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Tuesday News: ATT wants to merge with Direct TV, new Yahoo and AOL mail policy, trigger warnings in college lit classes, and 12 Years A Slave “fashion”

Tuesday News: ATT wants to merge with Direct TV, new Yahoo...

“This is a unique opportunity that will redefine the video entertainment industry and create a company able to offer new bundles and deliver content to consumers across multiple screens — mobile devices, TVs, laptops, cars and even airplanes,” said AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson.

         He described DirecTV as the “best option” for AT&T “because they have the premier brand in pay TV, the best content relationships, and a fast-growing Latin American business.” –CNN

In other words, no one else may use your Yahoo address to send on your behalf which millions of internet resources are designed in this fashion. If you wish to reply to a Classified ad and you have a Yahoo address, same applies. Implications here are massive and impact everyone. We may find there are work-arounds for this but I’m not seeing them. Having trouble wrapping my brain around this. –Mandolin Cafe

As criticism swirled around the concept of trigger warnings for university literature courses – one professor told the New York Times that “the presumption there is that students should not be forced to deal with something that makes them uncomfortable is absurd or even dangerous” – Meredith Raimondo, Oberlin’s associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, said that providing warnings was “responsible pedagogical practice”, and that she objected to “the argument of ‘Kids today need to toughen up’”. “That absolutely misses the reality that we’re dealing with. We have students coming to us with serious issues, and we need to deal with that respectfully and seriously,” Raimondo told the US paper. –The Guardian

British supermarket chain Sainsbury’s came under fire on Monday after a photo surfaced of a 12 Years A Slave DVD display that gave customers the opportunity to “get the look.” As in, the slave “look,” as if 12 Years a Slave was some kind of Hollywood fashion trend. The supermarket DVD stand included a mannequin wearing cropped trousers and a loose-fitting beige shirt: supposedly a slave-themed outfit. –Daily Dot

Friday News: Tech Edition

Friday News: Tech Edition

Yahoo Protects Users with Lots More Encryption – Good news for Yahoo users; the company has boosted encryption for email and for traffic between its data centers. Yahoo has also instituted HTTPS encryption for search queries on the Yahoo homepage, and between Yahoo Mail and some other mail servers (like Gmail). They will also be introducing an encrypted version of Yahoo Messenger soon.

It’s important to note that all these uses of encryption protect only communications in transit between a user and Yahoo’s servers, or within different parts of Yahoo’s own infrastructure. That means it doesn’t in any way change Yahoo’s ability to turn over user data in response to government requests. It makes it more difficult for any government to use its access to network infrastructure to secretly intercept users’ communications, but governments can still come directly to Yahoo with demands for access to user data. –Electronic Frontier Foundation

Set-Top Showdown: Amazon Fire TV Vs. Apple TV, Chromecast and Roku – If you’re looking for a streaming media service, this comparison serves as a quick reference guide for the Amazon Fire, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, and Roku. Chromecast has the added benefit of costing about a third of the other three. –Wall Street Journal

Thank God: There’s Finally an App That Lets You Escape Group Texts – For those of you who are tired of group texts, you can now purchase a $2 app called GroupXit that allows you to opt out of all those group follow up texts you get in response to your friend’s latest baby video or cute animal photo. Although only available for Android devices currently, there will be an i0S version available “soon,” according to the company. As for how the app works:

The app is actually pretty ingenious in its design. Rather than existing as another messaging system entirely, GroupXit simply pulls the group threads you’re currently in from your native messaging app, allowing you to choose which threads you’d like to remove from sight and even which individual friends (“friends”) you’d like to silence. And don’t worry about missing something important; you can opt to receive an alert for certain keywords –Gizmodo

‘Game of Thrones’ recapped in emoji – I’ll admit that I’m not much of a Game of Thrones viewer (or reader), but even I found this emoji recap of Season 3 pretty awesome. Those of you who already know about “Game of Phones” may know about this, but if you don’t, definitely check it out. This story coincides with recent news that emojis are finally getting more diversified, following calls for Apple to diversify the symbols. So far the new emojis are only available for Android devices, but will soon be coming to i0S. –Death and Taxes