If Social Media Can Be Unsafe for Kids, What Happens in VR?

After decades of unfulfilled promises, VR may finally be on the precipice of “going mainstream.”
Nearly $3 billion of virtual reality headsets were reportedly sold during COVID-19 lockdowns. Facebook put its Oculus Quest 2 on the market in October 2020 for $299, the same price as an Xbox Series S. Preorders for the Quest 2 were five times higher than the Quest 1 in 2019, and they sold out at most large retailers before Christmas.
Estimates swing wildly, with reports of anywhere from 26 million to 171 million VR users worldwide today.

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The Facebook Whistle-Blower’s Testimony and the Tech Giant’s Very Bad Week

Last month, after the Wall Street Journal published a series of articles drawn, in part, from tens of thousands of pages of leaked internal Facebook documents that purportedly show the ways in which the company sometimes prioritizes profit over the public good, and after the Senate Commerce Committee used those documents to grill Facebook’s head of global safety, Antigone Davis, about the company’s knowledge of the harm it causes, one question remained: “What happens now?

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Your gas stove is leaking air pollution inside your own home. Go electric | Brady Seals

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Your gas stove is leaking air pollution inside your own home. Go electric

Brady Seals

Gas stoves can produce air pollution levels indoors that would be illegal outside

‘Given the clear health and climate case, various cities have begun to require that new homes are all-electric. However, the gas industry is working to strangle policy momentum.’ Photograph: Lauren Hurley/PA

‘Given the clear health and climate case, various cities have begun to require that new homes are all-electric.

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Your gas stove is leaking air pollution inside your own home. Go electric | Brady Seals

OpinionScience

Your gas stove is leaking air pollution inside your own home. Go electric

Brady Seals

Gas stoves can produce air pollution levels indoors that would be illegal outside

‘Given the clear health and climate case, various cities have begun to require that new homes are all-electric. However, the gas industry is working to strangle policy momentum.’ Photograph: Lauren Hurley/PA

‘Given the clear health and climate case, various cities have begun to require that new homes are all-electric.

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Your gas stove is leaking air pollution inside your own home. Go electric | Brady Seals

OpinionScience

Your gas stove is leaking air pollution inside your own home. Go electric

Brady Seals

Gas stoves can produce air pollution levels indoors that would be illegal outside

‘Given the clear health and climate case, various cities have begun to require that new homes are all-electric. However, the gas industry is working to strangle policy momentum.’ Photograph: Lauren Hurley/PA

‘Given the clear health and climate case, various cities have begun to require that new homes are all-electric.

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OCD Won’t Make You a Better Parent

If you’re wondering where our culture is headed, take a look at this column in The New York Times: “A Marriage Stressed by Obsessions and Compulsions.” Nicole Comforto, a novelist in Seattle, writes about the first time her husband seemed to freak out about a non-danger. He’d spotted a red spot on their four-month-old’s lip and immediately went to Google it.
The results had him so distressed that “he even had to put his head between his knees to keep from passing out,” writes Comforto.

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OCD Won’t Make You a Better Parent

If you’re wondering where our culture is headed, take a look at this column in The New York Times: “A Marriage Stressed by Obsessions and Compulsions.” Nicole Comforto, a novelist in Seattle, writes about the first time her husband seemed to freak out about a non-danger. He’d spotted a red spot on their four-month-old’s lip and immediately went to Google it.
The results had him so distressed that “he even had to put his head between his knees to keep from passing out,” writes Comforto.

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Editorial: Here’s why California doesn’t need a bill requiring gender-neutral toy sections

State lawmakers have plenty of necessary and appropriate tasks ahead of them, such as preparing for a hotter, drier future, devoting adequate resources to fight and prevent devastating wildfires and supporting school districts as they help students overcome learning loss from the pandemic months.
Rearranging the toy shelves in major retail chains is not one of those tasks.
Nevertheless, a bill awaiting Gov.

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In 2001, a Mysterious Invention Became a Viral Sensation—Then Went Down in Flames. I’ve Always Wondered: Was It All My Fault?

In January of 2001, a startup news website broke a huge technology story: A charismatic millionaire was secretly developing an incredible invention, one that would change the world, in his lab in New Hampshire. The news came via a leaked, secret book proposal, which had just sold to the academic publisher Harvard Business School Press for $250,000. Within hours, the story was everywhere.
The proposal quoted Steve Jobs saying the invention would be “as significant as the personal computer.” Jeff Bezos said it was “revolutionary.

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In 2001, a Mysterious Invention Became a Viral Sensation—Then Went Down in Flames. I’ve Always Wondered: Was It All My Fault?

In January of 2001, a startup news website broke a huge technology story: A charismatic millionaire was secretly developing an incredible invention, one that would change the world, in his lab in New Hampshire. The news came via a leaked, secret book proposal, which had just sold to the academic publisher Harvard Business School Press for $250,000. Within hours, the story was everywhere.
The proposal quoted Steve Jobs saying the invention would be “as significant as the personal computer.” Jeff Bezos said it was “revolutionary.

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