Facebook suspends Trump-linked data firm Cambridge Analytica


A data analytics firm linked to both Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and the Brexit referendum has been banned by Facebook.

Cambridge Analytica, the British firm that claimed it helped Trump get elected, has been suspended from Facebook, the company revealed. 

At issue is Cambridge Analytica’s use of user data obtained by a third-party developer, a University of Cambridge professor named Dr. Aleksandr Kogan. Kogan, according to Facebook, obtained information on 270,000 Facebook users via his app, which he touted as a research experiment.  Read more…

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Lyft tests a bunch of 'all-access' subscription plans for frequent users


Some frequent Lyft users are being offered monthly subscription plans.

The plans have been tested at different price points for the past few months, offering “free” rides for a lump sum up front. Rides are capped at $15, so this is for short, frequent trips — not long-distance trips to the airport.

A Lyft spokesperson said in an email Friday, “We’re always testing new ways to provide passengers the most affordable and flexible transportation options. For the past few months, we’ve been testing a variety of All-Access Plans for Lyft passengers.” Read more…

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Apple's still trying to convince us Face ID is cool


There are some things in life that are just unambiguously cool, like, I don’t know, motorcycles.

Apple’s Face ID is not one of those things. And yet, as a new ad for the iPhone X unlock feature makes clear, the cutting-edge kids of Cupertino desperately want us to think otherwise. 

It’s not working. 

The new 68 second advertisement takes place in and around what appears to be a high school, and shows a young woman surprised to find her iPhone X unlocking with merely a glance. What happens next, well, is an attempt at that classic Apple branding magic.  Read more…

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Hulu launches March Madness experience for hardcore basketball fans


If you’re a Hulu subscriber, you can now watch March Madness anywhere you like. 

Hulu’s March Madness Experience launched Sunday at the time the bracket was announced. It’s available, in varying capacity, to all Hulu Live TV subscribers. 

The experience is the latest installment of Hulu’s push into live sporting events. The subscription video service began streaming college football on its Live TV service last August, and offered a similar experience with NBC’s Olympics coverage in February. 

Personalized sports viewing experiences have been by far the most popular content on Hulu’s Live platform, according to Richard Irving, Hulu’s vice president of product. In particular, the service is (intuitively) targeting “cord cutters,” customers who have forgone cable TV for streaming services.  Read more…

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