Republicans boycott Twitter ad spending after McConnell campaign account locked

first_img Tags Comments 14 Trump criticizes ‘censorship’ on social media, SpaceX… Following similar tweets from the House and Senate GOP campaign organizations, the National Republican Campaign Committee joined the ad spending stand-off. “I have directed the @nrcc to immediately halt all spending with @Twitter until they correct their inexcusable targeting of @Team_Mitch. We will stand firmly with our friends against anti-conservative bias,” NRCC director Parker Hamilton Poling tweeted Thursday.Republican lawmakers have accused Silicon Valley giants of bias before. Earlier this week, President Donald Trump, without evidence, accused Google of anticonservative bias in a series of now-deleted tweets.Trump alleged that Google is trying to “illegally subvert” the next election. “All very illegal,” he tweeted. “We are watching Google very closely!”Originally published Aug. 8, 2:44 p.m. PT.Correction, 3:47 p.m.: An earlier version of this story had the incorrect Twitter account that was locked. It was McConnell’s official campaign account. Also, the story misstated the day the account was locked. It was Wednesday. Update, Aug. 9: Adds that Twitter will allow the video, with a sensitive media warning. The Twitter account of Sen. Mitch McConnell’s campaign has since been restored, and the video has been removed.  Win McNamee/Getty Images After Twitter temporarily locked the campaign account of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a string of leading Republican campaign committees announced an ad spending boycott against the social media platform. McConnell’s official campaign account was locked Wednesday after his team posted a video of protesters outside his Louisville, Kentucky, home earlier this week.Twitter’s blanket policy bans videos that include violent threats, even from those who receive such threats. The video in question, which also aired on Fox News, featured protest chants calling McConnell “murder turtle,” and shouts from the crowd inciting violence against him. Twitter told CNET in a statement that McConnell’s campaign account was locked because the video “violated our violent threats policy, specifically threats involving physical safety.”McConnell’s campaign account has since been restored.On Friday, Twitter said it reviewed the case more closely after multiple appeals and will allow the video to be visible with a sensitive media warning.”Going forward, the video will be visible on the service with a sensitive media interstitial and only in cases where the Tweet content does not otherwise violate the Twitter Rules,” the company’s communications team tweeted. Going forward, the video will be visible on the service with a sensitive media interstitial and only in cases where the Tweet content does not otherwise violate the Twitter Rules. https://t.co/Cuvh305ERA— Twitter Comms (@TwitterComms) August 9, 2019center_img Now playing: Watch this: Mobile Tech Industry Mobile Apps Digital Media Politics Share your voice 1:23 Twitter Donald Trumplast_img read more

Tata after Brexit To leave or to stay in Britain

first_imgThe June 23 referendum that saw Britain leave the European Union (Brexit), has also left the Indian conglomerate Tatas with increased uncertainties, said the Nikkei Asian Review.With 19 companies in the UK and businesses ranging from tea, hotels, motels, motors, software, steel and others, the Tatas now seem to be in a fix from exiting any of it, said the review.In March, the Tatas had threatened to exit its ailing steel business in the UK if the government did not intervene to negotiate sale of business and help revive stressed plants. The much awaited last week of June, expected to crystalise talks with government, however was awash with Brexit referendum.As steel venture continues to clock losses amounting to $1.33 million a day, the Brexit verdict now stands to threaten Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) Automobile a 1 billion pound loss a year. JLR, another money-spinning Tata concern, is expected to take a hit from its export to other European nations.Tatas bonhomie with the British government, which runs back to the colonial days, may stand to gain with Brexit.Despite this, Nikkei noted that, the exit from the steel business or scaling down any other may not come easily as both UK-based steel and JLR collectively contribute nearly 30 percent to the total sales of Tata Group.This apart, the review emphasized that Tatas bonhomie with the British government, which run back to the colonial days, may stand to gain with Brexit. Like the British helped bootstrap many Tata companies in their nascent days, it might as well help again, it added.As UK strengthens its bonds with the commonwealth and many erstwhile colonies, beyond the boundaries set by European Union, the Tatas might again benefit.last_img read more

Bengaluru airport to roll out facial recognition system to reduce congestion at

first_imgKempegowda International Airport BengaluruPixabayBengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) will soon have biometric facial recognition technology at the boarding points. The technology is already available at Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Airport under the Narendra Modi government’s Digit Yatra initiative.”As an outcome of trials conducted and proof of concept established over 24 months ago, BIAL is implementing a biometric-based passenger boarding process at the KIA. It will ensure quick, seamless boarding for passengers,” Bangalore International Airport Limited officials told The Times of India.At the moment, travellers are required to show their boarding pass at multiple checkpoints. However, with facial recognition, travellers will have to show their documents and have their faces scanned at one point.Reports state that the first phase will be rolled out by July-end and will be implemented at the domestic terminal. After the trial run and the technology flows smoothly, it will be implemented for international passengers after the go-ahead by the government as well as other approvals by regulatory authorities.KIA in Bengaluru has already a body scanner initiative trial in place at the security checkpoints. Those travellers who don’t want to go through the body scanner will be frisked. Before installing the body scanners, a trial run at KIA began on July 1 and is expected to go on for three to four weeks.The body scanners will be situated at airports deemed as ‘hypersensitive’. The other airports include Delhi, Mumbai, Amritsar, Kolkata, and Hyderabad. Along with them, three airports in Jammu and Kashmir are also included in the list, reports Hindustan Times. This initiative was made mandatory by the Bureau for Civil Aviation Secretary (BCAS).One of the reasons to implement the new technology is to reduce the amount of time spent at the counter which leads to congestion and help make travel more efficient and hassle-free.last_img read more

PM orders police to settle cases fast

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina addresses senior police officers on the occasion of the Police Week -2019 at the Prime Minister’s Office Tuesday morning. Photo: PIDPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday put emphasis on building a more ‘people-friendly’ police force instructing the authorities concerned to dispose of police cases properly and on time to ensure quick justice.“Being imbued with patriotism, you’ll have to work becoming more people- friendly policemen and creating confidence and trust among the people,” she said while addressing senior police officers at the Prime Minister’s Office Tuesday morning on the occasion of the Police Week -2019.The prime minister said it is fact that the police cases are not finished on time and there is lacking of those who conduct cases.“So you’ll have to play a special role in monitoring this properly and completing the cases speedily … you should also have a team to look into the fate of the cases,” she added.Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal, inspector general of police Mohammad Jabed Patwary, secretary of the public security division of home ministry Mostafa Kamal Uddin and additional IGP (admin) Mokhlesur Rahman addressed the function.Dhaka Metropolitan Police commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia, deputy inspector general (DIG-highway) Atikul Islam, additional police commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police Monirul Islam, deputy police commissioner of Tejgaon Zone Biplab Kumar Sarkar and Rajbari superintendent of police Asma Siddika Mily also spoke.The prime minister said the police cases remain pending in the courts years after years which need engagement of government officials along with the lawyers.“So, I think there should have a separate arrangement to look into these issues,” she said.Terming terrorism and militancy as a worldwide problem, the prime minister said her government has been able to control the twin monsters.“But we will have to continue our drive against militancy and terrorism and we should have a strategy to thwart any possible militant attack promptly side by side increasing intelligence surveillance and training,” she said.While talking about the framing of the Digital Security Act, the prime minister said many people are speaking against the law. “But the reality is that the law has been enacted to ensure security of the innocent and common people and protect their human rights,” she said.“The law has been enacted to save the life and property of the people alongside protecting their rights,” she added.The prime minister said the law is helping the police in investigation and filing the cases as well as identifying and arresting the criminals involved in cyber crimes.She praised the role of the police force in rooting out terrorism, militancy and drugs and vowed to continue the government’s fight against corruption side by side combating terrorism and militancy“Graft impedes the economic development of the country while drugs destroy a society and country … from the abuse of drug, hijacking and theft take place and even the children kill parents for it,” she said.Sheikh Hasina also laid stress on increasing the members of the specialised police force to guard mega projects. “We’re implementing many mega projects like the Padma Bridge. So, we need more members of specialised police force to guard the schemes,” she said.The prime minister also laid importance on proper training of the police and said her government is setting up 100 special economic zones where specialised Industrial Police will be deployed.She stressed the need for imparting specialised training to other specialised police units like River Police, Airport Police and Tourism Police alongside Industrial Police.Sheikh Hasina said members of the police will have to move with immediate action taking into account the nature of the activities of the criminals. That specialised training must be imparted to make them capable of facing any situation fast, she added.In this context, she said necessary steps will be taken to establish a specialised training institute for the police to create facilities for their specialised training.The premier mentioned that the police are giving more labour to maintain a peaceful environment in the country for economic development.“We’ve been able to take the country forward economically as you have given that labour with efficiency and for it I would like to thank you,” she said.The prime minister called upon the police to work with dedication and utmost sincerity for turning Bangladesh into a developed and prosperous country.“Our journey has not yet ended, we’ve to go a long way,” she said.About increasing manpower of the police, she said more manpower will be added to various units of the police so that the people can get their desired services.On various demands of the police, Sheikh Hasina directed the authorities concerned to look into the issue of giving posting of the police personnel in different embassies and missions of Bangladesh abroad.The prime minister expressed her determination to build a middle income country in the golden jubilee year of independence and a developed and prosperous one by the year 2041.last_img read more

Astros Win ESPY Award For Best Team

first_imgThe Astros were honored as best team for winning the franchise’s first World Series..@JoseAltuve27 couldn’t wait to hold the @astros’ ESPY for Best Team 😂 #ESPYS pic.twitter.com/uDFSmkQDBr— ESPYS (@ESPYS) July 19, 2018 Congrats to our @astros on receiving the #BestTeam @ESPYS award tonight. Much deserved.#Houston is a city of champions. What our #Astros accomplished last season truly made an lasting impression not only for Houstonians, but the entire nation.#NeverSettle #EarnHistory #ESPYS— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) July 19, 2018Winners at the ESPY Awards presented Wednesday:Male athlete: Alex OvechkinFemale athlete: Chloe KimOlympic moment: Shaun WhiteChampionship performance: Nick FolesBreakthrough athlete: Donovan MitchellGame: U.S. Olympic women’s hockey team defeats CanadaMoment: Minnesota Vikings defeat New Orleans SaintsTeam: Houston AstrosCollege athlete: Baker MayfieldPlay: Notre Dame’s Arike Ogunbowale hits second buzzer-beater to win NCAA women’s basketball titleRecord-breaking performance: Roger FedererInternational men’s soccer player: Cristiano RonaldoInternational women’s soccer player: Sam KerrNFL player: Tom BradyMLB player: Mike TroutNHL player: Alex OvechkinDriver: Martin Truex Jr.NBA player: LeBron JamesWNBA player: Maya MooreFighter: Terence CrawfordMale golfer: Jordan SpiethFemale golfer: Sung-Hyun ParkMale Olympian: Shaun WhiteFemale Olympian: Chloe KimMale tennis player: Roger FedererFemale tennis player: Sloane StephensMale action sports athlete: David WiseFemale action sports athlete: Chloe KimJockey: Jose OrtizMale athlete with a disability: Mike SchultzFemale athlete with a disability: Brenna HuckabyBowler: Rhino PageMLS player: Nemanja NikolicNWSL player: Megan RapinoeJimmy V Award for Perseverance: Jim KellyArthur Ashe Award for Courage: women who spoke out against sexual abuse by former team doctorPat Tillman Award for Service: Jake Wood, Team RubiconCoach: Aaron Feis, Scott Beigel and Chris Hixon of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Add another one to the trophy case! 🏆 pic.twitter.com/Ud5mw3RF31— Houston Astros (@astros) July 19, 2018center_img Sharelast_img read more

Warner Music Group Acquires AR Insight Tool Sodatone

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Jerry Zhang and Arjun Bali add: “We chose Warner Music Group as our new home because we respect the company’s openness to experimentation and admire their approach to artist development. Having worked with so many music companies, it will be inspiring to be closer to the music-making process, and explore how we can fine-tune our technology to make it an even more powerful tool in the hands of the creatives. Max, Jon, Steve, Vinnie and the rest of the leadership team are very supportive of our ambitious plans for the future.”Sodatone was originally hosted at the ‘Music Den’ incubator at Toronto’s Ryerson University and the University of Waterloo’s Velocity program. Warner Music Group has acquired Sodatone, a tech start-up founded in 2016 that uses technology for A&R insight, the company announced today.The company’s proprietary technology combines streaming, social and touring data to track early predictors of success, such as the loyalty and engagement of a fanbase, and the potential virality of a track or demo. It also provides insight into audience reaction to releases from established artists and songwriters.Sodatone will continue to be run by its founders, Arjun Bali and Jerry Zhang. The pair will report to WMG chief data officer Vinnie Freda and A&R executives in the company’s recorded-music and music publishing operations.Max Lousada, CEO, Recorded Music, Warner Music Group, says: “At Warner Music, we’re creating an entrepreneurial environment where art and technology thrive together. Arjun and Jerry are two talented pioneers, whose passion for algorithms and trends is matched by our love for music and culture. They understand that A&R instinct has always been informed by different types of data, and have created a tool that brings new sophistication and foresight to creative decisions. As the youngest member of our growing family of brands, Sodatone will help to differentiate us in the search for the superstars of tomorrow.”center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

For Amazon Cloud Wars Heat Up

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. To avoid the hassle of operating data centers, many companies hand the job off to Amazon. In addition to being the biggest online retailer, Amazon has built a giant business of renting servers to customers that need computing power to crunch numbers, stream movies and process orders.But Amazon, the leading so-called “cloud services platform,” faces an increasingly stiff challenge. Rivals like Microsoft are slowly gaining ground in what is a key battleground between some of the technology industry’s biggest companies.“Cloud platforms are the service of choice for modern software, which means that all the big businesses who have a significant stake in app development or distribution are getting into this space. They have to,” says James Staten, a Forrester Research analyst.Amazon’s Web Services, the name of its data center arm, controlled up to 75% of the global cloud platforms market in 2013, according to Forrester Research analyst James Staten. But that share is expected to drop to around 65% by the end of this year.Meanwhile, Microsoft, a distant second in the race with what is known as Azure, had 15% of the market in 2013. That share is expected to climb to 25% by the end of the year.The potential for cloud computing remains huge. Corporations could spend as much as $235 billion on it in 2017, more than triple the amount they spent in 2011, according to IHS Technology. It’s no wonder then companies like Microsoft, Google, Salesforce, SAP and Oracle are ramping up efforts to meet demand.Created in 2006, Amazon Web Services gambled early on the idea of building data centers that stored and processed information for other businesses. Now that data center division, which is estimated to generate around $5.5 billion in revenues this year, has over 1 million customers like NASA, Netflix and Spotify.“The cloud is the new normal,” boasted Andy Jassy, Amazon Web Services SVP, at the cloud platform’s annual conference in Las Vegas last week where the company unveiled tools to make software development easier and cheaper.Microsoft pushed into the so-called “cloud” long before Satya Nadella became CEO in February. But it was Nadella who championed a more cloud-focused strategy inside the company.Signing up data customers is critical for Microsoft, which has had huge success in selling software for personal computers but has stumbled as people have shifted to mobile devices. The company is betting that business services like Azure are a big part of its future.Microsoft is trying to close the gap through lower prices and by rapidly introducing new features. Jeffrey Hammond, a Forrester Research analyst, said that Azure is easier to learn for new customers that lack technical experience.“I think that’s often how developers feel,” Hammond says. “There are a lot of different choices, and it’s not always clear what the best thing to do is.”Still, Amazon Web Services remains the platform of choice for startups such as Spotify, Airbnb and Pinterest. Azure, meanwhile, is more popular with larger companies such as Xerox, eBay and McKesson. (According to Staten, more startups are starting to use Azure, but in many of those cases, the startup has some prior history with Microsoft.) Both platforms must round out their services more to fuel growth.Microsoft is marketing its cloud as being more flexible than Amazon’s. Traditionally, Amazon’s servers hosted and processed the vast majority of their customers’ information. Microsoft, in contrast, uses a more “hybrid” approach in which customers can store and process some of their data with Microsoft while doing the rest on their own servers. That’s appealing to customers that want more ownership over their information but still want some of the cloud’s benefits.Microsoft’s “hybrid” approach could prove more lucrative, at least in the near-future. By 2017, Gartner estimates that nearly 50% of all large enterprises in the U.S. will run off some kind of hybrid cloud set-up. Even Amazon gets the appeal. Earlier this year, Amazon CTO Werner Vogels said his company would offer some tools to help customers go hybrid if that is what they want.“What we’re ultimately seeing here is huge change,” says Hammond, comparing the move to cloud services to the rise of the Web.For Amazon Web Services, Azure and others battling for the cloud platform market, the trend signals something they already know: Game on. This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine 4 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » November 19, 2014last_img read more