Joe Biden wants to restore the pre-Trump world order

Joe Biden wants to restore the pre-Trump world order

But is that enough for Democratic voters? NEW YORK — Joe Biden just made his foreign policy pitch to the American people: If you elect me, I will try to undo all the damage Trump has done. The 2020 Democratic frontrunner unveiled his foreign policy platform in a nearly hour-long speech at the City University of New York on Thursday. In it, the former vice president promised to restore America’s democratic leadership in the world…

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YouTube is adding more ways for creators to make money

YouTube is adding more ways for creators to make money

YouTube is adding more ways for video creators to make money, as the company and its users work toward becoming less reliant on sometimes-uncertain advertising deals. The new features include more subscription options, additional merchandise partners, and another way to receive tips during live streams. Direct monetization features like these, says YouTube’s chief product officer, Neal Mohan, have already started bringing in money for “thousands of thousands of channels.” In particular, YouTube’s Super Chat —…

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YouTube is launching educational playlists that won’t include algorithmic recommendations

YouTube is launching educational playlists that won’t include algorithmic recommendations

YouTube is introducing a new education feature called Learning Playlists that will offer dedicated landing pages for educational videos on a variety of topics, including math, science, music, and language. The playlists will have organizational features, like chapters around key concepts, ordered from beginner to advanced lessons. The pages will also be notably free from recommended videos, letting viewers focus on their lessons without distractions. YouTube has come under fire for its algorithm-driven recommended videos…

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Google defends letting human workers listen to Assistant voice conversations

Google defends letting human workers listen to Assistant voice conversations

Google is defending its practice of letting human employees, most of which appear to be contract workers located around the globe, listen to audio recordings of conversations between users and its Google Assistant software. The response comes after revelations from Belgian public broadcaster VRT NWS detailed how contract workers in the country sometimes listen to sensitive audio captured by Google Assistant on accident. In a blog post published today, Google says it takes precautions to…

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FCC commissioner blasts carriers for failure to fight robocalls

FCC commissioner blasts carriers for failure to fight robocalls

Carriers have been slow to address the growing robocall problem, but the Federal Communications Commission may be about to force their hand. In a letter to fourteen US carriers, FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks today called out the confusing and often ineffective options available to consumers for fighting automated spam calls, and threatened regulatory action if the carriers do not improve. “Despite historically clamoring for new tools, it does not appear that all providers have acted…

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Trump to invite social media companies to White House to discuss ‘free speech’ online

Trump to invite social media companies to White House to discuss ‘free speech’ online

If anything was discernible from the White House’s social media summit today, it was that President Donald Trump intends to bring representatives from social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Google to the West Wing to talk about platform bias at some point in the future. When exactly? It’s not clear. Right-wing figures and meme creators including Charlie Kirk, James O’Keefe, the pseudonymous Carpe Donktum, and the infamous duo Diamond and Silk, all came to…

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Self-driving shuttle crashed in Las Vegas because manual controls were locked away

Self-driving shuttle crashed in Las Vegas because manual controls were locked away

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has wrapped up a more than year-long investigation into a low-speed crash between a self-driving shuttle and a delivery truck in Las Vegas on November 8th, 2017. The agency determined two main probable causes for the accident: the truck driver’s assumption that the shuttle would move to avoid him, and that the safety operator inside the shuttle didn’t have direct access to the manual override controls. That the truck…

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Donald Trump’s bogus White House social media summit is basically a big troll

Donald Trump’s bogus White House social media summit is basically a big troll

“Bogus” kind of gives it away. News: The White House is hosting a “social media summit” this week. You may have questions about this. For instance: The White House is hosting a social media summit? Do I have to pay attention to that? No. In a normal administration, it might be meaningful if the president of the United States hosted a “social media summit” on the heels of sustained criticism of social media companies and…

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