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Privacy policies for mental health apps like BetterHelp and Cerebral include language that lets the apps change the policies without warning or sell user data along with the company. Experts worry users are vulnerable. In the world of mental health apps, privacy scandals have become almost routine. Every few months, reporting or research uncovers unscrupulous-seeming data sharing practices at apps like the Crisis Text Line, Talkspace, BetterHelp, and others:

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Boring Company raises additional $675 million as investors chuck money into holes in the ground

Elon Musk’s tunnel-boring company has raised another round of investment worth $675 million. The Boring Company is now valued at $5.675 billion. The Boring Company has raised a new round of funding worth $675 million, with Elon Musk’s grand plan to “solve traffic” with tunnels now valued at $5.675 billion. In a blog post announcing the news, the company reiterated its goals and

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Chrome’s new tool should let you revisit your old Google rabbit holes

Chrome has just rolled out Journeys, a feature that lets you revisit previous browsing sessions that are categorized based on what you were searching for. Journeys prominently displays the sites you spent more time on and also provides suggestions. Google Chrome is rolling out Journeys, a feature that lets you revisit your old browsing sessions based on the subject matter you were searching for. If you type a word in the address bar that’s related to some convoluted rabbit hole you’ve been

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WSJ’s deep dive into eating disorder rabbit holes on TikTok explains a sudden policy change

A harrowing report from the Wall Street Journal shows how TikTok’s recommendation algorithm could be sending young users down eating disorder rabbit holes. But just days after the WSJ obtained a statement from TikTok about its upcoming story, TikTok started making changes. A troubling report from the Wall Street Journal digs into the personal experiences of young girls who were sent down rabbit holes of extreme weight loss challenges, purging techniques, and deadly diets through TikTok, contributing to the development

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TikTok says it’s varying For You recommendations to avoid harmful content holes

TikTok says it will break up clusters of content that may have a negative impact on users, like dieting or breakup videos. TikTok is changing its For You Page algorithm to prevent users from seeing too many similar videos that could be harmful when viewed in clusters, the company said today. The goal is to steer users away from clusters of videos that might “reinforce

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NASA launches new X-ray mission to study black holes and exploding stars

In a joint mission with SpaceX, NASA officially kicked off its first mission that will study and measure X-ray polarization. The work done over the two-year mission will provide insight into the origins of light and give long-awaited answers to questions surrounding space events like violent explosions. On Thursday morning, NASA’s Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) successfully launched into space on top of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The two-year mission, a joint effort with the Italian Space Agency, is NASA’s first mission dedicated to

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HyperX’s Pulsefire Haste is a lightweight, no-frills gaming mouse with a honeycomb design

HyperX announced its $50 Pulsefire Haste wired gaming mouse. It’s lightweight and light on features, but it feels like a solid value if you want a right-handed mouse that has the trendy honeycomb design. HyperX has announced the $50 Pulsefire Haste wired gaming mouse. Its highlight feature is its 59-gram weight, which the company accomplished by drilling many hexagonal-shaped holes all around it — arguably, another feature worth mentioning. It’s

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Astronomers say they’ve detected the most massive merger of two black holes ever discovered

Scientists with LIGO and Virgo searching for gravitational waves say they’ve detected the most massive merger of two black holes ever found, occurring some 7 billion years ago. The discovery could serve as a missing link for astronomers to help explain why our Universe looks the way it does. Astronomers may have detected the most massive collision of two black holes ever discovered, a chaotic merger that occurred some 7 billion years ago, the signs of which have only just reached us. The cataclysmic event offered researchers a front-row

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Astronomers see first light flare from two distant black holes colliding

Astronomers may have detected the first light coming from two distant black holes merging billions of light-years away. The rare event may serve as a new tool for studying distant galaxies and supermassive black holes. A whopping 7.5 billion light-years from Earth, two black holes, each about the size of Long Island, rapidly spun around each other several times per second before smashing together in a cataclysmic explosion that sent shockwaves through the

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Meta tells employees to stop discussing abortion at work

Meta policy prohibits employees from discussing abortion in most circumstances at work. Employees are pushing back against the policy in light of the leaked Supreme Court opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade. A Meta executive told employees on Thursday that they are prohibited from talking about abortion on Workplace, an internal version of Facebook, citing “an increased risk” that the company is seen as a “hostile work environment.” The policy,

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SpaceX reportedly paid $250,000 to cover up Elon Musk’s sexual misconduct

A flight attendant was allegedly sexually harassed by Elon Musk, according to a report that cites one of her friends. SpaceX reportedly paid her to not talk about it. SpaceX reportedly paid a flight attendant $250,000 to ensure she didn’t speak out or sue the company after Elon Musk allegedly exposed himself and propositioned her for sex, according to a report from Business Insider. Content warning: The

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