Twitter’s ban almost doubled attention for Biden misinformation

The news: When Twitter banned, and then unbanned, links to a questionably sourced New York Post article about Joe Biden’s son Hunter, its stated intention was to prevent people from spreading harmful false material as America heads into the final stretch of the election campaign. But thanks to the cycle of misinformation—and claims from conservatives […]

AI Weekly: U.S. lawmakers decry the chilling effect of federal surveillance at protests

There’s a thread that runs through police violence against Black people and connects to overpolicing, onerous and problematic tactics like facial recognition, AI-powered predictive policing, and federal agencies’ surveillance of protestors. It’s almost a loop; at the very least, it’s a knot. For months, American citizens have tirelessly protested against police violence, largely in response […]

The RetroBeat: 30 years of Monkey Island

This week, The Secret of Monkey Island turned 30 years old. Monkey Island is one of my favorite video game series, and Secret is the one that started the beautiful franchise. The Monkey Island games are point-and-click adventures. They focus on exploration and puzzle-solving, and you navigate your character, the wannabe pirate Guybrush Threepwood, by […]

September 2020 NPD: Avengers and Mario lead strong transition into autumn

Americans showed up to celebrate Super Mario’s 35th anniversary by giving a lot of money to Nintendo for Super Mario 3D All-Stars and the Nintendo Switch. Other major releases, like Marvel’s Avengers, also helped fuel year-over-year growth. Here are the full results for September 2020’s game sales from industry-tracking firm The NPD Group: September 2020 […]

Twitter’s ‘Hacked Materials’ Rule Tries to Thread an Impossible Needle

Twitter for years functioned as an unrestricted mouthpiece for hackers of all stripes, from freewheeling hacktivists like Anonymous to the Kremlin-created cutouts like Guccifer 2.0. But as the company tries to crack down on hackers’ use of its platform to distribute their stolen information, it’s finding that that’s not a simple decision. And now, less […]

FCC asks Justice Department to weigh in on China Unicom U.S. operations

By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) asked the Justice Department and other U.S. agencies to detail if China Unicom’s continued U.S operations pose national security risks, according to a letter released Friday. In April, the FCC issued show-cause orders warning it might shut down the U.S. operations of three state-controlled […]

Uber seeking options including partial sale for Uber Elevate: Axios

(Reuters) – Uber Technologies Inc is seeking options for its Uber Elevate business, including strategic partnerships or a partial sale, Axios reported on Friday, citing multiple sources. The move reflects Chief Executive Officer Dara Khosrowshahi’s obsession with achieving profitability, the report added. (https://bit.ly/31f3bub) Uber declined to comment on the report. (Reporting by Tiyashi Datta in […]

Twitter CEO says blocking New York Post article without context was wrong

(Reuters) – Twitter Inc <TWTR.N> CEO Jack Dorsey said on Friday his company had been wrong to block links to an article making claims about Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s son. “Our goal is to attempt to add context, and now we have capabilities to do that,” he tweeted https://twitter.com/jack/status/1317081843443912706. The company sparked an outcry […]

ESA Foundation leader explains why diversity in games matters more than ever

Anastasia Staten isn’t able to auction off cool vacations to game industry executives at an in-person charity dinner this year due to the pandemic. But the executive director of the ESA Foundation, which uses the donations to make grants to nonprofits that work on behalf of kids, is still campaigning on behalf of the women […]

ProBeat: Shame on tech companies that don’t give employees time off to vote

This week, thousands of Amazon employees petitioned for paid time off to vote. The petition asked Amazon “to provide the entire U.S. employee workforce with a paid day/shift off that can be used anytime between now and Election Day on November 3. This additional paid day/shift must be available to all employees every year.” Given […]