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Netflix agrees to acquire the Roald Dahl Story Company, expanding on a three-year deal to make animated shows, with plans to create TV, movies, games, and more (Naman Ramachandran/Variety)
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Netflix agrees to acquire the Roald Dahl Story Company, expanding on a three-year deal to make animated shows, with plans to create TV, movies, games, and more (Naman Ramachandran/Variety)

Blizzard's chief legal officer Claire Hart leaves Activision Blizzard amid a series of high-level departures  —  Claire Hart, who had been the company's top lawyer for three years, resigned Friday  —  Blizzard Entertainment's chief legal officer, Claire Hart, has resigned from the embattled company.
Profile of Johannes Caspar, who was Hamburg’s data protection commissioner for over a decade and investigated Facebook, WhatsApp, Clearview, PimEyes, and Amazon (Cathrin Schaer/Wired UK)
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Profile of Johannes Caspar, who was Hamburg’s data protection commissioner for over a decade and investigated Facebook, WhatsApp, Clearview, PimEyes, and Amazon (Cathrin Schaer/Wired UK)

Blizzard's chief legal officer Claire Hart leaves Activision Blizzard amid a series of high-level departures  —  Claire Hart, who had been the company's top lawyer for three years, resigned Friday  —  Blizzard Entertainment's chief legal officer, Claire Hart, has resigned from the embattled company.
Kavak, a Mexico-based marketplace for used cars, raises $700M Series E led by General Catalyst, doubling its valuation from April to $8.7B (Mary Ann Azevedo/TechCrunch)
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Kavak, a Mexico-based marketplace for used cars, raises $700M Series E led by General Catalyst, doubling its valuation from April to $8.7B (Mary Ann Azevedo/TechCrunch)

Blizzard's chief legal officer Claire Hart leaves Activision Blizzard amid a series of high-level departures  —  Claire Hart, who had been the company's top lawyer for three years, resigned Friday  —  Blizzard Entertainment's chief legal officer, Claire Hart, has resigned from the embattled company.
ZestMoney, an Indian buy now, pay later startup, raises $50M Series C from Australian buy now, pay later company Zip (Soumyarendra Barik/Entrackr)
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ZestMoney, an Indian buy now, pay later startup, raises $50M Series C from Australian buy now, pay later company Zip (Soumyarendra Barik/Entrackr)

Blizzard's chief legal officer Claire Hart leaves Activision Blizzard amid a series of high-level departures  —  Claire Hart, who had been the company's top lawyer for three years, resigned Friday  —  Blizzard Entertainment's chief legal officer, Claire Hart, has resigned from the embattled company.
US unfairly targeting Chinese over industrial spying, says report
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US unfairly targeting Chinese over industrial spying, says report

For years, civil rights groups have accused the US Department of Justice of racial profiling against scientists of Chinese descent. Today, a new report provides data that may quantify some of their claims.  The study, published by the Committee of 100, an association of prominent Chinese-American civic leaders, found that individuals of Chinese heritage were more likely than others to be charged under the Economic Espionage Act—and significantly less likely to be convicted.  “The basic question that this study tries to answer is whether Asian-Americans are treated differently with respect to suspicions of espionage,” said the report’s author, Andrew C. Kim,  a lawyer and visiting scholar at the South Texas College of Law Houston. “The answer to that question is yes. “ The st...
How five US schools reopened without sparking a covid outbreak
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How five US schools reopened without sparking a covid outbreak

“Cleaning high-touch areas is very important in schools,” Cogan said. But mask-wearing, physical distancing, vaccinations, and other measures are “higher protective factors.”8. Give agency to parents and teachers in protecting their kids. Last school year, many districts used temperature checks and symptom screenings as an attempt to catch infected students before they gave the coronavirus to others. But in Austin, Indiana, such formalized screenings proved less useful than teachers’ and parents’ intuition. Instructors could identify when a student wasn’t feeling well and ask them to go see the nurse, even if that student passed a temperature check. Jetelina said that teachers and parents can both act as a layer of protection, stopping a sick child from entering the classroom. “Parents are...
Securing the energy revolution and IoT future
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Securing the energy revolution and IoT future

In early 2021, Americans living on the East Coast got a sharp lesson on the growing importance of cybersecurity in the energy industry. A ransomware attack hit the company that operates the Colonial Pipeline—the major infrastructure artery that carries almost half of all liquid fuels from the Gulf Coast to the eastern United States. Knowing that at least some of their computer systems had been compromised, and unable to be certain about the extent of their problems, the company was forced to resort to a brute-force solution: shut down the whole pipeline.Leo Simonovich is vice president and global head of industrial cyber and digital security at Siemens Energy. The interruption of fuel delivery had huge consequences. Fuel prices immediately spiked. The President of the United States got inv...
How Amazon Ring uses domestic violence to market doorbell cameras
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How Amazon Ring uses domestic violence to market doorbell cameras

A similar video was captured in Arcadia, California, in September 2019. Dressed in what looks like pajamas, a woman runs into the frame of another doorbell camera. She, too, is looking over her shoulder as she knocks, but her perpetrator catches up quickly. As she screams “No!” and tries to resist, the man drags her by her hair onto the front lawn. The view is obstructed, but he appears to hit her repeatedly and stomp on her. Finally, he says, “Get up or I’ll kill you.”  These videos reveal traumatic moments, and experts say the individuals captured on camera have no control over what happens to the images. In both cases, the camera belongs to a stranger, and so does the video. The homeowner is the one who agrees to Amazon’s terms of service and chooses how to share the video—whether ...
This AI could predict 10 years of scientific priorities—if we let it
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This AI could predict 10 years of scientific priorities—if we let it

The survey committee, which receives input from a host of smaller panels, takes into account a gargantuan amount of information to create research strategies. Although the Academies won’t release the committee’s final recommendation to NASA for a few more weeks, scientists are itching to know which of their questions will make it in, and which will be left out.  “The Decadal Survey really helps NASA decide how they’re going to lead the future of human discovery in space, so it’s really important that they’re well informed,” says Brant Robertson, a professor of astronomy and astrophysics at UC Santa Cruz.  One team of researchers wants to use artificial intelligence to make this process easier. Their proposal isn’t f...