Valve takes down user tributes memorializing the New Zealand shooting suspect

Valve takes down user tributes memorializing the New Zealand shooting suspect

Valve removed more than 100 tributes to the alleged white supremacist responsible for the mass shooting at a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand from Steam profiles, says Kotaku. In the days after the attack, it found that numerous users updated their profiles to include the name or image of the shooter, and in one case, a GIF of the attack. Kotaku says that it initially saw 66 profiles that paid tribute to the shooter in…

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Trump doesn’t think white nationalism is a threat — but data says otherwise

Trump doesn’t think white nationalism is a threat — but data says otherwise

Nearly 50 people were allegedly killed by a man in New Zealand who was inspired by white nationalist ideas. The US is no better off. After a gunman inspired by the white nationalist ideas that fuel violence and attempted violence in the United States and elsewhere allegedly killed 49 people at mosques in New Zealand Friday, Donald Trump was asked whether he thought white nationalism is a global rising threat. The United States president responded:…

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How the Christchurch shooter used memes to spread hate

How the Christchurch shooter used memes to spread hate

Learning from years of online right-wing extremism, the shooter made his manifesto a weaponized shitpost. The man who allegedly shot and killed 49 people at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand framed the attack as a real-life escalation of meme-based internet culture. Police are currently investigating a sprawling 74-page manifesto that the 28-year-old suspect allegedly wrote and posted on social media shortly before the attack. The document rails against Muslims and immigrants and includes several…

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Spotify responds to Apple, calling it a ‘monopolist’

Spotify responds to Apple, calling it a ‘monopolist’

The tit-for-tat war of words between Spotify and Apple continued today, with the former calling the latter a “monopolist,” and that it’s response to the lawsuit was “entirely in line with our expectations,” according to Variety. The statement is the latest in a highly public spat between the two companies. On Wednesday, Spotify filed a complaint with the European Union, alleging that Apple uses unfair practices in the App Store. Specifically, Spotify is upset at…

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Judge stays Kentucky’s fetal heartbeat bill, keeping the state’s lone abortion clinic open — for now

Judge stays Kentucky’s fetal heartbeat bill, keeping the state’s lone abortion clinic open — for now

Kentucky’s would-be ban is just the latest in a growing number of Roe challenges. A federal judge temporarily blocked a Kentucky law that would effectively ban abortions in the state on Friday — the latest battle site in the right’s ongoing campaign to bring legislation to the Supreme Court that could challenge Roe v. Wade. US District Judge David Hale, who was appointed by President Barack Obama in 2014, blocked Senate Bill 9, Kentucky’s “fetal…

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Apple and Stanford’s Apple Watch study identified irregular heartbeats in over 2,000 patients

Apple and Stanford’s Apple Watch study identified irregular heartbeats in over 2,000 patients

Apple and the Stanford University School of Medicine each issued press releases today citing the results of the Apple Heart Study that they jointly announced in November 2017. Stanford Medicine also took its findings to the American College of Cardiology’s 68th Annual Scientific Session and Expo today. Apple fully funded the study. The Apple Heart Study, which did not include the Apple Watch Series 4 (with its built-in ECG feature), included 419,093 participants. Apple says…

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