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UK Government Backs Scheme For Motorway Cables To Power Lorries

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: The government will fund the design of a scheme to install overhead electric cables to power electric lorries on a motorway near Scunthorpe, as part of a series of studies on how to decarbonize road freight. The electric road system — or e-highway — study, will draw up plans to install ... Read More »

EFF Sues US Postal Office For Records About Covert Social Media Spying Program

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. Postal Service and its inspection agency seeking records about a covert program to secretly comb through online posts of social media users before street protests, raising concerns about chilling the privacy and expressive activity of internet users. From the press release: Under an initiative ... Read More »

YouTube Punishes Brazil’s President For Spreading Lies About COVID

YouTube has removed videos posted by Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro for violating its content policies, in the strongest measure yet that tech giants in the social media-loving country have taken toward censoring the president. VICE News reports: YouTube has said that if Bolsonaro breaks the video-sharing service’s rules again, his channel may be suspended for a week and, in case of ... Read More »

Instagram Makes Under-16s’ Accounts Private By Default

Instagram has made new under-16s’ accounts private by default so only approved followers can see posts and “like” or comment. The BBC reports: Tests showed only one in five opted for a public account when the private setting was the default, it said. And existing account holders would be sent a notification “highlighting the benefits” of switching to private. But ... Read More »

Activision Blizzard Employees To Walk Out Following Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Activison Blizzard employees are staging a walkout on Wednesday, July 28th in response to the company’s handling of sexual harassment allegations brought by the state of California. Employees will meet outside Blizzard’s main campus in Irvine at 10AM PST. “We believe that our values as employees are not being accurately reflected ... Read More »