As Facebook struggles to fight misinformation ahead of the 2020 elections, Google is escaping the spotlight

Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google parent Alphabet, during Google's annual developer conference in 2013. <p class="copyright">Justin Sullivan/Getty Images</p>
Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google parent Alphabet, during Google’s annual developer conference in 2013.
  • As tech companies gear up to fight misinformation ahead of the 2020 elections, Facebook has received the most scrutiny amid a steady flow of reporting that highlights its missteps.

  • Meanwhile, researchers say Google has been “getting a pass on transparency” by hiding behind Facebook and being less willing to share data about its own products, specifically around political advertising.

  • Google is the largest digital ads company and plays a key role in what advertisements millions of Americans see while watching YouTube, viewing search results, and across the internet about the electoral candidates, issues, and voting.

  • Google said it’s “committed to delivering the highest standards in transparency, choice and controls” by verifying advertisers, banning narrowly targeted ads, and making ad details available in a public archive.

  • But researchers argued that Google’s rules around political

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Puerto Rico residents say they answered 2020 census. The government says otherwise — over and over again.

Barrio Obrero Marina.
Barrio Obrero Marina.

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO — In Barrio Obrero Marina, a working class neighborhood of San Juan, the U.S. Census Bureau said that fewer than one in 10 households had answered the 2020 census by mid-August. Community leader Carmen Febres Alméstica set out to see if the government was right.

Wearing a face mask under the midday sun, Febres Alméstica, who chairs a local residents’ organization, began on Argentina Street.

A woman named Raquel Pérez, her dog barking non-stop behind her small entrance gate, greeted Febres Alméstica from a balcony. Pérez said her daughter filled out a census form for her. She assured Febres Alméstica that several of her neighbors also answered the census and that she received two visits from census workers after completing the process.

On 14th Street, a man sweeping in front of a bar closed by the pandemic said he filed a census form

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20 useful apps and subscriptions on sale this weekend

20 useful apps and subscriptions on sale this weekend
20 useful apps and subscriptions on sale this weekend

We’re slowly making our way into the final quarter of 2020. This year has been a doozy — and that’s putting it lightly. 

We could all use something to boost our spirits, so how about an end of summer sale?

Through September 21, you can take an extra 40% off the below list of apps and software. Each option is designed to streamline your days and teach you something new, whether that’s a new language or how to get better sleep.

To activate the price drops, enter the coupon code VIPSALE40 at checkout.


Restflix: Restful Sleep Streaming Service Subscriptions

If you need more restful sleep, check out Restflix. Nicknamed the “Netflix for sleep,” Restflix is a sleep streaming service that helps you fall asleep faster and encourages continuous, more productive rest.

It’s usually $99, but you can use the code

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how to clear your clutter on eBay and beyond

<span>Photograph: Maridav/Alamy</span>
Photograph: Maridav/Alamy

If you found your inner Marie Kondo during lockdown, or you just have a heap of stuff you no longer need, is it time to list it on one of the host of websites that will sell it for you – in some cases for free?

On 25 September eBay is celebrating its 25th birthday.

But while it remains the go-to destination for those selling used items, there are many specialist websites offering to list your items, often charging lower fees.

If you are ready to start selling, here are the options and what you need to know.


<span class="element-image__caption">The e-commerce corporation eBay was founded in 1995.</span> <span class="element-image__credit">Photograph: Ebay/PA</span>
The e-commerce corporation eBay was founded in 1995. Photograph: Ebay/PA

Not many websites have “sellerbrated” a 25th birthday – yes, it launched in 1995 – and the online auctioneer remains the first port of call for those shifting their excess stuff. It is easy to use and you can

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Virgo daily horoscope


The New Moon Is In Virgo, & Change Is Brewing

Another month, another celestial happening that’s ready to shake up our lives. On September 17, there will be a new moon (that’s when the moon and sun align in the night sky, completely blocking the moon). And this month’s new moon occurs in Virgo. “With both luminaries in this practical earth sign, we are getting a double dose of can-do energy,” says Narayana Montúfar, senior astrologer at That sounds… great. Productive! But, because it’s 2020, there’s an edge. This new moon falls at the beginning of Mars retrograde, Montúfar. “That brings our awareness to the many fires we will have to endure, together as a society, during most of the fall.”New moons are always a time of reflection, and this one will mark a turning point for a few reasons, Montúfar says. For one, it’s connecting with the

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Does the Queen have more money than previously thought?

Queen Elizabeth, here at the 2013 the State Opening of Parliament, could be worth £400m. (Reuters)
Queen Elizabeth, here at the 2013 the State Opening of Parliament, could be worth £400m. (Reuters)

The Queen is “wealthier than the palace would like us to believe”, the author of a book has claimed.

While the Queen’s day-to-day expenses are funded by the taxpayer, she and the Royal Family have some level of inherited and established wealth, built up through hundreds of years of tradition and precedent.

Now David McClure, a broadcaster and author who has spent three years investigating how much the Queen could truly be worth, has claimed it is up to £400m – about £50m more than previously believed.

The amount the Queen receives each year from the taxpayer, called the Sovereign Grant, is determined by the value of the Crown Estate, land in England, Wales and Northern Ireland which is owned by the monarch, while they are the monarch.

Separately she has the Duchy of

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Producer Hit-Boy Defends Kanye West, Blasts ‘Slave Deals’ and His Own Publisher; UMPG Responds

Hit-Boy is at the pinnacle of his career having executive produced Nas’ latest release, the well-received “King’s Disease,” as well as Big Sean’s “D2” (alongside Sean and Kanye West), which currently stands as the No. 1 album in the U.S. Among his other credits: Travis Scott’s “Sicko Mode,” Kanye West’s “N–s In Paris” and Kendrick Lamar’s “Backseat Freestyle” in addition to work with Los Angeles talent like the late Nipsey Hussle and Dom Kenney. Look no further than the ultimate cosign from Drake, where on “0 To 100,” the rapper spits, “I should prolly sign to Hit-Boy ’cause I got all the hits, boy.”

While he’s usually more of a behind-the-scenes guy, Hit-Boy thrust himself into the public conversation earlier this week by responding to one of Kanye West’s viral tweets arguing that artists should be entitled to ownership of their master recordings, as opposed to the more common record

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‘Cuties’ isn’t what I expected. It’s a powerful portrait of female rage

Médina El Aidi-Azouni, left, and Fathia Youssouf in a scene from "Cuties." <span class="copyright">(Netflix)</span>
Médina El Aidi-Azouni, left, and Fathia Youssouf in a scene from “Cuties.” (Netflix)

Well, I finally watched that movie everyone is talking about.

No, not “Tenet,” which did not manage to single-handedly revive the film industry from its pandemic-induced coma in a week. I watched “Cuties,” Maïmouna Doucouré’s film about an 11-year-old Senegalese immigrant in France who rebels against her conservative culture by hurling herself into certain extremities of the modern world — social media and sexually provocative dancing — only to find them just as oppressive.

You know, the pedophile movie.

I’m not trying to be flip about pedophilia — the sexual abuse and exploitation of children are real and never funny.

It’s also absolutely not the way any sane person would categorize this movie.

In the essentials, “Cuties” is a fairly basic and recognizable story: troubled girl attempts to find herself by gaining the acceptance of others and

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As Trump courts Black voters, critics see a ‘depression strategy’

President Trump wants to Make America #Woke Again. 

Viewers who watch the Trump campaign’s online programming aimed at Black audiences are encouraged to tweet the hashtag #Woke when announcing their support for the president. Viewers are also asked to text the word to a number that will sign them up for updates and allow the campaign to harvest their data. 

This subversion of the term, which originated in the Black community as slang for becoming attuned to the injustice and systemic racism prevalent in American society, is part of a larger effort by the Trump campaign to erode Democrats’ longtime advantage with African-American voters. 

Trump’s effort to win over Black voters may seem quixotic. Only about one in 10 Black Americans identifies as a Republican, a number that’s remained relatively stable for decades. And President Trump, with his history of racist statements, would not seem to be a natural candidate

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How to set up parental controls on your Nintendo Switch and customize or disable them

Parental controls are easy to enable on the Nintendo Switch. <p class="copyright">Nintendo</p>
Parental controls are easy to enable on the Nintendo Switch.
  • To set up parental controls on your Nintendo Switch, you can use the Nintendo Parental Controls app, which is available on both Apple and Android devices.

  • You can also set up parental controls manually on the console, but you won’t have access to all the features.

  • You can remove the parental controls at any time by unregistering your Switch from the app.

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One Nintendo Switch feature that far outpaces the capabilities of other consoles is its parental controls. The Switch’s parental controls are far more advanced and easy to configure than they were on the 3DS — which is unsurprising, given how much closer the new system is to a computer or smartphone.

In fact, Nintendo has even put out a parental controls app for both Apple and Android phones

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