people who are against safe spaces have clearly never been in an environment where it wasn’t in fact safe to be themselves, to be queer or trans or black etc, and thus do not and cannot realise what needing a literal safe space feels like
Yahoo hack in 2013 left more than 1 billion users vulnerable.
A data breach in August 2013 may have left more than 1 billion Yahoo user accounts vulnerable, according to the company, with a plethora of personal information being released. The information includes names, addresses, emails, dates of birth, hashed passwords, unencrypted
and encrypted security questions and telephone numbers. According to
Yahoo, the hack did not leak credit card numbers, bank account details or unencrypted passwords, Wired reports. Read more
Uber launched self-driving cars in San Francisco.
Ride-hailing company Uber launched self-driving cars in its hometown of San Francisco on Wednesday. The Volvo XC90 SUVs are not driver-less — similar to Uber’s Ford Fusion self-driving debut in Pittsburgh in September, the self-driving cars in San Francisco will
have a safety driver and Uber test engineer onboard. Uber customers
who request UberX may be picked up by an autonomous vehicle. Since its
debut, Uber has been tangled up in permit issues and has been asked by California regulators to stop its self-driving car service. Read more
Facebook announced it will tackle fake news with new tools.
Facebook has come out with a plan on how it will curb fake news from spreading on the social media platform. Reuters reports that Facebook will make it easier for its 1.8 billion users to
flag fake news articles and the social media giant will work with
fact-checking websites (e.g. Snopes, the Associated Press and ABC News)
to determine if a story is authentic. Disputed articles will be flagged
and accompanied by a note detailing why it cannot be promoted. Read more
Obama spoke about Russia’s cyber attacks.
In an interview with the NPR, Obama commented on the role Russian cyber attacks played in the U.S. election, after the White House suggested
Russian President Vladimir Putin played a role in the hacks. “I think
there is no doubt that when any foreign government tries to
impact the integrity of our elections … we need to take action,” Obama
said, the Guardian reports. “And we will – at a time and place of our own choosing.” Read more
Twitters cut off access to geospatial intelligence data.
Twitter has cut off access to a social media monitoring tool that was
being used by police intelligence centers — also called fusion centers —
to gather geospatial intelligence data. “Our long-standing position has
been that the use of Twitter data for
surveillance is strictly prohibited and we continue to expand our
enforcement efforts,” Twitter said in a statement. According to the ACLU, Twitter’s decision affects the 77 fusion centers around the country. The ACLU of California previously discovered
through a public records request that the tool, called the Geospatial Analysis Application, allowed for location-based tracking. Read more
imagine father!calum desperately trying to put his little girl to sleep but she’s just so persistent on spending time with him. every time he tucked her into bed, she would come into your shared bedroom saying how she just wanted to play with her dad. calum walked her back to her bedroom and let her climb into bed before sitting at the edge and rubbing her knee ever so slightly. “bub, you really need to go to bed.” he sighed, clearly seeing the tiredness in his child eyes with a hint of stubbornness. “but i don’t want to,” she frowned, fumbling with her fingers as she stared at the blanket rested on her lap. a sympathetic smile formed on calum’s face as he leaned down to look at his daughter’s face, showing nothing hurt and betrayal. “and why’s that?” tears prickled in her eyes at the thought of her father leaving for nearly a year again, not having the chance to visit him every few months like her and her mother used to a few years ago. “i just want to spend more time with you, i don’t want you to leave.” she cried, hiding her face with her small hands to muffle the sounds escaping from her. calum felt his heartbreak at the sight of his one and only daughter crying in front of him. he didn’t hesitate to grab her hands from her face and bring her in for a comforting hug while swaying back and forth. “you know i hate leaving you bub, but i promise we’ll be able to spend more time together before i leave, okay? and i’ll make sure to bring you guys along for a few shows, you and mom.” seeing her face light up even at the slightest was enough to put a small smile back on calum’s face. her arms hugged him tighter, never wanting to let go of her father, but eventually doing so so she can wipe away the remainder of the tears she shed. “now how about you go to sleep so we can hang out tomorrow okay? just the two of us.” calum suggested, his daughter immediately showcasing a big smile while nodding her head yes. he placed a kiss on the top of her forehead before whispering goodnight and heading out her bedroom door. but he was stopped when he heard his daughter’s voice calling out for him. “wait, i just-, can you sing me a song to sleep? mom always played your songs for me when you were away.” calum didn’t know how to describe how happy that made him, and didn’t hesitate to sit back down on the edge of her bed and sing his daughter san francisco (her favorite) while stroking her hair until she fell asleep.