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Ring let employees watch customer videos, claim reports (2 minute read)
The smart doorbell company Ring, bought by Amazon for $1 billion, let employees watch live feeds of both the inside and outside of their customer's homes. Because Ring's AI didn't work well, they had a team of humans in Ukraine watching customer videos to tag objects like cars and people so their AI could learn the difference. Ring says that their policies have changed since 2016 when this is said to have occurred.
Programming, Design & Data Science
Static Site Boilerplate (GitHub Repo)
This is an easy boilerplate setup for static sites, it includes a local dev server with hot reloading, automatic bundling and minification of CSS and JS, deployment via FTP or Netlify, and more.
Evernote Design (Curated Directory)
This is a huge curated list of design tools put together by the Evernote Design team. There are categories like design inspiration, gradient tools, wireframing tools, free icons, typography and more.
Twitter Users in China Face Detention and Threats in New Beijing Crackdown (2 minute read)
China is escalating its crackdown on Twitter. Many political activists use VPNs to access Twitter (China only has about 3 million Twitter users because the service is banned). One activist was chained to a chair for 8 hours, while another spent 15 days in a detention center. They both promised to stop using Twitter. One activist says "In this era, we certainly know fear, but I can't control myself. We've been living a very suppressed life. We're like lambs. They’re taking us one after another. We have no ability to fight back."