Facebook Researchers Say Higher-Ups Ignored Their Findings on Instagram's Racist Algorithm: Report

During a study in mid-2019, a team of Facebook employees found that proposed rules for Instagram’s automated account removal system disproportionately flagged and banned Black users. When the team approached CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his upper echelon of cronies with this alarming information, they were purportedly…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Science, Instagram, Racism, Algorithms, Discrimination, Mods, Moderation, Facebook Researchers Say Higher Ups

These TV Companies' Comic-Con Livestreams Went Dark Thanks to Their Own Copyright Claims

It wouldn’t be a virtual event without a few technical difficulties. Though I can’t imagine the media giants showcasing at San Diego Comic-Con’s online event were worried about copyright violations affecting their panels. Considering, you know, they’re the ones that own the copyright.Read more...
Tags: Science, Youtube, Star Trek, Livestream, Cartoon Network, San Diego Comic Con, Livestreaming Video

Coronavirus live news: US cases top 4m as WHO chief chides Pompeo for 'untrue' claims

US Secretary of State’s reported comments ‘untrue, unacceptable and without foundation’ says WHO; Trump cancels Jacksonville RNC; Bolsonaro not distancing despite positive test. Follow the latest updatesUS surpasses 4m Covid-19 cases as states dial back reopeningSouth Africa sees spike in excess deaths suggesting high Covid-19 tollSouth Korea goes into recession as Australia flags huge deficitUS daily coronavirus deaths surpass 1,000 for first time since June 1.12am BST Here is the full stor...
Tags: Science, Australia, Africa, US, UK News, World news, Australia news, US news, Infectious Diseases, Korea, Brazil, Who, Donald Trump, Trump, Reuters, State

TikTok Starts $200 Million Fund to Finally Start Paying Creators

TikTok is an app at the center of national scrutiny here in the U.S. and abroad, an app beloved by witches and convicted felons alike, an app that’s recently been accused of hooking children up with local drug cartels. It’s also an app that recently announced it would be launching a $200 million funding pool for…Read more...
Tags: Science, Influencers, The Teens, Tiktok

The Highs and Lows of San Diego Comic-Con's Star Trek Panel

The Star Trek Universe is growing, and it’s getting animated. The crews of Star Trek: Picard, Star Trek: Discovery, and the upcoming Star Trek: Lower Decks beamed aboard San Diego Comic-Con 2020 to share everything CBS All Access has in store. But not everything was hitting warp speed. Read more...
Tags: Video, Science, Star Trek, San Diego, Streaming, Cbs, Cbs All Access, San Diego Comic Con, Star Trek Discovery, Star Trek Lower Decks, Star Trek Picard, Comic Con 2020, Star Trek Universe, Star Trek Prodigy, San Diego Comic Con s Star Trek Panel

Intel Says Its 7nm Chips Are—Surprise!—Delayed By At Least a Year

If you’ve been following along with Intel’s troubles moving away from its 14nm process to 10nm over the years, you probably won’t be surprised to learn that the company is now having trouble getting its 7nm process off the ground. On its Q2 earnings call today, Intel revealed that it’s pushing back its previously…Read more...
Tags: Science, Intel, Processors, Cpus, Ice Lake, 7nm, 10nm

Jared Kushner in Fight With Telecom CEOs Over Trump Campaign Texts Blocked By Anti-Spam System

Donald Trump’s re-election campaign and its de facto leader, his son-in-law and Jimmy Neutron wannabe Jared Kushner, is locked in an increasingly bitter feud with mobile networks preventing them from spamming millions of people with donation or get out the vote requests.Read more...
Tags: Mobile, Verizon, Politics, Science, Fcc, Federal Communications Commission, Att, Donald Trump, Robocalls, Robotexts, T Mobile, 2020 Elections, Jared Kushner, Tech Policy, Jimmy Neutron, Deserving Each Other

Ohio Governor Bravely Says Shady Coal and Nuclear Bailout Bill Should Be Repealed

A year ago to the day, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed HB 6, a gift of a bill to bail out coal and nuclear power. Earlier this week, though, the state representatives that championed the bill are at the center of a major FBI investigation over bribery and racketeering.Read more...
Tags: Science, Republicans, Fbi, Ohio, Clean Energy, Mike DeWine, SMH

TikTok Doesn't Care About You

In recent weeks, I have succumbed to the insidious allure of TikTok, an app that requires nothing more from me than my undivided attention. When watching television or reading are unpalatable, TikTok’s algorithm is the only thing I can concentrate on, and my extended stints on the app, slumped in a chair drinking ice…Read more...
Tags: Science, Teens, Brands Are Not Your Friends, Tiktok

Genealogy Site Exposes One Million Profiles to Law Enforcement in Security Breach

Mailing your spit to an ancestry site and uploading it to a DNA matching database has seemed like a pretty bad idea since 2018 when federal law enforcement officials tracked down the Golden State killer through a discarded tissue and his relatives’ online genetic profiles on GEDMatch. Since that episode generated a…Read more...
Tags: Science, Dna, Golden State, Dna Privacy, Gedmatch

New Star Wars Movies Delayed Along With Mulan and Avatar Sequels

Always in motion, the future is, especially in the era of covid-19. And as a result Disney just made some major release date shuffles. Mulan, which was most recently scheduled for release in August, has been undated, and all future Avatar and Star Wars movies have been delayed one year.Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Science, Disney, Mulan, Lucasfilm, James Cameron, Avatar 2, Release Dates, Avatar 2 5

The New Mutants Dropped Tons of New Footage at SDCC

The New Mutants’ San Diego Comic-Con panel just revealed an exclusive look at the film’s opening sequence. If you missed it, no sweat, we’ve got it right here.Read more...
Tags: Science, Marvel, Disney, Fox, SDCC, Josh Boone, San Diego Comic Con, New Mutants, Comic Con 2020, New Mutants ' San Diego Comic Con

You Need to Change Your Instacart Password Right Now

Now would be a good time to change your Instacart password.Read more...
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His Dark Materials' First Season 2 Trailer Heads to a Whole New World [Updated]

Two children from opposite ends of reality are about to collide, and all the worlds will change with them. The first trailer has arrived for season two of BBC and HBO’s His Dark Materials thanks to San Diego Comic-Con 2020, which sees Lyra Silvertongue (Dafne Keen) and Will Parry (Amir Wilson) joining forces while…
Tags: Hbo, Science, Bbc, San Diego, James McAvoy, Ruth Wilson, Terence Stamp, San Diego Comic Con, His Dark Materials, Dafne Keen, Amir Wilson, Will Parry Amir Wilson, Comic Con 2020, Jade Anouka, Simone Kirby, Lyra Silvertongue Dafne Keen

His Dark Materials' First Season 2 Trailer Heads to a Whole New World [Update]

Two children from opposite ends of reality are about to collide, and all the worlds will change with them. The first trailer has arrived for season two of BBC and HBO’s His Dark Materials thanks to San Diego Comic-Con 2020, which sees Lyra Silvertongue (Dafne Keen) and Will Parry (Amir Wilson) joining forces while…
Tags: Hbo, Science, Bbc, San Diego, James McAvoy, Ruth Wilson, Terence Stamp, San Diego Comic Con, His Dark Materials, Dafne Keen, Amir Wilson, Will Parry Amir Wilson, Comic Con 2020, Jade Anouka, Simone Kirby, Lyra Silvertongue Dafne Keen

Just Buy a Damn Rice Cooker

It all started with a video dropped into our cooking Slack.Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Appliances, Consumer Tech, Rice Cooker, Wash Your Rice You Monsters

Researchers find earliest confirmed case of smallpox

Variola virus DNA found in bones of people from Denmark to Russia around Viking eraThe Vikings are known for their intrepid seafaring, fearsome fighting and extensive trading, but it seems it may not only have been goods and weapons they carried on their travels – they could also have carried a deadly disease.Researchers say they have found the world’s earliest confirmed case of smallpox, revealing the disease was widespread across northern Europe during the Viking age. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Europe, Science, Russia, Society, World news, Anthropology, Archaeology, Denmark

Cost of preventing next pandemic 'equal to just 2% of Covid-19 economic damage'

World must act now to protect wildlife in order to stop future virus crises, say scientistsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe cost of preventing further pandemics over the next decade by protecting wildlife and forests would equate to just 2% of the estimated financial damage caused by Covid-19, according to a new analysis.Two new viruses a year had spilled from their wildlife hosts into humans over the last century, the researchers said, with the growing destruction...
Tags: Science, Environment, Infectious Diseases, Wildlife, Conservation, Deforestation, United Nations, Coronavirus outbreak

Parents on Facebook Are Forming an Alternative School System... If You Can Afford It

Back in May, when classrooms felt like ancient relics, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that he and Bill Gates shall “reimagine” school with online learning, and the city would create “what education should look like in the future.” We shuddered at the thought of eternal Zoom calls, but the future is here: a…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, School, New York, Science, Bill Gates, Andrew Cuomo, Pods, Covid 19

10 Good Boy Monsters From TV and Movies

You don’t have to be a traditional pupper to be a Good Boy. These monsters, undead creatures, and otherworldly forces have some of the biggest hearts out there—along with the most rub-able tummies.Read more...
Tags: Science, Dogs, Disney, Netflix, Animation, Dreamworks, Streaming, Frankenweenie, Gremlins, Sony Pictures Animation, Labyrinth, Hotel Transylvania, Paranorman, Monsters University, The Emoji movie, Good Boys

We Still Have a Shot to Save Ourselves From Plastic Doom

The world is on track to triple the amount of plastic we dump into the ocean in just two decades. But if civic and business leaders get their shit together to curb the global plastics crisis, we could reduce that rate by 80%, according to two new reports on Thursday. Read more...
Tags: Science, Pollution, Oceans, Plastic, Its A Plastic World

Microsoft Sends Mixed Signals About Cross-Gen Exclusives

Microsoft showed off a number of first-party games during today’s big Xbox showcase, but contrary to previous statements by the company, it’s not clear how many of them will be coming coming to Xbox One in addition to next-gen’s Xbox Series X. Many games shown were listed just for Xbox Series X, not for Xbox One. Read more...
Tags: Science, Microsoft, Xbox One, Xbox, Kotakucore, Next Gen, Xbox Series X

Some 'Inactive' Drug Ingredients May Be Anything But, Study Finds

Some inactive ingredients commonly found in medicines may not be so inactive after all, according to a new study published today. Researchers found evidence in the lab that several ingredients, including certain dyes and preservatives, are capable of affecting proteins, receptors, and other parts of our biology,…Read more...
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Scientists put penis rings on bisexual men to prove they exist

A team of researchers recently published a study on bisexual men that, surprisingly, indicates they exist. This comes as a shock because the lead researcher, Professor J. Michael Bailey of Northwestern University, previously determined that bisexual men were, more-or-less, just confused gays or straights. I’m paraphrasing, what that paper, published in 2005, really said was: Male bisexuality appears primarily to represent a style of interpreting or reporting sexual arousal rather than a distinct...
Tags: Startups, Science, Opinion, Tech, Insider, Northwestern University, J Michael Bailey

SpaceX Satellites Ruin Perfectly Good View of Comet NEOWISE

Nowhere is safe from light pollution, not even space. On Wednesday, astrophotographer Daniel López shared a photo he captured of Comet NEOWISE the day before at Teide National Park on the Canary Islands. However, SpaceX’s Starlink satellites ruined the image, painting streaks across the otherwise largely pristine sky.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Spacex, Science, Teide National Park, StarLink, Light Pollution, Daniel Lopez, Starlink Satellites, Canary Islands However SpaceX

'Wave of silence' spread around world during coronavirus pandemic

Seismologists said high frequency noise fell as much as 50% as planes were grounded and roads emptiedCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAn unprecedented wave of silence spread around the world in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, according to researchers who found that vibrations from human activity slumped under national lockdowns.Records from seismic stations all over the planet show that high frequency noise caused by industrial plants, traffic and other activitie...
Tags: Science, UK News, World news, Coronavirus outbreak

Dozens of Hacked Twitter Accounts Had Their DMs Exposed, Twitter Confirms

Twitter never fails to disappoint. Despite its best(?) efforts, the platform remains the same bot-riddled, neo-Nazi-friendly cesspool that’s full of the same harassment and hate we’ve come to expect. With that said, it might not be too surprising that the high-profile Twitter hacking incident from earlier this…Read more...
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The First Clip From Star Trek: Lower Decks Introduces Our Motley Heroes

Welcome aboard the U.S.S. Cerritos, ya goofballs. Hope you like second contact?Read more...
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FightCamp Let Me Work Out My 2020 Frustrations for Way Cheaper Than a Peloton

I don’t know about you, but I have no intention of setting foot in a gym for the rest of the year. That’s problematic because I need exercise to balance out all the staying inside and snacking that is comprising my locked-down, work-from-home lifestyle. I’ve been cobbling together a routine of outdoor runs and indoor…Read more...
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iOS 14 Beta Hints Smaller iPhones Are Back on the Menu

Good news for people who hate big phones: Yesterday, Apple released the third developer beta of iOS 14, and hidden in the code of the Display Zoom feature is a hint that the iPhone 12 lineup will include a 5.4-inch iPhone. Read more...
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