Culture

‘Chocolate Rain’ infiltrates Chicago’s police scanner amid nationwide protests

The classic, viral song about systemic racism made it onto a different kind of radio.

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Over the weekend, someone gained access to the Chicago Police Department’s police scanner and played a familiar tune. Tay Zonday’s “Chocolate Rain” streamed into police radios around the city, causing confusion and forcing cops to switch frequencies, according to a Reddit video. Zonday’s song was one of the first viral videos, and though its meme-ification persists, increasing numbers of people have revisited the poignant lyrics.

Gaming

PlayStation reads the room and delays this week's PS5 event

The announcement came hours after the company tweeted in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.

Gamers are in their feelings following a fairly last-minute announcement from PlayStation. The gaming company will not be holding its scheduled PlayStation 5 event on June 4. As waves of protests over the systemic, consequence-free murder of Black people hit dozens of American cities, PlayStation rightly thought this wasn’t the best time to celebrate a new gaming console.

Culture

Instead of narcs, Dallas PD’s tip app was flooded with K-pop videos

The app briefly went down and now has a one-star rating.

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On Saturday, as protests against police brutality surged across the country, the Dallas Police Department tweeted out a call for tip videos containing “illegal activity from the protests.” Twitter user @7soulsmap used the tweet to remind people to obscure the faces of protestors in order to prevent police identification, according to BuzzFeed News. Multiple responses to that tweet suggested that people upload fancams, or fan videos, to the app. A day later, the app went down temporarily.

Tech

Apple just killed the unc0ver jailbreak for iOS devices

Don't update if you like to hack your iPhone or iPad.

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That was fast! A week after the unc0ver jailbreak was made available to unshackle iOS devices, Apple has now patched the vulnerability with today's release of iOS 13.5.1 and iPadOS 13.5.1.

Hailed as one of the biggest jailbreak releases in years, the unc0ver exploited a vulnerability in iOS 13.5's kernel to allow unauthorized code to be executed. The kernel exploit cracked open iPhones capable of running the latest signed versions of iOS and iPadOS, dating back to the iPhone 6S, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 4, and iPod touch (7th-gen).

Don't update (if you like to hack) — In case it wasn't already clear: don't update your device if you're into jailbreaking and modifying the software. Unlike a decade ago when there was rampant jailbreaking, there's no telling when another jailbreak release of this proportion will be available.

Solidarity

Streetwear shops are rallying around protesters, even after being looted

"Product is replaceable, human life is not."

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Culture

Facebook employees stage a virtual walk-out over Zuck's weak response to Trump's posts

Mark Zuckerberg wants to take a laissez-faire approach to censorship on Facebook. Its employees aren't willing to let that stand without a fight.

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Dozens of Facebook employees are staging a virtual walkout today in protest of the company’s decision to do nothing at all about President Trump’s posts calling for violence in response to protests over George Floyd’s murder last week. It’s a rare — but not unprecedented — occurrence for the company’s employees to stage such a public protest against Facebook’s policies.

Because all of Facebook’s employees are still working remotely, today’s walk-out is a virtual one. The employees involved logged into the system this morning and requested time off in solidarity with protests across the country. Many also added out-of-office responses to their email accounts to state that they were unavailable as a show of protest.

Today’s walk-out is in protest of the long-standing opinion amongst Facebook’s top-ranking executives that it’s not the company’s place to remove misleading or inaccurate political posts on the social network. That hard stance has reached a near-boiling point in recent weeks, with the President even signing an executive order meant to impose new limits on how social media companies are able police content on their platforms.

Zuckerberg and his fellow executives have made their stance on the matter clear time and time again. Now the company’s employees are ready to take a stand against Facebook’s complicity.