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Book excerpt: Jaron Lanier's 'Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts'

Book excerpt: Jaron Lanier's 'Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts'

Technology
Excerpted from "Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now" by Jaron Lanier. Published with permission. ARGUMENT ONE - YOU ARE LOSING YOUR FREE WILL WELCOME TO THE CAGE THAT GOES EVERYWHERE WITH YOU Something entirely new is happening in the world. Just in the last five or ten years, nearly everyone started to carry a little device called a smartphone on their person all the time that’s suitable for algorithmic behavior modification. A lot of us are also using related devices called smart speakers on our kitchen counters or in our car dashboards. We’re being tracked and mea- sured constantly, and receiving engineered feedback all the time. We’re being hypnotized little by little by technicians we can’t see, for purposes we don’t know. ...
Chinese media mock Trump over tariffs

Chinese media mock Trump over tariffs

Business
Chinese media have mocked US President Donald Trump over plans to impose 25% tariffs on $ 50bn worth of Chinese goods, saying "wise men build bridges but fools build walls".Mr Trump announced the tariffs on Friday, accusing Beijing of intellectual copyright theft.China retaliated, saying it would impose an additional 25% tariff on 659 US goods worth $ 50bn.Stock markets fell after the announcements amid fear of a trade war.The US had earlier warned that it will impose even more tariffs should China retaliate. Mr Trump said the tariffs were "essential to preventing further unfair transfers of American technology and intellectual property to China, which will protect American jobs."The Chinese product lines that have been hit range...
Time Warner shares shoot higher after judge rules in favor of merger with AT&T; other media stocks gain

Time Warner shares shoot higher after judge rules in favor of merger with AT&T; other media stocks gain

Finance
Media and telecommunications stocks shot higher in aftermarket trading Tuesday after a federal judge ruled in AT&T's favor on its $ 85 billion acquisition of Time Warner. Time Warner shares traded more than 5 percent higher in aftermarket trading. The widely anticipated ruling comes amid pent up interest in forging combinations across the entertainment and communications industries. CNBC's parent company, Comcast, has been eyeing a $ 60 billion offer for the Twenty-First Century Fox studio and production assets that are currently part of a deal with Disney. ...
David Beckham breaks social media silence after Victoria Beckham split rumours

David Beckham breaks social media silence after Victoria Beckham split rumours

Entertainment
The rumour-mill went into overdrive today regarding reports that David and Victoria Beckham were on the brink of splitting up.The pair who have been married for 19-years found themselves at the centre of speculation.But a rep for fashion mogul and former Spice Girl Victoria, 44, shut down the claims.In a statement to Daily Star Online, the rep said: "If I spent all my time responding to ridiculous Beckham gossip and rumours there wouldn't be enough hours in the day. What nonsense." GETTY UNITED FRONT: David Beckham breaks silence following Victoria Beckham divorce claims WENN SLAMMED: Victoria Beckham's rep shut down split claims The Mirro...
8 celebrity social media disasters

8 celebrity social media disasters

Entertainment
Roseanne Barr has had her sitcom axed after posting a racist tweet about a former aide to President Obama.Within just a few short hours of the offensive remark made about Valerie Jarrett, Roseanne's recently-revived (and hugely popular) show had been cancelled. In a statement, ABC confirmed the cancellation, calling Barr's tweet "abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values".But Roseanne isn't the first celebrity to have damaged her career via comments made on social media.Here's a look at eight other stars who have suffered serious consequences: 1. Kathy Griffin US broadcaster CNN ditched comedian Kathy Griffin from its New Year programme after she pos...