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TikTok to Pay $92 Million Settlement in Nationwide Class-Action Lawsuit Over Alleged Privacy Violations

TikTok has agreed to fork over $92 million to settle a class-action complaint regarding alleged privacy violations, including claims that the app and its predecessor, Musical.ly, collected personal data without users’ consent for tracking and ad targeting purposes. Read more...
Tags: Science, Privacy, Identity Management, Articles, Software, Gizmodo, Terms Of Service, John Lee, Internet Privacy, Privacy Law, Video Software, Bytedance, Musically, Tiktok, US TikTok, Application Software


Words matter: how New Zealand's clear messaging helped beat Covid

One year on from the nation’s first case of coronavirus, Aotearoa has largely eliminated the virus - communications played a key part in its successCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage“Stay at home. Protect the NHS. Save lives.” The catch cry of pandemic Britain under Boris Johnson, revived last month, might sound familiar to New Zealanders now enjoying their “unstoppable summer”.Johnson’s three-part slogan reportedly derived last March from a suggestion by Ben Guerin, a ...
Tags: Science, World news, Britain, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, NHS, New Zealand, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Jacinda Ardern, Ben Guerin, Coronavirus, COVID


We Should All Be More Like Los Espookys' Inner Demon

In Los Espookys—an HBO comedy from Fred Armisen, Julio Torres, and Ana Fabrega—a group of horror movie-obsessed friends come to the realization that all the time they spend waiting around for life to happen could be better used turning their passion for jump scares into money-making opportunities.Read more...
Tags: Hbo, Christopher Nolan, Science, Oscar, Comedians, Ursula, Fred Armisen, Tom Hooper, Colin Firth, Entertainers, Julio Torres, Andres, Andre, Juan Carlos, Zack Snyder, George VI


AT&T Sells Minority Stake in Its Struggling DirecTV Business

It appears AT&T has found a buyer for its beleaguered DirecTV business.Read more...
Tags: Science, DirecTV


America's Leaders Have No Clue What to Do About Disinformation

As disinformation and misinformation have increasingly been blamed for rising political extremism and polarization in the U.S., lawmakers have naturally sought to cobble together some sort of legislative response. The problem is that Congress is, themselves, so polarized that they can’t seem to agree on how to do…Read more...
Tags: Twitter, Politics, Science, Congress, Articles, America, Journalism, Comcast, Att, Fox News, Human Behavior, Donald Trump, Anthony Fauci, Bernie Sanders, Luna, Misinformation


Leave the + Alone Already

Why has something that’s become synonymous with streaming seemingly so controversial?Read more...
Tags: Hbo, Science, Television, Disney, Companies, Att, Streaming, Espn, Hulu, Multimedia, Sling TV, Apple Inc, Mass Media, Victoria Song, Home Box Office Inc, Television Technology


Fauci urges Americans to get vaccinated, not to cherry-pick the brand they receive

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, prepares to receive his first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at the National Institutes of Health on December 22, 2020 in Bethesda, Maryland. Patrick Semansky-Pool/Getty Images Dr. Anthony Fauci urged Americans to get vaccinated against COVID-19, but not cherry-pick the brand they receive. An FDA advisory committee is set to vote on green-lighting a coronavirus vaccine by Johnson & Johnson on Friday. "Peo...
Tags: Science, Nbc, US, Trends, Food And Drug Administration, National Institutes of Health, Fda, Pfizer, Anthony Fauci, Johnson Johnson, Fauci, Bethesda Maryland, Moderna, Hilary Brueck, Aria Bendix, Coronavirus


LinkedIn's Co-Founder Is Going in on Flying Taxis, Which Are Definitely Realistic This Time

Time and time again, tech companies have promised a future where commuters will be able to zip around in the flying cars from The Jetsons. And time and time again, that just hasn’t happened.Read more...
Tags: Google, Uber, Science, Linkedin, Larry Page, Zynga, Aircraft, Reid Hoffman, Aviation, Flying Car, Mark Pincus, Federal Aviation Administration, Vtol, Toyota Motor Corp, Kitty Hawk, Eric Allison


Xbox Live Has Been Down for Hours With Users Unable to Log In [Update: It's Back]

If you’ve been struggling to get into your Xbox Live account, you’re not alone. Microsoft’s online gaming service has been down for hours this Thursday afternoon, with widespread reports of Xbox players being unable to log in at all. Read more...
Tags: Science, Microsoft, Xbox One, Xbox, Xbox Live, Video Game Consoles, Home video game consoles, Xbox System Software, Technology Internet, Xbox 360 Technical Problems


Xbox Live Has Been Down for Hours With Users Unable to Log In

If you’ve been struggling to get into your Xbox Live account, you’re not alone. Microsoft’s online gaming service has been down for hours this Thursday afternoon, with widespread reports of Xbox players being unable to log in at all. Read more...
Tags: Science, Microsoft, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Xbox, Xbox Live, Video Game Consoles, Home video game consoles, Xbox System Software, Technology Internet


The Pentagon Sent a Pizza Box-Sized Solar Panel Into Space, But I'm Sure Everything Is Fine

Here is a completely normal and totally not-nefarious thing that is happening: Scientists from the Pentagon sent a solar panel about the size of a pizza box up to space to test if it’s possible to send extraterrestrial electricity back to Earth. Read more...
Tags: Energy, Ipad, Science, Environment, Articles, Renewable Energy, Nature, Pentagon, Photovoltaics, Solar Panel, The X Files, Earth Read, Defence Department, Spaceplanes, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Energy Conversion


'Hey Facebook,' How About Not?

Chances are you’re probably familiar with using a command like, “OK Google,” “Hey Siri,” or “Alexa” to summon a voice assistant. But now, the company that brought you pokes and likes—and who could forget fake news?— is trying to add, “Hey Facebook” to your rotation.Read more...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Science, Technology, Social Media, Siri, Software, Computing, Oculus, Alexa, Human Interest, Social Information Processing, Technology Internet


Facebook's New Ad Campaign Tries To Remind You That Targeted Ads Are Good, Actually

Just two months after running a full-page ad decrying Apple’s impending updates, Facebook is rolling out another campaign meant to defend the targeted ads that make up about 98% of its multi-billion dollar revenue stream.Read more...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Science, Instagram, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, Ipads, Software, Grace Jones, Operating Systems, Targeted Advertising, Online Advertising, Internet Privacy, Dipayan Ghosh, Social Information Processing




Unseasonable European Warmth Smashes All-Time February Temperature Records

Winter has receded in Europe this week. Temperature records are falling as unseasonably warm weather sweeps across the continent delivering an early spring thaw, even while neighboring Russia is simultaneously going through a deep freeze.Read more...
Tags: Europe, Weather, Science, Cold, Winter, Russia, Nature, Meteorology, Natural Disasters, Fahrenheit, Heat Wave, Jet Stream, Physical Geography, Cold Wave, Climate Change In The Arctic, Northern Hemisphere Heat Waves


Why Yes, I Would Love to Build My Own Customizable, Upgradable, Totally Repairable Laptop

San Francisco-based startup Framework just announced a thin, lightweight productivity laptop unlike any other on the market right now. Sure, it looks similar to the aluminum options almost every other laptop maker offers, but this laptop can be upgraded, customized, and repaired in ways that others just can’t.Read more...
Tags: Apple, Google, Science, Technology, San Francisco, Intel, Usb, Ram, Nvidia, Oculus, Alienware, Laptops, Hdmi, Vesa, Displayport, Personal Computing


Twitch Pulls Its Parent Company's Union-Busting Ads

While around 5,800 Amazon warehouse workers in Bessemer, Alabama vote on whether to unionize, Amazon has been trying to win over hearts and minds with a slew of ham-handed anti-union propaganda in their warehouse bathroom stalls, on their phones, and now on the Amazon-owned streaming service Twitch. Earlier this week,…
Tags: Amazon, Science, Bessemer Alabama


Biden tells Americans not to let their guards down as new COVID-19 variants spread

President Joe Biden speaks about US supply chains on February 24. Evan Vucci/AP President Joe Biden warned against COVID-19 complacency in the face of new variants.  Biden said that getting back to normal "depends on all of us." COVID-19 cases are on the decline, and vaccinations are ramping up in a race against the variants. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. President Joe Biden warned Americans against getting complacent about COVID-19 as the threat of new variants c...
Tags: Politics, UK, Science, California, New York City, US, America, Trends, Joe Biden, Atlantic, South Africa, Food And Drug Administration, National Institutes of Health, Pfizer, The New York Times, Biden


The 10 Best Deals of February 25, 2021

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Tags: Amazon, Science, Video Games, Steve Jobs, Intel, Macintosh, Computers, Macbook, Computing, MacBook Air, Apple Inc, M1, Juicer, Tom, Vivitar, Internet Privacy


A stunning photo shows both red-sprite and blue-jet lightning in the skies above Hawaii

Two types of lightning, a red sprite and a blue jet, in the skies above Mauna Kea Observatory in Hawaii. International Gemini Observatory/NOIRLab/NSF/AURA/A. Smith Sometimes during a thunderstorm, you can glimpse red and blue lightning in the sky. These types of lightning, called red sprites and blue jets, are tricky to photograph.  The Gemini Observatory in Hawaii snapped a stunning picture with both types in the same frame. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. In a sto...
Tags: Space, Texas, Science, News, India, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Hawaii, International Space Station, Lightning, Mauna Kea, Hilo, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Bay of Bengal, Gemini Observatory


Twitter Passes Stimulus Package for the Very Online

Twitter is finally rolling out a way to get paid for tweeting that doesn’t involve putting a Venmo link in your bio, promoting a Patreon, or using the app to hunt for a rich spouse.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Science, Instagram, Social Media, Software, Pandora, News Feed, Computing, Operating Systems, Venmo, Real Time Web, Text Messaging, Elliott Management, South of Market San Francisco, Samantha Cole


Biden warns Americans not to let their guards down as new COVID-19 variants spread

President Joe Biden speaks on U.S. supply chains, in the State Dining Room of the White House, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, in Washington. Evan Vucci/AP President Joe Biden warned against COVID-19 complacency in the face of new variants.  Biden said that getting back to normal "depends on all of us." COVID-19 cases are on the decline and vaccinations are ramping up in a race against the variants.  Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. President Joe Biden warned Americans aga...
Tags: Politics, Science, California, White House, New York City, US, America, Trends, Joe Biden, Atlantic, United States, United Kingdom, Fda, Pfizer, The New York Times, Biden


These Are the 5G Phones Worth Buying This Year

There’s more to 5G than overblown marketing hype and some really weird (and in some cases, dangerous) conspiracy theories. Here’s what you actually need to know: 5G offers faster download and upload speeds, more bandwidth, lower latency, and enough throughput to support a household of people trying to connect to the…Read more...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Google, Verizon, Science, Samsung, Smartphones, Mobile Phones, Sprint, Att, Oneplus, 5g, Cadbury, Apple Iphone, T Mobile, T Mobile US


How Deep-Sea Fiber Optic Cables Could ‘Transform’ Our Detection of Earthquakes

Many miles off the western coast of the Americas, an undersea cable connects Los Angeles, California to Valparaiso, Chile. Stretched end-to-end, it’s equal to four-fifths of the Earth’s diameter. The cable is fiber optic; it’s a lifeline for data transmitted between the two continents. But according to new research,…Read more...
Tags: Science, Environment, Earthquake, Equipment, Earth, Glass, Telecommunications, California Institute of Technology, Los Angeles California, Fiber optic cable, Optical Fiber, Technology Internet, Zhongwen Zhan, William Wilcock, Submarine Communications Cable, Telecommunications Equipment


Answer to fossil record puzzle may lie with teenage T rexes, study finds

Absence of smaller dinosaurs may be result of adolescent megatheropods crowding them outTeenage T rexes and other carnivorous dinosaurs the size of lions or bears may have crowded out smaller species, explaining why there are so few of them preserved in the fossil record, research suggests.Despite dominating the land for more than 150 million years, dinosaurs were not particularly diverse, and most known species were giants weighing 1,000kg or more – including massive, meat-eating megatheropods...
Tags: Science, Biology, Dinosaurs, Evolution, Zoology, Fossils, Palaeontology


The Wild Ways Local Governments Are Blocking Renewable Energy

“Shadow flicker” from wind turbines, concerns about sparrow habitat on landfills, and worries about “toxic chemicals” from solar panels are just some of the ways municipalities are slowing down renewables installation. Read more...
Tags: Energy, Science, Environment, Articles, Renewable Energy, Energy Policy, Fossil Fuel, Koch, Technological Change, Energy Development, Bright Green Environmentalism, Renewable Energy Commercialization, Renewable Energy Debate, Hillary Alduin


Gonzo Puppeteer Dave Goelz on Why We Need the Muppets More Than Ever

Have you been binging the classic Muppet Show now that it’s available on Disney+? Instant mood boost! In celebration of the beloved series’ arrival on Disney’s streaming platform, io9 hopped on a video call to talk to the Great Gonzo himself—in the form of his veteran performer, Dave Goelz.Read more...
Tags: Science, Entertainment, Films, Disney, Charles Dickens, Darth Vader, The Muppets, Carol, Cheryl Eddy, Jim Henson, Peter Sellers, Art Carney, Human Interest, Dr Teeth and the Electric Mayhem, Fraggle Rock, Gonzo


Don't Do It, Samsung

Rumors that Samsung may potentially ditch Tizen, its proprietary OS for wearables, for Google’s Wear OS, have been flying lately. It’s a baffling idea, considering that Samsung smartwatches are the best Android-friendly smartwatches right now, and Wear OS is a stinking hot mess.Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Samsung, Don


A Tech IPO? In This Economy?

Wall Street is abuzz with the news of two new tech IPO filings—called S-1s in the parlance —for crypto exchange Coinbase and cloud host Digitalocean. These two companies are doing solid business even during the pandemic. After all, what can people do when stuck at home but trade bitcoin and play with new websites?Read more...
Tags: Science, Bitcoin, Computing, Aws, Coinbase, Initial Public Offering, Digitalocean, Dot Com Bubble, Business Finance, Payment Systems, Ouriel Ohayon, Computer Networking, Blockchaincom


Kathryn Hahn's Amazing WandaVision Faces: A Celebration

There are a lot of things to love about Disney+ and Marvel’s WandaVision, but the top of the list has to be Kathryn Hahn as Agnes. The actor/national treasure has been stealing WandaVision’s shows-within-a-show long before last week’s not-so-secret reveal about who her character has been “all along.” Every time she’s…Read more...
Tags: Science, Disney, Agnes, Kathryn Hahn, Television Shows, Human Interest, Scarlet Witch, Television Series, Mockumentaries, Breaking the fourth wall, Agatha Harkness, Creative Works, Entertainment Culture, Now In Color, Filmed Before A Live Studio Audience, On A Very Special Episode



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