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Facebook riles tiny Oregon town with plan for undersea cable

Facebook riles tiny Oregon town with plan for undersea cable

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TIERRA DEL MAR, Ore. -- A battle playing out in a tiny Oregon town with no stoplights or cellphone service is pitting residents against one of the world's biggest tech companies. Locals in coastal Tierra del Mar are trying to stop Facebook from using property in their quiet community to build a landing spot for an ultra high-speed, undersea cable connecting America with Asia. Representatives of the social media giant say Tierra del Mar is one of the few places on the U.S. West Coast suitable for the cable, which will feature the latest fiber optic technologies. It will link multiple U.S. locations, including Facebook's huge data center in the central Oregon town of Prineville, with Japan and the Philippines, and will help meet an increasing demand for internet services worldwide, the comp...
Lack of Google and Facebook competition ‘may mean higher prices’

Lack of Google and Facebook competition ‘may mean higher prices’

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A lack of competition to Google and Facebook could mean consumers are paying higher prices for products such as flights, electronics and insurance, the UK competition regulator said.The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) also raised concerns about how the technology giants collect data and a "lack of transparency" in the way they operate. It said their continued dominance could have "negative consequences for the people and businesses who use these services every day" and that there was a "strong argument" for new regulations.The CMA revealed the findings in an interim report after it launched a review earlier this year into the sector.CMA chief executive Andrea Coscelli said: "Most of us visit social media sites and search on the internet every day, but how these firms work can be a ...
Tories quadruple spending on Facebook ads

Tories quadruple spending on Facebook ads

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By Carmen Aguilar Garcia, data journalist, and Alexander J Martin, technology reporter The Conservative Party has quadrupled its spending on Facebook advertisements as the election campaign enters its final days.Its spending surged from £5,577 on 3 December to £22,491 the following day, the most recent dates for which spending data is available as Facebook reports daily spending on a three-day delay. Although the spending data isn't yet available, the party published a large number of advertisements on 4 December, meaning the figure is likely to grow even higher in the coming days. An image posted from Boris Johnson's account, featuring the Tory leader in a high-visibility jacket with other men around him in similar jackets wearing hard
Woman accused after posting ads costing £17,000 on Facebook attacking Labour

Woman accused after posting ads costing £17,000 on Facebook attacking Labour

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A corporate lobbyist running Facebook ads attacking Labour's housing policy has been accused of misrepresenting two of the UK's biggest estate agents.Jennifer Rebecca Powers has spent £17,094 on ads during the election campaign from the Facebook page Right to Rent, Right to Buy, Right to Own. The ads, which have been seen between 1.6 and 1.9 million times, attack Labour's housing policy, saying "landlords will lose their livelihood overnight" and questioning whether a Labour government would "seize your property".To support her claims, Ms Powers added quotes to her website from two of Britain's largest estate agents, Savills and Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL).When contacted by Sky News, both companies said their views had been misrepresented.
‘Hitler would have been allowed to post ads on Facebook’ – Baron Cohen

‘Hitler would have been allowed to post ads on Facebook’ – Baron Cohen

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Hitler would have been allowed to advertise his "solution to the Jewish problem" had Facebook been around in the 1930s, the comedian Sacha Baron Cohen has said in a scathing attack on social media companies.Describing social media as the "greatest propaganda machine in history", the Ali G actor said: "If you pay them, Facebook will run any 'political' ad you want, even if it's a lie. And they'll even help you micro-target those lies to their users for maximum effect. "Under this twisted logic, if Facebook were around in the 1930s, it would have allowed Hitler to post 30-second ads on his 'solution' to the 'Jewish problem'."So here's a good standard and practice. Facebook, start fact-checking political ads, stop before you run them, stop micro-targeting lies immediately. If they prove to be...