1. DISLIKE: Facebook ads are allowing employers to target younger employees, which discriminates against older job applicants, according to a report this week by ProPublica and The New York Times.
Facebook says the practice is OK; meanwhile, a legal expert calls it “blatantly illegal.” It also seems to be a possible violation of the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, which protects people older than 40 from age bias in hiring.
(ICYMI, ProPublica found earlier in the fall that Facebook ads were still letting landlords advertise in a way that excluded people by race, advertising only to white renters — and that was after Facebook had said that they had fixed a glitch that allowed the discriminatory practice.)
2. STOP! An automatic braking-system could have prevented the recent train-derailment tragedy in Washington that killed three people and injured many others.
After a huge train wreck in Southern California in 2008, laws were put in place to mandate new systems on all tracks by 2016.
So, what’s going on? The New York Times explains why Congress keeps pushing back the deadline on that law, despite the obvious benefit to consumers. (I think we can all get behind preventing unnecessary deaths.)
3. NOT *&%#ING AWESOME: The Seattle Times reports that Washington’s attorney general Bob Ferguson filed suit against the hugely popular thrift store Value Village, saying the chain deceives customers into thinking their money is always going to charity, and it isn’t.
(Not from the area? Never heard of the store? Well, you might know it by sight, anyway. It was the inspiration for the hit Macklemore and Ryan Lewis song “Thrift Shop,” and parts of the video were filmed at a now-closed Value Village location in Capitol Hill in Seattle.)
4. LITTLE FAKE TREE RECALL: Got one of those cool fiber-optic Christmas trees with built-in lights, right in the needles?
The 18-inch tall Bits and Pieces Fiber Optic Christmas Tree sold by Melville Direct is being recalled because the AC power adapter can overheat, posing a fire hazard.
If you have that model, unplug it and read this: Here’s the link to the official recall notice.
5. WANNA BE A BITCOIN BILLIONAIRE? Don’t count your virtual chickens yet. Regulators tell the Detroit Free Press it’s best to be wary as bitcoin remains a volatile investment, despite all the recent exciting financial news. (Watch out for fraud, too.)
Jillian O’Connor, email@example.com
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