Facebook reportedly ignored its own research showing algorithms divided users

An internal Facebook report presented to executives in 2018 found that the company was well aware that its product, specifically its recommendation engine, stoked divisiveness and polarization, according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal. Yet, despite warnings about the effect this could have on society, Facebook leadership ignored the More...

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By S.P. On Monday, May 25th, 2020
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Small satellite launcher Virgin Orbit fails to launch rocket to space during first test flight

Update May 25th, 5:20PM ET: Virgin Orbit’s test flight ended in failure shortly after LauncherOne dropped from under the company’s carrier 747 airplane. Virgin Orbit confirmed that the drop was successful More...

By S.P. On Monday, May 25th, 2020
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Go read this history of the SimCity studio’s forgotten business games division

Popular “simulation games” like SimCity aren’t literally training players to run something like a city. But what would happen if they did? In the 1990s, SimCity studio Maxis tried to find out. In an exhaustively More...

By S.P. On Sunday, May 24th, 2020
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Sony’s Xperia 1 II ships in the US on July 24th for $1,199

Sony’s new flagship smartphone, the Xperia 1 II (pronounced “mark two”), will ship in the US starting July 24th for $1,199, the company announced. Pre-orders start on June 1st. And if you pre-order by More...

By S.P. On Sunday, May 24th, 2020
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New jailbreak tool works on Apple’s just-released iOS 13.5

A new tool by hacking group Unc0ver can jailbreak iOS 13.5, the just-released version of Apple’s mobile operating system, Wired reported. The group says the jailbreak, which works on iOS 11 and higher, is More...

By S.P. On Saturday, May 23rd, 2020
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Google Messages may finally be adding end-to-end encryption for RCS

An analysis of the latest update to Google Messages suggests it may be moving closer to having end-to-end encryption for RCS, according to 9to5 Google (via APKMirror). Rich communication services, or RCS, is More...

By S.P. On Saturday, May 23rd, 2020
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President Trump reportedly considering a panel to examine bias on social media

President Trump wants to create a panel that would look into complaints of bias against conservatives on social media and other online platforms, The Wall Street Journal reported. What authority the panel would More...

By S.P. On Friday, May 22nd, 2020
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Judge approves Faraday Future founder’s personal bankruptcy plan

Seven months after he filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy to deal with $3.6 billion in personal debt, the reorganization plan laid out by Jia Yueting — the tycoon founder of troubled EV startup Faraday Future More...

By S.P. On Friday, May 22nd, 2020
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Stargirl review: a superhero show that doesn’t know what to do with its nostalgia

Here’s something that can be easy to forget about comic book superheroes, given how popular they’ve become over the last decade: they’re really quite old. This is especially true for DC Comics characters More...

By S.P. On Thursday, May 21st, 2020
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Twitter brings its new quote tweet view to Android and the web

Twitter made it easier to see quote tweets on iOS on May 12th, and that new functionality is now available on Twitter for Android and for the web, the company announced today. If you tap or click on the “Retweets” More...