Regeneron, Trump, and the Alleged Hypocrisy of the Pro-Life Movement

Have you heard the latest? Trump cannot be pro-life since he used and is promoting the anti-COVID drug Regeneron, which was allegedly developed with the help of fetal tissue. And pro-life organizations are being hypocritical by refusing to condemn the drug. Is there any truth to these charges?

As reported by the UK Metro, “Trump faces hypocrisy allegations after it was revealed Regeneron is made from stem cells originally taken from an embryonic kidney. That kidney was taken during an elective abortion performed in the Netherlands during the 1970s.”

More bluntly, the MIT Technology Review claimed, “Trump’s antibody treatment was tested using cells originally derived from an abortion.

“The Trump administration has looked to curtail research with fetal cells. But when it was life or death for the president, no one objected.”

As for pro-life organizations, a lengthy headline on Business Insider stated, “Antiabortion groups say they stand behind

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Facebook’s alleged indifference of Indian hate speech linked to policy chief’s political bias

Over the past several weeks, there has been an increasing clamour for Facebook to place its India public policy head, Ankhi Das, on leave as the company continues with an audit of its India operations.

The impetus for the audit was an article written by the Wall Street Journal in mid-August. In that piece, WSJ reported that Das had resisted against taking down inflammatory content that eventually sparked rioting in the capital city of Delhi as it was posted by members of the nationalist BJP party. 

The riots left over fifty dead, most of whom were Muslims. It also led to many of these Muslims’ homes being torched.

“The company’s top public-policy executive in the country, Ankhi Das, opposed applying the hate-speech rules to [T Raja] Singh and at least three other Hindu nationalist individuals and groups flagged internally for promoting or participating in violence,” WSJ reported.

These inflammatory posts

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Sonos sues Google again for alleged infringement of smart speaker patents

Sonos has levied another lawsuit against Google that claims the Mountain View company infringed on five of its audio technology patents related to smart speakers.

The speaker company filed its first lawsuit against Google in January, accusing the search giant of copying its multi-room audio technology. Google countersued in June, also alleging patent infringement.

In the latest complaint, filed Sept. 29 in the U.S. District court for the Western District of Texas, Sonos claims that Google products such as Chromecast and Nest infringe on core patents covering modern smart device speakers.

Some of the intellectual property that Sonos is bringing into play include patents for remote audio playback controls and multi-zone audio systems. The listed patents include U.S. Patent numbers 9,967,615; 10,779,033; 9,344,206; 10,469,966; and 9,219,460.

Compared to the IP in Sonos’ original lawsuit, the new patents-in-suit are much more recent and less focused on foundational aspects of audio systems.

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Trump eyes ‘concrete legal steps’ against social media sites for alleged bias against conservatives

Such attacks aren’t new for Trump, who for years has charged that Facebook, Google, Twitter and other popular Web platforms limit the reach of prominent conservative users and news sites. He often has provided scant evidence for his claims, which tech companies vehemently deny.

But the president has ratcheted up his attacks in recent months, as social media companies increasingly take more active, aggressive steps to limit Trump’s most controversial tweets and posts — particularly out of concern they may seed doubts about the legitimacy of the 2020 election and in some cases carry the potential to incite violence.

The president delivered his broadside Wednesday alongside nine Republican state attorneys general, some of whom echoed Trump’s belief that technology companies exhibit political bias against conservatives. U.S. Attorney General William P. Barr later appeared to encourage the GOP leaders in attendance to take action, stressing that the federal government does not

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