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Footprints provide clues to how humans stalked and hunted giant sloths

By Johnny Lieu

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Among the glistening dunes of New Mexico’s White Sands National Monument, scientists have been taken aback by the discovery of footprints.

The footprints belong to the extinct giant ground sloth, measuring seven to eight feet tall when on its hind legs, and sporting razor-like claws — vastly different to the lazy looking sloths you’re familiar with today.

But it’s what’s inside these sloth footprints that’s captivated researchers: human footprints. This suggests hunters were possibly following the ground sloth step-for-step, despite the animal’s ability to strike and kill. …

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5 things Pinterest changed to make its app better for people who are blind

By Shannon Connellan

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It may be playing catch-up, but Pinterest is finally making its platform more accessible to people who are blind or have low vision.

On Wednesday, Pinterest announced a handful of updates across the company’s app and website, particularly aimed at being more inclusive.

Steered by lead designer Long Cheng, Pinterest partnered with San Francisco non-profit Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired to develop the updates.

“After talking to Pinners and finding out how Pinterest was (and wasn’t) working for them, we did an accessibility audit and created a list of areas to improve,” says Pinterest’s press statement. …

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Facebook’s new ad wants you to forget about that whole subverting democracy thing

By Jack Morse

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This time, it will be different. This time, and I know you’ve heard this before, but this time Facebook’s really going to change.

Yes, I know the company allowed third-party apps to scrape your data, and yes it allowed Russian trolls to foment race-based violence on its platform, but that’s not who Facebook really is. Don’t believe me? Well then take a look at this genuine and authentic and not-at-all-focus-grouped 60-second ad spot that the company released today.

“We came here for the friends,” begins the advertisement. “But then something happened, we had to deal with spam, clickbait, fake news, and data misuse. That’s going to change.” …

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9 companies trying to be the ‘Tesla of China’

By Sasha Lekach

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Electric car maker Tesla has pushed the car market to develop more sedans, SUVs, and even luxury sports cars with batteries. In China, any headway Tesla’s made for electric is overshadowed by an expanding list of homegrown electric carmakers.

At the Beijing Auto Show this week everything from electrical …

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Facebook’s richer than ever, despite data privacy scandals

By Karissa Bell

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Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica nightmare — in which a UK data firm allegedly leaked ill-gotten info about millions of Facebook users — may have rocked the company, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at the company’s bottom line. In fact, if you were solely looking at the company’s latest earnings, you might actually think the scandal has helped Facebook.

The company posted earnings of $11.97 billion for the first quarter of 2018, beating Wall Street’s expectations of $11.41 billion and proving that advertisers have not been deterred by the social network’s spate of headline-making issues.

“Despite facing important challenges, our community and business are off to a strong start in 2018,” CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a prepared statement during the company’s earnings call. …

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