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Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One dazzles critics at SXSW

Image copyright Warner Bros Image caption Tye Sheridan plays Wade Watts, the film’s teenage hero Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One has dazzled critics at the South by South West (SXSW) festival, with one calling the film “a mesmerising blockbuster”. The director’s “biggest crowdpleaser in years”, says IndieWire’s Eric Kohn, is ...

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London mayor Sadiq Khan warns big tech on hate speech

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Sadiq Khan wants tech firms to take hate speech more seriously Stricter regulation, including large fines, is one option to force technology companies to take the issue of hate speech more seriously, the Mayor of London has said. “We can’t assume that tech companies ...

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Some hard truths about Twitter’s health crisis

It’s a testament to quite how control freaky and hermetically sealed to criticism the tech industry is that Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey went unscripted in front of his own brand livestreaming service this week, inviting users to lob awkward questions at him for the first time ever. It’s also a testament ...

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Facebook launches AR effects tied to real-world tracking markers

Facebook’s augmented reality camera is evolving beyond selfie masks and randomly placed 3D objects to using location markers in the real world that trigger AR experiences in a precise location. Spotted today, Facebook confirms to TechCrunch that it’s testing the feature in closed beta with promotions for the upcoming Ready ...

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Facebook has signed a deal to stream 25 afternoon MLB games

Filed under moves that are potentially groundbreaking with big implications but with quite small numbers, Facebook has signed an exclusive deal with the MLB to stream 25 afternoon games, according to Bloomberg. The deal is a bit reminiscent of the one Twitter signed for Thursday Night Football back in 2016 to ...

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