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Riled Up: Misinformation Stokes Calls for Violence on Election Day

In a video posted to Facebook on Sept. 14, Dan Bongino, a popular right-wing commentator and radio host, declared that Democrats were planning a coup against President Trump on Election Day.

For just over 11 minutes, Mr. Bongino talked about how bipartisan election experts who had met in June to plan for what might happen after people vote were actually holding exercises for such a coup. To support his baseless claim, he twisted the group’s words to fit his meaning.

“I want to warn you that this stuff is intense,” Mr. Bongino said, speaking into the camera to his 3.6 million Facebook followers. “Really intense, and you need to be ready to digest it all.”

His video, which has been viewed 2.9 million times, provoked strong reactions. One commenter wrote that people should be prepared for when Democrats “cross the line” so they could “show them what true freedom is.”

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Calls to extend voter registration after Virginia voter website goes down for several hours ahead of deadline

The massive outage, which lasted for several hours Tuesday, came on the final day of voter registration ahead of the 2020 presidential election. The glitch hobbled the Virginia Department of Elections’ online citizens portal, and local registrars’ offices across Virginia were also hit with connectivity issues, the department said.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said he is exploring all options to extend the voter registration deadline after the state’s online registration portal was knocked offline Tuesday when a fiber cable was inadvertently cut during roadwork.

The massive outage, which lasted for several hours Tuesday, came on the final day of voter registration ahead of the 2020 presidential election. The glitch hobbled the Virginia Department of Elections’ online citizens portal, and local registrars’ offices across Virginia were also hit with connectivity issues, the department said.

As of 3:30 p.m., the website was back up, the department announced on Twitter. Virginia residents have

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‘What Tech Calls Thinking’ Might Really Be Something Else

Dropping out of college is also, in Daub’s view, “elitism that very visibly snubs the elite … while nevertheless basking in its glow.” In the case of Elizabeth Holmes, the disgraced founder of the fraudulent blood-testing company Theranos, “dropping out” of Stanford actually meant dropping in to real money. After all, Holmes decamped from Stanford and coaxed $1 million out of a superrich family friend. Rather than turning to the loose freethinking that she might have found in books and liberal arts seminars, she made a beeline for the rat race of consumerism and greed that Leary and his ilk believed sucked the soul out of you. So much for “dropping out.”

Daub brings the same sharp eye for sophistry to other forms of palaver that move capital in Silicon Valley. He revisits the actual thinkers appropriated by TED bloviators, from the philosopher Marshall McLuhan to the French historian René

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Snowflake draws bullish calls from Wall Street, though some analysts say stock is fully valued

  • At least 19 investment banks initiated coverage of Snowflake on Monday, with price targets ranging from $214 to $350.
  • The stock rose 2.5% to close at $243.97.
  • Analysts agree that Amazon, Microsoft and Google are Snowflake’s top competitors, but they have differing views on how much of a threat those companies pose.



Frank Slootman wearing a suit and tie: Frank Slootman, CEO of Snowflake Inc. on Sept. 16th, 2020.


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Frank Slootman, CEO of Snowflake Inc. on Sept. 16th, 2020.

Less than a month after Snowflake debuted on the stock market with the biggest software IPO in history, Wall Street analysts are rushing to make predictions on the cloud database company, which is already valued at over $67 billion.

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At least 19 analysts initiated coverage of Snowflake on Monday following the post-IPO quiet period, according to reports collected by CNBC.

Among the nine buy ratings, the most bullish prediction came from Truist, which gave Snowflake a price target of $350, or 47%

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Head of Russian space program calls for more international cooperation in NASA’s Moon plans

The head of Russia’s space program said today that NASA’s plans to send people back to the Moon are “too US-centric” for Russia to participate. He has been critical of the program in the past and now says that Russia would only be open to participating if the Moon plans were more focused on international cooperation.

“The most important thing here would be to base this program on the principles of international cooperation that we’ve all used” to fly the ISS, Dmitry Rogozin, the director-general of Roscosmos, said through a translator during a virtual press conference at the International Astronautical Congress. He added: “If we could get back to considering making these principles as the foundation of the program, then Roscosmos could also consider its participation.”

Rogozin has made it clear that he is not a fan of NASA’s Moon program, an initiative called Artemis that aims to send the

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Carsales boss calls for technology focus to drive COVID recovery

“We’ve got to think about how do we invest over the next two years so when we come out of this we’re not so dependent on just population growth and mining and agriculture. And we’re a much more diversified economy. The tech business in my view is one of those ways to do that,” he told The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald.

“Some of these (US tech) companies, Amazon, Facebook, they’re larger than (national) economies. And why can’t we produce some of these companies. Well I think there’s hope here, because we have produced an Atlassian…we have produced a Carsales,” he said.

Mr Bhatia said the recession had underscored the need for businesses to go online to reach customers and keep trading, adding that far too many weren’t online.

More support was needed to get small businesses online, adding that they should assume COVID-19 could affect their operations

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Prison video visitation system exposed calls between inmates and lawyers

Prison video visitation systems are sometimes the only way family and lawyers can talk to inmates, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic, but the security of those systems recently suffered a major lapse. Researcher Bob Diachenko told TechCrunch that video visitation provider HomeWAV left a database dashboard publicly accessible without a password since April, exposing “thousands” of calls between inmates and their attorneys. Anyone could read call logs and transcripts.

HomeWAV shut down the dashboard shortly after TC reported the issue. Company chief John Best confirmed the incident and said that a third-party vendor inadvertently removed the password restriction that kept the server private. He also promised to notify inmates, their families and lawyers.

It’s a particularly serious violation. While many US prisons record calls, they’re not supposed to monitor calls with lawyers due to attorney-client privilege — this suggests the calls were recorded in spite of that rule. And when

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Phone calls take new priority for auto dealerships in pandemic

Phone providers say dealerships also need to improve their processes to make sure customers are well-serviced on the telephone to avoid a bad experience that sends shoppers to another store.

Lonestar Toyota in Lewisville, Texas, near Dallas, ensures sales consultants are knowledgeable about the brand’s vehicles so they can answer every question a caller might have, said General Manager Ronald Bowie.

More customers are interested in working an entire car deal over the phone prior to going into the store, something Bowie said is relatively new during the pandemic. If a customer wants to transact by phone, the deal is sent to a manager who will follow the deal through closing and work with a customer to finish the paperwork either in-store or off-site.

“If I’m talking to you, I have more of a connection with you over the phone than I do over an email,” Bowie said. “I can

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U.S. Rep. Ken Buck Calls for ‘More Enforcement and Less Regulation’ of Big Tech on Cheddar

With big tech under a microscope in Washington, Democrats and Republicans agree that laws need to be modernized in order to promote fair competition, particularly for small businesses that tend to get snuffed out by the giants, Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo. 4th District), told Cheddar.

Members of both parties have released reports that look to establish pathways to breaking up tech giants, which they consider monopolies, and level the playing field in online marketplaces.

According to Buck, who wrote one of those reports, the issue becomes partisan when deciding how to regulate the big tech industry, an issue he said would be uncertain under a Joe Biden- Kamala Harris administration.

“The Trump administration has been fairly aggressive in this area and partly because conservatives believe that Google and Facebook and Twitter are biased against conservative views and have suppressed conservative views…,” Buck said.

Also, Senator Harris comes from the Bay
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Twitter bans calls for polling disruptions and early victory declarations to curb election abuse

Twitter’s moves, like those announced recently by Facebook, are aimed mainly at combating efforts to manipulate the political landscape at critical moments in the hotly contested national vote. The policy changes are the culmination of years of reforms intended to prevent a repeat of 2016′s electoral debacle on social media, when disinformation, false news reports and Russian interference rampaged virtually unchecked across all major platforms.

“Twitter has a critical role to play in protecting the integrity of the election conversation, and we encourage candidates, campaigns, news outlets and voters to use Twitter respectfully and to recognize our collective responsibility to the electorate to guarantee a safe, fair and legitimate democratic process this November,” company officials said in a blog post published at noon Friday. The authors were Vijaya Gadde, the Legal, Policy and Trust & Safety Lead at Twitter, and Kayvon Beykpour, its product lead.

The moves are likely to

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