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Facebook pushes back against Biden remarks on COVID-19 misinformation, Kim Lyons

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Facebook continued its pushback Saturday against President Biden’s comment that social media platforms were “killing people” with COVID-19 misinformation, in a blog post from its vice president of integrity Guy Rosen. The post states that the “facts tell a very different story to the one promoted by the administration in recent days.” “At a time when COVID-19 cases are rising …

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Amazon is getting hauled into court for not recalling dangerous products the right way, Sean Hollister

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Since 2019, Amazon has sold nearly 400,000 hair dryers that could shock someone if they fell into a pool of water, 24,000 carbon monoxide detectors that didn’t actually detect carbon monoxide, and an unspecified number of “children’s sleepwear garments” that didn’t meet flammability requirements, according to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Now, the US safety regulator wants to …

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Tesla Full Self Driving subscriptions are now available for $199 a month, Kim Lyons

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Tesla has started offering a monthly subscription for its Full Self Driving package for $199 per month (h/t Electrek). Tesla owners who bought the since-discontinued Enhanced Autopilot package can get the FSD subscription for $99 per month, according to Tesla’s support page. Until now the automaker had sold its FSD package for a one-time fee of $10,000, but the monthly …

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California legislature approves ‘historic’ broadband internet bill, Kim Lyons

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California’s legislature has voted unanimously to approve a $6 billion plan to build a statewide open access fiber network (h/t ArsTechnica). The state will provide $3.25 billion to hire a third party to build and maintain a so-called “middle-mile” network, which won’t bring internet directly from backbone infrastructure to customers, but rather to connection points, leaving the last mile to …

Sony’s Xperia 1 III is pricey, performant, and perplexing, Allison Johnson

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The Xperia 1 III offers lots of manual controls for photo and video shooters as well as a physical shutter button. The Sony Xperia 1 III is a great phone that I won’t recommend to many people. Once again, Sony has created a beautiful device with some unique, marquee features like a 4K-ish OLED 120Hz screen, great photo-taking amenities like …

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What’s on your desk, Andrew Marino?, Barbara Krasnoff

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Photo by Andrew Marino / The Verge Podcasting can be a fun and incredibly creative field — but also a very demanding one. Your skill set not only has to include familiarity with a variety of audio hardware and software, but you also need imagination, a good feel for what will sound good to your audience, and a very sensitive …

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The week’s best deals include smart home gadgets, Chromebooks, and gaming headsets, Dan Seifert

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Though we’re hitting the sleepy, dog-days of summer and there aren’t any big sale events on the horizon, there are still plenty of great deals out there if you know where to look. This week we found bargains on bundles of Google’s Nest Hub and Nest Thermostat, HyperX’s excellent gaming headset, the best Chromebook you can get right now, and …