A $170 Million Joke: Why the FTC’s ‘Record’ YouTube Fine for Collecting Kids’ Data Won’t Change Anything

Two days—that’s how long it will take Google to earn enough to pay a record $170 million fine aimed at punishing the company for, in the words of a Federal Trade Commissioner, “bait[ing] children using nursery rhymes, cartoons, and other kid-directed content” on its YouTube channels. If people wonder why Big Tech doesn’t seem to …

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Slack Stock Falls 15% After Projecting Slower Second-Half Sales Growth

Slack Technologies shares plunged in extended trading after projecting slower sales growth for the second half of the year, a signal that strong competition may dent the software maker’s rapid rise. Revenue will be $154 million to $156 million in the fiscal third quarter, reflecting a year-over-year increase of 46% to 48%, the San Francisco-based …

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Johns Hopkins Launches a Pioneering Psychedelic Research Center: Brainstorm Health

Hello and happy hump day, readers. One of the world’s most renowned medical institutions is doubling down on psychedelics (yes, those psychedelics). In fact, Johns Hopkins—with the help of a group of private donors who have ponied up some $17 million in cash for the effort—is launching a new Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research …

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Tesla’s Autopilot System Was Partly to Blame for 2018 Crash—the Checked-Out Driver Didn’t Help

U.S. transportation safety investigators found Tesla’s design of its automated driver-assist system was partly to blame for a crash in which an inattentive driver slammed into a fire truck parked on a freeway near Los Angeles in 2018. The National Transportation Safety Board also cited the driver’s failure to stop for the truck, which was …

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Facebook and Google Met With U.S. Intelligence About Online Security for the 2020 Presidential Election

Facebook and Google executives met with U.S. intelligence officials on Wednesday to discuss the technology industry’s security efforts leading up to the 2020 U.S. presidential election, according to a person familiar with the talks. The gathering, which is taking place at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., included staff members from the Department of Homeland …

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