Facebook's first Oversight Board cases tackle hate speech and misinformation
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Facebook’s first Oversight Board cases tackle hate speech and misinformation

Facebook didn’t meet its goal of hearing Oversight Board cases before the US election, but it’s finally ready. The social media giant has revealed that the Board will tackle six appeal cases in its first outing, all of them prioritized based on their… Continue Reading…

Following swingers convention, 41 attendees test positive
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Following swingers convention, 41 attendees test positive

Last month, around 250 people checked in at a New Orleans hotel for the Naughty in N’awlins swingers festival. At least 41 of those attendees (participants?) have now tested positive for COVID-19. “If I could go back in time, I would not produce this event again,” organizer Bob Hannaford wrote. …

Mark Zuckerberg sits down with Dr. Fauci to talk holiday COVID safety
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Mark Zuckerberg sits down with Dr. Fauci to talk holiday COVID safety

In less than an hour, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will interview Dr. Anthony Fauci. You can watch the entire segment through Facebook Live at 3 PM PT / 6 PM ET. According to the company, Zuckerberg will talk to Dr Fauci about the COVID-19 vaccines t… Continue Reading…

The Yankee Candle phenomenon
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The Yankee Candle phenomenon

There are angry ladies all over Yankee Candle’s site reporting that none of the candles they just got had any smell at all. I wonder if they’re feeling a little hot and nothing has much taste for the last couple days too. — Read the rest Continue Reading…

IRS admits it sent some $1,200 stimulus checks to non-Americans, and probably will again
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IRS admits it sent some $1,200 stimulus checks to non-Americans, and probably will again

The United States Internal Revenue Service now acknowledges that its own mistakes caused some foreign citizens to receive $1,200 coronavirus relief payments they weren’t entitled to (the aid was for US citizens only) — and the IRS says the error will probably happen again if the federal government sends out …

Despite COVID risk, 1.2 million people passed through U.S. airports Sunday, highest air travel day since pandemic began
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Despite COVID risk, 1.2 million people passed through U.S. airports Sunday, highest air travel day since pandemic began

What coronavirus? About 1.2 million people passed through U.S. airports on the Sunday following Thanksgiving, the greatest single-day air travel numbers since the pandemic hit America in March. And this was after all the pleading from health experts for everyone to stay home over Thanksgiving, or expect ICUs and funerals …

Scott Atlas quits Trump White House coronavirus team, was 'herd immunity' proponent
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Scott Atlas quits Trump White House coronavirus team, was ‘herd immunity’ proponent

• Scott Atlas has resigned from his position in the White House as Donald Trump’s special adviser on COVID-19, multiple news agencies report Mister ‘Herd Immunity’ has resigned, reports CNN: Dr. Scott Atlas, a highly controversial member of the White House’s coronavirus task force, has resigned from his post in …

Moderna claims 94% efficacy for COVID-19 vaccine, will ask FDA for emergency use authorization today
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Moderna claims 94% efficacy for COVID-19 vaccine, will ask FDA for emergency use authorization today

Drugmaker Moderna has completed its initial efficacy analysis of its COVID-19 vaccine from the drug’s Phase 3 clinical study, and determined that it was 94.1% effective in preventing people from contracting COVID-19 across 196 confirmed cases from among 30,000 participants in the study. Moderna also found that it was 100% …

Leak exposes personal data for millions of Brazilian COVID-19 patients
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Leak exposes personal data for millions of Brazilian COVID-19 patients

Medical data breaches are serious as a rule, but an incident in Brazil may be particularly severe. According to ZDNet, Brazilian newspaper Estadao has learned that a Sao Paolo hospital worker uploaded a spreadsheet with login details for two governme… Continue Reading…

Black Friday online shopping surged over 21 percent amid the pandemic
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Black Friday online shopping surged over 21 percent amid the pandemic

Many were expecting a spike in online Black Friday sales due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but it’s now clearer just how large that shift really was. Adobe now estimates that internet Black Friday sales in the US jumped 21.6 percent year-over-year to hit… Continue Reading…