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SpaceX launch footage was taken down thanks to bogus copyright claim

Enlarge / The Falcon 9 rocket climbs to space on Saturday. Trevor Mahlmann This weekend’s launch, in which SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket successfully propelled the Crew Dragon spacecraft and the two astronauts on board from Florida safely into space, was amazing, awe-inspiring, and frankly, just plain cool to watch. And here in the age of …

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Walmart employees are out to show its anti-shoplifting AI doesn’t work

Enlarge Roberto Machado Noa | Getty Images In January, my coworker received a peculiar email. The message, which she forwarded to me, was from a handful of corporate Walmart employees calling themselves the “Concerned Home Office Associates.” (Walmart’s headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas, is often referred to as the Home Office.) While it’s not unusual for …

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Everyone’s ordering delivery, but apps aren’t making money

Enlarge / Two Uber Eats delivery courier wait outside Mc Donalds fast food in Ghent, Belgium on May 14, 2020. As Belgium takes steps in easing Restrictions, Restaurant and cafe are not allowed to open to customers only fast food and take away is allowed. restaurants and restaurants may not reopen before June 8. (Photo …

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US “terminating relationship” with World Health Organization, Trump says

Enlarge Getty Images | Westend61 President Trump today said the US government is “terminating our relationship” with the World Health Organization, alleging that the global health group has not implemented needed reforms and that it is controlled entirely by China. “China has total control over the World Health Organization despite only paying $40 million per …

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FCC Republican excitedly endorses Trump’s crackdown on social media

Enlarge / FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Maryland on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. Getty Images | Bloomberg Republican Brendan Carr of the Federal Communications Commission is cheering on President Trump’s attack on Big Tech this week. The commissioner also accused social media platforms of bias against the president …

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White House, Trump accounts both get Twitter rulebreaker warning

Enlarge / The twitter page of US President Donald Trump is displayed on a mobile phone in Vaasa, Finland, on May 29, 2020. Oliver Morin | AFP | Getty Images Twitter is once again facing the ire of its most famous user, President Donald Trump, after putting a warning label on one of Trump’s tweets …

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Russian hackers are exploiting bug that gives control of US servers

Enlarge Lino Mirgeler/picture alliance via Getty Images A Russian hacking group tied to power-grid attacks in Ukraine, the world’s most destructive data wiper worm, and other nefarious Kremlin operations is exploiting a vulnerability that allows it to take control of computers operated by the US government and its partners. In an advisory published on Thursday, …

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YouTube ducks questions about “error” that nixed anti-Beijing comments

Enlarge / Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaks in Wuzhen, China, in 2017. Du Yang/China News Service/Visual China Group via Getty Images YouTube says it has “rolled out a fix” for an “error in our enforcement systems” that had led to the automatic deletion of comments that included two phrases critical of China’s government. But in …

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Bankrupt OneWeb seeks license for 48,000 satellites, even more than SpaceX

Enlarge Getty Images | Shulz SpaceX and OneWeb have asked for US permission to launch tens of thousands of additional satellites into low Earth orbit. SpaceX’s application to launch 30,000 satellites—in addition to the nearly 12,000 it already has permission for—is consistent with SpaceX’s previously announced plans for Starlink. OneWeb’s application to launch nearly 48,000 …

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Twitter’s first fact-check on President Trump calls out “false claims” [Updated]

Enlarge / Twitter’s policies currently protect apparent rule-breaking posts due to a “world leader” clause. Tuesday saw the social media service try a different tack. Aurich Lawson / Getty Images Twitter’s newest fact-checking initiative, which slaps warnings on misleading posts by major public officials, appeared on arguably the biggest possible account in North America on …

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