Google Chrome Extension Replaces ‘Alt-Right’ With ‘White Supremacy’

“Alt-right” has become a household term in recent months as the movement threw its support behind Donald Trump.

But activists have warned that the phrase “alt-right” is simply a sanitized rebranding of “white nationalism” and conflating the two has dangerous implications.

That’s why a New-York based advertising professional, who is using the pseudonym George Zola, created a Google Chrome extension called “Stop Normalizing The Alt Right,” which automatically replaces all mentions of the “alt-right” with the phrase “white supremacy.”

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“Stop Normalizing The Alt Right” became available on Google Chrome on Nov. 17th and has since been well-received online. So far, it has already amassed more than 59,000 direct Facebook shares and 1,700 downloads.

“I don’t want this term to be sugar coated, I want it to instantly make [people] recoil in the same way most recoil when thinking of white supremacists or white nationalists groups,” Zola told HuffPost. “They’re scary, dangerous, and it’s important we stop the normalization of this before it gets out of hand. History shows us how quickly these movements can spiral out of control.” 

Radio host and popular cultural commentator Jay Smooth created a similar extension called “Alt-Right Denormalizer,” which automatically replaces all appearances of the “alt-right” with “rebranded white nationalism.”

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Zola, who is white, said he created his extension as a way to express solidarity and to stand together to help protect human rights. He said that although the extension is just a small part of a larger goal to denounce hate online, he hopes it will help make things more clear for “the rational Trump supporters out there who don’t tolerate white supremacy” as well as a “large portion of Americans in denial about how bad [racism] is, or worse, [refuse] to think there’s a race problem at all.”

Smooth who frequently speaks out against racism and oppression  said although his extension has more than 1,000 downloads to date, he didn’t launch it with high expectations. Instead, he said the “real work” will require the media, and its consumers, to think critically and treat these threats “with the seriousness they deserve.”

After all, Smooth said, it’s important now more than ever in the wake of Trump’s win to denounce hate and bigotry in all its forms. 

“Lots of politicians use coded language & dog whistles to appeal to people’s racism,” he said. “But Trump was more brazen and open about it than any major candidate in recent history, and for him to prevail with these tactics is a scary precedent. Seeing Donald Trump win makes people feel safe to speak that hate more loudly, and act on it more violently. This is a real danger.”  

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Trump Tower turns into ‘Dump Tower’ on Google Maps

(CNN)For a few hours, Trump Tower in New York City turned into “Dump Tower” on Google Maps.

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By early Sunday morning, it appeared “Dump Tower” was gone and restored to its proper name on the map service.
    CNN reached out to Google for comment.
    Trump Tower serves as the President-elect’s home in Manhattan. Its central location on Fifth Avenue has posed security challenges for the Secret Service and local law enforcement.
    CNN affiliate WPIX had reported that a second location, the Trump International Hotel & Tower in Columbus Circle had also been renamed Dump International Hotel & Tower earlier Saturday. By Sunday morning, that reference had also been removed.

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    Trump Tower Gets Renamed ‘Dump Tower’ On Google Maps

    Donald Trump had an unusual place to call home Saturday.

    Trump Tower, the president-elect’s New York City residence, was briefly renamed “Dump Tower” on Google Maps, to the amusement of eagle-eyed Internet users.

    It’s not clear when the name change took place. People started to tweet about it around 2 p.m. Saturday. Several hours later, a second Manhattan location, the Trump International Hotel & Tower, was also changed to “Dump,” WPIX reported.

    By Sunday morning, both locations had been changed back.

    A spokeswoman for Google apologized for the mistake but provided no explanation for the meddling.

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    Trump Tower, located in midtown Manhattan, was briefly renamed “Dump Tower” on Google Maps.

    “Some inappropriate names were surfacing in Google Maps that should not be, and we apologize for any offense this may have caused. Our teams immediately took action and have fixed the issue,” a Google spokeswoman said in an email to The Huffington Post Sunday.

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    Google Maps now lists Trump Tower as ‘Dump Tower’

    The glitzy Manhattan building is hardly a dump. though.
    Image: Evan Vucci/AP

    Some comedic genius has quietly renamed Donald Trump’s glitzy Manhattan building “Dump Tower.”

    If you Google “Trump Tower,” you’ll see a pin labelled “Dump Tower” on Fifth Avenue. Don’t expect it to stay that way for long, though.

    Image: google maps screenshot

    Some people online think it was a Google employee who changed the name, although that remains to be confirmed.

    Changing a landmark name appears to be a manual process that needs authorisation from an employee.

    According to Google’s instructions, changes to the map database are reviewed by hand, so theoretically, someone would have had to deliberately hit “confirm” on Dump Tower.

    Trump supporters are not impressed.

    Some others seem to be able to find the humour in it though.

    The president-elect lives in a three-storey penthouse apartment on the 58th floor, and works on the 26th floor.

    His private elevator is also covered in 24-karat gold.

    Read more: http://mashable.com/

    Google News To Highlight Fact-Checked Stories

    The new Google logo is seen at the Google headquarters in Mountain View, California November 13, 2015. (REUTERS/Stephen Lam)

    Just in time for the US presidential election, Google is rolling out a “fact check” tag to its News service.

    Google News aggregates stories from various sources (including PCMag), identifying them via labels like “highly cited,” “featured,” “opinion,” “in depth,” and now, “fact check.”

    Fact checking, once a job that was relegated to interns and entry-level reporters, “has come into its own,” Google News head Richard Gingras wrote in blog post.

    “Rigorous fact checks are now conducted by more than 100 active sites,” he said, citing the Duke University Reporter’s Lab. “They collectively product many thousands of fact-checks a year, examining claims around urban legends, politics, health, and the media itself.”

    Google’s algorithms will determine which articles may contain fact checks using the schema.org ClaimReview system; it also looks for sites that follow commonly accepted criteria for fact checks. Publishers interested in applying to have their service included can find more details online.

    News junkies in the US and UK will see new tagged reports in the expanded story box on the Web and in the Google News & Weather iOS and Android apps.

    “We’re excited to see the growth of the Fact Check community and to shine a light on its efforts to divine fact from fiction, wisdom from spin,” Gingras said.

    Google began labeling types of articles seven years ago, making it easier for readers to access a range of content. Earlier this year, it added a “Local Source” tag to highlight local coverage of major topics.

    The news comes as Facebook is grappling with a spate of fake news in its trending section. Amidst concern that its trending news team was surfacing only liberal news, Facebook ditched human curators for algorithms. But its algorithms are apparently rather gullible. Facebook later joined an organization dedicated to tackling misinformation online, alongside Twitter and more than two dozen other tech and media titans.

    In other Google search news, Search Engine Land reports reports that Google will soon favor its mobile search index over desktop. “Google is going to create a separate mobile index within months, one that will be the main or ‘primary’ index that the search engine uses to respond to queries,” the blog says. The desktop index will remain but won’t be updated as often as the mobile one.

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    A marketing campaign to get people in Africa to eat sweet potatoes? It’s working.

    Random thoughts I have while looking at sweet potatoes:

    “You’d look great as a plate of fries.”

    “Honestly, who was the first to decide to put marshmallows all over you?”

    “Wait. Are these yams?”

    A thought I have never had: This type of potato saves lives.

    As it turns out, they might actually do just that.

    Welsy Anena’s mother is convinced that orange sweet potatoes saved her daughter’s life.

    Not in a “thanks for the side dish, I was so hungry!” kind of way. In an actual life-saving way.

    Her daughter, Welsy, had been so sick as a baby, and in and out of a Ugandan hospital sometimes in such serious condition, her mom didn’t know if she’d even make it. But when her baby started being fed orange-fleshed sweet potatoes, her health turned around and now she’s a vibrant, healthier kid. Whoa.

    Her mom’s story isn’t the only one that depicts sweet potatoes as an edible hero.

    You see, Welsy suffered from Vitamin A deficiency the leading cause of preventable blindness in developing countries. In Uganda, 1 out of every 3 kids under 5 suffers from Vitamin A deficiency, resulting in almost 30,000 child deaths every year. And that’s just in one country.

    Orange sweet potatoes can help.

    While orange sweet potatoes are common in the United States, they are very new in Africa.

    For hundreds of years, Africans have had their own version of a sweet potato: white and yellow in color, very starchy and firm, and frankly, a terrible source of vitamin A.

    That’s a heavy contrast from the type of sweet potatoes we find in our grocery stores in the U.S., where they are carrot-colored and known for their vitamins and nutrients, especially their vitamin A.

    Researchers had an idea: If orange sweet potatoes combat vitamin A deficiency, what would happen if they could get communities to eat them instead?

    Maybe it could help prevent blindness and death in kids. They’re finding out.

    For the past 15 years, the International Potato Center (CIP) has been leading the way on introducing the orange-fleshed sweet potato in Africa.

    It’s been an adventure and easier said than done. Africans initially scoffed at the idea of orange sweet potatoes. No way. The potatoes had a weird texture and weren’t what they were used to eating. They were also grown differently from their traditional type of sweet potatoes. All signs pointed to no. Can you blame them?

    The research team from CIP took note and developed a starchier version of the orange sweet potato that still contained more vitamin A than other potatoes, but tasted more in line with what Africans were accustomed to.

    Once they had the potato how they wanted it, they had to get people to want to eat it.

    They created widespread marketing campaigns that, according to Smithsonian magazine, included radio advertisements and visits to villages in vehicles with sweet potatoes painted on the side.

    They traveled around the region teaching about the sweet potato’s nutrition.

    And showed the power of eating them through pictures and words.

    They made sure to have a big presence at exhibitions and community-wide events.

    Children’s songs were written and performed about the potatoes.

    The campaign worked. And it’s still working today.

    Today, the orange-fleshed sweet potato has reached 2.2 million households, which amounts to roughly 10 million people in Africa.

    Scientists are super optimistic at the ability to reduce vitamin A deficiency through this new exposure to the potato. They project that by 2023, 30 million children could be saved from blindness and death because of it.

    “We have evidence that eating 125g of orange-flesh sweet potato provides a child the amount of vitamin A required to prevent blindness from vitamin A deficiency,” wrote Joel Ranck, head of communications for the CIP, in an email. “125g is about the size of one small sweetpotato.”

    It’s no wonder the research team, comprised of Dr. Jan Low, Maria Andrade, and Robert Mwanga from the CIP, and Howarth Bouis of Harvest Plus, just won the 2016 World Food Prize for their work on this initiative. Bravo!

    Together they have built new excitement and hope surrounding child nutrition and preventable blindness in the 14 countries where the orange-flesh sweet potato is now available, with more countries to come.

    Agnes Amony, a Ugandan farmer told Harvest Plus, “I began feeding my child on these nutritious foods following the knowledge I attained in the recommended feeding practices for children under five. My child began gaining weight steadily and I am in no doubt that these foods have saved my childs life. I am forever grateful and will never stop feeding my child on these food crops.”

    Every step counts. Or, in this case, every bite.

    See more on how the orange-flesh sweet potato could, in fact, change the world:

    Read more: http://www.upworthy.com/

    Google Flights update fixes one of the most annoying parts about booking air travel

    LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 11: A British Airways aircraft takes off from the Southern runway at Heathrow Airport on October 11, 2016 in London, England.
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    Seemingly random price changes can be one of the most frustrating parts of booking a flight. Now, Google is making it easier to know when prices will change so you can get a better deal on airfare.

    The company is updating its airline search tool with new features that predict fare changes and notify you about price changes for flights you’re interested in.

    The new features are rolling out to the Google Flights website (the service still doesn’t have its own dedicated app yet) “in the coming weeks,” according to Google.

    Once they do, the site will let you know how long until the current fare is expected to change when you’re browsing specific flights. The feature, which uses uses historical flight data to make its predictions, should make surprise price increases at least a little easier to avoid.

    For cases when you don’t yet have a specific flight in mind, the service will also now provide “tips” for specific routes.

    “Tips can include things like recommendations for alternate airports or dates,” Google Flights product manager Nabil Naghdy writes in a blog post. “You may also see a new tip telling you about an expected price jump based on historic prices for that route.”

    Though Google’s flight-tracking service lacks a standalone mobile app, the company is making its mobile site a little easier to use with the ability to keep tabs on saved flights.

    Similarly, Google is updating its hotel search with a new “deals” tab that shows discounted rates as well as when there are lower rates as part of a hotel’s loyalty program.

    Read more: http://mashable.com/

    Review: Google Pixel

    I write about gadgets, which means everyone asks me what laptop or dishwasher or whatever to buy. I struggle with this, because the answer often starts with,“It depends.” Unless youaskabout a phone. In that case, I usuallysay get an iPhone.

    Don’t get me wrong. I love Android. But the phones can be… frustrating. Clever features too often seem overwrought or poorly designed, or they’re buried beneath 15 Verizon apps on the homescreen. The iPhone is the Default Phone, the one you buy when you want a phone, not a project.

    The Google Pixel changes that. It offers the look and competence of an iPhone, with a truly great camera and loads of innovative software and services. It changes my answerto the question I hear most often: What phone should you get?

    You should get a Pixel.

    Talk To Me

    Google’s new phone arrivesThursday, starting at $650 for the Pixel and $770 for the Pixel XL. You can get itin blue, black, or silver, with 32 or 128 gigs of storage, from Google or from Verizon. You should buy it directly from Google, and soon. Most models already are backordered.

    Not long after I got my Pixel XL, I flewto Colombia for a week’s vacation. It was a very Google-y getaway: I had a Project Fi SIM card, I kept my itinerary in Google Trips, and, given what Verizon charges for international data on my iPhone 7, I relied entirely upon thePixel because Project Fi gives standard rates in most countries.

    Google Pixel

    9/10

    Wired

    Google Assistant is the first voice assistant that really works. You can’t take a bad picture with the Pixel. So what if it looks like the iPhone? The iPhone looks great, and so does the Pixel.

    Tired

    Every phone should be waterproof, and this one isn’t. Good as it is, Assistant’s hardly flawless.

    How We Rate

    I’ve always loved Android because it felt so much more alive and connected than iOS. The sharing menus are smarter and more prominent, apps refresh in the background so they’re always up to date, and widgets and notifications are useful and interactive. But iOS was always so much simpler, with shallower learning curves. It’s dictatorial, but painless. The Pixel’s software doesn’t totally close that gap. It’s still too easy to clutter your homescreens with multiple versions of the same icon, and it’s still too hard to find cool features like the thing where you can swipe down on the fingerprint reader to see your notification shade. But the Pixel is the mostcoherent and cohesive Android ever.

    I’ve always been an iPhone guy, honestly. I’ve used just about every flagship Android phone ever made and always returned to Apple. That’s partly because I bought an iPhone 4S in 2011 and signed up for iMessage, and leaving iMessage is a monumental pain in the ass.But mostly I liked having a phone I didn’t have to think about. The iPhone always offers great hardware, a good camera, fantastic apps, and data security. I don’t want to worry about my phone, or spend my time tinkering with it. My phone’s too important to risk any extra effort, or worse, unreliability.

    But I’m switching. For real. I’m turning off iMessage, re-buying apps, and warning friends that I probably won’t get their texts for a few days. I am a little worried about Google’s long-term commitment to this new hardware push (and the customer support that comes with it), given itspropensity for killing productsthatdon’t get billions of users. But I’m totally in love with the Pixel. I love this camera, I love Google Assistant, I love that I’ll get to use it with a comfy VR headset, I love that I finally get a version of Android that is both powerful and attractive. I love that there’s a kickass Android phone that (probably) doesn’t explode.

    The immediate joke everyone, including me, made on Twitter after the Pixel launch was that Google made an iPhone. Well, that’s true. As it turns out, an iPhone running Android is exactly what I’ve been waiting for.

    Read more: http://www.wired.com/