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Instagram Just Threw Users of Its Embedding API Under the Bus

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Instagram does not provide users of its embedding API a copyright license to display embedded images on other websites, the company said in a Thursday email to Ars Technica. The announcement could come as an unwelcome surprise to users who believed that embedding images, rather than hosting them directly, provides insulation against copyright claims. "While our terms allow us to grant a sub-license, we do not grant one for our embeds API," a...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Tech, Ars Technica, Newsweek, Ars, Elliot McGucken, McGucken, Ars Technica Instagram, Katherine Failla


Google co-founder’s Kitty Hawk company scraps one of its flying-car projects

It's going to focus on developing another electric aircraft instead
Tags: Google, News, Cars, Trends, Larry Page, Flyer, Kitty Hawk


Google co-founder’s Kitty Hawk scraps one of its flying-car projects

It's going to focus on developing another electric aircraft instead
Tags: Google, News, Cars, Trends, Larry Page, Flyer, Kitty Hawk


COVID-19 Crippled Movie Theaters and That Could Force Streamers To Be More Transparent About Viewership Data

Sarah Whitten writes via CNBC: The coronavirus pandemic has fundamentally changed the entertainment industry. With movie theaters shuttered, studios have been forced to either delay their film releases or turn to on-demand and streaming options to present their content to audiences. While cinemas are preparing to reopen this month, eagerly awaiting new films in July, it's still unclear if there is enough demand to keep these businesses profitable. [...] Industry members worry that if films begin...
Tags: Disney, Tech, Netflix, Cnbc, Wedbush, Michael Pachter, Sarah Whitten


Mubadala to invest $1.2 billion in India’s Reliance Jio Platforms

Abu Dhabi-based sovereign firm Mubadala has become the latest investor in Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio Platforms, joining five American firms including Facebook and Silver Lake that have secured stakes in India’s biggest telecom operator at the height of a once-in-a-century global pandemic. Mubadala said it had agreed to invest $1.2 billion in Reliance Jio Platforms for a 1.85% stake in the firm. The deal valued the Indian telecom operator, which launched in the second half of 2016, at $65 bi...
Tags: Travel, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Asia, India, Funding, Vodafone, Abu Dhabi, Group, Uae, Silver Lake, Reliance, Reliance Jio, Reliance Industries, Jio


India’s Reliance Jio Platforms to sell $1.2 billion stake to Mubadala

Abu Dhabi-based sovereign firm Mubadala has become the latest investor in Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio Platforms, joining five American firms including Facebook and Silver Lake that have secured stakes in India’s biggest telecom operator at the height of a once-in-a-century global pandemic. Mubadala said it had agreed to invest $1.2 billion in Reliance Jio Platforms for a 1.85% stake in the firm. The deal valued the Indian telecom operator, which launched in the second half of 2016, at $65 bi...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Asia, India, Softbank, Funding, Tech, Vodafone, Silicon Valley, Amd, Abu Dhabi, Uae, Silver Lake, Reliance, Reliance Jio


US antitrust probe of Google includes search on Android, says rival

Justice Department investigators have asked a Google rival, DuckDuckGo, for detailed information about ways to increase competition in the online search market, an indication the DOJ's antitrust probe of Google has expanded to include its core product and that the agency may be moving closer to bringing a case.
Tags: Google, US, Cnn, Doj, Justice Department


Feds Explore How to Hinder Google's Search Dominance in Latest Antitrust Probe: Report

State regulators and Justice Department officials are purportedly investigating ways to limit Google’s authority in the online search market as part of an antitrust probe.Read more...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Europe, Science, Search Engines, Search, Antitrust, Department Of Justice, Justice Department, Duckduckgo, US Justice Department, Antitrust Laws


Here’s what is driving GM’s reported plans to develop a commercial electric van

GM’s electric offensive to bring at least 20 new EVs to market by 2023 reportedly includes a commercial van. Reuters reported Thursday that the company is developing an electric van for the commercial market code named BV1. The vehicle is expected to start production in late 2021 and will use the Ultium battery system that was revealed in March, according to the report. When, and if, GM delivers on that goal in 2021 it will join an increasingly crowded pool. Amazon ordered 100,000 electric de...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Cars, Tech, Tesla, UPS, Automotive, Ford, Gm, DHL, Electric, Morgan Stanley, Cadillac, Reuters, Ev, Ryder


TV Bits: ‘F is for Family’, ‘Hedy Lamarr’, ‘Step Up’, ‘Diary of a Future President’, ‘Tuca and Bertie’, ‘Lucifer’

In this edition of TV Bits: Watch a trailer for F is for Family season 4. Gal Gadot’s Hedy Lamarr series, originally destined for Showtime, is headed to Apple TV+. Starz steps up and revives the YouTube Step Up series. Diary of a Future President has been renewed by Disney+ for a second season. Tuca and Bertie season 2 now has a teaser. Lucifer is returning to Netflix for season 6. F is for Family is an animated series that has been on Netflix for four seasons! This is surprising to me,...
Tags: Apple, Hollywood, Television, Movies, Hedy Lamarr, Disney, Atlanta, Netflix, Vienna, United States, Showtime, Starz, Gina Rodriguez, Lucifer, Gal Gadot, Murphy


Tesla Model 3 Was California's Best Selling Car Through First Quarter

Through the first quarter of this year, the Tesla Model 3 was California's best selling vehicle. CNET reports: Data from the California New Car Dealers Association released last week shows the Model 3 sold 18,856 units through March 31 of this year. The figure is greater than any rival car, and even trumps mass-market cars and crossovers. The car to come closest was the Honda Civic with 18,001 units sold in the same time period. The Toyota Camry (17,871 units), RAV4 (17,261) and Corolla (15,575)...
Tags: California, Tech, Bmw, Audi, Cnet, Mercedes Benz, Corolla, Toyota Camry, Honda Civic, New Car Dealers Association


Apple will reportedly provide optional COVID-19 tests for employees as they return to work (AAPL)

Apple will offer optional COVID-19 tests for employees as they return to the office, Bloomberg reported Thursday. The company will also require temperature checks and masks, limit the number of people in crowded spaces, and keep many of its break-room kitchens closed, according to Bloomberg. Apple, with its hardware focus and secretive culture around new products, has been more eager than other major tech firms to reopen its offices and began allowing some employees back in May. Other companie...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, China, Trends, Bloomberg, Jeff Bezos, Cupertino California, Bloomberg Apple, COVID


Small ISP Cancels Data Caps Permanently After Reviewing Pandemic Usage

An anonymous reader writes: Antietam Broadband, which serves Washington County in Maryland, announced Friday that it "has permanently removed broadband data usage caps for all customers," retroactive to mid-March when the company first temporarily suspended data-cap overage fees. The decision to permanently drop the cap was made partly because of "learnings from the COVID-19 pandemic as more people worked and learned remotely," Antietam explained. "During this period customers moved into broadba...
Tags: Maryland, Tech, Lynch, Washington County, Antietam, Brian Lynch, Antietam Broadband


Slack Partners With Amazon To Take On Microsoft Teams

Slack is partnering with Amazon in a multi-year agreement that means all Amazon employees will start to use Slack. The Verge reports: The deal comes just as Slack faces increased competition from Microsoft Teams, and it will also see Slack migrate its voice and video calling features over to Amazon's Chime platform alongside a broader adoption of Amazon Web Services (AWS). Amazon's roll out of Slack to all of its employees is a big part of the deal, thanks to an enterprise-wide agreement. It's n...
Tags: Amazon, Microsoft, Tech, Aws, Ibm, Google Cloud, Amazon Web Services AWS Amazon


2 Shopping Apps That Helps Earn Money Back

Who loves to do a little shopping? Are you someone that loves to do shopping online? If so, did you know that you could be earning money back in the process? Who wouldn’t want to make a few extra dollars while shopping in the process? Trust me, this is something we’ve become accustomed to and the money adds up quickly. Check out these 2 shopping apps that helps earn money back below.   Rakuten We first signed up with Rakuten when they were called Ebates. In the past, we have searched online fo...
Tags: Technology, Shopping, Online Shopping, Jazz, Rakuten, Ibotta, Publix, Shopping Apps, Amazon Walmart Travelocity, Walmart Kroger Sam


Heartbeat of the Earth: artists explore climate data

Art has always been a medium to convey complex subjects and address challenges we face. For many of us, the term “climate data” conjures up images of complicated graphs and charts, but artists are explaining it through a new lens. Today, on World Environment Day, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Google Arts & Culture Lab residency program announce Heartbeat of the Earth, a series of experimental artworks inspired by climate data. Five artists—Fabian Oefn...
Tags: Google, Germany, Earth, Switzerland, Noaa, Un, Arts And Culture, Antarctic, Rhone, World Meteorological Organization, Fabian Oefner, Laurie Frick, Freya Murray, Cristina Tarquini, Timo Aho Pekka Niittyvirta, Federal Ministry of Education and Research We


Musk Says 'Time To Break Up Amazon,' Escalating Feud With Bezos

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Tesla Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk said it's "time to break up Amazon" in a tweet Thursday, escalating a rivalry with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, another billionaire investing in space exploration. "Monopolies are wrong," Musk tweeted while tagging Bezos, the world's wealthiest man. Musk's post came in response to a tweet from a writer who said his book titled "Unreported Truths About COVID-19 and The Lockdown" was being removed from Amazon's K...
Tags: Amazon, Elon Musk, Tech, Bloomberg, New York Times, Jeff Bezos, Musk, Bezos, Berenson, Time To Break Up Amazon, Alex Berenson Due


Apple Working on iPadOS Shortcuts for Changing iPad Keyboard Brightness

Apple appears to be working on keyboard shortcuts that will allow users who have a Magic Keyboard or other attached keyboard with key brightness settings to adjust the brightness level. Signs of Apple's work on the shortcuts were found in iOS 13.5.5 code by 9to5Mac. The site says the beta has references to keyboard shortcuts that replace some function keys.We've found evidence in code that suggests the existence of new keyboard shortcuts to change the brightness of the iPad screen or even the...
Tags: Apple, Magic Keyboard, Ios 13


Ethena raises $2 million in seed funding for smarter anti-harassment software

Corporate harassment training is often defined by mandatory annual workshops, stock photo-ridden curricula and, often, outdated scenarios. Harvard graduates Roxanne Petraeus and Anne Solmssen think there’s a business in doing better than that. The duo co-founded Ethena, a software-as-a-service startup that sells anti-harassment training software that is more comprehensive and flexible than the status quo. Ethena sends “nudges,” or personalized short-form bits of training content, to employees...
Tags: Startups, TC, Tech, Harvard, SaaS, Jim, Petraeus, Jan, Athena, GSV Capital, Homebrew, GSV, Village Global, Recent Funding, Ethena, COVID


Apple Supplier Broadcom Expecting iPhone Launch Delays

Broadcom, a company that makes components for Apple's iPhone, today suggested some 2020 ‌iPhone‌ models could see a delayed launch this year due to the ongoing global health crisis. As relayed by Bloomberg, Broadcom CEO Hock Tan today discussed a "major product cycle delay" at a "large North American mobile phone" company. There was no mention of Apple by name, but according to Bloomberg, this is phrasing that Tan often uses to describe Apple. Tan was discussing the situation because wirele...
Tags: Apple, Featured, Bloomberg, Broadcom, Tan, Hock, Hock Tan, Bloomberg Broadcom, Iphone 12, Apple Tan, Apple Supplier Broadcom


Google Search a Target of US Antitrust Probes, Rival Says

U.S. federal and state authorities are asking detailed questions about how to limit Google's power in the online search market as part of their antitrust investigations into the tech giant, according to rival DuckDuckGo. From a report: Gabriel Weinberg, chief executive officer of the privacy-focused search engine, said he has spoken with state regulators, and talked with the U.S. Justice Department as recently as a few weeks ago. Justice Department officials and state attorneys general asked the...
Tags: Google, US, Tech, Justice Department, U S Justice Department, Weinberg, Gabriel Weinberg


Deals: Get the Limited Edition Mac Bundle With 11 MacOS Apps Including Parallels Desktop for $54 (mac rumors)

At StackSocial this week you can get the Limited Edition Mac Bundle featuring Parallels Desktop for a low price of $54 with the promo code RUMORS10. This new bundle features 11 total apps for macOS, including Parallels Desktop, TextExpander, PDF Expert, and more. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with StackSocial. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running. To get the bundle at a discount, head to StackSocial and ad...
Tags: Apple, News, MacBook Air, Aurora, StackSocial, Mitchel Broussard


Facebook To Block Ads From State-Controlled Media Entities In the US

Facebook said Thursday it will begin blocking state-controlled media outlets from buying advertising in the U.S. this summer. It's also rolling out a new set of labels to provide users with transparency around ads and posts from state-controlled outlets. Outlets that feel wrongly labeled can appeal the process. Axios reports: Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook's head of security policy, says the company hasn't seen many examples yet of foreign governments using advertising to promote manipulative cont...
Tags: Facebook, Russia, US, Tech, Tasnim News Agency, Gleicher, Nathaniel Gleicher Facebook, Sputnik China s People s Daily Iran


Apple Pay Promo Offers $1 Crispy Chicken Sandwich From Burger King

Apple today sent out emails advertising its latest Apple Pay promotion, which offers a $1 Crispy Chicken Sandwich at Burger King for customers who order ahead through the Burger King app for contactless pickup or delivery. The offer can be found in the Offers tab of the BK app and is valid through June 10. The offer is not valid in Alaska or Hawaii, and delivery orders require a $10 minimum purchase. In addition to Burger King, Apple in its email also highlights several other major merchants...
Tags: Apple, Walgreens, Alaska, Hawaii, Puma, Burger King, Apple Card, Apple Pay promo, Burger King Apple, Best Buy Office Depot Target, Walgreens Apple


FTC fines kids app developer HyperBeard $150K for use of third-party ad trackers

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) today announced a settlement of $150,000 with HyperBeard, the developer of a collection of children’s mobile games over violations of U.S. Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act Rule (COPPA Rule). The company’s applications had been downloaded more than 50 million times on a worldwide basis to date, according to data from app intelligence firm Sensor Tower. A complaint filed by the Dept. of Justice on behalf of the FTC alleged that HyperBeard had violate...
Tags: Apple, TC, Apps, Games, Kids, Tech, Regulations, Developers, App Stores, Vietnam, Ftc, Coppa, Andrew Smith, Bureau of Consumer Protection, U S Federal Trade Commission FTC, Dept of Justice


OTTO Motors raises $29M to fill factories with autonomous delivery robots

When Clearpath Robotics CEO and co-founder Matthew Rendall looks at the “miles” of roads inside industrial factories, he sees them filled with autonomous vehicles. And in the past five years, the company has inched toward that goal through its industrial division OTTO Motors. The division, which launched in 2015, has landed a number of customer contracts to bring its autonomous mobile robot platform into factories, including GE, Toyota, Nestlé and Berry Global. OTTO Motors is preparing to exp...
Tags: Amazon, Food, TC, Japan, Technology, Ge, China, Tech, Culture, Automotive, United States, Toyota, Deloitte, Manufacturing, Robot, Factory


GTA Online, Red Dead Online Will Temporarily Go Offline In Honor of George Floyd

Rockstar Games, 2K games, and their parent company Take-Two Interactive announced on Thursday that they will shut down the servers for games such as Grand Theft Auto Online, Red Dead Online, and NBA 2K for two hours on Thursday afternoon "to honor the legacy of George Floyd." Polygon reports: "Black Lives Matter," said Rockstar Games on its official Twitter account. "To honor the legacy of George Floyd, today, 6/4/20, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. ET, we will be shutting down access to our online games, G...
Tags: America, Tech, Nba, Charity Navigator, Kerbal Space Program, Rockstar, Take Two Interactive, Social Point, Grand Theft Auto Online, George Floyd, Grand Theft Auto Online Red Dead Online, George Floyd Polygon


Apple Implementing COVID-19 Prevention Measures as Employees Return to Work

As employees begin returning to work at Apple's Apple Park and Infinite Loop campuses, Apple is implementing COVID-19 prevention measures that include testing, social distancing, and temperature checks, reports Bloomberg. Some employees, such as hardware and software engineers, began returning to ‌Apple Park‌ in May. Some of the people who are working at the campus are doing so for just a few days a week, with Apple limiting the number of people allowed in closed spaces, such as elevators. E...
Tags: Apple, Bloomberg, United States, Apple Park, Deirdre O Brien, COVID-19 Coronavirus


Andreessen Horowitz creates a new fund to back diverse company founders usually bypassed by Silicon Valley's tight VC circles, and its partners kicked it off with $2.2 million in donations

Andreessen Horowitz is launching a new nonprofit fund to fund founders from underserved backgrounds without the network and the know-how to be scouted by Silicon Valley's blue-chip VC firms.  The Talent x Opportunity fund, led by Andreessen Horowitz partner Naithan Jones, begins with $2.2 million in donations from Andreessen Horowitz partners. It will also accept donations from those outside the VC firm, a blog post from the firm said.  Protests against racism and police brutality have also sp...
Tags: Apple, Google, Softbank, Trends, Kansas, Silicon Valley, Ivy League, Ben Horowitz, Andreessen Horowitz, Black Lives Matter, Jones, Felicia, Naithan Jones


Andreessen Horowitz creates a new fund to back diverse company founders usually bypassed by Silicon Valley's tight VC circles; The nonprofit Talent x Opportunity fund starts with $2.2 million donated by the Andreessen firm's partners

Andreessen Horowitz is launching a new nonprofit fund to fund founders from underserved backgrounds without the network and the know-how to be scouted by Silicon Valley's blue-chip VC firms.  The Talent x Opportunity fund, led by Andreessen Horowitz partner Naithan Jones, begins with $2.2 million in donations from Andreessen Horowitz partners. It will also accept donations from those outside the VC firm, a blog post from the firm said.  Protests against racism and police brutality have also sp...
Tags: Apple, Google, Softbank, Trends, Andreessen, Kansas, Silicon Valley, Ivy League, Ben Horowitz, Andreessen Horowitz, Black Lives Matter, Jones, Felicia, Naithan Jones



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