Facebook won’t stop Facebook from spreading lies

This fall’s election promises to be chaotic, nerve-wracking, and potentially calamitous. Lies will be flying everywhere, and Facebook will distribute many of them. And in response, Facebook plans to do … not that much. You may be confused about this if you saw recent headlines about Facebook’s election actions, like the ones that came out …

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Elon Musk connecting a computer to your brain

At a Friday event, Elon Musk revealed more details about his mysterious neuroscience company Neuralink and its plans to connect computers to human brains. While the development of this futuristic-sounding tech is still in its early stages, the presentation was expected to demonstrate the second version of a small, robotic device that inserts tiny electrode …

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The scariest movie in quarantine is actually a game unfolding on Instagram

Likening the coronavirus era to a horror story is no great leap. An invisible, deadly killer, angry mobs, supply shortages, financial bedlam — even those lucky enough to survive this moment relatively unscathed can no doubt sense it is one of high tension and drama. So maybe the escape we’ve all been needing was a …

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Government shutdowns of “nonessential” retailers were a huge gift for Amazon, Walmart, and Target

When stay-at-home orders due to the Covid-19 pandemic forced many US brick-and-mortar retailers to close up shop late winter and into this spring, some industry observers feared the government measures would widen the existing gap between the retail industry’s haves and have-nots. A few months later, that fear has become reality. Amazon, Walmart, and Target …

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Uber and Lyft just avoided a shutdown. How they got here and what’s next

A flurry of notifications lighted up the phones of Lyft and Uber users in California early this week. “Save rideshare in California!” one from Lyft read. “Service update: Ridesharing in CA may be suspended,” Uber wrote. The warnings are the result of California’s efforts to bring gig economy companies in compliance with state labor law …

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Protecting your privacy shouldn’t be this hard. Here’s a better idea

There’s so much to worry about right now, protecting your privacy shouldn’t be another source of anguish. Yet privacy — or lack thereof — remains one of the most important issues of our time as multibillion-dollar companies do all they can to gather and exploit user information worldwide. Heck, it’s such a crucial matter, President …

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How social justice slideshows took over Instagram

In 1971, to the backdrop of a funky jazz rhythm, musician and poet Gil Scott-Heron declared that “the revolution will not be televised.” In 2020, however, it’s possible that the threads of revolution would be found on Instagram — its message distributed through wide chunky typefaces and bold gradient graphics that preface a mini informative …

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Tech companies say they support racial justice. Their actions raise questions

Protesters demanding justice for George Floyd have poured onto the streets of cities across the country in the days since Floyd was killed by Minneapolis police. Among the voices condemning Floyd’s death and supporting the ongoing protests are those of tech behemoths including Facebook, Google and Amazon. “The pain of the last week reminds us …

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The dystopian tech that companies are selling to help schools reopen

Thousands of schools nationwide will not be reopening this fall. But in Las Vegas, the private K-12 Meadows School plans to use an artificial intelligence-powered thermal screening system to keep students safe as they return to classes. The system will scan for signs that students have elevated temperatures — an indication they might have Covid-19 …

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Twitter is finally helping people shut down “reply guys”

If you’re on Twitter — and especially if you’re a woman on Twitter — you’re probably well aware of the “reply guy” phenomenon. It goes something like this: You post something on Twitter — a joke, a fact, a personal story — and you get a bunch of unhelpful, distracting, and sometimes hateful replies alongside …

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Bill Gates is spending $150 million to try to make a coronavirus vaccine as cheap as $3

A lot of people are paying attention to every utterance from Bill Gates, America’s billionaire-cum-conscience in the coronavirus era, about the United States’s response to the pandemic. But much less attention is paid to what Gates is actually pouring his fortune into: steeling the rest of the world for the coronavirus vaccine they will need …

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Trump banned TikTok and WeChat. Are video games next?

President Trump’s two executive orders targeting Chinese companies went public just after 6 p.m. Pacific on Thursday. The first went after TikTok, to no one’s surprise. The video app had been the subject of intensifying rhetoric from the Trump administration for weeks. The order declared that all U.S. entities would be banned from doing business …

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Facebook took down a Trump post for the first time 

Facebook has taken down a post by President Trump containing false statements about children’s susceptibility to Covid-19. It’s the first time the company has enforced its rules that ban harmful speech on one of Trump’s posts. The post that Facebook removed is a Fox video clip in which Trump makes an incorrect statement, saying that …

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California labor commissioner sues Uber and Lyft, alleging wage theft

In its latest move to take gig economy companies to task, California is suing Uber and Lyft for alleged wage theft. The state says the companies have “willfully” misclassified drivers as independent contractors instead of employees, depriving them of basic worker protections and wages. The lawsuits, brought by California Labor Commissioner Lilia García-Brower, seek to …

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Elon Musk says Tesla headquarters could still move

Despite winning a standoff with local health officials over reopening his factory, Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk is sticking with his threat to move company headquarters to another state. “There’s no question that our headquarters will remain in California for the short term,” he said in a recent interview with Automotive News. “Long term, we’ll …

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The 10 Best Wireless/Video Doorbell Reviews & Buying Guide

Wireless doorbells are getting popular nowadays as they are easy to install and use along with adding beauty to your house. They are costly when compared to wired doorbells. But their security features like camera, speaker, microphone, electronic lock release compensate for this increase in cost. But there are 3 most important factors you should …

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The Qwiic and the Dead

Hello everyone! This week we are releasing several exciting products we’ve been working on for a while, starting with the new ZED-F9R GPS-RTK Dead Reckoning Breakout and pHAT boards! These two boards are a great addition to our existing GPS and GNSS product line, so make sure to take a closer look below. We also …

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