November 26, 2020

Lisa Long is immunosuppressed and suffers from chronic pain. That means that since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in the US in March, she and her family, which includes her two daughters, 11 and 14, have been isolating at home outside St. Louis, save for the occasional doctor’s visit. Visiting family is out of the question for Thanksgiving.

But Long will get to be with her nieces and nephews in Utah and Colorado on Thursday. She’ll sit down to dinner with them on Bloxburg, a simulation game on the popular children’s video-gaming platform Roblox. For months, Long has been working with her daughters and their cousins to build a house on Bloxburg, and those efforts will lead to a “Bloxburg Thanksgiving,” as Long puts it.

“We’re going to try to get together to make turkeys and set big tables,” she says. “We’re going to try to get as many … Read the rest

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Parler is attracting the posts that Twitter and Facebook don’t allow, like hate speech and conspiracy theories about the US election. | Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

Conservatives are flocking to a site where they can post things that Facebook and Twitter don’t allow.

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In recent weeks, you may have been hearing more about a site called Parler, which conservatives are touting as an alternative to Twitter and Facebook. From Ivanka Trump to the governor of Nebraska, right-wing influencers are asking those frustrated with alleged Big Tech censorship to join them on Parler, a two-year-old app and website that promises free speech online. It’s social media — minus the curation algorithms and content moderation.

Parler, which has been around since 2018, looks at first glance a lot like Twitter and Facebook. Open the app, there are profiles pushing doubt about the 2020 election’s results and declarations that the mainstream … Read the rest

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A mysterious discovery has been made in the Utah desert over in the United States.

A gleaming twelve-foot tall metal monolith with no clear markings was spotted by a wildlife resources workers from a circling helicopter.

The crew went in for a closer look and found the metal object had been firmly planted in the dirt.

There were no labels on it, or any other information to suggest where it may have come from.

Could it finally be proof of alien visitors? Or an artistic endevour from someone who’s a fan of … Read the rest

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Angela Ahrendts has found her new role.

What you need to know

  • Angela Ahrendts has been appointed as the Chair of the Board of Trustees for Save the Children International.
  • Ahrendts was the former CEO of Burberry and Senior Vice President of Retail and People for Apple.

In a press release, Save the Children International has announced that Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s former Senior Vice President of Retail and People, has been appointed as the organization’s chair of its Board of Trustees.

In a statement, Ahrendts said that she is looking to helping the organization continue its work to “champion the basic rights and needs of children worldwide.”

“I am truly honored to step in as Board Chair of Save the Children International. I’ve always been passionate about serving children and look forward to leveraging my experience with the remarkable Save the Children global partners and team to continue to

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  • Comcast is expanding its data cap in 2021 to all of the territories that it covers.
  • Starting next year, Comcast subscribers in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Washington D.C., and West Virginia will all be subject to a 1.2TB data cap.
  • You can pay an additional $30 per month for an unlimited plan without a data cap.

The degree to which cable and internet companies receive constant and passionate scorn from virtually everyone on the planet might seem like overkill until you read about their policies and practices. Few are more detestable than the data cap, which Comcast introduced for millions of its internet customers in 2016. As Ars Technica reports, 27 of the 39 states that Comcast services have had 1.2 terabyte data caps for the last four years, and starting next year, the remaining 12 states which … Read the rest

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Turbulent times can expose weaknesses in distribution chains, putting stress on chokepoints and reducing access to critical components, suppliers, and capital. The ability to respond to changes rapidly and effectively depends on a variety of assets and business capabilities: replacing or augmenting supply sources in response to partner inventory issues or trade war-induced tariffs or restrictions, and having agile manufacturing processes that reduce redundancies and streamline product inputs.

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Each thread of this complex web of factors that affects supply chain resilience must be examined and assessed separately to identify potential vulnerabilities and mitigate them. At the same time, most of this web simplifies down to two primary strands, common capabilities that run through every resilient business: increasing visibility and maintaining sufficient diversity in the supply chain.

Capability 1—Insight
Developing data capabilities and analysis tools that reach from suppliers and partners all across the value chain through … Read the rest

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A Biden campaign worker checks their phone while canvassing in Pennsylvania in early November. | Mark Makela/Getty Images

It was Silicon Valley’s attempt to fix the party’s infrastructure.

One of the most expensive, highest-profile efforts to fix the Democratic Party’s data woes is shutting down.

Alloy, a group started with $35 million in part from Silicon Valley billionaire Reid Hoffman, said on Monday that it would begin to “wind down its operations” next year after it completes its work for the January runoff elections in Georgia. The decision is a huge reversal in fortunes for Alloy, which had massive hype when announced but has failed to live up to its original promise, many Democratic data operatives have said over the course of the year.

Alloy was originally seen as a tech solution that the party establishment — the Democratic National Committee — couldn’t provide. Plotted in the aftermath of the … Read the rest

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Mount Everest (Arsgera/iStock.com)

Microplastics have been discovered in snow and stream water close to the summit of Mount Everest, scientists have revealed.

The polyester, acrylic, nylon and polypropylene fibres were present in samples collected on the mountain and on the valley below.

Some were present in samples from the Balcony of Mount Everest which is 8,440 metres above sea level – representing the highest recorded microplastics ever found on Earth.

Scientists say the materials found are increasingly being used to make high performance outdoor clothing commonly used by climbers, as well as the tents and climbing ropes used in attempt to scale the mountain.

As a result, they suggest the fibres could have fragmented from larger items during expeditions to reach the summit.

Climbers tents made from acryllic at Camp IV during the National Geographic and Rolex Perpetual Planet Everest Expedition

Climbers tents made from acryllic at Camp IV during the National Geographic and Rolex Perpetual Planet Everest Expedition. (Credits: PA)

But it is also possible the plastics … Read the rest

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Despite being Apple’s latest smartwatch, the Apple Watch Series 6 is already seeing some huge discounts ahead of Black Friday. Various styles and configurations are discounted as low as $329.98 with as much as $120 off some of the higher-end models. With so many new all-time low prices across the board, there’s lot sort through so we’ve done the hard work for you and listed all of the best discounts below. Don’t miss these deals.

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