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6 Podcasts About the Dark Side of the Internet

Starter episode: “What Did You Take?” Begun during the early days of quarantine in March 2020, this affable show feels like eavesdropping on a conversation between two internet-savvy friends. One of the hosts, Ryan Broderick, used to co-host the beloved Buzzfeed podcast “Internet Explorer,” and brings the same inquisitive, informative energy to this series about …

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Why Has the CPI Inflation Calculation Changed Over Time?

Consumer prices are increasing at the fastest clip in about 40 years, climbing 8.3 percent in April compared with a year earlier. As popular anger about the rising costs mounts, a chorus of critics have been arguing that the sky-high inflation figure is actually being undercounted. In YouTube videos, on conservative talk shows and in …

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Google Maps Workers Say They Can’t Afford the Trip Back to the Office

Google Maps contract employees who are required to return to their office in Washington State recently circulated a petition to keep working from home since some cannot afford their commutes, presenting another challenge to Google’s plan to refill offices and restore campus life. The issue affects more than 200 workers who are employed by the …

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Workers at an Activision studio vote to unionize, a first for the gaming industry.

A group of workers at a video game studio that is part of Activision Blizzard has voted to form a union, a first for a major North American video game company. The vote, which passed 19 to 3, affects 28 quality-assurance employees at Raven Software, the Wisconsin studio that helps to develop the popular Call …

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Facebook Has Been Monetizing Searches for the Buffalo Shooting Video

People searching on Facebook for footage of Saturday’s racist shooting rampage in Buffalo, NY, may have come across posts with footage of the attack or links to websites promising the gunman’s full video. Interspersed between those posts, they may also have seen a variety of ads. The social network has sometimes served ads next to …

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Meta Seeks Revenue By Introducing WhatsApp Commercial Services

More than eight years after agreeing to buy one of the world’s largest messaging apps, the company formerly known as Facebook has decided to start making money from it. WhatsApp, the popular messaging service owned by Meta, the parent company of Facebook, said on Thursday that it was opening up commercial services to those who …

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Chinese Hackers Tried to Steal Russian Defense Data, Report Says

Under China’s authoritarian leader, Xi Jinping, Beijing has refined its approach to cyberspying, transforming over the past decade into a far more sophisticated actor. China’s premier spy agency, borrowing a page from Russia, has recruited beyond its ranks, pulling from the country’s growing pool of tech workers. The strategy has made its attacks more scattershot …

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DHS Suspends Its New Disinformation Board, Following Criticism

The Department of Homeland Security announced on Wednesday that it was suspending the work of an internal advisory board intended to combat disinformation after what the department described as a deliberate disinformation campaign. The creation of the panel, called the Disinformation Governance Board, set off a firestorm of criticism when it was announced last month. …

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