Disney CEO Reveals How ‘Black Panther’ and ‘Captain Marvel’ Almost Never Got Made

It’s fair to say Disney CEO Bob Iger has turned into the closest thing Walt Disney was when running his own company. After some up and down years during the Michael Eisner era, Iger amended many things, including slightly resembling Walt Disney in an avuncular way. One change he made was making Disney more inclusive, even if also brokering deals essentially gobbling up a good chunk of entertainment conglomerates. If you feel a bit uneasy about Disney practically owning the world lately, let’s at least give credit to Iger for…

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Hundreds arrested for ‘dark web’ child porn by international task force

Yesterday, authorities in the United Kingdom and the United States announced that 337 suspected users in 38 countries were arrested following an investigation of a dark web child pornography site. The website was based in South Korea and accepted cryptocurrency as payment. Law enforcement agencies from Germany, South Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States were part of the international task force. The current phase of investigation and arrests began in 2018. The website after it was shuttered by authorities Image: NCA. via Twitter At the center of the…

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Zuckerberg: ‘Fifth estate’ should not decide what is credible

Facebook CEO says social media companies ought not be responsible for judging the merits of political expression. Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg said the social network doesn’t fact-check political advertisements because it’s not the place of technology companies to become arbiters of truth. “I don’t think most people want to live in a world where you can only post things that tech companies judge to be 100% true,” Zuckerberg said on Thursday to an auditorium full of students at Georgetown University’s Gaston Hall in Washington. “People should be…

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Critics say Twitter treats hate speech as being ‘public interest’

Many argue that company is unwilling to act against threats of political violence or intimidation, from Trump or others. Amid calls from some Democrats to suspend the account of United States President Donald Trump, Twitter says world leaders’ accounts are not entirely above its policies and that it will crack down on any account that violates rules. The San Francisco company is clarifying its regulations, as a number of Democratic officials say they would like to see Trump booted off the social media site that has been his favoured platform…

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Xiaomi Black Shark 2 review: An affordable flagship gaming phone

Gaming phones are an ancient idea. Nokia released the N-Gage, which was like a phone built into a game controller, in 2003. And it didn’t do very well. But the concept has made a resurgence recently thanks to devices from Razer, Asus, and Xiaomi. Now, Xiaomi has launched its second-generation gaming phone called the Black Shark 2. The Black Shark 2 has a suite of features that make it a great way to play games on the go. It’s also affordable, starting at $420 for the version with 128GB of…

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Robots in the classroom: Could robots replace tutors, teachers?

Robots have been shown to be effective at increasing cognitive and affective outcomes In “Social Robots for Education,” a study published last August in Science Robotics, the abstract conveyed: “Social robots can be used in education as tutors or peer learners. They have been shown to be effective at increasing cognitive and affective outcomes and have achieved outcomes similar to those of human tutoring on restricted tasks. This is largely because of their physical presence, which traditional learning technologies lack.” The study indicated a few reasons why educational robots are…

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Fewer likes: Facebook’s crypto board gets off to rocky start

Despite prominent exits, 21 founding members have backed Facebook’s new governing body for its digital currency. Despite a last-minute defector, Facebook Inc’s new association to oversee its global cryptocurrency, Libra, is forging ahead with a five-member board and the support of 21 remaining backers. At an inaugural meeting in Geneva on Monday, members agreed on interim articles of association laying out how the organisation will be governed, as required by Swiss law, according to a fact sheet provided by the Libra Association. Libra, part of Facebook’s expansion into e-commerce, will be backed…

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Actor Cuba Gooding accused of sexual misconduct.

The actor is accused of two separate instances of sexual misconduct. Actor Cuba Gooding Jr pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to pinching a woman’s buttocks in a nightclub last October, four months after he was charged with groping a woman in a separate incident. Manhattan prosecutors said Gooding pinched the woman at Manhattan’s Tao nightclub after making a sexually suggestive remark to her earlier in the evening, and denied it when she confronted him. Gooding was accused in June of touching a woman’s breasts at the Magic Hour Rooftop Bar…

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Toxic workplace: WeWork says carcinogen found in some offices

WeWork emailed tenants to say elevated levels of formaldehyde had been found in office phone booths in US and Canada. Cash-strapped WeWork, the office-sharing company that is trying to negotiate a financial lifeline, has a new problem that may prove costly. It has closed about 2,300 phone booths at some of its 223 sites in the United States and Canada after it says it discovered elevated levels of formaldehyde. The company, which abandoned plans for an initial public offering last month after investors questioned its mounting losses and the way…

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The New Tech Economy

People interact with a crowd-sourced digital projection titled ‘Project:Dome – OCISLY’ by Lawrence Loh and Sebastien Jurkowski during the Singapore Night Festival 2019 media preview in Singapore. It’s not news that the tech entrepreneur economy is in full swing. From the online markets for banking, education, publishing, artistic productions and crafts, there is no shortage for uses of the internet for marketing freelance skills to the larger world market, irrespective of national boundaries and customs. One can buy hand-made items on Etsy or industrial-made technology from Japan with the click…

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Mass shooting rumor spreads in private Facebook group

So-called ‘groups’ are a big part of the company’s growth strategy, but the spread of rumours raises concerns. Before the annual Blueberry Festival in Marshall County, Indiana, in early September, a woman broadcast a warning to her neighbours on Facebook. “I just heard there’s supposed to be a mass shooting tonight at the fireworks,” the woman, whose name is held to protect her privacy, said in a post in a private Facebook Group with over 5,000 members. “Probably just a rumour or kids trying to scare people, but everyone keep…

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South Park ban by China highlights Hollywood tightrope act

US entertainment studios try to avoid irking Beijing censors without suppressing artistic freedom for content producers. China’s removal of animated comedy South Park from online sites just as it dropped United States basketball broadcasts highlights a tension familiar to Hollywood studios: the need to please Chinese authorities in order to reach the country’s vast audience. Media companies count on ticket sales in China – projected to become the world’s largest movie market next year – to bolster their bottom lines. And some films, such as recent Oscar winner Green Book,…

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US Senator calls for review of TikTok’s merger with Musical.ly

Chinese ownership of TikTok and sudden spike in popularity have raised national security concerns among US lawmakers. United States Senator Marco Rubio on Wednesday said he will ask the Committee on Foreign Investment in the US (CFIUS) to review TikTok owner Beijing ByteDance Technology Co’s acquisition of Musical.ly. “Today I will be asking CFIUS to review TikTok’s acquisition of Musical.ly. Ample & growing evidence exists that TikTok’s platform for western markets, including the U.S., are censoring content in line with China‘s communist government directives,” the Republican senator said in a…

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Samsung: Is the worst over for its smartphone and chip units?

The South Korean tech giant says profits will continue to fall, but not by as much as they have been. Strong sales of Samsung Electronics’ Galaxy Note 10 smartphone series are limiting the expected drop in profits at the South Korean tech giant, raising hopes it is getting back on a growth track after years of moribund sales. Samsung, the world’s largest smartphone maker, is powering ahead with the launch of 5G phones and $2,000 foldable handsets as it heats up the competition with rivals Apple in the United States…

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Discovery of 20 new moons puts Saturn ahead of Jupiter

Astronomers discover 20 new moons around Saturn, making it the planet with the most number of moons in the solar system. The solar system has a new winner in the moon department. Twenty new moons have been found around Saturn, giving the ringed planet a total of 82. That beats Jupiter and its 79 moons. The discovery was announced on Monday by the International Astronomical Union’s Minor Planet Center. If it is any consolation to the Jupiter crowd, our solar system’s biggest planet – Jupiter – still has the biggest…

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