Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg spoke to a crowd of students, academics and journalists at Georgetown University on Thursday amid increasing criticism for the way Facebook handles misinformation, political advertising and false claims on the network.The 35 year old billionaire s live streamed speech was a rare forum for the notoriously private tech founder. Both he and Facebook have typically relied on company blog posts and private meetings to tackle criticism. His speech at Georgetown was one of the first widely broadcast monologues from Zuckerberg on freedom of speech, echoing the framework of a political stump speech.
It s been an incredible year for Missy Elliott. Just since the spring, she s received an honorary doctorate degree, was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, received her long overdue Video Vanguard award at the VMAs, and released an EP that speaks to her Iconology. Today, she s released the video for DripDemeanor from her Iconology EP, and, surprising absolutely no one, she delivers the same one of a kind, inventive visuals that have characterized her decades long career. The video opens with Missy flanked by her dancers in a form fitting black latex jumpsuit, complete with a characteristically bold blue hair color. Elliott won the Video Vanguard award for her years of constant invention and reinvention of what artists specifically female rappers can do in videos, and always pushes the envelope by creating something that s never been seen before. The DripDemeanor video is no different: from her doughnut and skyscraper shaped hairdos to her fluorescent color palettes, it s classic Missy from beginning to end, and feels especially satisfying to see her artistry continue to evolve more than twenty years into her career.
ArsenalBio, a precision immunotherapy company backed by billionaire Sean Parker, launched Thursday with $85 million from a Series A funding round that closed in July. The company plans to use machine learning to discover new gene pathways to fight cancer and then use gene editing technology Crispr to create immune cells that are better at battling solid cancer tumors. amp; Since the company was born in mid 2018, we ve been busy refining our strategy, putting the team in place, amp;lsqb;and amp;rsqb; developing business plans, says Ken Drazan, the founding CEO who was previously the president of cancer detection startup GRAIL. Now felt like the right time to allow the culture of the company to be externalized. amp;
(Updated: 2:13 p.m. PST, 10 14 2019)Topline: A fake video depicting President Trump shooting and stabbing news media outlets like Vice and the Washington Post, and people like late senator John McCain and Barack Obama, drew sharp condemnation after the New York Times reported on the video s existence Sunday night. amp;
The new icon looks similar to a previously leaked image of the AirPods 3 shown in a tweet below, and many critics suggest the refreshed design has been a long time coming considering Apple usually changes up the look of its product to accommodate new tech and features. With other true wireless earbuds, like Sony;s WF 1000XM3 headphones, it;s expected for Apple to refine its trendsetting product to not fall behind the competition.9to5Mac #8216;s Guilherme Rambo says the new AirPods may be announced later this month at a yet to be announced Apple event, with Forbes #8216; David Phelan believing the AirPods 3 's will arrive sometime this year if not as soon as this month.
Someone once told me happiness equals reality minus expectations. For example, when you expect avocado and get wasabi instead, it can leave you very unhappy. But can it break your heart? Apparently so, according to a case report in BMJ Case Reports.The case report described what happened to a 60 year old woman. While attending a wedding, she ate a large amount of green stuff, which she thought was avocado. But it wasn t quite everything she avo wanted.
Topline: Although Facebook took down the viral event invite to Storm Area 51, only 150 people showed up Friday (and two were detained) outside the secret government facility s gates to see the extraterrestrial evidence long rumored to be housed there. amp; Key background: It started off as a joke. Matty Roberts created a Facebook event July 27, called it Storm Area 51: They Can t Stop All Of Us, and scheduled it for September 20. After about three days, the event page took off, with over 2 million Facebook RSVPs and another 1.2 million marked as interested in attending before site administrators took it down.
Topline: A Facebook employee died in an apparent suicide Thursday at the company s headquarters in Menlo Park, California, authorities said.The Menlo Park Police Department responded to a 911 call reporting that an adult man was found unresponsive outside an office building on Facebook s campus.A preliminary investigation found that no foul play was involved.A Facebook spokesperson said, We were saddened to learn that one of our employees passed away at our Menlo Park headquarters earlier today. We re cooperating with police in their investigation and providing support to employees. While the family is being notified, we have no information to share. Facebook s amp; CEO Mark Zuckerberg is traveling to Washington, D.C., this week, meeting with lawmakers over proposed internet regulation. amp;
According to a story in Forbes Thursday, Dapper Labs has garnered $11 million in funding for the project, including investment from Warner. The round is led by Andreessen Horowitz, with other major venture firms like Union Square Ventures, Digital Currency Group, Venrock and Accomplice also participating.In an email to CoinDesk, Venrock 's David Pakman said Flow is aimed at a specific games use case:
Topline: H amp;amp;M on Friday said it would temporarily stop purchasing Brazilian leather over concerns that cattle ranching contributes to deforestation in the Amazon, making it the largest company limiting business in Brazil to protest the fires scorching the region.In amp; a statement to Forbes, a spokesperson said the ban will be in place until there are credible assurance systems in place to verify that the leather does not contribute to environmental harm in the Amazon. It s unclear how disruptive the move will be to H amp;amp;M s business because only a small portion of H amp;amp;M s leather comes from Brazil. The rest originates from Europe, the spokesperson said.H amp;amp;M is the second retailer to halt leather orders from Brazil. Last week, VF Corp., which owns Timberland, Vans and North Face, also said it wasn t going to buy leather from Brazil.H amp;amp;M s chairman Stefan Persson is the wealthiest person in Sweden, where the retailer is based. He has a net worth of $18.1 billion, according to Forbes, due to his 32% stake in the company. His son, H amp;amp;M s CEO Karl Johan Persson, is also a billionaire, with a net worth of $1.8 billion.
Forbes cites "multiple sources with knowledge of the situation" when it says that the real target of the attack was the Uighur ethnic group in China, rather than any particular subset of devices. The community has often found itself targeted by the Chinese government, leading some to suggest that is once again the case here.
FB Twitter ellipsis More Pinterest Mail Email iphone Send Text Message Print Taylor Swift #x2018;s domination continues.With the release of her latest (and instantly successful) album #xA0;Lover, #xA0;Swift, 29, is adding yet another remarkable bullet point to her resume: she is officially the highest paid woman in music.
Johansson, 34, earned $15.5 million more than she did in 2018, primarily due to the immense global success of "Avengers: Endgame" the final chapter of the saga for which she earned $35 million.
Topline: Migrants crossing the southern U.S. border could be detained indefinitely after the Trump administration scrapped a decades old settlement that limits the detention of migrant children to 20 days. Officials believe the policy is encouraging border crossings.The measure will get rid of the 1997 Flores vs. Reno agreement, which determined a basic level of care for undocumented children in immigrant detention in the U.S., and maintained that they could be released to their parents or relatives within 20 days.Kevin McAleenan, acting Homeland Security Secretary, said the rule will come into effect in 60 days, but legal challenges are expected. He said: This rule allows the federal government to enforce immigration laws as passed by Congress and ensures that all children in US government custody are treated with dignity, respect, and special concern for their particular vulnerability. Homeland Security officials think the settlement amp; is behind an increase in migrants crossing the border. The new rules could result in immigrant families coming to the U.S. illegally being sent to family detention centers for as long as their case moves through the courts.The administration was widely criticized for separating families who crossed the border illegally last year. Adults were placed in prison awaiting trial for breaking immigration laws, while children were detained by the Department of Health and Human Services. Despite Trump s executive order to reverse the zero tolerance policy, reports of family separations continue.
Topline: Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro on Thursday said the country lacks the resources needed to fight the fires raging in the Amazon just a week after the leader said the government doesn t need foreign aid to protect the rainforest, continuing Bolsanaro s hard line policies and rhetoric that scientists say may have contributed to the fires in the first place.Bolsonaro told reporters, according to Reuters: The Amazon is bigger than Europe, how will you fight criminal fires in such an area? We do not have the resources for that. But at the same time, Bolsonaro said last week Brazil doesn t need foreign aid money after Germany and Norway froze funds because he refused to put the money toward helping the rainforest, the Washington Post reported.Fires broke out in the Amazon rainforest earlier this month and have been burning for weeks. Scientists and environmental activists say Bolsonaro s encouragement of deforestation likely played a part in starting the fires, despite his insistence without any evidence that NGOs are responsible.