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This Week in Apps: Apple slashes commissions, Twitter launches Fleets, warnings about Parler

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the TechCrunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry is as hot as ever, with   204 billion downloads and $120 billion in consumer spending in 2019. People are now spending three hours and 40 minutes per day using apps, rivaling TV. Apps aren’t just a way to pass idle hours — they’re a big business. In 2019, mobile-first companies had a   $544 billion valuation, 6.5x higher ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, TC, Facebook, Apps, Twitter, Japan, Instagram, Supreme Court, Australia, Washington Post, Youtube, Ipo, Tech, Eu


Trump will lose protected Twitter status after his presidency

Twitter has at various times acknowledged that Donald Trump isn’t bound by the same rules that govern the rest of us. This executive privilege has allowed him to continue posting comments that could have long ago gotten any normal person banned from the platform. More recently, the service has sought to balance misinformation/disinformation with warning labels that alternately sit below or obscure the text. Twitter was adding these at a frenetic pace in the lead-up to the November 3 election....
Tags: Social, Facebook, Apps, Twitter, Instagram, Supreme Court, US, Tech, Policy, Pennsylvania, Republican Party, Jack Dorsey, Donald Trump, Dorsey, Trump, Congressional


Sergeant sues LAPD for disciplining him for social-media posts made from Orange County home

A sergeant is suing the Los Angeles Police Department and its chief for allegedly violating his right to free speech by disciplining him for off-duty social-media posts concerning gang violence in songs by the late rapper Nipsey Hussle and other issues. Sgt. Joel Sydanmaa, a 24-year-LAPD veteran, says he was wrongly disciplined for expressing his opinions as a private citizen while off-duty on his personal social-media accounts about public issues, according to the suit filed Monday, Nov. 16. An...
Tags: Facebook, Japan, News, Instagram, Supreme Court, La, Islamic State, Uncategorized, Beck, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Glendale, Paris, Islam, Courts


Facebook blocks hashtags for #sharpiegate, #stopthesteal election conspiracies

Facebook today began to block select hashtags which were being used to share misinformation related to the 2020 U.S. presidential election. Now, searches for the hashtags #SharpieGate is being blocked on the social network. Another election conspiracy hashtag #stopthesteal is also blocked on Facebook, with a note saying some of its content goes against the platform’s community standards. The #stopthesteal hashtag has been promoted by Donald Trump Jr. and other Trump campaign associates on Twi...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Supreme Court, Government, White House, US, Tech, Policy, Pennsylvania, Conspiracy Theories, Trump, Misinformation, Donald Trump Jr


Ivanka Trump says she is 'unapologetically' anti-abortion

White House Senior Adviser Ivanka Trump introduces her father U.S. President Donald Trump to deliver his acceptance speech as the 2020 Republican presidential nominee during the final event of the Republican National Convention on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, on August 27, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Barria Ivanka Trump said she is "pro-life, and unapologetically so" in an interview with RealClearPolitics published Thursday. Trump was once touted as the "liberal hope" who many...
Tags: Politics, Instagram, Supreme Court, Washington, White House, US, Trends, Marie Claire, PAC, Abortion, Miami, Donald Trump, Kamala Harris, Trump, Gallup, Cecile Richards


Fox News COVID Infection Sends Election Plans Into ‘Chaos’

Fox News has been planning its election night coverage for weeks, prepping staff and on-air talent for the biggest news night of the year. But now Fox faces uncertainty after the network’s president and many of its key on-air stars may have been exposed to COVID-19.“Everyone is in a panic about election night,” said one current Fox News staffer.On Sunday, The New York Times reported that top Fox News executives and talent will quarantine and get tested after flying on a network-chartered flight ...
Tags: New York, News, Instagram, Nbc, Supreme Court, Abc, Washington, New York City, Fox, United States, Williams, New York Times, Nashville, Fox News, Rob, Salt Lake City


Amazon, Apple, Google, and Facebook all came out swinging against the House antitrust report that compared them to oil barons and railroad tycoons

Left to right: Apple CEO Tim Cook, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images/Rich Fury/Getty Images/Stephen J. Cohen/WireImage/Mateusz Wlodarczyk/NurPhoto via Getty Images House Democrats on Tuesday published a wide-ranging antitrust report on Amazon, Apple, Google, and Facebook. The report decried all four companies as monopolies, and made sweeping recommendations for how to rein in their power including breaking them ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Instagram, Supreme Court, Congress, US, America, Trends, Bloomberg, House, House Of Representatives, Tim Cook, Antitrust, Jeff Bezos


Big tech blows a collective raspberry at the House’s antitrust report

Big tech has responded to the mammoth antitrust report put out by the U.S. House Judiciary Committee yesterday with blanket denials there’s any monopolistic behaviour or competitive imbalances to see here. Here’s a quick run down of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google’s rebuttals. Amazon In a lengthy but punchy blog post the ecommerce giant brands the committee’s views on antitrust “fringe notions” and “regulatory spitballing” — lathering on dire predictions of doom for small business and ho...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Ecommerce, Instagram, Supreme Court, Privacy, Congress, Government, US, America, Tech, Walmart, Policy, Competition


Josh Hawley Is A Lying Demagogue Who Has Built A Fake Fantasy World About 'Evil Big Tech' (techdirt)

What's up Senator Hawley? What's bugging you today? Yesterday, Hawley went to the floor of the Senate to try to sneakily move forward one of his many, many bills to destroy the internet and take away Section 230. He tried to sneak it through without letting folks who he knew would oppose it know, in the hopes that they might not show up to stop him. In fact, he did it at a time when the key person blocking his bill -- Senator Ron Wyden, who authored Section 230 and knows that Hawley is lying abo...
Tags: Google, Facebook, News, Instagram, Supreme Court, Buzzfeed, Senate, China, Russia, America, Joe Biden, Iran, United States, Missouri, Silicon Valley, News Corp


Black Panther mural pays tribute to Chadwick Boseman at Downtown Disney

A former Walt Disney Imagineer is paying tribute to the late actor Chadwick Boseman with a mural of the “Black Panther” star making the Wakanda salute on the side of a Downtown Disney building. Artist Nikkolas Smith with his two-story tall mural of Chadwick Boseman at Downtown Disney in Anaheim, CA, on Sept., 24, 2020. The digital artwork, titled “King Chad”, will be on the side of the former ESPN Zone building until New Years Eve. Boseman died of cancer at the age 43 in late August. The act...
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One officer indicted in Breonna Taylor case — but not for her death

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A Kentucky grand jury on Wednesday indicted a single former police officer for shooting into neighboring apartments but did not move forward with charges against any officers for their role in Breonna Taylor’s death. The jury announced that fired Officer Brett Hankison was charged with three counts of wanton endangerment in connection to the police raid of Taylor’s home on the night of March 13. Neither the grand jury nor the presiding judge elaborated on the charges. A wom...
Tags: Facebook, Politics, Beyonce, News, Instagram, Supreme Court, Minneapolis, Kentucky, Senate, Sport, Ap, Soccer, Mitch McConnell, Lebron James, Police Shooting, Donald Trump


Apps are tracking WhatsApp users' online activity, including whom they're likely talking to and when they're sleeping

Hello everyone! Welcome to this weekly roundup of Business Insider stories from executive editor Matt Turner. Subscribe here to get this newsletter in your inbox every Sunday.Read on for news about the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, WhatsApp-tracking apps that are letting people figure out when you're sleeping, how home-listing site Zumper weeded out thousands of Section 8 renters, and a toxic culture in Yelp's Phoenix office.  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Drew Angerer/Getty Images ...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Instagram, Supreme Court, Washington, White House, Softbank, US, San Francisco, Trends, Joe Biden, Getty Images, Whatsapp, Chicago, Ubs, Citigroup


A Lesson From TR & Taft on Pursuing a Life You Like

I’m in the midst of a project to read a biography of every president. With most of the men, there’s a pretty clear sense that they were glad to give up the office after their term. It’s an exhausting job in which the Oval Office occupant is relentlessly attacked by his opponents, and sometimes by his own party. Even the great acts of the presidency — the Louisiana Purchase, the Emancipation Proclamation, the New Deal, just to name a few — were reviled by the partisans of the era. It’s a tough ...
Tags: Instagram, Supreme Court, Life, White House, United States, Philippines, Ohio, Will, Taft, Theodore, Roosevelt, Oval Office, Nellie, William Howard Taft, Jack Reacher, Theodore Roosevelt


Instagram starts verifying suspicious accounts using government and other IDs

Instagram will now ask users engaging in coordinated inauthentic behaviour to start verifying their identities using government and other forms of IDs, the platform announced on August 13. If the account engages in coordinated inauthentic behaviour, has signs of automation, or has most of their followers in a different country from their own, they will be asked to show government IDs such as tax identification card, passport, birth certificate, etc., or other records such as school ID, electrici...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, News, Instagram, Supreme Court, India, US, Bill, Facebook Instagram, Jabalpur, Rubin, Madras High Court, Aadhaar, Joint Parliamentary Committee, Antony Clement Rubin, Janani Krishnamurthy


Facebook fights order to globally block accounts linked to Brazilian election meddling

Facebook has branded a legal order to globally block a number of Brazilian accounts linked to the spread of political disinformation targeting the country’s 2018 election as “extreme”, claiming it poses a threat to freedom of expression outside the country. The tech giant is simultaneously complying with the block order — beginning Saturday after it was fined by a Supreme Court judge for non-compliance — citing the risk of criminal liability for a local employee were it not to do so. However ...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Twitter, Lawsuit, Instagram, Supreme Court, Tech, Policy, Brazil, Group, Reuters, Facebook Image, Jair Bolsonaro, Fake News, Disinformation, Election Interference


Instagram User’s Lawsuit Over Terminated Account Gets Revived (But Not For Long)–Teatotaller v. Facebook

The plaintiff, a “queer hipster oasis” tea/coffee shop in Somersworth, NH, claims Instagram terminated its account without notice. It sued Instagram in small claims court for $9,999 and account restoration. There must be dozens or hundreds of similar lawsuits against social media services, and all of them will lose–even those filed in small claims court, which routinely bends over backwards to help pro se plaintiffs. Indeed, the small-claims judge dismissed this lawsuit. Apparently, in New Hamp...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Supreme Court, Yahoo, Law, New Hampshire, Fan, Homeaway, The Supreme Court, Barnes, Facebook Inc, Somersworth, Licensing/Contracts, Content Regulation, Derivative Liability, NH Supreme Court


Japan's supreme court rules that people who retweet copyrighted photos are guilty of infringement

In 2014 a photographer noticed that one of his photos had been posted to Twitter without his permission. The photo was retweeted by three other people, and Twitter's algorithm cropped out the name of the photographer. The photographer went to court to get the name of the original poster, as well as the 3 people who retweeted the photo. The case ended up in the Supreme Court, which ruled in favor of the photographer. From The Next Web: As a result, the High Court ordered Twitter to divulge the em...
Tags: Twitter, Post, Photography, Japan, News, Supreme Court, Copyright-related Lunacy


Facebook is spending $130 million to create a 'Supreme Court' that can overrule Mark Zuckerberg — here are its first 20 members

In late 2018, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced an ambitious plan: to create an independent oversight board that could overrule Facebook's content moderation guidelines, and even Zuckerberg himself. The board is independent from Facebook, but Facebook is funding the board's operations to the tune of $130 million. If users believe their content was removed from the service unfairly or without cause, they can appeal to the independent board directly. If it decides to reverse Facebook's deci...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Supreme Court, India, Africa, US, Trends, South Africa, Pakistan, Islam, New Zealand, Denmark, European Court Of Human Rights, Law School, Ministry Of Justice


Winning The Fight Beyond Elections and Legislation

Corporate Tyranny Shameful Harassment United States – -(AmmoLand.com)- One thing is becoming more and more clear – the legislative and political arenas are now only part of the overall battle over our Second Amendment rights. While Second Amendment supporters have done well in those arenas, including making the Supreme Court reasonably pro-Second Amendment, the new arenas threaten to outflank the gains in the political and legislative arenas. These arenas include, but they are not limited to,...
Tags: Hollywood, Instagram, Guns, Supreme Court, Eric Holder, Alyssa Milano, Reagan, United States, Angelina Jolie, Silicon Valley, Andrew Cuomo, Harold, Gun Rights News, Harold Hutchison, Soldier of Fortune


How To Dominate A Niche Music Market [Video]

In this video/transcript from CD Baby’s DIY Musician Conference, music industry veteran Simon Tam shares some knowledge (and inspiration) on how artists can effectively go about carving out and dominating a niche market. By Chris Robley of CD Baby from the DIY Musician blog Music Marketing: How to Dominate in a Niche Market Finding more creative and focused ways to reach, impress, and engage your audience. Througho...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Asia, Nordstrom, Music, New York, Hollywood, Instagram, Supreme Court, Ryan Seacrest, Amazon Prime, Ted, Taiwan, Chicago, Austin, Harvard


Privacy complaints received by tech giants’ favorite EU watchdog up more than 2x since GDPR

A report by the lead data watchdog for a large number of tech giants operating in Europe shows a significant increase in privacy complaints and data breach notifications since the region’s updated privacy framework came into force last May. The Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC)’s , published today, covers the period May 25, aka the day the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force, to December 31 2018 and shows the DPC received more than double the amount of complaints...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Twitter, Europe, UK, Instagram, Supreme Court, Microsoft, Germany, Court, US, Linkedin, Tech, Eu, Ireland


A Week In Washington, D.C., On A $68,036 Salary

Welcome toMoney Diaries , where we're tackling what might be the last taboo facing modern working women: money. We're asking millennials how they spend their hard-earned money during a seven-day period — and we're tracking every last dollar.Today: an analyst working in government who makes $68,036 per year and spends some of her money this week on ice cream.Occupation: AnalystIndustry: GovernmentAge: 26Location: Washington, D.C.Salary: $68,036Paycheck Amount (Biweekly): $1,636.35Monthly Expense...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Instagram, Supreme Court, Washington, France, Nike, New Jersey, New Orleans, Fidelity, Keurig, Eiffel Tower, Brussels, Annie, Grammys, Cvs


The Reproductive Health Act of Horror: The Lies Behind Abortion Without Limits

New York has legalized abortion up to birth, and beyond. It is now legal to neglect, choke, or smother a baby that somehow survived the lethal injection and knife cuts designed to kill during the abortion procedure. To put a fine point on it, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Reproductive Health Act (RHA) on January 22, the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. This law legalizes abortion in New York throughout all nine months of pregnancy, even up to dilation. It repeals the safeguard requiring all ...
Tags: New York, Instagram, Supreme Court, New York City, Religion, America, Bolton, World Trade Center, Roe V Wade, Andrew Cuomo, Ny, DOE, Cuomo, Roe, Jeremiah, RHA


2018 Golden Dukes Winners Announced!

TPM is pleased to announce the winners of the 12th Annual Golden Dukes Awards, which honor the public figures who managed the most corruption, made the craziest comments, and carried out the most craven deeds, all in the spirit of former Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham, the father of the modern political scandal. Our fantastic and witty judges — Jason Linkins, Susie Bright, Erin Ryan, Krang Nelson and Simon Maloy — sifted through all 35 nominees in 7 categories to choose the winners. You can cli...
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My Choice For the Next NRA EVP is… Comments by NRA Board Member Willes Lee

Opinion NRA EVP / CEO Wayne LaPierre USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- I'm in the fight, and my choice to lead the NRA is ……I read with amused interest the recent speculation on who should lead the National Rifle Association of America if longtime stalwart Wayne LaPierre were to leave (he’s not). As a staunch defender of constitutional rights, a longtime member of the NRA and other gun rights organizations, and current board member of the NRA, I’m weighing in. My choice is Wayne LaPierre. If you are in ...
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How The Justice System Failed Cyntoia Brown

On December 6, the Tennessee Supreme Court ruled t hat Cyntoia Brown, a woman convicted of first degree murder as a teen, would have to serve 51 years in prison before being eligible for parole. The decision disregards many factors including that Cyntoia Brown was solicited for sex by a 43-year-old man when she was only 16, the fact that both Tennessee and U.S. law has changed significantly when it comes to prosecuting minors since Brown’s first trial in 2006, and the outrage expressed by hundr...
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The 2018 Golden Dukes Awards Nominees Are Here!

When it comes to scandals, 2018 was a doozy. Between the expansive Russia probe, the near-constant cabinet secretary snafus, and a wild midterm election, it’s hard to keep track of all the muck. And so, as we do every year, we’ve rounded up some of the best instances of corruption, stupidity and craziness for the 12th Annual Golden Duke Awards! The awards are named after former Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham, as Josh recounted last week. Duke Cunningham revolutionized corruption in his time, an...
Tags: Google, News, Instagram, Minnesota, Mississippi, Maryland, Supreme Court, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Congress, California, Washington Post, Washington, Mexico, Kentucky, Senate


Sidebar: The Stories Behind the Supreme Court’s Class Photos

For 150 years, the justices have sat, not always happily, for an extraordinary series of group portraits
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New Questions About Medical Marijuana Doctors near Me Answered and Why You Must Read Every Word of This Report

New Questions About Medical Marijuana Doctors near Me Answered and Why You Must Read Every Word of This Report If you are experiencing real difficulty overcoming your cravings, or discover that you cannot stop even though you try with determination, you need to consider getting specialist help. To acquire bud healthcare card, the precise first thing that you should do is always to speak to your private doctor. Inside, you uncover anything you desire to assist you navigate the tradition of...
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5 Things You Should Remember Before Going To Vote

You did it. This is perhaps the most consequential midterm election in recent history and you registered to vote, researched the candidates and measures that will appear on your ballot, and are excited to make your voice heard at your local polling place. (You're even ready to grab some free food and drinks as a reward after participating in the democratic process. America!)But before you head out to vote on Tuesday, we're here to remind you of five important things you should know before going...
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