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Apple To Roll Out More ‘Diverse’ Same-Sex Couple Emojis With 75 Different Combinations

Tech-giant Apple announced Wednesday that it’s rolling out a new set of emojis that promote more “inclusion and diversity” to be released this fall. Apple users can expect 59 new emojis to hit their iPhones, a release by the company details, but one category in particular is turning heads. The company has teased a user’s ability to have 75 combinations ...

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How the moon landings changed our view of the solar system

By Christopher Crockett, Knowable Magazine When Neil Armstrong took one small step from his spindly spacecraft onto the surface of the moon half a century ago, he began a story that would revise science’s knowledge of our origins. From 1969 to 1972, six Apollo missions hauled back 382 kilograms of rocks and soil. Those samples revealed much about our cosmic ...

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Army Astronaut to Celebrate First Moon Landing With Space Launch

Army Col. (Dr.) Andrew Morgan wasn’t even born yet when Neil Armstrong walked on the moon. However, Morgan, an astronaut, will be a part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the world’s first manned lunar landing. July 20 at 12:25 p.m. EDT is the planned launch day for Morgan and two others, Aleksandr Skvortsov and Luca Parmitano, to blast off ...

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SpaceX Update: We’ve Figured Out What Caused the Crew Dragon Capsule Failure and How to Fix It

On Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 18:13 UTC, SpaceX conducted a series of static fire engine tests of the Crew Dragon In-Flight Abort test vehicle on a test stand at SpaceX’s Landing Zone 1, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Crew Dragon’s design includes two distinct propulsion systems – a low-pressure bi-propellant propulsion system with sixteen Draco thrusters for ...

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Cruz, Hawley Urge FTC To Open Investigation Into Big Tech’s Censorship Practices

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Two of the country’s staunchest big tech critics are asking the Federal Trade Commission to investigate social media companies’ perceived censorship practices. Facebook, Google and Twitter exercise lots of influence on Americans and they also use their tools to censor some content while amplifying others, Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Josh Hawley of Missouri wrote in a letter Monday ...

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Peter Thiel Blasts ‘Treasonous’ Google For Choosing China Over US Military

Tech billionaire Peter Thiel said Sunday that the FBI and CIA should investigate Google for allegedly cooperating with the Chinese military over U.S. interests. Thiel, one of the most high-profile Trump supporters in the tech industry, criticized Google’s work with the Chinese during a speech to the inaugural National Conservatism Conference Sunday evening in Washington, D.C., Axios reported. “How many ...

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Analysis Shows Facebook’s Recent Algorithm Change Is Throttling Conservative Content

Conservative pundit Deneen Borelli is blaming Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg after she lost her commentary gig at the BlazeTV.  Borelli’s cancelled Facebook show comes shortly after the company dramatically changed its algorithms to de-emphasize political content.  Facebook’s changes appear to be affecting smaller outlets and individual pundits at a greater rate than larger media entities like Fox News or NBC, ...

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It’s Unconstitutional For President Trump To Block Twitter Critics, Appeals Court Says

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President Donald Trump cannot block Twitter critics from his @realDonaldTrump account, a federal appeals panel ruled Tuesday. The New York-based 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the president’s Twitter account creates a public forum, and blocking users based on viewpoint violates the First Amendment. The decision tees up a possible appeal to the Supreme Court. “We do conclude, however, ...

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Trump Did Not Invite Twitter And Facebook To A Meeting On Big Tech’s Alleged Conservative Bias

President Donald Trump did not invite Facebook or Twitter to an upcoming social media summit in Washington, D.C., addressing big tech’s alleged conservative bias, CNN reported Sunday. Trump’s summit, scheduled for July 11, is mostly an opportunity for major conservative groups and pundits to vent their frustrations with Silicon Valley, the report notes, citing anonymous sources. Many conservatives and Republicans ...

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Here Are The Conservative Groups Google Is Paying To Brush Back Sen. Hawley

Google is plowing money into the coffers of several conservative groups who are criticizing Sen. Josh Hawley as the Missouri Republican continues crusading against the Silicon Valley giant. The big tech company provides “substantial contributions” to groups like R-Street, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), TechFreedom, the Cato Institute, and the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), to name a few. All four ...

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Facebook Stays Mum on Accusations of Anti-Conservative Bias as Trump Bears Down

Facebook has not addressed accusations of anti-conservative bias despite promising in 2018 that it would produce a report discussing the matter. The company published an update on June 30 to a civil rights audit, but it has not provided any details about a parallel probe dealing with allegations of anti-conservative bias. Facebook’s apparent foot-dragging comes as President Donald Trump and ...

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Outage At Website Security Company Take Out Nearly Half The World’s Internet

Many of the largest websites on the internet stopped working after one of the tech companies designed to secure the web suddenly began experiencing massive outages. Chat service discord, cryptocurrency websites and several other prominent domains reported problems Tuesday morning with their services after Cloudflare reported outages. Websites used for checking whether other services are online were also knocked out, ...

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‘Milkshake Them All’: Does This Statement Violate Twitter Policy?

Journalist Carlos Maza’s tweets encouraging people to throw milkshakes at those who have different political beliefs do not violate Twitter policies, according to a person familiar with the matter. Maza, a journalist at Vox, tweeted that people should “milkshake them all, humiliate them at every turn” on May 21 with a photo describing milkshaking and a link to an article ...

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The Biggest Offshore Wind Project in the US Is Underway

By Vanessa Bates Ramirez From the steady growth in market share of electric cars to continuous improvement and expansion of solar energy technology, it appears the world is going renewable—the age of fossil fuels is slowly but surely being left behind. For whatever reason, wind power doesn’t get as much love as solar, but it’s growing quickly, with massive new ...

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Twitter Lays Ground Work For Potentially Down Ranking Some Of Trump’s Tweets

Twitter announced Thursday that the company will begin labeling and down ranking politicians’ most vitriolic tweets, a move that could affect how President Donald Trump promotes his message. The new label applies to all verified political candidates and officials with more than 100,000 followers, Twitter noted in blog post. Users who want to view flagged content must click on a ...

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