Category: 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.
Twitter first released the archive of data associated with known..

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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.
Story continues below READ MORE: Canada likely to face foreign meddling in the upcoming federal election, report says
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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How a gender-swapped dating profile picture led to a cop’s arrest

– A A + A Snapchat filter is being credited as part of a student’s crafty takedown of a California police officer who was allegedly trying to hook up with a teenage girl.
Story continues below Ethan, a college student in San Francisco, told NBC Bay Area that he turned to digital vigilantism after a friend confided in him about a sexual assault they had experienced as a child.
The 20-year-old said he was angry and decided to take his frustration to social media.
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Using Snapchat’s gender-swap filter, he took a picture of himself as a woman. The in-app photo editor instantly transformed his facial features, giving him a full head of long black hair and a touch of makeup around his eyes.
He then created an account on popular dating app Tinder for his new identity, whom he called Esther.
Soon after, he matched with a man named Rob, and a message land..

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Facebook won’t remove doctored videos. Here are tools to help you verify content

– A A + The debate around policing false and misleading content on social media has been top of mind for politicians and policy-makers with the federal election fast approaching.
Last month, an altered video of U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that had been slowed down to make her appear to slur her words became a lightning rod for the issue after it was shared across Facebook millions of times.
Story continues below Facebook Canada executives were grilled on the video by a panel of politicians from 11 countries last month but refused to take it down.
Kevin Chan, head of public policy for Facebook Canada, said it’s not the platform’s job to determine the line between “free speech” and “censorship.”
“If lawmakers, in their wisdom, want to draw the line somewhere north or south of censorship, we would obviously oblige with local law,” Chan told the committee.
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SpaceX to launch 3 Canadian radar satellites to survey the North

– A A + Three Canadian satellites will be sent into orbit on Wednesday morning with a mission to survey Canada’s North.
The Radarsat Constellation Mission (RCM) will map Canada’s sea ice in the Arctic and the Great Lakes to help support commercial ship navigation, and monitor environmental changes to help farmers maximize crop harvests.
A Falcon 9 rocket will launch the three satellite mission at 10:17 a.m. Wednesday morning from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California and will begin deployment about 54 minutes later.
Viewers can watch the launch of the satellites live in the player above.
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Story continues below The RCM will also collect images of areas affected by disasters, such as flooding or severe storms, to help the Canadian government “organize emergency response efforts and protect the local population.” It can also check Canadian wa..

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Facebook launching political ad transparency tools ahead of Canadian federal vote

– A A + Facebook announced the launch of new tools on Monday in the lead up to Canada’s federal election this fall, intended to make political advertising on the platform more transparent
The roster of additional tools will include ad authorization functionalities to verify advertisers on the platform and an ad library, which will provide users additional information about the reach and ownership of an ad.
Facebook Ad Library.
In addition, advertisers that wish to “discuss, debate or advocate for or against” a list of specific issues during the election will need to complete the ad authorization process. These issues include civil and social rights, economy, environmental politics, health, immigration, political values and governance and security and foreign policy.
“We have done the hard work to build tools and policies that require advertisers to complete an authorization..

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Microsoft unveils new Xbox console to be released next year




Microsoft on Sunday unveiled its next-generation Xbox console, known as “Project Scarlett,” which is set to hit store shelves during the 2020 holiday season.
The device will be four times more powerful than the Xbox One X console and be powered by an Advanced Micro Devices chip, the company said during its Xbox E3 conference in Los Angeles.

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The console will show up to 120 frames per second, or twice the average TV, and include a solid-state drive, Microsoft said, allowing game to load much faster than on its older mechanical hard drives.
The latest version of Microsoft’s popular “Halo” videogame will be launched along with the new console.

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Facebook no longer allows its apps to be pre-installed on Huawei phones

– A A + Facebook said Friday it has stopped letting its apps come pre-installed on smartphones sold by Huawei in order to comply with U.S. restrictions, a move that deals a fresh blow to the Chinese tech giant.
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The social network said it has suspended providing software for Huawei to put on its devices while it reviews recently introduced U.S. sanctions.
Owners of existing Huawei smartphones that already have Facebook apps can continue to use them and download updates.
Facebook said people who have Huawei phones or buy new ones will still be able to download Facebook on their own.
Facebook’s move is the latest fallout in the escalating U.S.-China tech feud.
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Story continues below The Commerce Department last month effectively barred U.S. compani..

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NASA will allow private travel to the ISS — but this vacation won’t come cheap

– A A + NASA will allow private citizens to stay at the International Space Station (ISS) for month-long getaways at a cost of about $35,000 per night, the U.S. space agency said on Friday.
The shift reverses a long-standing prohibition against tourists and private interests at the orbiting research lab, and reflects a broader push to expand commercial activities at the ISS and in space more generally.
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It paves the way for private citizens to travel to the ISS aboard rocket-and-capsule launch systems being developed by Boeing Co and Elon Musk’s SpaceX. The two companies are set to ferry astronauts to the ISS from U.S. soil for the first time in nearly a decade.
NASA will allow up to two private trips to the station per year, each lasting up to 30 days, NASA said. The first mission could be as early as 2020.
But the ride won’t be c..

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