The FTC took a shot at Mark Zuckerberg, actor Rutger Hauer died, and the comforts of in-game drudgery. Here’s the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.
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The FTC wants more privacy, less Zuckerberg at Facebook
A 50-page complaint from the Federal Trade Commission landed today as it settled with Facebook to the tune of a record $5 billion. Facebook had to commit to make substantial changes to its structures and handling of privacy issues, and Zuckerberg himself will have to personally certify the company’s compliance each year. “Mr. Zuckerberg does remain the controlling shareholder, but his power over privacy in particular will be more diffused, and his influence accordingly diminished,” says the FTC Commissioner. But privacy advocates, as well as two FTC commissioners, decried the settlement as far too lenient.
Actor Rutger Hauer has died
The internet today lamented the death of actor Rutger Hauer at the age of 75. From his best-known role of Roy Batty in Blade Runner, to Navarre in Ladyhawke, Hauer “brought that apparent heft, literal and metaphoric, to every movie he made.” Our writer Adam Rogers remembers a genre-great.
Our writer Julie Muncy describes the benefits of hours spent on the seemingly more mundane side of videogames: “Grinding, in its imitation of forward movement, is catnip to a mind stuck in neutral… The constant forward movement, not demanding or exciting but still, inexorably, movement, has an effect on me. It clears out the cobwebs depression lays down, making my mind feel a little quicker, a little more awake. I can think about things better when I’m grinding. Playing games like this can help my mood.”
WIRED Recommends: Sony WF-1000XM3
Don’t be scared off by the name—it’s a Sony thing—but these noise-canceling ear buds are some of the best you can buy. Comfortable fit, awesome sound, and really impressive noise-canceling abilities. They’re not really for workouts (a little bulky, and not water resistant), but our reviewer still gave them a 9/10.
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