A new Facebook whistleblower has come forward with more allegations

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A second Facebook whistleblower has come forward with a new set of allegations about how the social media platform does business. First reported by the Washington Post, the person is a former member of Facebook’s integrity team and says the company puts profits before efforts to fight hate speech and misinformation on its platform. In… Read more

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Twitter’s research shows that its algorithm favors conservative views

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A post on Twitter’s blog reveals that Twitter’s algorithm promotes right-leaning content more often than left — but the reasons for that remain unclear. The findings drew from an internal study on Twitter’s algorithmic amplification of political content. During the study, Twitter looked at millions of tweets posted between April 1st and August 15th, 2020…. Read more

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Microsoft angers the .NET open source community with a controversial decision

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Microsoft has spent the past 10 years embracing open-source software and, at several points, even admitting it loves Linux and the open source community. The Linux Foundation even praised Microsoft for working with the open source community after the company joined the foundation nearly five years ago. All of this goodwill could be about to… Read more

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Overwatch’s cowboy hero is now named Cole Cassidy

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Jesse McCree, Overwatch’s cowboy hero, has been renamed Cole Cassidy. The name change is part of a number of updates Blizzard is making to its games to remove references to problematic people or themes that have come to light in the wake of several discrimination and harassment suits filed against the company. Last month, World… Read more

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How to stop annoying robocalls on your iPhone or Android phone

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Mobile spam calls have been a nuisance for years. I get between four and six robocalls daily, and a quick survey of friends shows that I’m not alone. Every waking day brings with it a new barrage. Robocallers have upped their game by masking their spam with local, genuine-looking phone numbers. Sometimes their nonsense is… Read more

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Google Meet hosts will be able to keep participant mics and cameras off

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Google Meet hosts will soon be able to turn off participants’ microphones or cameras and prevent them from turning them back on, the company announced in a Workspace blog. The feature could be a useful way for hosts to keep noisy or rowdy attendees from continually interrupting meetings even after they have already been muted…. Read more

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Satechi’s USB-C hub can hold an SSD if you have more money than ports

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Noted hub-maker Satechi has come out with a new dongle that combines extra ports and a slot for an M.2 SATA SSD for expanding both your computer’s IO and storage while only taking up one of your precious ports. It doesn’t come with an SSD, but it does have a catchy name: the Satechi USB-C… Read more

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Ford nabs $884 million incentive package for EV ‘mega campus’

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Tennessee lawmakers have approved an $884 million incentive package for the “mega campus” near Memphis where Ford plans to make batteries and electric vehicles, according to the Tennessean. The money — which is coming from Tennessee’s current $2.1 billion budget surplus — is the single largest investment in the history of the state. It comes… Read more

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Feds reportedly take down top ransomware hacker group REvil with a hack of their own

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The government has successfully hacked the hacking group REvil, the entity behind the ransomware that’s been linked to leaked Apple leaks, attacks on enterprise software vendors, and more, according to a report from Reuters. The outlet’s sources tell it that the FBI, Secret Service, Cyber Command, and organizations from other countries have worked together to… Read more

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Twitter will let you subscribe to a newsletter right from a tweet

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Twitter bought out the email newsletter service, Revue, earlier this year, hoping to engage journalists and writers who want to share long-form content without feeling limited by Twitter’s 280 character limit. Now, the newly integrated service is getting an update. We’ve got big news. (You’re really going to like this.) Starting today, your followers can… Read more

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Apple’s latest sci-fi drama Invasion starts out too dang slow

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For a show about an alien invasion, Invasion is decidedly lacking in aliens thus far. The latest sci-fi drama on Apple TV Plus, the series debuts with three episodes, which, theoretically, should give viewers a good sense of what to expect. Instead, those episodes oh-so-slowly introduce you to characters and stories without giving much of… Read more

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Home Alone is now a $250 Lego set, and it might be the most impressive fan-inspired model yet

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If you buy something from a Verge link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics statement. Some of the most amazing Lego sets of the past decade have been dreamt up by fans — and this week, the Danish toy brick company revealed its largest Lego Ideas set yet. It’s Kevin McCallister’s iconic… Read more

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New US rules on spyware exports try to limit surveillance tech like Pegasus

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The US Department of Commerce announced a new rule to prevent the sale of hacking tools to China and Russia, The Washington Post reports. The Commerce Department outlined the change in a press release on Wednesday, which requires US companies to have a license in order to sell spyware and other hacking software to countries… Read more

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Vergecast: Apple and Google’s competing events this week

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Nintendo delays its Advance Wars remaster to spring 2022

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Nintendo has delayed its upcoming remaster of the first two Advance Wars games. Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp had been set to release on December 3rd, but it will now be coming out sometime in spring 2022. “The game just needs a little more time for fine tuning,” Nintendo said in a tweet on Friday…. Read more

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