Facebook "inadvertently" set 14 million users' share settings to PUBLIC

For a period of four days in May, about 14 million Facebook users around the world had their default sharing setting for all new posts set to public, the company revealed Thursday.

The bug, which affected those users from May 18 to May 22, occurred while Facebook was testing a new feature.
— Heather Kelly / CNN

First off,  I'm getting really tired of these articles calling things "bugs" or "glitches".   That's lazy reporting.   How did it happen?  Why did it happen?   What new feature were they testing?  Why would that change people's privacy settings?  Get in the weeds and do some reporting for once! 

Second, isn't it so bizarre that this kind of thing never seems to happen the other way,  where things are accidentally set to private?  Oh wait,  I forgot about this Mark Zuckerberg quote:

Zuck: Yeah so if you ever need info about anyone at Harvard just ask. I have over 4,000 emails, pictures, addresses, SNS.
[Redacted Friend’s Name]: What? How’d you manage that one?
Zuck: People just submitted it. I don’t know why. They “trust me”. Dumb Fucks.

Screw this garbage company.

Message in Bottle Dropped Into Atlantic Ocean Found 3 Years Later by Fisherman in Morocco

What a cool story.   I will have to try something similar with my son when he gets a little older.

A young Long Island girl and her family has forged an unlikely transatlantic friendship three years after she dropped a message in a bottle into the Atlantic Ocean...

...The bottle had been found by a fisherman, a father of a five named Hassan Elbaz. Elbaz didn’t speak or read English, so his son contacted the Khokhars and sent photos through social media to confirm that the message in a bottle had been delivered.
— Greg Cergol / NBCNewYork.com

Unemployment rate decreases to all-time low.

I have to give credit where it's due.   I may not like President Trump or his administration,  but he has been able to keep up the downward trend of unemployment.   Good on him.

What I don't like is the fact that he now touts the same metrics he used to call "fake" unemployment metrics,  simply because they sound good to him now.   What I also don't like is that he is taking the entirety of the credit for this decrease in unemployment.

Take one look at this graph and tell me that you can conclude that the events that led to decreasing unemployment happened after January 20, 2017.   I double-dog dare you.

Starbucks changes it's loyalty program.

File this in the same place as Amazon's shipping announcement today.    Wall Street only ever wants to see growth.   Easiest solution;  encourage your biggest users to spend more per visit.

From CNN Money:

Right now, customers receive gold status once they’ve earned 30 stars in a year. That’s loosely equivalent to visiting Starbucks 30 times, if you don’t get any bonus points along the way.
Gold members get a free food or beverage product after 12 stars.
But when the new points system launches, customers will have to earn 300 stars — or spend close to $150 — to reach gold status.
After that, they will need 125 stars (the equivalent to spending about $63) in exchange for a free item.
— CNN Money