The coming war on the hidden algorithms that trap people in poverty

Miriam was only 21 when she met Nick. She was a photographer, fresh out of college, waiting tables. He was 16 years her senior and a local business owner who had worked in finance. He was charming and charismatic; he took her out on fancy dates and paid for everything. She quickly fell into his orbit.

It began with one credit card. At the time, it was the only one she had. Nick would max it out with $5,000 worth of business purchases and promptly pay it off the next day. Miriam, who asked me not to use their real names for fear of interfering with their ongoing divorce proceedings, discovered that this was boosting her credit score. Having grown up with a single dad in a low-income household, she trusted Nick’s know-how over her own. He readily encouraged the dynamic, telling her she didn’t understand finance. She opened up

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Defense Department ‘5G Nationalization’ Charge Is Cover For A Wireless Industry War

by Erik Sherman

The race is on for the United States to catch up to China’s lead on 5G. Yet Washington is fighting over whether the valuable electromagnetic spectrum should be sold to AT&T and other big telecom giants, which have contributed to congressional campaigns for decades, or whether it should be leased to a well-funded upstart named Rivada, some of whose board members have donated to President Donald J. Trump.

Whichever firm wins the spectrum has the potential to reap billions in revenue and spend billions in infrastructure and equipment. With these high stakes, a classic inside Washington duel is underway.

The spectrum is currently held by the U.S. Defense department; it was awarded to the military several

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Facebook is deleting evidence of war crimes, researchers say

On October 24th, 2020, an art trafficker in Darnah, Libya posted a series of unusual ads. For sale: a Greco-Roman statue, its marble bust covered in a toga. If it looked like it belonged in a museum, that’s because it did. The seller posted photos of the piece in private Facebook groups dedicated to trafficking antiques.

The black market for looted goods is flourishing on Facebook. While the company banned the sale of historical artifacts in June, many of the posts are in Arabic, and Facebook lacks the expertise to properly enforce its new policy.

Photo courtesy of Athar Project

When Facebook is able to identify groups that flout its guidelines, experts say the company simply deletes them, expunging crucial documentation for researchers studying stolen art. “This is critical evidence for repatriation efforts and war crimes,” says Katie Paul, co-director of the Athar Project. “Facebook has created a problem

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Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Patch Notes Revealed For November 24

Developer Treyarch has rolled out another update for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series S / Series X. Along with adding an ’80s-inspired Nuketown map, the patch address various bugs and gameplay stability issues.

The headlining feature is the addition of Nuketown ’84, an updated version of the classic Nuketown map flavored with a dash of the ’80s. Nuketown ’84 has been included in the Quick Play Core and Hardcore rotation list, as well as Custom Games, the 24/7 feature playlist, and Onslaught on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. Treyarch has also enabled the Double XP event until November 30 at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET.

The update also addresses stability issues across multiplayer and Zombies, fixes hit detection issues in Zombies, irons out problems with knife camos in multiplayer, and more.

This patch comes a

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Your PS5 May Be Playing The PS4 Version Of Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

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Screenshot: Kotaku

Download bugs and weird defaults are making it a pain for some people to get the PS5 to install and play the next-gen version of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War.

As first reported by Eurogamer over the weekend, PS5 players with the Cross-Gen bundle or Ultimate Editions of the latest Call of Duty are struggling to access the PS5 version of the game. These versions appear to be defaulting to installing the PS4 version, even on PS5. If you’ve been playing the game on your next-gen console and not noticing improved graphics and the new haptic feedback in the DualSense triggers, it might be because you aren’t actually playing the next-gen version.

Sony and Activision did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

This happened to me as well over the weekend, and it wasn’t immediately clear how to fix it, in

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Joe Biden Won the Battle, but Democrats Are Losing the Social Media War

As the 2020 election hit its homestretch, Joe Biden’s digital team began seeing alarming trends online.

Posts about the candidate’s son Hunter Biden and the contents of his laptops were spreading at incredible rates. Many of the posts were misleading, at best. Biden’s campaign had set up a comprehensive monitoring system to track the proliferation of disinformation across various platforms. And they’d seen their fair share of rumor, innuendo, and smear fly across the internet before. But this was entirely different in its scope. According to their data, there was more social chatter happening around the Hunter Biden story than there had been around stories about Hillary Clinton’s emails during the last month of the 2016 campaign.

Fearing a redux of that disastrous end-of-the-campaign implosion, the team dove further into the research. What they found there was more assuring. While the Hunter Biden story had taken off on Facebook, YouTube,

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Black Ops Cold War’ Hack Makes Players Invulnerable To Zombies’ Attacks

KEY POINTS

  • “Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War” is now available on various gaming platforms
  • Some players already uncovered hacks to bypass some of the game’s mechanics
  • One of the hacks discovered lets players become immune to zombies’ attacks

New and veteran “Call of Duty” fans are now having fun exploring “Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War” and its campaigns. One of the fan favorite modes in the franchise’s latest offering is the Zombies Mode. Interestingly, a new video shows a hack in the Zombies mode that makes the player invulnerable to the Undead’s attacks.

In a video shared on TikTok by user Stark London, the player reveals a specific spot where he is not vulnerable to zombies’ attacks. This is the part of the mission where the portal opens up and players get the chance to climb on top of the machine. On this spot, the player

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Call of Duty: Black Ops — Cold War sets digital sales record

Call of Duty: Black Ops — Cold War set a new record for the highest first-day digital sales in the franchise’s history.

Activision Blizzard Europe/Middle East/Africa managing director Anna Malmhake said in a statement on Sunday that the title is releasing into the largest and most-engaged Call of Duty community ever, thanks to the expansion of the franchise in the past year. (Here’s our review of the game).

The game debuted across current-generation consoles, next-generation consoles and the PC on Friday.

Call of Duty: Mobile has reached more than 300 million downloads on mobile devices, and the battle royale mode Call of Duty: Warzone has been downloaded more than 80 million times.

Malmhake said the company will continue its practice of launching free post-launch content.

Meanwhile, some players are reporting bugs. I noticed a bug in the single-player campaign on the PlayStation 5, in a part where two characters are

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Here comes the new US-China Digital Cold War

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The economic tug-of-war between the U.S. and China will be the defining geopolitical mega-trend of our lifetime. Credit: Getty

One of the top priorities President-elect Joe Biden will have to tackle—right after COVID-19 and shoring up the economy—is our relationship with China, (which of course figures in those two issues as well.) The U.S.-China relationship re-emerged this past week and I suspect will continue to do so as we move towards Inauguration Day.

It was a central tenet of Trumpism that China was demonized and blamed for our economic and societal woes—everything from job losses and trade deficits to fentanyl—and of course the COVID-19 pandemic too. And guess what? In some respects President Donald Trump was spot on, but he so conflated these truths with hyperbole and falsehoods that he undermined his own argument and as such gave ammunition to the Chinese. 

Bottom line: Relations between the two biggest economies

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As China’s military confidence grows, it’s now looking to ‘design’ how war is fought

China is expected to become more proactive in seeking to shape military events as its technology advances instead of following other powers, according to analysts.

But a shift to pre-emptive planning could push China’s neighbours in the Indo-Pacific and the United States to try to counterbalance its moves and possibly prepare for a “pre-war period”, they said.

The change was highlighted in an official publication released this month laying out China’s next five-year development plan to 2025. Xu Qiliang, vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission, wrote that China had to “broaden its strategic approaches to catch up, surpass and accelerate the transition from passively adapting to war to actively designing how a war is fought”.

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He also said China had to give full play to the driving force of reform to build

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