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Open offices are as bad as they seem—they reduce face-to-face time by 70%
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Enlarge / Looks like someone has a case of the Mondays. (credit: Getty | Ian Nicholson) Tearing down walls and cubicles in offices may actually build up more barriers to productivity and collaboration, according to a new study. Employees at two Fortune 500 multinational companies saw face-to-face interaction time drop by about 70 percent, the […]

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Facebook would make a martyr by banning Infowars
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Alex Jones’ Infowars is a fake news-peddler. But Facebook deleting its Page could ignite a fire that consumes the network. Still, some critics are asking why it hasn’t done so already. This week Facebook held an event with journalists to discuss how it combats fake news. The company’s recently appointed head of News Feed John Hegeman […]

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Billy Dee Williams will reprise the role of Lando Calrissian in Episode IX
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Enlarge / Billy Dee Williams attends the Premiere Of Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm’s Solo: A Star Wars Story. (credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images) Reports have begun to trickle in about exactly which characters and actors to expect in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode IX, with some reports proving firmer than others. This week brings one of […]

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Facebook Messenger may soon flag DMs from fake accounts
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While Facebook-owned WhatsApp is starting to label messages to fight fake news, Facebook proper seems to be doing something similar. According to a report at Motherboard, the social media company is testing a system to tell you whether your direct me…

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Wait—the RateMyProfessors.com “hotness” chili was about attractiveness?
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Enlarge / So long, red chili pepper of hotness. This week, Buzzfeed reported that RateMyProfessors.com was dropping its “hotness” rating for professors after an outcry from female professors who said that the rating was sexist. RateMyProfessors was right to do so; professorial competence and perceived attractiveness have nothing to do with one another. The rating […]

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Netgear’s Arlo security camera spin-off files for IPO
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Netgear’s Arlo wing has been a surprise hit for the networking company. The line of cameras are relatively new to the market, but they’ve utterly dominated the connected security space, breathing new life into the company in the process. Back in February, Netgear spun off Arlo, courtesy of unanimous board approval and announced plans to […]

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European MEPs vote to reopen copyright debate over ‘censorship’ controversy
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A 318-278 majority of MEPs in the European Parliament has just voted to reopen debate around a controversial digital copyright reform proposal — meaning it will now face further debate and scrutiny, rather than be fast-tracked towards becoming law via the standard EU trilogue negotiation process. Crucially it means MEPs will have the chance to […]

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Companies Must Let Customers Cancel Subscriptions Online, California Law Says
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A California law that went into effect July 1 is aimed at making it easier for customers to cancel their subscriptions online. From a report: The law states that customers who accept an automatic renewal or continuous service offer online must be able to cancel the service online. That could include a pre-written “termination email” […]

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2018 iPhones might use LG's OLED displays, and how we put iOS 12 on an iPhone 5S     – CNET
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Plus, a new trick with Amazon Alexa. We’ve got your iPhone news this week.

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