Tesla CEO Elon Musk faces trial for ‘pedo’ insult of diver
May10

Tesla CEO Elon Musk faces trial for ‘pedo’ insult of diver

Tesla CEO Elon Musk will have to go to trial to defend himself for mocking a British diver as a pedophile in a verbal sparring match that unfolded last summer after the underwater rescue of youth soccer players trapped in a Thailand cave. A federal court judge in Los Angeles set an Oct. 22 trial date in a Friday court filing that rejected Musk’s attempt to dismiss a defamation lawsuit filed by British diver Vernon Unsworth. Musk...

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Diplomat with unexplained injury to give brain for research
May10

Diplomat with unexplained injury to give brain for research

A U.S. diplomat who suffered headaches and memory loss under mysterious circumstances while stationed in China has pledged to donate his brain for research. Mark Lenzi on Friday joined the several thousand others, including many former NFL players, who previously signed agreements to have their brains studied after they die by the CTE Center at Boston University. A State Department security engineer, Lenzi was among diplomats...

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The Latest: Long-time Uber employee rings NYSE opening bell
May10

The Latest: Long-time Uber employee rings NYSE opening bell

The Latest on ride-hailing giant Uber’s initial public stock offering (all times local): 10:10 a.m. The opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange was rung by Austin Geidt, one of Uber’s earliest employees. She joined the company in 2010 and is now head of strategy for Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group, which works on autonomous vehicles. She and CEO Dara Khosrowshahi were joined by Uber drivers from around the...

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Facebook and France haggle over regulating online hate
May10

Facebook and France haggle over regulating online hate

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is meeting French President Emmanuel Macron as the tech giant and France try to pioneer ways of fighting hate speech and violent extremism online. Macron’s office is releasing a progress report Friday on a pilot project that allows French regulators to embed within Facebook’s facilities to observe how it monitors and removes racist or other content. Friday’s meeting comes amid concern...

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Why does Facebook fail to fix itself? It’s partly humans
May10

Why does Facebook fail to fix itself? It’s partly humans

The question comes up over and over, with extremist material, hate speech, election meddling and privacy invasions. Why can’t Facebook just fix it? It’s complicated, with reasons that include Facebook’s size, its business model and technical limitations, not to mention years of unchecked growth. Oh, and the element of human nature. The latest revelation: Facebook is inadvertently creating celebratory videos using...

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