Viral App FaceApp Now Owns Access To More Than 150 Million People’s Faces And Names – Forbes


Composite image of a diverse group of people – GETTY

– GETTY

https://www.forbes.com/sites/johnkoetsier/2019/07/17/viral-app-faceapp-now-owns-access-to-more-than-150-million-peoples-faces-and-names/

We as human beings are social and trusting to a degree by nature. It has been a positive trait until it started being used maliciously.

Many deleted the app after and apparently they only keep the image uploaded for editing for max 24-48 hrs but can this be trusted? The space that, that many photos takes and rapid viral nature likely means they had to delete quickly unless they had deep pockets or funded by someone with.

Are facial recognition systems for logging into users accounts smart enough to tell the diff from live face and a static image?

Police in China alreasy using glasses with facial recognition coupled with app and access to backend and db of known criminals or persons of interest.

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The life-changing magic of making do – The Globe and Mail

BENJAMIN LESZCZ
SPECIAL TO THE GLOBE AND MAIL
PUBLISHED JULY 13, 2019

Opinion

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-the-life-changing-magic-of-making-do/

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Monopoly on real estate listings and data being broken up

A sold sign is shown in front of west-end Toronto homes Sunday, May 14, 2017. The end might be near for a seven-year battle that has kept the public from easily finding out online what homes in the Greater Toronto Area sold for.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy

The monopoly on real estate sales data that has limited options for listing properties and used for years to extract high commissions from sellers is finally being tackled in Canada and the US.

This after a Supreme Court decision in Canada and class action started in the US. Now they need to make this apply to the rest of Canada and the US.

Property title search and transfer fees also need to be made more reasonable. This service used to be government run and reasonable but fees were increased to became a cash cow and then in many jurisdictions it privatized for short term payoffs and even less control.

Why buying and selling homes in the GTA is about to get easier

Home sales data transparency will be a game changer for Canadian homebuyers
Aug 24, 2018 Aaron Hutchins – Macleans ca

https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/15/economy/real-estate-commissions/index.html

It is also affecting public listings of some luxury homes.
https://flipboard.com/@globeandmail/growing-number-of-luxury-home-sellers-opting-out-of-publicly-listing-following-2/f-8324b3fdd5/theglobeandmail.com

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No laughing matter

The warming Arctic permafrost may be releasing more nitrous oxide, a potent greenhouse gas, than previously thought

https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2019/06/harvard-chemist-permafrost-n2o-levels-12-times-higher-than-expected

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My Canada is upside-down – Winnipeg Free Press

Graham Hughes / The Canadian Press Files

There was plenty of flag-waving on Canada Day, but at least one citizen felt compelled to fly his flag as a sign of distress.

Graham Hughes / The Canadian Press Files

There was plenty of flag-waving on Canada Day, but at least one citizen felt compelled to fly his flag as a sign of distress.

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Editorial cartoon for July 2, 2019 – Winnipeg Free Press

Greg Perry – Winnipeg Free Press

I hope more of the public have learned to check news sources and writers to give appropriate weight to news and information as we approach elections in at least Canada and Manitoba.

Here is one place to check volunteer, staff and public ratings of many common news sources. It is not perfect but is a very good start.

https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/
https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/about/

There is still other ways the public and voters are mislead, manipulated or influenced by unions, associations and even by those in authority with self or special interest agendas so the public needs to do research for other information as well.

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Globe editorial: The real carbon tax is the money provinces are spending on lawyers – The Globe and Mail

Suncor oilsands plants in the Fort McMurray region (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press)

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/editorials/article-the-real-carbon-tax-is-the-money-provinces-are-spending-on-lawyers/

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