Colourbox Strict cuts and gloomy economic forecasts star Finnish economy is already on life support, writes Politico magazine. But as the economic crisis deepens, tens of thousands of people depend on charity and bread queues to feed their families, Politico tylyttää. The magazine has interviewed Heikki Hurstia, which tells us that ten years ago, it became a daily queue of 300 people. Politico notes that there are more than 300 food distribution place, and the church is one of the largest charities, which distributes monthly 150 000 kilograms of food assistance. But government leaders have made very bad decisions. But when the economy suffers a tube four years, is Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Stubbkin invited Finnish sick man of Europe.
Those are some of the words used by those who attended Mark Zuckerberg s meeting with conservatives Wednesday at Facebook s headquarters in the wake of accusations of political bias at the social network.But also: No one is kidding themselves — everyone knows how left-wing Silicon Valley is.The accusations of bias stem from a recent Gizmodo report based on an anonymous former Facebook worker who claimed his fellow Trending Topics curators suppressed news from conservative media outlets.Facebook has denied finding evidence to support the claim, but the controversy ruffled enough feathers — including those of a senator — that CEO Zuckerberg arranged a meeting with conservatives such as Glenn Beck and several others.In a post Wednesday after the meeting, Zuckerberg thanked those who attended and said: It s important that Facebook remains a platform for all ideas and that we continue to give every person a voice.It doesn t make sense for our mission or our business to suppress political content or prevent anyone from seeing what matters most to them, he said.The Wall Street Journal cited a Barclays Capital estimate that political candidates were expected to spend up to $300 million on Facebook ads this year.Other Facebook executives who attended the meeting included Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, plus a couple of conservatives, according to Politico and the WSJ: board member Peter Thiel, who is a California delegate for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, and Joel Kaplan, formerly an aide to George W. Bush and now the company s head of global public policy.Photo from Associated PressTags: conservatives, facebook, Glenn Beck, mark zuckerberg, trending news
For all the ways in which Donald Trump supposedly represents the destruction of the Republican party, the presumptive presidential nominee has toed the line on global warming, deeming himself a nonbeliever even as he s drifted away from the most hardcore anti-climate change rhetoric.Perhaps unsurprisingly, that all changes when the future of one of his businesses is at stake.As The Politico reports, the Trump International Hotel & Golf Links in Doonbeg, Ireland recently filed a permit application to build a sea wall along the beach of its golf course to protect it from erosion and rising sea levels as caused by global warming:The statement acknowledges one Irish government study that assumes a steady rate of erosion through 2050, but argues that the study fails to account for the effects of climate change: If the predictions of an increase in sea level rise as a result of global warming prove correct, however, it is likely that there will be a corresponding increase in coastal erosion rates not just in Doughmore Bay but around much of the coastline of Ireland.The bigger problem, though, according to the impact statement, will be the erosion caused by larger, more frequent storms.One such appeal was already denied by the national government, which has forced the hotel to turn to the local government in Clare County to approve its request to pile 200,000 tons of rock along the property s two mile-long beach.Though Trump has previously boasted about his involvement with his Irish resort, its unclear to what extent he was involved with the petition that is happy to feed into global warming panic.
Gage SkidmoreRepublican presidential candidate Donald Trump hasn t had to answer many questions about his position on climate change yet.But in a handful of colorful tweets over the last few years, Trump has made it clear that he rejects the conclusions of climate science, opting for descriptors like hoax and bullshit.A story in Politico reports that the permit request to build a seawall along a golf course and resort in Ireland, which Trump purchased in 2014, cites sea level rise as part of the reason for its construction.Coastal erosion is eating away at the property, and Trump is seeking to armor the beach with rock.The environmental impact statement prepared for the prospective project explains, If the predictions of an increase in sea level rise as a result of global warming prove correct, however, it is likely that there will be a corresponding increase in coastal erosion rates not just in Doughmore Bay but around much of the coastline of Ireland.Additionally, a brochure sent out to local residents to help smooth over any resistance to the project notes, Predicted sea level rise and more frequent storm events will increase the rate of erosion throughout the 21st century.
Ad-slinger quietly pushes pro-Brexit views down its resultsGoogle has demoted the site EU Referendum to below the fold in searches for the term EU referendum , where it isn t visible to most web surfers unless they scroll down.Europhile newspaper the Financial Times ranked EUreferendum.com as the most influential British political blog in 2006, and the site kept its top spot in the search results even after a domain move.About EU ReferendumNorth is the co-author of four books on the EU along with Christopher Booker, the journalist and co-founder of Private Eye, in addition to two military histories.Most recently he developed the three step Flexcit strategy for exiting the EU pdf : The aim would be a community of equals in a European village , rather than a Europe of concentric circles, using the Geneva-based United Nations Economic Community Europe UNECE .What started out as a good working tool has gone the way of the rest - power corrupts and Google corrupts absolutely."Google s search algorithm can easily shift the voting preferences of undecided voters by 20 per cent or more – up to 80 per cent in some demographic groups – with virtually no one knowing they are being manipulated, according to peer-reviewed work by psychologist Robert Epstein, that he described to Politico last year.
His voting power actually totals about 60 percent because he has proxy voting power for shares owned by co-founder Dustin Moskovitz.These new terms thus ensure that we will not remain a founder-controlled company after we cease to be a founder-led company.Although the 32-year-old founder has given no indication that he is leaving anytime soon — at the company s April developers conference, Zuckerberg revealed Facebook s 10-year plan — he s young and has endless possibilities ahead of him.He and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are among the world s highest-profile philanthropists; in fact, also up for shareholder vote is a proposal to create a Class C stock, which would allow Zuckerberg to retain control of the company despite his and Chan s pledge, made in December, to give 99 percent of their Facebook stock to charitable causes.Might Zuckerberg also have a future in politics?And although he s three years away from being old enough to run for president, speculation about the possibility surfaced recently after former Politico CEO Jim VandeHei wrote a Wall Street Journal op-ed in which he said: Why not recruit Facebook s Mark Zuckerberg or Sheryl Sandberg to head a third-party movement?The flames were further fanned when the proxy statement that proposed the Class C stock in April contained the following language:The proposal about removing Zuckerberg s majority control should he leave the company was designed by a special committee comprising Facebook directors Susan Desmond-Hellmann, Marc Andreessen and Erskine Bowles.And lest anyone get the wrong idea, the committee members were just doing their job and aren t anti-Zuck.Photo: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg delivers the keynote address at Facebook s F8 Developers Conference on April 12, 2016, in San Francisco, Calif. Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group Tags: facebook, mark zuckerberg, shareholders, stock
Today the U.S. appeals court in Washington, D.C. upheld the Federal Communications Commission s 2015 decision to classify the internet as a public utility and preserve Net Neutrality.The FCC s ruling, backed by the Obama administration, made it illegal for ISPs to create internet fast lanes, ensuring theoretically that no single website or service could receive, or pay for, preferential treatment.Verizon and AT basically lost their minds when this happened.And so ISPs, outraged by the FCC s decision, said they would take the issue to court.They did — and then today they lost.But as Politico points out, the case may land in the hands of the Supreme Court next.Until then, here s FCC chairman Tom Wheeler s statement on the ruling:Later, an AT spokesperson reached out with the following statement attributed to David McAtee, AT s senior executive VP:Updated 9:14 a.m. PT with AT s statement.
Net neutrality won yet another legal victory today when a federal appeals court upheld Federal Communications Commission rules that prohibit data throttling online.But the fight for net neutrality isn t over yet — representatives from service providers like AT have already suggested that they ll appeal all the way to the Supreme Court.Circuit Court of Appeals supported the FCC s rules in a 2-1 vote, Politico reports.After a decade of debate & legal battles, today s ruling affirms FCC s ability to enforce the strongest possible internet protections, FCC chairman Tom Wheeler tweeted.Several senators also celebrated the victory, including Senator Bernie Sanders, who said the ruling would help ensure we don t turn over our democracy to the highest bidder.This win comes as the result of years of hard work and advocacy and the FCC listening to the constant drumbeat of millions of Americans demanding the strongest net neutrality rules ever.
Using Wallet formerly known as passbook, it is possible to collect tickets, coupons and loyalty cards on your mobile. But now it has emerged a new use of Apple's app, reports Niemanlab. Politico Europe has namely started to send out the latest news on the British EU referendum via the Wallet. From the beginning the idea was to send out news via Whatsapp or Facebook Messenger, but it turned out to Wallet was a very convenient solution.
Apple specifically pointed to Trump s comments about minority groups, immigrants and women in explaining its choice, two sources with knowledge of the decision told Politico.Emily Lauer, a spokeswoman for the Cleveland 2016 host committee, a nonprofit helping finance this year s GOP convention, said the committee has already raised 90 percent of its budget.The nonprofit host committees have taken on an increasingly important role in financing the costly conventions.Unlike the party-run organizing committees, city host committees can receive direct cash donations from corporations, not just in-kind contributions.Any company that wants to be on right side of history should follow Apple s lead before it s too late, Robinson said.Editor s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.
Apple is drawing a line in the sand when it comes to supporting the Republican s presidential convention this year because of controversial remarks made by Donald Trump.Politico, citing two unnamed sources familiar with Apple s plans, reported on Saturday that the tech firm isn t providing technology or funding for the GOP event in Cleveland next month.Apple referenced comments that Trump, the party s presumptive nominee, has made about about women, minorities and immigrants.SiliconBeat reached out to Apple to confirm the report, but the company declined to comment.Tech firms, including Apple, have supported both the Democratic and Republican conventions in previous years.In 2008, Apple provided about $140,000 in MacBooks and other tech tools to the Democratic and Republican events in 2008, Politico reported, citing campaign finance records.Unlike Apple, other major tech companies such as Alphabet s Google, Microsoft and Facebook have said they will provide some support to this year s GOP convention.Hewlett Packard Inc. though isn t providing funds for the Republican National Convention.Trump has trained his rhetorical fire on the entire tech industry, but he s singled out Apple for particular criticism — calling for a boycott of the company s products, and slamming CEO Tim Cook, over Apple s stance on encryption, Politico reporter Tony Romm wrote.While Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg appeared to take a swipe at Trump during his speech at the company s annual developer s conference and the tech firm has faced allegations about suppressing conservative news on the site, Facebook has tried to maintain that it s politically neutral.Zuckerberg spoke about hearing fearful voices calling for building walls during the speech in what some saw as a reference to Trump s proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexican border.Photo Credit: Apple CEO Tim Cook talks about smart phone privacy issues related to the company s ongoing conflict with the FBI at the start of a product launch event Monday morning, March 21, 2016, at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, Calif. Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group Tags: Apple, Donald Trump, facebook, Republican National Convention, Tim Cook
Removes historical support because of Trump's controversial comment about women, immigrants and minorities. Apple has announced the Republican leaders that they will not contribute either financial or other support for the National Convention for the presidential election in 2016 like they did before. Unlike Facebook, Google and Microsoft, all of whom said they will bisto with the support in any form for the event next month, Apple has thus decided against donating technology or money to the event. The reason says sources Politico is Donald Trump's controversial comment about women, immigrants and minorities. Trump has previously accused Apple boss Tim Cook to help terrorists in relation to the situation with the encrypted iphone used by a vapenman in a shooting in San Bernardino last December. Politico has confirmed that Apple will not attend the conference but neither the Republicans, Trump's campaign or Apple want to comment on it all the more.
Trump Apple Republican ConventionRemember when Donald Trump asked people to boycott Apple for refusing to help the FBI unlock the San Bernardino shooting but then kept using his iPhone anyway ?Apple cited Trump s controversial comments about women, immigrants and minorities among the reasons.Apple did not comment on the matter, but two sources familiar with the matter said that Apple decided not to donate any of its products or cash.HP also announced in June that it will not provide any support to the Cleveland convention scheduled for next month.Along with the sharing economy, the renting economy is making its mark.By finding new ways to rent resources, we're saving time and money for what matters most.
According to Politico, Apple has supported Republican and Democratic conventions in the past, but won't contribute funds this year because of Trump:Apple has told Republican leaders it will not provide funding or other support for the party's 2016 presidential convention, as it's done in the past, citing Donald Trump's controversial comments about women, immigrants and minorities...Apple's political stand against Trump, communicated privately to Republicans, is a sign of the widening schism between Silicon Valley and the GOP's bombastic presumptive nominee.Apple declined to comment.Trump supporters are still upset though, with the hashtag boycottapple filling up with angry tweets from Trump-related accounts - although few GOP leaders have taken up the anti-Apple banner so far.On Monday morning, one commentator on Fox News said that Apple had "offended" him and threatened that if Apple didn't change his stance, he would no longer buy Apple computers.Trump likes to criticize Apple's usage of Chinese manufacturing, and supported the FBI over a debate between it and Apple over a locked iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters.Apple CEO Tim Cook has received praise in recent years for taking strong stances on certain issues, such as gay rights and climate change.Cook hasn't spoken publicly about his political beliefs as they apply to the Democratic or Republican parties, but he did like these two tweets from his favorite band, One Republic:BI Screenshot Ultimately, Apple wasn't going to donate that much anyway.In 2008, it contributed $140,000, mostly in the form of MacBooks and other free computers.
Hahn Lionel/ABACA USA Taylor Swift attends the Costume Institute Benefit Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016.Taylor Swift, Sir Paul McCartney and U2 are among those set to join the music industry s increasingly loud battle with the world s largest music service: YouTube.Enacted way back in 1998, the DMCA offers certain protections — sometimes called safe harbor — for websites hosting copyrighted content.In an open letter to be published Tuesday in D.C.-based publications The Hill, Politico and Roll Call, dozens of artists and major record labels call for reforming the DMCA, according to multiple reports.Those same labels believe that the DMCA gives big tech companies like YouTube a leg up in negotiating fees — meaning less revenue is making its way back to music creators.YouTube — which says it has paid out a whopping $3 billion to the music industry so far — disagrees with the idea that it is hiding behind the DMCA, pointing to its Content ID system as proof the company aggressive finds and deletes unlawful content on the site.Content ID automatically scans content in an attempt to catch copyrighted material early on to save labels from even having to issue a formal takedown notice.
Apple CEO Tim Cook will host a private breakfast for Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan next week, Politico reports.The breakfast is being hosted by Cook, according to the report, and not Apple itself.The event is expected to raise funds that will help elect House Republicans as well as Ryan.The move is a sign that Apple remains a bipartisan tech company, even as it has withdrawn its support for the Republican National Convention because of presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump's controversial views and campaign.Previously, Apple donated support to both the Republican and Democratic conventions, and according to OpenSecrets.org, it has donated to both Republican and Democratic candidates in recent cycles.But strong government relations are becoming more important to Apple.Cook has taken strong public stances on certain issues in recent years, including gay rights and climate change.Apple became embroiled in a complicated policy debate earlier this year when the FBI asked it to create a custom hack so it could tunnel into an iPhone used by a mass shooter.Ryan unveiled a national security plan last week that agreed with Apple that strong encryption is "the bedrock of internet security."And Apple is facing the end of a substantial European Union tax probe next month, according to reports, that could end up costing the company billions.Those issues all have a strong governmental component, and it appears as if Apple wants to curry favor among lawmakers and bureaucrats — no matter their party affiliations.As the most powerful person in the House of Representatives, Ryan is a good friend to have.NOW WATCH: How to turn your MacBook into an external hard drive by pressing one buttonLoading video...
Musicians including Katy Perry and Billy Joel sent a petition earlier this year to the US Copyright Office to amend the US Copyright Act.Music labels like BMI, Sony Music and Universal Music Group have also endorsed the letter, which will be featured in ads on political websites like Politico and The Hill.While the letter s wording focuses on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the industry has one big platform in mind, namely YouTube as made clear in Recode s interview with manager Irving Azoff who organized the letter .YouTube, in contrast, to the tools it has introduced to help the industry find unlicensed content and points to the $3 billion it has paid out.Here s the full text of the letter:DEAR CONGRESS: THE DIGITAL MILLENNIUM COPYRIGHT ACT DMCA IS BROKEN AND NO LONGER WORKS FOR CREATORSAs songwriters and artists who are a vital contributing force to the U.S. and to American exports around the world, we are writing to express our concern about the ability of the next generation of creators to earn a living.The existing laws threaten the continued viability of songwriters and recording artists to survive from the creation of music.
In an open letter to Congress and a week-long ad campaign, music labels and artists such as Taylor Swift, U2, and Paul McCartney are calling for a reform to the Digital Millenium Copyright Act DMCA .While the letter and the ads, which are running for a week in political publications like Politico and The Hill, focus on the DMCA, there s no mistaking that the intended target is online music platforms, particularly YouTube.For its part, YouTube has pointed out that, unlike pirate sites, it generates billions for the music industry, and that it has introduced tools that give artists more control over their works.Several musicians, including Katy Perry and Billy Joel, send a similar letter to the US Copyright Office a few months ago asking for an amendment to the US Copyright Act.Apple Music s chief creative officer said the platform was built on the backs of free, stolen content.As pointed out by Re/Code, one important aspect to remember is that all of the major music labels are currently in discussions to renew their licensing deals with YouTube.
The February vote was for a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking NPRM , which put forth a tentative proposal and asked the public for comment.While this could help customers save money on cable box rental fees, it wouldn't achieve Wheeler's goal of spurring competition in user interfaces.Rosenworcel's statement didn't endorse the cable industry proposal, but said, "I am glad that efforts are underway to hash out alternatives that provide consumers with more choice and more competition at lower cost."She praised Wheeler "for kicking off this conversation," saying that "set-top boxes are clunky and costly," and that "consumers don't like them, and they don't like paying for them."Wheeler weighed in yesterday, too, saying that the cable industry's offer of a compromise shows that arguments against his plan "fell by the wayside," according to Politico.I think what they ve done is say yes, that the approach that the FCC suggested is an approach that can be taken, Wheeler said in a Q at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.
When s the last time you can remember Taylor Swift and Katy Perry agreeing on anything?Well, the embattled pop stars have something in common now: Hundreds of musicians and labels have signed a new petition calling for reforms of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, a two-decades old piece of legislation which makes it legal for sites like YouTube to host any piece of user-uploaded content, which makes it nearly impossible to rid the net of illegally-hosted content.The advocates claim that reforms to the law would help industry members avoid the losses and hassles from persistent copyright infringement.They put ads before everything, making big money and artists don t get paid – or don t get paid enough – and that s fine, apparently, said Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke of the service in an interview with the Telegraph last December, But if they don t get profit from ad-blocking then no, it s not fair … I don t have a solution for these problems.The petition originally appeared in print on Tuesday as an advertisement in Washington DC magazines Politico, The Hill, and Roll Call, with 180 musician signatures and 19 music-affiliated organizations and companies.The list has since grown to include even more big names, such as that of indie rocker Jack White.