Should Facebook take down the fake Nancy Pelosi video?

Should Facebook take down the fake Nancy Pelosi video?

No it should not. Those videos are slowed down about 75%. They're clearly fake but Facebook shouldn't get rid of them. That's a slippery slope to violating free speech. What Facebook should do is make sure that not a lot of people see them. Free speech is not the same as free reach!

Why is the military fighting with windfarms?

Because the military likes to fly their planes low. They like the pilots to be able to practice in all terrain and wind turbines are high. So there's a standoff.

Are crime-alerting apps helpful or stressful?

They are a little bit helpful and really stressful. Problem is that the apps, and in fact security camera companies that are helping support some of the apps, have an incentive to make you afraid, so buy more security cameras. And so you check the app more often.

Is tech philanthropy just a PR play?

Not really. It is a PR play. But there's also a lot of good that comes out of it.

America's internet giants are being pulled into political fights right and left these days. Speech – what can be said, and who can say it – is increasingly at the center of those controversies. Consider these two stories from opposite sides of the world:

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Italy's prime minister resigns – Giuseppe Conte, the caretaker prime minister appointed to mediate an uneasy governing alliance between Italy's anti-establishment 5Star Movement and the right-wing Lega party, resigned on Tuesday. Rather than wait for a no-confidence vote triggered by the rightwing Lega Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, Conte stepped down on his own terms. Salvini, who's popularity has been rising, had hoped that by triggering snap elections he could get himself appointed prime minister, will now have to wait for Italy's president, Sergio Mattarella, to decide what comes next. While Lega and smaller right-wing allies want a new vote, center and left-wing parties are apparently working to see if they can form a majority coalition – perhaps including 5Star -- that would allow Mattarella to appoint a new government without fresh elections. We're watching to see how the dust settles in Europe's third-biggest economy.

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300: The US tested a new medium-range cruise missile on Sunday that flew more than 300 miles. This marks the first time the US has tested a weapon that would have violated the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, a Cold War era pact that was officially abandoned three weeks ago, sparking fears of a new global arms race.

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