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Google Tells Its Workers Vaccinations Are RequiredGoogle is putting itself in the vaccination-mandate camp. CEO Sundar Pichai told employees in a Wednesday morning email that anyone working at its US campuses must be vaccinated. That policy will be expanded to its other locations around the globe in the coming months, he said, per the Wall Street...
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Video Game Developer Faces Mutiny Over Lawsuit ResponseMore than 2,000 current and former Activision Blizzard employees have signed a letter to management saying its response to a lawsuit alleging widespread sexual harassment and discrimination is "abhorrent and insulting." A week-old complaint filed by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing following a two-year investigation alleged...
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'Vigilante' App Raises Eyebrows in NYC, LAThere's a new twist to local journalism in New York City and Los Angeles, and it's raising eyebrows. Citizen, which already has upward of 7 million users in dozens of US cities, promises safety alerts in real time, but recent job listings seen by the New York Post show the...
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Introducing Nokia's 'Life-Proof,' 'Military Grade' SmartphoneIf you're hard on phones, you may want to check out Nokia's latest smartphone. The XR20 is "life-proof," the company claims, able to survive after being dropped six feet without a case; submerged in water as much as five feet deep for as long as an hour; or subjected to...
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Electric Vehicle Sales Rise Faster Than Overall MarketWith Tesla out front, electric car sales have jumped in 2021, to more than twice that of the first half of last year. At the same time, Wards Intelligence data show total vehicle sales in the US up 29%, the Wall Street Journal reports. The Model Y crossover SUV, which...
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Mercedes Accelerates Shift to ElectricThe parent company of Mercedes-Benz said Thursday it's speeding up the timetable for switching to electric vehicles. Although it added a caveat about assuming market conditions allow it, Daimler AG announced the luxury brand expects to "be ready to go all electric at the end of the decade," CNBC reports....
Newser9 days ago
Priest Case Shows 'Weaponization' of App Data Is HereA Catholic priest resigned from a top role at the US Conference of Catholic Bishops this week after a news site exposed his alleged use of the Grindr gay hookup app—but Monsignor Jeffrey Burrill isn't the only person in the US with secrets to hide, and analysts say the...
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Britain Is Having a 'Pingdemic'The Germans have " mindestabstandsregelung ." Now the Brits have a new word of their own born of the coronavirus: "pingdemic." The details: The word: Pingdemic refers to the constant pinging of smartphones currently taking place across the country in regard to COVID, reports the BBC . A contact-tracing app introduced by the...
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Bezos' Nod to Amazon Workers Does Not Go Over WellAfter his quick trip to space on Tuesday, Jeff Bezos had some people to thank. "I want to thank every Amazon employee, and every Amazon customer because you guys paid for all this," the world's richest man said at a news conference, per CBS News . That comment probably didn't land...
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Marjorie Taylor Greene Tweet Gets Her SuspendedMarjorie Taylor Greene has gotten her second 12-hour Twitter suspension of the year after tweets spreading vaccine misinformation. Two of her tweets have been labeled "misleading" by the social media company recently, CNN reports. One of the tweets had to do with her belief that COVID-19 vaccines should not be...
Newser11 days ago
Cops Use Steamroller to Crush Bitcoin Mining RigsA crushing defeat for Bitcoin miners in Malaysia: Authorities in the city of Miri used a steamroller to flatten 1,069 Bitcoin mining rigs in the police station's parking lot, CNBC reports. The machines, which solve complex equations to unlock blocks of the cryptocurrency, were used in illegal operations that...
Newser12 days ago
Biden to Facebook: You're Not Killing PeoplePresident Biden was pretty ticked at Facebook . Then Facebook got pretty ticked at Biden . Now Biden wants everyone to just get along—and work together to stop the antivaccine misinformation campaign. After saying Facebook and other social media giants that give platforms to antivaxxers are "killing people," CNBC reports Biden...
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Facebook Pushes Back on Biden's 'Killing People' ClaimFacebook hosts a lot of good information about the COVID vaccine on its platform, and doesn’t deserve to be blamed for deaths, its vice president of integrity said. Guy Rosen pushed back on President Joe Biden’s claim that social media companies are “killing people,” CNBC reports. Rosen also testily pointed...
Newser13 days ago
'Disinformation Dozen' Pushes Most Antivaccine ContentTwelve people are responsible for 73% of COVID misinformation on Facebook. A group called the Center for Countering Digital Hate says it looked at content posted on Facebook and antivaccine Facebook groups in February and March, and then monitored how the content was shared. The group says antivaccine influencers make...
Newser13 days ago
Biden Is Onto Something With 'They're Killing People'There was no nuance, no hedging in President Biden's answer Friday when he was asked if he had anything to say to social media companies in the face of the worsening pandemic. "They're killing people," Biden said. He added, "The only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated"; cases are...
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