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White House turns up heat on Big Tech’s Covid ‘disinformation dozen’

That statistic is from the nonprofit Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) which identified in a report published in March about a dozen people it said were super-spreaders of anti-vaccine misinformation.

The CCDH had at the time called on Facebook and Twitter to shut down all pages run by those people.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a prominent figure in the anti-vaccine movement, is among the people whom the CCDH said should be kicked off social media.

Kennedy’s page on Facebook-owned Instagram was shut down earlier this year for sharing Covid-19 misinformation, Facebook said. However, Kennedy is still allowed on Facebook
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Miami makes big jump on ESPN’s corrected preseason computer model

After discovering errors with the model and data, the updated ESPN Football Power Index likes the 2021 Miami Hurricanes more going into the 2021 season. 


On Thursday, ESPN released an updated 2021 preseason FPI ranking and the Hurricanes jumped from No. 20 on the error ranking released in April to now ranking No. 10 overall on the list. 


Miami ranks as the second best ACC team, according to the FPI, trailing No. 2 Clemson. 


Alabama, UM’s week one opponent at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, ranks as the No. 1 team in ESPN’s

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Biden Urges More Scrutiny of Big Businesses, Such as Tech Giants

WASHINGTON — President Biden signed a sweeping executive order on Friday intended to increase competition within the nation’s economy and to limit corporate dominance, factors the White House says have led to higher prices and fewer choices for consumers while dampening pay and restricting the freedom to change jobs.

The administration encouraged federal agencies to take a wide range of actions, such as more closely scrutinizing the tech industry, cracking down on high fees charged by ocean shippers and allowing hearing aids to be sold over the counter.

“What we’ve seen over the past few decades is less competition and

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Why Microsoft Is Still a Big Tech Superstar

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For a decade or so, Microsoft botched so many significant technology trends that the company became a punchline. But Microsoft more than survived its epic mistakes. Today, it is (again) one of the tech world’s superstars.

Microsoft’s ability to thrive despite doing almost everything wrong might be a heartening saga about corporate reinvention. Or it may be a distressing demonstration of how monopolies are extremely hard to kill. Or maybe it’s a little of both.

Understanding Microsoft’s staying power is relevant

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Quantum computers just took on another big challenge. And this one is as tough as steel

Nippon Steel has concluded that, despite the current hardware limitations of quantum computers, the technology holds a lot of promise when it comes to optimizing complex problems.   


Image: Honeywell Quantum Solutions

From railways and ships all the way to knives and forks: the number of products that are made of steel is too high to list – and to ensure a steady supply of the sought-after material, Japanese steel manufacturer Nippon Steel is now looking at how quantum computing might help. 

The company, which produced a hefty 50 million tons of steel in 2019 (that is, 40% of the total

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House Judiciary Committee approves antitrust legislation to rein in Big Tech

The House of Representatives Judiciary Committee this week debated several antitrust bills designed to check the influence of the tech giants.  


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The House Judiciary Committee has advanced a series of bills aimed at reining in the power of  Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google and other tech giants. The next step for the legislation, which could have sweeping consequences for the tech industry, will be a debate and vote in the full House of Representatives.

The committee process, which took place Wednesday and Thursday, is part of markup, in which lawmakers in the House Judiciary Committee discuss the proposals

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