PlayStation 5, Xbox hard to find? You could be battling a bot

When Microsoft rolled out its Xbox Series X|S and Sony debuted the PlayStation 5 in mid-November, gamers were ready with their credit cards. But the devices sold out within minutes, leaving many consumers disappointed and dismayed. 

About two weeks later, shoppers got another chance to lay their hands on a PlayStation 5 when Walmart restocked the new console the night before Thanksgiving, ahead of the Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping events. But that inventory also sold out within minutes. 

“I’ve been trying to purchase it for my little brother. I’m pissed and confused as to how at exactly 9:00 it’s going out of stock,” one person complained in a tweet to Walmart.

 The answer, tech experts says, boils down to one word: bots. 

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Labor Unions Work to Find Ways to Bargain With AI’s Black Box

(Bloomberg) — Unions are trying to figure out how to protect their members from artificial intelligence programs they can’t see and may not even be sure are really there.



A screen displays a video of Huawei Technologies Co.'s pedestrian and vehicle recognition system at an exhibition hall at the company's headquarters in Shenzhen, China, on Wednesday, May 22, 2019. Huawei is seeking about $1 billion from a small group of lenders, its first major funding test after getting hit with U.S. curbs that threaten to cut off access to critical suppliers.


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A screen displays a video of Huawei Technologies Co.’s pedestrian and vehicle recognition system at an exhibition hall at the company’s headquarters in Shenzhen, China, on Wednesday, May 22, 2019. Huawei is seeking about $1 billion from a small group of lenders, its first major funding test after getting hit with U.S. curbs that threaten to cut off access to critical suppliers.

The U.K.’s Trades Union Congress, an umbrella group for British unions representing more than 5.5 million people, is forming an AI taskforce to lobby employers and regulators to increase transparency around where the technology is being deployed, and to offer workers recourse if they believe they’ve been discriminated against.

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Internet users find Utah’s mystery ‘2001’ monolith, sit on it



a person with graffiti on the side of a building: Related: The Kaikoura Lights UFOs remain one of New Zealand's biggest mysteries.


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Related: The Kaikoura Lights UFOs remain one of New Zealand’s biggest mysteries.

Wildlife officials in Utah who came across a bizarre monolith “in the middle of nowhere” last week refused to say where exactly where it is, fearing amateur adventurers would get lost trying to find it. 

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The internet interpreted that as a challenge – and it took just two days to locate, the monolith now a spot for awesome selfies and sweet Instagram videos.

The strange object was first spotted by a Utah Department of Public Safety crew on board a helicopter. 

“One of the biologists is the one who spotted it and we just happened to fly directly over the top of it,” pilot Bret Hutchings told local news station KSL-TV. 

“He was like, ‘Whoa,

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Stanford and Carnegie Mellon find race and age bias in mobility data that drives COVID-19 policy

Smartphone-based mobility data has played a major role in responses to the pandemic. Describing the movement of millions of people, location information from Google, Apple, and others has been used to analyze the effectiveness of social distancing polices and probe how different sectors of the economy have been affected. But a new study from researchers at Stanford and Carnegie Mellon finds that particular groups of people, including older and nonwhite U.S. voters, are less likely to be captured by mobility data than demographic majorities. The coauthors argue that these groups could be disproportionately harmed if biased mobility data is used to allocate public health resources.

Analytics providers like Factual, Radar, and PlaceIQ obtain data from opt-in location-sharing apps but rarely disclose which apps feed into their datasets, preventing policymakers and researchers from understanding who’s represented. (Prior work has shown sociodemographic and age biases of smartphone ownership, with children and the

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Five steps to find your mentor in an age of virtual networking

Those who have never worked with a mentor before often don’t even know where to start, and that challenge becomes even more daunting in the middle of a pandemic.

Mentorship can be a career game changer; in fact, most professionals can trace their success back to a single connection or introduction that made a huge difference in the trajectory of their career. Someone who believed in them or simply offered the right advice at the right time. Today, making those connections or requesting those introductions is especially challenging without the usual access to resources such as career centres and guidance counsellors.

Fortunately there are plenty of online resources that can help students and young professionals connect virtually with experts and find guidance. Finding a mentor starts with cultivating a strong professional network. I sat down with Mark Beckles, who leads youth strategy and innovation at Royal Bank of Canada, who

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Conservatives find home on social media platforms rife with misinformation.

Among tweets containing baseless claims about election results, Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo echoed a rallying cry of many prominent conservative voices in a tweet shortly after Election Day: “I will be leaving [Twitter] soon and going to Parler. Please open an account on @parler right away.”



a screen shot of an open laptop computer sitting on top of a table: Amid rising turmoil in social media, alternative social network Parler is gaining with prominent political conservatives who claim their voices are being silenced by Silicon Valley giants.


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Amid rising turmoil in social media, alternative social network Parler is gaining with prominent political conservatives who claim their voices are being silenced by Silicon Valley giants.

Others who’ve been active on the alternative social network Parler in recent weeks include Fox News host Sean Hannity, radio personality Mark Levin, far-right activist Laura Loomer, Senator Ted Cruz and Congressman Devin Nunes. Eric Trump also has an account verified by Parler as does Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

A substantial number of users have followed these voices onto the platform, fueled by complaints over actions major social media platforms have

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The PlayStation 5 has a hidden Web browser; here’s how to find it

Officially, the PlayStation 5 doesn’t include a Web browser, marking an apparent software downgrade from the PlayStation 4. But Ars has discovered the PS5 does actually include a limited, hidden Web browsing interface that you can use to load up generic websites on your TV in a pinch.

Getting in

The easiest way to get into the PS5 Web browser is to go to the system settings and load up the User’s Guide. Unlike most other informational menus on the system, this one loads up inside

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