouTube’s headquarters in San Bruno, Calif., and opened fire, shooting three people before t..

Magners maker C&C throws lifeline to 2,000 workers at Bargain Booze owner Conviviality

Irish drinks group will by wholesale arm but experts say struggling firm not out of the woods yet
Almost 2,000 jobs look set to be saved at Bargain Booze owner Conviviality after an 11th-hour proposal from Magners owner C&C.
Under the deal, the Irish drinks group, which also owns the Bulmers and Tennent’s brands, will acquire Conviviality’s wholesale arm through a pre-pack administration.
This involves a buyer taking over certain assets from a struggling business before it appoints administrators.
Read more Bargain Booze owner set to go into administration risking 2,500 jobs C&C said it plans to buy Conviviality brands Matthew Clark and Bibendum.
Drinks giant AB Inbev will provide additional financing for the deal. PwC is handling the sale and administration.
Michael Mulligan, a partner and insolvency specialist at law firm, Shakespeare Martineau, said the struggling company was not safe yet.
“Whilst a deal is on the cards, the business is still teetering on the brink of ad..

Google Workers Urge C.E.O. to Pull Out of Pentagon A.I. Project

Google Workers Urge C.E.O. to Pull Out of Pentagon A.I. Project Photo Thousands of Google employees have signed a letter to Sundar Pichai, the company’s chief executive, protesting Google’s role in a program that could be used to improve drone strike targeting. Credit Michael Short/Bloomberg WASHINGTON — Thousands of Google employees, including dozens of senior engineers, have signed a letter protesting the company’s involvement in a Pentagon program that uses artificial intelligence to interpret video imagery and could be used to improve the targeting of drone strikes.
The letter, which is circulating inside Google and has garnered more than 3,100 signatures, reflects a culture clash between Silicon Valley and the federal government that is likely to intensify as cutting-edge artificial intelligence is increasingly employed for military purposes.
(Read the text of the letter.)
“We believe that Google should not be in the business of war,” says the letter, addressed to Sundar Pichai, t..

Zuckerberg to Testify to Congress on Facebook’s Handling of Data Next Week

Zuckerberg to Testify to Congress on Facebook’s Handling of Data Next Week Photo Mark Zuckerberg is expected to appear before multiple congressional committees. Credit Steven Senne/Associated Press WASHINGTON — Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, will testify before Congress next week on the company’s handling of sensitive user data, lawmakers said on Wednesday.
Mr. Zuckerberg will testify before the House Energy and Commerce Commerce Committee on April 11. He is also expected to also appear before at least one Senate committee next week.
It will be Mr. Zuckerberg’s first appearance before lawmakers, and it comes after revelations that personal information of more than 50 million Facebook users was improperly harvested by a political consulting firm connected to President Trump that used the data to target voters in the 2016 election.
“This hearing will be an important opportunity to shed light on critical consumer data privacy issues,” said Representatives Greg Walden, Republ..

Denmark demands former Uber drivers pay millions in unpaid taxes

Only three out of 1,195 Uber drivers in the country had paid the appropriate taxes
Almost 1,200 ex-Uber drivers have been told by Denmark’s tax authorities that they must pay 11.3m Danish Kroner (£1.3m) collectively in additional taxes dating back to 2014 and 2015, after tax avoidance had been found from almost all drivers.
Denmark made it mandatory for taxis and ride hailing vehicles to produce fare meters in February last year, a move which eventually led to Uber pulling out of the country.
An investigation by Denmark’s tax ministry found that only three out of 1,195 Uber drivers in the country had paid the appropriate amounts.
Read more Vauxhall making new investment in Luton despite Brexit uncertainty “There must be room for new digital services to operate in Denmark”, said Denmark’s tax minister Karsten Lauritzen.
“But one of the prerequisites is that, for example, drivers pay taxes like everyone else who earns money in this country”.
Tax authorities in the Netherlands, w..

'Rip-roaring' US economy creates 241,000 more jobs in March, says survey

The American private sector added 241,000 net new jobs in the month according to ADP
The US economy enjoyed another “rip-roaring” month of job creation in March, according to the latest ADP survey.
The National Employment Report estimated that the American private sector added 241,000 net new jobs in the month, following the 246,000 in February.
That was better than the 205,000 Wall Street had been expecting.
Read more US jobs rise at fastest rate in two years in February US jobs report: Five things to watch out for US job growth rebounds sending unemployment rate to near 10-year low “The job market is rip-roaring,” said Mark Zandi, of Moody’s Analytics, on the figures.
“Monthly job growth remains firmly over 200,000, double the pace of labour force growth. The tight labour market continues to tighten.”
The two biggest sectors for jobs growth according to ADP were “professional and business services”, followed by “trade, transport and utilities”.
The official US jobless rate ..