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The Girl Boss reckoning continues, as Reformation’s CEO steps down

The Girl Boss reckoning continues, as Reformation’s CEO steps down
Yael Aflalo [Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile via Getty Images]
威廉希尔开户 reports that Yael Aflalo, founder of the 11-year-old womenswear brand Reformation, has just stepped down as CEO. A week ago, Elle Santiago, a former assistant manager at the LA flagship store, a list of racist incidents she’d experienced while working there on Instagram, from being passed over for promotions in favor of less qualified white women to the fact that Aflalo never spoke up when a white employee posted pictures of herself on Instagram eating fried chicken to celebrate Black History Month. Santiago said that, Aflalo appeared to “purposely not answer if I called her name.”

威廉希尔开户In response, Aflalo posted an apology on Reformation’s account, saying she’d failed as a leader. The CEO said she’d acknowledged her shortcomings as a leader when she “stepped back” two years ago, though she’d retained her title until today. Effectively immediately, she will be replaced by the brand’s current president Hali Borenstein.

Yesterday, Audrey Gelman, cofounder of The Wing, stepped down from her role as CEO, in the wake of black and POC employees speaking up about how poorly they had been treated by the company. Earlier in the year, The New York Times Magazine威廉希尔开户 an exposé that revealed that while the startup was designed to be a utopian coworking space for women, the largely black and brown employees who worked at the company described being poorly treated. Christene Barbarich, cofounder of lifestyle website Refinery29, has also left her position as editor-in-chief of that publication after several black writers spoke about how they had been consistently marginalized at the publication.

For several years, these women were upheld as inspiring examples of female leadership, or “Girl Bosses” to use a term coined by NastyGal founder Sophia Amuroso. They promised to blaze a trail for other women and level the playing field in male-oriented industries. It is only in the wake of the most recent Black Lives Matter protests that they’ve been called out for their racist behavior.

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How to watch ‘The King of Staten Island’ on demand, and why it’s not on Netflix

How to watch ‘The King of Staten Island’ on demand, and why it’s not on Netflix
Marisa Tomei as Margie Carlin (left) and Pete Davidson as Scott Carlin (right) in The King of Staten Island. [Photo: Mary Cybulski/Universal Pictures]

The 2020 summer movie-going season was supposed to be in full swing right now, but the coronavirus pandemic and resulting closure of movie theaters around the world left Hollywood executives with an unenviable choice: Postpone the release of would-be summer blockbusters or forgo traditional theatrical distribution and put the damn things online.

Universal Pictures chose the latter route for The King of Staten Island, a new comedy in which SNL’s Pete Davidson plays a pot-smoking manchild威廉希尔开户 whose personal backstory—a firefighter dad who died on 9/11—mirrors that of his own life. The movie, directed by Judd Apatow, is the kind of arrested-development fare that might have become a sleeper summer hit in an earlier era, but it also feels utterly made for streaming in an age when erstwhile box-office draws such as Adam Sandler prefer to collect their paychecks from Netflix.

But don’t expect Universal to make it that easy. While The King of Staten Island is being released on-demand today (Friday, June 12), it will not simply appear on any old subscription-based streaming service. You won’t find it ready for mass consumption on Hulu or Netflix. No, you’ll have to pay extra for this gem, at least for the time being, as Universal tries to make up some of the dollars it would have raked in on opening weekend and beyond at the box office. The going rate for the movie from an on-demand provider is about $18 or $19, depending on the service.

It’s hard to fault the producers for thinking on the fly, especially when you consider that June 19—the movie’s original theatrical release date—seemed like a long way off when shelter-in-place orders first swept the nation in March. Universal is on firmer ground with King than it was in April when it released Trolls World Tour online. That movie, to The Wall Street Journal,威廉希尔开户 outperformed its theatrically released predecessor, taking in $100 million in the first three weeks. If the VOD model continues to prove successful, theater chains could have a problem, even after lockdowns are lifted.

All of which is a long way of saying, it’s easy to watch The King of Staten Island威廉希尔开户 if you don’t mind paying the price of virtual admission. I’ve rounded up a few options below.

Here’s the from the movie’s website. Enjoy.

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Yes, even Zara is closing stores: Here’s a list of the latest retail apocalypse mall victims

Yes, even Zara is closing stores: Here’s a list of the latest retail apocalypse mall victims
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and focus on digital growth. The fast-fashion giant’s sales are down 44% from last year. The company currently operates over 7,400 stores and says it will reassign employees to avoid .
  • The Children’s Place is 300 of its 920 stores in the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico.
  • Signet Jewelers, which owns Kay Jewelers, Zales, Jared, and H. Samuel, before the end of the year.
  • All 89 G.H. Bass and 110 Wilsons Leather stores will be closing.
  • Tuesday Morning 230 of its 700 stores and recently filed for bankruptcy.
  • Guess in the U.S. and China.
  • Expect more shutterings to come. About 20,000 more: Coresight Research now predicts that , disproportionately affecting malls, leading to a subsequent wave of mall closures. To put these figures in context, roughly 8,000-9,300 stores closed in the U.S. in 2018 and 2019, respectively.

    Even before the coronavirus pandemic led to the closure of physical retail locations throughout the country, a number of brands had announced closure plans, including Forever 21, Pier 1, Papyrus, A.C. Moore, Macy’s, and Sears. The lockdowns have accelerated difficulties for mall operators that rely on foot traffic. These were followed by announcements of store closings by retailers including L Brands, which is shuttering 238 U.S. Victoria’s Secret stores, and J.C. Penney, which is closing a third of its 846 stores and filing for bankruptcy. Business Insider威廉希尔开户 is keeping a comprehensive list of 2020 store closures .

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    Starbucks reverses course on Black Lives Matter attire ban after boycott threats

    Starbucks reverses course on Black Lives Matter attire ban after boycott threats
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    威廉希尔开户, which had a copy of an internal bulletin.

    The report sparked backlash and as of late Thursday, the hashtag #BoycottStarbucks was trending on Twitter.

    But now the Starbucks employees who make drinks and serve customers in thousands of its cafés are free to express their support of the BLM movement, according to the company.

    “Starbucks stands in solidarity with our Black partners, community and customers, and understands the desire to express themselves,” the coffee chain said in a statement. “We continue to listen to our partners (employees) about how they want to take a stand for justice, while proudly wearing the green apron and standing united together.”

    In addition, the café chain is making 250,000 shirts supporting the movement for racial justice; they’ll be available to workers at company-owned stores in the United States and Canada.

    威廉希尔开户“Until these arrive, we’ve heard you want to show your support, so just be you. Wear your BLM pin or t-shirt. We are so proud of your passionate support of our common humanity. We trust you to do what’s right while never forgetting Starbucks is a welcoming third place where all are treated with dignity and respect,” top executives said in a letter to employers that was posted on the Starbucks website today.

    The issue came to the fore recently after George Floyd, an unarmed black man, died at the hands of Minneapolis police on May 25, igniting global protests against police violence.

    威廉希尔开户In April 2018, Starbucks drew criticism after an employee at one of its Philadelphia locations called the police on two African American men for trespassing. They hadn’t bought anything from the cafe, and one man asked to use the bathroom and was told it’s only for paying customers. The men had been waiting for a colleague to arrive for a business meeting.

    Starbucks subsequently apologized, settled with the two men, and briefly closed 8,000-plus company-owned stores and its corporate office to hold racial-bias training威廉希尔开户 for workers.

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    Here’s a list of companies that honor Juneteenth—and how to request the same of your employer

    Here’s a list of companies that honor Juneteenth—and how to request the same of your employer
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    when Gordon Granger, a major general in the Union Army, arrived in Galveston, Texas, with news that slavery was over—more than two years after威廉希尔开户 the Emancipation Proclamation.

    Hella Creative, which describes itself as a Bay Area collective, has been of companies that have said they would honor Juneteenth this year. That list is growing in the wake of George Floyd’s death in May and the nationwide protests that have taken place in support of Black Lives Matter.

    Twitter and Square will both give employees a paid day off on June 19, according to Jack Dorsey, CEO of both firms. Sneaker giant Nike yesterday it will do the same.

    威廉希尔开户You can see the full list of companies .

    威廉希尔开户Most states honor Juneteenth as a state holiday, but unlike, say, Washington’s Birthday or Memorial Day, Juneteenth is not a federal holiday.

    威廉希尔开户That’s why it’s up to companies to take the lead. If you’re part of a company that has committed to celebrating Juneteenth, you can add the information to and let the world know.

    威廉希尔开户If you’re an employee of a company that has not yet publicly committed to celebrating Juneteenth, the collective has created a “,” which offers suggestions on how to ask your employer or manager to consider instituting this change.

    威廉希尔开户And if you just want to learn more about Juneteenth and its history, you can do that .

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    Steve Jobs’s right-hand woman unleashes on Facebook, likening it to a drug dealer

    Steve Jobs’s right-hand woman unleashes on Facebook, likening it to a drug dealer
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    , responding to a question at the 2020 CogX conference about the cult of leadership in technology and the resulting egos from those that head world-changing companies, Hoffman wondered if some of today’s leaders are “motivated by something . . . darker than what appears.”

    She specifically called out Facebook, in light of the misinformation and strife the company’s platform seems to thrive on. Hoffman argued there were elements of Facebook that are “destroying the very fabric of democracy, destroying the very fabric of human relationships, and peddling in an addictive drug called anger.” She went on to liken Facebook to a drug dealer, saying:

    威廉希尔开户You know it’s just like tobacco, it’s no different than the opioids. We know anger is addictive, we know we can attract people to our platform and get engagement if we get them p—-d off enough. So therefore what, we should capitalize on that each and every time?

    Of course, Hoffman isn’t alone in her assertion that Facebook is an enabler of harmful tendencies, much like drug dealers. In recent years, executives from Facebook’s past have the very .

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    Second stimulus checks won’t be coming anytime soon. Here’s the latest update

    Second stimulus checks won’t be coming anytime soon. Here’s the latest update
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    Back in March, the U.S. government passed an unprecedented stimulus package威廉希尔开户 to help Americans weather the economic bomb the COVID-19 pandemic dropped on the economy. Everything from loans to small businesses to direct economic impact payments to individuals was included in the package.

    However, Democrats, and even some Republicans, have long argued that the one-off package isn’t going to be enough to get Americans through the crisis. Specifically, many are arguing that a second round of economic impact payments, known better as “stimulus checks,” will be necessary. In the first package, individuals benefited from stimulus checks worth up to $1,200, while those finding themselves unemployed could get up to $600 more each week in unemployment benefits.

    But what would those offerings look like in a second stimulus package and when would they arrive? Thanks to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin speaking to the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship this week, we have a good idea. As CNBC , Mnuchin told the committee, “I definitely think we are going to need another bipartisan legislation to put more money into the economy”—but don’t expect such legislation to come before the end of July.

    So, what could a second stimulus package include when it finally comes?

    • Another round of stimulus checks: The checks would be for up to $1,200 each again, but this time a family could get up to $6,000 in stimulus money. That’s $2,400 for each married couple and an additional $1,200 each for up to three children.
    • A return-to-work bonus: In order to encourage people to go back to their jobs instead of taking unemployment, some Republicans have suggested a $450-per-week “return-to-work” bonus. For how many weeks someone returning to work would get this bonus is unknown. Other Republicans have suggested a one-time $1,200 return-to-work bonus.
    • Extending unemployment benefits: The current extra $600 per week unemployment payments are scheduled to expire in July. A second stimulus package may extend this extra unemployment benefit, though the amount is up in the air. Of course, the extra unemployment benefit could be dropped entirely.

    The bad news is that even if Congress can agree on and pass a second stimulus package by the end of July, it could be months before those emergency funds are in the bank accounts of Americans who need the money now.

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    Now Microsoft is banning police from using its facial recognition tech, too

    Now Microsoft is banning police from using its facial recognition tech, too
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    they will be getting out of the facial recognition tools game altogether, and then Amazon announced it is placing a moratorium on selling its facial recognition tools to police for one year. Both moves were sparked by the resurgent Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of the death of George Floyd at the hands of white police officers. Facial recognition technology has frequently been found to be racially biased.

    And now you can add Microsoft to the list of companies that are refusing to sell its facial recognition technology to police. Unlike Amazon, however, Microsoft said it will place an unlimited moratorium on selling its facial recognition tech to police until Congress passes a law that has “stronger regulations to govern the ethical use of facial recognition technology.” Also, unlike Amazon, Microsoft does not currently sell its facial recognition tools to police forces.

    Speaking to The Washington Post,威廉希尔开户 Microsoft president Brad Smith :

    As a result of the principles that we’ve put in place, we do not sell facial recognition technology to police departments in the United States today. But I do think this is a moment in time that really calls on us to listen more, to learn more, and most importantly, to do more. Given that, we’ve decided that we will not sell facial recognition to police departments in the United States until we have a national law in place ground in human rights that will govern this technology.

    威廉希尔开户After Microsoft’s announcement, Matt Cagle, the technology and civil liberties attorney with the ACLU of Northern California, :

    When even the makers of face recognition refuse to sell this surveillance technology because it is so dangerous, lawmakers can no longer deny the threats to our rights and liberties. Congress and legislatures nationwide must swiftly stop law enforcement use of face recognition, and companies like Microsoft should work with the civil rights community  — not against it — to make that happen. This includes Microsoft halting its current efforts to advance legislation that would legitimize and expand the police use of facial recognition in multiple states nationwide.

    威廉希尔开户But Cagle went on to press Microsoft and other companies to not just place moratoriums on selling surveillance tech to police forces, but to permanently stop doing so, stating, “We also urge these companies to work to forever shut the door on America’s sordid chapter of over-policing of Black and Brown communities, including the surveillance technologies that disproportionately harm them.”

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    Zoom shut down video events at the request of the Chinese government

    Zoom shut down video events at the request of the Chinese government
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    , says it recently interrupted Zoom events commemorating the anniversary of the at the request of Chinese officials. It also suspended the accounts of three of the activists who participated in the events.

    威廉希尔开户“In May and early June, we were notified by the Chinese government about four large, public June 4th commemoration meetings on Zoom that were being publicized on social media, including meeting details,” Zoom says in a today. “The Chinese government informed us that this activity is illegal in China and demanded that Zoom terminate the meetings and host accounts.”

    威廉希尔开户The company, whose star has risen quickly during the coronavirus crisis, now says it shouldn’t have suspended the accounts—which were based in the U.S. and Hong Kong—and it should not have interrupted the Zoom events for all participants. Rather, it says, it should have had the ability to block only the participation of people living in country where it was illegal.

    威廉希尔开户Zoom says it will no longer let requests from the Chinese government impact its users outside China. But the company also appears to be accommodating China with plans to build a censorship mechanism into its systems that can block content the Chinese government doesn’t like from being viewed by Zoomers inside the country.

    Despite its growing success, Zoom has had to do some fast talking over the past several months. Security researchers had a field day in March discovering bugs, design flaws, privacy risks威廉希尔开户, and other issues on the platform. Zoom quickly released updates and changes, as well as several apologies.

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    Facebook to Joe Biden: Please regulate us!

    Facebook to Joe Biden: Please regulate us!
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    威廉希尔开户, says Facebook is screwing up all over again.

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    威廉希尔开户“Tens of millions of Americans rely on Facebook as a news source,” the Biden campaign said in a letter to the social network. “But the company continues to amplify misinformation and lets candidates pay to target and confuse voters with lies.” The campaign warned that Facebook “seems to be on a crash course to let the same mistakes happen again” in 2020, after used the service to influence the 2016 presidential election.

    With four “asks” and a hashtag referencing Facebook’s old motto (#MOVEFASTFIXIT), Biden is calling on Facebook to do the following:

    • “Promote authoritative and trustworthy sources of election information, rather than the rants of bad actors and conspiracy theorists.”
    • “Promptly remove false, viral information.”
    • “Prevent political candidates and PACs from using paid advertising to spread lies and misinformation—especially within two weeks of election day.”
    • Create “clear rules—applied universally, with no exceptions for the President—that prohibit threats and lies about how to participate in the election.”

    This call for moderation greatly contrasts with President Trump’s recent executive order seeking to rein in social media companies, and his accusations that platforms such as Twitter and Facebook have it out for conservatives. Facebook more or less sided with the president on that matter in May, and today its is no more proactive.

    The gist of Facebook’s response? You fix it.

    威廉希尔开户“Elected representatives should set the rules, and we will follow them,” Facebook said. Here’s the full response (emphasis ours):

    “We live in a democracy, where the elected officials decide the rules around campaigns. Two weeks ago the President of the United States issued an executive order directing Federal agencies to prevent social media sites from engaging in activities like fact-checking political statements. This week, the Democratic candidate for President started a petition calling on us to do the exact opposite. Just as they have done with broadcast networks—where the US government prohibits rejecting politicians’ campaign ads—the people’s elected representatives should set the rules, and we will follow them威廉希尔开户. There is an election coming in November and we will protect political speech, even when we strongly disagree with it.”

    Facebook is calling for regulation, but keep in mind that Facebook is wealthy enough to shape whatever regulation is thrown at it. What’s more, lawmakers’ recent threats of regulation haven’t meaningfully panned out, and let’s not forget that Biden is in no position today to set the rules. Facebook has also called for regulation before, many times over. So where does that leave us?

    威廉希尔开户Nowhere new. The social network is effectively throwing its hands in the air, while the Biden campaign gathers and sends out tweets.

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    Future stimulus checks could come through ‘digital dollars’

    Future stimulus checks could come through ‘digital dollars’
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    , taking place today in the House Financial Services Committee, that’s called “Inclusive Banking During a Pandemic: Using FedAccounts and Digital Tools to Improve Delivery of Stimulus Payments.”

    What is this all about? Stimulus payments approved earlier this year as part of the CARES Act have been plagued by everything from to recipients because they resemble junk mail to the inability of the IRS to connect eligible low-income populations with their payments.威廉希尔开户 FedAccounts would be digital accounts for each American, maintained by a Federal Reserve bank. The concept arose in a draft of the CARES Act, as well as in a handful of bills, including a by Representative Maxine Waters, a Democrat from California.

    Such a scheme would be complicated, however: The existence of accounts held directly by a central bank might potentially dissuade consumers from using commercial banks or credit unions, and it raises questions of who, exactly, would get one. That said, China is , as are Japan, Sweden, and Norway, which may spur the United States to do the same or risk losing the dollar’s dominance as transactions become faster and easier through other digital currencies.

    Where can I learn more? Here’s a nice explainer of and here’s a on the impact that digital dollars might have on the U.S. banking system.

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    Audrey Gelman steps down as CEO of women’s co-working space the Wing

    Audrey Gelman steps down as CEO of women’s co-working space the Wing
    [Photo: Evelyn Hockstein/The Washington Post via Getty Images]
    . In an email to the company, Gelman said that this is “the right thing for the business.”

    It’s been a rough spring for the Wing, which shot to it biz status in under four years by positioning itself as a glittery boys’ club for women. After the pandemic made sharing indoor space unadvisable, the Wing reported losing 95% of its revenues, closed its 11 locations, and in April laid off or furloughed most of its 475 staffers.

    Pre-pandemic, the Wing had raised over $100 million from backers including Sequoia Capital, though it also faced and bad press, including conflict over whether male guests should be allowed, racial tensions, and subpar handling of employee benefits such as maternity leave. Gelman herself penned a mea culpa article for Fast Company in February.

    Criticism of the Wing resurfaced in the wake of George Floyd’s death and a subsequent reexamination of discriminatory workplace cultures at many organizations, with some from going viral this week.

    威廉希尔开户In a statement, the Wing confirmed Gelman’s departure and said that over the short term, her spot will be filled by an “office of the CEO,” which will be staffed by SVP of marketing and communications Celestine Maddy, cofounder and chief operating officer Lauren Kassan, and senior vice president for operations Ashley Peterson.

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    Walmart will finally stop locking up hair products aimed at African Americans

    Walmart will finally stop locking up hair products aimed at African Americans
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    威廉希尔开户Walmart is no longer keeping African American haircare products locked up.

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    威廉希尔开户“”We’re sensitive to the issue and understand the concerns raised by our customers and members of the community and have made the decision to discontinue placing multicultural hair care and beauty products—a practice in place in about a dozen of our 4,700 stores nationwide—in locked cases,” the company said in a statement.

    This is not done by some other national chains carrying similar merchandise, such as fellow big-box retailers, supermarkets, and drugstores.

    Two years ago, a Walmart customer sued the big-box chain for keeping African American toiletries under lock and key, claiming racial discrimination. At the time, the company said that certain items are more likely to be shoplifted and that stores decide how to display their merchandise.

    Walmart has more than 340,000 black associates in the United States, according to a speech CEO Doug McMillon gave on Friday.

    In the weeks since the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, at the hands of Minneapolis police, several companies and corporate bigwigs have been called out for racially insensitive remarks and behavior and discriminatory corporate cultures—from the CEO of CrossFit to Anna Wintour and Vogue magazine.

    Earlier this month, Walmart announced that it would temporarily remove威廉希尔开户 guns and ammunition from the sales floors of some of its stores.

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    This is how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting romance, anxiety, health, and racism

    This is how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting romance, anxiety, health, and racism
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    by 11 researchers at Chapman University sheds light on how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting us all, and the impact is enormous:

    • Mental health: It’s one big downer. Nearly half (47%) report feeling trapped at home, and three-fifths feel more stressed, nervous, anxious, or on edge. Almost half (45%) feel more down, depressed, or hopeless. This dovetails with of widespread upticks in mental health challenges. Over half (54%) are “very concerned” about catching COVID-19. Numbers are higher among essential workers such as grocery clerks and delivery people.
    • Eating and exercise: Not good for many. Over a third say that they are stress eating more; 41% report eating more junk food, and 35% say they are getting less exercise.
    • Romance: As always, relationships swing both ways. Of people in long-term relationships, one-quarter reported having fewer arguments with their partner in the past week, while one-quarter reported having more arguments than normal. (57% say they “yell or scream at partner about the same as normal.”) So much for the COVID-19 baby boom: Only 19% report having sex more often than normal, while 61% say sexual relations are typical.
    • Racism: It’s ugly. One-quarter of Chinese Americans say they have experienced three or more racist incidents including rude comments, feeling unwelcome, being told to “go back” to their country, or physical threats. One-third of Asian Americans and 38% of Chinese Americans reported at least one incident of racism. These incidents correlated with greater stress, loneliness, anxiety, depression, and negative emotions, as well as a number of heath symptoms.

    威廉希尔开户“I am troubled by these findings,” coauthor Jason Douglas, assistant professor of public health, of the racist incidents. “We need clear and consistent messaging to indicate that viral pandemics do not stem from our ethnocultural minority communities. Rather, residents living in disadvantaged, ethnocultural minority communities are at greater risk for COVID-19-related morbidity and mortality due to long-standing systemic inequities that unfairly limit access to health-protective resources.”

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    ACLU says Amazon’s one-year moratorium on police use of its facial recognition tech isn’t enough

    ACLU says Amazon’s one-year moratorium on police use of its facial recognition tech isn’t enough
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    that it was banning police from using its controversial Rekognition face recognition platform for one year. The move comes as Congress has recently proposed legislation威廉希尔开户 for reforming the police. As part of that reform, Congress is also looking at stronger regulations to govern the use of facial recognition tech by police.

    Such facial recognition tech has been proven威廉希尔开户 to be racially . So, it was good news when Amazon announced they’ll ban police use of the tech for 12 months to “give Congress enough time to implement appropriate rules” for its use, right?

    The thing is, Amazon’s ban is more helpful for the company than the people its facial recognition tech targets. It’s a smart PR move that generates headlines that most people will see as favorable right now. But it’s 12-month moratorium doesn’t promote a significant change in the long run. And the ACLU has issued a statement saying as much. As Nicole Ozer, the technology and civil liberties director with the ACLU of Northern California, :

    威廉希尔开户This surveillance technology’s threat to our civil rights and civil liberties will not disappear in a year. Amazon must fully commit to a blanket moratorium on law enforcement use of face recognition until the dangers can be fully addressed, and it must press Congress and legislatures across the country to do the same.

    威廉希尔开户Ozer goes on to argue that Amazon “should also commit to stop selling surveillance systems like Ring that fuel the over-policing of communities of color.” She adds: “Face recognition technology gives governments the unprecedented power to spy on us wherever we go. It fuels police abuse. This surveillance technology must be stopped.”

    And ACLU isn’t alone in its criticism of Amazon’s tech. Lawmakers have . But with the movements sweeping the country now, calling for policing reform, is there really hope for change on facial recognition use in law enforcement? There could be, but significant change will need to be lasting, not relegated to short moratoriums.

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    FBI warning: Mobile banking scams are going to rise. Here’s how to protect yourself

    FBI warning: Mobile banking scams are going to rise. Here’s how to protect yourself
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    威廉希尔开户 published yesterday that it “expects cyber actors to attempt to exploit new mobile banking customers using a variety of techniques, including app-based banking trojans and fake banking apps.” Mobile banking was before the pandemic, and the lockdowns that followed made it all the more essential. Banks saw a 200% spike in mobile banking sign-ups at the beginning of April, and mobile banking traffic rose by 85% at the same time, according to .

    The FBI urged users to for fake banking apps as well as trojans that disguise themselves as free tools—such as —and sneakily steal your login info when you open a legitimate banking app. Here’s what the feds had to say about what you can do to prevent these exploits.

    • Download apps from official app stores: “The FBI recommends only obtaining smartphone apps from trusted sources like official app stores or directly from bank websites.”
    • Use multi-factor authentication: “Enable two-factor or multi-factor authentication on devices and accounts to protect them from malicious compromise. Use strong two-factor authentication if possible via biometrics, hardware tokens, or authentication apps. Layering different authentication standards is a stronger security option.”
    • Look out for phishing: “Don’t click links in emails or text messages; ensure these messages come from the financial institution by double-checking email details. Many criminals use legitimate-looking messages to trick users into giving up login details.”
    • Guard your credentials: “Don’t give two-factor passcodes to anyone over the phone or via text. Financial institutions will not ask you for these codes over the phone.”
    • If you reuse passwords, now’s a great time to stop: “Cyber actors regularly exploit users who reuse passwords or use common or insecure passwords. The FBI recommends creating strong, unique passwords to mitigate these attacks.”
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    This map reveals 1,747 monuments and other Confederate symbols of America’s racist past

    This map reveals 1,747 monuments and other Confederate symbols of America’s racist past
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    The George Floyd killing last month has led to a flurry of activity surrounding the Black Lives Matter movement. The overwhelmingly peaceful protests that started and continue in the wake of his death have led to sweeping police reform proposals, calls to defund the police and reallocate that funding directly back into the local community威廉希尔开户, and even TV shows that helped glorify police violence .

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    And as Fast Company reported previously, the movement has reignited calls for racists monuments to be pulled down, too. In the U.K. an online tool has launched威廉希尔开户 that marks the location of dozens of racist landmarks in the U.K. that the creators of the tool say should be removed.

    But what about the U.S.? Americans now have access to a similar tool, thanks to data compiled by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The tool, called , lists 1,747 monuments and other Confederate symbols of America’s racist past including statues; flags; and schools, highways, parks, military bases, and other public works honoring Confederate leaders, soldiers, or the Confederate States of America.

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    While the breadth of people and institutions these symbols commemorate is wide, the SPLC found that there were some figures that account for a large number of the memorials. But by and far, Robert E. Lee, the commander of the Confederate States Army during the Civil War, comes out on top with 230 memorials. For a reminder, as The Atlantic威廉希尔开户 , Lee was a racist who argued that slavery was good for black people, saying:

    威廉希尔开户The blacks are immeasurably better off here [in the American south] than in Africa, morally, socially & physically. The painful discipline they are undergoing, is necessary for their instruction as a race, & I hope will prepare & lead them to better things.

    Lee went on to tell a New York Herald reporter that setting slaves free would be bad for black people, arguing “that unless some humane course is adopted, based on wisdom and Christian principles, you do a gross wrong and injustice to the whole negro race in setting them free. And it is only this consideration that has led the wisdom, intelligence and Christianity of the South to support and defend the institution up to this time.”

    威廉希尔开户And this guy still has 230 memorials to him in America (well, . We’ll see.).

    威廉希尔开户As the SPLC points out, “Our public entities should no longer play a role in distorting history by honoring a secessionist government that waged war against the United States to preserve white supremacy and the enslavement of millions of people.” They’ve also compiled a showing when a majority of these monuments and other memorials were erected.

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    威廉希尔开户As you can see, virtually all of the memorials were erected after the Confederacy lost the Civil War. And dozens alone have been erected since the civil rights movement in the 1960s. This dramatically weakens the common argument that the memorials are historically significant as many of them are much less than a century old.

    威廉希尔开户Besides viewing , you can also to use in your own apps or custom tools.

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    Apple patent imagines automatic group selfies for the age of social distancing

    Apple patent imagines automatic group selfies for the age of social distancing
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    Social distancing won’t kill the selfie star.

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    威廉希尔开户Apple has patented technology that will let you create what the company called “synthetic group selfies.”

    威廉希尔开户In the age of keeping six feet away from everyone not in your household, snapping group photos challenge physical logistics, but one day you might be able to kind of fake it. Here’s how: Individual selfies are pulled from still photos, stored video, and streaming video, stripped of backgrounds, and organized into a so-called composition.

    “Group selfies can be easily generated without having to organize or arrange people around a camera,” reads. “Individual selfies can be automatically and intelligently arranged within the synthetic group selfie so that the user is not required to arrange individual selfies within the synthetic group selfie.”

    The newly crafted selfie montage is saved as a multi-resource object, which keeps the original individual selfies intact, so the creator or the recipient of the faux group photo can modify how it looks.

    This Apple innovation, it should be noted, has nothing to do with the current COVID-19 pandemic, which has isolated billions of people around the world as they quarantine, shelter in place, or simply stay home. But the patent’s timing could be seen as convenient since all that has put a damper on group photos that exclude relatives, roommates, pets, and whoever else lives with you.

    威廉希尔开户We reached out to Apple for comment on the patent and will update if we hear back. The Cupertino, California, company applied for this patent long before “coronavirus” joined the daily vocabulary. According to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office website, it was filed in July 2018—and granted 23 months later.

    Patents don’t always become products

    According to patent historian and Brooklyn Law School professor Christopher Beauchamp, people used to file patents and then sit on them until the time was right, most famously George Selden’s patent for what would become the automobile once Henry Ford started ramping up. Now patents are more a race against the clock, and every once in a while, “something comes along to make them super valuable. The best examples would be military examples and war.”

    Plenty of patented inventions never surface in the marketplace at all. He cited an all-standing, seatless commercial airplane and a fully automated police car that drives suspects to the station and books them en route.

    “If everything people predicted in patents came true, the world would be a horrible, dystopian place,” Beauchamp said. “People patent hundreds of thousands of things every year. Some things have got to pan out.”

    威廉希尔开户With a bit of clairvoyance, Apple called the process of organizing a real group selfie “more difficult,” because everyone must be within the camera’s field of view, so “an easier mechanism for capturing a group selfie would be advantageous.”

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    Grubhub and Just Eat are in ‘advanced’ merger talks in what could be a new headache for restaurants

    Grubhub and Just Eat are in ‘advanced’ merger talks in what could be a new headache for restaurants
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    Democratic lawmakers may have spooked Uber out of devouring Grubhub, but Senator Amy Klobuchar’s calls for regulation in the takeout-delivery business apparently did not cross the Atlantic.

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    威廉希尔开户Grubhub and Dutch delivery giant Just Eat Takeaway could announce a merger as soon as today, CNBC reports. Just Eat wrote that it’s currently in “advanced discussions with Grubhub regarding an all-share combination.”

    威廉希尔开户The Netherlands-based firm was founded in 2000. It runs a food-delivery service in 10 European countries as well as Israel. Grubhub’s origins technically stretch back even further, if you count the late-1999 launch of Seamless, one of the that Grubhub has gobbled up or merged with over the years.

    Citing anonymous sources, CNBC reports that Just Eat has offered to pay “a small premium” over the share price that Grubhub was trading at earlier today, $58. This afternoon Grubhub’s stock price slipped below $57 per share, down by nearly 2% for the day, while Uber’s stock price fell by about 3.5%.

    We reached out to Grubhub for comment and will update this post if we hear back.

    Food delivery providers such as Uber Eats and Grubhub have faced new scrutiny from lawmakers during the pandemic over the rising fees they levy on both and . The lockdowns, meanwhile, have thrown restaurants into the dicey situation of relying more than ever on those delivery apps to reach shoppers. A Grubhub-Just Eat deal would further narrow the global food delivery business.

    威廉希尔开户Klobuchar and a handful of her Democratic colleagues warned in May that large mergers such as this one could limit competition and deprive customers of “a future in which online food delivery is more efficient, more innovative, and less expensive.”

    威廉希尔开户The senator released a statement earlier today in which she said Uber backing out of the deal is “good for both consumers and restaurants.” Strangely, the statement makes no mention of Just Eat stepping in.

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    Dartmouth scientists have discovered how our brains see the color spectrum, and it’s trippy AF

    Dartmouth scientists have discovered how our brains see the color spectrum, and it’s trippy AF
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    in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences威廉希尔开户 finds that most people only see color in the dead center of their visual field, and not in the periphery. In other words, your sense of a rich, colorful world is inaccurate.

    Gaze contingent rendering in immersive virtual reality. [Image: Caroline Robertson]
    Researchers from Dartmouth College and Amherst College outfitted 180 participants with virtual reality goggles equipped with eye-tracking devices, and immersed them in virtual environments including tours of historic sites, a street dance performance, and a symphony rehearsal. The researchers programmed the environments to only show colors in the areas where the participant was looking, with the rest of the periphery desaturated, and most participants didn’t notice 威廉希尔开户when color was removed from most of the scene. .

    The study found that most people’s color awareness is limited to the small area at which they are directly looking. For about a third of people, that area is tiny: They did not notice when 96% of their visual field was desaturated. Even when instructed to pay attention to peripheral vision, participants still didn’t notice.

    “We were amazed by how oblivious participants were when color was removed,” senior author , an assistant professor of psychological and brain sciences at Dartmouth. “Our results show that our intuitive sense of a rich, colorful visual world is largely incorrect. Our brain is likely filling in much of our perceptual experience.”

    Though previous studies have tested color awareness in sight on screens, this study is noteworthy for simulating a real-world experience, giving insight into how people experience color in their daily lives.

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