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By Usman Khan Lodhi
Mozilla's new browser extension will help fix terrible YouTube recommendations
by Usman Khan Lodhi
Mozilla is introducing RegretsReporter, a new browser extension which allows YouTube users to "donate" their recommendations in the name of assisting researchers better understand the video platform's algorithm. YouTube has long been criticized for its opaque recommendation system, which sometimes leads users down rabbit holes, giving "regrettable recommendations."
Through the browser extension, which is available for both Chrome and Firefox, researchers and outside experts will be able to study what type of content leads the video platform to suggest violent, racist, or conspiratorial content. Additionally, Mozilla wants to identify the patterns that trigger these recommendations and will make its findings public.
Ashley Boyd, Vice President of Advocacy at Mozilla, wrote in a blog post:
Users will be encouraged to report troubling recommendations they come across, in addition to describing the type of content that led to it. Boyd assured users that data collected will be linked to a randomly-generated user ID, which will minimize the risk of users being identified.
The extension isn't the first time Mozilla has called out YouTube's algorithm. Last year, it gave recommendations on changes YouTube should make.
Amazon announces huge raft of North American job vacancies
by Paul Hill
Amazon has announced that it is going to hire an additional 100,000 people in the U.S. and Canada on top of 33,000 Corporate and Technology jobs it announced last week. The new vacancies will be in its fulfillment and logistics network with wages starting at $15 per hour.
In select cities, Amazon has said it will also offer a sign-on bonus of up to $1,000 for new hires. Aside from the $15 minimum wage, the company gives full-time employees “industry-leading” benefits such as health, vision, and dental insurance from day one, a 401(k) with 50% company match, up to 20 weeks paid parental leave, and access to Amazon’s Career Choice program which pre-pays 95% of tuition for courses in high-demand fields.
Commenting on the vacancies, Dave Clark, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Operations at Amazon, said:
The locations with the most roles this time are Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin. If you’ve like to see all of the available job openings, head over to Amazon Delivers Jobs.
YouTube announces its TikTok rival Shorts, launching in India first
by Rajesh Pandey
It was reported back in April that YouTube was working on its own TikTok rival called Shorts. Five months later, YouTube has finally announced its new "short-form video experience for creators and artists" who solely want to shoot content through their smartphone.
YouTube will be rolling out an early beta of Shorts with a bunch of creator tools for testing purposes in India. The company notes in its announcement that this is still an "early version of the product" but it is being released now so that it can take the necessary feedback and further improve it.
Videos in YouTube Shorts will be limited to 15 seconds or less in length. Some of the tools that will be available to creators while making Shorts videos include multi-segment camera that will allow them to stitch multiple clips together, record videos while using audio from YouTube's expansive audio library, speed controls, and a timer and countdown for easy hands-free recording.
To encourage creators to upload videos to Shorts, YouTube has also moved the create '+' icon to the bottom tab in Android. This change has also been made live in India for now, though YouTube will now expand it to iOS and other countries as well.
YouTube recently added a row to highlight short videos on its platform and to make navigating and discovering Shorts videos easier, YouTube will allow users to switch between videos by vertically swiping on them. YouTube also notes that it will continue improving Shorts and roll out new features to creators over the coming few weeks and months.
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By Usman Khan Lodhi
Uber announces that its platform will be fully electric by 2040
by Usman Khan Lodhi
Uber announced today that by 2040, all vehicles on its platforms will be electric, and vowed to contribute $800 million through 2025 to assist drivers in making the switch to battery-powered vehicles, which would include discounts for vehicles purchased or leased from partner automakers. The ride-hailing platform also set an earlier goal for every vehicle on its platform in the U.S., Canada, and Europe to be zero-emission by 2030.
Instead of paying drivers to switch from gas-powered vehicles to electric ones, Uber is incentivizing the switch by imposing an extra fee on trips completed in electric vehicles. For an additional fee of $1, riders can specifically request an electric or hybrid vehicle. All drivers with clean cars will get an extra 50 cents per ride, whilst those driving specifically battery-electric vehicles will get another dollar on top of that, making it a total of $1.50 extra per ride.
Starting today, the firm is making Uber Green available in more than 15 cities in the U.S., and Canada. Uber plans to extend the service to at least 65 cities worldwide by the end of this year.
Uber is also partnering with carmakers, including GM in the U.S. and Renault-Nissan in Europe, to make electric vehicles cheaper to buy for drivers. The firm added that it is discussing partnerships with other automakers. It also made its emission footprint data available and stated that it would publish such reports in the future.