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#MeTooSTEM founder admits to creating Twitter persona who “died” of COVID-19

Enlarge / Twitter drama erupted over the weekend when a much-beloved online persona supposedly died of COVID-19 complications—only to be exposed as a fake account/catfishing scheme by controversial neuroscientist and #MeTooSTEM founder BethAnn McLaughlin. Aurich Lawson / Getty Images A segment of science Twitter was rocked over the weekend by the discovery that a long-standing, …

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Apple’s Phil Schiller will step down from his role as VP of marketing

Apple’s Phil Schiller discussing new iPhones on stage at one of the events he will continue to oversee. Apple His successor Greg Joswiak has appeared at Apple’s events too. Apple In addition to announcing new iMac models this morning, Apple took to its newsroom PR blog today to announce that prominent executive Phil Schiller will …

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Apple’s 27-inch iMac gets Comet Lake, T2 chip, a better camera, and more

Enlarge / The 27-inch iMac. Apple Today, Apple announced changes to its iMac product line, with significant upgrades in the 27-inch model, a move to SSDs in the 21.5-inch model, and more performance at lower prices for the iMac Pro. The 27-inch iMac still has a 5K display, and its chassis is the same. Those …

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Genki Covert is a $75 ultra-portable dock for Nintendo Switch

Clockwise from the top: a Nintendo Switch resting in an official Nintendo dock, a Switch Joy-Con, and the Genki Covert third-party dock. Jim Salter The Genki Covert sports one set of folding US-style AC prongs (global adapter set included in box), with one HDMI out, one USB 3.1 Type A, and one USB 3.1 Type …

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How cell phones and Facebook are changing remote Nunatsiavut

Enlarge / The town of Nain. Dennis Minty/Adventure Canada Moravian missionaries arrived in Canada in the 1700s, forever altering the future of the country’s Inuit population. Beginning in the 19th century, Inuit children were taken away from their families and forced to attend residential schools (boarding schools), where they were not allowed to speak their …

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Ethereum History in 5 Charts

Five years ago this week, the first general-purpose blockchain went live on mainnet. Ethereum paved the way for a whole new use case for blockchain technology untethered from Bitcoin’s original vision as electronic cash. CoinDesk marked the milestone with a special series of stories, live–streamed conversations and even a pop-up newsletter. These charts first appeared …

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Hackers broke into real news sites to plant fake stories

Enlarge / The propagandists have created and spread disinformation since at least March 2017, with a focus on undermining NATO and the US troops in Poland and the Baltics. Petras Malukas | Getty Images Over the past few years, online disinformation has taken evolutionary leaps forward, with the Internet Research Agency pumping out artificial outrage …

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Telegram files EU antitrust complaint against Apple’s App Store

Enlarge Carl Court / Getty Images Telegram, the messaging app, has become the latest company to file a formal antitrust complaint to the EU over Apple’s App Store. In a complaint to EU competition chief Margrethe Vestager, Telegram, which has more than 400 million users, said Apple must “allow users to have the opportunity of …

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CoinDesk Live Recap: Ethereum’s DeFi Luminaries Discuss What’s Next

For decentralized finance (DeFi) to make its mark, it must reach beyond the crypto bubble, said MakerDAO founder Rune Christensen. “Compared to where we’re going next, we’ve still just scratched the surface of what this technology will do,” Christensen, whose lending platform recently topped $1 billion in committed assets, said. He was joined by fellow …

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5 Years After Launch, Predictions Market Platform Augur Releases Version 2

The Takeaway: Augur released the second version of its betting platform Tuesday. The project was one of Ethereum’s first in 2015 with angel investments from Vitalik Buterin. Its v2 adds a suite of new crypto tools including IPFS, MakerDAO’s Dai, 0x Mesh and Uniswap’s pricing oracles. The ultimate decentralized finance (DeFi) money Lego has arrived: …

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