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

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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

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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

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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.

For a full archive of the first month of the pandemic, please check our archive of events.

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

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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)

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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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George Floyd protests lead to reckoning as Black employees speak out on racism and discrimination in the workplace

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Last week, Apple CEO Tim Cook posted a video on Twitter announcing a $100-million initiative to fight racism and break down barriers to opportunity, including inside his own company.

Tanya Faison, who is Black and for five years worked in technical support at Apple, says she’s skeptical of these expressions of solidarity from corporations that for years stayed silent on systemic racism while perpetuating racial inequality by failing to hire, promote or fairly pay Black people and people of color.

“It’s very nice that he’s decided to take this moment to start focusing on Black folks, when he is in a company with Black employees who are not being taken care of,” Faison said of Cook.

From Silicon Valley to Wall Street, corporations from nearly every sector of the American economy have taken to social media proclaiming their support for the Black Lives Matter movement and condemning police killings as … Read More

Low Fees and High APYs From This Online Bank

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When it comes to banking, most of us are just looking for something convenient and free… but it’s that much better when your checking account can actually help you earn money, too.

If you’re willing to move to a digital-first banking system — that is, one where your account is entirely online and you don’t have access to a brick-and-mortar banking location — CIT Bank offers both checking and savings accounts with no monthly maintenance fees and high interest earnings potential. (Although there’s a minimum opening deposit of $100, it’s pretty reasonable given the bank’s high rates.)

Although foregoing the in-person franchise can be a little daunting, CIT Bank makes it that much easier by offering up to $15 in third-party ATM fee reimbursement per month, and you’ll never be assessed an ATM fee on their end. However, if you’re looking for a bank that also offers small business solutions,

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Inside The Dangerous Online Fever Swamps Of American Police

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(Photo: Illustration: Damon Dahlen/HuffPost; Photos: Getty Images)
(Photo: Illustration: Damon Dahlen/HuffPost; Photos: Getty Images)

Around the time news broke on Monday afternoon that the New York City Police Department would disband plainclothes anti-crime units that had been tied to several high-profile police shootings, someone calling themselves “ltdad613” started a thread on Thee Rant, a police message board that purports to host current and former NYPD employees. “I wouldn’t want to be a [Commanding Officer] for the next few compstats,” ltdad613 wrote. “This is right from [New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio]. I feel for anybody still on the job.”

Elsewhere, the posts on Thee Rant were much darker. In one Monday thread, “dominop” wrote that “A Firing squad would be a good cure for ANTIFA!!!” Other users chimed in to say snipers or napalm might be more fitting.

Thee Rant is just one node in a wider web of right-wing police media. On similar message boards,

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Miranda Hart on her nerve-wracking ‘Emma’ scene

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Actor and comedian Miranda Hart says her crucial scene in 2020’s Emma caused her to be the most nervous she’s ever been while on set.

The film’s sparkling cast, headed by Anya Taylor-Joy, includes Hart in the pivotal role of Miss Bates, a single woman of limited means desperately trying to find her place in society. It’s a role that combines humour and pathos in equal measure, it gives Hart the opportunity to flex her dramatic and comedic talents to the full but one particular scene gave her a bad case of nerves on set.

“I knew the importance of the scene and not only did I want to get it right as an actor and for Miss Bates – who I was totally in love with – but it’s such a crucial moment in the film,” Hart tells Yahoo Movies UK. The scene in question sees Taylor-Joy’s matchmaking Emma

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News from around our 50 states

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Alabama

Elmore: A fourth inmate has died after testing positive for COVID-19 as the number of virus cases in the state prison system continues to rise. Robert Stewart, 80, died at a hospital Sunday, the Alabama Department of Corrections said in a statement. Stewart began exhibiting symptoms of the virus June 8 and got treatment at the Staton Correctional Facility infirmary before being transferred to a local hospital, where he died. Officials decided Thursday to test all inmates in the infirmary for the coronavirus, and 13 tested positive, the Corrections Department said. They have been isolated, the statement said. The prison system says that since the pandemic began, a total of 41 inmates and 122 staff members and contract workers have tested positive. Inmate advocates and health experts have expressed concerns that the state’s overcrowded prisons would become a breeding ground for a deadly outbreak and urged the state to

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