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The Photo Doesn’t Lie, and Neither Did The Wright Brothers !

(Note: The following was written expressly for the Huffington Post by Tom D. Crouch, PhD, Senior Curator, Aeronautics, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution)

In a recent book, a television "docu-drama," and in a paper presented at the Deutsches Museum in Munich on October 19, 2016, John Brown, who has repeatedly attacked the credibility and achievements of Wilbur and Orville Wright, falsely charged the brothers with misrepresenting one of the famous photographs taken of their first flights near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina on December 17, 1903. The Wrights made four flights between 10:35 and noon that morning. The first photo was taken by U.S. Lifesaver John T. Daniels just as Orville Wright' took off on the first flight of the day. On this first powered and sustained flight of an airplane operating under the control of the pilot, Orville flew 120 feet over the sand, remaining aloft for just 12 seconds. Daniel's photo, one of the most famous ever taken, documents the birth of the air age.


On the next flight, Wilbur extended his brothers' distance to 175 feet. No photo was taken. Then it was Orville's turn again. Someone, perhaps Daniels, snapped a photo (below) toward the end of the 200 foot flight.


It was almost noon when Wilbur started down the launch rail for his second try. After some rapid up and down movement, he was able to straighten out his flight path and keep the world's first airplane in the air for a distance of 852 feet over the ground for 59 seconds. A final photo (below) taken that morning shows the airplane on the ground following that flight.


This is the photo that John Brown falsely claims was actually taken in 1908, when the Wrights returned to the Outer Banks to prepare for their first public flights later that year. He is not the first to make that claim. Joe Bullmer, another Wright skeptic, has also suggested that this photo was taken in 1908.

The evidence to refute the charge that the Wright's lied about the date of this historic photo is to be found in the image itself. First, consider the airplane. Resting on the ground, you can clearly see that the wings exhibit anhedral, with the wingtips dipping down slightly. The 1903 airplane was constructed in that fashion. Later Wright aircraft, including the machine flown at Kitty Hawk in 1908, did not have anhedral. Clearly, the aircraft in the photo is the 1903 Wright airplane.

Here is a close-up of that same photo showing the 1903 airplane after landing:


The second piece of evidence proving conclusively that the photo was taken in 1903 is to be found in the launch rail. Operating from the sand, the Wrights could not mount their airplane on wheels. Instead, the airplane rode down a forty foot launch rail on three large bicycle wheel hubs. The rail is clearly visible as the dark line in the upper right quadrant of the photo. You can see the 1903 rail much more clearly in the first flight image, and in this photo taken on December 14, just before Wilbur's first attempt, which was so short that the Wrights did not count it as flight. Note also the anhedral.


December 14, 1903

Here is a close-up of the 1903 rail.


Finally, here is a photo (below) taken during the 1908 flight trials, when Brown and Bullmer believe the photo of the fourth flight was actually taken. Note that the wings of the 1905/08 airplane being tested do not exhibit any anhedral. More important, note the launch rail used in 1908.


And here is a close-up (below) of the 1908 rail.


Clearly the 1903 and 1908 rails were very different in design and appearance. Contrary to Brown and Bullmer's false claims, the photo in question was taken on December 17, 1903. Sorry Mr. Brown. Wrong again. The Wright brothers did not lie, and they did not misrepresent.

Tom D. Crouch, PhD
Senior Curator, Aeronautics
National Air and Space Museum
Smithsonian Institution

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Alcatel Pixi 4 (5)

Alcatel today unleashed four new affordable Android phones, and they’re available from Amazon and Best Buy for prices that range between $79.99 and $169.99. Here’s how their specs break down:

Alcatel Pixi 4 (5): Runs Android 6.0 on a 5-inch 854x480 display, and has 5-megapixel rear and 2-megapixel front cameras. Inside the Pixi 4 (5) is a quad-core MediaTek processor, 1.5GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and a microSD slot for adding more storage. There’s also a 2,000mAh battery. This Pixi includes LTE bands 4, 5, 6, 12, and 17 and is compatible with GSM carriers.

Alcatel Pop 4 Plus official

Alcatel Pop 4 Plus: The Pop 4 Plus runs Android 6.0 on a 5.5-inch 1280x720 screen and features 8-megapixel rear and 5-megapixel front cameras. Other specs include a quad-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a microSD slot, dual SIM slots, and a 2,500mAh battery. Includes LTE bands 2, 4, 5, 7, 12, and 17 and is compatible with GSM carriers.

Alcatel Pixi 4 (6) official

Alcatel Pixi 4 (6): This beefier Pixi has a 6-inch 1280x720 display, 8-megapixel rear and 5-megapixel front cameras, and 16GB of storage with a microSD slot for adding more. There’s also a quad-core Snapdragon 210 processor, 2GB of RAM, 2,580mAh battery, and Android 6.0. Included are LTE bands 2, 4, 5, 7, 12, and 17 and support for GSM carriers.

Alcatel Pop 4S official

Alcatel Pop 4S: The most high-end of the new Alcatel phones features a 5.5-inch 1920x1080 display, 13-megapixel rear and 5-megapixel front cameras, 64GB of storage, and a microSD slot. Also included is an octa-core processor, 2GB of RAM, fingerprint reader, and 2,960mAh battery. The Pop 4S runs Android 6.0, includes LTE bands 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 17, 27, and 28, and is compatible with GSM carriers.

All four Alcatel phones are now available from Amazon and Best Buy. Amazon is asking $79.99 for the Pixi 4 (5), $119.99 for the Pop 4 Plus, $119.99 for the Pixi 4 (6), and $169.99 for the Pop 4S.

Meanwhile, pricing at Best Buy is $79.99 for the Pixi 4 (5), $99.99 for the Pop 4 Plus, $129.99 for the Pixi 4 (6), and $169.99 for the Pop 4S.


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iPhone 7 Plus rear hands-on

Apple is offering two versions of the iPhone 7 in the US: one with an Intel modem and one with a Qualcomm modem. And according to a new report, the latter version offers better cellular performance than the former.

Cellular Insights compared two different iPhone 7 Plus models, one with an Intel XMM7360 modem and one with a Qualcomm MDM9645M modem. The tests were conducted with signal testing equipment on LTE bands 4, 7, and 12, and the phones were compared at different signal strengths.

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iPhone 7 Intel Qualcomm modem LTE band 4 performance

On LTE band 4 at -110dBm, the Intel modem put up speeds of around 60Mbps, while the Qualcomm modem was putting up speeds of 100Mbps. The story was similar with LTE band 12 performance, the Intel modem saw speeds of around 36Mbps at -110dBm, while the Qualcomm model put up speeds of around 64Mbps.

According to this report, the average performance difference between the two modems was around 30 percent. “In all tests, the iPhone 7 Plus with the Qualcomm modem had a significant performance edge over the iPhone 7 Plus with the Intel modem,” explains Cellular Insights.

The iPhone 7 with the Intel modem is the model for AT&T and T-Mobile, while the iPhone 7 with the Qualcomm modem is the version for Sprint and Verizon. Qualcomm’s modem is also in the SIM-free iPhone that Apple sells on its website.

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How ‘Nasty Woman’ Became A Viral Call For Solidarity

The 2012 election gave progressive women voters “binders full of women,” a Mitt Romney gaffe that spawned a moment of online feminist solidarity, levity and galvanization. In 2016, they got “Nasty Woman.”

During the final moments of the third and final presidential debate, Donald Trump interrupted Clinton as she was answering a question about social security. “Such a nasty woman,” he muttered into his microphone. (Trump has called both Ted Cruz and Clinton “nasty” in the past, but never before had he so publicly paired the term with the word “woman.”)

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Clinton didn’t flinch, but for those watching from home, the reaction on social media was near instantaneous. #NastyWoman began trending on Twitter. Within minutes, redirected to Hillary Clinton’s official website. Within an hour, Nasty Woman T-shirts ― with proceeds benefitting Planned Parenthood ― were available for purchase.

People Magazine called the “nasty woman” moment a“battle cry.” Vox’s Liz Plank branded the insult the“best thing Donald Trump has ever done for [Clinton’s] campaign.” Bustle called it “the female empowerment message Donald Trump didn’t mean to inspire.”

HuffPost Women decided to ask our readers if and why they identified as“nasty women,” akin to Clinton. Women responded in force, tweeting #IAmANastyWomanBecause along with calls for solidarity, LGBTQ rights, education, racial equality, reproductive health care, and, yes, a woman in the White House.

#IAmANastyWomanBecause I will never accept the world's treatment of women, girls, femmes & queers. I will uphold our dignity at all costs.

— ⚡️ Sophia Wallace ⚡️ (@sophiawallace) October 20, 2016

#IAmANastyWomanBecause I firmly believe that prioritizing education of the girl child will make the world a better place for ALL

— Stella Kanyike (@QueenStellaK) October 20, 2016

#IAmANastyWomanBecause I believe a woman's place is in the House (you know, the big white one built for presidents) #MadamePresident

— Carolanne Monteleone (@carolannemm) October 20, 2016

#IAmANastyWomanBecause I get to decide who does and who does not grab my pussy.

— Jenavieve Hatch (@jenavievehatch) October 20, 2016

#IAmANastyWomanBecause I don't stand for other people telling me what to do with my body. My uterus, my choice.

— Jordyn Rowland (@RowlandJordyn) October 20, 2016

#IAmANastyWomanBecause I treat everyone the way I want to be treated regardless of race, sex, religion, disability or age.

— Kandice Van Exel (@K_VanExel) October 20, 2016

The “nasty woman” moment obviously struck a resounding chord with many American women. During an election that has been dominated by sexism, both overt and subtle, it was hardly surprising to see Trump deploy misogyny against Clinton ― the woman whom, it seems, will likely be the United States’ first female president. So, what made this moment the one that went viral, specifically in a way that bolstered excitement for Clinton herself?

For one, the moment was incredibly pointed, a perfect encapsulation of why the lead-up to this presidential election has been uniquely frustrating for women. Several women told HuffPost that they saw the insult as a debate-acceptable stand-in for more overtly offensive, women-specific insults, like “bitch” or “cunt.” And as Zarah Iqbal, 28, explained, “most women have been in that situation.”

Of course, not every woman is Hillary Clinton. But the situation Clinton has found herself in this election ― facing off on topics she has spent her whole life studying, in a field she has spent her whole life building a career in, against a wholly unqualified misogynist ― might feel relatable. “I felt like I had experienced it before, so many times,” said Stephanie Ward, 29. “[You] can’t possibly communicate or reason with a person like that.”

“There was something about it that hit me so viscerally,” said Jamie Beran, 34. “It felt really personal, deeply sexist, and so dismissive of [Clinton] and everything she is ― especially as a contrast to all of the ways she showed up last night as so poised, so prepared, so capable. It landed like a gut punch in a moment where it didn’t seem like he could go any lower.”

Jennifer Mendelsohn, 47, echoed that sentiment. “It just seemed to encapsulate everything about him that is so maddeningly sexist,” she said.

thank a #NastyWoman today. ✌️

A photo posted by Emma Gray (@emmaladyrose) on Oct 20, 2016 at 7:08am PDT

Where “binders full of women”allowed women to organize their critiques of Romney with memes and levity, “nasty woman” is allowing feminists to do the same in service of Clinton’s candidacy. In contrast with the soul-crushing, nausea-inducing feelings hearing Trump brag about sexually assaulting women brought up for many women, hearing him call Clinton “such a nasty woman” felt more absurd. The comment invoked rage more than anxiety, and a desire to metaphorically punch back in that moment.

The prevailing move became to reclaim “nasty woman” and wear the term as a badge of honor.(Paired with a Janet Jackson gif, naturally.)

“If she’s a nasty woman, I want to be a nasty woman too.”
Kaitie Noe, 29

“It’s so vintage, so archaic,” Plank, 29, who even made a spoof perfume ad mocking the term for Vox, told HuffPost. “In a way, it’s not even an insult that young women can relate to because it’s so old-school sexist. Young women are reclaiming those words like bossy, so it felt like a no-brainer. Sure, call me nasty. I like it.”

Rachael Berkey, 33, said that it just “felt like time to take the insult and turn it into a brag.”

Plus, if Hillary Clinton, in all of her accomplished, ambitious, badassery is considered “nasty,” why shouldn’t women say fuck it and embrace the label. “If she’s a nasty woman, I want to be a nasty woman too,” said Kaitie Noe, 29.

But even the strongest and pithiest of rallying cries is bittersweet. Wouldn’t it be ideal if there were no serial pussy-grabbing threat to women and American democracy to organize against in the first place?

“I am enjoying how every woman on social media gets it,” said Farah Miller, 39.“That said, part of me is still hurt by it, on Hillary’s behalf and my own. It feels shitty to have to claim the word ‘nasty’ as our own to have power... It is a word I cannot explain being proud of to my daughter, at least, not without putting some thought into how to do so. So yeah, I’m energized if that means horrified, sad and grateful for the woman who stood up there and took this shit we all have to endure with tremendous grace.”

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Daydream View and Chromecast Ultra now available in Google Store

Google Daydream View VR headset

Today’s the day that the Google Pixel and Pixel XL are officially launching, but they aren’t the only new Google products that are now available for purchase.

The Google Store is now selling both the Daydream View virtual reality headset and the Chromecast Ultra. The former device is $79 while the latter is $69.

Unfortunately, both of these new products are currently back-ordered. According to the Google Store, new orders of the Daydream View and Chromecast Ultra will ship in two to three weeks.

Google Chromecast Ultra

The Daydream View is Google’s new VR headset works with with Daydream VR-compatible devices. Right now, that’s only the Pixel and Pixel XL, but you can still buy a Daydream View if you’re planning on upgrading to a Pixel or some other Daydream-compatible phone in the future.

Meanwhile, the Chromecast Ultra is a premium Chromecast that supports 4K video and HDR. Google touts that the Chromecast Ultra also has a beefier processor for faster streaming than other Chromecasts as well as an optional built-in Ethernet adapter. If you don’t need 4K video or those other features, though, Google is still offering its standard Chromecast for $35.


360 Photos and Videos are coming to Facebook’s Instant Articles

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Microsoft’s Surface business skyrockets as the iPad’s slows

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Microsoft’s cloud business bets pay off in Q1 as stock hits an all time high

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Kodak Will Make A Camera-Focused Smartphone


Capturing Kodak moments in a Snapchat world

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Jeff Bezos Still Wants to Send Trump to Space

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PayPal ramps up mobile payments business

paypalPayPal reported third quarter earnings after the bell on Thursday. The global payments company reported an 18% increase in revenue at $2.67 billion, when analysts were expecting $2.65 billion. Adjusted earnings per share stood at 35 cents, in line with Wall Street expectations. However, some investors were disappointed to see that PayPal missed on total payment volume, a metric of total… Read More

Engadget’s first thoughts on the Nintendo Switch

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Henrik Fisker teases upcoming EV’s “butterfly” doors

screen-shot-2016-10-20-at-4-10-13-pmWell, damn. Henrik Fisker just took to Twitter and gave a lesson on teasing upcoming products. According to his tweet, the upcoming reborn Fisker EV will have wild butterfly doors — you know, the type of doors kids will put on their hand-me-down Honda Accords. He says in the tweet the crazy doors are for easier ingress and egress, but really he’s just throwing down with Elon Musk… Read More

Winner of ZTE’s Project CSX crowdsourced device project is Eye-Tracking, Self-Adhesive Phone

ZTE Project CSX Eye-Tracking, Self-Adhesive Phone design

Earlier this year, ZTE announced its Project CSX effort that would take suggestions for a new mobile device that it would make. Today the winner of Project CSX was revealed.

The Eye-Tracking, Self-Adhesive Phone is the grand prize winner of Project CSX, beating out thousands of other ideas. The other projects in the running included Intelligent Smartphone Covers, a Stock Android Flagship Phone, a VR-Interactive Diving Mask, and a Powerglove.

As the winner of Project CSX, ZTE says that it will bring the Eye-Tracking, Self-Adhesive Phone to market in 2017. The winner will also travel to CES in January 2017.

According to the specs drawn up by its creator, the Eye-Tracking, Self-Adhesive Phone offers a 5.5-inch LCD screen, bottom-firing stereo speakers, a 16-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, and a USB Type-C port. As its name suggests, it’ll also have eye-tracking cameras and sensors that’ll let you perform tasks without touching the display and a self-adhesive back cover that’ll let you stick the phone to other surfaces.

This Eye-Tracking, Self-Adhesive Phone is an interesting device. We don’t see a ton of eye-tracking in mobile, with the closest feature being the iris scanner on the Note 7 and Lumia 950, so I’m looking forward to seeing how ZTE makes the eye-tracking on this phone work. Meanwhile, the self-adhesive back could come in handy for sticking the phone to a cupboard for reading a recipe or a wall so that you can more comfortably watch a movie.

What do you think of the Eye-Tracking, Self-Adhesive Phone? Will you consider buying one?


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Jeff Bezos Slams Trump, Defends GOP Nominee’s Controversial Billionaire Donor

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos called out Donald Trump on Thursday for his treatment of the media and more broadly for “eroding” American democracy.

“It’s not just going after the media, and threatening retribution for those who scrutinize him, it is also saying that he may not give a graceful concession speech,” Bezos saidwhen asked about Trump at the Vanity Fair New Establishment conference in San Francisco. “That erodes our democracy around the edges. Saying that he might lock up his opponent. ... These aren’t acceptable behaviors.”

Bezos also defended a controversial fellow billionaire and Facebook board member, Peter Thiel, who’s come under fire for supporting Trump. Previously, Bezos has had less than kind things to say about Thiel, who co-founded PayPal and Palantir, a data analytics firmvalued at about $20 billion.

Bezos has called out Trump before. His defense of Thiel, though,was perhaps more surprising. Many in the tech industry have called for Thiel to step down from Facebook’s board in light of his recent$1.25 million donation to the Trump campaign.

Clearly, Bezos doesn’t agree with Thiel.

“Peter Thiel is a contrarian, first and foremost,” he said in Thursday’s interview. “You just have to remember that contrarians are usually wrong.”

However, if Thiel were on Amazon’s board, Bezos said he would not fire him for holding controversial views. “It’s way too divisive to say if you have an opinion, you can’t sit on my board. That makes no sense,” Bezos said.

His comments echoed those of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg who said he is keeping Thiel on the company’s board of directors because he cares about a diversity of opinions.

Not everyone agrees. Trump’s misogyny and racism carries over to his supporters and donors, many in the industry argue. These hateful stances aren’t simply “viewpoints” or “opinions.”

"Misogyny and racism" are not "diverse viewpoints." They are belief systems on the wrong side of history.

— Laszlo Bock (@LaszloBock2718) October 19, 2016

Bezos, who bought The Washington Post in 2013 for $250 million, previously criticized Thiel for covertly funding lawsuits against Gawker that bankrupted the site, whichshut down in August after selling its sibling sites and assets to Univision. Gawker sparked Thiel’s ire byposting a story in 2007 about his sexual orientation, which hadn’t been publicly reported.

“What’s that saying? ‘Seek revenge and you should dig two graves ― one for yourself.’ You have to ask yourself how you want to spend your time,” Bezos said in May at a tech conference hosted by Recode. “The best defense against speech you don’t like about yourself as a public figure is to develop a thick skin.”

Late last year,Bezos also helpfully offered to send Trump into outer space. On Thursday, he made clear the offer was still open: “I have a rocket company, so the capability is there.”

.@JeffBezos on sending Trump to space: “I have a rocket company, so the capability is there.” #VFSummit

— The Hive (@VFHIVE) October 20, 2016

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political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe,
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repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from
entering the U.S.

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Point a projector at anything other than a completely flat screen, and you’ll end up with a distorted image. But a team of researchers from the Ishikawa Watanabe Laboratory in Tokyo have designed a projector that can compensate for warped and moving surfaces, making the image look more like a perfectly applied sticker, instead of a projection.


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Anti-Semitic Trolls Threaten To Take Twitter Down With Them

If being told to “get back in the oven” isn’t considered anti-Semitic abuse, what is?

That’s the issue Twitter is grappling with in the wake of a new report that shows a “sharp uptick” in the anti-Semitic bullying of journalists.

The Anti-Defamation League studied millions of tweets in the year before July 2016 and found that, as the election ramped up, anti-Semitic harassment of journalists significantly increased. The abuse was largely perpetuated by the same cluster of about 1,600 users who describe themselves as white supremacists or neo-Nazis. Attacks on journalists like ex-Breitbart editor Ben Shapiro and CNN anchor Jake Tapper include slurs, Holocaust references and sloppy Photoshop jobs of people’s faces on the bodies of concentration camp victims.

The report is just the latest example of Twitter’s failure to crack down on cyberbullying ― a failure that could cost them deeply.The company may have missed out on several big buyers due to concerns over what amounts to a relatively small army of trolls. And as Twitter’s stock price continues to plummet,it needs investors more than ever.

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Twitter says that it prohibits attacks or threats “on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or disease,” and warns that violation of this rule could result in suspension. But the company provides little detail about what kind of comment meets the mark for punishment and does very little to stop anyone banned from just making a new account. Anonymity is one of the things that have attracted some of the platform’s more than 300 million active users―and it’s also one of the main things that have turned people away.

Comedian Leslie Jones famously took a break from Twitterafter being subjected to an onslaught of largely unpoliced racism. Other users have shared her frustrations.In a survey of over 2,700 Twitter users,BuzzFeed said that“an overwhelming majority of reported abuse requests ended with Twitter taking no visible action toward the offending account.”

I feel like I'm in a personal hell. I didn't do anything to deserve this. It's just too much. It shouldn't be like this. So hurt right now.

— Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) July 19, 2016

It’s not just Twitter users that are being driven away by bullying;potential buyersof the social media network are also reportedly fleeing. According to Bloomberg, Disney backed out of a potential deal partly over concerns that Twitter’s image stood at odds with the media giant’s otherwise family-friendly content. Salesforce also chose not to pursue a bid because of “the hatred,”CNBC’s Jim Cramer said.

Twitter has long acknowledged its bullying problem.

“We suck at dealing with abuse and trolls on the platform and we’ve sucked at it for years,” former CEO Dick Costolo told staffersin a memo last year.“It’s no secret and the rest of the world talks about it every day.”

The company unveiled new ways to deal with trolls earlier this year, but some users feel it’s still not enough. For anyone who has flagged abusive tweets and been told that Twitter was “unable to take action given that we could not determine a clear violation,” the rules can seem extremely murky.

“The only thing I get from reporting people is the knowledge that I took an action to stop it,” one user told BuzzFeed. “I don’t expect anything back from Twitter anymore, they don’t care.”

The tweets below contain content that may be upsetting to some readers.

Twitter @Support: "unable to take action given that we could not determine a clear violation of the Twitter Rules."

— (((Claire))) (@ClaireShrugged) July 30, 2016

Cool story, @twitter

— Alana HorowitzSatlin (@achorowitz) September 30, 2016

When pressed for details on Twitter’s review process, a spokesman for the company pointed to the code of conduct listed on its website. The spokesman also called into question the accuracy of the ADL study.

“We don’t believe these numbers are accurate, but we take the issue very seriously,” he said. “We have focused the past number of months specifically on this type of behavior and have policy and products aimed squarely at this to be shared in the coming weeks.”

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said in September that while the company currently relies on human moderators to make judgment calls about what is and isn’t abuse,he’s hoping to eventually shift to “tech & product-based solutions”to better combat bullying.

During this summer’s Olympic Games, Twitter removed copyrighted images and videosfrom the site at a Michael Phelps-esque speed― proof that the company’s technology can be effective at handling some bad behavior. But, of course, deciding something is hate speech isn’t as clear-cut as flagging an unlawful video.

“It’s difficult to police [online abuse] effectively,” said ADL National Director and CEOJonathan Greenblatt. “It’s not like a snippet of videoviolating copyright ... it’s not so black and white.”

The challenge speaks to another,deeper internal struggle within the company over the limits of free speech, particularly in light of the attention on Instagramand Facebook over what some critics say istoo muchcensorship. Facebook was sharply criticized after it took down a video posted by a Minnesota woman whose boyfriend had just been shot by a police officer during a routine traffic stop. Instagram often gets flak for censoring women’s nipples.

Ultimately, corporations aren’t beholden to the same free speech laws that the U.S. government is, so it’s up to the company to decide what’s protected. While Twitter continues to work out where its lines in the sand fall, it may be missing the bigger picture on abusive behavior.Earlier this week, the company learned that one of its new hireswas the author of a widely shared Facebook rant which referred to homeless people as “degenerates [who] gather like hyenas, spit, urinate, taunt you, sell drugs, get rowdy, they act like they own the center of the city.”

Twitter quickly fired Greg Gopman, because, if there’s one thing that a tech company dealing with trolls doesn’t need,it’s someone

on staff with a well-documented history of trolling.

Emily Peck contributed reporting.

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Why Strong Product Managers Pick Fights

How many times do people "ping" you at work each day? For product managers, the answer is probably something like: "Oh, I've stopped counting." Feedback comes in from so many different channels -- internally and externally -- that those pings can start to feel like a series of jabs.

Of course, input from teams across the business is important -- even essential -- for building a great product that customers love. But ultimately, one person has to own the plan and the direction of the product roadmap.
Visionary product managers build brilliant products because they are adept at cutting through the noise to fight for what they know is right. And how do they know what's right? Strategy guides them.
Yet it can be tough for product managers to maintain that "true north" perspective when navigating a cacophony of opinions, interests, and needs -- from internal teams, partners, and customers.

As a former product manager, I know this well. And as the co-founder and CEO of Aha!, I speak with hundreds of product managers each month who are often struggling to corral the contradictory feedback and requests from different teams.

Many product managers have another contender in the ring. You know, that person who makes sure their voice is the loudest and that their projects move ahead. Often these people are found in sales, but I once knew one who came from operations. They can lurk anywhere.
Strong product managers push back -- hard -- against voices that derail, no matter where they come from. That's part of the responsibility that comes with leading a product.
Here are five tactics that can help you fight those product battles -- without damaging yourself or the team in the process:

Tie work to strategy
Taking a goal-first approach reduces the likelihood that you will not be able to explain why you are doing something (or not doing something else). When you can demonstrate that decisions are informed by strategy -- not a gut feeling or internal politicking -- you will find stronger footing in your argument.

Avoid surprises
It's your job to share information and keep cross-functional teams informed. Schedule consistent status meetings across teams to eradicate back-channeling. Set an example -- be open with the team and demand the same level of transparency from everyone you work with.

Maintain objectivity
Everyone has their pet feature or the new idea they think is worth pursuing. Staying objective will help you fight for what truly matters. Create an objective metric, like a feature scorecard, so that you show feature A and feature B are measured by the same standard (that ideally ties back to your strategic initiatives).

Be direct (but respectful)
Innovation does not happen when you toe-step around people's feelings. But it also does not mean you bulldoze over colleagues. Be firm, direct, and -- most important -- listen and be kind.

Know when to fight
Before you go out swinging, weigh today's battle against the long-term vision. Learn to identify the things that are truly worth fighting for and save your time for those. Don't exhaust yourself quibbling over every suggestion.

There will be days when it feels like the never-ending product battles are beating you down. But do not fret, stand firm on the foundation of your strategy and stand tall -- you are fighting for your customers and what is right.
Besides, emotion is a good thing. It means you care about what you are building and will not settle for anything less than the best.
Developing the skills needed to effectively wield a visionary fighting spirit takes time. Make strategy your guiding star, share the "why" behind your decisions, and treat everyone with respect -- even if it means picking the occasional fight.

What product decisions have you had to fight for?

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