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Twitter flags Trump’s false claim about his COVID-19 immunity

By Jason Hoffman and Jordan Valinsky | CNN

Twitter just added a warning label to a tweet from President Donald Trump that claimed, without evidence, he is immune to coronavirus after his physician cleared him to resume public activities.

“A total and complete sign off from White House Doctors yesterday. That means I can’t get it (immune), and can’t give it. Very nice to know!!!” Trump wrote on Twitter Sunday.

He also claimed immunity in an interview on Fox News where he said he believes he will be immune for “maybe a long time, maybe a short time, could be a lifetime.”

There is no evidence that people are immune to coronavirus if they have been infected once, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC specifically cautions people not to assume they are immune.

Twitter’s warning label says the tweet “violated the Twitter Rules about spreading

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With Blackstone’s backing, Murka stakes a claim in social casino games

In the saturated social casino game market, it isn’t easy to battle the big brands. But that’s the challenge that Murka, a smaller player in Ukraine, has undertaken with some success. Through growth that accelerated this year, Murka has become a top 10 player with five million monthly active users.

While it still has a tiny share of the $6.2 billion social casino game market, Murka has grown 40% this year as users play more during the pandemic, partly because its slot machine games are more like role-playing games.

Over a decade, the Kyiv, Ukraine-based company has emerged from a small startup to more than 550 employees across five offices. It was acquired last year by mega investor Blackstone Group, a private equity firm. Blackstone also owns casino properties such as The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas as well as Vungle, a performance marketing firm. Blackstone’s revenues last year were $7.3

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Data61 and Monash claim quantum-safe and privacy-preserving blockchain protocol

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation’s (CSIRO) Data61 has announced alongside the Monash Blockchain Technology Centre a blockchain protocol they claim is secure against quantum computers while also protecting the privacy of its users and their transactions.

The protocol, MatRiCT, is patented by CSIRO and now licensed to Australian cryptocurrency developer HCash.

Hcash will be incorporating the protocol into its own systems and transforming its existing cryptocurrency, HyperCash, into one that is claimed to be quantum safe and privacy protecting, but according to Data61, the technology could be applied to more than cryptocurrencies.

It highlighted potential applications such as digital health, banking, finance, and government services, as well as services which may require accountability to prevent illegal use.

Data61 researchers said blockchain-based cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum are vulnerable to attacks by quantum computers, as they are capable of performing complex calculations and processing substantial amounts of data to

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How democracies can claim back power in the digital world

Since technologies evolve faster than laws, discrepancies between private agency and public oversight are growing. Take, for example, “smart city” companies, which promise that local governments will be able to ease congestion by monitoring cars in real time and adjusting the timing of traffic lights. Unlike, say, a road built by a construction company, this digital infrastructure is not necessarily in the public domain. The companies that build it acquire insights and value that may not flow back to the public.

This disparity between the public and private sectors is spiraling out of control. There’s an information gap, a talent gap, and a compute gap. Together, these add up to a power and accountability gap. An entire layer of control of our daily lives thus exists without democratic legitimacy and with little oversight.

Why should we care? Because decisions that companies make about digital systems may not adhere to essential

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People In Illinois Can Now Claim Their $400 Check From Facebook

Illustration for article titled Attention, People of Illinois: It’s Time to Make Facebook Pay

Photo: Kenzo Tribouillard (Getty Images)

With every passing day, Facebook gives us more evidence that it’s incapable of running itself responsibly, and every day it faces zero consequences. The profits rise and the what-are-you-gonna-do shrugs get more emphatic. But today is different. Today, some of you out there have a chance to cause the social network a little pain for its misdeeds by claiming a $400 settlement check.

As Motherboard points out, Facebook users in Illinois have started to receive notifications on the platform informing them that they could be eligible to receive a payout. The money comes from a lawsuit that accused Facebook of violating the state’s laws on the collection and storage of biometric data without users’ consent. After fighting for several years, Facebook agreed to a $650 million settlement. That’s not going to break the bank for a company that posted more than $18

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‘Batterygate’ settlement: Time’s running out for iPhone owners to claim $25

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If you have an older iPhone like an iPhone 6 or 6S you could be eligible for a settlement from a class-action lawsuit. 


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Still have your original iPhone SE or an iPhone 6, 6S, 7 or one of the Plus models? If you live in the US, you may be able to get up to $25 back from Apple as part of a class-action settlement. What is “batterygate?” In 2017 Apple revealed that it slows down iPhones as they age in order to preserve battery life. That news didn’t sit well with a lot of people, who were unaware that the company’s iOS software was doing this automatically. As a result, Apple apologized and made it easier to monitor battery health and, for a time, it also cut the prices for battery replacements. 

It still didn’t stop lawsuits, and the iPhone-maker agreed in March to pay up to

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Russia’s top space official tried to claim that the planet Venus belongs to the Kremlin



An image of Venus and its thick clouds taken by NASA's Mariner 10 mission during a planetary flyby maneuver on February 7 and 8, 1974. Kevin M. Gill/NASA/JPL-Caletech


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An image of Venus and its thick clouds taken by NASA’s Mariner 10 mission during a planetary flyby maneuver on February 7 and 8, 1974. Kevin M. Gill/NASA/JPL-Caletech

  • The director-general of Russian space corporation Roscosmos claimed this week that Venus is a “Russian planet.”
  • “Resuming Venus exploration is on our agenda. We think that Venus is a Russian planet, so we shouldn’t lag behind,” Dmitry Rogozin told reporters on Tuesday. 
  • Rogozin also revealed the country’s plans to send its own mission to Venus, on top of an already-proposed joint venture with the United States called “Venera-D.” 
  • The top space officials comments come on the back of new research published this week, which found that Venus’ clouds could be harboring microbial life. 
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

The head of the Russian space agency has staked the country’s claim on Venus, saying this week that

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Epic refutes Apple’s claim ‘Fortnite’ lawsuit was marketing exercise

Epic Games has responded to Apple’s latest filing in the ongoing “Fortnite” lawsuit, denying a claim that the lawsuit was instigated as a marketing campaign for the iOS version of the game.

On September 16, Apple filed legal documents with the US District Court for the Northern District of California ahead of a hearing for the legal saga scheduled for September 28. In that filing, Apple suggested the lawsuit was an attempt by Epic to revitalize “Fortnite’s” popularity via an elaborate marketing campaign.

In the new filing, Epic counters Apple’s statement that it had seen a near 70% drop of interest by July 2020 compared to October 2019, on the belief that Apple “cherry-picked” the data. Epic claims Apple used Google Trends data about search volumes, one that started from a “one-week spike” that took place in October that coincided with a popular in-game event.

“Fortnite users increased over that

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