Daily Beast: Fire Rips Through Mysterious Google Mansion

Daily Beast: Fire Rips Through Mysterious Google Mansion. “A three-alarm fire at a Palo Alto home owned by billionaire Google co-founder Larry Page has neighbors demanding answers on whether the California mansion was being used unlawfully as an office for tech workers. On Tuesday night, firefighters responded to a blaze at the 6-bedroom, 5.5-bath home, which per county records has an assessed value of more than $10 million. Fire officials say crews were dispatched to the Bryant Street property at 8:10 p.m., after a neighbor who was away at the time spotted trouble on a security camera.”

Meduza: Russian telecoms operators start blocking Google Docs after Navalny’s team uses it to publish ‘Smart Vote’ endorsements

Meduza: Russian telecoms operators start blocking Google Docs after Navalny’s team uses it to publish ‘Smart Vote’ endorsements. “Telecommunications operators in Russia started blocking Google Docs late in the evening on September 15, the GlobalCheck project reported. According to GlobalCheck, which monitors Russia’s Internet blocking system, the site docs.google.com is being blocked by the telecommunications operators MTS, MegaFon, and Rostelecom. The Internet watchdog Roskomsvoboda reports that Tele2 users are also experiencing disruptions.”

The National: Google glitch causes confusion about Indian rupee conversion rate

The National: Google glitch causes confusion about Indian rupee conversion rate. “A temporary glitch in search engine Google’s currency converter tool on Wednesday showed the dirham-Indian rupee conversion rate to be much lower than it actually is, sparking confusion among Indian expats in the UAE. The Indian rupee was shown to have briefly plunged to about 24.8 versus the UAE dirham on Wednesday, according to rates aggregated by Google.” The rupee was actually worth about triple that.

AL: Alabama Pickers, couple known for reselling and vaccine opposition, both dead of COVID

AL: Alabama Pickers, couple known for reselling and vaccine opposition, both dead of COVID. “A married Alabama couple known for their reselling videos on YouTube under the name ‘Alabama Pickers’ have both died of COVID. Dusty and Tristan Graham lived in Huntsville, where they would often post videos about various tips and tricks to reselling vintage items like clothes and home decor. They sold on eBay under the username, bama4348.”

Alabama councilman, 19, hospitalized with covid after opposing mask mandate: ‘Terrible not to be able to breathe’ (Washington Post)

Washington Post: Alabama councilman, 19, hospitalized with covid after opposing mask mandate: ‘Terrible not to be able to breathe’. “A teenage city council member in Decatur, Ala., who voted in April to end his city’s mask mandate landed in the hospital with the coronavirus Wednesday night after developing pneumonia and struggling to breathe. ‘I am still shallow in breathing but my oxygen remains okay for now!’ 19-year-old Hunter Pepper, who in August 2020 became the youngest person ever elected to the Decatur City Council, said on Facebook Thursday. ‘Confirming last night after a ‘CT-Scan’ I am now shown to have “Covid Pneumonia” which is absolutely terrible.’”

‘We have a little girl here, and she doesn’t have her people’: COVID kills parents of 8-year-old (The Oregonian)

The Oregonian: ‘We have a little girl here, and she doesn’t have her people’: COVID kills parents of 8-year-old. “It started innocently enough, friends and family assume, with an Aug. 18 trip to the Grant County Fair in central Washington. It was an annual outing for Tom and Josie Burko and her 8-year-old daughter Lillie, and this time they brought Tom’s 70-year-old mother, who lives with them, too. The tractor pull. Livestock shows. Dog showmanship. Cloggers. Music. Tragedy followed. ”

BBC: Call for investigation of menstrual changes after Covid jabs

BBC: Call for investigation of menstrual changes after Covid jabs. “Changes to periods and unexpected vaginal bleeding after having a Covid vaccine should be investigated to reassure women, says a leading immunologist specialising in fertility. Writing in the BMJ, Dr Victoria Male, from Imperial College London, said the body’s immune response was the likely cause, not something in the vaccines.”

WFLA: Federal judge declines to block Florida ban on mask mandates

WFLA: Federal judge declines to block Florida ban on mask mandates . “A federal judge declined Wednesday to block a ban imposed by Gov. Ron DeSantis to prevent mandating masks for Florida school students amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. Judge K. Michael Moore in Miami denied a request by parents of disabled children for a preliminary injunction against an executive order that DeSantis issued in July that served as the basis for the Florida Department of Health issuing a rule that required school districts to allow parents to opt out of any student mask mandates.”

Rolling Stone: Extremists Shared TikTok Videos on How to Access White House via Tunnels, Feds Say

Rolling Stone: Extremists Shared TikTok Videos on How to Access White House via Tunnels, Feds Say. “Domestic extremists used TikTok, an app best known for short videos and viral dances, to spread information about bringing guns to the January 6th Capitol attack and accessing the White House through tunnels, according to a Homeland Security briefing.”

Phys .org: Largest virtual universe free for anyone to explore

Phys .org: Largest virtual universe free for anyone to explore. “Forget about online games that promise you a ‘whole world’ to explore. An international team of researchers has generated an entire virtual universe, and made it freely available on the cloud to everyone. Uchuu (meaning ‘outer space’ in Japanese) is the largest and most realistic simulation of the universe to date.”

Ivermectin overdose death probed in NM: “I don’t want more people to die” (Ars Technica)

Ars Technica: Ivermectin overdose death probed in NM: “I don’t want more people to die”. “A person in New Mexico is suspected of dying from an overdose of ivermectin, a state official announced Thursday. A second person in the state is also in critical condition following use of the drug, which is an antiparasitic medication mainly used in veterinary medicine to deworm animals, such as cattle and horses. If the death is confirmed to have been caused by ivermectin, it is believed to be New Mexico’s first known fatal ivermectin overdose.”

Mozilla Blog: Get where you’re going faster, with Firefox Suggest

Mozilla Blog: Get where you’re going faster, with Firefox Suggest. “Firefox already helps people search their browsing history and tabs and use their preferred search engine directly from Firefox’s Awesome Bar. Firefox Suggest will enhance this by including other sources of information such as Wikipedia, Pocket articles, reviews and credible content from sponsored, vetted partners and trusted organizations.”

The new warrant: how US police mine Google for your location and search history (The Guardian)

The Guardian: The new warrant: how US police mine Google for your location and search history . “It was a routine bike ride around the neighborhood that landed Zachary McCoy in the crosshairs of the Gainesville, Florida, police department. In January 2020, an alarming email from Google landed in McCoy’s inbox. Police were requesting his user data, the company told him, and McCoy had seven days to go to court and block its release. McCoy later found out the request was part of an investigation into the burglary of a nearby home the year before.”

Washington Post: Facebook keeps researching its own harms — and burying the findings

Washington Post: Facebook keeps researching its own harms — and burying the findings. “While the stories are noteworthy in themselves, their provenance points to a deeper issue at Facebook. It is that the world’s largest social network employs teams of people to study its own ugly underbelly, only to ignore, downplay and suppress the results of their research when it proves awkward or troubling. Why it would do such a thing is a question whose answer lies at least partly in the company’s culture and organizational structure…. Facebook routes weighty decisions about content policy through some of the same executives tasked with government lobbying and public relations — an arrangement that critics say creates a conflict of interest. Often, they seem to prioritize public perception over transparency.