Google’s parent company Alphabet has reportedly more than doubled its profits after companies massively invested in digital advertising to reach people working and interacting online during the coronavirus pandemic. The Times reports that profits at Google-parent Alphabet have more than doubled this year due to a major increase in advertising investment from companies attempting to reach people working online during the coronavirus pandemic. Alphabet has been largely boosted by “elevated consumer activity online” as it again beat Wall Street’s expectations. The tech giant’s revenue jumped by 34 percent to $55.31 billion in a record-breaking first quarter, bringing its overall net profits to $17.93 billion. Alphabet’s shares are now on track to reach a new high following the earnings report. Alphabet is now valued at more than $1.5 trillion and makes more money from digital advertising than any other company. Alphabet sells advertising space on Google’s search engine and … [Read more...] about Google’s Parent Company Doubles Profits Thanks to Pandemic Advertising Boom
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German police have reportedly arrested four members of a gang suspected to be behind one of the largest child porn sites in the world with more than 400,000 members worldwide. NBC News reports that German police have arrested four members of a gang suspected of running one of the world’s largest child abuse image websites with more than 400,000 members. A police operation that involved both regional and federal German officers raided seven addresses in Germany and arrested three men accused of operating the dark web site known as “Boystown.” The website was used to distribute indecent and pornographic images and videos of children, according to a statement from the BKA, Germany’s federal police agency. Police also arrested one man in Paraguay who is due to be extradited to Frankfurt. The arrests took place in mid-April but were only announced this week. The website is no longer operating according to the BKA, adding that a number of other related chat websites were also … [Read more...] about German Police Shut Down Dark Web Child Porn Website with 400,000 Members
Twitter banned an account themed around Donald Trump’s new communications platform, even though Trump’s team denies that they set up the account. The Masters of the Universe called the account a case of “ban evasion.” Trump launched his new website, “ From the Desk of Donald J. Trump ,” yesterday. The platform allows the president to communicate directly to his followers. Shortly afterwards, an account seemingly linked to the website, @DJTDesk appeared on Twitter, only to be swiftly banned by the far-left platform. However, a source at Team Trump told the New York Post that they were not responsible for the creation of the account. A Twitter spokesperson told the Post that the account violated its ban evasion policy, implying that simply promoting material linked to a suspended account is grounds for termination. “As stated in our ban evasion policy, we’ll take enforcement action on accounts whose apparent intent is to replace or promote content affiliated with a … [Read more...] about Twitter Blacklists Account Mirroring Posts from Donald Trump’s Website
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – An extra layer of privacy is now in the hands of iPhone users. The new update should help alleviate the feeling that something is eavesdropping on your conversations. That had us wondering, how much does the internet know about us? And how can we keep our lives private? READ MORE: How Do Communities Decide Where To Plant Trees? Good Question. Jeff Wagner learned it’s ultimately up to the user. If you own a smartphone, you likely have one of these tales to tell. “My coworker was getting this new jacket for her boyfriend for Christmas and then my phone all of a sudden started getting targeted ads for that same jacket even though I had never like searched it or anything,” said Erin Ryan-Mosley. “We joke like the FBI is in our phone,” said Tony Preston after having ads pop up on his phone related to recent conversations. How much does the internet know about us? “I would argue that the internet knows pretty much everything about us,” said Mark … [Read more...] about How Much Does The Internet Know About Us?
DENVER (CBS4) – A Denver couple was shocked recently to find their parking space empty in their apartment’s private garage. Their vehicle had been towed, despite their valid permit, current registration and parking in one of the many unassigned spots. Now they want the towing company to reimburse them for the wages lost while their car was gone. “At first we panicked because we thought our car had been stolen, but then we saw drag marks on the ground. We checked Wyatt’s website and found it had been towed at 4:55 in the morning. The violation says we didn’t have a valid or visible parking permit, but we do,” said Sarah Sersch. (credit: CBS) She contacted Wyatt’s and asked for the photos taken of her vehicle prior to being towed. The company told her she would need a court subpoena. Sersch was able to obtain photo copies from her property manager. The photos taken by the towing company show the couple’s valid parking permit in the windshield. Sersch and her property … [Read more...] about Denver Couple Says Wrongfully Towed Vehicle Led To Missed Wages