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    In the fight between Apple and FB, let users decide

    News, Stephen Carter, Published on 09/02/2019

    » Pardon me while I offer a few words in Facebook's defence. I stand by my previous column, in which I noted that the company had once more goofed on privacy with a research app that vacuumed up information from users' mobile phones. On issues concerning user data, Facebook seems unable to improve its tin ear.


    Gang economics in Hollywood movies reeks of fraudulence

    News, Stephen Carter, Published on 29/09/2015

    » In politics, it's the silly season: sound bites and scandals, gotchas and gaffes. Policy is hardly discussed at any level more complex than name-calling. No better time, then, to take oneself off to the multiplex and seek distraction. I saw both of last weekend's top-grossing films, Black Mass and Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials. The two turn out to have a commonality not entirely unrelated to our political moment: Both leave unclear the economics behind the worlds they're seeking to create for us.

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