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Nkechi Diallo, formerly Rachel Dolezal, charged with welfare fraud

Nkechi Diallo, formerly known as Rachel Dolezal, was charged with welfare fraud this week over payments totaling about $9,000, received between 2015 and 2017. As Dolezal, she served as the Spokane Chapter NAACP President, but became infamous after it was found that her biological parents were white. According to court documents, Diallo illegally received $8,747 in food assistance, and illegally […]

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Nkechi Diallo, formerly Rachel Dolezal, charged with welfare fraud

Nkechi Diallo, formerly known as Rachel Dolezal, was charged with welfare fraud this week over payments totaling about $9,000, received between 2015 and 2017. As Dolezal, she served as the Spokane Chapter NAACP President, but became infamous after it was found that her biological parents were white. According to court documents, Diallo illegally received $8,747 in food assistance, and illegally […]

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Google Home speakers outsold Amazon’s Echo line for the first time last quarter

Over 3.1 million Google Home speakers were sold during the first quarter of 2018, beating Amazon’s 2.5 million Echo devices for first time since the two companies began competing in the smart speaker market. It’s worth remembering Amazon has outsold Google in the smart speaker market every quarter, since at least the beginning 2017, according to Canalys. Amazon remains the […]

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Facebook moderation guidelines leaked

“White supremacy” is forbidden on Facebook, but “white nationalism” is OK. They know it’s bullshit, elsewhere talking of “overlaps with white nationalism/separatism,” but it’s what they’ve got. Motherboard got the docs. Facebook has increasingly dealt head on with hate speech in recent months, sometimes with mixed results. In December, Facebook admitted to Pro Publica the social network had made mistakes […]

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The network economy plays to human strengths. Repetition, sequels, copies, and automation all tend toward the free and efficient, while innovation, experience, discovery, and exploration – none of them efficient – soar in value. #newrules20th

The network economy plays to human strengths. Repetition, sequels, copies, and automation all tend toward the free and efficient, while innovation, experience, discovery, and exploration – none of them efficient – soar in value. #newrules20th The network economy plays to human strengths. Repetition, sequels, copies, and automation all tend toward the free and efficient, while innovation, experience, discovery, and exploration […]

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Battlefield V’s creators: female characters are ‘here to stay’

The reveal of the new WWII first person shooting game Battlefield V prompted a strong reaction from some fans, but not exactly in the way its developer, DICE, might have intended. Online, a contingent of disgruntled players has been pushing back against the “inaccuracies” of the game, specifically the developer’s decision to include female soldiers on the frontlines. But DICE […]

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Apple will start reporting government requests to remove apps from the App Store

Apple issued one of its bi-annual transparency reports today, and apart from the usual numbers on account takedown requests, the company issued a statement saying that it’ll soon start reporting government requests to take down apps from the App Store. These requests will relate to alleged legal and / or policy provision violations, Apple says. These numbers will tell us […]

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Interview with Scotty Allen, host of the Strange Parts Youtube channel

My Cool Tools podcast guest this week is Scotty Allen. Scotty is a nomadic engineer, entrepreneur, adventurer and storyteller who orbits around San Francisco and Shenzhen, China. He runs a YouTube channel Strange Parts, a travel adventure show for geeks where he goes on adventures ranging from building his own iPhone in China to trying to make a manhole cover […]

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How sensors are giving us another way to peek inside our bodies

The bacteria, molecules, and chemicals in our bodies hold important clues about our health, and scientists are creating sensors that can tap into this information in the easiest way possible. These are sensors that can be swallowed to warn of gut trouble, implanted to monitor how well an injury is recovering, or just sit on teeth to track the state […]

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Puget Sound mussels are failing drug tests

If you’ve been using or abusing an opioid, then your pee’s been full of opioids. When your opioid-laced pee gets flushed away, those opioids wind up in our water: our reservoirs, streams and oceans. And that, friends, is why mussels are failing drug tests. According to CBS News, scientists at Washington’s Department of Fish & Wildlife have found evidence that […]

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I don’t know why GDPR is so funny, but it is

GDPR stands for the “General Data Protection Regulation.” It’s the most important data privacy law thus far, the convoluted product of a four-year deliberative process, a “staggeringly complex” law that “no one understands,” an 88-page monster translated into 26 different languages. GDPR is 56,000 words, which is about the length of William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying. It should not […]