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A new report shows that Facebook provided funds to many of the experts and organizations who were evaluating Messenger Kids, a messaging app for children that the company rolled out in December, per Wired.

Why it matters: The controversial app has received backlash from child development experts who say children under 13 can't "navigate the complexities of online relationships or protect their own privacy." Facebook claims it did its due diligence by consulting with thousands of parents and a 13-member expert advisory board while developing the app, but at least seven of those experts were found to have financial ties to the company.

The specs: In 2017, Facebook donated to...

  • Family Online Safety Institute, which has two members on the board
  • Connect Safely
  • Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence
  • MediaSmarts, which has two members on the board

Facebook's response: Per Wired, “There was no attempt to not be upfront about it,” said Antigone Davis, Facebook’s global head of safety. He added, “We’ve had that conversation publicly many, many times...we do not want there to be a financial burden to working with Facebook," and that the company sometimes provides "funding to cover programmatic or logistics expenses" of partner organizations.

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The presence of certain autoantibodies or high amounts of coronavirus RNA in the blood could be indicators a patient has a higher chance of developing long COVID, according to a new study in the journal Cell.

  • Other factors include a person having Type 2 diabetes or the reactivation of the Epstein-Barr virus.

Biden says he'll make Supreme Court pick by end of February

President Biden speaks on the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer in the Roosevelt Room of the White House. Photo: Yuri Gripas/Abaca/Bloomberg via Getty Images

President Biden on Thursday said he will announce the nominee for Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer's replacement by the end of February.

Driving the news: Biden also affirmed that he will nominate a Black woman to replace Breyer, saying "it's long overdue."

Stephen Breyer formally announces retirement from Supreme Court

Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP

Justice Stephen Breyer on Thursday sent a letter to President Biden formally announcing his retirement from the Supreme Court.

State of play: Breyer said his retirement will take effect when the court "rises for the summer recess (typically late June or early July) assuming that by then my successor has been nominated and confirmed."