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US Republicans block bill seeking to end ‘dark money’ in politics

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Senate fails to advance Biden-backed campaign finance bill that would require political groups to disclose big donors.
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Your Fall 2022 Anime Guide: What To Watch, Binge, And Obsess Over

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Congratulations, weebs. You’ve made it to the fall anime season. Your reward? More anime. But not just any kind of anime. You’ve got the return of Bleach (the sword-swinging member of the “Big Three Anime”) as well as the final season of Mob Psycho 100, the glorious debut of Chainsaw Man, and so, so much more. Yeah,…

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How platforms turn boring

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TikTok is changing.

Even a year ago, my For You page was mostly stuff you could only see on TikTok, whether it was Vine refugees making comedy shorts or song memes like Here Comes The Boy. That stuff is still on the platform, but it’s largely fallen off my For You page, replaced by Tim Robinson sketches and funny animal videos. One account reposts Derry Girls clips with captions about the royal family; another (aptly named ViralHog) licenses viral video clips from local news or Reddit threads and then blasts them out to different platforms. Everything has the same warmed-over feel. For many of these accounts, the goal is to churn through enough content to build a following so they can flip the account into advertising mode for a quick...

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Antivirus Used by Millions Blocked All Google Sites by Mistake, Sowing Chaos

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A popular antivirus that’s used by millions of people around the world blocked all Google sites and services on Wednesday due to a mistake. 

For around an hour on Wednesday morning, some people who had Malwarebytes antivirus installed on their computers could not visit any Google site or use services like Gmail or the Google Play Store, according to people who complained about the issue on Twitter.

Naomi Clark, a game designer and teacher at the New York University’s Game Center, who wrote on Twitter about the issue, told Motherboard that websites “wouldn't load, as if blocked by a firewall.”

“But even before that, my Malwarebytes installation started showing me system notifications that a malware site had been blocked, dozens per minute, all Google domains,” she said. “That's how I realized what must have happened.”

Clark said in a tweet that this issue “reminds you how Google ad-tracking IPs are peppered over absolutely everything.”

Kyle Polley, who works in cybersecurity, said that his fiancé was affected by the issue. 

“She got what felt like an endless number of alerts that are along the lines of ‘malwarebytes blocked from ’ where is either Chrome or Edge and was google.com, ads.google.com, play.google.com etc. Any Google site or any site that used Google in some way failed to work,” he told Motherboard. “She had to turn off Malwarebytes in order to get work done.”

Marcin Kleczynski, the CEO and co-founder of Malwarebytes, told Motherboard that it was “an accidental false positive. Fixed fairly quickly,” and that it affected only Windows users.

“Unfortunately always a noisy event when you have millions of users,” Kleczynski added. 

Malwarbytes first acknowledged the issue around 11:30 a.m. ET in a tweet. 

“We are aware of a temporary issue with the web filtering component of our product that may be blocking certain domains, including http://google.com. We are actively working on a fix and will update Twitter as soon as we have more information,” the company wrote on Twitter

About an hour later, the company wrote that the issue was resolved, and that the update “should happen automatically.”

Kleczynski said the issue lasted around 30 minutes. Clark said it persisted for around an hour and a half for her. Several people responded to the company’s tweets saying the issue was fixed complaining that it was still ongoing. 

Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 

UPDATE, 4:17 p.m. ET: This story was updated to include additional information.

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Shaun King nonprofit exposé at The Daily Beast

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Shaun King is like spam: its obviousness to the many is precisely why it works on the few. It selects the ignorant and vulnerable and Sen. Cory Booker and becomes invisible to everyone else. The Daily Beast, nonetheless, has completed a year-in-the-making investigation of one of his "shady" projects—one among many things he's done to raise money that evaporates before delivering any substantive good. — Read the rest

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Take a look at the new, spine-tingling trailer for the Hellraiser reboot

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Horror films have been on an upswing as of late. With movies like It FollowsX, and Hereditary leading the pack, scary flicks found new life post-2010. Horror fans from the 90s and 2000s will undoubtedly remember how the genre began to nose dive as Hollywood seemed intent on producing nothing but trashy slasher flicks. — Read the rest

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