More and more tech companies are issuing COVID-19 vaccine mandates to comply with the government's directives. Adobe is one of the latest to require all employees in the US to be inoculated against the virus. According to CNBC, the company has told employees in an email that they have to be vaccinated by December 8th if they don't want to be placed on unpaid leave. In the letter seen by the publication, the company explained that it's giving its personnel until December 8th to comply with the Biden administration's executive order. The president previously gave all federal contractors a December 8th deadline to require all their employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Adobe does a lot of business with the US government. Earlier this year, it teamed up with government agencies in all 50 states to help them modernize their services with Adobe Experience Cloud and Adobe Document Cloud. It even launched the Government Rapid Response Program during the pandemic to help ensure people can smoothly access government services, such as vaccine scheduling websites. Adobe Chief People Officer Gloria Chen wrote in the email that 93.5 percent of the US employees who responded to an internal survey was already fully vaccinated or in the process of getting both shots. Despite the mandate, the company will consider religious and medical exemptions. The company's move echoes many others in the industry. Google started requiring all employees to be vaccinated against the virus way back in July. Meanwhile, Apple has yet to issue to mandate, but it will start requiring unvaccinated employees to undergo daily rapid testing on November 1st.
Hayden Christensen isn't done playing Darth Vader. According to The Hollywood Reporter, he's reprising his role as the Sith Lord in the upcoming Disney+ series Ahsoka. Rosario Dawson will star as Ahsoka Tano, whom she also played in the second season of The Mandalorian. That's the first time Ahsoka's character appeared in a live-action Star Wars show prior to that, Ahsoka was only seen in the franchise's animated entries.Disney and Lucasfilm have yet to reveal the story for the live-action series. The Hollywood Reporter says, though, that it's set five years after the events in Return of the Jedi, similar to The Mandalorian. That Vader will be featured in a show about Ahsoka doesn't entirely come as a surprise, seeing she was Anakin Skywalker's padawan. But since Vader died in Return of the Jedi, it's unclear how his character will fit into Ahsoka's story, and whether he'll be shown in flashbacks or as a Force ghost.Dave Filoni, who was involved in several previous Star Wars projects, will write the story and also serve as executive producer with Jon Favreau. The series will start production in 2022, though fans will get the chance to see Christensen play Vader before that in Ewan McGregor's Obi-Wan Kenobi that's set to debut early next year.
Facebook officials have long known about how the platforms recommendations can lead users into conspiracy theory-addled rabbit holes. Now, we know just how clear that picture was thanks to documents provided by Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen.During the summer of 2019, a Facebook researcher found that it took just five days for the company to begin recommending QAnon groups and other disturbing content to a fictional account, according to an internal report whose findings were reported by NBC News, The Wall Street Journal and others Friday. The document, titled Carol's Journey to QAnon was also in a cache of records provided by Haugen to the Securities and Exchange Commission as part of her whistleblower complaint.It reportedly describes how a Facebook researcher set up a brand new account for Carol, who was described as a conservative mom. After liking a few conservative, but mainstream pages, Facebooks algorithms began suggesting more fringe and conspiracy content. Within five days of joining Facebook, Carol was seeing groups with overt QAnon affiliations, conspiracy theories about white genocide and other content described by the researcher as extreme, conspiratorial, and graphic content.The fact that Facebooks recommendations were fueling QAnon conspiracy theories and other concerning movements has been well known outside of the company for some time. Researchers and journalists have also documented the rise of the once fringe conspiracy theory during the coronavirus pandemic in 2020. But the documents show that Facebooks researchers were raising the alarm about the conspiracy theory prior to the pandemic. The Wall Street Journal notes that researchers suggested measures like preventing or slowing down re-shared content but Facebook officials largely opted no to take those steps.Facebook didnt immediately respond to questions about the document. We worked since 2016 to invest in people, technologies, policies and processes to ensure that we were ready, and began our planning for the 2020 election itself two years in advance, Facebooks VP of Integrity wrote in a lengthy statement Friday evening. In the statement, Rosen recapped the numerous measures he said Facebook took in the weeks and months leading up to the 2020 election including banning QAnon and militia groups but didnt directly address the companys recommendations prior to QAnons ban in October 2020.The documents come at a precarious moment for Facebook. There have now been two whistleblowers who have turned over documents to the SEC saying the company has misled investors and prioritized growth and profits over users safety. Scrutiny is likely to further intensify as more than a dozen media organizations now have access to some of those documents.
On Tuesday, October 26th, Carli Lloyd will play her final game as part of the US womens national soccer team when it takes on South Korea in a friendly match. In honor of the event, Fox Sports will stream a dedicated CarliCam that will follow Lloyd throughout the contest. Youll be able to watch the game from that vantage point through the Fox Sports app, as well as the network's Facebook and YouTube accounts. It will also air the first 10 minutes of the match on Twitter.Back in August, Lloyd announced she would retire from professional soccer by the end of the year. Over her 17-year career, she has been one of the most dominant players in the sport. She scored the gold medal-winning goals in both the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics. In 2015 and 2016, she was named the FIFA Player of the Year. More recently, she helped Team USA secure the bronze medal at the 2021 Summer Olympics in Tokyo with a pair of goals in a match that ended with a four-three score. While Tuesday will mark Lloyds final game with Team USA, shell play out the remainder of the NSWL season with Gotham FC before finally hanging up her jersey.
Overwatch hero Jesse McCree has a new name, and, no, its not Deadeye Dave. As promised, Blizzard has renamed the gunslinger in the aftermath of his real-life namesake leaving the studio back in August. As of October 26th, McCree will be known as Cole Cassidy.To make the new Overwatch better to make things right he had to be honest with his team and himself. Blizzard said in a tweet. The cowboy he was rode into the sunset, and Cole Cassidy faced the world at dawn.Meet Cole Cassidy.Rides into Overwatch October 26. pic.twitter.com/CT6PmaNXNs Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) October 22, 2021The real Jesse McCree left the studio after the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing sued Activision Blizzard for fostering a frat boy workplace. While not directly named in the complaint, McCree reportedly took part in the infamous "Cosby Suite" where Blizzard employees, including former World of Warcraft creative director Alex Afrasiabi, allegedly harassed women. When it first announced the name change, Blizzard said it wanted to find one that better represented Overwatchs ideals. It also promised it would no longer name in-game characters after employees.Alongside the name change, Blizzard is testing two potential changes to Cassidys kit. It may tweak his Deadeye ultimate to make it more deadly and allow players to use his Combat Roll in midair. The latter change should help with avoiding vertical knockback abilities from heroes like Doomfist and Wrecking Ball. You can try out the tweaks by launching Overwatchs Experimental mode.