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The broken record: Why Barr’s call against end-to-end encryption is nuts
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Enlarge / The US, UK, and Australia want Facebook to hold off on end-to-end encrypting Messenger until they have a way to inject themselves into the conversation. (credit: picture alliance / Getty Images) Here we go again. US Attorney General William Barr is leading a charge to press Facebook and other Internet services to terminate […]

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Sony's PS5 and Microsoft's Xbox Join the Fight Against Climate Change
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Both Sony and Microsoft on Monday committed to making their future video game consoles better for the planet. The two console makers laid out their plans alongside the UN Climate Summit as part of the Playing for the Planet Alliance. From a report: Microsoft will start a pilot program to create 825,000 carbon neutral Xbox […]

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Verizon Steps Up Fight Against Rampant Robocalls
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Verizon, the No. 1 mobile carrier in the United States, this week introduced a free version of its robocall-blocking app, which will be standard on all new Android devices. The company further announced that it will auto-enroll eligible Android users to its Call Filter service and block what are seen as “high-risk” calls. This includes […]

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US Officials Fear Ransomware Attack Against 2020 Election
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The U.S. government plans to launch a program in roughly one month that narrowly focuses on protecting voter registration databases and systems ahead of the 2020 presidential election. From a report: These systems, which are widely used to validate the eligibility of voters before they cast ballots, were compromised in 2016 by Russian hackers seeking […]

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Google Employee Alleges Discrimination Against Pregnant Women In Viral Memo
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A Google employee has written a memo accusing the company of discriminating and retaliating against her for being pregnant. According to Motherboard, the memo has been seen by more than 10,000 employees. From the report: Last week, the woman posted the memo, titled “I’m Not Returning to Google After Maternity Leave, and Here is Why,” […]

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'Apex Legends' will pit cheaters against each other
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Respawn may have a particularly poetic way to exact justice on Apex Legends cheaters: give them a taste of their own medicine. The studio has revealed that its anti-cheating efforts will include matchmaking between detected cheaters and spam account…

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The Case Against Breaking Up Big Tech Companies
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This week The Street ran a new article arguing that “Breaking Up Google, Apple, Amazon and Facebook Is Not the Solution”: The Microsoft anti-trust case twenty years ago showed that judges are reluctant to break up companies even when there are definite signs of market abuse… Technology is a better solution to create competition. Things […]

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Rowing against the current     – CNET
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Despite serious technology glitches and a hurricane, Tori Murden McClure didn’t give up on her dream of rowing across the Atlantic Ocean.

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Use of Male Mice Skews Drug Research Against Women, Study Finds
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An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: The male mind is rational and orderly while the female one is complicated and hormonal. It is a stereotype that has skewed decades of neuroscience research towards using almost exclusively male mice and other laboratory animals, according to a new study. Scientists have typically justified excluding […]

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