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laundromats, underground libraries, and criminal charges: a library link round-up

I have so many cool stories about libraries and librarians, scattered through multiple email and social media accounts. Lucky for you, I wanted to gather them all in one place. Thanks to everyone who ever sent me one of these.* * * * *Librarians in laundromats! Community librarians are all about taking literacy to the people. In library jargon, we're trying to reach the non-users. If that sounds a bit drug-dealer-ish, it's not a bad analogy: come get a taste, then come back for more.The puns jus...
Tags: Travel, Google, Congress, Washington Post, New York City, US, San Francisco, Syria, Chicago, Austin, Idaho, Socialism, New York Times, Reddit, Ohio, Philadelphia


Apple Buys Spectral Edge for Their Revolution SE Fusion Smartphone Camera Tech

Having the best smartphone camera is just one of the many things that Apple and its competition focus on while developing new models. One company that has pioneered a new way of manipulating... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Apple, Photography, Photography News, SE Fusion Smartphone Camera Tech


Mi AirDots Pro 2 Unboxing and First Impressions

Xiaomi introduced Mi AirDots Pro 2, the successor to premium true wireless earphones Mi AirDots Pro in China back in September along with Mi MIX Alpha. The Mi AirDots Pro 2 offers up to 14 hours of music playback, packs a 14.2 mm dynamic driver unit and support environment noise cancellation, we recently bought a unit from ShareSave which is Xiaomi’s own cross-border e-commerce platform, and here is the unboxing and first impressions of Mi AirDots Pro 2. Box Contents Mi AirDots Pro 2 wit...
Tags: Accessories, China, Blogging, Previews, Xiaomi, Unboxings, Mi Airdots, Mi AirDots Pro, Mi AirDots Pro 2, Mi True Wireless EarBuds 2, Xiaomi AirDots Pro, LDHC SBC AAC


LucasFilm President Answers The Burning 'Star Wars' Question: What's Next?

66-year-old Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy reveals what they'll do after Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Kennedy says that streaming "is a really important transition... What we've been focused on these last five or six years is finishing that family saga around the Skywalkers. Now is the time to start thinking about how to segue into something new and different." Kennedy also blames the poor box office of the 2018 movie Solo on the release of too many Star Wars movies too quickly, and...
Tags: Star Wars, Disney, Tech, Darth Vader, Lucasfilm, Times, George Lucas, Ewan McGregor, Marvel Studios, Kennedy, Kathleen Kennedy, Skywalker, Kevin Feige, Obi Wan Kenobi, Diego Luna, Bob Iger


LucasFilm President Answers The Burning Star War's Question: What's Next?

66-year-old Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy reveals what they'll do after Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Kennedy says that streaming "is a really important transition... What we've been focused on these last five or six years is finishing that family saga around the Skywalkers. Now is the time to start thinking about how to segue into something new and different." Kennedy also blames the poor box office of the 2018 movie Solo on the release of too many Star Wars movies too quickly, and...
Tags: Star Wars, Disney, Tech, Darth Vader, Lucasfilm, Times, George Lucas, Ewan McGregor, Marvel Studios, Kennedy, Kathleen Kennedy, Skywalker, Kevin Feige, Obi Wan Kenobi, Diego Luna, Bob Iger


Google’s Shopping Comparison Draws Justice Department Scrutiny

U.S. antitrust enforcers are examining Google’s conduct in the online shopping comparison market as they continue their probe of the search giant. Richard Stables, chief executive officer of the shopping comparison site Kelkoo Group, said he spent more than an hour with Justice Department officials on Thursday to discuss how Google parent Alphabet allegedly hurt […]
Tags: Google, Business, Technology, News, Markets, World, Nation, Retail, Justice Department, Nation & World, Richard Stables, Kelkoo Group


China Roundup: GitHub’s China ambitions and WeWork rival’s big hopes

Hello and welcome back to TechCrunch’s China Roundup, a digest of recent events shaping the Chinese tech landscape and what they mean to people in the rest of the world. This week, we are looking at how WeWork’s largest rival in China — UCommune — is pulling ahead with its initial public offering and GitHub’s potential big move in China. GitHub turns to China The world’s largest source code repository host GitHub is mulling to open a Chinese subsidiary, the company’s CEO told the Financial ...
Tags: Android, TC, Asia, Microsoft, China, Linkedin, Tech, Beijing, Computing, Tencent, WeWork, Huawei, Github, Bing, Financial Times, Operating System


India: Consolidation Of Arbitration Proceedings – Global Infonet v. Lenovo And Ors. - AZB & Partners

The Delhi High Court's recent judgment in Global Infonet v. Lenovo and Ors.[1] ("Global Infonet") is significant in the context of consolidation of arbitration proceedings.
Tags: News, India, Lenovo, Delhi High Court, Global Infonet


FBI Busts Massive Pirate Streaming Service With More Content Than Netflix

An anonymous reader quotes USA Today: Two programmers in Las Vegas recently admitted to running two of the largest illegal television and movie streaming services in the country, according to federal officials... An FBI investigation led officials to Darryl Polo, 36, and Luis Villarino, 40, who have pleaded guilty to copyright infringement charges for operating iStreamItAll, a subscription-based streaming site, and Jetflix, a large illegal TV streaming service, federal officials said Friday. ...
Tags: Tech, Fbi, Canada, Las Vegas, Usa Today, VUDU, Netflix Amazon Prime Hulu, Darryl Polo, Luis Villarino


ICANN Delays .Org Sale Approval, Calls For More Transparency

"ICANN has delayed its approval of the sale of .Org to private equity company Ethos Capital by requesting more information," reports Domain Name Wire: According to its contract with Public Interest Registry (PIR) to run .org, ICANN had 30 days from when PIR notified it of the transaction to request more information. It has now done so. After it receives the responses, it has 30 days to either approve or withhold its consent of the registry transfer. The Register recently published two articles...
Tags: Tech, Icann, PIR, ISOC, Public Interest Registry PIR, Ethos Capital, General Counsel for ICANN


Not Even a Blackout Gives Expert Taiko no Tatsujin Player Pause

A video of an expert Taiko no Tatsujin player has garnered praise as the individual is able to persist in playing through a rather intense level despite being temporarily impaired by a technological fault. The recorded footage depicts the person progressing well through a difficult song before the screen ends up turning off briefly (the […]
Tags: Games, Music, Technology, Anime, Music Games, Arcade Gaming, Taiko Drum Master, Taiko no Tatsujin


YouTuber PewDiePie to take break from platform as 'very tired'

Swedish vlogger and comedian to step back amid accusations of racism and antisemitismYouTuber PewDiePie has announced he will be taking a break from the video-sharing platform, saying he is “very tired”.With 102 million subscribers, the Swedish vlogger and comedian was for many years the platform’s most popular star but was overtaken earlier this year by T-Series, an Indian record label which now has around 120 million subscribers. Continue reading...
Tags: Technology, Media, Youtube, Blogging, Digital Media, YouTuber PewDiePie


The new new weird

Neo-Pentecostal gangs in Brazil, driving out other faiths at gunpoint. A mob of 100 lawyers attacking a hospital in Pakistan to revenge themselves on violent doctors there. Anti-vaxxers, neo-Nazis, and red-pillers. Sometimes it seems like the world has fragmented into a jagged kaleidoscope of countless mobs and subcultures, each more disconcerting than the last. Much of this is selection bias: if it bleeds, it leads, in both mass media and social-media algorithms. But it does seem plausible that...
Tags: TC, Opinion, Tech, Earth, Pakistan, Brazil, William Gibson, Philip K Dick, Gibson


Max Q: Blue Origin launches a New Shepard and Rocket Lab officially opens US launch site

Max Q is a new weekly newsletter all about space. Sign up here to receive it weekly on Sundays in your inbox. This is it — the very first edition of Max Q: TechCrunch’s space newsletter. Despite approaching the end of the year, it’s been a really busy week in the space industry, too. Between launches real and metaphorical, there’s plenty of activity to catch up on. And if you’ve got any space stuff you want to share for future newsletters, feel free to email me at [email protected] or let m...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Virginia, US, Tech, Nasa, United States, Space Tourism, Porsche, New Zealand, Columbia University, Lucasfilm, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Boeing


Are California's Utilities Undermining Rooftop Solar Installations?

California now has one million solar roofs, representing about 14% of all renewable power generated in the state. But solar advocates "said the milestone has come despite escalating efforts by utilities to undermine rooftop solar installations," according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. "They said those attacks include everything from hefty fees on ratepayers to calling for dramatic cuts to the credits residents receive for generating energy from the sun." "We will seek sensible solutions th...
Tags: California, Tech, Power, San Diego Union Tribune, Bill Powers, Wes Jones, Ari Vanrenen, Dave Rosenfeld, Solar Rights Alliance


Max Q: Blue Origin launches a New Shepard and Rocket Lab officially opens U.S. launch site

Max Q is a new weekly newsletter all about space from TechCrunch. Sign up here to receive it weekly on Sundays in your inbox. This is it – the very first edition of Max Q: TechCrunch’s space newsletter. Despite approaching the end of the year, it’s been a really busy week in the space industry, too. Between launches real and metaphorical, there’s plenty of activity to catch up on. And if you’ve got any space stuff you want to share for future newsletters, feel free to email me at [email protected]
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Virginia, Tech, Nasa, United States, Space Tourism, Porsche, New Zealand, Columbia University, Lucasfilm, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Boeing, Usaf


America's Air Force Seeks Commercial Technologies For 'Space Domain Awareness'

America's Air Force is seeking proposals for technologies "for operations far beyond geosynchronous Earth orbit, near the moon's orbit," reports SpaceNews: Specific items the Air Force wants: payloads for providing space domain awareness from the lunar surface, lightweight sensors for space-based space domain awareness, and methodologies for orbit determination and catalog maintenance in cislunar space. The Air Force also is interested in concepts for providing position, navigation and timing s...
Tags: China, America, Tech, Earth, Air Force, Usman, U S Air Force, Small Business Innovation Research, Space Force, Shawn Usman


Arizona Man Sues State Agency Over Right To Call Himself an Engineer

McGruber quotes IEEE Spectrum: Greg Mills, co-owner of Southwest Engineering Concepts, is suing the state of Arizona's technical registration board to protest being fined for working without an engineering license, which Mills maintains he doesn't need because it doesn't pertain to the type of work he performs. It's the latest case pitting engineers against state licensing agencies that by some accounts have become more aggressive in attempting to regulate who can call themselves an engineer, ...
Tags: Oregon, Tech, Arizona, Mills, Greg Mills, Arizona Man Sues State Agency, Southwest Engineering Concepts


How The Hell Did This K-Pop Star Manage to Lose 33 Pairs of AirPods?

Thirty-three pairs of AirPods.Read more...
Tags: Apple, Science, AirPods, Apple AirPods, AirPods 2, AirPods Pro


Uber all set to sell UberEats’ India business to Zomato

Uber is in advanced stages of talks to close a deal to sell its food delivery service UberEats’ India business to local rival Zomato, as the American ride-hailing giant looks to cut its spending, three people familiar with the matter told TechCrunch. The deal values UberEats’ India business at around $400 million, one of the sources said. As part of the deal, UberEats would get a sizable stake in Zomato, and Uber would further invest $150 to $200 million in the 11-year-old Indian firm, peo...
Tags: Food, Uber, Apps, Asia, China, India, Tech, Ant Financial, Zomato, Deepinder Goyal, PTI, Goyal, UberEATS India


Uber all set to sell Uber Eats’ India business to Zomato

Uber is in advanced stages of talks to sell its food delivery service (Uber Eats India) to local rival Zomato as the American ride-hailing giant looks to cut its global spending, three people familiar with the matter told TechCrunch. The deal currently values Uber Eats’ India business at around $400 million, one of the sources said. As part of the deal, Uber may invest between $150 to $200 million in Zomato and get a sizable stake in the 11-year-old Indian firm, people said. A spokesper...
Tags: Food, Uber, Apps, Asia, China, Southeast Asia, India, Tech, New York Times, Ant Financial, Zomato, Uber Eats, Deepinder Goyal, Swiggy, PTI, Times of India


Is Microsoft's Chromium Edge Browser Better Than Firefox and Chrome?

Android Authority argues that the new Microsoft Chromium Edge browser "is full of neat tricks" and "packs more features than Firefox": The final major feature is called Apps. Essentially, Apps allows you to download and install web pages and web apps for use without the Edge browser. Previously, you had to find these dedicated web apps via the Microsoft Store, but now Edge handles downloading and managing web apps all in the browser. For example, you can download the Twitter web app via Edge ju...
Tags: Firefox, Twitter, Microsoft, Tech, Microsoft Store, Android Authority


Neil Gaiman Talks Dreamily About Fountain Pens, Notebooks & His Writing Process in His Long Interview with Tim Ferriss

Last February, Neil Gaiman sat down for a 90-minute interview with author, entrepreneur and podcaster Tim Ferriss. At the 13:30 mark, the conversation turns to Gaiman's writing process, and there begins a long and lovely detour into the world of fountain pens (the Pilot 823, Viscontis, and the New York Fountain Pen Hospital in NYC), notebooks (why he prefers Leuchtturm German notebooks to Moleskines), and how he writes his novels out by hand. It's all carefully thought out: Tim Ferriss: ...
Tags: Google, New York, Writing, College, Neil Gaiman, Porsche, Ocean, Wisconsin, Venice, Duran Duran, Long Island, Woodstock, Tim Ferriss, Joe Hill, Dickens, Facebook Twitter


WebAssembly Becomes W3C Standard, Reaches 1.0

An anonymous reader quotes Mike Melanson's "This Week in Programming" column: WebAssembly is a binary instruction format for a stack-based virtual machine and this week, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) dubbed it an official web standard and the fourth language for the Web that allows code to run in the browser, joining HTML, CSS and JavaScript... With this week's news, WebAssembly has officially reached version 1.0 and is supported in the browser engines for Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Int...
Tags: Tech, Css, Firefox Chrome Safari, Mike Melanson, WebAssembly Becomes W3C Standard Reaches, Bytecode Alliance


RCS messaging has rolled out to Android users in the US

Here’s a nice little surprise for Android users this weekend. It seems that Google’s pans to roll out Rich Communication Services (RCS) messaging is slightly ahead of schedule. The company announced in November that it would be making the feature available for all Android users in the country by year-end. A tweet from Android Messages product manager Sanaz Ahari confirms that the SMS-successor has been made available to users in the States as of this week. The new protocol brings with it som...
Tags: Apple, Google, Android, Mobile, Apps, France, US, Tech, States, RCS, Sanaz Ahari, Carrier Services Sanaz


Why Nikola Tesla was obsessed with the Egyptian pyramids

Nikola Tesla had numerous unusual obsessions.One of his beliefs was that the Great Pyramids of Egypt were giant transmitters of energy.He built Tesla Towers according to laws inspired by studying the Pyramids. None Nikola Tesla died somewhat unappreciated but his fame and the myth around him has continued to grow tremendously into our times. He is now perceived as the ultimate mad scientist, the one who essentially invented our times, credited with key ideas leading to smartphones, wi-fi, AC e...
Tags: Energy, Technology, Tesla, Earth, Physics, Egypt, Innovation, Invention, Nikola Tesla, East Coast, Colorado Springs, Pyramids, Giza, Wardenclyffe Tower, Tesla Towers, Tesla Experimental Station


Google Halts Chrome 79 Rollout After It Breaks Some Android Apps

Chrome 79 is creating an issue with WebView (the Android component that allows apps to display content from the web), reports 9to5Google: On Friday morning, Android developers reliant on WebView and local storage began encountering an issue where their apps lost data after users updated to version 79 of WebView. Those affected took to Chromium's bug tracker, and have described the incident as a "catastrophe" and "major issue." To end users, it's as if apps were entirely reset and just downloade...
Tags: Google, Tech


Netflix is Making a TV Series About the Creation of…Spotify?

Spotify is getting the Netflix treatment. In what looks to be the streaming giant’s bid to make the next Social Network, Netflix has ordered a Swedish scripted series about the origins of the music streaming service Spotify. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix has greenlit the development of a limited series based on the book Spotify Untold by Swedish business reporters Sven Carlsson and Jonas Leijonhufvud. The book details the origins of the music streaming company, which launched ...
Tags: Apple, Spotify, UK, Television, Movies, Drama, Steve Jobs, Aaron Sorkin, Netflix, Oscar, Danny Boyle, Daniel Ek, David Fincher, True Story, Social Network, Martin Lorentzon


Overcome the challenges for SEO in 2020 with these top tips

SEO is really important in 2020 as recent research has shown that it is a huge driver of referral traffic, surpassing social media. There are many challenges facing websites that want to improve search engine rankings. Avoiding the common mistakes can improve your website ranking in search results and this is important because the website that rank on top in Google search results get the most traffic.  Being the best Digital marketing agency, Here are a few mistakes to avoid in order to drive th...
Tags: Google, Digital, Sales, More


'Maximum PC' Magazine Accurately Predicted Apple TV-Like Devices In 2001

Slashdot reader alaskana98 writes: In the February 2001 issue of Maximum PC, technical editor Will Smith described in his column what he would like to see in the "perfect set-top box". At a time when arguably the best 'PVR' experience was being provided by the first iterations of the Tivo (with no HDTV or LAN connectivity), Will's description of what a set-top box could and should be comes eerily close to what we now know as the Apple TV and other 'set-top' boxes such as Roku and Amazon Firestic...
Tags: Apple, Tech, Apple TV, Roku, Will Smith, Smith, Tivo



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