Facebook Can Ban Whomever It Wants. Just Ask Trump’s Lawyers

Over the course of a weekend in which North Korea tested a new short-range missile, Iran allegedly prepared to attack US forces, and the Pentagon confirmed China may be holding as many as three million Muslims in concentration camps, the one region of the world that received the most direct and damning criticism from the President of the United States was, er, Silicon Valley.

In a series of tweets beginning Friday evening and extending throughout the day on Saturday, President Trump condemned Facebook for banning a slew of far-right figures, including the conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and the anti-Islam commentator Paul Joseph Watson, as well as Twitter for locking the account of actor James Woods. President Trump said he was “monitoring” the situation and even helped raise Watson’s profile by retweeting a link to his YouTube video about being censored—a video that has now been viewed more than half a million times.

Issie Lapowsky covers the intersection of tech, politics, and national affairs for WIRED.

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An Xbox controller with a built-in Braille display is Microsoft’s latest gaming accessibility play

Microsoft has been leaning into accessibility in gaming lately, most visibly with its amazing Adaptive Controller, and a new patent suggests another way the company may be accommodating disabled gamers: an Xbox controller with a built-in Braille display.

As you might expect, it’s already quite hard for a visually impaired gamer to play some games, and although that difficulty can’t be entirely alleviated, there are definitely things worth doing. For instance: the text on screen that sighted people take for granted, documenting player status, items, onscreen dialog or directions — how could these be read by a low-vision gamer who might be able to otherwise navigate the game world?

In many circumstances a screen reader is what a visually impaired person would use to interact with this kind of data, but often that text is relayed to them in audio form, which is far less appealing an option when you’re in-game. Who wants to have a computer voice reading off your armor levels and inventory [...]  read more

iPhone XR deal: buy an iPhone XR and get 3-months of free wireless service

Mint Mobile is offering an exclusive iPhone XR deal for TechRadar readers. For a limited time, you can receive a free three-month 8GB data plan with your purchase of an iPhone XR. You’ll pay the monthly cost of the iPhone XR ($31.21/month for 24 months) with 0% financing and receive 8GB of data per month for three months at no additional charge.

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UTM-Italy Partnership Focuses on Underserved

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Apple blames Intel for poor Mac sales – so why doesn’t it just buy AMD?

Apple doesn’t like losing, so when it announced its latest financial results (for the fiscal second quarter, running up to the end of March), the fact that it had to admit that revenue for its Mac business declined by 5%, must have stung. However, Apple was keen to pin the decline on the fact that …

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Bitcoin got another bashing from the Sage of Omaha. Warren Buffet told reporters at Berkshire Hathaway's annual meeting in Omaha, Nebraska that …
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Ian McEwan Doesn’t Hate Science Fiction

In a recent interview British novelist Ian McEwan seemed to suggest that science fiction is only about “traveling at 10 times the speed of light in antigravity boots,” in contrast to his own novel Machines Like Me, which he says explores the “human dilemmas” involved with artificial intelligence. Science fiction fans bristled, questioning whether McEwan had ever actually read any science fiction, but McEwan now insists that he’s been misunderstood.

“I was a little taken aback at how some rather offhand remarks of mine should cause such a storm,” McEwan says in Episode 359 of the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast. “And actually I’ve read a fair amount of science fiction over a lifetime.”

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