FBI and police departments say wildfire conspiracy theories spreading on Facebook aren’t true

As wildfires devastate the West Coast, the FBI and local officials in California, Oregon, and Washington are also fighting the spread of something else: rampant misinformation. Conspiracy theories about the wildfires are quickly spreading on Facebook. While they vary, most … Read more…

Facebook reveals its impotence as Trump sows confusion about voting twice

In the friendly face-off between Mark Zuckerberg and Donald Trump, Zuckerberg just blinked. Again. On Thursday, mere hours after the Facebook CEO announced “additional steps” to “fight misinformation” ahead of the U.S. presidential election, Trump used the platform to spread … Read more…

Microsoft’s Surface Duo is a dual-screen ‘risk’ that might pay off. Just don’t call it a phone.

Microsoft is nervous.  That much was clear from an early morning (virtual) briefing which saw the company trot out select team members to discuss the upcoming not-a-phone, not-a-tablet, definitely-not-a-foldable Surface Duo. The dual-screened device, a stark departure from the Lumia … Read more…

Senate bans federal employees from using TikTok on government devices

The US Senate on Thursday unanimously approved a bill banning federal employees from using the social media app TikTok on government-issued devices. Authorities have raised security concerns about the video-sharing platform because it’s owned by the Chinese-based company ByteDance. The … Read more…

Face masks often aren’t enough to defeat facial recognition, study finds

Well, there goes the tiniest privacy silver lining on that otherwise dark coronavirus cloud.  A new study from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) found that many commercially available facial-recognition systems are still able to correctly identify people … Read more…

Today’s best deals: 95¢ KN95 face masks, Purell, $8 wireless charger, $99 memory foam mattress, $15 headphones, more

We’ve got some truly terrific daily deals to share with you on Monday, so let’s get right to it. Highlights include 20-packs of best-selling MagiCare KN95 face masks for $ 18.99 instead of $ 70, Amazon’s top-selling 3-ply masks for … Read more…

Antitrust hearing with Tim Cook, Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, and Sundar Pichai indefinitely postponed

Big Tech CEOs’ lives just got a lot less stressful. The U.S. House Judiciary Committee announced Friday that it would postpone its virtual hearing on Big Tech and antitrust regulations. Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Apple’s Tim Cook, Google’s Sundar Pichai, and … Read more…

Netflix hasn’t announced August releases, but we’ll show you 24 new movies and shows coming next month

Netflix hasn’t officially announced its August 2020 release schedule yet, but we’ve got a sneak peek for you that you’ll definitely want to check out. 24 different movies and shows have already been confirmed for release next month, and we’ll … Read more…

NASA chief says Russia ties ‘solid’ as Moscow’s space chief rejects US moon program

WASHINGTON – NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said Tuesday he still expected support from Russia’s space corporation in its Artemis moon program despite Moscow’s space chief slamming the US-led lunar effort. Bridenstine said in an interview with Reuters on Tuesday “the … Read more…

Amazon memo reveals Covid-19 was more prevalent in Minnesota warehouse than surrounding areas

Top Amazon executives including Dave Clark, the company’s senior vice president of global operations, have said infection rates at warehouses match or are lower than the cities they’re in. A newly revealed May memo shows this wasn’t the case in … Read more…

Microsoft will shut down its Twitch competitor Mixer, free Ninja, and partner with Facebook Gaming

Microsoft is throwing in the towel for Mixer. On Monday, the computer conglomerate announced that it would close down its video game livestreaming platform on July 22. Microsoft also announced it would be partnering with Facebook to transfer Mixer’s partners … Read more…