A pinch where it hurts: Can Facebook weather the…

On Wednesday, more than 500 companies kicked off an advertising boycott intended to pressure Facebook into taking a stronger stand against hate speech

World's Fastest Supercomputer Joins the Fight…

World's Fastest Supercomputer Joins the Fight Against COVID-19 Japan's Fugaku supercomputer recently surpassed a U.S. IBM machine as the world's fasted computer. Now, it's being used to help tackle the global health crisis. Satoshi Matsuoka, head of Riken Center for Computational Science, commented about the computer's capabilities. Satoshi Matsuoka, via statement Fugaku is already being used to develop a better understanding of how coronavirus can be halted in specific environments such as office spaces. Researchers hope it will help to identify potential treatments for the disease in 2021. Fugaku is able to carry out 2.8 times more calculations per second than the IBM computer known as Summit.

Reddit Bans Popular Pro-Trump Forum

A popular Reddit forum that described itself as "a never-ending rally dedicated to the 45th President of the United States" has been banned as part of the site's crackdown on hate speech. The r/The_Donald subreddit, launched in the early days of President Trump's campaign in 2015, was banned for frequent...

California sues Cisco for bias based on Indian…

California regulators have sued Cisco Systems for discriminating against an engineer at the company's headquarters because he is a Dalit Indian

How The Facebook Ad Boycott May Also Help Fight…

It's been difficult for regulators to hold Facebook legally accountable for its business practices, but experts think advertisers might be able to.

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Teen Likely to Be First Millennial Saint

The Catholic Church is one step closer to having its first millennial saint, NBC News reports. A miracle has now been attributed to Carlo Acutis, a London-born Italian teen who died in 2006 at age 15 from leukemia. Carlo taught himself how to program on his family's old computer, and...

Adobe Officially Confirms the End of Flash Player

Adobe Officially Confirms the End of Flash Player In 2017, the computer software company announced it would cease to produce updates for the Flash Player. Now, Adobe has confirmed that the flash player will no longer be supported after December 31. Adobe, via statement Adobe gave three years' notice to Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft so they could "migrate existing Flash content as needed to new, open standards."

Alaska Airlines 'Yellow Card' Policy Warns…

Alaska Airlines initiated a "yellow card" policy for travelers refusing to wear a mask. The yellow card is a warning to travelers that they could be banned from future travel on the airline.

Hot news cycle leads CNN to best ratings in 40…

A busy stretch of news with the coronavirus pandemic and racial demonstrations in the United States has led CNN to its best ratings in the network's 40-year history

Xbox Celebrates Pride Month With $250K Donation…

Xbox Celebrates Pride Month With $250K Donation and More In addition to the donation, Microsoft is "honoring" Pride month by unveiling plans for its gaming division, including a curated list of inclusive titles across both its console and PC collections. Microsoft store category manager Garron Ballard provided updates via the Xbox website. Garron Ballard, via Xbox website Garron Ballard, via Xbox website He also addressed the company's gaming roster, and revealed these titles will be highlighted throughout the month. Garron Ballard, via Xbox website Garron Ballard, via Xbox website

Goldman Sachs Has New Font, With a Weird Catch

Much as the first rule of Fight Club is not to talk about Fight Club, the first rule of using the new Goldman Sachs font is ... not to talk about Goldman Sachs disparagingly using the Goldman Sachs font. Per the Verge , the new "Goldman Sans" typeface can be used in...

Israeli lawmakers approve phone tracking of virus…

Israel’s parliament has approved a law granting the country’s internal security agency limited authority to use phone surveillance to track coronavirus cases

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Detroit Man's Arrest Highlights Racial Bias In…

Robert Williams' case sheds light on how facial recognition algorithms make far more false identifications of Black and Asian faces than White ones.

Facebook Relents Amid Growing Boycott

The boycott appears to have worked. Facebook said Friday it will begin removing posts that it says incite violence or attempt to suppress voter turnout—even if they are from politicians including President Trump, reports the Washington Post . "There are no exceptions," CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a town hall...

Facebook Allows Users to Turn off Political Ads

Facebook Allows Users to Turn off Political Ads Mark Zuckerberg announced that the app will give people the choice to mute ads promoting parties they are not interested in. Mark Zuckerberg, via 'USA Today' The social network's sister app, Instagram, will also have this function. It's currently rolling out in the U.S., but it will be made available in other countries later this year.

Sling TV Promises to Keep Prices Level Following…

Sling promises its existing customers that it will not raise prices following an announcement from YouTube that its service price would jump $15.

Zoom got big fast. Then videobombers made it…

Zoom became a household name while connecting work colleagues, church and school groups, friends, family, book clubs and others during stay-at-home lockdowns, but it also has gained a reputation for lax security as intruders barged into private meetings or just spied on intimate conversations occurring on the videoconferencing service

Free PlayStation Plus Games for June 2020

Free PlayStation Plus Games for June 2020 According to 'Forbes,' 'Star Wars: Battlefront II' and 'Call Of Duty: WWII' are available next month free of charge. They follow 'Cities: Skylines' and 'Farming Simulator 19,' which dropped in May and can be downloaded until June 1. 'Battlefront' and 'Call of Duty' are first-person competitive shooters in completely different settings. They will be available to play until July 6. EA's 'Battlefront II' puts you in various scenarios from the legendary 'Star Wars' film series. Gamers can choose to play on the sides of the Empire and First Order or take part in the Resistance. In Sledgehammer Games' 'Call of Duty,' take part in multiple missions across Europe inspired by historical events. Besides the standard story mode, you can also switch over to multiplayer.

Industry Giant Joins Boycott of Facebook, Twitter

Unilever has announced that it will pull its advertising from Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram—joining the campaign to pressure the social media companies to do more to combat hate speech and disinformation on their sites. Unilever owns a list of well-known consumer brands, including Dove, Lipton, Hellmann's, and Vaseline. Unilever...

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UK regulator urges reforms to curb Google…

British regulators want new rules to foster competition in digital advertising markets and rein in the industry’s dominant players, Google and Facebook

Why Video Games Are Looking More Like Movies

"The Last of Us: Part 2" is the latest big-budget game to showcase the connections between cinema and video games.

Twitter Rival Sees Huge Surge in 3 Days

It's not quite a stampede, but a migration of conservative Twitter users to rival Parler accelerated this week after Twitter shut down two prominent pro-Trump accounts. Some 500,000 new users signed up to Parler in the space of three days, boosting its total to 1.5 million, compared to...