The report says tech and social media companies should be forced to comply with a compulsory code of ethics overseen by an independent regulator, which should have powers to take legal action against companies breaching the code.The report comes as a result of an inquiry conducted last year by Parliament's Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Committee into fake news and the spread of disinformation.In the course of its investigations, the committee examined the ways in which Facebook might have impacted the outcome of elections, including possible Russian interference, ad targeting and access to user data that violated the privacy rights of users.The report concluded that current electoral law is not fit for purpose in the digital age, leaving democracy at risk from online threats and that regulating social media will help curb these risks.said Damian Collins, chair of the DCMS Committee in a statement."The guiding principle of the 'move fast and break things' culture often seems to be that it is better to apologise than ask permission."
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Bad news for fans of Razer's digital game store, which the gaming hardware manufacturer only launched in April.As part of the company's "realignment plans," it's shutting the Razer Game Store on Feb. 28," according to an announcement on its storefront that PC Gamer noticed Saturday."It's been a privilege for us to recommend and deliver great digital game deals to you," the Irvine, California-based company said."We will be investing in other ways to deliver great content and introduce game promotions through Razer Gold, our virtual credits system."The store, first launched in the US and Europe markets and later Southeast Asia, offered exclusive game deals and discounts on peripherals.The company will still honor any preorders made through the store.
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The British government has reportedly concluded that any risks from the use of Huawei equipment in its 5G networks can be mitigated.That determination was made by the UK's National Cyber Security Center (NCSC), according to a Financial Times report Sunday citing two unnamed sources familiar the conclusion, which hasn't been made public.The NCSC didn't immediately respond to a request for confirmation and comment.The conclusion runs contrary US State Department efforts discouraging European countries preparing for the rollout of 5G -- the high-speed, next-generation networking technology -- from using equipment from made by the Chinese tech company.US officials have reportedly met with representatives of the European Commission to warn them that the Chinese government could use Huawei equipment for spying.That warning followed escalating tensions between the US and Huawei that have seen the arrest of the company's CFO in and 23 indictments thrust on the company by the United States.
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If you like the looks of blacked-out badass trucks but don’t want to fork out big bucks for a no-compromise off-road desert racer, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has a truck for you.As with the 1976 version, the 2019 Warlock focuses on appearance with only a touch of additional off-road capability.The 2019 Warlock special edition is available only with the previous generation 2019 Ram 1500 Classic version, not the redesigned Ram 1500 introduced for this model year.Because buyer demand for Ram pickups outpaced supply, Ram continued to run the older version production line along with the newer manufacturing facilities for the redesigned truck.Signature details on the new Ram Warlock include huge R-A-M lettering on the front grille, power-coated bumpers front and rear, a 1-inch ride lift, and Warlock decals.The truck will come with 20-inch semi-gloss black aluminum wheels, LED fog lamps, dark-bezeled projector headlamps, LED rear tail lamps, tow hooks, and heavy-duty rear shocks.
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There’s a puzzle that has been taxing astronomers for many years: Where is all of the matter in the universe?You might think that it would be hard to miss, but observations of the universe have turned up only around two thirds of the regular matter that is known to exist due to mathematical models.The matter in question is normal matter, referring to elements like hydrogen and helium which were created in the first few minutes following the Big Bang.Over the first one billion years of the history of the universe, this matter was spread out and gradually became cosmic dust, gas, stars, and planets.Scientists have calculated how much of this matter must have existed immediately after the Big Bang and found that about a third of it cannot be accounted for in current models of the universe.This is a separate issue from the question of dark matter, which is a different type of matter that effects the movements of galaxies.
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Machine learning is everywhere in science and technology: powering facial recognition, picking your recommendations on Netflix, and controlling self-driving cars.But how reliable are machine learning techniques really?A statistician says that the answer is “not very,” arguing that questions of accuracy and reproducability of machine learning have not been fully addressed.Dr Genevera Allen, associate professor of statistics, computer science, and electrical and computer engineering Rice University in Houston, Texas has discussed this topic at a press briefing and at a scientific conference, the 2019 Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).She warned that researchers in the field of machine learning have spent so much time developing predictive models that they have not devoted enough attention to checking the accuracy of their models, and that the field must develop systems which can assess the accuracy of their own findings.“The question is, ‘Can we really trust the discoveries that are currently being made using machine-learning techniques applied to large data sets?
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Of all the questions my consulting clients ask, there is one that comes up more often than all the others combined.How do I vet manufacturers in China or India to minimize the risks of working with a company in a different country?”Here are six tips that I generally offer to help ecommerce businesses navigate the potentially treacherous waters of overseas manufacturing.Whether you visit in person or perform your inquiries remotely, there are certain questions you’ll want to ask every potential manufacturer on your list.Each one acts as a test that a manufacturer needs to pass before you trust it with your business.If they are unwilling to provide proof of relevant licenses, registrations, and samples of work, that’s a major red flag.
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The Honor View 20 is probably the best phone Honor has ever made, and it sports the latest hardware with a hole-punch display, the Kirin 980 processor, and an exceptionally powerful 48-megapixel camera.But even though it’s a bargain, it’ll still leave a hole in your pocket if scuffs, chips, and cracks ruin your experience.A protective case is one of the best things you can buy to keep your new phone safe, so here are some of the best Honor View 20 cases.This case from SCL is exactly that.It’s made from TPU, a soft and flexible material that absorbs impacts, while also being completely clear.Reinforced bumpers at each corner defend against damage from drops, and the raised lip provides protection for your screen and camera lenses.
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But a global review of insect research has found another casualty: 40% of insect species are declining and a third are endangered.It confirms what many have been suspecting: in Australia and around the world, arthropods – which include insects, spiders, centipedes and the like — appear to be in trouble.If that study’s findings are broadly valid – something still far from certain – it has chilling implications for global biodiversity.Four decades later, another research team returned to the island and repeated the study using identical methods and the same locations.The team found that a bevy of arthropod-eating lizards, birds and frogs had fallen sharply in abundance as well.Arthropods pollinate some of our most important food crops and thousands of wild plant species, disperse seeds, recycle nutrients and form key links in food chains that sustain entire webs of life.
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With legions of data at its disposal, Netflix churns out original shows faster than anyone with a job — or a life — can consume.And while they’ve got a serious shot at the Oscars this year with Roma, Netflix has served us some real stinkers — and I’m here to save you from them.Whoever made this boondoggle hates television and wants to see the medium die a slow and painful death, OR wants to make the world hate Australians, and I’m not sure which is worse.Yes, my child, I’m sure.In short, Back with the Ex is an Australian reality TV show where broken up couples try to give it another shot on camera.There are four couples, all of different ages and backgrounds, but similar insanity levels.
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UK cybersecurity darling Darktrace is at risk of being pulled into the US fraud case against tech billionaire Mike Lynch and his former Autonomy colleague Sushovan Hussain.US court documents show that Federal Bureau of Investigation agents held a voluntary interview with Darktrace’s co-chief executive Nicole Eagan, as first reported by the Sunday Telegraph.Read more: Mike Lynch-backed legal AI startup valued at $100m after funding roundThe US government is trying to establish links between Darktrace and Invoke Capital, an investment vehicle founded by Lynch.Hussain was found guilty on fraud charges last year in connection to the sale of Autonomy to Hewlett Packard for $11.8bn (£9.2bn), while Lynch is fighting US extradition to face fraud charges over the same deal.Prosecutors were frustrated in attempts to get non-US firm Invoke to hand over evidence, and have shifted their attention to Darktrace which has a US presence.
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Facebook at one point demonstrated "informal interest" in buying Intermedia Labs, the company responsible for the game-show app HQ Trivia, The Wall Street Journal reports.But Facebook's interest reportedly waned after Recode published an article describing allegations of inappropriate behavior by Intermedia Labs co-founder Colin Krollduring his time working for Twitter.Kroll died of a drug overdose in 2018.Facebook and Intermedia Labs did not immediately respond to Business Insider's requests for comment.But Facebook's interest reportedly waned after Recode published an article describing allegations of inappropriate behavior by Intermedia Labs co-founder Colin Kroll during his time working for Twitter.Read more: HQ Trivia and Vine cofounder Colin Kroll was a talented but tough boss who had a history of clashes with staff
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As the lines between art and technology continue to blur, digital art experiences become more commonplace.Already, you can visit a virtual reality museum or display artwork on a digital display that looks incredibly like a real canvas.But all these developments are raising an important question for art conservationists: How should digital artworks be preserved?It might seem like digital artworks are some of the easiest to preserve — after all they can be copied an infinite number of times and will not suffer degradation from environmental factors which affect physical art such as temperature and humidity.But in fact digital works can be remarkably fragile because they usually depend on a specific set of software and hardware in order to be displayed as the artist envisioned.When operating systems change and software updates, it becomes much harder to preserve digital artworks — not to mention the challenge of working with obsolete hardware such as floppy disks.
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Kingdom Hearts 3, the l0ng-awaited return of the series for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, reportedly may never arrive to the Nintendo Switch.Reviews on Kingdom Hearts 3, including Digital Trends’ own, heaped praise on the Disney and Square Enix collaboration, for its beautiful worlds, exciting combat system, and epic boss battles among many other things.There were rumors that it would eventually find its way on the Nintendo Switch, and director Tetsuya Nomura recently further teased the possibility.However, in an episode of the Kinda Funny Games Daily Show, Game Informer’s senior editor Imran Khan revealed that the chances of Kingdom Hearts 3 on the Nintendo Switch are not looking too good at the moment.“Last I heard, there was a talk between Nintendo and Square Enix about what they could do with Kingdom Hearts 3,” Khan said.“It was deemed unfeasible to get Kingdom Hearts 3 on the Switch.”
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Actor Bruno Ganz died Friday at age 77, the BBC reports.The Swiss actor's film career spanned 50 years, but many know him best because of a YouTube video meme that sprang from Ganz's 2004 role as Adolf Hitler in the movie Downfall.In the scene, set in the German dictator's World War II bunker, Hitler's generals must bring him bad news about the progress of the war.Ganz as Hitler shakily removes his eyeglasses and sends all but four men out of the room, proceeding to scream at them while staffers wait in the hall and one woman begins to cry.The parodies generally keep the German dialogue, but replace the subtitles to make Hitler's meltdown about something else entirely, whether it's his pizza arriving late, runner Usain Bolt setting a world record, the Red Wedding scene on Game of Thrones, or finding out he wasn't accepted into Harry Potter's Hogwarts."It seems that late-life Hitler can be made to speak for almost anyone in the midst of a crisis," The New York Times wrote of the meme back in 2008.
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Fox's "Alita: Battle Angel" earned $27 million over the weekend and over $41 million by Presidents' Day.That's enough to come out on top of the holiday weekend.But it's going to be an uphill climb for this $170 million-budgeted movie to make a profit.Fox's big-budget "Alita: Battle Angel" had no trouble topping the domestic box office over Presidents' Day weekend, with the movie taking in an estimated $27 million from Friday to Sunday and over $41 million from its opening on Thursday to Presidents' Day on Monday.But the movie will need a big run globally to make a profit.The James Cameron-produced/Robert Rodriguez-directed big-screen adaptation of "Battle Angel Alita," derived from the famous manga series created by Yukito Kishiro, has been a project in the works since around 2000 when Cameron began penning the script.
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NASA is launching an ambitious new mission: To map the entire sky in order to understand the origins of the universe.The Spectro-Photometer for the History of the Universe, Epoch of Reionization and Ices Explorer (SPHEREx) mission will launch in 2023 and is planned to last for two years, surveying hundreds of millions of galaxies both close to us and far away.SPHEREx will use optical and near-infrared light to survey the sky, capturing data on over 300 million galaxies and the more than 100 million stars within our own galaxy.Its primary goal is to learn about how our universe evolved and how common the essential ingredients for life are in planetary systems in our galaxy.It will map the entire sky every six months to create a map in 96 color bands, and will be searching for water and organic molecules like methanol or acetone in regions where stars and being born and new planets are forming.“This amazing mission will be a treasure trove of unique data for astronomers,” Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, said in a statement.
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Marvel’s Black Widow movie is still in development, now with a new writer working on the script.According to an exclusive report from Collider, screenwriter Ned Benson (The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby) has been brought on by Marvel to rewrite the script for the Black Widow movie starring Scarlett Johansson.Benson, whose most notable work is The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, a film that he rewrote alongside Jessica Chastain to more significantly highlight the woman’s perspective, is taking over for Jac Schaeffer, who wrote the previous edition of the script.According to Collider, Marvel was very impressed with Benson’s work on Rigby, which led to him getting this job, alongside some reported past professional history with Johansson.While not quite as good as a female scriptwriter, one who has a history of emphasising women’s perspectives is certainly something for the first solo movie for the MCU’s most prominent lady.The film, with no firmly set release date, is being directed by Cate Shortland and produced by Kevin Feige.
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Apple can try to evaporate all the headphone jacks in existence, but people still use traditional headphones.Face ID is bold technology, and undoubtedly the future of where all biometrics end up across all products.If Apple's selling services, the razor needs to cost less so people can afford the blades.Reports of subscription news and maybe even apps, plus the company's expected TV service.Maybe Apple will hit a sweet spot in a monthly package that includes a bunch of things, like Amazon Prime does.The entry-level iPad has served this purpose pretty well, and become one of the best products in Apple's current lineup.
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For months, reports have indicated that Apple was poised to give us a glimpse of its long-awaited Netflix competitor sometime this spring.Whether we will soon after have access to what increasingly sounds like an Apple Prime when the tech giant finally reveals it, however, is another story.We’ve known about Apple’s forthcoming streaming service for what feels like an eternity.And now that multiple sources have reported it’s slated to be revealed in March, it would certainly seem like we can soon stop speculating whether the product will be a legitimate Netflix and Amazon Prime competitor or a sexless experiment in mediocrity.But Variety reported on Friday that it could be many months before the service sees an official release:Sources familiar with the plans say Apple’s video service will be targeted for a launch in summer or fall rather than the April timing that has been the subject of media speculation.
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