Mark Zuckerberg said on Tuesday that he agreed “in spirit” with a strict new European Union law on data privacy but stopped short of committing to it as the standard for the social network across the world.

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Man arrested for terror offences after filming police officer’s bad parking

Terrificante, a dir la verità.

Andy Mayfield, 53, was held in custody for 12 hours and strip searched under anti-terror laws after he started filming the cops, who were parked illegally outside their own police station in Ashton-on-Ribble, Lancashire in January.

He was detained under the Terrorism Act and submitted to a rigorous questioning at the Newton Heath terrorism centre in Manchester before eventually being released.

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Facebook continua a fare le stesse promesse

E praticamente con le stesse parole, sempre, ha fatto notare CBS.

Facebook on Wednesday attempted to make amends for having utilized data from tens millions of profiles without consent from users. The social media giant formally announced changes it claims will make it easier for users to control what they share in a post titled “It’s Time to Make Our Privacy Tools Easier to Find.”

The release, authored by Facebook’s Chief Privacy Officer Erin Egan and Deputy General Counsel Ashlie Beringer, touts improved functionality and design of individual privacy settings on the platform. But that is something it’s been promising since 2006. The release employed stock language that Facebook has trotted out repeatedly when faced with questions over how it handles user data and privacy.

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[Kara] Swisher asked [Tim Cook] what he would do if he was in Mark Zuckerberg’s shoes, to which he replied, “I wouldn’t be in this situation.”

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Between the covers

Un lungo, interessantissimo articolo di Diana Bagnall, che già abbiamo inserito in Timone, ma che visto l’argomento è importante riportare anche qui.

Dopo dieci anni di assenza, o giù di lì, Bagnall torna a occuparsi di riviste ed è costretta a una full-immersion per imparare cos’è cambiato nella gestione, costruzione, pubblicazione delle riviste oggi. Un argomento che – va da sé – ci tocca da vicino.

It wasn’t just the internet that kneecapped traditional magazine businesses; it was the smartphone and Facebook. It’s a chicken-and-egg thing, but the huge uptake of smartphones triggered a stampede towards social media with its myriad communities. Until then, people had found and demarcated their tribes in all sorts of different ways, but magazines were an important one. People gravitated towards magazines as much to endorse their idea of themselves as for information and entertainment, as ex–British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman wrote on Business of Fashion. “You chose to be seen with Vogue instead of Cosmopolitan, with World of Interiors instead of House Beautiful, with Grazia rather than Hello. Or vice versa.” Now, through Facebook groups, Instagram, Twitter feeds and the like, there are easier and cheaper ways of achieving many of the ends that magazines once served. The consumer magazine market is “reaching an existential threshold” and publishers “face a crisis of purpose,” London-based media research group Enders Analysis warns.

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