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Facebook told to investigate its role in insurrection

May 6, 2021

Facebook's independent oversight board on Wednesday upheld the company's decision to suspend former President Donald Trump. But one of the most important aspects of the decision wasn't really about the former President's social media accounts at all; instead it was a recommendation for a deeper review of the role the platform played in the spread of election conspiracy theories that, in the board's words, "exacerbated tensions that culminated in the violence in the United States on January 6."

IBM says it has created the world's smallest and most powerful microchip

May 6, 2021

The semiconductor industry's constant challenge is to make microchips that are smaller, faster, more powerful and more energy efficient — simultaneously.

SpaceX lands Mars rocket prototype for the first time

May 5, 2021

SpaceX just launched another test flight of an early Mars rocket prototype at its South Texas facility, sending the towering silver vehicle soaring up to about six miles above Earth, then putting it through a series of aerial acrobatics before re-lighting its engines and landing it upright back on a landing pad.

Google backtracks on office returns and will allow employees to work remotely

May 5, 2021

Google is expanding its options for when, where and how often employees return to the office.

Dell lays out its plans for the future

May 5, 2021

Dell imagines a future in which businesses are faster, smarter and better.

Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin to auction ticket for first space tourism flight

May 5, 2021

Blue Origin — after spending more than six years developing its space tourism rocket, New Shepard — has finally set a date for its first commercial passenger mission, July 20, and announced that one of the first passengers will be the winner of an online auction.

Facebook tried to punt the Trump decision. That backfired

May 5, 2021

The Facebook Oversight Board was designed to make some of Facebook's most difficult decisions for the company. But on Wednesday the board put one of the biggest dilemmas facing the platform back on Facebook and company CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

Facebook Oversight Board upholds Donald Trump's suspension from the platform

May 5, 2021

Facebook can keep blocking former President Donald Trump from using its platform, the social network's court-like Oversight Board said Wednesday. The landmark move affirms the company's decision to suspend Trump in January after the US Capitol riots. However, the board said Facebook must review the decision within six months.

I tracked my kid with Apple's Airtags to test its privacy features

May 5, 2021

I clipped a keychain with one of Apple's tiny new Bluetooth trackers, AirTags, onto my son's book bag and waved goodbye to him on the school bus. I watched on my iPhone's Find My app as the bus stopped at a light a few blocks down from our street.

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