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Tesla is reportedly having some community points

Tesla’s fleet web community and web site seem to at the moment be down for some customers and it’s inflicting issues for car homeowners who depen...


Tesla’s fleet web community and web site seem to at the moment be down for some customers and it’s inflicting issues for car homeowners who depend on the Tesla app.

Electrek reported on the outage earlier and customers throughout Twitter have been complaining about being unable to log into the corporate’s desktop website or cellular app. Experiences have been popping up for the previous couple hours and the corporate’s web site is oddly additionally down at the moment. We’ve reached out to Tesla for extra particulars of what precisely is going on.

Whereas some customers are simply getting error messages throughout log-in, different customers are being pointed to messages that say that the app is beneath “momentary upkeep.”

What does that imply for affected Tesla homeowners proper now? Nicely, it positively signifies that they will’t get any new updates in the intervening time or see particulars about their car within the app. Life is rather a lot rougher for customers who could also be solely counting on the Tesla app to unlock or begin their automobile and don’t have app entry to do both at the moment.


Fb has eliminated all cross-posted tweets


Fb customers are complaining the corporate has eliminated the cross-posted Tweets they’d printed to their profiles as Fb updates. The posts’ removing happened following the latest API change that prevented Twitter customers from persevering with to robotically publish their Tweets to Fb. In line with the affected events, each the Fb posts themselves, in addition to the dialog round these posts that had taken place straight on Fb, at the moment are gone. Reached for remark, Fb says it’s conscious of the difficulty and is wanting into it.

TechCrunch was alerted to the issue by a reader who couldn’t discover any details about the difficulty in Fb’s Assist Heart. We’ve since confirmed the difficulty ourselves with a number of affected events and confirmed it with Fb.

Given the real-time nature of social media – and the way troublesome it’s to drag up previous posts – it’s potential that lots of the impacted Fb customers have but to understand their previous posts have been eliminated.

The truth is, we solely discovered a handful of public complaints concerning the deletions, thus far.

For instance:

Above: chosen complaints from Twitter concerning the information loss

Above: a touch upon Exadrive following our put up on the API modifications 

A few of those that had been impacted had been very gentle Fb customers and had closely relied on the cross-posting to maintain their Fb accounts energetic. Because of the mass removals, their Fb profiles at the moment are pretty empty.

TechCrunch editor Matthew Panzarino is a type of right here who was impacted. He factors out that the power to share tweets to Fb was a helpful option to attain individuals who weren’t on Twitter in an effort to proceed a dialogue with a distinct viewers.

“I’ve had tweet cross-posting turned on for years, from the early days of it even current. This simply eliminated hundreds of posts from my Fb silently, with no warning,” Matthew informed me. “Although the posts didn’t originate on Fb, I typically had ongoing conversations concerning the posts as soon as my Fb associates (and viewers) noticed them. A lot of them would by no means see them on Twitter both as a result of they don’t comply with me or they don’t use it,” he mentioned.

“It’s wild to have all of that context simply vanish,” he added.

As it’s possible you’ll recall, Fb earlier this month made a change to its API platform to forestall third-party apps from publishing posts to Fb because the logged-in person. The change was part of Fb’s bigger overhaul and lockdown of its API platform within the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the place as many as 87 million Fb customers had their information improperly harvested and shared.

Since then, Fb has been attempting to plug up the holes in its platform to forestall additional information misuse. One of many modifications it made was to cease third-parties from with the ability to put up to Fb because the logged-in person.

For current apps, like Twitter, that permission was revoked on August 1, 2018.

Above: Twitter’s cross-posting function, on the day it was disabled by the Fb API change

Earlier than the API modifications, Twitter customers had been capable of go to the “Apps” part from Twitter on the internet, then authenticate with Fb to have their tweets cross-posted to Fb’s social community. One enabled, the tweets would seem on the person’s web page as a Fb put up they’d printed, and their associates may then like and touch upon the put up as every other.

In idea, the API modifications ought to solely have prevented Twitter customers from persevering with to cross-post their tweets to Fb robotically. It shouldn’t have additionally deleted the prevailing posts from Fb customers’ profiles and enterprise customers’ Fb Pages.

It is a breach of belief from an organization that’s within the strategy of attempting to restore a damaged belief with its customers throughout quite a lot of fronts, together with information misuse. No matter no matter new coverage is in impact round apps and the way they’ll put up to Fb, nobody would have ever anticipated that Fb would really take away their previous posts with out warning.

We’re hoping that the issue is a bug that Fb can resolve, and never one thing that can lead to everlasting information loss.

Fb tells us whereas it doesn’t have additional details about the issue at the moment, it ought to have extra to share tonight or tomorrow about what’s being completed.

Graphika visualizes Twitter’s filter bubbles within the US


It’s no shock that political discourse in America is split — particularly on-line. And final week in MIT Know-how Evaluation, knowledge visualization firm Graphika introduced these divides to life with 3D, coloured depictions of the form of filter bubbles discovered on Twitter within the U.S.

Co-written by Graphika’s CEO John Kelly and the corporate’s analysis director Camille François, the graphics think about Twitter customers as coloured orbs (bigger or smaller relying on their follower sizes) and teams them relying on who follows whom.

The authors advised Exadrive that to create these explicit knowledge visualizations they used knowledge from about 13,500 of the perfect linked accounts following members of Congress and national-level official political occasion accounts. Different beginning locations, resembling singular states or grassroots events, additionally illustrated these looming nationwide echo chambers, the authors mentioned.

The visuals assist convey into stark realization some predictable tendencies. For instance, there’s basically zero crossover in followers between excessive Trump supporters and people who find themselves extraordinarily anti-Trump. The progressive motion is strongest in its connections between Democrats and left-wing journalists, however has some connections on the conservative sphere, as properly.

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One attention-grabbing level that the graphic does convey into focus is that, regardless of our preconceptions of both the whole left or the whole proper representing a singular ideology, in truth it’s primarily accounts on the far edge of those teams who do a lot of the speaking. The authors level out that for a few of these accounts, the excessive and similar numbers of tweets level towards a bot as a substitute of an precise consumer.

This type of polarization is precisely what makes it attainable for unhealthy exterior actors (like Russia) to affect political discourse and motion in a social sphere. As a substitute of concentrating on the center of the spectrum — the place customers are typically quieter and usually much less strictly partisan of their views — these actors can have interaction with polarized communities, acquire their belief and introduce new or exacerbating ideologies.

“It’s the digital equal of shifting to an remoted and tight-knit group, utilizing its personal language quirks and catering to its obsessions, operating for mayor, after which utilizing that place to affect nationwide politics,” the authors write.

If these knowledge level to something, it’s that it’s time we start to worth listening over speaking.

“The extremes are screaming whereas the middle whispers,” the authors advised Exadrive.

It’s human nature to wish to affirm your beliefs with those that agree with you, particularly in instances of uncertainty or worry. Nevertheless, by retreating to echo chambers which are being infiltrated with unhealthy actors, we’re doing no one a favor, least of all ourselves.

Mass capturing at Madden Championship Collection occasion in Florida leaves a number of useless


At the least eleven individuals have been shot and 4 individuals had been killed in a mass capturing assault at a livestream occasion debuting the brand new “Madden NFL 19” recreation at an arcade in Jacksonville, Fla., in line with native information studies.

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s workplace confirmed on Twitter that one suspect was useless on the scene and the police had been nonetheless investigating.

“We simply completed clearing The Touchdown of potential witnesses and victims there,” stated Sheriff Mike Williams in a press release broadcast on Fb Stay. “We’ve got no excellent suspects,” Williams stated. “We’ve got one suspect on this case. He’s deceased on the scene.”

Based on a report in The Los Angeles Occasionsthe shooter was a participant who had misplaced in the course of the competitors after which shot different attendees on the occasion earlier than killing himself.

The occasion was live-streamed on Twitch and there are a number of audio streams that broadcast the sounds of the capturing reside.

A number of individuals within the occasion took to Twitter to explain the scene.

The sheriff’s workplace confirmed by way of tweet that there witnesses to the capturing had been hiding in locked areas within the procuring space the place the occasion — and capturing — occurred.

“This can be a horrible scenario and our deepest sympathies exit to all concerned,” stated Digital Arts in a press release in regards to the capturing.

In a direct message to The Los Angeles Occasions, one witness, Steven “Steveyj” Javaruski, stated that the gunman had focused “a couple of” individuals  and shot not less than 5 earlier than capturing himself.

The occasion was a Madden match with about 250 individuals in attendance. It was meant to be a contest that would choose attendees for a last match in Las Vegas.

This story can be up to date with extra data

Study extra about the way forward for robotics at Disrupt SF


What’s subsequent for robotics? At at Disrupt SF, we’ll be joined by 4 consultants to debate how new applied sciences are altering the sphere.

These consultants embrace Peter Barrett, founder and CTO and Playground, a enterprise fund and design studio centered on startups. Barrett is a 30-year veteran of the tech business, whose accomplishments embrace creating Cinepak (video compression software program that was included as a part of Apple QuickTime) and dealing at WebTV — which was acquired by Microsoft, the place he led Web TV efforts for greater than a decade.

We’ll even be joined by Helen Boniske, a accomplice at early stage investor Lemnos. Earlier than becoming a member of Lemnos, Boniske was a entrance workplace government for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The panel may also embrace Claire Delaunay, Nvidia’s vp of engineering. Delaunay was beforehand robotics program lead at Google, co-founder of autonomous automobile startup Otto and director of engineering at Uber. At Nvidia, she leads the Isaac robotics initiative.

The ultimate panelist will probably be Cyril Ebersweiler. Ebersweiler is founder and managing director of Hax, a accelerator with workplaces in each Shenzhen and San Francisco. He’s additionally a common accomplice at world enterprise capital agency SOSV. And one way or the other, he pulls off describing himself as a “visionary punk” on his LinkedIn profile.

Disrupt SF will happen in San Francisco’s Moscone Middle West from September 5 to 7. (The robotics panel will probably be at 1:15pm on the fifth.) You may nonetheless purchase tickets proper right here.