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Trevor Noah makes some 'additions' to Biden and Johnson's new Atlantic Charter from the G7 Summit

World leaders have gathered in the seaside realm of Cornwall, England for the G7 Summit, where they’re discussing big issues around global trade, managing the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and climate change. G7 leaders are also expected to agree to donate 1 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses to low-income nations. After a first meeting between U.S. President Joe Biden and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday, the pair unveiled a newly updated Atlantic Charter, the agreement… Read the rest

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Hackers are using Trump’s election fraud conspiracy to break into U.S. government agencies

The SolarWinds hackers are at it again. And they’re weaponizing Donald Trump’s Big Lie to carry out their attacks. Microsoft is warning of a new “sophisticated” email attack it has uncovered from the Russia-linked actors behind last year’s massive SolarWinds hack, Nobelium. The 2020 attack on the software vendor is considered to be one of the worst data breaches ever. The new attack, according to the Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center, targets U.S. government agencies, military,… Read the rest

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Laura Loomer says Clubhouse banned her just five hours after she joined the app

Laura Loomer, the far right internet personality-turned-failed Congressional candidate, has been banned from yet another social media platform. This time, Loomer has been suspended from ClubhouseBusiness Insider first noticed the suspension. “Your account has been suspended for violating our violence policy,” reads the notice Loomer received from Clubhouse, a screenshot of which she posted on her Telegram channel. According to Loomer, she joined the platform on Friday at 9pm ET and participated in a chat… Read the rest

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How shady companies got millions of names for fake anti-net neutrality comments

Entered an online contest lately? Congrats! You could have unwittingly supported the repeal of net neutrality. In 2017, the Trump-era Federal Communications Commission (FCC) solicited public comments over whether it should repeal the Obama-era rule that established net neutrality (which it did in 2018)Net neutrality is the concept that internet providers have to treat all website traffic equally, and can’t create “fast lanes” or “slow lanes” for different companies and customers.  New information in a… Read the rest

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Sex trafficking investigation into Matt Gaetz and friend digs up their tech fails

We now have the digital receipts and it appears Florida GOP Congressman Matt Gaetz and his former tax collector friend don’t understand the concepts of “consequences,” “technology,” “digital paper trails,” the “laws of the United States of America,” or, more generally, “ethics.”  The Justice Department is reportedly investigating the staunch Trump ally’s connections to a scheme that included paying for sex, sex trafficking, and paying for sex with a minor, according to the New York… Read the rest

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TikTok's algorithm is sending users down a far-right extremist rabbit hole

TikTok’s recommendations algorithm is sending users down a far right wing rabbit hole QAnon. Patriot Party, Oath Keepers. Three Percenters. Videos promoting these far right wing movements are all banned on TikTok. Yet the viral app’s recommendations algorithm keeps pushing accounts that promote these groups and movements anyway.  According to a new report by the media monitoring group Media Matters for America, TikTok’s user recommendation algorithm is pushing its users toward accounts with the kinds… Read the rest

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Stephen Colbert roasts Jeff Bezos after Amazon CEO steps down

Stephen Colbert’s Tuesday night monologue was largely focussed on politics, but he did find time to go over the news that Amazon’s Jeff Bezos would be stepping down as CEO — and join in with the flurry of jokes already been cracked online. “Before leaving office he will be cocooned in bubble wrap and put in a box eight times his size,” says the Late Show host in the clip above. “Maybe throw in a… Read the rest

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YouTube removes Trump's latest video, blocks channel from posting for seven days

It’s been a bad week for President Donald Trump’s socials. First he was unceremoniously dumped by his longtime paramour Twitter. Then Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitch blocked him. Now YouTube has jumped into the fray, banning the president’s channel after it breached the website’s moderation policies. “After review, and in light of concerns about the ongoing potential for violence, we removed new content uploaded to Donald J. Trump’s channel for violating our policies,” YouTube announced… Read the rest

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Seth Meyers excoriates Republicans calling for 'healing' after Capitol attack

Seth Meyers has never been one to mince words in his “Closer Look” segments, always opening and closing it with succinct, clear summations of Where Things Are At Right Now. On Monday night, he opened thusly: “The sitting President of the United States is the leader of a violent insurrectionist movement who incited a seditious mob of right wing terrorists to ransack the Capitol and overthrow American democracy, and every day that he remains in… Read the rest

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What is Signal? The basics of the most secure messaging app.

Existing Signal users might be getting more notifications than usual. “Jack is on Signal,” “Cathy is on Signal,” “Miriam is on Signal,” all pings showing phone contacts who are joining the secure messaging app. Those pings reflect the fact that there’s been an influx of new users. Known for its end-to-end encryption and independent structure as a non-profit organization run by a foundation — not a big tech company — Signal has previously been the… Read the rest

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