Facebook said an article that suggested the COVID-19 vaccine could be deadly was the most popular link on the site from January to March

Christoph Dernbach/picture alliance via Getty Images Facebook withheld a Q1 report on popular content for fear of backlash, The New York Times reported Friday. On Saturday, Facebook released the report, which said the most popular article on the platform cast doubt on the COVID-19 vaccine. A Facebook spokesperson said the article "does illustrate just how difficult it is to define misinformation." See more stories on Insider's business page. The top-performing link on Facebook in the ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Florida, Science, China, US, Trends, Joe Biden, New York Times, Times, Misinformation, Chicago Tribune, Stone, March Facebook, Tech Insider, Getty Images Facebook

Facebook Relents, Releases Report that Makes Them Look Bad

"Transparency is an important part of everything we do at Facebook," reads the first line of a first-quarter Content Transparency Report which Facebook later decided not to share with the public. They've now changed their mind, and released that report. The Hill summarizes its findings: Facebook said that an article about a doctor who passed away two weeks after getting a coronavirus vaccine was the [#1] top-performing link on the social media platform in the U.S. from January to March, accord...
Tags: Facebook, Post, Washington Post, White House, China, Tech, The Washington Post Specifically the Post

Slackware 15.0 RC1 Released

Long-time Slashdot reader ArchieBunker writes: Slackware, one of oldest Linux distributions, has just announced the long awaited version 15.0 RC1 is available for download from the usual mirrors. Here's the changelog. Phoronix points out it's been nearly a decade since Slackware 14 Read more of this story at Slashdot.
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Get your pitch-off on with our Disrupt Startup Alley companies on upcoming episodes of Extra Crunch Live

Disrupt is right around the corner, and this year the show is packed to the brim with incredible panels and conversations, an absolutely stacked Startup Battlefield cohort of companies launching on our stage, investor insights and a virtual expo hall full of exciting new products and services in the Startup Alley. We can’t wait! Literally. So we’re giving you guys a sneak peek at some of the startups you might see at Disrupt in upcoming episodes of Extra Crunch Live. Usually, the Extra Crunch Li...
Tags: Startups, TC, Tech, State Department, General Catalyst, Bishop, Pitch-off, Vivendi, Scale Venture Partners, Siemens AG, Stanton, Obama White House, Katie Stanton, Startup Battlefield, Lak Ananth, Neil Sequeira

Linux Distros are So Much Better Than They Were 30 Years Ago

With the 30th birthday of Linux coming up, TechRepublic's Jack Wallen argues that its distros "are so much better today." I remember like it was yesterday. The very first time I booted into the Linux desktop. The distribution in question was Caldera Open Linux 1.0, which installed with kernel 2.0 and the desktop was Fvwm95... It was just unsightly. The colors were decidedly too Microsoftian, and it was all so ... clinical.... The Linux desktop has morphed from an ugly, awkward, and less-than-p...
Tags: Tech, Jack Wallen, Caldera Open Linux

Apple Shares New 'Today at Apple' Session on How to Shoot Portrait Photos on iPhone (mac rumors)

Apple today shared a new "Today at Apple" session on YouTube with photographer Mark Clennon on how to properly take "powerful portrait" photos using the built-in camera and Camera app on the iPhone. Apple has begun promoting and posting Today at Apple sessions on YouTube due to the global health crisis. The company was planning to bring back its session to its in-person retail stores at the end of this month; however, it has since decided differently due to the health crisis. The sessions c...
Tags: Apple, News, Youtube, Mark Clennon, Sami Fathi

'No Service' Bug Hits Some IOS 14.7.1 Users After Updating Their IPhones (slashdot)

"What seemed like a small update has, for some, turned into a huge headache," reports ZDNet: Over on Apple's support forum, there are several threads from users complaining that iOS 14.7.1 broke their iPhones, causing a "no service" problem where users are unable to connect to cell service. Ther">e are similar threads on Apple's developer forums as well. While there doesn't seem to be a pattern to which phones are affected, I've seen reports of everything from the iPhone 6 to iPhone 12 affect...
Tags: Apple, News, Forbes, Slashdot, EditorDavid

Your Credit Score Should Be Based On Your Web History, IMF Says (slashdot)

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: In a new blog post for the International Monetary Fund, four researchers presented their findings from a working paper that examines the current relationship between finance and tech as well as its potential future. Gazing into their crystal ball, the researchers see the possibility of using the data from your browsing, search, and purchase history to create a more accurate mechanism for determining the credit rating of an individual or business....
Tags: Apple, News, International Monetary Fund, Gizmodo, Google Facebook, BeauHD

China Three Child Policy and Other Pro-Child Policies

China is legally allowing three child families to slow the plunge in births. there are also other pro-child policies. The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress canceled the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Science, Technology, China, Economy, World, Innovation, Population

Samsung’s refined Galaxy Fold

Samsung wasn’t quite ready to declare the Galaxy Note dead. Not just yet. When we put the question to the company again after this month’s Unpacked event, a rep told us: Samsung is constantly evaluating its product lineup to ensure we meet the needs of consumers, while introducing technology that enhances users’ mobile experiences. We will not be launching new Galaxy Note devices in 2021. Instead, Samsung plans to continue to expand the Note experience and bring many of its popular productivity ...
Tags: Reviews, Hardware, Samsung, Tech, Brian, Pen, ZTE, Samsung Galaxy, Oppo, Corning, Fold, Brian Heater, Foldables, Galaxy Fold, Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3

Limerick-Off Monday – Rhyme Word: LOON or LUNE or BALLOON or SALOON at the end of any one line (Submission Deadline: September 4, 2021)

It’s Limerick-Off time, once again. And that means I write a limerick, and you write your own, using the same rhyme word. Then you post your limerick(s) as a comment to this post and, if you’re a Facebook user, on Facebook too. I hope you’ll join me in writing limericks using LOON or LUNE or BALLOON or SALOON at the end of any one line. (Homonyms or homophones are fine.) The best submission will be crowned Limerick-Off Award Winner. (Here’s last week’s Limerick-Off Award Winner.) Additionally, ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Humor, Contests, Loon, Limerick, Writing Prompts, Limericks, Facebook Limerick, Behavior & Personality, Clothing Humor, Limerick Competition, Limerick Contest, Limerick Writing Contest, Limerick & Haiku Prompts, Limerick-Offs

Microsoft-Owned Bethesda Releases New 'Enhanced' Version of Quake 1

"A newly-enhanced edition of the original Quake has been officially revealed by Bethesda at QuakeCon 2021," reports GamesRadar+ The updated edition of the classic 1996 first-person shooter is out right now on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and Nintendo Switch. There's updated visuals, online and local multiplayer, and new content available in the enhanced edition of Quake. Two expansions for the original game — The Scourge of Armagon and Dissolution ...
Tags: Microsoft, Tech, Nintendo, Bethesda, Wolfenstein, QuakeCon, Microsoft Bethesda

How to master Safari tabs in MacOS Monterey

These are the top tips and tricks to mastering Safari on your Mac. Put them to use, and you’ll have new ways to get even more from Apple’s MacOS web browser.
Tags: Apple, Trends, Safari, Computing, Tabs, macOS, macOS Monterey

Moderna Will Start Its First Human Trials of an mRNA Vaccine for HIV

CNET reports: Using the same mRNA technology that broke the mold with effective COVID-19 vaccines, Moderna has developed two vaccines for HIV. The first phase of testing for both could begin as early as Thursday, according to a post on the National Institutes of Health website for clinical trials. Phase 1 of the vaccine trial will test the vaccines' safety, as well as measure immunity and antibody responses. If the vaccines prove to be safe, they'll need to go through additional testing for rese...
Tags: Tech, United Nations, National Institutes of Health, Cnet, Moderna, Axios Vaccines

2G and 3G Networks Are Shutting Down. Should You Consider 5G For IoT?

"There is no simple answer to this question," argues an article at EE Times. At least, not yet... Slashdot reader dkatana shares their report: For most industrial IoT applications, the question remains: Do I need 5G for my IoT connections? It depends on the connectivity, the devices, and many other factors. First, does the project need cellular connectivity? There are several wireless low-power wide-area networks (LPWANs) using different radios that can be used without incurring the cost of ce...
Tags: US, Tech, Verizon Wireless, Sprint, Sigfox, T Mobile

Tomtom Rider 550 Review

Tomtom Rider 550 Review Tomtom Rider550, the Best GPS for Your Motorcycle Trips TomTom Rider550 GPS for Motorcycles. I understand what you are thinking. Smartphones have made it seem like the end of devices such as these. But this isn’t true. Due to its affordability and many features, such as speed camera warnings (and lane guidance), the rider 500 series is still very popular among motorcyclists. Here are some things I found out about this particular model from their website (www.tomtommot...
Tags: Google, Europe, Leadership, America, Siri, Earth, Gps, Garmin, TomTom, Siri Google, Voice Command, Siri Google Assistant, Tom Rider, TomTom LIVE Services, Garmin Zuma

‘How to hire’ is the new ‘how to conserve runway’

Thanks for reading Startups Weekly. Want the weekly digest in your inbox every Saturday? Sign up here.  When COVID-19 first began to infect the world, my interviews with venture capitalists all somewhat fit into the same mold. Investors would tell me that they’re “triaging” their own portfolio to understand how to help startups rocked by the pandemic. While no one outright said that they would stop investing in new opportunities, many spoke on turning inward, instead of outward, to navigate the ...
Tags: Google, TC, Facebook, Spotify, Tech, Chicago, Brazil, Crypto, Seth Rogen, Yik Yak, EC, Nea, Greylock, Lucas Matney, Operations, Newsletters

A New Volcanic Island Has Appeared Near Japan

"A new island has been discovered near Iwo Jima," reports long-time Slashdot reader thephydes, "located around 1,200 kilometers [746 miles] south of Tokyo, after a submarine volcano began erupting late last week, the Japan Coast Guard said Monday." Japan Times reports: The new island is C-shaped with a diameter of approximately 1 kilometer [0.6 miles]. It was discovered after the volcano some 50 km south of Iwo Jima, part of the Ogasawara Islands in the Pacific Ocean, started erupting on Frida...
Tags: Japan, Tech, Tokyo, Pacific Ocean, Slashdot, Japan Times, Iwo Jima, Japan Coast Guard, Ogasawara Islands, coast guard Read

Garmin Drive 60Lmt Review

Garmin Drive 60Lmt Gps Navigator Full Review Garmin Drivesmart-60Lmt-D-Smart Features DriveSmart comes with all of the same features that the basic Drive. Real Directions, which makes use of landmarks to give directions, will say “turn left at church”, or maybe it’s traffic lights. The system also sends you notifications when your vehicle is approaching schools. DriveSmart also has Driver Awareness features. It also provides verbal commands to take into consideration landmarks and notify you...
Tags: Google, Europe, UK, Leadership, Virginia, Silicon Valley, Gps, Garmin, TomTom, Western Europe, Drivesmart, Philly, Tom, Crutchfield, LM, Garmin Express

ICYMI: We open (and close) the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3

Engadget's tech reviews this week include the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 smartphone and the Google Pixel 5a smartphone..
Tags: Google, Engadget, Samsung Galaxy Z Flip

Tracking startup growth rates

Welcome back to The TechCrunch Exchange, a weekly startups-and-markets newsletter. It’s inspired by what the weekday Exchange column digs into, but free, and made for your weekend reading. Want it in your inbox every Saturday? Sign up here.  Hey friends! This week was more than hectic, so we have a lot of ground to cover. Below are more notes on the Brazilian IPO market, more coverage of the Chicago startup scene and a host of numbers from startups concerning their recent growth results. So, if ...
Tags: TC, Tech, Indianapolis, Chicago, Brazil, Aws, Chicagoland, St Louis, Detroit, TechStars, Black, Midwest, SPAC, GAAP, UIC, Newsletters

'No Service' Bug Hits Some IOS 14.7.1 Users After Updating Their IPhones

"What seemed like a small update has, for some, turned into a huge headache," reports ZDNet: Over on Apple's support forum, there are several threads from users complaining that iOS 14.7.1 broke their iPhones, causing a "no service" problem where users are unable to connect to cell service. Ther">e are similar threads on Apple's developer forums as well. While there doesn't seem to be a pattern to which phones are affected, I've seen reports of everything from the iPhone 6 to iPhone 12 affect...
Tags: Apple, Tech, Forbes, Slashdot

New Report Suggests a Different Chinese Government Cover-Up on Covid-19 Origins

"COVID-19 origin theorists could be right about a Chinese government cover-up," reports The Week, "but they might have their sights set in the wrong direction, an American virologist suggested to Bloomberg." When an international group of experts organized by the World Health Organization traveled to Wuhan, China, earlier this year to research the origins of the coronavirus that sparked the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, they visited the Baishazhou market, which is larger, but perhaps less well-kno...
Tags: China, Tech, Bloomberg, Beijing, World Health Organization, Chinese communist party, Wuhan, Foreign Ministry, University of Utah, Xiao, Goldstein, Wuhan China, Geng Shuang, Stephen Goldstein, COVID, Xiao Xiao

Apple and Google ordered by Russia's media authority to take down the app of Vladimir Putin's biggest opponent

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, his wife Yulia, opposition politician Lyubov Sobol and other demonstrators march in memory of murdered Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov in downtown Moscow on February 29, 2020. KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP via Getty Images Russia's media authority has ordered Google and Apple to take down Alexei Navalny's app. Navalny, who is currently in prison in Russia, is President Vladimir Putin's biggest opponent. The move appears to be the latest attempt b...
Tags: Apple, Google, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Germany, Angela Merkel, Russia, US, International, Trends, Joe Biden, Serbia, Moscow, Kremlin, Alexei Navalny, Boris Nemtsov

Google has already discontinued the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a with 5G

Google just released the excellent and relatively inexpensive Pixel 5a, and the company has also already given us a look at the upcoming...
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China roundup: Beijing takes stake in ByteDance, Amazon continues China crackdown

Hello and welcome back to TechCrunch’s China roundup, a digest of recent events shaping the Chinese tech landscape and what they mean to people in the rest of the world. This week, investors’ concerns mount as news came that the Chinese government has taken a stake ByteDance, TikTok’s parent and one of the world’s largest private internet firms. Meanwhile, Amazon’s crackdown on Chinese sellers continues and is forcing many traders in southern China out of business, and the government passed a sw...
Tags: Amazon, TC, China, Tech, Joe Biden, Beijing, Marco Rubio, Biden, Seattle, Weibo, Cayman Islands, Shenzhen, Trump, Communist Party, U S, Ministry of Commerce

GM Recalls 73,000 More of Its Chevy 'Bolt' Electric Cars Over Fire Risk

In November GM recalled 69,000 of its "Bolt" electric cars after five reported fires and two minor injuries. Last month they issued a second recall "after at least two of the electric vehicles that were repaired for a previous problem erupted into flames," CNBC reported. And then Friday the company expanded that recall "due to potential fire risk." The recall expansion is expected to cost the automaker an additional $1 billion, bringing the total to $1.8 billion to replace potentially defecti...
Tags: Tech, Canada, Gm, Cnbc, Chevy Bolt Electric Cars

Google Ads Includes Impression Share Data in Custom Columns via @sejournal, @hoffman8

Google Ads has announced that some impression share metrics will now be available for use within custom columns. Learn more!The post appeared first on Search Engine Journal.
Tags: Google, News, Seo, Paid Search

The party’s over: China clamps down on its tech billionaires

The startling rise to wealth of the nation’s entrepreneurs has been an affront to Beijing’s political philosophy and increasingly, a threat to the communist partyIn a Politburo group study session on 23 November 2015, China’s president, Xi Jinping, recommended the book Capital in the Twenty-First Century by the French economist Thomas Piketty. “The rich data he used demonstrated that … unrestrained capitalism accelerates wealth inequality … [His] conclusion is worth us pondering on.”Back then, P...
Tags: Business, Technology, China, Social Media, World news, Beijing, Asia Pacific, Xi Jinping, Alibaba, Tencent, Thomas Piketty, Piketty, Jack Ma, Chinese Economy, Politburo, Tiktok

Former Loki Developer Jerryrigs a Multiplayer Zork, Available Via Telnet

Programmer Ryan C. Gordon (also known as icculus) is a former employee at Loki Software, one of the first companies to port videogames from Microsoft Windows to Linux, according to his Wikipedia page. He's still hosting many Loki software projects at, "as well as several new projects created by himself and others." He's also Slashdot reader #32,040, and dropped by this week with a very special announcement: I took Zork 1 and made it into a multiplayer game! You can try it yourse...
Tags: Microsoft, Wikipedia, Tech, Telnet, Loki, Slashdot, Jerryrigs, Programmer Ryan C Gordon, Loki Software

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