Covid-19 and Surging Face Mask Prices, GIF vs. JIF, and More News

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As Covid-19 spreads, Amazon tries to curb mask price gouging

As the US prepares to see more cases of Covid-19, the novel virus that has spread around the world, Amazon is attempting to stop third-party sellers from exploiting the outbreak. Mask sellers on the site have increased their prices by as much as 4 or 5 times in recent months, and Amazon warned sellers they will get kicked off the site if they raise them to exorbitant levels. One consultant who works with Amazon sellers said that some listings for overpriced face masks have already been deleted.

Let’s have the GIF pronunciation debate forever

GIF maker Giphy and peanut butter maker Jif are teaming up for a special edition peanut butter jar meant to settle the GIF pronunciation debate forever—but it’s much more likely to reignite it. In camp “soft g” is the GIF inventor Steve Wilhite, who (incorrectly) says this is how it should be pronounced, and that GIF follows the logic of G-I words like gin or giant. But others (correctly) believe that it should be pronounced with a hard G since it’s actually an acronym standing for graphics interchange format—a belief that is even held by former president Barack Obama.

Fast Fact: Yes

That’s the answer to the question: Am I liable for what I say in a text? Recently, record producer Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald sued popstar Kesha for defamation based on a 7-word text she had sent privately to Lady Gaga four years ago. The judge ruled in favor of Gottwald, setting a surprising precedent that some lawyers believe calls for a reevaluation of how courts treat digital messages.

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