Facebook Deletes Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photograph
It was a big week. You might have missed something.
Apple unveiled the iPhone 7, and as anticipated, the new phone lacks a headphone jack. “The reason to move on comes down to one word: courage,” said Apple’s Philip Schiller. The phones will come with a pair of Lightning-enabled earbuds, or you could spend $159 on wireless Bluetooth AirPods. If you want to use those “analog, old connected devices,” also know as the headphones you bought last week, the phone will also come with a free dongle.
Predictably, the announcement sparked outrage. For some lighter reading on the topic try Fusion’s Profiles in Courage: The product managers who removed Apple’s headphone jack.
A Long Fall from Grace
As if things weren’t bad enough for Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos, in the latest issue of Vanity Fair, Nick Bilton writes a searing investigative profile of the company and Holmes. The way Theranos reportedly reacted to the suicide of its chief scientist is particularly haunting.
An Education for the Future
Just before the start of the fall semester, ITT Technical Institute shut down its 130 campuses and left its approximately 40,000 students stranded. The government has cracked down on for-profit colleges recently, and the company blamed the Department of Education for the closure.
For some time now, the Washington Post and the New York Times have been steadily increasing their digital audience. Now their efforts have put them ahead of both Buzzfeed and the Huffington Post, for the first time in years.
Visitors at the US Open can interact with IBM’s Watson through the tournament’s app, which has been integrated with Watson’s Natural Language API. Watson is also using its visual recognition abilities to tag photos taken by the USTA.
Your Move, Mark
Aftenposten, Norway’s largest newspaper, published a front-page open letter to Mark Zuckerberg regarding Facebook’s decision to delete a post that included The Terror of War, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph by Nick Ut. The photo depicts children, including a naked 9-year-old Kim Phúc, running away from a napalm attack during the Vietnam War. In his letter, Espen Egil Hansen, the editor-in-chief and CEO of Aftenposten points to Facebook’s troubling inability to “distinguish between child pornography and famous war photographs.”
Airbnb hosts have long been accused of discrimination toward potential guests based on age, sex, race, and other factors. Yesterday, the company released a 32-page report outlining new policies to combat booking discrimination, including a “community commitment and a voluntary anti-bias training”.
Last week Samsung issued a global recall of their newest smartphone, the Galaxy Note 7, after customers complained that their phones caught fire while charging. This week the FAA advised plane passengers not to place the phones in checked bags or turn on or charge the smartphones while onboard.
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