Here’s how the Big Tech breakup should go down

Here’s how the Big Tech breakup should go down

The US House of Representatives antitrust subcommittee released its findings last week after a year-and-a-half-long investigation of Big Tech companies Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon. Right at the beginning of the 400+ page report, the committee didn’t mince words about its findings: “To put it simply, companies that were once scrappy, underdog startups that challenged…

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The RetroBeat: 30 years of Monkey Island

The RetroBeat: 30 years of Monkey Island

This week, The Secret of Monkey Island turned 30 years old. Monkey Island is one of my favorite video game series, and Secret is the one that started the beautiful franchise. The Monkey Island games are point-and-click adventures. They focus on exploration and puzzle-solving, and you navigate your character, the wannabe pirate Guybrush Threepwood, by…

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September 2020 NPD: Avengers and Mario lead strong transition into autumn

September 2020 NPD: Avengers and Mario lead strong transition into autumn

Americans showed up to celebrate Super Mario’s 35th anniversary by giving a lot of money to Nintendo for Super Mario 3D All-Stars and the Nintendo Switch. Other major releases, like Marvel’s Avengers, also helped fuel year-over-year growth. Here are the full results for September 2020’s game sales from industry-tracking firm The NPD Group: September 2020…

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Political campaign emails contain dark patterns to manipulate donors, voters

Political campaign emails contain dark patterns to manipulate donors, voters

Image: cattu US political candidates use psychological tricks and dark patterns in their emails to manipulate supporters to donate money and mobilize voters. In a study published earlier this month, academics from Princeton University said they analyzed more than 100,000 emails sent by candidates in federal and state races as well as Political Action Committees…

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Three npm packages found opening shells on Linux, Windows systems

Three npm packages found opening shells on Linux, Windows systems

Three JavaScript packages have been removed from the npm portal on Thursday for containing malicious code. According to advisories from the npm security team, the three JavaScript libraries opened shells on the computers of developers who imported the packages into their projects. The shells, a technical term used by cyber-security researchers, allowed threat actors to…

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Brazilian SMBs accelerate tech adoption amid pandemic

Brazilian SMBs accelerate tech adoption amid pandemic

Digitization among small and medium businesses (SMBs) in Brazil has gathered pace as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a study published by software firm Intuit. The study covered 1.128 business owners and decision makers in SMBs in June 2020 and has found that 49,7% are more digitally-enabled now than prior to the…

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AI Weekly: U.S. lawmakers decry the chilling effect of federal surveillance at protests

AI Weekly: U.S. lawmakers decry the chilling effect of federal surveillance at protests

There’s a thread that runs through police violence against Black people and connects to overpolicing, onerous and problematic tactics like facial recognition, AI-powered predictive policing, and federal agencies’ surveillance of protestors. It’s almost a loop; at the very least, it’s a knot. For months, American citizens have tirelessly protested against police violence, largely in response…

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