Facebook’s Data Protection Practices Under Fresh Fire In Europe

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Facebook is facing fresh criticism in Europe over data protection and the myriad smoke-and-mirrors methods it uses to obfuscate its gathering and processing of user data.

A report commissioned by Belgium’s data protection authority has found Facebook’s revised privacy policy, last updated in January, violates European consumer protection law in a number of ways.

The detailed 61-page report, written by academics at the Universities of Leuven and Brussels and entitled From social media service to advertising network, highlights what the authors judge to be a raft of violations of current European law.

Among the practices being criticized are:

  • Facebook’s failure to secure valid consent from users to its processing of their data — based on offering “limited information” and “the absence of meaningful choice”
  • its “problematic” opt-outs for behavioral marketing
  • unfair contract terms in its Statement of Rights and Responsibilities — persisting, according to the authors, since 2013
  • no “legally valid consent” for detailed user profiling obtained by Facebook combining…

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Loving Earth Can Sometimes Require Leaving It

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It’s a good thing you can’t see human suffering in infrared wavelengths. That kind of pain is something seen in the visible, felt in the viscera. If it showed up in the infrared it would mean that with the right instruments, you could see it from space, and that would change everything. There’s not a person who’s ever left the planet who hasn’t commented on the transcendent beauty of the blue, green, white Earth hanging in what otherwise appears to be a void. But what if Syria glowed scarlet like the open wound it is? What if West Africa went dark and cold to reflect the Ebola deaths that are still happening there?

Astronauts are spared such sights—or at least most of them are. But Ron Garan saw them anyway. Garan spent two weeks aboard the space shuttle Discovery and the International Space Station in 2008, then returned to space…

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And the Award for Dumbest Hashtag Feminism Goes To…

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I am alternately disgusted and saddened that women continue to be valued for their beauty and their reproductive capabilities over their accomplishments. I fully support Patricia Arquette’s dutiful writing out of her acceptance speech for Best Actress in a Supporting Role so that she could thank everyone and fit in a call for gender equality, even if she got some legitimate criticism for it. Yet, despite my ardent support for feminism, I found that the #AskHerMore campaign, which advocates that reporters talk to actresses about what’s inside their minds rather than what they’re wearing, and which was begun by Amy Poehler—and re-ignited for Oscars 2015 by Reese Witherspoon—to be eye-rollingly annoying. It is yet another offering from a brand of feminism that includes things like the Dove Real Beauty Campaign and lowers the movement into something cheap and silly, and suggests that a simplified, liberal critique around the importance of…

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Porsche Will Put A Bluetooth Navigation System In Your Classic 911

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Classic cars are great. The look, the feel, the repair bills. But they often lack the modern safety and convenience features found on modern cars. Porsche has a solution with a radio and navigation system that blends today’s technology with the style found in its classic cars. Unless, of course, you’re driving a classic Porsche to escape modern society.

The radio unit can be fitted into Porsche models with a single din radio slot. Since it’s right from Porsche, it matches the interior theme perfectly unlike something that can be purchased from Best Buy. This latest version adds Bluetooth and an SD card slot to the mix.

This is a perfect example of bringing new attention to older products. Sure, the thought of having navigation on a classic Porsche might be sacrilegious to some. But to others, it’s the missing piece of the puzzle.

The unit costs €1,184 in Germany…

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Sorry, Haters: America Loved Lady Gaga at the Oscars

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Some were skeptical when they heard Lady Gaga would be honoring the 50th anniversary of The Sound of Music. After all, the star is better known for elaborate pop spectacles than for her vocal dexterity, and the movie’s songs demand a certain irony-free commitment it was unclear if Gaga could pull off.

But from the second she started singing a medley of songs from the 1965 Oscar-winning musical, it seened clear she was quite worthy of the honor. Even Julie Andrews, the star from the original film, praised Gaga for her performance.

And TIME readers agree, voting in a poll 97% to 3% that they loved the performance. Though Gaga’s performance seems to be one of the few uncontroversial aspects of an unpopular ceremony, it’s not too late to register your dismay, or hop on the Gaga bandwagon.

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Gmail’s Autocomplete Is Suggesting The Wrong Addresses

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Gmail autocomplete bug

Sending email to the wrong person is probably among the top five most mortifyingly awkward things you can do in a professional context. Whether you’ve accidentally let confidential info slip to a third party or simply aired frustration to someone who doesn’t need to hear it, dealing with mis-sent email is never fun.

Hence the frustration coming from Gmail power users dealing with an auto-complete bug in the recipient field. Over the last few days, a number of widely-followed venture capital and startup folk have come forward with complaints ranging from mild frustration to furious anger:

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