The Daily Populous

Friday September 28th, 2018 day edition

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Add “a phone number I never gave Facebook for targeted advertising” to the list of deceptive and invasive ways Facebook makes money off your personal information.

They found that Facebook harvests user phone numbers for targeted advertising in two disturbing ways: two-factor authentication (2FA) phone numbers, and “shadow” contact information.

First, when a user gives Facebook their number for security purposes—to set up 2FA, or to receive alerts about new logins to their account—that phone number can become fair game for advertisers within weeks.

(This is not the first time Facebook has misused 2FA phone numbers.).

Instead, this is a problem with how Facebook has handled users’ information and violated their reasonable security and privacy expectations.

SMS-based 2FA requires a phone number, so you can receive a text with a “second factor” code when you log in.

Even with the welcome move to no longer require phone numbers for 2FA, Facebook still has work to do here. »

refused DNA test (CA) : legaladvice

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From what I hear, the dna tests were just a threat to put pressure on this one dude who they suspected, I don’t think they actually took anyone’s dna.

Many people pointed out that I sounded sketchy in my original post.

I hope the woman who was raped is doing okay (she’s not here anymore, and I don’t know what is happening). »

The US was once a leader for healthcare and education — now it ranks 27th in the world

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This comes as little surprise, given that healthcare services in these countries are universal and publicly funded.

The US, by contrast, is one of the few developed nations that lacks universal healthcare, according to The Atlantic.

In Turkey — the nation with the most dramatic improvement in healthcare and education levels, according to the study — education spending rose by 76%. »

How Did Mister Rogers Raise $140 Million for PBS in Just 7 Minutes?

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The chairman of the committee, John Pastore, was a self-described "tough guy" and not known for being a spender.

PBS needed $20 million at the time to keep functioning - an amount equal to about $140 million in today's dollars.

With their backs to the wall, the corporation's executives called upon their very best salesman to save the day. »

The story of Lucy the chimp who was raised as a human

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This is a quandary that has plagued scientists and philosophers since time immemorial; a juxtaposition of biology, animal behaviourism, genetics and anthropology.

Lucy the chimp was born in 1964, apparently rescued from a troupe of carnival chimps in Florida.

Taken from her mother at a very early age, she was auctioned off to researchers from the Institute of Primate Studies in Oklahoma, USA. »