Trump administration proposes punishing sites for ‘censoring lawful speech’ or hosting illegal content

The US Department of Justice has submitted a proposal to weaken Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a rule that protects websites and apps from liability for third-party content. The proposal would make it riskier for sites to remove offensive content and would remove sites’ immunity for hosting material related to terrorism, child sex abuse, or cyber-stalking. It would also remove some protections for sites that don’t sufficiently explain their content moderation policies.

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The new rules are a concrete application of ideas the Justice Department floated months ago. They cover two orthogonal goals for Section 230 reform: pushing web platforms to more aggressively remove harmful (and sometimes illegal) content like harassment and child sexual abuse material and discouraging them from removing content from conservative and far-right users, including misinformation and hate speech. In a letter to Congress, the Justice Department said

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Durham Public Schools surveyed parents about remote learning. They missed some people.

A new survey that shows strong support for virtual learning in Durham Public Schools failed to get the the opinions of many families with the least access to technology and other resources.

The school board plans to discuss at a Thursday meeting whether to extend remote learning from October to January.

To see what Durham families think, the district asked parents and guardians to fill out an online survey at the beginning of the month on whether they favored full-time virtual learning for four more months.

On Sept. 17, Gov. Cooper announced K-5 schools could re-open for daily, in-person instruction. In Wake County, many parents are pushing for an end to full-time remote instruction.

The DPS survey showed most respondents — students, parents and teachers — support continuing virtual learning.

But responses from white families far outnumbered those from families of color, despite the district having mostly Black and Latino

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How Microsoft’s CEO, Xbox head say Bethesda will bolster Xbox Games Pass lineup


Microsoft’s purchase of ZeniMax comes mere weeks before the company’s next big launch of its next Xbox consoles.


Microsoft may be known as a business software giant, powering most of the world’s PCs and building backroom technology and tools. But it’s also spent more than $10 billion buying development studios behind some of the most popular video games in the world. To Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, it’s all about the future of software.

Though not known as a gamer himself, Nadella’s made big bets on the video game industry, buying Minecraft maker Mojang for $2.5 billion shortly after he was named CEO in 2014. Then he bought five more studios in 2018, including role-playing game maker Obsidian, known for the space adventure The Outer Worlds and the well-received South Park: The Stick of Truth. In 2019, it bought Double Fine, maker of adventure game Psychonauts.

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Amazon Disavows Prime Bike, Says It Had Nothing to Do With It

Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) is distancing itself from the Prime Bike unveiled yesterday by connected fitness equipment maker Echelon, saying it had nothing to do with its manufacture. It also halted the sale of the connected stationary bike until it can clarify the situation with the company.

In a statement to Bloomberg, Amazon said, “This bike is not an Amazon product or related to Amazon Prime. Echelon does not have a formal partnership with Amazon. We are working with Echelon to clarify this in its communications, stop the sale of the product, and change the product branding.”

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In a now-deleted press release, Echelon said the Prime Bike was Amazon’s “first-ever connected fitness product” and “was developed in collaboration” with the e-commerce giant. It also intimated Amazon had sought out the company to create the $500 bike.

Shares of Peloton Interactive (NASDAQ:PTON) tumbled 7% on the news as

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Trump and Xi’s dueling U.N. speeches put ‘great fracture’ on display

Secretary-General António Guterres warned the U.N. General Assembly in New York on Tuesday that the world has become increasingly defined by the “great fracture” between Washington and Beijing.

In a doom-laden speech, he said the United States and China are “moving in a very dangerous direction,” with divisions based on trade and technology that could easily escalate into a military conflict.

“We must do everything to avoid a new Cold War. We are moving in a very dangerous direction,” Guterres told the largely virtual summit. “Our world cannot afford a future where the two largest economies split the globe in a great fracture.”

He added, “A technological and economic divide risks inevitably turning into a geo-strategic and military divide. We must avoid this at all costs.”

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The summit marked the U.N.’s 75th anniversary but there was little in the way

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Tesla slides 6% as investors await Battery Day presentation

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  • Tesla slid 6% on Tuesday as investors await the company’s closely watched Battery Day.
  • The Battery Day presentation, which is scheduled to take place at 4:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, is expected to highlight upcoming battery innovations that Tesla is working on.
  • Goldman Sachs highlighted in a note last week six items the firm is expecting Tesla to focus on at the event.
  • Tesla CEO Elon Musk did caution in a tweet on Monday that the company doesn’t expect the innovations it announces later Tuesday to enter high-volume production until 2022.
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Tesla slid 6% in regular trading on Tuesday as investors anticipated its upcoming Battery Day presentation scheduled for 4:30 p.m. ET. 

The presentation will be solely focused on Tesla’s innovations in battery development. Tesla CEO Elon Musk cautioned in a tweet on Monday that the developments announced during

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Automotive Remote Diagnostics Market 2020 Share, Size Global Growth Prospects, Trends, Industry Analysis, Key Players and Forecast to 2025

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Getting a new Apple or Samsung watch? Here’s what you can get for your old one

Just like for used phones, a cottage industry is emerging to resell old Apple and Samsung watches.

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Apple and Best Buy offer trade-in programs, but they pay less than dedicated trade sites like Trademore and DeCluttr, which offer about 40% of the original price, depending on the condition of your device.


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The Series 5 Apple Watch, first released in 2019, originally sold for $399 with a 40mm watch face, or $499 with cellular connectivity, while the Series 3 originally sold for $329 when it was released in 2017, with $399 for the cellular version. Last year, Apple dropped the price to $199, just for the standard version. A cellular option isn’t available.

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This year’s Series 6 replaces the Series 5 for the same price as

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Microsoft Azure Orbital joins cloud space race with AWS

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The world’s largest and most northerly commercial satellite ground station, KSAT’s Svalbard Station in Norway’s Arctic archipelago, will be part of Microsoft’s Azure Orbital network. (KSAT Photo)

Call it the Clash of the Cloud Titans: Today Microsoft is taking the wraps off Azure Orbital, a cloud-based satellite data processing platform that competes with Amazon Web Services’ Ground Station offering.

The launch of Azure Orbital, timed for this week’s Microsoft Ignite conference for developers, can be taken as another sign that the final frontier is the next frontier for cloud computing.

“Essentially, we’re building a ‘ground station as a service,’ ” Mark Russinovich, chief technology officer at Microsoft Azure, told GeekWire in advance of today’s unveiling.

“Satellites are becoming more and more important for a variety of reasons,” he said. “When it comes to cloud and data processing, obviously the cloud is a key part of any solution that goes into

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Tesla says its battery innovations will deliver its goal of a $25,000 mass market electric car

Tesla held its ‘Battery Day’ event on Tuesday to discuss a variety of innovations it has developed and is pursuing in battery technology for its vehicles. At the event, Tesla CEO Elon Musk and SVP of Powertrain and Energy Engineering Drew Baglino detailed new anode and cathode technology it’s working on, as well as materials science, in-house mining operations and manufacturing improvements it’s developing to make more more affordable, sustainable batteries – and they said that taken together, these should allow them to make an electric vehicle available to consumers at the $25,000 price point.


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“We’re confident we can make a very, very compelling $25,000 electric vehicle, that’s also fully autonomous,” Musk said. “And when you think about the $25,000 price point you have to consider how much less expensive it is to own an electric vehicle. So actually, it becomes even more affordable at that $25,000 price

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