Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL), who has been endorsed by Donald Trump in the Alabama Senate race , gave an exclusive interview to Breitbart News about the threat of tech censorship, comparing Silicon Valley’s suppression of speech to Communist China’s and urging the breakup of Big Tech companies. Rep. Brooks released a statement yesterday condemning the Facebook Oversight Board’s decision to uphold a ban on Donald Trump from the platform, calling it a “direct attack on the First Amendment’s Freedom of Speech rights.” The congressman has proposed the use of anti-trust laws to break up Big Tech monopolies, and for the repeal of Section 230 legal immunities for platforms that behave like publishers. In further comments to Breitbart News, Brooks gave his views on the anti-democratic impact of censorship. “Suppression of freedom speech reminds me much too much of the speech control exhibited in communist China, North Korea, [and] Nazi, Germany,” said Rep. Brooks. “I would hope that … [Read more...] about EXCLUSIVE: Rep. Mo Brooks: Tech Censorship Allows Evil to Thrive
Jack Burkman, at the podium, and Jacob Wohl, right. Photo: John Middlebrook/CSM/Shutterstoc/John Middlebrook/CSM/Shutterstoc This afternoon, right-wing hucksters Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman held another press conference. Wohl and Burkman frequently and lazily concoct political scandals out of thin air and then fail to back them up. They are regarded, far and wide, as a joke. They tried unsuccessfully to Me Too Robert Mueller . Earlier this month, they leveled allegations that Elizabeth Warren was having an affair with a much younger former Marine. Today, they alleged that Senator Ted Cruz was a swinger. You should not care about this pair. I need to be very clear on that. They are big ol’ dummies and every blog post about them (including this one) is giving them oxygen. That being said, their audio-visual setup is wild. I can’t stop thinking about it. It’s so funny. It tickles me. Every time they hold one of these dumb press conferences in Burkman’s driveway, I see this … [Read more...] about Sorry, But I Love the Wohl-Burkman Tech Setup
Today's Dealmaster includes a nifty $50 discount on the new 11-inch Apple iPad Pro at Walmart, with the 128GB and 256GB versions of the premium tablet marked down to $749 and $849, respectively. Walmart says orders will ship on May 24. Further Reading iPad Pro gets M1 chip, “Liquid Retina” mini-LED screen While our review of the new slates is still forthcoming, the latest iPad Pro comes with the M1 chip that has impressed us in other recent Apple devices. It also has a more future-proof Thunderbolt port and an ostensibly improved front-facing camera. The 11-inch model here does not come with the upgraded Mini LED display of the 12.9-inch version, however. In any case, this will likely continue to be a more niche device for power users, while the iPad Air should remain an appealing compromise for consumers looking to pay a bit less. But if you're dead set on upgrading to Apple's top-end option, any savings might be worthwhile. If you're not interested in … [Read more...] about Today’s best tech deals: New iPad Pro, Amazon devices, and more
advertisement advertisement advertisement You may not recognize the term dark patterns , but you’ve probably seen enough manipulative interfaces to get the idea. A user experience in a site, app, or gadget is constructed to herd customers into following a company’s dictates, even if those will cost people their money or data. Now one of Washington’s consumer regulators is asking how the public sector could address this private-sector plague. advertisement advertisement At the Federal Trade Commission’s “Bringing Dark Patterns to Light” online workshop April 29, speakers uniformly denounced these deceptive interfaces in apps, services, and sites. “We increasingly see companies using dark patterns to manipulate consumers into giving up their data,” acting FTC Chair Rebecca Kelly Slaughter said as she opened the online event. But it was not so clear what the feds should do next, and if any steps would require new legislation … [Read more...] about Can the FTC stop the tech industry’s use of ‘dark patterns’?
National Australia Bank (NAB) has reported a statutory net profit of AU$3.2 billion for the 2021 financial half year, almost double the AU$1.3 billion recorded during the same period last year. For the six-month period, NAB posted AU$3.34 billion on cash earnings, a 48% increase year-on-year, with its business and private banking portfolio contributing nearly AU$1.22 billion. The company outlined that during the half-year period it continued to make progress on its simplification, automation, and digitisation investments, noting that 45% of the bank's total apps were now running in the cloud. This is a bump up from the 38% that was reported in the previous half-year period. It also added that the number of applications used by the company was reduced by 7%. As a result of its technology investments, NAB said it also improved overall resiliency against incidents, highlighting that there were only a total of 18 incidents to the end of March 2021, of which 16 were marked as "high" … [Read more...] about NAB profit surges to AU$3.2 billion as tech investments lead to greater efficiency gains