Facebook joins Twitter, deletes Trump campaign’s false COVID-19 claims

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Source: Ars Technica – Facebook joins Twitter, deletes Trump campaign’s false COVID-19 claims

Covid-19 Sent a Healthy 40-Year-Old Man Into Life-Threatening Catatonia, Doctors Say

A man’s encounter with covid-19 likely led to him experiencing life-threatening catatonia that erased days of his memory, according to doctors in Sweden. Though the man was able to recover without serious brain damage thanks to prompt treatment, the doctors warn that the man’s case may highlight a never-before-seen…

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Source: Gizmodo – Covid-19 Sent a Healthy 40-Year-Old Man Into Life-Threatening Catatonia, Doctors Say

Twitter adds labels to state-backed media and government accounts

Twitter wants to make it easier for users to identify official government accounts and state-affiliated media. The company will begin adding labels to accounts representing government officials and state-backed media.Twitter says it’s starting with “…

Source: Engadget – Twitter adds labels to state-backed media and government accounts

The macOS Big Sur Public Beta Is Available Now and Here's How to Get It

Apple has just announced the availability of the Public Beta for macOS Big Sur. This new version of macOS does away with a lot of the old and familiar design tropes associated with OS X and leans more heavily on touchscreen-style interfaces – a nod to the slow convergence of macOS and iOS.

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Source: Gizmodo – The macOS Big Sur Public Beta Is Available Now and Here’s How to Get It

Capital One To Pay $80 Million Fine After Data Breach

Capital One Financial Corp will pay an $80 million penalty to a U.S. bank regulator after the bank suffered a massive data breach one year ago. From a report: The fine, announced Thursday by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, punishes the bank for failing to adequately identify and manage risk as it moved significant portions of its technological operations to the cloud. “Safeguarding our customersâ(TM) information is essential to our role as a financial institution,” said a bank representative in a statement. “In the year since the incident, we have invested significant additional resources into further strengthening our cyber defenses, and have made substantial progress in addressing the requirements of these orders.” In July 2019, the bank disclosed that personal information including names and addresses of about 100 million individuals in the United States and 6 million people in Canada were obtained by a hacker. The suspected hacker was a former employee of Amazon Web Services, a cloud provider where the bank had moved some of its data.

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Pokémon: Twilight Wings' Final Episode Captures the Epic Majesty of Battling

The core Pokémon anime series and films have all followed teams of heroes embarking on adventures across the various regions that make up the Pokémon world. But the Pokémon Company’s Twilight Wings miniseries has been a slower, more free-flowing dive into the culture of Galar, where battles between gargantuan…

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Source: io9 – Pokémon: Twilight Wings’ Final Episode Captures the Epic Majesty of Battling

U.S. Army Esports Team Says It's Unbanning Americans Who Asked About W4r Cr1mes

The U.S. Army says it will restore Americans’ God-given right to shitpost on its esports channel, the premier destination for watching your favorite former sniper shoot up digital Middle Eastern villages. The Verge reports that the Army has decided to unban pesky anti-war Twitch commenters, with caveats ensuring that,…

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Source: Gizmodo – U.S. Army Esports Team Says It’s Unbanning Americans Who Asked About W4r Cr1mes

Google discontinues the Pixel 4 after less than a year of sales

The Pixel 4 is dead. That’s the official confirmation that Google sent to The Verge after people noticed the Google Store listed the phone as “out of stock.” The Pixel 4 started shipping October 24, 2019, so it was available for only nine-and-a-half months.

The Verge writes:

“Google Store has sold through its inventory and completed sales of Pixel 4 [and] 4 XL,” a Google spokesperson confirms to The Verge. “For people who are still interested in buying Pixel 4 [and] 4 XL, the product is available from some partners while supplies last. Just like all Pixel devices, Pixel 4 will continue to get software and security updates for at least three years from when the device first became available on the Google Store in the US.”

The Pixel 4 had the shortest life span of any Pixel phone, only lasting half as long as the other high-end models. The Pixel 1, 2, and 3 were all for sale for around 18 months. The midrange Pixel 3a, had a similarly short lifespan and was discontinued after about 13 months of sales.

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Source: Ars Technica – Google discontinues the Pixel 4 after less than a year of sales

US Now Offers $10 Million Reward For Election Interference Tips

The US Department of State announced today rewards of up to $10 million for any information leading to the identification of any person who works with or for a foreign government for the purpose of interfering with US elections through “illegal cyber activities.” From a report: This includes attacks against US election officials, US election infrastructure, voting machines, but also candidates and their staff. The announcement was made today, less than 100 days until the 2020 US Presidential Election that will have incumbent Donald Trump face off against Democrat candidate Joe Biden. Nevertheless, the Department of State said the reward is valid for any form of election hacking, at any level, such as elections held at the federal, state, or local level as well.

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The Atlantic Hurricane Forecast for This Year Just Got Way Worse

Perhaps you, like me, are done with the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season. Well, sucks to be us, because the heart of the season is still ahead, and a new forecast issued Thursday calls for the already hyperactive season to ramp up.

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Source: Gizmodo – The Atlantic Hurricane Forecast for This Year Just Got Way Worse

Doom Patrol's Abrupt Season 2 Finale Burns Bright Before Going Out Like a Light

Besides the usual themes of self-discovery, Doom Patrol’s second season has been all about finding out what to do about Niles Caulder’s increasingly dangerous daughter Dorothy. We knew some kind of standoff was inevitable, but leave it to Doom Patrol to find a way to pull us even deeper into its weirdness, surprise…

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Source: io9 – Doom Patrol’s Abrupt Season 2 Finale Burns Bright Before Going Out Like a Light

Trump admin shrugs off FCC court loss to fight Calif. net neutrality law

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The Trump administration and broadband industry are resuming their fight against California’s net neutrality law, with the US Department of Justice and ISP lobby groups filing new complaints against the state yesterday.

The case is nearly two years old but was put on hold because California in October 2018 agreed to suspend enforcement of its law until after litigation over the Federal Communications Commission’s repeal of US net neutrality rules and the FCC’s attempt to preempt state net neutrality laws. That lawsuit was decided in October 2019 when the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld the FCC repeal of its own rules but overturned the FCC’s attempt to impose a blanket, nationwide preemption of any state net neutrality law.

“At bottom, the Commission lacked the legal authority to categorically abolish all 50 States’ statutorily conferred authority to regulate intrastate communications,” judges in that case wrote. But that doesn’t prevent the Trump administration and ISPs from trying to block state laws on a case-by-case basis.

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Source: Ars Technica – Trump admin shrugs off FCC court loss to fight Calif. net neutrality law

Don't Make Toy Genitals Interactive

If you’re a caring and attentive parent and/or obsessed with Satanic, ritualized child trafficking, you’ll be familiar with the concept of “grooming,” in which an abuser slowly convinces a child that his or her sexual advances are normal and acceptable, culminating in the unthinkable.

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Source: Gizmodo – Don’t Make Toy Genitals Interactive

Google Has Already Discontinued the Pixel 4 and 4 XL

Google has already discontinued the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, its flagship phones that were released in October of last year. Both devices are out of stock in Google’s store in the US, though some variants are still available in other regions for the time being. A Google spokesperson told The Verge that the company will honor its three-year commitment on timely OS and security updates.

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Adobe and Box make it easier to create and edit PDFs in the cloud

It seems like Adobe’s on a mission as of late to make creating and editing PDFs much simpler. Its latest effort is an expanded partnership with Box, which will offer you more ways to use PDF files in the cloud.Through Adobe Acrobat for Box, which is…

Source: Engadget – Adobe and Box make it easier to create and edit PDFs in the cloud

Apple's Refreshed 27-Inch iMac Looks to Be a Powerhouse and the End of an Era

I haven’t used an iMac in years, but when I unboxed the 2020 refresh of Apple’s 27-inch all-in-one desktop, I admit it: I smiled. It looks just like it always has (or at least the way it has for more than a decade): simple and streamlined, with the same floating aluminum-and-glass design, seriously giant bezels, and…

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Source: Gizmodo – Apple’s Refreshed 27-Inch iMac Looks to Be a Powerhouse and the End of an Era