Friday Five for April 15, 2022

Following is a list of things BruinTechs should know and share with others:

1. Event: The Impact of Technology: A Conversation with Jeff Orlowski-Yang & Frances Haugen

The Common Experience Program at UCLA invites you to a conversation with Facebook Whistleblower, Frances Haugen, and Director of The Social Dilemma, Jeff Orlowski-Yang, to discuss the impacts of technology on identity, media, and society. Moderated by UCLA Professor Dr. Ramesh Srinivasan, we will dive into the digital world to explore transparency in social media, innovation for good, and how to inspire the next generation of leaders.
Wednesday 4/20 | 5:30-7PM | De Neve Auditorium RSVP here.

2. Flying Buses in California?

Advanced air mobility (AAM) describes a system of air transportation that moves people and goods in modes and environments previously underserved by traditional aviation. For many, AAM brings to mind headlines about companies using drones to drop packages on people’s doorsteps, but the field involves a wide array of transit niches and emerging technologies, with applications in passenger mobility, freight delivery and emergency response. Continue reading.

3. Elon Musk offers to buy Twitter for more than $40bn

Elon Musk has launched an audacious bid to buy Twitter for $43.4bn (£33bn), saying he wants to release its “extraordinary potential” to boost free speech and democracy across the world.

The Tesla chief executive and world’s richest person revealed in a regulatory filing on Thursday that he had launched a hostile takeover of Twitter. He further confirmed the move in a public appearance at the TED conference in Vancouver later that day. Continue reading.

4. How facial recognition is identifying the dead in Ukraine

Warning: This story contains graphic descriptions that may be upsetting to some readers. Continue reading.

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5. Cops Arrest 3 People for Running ‘Club Penguin Rewritten’ Beloved by Millions

“CPRewritten is shutting down effective immediately due to a full request by Disney. We have voluntarily given control over the website to the police for them to continue their copyright investigation,” an administrator called “Thorn” for Club Penguin Rewritten, the targeted service, wrote in an announcement on the game’s Discord channel on Wednesday. Club Penguin Rewritten billed itself as a "recreation" of Club Penguin that had more than 10 million accounts and has been around since 2017. Continue reading.