Big Tech needs regulation, but DC must go to school before it goes to work

Big Tech needs regulation, but DC must go to school before it goes to work

Here’s what the government needs to do before it starts regulating Google, Facebook, and Twitter. This week’s social media stunner involves YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki refusing to acknowledge YouTube’s radicalizing effect on our politics. This came on the heels of last week’s social media nightmare, featuring YouTube serving pedophiles videos of preteens in bathing suits. And this was just YouTube’s turn. Week after week, disturbing social media news hits, people are outraged, and lawmakers bellow….

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There’s no reason to trust Amazon’s Choice

There’s no reason to trust Amazon’s Choice

Ever since Amazon introduced its “Amazon’s Choice” label in 2015 to recommend certain products, a skeptical world has been trying to find out what the badge actually means — because some items that are “Amazon’s Choice” really shouldn’t be. Even if a product has the badge and seems to have a high star score, you still might wind up with a stinker that you’d have been warned against if you’d just done your homework, BuzzFeed…

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Hundreds of active and former police officers are part of extremist Facebook groups

Hundreds of active and former police officers are part of extremist Facebook groups

Hundreds of active and retired police officers and law enforcement personnel are congregating in private Facebook groups where they engage in open racism, Islamophobia, and even lend support to violent, anti-government groups, according to an investigation from nonprofit news organization Reveal, which is run by the US Center for Investigative Reporting. After Reveal notified law enforcement agencies, more than 50 departments have reportedly opened internal investigations. In some cases, departments say they’ll be evaluating officers’…

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Thousands of Swiss women walked out of their jobs to protest inequality

Thousands of Swiss women walked out of their jobs to protest inequality

It was the 28th anniversary of another historic strike. Thousands of women across Switzerland went on strike Friday to protest gender inequality in the country. The women demonstrators, many clad in purple, skipped work and instead took to the streets in cities across Switzerland to call for equal pay and equal rights. And they did so 28 years to the day after the historic 1991 women’s strike in Switzerland that put pressure on the government…

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Is it actually illegal to accept “campaign dirt” from foreigners?

Is it actually illegal to accept “campaign dirt” from foreigners?

The FEC chair: “It is illegal for any person to solicit, accept, or receive anything of value from a foreign national in connection with a U.S. election.” “I would not have thought I needed to say this,” Federal Election Commission head Ellen Weintraub tweeted regarding a statement she’d issued outlining why it’s illegal for US political candidates to accept contributions from foreign governments. Because somehow, the country is debating this yet again after President Donald…

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The unemployment rate for former inmates is incredibly high. Kim Kardashian wants to change that.

The unemployment rate for former inmates is incredibly high. Kim Kardashian wants to change that.

The reality TV star announced a partnership with Lyft that will provide rides for former inmates so they can get to job interviews. Kim Kardashian West and President Donald Trump have a new plan to help former inmates tackle unemployment, one of the largest obstacles to their reentry to civilian life. Their plan: a new partnership with ride-share giant Lyft that would provide formerly incarcerated people with gift cards for transportation to job interviews, work,…

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The summer solstice is coming: 9 things to know about the longest day of the year

The summer solstice is coming: 9 things to know about the longest day of the year

Why do we have a summer solstice, anyway? The summer solstice is almost upon us: June 21 will be the longest day of 2019 for anyone living north of the equator. If pagan rituals are your thing, this is probably a big moment for you. If not, the solstice is still pretty neat. Technically speaking, the summer solstice occurs when the sun is directly over the Tropic of Cancer, or 23.5 degrees north latitude. This…

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The Dead Don’t Die

The Dead Don’t Die

Bill Murray and Adam Driver lead an all-star cast in the zombie movie from Jim Jarmusch, which is currently in theaters. Metacritic score: 55 Jim Jarmusch’s The Dead Don’t Die is a gently scathing tragicomedy, set in small-town America. It’s quietly castigating, for the audience: A zombie apocalypse happens because fracking tips the Earth off its axis, and people are all too preoccupied with their own concerns to care. Starring Bill Murray, Chloe Sevigny, Adam…

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Hot Wheels goes digital with smart tracks and NFC cars, exclusively at Apple Stores

Hot Wheels goes digital with smart tracks and NFC cars, exclusively at Apple Stores

Mattel is introducing Hot Wheels id, which lets kids race their NFC-enabled Hot Wheels on its Smart Track, and scan their collections into a free iOS app. In the app, which acts as a virtual garage, kids can track speed and laps via infrared sensors in the Hot Wheels Race Portal, which scans in your cars and connects to classic Hot Wheels tracks. It sounds great for kids who are into obsessively tracking details, and…

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