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Democracy at risk if Facebook doesn’t change, says former Zuckerberg adviser | facebook

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A former adviser to Mark Zuckerberg has said democracy “may never recover” if Facebook doesn’t change and has called for the misuse of user data to be labeled unethical as child labor.

Roger McNamee, an early investor in Facebook who has become an ardent critic of the company, said revelations from whistleblower Frances Haugen have created an opportunity for change in Zuckerberg’s social media empire.

If Haugen’s testimonies and documents don’t force reform by hitting company profits, democracy would suffer, he said, adding: “If not, democracy and our ability to make our own choices will suffer. make may never recover.”

At the Web Summit in Lisbon, McNamee reiterated a recent demand that extracting user data and using it to manipulate consumer behavior should be made as unethical as child labor. “Extracting the essence of our humanity in data form and then using it to manipulate our behavior is as unethical as child labor and should be banned in the same way that child labor was banned,” he said.

Facebook generates its revenue from advertisers, who can target specific demographics and consumers because the company has built profiles of its users through their online activities. Facebook’s parent company, Meta, which also owns the Instagram photo-sharing app and WhatsApp messaging service, made $86 billion (£63 billion) in revenue last year. Nearly 2 billion people use Facebook every day.

Haugen has stated in testimony, while also citing internal company documents, that Facebook manipulates user behavior through algorithms that tailor to what users see, particularly when promoting divisive content. Meta has denied that it does this and that advertisers would avoid a company that promotes extreme content. Nick Clegg, Meta’s VP of Global Affairs, said at the summit Tuesday via video link that Facebook’s content was largely “babies, barbecues and barmitzvahs.”

McNamee, co-founder of investment firm Elevation Partners, said Haugen had approached whistleblowers as a product launch by disclosing company documents anonymously, then revealing her identity on TV and appearing before U.S. senators before embarking on a wider publicity campaign, in addition to releasing of information by Congress. the document cache to a consortium of news organizations.

“She’s the first person to ever see that you could do whistleblowers as an announcement of a tech product, a rollout of a tech product,” McNamee said. “I would argue that the way she did her whistleblowers was the most effective product rollout since the original iPhone… And I just give her my hat. Just brilliant.”

McNamee said the pace of her revelations, which first appeared in the Wall Street Journal before her exposure on the 60 Minutes TV show, was akin to the movie Jaws. “They don’t show you the shark at the beginning of the movie. There’s a nice build up and the anticipation makes the shark’s appearance more effective.” He added: “The impact of that…literally stopped the conversation and restarted it in a profound way.”

McNamee added that he was still willing to talk to Zuckerberg. He started advising Zuckerberg in 2006, but stopped three years later when he mentioned the ambition to reach 1 billion users, which McNamee thought was too aggressive. “I’d love to help him get this right,” McNamee said.

Another senior Meta executive defended the company against Haugen’s revelations on Wednesday. Chris Cox, chief product officer of Meta, said via video link to the Web Summit that the debate sparked by the document leaks had raised an “important set of questions” but that the ensuing furor would reduce the billions of dollars Meta invests in protecting of its users.

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LARGE parts of mainland Scotland have received another yellow weather warning for ‘heavy snow’ and high winds.

Just as the north of Scotland begins to recover from Storm Arwen that has left thousands of homes without power, another yellow wind warning has been issued on the country’s east coast.

Possible winds of up to 70mph could ravage the coast of Scotland, putting another chance of ‘a short-term loss of power and other services’.

A separate yellow warning has also been issued for a large part of the mainland of the country.

Up to 10cm of snow is expected in local areas in the Scottish Highlands, as well as the strong south east, which can lead to poor road visibility.

Both warnings are in effect from 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM Tuesday morning and will last all day and evening until midnight.

There is a possibility of travel delays on roads with some vehicles and passengers stranded, and the impending extreme weather has prompted Traffic Scotland to issue a warning to those planning to drive on Tuesday.

A statement from the Met Office said: “A streak of rain will turn to snow in northern England and Scotland through Tuesday.

“It is expected that 2-5cm will accumulate quite broadly throughout the area, but can reach 10cm locally, especially in parts of the Southern Highlands and Highlands.

“Strong southeast winds will also cause snow to drift in some places, particularly on the highest routes, contributing to poor visibility.

“Wind gusts of 45-50 mph are widely expected, with 60-70 mph at exposed coastal sites. The strongest winds will ease inland during the nighttime period.”

The areas affected for the yellow snow and wind warning are:

Central, Tayside & Fife

Angus

Clackmannanshire

Falkirk

Perth and Kinross

Stirling

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Aberdeenshire

Moray

SW Scotland, Lothian Borders

Dumfries and Galloway

Midlothian Council

Scottish Borders

West Lothian

Strathclyde

Argyll and Bute

East Ayrshire

East Dunbartonshire

East Renfrewshire

Glasgow

North Lanarkshire

Renfrewshire

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Two classic Carlisle restaurants come together as George’s Pizza buys Scalles and plans to close downtown location | Carlisle

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Neither Todd nor Wayne Meals expected Thursday or Friday to be as busy as their signature Carlisle restaurant.

Wayne said Scalles started to get busy around 4:30pm on Thursday and remained busier than usual at lunchtime on Friday.

“There was no end to it. It’s just calmed down now,” he said mid-afternoon on Friday.

The reason? Earlier in the day, Thursday, it spread on social media that Scalles had been sold to the owners of George’s Pizza. That evening, Scalles confirmed the news with a post of his own on Facebook.

Scalles, on York Road and East High Street in Carlisle, is expected to close on December 18 and reopen as “George’s @ Scalles” on January 4.

George’s Pizza will close its downtown location so the two restaurants with a combined 104 years of service can meet in one location, George’s owner Ernie Merisotis said. However, the timeline for the shutdown is uncertain as hundreds of questions are being worked out.

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Merisotis said this is the right move for George’s as it looks set to expand its business.

“Scalles has great food and George’s has great food and you add to the dining room they have that we don’t,” Merisotis said.

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Todd said the liquor license for the restaurant will be sold separately from the restaurant and the Meals family will retain ownership of the building under a lease with an option to buy.

But locals with a hankering for a blockbuster, sub or one of Scalles’ signature soups can’t live without it. The plan is to keep the Scalles menu and integrate George’s pizza, calzones, stromboli and more.

“You can still get the same things — except alcohol — that are on the Scalles menu,” Merisotis said.

Todd said he would be staying “to make sure the Scalles food is made right,” and Wayne, 82, plans to stay as well.

“It will be important to keep the same to keep the company strong,” Wayne said. “If you change that a lot, you risk losing a lot of the clientele.”

Wayne said that over time the new owners can adjust the menu based on what’s being sold, and as a restaurant owner, he knows all about evolving menus.

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When Harrisburg Radio Lab left its location on the Harrisburg Pike across from the Army War College, Wayne rented the space to start a restaurant adjacent to his wife’s beauty salon. That was in 1980.

Wayne said the restaurant’s name came from the original idea of ​​letting people build their own subs. The subs would be placed on a scale and the customer would pay based on that weight. Wayne visited a sub shop in New York based on the same premise, but found there were issues with people building subs that ended up being too heavy and more expensive. That store had abandoned the plan and Wayne did the same.

“We steered clear of that and just went with subs and salads and soup,” he said.

The menu has expanded over the years. A customer would make a suggestion that sounded good or a salesperson would name a new item and Wayne would consider it and sometimes add it to the menu.

In 1983 Wayne bought the old warehouse that now houses the restaurant. Built between 1867-1870 by a Carlisle Iron Works partner, the building was used for grain storage until 1946 when JP Bixler & Sons bought it and used it for storage. In 1973 the building was renovated and converted into a store for wood-burning stoves.

For seven years, other businesses, including a sportswear store, a teen nightclub and an office supply store, operated out of the location. In 1990, the Meals family opened Restaurant Scalles in the warehouse. Wayne said the family operated both the York Road and Harrisburg Pike locations until 1995, when the original store closed.

The warehouse restaurant pays tribute to the history of the venue with its decor using old maps integrated into the table tops.

George’s History

World War II veteran George Merisotis moved from Derry, New Hampshire to Carlisle in 1958, at the urging of Ernest Reisinger, a Carlisle businessman and former naval friend.

George bought the Kruger Dairy store in a deal that closed with a handshake. He lived in a small room at the back of the store whose only possessions were a crib, lamp, and Bible.

The store’s interior has changed over the years, from Bible verses on tiled walls and George’s “office” in a back cubicle to the hundreds of donated photographs of Carlisle residents from several decades that now fill the walls.

Merisotis said those photos won’t be thrown away, but they can be kept for a while while he decides what to do with them.

For now, though, the focus is on creating the best of both worlds by bringing two legendary Carlisle companies together.

Email Tammie at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter @TammieGitt.

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The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has deployed 14 Anti Smog Guns (ASGs) to combat air pollution at metro rail infrastructure sites.

The anti-smog guns throw fine mist from time to time to control the possibility of dust contamination of the construction work.

Currently, as part of the Phase 4 expansion and some other construction projects, 12 civil contracts are operational in the national capital.

These state-of-the-art ASGs can spray fine mist up to 70-100 meters. One ASG is considered sufficient for an area of ​​up to 20,000 square meters.

The DMRC said it ensures that the water used for irrigation is free of coliforms, viruses and bacteria.

“For greater impact, high-performance nozzles with droplet sizes from 10 to 50 micrometers are used. With the gradual expansion of construction work, more such ASGs will be introduced to the sites in the coming days,” it said.

The Delhi government imposed a ban on construction and demolition activities in the city in November due to rising air pollution.

“Currently, all construction works, except those that are non-polluting in nature, have been halted in accordance with the relevant guidelines. While the DMRC ensures that all instructions regarding pollution are fully adhered to, these fog guns have been installed as a permanent measure to are used at the sites all year round.Even when there is no construction work going on, Mist Guns prevent the loose soil/soil stored at construction sites from being released into the air, reducing air pollution,” it added.

Traditionally, anti-smog guns have been used in coal and cement factories around the world.

In November 2016, DMRC may have been the first construction company in the National Capital Region to use the ASGs at its sites as a pilot project.

Based on the feedback from the first use of ASGs at the sites, their use was made mandatory in the contract terms for civil contractors in the fourth expansion phase of DMRC.

Even the Delhi government has now mandated the use of ASGs for all construction firms in the national capital to combat pollution.

In this regard, detailed guidelines have also been issued regarding the use of water drops, nozzles.

It is clear that all of northern India, especially the Delhi NCR, struggles with the threat of severe pollution from October to December.

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