DJI is halting all shipments to Russia and Ukraine to slow weaponization of drones

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‘Potentially hazardous’ asteroid twice the size of the Empire State Building will skim past Earth Thursday, NASA says

The asteroid, named 418135 (2008 AG33), has an estimated diameter between 1,150 and 2,560 feet (350 to 780 meters) and will break into Earth’s orbit at a blistering 23,300 mph (37,400 km/h). Thankfully, the asteroid is expected to skim past our planet without any risk of impact. via Technology and News Today https://www.livescience.com/asteroid-flyby-april-28

Trump has always had contempt for courts. A New York judge is ordering him to pay for it.

In a stinging rebuke of former President Donald Trump’s treatment of the legal system, a state court judge held Trump in contempt of court Monday, essentially for failing to comply with subpoenas issued by the New York attorney general’s office. via Technology and News Today https://www.msnbc.com/opinion/msnbc-opinion/trump-s-contempt-courts-old-it-s-finally-being-called-n1294764

Hisense announces new E Ink smartphone for launch on May 11

HiSense announced it will host an event on May 11 to launch a new E Ink smartphone, Gamingsym reported. The company made the announcement on April 23 widely celebrated as World Book Day. Such a device will serve as a really portable e-reader device that can be carried comfortably in the pocket. via Technology and News Today https://goodereader.com/blog/electronic-readers/hisense-announces-new-e-ink-smartphone-for-launch-on-may-11

YouTube launched 17 years ago today with this video

It was 17 years ago on Sunday that a 25-year-old guy called Jawed Karim uploaded the first video to YouTube, kickstarting a service that went on to become the go-to hub for video streaming and giving anyone with a camera and a good idea the chance to make a living out of their own content. via Technology and News Today https://www.digitaltrends.com/news/youtube-launched-17-years-ago-today-with-this-video/

Apple’s nudity-blurring Messages feature gets international release

Apple’s “communication safety in Messages” feature, which is designed to automatically blur images containing nudity sent to children using the company’s messaging service, is now rolling out to additional countries. via Technology and News Today https://www.theverge.com/2022/4/21/23035183/ios-messages-communication-safety-nudity-sexually-explicit-message-blurring

Ebook service Hoopla brings anti-vax, Holocaust denial, and pro-LGBTQ conversion books to libraries

An ebook subscription platform used by thousands of public libraries in the US and elsewhere is offering Holocaust denial, COVID disinformation, LGBTQ conversion therapy, and other conspiracy theory books, according to a report by Motherboard. via Technology and News Today https://www.theverge.com/2022/4/20/23034169/hoopla-ebooks-public-library-conspiracy-theory

WhatsApp is adding reaction emoji and better misinformation controls

WhatsApp is introducing some arguably overdue messaging and calling features, including one that could reduce the spread of misinformation. To begin with, WhatsApp is adding reaction emoji to help people share thoughts without cluttering chats. via Technology and News Today https://www.engadget.com/whatsapp-reaction-emoji-group-admin-delete-150024647.html

Dungeons and Dragons owner Hasbro buys up D&D Beyond

Wizards of the Coast owner Hasbro is buying D&D Beyond, one of the most popular digital toolsets for playing Dungeons and Dragons. In a press release spotted by Gizmodo, the publisher said on Wednesday it had agreed to pay $146.3 million to acquire the platform from current owner Fandom. via Technology and News Today https://www.engadget.com/hasbro-buys-dnd-beyond-182209694.html