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December 6, 2018

IN THE NEWS: FACEBOOK DOCUMENTS REVEAL PATTERN OF USE OF PRIVATE DATA

UNDATED (AP) — A parliamentary committee in the U.K. has released a batch of internal Facebook documents — and they reveal that the massive social network has been using the user data it collects as a competitive weapon. The panel says Facebook has been cutting special deals with some app developers to give them more access to data — while freezing out others it sees as potential rivals. The documents also indicate Facebook officials kept users in the dark about how much information was being collected — and how it was being used. That data included the collection of call records and text messages of those using phones that run on Google’s Android operating system, without asking permission. The report offers the clearest evidence yet that Facebook has been mining user information — often without making that clear to its users.

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IN THE NEWS: WAYMO READY TO ROLL?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google’s self-driving car spinoff is hitting the road for real. Waymo has rolled out a small-scale ride-hailing service in the Phoenix area. The cars will include a human behind the wheel — in case one of the robotic vehicles malfunctions. The service made its debut yesterday. And its emergence marks a key milestone. Waymo started out as a secretive project within Google back in 2009. Since then, Waymo vehicles have robotically logged more than 10 million miles on public roads in 25 cities in California, Arizona, Washington, Michigan and Georgia while getting into only a few accidents, most of them fender benders.

ON THE WEB: COLOR OF THE YEAR

CYBERSPACE (AP) — The Pantone Color Institute is out with its annual color of the year. It’s Living Coral. You’d be better off looking at the color than trying to figure it out based on a description. Some say it’s like the sky at dusk — that kind of orangey-gold you see as night begins to fall. The color is described by Pantone vice president Laurie Pressman as warm and welcoming — but also versatile and life-affirming.

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Pantone website: https://www.pantone.com

IN STORES: AIRFREE AIR PURIFIER - MODEL P-3000

UNDATED (AP) — You clean the dishes, linen, carpets and floors in your home. But the air? The AirFree air purifier is designed to handle that chore by sterilizing the air in your home — at least the part of your home where it’s placed. Convection pulls the contaminated air into the system, then any microorganisms found inside end up being eliminated by being subjected to 400 degrees of heat. And once the contaminants are gone, the purified air is cooled — then pushed back out into the area. This all happens inside a lightweight device that has a relatively small footprint — just over a foot high and 8 and a half inches wide. The AirFree targets any number of airborne impurities, including dust mites, ozone, viruses, mold, pollen, pet dander, organic odors and pet dander. As for noise, there’s hardly any. And there is no maintenance involved. The Airfree Model P-300 comes in black or white.

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Airfree P-3000 site: https://www.sylvane.com/airfree-onix3000-air-purifier.html

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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