Here’s your guide to Amazon Prime Day — WREG.com

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Amazon is holding its second annual Prime Day on Tuesday and the company is promising more than 100,000 deals across nearly all of its categories, including TVs, toys and electronics. Here’s what deal seekers need to know: Who: The deals are only available for Amazon customers with Prime memberships. However, shoppers can…

Here’s what deal seekers need to know:

Who: The deals are only available for Amazon customers with Prime memberships. However, shoppers can sign up for a free 30-day trial to take advantage of the sale (don’t forget to cancel if you don’t want to pay the fee).
In addition to the U.S., shoppers in nine countries can participate, including Spain, Japan, France, Canada and the U.K. The deals will differ slightly in each country.

What: The company said the sale will be the “biggest global Amazon event ever,” and new deals will roll out throughout the day.
There will be three types of deals on Prime Day: Spotlight Deals, Lightning Deals and Savings and Deals. Spotlight Deals are the best deals of the day, according to the company.

A Lightning Deal is only available for a limited time — typically a few hours.

The company has been tight-lipped about exactly what will be on sale.

Customers who have an Echo device, which uses Amazon’s voice-command assistant Alexa, will be able to buy Prime Deals using their voice. They can also get$10 off their first purchase of at least $20 when they buy through the device.

Alexa has been offering exclusive deals for the past few days, including a Dromida Kodo UAV Quadcopter drone for $25 and an Amazon Tap for $79 — a nearly 40% discount.

 

via Here’s your guide to Amazon Prime Day — WREG.com

Did Facebook suppress conservative news? — WPMT FOX43

NEW YORK — An anonymous former Facebook contractor says he witnessed colleagues suppress news about “popular conservative topics” from the website’s “trending” section. This allegation, published on Gizmodo Monday morning, ignited a debate over whether Facebook and other social media companies are prioritizing liberal viewpoints in their trending topics. Facebook says it takes “allegations of…

via Did Facebook suppress conservative news? — WPMT FOX43

NEW YORK — An anonymous former Facebook contractor says he witnessed colleagues suppress news about “popular conservative topics” from the website’s “trending” section.

This allegation, published on Gizmodo Monday morning, ignited a debate over whether Facebook and other social media companies are prioritizing liberal viewpoints in their trending topics.

Facebook says it takes “allegations of bias very seriously.” What the former worker is describing, if it happened, would have violated the company’s “trending” guidelines.

“These guidelines do not permit the suppression of political perspectives,” according to a company statement. “Nor do they permit the prioritization of one viewpoint over another or one news outlet over another.”

But Facebook is not outright denying the suppression claims.

Bottom line: Humans, unlike algorithms, have hearts. And the company can’t know for sure what was in the hearts of the workers who were selecting certain stories while rejecting others.

So the operators of many websites — some conservative-leaning and some not — are buzzing about the implications of Gizmodo’s report. By Monday afternoon, the topic was itself a trending story on Facebook.

The anonymous quotes in the report contributed to a long-held view among some prominent conservatives that Facebook, Twitter and other technology companies are infected by liberal bias.

Sean Davis, cofounder of the conservative web site The Federalist, tweeted about the alleged suppression, saying, “We’ve all experienced it.”

The Drudge Report led with the Gizmodo story on Monday afternoon, adapting Sheryl Sandberg’s book title “Lean In” to read “Leaning Left!”

In turn, some commenters dismissed those reactions as a “play the victim” strategy. In some ways, Monday’s debate mimicked a fight that’s been raging for decades about perceived liberal bias in news media coverage.

Meanwhile, others expressed skepticism. “We at RedState have certainly never observed any of the behavior that is alleged in the article being targeted at us, specifically,” wrote Leon Wolf, of the popular conservative site RedState.

Three former Facebook workers who spoke with CNNMoney echoed what some of Gizmodo’s other sources said — that personal biases might creep into the day-to-day “trending” work, but they never detected institutional bias for or against conservative information.

To the contrary, “the guidance from management was that it should be objectively representing what people are talking about, regardless of political views,” one of the sources told CNNMoney.

Another source, a former trending topic curator, said the teams prized transparency and open communication. While some stories that were trending across Facebook were blocked from appearing in the box, the intent was to weed out spam and other objectionable content.

“Blacklisted topics had to be logged by the team along with reasons,” the source said. “They were also checked… We were also very open with each other about the content we edited.”

A third source said, “no one ever told me to suppress a conservative story.”

The main source for Gizmodo’s story asserted that the tamping down of conservative stories happened more subtly, “depending on who was on shift.”

The source said, “I’d come on shift and I’d discover that CPAC or Mitt Romney or Glenn Beck or popular conservative topics wouldn’t be trending because either the curator didn’t recognize the news topic or it was like they had a bias against Ted Cruz.”

The person spoke on condition of anonymity, like CNNMoney’s sources did. Gizmodo quoted a second former contractor who said “it was absolutely bias” and “we were doing it subjectively.”

Facebook responded by saying that it is “a platform for people and perspectives from across the political spectrum.” In other words, conservatives are welcome.

“There are rigorous guidelines in place for the review team to ensure consistency and neutrality,” the company said. “These guidelines do not permit the suppression of political perspectives. Nor do they permit the prioritization of one viewpoint over another or one news outlet over another. These guidelines do not prohibit any news outlet from appearing in Trending Topics.”

At issue is whether the guidelines were violated by former contractors — and by extension whether they’re still being violated today.

Jason Pontin, the editor in chief and publisher of MIT Technology Review, said Monday’s report came amid “a period of widespread paranoia amongst conservatives and Trump supporters that mainstream media, social media companies like Facebook and Twitter, and other elite institutions are routinely shadow blocking conservative opinions.”

He expressed doubt about any systemic suppression of conservative news by Facebook, citing CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s temperament.

While Zuckerberg seemed to criticize Donald Trump’s immigration rhetoric during the F8 conference last month, he is “acutely aware of the responsibilities and optics of becoming the global communications platform,” Pontin said. “Insofar as he’s an ideologue at all, he’s an ideologue for risk capitalism, the power of technology to achieve big things, and the benefits of openness and the social graph. He wouldn’t take this risk.”

SugarHouse Cuts Ribbon On Just Completed $164M Expansion — CBS Philly

SugarHouse Casino believes its $164-million expansion over the last two years will entice a broader segment of visitors to the property on the Philadelphia waterfront.

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SugarHouse opened in 2010 at the former Jack Frost Sugar Refinery, with 1,600-slot machines and 40-table games.

SugarHouse General Manager Wendy Hamilton says they’ve added 44 more table games, nearly 300 more slot machines, and a seven-story parking garage that provides access to a 28-table poker room.

“We relocated, enlarged, and upgraded our high limit room, and built a high limit lounge that could truly grace the cover of architectural digest, if they ever published a casino edition.”

But Hamilton says the focus of the expansion is centered on amenities, non-gambling attractions, including Philly flavored dining options.

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“Tacconelli’s Pizza, Geno’s Steaks, Zaxby’s, along with our grab-and-go outlet, Revolution Grill.”

And there’s a high-end steakhouse, Hugo’s Frog Bar & Chop House.

Hamilton says they’ve more than doubled their size, but the casino portion only grew by about 25 percent.

The new Event Center is a 30,000-square-foot room to throw weddings orbusiness meetings, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows looking out on the Delaware River and the Ben Franklin Bridge. It can be converted into a mini-concert hall, seating 700, where singer LeAnn Rimes and comedian Trevor Noah have already performed.

Hamilton says they’re not done yet.

“We’re going to take a breath, and let the market enjoy this. but I think you’ll see more activity in the future.’

Tawa: “So, when is the hotel going in?’

“Haha, you said it, not me.”

The expansion brings the total project cost up to nearly $560-million.