FLCL: Alternative Debuted on Toonami for April Fool's Day

Adult Swim surprised Toonami viewers tonight by debuting the first episode of FLCL: Alternative.
Adult Swim on-air senior vice president and creative director Jason DeMarco confirmed on Twitter it “was the first episode of FLCL: Alternative, NOT Progressive.” The episode aired on April 1 at midnight ET, taking the timeslot typically reserved for Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders.
It’s worth noting FLCL: Alternative is actually the third season of the show, which isn’t scheduled to officially premiere until September. Meanwhile, the second season, titled FLCL: Progressive, will make its debut on Toonami on June 2 at 11:30pm ET/PT.
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Ready Player One Doesn't Have a Post-Credits Scene, But Should It Have?

Ready Player One does not have a post-credits scene, despite the fact that it very well could have.
Ernest Cline, the author of Ready Player One, confirmed late last year that he’s working on a sequel to his 2011 sci-fi novel. Given that he co-wrote the screenplay for the Steven Spielberg-directed film adaptation, he presumably could have worked in a little scene after the credits to hint at what the future might hold.
The author revealed he’s working on a sequel to his Ready Player One book during a live interview (via ScreenRant) in December promoting a trailer premiere for the movie. “It’s true,” he said. “I can’t talk about it too much, but there’s no better inspiration for a writer Continue reading…
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Facebook plans crackdown on ad targeting by email without consent

Facebook is scrambling to add safeguards against abuse of user data as it reels from backlash over the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Now TechCrunch has learned Facebook will launch a certification tool that demands that marketers guarantee email addresses used for ad targeting were rightfully attained. This new Custom Audiences certification tool was described by Facebook representatives to their marketing clients, according to two sources. Facebook will also prevent the sharing of Custom Audience data across Business accounts.
This snippet of a message sent by a Facebook rep to a client notes that “for any Custom Audiences data imported into Facebook, Advertisers will be required to represent and warrant that proper user content has been obtained.”
Once shown the message, Facebook spokesperson Elisabeth Diana told TechCrunch “I can confirm there is a permissions tool that we’re building.” It will require that advertisers and the agencies representing them pledge that “I certify that I have permission to use this data”, she said.
Diana noted that “We’ve always had terms in place to ensure that advertisers have consent for data they use but we’re going to make that much more prominent and educate advertisers on the way they can use the data.” The change isn’t in response to a specific incident, but Facebook does plan to re-review the way it works with third-party data measurement firms to ensure everything is responsibly used. This is a way to safeguard data” Diana concluded.The company declined to specify whether it’s ever blocked usage of a Custom Audience because it suspected the owner didn’t have user consent. ”
The social network is hoping to prevent further misuse of ill-gotten data after Dr. Aleksandr Kogan’s app that pulled data on 50 million Facebook users was passed to Cambridge Analytica in violation of Facebook policy. That sordid data is suspected to have been used by Cambridge Analytica to support the Trump and Brexit campaigns, which employed Custom Audiences to reach voters.

Facebook launched Custom Audiences back in 2012 to let businesses upload hashed lists of their customers email addresses or phone numbers, allowing advertisers to target specific people instead of broad demographics. Custom Audiences quickly became one of Facebook’s most powerful advertising options because businesses could easily reach existing customers to drive repeat sales. The Custom Audiences terms of service require that businesses have “provided appropriate notice to and secured any necessary consent from the data subjects” to attain and use these people’s contact info.
But just like Facebook’s policy told app developers like Kogan not to sell, share, or misuse data they collected from Facebook users, the company didn’t go further to enforce this rule. It essentially trusted that the fear of legal repercussions or suspension on Facebook would deter violations of both its app data privacy and Custom Audiences consent policies. With clear financial incentives to bend or break those rules and limited effort spent investigating to ensure compliance, Facebook left itself and its users open to exploitation.
Last week Facebook banned the use of third-party data brokers like Experian and Acxiom for ad targeting, closing a marketing featured called Partner Categories. Facebook is believed to have been trying to prevent any ill-gotten data from being laundered through these data brokers and then directly imported to Facebook to target users. But that left open the option for businesses to compile illicit data sets or pull them from data brokers, then upload them to Facebook as Custom Audiences by themselves.
The Custom Audiences certification tool could close that loophole. It’s still being built, so Facebook wouldn’t say exactly how it will work. I asked if Facebook would scan uploaded user lists and try to match them against a database of suspicious data, but for now it sounds more like Facebook will merely require a written promise.
Meanwhile, barring the sharing of Custom Audiences between Business Accounts might prevent those with access to email lists from using them to promote companies unrelated to the one to which users gave their email address. Facebook declined to comment on how the new ban on Custom Audience sharing would work.
Now Facebook must find ways to thwart misuse of its targeting tools and audit anyone it suspects may have already violated its policies. Otherwise it may receive the ire of privacy-conscious users and critics, and strengthen the case for substantial regulation of its ads (though regulation could end up protecting Facebook from competitors who can’t afford compliance). Still the question remains why it took such a massive data privacy scandal for Facebook to take a tougher stance on requiring user consent for ad targeting. And given that written promises didn’t stop Kogan or Cambridge Analytica from misusing data, why would they stop advertisers bent on boosting profits?
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"CUORE" experiment seeks to get to the heart of the matter – and antimatter

Deep below the mountain of Gran Sasso in central Italy, under nearly a mile of solid rock, the CUORE (Cryogenic Underground Observatory for Rare Events, and Italian for “heart”) experiment is underway to help us understand one of astrophysics’s great unanswered questions: why is the universe that surrounds us full of matter, when predictions suggest it should be equally split between matter and antimatter?..
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Pokemon Go Switches to 8-Bit Graphics for April Fool’s Day

Pokemon Go is celebrating April Fool’s Day by switching to 8-bit graphics, which players can experience in the game starting today.
“Experience Pokemon Go like never before with cutting-edge 8-bit graphics!” an announcement post on the game’s official website humorously reads. “Registering approximately twice the definition of 4K, the chunky squares of each pixel provide realistic detail and unbelievable definition.”
Check out the slideshow below for a look at the 8-bit aesthetic:
Pokemon Go’s 8-bit style isn’t the only recent addition to Niantic Labs’ augmented reality mobile game. Earlier this week, the mythical Pokemon Mew was added to the game through a new quest system.
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CIO playbook: Citizen development is your 'most important' tool

Chief Information Officers must innovate, deliver faster than ever before, and reduce costs. Low-code environments can help IT balance these conflicting and challenging mandates. Here’s what you need to know!
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Arbtr wants to create an anti-feed where users can only share one thing at a time

At a time when the models of traditional social networks are being questioned, it’s more important than ever to experiment with alternatives. Arbtr is a proposed social network that limits users to sharing a single thing at any given time, encouraging “ruthless self-editing” and avoiding “nasty things” like endless feeds filled with trivial garbage.
It’s seeking funds on Kickstarter and could use a buck or two. I plan to.
Now, I know what you’re thinking. “Why would I give money to maybe join a social network eventually that might not have any of my friends on it on it? That is, if it ever even exists?” Great question.
The answer is: how else do you think we’re going to replace Facebook? Someone with a smart, different idea has to come along and we have to support them. If we won’t spare the cost of a cup of coffee for a purpose like that, then we deserve the social networks we’ve got. (And if I’m honest, I’ve had very similar ideas over the last few years and I’m eager to see how they might play out in reality.)
The fundamental feature is, of course, the single-sharing thing. You can only show off one item at a time, and when you post a new one, the old one (and any discussion, likes, etc) will be deleted. There will be options to keep logs of these things, and maybe premium features to access them (or perhaps metrics), but the basic proposal is, I think, quite sound — at the very least, worth trying.
Some design ideas for the app. I like the text one but it does need thumbnails.
If you’re sharing less, as Arbtr insists you will, then presumably you’ll put more love behind those things you do share. Wouldn’t that be nice?
We’re in this mess because we bought wholesale the idea that the more you share, the more connected you are. Now that we’ve found that isn’t the case – and in fact we were in effect being fattened for a perpetual slaughter — I don’t see why we shouldn’t try something else.
Will it be Arbtr? I don’t know. Probably not, but we’ve got a lot to gain by giving ideas like this a shot.

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