Facebook employee-turned-critic Tim Kendall traces “extractive business models” to VCsTECHCRUNCH.COM — Last month, former and Pinterest executive Tim Kendall told Congress during a House hearing on the dangers of social media that Facebook made its products so addictive because its ad-driven business model relies on people paying attention to its product longer every day. He said much the same in the Netflix documentary “The Social Dilemma,” in which Kendall — along with numerous other prominent early employees of big tech companies — warns of the threat that Facebook and others pose to modern society.
Cloud9 adds the MAJKL Valorant roster to create Cloud9 White as its first women’s esports teamTECHCRUNCH.COM — Cloud9 has brought on the all-women MAJKL Valorant squad to become its first women’s esports team. Moving forward, the team of Alexis “alexis” Guarrasi, Annie “Annie” Roberts, Jasmine “Jazzyk1ns” Manankil, Katsumi and Melanie “meL”Capone will compete as White in competition for Valorant league. The new team is sponsored by AT&As MAJKL, the team has already won first place in the FTW Summer Showdown tournament — a part of the Valorant Ignition Series.
25 moments in tech that defined the past 25 yearsFASTCOMPANY.COM — Sometimes, it’s obvious from the get-go that a moment in tech history is . . . well, historic. Other times, it’s clear only in the fullness of time. Yet another type of historic moment flies largely under the radar, shaping our lives more than most people ever realize.As Fast Company celebrates…
Twitter marvels at a prophetic Joe Biden tweet from exactly one year agoMASHABLE.COM — It was Oct. 25, 2019 when former Vice President and hopeful 2020 candidate Joe Biden tweeted out a warning to the American public. “We are not prepared for a pandemic,” he wrote, weeks ahead of COVID-19 being named and flagged as an emerging threat. “Trump has rolled back progress President Obama and I made to strengthen global health security.
Why that epic tampon scene in Amazon’s ‘Nocturne’ is so fun to watchMASHABLE.COM — Periods aren’t scary. Annoying, sure. Messy, sometimes. But rarely “scary.” . And yet, the horror genre has used menstruation as a vehicle for conveying terror and conjuring evil for decades. Whether it’s Carrie dodging tampons in the locker room or Beverly Marsh battling that blood geyser in It: Chapter 2practically any time “” appears in a horror movie she’s presented more like a monster than a routine bodily function.
Tencent leads $100M Series B funding round into China-based esport provider VSPNTECHCRUNCH.COM — Further confirmation that the esports market is booming amid the pandemic comes today with the news that esports ‘total solutions provider’ VSPN (Versus Programming Network) has raised what it describes as ‘close to’ $100 million in a Series B funding round, led by . Other investors that participated in the round include Tiantu Capital, SIG (Susquehanna International Group), and Kuaishou.
How to tell if you’re a ‘Lawnmower Parent’ and what to do about itMASHABLE.COM — Welcome to, an ongoing series at Mashable that looks at how to take care of – and deal with – the kids in your life. Because Dr. Spock is nice and all, but it’s 2018 and we have the entire internet to contend with. Helicopter Parents have reigned supreme in the media these last few years but they’re being replaced by a hyper-concentrated version of themselves with a new moniker: Lawnmower Parents.
Why NASA is bringing some of this asteroid back to EarthMASHABLE.COM — UPDATE: Oct. 20, 2020, 6:41 p.EDT: The story below has been updated to reflect that NASA successfully touched the surface of Bennu to collect samples. On Tuesday, at around 6:12 pm, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft took a tiny piece of Bennu to return to Earth, a process that took just 16 seconds. (You can watch a recording of the event here.) Mission development started over a decade ago, and it’s already been four years since the spacecraft launched.
10 excellent platforms for building mobile appsMASHABLE.COM — If you’ve ever wanted to build an app after thinking up a brilliant idea, you’re in the right place. Sure, the fear of coding can push you to not act on building your own app or to put off looking for the best app building software. Well, the good news is that it’s easier than ever to enter the mobile app market — no coding knowledge or experience required.
See every major platform’s misinformation policies in this handy chartMASHABLE.COM — If you have a hard time keeping track of how internet platforms are dealing with misinformation, we don’t blame you. It seems like every week Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube is rolling out new or “clarifying” policies. . That’s ultimately a good thing: From coronavirus to the election, preventing misinformation from spreading on social media is more important than ever.
Curious about what life is really like on the ISS? This is your chance.MASHABLE.COM — There was a moment as I was looking down, as the calming blue and swirling white of planet Earth slowly lit up the darkness beneath me, filling up my bottomless view that I realized I had to stop my eyes from welling up or I’d ruin my Quest 2’s lenses. I’d read about moments like these from famed astronauts like Apollo 14’s Edgar Mitchell — epiphanic moments where the majesty of our homeworld and its tiny place within the cosmos smacks you dumb with awe and steals away your speech.
Dad’s genius Zoom Halloween costume for his daughter is scary goodMASHABLE.COM — We’ve already found the perfect 2020 Halloween decoration, but now, thanks to one extremely crafty dad, we’ve found the perfect 2020 Halloween costume, too. If you’re searching for a terrifying 2020-themed Halloween look we can think of no better costume than a Zoom meeting. This has been the year of Zoom fatigue and way too many video meetings that could have been emails.
How video game development has changed over the last decadeMASHABLE.COM — When it comes to video games, 10 years feels like an eternity. In the past decade, we’ve watched independent game development grow from a niche, smoldering corner of the market to a raging wildfire spreading ceaselessly across the world. We’ve seen retail releases dwindle in favor of digital…
Trump Records Shed New Light on Chinese Business PursuitsNYTIMES.COM — President Trump and his allies have tried to paint the Democratic nominee, Joseph R. Biden Jr., as soft on China, in part by pointing to his son’s business dealings there.Senate Republicans produced a report asserting, among other things, that Mr. Biden’s son Hunter “opened a bank account” with a…
Lawyers: We can’t find parents of 545 kids separated by Trump adminNBCNEWS.COM — WASHINGTON — Lawyers appointed by a federal judge to identify migrant families who were separated by the Trump administration say they have yet to track down the parents of 545 children, and that approximately two-thirds of those parents were deported to Central America without their children, according to a filing from the ACLU on Tuesday.
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