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    👍 | Elon Musk takes over Twitter in $ 44 billion buyout

    UPDATE: Elon Musk has total control over Twitter after the company accepted a buyout for $ 44 billion. \ — Elon Musk reached a deal with Twitter to buy the social media company for $ 44 billion and take it private, according to The Wall Street Journal. The deals was finalized as early as Monday. Reports about the upcoming deal follow news that Musk acquired $ 46.5 billion in financing to purchase the company. Musk's purchase of Twitter is in a personal capacity — not through one of his companies. Musk recently teased the addition of an edit button to tweets hours after he became Twitter's largest…

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    👍 | Will Elon Musk buy Twitter? Here's the latest o…

    Elon Musk is close to reaching a deal with Twitter to buy the social media company for $ 43 billion and take it private, according to The Wall Street Journal. The deal could be finalized as early as Monday. Reports about the upcoming deal follow news that Musk acquired $ 46.5 billion in financing to purchase the company. Twitter might announce the deal to the public on Monday after the board has recommended the sale to its shareholders, according to Reuters. However, it is possible that the deal could fall through at the last minute . Musk's purchase of Twitter is in a personal capacity — not thr…

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    👍 | Tesla CEO Elon Musk offers to buy Twitter in ca…

    Elon Musk is offering to buy Twitter, just days after the Tesla CEO said he would no longer be joining the social media company's board of directors. Twitter Inc. said in a regulatory filing on Thursday that Musk, who currently owns slightly more than 9% of its stock and is the company's biggest shareholder, provided a letter to the company on Wednesday that contained a proposal to buy the remaining shares of Twitter that he doesn't already own. Musk offered $ 54.20 per share of Twitter's stock. He called that price. his best and final offer, although the billionaire provided no details on finan…

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    👍 | Wendy's joins the metaverse, opens a virtual re…

    Wendy's took a trip to the Metaverse and opened its first virtual reality store. The fast-food chain partnered with Meta's Horizon Worlds to unveil the Wendyverse on April 2. The Wendyverse features a virtual reality Wendy's restaurant where players can meet up with friends, as well as a virtual reality basketball court where players can shoot hoops. It is accessible to those with a Meta Quest 2. Those without a Quest 2 can access an online viewer-only version. The “metaverse” — a concept of a shared, virtual environment that is not only limited to augmented reality and virtual reality — has b…

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    📱 | Here's how Google is trying to entice employees…

    Some of the world's biggest employers have been trying to entice their employees to come back to the office after more than two years of remote work due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Google is no exception. The search engine behemoth wants to move away from a fully work-from-home model into a hybrid schedule starting this month for its employees in the Bay Area and several other locations throughout the US And Google is trying to woo employees off their couches and back into cubicles with the use of free electric scooters, according to The Verge. Google partnered with electric powered scooter ma…

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    👍 | Elon Musk becomes Twitter's largest shareholder…

    SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk teased the possibility of adding an edit button to tweets, hours after becoming Twitter's largest shareholder. The potential change, announced Monday, would be a major shift for the social media platform, as its current policy bans users from editing As of Tuesday morning, “yse” was winning with more than 73% of the 3.6 million votes. Musk owns 73,486,938 shares of Twitter, according to the Securiti…

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    👍 | NJ congressman who quit Twitter after Trump i…

    Rep. Jeff Van Drew, who deleted his Twitter account following the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the Capitol, is back on the social media site that he once called “particularly bad.” Van Drew, R-2nd Dist., returned “People still use if and, you know what, I'm not that sensitive about it,” Van Drew said “It's kind of a rough place for anybody to be, Republican or Democrat. Right or left, but you know what, it's just another way of getting information out there, s…

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    👍 | NJ is one of Ukraine's few follows on Twitter…

    They say no matter what there's always a New Jersey connection. And a recent college grad from Phoenix, Ariz., Spotted a new one Friday. While the world turned its eyes toward Ukraine last week after Vladimir Putin ordered Russian troops into the country as a challenge to its independence, Mitchell followed the news on Twitter. The 26-year-old — who goes by @P____nut on Twitter — said he did a double-take when he noticed New Jersey's official state Twitter account was one of 24 followed by @ Ukraine, which claims to be “the official Twitter account of Ukraine” online. Mitchell, who did not want…

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    👍 | Why Facebook will stop using its facial recognizei…

    Facebook, which recently rebranded itself as Meta, is doing away with its facial recognition system and will delete the facial scan data of more than a billion users. The decade-old facial recognition system was a feature that had fueled privacy concerns, a class- action lawsuit, government investigations, and regulatory hurdles. Jerome Pesenti, vice president of artificial intelligence at Meta, wrote in a blog post Tuesday that the social media giant was getting rid of the program because of “many concerns about the place of facial recognition technology in society. ”Pesenti added that the com…

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    👍 | Facebook is rebranding | Sheneman

    The executive suite brain trust at the world's largest social media network has come up with a can't miss strategy to stem an unrelenting crap storm of its own making… change the name. Yes, what once was Facebook, the platform of choice for those hoping to foment insurrection, teen depression or ethnic cleansing, is now Meta. The move comes as the company has been besieged by a tidal wave of stories based on thousands of documents released by a corporate whistleblower. To paraphrase the myriad of stories from a hand -picked consortium of media outlets: Facebook knew what it was doing was bad…

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    👍 | Why Facebook is changing its name to'Meta' and…

    Facebook announced on Thursday it would change its name to “Meta,” a rebranding that comes as the company faces backlash from lawmakers and regulators over its business practices. CEO Mark Zuckerberg, speaking Thursday at a live-streamed virtual and augmented reality conference, said “Right now, our brand is so tightly linked to one product that it can't possibly represent everything that we're doing today, let alone in the future. , ”Zuckerberg said. The social media giant said the name change would bring tog…

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    👍 | Is Facebook changing its name? Here's what to know

    Facebook is reportedly planning to change its parent company name next week to a new name focused on “the metaverse.” The Verge first reported the Facebook name change news Tuesday, citing a source with close knowledge of the subject. announce its name change sometime next week either at its annual Connect conference on Oct. 28 or “sometime sooner.” The change comes as the social networking giant has come under fire from regulators over its business practices, according to CNN. Facebook, the parent company, also owns the social media site by the same name, Inst…

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    👍 | Is Facebook down again?

    Facebook and Instagram apps are continuing to experience outages Friday just days after several of the social networking platform's major services went down for several hours on Monday. “We're aware that some people are having trouble accessing our apps and products,” the company said on its verified Twitter account on Friday. “We're working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible and we apologize for any inconvenience.” Instagram's verified Twitter account also posted that some of its users were having issues with its photo-sharing. app. “We know some of you may be having some is su…

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    👍 | Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp slowly return i…

    By Brandon Sapienza / New York Daily News Six hours after Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, three of the most used apps in the world went down, their services slowly began coming back online for a few users. At around 6 pm CloudFare — which tracked the outage since it began — said in a blog post that Facebook was seemingly “reconnected to the global Internet and DNS working again,” adding that it would “take further time to come online.” Facebook announced the outages on Monday, sending their stock spiraling downwards by over 5 percent during Monday's trading session. “We're aware that some pe…

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    📱 | Why you should run a software update on your iP…

    Apple released a critical software update to fix a security breach that could affect iPhones and other Apple devices by making them vulnerable to hackers without any action from the user. Security researchers from The University of Toronto's Citizen Lab discovered the breach on a Saudi activist's iPhone that had been infected with an advanced form of spyware from Israel's NSO Group, a hacker-for-hire firm, according to The New York Times. The previously undiscovered vulnerability affected most major Apple products, including iPhones, Apple Watches, and Macs. Although security experts say the a…

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    👍 | The myth of conservative censorship | Sheneman

    The top daily posts on Facebook read like the guest list in the CPAC green room. Ben Shapiro, Dan Bongino, Dan Bongino, Mark Levin, more Bongino, etc., etc… They're awful loud for people being censored. Fox News, OAN, Newsmax, 90% of talk radio, despite the near-constant protestations of victimhood, there is no shortage of right-wing soapboxes for fascism-curious pundits to stand on. Despite the robust media ecosystem available to these fragile folks, they insist That big tech is out to get them. Nothing could be further from the truth. Facebook, Fox News and its lookalikes remain the primar…

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    👍 | Facebook suspends Trump accounts for 2 years fo…

    Facebook said it will suspend former President Donald Trump's accounts for two years following its finding that he stoked violence ahead of the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection. “At the end of this period, we will look to experts to assess whether the risk to public safety We will evaluate external factors, including instances of violence, restrictions on peaceful assembly and other markers of civil unrest, ”Nick Clegg, Facebook's vice president of global affairs, wrote in a blog post Friday. On Facebook, Trump's suspension has meant that his account is essentially in “Facebook jail,” w…

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    👍 | College students run virtual pop-up thrift stor…

    Some people are born with style, others have to pay for it. If you are in the latter group and were looking for something to wear that was 100% guaranteed to be fashionable, yet cost very little money, and was also a more ethical and Sustainable clothes shopping option, the TheThriftProjectTCNJ store checks all the boxes. Kennedy Ferruggia and Josh Simpson, two Bonner Scholars at The College of New Jersey, created the thrift project in 2013 as a student initiative in a partnership with the Rescue Mission of Trenton. Pre -COVID, curated clothing from the Rescue Mission was originally offered for…

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    👍 | Pallone: ​​The time for Facebook, YouTube, Twitter…

    By Frank Pallone, Jr. Facebook's oversight board announced last week that President Trump would continue to be banned from the platform, but it also gave Facebook six months to make a final decision on Trump's account. Understandably, the announcement drew a lot of attention. But in many ways, it was a clever distraction from the real issue, which is that Facebook's algorithms — designed to promote the most extremist, divisive content to keep people on the site — are the real problem. Make no mistake: Donald Trump played a huge role in helping Facebook spread dangerous disinformation, and we sa…

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    👍 | Friendly Fire: Julie & Mike ponder Facebook, Li…

    Q. Facebook banned Donald Trump for at least another six months, prompting this response from the former president: “Free speech has been taken away from the president of the United States because the radical left lunatics are afraid of the truth.” Thoughts? Julie : We are a long way from a Republican Party that believed in the free market, but Republicans, ironically, have a point about Trump being singled out when Facebook's entire algorithm is designed to promote his kind of hateful, dangerous, divisive rhetoric. Facebook's model – If not its business model – is inherently broken and if it w…

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    👍 | My Facebook was hacked. Instagram and WhatsApp,…

    Wendy Spinner joined Facebook in 2009 to stay in touch with family, friends and co-workers. She got that. But she also got an invasion of privacy that she calls a nightmare. In January, Spinner's Facebook contacts said they received messages from someone who was impersonating Spinner. The person asked them to send money, she said. Spinner said she knew she had been hacked. “I reported the impersonation and hacking of my account to the Facebook Help Center,” Spinner said. my password and email address which are connected to my Facebook account. ”But two minutes…

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    👍 | In Hoboken, an assault on free speech | Moran

    Hoboken Councilman Mike DeFusco blocked a handful of critics from his Twitter account recently, a move that has provoked a storm in town, and a proposal to impose a $ 500 fine for each person blocked. It's an extreme reaction, granted. Council members make only $ 22,000 a year, and the good ones work full time, or close to it, when you add up all the night meetings and weekend events. Given the abusive tone that Twitter seems to draw out, it must be tempting to block out the critics. But when public officials use their Twitter accounts to discuss public business, then blocking deprives the criti…

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    👍 | Facebook Supreme Court win could lead to'flood…

    A US Supreme Court ruling on Thursday could open the way for a “flood” of new robocalls, consumer advocates said. The case was brought against Facebook by a man who said the social media giant sent him unrequested texts warning him about suspicious logins to his account. But the man didn't have a Facebook account and had never given Facebook his phone number, or permission to message him, court records show. The court sided with Facebook, saying the notifications do not fall under the 1991 Telephone Consumer Protection Act , which requires that automated calls and texts be made only with the…

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    📱 | 5 years after Lehigh Valley theft, Ted Nugent's…

    The amps and microphones, the iPad, the pedal, the bag of cables — all that stuff stolen five years ago from Greg Smith, can be replaced. But the Fender bass, customized with a blowtorch by legendary bass-amp maker Larry Hartke, that , Smith wanted back. Through a friend's keen eye for Facebook Marketplace deals and a young man with a strong moral compass, Smith was reunited this week with the bass that was stolen along with his other gear in May 2016 outside an Allentown bar. never thought in a million years I'd ever see any of this stuff ever again, ”Smith, who lives outside Bangor, told l…

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    👍 | Which companies have pulled ads from Facebook?

    Facebook has been under fire for not addressing racism, disinformation and hate on its platform, and hundreds of businesses have been pulling advertising from the social media platform.The coalition group Stop Hate for Profit has tracked about 300 businesses that have paused ad spending in July in order to boycott Facebook. Businesses often use Facebook to advertise, which comes with the cost of indirectly running ads alongside hateful content.According to Stop Hate for Profit's website, the goal is to force Facebook to stop allowing untruthful political ads and hate-filled groups. Stop Hate f…

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    👍 | Facebook removes Trump ad that included symbol…

    Facebook has removed campaign ads by President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence that featured an upside-down red triangle, a symbol once used by Nazis to designate political prisoners, communists and others in concentration camps.The company said in a statement Thursday that the ads violated “our policy against organized hate.” A Facebook executive who testified at a House Intelligence Committee hearing on Thursday said the company does not permit symbols of hateful ideology “unless they're put up with context or condemnation.” “In a situation where we don't see either of those, we do…

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    👍 | NJ police dispatcher resigns after making rac…

    An employee of the Woodbridge Township Police Department has resigned after he was suspended for posting a racist comment on social media.Marc Repace, who worked as a dispatcher, submitted his resignation Monday after the Facebook exchange came to light.“He was immediately suspended once we identified the post as coming from him,” John Hagerty, Woodbridge Township spokesman, told NJ Advance Media. He said Repace resigned after an official review of the Facebook messages.In the messages, Repace comments on a photo taken Friday of a child at a Boston protest of police brutality and racial in just…