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What brands need to do if they want to break up with Facebook – TechCrunch


A 15-year digital media veteran, Sean Clayton connects brands with the data-driven intelligence solutions they need to drive growth.

With more than 90 major advertisers and counting announcing plans to dump Facebook, a significant question lingers: Where will brands go next for their digital marketing needs?

The case for the breakup is clear: Brands want to distance themselves from third-party business practices that do not align with their values. Specifically, they are disenchanted by what even some members of Congress are calling Facebook’s “lackadaisical” approach to enforcing community standards, allowing an epidemic of paid political misinformation and hate speech to persist on the user-driven platform. Read More

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Tech Radar

Games of the Generation: Stardew Valley is a welcome break from the chaos of the world


Games of the Generation

As we approach the launch of the PS5 and Xbox Series X, TechRadar is looking back at the games that made this generation great. This week’s entry? Stardew Valley.

Have you ever just wanted to leave your busy city life behind and move to a small, country town? No more Starbucks queues. No being sardined onto the subway. Just you, the clean country air and locals who don’t wither when you accidentally make eye contact.

It’s a dream typically reserved for Hallmark films, dripping in cliché and usually fronted by some city slicker who learns to love their hometown roots. But somehow Eric Barone’s Stardew Valley pulls it off. Read More

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Mashable

Tesla nabs $65 million tax break to build Cybertruck factory in Austin


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Tesla lands another tax break to locate Cybertruck factory in Texas – TechCrunch


Lawmakers in Texas just gave Tesla and its CEO Elon Musk another incentive to locate its next factory there.

Commissioners in Travis County, home to Austin and the possible next Tesla factory, approved Tuesday property tax breaks worth at least $14 million over 10 years. The incentives are on top of $46.6 million in property tax abatement that the Del Valle School District Board approved earlier this month. 

News of the approval pushed Tesla shares 3.5% higher in after-hours trading.

The agreement, which the Austin Statesman first reported, is the latest carrot dangled in front of Tesla in hopes of landing the automaker’s next factory, which is slated to assemble the all-electric Cybertruck and the Model Y for the East Coast market. Read More

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Engadget

‘Paper Mario: The Origami King’ is the ideal ‘Animal Crossing’ break


The Origami King plays with the texture and malleability of paper in brilliant ways, mixing 3D animations and realism with 2D visuals. Mario’s journey spans a handful of large, unique maps that players can explore freely once they’re unlocked, complete with puzzles, secrets and lots of confetti.

Confetti is one of the main mechanics in The Origami King. Mario collects this magical stuff by smashing flowers, bushes and tree trunks with his hammer, and walking over the rainbow strips of paper that fall to the ground around him. A bag in the upper-lefthand corner of the screen glows red, yellow or green depending on how much confetti Mario has on-hand. This is important, because one of Mario’s tasks throughout the game is to paper over holes that have appeared in the landscape, revealing wire frames and unknowable depths below. Some of the holes are merely cosmetic, but many of them appear in locations that Mario has to walk over or otherwise interact with. When he successfully covers a hole in confetti, it glows white and makes an extremely pleasant womp noise.  Read More

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Mashable

The Schuyler Sisters break down the ongoing relevance of ‘Hamilton’

Hamilton landed on Disney+ on July 3 during what could be described as a boiling-point for America. But the Broadway musical’s beloved songs have proven their staying power, many years later. In a video interview for the online version of Essence Festival, the original Schuyler Sisters — Phillipa Soo, Renée Elise Goldsberry, and Jasmine Cephas Jones — spoke about the relevance of Hamilton today, being released in film form during both the coronavirus pandemic and lockdowns, and the renewed fight for racial justice and police reform following the police killing of George Floyd. Read More

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Engadget

Facebook will label posts from politicians that break its rules


“We will soon start labeling some of the content we leave up because it is deemed newsworthy, so people can know when this is the case,” Zuckerberg wrote. “We’ll allow people to share this content to condemn it, just like we do with other problematic content, because this is an important part of how we discuss what’s acceptable in our society — but we’ll add a prompt to tell people that the content they’re sharing may violate our policies.”

It’s not clear exactly what these labels will look like, when Facebook will start adding them to posts, or how strictly Facebook will interpret the new rules. Zuckerberg said the company would label “some of the content we leave up.” Zuckerberg didn’t name Trump in his remarks, but the company has faced growing pressure to act on the president’s more inflammatory posts. Read More

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The Next Web

Snapchat removed a Juneteenth filter that made users smile to break chains

Earlier today, Snapchat launched a filter that was supposed to honor Juneteenth. It was then promptly removed, because, well, the approach was stupid.

Set to a background of the Pan-African flag, the filter prompted users to ‘smile,’ — already looking dicey here — after which virtual chains would are broken. The company was called out for the tactless design after digital strategist Mark S. Luckie showed off the ‘feature’ in the tweet below:

This SnapChat #Juneteenth filter is…um…interesting. Read More

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Mashable

Snapchat removes Juneteenth filter that prompted users to smile to break chains

Snapchat apologized for its insensitive Juneteenth filter that asked users to smile to break chains and removed it from the platform on Friday.

Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. Celebrated on June 19, it marks the day Major General Gordon Granger and Union troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, with federal orders that declared enslaved people free.

It carries extra weight this year as protests against systemic racism this month have amplified calls for it to become a federal holiday. In response, several major companies have given employees a paid day off, but it’s still not an official holiday.   Read More

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The Verge

Snapchat apologizes for Juneteenth filter that prompted users to ‘smile’ to break chains


Snapchat is apologizing for a controversial Juneteenth filter that allowed users to “smile and break the chains,” saying the filter had not gone through its usual review protocols. The filter was panned by critics on Friday morning shortly after its release for its tone deafness, and was disabled by about 11AM ET.

“We deeply apologize to the members of the Snapchat community who found this Lens offensive,” a Snap spokesperson said in an email to The Verge. “A diverse group of Snap team members were involved in developing the concept, but a version of the Lens that went live for Snapchatters this morning had not been approved through our review process. We are investigating why this mistake occurred so that we can avoid it in the future.” Read More