Apple sets aside $1 billion for digital content
Yet another tech company is trying to crack Hollywood.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple has set a budget of roughly $1 billion to procure and produce original content over the next year.
This is about half the budget of what Time Warner Inc.’s HBO spent on content last year and about what Amazon spent in 2013 on original programming.
Crowfunding sites ready to disable efforts to raise money for Charlottesville suspect
An online crowdfunding site has disabled efforts to raise money to support James Fields, the man who is accused of driving his car into counter-protestors at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday, Reuters reports.
Firms like GoFundMe and Kickcstarter have policies that prohibit hate speech or abuse. GoFundMe said they have deleted multiple campaigns for Fields. Other crowdfunding sites, like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, have not seen any campaigns for Fields but said they are on the lookout for it.
How white supremacy groups used a chat platform called Discord to organize
The New York Times has a fascinating read about a reporter who embedded himself within white nationalist chat rooms of a company called Discord, which originally started out as a chat app for video gamers and eventually became one of the hottest Silicon Valley startups.
Here’s how the Times describes how Discord became a preferred chat tool of the alt-right:
But Discord also attracted far-right political groups, whose members were drawn to the app’s privacy and anonymity features. Discord allows users to form private, invitation-only chat groups invisible to those outside the app, and it allows a high degree of anonymity, making it an ideal choice for people looking to avoid detection or surveillance. Perhaps most importantly, it is largely self-policed — administrators of servers, as Discord’s group chat rooms are known, set their own rules and are responsible for keeping their members in line.”
The reporter watched as people used chat rooms within Discord to organize and plan for the Saturday rally in Charlottesville. On Monday, Discord said they had taken steps to disable these chat rooms.
ICYMI: Critics call on Michael Dell to quit Trump advisory board
And we reported yesterday on how critics of President Trump, who are upset about how he handled the response to the Charlottesville white supremacist rally on Saturday, are calling for Dell Technologies CEO Michael Dell to step down from a Trump manufacturing advisory council.
So far, Dell is not stepping down.
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