Opinion | What’s the Plan if Trump Tweets That He’s Won Re-election?

Such a united front wouldn’t just be symbolic. “If you had the platforms together making a statement of their values, then when they take action, it creates a permission structure for reticent platform executives to make difficult decisions quickly,” David Kaye, former United Nations special rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, told the editorial board. Such a move would also be a strong public signal of the gravity of the moment.

There’s precedent for this type of collaboration. In 2016, Facebook, Twitter, Google and Microsoft came together to combat extremist content. The companies created a shared database using unique digital fingerprints to flag videos, pictures and memes promoting terrorist activity and ideologies. Domestic political disinformation poses different challenges than terrorist threats, but both are urgent matters of national security.

A public, transparent effort from the platforms would offer additional accountability for those spreading disinformation in the weeks and months

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What’s top of mind for the DNC’s chief technology officer?

With help from Eric Geller, John Hendel, Nancy Scola and Carmen Paun

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— DNC CTO talks disinformation: The DNC’s chief technology officer said the party is seeing as much disinformation from domestic sources as from foreign ones, which she called “deeply troubling.”

— Meanwhile, on the RNC: The Trump campaign and Republican National Committee are sourcing Americans’ answers on whether social media companies “are trying to help Joe

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What’s this EXIF technology people used to study Trump photos? (FAQ)

a man standing in front of a table: An Oct. 3 photo shows President Donald Trump at Walter Reed hospital. White House

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An Oct. 3 photo shows President Donald Trump at Walter Reed hospital. White House

President Donald Trump’s case of COVID-19 gave an obscure photo data technology called EXIF its 15 minutes of internet fame as people started scrutinizing photos taken of him this weekend at Walter Reed hospital. But what exactly is EXIF?


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In short, it’s a standard way cameras can embed metadata within a photo file. That data can include the camera model that took the shot, what exposure settings were used, where a photo was taken and, most pertinent in Trump’s case, the time the photo was taken.

That last point is of particular interest, since EXIF data from two Trump photos the White House released Saturday indicated they could have been taken 10 minutes apart. That fueled criticisms that the shots were staged photo ops. That, in turn, fueled debate

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Ginsburg’s death draws what’s at stake in the coming election into sharp focus: Ted Diadiun

CLEVELAND — “There’s so much at stake,” said former Vice President Joe Biden last Sunday in Philadelphia, speaking of the coming political conflagration over President Donald Trump’s choice for the U.S. Supreme Court to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the wake of her passing Sept. 18.

He was absolutely correct, and that might be the only time I’ll agree with the Democratic presidential nominee for awhile.

Biden went on to list the things he believes hang in the balance: “The right to health care, clean air, clean water, the environment, equal pay for equal work, the rights of voters, immigrants, women, workers.”

As so often happens for Democrats, and Biden in particular, he got his articles mixed up. That would be Articles I and III of the Constitution, which delineate the powers of the legislative and judicial branches, respectively.

The issues Biden described – whether to change them

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What’s new in Windows 10 version 20H2

Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock.

That’s the sound of Microsoft’s update servers, counting down to the public release of Windows 10 version 20H2, aka the October 2020 Update.

It’s also an accurate description of the new release cadence for Windows 10, with each tick representing a major release in the first half of the year and the tock marking the release of a minor update in the second half of the year.

That’s what happened in 2019, when Microsoft released version 1909 as a small “enablement package” that took only a few minutes to download and install on systems that were already running version 1903.

Version 20H2 is following the exact same playbook. Just as it did with last year’s second-half release, Microsoft announced months in advance that the October 2020 Update would “offer a scoped set of features to improve performance and enhance quality.” If you’re not up on your

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why it’s important to know what’s in the placebo

Some researchers conducting clinical trials on a COVID-19 vaccine have not revealed to the public what the placebo contains, but they should. This is because the placebo ingredients influence how effective or harmful the active treatment, with which the placebo is compared, appears. Our new guideline published in PLOS Medicine remedies this problem by providing a template for reporting what’s in placebo controls.

In some COVID-19 vaccine trials, participants in the control group (the group receiving a placebo) are injected with a saline solution. In other trials, they receive an actual treatment. For example, in the COVID-19 vaccine developed by the University of Oxford, the control group receives a meningitis and septicaemia vaccine as a placebo.

The benefit of using an actual vaccine as the placebo control is that it will cause a similar reaction at the site of the injection as the COVID-19 vaccine, such as muscle pain and

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What’s New in iOS 14 (and iPadOS 14): Our Full Feature Rundown

The iPhone’s software is getting a face-lift. The latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS 14, is now available for download, and you’ll notice several visual tweaks when you first install it. Notably, your home screen looks very different, with an app library, widgets everywhere, and a new look for Siri. We’ve collected all the top upgrades you’ll find in iOS 14, along with some small changes, to help you make sense of it all.

All of these features are also available in iPadOS 14, the iPad’s operating system, which you can also install now. If you’re interested in all the new hardware Apple recently announced, check out this roundup.

How to Download iOS 14 and iPadOS 14

But first, you might be wondering how you’ll be able to install them. Anyone with an iPhone 6S or newer (that includes the 2016 iPhone SE) can download iOS 14 right

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Here’s what’s happening Monday with COVID-19 in the Chicago area

Illinois health officials Sunday announced 1,462 new known cases of COVID-19 and 14 additional confirmed fatalities, bringing the total number of known infections in Illinois to 261,371 and the statewide death toll to more than 8,309.

a group of people standing next to a fence: Ian Van Cleaf, assistant principal, takes the temperature of a student arriving on the first day of school at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Academy in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood before Anna can enter the school on Sept. 2, 2020.

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Ian Van Cleaf, assistant principal, takes the temperature of a student arriving on the first day of school at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Academy in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood before Anna can enter the school on Sept. 2, 2020.

In addition to confirmed cases, the state has reported another 232 probable coronavirus deaths and 2,095 probable cases since the beginning of the pandemic.

COVID-19 in Illinois by the numbers: Here’s a daily update on key metrics in your area

COVID-19 cases in Illinois by ZIP code: Search for your neighborhood

Illinois’ new COVID-19 plan: How the state will manage any outbreaks, in 3 charts


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Laptop vs. Chromebook: What’s best for you?

Many shoppers have the same question on their mind: “Should I get a laptop or a Chromebook?” And we get it. As each passing day is filled with headlines about Windows 10 update fails, Chromebooks have continued to become seriously alluring to those who want a laptop that just works (and costs half as much as the $999 MacBook Air).

That’s why we’ve broken down everything you need to know about Windows/Mac laptops and Chromebooks in order to help you find the right pick for you. Whether you’re looking to upgrade your home office, or you’re hunting for back to school sales for the student(s) in your household, this guide will make your decision easy.

For this laptop vs Chromebook face-off, we’ve looked at the ease of use for both laptops and Chromebooks, as well as which is best for students and those looking for the fastest performance

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Interview With Marc Levoy Lets Us Know What’s Next For Mobile Photography

Following his departure as a leading camera engineer at Google, Marc Levoy has given an interview about his career and what is next for mobile photography. As reported by The Verge, Levoy now works for Adobe and has worked on camera technologies such as HDR+, Portrait Mode, and Night Sight.

Vivo is currently doing much to lead the way when it comes to mobile camera technology. The Vivo X50 Pro is a great example of this. The company also launched a new Vision+ initiative to help support and inspire mobile photographers.

Levoy spoke about the state of the industry as well as what he expects to occur in the coming years.

He also talked about his time at Google and his career as a whole. When asked about why he left Google Levoy cited “intellectually restless” as reported by 9to5Google. It seems like an amicable end where Levoy simply desired

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