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A photo shows AFP photographer Anne-Christine Poujoulat (R) and photographer Jean-Baptiste Autissier during a rally as part of the 'Black Lives Matter' worldwide protests against racism and police brutality, on Place de la Republique in Paris on June 13, 2020. - A wave of global protests in the wake of US George Floyd's fatal arrest magnified attention on the 2016 death in French police custody of Adama Traore, a 24-year-old black man, and renewed controversy over claims of racism and brutality within the force. (Photo by Thomas SAMSON / AFP) (Photo by THOMAS SAMSON/AFP via Getty Images)

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“I’m a one-man crew right now though I’m starting to work with a few serious journalists and people who can be trained as journalists to string for me in areas of the country that are under-reported on,” he continued.

Unicorn Riot, on the other hand, is a 501(c)3 educational media organization founded in 2015 with reporters spread across the country. “We chose not to be LLC specifically [because] we knew we weren’t in this for the money,” Niko Georgiades, a co-founder of and producer at the outlet, told Engadget.

“What we were aiming for was allowing people’s voices to be heard by creating media that was a platform for the community,” he explained. “And so what we knew from that was we could possibly enlighten people, educate people. We could bring something new to the table and [fill] a niche that we knew needed to

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New ways to quickly call 911 on your phone along with the best safety apps

In times of crisis, your smartphone can be your emergency notifier.
In times of crisis, your smartphone can be your emergency notifier.

In these troubled times, when we’re dealing with a pandemic and protests compounded with the usual risks of accidents and crime, your smartphone can be your emergency notifier. Sure, you know about AAA for your car. Tap or click here for a free app you can use to replace AAA.

I’m talking about something more important, that is, your life.

Share this critical post with your loved ones. It’s probably the most important thing you’ve read online in a very long time.

How to call 911 on an iPhone

If you’re using an iPhone, the Emergency SOS feature will call emergency services and notify your emergency contacts when you can’t. In the U.S., your iPhone will dial 911 and connect you to an operator. After that call concludes, it will then send a text message to your emergency contacts

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Is the Library Hopelessly Obsolete? Not So Fast.

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In Simon Weckert’s Google Maps Hacks, a performance art work, a man pulls a little red wagon filled with 99 cell phones through Berlin. Drawing on the nostalgia of the Radio Flyer wagons and globes of my childhood, the piece seeks to disrupt Google Maps and to make a point about aggregated data by causing a virtual traffic jam. I remember conveying stuffed animals and favourite books around the block in my toy wagon, and travelling to my parents’ birthplaces by tracing a finger across the globe to a non-existent Ukraine (then a part of the Soviet Union).

Technology like Google Maps has reshaped our lives, from how we navigate to how we keep informed and work. Librarians like me face challenges in maintaining traditional means of accessing and delivering information to our users while embracing innovative media.

We appreciate the value

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Australian regulator says Google’s $2.1 billion Fitbit deal could harm competition

By Byron Kaye and Shashwat Awasthi

SYDNEY/BENGALURU (Reuters) – Australia’s antitrust regulator warned Google’s planned $2.1 billion acquisition of fitness tracker maker Fitbit may give it too much of people’s data, potentially hurting competition in health and online advertising markets.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is the first regulator to voice concerns about the deal, which come at a time when the Alphabet Inc-owned tech giant is at loggerheads with the Australian government over planned new rules about how internet companies use personal information.

“Buying Fitbit will allow Google to build an even more comprehensive set of user data, further cementing its position and raising barriers to entry to potential rivals,” ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said in a statement on Thursday.

“User data available to Google has made it so valuable to advertisers that it faces only limited competition,” he added.

The regulator said its concerns were preliminary

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Welcome To The Mask Wars

As the coronavirus outbreak worsens in 22 states, communities across the U.S. are torn over one of the most basic measures to limit its spread: requiring people to wear masks in businesses and public spaces.

Localities have moved in starkly different directions in recent days over whether to mandate masks. Some have instituted new mask rules or moved toward doing so; others have rejected such regulations or even flip-flopped on them after public resistance. The contest is between scientific evidence that masks significantly slow the spread of a serious illness and the feeling that mandating them represents government overreach. 

With various areas settling that argument in different ways, the result will likely be a national divide that has deadly consequences for millions of people who are denied a layer of protection amid an uptick in cases in several large states, including record increases reported in Florida, Texas, Arizona, Oklahoma,

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Going to a Protest? Here’s How to Protect Your Digital Privacy

George Floyd’s killing at the hands of Minneapolis police—the latest in a grim drumbeat of similar deaths over many years—has sparked worldwide protests denouncing racism and law enforcement’s abuse of power.

Floyd’s May 25 death may have gone largely unnoticed had it not been recorded by multiple smartphone-wielding bystanders, whose footage forced America to finally reckon with the dangers Black Americans unjustly face simply when leaving their house. And as police departments across the United States have responded to largely peaceful protests with disproportionate violence, smartphone footage has provided crucial evidence refuting official descriptions of harrowing events.

Even as protesters turn to their smartphones as a means to record their experiences on the ground, those same devices can be used against them. Law enforcement groups have digital surveillance tools, like fake cell phone towers and facial recognition technology, that can be used to identify protestors and monitor their movements and

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These products won’t protect you from coronavirus. But they will make you laugh

The COVID-19 pandemic is a crisis of the unknown. Our understanding of the disease and the best ways to fight it seem to change from week to week. This murky information environment creates opportunities for entrepreneurs offering the promise, if not always the reality, of safety.

You can find many of those entrepreneurs on crowdfunding sitessuch as Kickstarter and Indiegogo, where catchy-sounding ideas can go viral on the basis of nothing more than a demo video, raising millions of dollars from would-be customers eager to be first in line.

Right now, if you’re so inclined,, you can throw your cash at a mask that only covers your nose, or a wearable plastic bubble, or a keychain to touch elevator buttons for you.

But would you actually be backing something made of science, or just something science-flavored?

We rounded up some of the most questionable innovations and presented them to Paula

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Opposition accuses Trudeau of leading like ‘rule of a king’, PM invests $500M in AI virus research

Yahoo News Canada is committed to providing our readers with the most accurate and recent information on all things coronavirus. We know things change quickly, including some possible information in this story. For the latest on COVID-19, we encourage our readers to consult online resources like Canada’s public health website, World Health Organization, as well as our own Yahoo Canada homepage.

As cases of COVID-19 continue to spread around the world, Canadians seem to be increasingly concerned about their health and safety

Currently, there are more than 99,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in Canada and more than 8,200 deaths.

Check back for the latest updates on the coronavirus outbreak in Canada.

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June 17

2:30 p.m.: ‘We need to work together’

Three months after Ontario initially declared a state of emergency, Premier

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False Info Spreading About July 4th, Fireworks: MD Fire Marshal

MARYLAND — A fake online poster about the Fourth of July and social distancing is circulating across social media platforms, according to the Office of the State Fire Marshal. The poster claims that Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has issued a directive regarding a specific way to handle sparklers, along with time limits on when people can celebrate outdoors.

“This poster is simply fake and was produced without the authority of the governor’s office or the Office of the State Fire Marshal. We would not direct citizens on a specific time to be outside and recommend the latest CDC guidelines on how to properly socially distance,” the state fire marshal’s office said in a news release. “Due to complications of the COVID-19 pandemic and the need for social distancing, many applicants have elected to not hold most outdoor displays; however, citizens are permitted to use legal fireworks in approved areas.”

As

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‘Supergirl’ Star Nicole Maines on Using the Positive Power of Pride to Amplify Marginalized Voices (Exclusive)

Amid a global pandemic and a nationwide reckoning with systemic racism and discrimination, Nicole Maines is doing her best to find the joy in Pride Month. “Pride, to me, is a celebration,” the Supergirl star tells ET. “I think it’s very, very easy to get bogged down in the fight for social justice and it is very easy to be weighed down with all of the hardships and the traumas that we as a community go through, throughout the year.”

“Watching all of the new bills introduced to attack us, and every stupid anti-LGBT thing Trump tweets, I think it’s so easy to get angry and sad and to feel overwhelmed,” she notes. (In 2020 alone, over 70 anti-trans bills have been introduced at the state level, many aimed at medical treatment and care for transgender kids.) “I think that Pride is a time to recognize that, but let all

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