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Federal court strikes down FCC effort to relax media ownership rules     – CNET
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The Third Circuit once again chastised the agency for not considering how local media consolidation will affect women and minorities.

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FCC approves Nexstar’s $6.4 billion acquisition of Tribune Media
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The long, drawn out saga over Tribune Media Company's fate could soon come to an end. Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved the sale of Tribune to Nexstar Media Group. The $6.4 billion deal will create the nation's largest local…

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MIT's Epstein-Funded Media Lab Accused of Faking Hydroponic Plant Experiments
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An anonymous reader quotes Business Insider: An ambitious project that purported to turn anyone into a farmer with a single tool is scraping by with smoke-and-mirror tactics, employees told Business Insider. The “personal food computer,” a device that MIT Media Lab senior researcher Caleb Harper presented as helping thousands of people across the globe grow […]

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Joi Ito resigns as MIT Media Lab head in wake of Jeffrey Epstein reporting
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Joichi Ito, the embattled director of the M.I.T. Media Lab, has stepped down according to a statement by MIT’s president, L. Rafael Reif. The news was first reported by The New York Times, which had received a copy of an email sent by Ito to university provost Martin A. Schmidt. “After giving the matter a great […]

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Harvard student gets into US after entry denied over friends' social media posts     – CNET
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Ismail Ajjawi had been sent home to Lebanon after hours of questioning in Boston, but ultimately made it back before classes began.

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The mainstream media have still not learned the lessons of Gamergate
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This week the New York Times published a five-years-later retrospective on Gamergate and its aftereffects, which is chilling and illuminating, and you should go read it. It makes an excellent case — several excellent written cases, actually — that “everything is Gamergate,” that it and its hate-screeching online mobs were the prototype for all the […]

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White House meets with social media giants on predicting mass shootings     – CNET
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It was a “productive discussion” on combating hateful and violent content online, says lobbying group the Internet Association.

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Trump wants social media to detect mass shooters     – CNET
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Obama, meanwhile, calls for tougher gun laws and says internet platforms need to reduce the influence of hate groups.

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Social Media, Crafters, Gamers and the Online Censorship Debate
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Ravelry, an online knitting community that has more than 8 million members, last month announced that it would ban forum posts, projects, patterns and even profiles from users who supported the Trump administration. “We cannot provide a space that is inclusive of all and also allow support for open white supremacy,” the administrators posted on […]

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