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    What other social networks can learn from Snapchat’s rebuke of Trump

    On Sunday, Snap CEO Evan Spiegel sent employees an unusually personal note reflecting on the events of the past several weeks. Many brands took the occasion of George Floyd’s murder at the hands of police, and the global protests that have followed, to signal their solidarity with the black community and their allies. But few CEOs took the step, as Spiegel did, of reflecting on his own privilege — and then calling for reparations for black folks. (He threw in a cogent analysis of the federal...

  • 4 days ago
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    The Secret, Absurd World of Coronavirus Mask Traders and Middlemen Trying To Get Rich Off Government Money

    It was 10 p.m. on a Tuesday, and I was watching footage of secret stockpiles of N95 masks, so-called proof-of-life videos sent to me by strangers, when Tim, the juicer salesman, called. “My name is Tim, and I heard you’re looking into VPL,” the man said in a squeaky, nervous timbre. “I distanced myself from the company because they weren’t delivering what they said.”

  • 5 days ago
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    Relationship between Globalisation and Free Trade – Explained!

    Globalisation brought about internationalisation of economic activities, especially with US and UK taking to greater interest in market coordination during 1980s. There was greater emphasis on private enterprise during Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher’s regime in US and UK respectively. During this period, there were more export-oriented economies, due to the recommended path by the international funding bodies such as International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank.

  • 10 days ago
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    'We're screwed': The only question is how quickly Louisiana wetlands will vanish, study says

    Because of increasing rates of sea level rise fueled by global warming, the remaining 5,800 square miles of Louisiana's coastal wetlands in the Mississippi River delta will disappear. The only question is how quickly it will happen, says a new peer-reviewed study published Friday in Science Advances. “This is a major threat not only to one of the ecologically richest environments of the United States but also for the 1.2 million inhabitants and associated economic assets that are surround...

  • 13 days ago
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    Microsoft drops a little surprise thank-you gift for sitting through Build: The source for GW-BASIC

    Build Microsoft delighted retro fans by closing its Build conference with an open-sourcing of 1983's GW-BASIC. Warning that he would not be accepting pull requests from fans seeking to scratch a 37-year-old itch, senior program manager Rich Turner made the treble by adding the open-sourcing to the already-scored goals of Windows Terminal 1.0 and the impending arrival of GUI and GPU support in Windows Subsystem for Linux 2.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Tagish Lake meteorite that fell in northern B.C. contains clues as to how life may have arisen on Earth

    On Jan. 18, 2000, a fireball lit up the morning sky over Yukon and northern British Columbia. Loud bangs shook the area, and dust clouds wafted in the upper atmosphere. The culprit: a five-metre rock that entered Earth's atmosphere. While most of the roughly 105-tonne meteor broke up on entry, some fragments showered down to the frozen landscape, much of it on Tagish Lake, B.C.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Police in China, Dubai, and Italy are using these surveillance helmets to scan people for COVID-19 fever as they walk past and it may be our future no...

    Temperature-scanning $7,000 helmets can catch people running a fever. But experts are skeptical about how helpful temperature scanning will really be.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    A disgraced scientist and a viral video: how a Covid conspiracy theory started

    On the surface, it is a classic tale of whistleblowing. A brave insider claiming to lay bare corporate power corrupting the US government. A truth teller courageously naming names who are part of what she calls a “circular cabal” killing Americans. Seen from another perspective, the viral video of Dr Judy Mikovits blaming the coronavirus outbreak on a conspiracy led by big pharma, Bill Gates and the World Health Organization is the work of a discredited crank.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Naomi Klein: How big tech plans to profit from the pandemic

    For a few fleeting moments during the New York governor Andrew Cuomo’s daily coronavirus briefing on Wednesday 6 May, the sombre grimace that has filled our screens for weeks was briefly replaced by something resembling a smile. “We are ready, we’re all-in,” the governor gushed. “We are New Yorkers, so we’re aggressive about it, we’re ambitious about it … We realise that change is not only imminent, but it can actually be a friend if done the right way.”

  • 1 month ago
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    Strangers share post-lockdown aims on 'hope board'

    People have been filling up a "hope board" with everything they are looking forward to once the UK lockdown is over. Almost 200 people have shared their hopes for the future on the board outside a Leicester family's home. They ranged from meeting up with friends and family, fish and chips and "pints". Matt Long, the father-of-three who set it up, said he had wanted it to be a "symbol of hope" in difficult times.

  • 1 month ago
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    Children’s computer game Roblox employee bribed by hacker for access to millions of users’ data

    A hacker who bribed a worker for the online video game Roblox managed to gain access to the personal information of over 100 million active users, the ability to change passwords and email addresses, and allocate in-game currency. The hacker first paid an employee to look up data about users, and then targeted a customer support representative. They said they did it to “prove a point” to the company.

  • 1 month ago
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    The Week the Music Stopped

    It was the beginning of March when Don Smiley started planning for the worst. As the chief executive of Milwaukee’s Summerfest — which calls itself “the world’s largest music festival,” attracting 900,000 people over 11 days each year — Smiley was confronting a tidal wave of reports about the outbreak of COVID-19 in the U.S. With the news darkening, he began to seriously consider dismantling the event’s entire meticulous plan. In its 52-year history, Summerfest — which was set to...

  • 1 month ago
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    Microplastics disrupt hermit crabs' ability to choose shell, study suggests

    When it comes to moving home, hermit crabs are experts, often swapping shells for the optimal abode. But now researchers have found that exposure to microplastics disrupts this key behaviour. The finds are the latest to suggest such pollution could be having an impact on the world’s marine creatures.

  • 1 month ago
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    Senator calls for a criminal antitrust investigation into Amazon over 'predatory and exclusionary data practices'

    Sen. Josh Hawley on Tuesday called for a criminal antitrust investigation into Amazon's reported use of third-party sellers' data to benefit its private label brands. In a letter to Attorney General William Barr, Hawley said Amazon "has engaged in predatory and exclusionary data practices to build and maintain a monopoly," citing a Wall Street Journal report that said the company uses data from third-party sellers to inform decisions on pricing or features to copy in products...