Justin Rosenstein had tweaked his laptop’s operating system to block Reddit, banned himself from Snapchat, which he compares to heroin, and imposed limits on his use of Facebook. But even that wasn’t enough. In August, the 34-year-old tech executive took a more radical step to restrict his use of social media and other addictive technologies. Rosenstein purchased a new iPhone and instructed his assistant to set up a parental-control feature to prevent him from downloading any apps. He was particularly aware of the allure of Facebook “likes”, which he describes as “bright dings of pseudo-pleasure” that can be as hollow as they are seductive. And Rosenstein should know: he was the Facebook engineer who created the “like” button in the first place. A decade after he stayed up all night coding a prototype of what was then called an “awesome” button, Rosenstein belongs to a small but growing band of Silicon Valley heretics who … [Read more...] about ‘Our minds can be hijacked’: the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia
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The gay husband of a Democratic presidential candidate, a born-again Christian pastor and a GOP-voting Army veteran: it doesn't take much to spot the odd brother out. Few were surprised, therefore, when Pete Buttigieg's spouse Chasten Glezman claimed he was disowned by his conservative older brothers and forced to flee his home after coming out at 18. But while the poignant backstory resonated with liberal voters and helped the South Bend, Indiana, mayor stand out among the crowded democratic 2020 field, it's now being denounced as a lie by Chasten's siblings. 'He was never shunned. He was never homeless. He had a home,' Dustin Glezman, 32, told DailyMailTV. 'When I read all this stuff, it's like I'm reading about someone else's family. I don’t recognize any of it.’ Dustin supplied DailyMailTV with an exclusive photo of himself, Chasten and eldest brother Rhyan, taken in 2010, about two years after Chasten supposedly alienated his family by revealing he was gay. … [Read more...] about EXCLUSIVE: ‘He was never shunned. He was never homeless.’ Pete Buttigieg’s brother-in-law says 2020 candidate’s husband is loved by his family and calls claims of a rift a ‘sob story’
This week, Donald Trump joined Twitch, the popular video streaming platform owned by Amazon. In a little over a day the verified account has amassed 55,860 followers. The channel has so far been used to broadcast Trump's campaign rallies, including footage of his speech at a rally in Minnesota on October 10th. This week Donald Trump launched a Twitch channel (pictured above) to broadcast 2020 campaign events and fundraise. The channel's home page has links to Trump's merchandise store, as well as options for those who either want to donate or, volunteer for, his campaign. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders also has a Twitch channel, reports The Verge. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Facebook's cryptocurrency Libra suffers another setback as... A former NASA scientist says he's convinced alien life was... The art of ancient meal prepping: Scientist find... Time to take charge! Keep your smartphone battery alive with... Promoted Share this article … [Read more...] about Trump joins Amazon-owned Twitch channel as part of 2020 campaign election efforts
Most US voters would support a “Green New Deal”, for the country to transform its infrastructure with a rapid shift to clean energy. But while the idea is gaining attention on Capitol Hill, it lacks key political support. According to a survey from the Yale Climate Change Communication program, 81% of voters backed its description of a Green New Deal. Similar plans vary in detail, but all are inspired by the New Deal that Franklin Delano Roosevelt launched to battle the effects of the Great Depression. The idea was central to the high-profile campaign of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the young Democratic socialist from New York who won a US House seat in November. Ocasio-Cortez and the youth-led Sunrise Movement are encouraging Democrats, who will retake the House majority in January, to produce a blueprint. Their Green New Deal would center around creating new jobs and lessening inequality. Aiming to virtually eliminate US greenhouse gas pollution in a decade, it would be … [Read more...] about What is the Green New Deal and is it technically possible?
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has quietly held small talk meetings and dinners with conservative journalists, commentators, and even met with Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, after President Donald Trump threatened to sue the social media platform earlier this year. Zuckerberg, held the off-the-record meetings, as well as dinners at his California homes, following Trump's threat to sue Facebook and Google in June for what he perceived as bias towards conservatives. The meetings focused on 'free expression, unfair treatment of conservatives, the appeals process for real or perceived unfair treatment, fact checking, partnerships, and privacy,' a source familiar with the meetings told Politico. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg (pictured above) has quietly held small talk meetings and dinners with conservative journalists, commentators, and even met with Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, after President Donald Trump threatened to sue the social media platform President … [Read more...] about Mark Zuckerberg has been holding secret meetings with conservative pundits after Trump threatened to sue Facebook because he ‘is concerned the Justice Department, under Bill Barr, will bring an enforcement action to break up the company’