Thursday, 13 August

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Facebook tells Elizabeth Warren it has two different standards for climate fact-checking [The Verge - All Posts]

In this photo illustration, a Facebook logo is displayed on... Photo Illustration by Omar Marques/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Facebook says its third-party fact-checking partners “do review and rate climate misinformation, and there has never been a prohibition against them doing so,” in a response to criticism from Democratic senators. Facebook will continue its policy of exempting “clear opinion content” from fact-checking, the letter says. The senators are unsatisfied.

In the response, which was shared exclusively with The Verge, the tech behemoth says it does not consider all climate change content “opinion.” But opinion articles about climate change don’t receive fact-checking, a policy Facebook says it began in 2016.

“We asked...

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If you've ever thought of learning American Sign Language, this masterclass is the way to go [Boing Boing]

One million Americans use American Sign Language as their primary means of communication. But as you'd expect, even though ASL is the sixth-most used language in the US, it isn't just any old language like English or Spanish or French. 

According to Communication Service for the Deaf, 98 percent of Deaf people don't receive education in sign language, while almost three-quarters of families don't sign with their Deaf children. And with nine out of 10 children born to hearing parents, the need for ASL-conversant men and women has never been greater.

If you work in health care, emergency services, education, or just want to be able to communicate with a million new people, the training in The Complete American Sign Language Master Class Bundle is just what you're looking for.

The collection includes over 50 lectures covering 75 hours of content that help new ASL learners pick up the basics of sign language, then advance to being able to carry on involved conversations with other ASL signers.

From the ASL alphabet and numbers through useful and common ASL signs for everyday situations to emergency signs and how to react, this course covers everything learners need to start communicating.

The training even digs into the surrounding etiquette of ASL, including essential tips on proper ways to respond and behave as an ASL user and earning a deeper understanding of the Deaf culture and community.

In addition to three escalating levels of ASL learning, this bundle also includes a bonus course covering baby and toddler sign language. For new parents, this ability can help you communicate with your little one, even hearing capable children who just haven't learned to speak yet.

Whether you want to communicate with a Deaf friend, colleague, or loved one, or even if you just want to earn a competitive advantage at work, this training is a powerful resume builder. This training is also Continuing Professional Development (CPD) compliant, earning you 30 CPD credits.

This ASL training is usually a $99 value, but with this offer, you can be fluent in ASL now for only $19.99.

Prices are subject to change.

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20:00 EDT

Single-line Software Bug Causes Fledgling YAM Cryptocurrency To Implode Just Two Days After Launch [Slashdot]

A two-day-old decentralized cryptocurrency called YAM collapsed this week after its creators revealed that a software bug had effectively vetoed human governance. From a report: "At approximately 6PM UTC, on Wednesday, August 12, we discovered a bug in the YAM rebasing contract that would mint far more YAM than intended to sell to the Uniswap YAM/yCRV pool, sending a large amount of excess YAM to the protocol reserve," the YAM project explained in a post on Thursday. "Given YAM's governance module, this bug would render it impossible to reach quorum, meaning no governance action would be possible and funds in the treasury would be locked." The bug followed from this line of code... totalSupply = initSupply.mul(yamsScalingFactor); ...which was supposed to be⦠totalSupply = initSupply.mul(yamsScalingFactor).div(BASE); YAM, a decentralized finance experiment, implements a governance system (for making protocol changes) based on supposed smart contracts that allocates votes based on assets. [...] The code flaw locked up about $750,000 worth of Curve (yCRV) tokens in the YAM treasury, assets intended to serve as a reserve currency to support the value of YAM tokens.

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Drive-in movie snack bar commercial inspired by Star Wars (1979) [Boing Boing]

If I was at a drive-in movie in 1979 and this commercial for the snack bar played, I'd have secretly wished it was the actual film we were there to see.

(via r/ObscureMedia)

Homeless Florida man lived in sports stadium luxury suite for two weeks [Boing Boing]

Police in St. Petersburg, Florida arrested a homeless fellow who had been living in a luxury suite in Al Lang Stadium. He was apparently wearing Tampa Bay Rowdies clothing swiped from the merch shop and ate from the concession stands during his two week stay. He's now in jail on charges of burglary and "resisting an officer without violence." From the Tampa Bay Times:

[He] was arrested Sunday after a cleaning crew entered the room where he was staying and found razors, opened shaving cream containers and blankets, St. Petersburg police spokesperson Yolanda Fernandez said.

Fernandez said the cleaning crew had not been in the room for some time because the space was supposed to be empty and cleaning activity was limited due to COVID-19.

(Thanks to our Florida bureau chief, Charles Pescovitz!)

image: John O'Neill (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Mark Kozelek, Of Sun Kil Moon And Red House Painters, Accused Of Sexual Misconduct [News : NPR]

Mark Kozelek, performing as Sun Kil Moon on Sept. 30, 2018 in Long Beach, Calif.

The established indie singer and songwriter was accused in a report published by Pitchfork on Thursday.

(Image credit: Scott Dudelson/Getty Images)

Fortnite Uses Apple's Own '1984' Ad Against It In Dispute Over Payments [News : NPR]

Fortnite

Apple pulled the popular shooting game from its App Store, after its developer tried to get around the fee Apple requires from in-app purchases.

(Image credit: Epic Games)

As Journalists Work From Home, Their Newsrooms Are Shutting Down [News : NPR]

Tribune Publishing is closing several of its newsrooms, including the one at New York

In closing five of its newsrooms permanently, Tribune Publishing said it saw "no clear path forward in terms of returning to work." But affected unions argued the closures were unnecessary.

(Image credit: Bebeto Matthews/AP)

DOJ: Yale Discriminates Against Asian American and White Applicants In Admissions [News : NPR]

Two years after opening an investigation into Yale University

The Justice Department said its two-year investigation found that race is "the determinative factor in hundreds of admissions decisions each year." Yale categorically denies the allegation.

(Image credit: Beth J. Harpaz/AP)

Governor Drops Lawsuit Against Atlanta Mayor Over Masks, But Fight May Not Be Over [News : NPR]

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, pictured last month, withdrew litigation against Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and the City Council over a requirement to wear masks in public and other restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gov. Brian Kemp suggests he will wait out his existing executive order and address Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms' refusal to lift her mask-wearing requirement when he signs a new one on Aug. 15.

(Image credit: John Bazemore/AP)

Fortnite for Android has also been kicked off the Google Play Store [The Verge - All Posts]

Photo by Stefan Etienne / The Verge

Following its removal from the Apple App Store, Fortnite has also been kicked off of the Google Play Store for Android. Earlier today, Epic Games snuck in an update for both the iPhone and Android versions of the game that allowed users to pay Epic directly for in-app purchases instead of using the officially sanctioned system for both platforms.

What followed was a wild ride: Apple kicked Fortnite off the App Store, then Epic sued Apple, and finally there was an in-game video parodying Apple’s own 1984 commercial, positioning Apple itself as the monopolist.

Now, Google is in the conversation. As with Apple, Google requires that games use the Google Play system for in-app purchases. Although the Play Store’s rules are somewhat more lax...

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You can type ‘how to vote’ into Google now for instant state-by-state voting instructions [The Verge - All Posts]

Image: Google

Election Day in the US — November 3rd — is almost here. Now, if you type “how to vote” or “how to register to vote” into Google’s search box, it will automatically detect which state you live in and give you voting dates, ways to register to vote online, and more.

If you go to Google’s search engine or the Chrome web browser to search for specific voting information, you’ll now get some very specific results:

Google search provides detailed answers to questions you may have about registering or voting in your state.

If you search “how to vote,” the first thing that appears on the webpage — below all of the ads, anyhow — is no longer the top search result for that phrase. Instead, you’ll see specific information on...

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Postmaster general under fire over Amazon stock holdings [The Verge - All Posts]

US Postal Service Funding In Question As President Trump Threatens To Withheld In Budget Negotiations Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images

Postmaster general Louis DeJoy is under fire over a new CNN report that shows he holds stock options in Amazon, an apparent conflict of interest.

Federal law prohibits employees of the executive branch from holding a financial interest in a company that could have an impact on their government duties. Amazon is a significant customer of the USPS, with some analysts estimating the e-commerce giant uses the post office for around 40 percent of its shipping.

DeJoy held between $100,000 and $250,000 worth of stock in Amazon when he joined the Trump administration, CNN reported, citing financial disclosures. DeJoy divested the shares on June 24th but on the same day bought between $50,000 and $100,000 of Amazon stock options, which give him...

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Amazon can be held liable for products sold on Marketplace, appeals court rules [The Verge - All Posts]

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

Amazon can be held liable for defective products sold on its Marketplace in California, an appeals court ruled Thursday. The California Fourth District Court of Appeals reversed a 2019 trial court ruling and reinstated claims from a woman who says she suffered third-degree burns when a defective laptop battery she bought from a third-party seller on Amazon caught fire.

The decision could have dire repercussions for Amazon, which has argued for years that it only serves as an intermediary between buyers and third-party sellers on the Marketplace portion of its platform. That stance has protected Amazon from liability for Marketplace products, that is, until now. The company is now facing several other lawsuits over defective products in...

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