|Facebook moves to head off tougher regulation in Germany - |
By Caroline Copley and Eric Auchard BERLIN/MUNICH (Reuters) - Facebook is stepping up efforts to head off tougher regulation by Germany, a fierce critic of the social media network operator, saying on Monday it would do more to combat fake news as its chief operating officer met with officials in Berlin. Top German lawmakers are planning legislation this year to force Facebook to remove "hate speech" from its web pages within 24 hours or face fines, a push that could force the social mediagiant to bear more responsibility for content posted by users. Germany's strict libel and slander laws are meant to protect citizens by making it a crime to defame others.
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|Failed Lily drone startup allegedly used GoPro in promotional video, lied about it - The much-hyped Lily drone is officially dead in the water after the company realized it wouldn't be able to actually produce the autonomous flying camera that it had promised buyers for over a year, but the legal battle over how the whole thing shook out is just getting started. In a lawsuit filed in California alleges that the startup was doomed from the beginning, and continued to mislead customers for months, while at the same time using footage from its competitors hardware in an attempt to show its non-existent drone's magical capabilities. As Recode reports, the lawsuit was filed by the San Francisco District Attorney's office, and has been in the works since long before Lily publicly declared failure. The primary issue with how Lily rose to viral fame — while raking in over $30 million in pre-orders — is that the Lily drone never really existed to begin with. In emails that were released as part of the lawsuit, Lily CEO Antoine Balaresque openly mulled the idea of lying to Lily customers by claiming that the footage shot in the promotional video was actually from a Lily drone. "I am worried that a lens geek could study our images up close and detect the unique GoPro lens footprint. But I am just speculating here: I don't know much about lenses but I think we should be extremely careful if we decide to lie publicly," he wrote. In reality, the footage shown in the extremely popular Lily video was shot using a DJI drone and a GoPro camera. The company claimed that the footage was shot on a Lily prototype, but the suit also alleges that it simply wouldn't have been possible since "Lily Robotics did not have a single Lily Camera prototype that had all the features advertised." But despite the inevitable court battle that lies ahead, it seems that Lily did do something right; The company reportedly has every cent from the customer pre-orders on hand and ready to refund to each and every buyer. The cash was held in "cold storage," according to Recode's source, meaning that if you were one of the many who dropped hundreds of dollars on a drone that never existed, at least you'll get a check in the mail. Mon, 16 Jan 2017 18:44:33 -0500|
|Even Nintendo didn’t know the NES Classic would be this popular - Ever since it came out, the NES Classic Edition has been permanently out of stock . Dribbles have come into Best Buy, Amazon Prime Now and Walmart, but consoles have been snapped up by people willing to wait in line at 3AM, in December. While it might be nice for Nintendo's ego to have people scrambling to find the console, it's not great for Nintendo's bottom line. NES Classic Editions have been going at resellers for around $200, which is a lot of revenue forgone for Nintendo. And, let's not even mention all the consoles that might have been sold as Christmas presents, if customers could have found them in store. In a series of interviews during the launch of the Nintendo Switch , COO of Nintendo America Reggie Fils-Aime explained what caused the stock overruns. Speaking to Wired , he said that "what happened with NES Classic is that was a situation where the global demand was well in excess of anything we had anticipated, and that’s what created shortages. The good news, at least for consumers in the Americas, is we’re going to continue to make the NES Classic available. With the ongoing level of supply, the ongoing demand is going to be met. We know the concern." "I think that incremental demand is what surprised us. Because again, how many times have you purchased the original Super Mario Bros. ? We thought that the consumer that already had a Wii or a Wii U and had purchased those games once or twice already, we didn’t think that they’d buy the NES Classic. And they did." To paraphrase: we're all a bunch of suckers that keep handing Nintendo our money. Mon, 16 Jan 2017 18:20:27 -0500|