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Facebook says it will start removing false claims about coronavirus vaccines that have been debunked by public health experts (Ryan Browne/CNBC) December 3, 2020

Ryan Browne / CNBC: Facebook says it will start removing false claims about coronavirus vaccines that have been debunked by public health experts  —  – So far, Facebook’s policy has been to remove false claims about Covid-19 which it says could lead to “imminent physical harm.” Facebook says it will start removing false claims about […]

Facebook says it will start removing false claims about coronavirus vaccines that have been debunked by public health experts (Ryan Browne/CNBC)


Ryan Browne / CNBC:

Facebook says it will start removing false claims about coronavirus vaccines that have been debunked by public health experts  —  – So far, Facebook’s policy has been to remove false claims about Covid-19 which it says could lead to “imminent physical harm.”

Facebook says it will start removing false claims about coronavirus vaccines that have been debunked by public health experts (Ryan Browne/CNBC)
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This ultimate contest could score you a PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and more


TLDR: With your donation, you can earn up to 500 entries into a contest for a brand-new PS5 and an Xbox Series X, plus a prize package worth over $5,000. Maybe it’s because of COVID-19. Maybe it’s because people love the frenzy of hunting uber-elusive prey. Or maybe it’s just because a pair of mega-corporations planned it this way all along. But no matter why it’s happening, there’s no doubt that the supply of PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X consoles available this holiday season will come nowhere close to satisfying demand. We’ve known for months that the long-anticipated launch…

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This ultimate contest could score you a PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and more
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Subscription-Free Alternatives to Apple's 'Best of 2020' Apps

A big thank-you to Apple for exhibiting a bit of restrain with it’s “best apps of 2020" list; wading through a mere 15 of the best or trendy apps for iPhone and iPad is a lot easier than dealing with Google’s more-comprehensive list of 40 apps for Android. I’m not even sure I have 40 apps on my phone, period.

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Subscription-Free Alternatives to Apple's 'Best of 2020' Apps
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Google will let users with ARCore-compatible Android phones submit Street View imagery, starting in Toronto, NY, Austin, Nigeria, Indonesia, and Costa Rica (Tom Warren/The Verge)


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Google will let users with ARCore-compatible Android phones submit Street View imagery, starting in Toronto, NY, Austin, Nigeria, Indonesia, and Costa Rica  —  No special equipment required  —  Google Maps is getting a new update that lets you create Street View photos using just a phone.

Google will let users with ARCore-compatible Android phones submit Street View imagery, starting in Toronto, NY, Austin, Nigeria, Indonesia, and Costa Rica (Tom Warren/The Verge)
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Microsoft’s best commercial features dogs frolicking in Halo, Minecraft, and Flight Simulator


Microsoft has had some memorable holiday commercials over the years, but this year’s is the best yet because it features dogs. They aren’t just regular dogs, either. These pups dream of running around in a virtual Minecraft world, playing fetch with grenades for Master Chief in Halo, and even flying high in the Microsoft Flight Simulator skies.

“A Dog’s Dream” features two dogs who are bored at home as their owners are distracted playing Halo, busy on Microsoft Teams work calls, or crafting materials in Minecraft. One starts to dream about the possibilities if more dogs were part of video games or conference calls, and the rest is history. Just check out Master Chief’s reaction when one of the dogs fetches a grenade he just threw and…

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Microsoft’s best commercial features dogs frolicking in Halo, Minecraft, and Flight Simulator
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Asus’ ROG Zephyrus G14 gaming laptop is back down to its Black Friday price

Best Laptops 2020: Asus ROG Zephyrus G14
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Some retailers are still shaking out a few remaining Cyber Monday deals, like the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 gaming laptop. Though, there are some new ones, too. That busy shopping weekend was undoubtedly the best time to get gifts at the lowest prices, but that’s not to say you’ve completely run out of chances. The deals below prove otherwise, and as we get closer to the holidays, we’ll be surfacing more and more deals on tech products that might be on your wishlist.


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The 14-inch Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 gaming laptop is a treat if you want a lot of power in a compact machine. Best Buy’s Black Friday deal is back, once again knocking $250 off the high-end configuration with AMD’s capable and efficient Ryzen 9 4900HS processor, Nvidia’s RTX…

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Asus’ ROG Zephyrus G14 gaming laptop is back down to its Black Friday price
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Pigment, which builds a dashboard in real-time through charts, simulations, and continuous modeling for business forecasting, raises $25.9M Series A (Mike Butcher/TechCrunch)


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Pigment, which builds a dashboard in real-time through charts, simulations, and continuous modeling for business forecasting, raises $25.9M Series A  —  Realizing that modern, complex businesses can no longer be adequately managed using spreadsheet-style programs, the founders of Pigment decided there had to be a better solution.

Pigment, which builds a dashboard in real-time through charts, simulations, and continuous modeling for business forecasting, raises .9M Series A (Mike Butcher/TechCrunch)
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Facebook's hate speech detection systems to focus on 'worst of the worst,' report says – CNET

The effort reportedly includes deprioritizing hateful comments against white people, Americans and men. Facebook's hate speech detection systems to focus on 'worst of the worst,' report says – CNET
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Salesforce CEO: Get ready for the all-digital working world

Salesforce boss predicts it is set for further growth as more workers go remote. Salesforce CEO: Get ready for the all-digital working world
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A sophisticated global phishing campaign is targeting the companies involved in the cold chain necessary to the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine (Brian Barrett/Wired)


Brian Barrett / Wired:

A sophisticated global phishing campaign is targeting the companies involved in the cold chain necessary to the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine  —  As vaccines await US approval, a sophisticated global phishing campaign has tried to harvest credentials from companies involved in their distribution.

A sophisticated global phishing campaign is targeting the companies involved in the cold chain necessary to the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine (Brian Barrett/Wired)
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This package of savvy marketing pointers can help you start a new side hustle right


TLDR: The 2021 Complete Side Hustle Bundle can serve as your roadmap to getting an effective new business or brand identity idea up and running fast. The middle of a worldwide pandemic is a tough time to start a business. But no matter when you start, the basic opening moves for getting a new endeavor off the ground really haven’t changed over the decades. You need to be seen. You need to have a persuasive message. And you need to have multiple approaches to reaching and growing your target audience. While there are a lot of ways that can happen…

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This package of savvy marketing pointers can help you start a new side hustle right
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Facebook pledges to remove false claims about COVID-19 vaccines – CNET

The tech giant updates its misinformation policies ahead of the first batch of vaccines being administered next week. Facebook pledges to remove false claims about COVID-19 vaccines – CNET
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The world is running out of sand, and you need to care – CNET

Sand is the world’s second-most-consumed natural resource, and our rapidly growing cities are draining the supply. The world is running out of sand, and you need to care – CNET
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Zuckerberg sold $280M worth of Facebook stock in the past month


Facebook‘s chief exec Mark Zuckerberg has sold nearly $280 million worth of company stock in the past month — his first sales of the year. Zuckerberg began offloading shares on November 9, and he’s now generating nearly $12.10 million every day on average by selling his Facebook stock. The sales come at the tail end of a comparatively average year for Facebook stock. The social media giant’s share price has risen 37% in 2020, while the tech-heavy NASDAQ 100 index jumped 40%. Zuckerberg netted between $267 and $287 per share, with all sales made according to pre-set trading plans lodged with the…

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Zuckerberg sold 0M worth of Facebook stock in the past month
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Relaxing Inside the Space Station's Window to the World

JAXA and Expedition 64 astronaut Soichi Noguchi relaxes at the end of the work day inside the seven-windowed cupola on the International Space Station. Relaxing Inside the Space Station's Window to the World
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Google Maps will now let anyone add photos to Street View – CNET

The company says it wants to expand its coverage of communities and locations all over the world. Google Maps will now let anyone add photos to Street View – CNET
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Leaked docs: Facebook to start policing anti-Black hate speech more aggressively than anti-White comments, reversing years of "race-blind" practices (Washington Post)


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Leaked docs: Facebook to start policing anti-Black hate speech more aggressively than anti-White comments, reversing years of “race-blind” practices  —  The company is overhauling its algorithms that detect hate speech and deprioritizing hateful comments against Whites, men and Americans.

Leaked docs: Facebook to start policing anti-Black hate speech more aggressively than anti-White comments, reversing years of "race-blind" practices (Washington Post)
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6 startups that could change the way we work


For many of us, 2020 has been a year that turned our work lives completely upside down. While employees had to quickly adjust to working from home, managers were tasked with finding new ways to keep productivity flowing.  This led to an explosion in an already thriving workplace tech market. Solutions that were just picking up steam received thousands of new users overnight, while a number of new tools created specifically to solve ‘new normal’ problems have been popping up every day.  This has created the perfect condition to not only get productivity back up, but also rethink the way…

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6 startups that could change the way we work
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Facebook to start policing anti-Black hate speech more aggressively than anti-White comments, documents show

Facebook is embarking on a major overhaul of its hate speech algorithms, reversing years of so-called “race-blind” policies. Facebook to start policing anti-Black hate speech more aggressively than anti-White comments, documents show
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Up to 30 Million in U.S. Have the Skills to Earn 70% More, Researchers Say

The findings point to the potential of upward mobility for people without a college degree. Up to 30 Million in U.S. Have the Skills to Earn 70% More, Researchers Say
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The iPhone 11 Pro range: A retrospective on Apple’s best value phone


I sometimes ponder how successful I’d be in charge of a phone that gets updated every year. In my less lucid moments, I believe I’d navigate the choppy waters magnificently, each year releasing an engineering marvel that’d send critics and the public into Dionysian revelry. But, more likely, I’d end up releasing a FIFA-on-the-Switch-style upgrade one year, and then the smartphone version of The Homer one year after. What I’m saying is releasing a phone every 12 months is fucking tough. The reason I bring this up is because of Apple. More specifically, its release of the new iPhone 12 range. While…

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The iPhone 11 Pro range: A retrospective on Apple’s best value phone
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Save before closing: Adobe's 25% off Creative Cloud deal ends today

Adobe’s 20% off discount on the Creative Cloud All Apps bundle, which includes PhotoShop, ends today. Save before closing: Adobe's 25% off Creative Cloud deal ends today
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Want your iPhone 12 to come with a charger? Go to Brazil


In September, Apple said that it’ll stop shipping a power brick with the Apple Watch. The next month, the company followed it up by removing the wall charger from the iPhone 12 range. While consumers around the world were not happy with the decision, there was nothing they could do. However, a decision by the consumer protection agency in Brazil will force the company to ship iPhones with the wall charger included. Procon-SP, the consumer interest agency for Sao Paulo state, asked Apple to provide justification for not including the power brick in iPhones back in October. Apple justified the decision by claiming…

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Want your iPhone 12 to come with a charger? Go to Brazil
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Waveshare’s Pi CM3 Laptop Arrives a Bit Too Late

The good news it that you can now buy a pretty decent laptop that’s based around the Raspberry Pi Compute Module (CM). The bad news is that it was conceived before anyone knew the interface was going to change for the new CM4, so it doesn’t have any of the features that would make it really interesting such as support for PCI-Express. Oh, and it costs $300 before you even factor in buying the CM3.

Waveshare, the company that most of us know best as a purveyor of e-paper displays, also made some rather interesting design choices on their laptop. See that black pad under the keyboard? No, it’s not a trackpad. It’s just a decorative cover that you remove to access an LED matrix and GPIO connectors. Make no mistake, a laptop that features a GPIO breakout right on the front is definitely our jam. But the decision to install it in place of the trackpad, and then cover it with something that looks exactly like a trackpad, is honestly just bizarre. It might not be pretty, but the Pi 400 seemed to have solved this problem well enough without any confusion.

On the other hand, there seems to be a lot to like about this product. For one, it’s a very sleek machine that doesn’t have the boxy and somewhat juvenile look that seems so common in other commercial Pi laptops. We also like that Waveshare included a proper Ethernet jack, something that’s becoming increasingly rare even on “real” laptops. As [ETA PRIME] points out in the video after the break, the machine also has a crisp IPS display and a surprisingly responsive keyboard. Though the fact that it still has a “Windows” key borders on being offensive considering how much it costs.

But really, the biggest issue with this laptop is when it finally hit the market. If Waveshare had rushed this out when the CM3 was first introduced, it probably would have been a more impressive technical achievement. On the other hand, had they waited a bit longer they would have been able to design it around the far more capable CM4. As it stands, the product is stuck awkwardly in the middle.

[Thanks to Sathish for the tip.]

Waveshare’s Pi CM3 Laptop Arrives a Bit Too Late
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Google Maps now lets you create Street View photos with just a phone


Google Maps is getting a new update that lets you create Street View photos using just a phone. Android users with ARCore-compatible devices can now capture imagery and publish it to Google Street View in certain areas. Google is allowing submissions initially in Toronto, New York, Austin, Nigeria, Indonesia, and Costa Rica. More regions will support this feature soon, and Google will use this user-generated content when it doesn’t have its own Street View imagery available.

“While our own Street View trekkers and cars have collected more than 170 billion images from 10 million miles around the planet, there are still many unmapped parts of the world,” says Stafford Marquardt, product manager of Google Maps Street View. “Where people…

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Google Maps now lets you create Street View photos with just a phone
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