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Tech industry trade organizations NetChoice and the CCIA have appealed directly to the Supreme Court for an emergency stay of the Texas social media law known as HB 20. Tech industry trade organizations NetChoice and the Computer Communications Industry Association have appealed directly to the Supreme Court for an emergency stay of the Texas social media law known as HB 20. The law, which creates liability for

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Twitter is working on new features, including mixed-media tweets, report shows

A 9to5Google report spotted mixed-media tweets, a pronoun field, and award features that could be coming to Twitter. Users currently aren’t able to upload a photo and video in the same post. Twitter is working on a handful of new features, including the ability to attach photos and videos to the same tweet, according to a report from 9to5Google. The roundup of features in the works includes news things like mixed-media tweets and also

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The Verge Partners with Vox Media Studios and 21 Laps on New Netflix Series

Out this summer, ‘The Future Of...’ will explore the many ways in which our lives will be impacted by technology. Netflix is set to release The Future Of..., a new documentary series produced by The Verge, 21 Laps Entertainment (Unsolved Mysteries), and Vox Media Studios (Explained). The series will be released globally in two batches - with the first six

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DuckDuckGo insists it didn’t ‘purge’ piracy sites from search results

There were reports that privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo may be suppressing search results from piracy sites like The Pirate Bay. The company insists that it’s a site operator bug, not suppression. Users of privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo have been unable to site search the domains of some well-known pirated media sites recently, as reported by TorrentFreak on Friday. DuckDuckGo CEO Gabriel Weinberg called it “completely made up,”

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Microsoft seized Russian domains targeting Ukrainian media organizations

Microsoft has seized seven domains run by the Russian hacking group known as Fancy Bear or APT28. The domains were used to target Ukrainian media outlets, as well as think tanks and government agencies in Europe and the US. Microsoft seized seven domains belonging to Strontium, also known as Fancy Bear or APT28, a Russian hacking group with ties to the country’s military intelligence agency, the company announced in a blog post (via TechCrunch). According to

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Secret Republican group budgets millions for media and influencer programs

There’s a new group of affluent conservatives called The Rockbridge Network planning to revamp the American right by investing more than $30 million into new ventures, including an influencer program. There’s a new group of affluent conservatives planning to revamp the American right by investing more than $30 million into new legal, policy, and media ventures, including “influencer programs,” according to a recent report from The New York

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Facebook’s algorithm was mistakenly elevating harmful content for the last six months

An internal Facebook investigation found that a "massive ranking failure" mistakenly elevated misinformation, Russian state media, and other harmful content over a period of roughly six months. A group of Facebook engineers identified a “massive ranking failure” that exposed as much as half of all News Feed views to “integrity risks” over the past six months, according to an internal report on the incident obtained by The Verge.

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Social media might be bad for teens’ mental health at certain age windows

A new study found periods where social media use is more closely linked to lower life satisfaction one year later. Finding these windows could help figure out who’s most vulnerable to bad mental health. Social media use is more strongly linked to bad mental health for adolescents and teenagers during years around puberty and when they’re probably about to leave home, according to a new study. Teenagers who used social media more frequently in

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David Mamet filed a short story about airplanes to back Texas’ terrible social media law

Playwright and filmmaker David Mamet filed an allegorical short story supporting HB 20, a currently blocked Texas social media law banning companies from common content moderation practices. David Mamet is known for plays like Glengarry Glen Ross and Speed-the-Plow, films like The Spanish Prisoner and Heist, books like On Directing Film and The Wicked Son, and as of last week, a short story about a lost airplane pilot filed as a legal

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Apple ‘testing’ foldable with secondary E Ink display, says analyst

Apple is reportedly testing the use of a color display from E Ink as an external screen for a foldable device, according to noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. He adds that the E Ink display is also being tested in "tablet-like applications." Apple is reportedly testing the use of a color display from E Ink as an external screen for an unannounced foldable device, according to noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. “The color EPD [Electronic Paper Display] has the potential to become a mainstream

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Elon Musk says Twitter deal ‘cannot move forward’ until it proves bot numbers

Elon Musk has said fake and spam accounts could make up over 20 percent of Twitter’s users, and said the $44 billion deal to acquire the social media company "cannot move forward" until Twitter proves its accuracy. Elon Musk has reiterated his claim that fake and spam accounts could make up more than 20 percent of Twitter’s users, saying the deal to acquire the social media company “cannot move forward” until Twitter proves the accuracy of its much lower

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