The watchdog digging up big tech’s dirt

There’s still much that we don’t know about the decisions that shape our daily experiences on Facebook, Google, and other online platforms, but a single watchdog nonprofit group, the Tech Transparency Project (TTP), has revealed a wealth of information that these companies have tried to keep hidden.



"We want to expose some of the things that platforms said they’re going to be doing and show that they’re not following up on those promises," says Katie Paul, head of the Tech Transparency Project.


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“We want to expose some of the things that platforms said they’re going to be doing and show that they’re not following up on those promises,” says Katie Paul, head of the Tech Transparency Project.

When news stories describe the internal machinations at big tech companies, findings from TTP often inform much of that reporting. In the past few months alone, TTP has unearthed information on dangerous Facebook groups, including militias and presidential election conspiracy theorists; Facebook and Google’s problematic conduct toward the press; and, perhaps most revealingly, communications between tech executives and government officials.

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Apple Suppliers’ Exodus From China Won’t Slow Down Under Biden

(Bloomberg) — The splintering of the global tech supply chain that began during President Donald Trump’s watch looks set to persist under his successor.

Apple Inc., the largest of the many tech giants that rely on Chinese factories to make their gadgets, will move some production of its iPads and MacBooks to Vietnam. Key assembly partner Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., known also as Foxconn, has allocated $270 million in new investments to the Southeast Asian country. Those moves presage a larger and longer-term migration that may have ramifications for the iPhone maker as well as China’s role as workshop to the world.

Foxconn founder Terry Gou coined the term “G2” to describe the trend of a unified supply chain splitting into at least two. Company Chairman Young Liu said in August that the likes of India, Southeast Asia and the Americas could each in the future end up

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QF’s Stars Of Science Invites Aspiring Innovators To Apply For Season 13

Young Arab innovators with ideas and solutions designed to tackle global challenges – such as the COVID-19 pandemic – are encouraged to apply and transform their concepts into tangible innovations.

For over a decade, the impact of Stars of Science has been felt through its significant contribution to creating a vibrant entrepreneurial culture among young people in Arab countries, which is reflected by the successes achieved by its many alumni.

Stars of Science has thus far empowered more than 147 innovators representing 18 Arab countries, instilling the values of collaboration and scientific excellence during their time on the show. Collectively, the show’s alumni community have become drivers of change to catalyse social progress and create a culture of innovation across the Arab region and beyond.

Stars of Science not only provides funding and technical assistance, but also grants contestants the necessary tools to develop their ideas and projects. Furthermore, participants

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Elite runners brave Delhi race despite COVID-19 surge, pollution concerns



Muktar Edris et al. playing football in a parking lot: Airtel Delhi Half Marathon in New Delhi, India


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Airtel Delhi Half Marathon in New Delhi, India

By Anushree Fadnavis and Manoj Kumar

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Some of the world’s leading long-distance runners participated in a half-marathon in New Delhi on Sunday, even as India’s capital grapples with a surge in COVID-19 cases and air pollution that has recently been among the world’s worst.



a group of people riding on the back of a motorcycle: Airtel Delhi Half Marathon in New Delhi, India


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Airtel Delhi Half Marathon in New Delhi, India

More than 60 professional runners participated in the race, while several hundred enthusiasts ran in other cities on routes of their choice, using a mobile app to post race timings, said the event organisers.

Although air quality was poor on Sunday, the runners got a bit of a reprieve, as pollution levels in the capital were dramatically better than those of recent weeks.

New Delhi’s Air Quality Index was at 252 on a scale of 500, registering at “poor” levels,

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NASA’s Hubble Spots Galaxy Being Stripped Of Dark Matter

Dark matter theory has long been sacrosanct in mainstream astronomical circles. Rarely do astronomers contradict the tenet that some 85 percent of all matter in the cosmos is dominated by unseen matter that only weakly interacts with gravity.   

Thus, it came as a surprise that doubt was cast on its existence by recent Hubble Space Telescope observations of two massive galaxies that appeared to be altogether devoid of this exotic matter. 

But in a paper submitted to The Astrophysical Journal, an international team of scientists detail observations on NGC 1052-DF4, the second galaxy purported to harbor little or no such dark matter.

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There Are Now Stories Everywhere, Even on Spotify

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It’s almost as if the little glowing story circles are following us everywhere. They’re on Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, WhatsApp, Twitter and now, even on Spotify.

This week, some users noticed the circles on popular Spotify playlists, including the “Christmas Hits” playlist, which I myself listened a lot while trying not to burn my mashed potatoes. In case any of you had any doubts, Spotify helpfully included a message that read, “Tap to see the story,” per a video posted by the YouTuber and gamer TmarTn2.

Roughly one week after Twitter debuted its Fleets, posts similar to Instagram stories that disappear after 24 hours, Spotify has quietly started testing its own version of stories on a select number of its playlists. In a statement to Engadget, the company confirmed that the stories were a test, but provided

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Photonics Market is estimated to reach $930 Billion by 2024; growing at a CAGR of 6.5% from 2020 to 2024

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New York, United States, Sat, 28 Nov 2020 05:20:38 / Comserve Inc. / — Photonics is the physical science and technology of photon (light) generation, detection, and manipulation through emission, modulation, transmission, amplification, signal processing, and sensing.

Global Photonics Market is estimated to reach $930 Billion by 2024; growing at a CAGR of 6.5% from 2016 to 2024. Photonics is the physical science and technology of photon (light) generation, detection, and manipulation through emission, modulation, transmission, amplification, signal processing, and sensing. However, covering all light’s scientific applications throughout the whole spectrum, maximum photonic applications are in the range of visible and almost-infrared light. Photonics is viewed as one of the key enabling technologies in the past, leading to the growth of new products and services with considerable economic benefits. The features of photons and waves can be

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The mysterious monolith in the Utah desert is now gone

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The internet went wild when a strange 2001: A Space Odyssey-esque metal monolith was found in the Utah desert. Later, devoted Reddit sleuths would discover more about the monolith and its potential origins

But now, according to officials from the Bureau of Land Management in Utah, the strange metal object is gone.

“We have received credible reports that the illegally installed structure, referred to as the “monolith” has been removed from Bureau of Land Management (BLM) public lands by an unknown party,” read the statement, posted on Facebook. 

“The BLM did not remove the structure which is considered private property.”

The Utah Department of Public Safety had initially discovered the object, in a helicopter in a remote region

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Virginia Tech upsets No. 3 Villanova 81-73 in overtime

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Villanova’s Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, center right, goes up for a basket as Virginia Tech’s Keve Aluma defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020, in Uncasville, Conn.

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Keve Aluma scored 22 points and Nahiem Alleyne added 20 as Virginia Tech upset No. 3 Villanova 81-73 in overtime on Saturday night.

Tyrece Radford added eight points and 13 rebounds for the Hokies (2-0), who didn’t know they would be playing the nation’s third-ranked team until early Friday morning.

Collin Gillespie scored 18 of his 25 points in the first half for Villanova (2-1). Caleb Daniels added 17 points and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl finished with 14 for the Wildcats.

The teams were tied at 29 after 20 minutes and deadlocked at 38 five minutes into the second half.

The Wildcats appeared to take control of the game from there, going on an

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Jackson’s 3 TD runs lead No. 21 Oklahoma St past Texas Tech

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Oklahoma State running back Dezmon Jackson (27) scores against Texas Tech in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020.

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Oklahoma State’s top two running backs were out with injuries. Dezmon Jackson played, and that was enough for the Cowboys.

Jackson rushed for career highs of 235 yards and three touchdowns, and No. 21 Oklahoma State beat Texas Tech 50-44 on Saturday.

Jackson had 36 carries, in part, because Chuba Hubbard and LD Brown did not play. The junior said he couldn’t remember getting that many carries in any level of football.

“All week in practice, I was just running so hard just to get myself in shape with this being my first start,” he said. “Practice — it translates to the field. I wasn’t really tired today.”

Jackson said he knew early in the week that

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