After removing a citizenship question on the 2020 census, the DOJ is trying to put it back on — at Trump’s request

After removing a citizenship question on the 2020 census, the DOJ is trying to put it back on — at Trump’s request

The Supreme Court ruled the 2020 census can’t have a citizenship question. Trump says it can and will. One day after the fight over whether the 2020 Census would include a citizenship question seemed definitively decided in the negative, the Trump administration abruptly cast the whole issue into doubt, telling federal judges on Wednesday it was looking for ways to add it back in — at President Donald Trump’s direction. Assistant Attorney General Jody Hunt…

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Superhuman says it will disable email read receipts by default after privacy controversy

Superhuman says it will disable email read receipts by default after privacy controversy

Just days after email startup Superhuman was embroiled in controversy over its use of tracking pixels that let users see when and even where recipients opened their emails, company CEO Rahul Vohra is thoroughly apologizing — and promising to change his company. Effective immediately, he writes, Superhuman will stop tracking location, will delete existing location information, and will turn off read receipts by default. Here is Vohra’s official blog post, and some additional apology in…

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YouTube’s ‘instructional hacking’ ban threatens computer security teachers

YouTube’s ‘instructional hacking’ ban threatens computer security teachers

Earlier this year, YouTube added hacking and phishing tutorials to its examples of banned video content — and that ban has been publicized thanks to an apparent crackdown on an ethical “white hat” hacking and computer security channel. Kody Kinzie is a co-founder of Hacker Interchange, which describes itself as an organization dedicated to teaching beginners about computer science and security. Hacker Interchange produces the Cyber Weapons Lab series on YouTube, but yesterday, Kinzie reported…

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Google will make another big improvement to Android Q’s gesture navigation before release

Google will make another big improvement to Android Q’s gesture navigation before release

Before Android 10 Q is released later this summer, Google is continuing to experiment with and improve its gesture-based navigation. Recently, the company moved so close to Apple’s iPhone X approach that it almost feels like a carbon copy. But to do that, Google had to rethink Android’s traditional back button. Instead of keeping an on-screen button, Android Q will use a swiping motion — inward from either side of the screen — for the…

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Spider-Man: Far From Home’s post-credits scene fixes its biggest plot hole

Spider-Man: Far From Home’s post-credits scene fixes its biggest plot hole

Given that Spider-Man: Far From Home is a Sony film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, rather than the usual Disney film (because Sony currently holds the film development rights to Spider-Man and his rogues’ gallery), it’s natural enough to wonder whether Far From Home sticks with the by-now-standard Disney MCU pattern of adding extra scenes in or after the credits to tease the next film in a series, or pay off plot points from earlier…

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The problem with sex testing in sports

The problem with sex testing in sports

Caster Semenya’s court case is the latest chapter in a long and confusing debate. The recent controversy surrounding South African runner Caster Semenya has raised a question in the world of sports: What kinds of naturally occurring advantages should be regulated and why? For swimmer Michael Phelps, the advantages of having a wide wingspan, long torso, and producing low amounts of lactic acid are celebrated. But for Semenya, whose body produces a naturally high level…

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The Alabama woman indicted after a miscarriage will not be prosecuted

The Alabama woman indicted after a miscarriage will not be prosecuted

A jury initially indicted Marshae Jones on manslaughter charges after a shooting caused her to miscarry, sparking a national outcry. One week after her story drew national attention, Marshae Jones, the Alabama woman who faced criminal charges after a shooting caused her to miscarry, will not be prosecuted, the Alabama district attorney announced Wednesday. “After viewing the facts of this case and the applicable state law I have determined that it is not in the…

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‘User Inyerface’ teaches you about terrible modern web design by making you suffer through it

‘User Inyerface’ teaches you about terrible modern web design by making you suffer through it

Bad website user interfaces are perhaps the worst part of the internet: spammy pop-ups designed to trick you, dark patterns that are intentionally misleading, and just plain obtuse design decisions that make filling out a form virtual hell. But don’t take my word for it: let “User Inyerface,” a web app from design firm Bagaar, show you in an intentionally nightmarish take that tries to build the single worst online form of all time. And…

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