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Facebook removes more pages in Philippines for misleading activity

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Facebook has continued its crackdown on coordinated misinformation in the Philippines.

The social media giant said on Friday it had taken down more than 200 pages, groups, and accounts in the country, which it said misled others about who they were and what they were doing.

“We’re taking down these Pages and accounts based on their behavior, not the content they posted,” Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook’s head of cybersecurity policy, said in a statement online.

“In this case, the people behind this activity coordinated with one another and used fake accounts to misrepresent themselves, and that was the basis for our action.” Read more…

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GoFundMe donates to GoFundMe that’s trolling another GoFundMe

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We forgive you if you’re feeling a bit confused. 

GoFundMe, the company, just donated $5,000 to a GoFundMe campaign set up to both counter and troll yet another GoFundMe campaign. But wait, it gets even weirder. In this convoluted battle of the GoFundMes, the tech company comes down on the humane side. 

Welcome to San Francisco, 2019, where nothing makes sense, but you can still count on the city to collectively thumb its nose at some cartoonishly awful jerks. 

According to SF Weekly, this all started with a group of wealthy San Francisco residents uniting to oppose the construction of a Navigation Center — think of it as a more comprehensive homeless shelter that offers services and counseling as well as a place to sleep — in their mostly fancy neighborhood.  Read more…

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Twitter and Google now under scrutiny for housing discrimination

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It appears that, just like misery, an investigation into possible discriminatory ad practices facilitated by a tech giant loves company. 

Following the March 28 revelation that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has filed charges against Facebook for allegedly violating the Fair Housing Act, the Washington Post now reports that Google and Twitter are under investigation by the same agency. And for more or less the same thing. 

It turns out that HUD is looking into the super specific ad-targeting features offered by the companies in an effort to determine if they facilitate housing discrimination. An advertising platform that, say, allows the owner of an apartment complex to purposefully exclude certain groups — such as people of color — from seeing new listings would be in violation of the law.  Read more…

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Twitter’s new dark mode is actually black and it’s glorious

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One of the best design trends of the last year or so is the rise of dark themes for popular apps. If you spend a lot of time staring at screens, dark modes are both easier on the eyes and your battery life. 

Now, Twitter is making its dark mode even better, with a new darker theme that’s actually black (as opposed to the previous navy blue-tinged color scheme) and the ability to enable dark mode automatically. 

With the changes (which are out on iOS now), Twitter is adding a blacker variation of dark mod  called “Lights Out.” Unlike the app’s previous dark theme, Lights Out is actually black – “a pure black color palette that emits no light since the pixels are turned off,” according to Twitter. Here’s what it looks like compared to the old night mode (which is still available and now labeled as “Dim” in the app.)  Read more…

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Amazon dropped the price of Apple AirPods *again* — now they’re $12 off

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Remember two days ago when we freaked out over AirPods being $9 off at Amazon?

It’s happening again, but intensified.

Apple AirPods are now $12 off (double digits!), making them just $147. That’s only $8 more than the AirPods’ lowest price ever on Amazon, which was $139. 

We can only hope that Apple is doing some stealthy nod to the AirPods 2 by dropping the original AirPods price by $3 every day. By our calculations, they’ll be free by June. (Just kidding, but this is how unhinged our minds become when AirPods are on sale like this.) Read more…

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Watch Samsung’s Galaxy Fold get folded many, many times

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The Samsung Galaxy Fold’s most notable feature is that, well, it folds. 

And while it looks quite cool, the folding design of the phone — not publicly available yet — raises many questions. How many times can you fold it before the hinge gives up? Will there be a visible crease where the screen folds, and will it get worse over time?

Rest assured, Samsung is aware of the potential issues. In a new video, published on Samsung Korea’s official YouTube channel, we see a test in which the Fold’s being folded by machines again, and again, and again. 

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Tesla’s new return policy off to confusing start because of Elon Musk

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s tweets are causing a stir yet again — but this time it’s about the electric car company exec’s guidance on car returns clashing with what’s on the company website.

Tesla’s return policy lays out a seven-day return window for any cars delivered. But it specifies that that you’re only eligible for a return if “you have taken delivery of your vehicle without ever having taken a test or demo drive with us.”

Around 5 p.m. PT Wednesday, the return policy page included this key detail, as seen below on the left. But by 6 p.m. PT the site had been updated, without the test drive limitations. Read more…

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