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Elon Musk wins Twitter defamation trial brought by caver Vernon Unsworth

Elon Musk wins Twitter defamation trial brought by caver Vernon Unsworth

Musk will not be liable for damages. Elon Musk’s tweets calling caver Vernon Unsworth, who was involved in the rescue of 13 people from a cave in Thailand, a “pedo guy” do not meet the legal standard for defamation, a jury found. As a result, Musk will not be liable for damages. The standard in the case is recklessness, which means Musk didn’t check to see if what he was saying was true before he tweeted it. The jury had to be convinced by a preponderance of the evidence that this was true, a lower standard than “actual malice.” But ultimately, the jury found that Musk’s tweets did not...

December 6, 2019
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Please, I need the Robinhood S-1, my family is starving

Please, I need the Robinhood S-1, my family is starving

Filed under:Please, please, please let me get what I wantI love it when companies go public. I am never more excited than when I get to read a mandatory S-1 filing for the first time. Anything could be in there! Maybe the company has than I would have guessed. Maybe the company is . Maybe the company !Anyway, there is a new Robinhood regulatory oopsie in the news, and it’s made me even more eager to find out what’s lurking in that document. If I do not get the Robinhood S-1 soon, I will die. The company has , but what fun is confidentiality? There might be some juicy shit in there!Start-up...

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How r/WallStreetBets gamed the stock of GameStop

How r/WallStreetBets gamed the stock of GameStop

There are three things to remember as you watch the chaos unfolding with GameStop’s stock price. First, Wall Street is just what happens when you mix money with feelings. Second, the internet is real life. And third, the Street always wins, especially if you’re trading with Robinhood.If you haven’t been paying attention, GameStop’s stock has been soaring in a remarkably volatile fashion; on January 22nd, GameStop (nice) before it triggered a circuit breaker halt. The following Monday, January 25th, GameStop trading was .The idea was to punish short-sellers, and for the little guys to pummel...

Jan 27
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Watch: Elon Musk’s Neuralink says this monkey is playing Pong with its mind

Watch: Elon Musk’s Neuralink says this monkey is playing Pong with its mind

Filed under:The claim was made in a YouTube videoNeuralink, Elon Musk’s company focused on developing brain-machine interfaces, has posted a video to YouTube that appears to show a monkey navigating an on-screen cursor using only its mind.Pager, a 9-year-old macaque monkey, had a Neuralink implanted about six weeks before the video was shot, the video’s unnamed narrator says. He was first taught to play video games with a joystick for a banana smoothie reward, delivered through a metal straw. While he was doing this, the Neuralink device recorded information about which neurons were firing...

Apr 9
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In 2020, the Trump administration declared war on dancing teens

In 2020, the Trump administration declared war on dancing teens

On July 7th, Mike Pompeo, the US secretary of state, told Fox News , the Chinese-owned app best known for dancing teenagers, roller skating, and . You should only use TikTok “if you want your private information in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party,” Pompeo said.All hell promptly broke loose. TikTok from employees’ phones; from their phones; and the : avoiding TikTok.On July 31st, President Donald Trump from the US. Trump then issued an executive order banning “transactions” between people in the US and TikTok’s Chinese parent company, ByteDance. He also declared TikTok a “national...

Dec 16
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To improve the US coronavirus response, Donald Trump should resign

To improve the US coronavirus response, Donald Trump should resign

We are facing a pandemic about which US President Donald Trump appears incapable of telling the truth — assuming he even knows it — and without quick action, a lot of people are going to get sick. Some of them will die. The president’s incoherence has reached a level that is a hazard to public health. The best thing Trump can do for the country, to speed its response to the novel coronavirus, is resign and let someone capable take over.The new coronavirus is spreading through the US, where several states have made emergency declarations; the World Health Organization has . Here are the...

March 12, 2020
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Chill imbibes: taking a dip in the new business of relaxation drinks

Chill imbibes: taking a dip in the new business of relaxation drinks

After a long day, we all want to slow our heart rate and breathing, loosen our muscles, and lower our blood pressure. We want to calm the mind and body, decreasing tension. We want to interrupt our stress hormonal cascade, ultimately reducing our own hostility. We want to kick back and activate our parasympathetic nervous system.You know, relax.These drinks exist for your subclinical anxiety needsThat might mean yoga or a massage. Maybe we turn on gentle classical music or looping rainfall through our speakers. Maybe we take slow breaths or turn our fingers to prunes in the bath. But if...

Jan 13
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