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How Young Queer Nigerians Use Twitter to Shape Identity and Fight Homophobia

How Young Queer Nigerians Use Twitter to Shape Identity and Fight Homophobia

PERSONAL TECH | Oct 14, 2020

A linguist unpacks "live" data from members of the queer community, identifying the challenges as well as advocacies in Nigerian digital queer discourse.

Play About an Israeli-Lebanese Grindr Relationship Goes Virtual This Weekend

Play About an Israeli-Lebanese Grindr Relationship Goes Virtual This Weekend

PERSONAL TECH | Oct 14, 2020

When theater goes dark, go virtual. That's the strategy that Israeli playwright Nimrod Danishman utilized after the pandemic forced him to cancel his play "Borders" earlier this year.

Possible Safety Issues Pause COVID-19 Antibody Study

Possible Safety Issues Pause COVID-19 Antibody Study

SCIENCE | By Marilynn Marchione, Linda A. Johnson | Oct 14, 2020

Independent monitors have paused enrollment in a study testing the COVID-19 antiviral drug remdesivir plus an experimental antibody therapy being developed by Eli Lilly that's similar to a treatment President Donald Trump recently received.

Apple Unveils New iPhones for Faster 5G Wireless Networks

Apple Unveils New iPhones for Faster 5G Wireless Networks

PERSONAL TECH | By Michael Liedtke and Tali Arbel | Oct 13, 2020

Apple unveiled four new iPhones equipped with technology for use with faster new 5G wireless networks.

Suspect in 3 Shootings Arrested, Used Grindr to Lure Victims

Suspect in 3 Shootings Arrested, Used Grindr to Lure Victims

PERSONAL TECH | By Kilian Melloy | Oct 13, 2020

A suspect in three shootings in Waco, Texas has been arrested for murder in the shooting death of a man on Aug. 17. That victim, and at least one other man, was lured using Grindr.

Disney Reorg to Further Bolster Company's Focus on Streaming

Disney Reorg to Further Bolster Company's Focus on Streaming

PERSONAL TECH | By Tali Arbel | Oct 13, 2020

Disney said Monday that it is reorganizing its business units to focus even more on streaming.

Facebook Bans Holocaust Denial, Distortion Posts

Facebook Bans Holocaust Denial, Distortion Posts

PERSONAL TECH | Oct 12, 2020

Facebook is banning posts that deny or distort the Holocaust and will start directing people to authoritative sources if they search for information about the Nazi genocide.

Tan France, Demi Lovato to Host Facebook Special for Coming Out Day

Tan France, Demi Lovato to Host Facebook Special for Coming Out Day

PERSONAL TECH | By Kilian Melloy | Oct 10, 2020

"Queer Eye" star Tan France will team with singer Demi Lovato to host a star-studded Coming Out Day special on Oct. 9 on Facebook.

Trump Official Says Vaccine Expected Starting in January

Trump Official Says Vaccine Expected Starting in January

SCIENCE | Oct 9, 2020

A Trump administration official leading the response to the coronavirus pandemic says the U.S. can expect delivery of a vaccine starting in January 2021.

Trump Administration Targets Diversity Hiring by Contractors

Trump Administration Targets Diversity Hiring by Contractors

PERSONAL TECH | Oct 9, 2020

American companies promising to hire more Black employees in leadership roles and teach their workforce about racism are getting a message from President Donald Trump's administration.

Coronavirus Saliva Tests Start to Catch On

Coronavirus Saliva Tests Start to Catch On

SCIENCE | By David Tuller | Oct 6, 2020

Eight months into the pandemic, the move toward saliva screening is gaining traction, with tens of thousands of people across the country undergoing such testing daily.

White House Nixes Updated FDA Guidelines on Vaccine Approval

White House Nixes Updated FDA Guidelines on Vaccine Approval

SCIENCE | By Zeke Miller, Matthew Perrone | Oct 6, 2020

At issue was the FDA's planned instruction that vaccine developers follow patients enrolled in their trials for at least two months to rule out safety issues

Conservative Hoaxers Face Charges over False Voter Robocalls

Conservative Hoaxers Face Charges over False Voter Robocalls

PERSONAL TECH | By Ryan J. Foley | Oct 4, 2020

Two conservative operatives were charged Thursday in connection with false robocalls that aimed to dissuade Black residents in Detroit and other Democratic-leaning U.S. cities from voting by mail.

Gays Appropriate 'Proud Boys' Name with Fun, Empowering Tweets

Gays Appropriate 'Proud Boys' Name with Fun, Empowering Tweets

PERSONAL TECH | By Kilian Melloy | Oct 4, 2020

George Takei took to Twitter to wonder, "What if gay guys took pictures of themselves making out with each other or doing very gay things, then tagged themselves with #ProudBoys." Twitter users took the hint.

Andrew Yang Takes Lead in California Data Privacy Measure

Andrew Yang Takes Lead in California Data Privacy Measure

PERSONAL TECH | By Jocelyn Gecker | Oct 4, 2020

"The amount of data we're giving up is unprecedented in human history," says Yang, who lives in New York but is helping lead the campaign for a data privacy initiative on California's Nov. 3 ballot.

Egypt Reveals 59 Ancient Coffins Found Near Saqqara Pyramids

Egypt Reveals 59 Ancient Coffins Found Near Saqqara Pyramids

SCIENCE | Oct 4, 2020

Egypt's tourism and antiquities minster said on Saturday archaeologists have unearthed dozens of ancient coffins in a vast necropolis south of Cairo.

Nobel Prizes and COVID-19: Slow, Basic Science May Pay Off

Nobel Prizes and COVID-19: Slow, Basic Science May Pay Off

SCIENCE | By Seth Borenstein | Oct 4, 2020

While the world wants flashy quick fixes for everything, especially massive threats like the coronavirus and global warming, next week's Nobel Prizes remind us that in science, slow and steady pays off.

Radish Seeds, Meats and Cheeses Launched to Space Station

Radish Seeds, Meats and Cheeses Launched to Space Station

SCIENCE | By Marcia Dunn | Oct 3, 2020

A space station cargo ship rocketed into orbit Friday carrying a 360-degree camera for spacewalking, radish seeds for growing and a smorgasbord of fancy meats and cheeses for feasting.

Parkland Parents Create AI Video of Slain Son to Spur Voters

Parkland Parents Create AI Video of Slain Son to Spur Voters

PERSONAL TECH | By Kelli Kennedy | Oct 3, 2020

The 17-year-old's mannerisms and vernacular "yo, it's me" are shockingly life like, but it is just a mirage — a realistic, almost eerie artificial intelligence re-creation of the teen, a victim of a high school shooting.

Misinformation Spikes Online as Trump Confirms COVID-19 Diagnosis

Misinformation Spikes Online as Trump Confirms COVID-19 Diagnosis

PERSONAL TECH | By Amanda Seitz and Beatrice Dupuy | Oct 3, 2020

News Friday that President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump had tested positive for COVID-19 sparked an explosion of rumors, misinformation and conspiracy theories on social media.

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