Submission + - The OpenBook Challenge Launched to Replace Facebook (calacanis.com) 1

reifman writes: 'Can Facebook be replaced?' That's the aim of Jason Calacanis' Open Book Challenge, launched on 4/20. Over the next three months, 20 finalists will compete for seven $100,000 incubator grants. They're goal is to find startups with a sustainable business model e.g. subscriptions, reasonable advertising, cryptocurrency. etc. And they want it to be 'good for society' e.g. Respect and protect consumer’s privacy, respect and protect our democracy from bad actors, respect and protect the truth, by stopping the spread of misinformation, not try and manipulate people by making them addicted to the service, protect freedom of speech, while curbing abuse (not easy!)

Submission + - Gov't Accidentally Releases Documents on "Psycho-Electric" Weapons

Presto Vivace writes: They were mistakenly sent to a journalist.

The government has all kinds of secrets, but only a true conspiracy theorist might suspect that "psycho-electric weapons" are one of them. So it's odd that MuckRock, a news organization that specializes in filing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests with state and federal government bodies, received mysterious documents about mind control, seemingly by accident. .... ... Journalist Curtis Waltman was writing to the Washington State Fusion Center (WSFC), a joint operation between Washington State law enforcement and the federal government to request information about Antifa and white supremacist groups. He got responses to the questions he asked, but also a file titled “EM effects on human body.zip.”

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