The world’s biggest coffee company Starbucks has announced that it will close all of its company-owned cafes in the United States for one afternoon on May 29 to educate employees about racial bias. The announcement comes as the company tries to cool tensions following an incident in its Philadelphia store, in which two black men were arrested. Starbucks said the training for its 175,000 employees will be developed with guidance from experts including former attorney general Eric Holder. It will also provide training materials for non-company workers at roughly 6,000 licensed Starbucks cafes that will remain open in locations such as grocery stores and airports. “I've spent the last few days in Philadelphia with my leadership team listening to the community, learning what we did wrong and the steps we need to take to fix it,” Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson said in a statement. “While this is not limited to Starbucks, we're committed to being a part of the … [Read more...] about Starbucks to close 8,000 US stores for racial sensitivity training
Customers will be able to enjoy a sip of Prosecco with their slice of cake at a popular cafe - after council bosses dismissed the fears of ‘overly sensitive’ neighbours. Some Jesmond residents said they feared parents would be going for a drink on the school run if Cake Stories was granted a licence to serve alcohol. However, Newcastle City Council has sided with the family-run cafe, which is ‘at the heart of the community’, a licensing committee heard today. No objectors turned up to speak against the plans, while solicitor Sarah Smith - representing cafe owner Hannah Evans - said the cafe had to look at ways to stay profitable. She said: “One of the points that has come out is whether there is a need for another licensed premises in the area. That is not an issue for this committee to consider, and I would ask you to disregard it. “Another is that there is a sensitivity to alcohol. A comment says that they fear for children who walk past the … [Read more...] about Jesmond cafe to serve Prosecco after council dismiss ‘sensitive’ complaints
Facebook Inc. is planning to introduce a feature letting users of its Messenger app retract messages after a report that Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s Chief Executive Officer, used an early version of the feature without telling anyone.Techcrunch reported late Thursday that multiple people saw Messenger missives from Zuckerberg disappear. Facebook said the feature was developed after the Sony Corp. data hack in 2014, which exposed a trove of sensitive internal communications. So Facebook created a capability that let executives expunge their app messages after a period of time."We will now be making a broader delete message feature available. This may take some time," a Facebook spokeswoman wrote in an email on Friday. "Until this feature is ready, we will no longer be deleting any executives’ messages. We should have done this sooner -- and we’re sorry that we did not."Facebook is dealing with the worst privacy crisis in its history in the wake of the Cambridge … [Read more...] about Facebook Is Adding Unsend Message Tool After CEO Caught Unsending
Some 1.5 billion sensitive online files, from pay stubs to medical scans to patent applications, are visible on the open internet, security researchers said Thursday. Researchers from the cybersecurity firm Digital Shadows said a scanning tool used in the first three months of 2018 found mountains of private data online from people and companies across the world. The unprotected data amounted to some 12 petabytes, or four thousand times larger than the "Panama Papers" document trove which exposed potential corruption in dozens of countries. "These are files that are freely available" to anyone with minimal technical knowledge, said Rick Holland, a vice president at Digital Shadows. Holland told AFP his team scanned the web and found unsecured files, adding "we didn't authenticate to anything." The availability of open data makes it easier for hackers, nation-states or rival companies to steal sensitive information, Holland said. "It makes attackers' jobs much easier. It shortens the … [Read more...] about 1.5 bn sensitive documents on open internet: researchers
Facebook Inc. users who are worried that advertisers harvested their data to manipulate them with political propaganda have a potentially powerful tool to break the spell: a button on the corner of each Facebook ad that says, “Why am I seeing this?"Yet, rather than providing unfiltered transparency, this Facebook function is instead feeding users frequently misleading—and sometimes untrue—reasons for why they’ve been targeted, Bloomberg Businessweek tests of the function suggest. The findings are corroborated by a new academic study of thousands of test ads that found Facebook’s explanations, “often omitting key details that would allow users to understand and potentially control the way they are targeted.”As co-founder Mark Zuckerberg and his government regulators grapple with the Cambridge Analytica scandal and alleged 2016 election meddling, Facebook’s “Why am I seeing this?" button is an innovation with great promise. By letting … [Read more...] about Does Facebook’s Ad Tool Mislead Voters?