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Lying down mode returns to Meta Quest 2 and Pro, but not Quest 3

The Meta Quest 2 (pictured) and Quest Pro are getting "lying down mode," but not the Meta Quest 3. Jason Hiner/ZDNETMeta released the v63 update to let users make purchases in the metaverse using Quest Cash, a new payment method for games and other purchases in the Meta Quest Platform. This update also brings back the ability to use the Meta Quest 2headsets while lying down. After giving Meta Quest users a taste of effortlessly enjoying their mixed reality headsets lying down back in the v53 update, Meta removed the

The informant next door: A quiet L.A. life masked Kremlin ties for FBI source accused of lying about Bidens

He rubbed elbows with Russian elites, spoke of an exclusive invite aboard an oligarch’s mega-yacht and cozied up to foreign intelligence agencies. As a valued FBI informant for the last 13 years, Alexander Smirnov hopscotched the globe to sweep up information on powerful figures and illicit activities. Federal agents even authorized him to break the law while doing so.For much of this time, Smirnov, 43, also lived a quiet, seemingly unremarkable life in the suburbs of Los Angeles with a long-term girlfriend 15 years his…

Informant charged with lying about Burisma payments to Bidens

WASHINGTON —  An FBI informant has been charged with lying to authorities about claims of a multimillion-dollar bribery scheme that allegedly involved President Biden, his son Hunter and a Ukrainian energy company — claims that are central to House Republicans’ impeachment inquiry into the president. Alexander Smirnov falsely reported in June 2020 that executives associated with the Ukrainian energy company Burisma had paid Hunter and Joe Biden $5 million each in 2015 or 2016, prosecutors said Thursday. Smirnov had…

OpenAI’s Sora Is a Giant ‘F*ck You’ to Reality

Everybody knows that online disinformation is a huge problem—one that has arguably torn communities apart, manipulated elections, and caused certain segments of the global population to lose their minds. Of course, nobody seems particularly concerned about actually fixing this problem. In fact, the institutions most responsible for online disinformation (and thus, the ones most well-placed to do something about it)—that is to say, tech companies—seem intent on doing everything they can to make the problem exponentially…

Japan’s Lunar Mission Is Lying Face Down on the Moon

The saga of Japan’s lunar lander continues to unfold, with the first images of SLIM on the surface of the Moon revealing the unfortunate position the spacecraft has ended up in.China's Plan to Land Astronauts on the MoonNearly a week after the SLIM lander touched down on the Moon, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) released an image of its spacecraft taken by a tiny rover called Sora-Q, which arrived on the Moon with SLIM. The image shows SLIM in a bind, with its thrusters pointed upward and, worst of all, its…

In a new lawsuit, Iowa accuses TikTok of lying about content available to kids

The state of Iowa is suing TikTok, alleging that the social media company misleads parents about the kinds of content available to young users. The lawsuit from Iowa Attorney General Brenna Bird accuses TikTok of hosting “sexual content, drugs, alcohol, intense profanity, self-harm messages, and other X-rated content,” making videos that aren’t age appropriate easily accessible for children and teens in the state. “TikTok represents to Iowa parents and Iowa children that inappropriate content on its platform,…

Who Sings ‘The Holdovers’ Theme Song ‘Crying Laughing Loving Lying’?

At his home in Catalonia, Spain, last year, Labi Siffre received the latest in a series of requests to use one of his songs in a soundtrack. Based on a synopsis of the movie, set in a boarding school in New England, the singer-songwriter signed off. “The storyline was quite nice, and I thought, ‘Yeah, okay,’” he says. “And that’s all I remembered of it. You move on with the rest of the work you are doing.” But a few weeks ago, the British musician heard from one of his followers on social media that the movie was,…

Orphan Natalia Grace’s Real Age Revealed After Adoption Scandal, Ex-Parents Accused Of Lying

The curious case of Natalia Grace just got curiouser and curiouser. New developments in the odd tale of the Ukrainian orphan who had been adopted by Michael and Kristine Barnett, who alleged she was older than presumed, as well as being a danger to them, showed an entirely different side.The Barnetts notably made a series of allegations against Natalia, with the most infamous accusation that the orphan was not a six-year-old child when they adopted her in 2010, but a grown adult with sociopathic tendencies and dwarfism…

Former Rep. Fortenberry’s Conviction for Lying to FBI Overturned

The former congressman was convicted of lying to the FBI and hiding information about illegal campaign contributions by a foreign billionaire Former Republican Rep. Jeff Fortenberry scored a victory Tuesday when an appeals court reversed his conviction for lying to federal authorities about an illegal foreign donation to Fortenberry’s 2016 campaign. The court ruled that the former congressman’s trial took place in the wrong venue. “Fortenberry’s trial took place in a state where no charged

Tesla drivers have highest accident rate despite Autopilot claims, who is lying?

A new study based on insurance claims shows that Tesla drivers have the highest accident rate of any brand in the auto industry. That’s despite Tesla claiming that its Autopilot safety features result in a much lower crash rate than the industry average. Who is lying? Tesla used to release an “Autopilot safety report” that tracked miles between accidents in its vehicles based on the level of Autopilot used or not used and compared it to the industry average. The automaker used the report to…