Facebook Has One Big Boob Problem

Dozens of activists plopped a giant inflatable boob outside Facebook’s London headquarters to protest the platform’s restrictions on depictions of nudity, the BBC reported Friday. Read More >>

Farewell, Cortana

Come the end of January, it appears Cortana’s getting booted to the Microsoft assistant graveyard. At least poor Clippy will have some company now. Read More >>

Microsoft Taps Former US Attorney General to Audit AnyVision Over Concerns of Face Recognition Surveillance

Microsoft is bringing on former US Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate whether AnyVision, a facial recognition company it invested in over the summer, violated Microsoft’s ethics guidelines, according to an NBC News report Friday. Read More >>

Lawrence G. Paull, Oscar-Nominated Visionary Behind Blade Runner, Back to the Future, Dies at 81

Lawrence G. Paull, the art director and production designer behind iconic movies like Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner and Robert Zemeckis’ Back to the Future, died Sunday per the Hollywood Reporter. According to a publicist’s announcement, he passed away in La Jolla, in the US state of California, at the age of 81. No cause of death was cited, THR reported. Read More >>

Disney+ Will Launch on Fire TV Now That Amazon and Disney Are Playing Nice

Looks like folks with Fire TV devices will be able to watch Disney+ after all. Read More >>

Adobe’s Adding a Livestreaming Function to Its Creative Cloud Apps

Instead of using third-party platforms like Youtube and Twitch, artists will soon be able to livestream their process directly through whatever Adobe Creative Cloud app they’re working in according to a Verge report. Read More >>

Microsoft’s New Edge Browser Logo Looks… NSFW to Me

While we may still not know when the final version of Microsoft’s Chromium-based Edge browser is coming out, we got our first look at its logo this weekend. The redesigned icon was the reward for solving an elaborate Easter egg hunt inside the latest Canary versions of Edge. Apropos of its wave design, the puzzle’s final leg involved beating a hidden surfing minigame. Read More >>

8Chan is Back and Calling Itself 8kun Now

The anonymous forum 8Chan – a haven for far-right extremists, conspiracy theorists, and internet filth – came back online today after going dark in August due to its association with several mass shootings. Rebranded as 8kun (“kun” and “chan” are both honorific titles in Japanese for you non-weebs out there), the forum now has an important caveat to the no-holds-barred approach to free speech it previously touted, and it’s outlined in plain language on the site’s front page: Anything considered illegal in the United States will be removed. Read More >>

Airbnb Bans “Party Houses” After 5 Die in Shooting

Airbnb is cracking down on “party houses” after a Halloween shooting at a U.S. residence rented through the service left five people dead earlier this week. Read More >>

Police Ask Alexa Whodunit in Suspicious Death Case

Alexa may be the key to solving an already somewhat bizarre Florida case where a woman was killed by a footlong spear to the chest. Police have secured a search warrant for recordings from an Amazon Echo and Echo Dot in the home, which they believe may have witnessed the possible murder, according to the Sun Sentinel. Read More >>

TikTok Faces U.S. National Security Probe: Report

The viral short-form video app TikTok has been staring down heightened scrutiny after several U.S. senators raised the alarm about possible cybersecurity concerns last month, and now it’s reportedly the subject of a national security review. Read More >>

Facebook Says UK Political Candidates Can Lie Too

American politicians aren’t the only ones Facebook’s given free rein to lie in political ads on its platform. Per a CNN report, the company’s extending its widely panned policy across the pond as well, right in time for the UK’s general election. And here I thought I’d have to wait a whole year to see the fallout of massive false advertising campaigns. Read More >>

Woman Found Dead With A Python Around Her Neck in House Full of 140 Snakes

In a residence purportedly housing 140 other snakes, a woman from Indiana, USA was found dead Wednesday evening with an 8-foot-long python hanging around her neck. Read More >>

Twitter’s Struggles With Moderating Online Abuse Continue

Twitter has thrown a lot at its rampant harassment problem over the years, from slapping on more abuse filters to purchasing an entire company to help them wrangle its online hellscape. But apparently abiding by that old adage “see something, say something” is one step too far for good ol’ Jack. Read More >>

New Details on Microsoft’s Dual-Screen Windows OS Leak

While Microsoft has been pretty tight-lipped so far about Windows 10X, an upcoming variation of its OS expected to debut with the Surface Neo, a leak this week appears to give us a closer look at how the company plans to customise the user experience for dual-screen devices. Read More >>