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France Cracked Down on Google’s Ad Tech. What’s Next?

On June 7, Isabelle de Silva, a little-known French regulator, made global headlines. After a painstaking investigation, which de Silva describes as the most complex she has been involved in, the French Competition Agency, or FCA, hit Google with a $260 million fine. Google, de Silva ruled, had been using its already dominant advertising technology …

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How Did People Find the Fundamental Charge With Drops of Oil?

Right now, you can probably just ask your smartphone to tell you the charge of a single electron—the fundamental unit of charge. (It has a magnitude of 1.6 x 10–19 coulombs, the common unit for electric charge.) But in 1909, things weren’t so simple. Back then, physicists Robert Millikan and Harvey Fletcher figured it out …

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22 Best Wireless Chargers (2021): Pads, Stands, iPhone Docks, and More

Wireless charging isn’t nearly as cool as it sounds. It’s not exactly wireless—a cord runs from an outlet to the charging pad—and it won’t charge your smartphone faster than plugging it in with a good ol’ cord. Despite this, I’m always disappointed when I test a phone that doesn’t support it. I’ve gotten used to …

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How Accessibility at the Summer’s Gaming Events Stack Up

Before the game reveals at Geoff Keighley’s Summer Game Fest last month, the host took to Twitter to announce several accessibility initiatives for his event. Not only would disabled viewers have access to an ASL costream led by Chris “DeafGamersTV” Robinson, they also had the opportunity to tune into a completely audio-described version on Brandon …

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Antisemitic Posts Rarely Removed By Social Media Companies : NPR

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives to testify before a joint hearing of the Commerce and Judiciary Committees on Capitol Hill in Washington in April 2018. In July 2020, Holocaust survivors around the world urged Facebook head Mark Zuckerberg to take action to remove denial of the Nazi genocide from the social media site. Andrew Harnik/AP …

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Amazon Warehouse Workers In Alabama May Get 2nd Chance To Vote For Union : NPR

Signs reading “vote” hang outside the Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Ala., in March as workers wrapped up their seven-week mail-in election on whether to unionize. Patrick T. Fallon/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Patrick T. Fallon/AFP/Getty Images Signs reading “vote” hang outside the Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Ala., in March as workers wrapped up their …

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Amazon Union Vote at Alabama Warehouse Should Be Redone, Official Says

A hearing officer of the National Labor Relations Board has recommended that the board throw out a union election at an Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Ala., where results announced in early April showed workers rejecting a union by a more than two-to-one ratio. The union announced the recommendation on Monday, and Amazon quickly said it …

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