dakotaA Florida man was booted from his local recreational basketball team after a city employee found out he is HIV-positive, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
Dakota Basinger, 21, was on the Florida Dream Sports team, sponsored by the Florida city of Kissimmee, all season — that is until a playoff game at Denn John Middle School that took place last Sunday.
Basinger told the newspaper a referee called time out and asked both teams to go to the benches. He said a city employee then called him into a room in the gym and asked him if he was HIV-positive.
Basinger, who just learned of his status a week ago and made a Facebook post about it, told the employee he was positive. The employee told him he would have to stop playing for the team.
“I feel humiliated and discriminated against,” Basinger, told the Orlando Sentinel. “I felt horrible walking out of that gym.” Full story here via Edge!

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png_base646e1719b5125131fdAndroid users can get Chrome remote access via a new app

Chrome Remote Desktop has allowed you to access your Chrome machine from a Windows or Mac computer for years. However, Google is today extending the functionality of the service by allowing you to access your Windows or Mac computer from your Android device.

The new Chrome Remote Desktop app for Android is now available from the Google Play Store. Google says that the process for using the app is pretty straightforward:

  • On each of your computers, set up remote access using the Chrome Remote Desktop app from Chrome Web Store
  • On your Android device, open the app and tap on any of your online computers to connect.

While the Android app is available right now, Google does note that an iOS version of the app will be available later this year.  – See more at: http://www.dailytech.com/Quick+Note+Chrome+Remote+Desktop+App+for+Android+Launches/article34745.htm#sthash.eAEOWQiL.dpuf

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n-FACEBOOK-large570Your News Feed is getting a major overhaul, according to a post on the Facebook Newsroom blog Thursday. The company announced several improvements to “reduce stories that people frequently tell us are spammy and that they don’t want to see.”

The post detailed three major ways the company plans to clean up the News Feed:

  • Reducing “like-baiting,” or posts that endorse liking or commenting as a way to game the News Feed algorithm, which rewards posts with more engagement with a more prominent spot in the Feed.
  • Reducing “frequently circulated content,” meaning that viral video that everyone shared won’t show up twice in your Feed.
  • Ditching “spammy links,” so any stories that mislead users into clicking on links that lead to only advertisements or other spam are wiped from the News Feed altogether.

Who wouldn’t want a Facebook feed with fewer obnoxious posts? Here’s Facebook’s example of a “like-baiting” post. It’s actually baiting shares and comments, too.

The updates will likely make for a better experience for users, who will enjoy an increase in content that they actually care about. But what about brands?

According to Facebook, they should be OK, as long as they’re not relying on spam as a way to spread their content. But as Business Insider points out, this is just the latest move in Facebook’s ongoing war against boring content, one that many brands are finding it difficult to win. In fact, a blog post by Forrester analyst Nate Elliot encouraged brands to stop allocating portions of their marketing budget to Facebook.

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