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The Senate's Section 230 Discourse Keeps Getting Dumber

Tue, 11/17/2020 - 21:52
The latest congressional hearing with Facebook’s and Twitter’s CEOs was another parade of bad-faith arguments.
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Why Isn't Susan Wojcicki Getting Grilled By Congress?

Tue, 11/17/2020 - 17:37
YouTube is a major vector for election and other disinformation. But its CEO isn't with Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey on Capitol Hill today.
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‘One Person’s Apocalypse Is Another Person’s Day-to-Day’

Tue, 11/17/2020 - 17:17
Ling Ma talks to Xiaowei Wang, the author of Blockchain Chicken Farm—a mind-boggling survey of how technology is shaping economies across China.
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Apple's New MacBook Air With M1 Is a Huge Leap Forward

Tue, 11/17/2020 - 14:00
Ditching Intel has removed the shackles from the $999 laptop, unleashing a force to be reckoned with.
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How to Reduce (but Not Eliminate) Covid Risk at Gatherings

Tue, 11/17/2020 - 14:00
With a surge in cases, there is no safe way to travel or gather for Thanksgiving or Christmas. But if you must, here are some ways to lower your risk.
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Microsoft's Making a Secure PC Chip—With Intel and AMD's Help

Tue, 11/17/2020 - 14:00
The Pluton security processor will give the software giant an even more prominent role in locking down Windows hardware.
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These Rare Seeds Escaped Syria's War—to Help Feed the World

Tue, 11/17/2020 - 13:00
Conflict forced scientists to abandon a gene bank, but not before duplicating their last remnants of essential crops in the Svalbard vault on a remote Arctic island.
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The Adorable, Against-All-Odds Charm of Zoo Tycoon

Tue, 11/17/2020 - 13:00
A thriving community of fans swap stories, strategies, and their own zoos every day—and keep this 2001 game alive in the most heartwarming way.
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Donald Trump Could Still Launch Nuclear Weapons at Any Time

Tue, 11/17/2020 - 12:00
The president's responsibility for the US nuclear arsenal is a Cold War anachronism. The Trump era shows why it needs reform.
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Pathologic Hits Different During a Real Pandemic

Tue, 11/17/2020 - 12:00
One of the first quests in the 2005 survival game is to prove to the people in charge that a pandemic is real, so that they'll do something about it.
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Death, Love, and the Solace of a Million Motorcycle Parts

Tue, 11/17/2020 - 12:00
To cope with the uncertainty and sadness around my mother-in-law’s death, I set about building a four-cylinder superbike.
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Love the USPS? Join the Infrastructure Appreciation Society!

Tue, 11/17/2020 - 11:00
It's a good time to salute infrastructure, from the postal system to the CDC. Their often invisible work still needs to be tended—and honored.
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The Few, the Tired, the Open Source Coders

Tue, 11/17/2020 - 11:00
The open source movement runs on the heroic efforts of not enough people doing too much work. They need help.
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Wish List 2020: 45 Gift Ideas for Your Social Bubble and Beyond

Tue, 11/17/2020 - 11:00
From a modern-classic electric guitar to a wire-free VR headset, here are 45 options for spreading joy—and not Covid.
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Happy Little Instagram Feeds Don't Work in 2020

Tue, 11/17/2020 - 11:00
My Instagram feed remains as artsy and overfiltered as ever, an infinite grid of happy little squares. This, in 2020, is crisis-level denialism.
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The Art That Defied the Last Four, Terrible Years

Tue, 11/17/2020 - 11:00
My mind has slipped anxiously off books and movies since 2016. But as the credits roll on 2020, I’m ready to look back.
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How NASA Finds the Mass of the Dirt Grabbed From an Asteroid

Mon, 11/16/2020 - 14:00
Just how much material did OSIRIS-REx collect from Bennu? The method relies on something called the moment of inertia, and you can replicate it with a fan and a penny.
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17 Practical Gift Ideas for New Parents

Mon, 11/16/2020 - 14:00
From a booger buster to a videophone, these gifts make this amazing job just a little easier.
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2 Years After Its Debut, This Smart Oven Is Still Underdone

Mon, 11/16/2020 - 13:00
The Brava oven arrived with a splash in 2018. We've revisited it now that the guided cooking tech has had time to mature. Only it hasn't.
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A Lack of Transparency Is Undermining Pandemic Policy

Mon, 11/16/2020 - 13:00
Official guidance seems handed down from on high, rather than based on studies. That will make it harder to beat Covid-19.
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