Facebook reportedly considering ban on political ads before election

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Facebook is reportedly considering a ban on political ads before the US elections this year. Bloomberg reported the news this afternoon, saying that the idea is being discussed internally but is not yet a firm policy. Sources also confirmed the discussion to The New York Times. The step would drastically escalate Facebook’s current plans for preventing misinformation or meddling in the 2020 elections.

There’s not much detail about the policy, but based on Bloomberg’s report, the blackout would be brief — a matter of days before election day in November. Facebook has previously allowed users to “turn off” political ads and added disclosure requirements, and it’s attempting to provide reliable information with a voting hub. But it’s…

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Right-to-repair advocates say hospitals need new rules to keep equipment working

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An advocacy group is urging lawmakers to make sure hospitals can repair their own equipment — citing a survey of over 200 medical professionals. The US Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) has released a new report on how “right-to-repair” rules affect medical professionals, especially during the coronavirus pandemic. It concludes that a lack of clear rules makes it more difficult to fix vital medical devices at a sustainable cost, even when many manufacturers aren’t acting maliciously.

The PIRG report surveyed 222 biomedical professionals, many of whom work at hospitals. Nearly half said they’d been denied access to necessary repair parts and information during the pandemic. And nearly all said that removing restrictions on repairs was…

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Magic Leap names former Microsoft executive as CEO

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Magic Leap has appointed Peggy Johnson, a former Microsoft executive, as its new CEO. Johnson will begin leading the company on August 1st, replacing current CEO and company co-founder Rony Abovitz. Her appointment is part of the struggling mixed reality company’s move toward business customers and away from consumer entertainment and personal computing.

Johnson was Microsoft’s executive vice president of business development as well as the head of its venture capital fund M12. She told The New York Times that she reached out to Abovitz about the job after he announced plans to step down in May. It’s not yet clear what role Abovitz will play after the transition, but he’s previously said he will provide “strategy and vision” through…

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