Mark Wahlberg’s new Netflix ‘Spenser’ reboot is the detective movie for the algorithm era

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The latest take on Robert B. Parker’s long-running detective is all style, little substance. If there was a mystery to be solved in Mark Wahlberg and Peter Berg’s Spenser Confidential , their new reboot of the character based on the long-running Robert B. Parker detective novel series, it’d be the case of the missing heart. Read Full Story

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Content moderators alone can’t clean up our toxic internet

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Tech platforms must invest in more automated solutions that can analyze the full context of online conversations—not just detect keywords. In the wake of Black Lives Matter protests spreading across the nation, Facebook content moderators are revolting over the way the company and its leadership are handling political speech that incites violence, specifically posts from U.S. President Donald Trump. Yet this struggle represents only the latest episode in the long-running saga moderators have faced as they have tried to combat the storm of online toxicity that has plagued the internet. Read Full Story

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Mark Zuckerberg’s new work-from-home zeal is very, very convenient

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The CEO’s assertion that half of Facebook’s workforce will work remotely by 2030 runs counter to its company culture and physical offices, which are designed to encourage people to live at work. I’ve been to Facebook’s Menlo Park campus a number of times, and it’s easy to understand why employees don’t often leave. Inside the massive complex , you get the same feeling as when you’re inside some huge Las Vegas casinos—that there’s just no reason to go outside. Read Full Story

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If you write ‘Wuhan virus,’ Grammarly will remind you not to be racist

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But it’s still up to you to understand the difference between “coronavirus” and “COVID-19.” Grammarly, which offers a service designed to improve written communications , has launched a new sensitivity feature that’s very much of the moment. It detects when users write the politically loaded terms “Chinese Virus” or “Wuhan Virus,” or other variants, and suggests that they use “COVID-19” or “the coronavirus” instead. Read Full Story

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Inside 6lack’s hot new release that’s a lot more than an EP

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Your favorite R&B trap crooner breaks down his creativity during quarantine and how he put so much more of himself into this new release. 6lack fans haven’t had an album from their beloved trap R&B crooner since 2018’s critically acclaimed East Atlanta Love Letter . One of today’s most streamed R&B artists, he has been featured on a slew of singles by the likes of Summer Walker, Khalid, Jessie Reyez, Selena Gomez, and several more performers over the past few months. But the Atlanta-native has the type of fanbase that wants to hear from him, and they were constantly asking when new music would be coming as he is extremely connected to them online, especially via private group chats. Read Full Story

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North Dakota’s COVID-19 app has been sending data to Foursquare and Google

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A new report from Jumbo Privacy finds that a coronavirus contact-tracing app is sharing location data with Foursquare and an advertising ID with Google. The official COVID-19 contact tracing app for the state of North Dakota, designed to detect whether people have potentially been exposed to the coronavirus, sends location data and a unique user identifier to Foursquare—and other data to Google and a bug-tracking company—according to a new report from smartphone privacy company Jumbo Privacy. Read Full Story

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Exclusive: Chicago’s new brand identity could save the city $10 million a year

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Chicago wants you to make its brand your own. The four-starred Chicago flag flies with pride on bricked bungalows and tattooed biceps around the city. The first star represents Fort Dearborn, the military outpost that became the city. The second marks the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, which burned most of the city down. The third stands for the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893, which brought us the Ferris wheel as an enduring architecture masterpiece. And the fourth was for the Century of Progress Exposition in 1933, marking the end of the Great Depression and the rise of the Atomic Age. Read Full Story

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