AM Prep-Cyber Corner
IN THE NEWS: ALPHABET TO MODERNIZE PART OF TORONTO
TORONTO (AP) — So, what will the future look like? Google’s parent company Alphabet says it wants to show you. It is seeking to take part of Toronto’s waterfront and “fundamentally refine what urban life can be.” Sidewalk Labs is teaming up with a government agency to build mid-rise apartments, offices, shops and school. Among the features of the town will be heated streets that will melt ice and snow on contact. Alphabet says sensors will monitor traffic and keep pedestrians safe — and driverless shuttles will ferry people about. So far, the project is still in the embryonic stage. After consultations, developers plan to draw up a formal master plan early next year.
IN THE NEWS: FACEBOOK SUED OVER HUMAN TRAFFICKING
HOUSTON (AP) — A human trafficking survivor from Texas is suing Facebook. The suit, filed Monday, is seeking at least $1 million in damages on behalf of a woman identified as “Jane Doe.” The plaintiff says she was 15 when she was sexually assaulted in 2012 after being targeted and recruited by a sex trafficker on Facebook. The suit claims Facebook gives traffickers an unrestricted way to “stalk, exploit, recruit, groom ... and extort children into the sex trade.” The suit also targets the shuttered classified site Backpage.com and the owners of two Houston hotels. Legal and trafficking experts say it may be difficult for the lawsuit to show that Facebook knowingly facilitated human trafficking.
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ON THE WEB: RED LOBSTER - STRAWS
CYBERSPACE (AP) — You can still get all the cheese biscuits you want at Red Lobster. But the seafood restaurant chain says it will no longer automatically give out plastic straws to customers. The company says that if you want a plastic straw, you’ll have to ask for one. And Red Lobster says by the end of 2020 it will start replacing plastic straws with a more eco-friendly alternative. Red Lobster joins a growing number of food companies that are phasing out plastic straws to help protect the environment.
Red Lobster site: http://www.redlobster.com
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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