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Smart TV Data Collection Now Offsetting Manufacturer Costs

If this doesn’t give you the heebie jeebies, not much will.

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The unbelievably complex web of internet data collection has invaded nearly every home in America, and we as a nation have traded convenience for privacy once again.

If you were to take a look at the television economy, it would be fairly simple to understand and map out.  Enormous corporations make expensive commercials and then pay exorbitant rates to networks to air them.  These corporations then run hundreds of reports to determine where their best “return on investment” lies, tweaks their plan, rinse and repeat.

This means that networks who don’t work as hard to be entertaining don’t fare as well as those who do.

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Now that we realize that, we must remember that the driving force behind the hyper-partisan news we see today are the cable networks who report on our current affairs, 24 hours per day.  They, too, are on the hook with these advertisers, and are therefore beholden to the same rules of sensationalism and entertainment as the networks airing soap operas and professional wrestling.

What’s worse in this day and age are the data collection firms who study your behavior in order to optimize these advertisers’ efficiency.

They are paid handsomely for this information, as evidenced by the latest admission from an industry insider.

At CES, the Verge’s Nilay Patel interviewed Vizio CTO Bill Baxter, who told her that when it comes to the surveillance features of his company’s “smart” TVs, “it’s not just about data collection. It’s about post-purchase monetization of the TV…[When it comes to ‘dumb’ TVs,] we’d collect a little bit more margin at retail to offset it.”

The remarks come in the context of the low margins in the TV market, which Baxter gives as 6%, and how companies like his are driven to seek out other revenue streams for their products.

But Baxter also implies that he doesn’t believe there’s a market for dumb TVs, even at a premium. This is certainly what I discovered last year when my family bought a house and went TV shopping: there were no panels large enough for my wife’s satisfaction (she’s a retired pro gamer and wanted a really big screen) unless we were willing to buy a set with several kinds of built-in networking and sensors that would put our home under surveillance.

If this doesn’t give you the heebie jeebies, not much will.

 

 

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RED-HANDED! Google’s Anti-Conservative Bias Revealed with SMOKING GUN

Google thought they were too big to get caught. They thought wrong.

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For months, it has been readily apparent that Google, YouTube, and other mainstream media platforms were actively working to suppress the conservative beliefs of America.

This seemingly newfound animosity toward the right side of the aisle came only from the left’s intense hatred for President Donald Trump.  For what reason?  Seemingly because he was victorious over Hillary Clinton in November 2016, and for few other reasons at all.

With companies such as Google and YouTube, (Google’s video streaming platform), being novel in their gargantuan size, there are no set rules about just how these very public platforms can operate only as private entities, with no regard to Americans’ Constitutional right to free speech.

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Now, however, we finally have something resembling a smoking gun in the case.

In sworn testimony, Google CEO Sundar Pichai told Congress last month that his company does not “manually intervene” on any particular search result. Yet an internal discussion thread leaked to Breitbart News reveals Google regularly intervenes in search results on its YouTube video platform – including a recent intervention that pushed pro-life videos out of the top ten search results for “abortion.”

The term “abortion” was added to a “blacklist” file for “controversial YouTube queries,” which contains a list of search terms that the company considers sensitive. According to the leak, these include some of these search terms related to: abortion, abortions, the Irish abortion referendum, Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters, and anti-gun activist David Hogg.

The existence of the blacklist was revealed in an internal Google discussion thread leaked to Breitbart News by a source inside the company who wishes to remain anonymous. A partial list of blacklisted terms was also leaked to Breitbart by another Google source.

President Trump has hinted in the past about taking a look at regulations regarding free speech on the internet.  Perhaps this will be the impetus to real action.

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‘That’s Appalling!’ CNN Hosts Lose It After Trump Jokes About ‘Salad’ (Video)

Classic CNN!

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The White House recently hosted the national football champion Clemson Tigers.

President Trump personally threw down cash from his own pocket, but was resoundingly mocked by the MSM for providing a meal consisting entirely of fast food.

We’re talking McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s Domino’s, etc.

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A little weird? Probably.

Look:

CNN took things a step further, though, after 45 made a joke about “salad” while speaking to the team…

Trump: “So I had a choice. Do we have no food for you? Because we have a shutdown, or do we give you some little quick salads that the first lady will make, along with — along with the second lady, they’ll make some salads.

Erin Burnett and Joan Walsh flipped out.

Walsh: “That’s appalling. It seems to me like the president will not be happy until there is not one single female Republican voter in the country. It’s incredibly sexist.

Burnett: “I’m not over-reading it. He made a joke that was sexist about women.

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Classic CNN nonsense, huh?

Trump the misogynist! How dare he ask his stay-at-home wife to make salad!?

Of all things!

Facepalm.

CNN is a much funnier network than Comedy Central.

They know what makes the people laugh and they constantly deliver the goods.

What’s weird is how their ratings never surpass Fox News. Hmm.

Oh, well.

Check out the best, worst, and most hilarious moments from the communications wing of the Democrat party in one video supercut…

Now, check out the best of MSNBC…

From Daily Wire:

Each year, The Washington Free Beacon presents a roundup of MSNBC’s biggest failures or otherwise shoddy reporting and commentary.

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Host Joy-Ann Reid agrees with guest Elie Mystal.

The way to “get” President Donald Trump is to go after his children.

ELIE MYSTAL: “Do you remember in ‘The Firm,’ how Tom Cruise brings down the entire mob on overbilling? In these reports, what we have is Ivanka Trump, as part of the Trump organization, overbilling the inaugural committee. That could be it right there. What we now have — this is the first time — look, we’ve talked a lot about Don Jr., we know now he was at the Trump Tower meeting, we talked a lot about Eric, because he seems to be Fredo.”

This is the first time that we have Ivanka—which is like the only kid he likes—in the crosshairs.She apparently, according to these reports, was involved with overcharging the inaugural committee, and somebody had to tell her: this is going to look bad when we get audited. For a long time I thought that the only way we are really going to get to Trump is if you go after his kids. If you put the kids in legal peril, that’s the only thing that’s going to shock him out of his lying, deceitful, cocoon. And this could be the way to do it.

JOY REID: “There is this finding that people — we’re going to talk about this later in the show — that you can’t indict a sitting President. But it doesn’t say anything about a sitting President’s daughter.

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Over 60 million Americans voted for Donald Trump. Over 60 million Americans voted for Hillary Clinton.

Of course, the former first lady won the popular vote. However, the former businessman won the electoral vote.

One of those things matters more than the other and for good reason.

It is to prevent tyranny of the majority.

According to MSNBC, though, Trump wasn’t “democratically” elected.

MSNBC panelists have come to the astute conclusion that President Donald Trump wasn’t actually elected — at least not “democratically.”

During an off-the-rails segment Wednesday on MSNBC’s “Hardball” with host Chris Matthews, two separate panelists claimed that Trump’s hush money payments in 2016 to adult film star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal “robbed the American people of their right to vote.”

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Here’s what host Lawrence O’Donnell has to say about border patrol:

They destroy water bottles that are left in the desert by Samaritans that are doing what Donald Trump’s bible tells them to do.

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The problem?

The video shown by O’Donnell is from 2011 and published in 2013.

Hmm.

Who was president during that time?

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