Social media platform Twitter has recently published a blog addressing the issue of mass surveillance to identify protesters. Since the snowden effect first came to light in 2013, people have been a little apprehensive about their data being collected in the social media platforms. For ages, twitter had been speaking to journalists and other activists related to the matter that the company’s commitment to social justice and that it does not indulge in the (alleged) government practices.
In its statement, the company explicitly mentioned about violating its API data by developers. It added, “We have an internal process to review use cases for Gnip data products when new developers are onboarded and, where appropriate, we may reject all or part of a requested use case. Over the coming months, you’ll see us take on expanded enforcement and compliance efforts, including adding more resources for swiftly investigating and acting on complaints about the misuse of Twitter’s Public APIs and Gnip data products.”
Japan’s Automaker Toyota Makes a Breakthrough for Longer Battery Life
Toyota Motor Corporation has developed the world’s first method for observing the behavior of lithium ions (Li-ions) in an electrolyte when a Li-ion battery charges and discharges.
By using this method, it is possible to observe in real-time, the deviation of Li-ions―one of the causes of deterioration in the performance of Li-ion batteries. Toyota believes that this will provide essential guidelines for R&D that aims to improve the performance and durability of batteries, which would lead to longer battery life, as well as longer driving ranges for plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHVs) and electric vehicles (EVs).
“Lithium-ion battery is a key technology for electrifying cars, and there is a clear need, going forward for improving this technology and its performance even more,” Hisao Yamashige, a researcher at Toyota, said at a briefing reported by Automotive News Europe.
Toyota believes it can apply the lessons learned from the observations to improve the range and battery life of electrified vehicles by as much as 15 percent.
Facebook Said to Create Censorship Tool to Get Back Into China
Facebook has grown tremendously in terms of the number of users and active participation by users. The company boasts a 1.5 billion plus users in its platform and being committed to grow both in terms of revenue and users, the company has been trying to breach the Chinese market to add its next billion users.
The company’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg had been visiting China quite often now and the company has been developing software to add censoring to posts appearing in the feeds of people residing in specific geographic areas.
Facebook has added such restrictions to other countries in order to fulfill the privacy policies of the government. Pakistan, Russia and Turkey are examples of the countries where Facebook had to comply with government requests to block certain content after it is posted. The latest software being developed for China is set to take the next step, where instead of blocking the content after it is being posted, it would prevent the content from appearing in the newsfeed.