Australia plans law forcing Google, Facebook to share ad revenue with domestic media firms

Australia will pass legislation within months obliging Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc's Google to share advertising revenue with local media firms, the country's treasurer said on Monday, becoming one of the first countries to require digital platforms to pay for content they use.
Tags: Google, Money, Australia, businessNews, Google Facebook, Facebook Inc, Alphabet Inc

Programmer's Real-Time Deepfake Lets Him Impersonate Elon Musk on Zoom

Motherboard reports on a new open source program "that superimposes someone else's face onto yours in real-time, during video meetings." Programmer Ali Aliev used the open-source code from the "First Order Motion Model for Image Animation," published on the arxiv preprint server earlier this year [and developed by researchers at the University of Trento in Italy as well as Snap]... With other face-swap technologies, like deepfakes, the algorithm is trained on the face you want to swap, usually r...
Tags: Elon Musk, Tech, Italy, Motherboard, Skype, University of Trento, Aliev, Ali Aliev, First Order Motion Model for Image Animation, Avatarify

Penis Plushies, Zoom’s Google Problem and Lessons From Apollo 13: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

To echo something I’ve been seeing on social media this week: Today is Sunday. Yes, I am very sure. Has anyone else found that their sense of time has been skewed by the lockdown or is it just me? I have been wrong about what the day it was at least twice this week. Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Medicine, Intel, Fitbit, What We Do In The Shadows, Oneplus, Telemedicine, Ftc, Zoom, Best Of Gizmodo, Coronavirus

Australia to make Google and Facebook disclose ranking algorithms and pay for local content

Months of negotiation on voluntary code of conduct didn’t make progress Australia will force social media companies to pay for content shared on their networks and disclose details of the algorithms that determine what their users see.…
Tags: Google, Facebook, Australia, Software

Report: Apple will unveil new AirPods next month, along with rumored MacBook Pro

Speculation suggests the AirPods Pro Lite will not be noise-canceling
Tags: Apple, Mobile, News, Trends, Home Theater, AirPods, AirPods Pro Lite

App Recap: New or Updated iPhone, iPad, and Mac Apps Worth Checking Out

Several apps were either released or updated recently. We've compiled a list of some of these apps that are worth checking out. iOS Apps Content Creator (Free) - Content Creator is an app that allows you to create collages, images with text, and squared images perfect for content creation. The app also lets you produce and export videos straight to several social media platforms. Lugo - See Who's Listening (Free) - Lugo is a new that visualizes simultaneous music listening worldwide. It...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Reddit, Lugo, App Recap, Free Lugo, Colorful Memories Free Colorful Memories, Reddit Free Wallpaperer, FitaDo Calisthenics Workouts Free

Will The Pandemic Force Us to Learn How to Cook?

"In one recent survey, 54 percent of respondents said they cook more than before the pandemic," writes a clinical associate professor at NYU's business school: 75 percent said they have become more confident in the kitchen and 51 percent said they will continue to cook more after the crisis ends. Interest in online cooking tutorials, recipe websites and food blogs has surged. Dozens of recipe writers and cookbook authors such as Alison Roman, Jet Tila, and Julia Turshen are frenetically posting...
Tags: Google, Cook, Instagram, Tech, Nyu, Eliza Bayne, Julia Turshen, Alison Roman Jet Tila

Facebook Will Take on Twitch and YouTube With Its Own Gaming App

With so many people turning to video games to while away their newfound time stuck indoors, Facebook is releasing a dedicated mobile app for Facebook Gaming months ahead of schedule to try to capitalize on the recent surge of viewership seen on other livestreaming platforms like Twitch and YouTube.Read more...
Tags: Google, Gaming, Facebook, Science, Microsoft, Video Games, Youtube, Twitch, Live Streaming, Mixer, Facebook Gaming, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2

moving a non-DRM EPUB from iPad Books to Mac

I have what seems like a simple need, but Apple is of course making it hard.... I use Calibre almost weekly to create ePubs of my own Word documents, which I then email to myself and open in Books on the iPad. I annotate them on the iPad, often recording dozens or hundreds of notes. Now I would like to transfer that annotated book back to the Mac, and/or email it WITH NOTES INTACT to myself or a colleague. It look like Calibre Companion might do it, but if I understand things correctly it onl...
Tags: Apple, Books, Calibre Companion

Mild Disney+ Censorship 'Hides a Much Bigger Problem'

There's a scene in the 1984 Tom Hanks movie Splash "showing a brief glimpse of a naked butt..." notes the Verge, "but people watching the movie on Disney Plus are greeted with an entirely different version of the scene." And the Verge sees a larger issue: Disney used CGI hair to cover actress Daryl Hannah's body. A Disney representative confirmed to The Verge that a "few scenes" from Splash were "slighted edited to remove nudity," but they did not specify when the edits were made... Splash ...
Tags: Disney, Tech, Tom Hanks, Fox, George Lucas, Lucas, Greedo, Daryl Hannah, Isaac Butler

UK gov announces ‘Future Fund’, pledging £250M match funding for startups impacted by coronavirus

After mounting pressure from the U.K. tech startup ecosystem, and much debate, the British government today unveiled plans for a new “Future Fund” designed to ensure high-growth companies — namely, startups — across the U.K. receive enough investment to remain viable during the coronavirus crisis. Initially, the U.K. government is pledging a total of £250 million of taxpayer’s money to the new fund (delivered via the British Business Bank). To unlock the investment — which looks to be in the for...
Tags: Startups, TC, Europe, UK, Tech, U K, British Business Bank, HMT Press Office

Marc Andreessen’s call to arms: build something meaningful

It’s scary, living with a killer virus that we can’t yet destroy and that has completely upended our lives for who knows how long. It’s very easy to feel helpless in the face of it all, to throw up one’s hands. Don’t do this, says Marc Andreessen in thoughtful new essay published today to the site of his venture firm, Andreessen Horowitz. In it, he advocates for building something — anything — that moves society forward from here. To “reboot the American dream.” he writes, we need to “demand ...
Tags: New York City, America, Tech, Andreessen, United States, Venture Capital, Manhattan, Silicon Valley, Andreessen Horowitz, Marc Andreessen, Don, COVID-19

The Most Widespread COVID-19 Conspiracy Theories Target Bill Gates

In a 2015 speech, Bill Gates tried to warn that the greatest thread to humanity was an infectious virus, reports the New York Times. "Anti-vaccinators, members of the conspiracy group QAnon and right-wing pundits have instead seized on the video as evidence that one of the world's richest men planned to use a pandemic to wrest control of the global health system." In posts on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, he is being falsely portrayed as the creator of Covid-19, as a profiteer from a virus vac...
Tags: Facebook, Tech, New York Times, Bill Gates, Times, Gates, Trump, Whitney Phillips, Bill Melinda Gates Foundation, Syracuse University, Laura Ingraham, YouTube Facebook, Robert F Kennedy Jr, Zignal Labs, Pirbright Institute, Mark Suzman

Week in Review: Facebook hardware finds pandemic market fit

Hey everybody, welcome back to Week in Review. The world of COVID-19 is our new reality, so I’ll continue to include links to some positive updates on research, but I’ll be shifting back the focus to covering tech’s movers and shakers of the week. If you’re reading this on the TechCrunch site, you can get this in your inbox  here , and follow my tweets  here . The big story One thing that’s been interesting to see over the past few weeks is how our relationship with screen time has changed...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, TC, Facebook, Cowboy, America, Tech, Mit, Fda, Week in Review, Jeff Bezos, Facetime, Kpcb, Cowboy Ventures, Aileen Lee

Will the Pandemic Inspire Silicon Valley to Do Good?

The global pandemic "has stirred up a missionary zeal throughout Silicon Valley," writes Bloomberg: Apple and Google put aside a decadelong rivalry to form an alliance to track the spread of infections. Facebook and are procuring millions of masks for health care workers. Jeff Bezos is donating $100 million and Jack Dorsey $1 billion. In other corners of the Valley, people are developing test kits and possible vaccines, as well as software to treat the social and economic maladies...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Tech, Walmart, Bloomberg, Brooklyn, Silicon Valley, Jeff Bezos, Jack Dorsey, Bay Area, Valley, Lu, UCSF Medical Center, Facebook Snapchat, Barbieri

Microsoft Launching 'Plasmabot' To Screen Recovered COVID-19 Patients For Researchers

CNBC reports: Microsoft is working with a consortium of pharmaceutical companies to recruit people who have recovered from Covid-19 to donate their plasma, which could be used in treatments for the disease. To help get the word out, the company is launching a chatbot, which it refers to as its "plasmabot," to lead people through a series of questions to determine if they're a candidate to donate plasma. The plasmabot, which goes live this weekend, will also provide information about the procedur...
Tags: Florida, Microsoft, America, Tech, Mayo Clinic, Cnbc, Lee, Bill Melinda Gates Foundation, Peter Lee, COVID, Octapharma Takeda CSL Behring

New AirPods Allegedly Ready to Launch, Possibly Next Month

Next generation AirPods that were allegedly supposed to be announced at Apple's rumored March event are ready to launch, according to Jon Prosser of the YouTube channel Front Page Tech. Prosser believes the new ‌AirPods‌ could launch sometime next month, although he is not firm on timing yet. It is unclear at this time as to what new features Apple's next-generation ‌AirPods‌ will sport. One possibility is that the earphones will feature the same in-ear design as the AirPods Pro without Activ...
Tags: Apple, Featured, Prosser, AirPods, AirPods Pro, AirPods Pro Lite, Jon Prosser, YouTube channel Front Page Tech Prosser

Huawei P40 Pro vs. Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max

Need to decide between two powerful phones? We break down the main differences between these popular choices.
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Android, Mobile, Trends, Huawei, Buying Guides, iPhone 11 Pro Max, HUAWEI P40 Pro, iPhone vs Huawei

How to make sense of the coronavirus chaos

We are beset on all sides, daily if not hourly, by COVID-19 data, hypotheses, speculation, and crackpot conspiracy theories. Even if armed with a mathematical mind, and some kind of grounding in critical thinking, how are we supposed to make sense of it all? Assuming you even want to make sense of the chaos; assuming you haven’t already decided on a fixed position and a rigid lens. Assuming that resisting any change in your thinking, no matter what new information comes in, has not become the be...
Tags: TC, Opinion, New York City, Tech, Spain, Bill Gates, Wuhan, Lombardy

Google and Facebook Must Pay for Local Journalism

The U.S. should emulate the French government’s resolve to fight for the news media industry.
Tags: Google, News, European Union, Google Inc, News and News Media, News Media Alliance

Australia to force technology giants Facebook and Google to pay for news content

Social media giants Facebook and Google will be forced to pay Australian media companies for sharing their content or face sanctions under a landmark decision by the Morrison government.The move comes as the media industry reels... [Author: [email protected]]
Tags: Google, Facebook, Business, Australia, Morrison

Australia Will Force Google and Facebook to Pay for News Content

"Social media giants Facebook and Google will be forced to pay Australian media companies for sharing their content or face sanctions under a landmark decision..." reports the New Zealand Herald: The move comes as the media industry reels from tumbling advertising revenue, already in decline before the Covid 19 coronavirus outbreak collapsed the market. Australia will become the first government to impose a legal regime including financial penalties for digital platforms that profit from conten...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Australia, Tech, New Zealand, Josh Frydenberg, ACCC, Australia Will Force Google

Facebook and Google to be forced to share advertising revenue with Australian media companies

Mandatory code being developed by ACCC will create ‘level playing field’ in media landscape, Josh Frydenberg says Facebook and Google will be forced to share advertising revenue with Australian media companies after the treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, instructed the competition watchdog to develop a mandatory code of conduct for the digital giants amid a steep decline in advertising brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.In its response to the landmark digital platforms inquiry in December, the fede...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Media, Advertising, Australia news, Australian media, Josh Frydenberg, ACCC, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, Coronavirus outbreak

Facebook Will Warn Users Who 'Liked' Coronavirus Hoaxes

The Associated Press reports that soon Facebook will start warning users who "shared or interacted with dangerous coronavirus misinformation": The new notice will be sent to users who have clicked on, reacted to, or commented on posts featuring harmful or false claims about COVID-19 after they have been removed by moderators. The alert, which will start appearing on Facebook in the coming weeks, will direct users to a site where the World Health Organization lists and debunks virus myths and rum...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Tech, World Health Organization, Associated Press, Baybars Orsek

2H 2019 and Q1 2020 Quick Links, Part 2 (Trademarks/Keywords)

* Workshopx Inc v. Build A Sign LLC , 2019 WL 5258056 (W.D. Texas June 26, 2019): “BAS contends that WorkshopX cannot state a claim for trademark infringement or unfair competition because using a competitor’s trademark as a Google AdWords keyword does not infringe the mark as a matter of settled law. BAS is generally correct that—in and of itself—using a competitor’s trademark as a Google AdWords keyword does not constitute trademark infringement.” * Travelpass Group LLC v. Caesars Entertainmen...
Tags: Google, Texas, Law, Groupon, Court, Marketing, Audi, Trademark, Hunt, Volkswagen AG, Fla, Caesars, Global Communications, Caesars Entertainment Corp, Siddiqi, American Hotel and Lodging Association

Now You Can Find a COVID-19 Testing Center Using Google

Now when you search for COVID-19 on Google you can find information about testing sites for the virus located near you.Read more...
Tags: Google, Lifehacks, Coronavirus, Covid 19

Will Companies Cut Open Source Investment Because of COVID-19?

The editor of TFIR posed an interesting question to Rob Hirschfeld, the Founder/CEO of RackN (which automates and integrates bare-metal infrastructure). Will the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic affect the sustainability of open source software? Hirschfeld responded: "The idea that big companies are maintaining open-source projects for the community good is going to get tested, as companies look for places where they can conserve revenue. I think that's a really critical thing." "Th...
Tags: Tech, Hirschfeld, Rob Hirschfeld

Decrypted: Post-coronavirus, Auth0’s close call, North Korea warning, Awake’s Series C

Welcome to a look back at the past week in security and what it means for you. Each week we’ll look at the big news of the week and why it matters. What will the world look like after the coronavirus pandemic subsides? Some of us are now in our fifth week of sheltering in place, but there’s no fixed end-date in sight. We’ve gone from a period of confusion and concern to testing and mitigation. Now we’re starting to look ahead at the world post-coronavirus. Things still have to get done. But how ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Security, Startups, North Korea, Tech, Data Breach, Internet Security, Security Breaches, Computing, Sony Pictures, Cyberwarfare, Computer Security, Extra Crunch, Coronavirus, COVID-19

Coronavirus: F1 engineers and academics produced new breathing aid design in under 10 days

With the coronavirus pandemic spreading to nearly every country in the world, the number of hospital patients needing respiratory support is becoming unprecedented. It’s not easy for manufacturers to quickly make huge numbers of extra ventilators so there is likely to be an imbalance in supply and demand for the necessary equipment to provide this support. To alleviate this problem, a team of engineers from UCL (the university in London where I work) and Formula One engine maker Mercedes-AMG HPP...
Tags: Startups, London, Tech, Ucl, Syndication, Coronavirus, Mercedes AMG HPP

O'Reilly Makes 'Prototype to Product' eBook Free to Help COVID-19 Innovators

Alan Cohen is a software and systems engineer/manager, and a lifelong technophile who's been engaged in developing medical devices and other high-reliability products. So right now he's working with the new Massachusetts-based "Mass General Brigham Center for COVID Innovation" to refine an emergency ventilator prototype — and then mass-produce thousands of them. "Most of what's needed is the expertise to turn prototypes into products," Alan says — and fortunately, he'd already written a book a...
Tags: Amazon, Massachusetts, Tech, Alan, Reilly, Slashdot, Alan Cohen, Mass General Brigham Center

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