A Cult-Hit TTRPG Gets An Open License For Creators

A Cult-Hit TTRPG Gets An Open License For Creators

Image: Monte Cook Games Indie tabletop role-playing game (TTRPG) designers will have some new rules to play with soon. Monte Cook Games announced last week that its core set of tabletop roleplaying game rules, known as the Cypher System, is switching to an open license that will allow anyone to design and sell content using … Read more

Facebook Forgets Every Lesson Learned Trying to Imitate TikTok

Facebook Forgets Every Lesson Learned Trying to Imitate TikTok

Photo: Wachiwit (Shutterstock) For Facebook and its parent company Meta, “pride” and “envy” aren’t so much mortal sins as they are a modus operandi. The company’s obsession with being at the top of the social media ladder could also propagate more harmful content for users. Rainn Wilson’s First Fandoms: Star Trek And D&D The Verge … Read more

Americans Lost $1 Billion to Crypto Scams Last Year, Feds Say

Americans Lost $1 Billion to Crypto Scams Last Year, Feds Say

Photo: ARMEND NIMANI/AFP (Getty Images) Investing in Web3, the supposedly “transformative”environment of blockchain and cryptocurrency technologies, continues to be a revolutionary new way to lose a whole lot of money. HAS study from the Federal Trade Commission released Friday shows that Americans have lost over $1 billion to crypto-related scams since January 2021. In raw … Read more

Meta investigated Sheryl Sandberg for using corporate resources to plan wedding: report

Meta investigated Sheryl Sandberg for using corporate resources to plan wedding: report

Departing Meta executive Sheryl Sandberg announced her resignation from the tech giant during an ongoing probe into her alleged use of corporate resources to plan her wedding, according to a report Thursday. Sandberg, 52, shocked the business world Wednesday with her decision to quit as Meta’s chief operating officer, saying she wanted to focus on … Read more

Take-Two CEO Skeptical Of Metaverses, Worthless Digital Land

Take-Two CEO Skeptical Of Metaverses, Worthless Digital Land

Photo: Jonathan Leibson (Getty Images) The metaverse has quickly become a popular topic of speculation for tech companies and rich CEOs as they scramble to not be left behind while people look for ways to escape our hellish current-day digital landscape. But the metaverse is (probably) a giant bust, and Strauss Zelnick, CEO of GTA … Read more

How to Find Out If You’re Part of The $650 Million Illinois Facebook Settlement – ​​NBC Chicago

How to Find Out If You're Part of The $650 Million Illinois Facebook Settlement – ​​NBC Chicago

1.4 million people in Illinois stand to receive a check in the mail from Facebook as part of a seven-year, $650 million Class Action Lawsuit against the company. In the following, Class Members allege the company broke the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act by collecting and storing biometric data — also known as physical characteristics … Read more

Samsung’s Galaxy S23 Could Take 200MP Shots, Like This Cat Pic

Samsung's Galaxy S23 Could Take 200MP Shots, Like This Cat Pic

Samsung 200MP sensorImage: Samsung Samsung just teased the marquee feature for its upcoming flagship smartphones, and it’s downright adorable—the teaser, that is. Anyhow, to flex the capabilities of its upcoming 200-megapixel mobile image sensorSamsung took the obvious route: snap a photo of a sweet housecat, blow it up to be roughly 1.5x the size of … Read more

Italian scientists say lockdowns DO cause public to suffer ‘pandemic fatigue’ quicker

Italian scientists found the rate of pandemic fatigue accelerated when lockdown restrictions were harshest

Lockdowns DID cause public to suffer ‘pandemic fatigue’ quicker: Scientists say ‘milder’ restrictions worked better Scientists examined mobile data to see how far people traveled in lockdowns They found people’s movement levels away from home crept up slightly per day But rates accelerated when people were subjected to the harshest lockdown Authors say policy makers … Read more

Mark Zuckerberg banned Meta employees from talking about abortion

Mark Zuckerberg banned Meta employees from talking about abortion

Facebook’s parent company is ordering its employees to stop talking about abortion. An executive at Meta Platforms told employees on Thursday that they are not allowed to discuss the contentious issue during office hours due to “an increased risk” that the company would be perceived as a “hostile work environment,” The Verge reported. The policy, … Read more

Does Ken Paxton Have a Point About Google Chrome Incognito?

Does Ken Paxton Have a Point About Google Chrome Incognito?

Noted know-nothing Ken Paxton.Photo: Chip Somodevilla (Getty Images) The Lone Star State is coming for Incognito mode. In a petition filed Thursday that piggybacks on a previous lawsuit against Google, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton described the so-called “private” search setting as misleading and “deceptive” because of its location tracking. Pulling out his dictionary, Paxton … Read more