This tool could act as an early warning system for harmful conspiracy theories

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The automated approach can detect the telltale signs of a baseless conspiracy theory as it begins to turn into a narrative on social media. The audio on the otherwise shaky body camera footage is unusually clear. As police officers search a handcuffed man who moments before had fired a shot inside a pizza parlor, an officer asks him why he was there. The man says to investigate a pedophile ring. Incredulous, the officer asks again. Another officer chimes in, “Pizzagate. He’s talking about Pizzagate.” Read Full Story

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You won’t believe what realtors are finding in empty offices right now

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Beware the green ooze! When people left their offices as pandemic lockdowns set in back in March, they probably didn’t realize they’d be gone so long. Some, it turns out, would never return. Now, these long months later, some companies are seeking to cut their losses by offloading empty office space, and landlords are looking to sublease them, often at bargain-basement rates. But what’s inside some of these abandoned offices is less than picturesque. 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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Netflix’s ‘Immigration Nation’ offers an unflinching portrait inside ICE—and a broken system

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‘Immigration Nation’ captures the pitfalls of the U.S.’s immigration policy, the ICE officers working within it, and the families torn up by it. Anti-immigration policies have been one of the defining initiatives of the Trump’s administration—and nothing has been more controversial than Trump’s use of ICE to try to enforce his efforts to deport both Latinx and Muslim immigrants. Read Full Story

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This startup network wants to be the MTV for gaming culture

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If a 24/7 TV network for gaming culture sounds familiar, it’s because G4 tried the same thing but eventually fizzled out. Inside VENN’s game plan. In 2019, the gaming industry took in a record $120.1 billion, according to Nielsen’s gaming data researching arm SuperData . For context, the global box office and music industry last year generated $42.5 billion and $20.2 billion in revenue, respectively. Read Full Story

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Still looking for Clorox wipes? Here’s how the company has innovated to meet unprecedented demand

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Andy Mowery, chief product supply officer of the Clorox Company, reveals how COVID-19 may have changed the rules of manufacturing and supply chain forever. For Fast Company’ s Shape of Tomorrow series , we’re asking business leaders to share their inside perspective on how the COVID-19 era is transforming their industries. Here’s what’s been lost—and what could be gained—in the new world order . Read Full Story

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Steven Sinofsky lived Microsoft history. Now he’s writing it

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The man who led the Office and Windows teams on what he’s learned working on a book about his time at Microsoft, and why it may be awhile before you read it. On the 20th anniversary of the unleashing of the ILOVEYOU virus—which infected millions of PCs worldwide and reportedly cost companies billions of dollars as they cleaned up the damage— Fast Company is publishing Steven Sinofsky’s insider account of how Microsoft dealt with the virus as well as two predecessors, WM/Concept.A and Melissa. The piece is an excerpt from his memoir Hardcore Software: Inside the Rise and Fall of the PC Revolution, which is currently a work in progress. Read Full Story

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