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’We are not robots’ : Amazon warehouse employees push to unionize - 2 janvier 2019
Workers announced launch of union push in response to working conditions as company says it does not recognize allegations As Amazon’s workforce has more than doubled over the past three years, workers at Amazon fulfillment center warehouses in the United States have started organizing and pushing toward forming a (...)

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It’s complicated - Facebook’s terrible 2018 - 24 décembre 2018
The year is coming to a close, and it’s time to reflect on what a year it was. Luckily, Facebook can wrap up all your memories – from awkward photos to events you never planned to attend – with an algorithmically generated bow. Its “Year in Review” videos, every one personalized for each of the social network’s 2.2 (...)

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Instagram : from Facebook’s ’best hope’ to Russian propaganda campaign tool - 19 décembre 2018
The app was ‘perhaps the most effective platform’ for the Russian online propaganda campaign by the Internet Research Agency This January, as Mark Zuckerberg was embarking on his quest to “fix” Facebook, one writer proposed a bold idea : make Facebook more like Instagram, “the Facebook-owned app that isn’t (...)

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Drones, DNA and data : please don’t give the gift of privacy invasion - 19 décembre 2018
When it comes to gift giving, we often anticipate the moment of surprise and delight when a loved one will open their present – and forget to think about what comes next. But some presents are more trouble than they’re worth. Just ask anyone who has been on the receiving end of an unsolicited puppy, or a sourdough (...)

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Amazon faces boycott ahead of holidays as public discontent grows - 19 décembre 2018
A growing number of customers are fed up with the company, from its working conditions at warehouses to anti-tax lobbying The holiday season is all about spending the time with your loved ones and, judging by most office mailrooms, shopping on Amazon. Last year, 76% of Americans who shopped online for Christmas (...)

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The populist social media playbook : the battle for Facebook, Twitter and Instagram - 17 décembre 2018
When he received the phone call from the leader of the far-right League party, Edoardo Della Barbara knew he had won an elaborate Facebook contest. It was February – in the midst of Italy’s general election campaign – and Della Barbara was the latest follower to like the most posts by Matteo Salvini in the shortest (...)

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Revealed : how Italy’s populists used Facebook to win power - 17 décembre 2018
Matteo Salvini and Luigi Di Maio eclipsed rivals in online election battle, data shows The domination of Facebook by Italy’s two populist political leaders, Matteo Salvini and Luigi Di Maio, is revealed in previously unseen data that shows how they exploited video and live broadcasts to bypass the mainstream media (...)

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Facebook admits bug allowed apps to see hidden photos - 15 décembre 2018
Bug let developers access pictures people had uploaded but chosen not to post A Facebook bug let app developers see photos users had uploaded but never posted, the social network has disclosed. For two weeks in September, an error in the way Facebook shares photos with third parties meant that apps could see not (...)

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Revealed : Google’s ’two-tier’ workforce training document - 14 décembre 2018
Exclusive : internal document shows how Google employees are trained to treat temps, vendors and contractors Google staff are instructed not to reward certain workers with perks like T-shirts, invite them to all-hands meetings, or allow them to engage in professional development training, an internal training (...)

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Australia’s war on encryption : the sweeping new powers rushed into law - 11 décembre 2018
Australia has made itself a global guinea pig in testing a regime to crack encrypted communication Telecommunications providers have argued that compromising a messaging system, website or cloud storage system to get at a targeted user may put others at risk. Photograph : Alamy Stock Photo In the hit US TV (...)

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Amazon robot sets off bear repellant, putting 24 workers in hospital - 7 décembre 2018
Accident in New Jersey puts new focus on retailer’s warehouse working conditions Twenty-four employees at an Amazon warehouse in New Jersey were taken to hospital after a robot accidentally punctured a can of bear repellant. The 255g can containing concentrated capsaicin, a compound in chilli peppers, was (...)

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’Good for the world’ ? Facebook emails reveal what really drives the site - 6 décembre 2018
Analysis : documents show internal discussions focused on exploiting developers’ hunger for user data to increase revenue The central mythos of Facebook is that what’s good for Facebook is good for the world. More sharing, more friends and more connection will “make the world more open and connected” and “bring the (...)

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BT removing Huawei equipment from parts of 4G network - 6 décembre 2018
Head of MI6 had questioned Chinese firm’s involvement in UK telecoms infrastructure BT has confirmed it is removing Huawei equipment from key areas of its 4G network after concerns were raised about the Chinese firm’s presence in critical telecoms infrastructure. The company said the removals were merely the (...)

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New Yorkers won’t give up the fight to stop Amazon colonising our city - 3 décembre 2018
Why is Jeff Bezos getting subsidies for his new HQ when one in 10 public school children is homeless and the transit system is crumbling ? I have come up with a cunning way to save money on my taxes. This year, I will simply tell New York’s tax authorities they should consider it a privilege to have me in the (...)

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Grindr : app’s president says marriage is ’between man and woman’ - 1er décembre 2018
After backlash within gay dating app company, Scott Chen says he ‘supports gay marriage’ and was voicing his personal feelings The president of Grindr wrote on Facebook that he believes “marriage is a holy matrimony between a man and a woman”, sparking backlash inside the gay dating app company. Scott Chen, who (...)

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Uber fined £385,000 for data breach affecting millions of passengers - 28 novembre 2018
Firm failed to tell 35 million users and 3.7 million drivers their data was hacked in 2016 Uber’s European operation has been fined £385,000 for a data breach that affected almost 3 million British users, the Information Commissioner’s Office has announced. In November 2016, attackers obtained credentials to access (...)

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Parliament seizes cache of Facebook internal papers - 26 novembre 2018
Documents alleged to contain revelations on data and privacy controls that led to Cambridge Analytica scandal Parliament has used its legal powers to seize internal Facebook documents in an extraordinary attempt to hold the US social media giant to account after chief executive Mark Zuckerberg repeatedly refused (...)

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Amazon hit with major data breach days before Black Friday - 23 novembre 2018
Customers’ names and email addresses posted on website, tech giant confirms Amazon has suffered a major data breach that caused customer names and email addresses to be disclosed on its website, just two days ahead of Black Friday. The e-commerce giant said it has emailed affected customers but refused to give (...)

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Russian firm linked to election meddling sues Facebook over ban - 21 novembre 2018
Federal Agency of News says it’s legitimate and is seeking an injunction to prevent Facebook from blocking its account A Russian company whose accountant was charged by federal prosecutors for attempting to meddle in US elections has sued Facebook, claiming it is a legitimate news outlet and its Facebook account (...)

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Our new column from inside Amazon : ’They treat us as disposable’ - 21 novembre 2018
In The Amazon Diaries, our anonymous insider takes us behind the scenes at an Amazon fulfillment center where workers are ‘an extension of the machine’ Welcome Amazonians. It is always Day 1. Are you ready to make a difference ? It was my first day as a seasonal Amazon worker, hired just prior to peak season. Our (...)