Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins died Thursday after being fatally shot on the New Mexico set of the film "Rust," officials said. Actor Alec Baldwin discharged a prop firearm that killed Hutchins, 42, and injured Joel Souza, the film's director.
Another former Facebook employee has filed a whistleblower complaint with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The latest complaint, which was first reported by The Washington Post, alleges Facebook misled its investors about dangerous and criminal behavior on its platforms, including Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger.In the complaint, the former employee described a conversation with one of Facebooks top communication executives who, following disclosures about Russias use of the platform to meddle in the 2016 election, said the scandal would be a flash in the pan and that we are printing money in the basement, and we are fine.Like Frances Haugen, the latest whistleblower is also a former member of Facebooks integrity team, which was tasked with fighting misinformation, voting interference and other major problems facing the company. And, like Haugen, the former Facebook staffer said that the company has routinely undermined efforts to fight misinformation, hate speech and other problematic content out of fear of angering then-President Trump and his political allies, or out of concern about potentially dampening the user growth.The SEC filing also describes illegal activity in secret Facebook Groups, and Facebooks policy of allowing politicians and other high-profile users to skirt its rules. It names Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg as being aware of the problems and not reporting them to investors, according to The Post.While many of the details sound similar to other complaints from former company insiders, news of another complaint adds to the pressure on Facebook, which has spent much of the last month trying to discredit Haugen and downplay the significance of its own research. Meanwhile, lawmakers have called on Zuckerberg to answer questions from Congress, and Haugen is expected to brief European officials as well.A Facebook spokesperson didnt immediately respond to a request for comment. Zuckerberg is expected to announce plans to rebrand the company with a new name next week.
For a while now, Discord has offered a feature called Rich Presence. Its an API developers can use to connect their games to Discord and make it easier to jump into them from the chat app. Weve mostly seen studios add the integration to individual titles, but now EA is doing it at the launcher level.Starting today, its EA app will allow you to connect your Discord account. Once you link the two together, your Discord contacts will not only see that game youre playing through the EA app but theyll also know how long youve been at it and the specific game mode youre in at the moment. Theyll also see if youre ready to group up to play something different. That last point is important since it might help push your friends to play a game they hadnt planned to when they first launched Discord.You can connect your accounts by navigating to the settings menu in the EA app, and then clicking on My account followed by Connected accounts.
Cyberpunk 2077 and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt publisher CD Projekt has expanded its portfolio after picking up indie developer The Molasses Flood. The Boston-based studio is behind survival game The Flame in the Flood and action village-building title Drake Hollow.Formed in 2014 by Bioshock, Halo and Guitar Hero veterans, The Molasses Flood caught CD Projekt's attention because it makes "games with heart," president and co-CEO Adam Kiciński said in a statement. The Molasses Flood share our passion for video game development, theyre experienced, quality-oriented, and have great technological insight. Im convinced they will bring a lot of talent and determination to the group.The Molasses Flood will operate independently from CD Projekt Red's other teams. The studio's next game is an "ambitious project" based on an existing CD Projekt franchise, which could very well mean another Cyberpunk or Witcher game. In any case, more details will be announced later.This week, CDPR delayed the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S upgrades of Cyberpunk 2077 and The Witcher 3 to 2022. The studio previously planned to release the updates by the end of this year.