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Spend a week fielding sensitive HR complaints in ‘Grayscale’ web game

20 January, by Devin Coldewey[ —]
 If you’re looking for a way to close out your week that’s entertaining, edifying, and looks like you’re doing real work, check out Chimeria:Grayscale, a game where you act as an HR person dealing with everyday office problems via email. Okay, maybe it doesn’t sound that exciting, but there’s more to it than that. Read More

Twitter updates total of Russia-linked election bots to 50,000

20 January, by Devin Coldewey[ —]
 Twitter has provided updated details on its investigation into Russian election interference on its platform in 2016. Its identification of more than 13,000 more Russian-linked bots that made election-related tweets puts the total over 50,000. In addition, about 3,800 (up 1,000 from Twitter’s data in the fall) were associated with the now-notorious Internet Research Agency. Read More

Google CEO: ‘I don’t regret’ firing James Damore

20 January, by Katie Roof[ —]
 Google CEO Sundar Pichai says he still believes that it was appropriate to fire James Damore. “I don’t regret it,” said Pichai, in an interview with Recode’s Kara Swisher and MSNBC’s Ari Melber. It’s been almost six months since the company dismissed the engineer, who authored a controversial memo about purported gender differences. Read More

These high-speed ‘nano-cranes’ could form molecular assembly lines

19 January, by Devin Coldewey[ —]
 Things aren’t going well down at the ol’ nano-factory. They’re having trouble getting all those tiny workers to synchronize and move quickly together. But leave it to the Germans to get things running smoothly! All it took was a careful application of that newfangled technology “electricity.” Read More

Sundance doc Our New President presents psychedelic vision of US election through a fake news lens

19 January, by Matthew Panzarino[ —]
 If the feeling at the fairly liberal leaning Sundance Film Festival — held last year after Trump’s election but before the inauguration —was one of impending doom, this year it’s all about prophecy fulfilled. Read More

Inside Oculus and Black Eyed Peas’ VR comic book

19 January, by Josh Constine[ —]
 “When people view VR, it’s an over-sensory experience like ‘What the fuck?!’ ” will.i.am says, wildly spinning his head around as you can see in the GIF below. That was the Black Eyed Peas’ frontman’s inspiration for creating a 90-minute VR comic book that moves at your pace and lets emotion sink in instead of battering you with visuals. Read More

MoviePass says it will start acquiring movies, too

19 January, by Sarah Perez[ —]
 On the heels of hitting a 1.5 million subscriber milestone and bringing on a new marketing chief, the subscription service for watching movies in theaters, MoviePass, today announced it’s going to start buying movies, too. The company says it will begin to invest in films so it can share in their success beyond the box office, including on other platforms like streaming, DVD, and… Read More

Facebook’s latest News Feed update will prioritize trustworthy publishers

19 January, by Megan Rose Dickey[ —]
 Facebook is gearing up to prioritize news content by publishers a group of Facebook users have deemed trustworthy. Facebook head of News Feed Adam Mosseri said the company surveyed “a diverse and representative sample” of U.S.-based people about their familiarity and trust in various sources of news. That data, Mosseri said, will serve to inform News Feed rankings. Read More

With ‘Wolves in the Walls,’ the ex-Oculus team at Fable Studio makes its debut

19 January, by Lucas Matney[ —]
 Wolves in the Walls, directed by Pete Billington and premiering today at Sundance, is the unique product of a tight, scrappy team of pioneering creatives, with most of them sharing a common element of their past, as they were laid off from Facebook last year when the company’s VR original content arm Oculus Story Studio was shut down. Read More

Yahoo Finance launches social savings app Tanda, an alternative to credit cards

19 January, by Sarah Perez[ —]
 Yahoo Finance today launched a new app called Tanda that allows small groups of either five or nine people to save money together for short-term goals. The app uses the concept of a “money pool” – that is, everyone participating in one Tanda’s collaborative savings circles will pay a fixed amount to the group’s savings pot every month. And every month, one member… Read More

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