Author: Global News

Widespread Target cash register outage causes long lines, exasperated shoppers

– A A + A glitch stalled checkout lines at Target stores worldwide Saturday, exasperating shoppers and potentially eating into sales at a prime time for retailers, the day before Father’s Day.
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The roughly two-hour outage periodically prevented Target’s cashiers from scanning merchandise or processing transactions as long lines formed in some stores. Self-checkout registers, usually the speediest of options, also weren’t working at times.
Target temporarily closed some of its stores, including one in San Francisco, rather than risk aggravating shoppers.
“Our technology team worked quickly to identify and fix the issue, and we apologize for the inconvenience and frustration this caused for our guests,” Target said in a Saturday statement.
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Twitter removes thousands of accounts tied to Iran

– A A + Twitter on Thursday said it removed thousands of accounts linked to coordinated, state-backed activities it believes were from the Iranian government and archived them to its public database launched last year.
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The micro-blogging site also said it had removed and archived four accounts affiliated with the St. Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency, a Russian “troll farm” that has been indicted by U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller for attempts to interfere with the 2016 presidential election.
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Story continues below It also removed and archived 130 accounts tied to the Catalan independence movement in Spain, and 33 accounts engaged in manipulative behaviour related to Venezuela.
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Canada’s Big 3 slowly adopting unlimited data plans — but still lag behind other nations

– A A + Rogers is making a major shift in its wireless service offerings by introducing unlimited data plans with no overage charges — with a catch.
Canada’s three national carriers have been slower to adopt unlimited data plans than U.S. wireless networks.
Story continues below Related Liberals seek to balance tensions between consumers, telecom carriers Rogers, Telus urge telecom watchdog to scrap proposed caps on data usage But unlimited data plans have been available from their regional competitor, Freedom Mobile, which operates wireless networks in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia.
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What are deepfakes? Misinformation videos becoming more ‘powerful, precise’

– A A + Information has never before been so readily available — the answer to an unlimited number of questions lies between our fingers and a keyboard.
But experts warn we can no longer believe our eyes.
“Disinformation takes many forms — sometimes it’s a manipulated photograph, sometimes it’s a rumour that people might share with you face to face,” Claire Wardle, a misinformation researcher at First Draft, told Global News.
Story continues below “There are many different elements to it, but fundamentally, disinformation is false information that people are sharing to cause harm.”
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While the concept isn’t new, the rapid pace at which it spreads has dangerous implications.
“We’ve never had a means by which information can travel at such speed and we’ve never had a means by which anybody can create fabricated content really, reall..

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Wait, There’s More podcast: Meddling with elections

– A A + View link » As Canada prepares for its federal election in October, the government tries to deal with misinformation and election interference in the 2019 federal vote.
Major platforms like Facebook, Google and Twitter will have to be prepared for the upcoming election and monitor fake accounts that run political ads.
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Craig Silverman, a media editor from Buzzfeed News, talks to Tamara Khandaker on the Wait, There’s More podcast about media manipulation and online disinformation.
Silverman explains why misinformation on social media platforms influences how users vote.
“Expect there to be disinformation, polarizing content — stuff that is false, that is misleading. Expect to see it potentially reaching you and you need to be prepared for that,” Silverman says.
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