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CIA: We Can't Rule Out the 'Lab Leak' Theory of Covid-19's Origins

CIA: We Can’t Rule Out the ‘Lab Leak’ Theory of Covid-19’s Origins

Avril Haines. Photo: Joe Raedle (Getty Images) Top U.S. intelligence officials reiterated Thursday that they could not rule out the possibility that covid-19 leaked out of a Chinese government lab in Wuhan, as opposed to originating from animal-to-human transmission. Advertisement During a House committee hearing on global threats, Director of Intelligence Avril Haines and CIA …

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Germany may restrict games with loot boxes to adults

Another European country could soon place legal restrictions on video game loot boxes. As Der Spiegel and Eurogamer report, Germany’s Bundestag has passed a reformed Youth Protection Act that would limit loot boxes to games with an 18-plus age rating. The “gambling-like mechanisms” pose too many risks for kids, according to the law. The revised …

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The FCC Just Authorized a $3.2 Billion Dollar Program Meant To Bring Low-Income Americans Online

The FCC Just Authorized a $3.2 Billion Dollar Program Meant To Bring Low-Income Americans Online

Photo: Mark Wilson (Getty Images) The Federal Communications Commission unanimously voted late Thursday to adopt the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program—a $3.2 billion dollar initiative meant to lower the cost of internet services for the tens of millions of families struggling with connectivity during the ongoing pandemic. The Commission will offer eligible households of up to …

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President Biden brings back weekly addresses with a podcast-like format

President Biden is poised to resurrect the weekly radio address, but he’s hoping to keep it relevant through a simple strategy: ditch the radio. As the New York Times explained, the White House has launched a “weekly conversation” series that embraces the more informal style of podcasts. The first episode, a chat with a worker …

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Royal Family Documentary Banned by the Queen Resurfaces on YouTube

Royal Family Documentary Banned by the Queen Resurfaces on YouTube

Screenshot from the long-banned 1969 BBC documentary ‘Royal Family’ which has resurfaced on YouTubeScreenshot: BBC/YouTube In June of 1969, the BBC aired a documentary titled “Royal Family” that didn’t go over well with Buckingham Palace. In fact, Queen Elizabeth II banned the film and it hasn’t been seen since 1972. That is, until it was …

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The ACLU Is Suing For Info On The FBI's Encryption Breaking Capabilities

The ACLU Is Suing For Info On The FBI’s Encryption Breaking Capabilities

Photo: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI / Contributor (Getty Images) The American Civil Liberties Union announced on Tuesday that it plans to sue for information related to the FBI’s shadowy and relatively new ability to break into encrypted devices at will. Advertisement The lawsuit will reportedly seek to target information related to the FBI’s Electronic Device Analysis Unit …

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Rebekah Jones, Fired Florida Data Scientist, Raises $100K After Cops Stormed Her Home

Rebekah Jones, Fired Florida Data Scientist, Raises $100K After Cops Stormed Her Home

It’s a tale as old as time: Woman becomes data curator for the Florida government during a global pandemic, Florida government fires woman for accurately reporting the data it’s trying to suppress, woman continues to tweet accurate but forbidden statistics about deadly virus to a massive online following, Florida law enforcement officers storm the woman’s …

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Facebook Is About To Be Sued For Allegedly Violating Antitrust Law

Facebook Is About To Be Sued For Allegedly Violating Antitrust Law

Photo: Chip Somodevilla / Staff (Getty Images) More than 40 attorneys general and the U.S. government are gearing up to throw the book at the Book… Facebook… with an antitrust lawsuit that’s set to be filed on Wednesday. Advertisement According to Reuters, the lawsuit will allege that Facebook deployed anticompetitive tactics in order to buy …

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Uber and Lyft Awarded $810 Million Federal Contract

Uber and Lyft Awarded $810 Million Federal Contract

Photo: Drew Angerer / Staff (Getty Images) After waging a nefarious and ultimately successful campaign to avoid paying gig workers in California a living wage at all costs, Uber Technologies Inc and Lyft Inc have been rewarded with an $810 million government contract. Advertisement Under the five-year agreement, issued by the General Services Administration on …

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