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Sting operation: the NRA explains to white nationalist Australian political party how to deflect gun control calls after a massacre / Boing Boing

Cory Doctorow writing for Boing Boing

NRA PR team members Lars Dalseide and Catherine Mortensen gave the One Nation official extensive advice on managing crisis communications following mass shootings, advising them to "say nothing," and to plant stories that smear gun-control advocates by "shaming" them with statements like "how dare you use their deaths to push that forward. How dare you stand on the graves of those children to put forward your political agenda?"

 

Conservative Party to mass-text voters in 4 provinces | CTV News

Sonja Puzic writing for CTV News

In addition to pulling phone numbers from its own databases, the party will use software that auto-generates numbers with specific area codes in order to blast out the text messages.

How is this not text message spam? Isn't this the kind of thing Canadians have been asking the CRTC to do something to stop?

 
 
 
 
 
 

Carol Danvers becomes one of the universe's most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races.

Watched on Landmark Cinemas

 
 

Why Spotify's European competition complaint is about Apple not Google - Business Insider

I was curious why Spotify wasn't going after Google as well as Apple, since it seems like Google's policies are pretty much the same as Apple's. Google requires you to pay a 30% fee for in app purchases. Google also requires developers to use Google's payment system for in app purchases. On top of all that, Google also offers its own steaming music service, just like Apple.

However:

According to our source, Google allows Spotify to offer a choice of payment methods. Likewise, this person said, Google doesn't prevent Spotify directing its customers to buy a premium subscription through its website, rather than through the app.

So Google does everything Apple does, except it allows developers to redirect their users to a website to subscribe.

 
 

Spotify is taking Apple to EU competition court | iMore

I agree with everything Rene is saying in this post.