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facebook isn’t deleting the fake pelosi video. should it?

When a doctored video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — one altered to show the Democratic leader slurring her words — began making the rounds on Facebook last week, the social network didn’t take it down. Instead, it “downranked” the video, a behind-the-scenes move intended to limit its spread. That outraged some people who believe Facebook should do more to clamp down on misinformation. Pelosi derided Facebook Wednesday for not taking down the video even though it knows it is false. But the company and some civil libertarians warn that Facebook could evolve into an unaccountable censor if it’s forced to make judgment calls on the veracity of text, photos or videos. Facebook has long resisted making declarations about the truthfulness of posts that could open it up to charges of censorship or…

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waymo bringing self-driving trucks to phoenix area freeways

Google’s self-driving vehicle division says it’s bringing autonomous trucks to the Phoenix area. Waymo announced Wednesday that its fully self-driving tractor-trailers will start driving on freeways this week and will expand to more routes over time. Waymo’s self-driving passenger vehicles are ubiquitous in the eastern Phoenix and its suburbs, where the company conducts extensive testing and runs a taxi service. The company says the big trucks use the same sensors as passenger vehicles but they’re configured differently. The testing will start with two drivers in each rig. Companies including Uber and TuSimple have driven self-driving trucks on Arizona roads. Waymo says it tested trucks in Arizona in 2017. Waymo and Google are both subsidiaries of Alphabet Inc., based in Mountain View, California.…

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foxconn awards contracts to ‘wisconsinbased’ companies

Foxconn Technology Group has awarded $13 million in contracts to three firms it describes as “Wisconsin-based.” The Journal Sentinel reports that while the two of the three companies have a presence in Wisconsin, they are headquartered elsewhere. The contracts are for work on the foundations of the display panel plant Foxconn plans to build in Mount Pleasant. Foxconn says the contracts are going to C.D. Smith Construction of Fond du Lac, Otis Elevator Company of Milwaukee and PSI Intertek of Waukesha. Otis Elevator is headquartered in Farmington, Connecticut. PSI has its headquarters in Arlington Heights, Illinois. Foxconn says the companies receiving contracts do not have to be headquartered in the state to qualify as Wisconsin-based. The company has set a goal of using Wisconsin-based businesses for 60 percent of its contracting.…

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star wars: galaxy’s edge offers new world at disneyland

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is on the same land as Disneyland, but stepping into the new attraction transports visitors to an entirely different world. The theme park offered media a glimpse into Galaxy’s Edge on Wednesday. The exclusive tour included a Star Wars-themed food tasting, a stroll through the Black Spire Outpost marketplace and four-minute ride on the Millennium Falcon. A firsthand look took place a couple days before Galaxy’s Edge opens at the California theme park on Friday. That’s when guests with a pre-reservation can experience the largest single-themed land created in a Disney park. Disney officials said it took more the five years to develop and finish the attraction. “I’m very excited about being this close to inviting guests and our biggest fans to join us at the edge of the…

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arizona state university cleared following impropriety probe

A former Arizona Supreme Court chief justice says she did not find evidence of a quid pro quo arrangement between Arizona State University and an education and technology company. Former Chief Justice Ruth McGregor wrote in a report released Tuesday that evidence did not back a claim that the university had agreed to use products from Cengage in exchange for a grant. Former professor Brian Goegan claimed in mid-April that the economics department had required students to pay to use the online learning platform MindTap so the university could receive a large sum. The professor also claimed that he was directed to fail 30% of his students in certain classes to make an adaptive learning project look better. McGregor wrote that no evidence supported that claim.…

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dc’s go-go sound becomes anti-gentrification battle cry

It’s the soundtrack of“Chocolate City,”the nonfederal Washington that has traditionally been a tent pole of black America. Go-go music, a distinctive D.C.-specific offshoot of funk, has endured for decades through cultural shifts, fluctuations in popularity and law enforcement purges. Now go-go has taken on a new mantle: battle hymn for the fight against a gentrification wave that’s reshaping the city. “It’s a very deep cultural thing,”said Justin “Yaddiya”Johnson, an activist and organizer of several go-go-themed protest concerts. “When you think about go-go, you should think about D.C. culture. It should be the symbol of our culture.” Many longtime Washingtonians fear that culture is being steadily eroded as the city becomes whiter and richer. A recent controversy over an innocuous noise complaint placed go-go at the center of a perfect storm of gentrification symbolism. The…

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