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Facebook Removes QAnon Conspiracy Group With 200,000 Members

An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: Facebook has deleted a large group dedicated to sharing and discussing QAnon conspiracy theories. QAnon is a wide-ranging, unfounded conspiracy theory that a "deep state" network of powerful government, business and media figures are waging a secret war against Donald Trump. A Facebook spokeswoman said the group was removed for "repeatedly posting content that violated our policies." The deleted Facebook group, called Official Q/Qanon, had nearly...
Tags: Facebook, Tech, Bbc, Donald Trump, Reuters, Facebook Removes QAnon Conspiracy Group


Microsoft Signals Renewed Interest In Windows With Latest Reshuffle

Microsoft is making some significant changes to the way it runs its Windows organization this week, signaling a renewed focus on the operating system that made its name. The Verge reports: The software giant placed Surface chief Panos Panay in charge of Windows earlier this year, and is now reshuffling parts of that team. It follows Microsoft's decision to slice Windows into two parts more than two years ago after the departure of former Windows chief Terry Myerson. Microsoft moved core Windows ...
Tags: Microsoft, Azure, Tech, Panos Panay, UWP, Terry Myerson Microsoft


Trump Blew Up More Than Just TikTok and WeChat

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to ban dealings with ByteDance, owner of video-sharing sensation TikTok, appears to codify what his administration has already been warning. A second edict targeting messaging app WeChat and its parent, Tencent, seems weirdly overdue. The executive orders issued by the White House go beyond stopping average Americans from becoming unwitting spies for the Communist Party through their postings and data. The...
Tags: Apple, Google, White House, China, Tech, Bloomberg, Beijing, Tencent, Donald Trump, Trump, Communist Party, Tiktok


Microsoft Accuses Apple of Treating Gaming Apps Differently

Hour after Apple explained why Microsoft's xCloud wouldn't be coming to iOS, Microsoft shot back and accused the company of "consistently treating gaming apps differently." AppleInsider reports: On Wednesday, Microsoft ended its xCloud TestFlight program on iOS and said that the service would not be arriving on iPhone and iPad. In a statement on Thursday, Apple explained that it bars apps which rely on cloud streaming, per its App Store guidelines. Microsoft shot back at the Cupertino tech giant...
Tags: Apple, Microsoft, Tech, App Store, Cupertino, Cnet, App Store However


How to use Apple Watch’s fitness features

Apple has built an elaborate fitness tracking system into the Apple Watch. We show you how to best use it.
Tags: Apple, Mobile, Wearables, Trends, How-to, Apple Watch, Apple Watch fitness


Facebook Gaming, Minus the Gaming, Debuts on iOS

The stand-alone Facebook Gaming application was finally released for iOS Friday, but it is missing one notable feature: the games. The social network could not reach an agreement with Apple on the inclusion of Instant Games in the app. Just as in the Android app, users can watch gaming videos from livestreamers, use the app...
Tags: Apple, Advertising, Social Pro Daily, Facebook Gaming, Facebook Gaming Minus


Coronavirus Clobbers Uber, Leading To $1.8 Billion Quarterly Loss

In the second quarter of 2020, Uber announced that its ride-hailing business plunged by 75 percent compared with a year earlier -- from $12.2 billion to $3 billion. "That was offset somewhat by rapid growth in Uber's delivery business," reports Ars Technica. "Delivery bookings more than doubled from $3.4 billion to $7 billion." From the report: The company lost $1.8 billion in the second quarter on a GAAP basis. Ignoring one-time charges, Uber has been losing around $1 billion per quarter for th...
Tags: Uber, Tech, Dara Khosrowshahi, Khosrowshahi, Ars Technica Delivery


Extra Crunch members get 20% off an annual Canva Pro plan

Extra Crunch is excited to announce an update to our Partner Perk from design and publishing platform Canva. Starting today, annual and two-year members of Extra Crunch can receive 20% off an annual Canva Pro plan. You must be new to Canva to claim this offer, and reside in the U.S., Canada or U.K.  Canva empowers users to create social media graphics, presentations, posters and other visual content. Featuring a simple drag-and-drop user interface and a vast library of templates and design in...
Tags: Google, TC, Tech, Canada, Aws, Canva, U K Canva


LIVE EVENT | Radical innovation: Unlocking the future of human invention

Add event to calendar Using a combination of imagination and technology, science tech company Nanotronics aims to revolutionize the factory floor so that industries can have a smaller factory footprint, produce less waste, and rapidly increase the speed from R&D to production—it's this very philosophy that allowed Nanotronics to pivot and manufacture ventilators as a rapid response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In this Big Think Live session, presented by BMO Financial Group, Matthew P...
Tags: Facebook, Design, Technology, Future, Creativity, Innovation, Manufacturing, Ai, Humanity, Putnam, Peter Hopkins, BMO Financial Group, Nanotronics, Matthew Putman


Daily Crunch: Trump bans transactions with ByteDance and Tencent

Trump escalates his campaign against Chinese tech companies, Facebook extends work from home until the middle of 2021 and Netflix adds support for Hindi. Here’s your Daily Crunch for August 7, 2020. The big story: Trump signs orders banning US business with TikTok owner ByteDance and Tencent’s WeChat Both orders will take effect in 45 days, but its specific impact is unclear since Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross will apparently not identify what transactions are covered until then. This c...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Lyft, India, US, Tech, Policy, Netflix, United States, Commerce, Tencent, Donald Trump, Intel Capital, Trump, Don, U S District Court


Google Sets Timeline For Deprecating 'Classic' Google Sites

Google has announced that its structured wiki- and webpage-creation tool "Google Sites," which it launched in 2008 after acquiring JotSpot, will be shutting down in 2021. 9to5Google reports: This morning an email was dispatched to "active" users of classic Sites detailing its retirement, which will take place over the next year. The email, which had the subject line "Migrate your classic sites to new Google Sites," headlined that the service will be fully shut down on September 1, 2021. To begin...
Tags: Google, Tech, Google Sites, Jotspot, Google Sites Alongside


How to take a screenshot on any ZTE smartphone and find the image later

You can take a screenshot on any ZTE phone by pressing and holding the Power and Volume Down buttons at the same time. After taking a screenshot, you can find it in the Gallery app, in the Albums tab. This technique works for any ZTE handset, as well as most other Android phones.  Visit Business Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. Taking a screenshot is a surprisingly routine task. Whether you're sending someone an image from the web, an Instagram photo, or documenting a bug in...
Tags: Google Chrome, Google, Trends, Power, Google Bing


Firefox Gets Fix For Evil Cursor Attack

Firefox has fixed a bug that was being exploited in the wild by tech support scammers to create artificial mouse cursors and prevent users from easily leaving malicious sites. From a report: The bug was discovered being abused online by UK cyber-security firm Sophos and reported to Mozilla earlier this year. A bugfix was provided and has been live in Firefox since version 79.0, released last week. he bug is a classic "evil cursor" attack and works because modern browsers allow site owners to mod...
Tags: Firefox, UK, Tech, Mozilla, Sophos


Safari iOS 14 Guide: Privacy Report, Built-In Translation, Compromised Password Alerts and More

Apple introduces improvements for almost all of the built-in apps with each new iteration of iOS, and iOS 14 is no exception. For Safari, Apple has added some useful new features like built-in translation and a Privacy Report that provides a rundown on all of the trackers that Safari is blocking. This guide includes all of the new features and tweaks you'll find in Safari 14 for iPhone and iPad. Speed and Performance Improvements According to Apple, Safari in ‌iOS 14‌ features a "blazing-...
Tags: Apple, Google, Featured, Google Analytics, Safari, Apple Safari, DoubleClick, Safari Apple, Ios 14, Security Recommendations


Martin Scorsese Will Shoot ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ in February 2021

The behind-the-scenes saga of Martin Scorsese‘s Killers of the Flower Moon has been a bit of rollercoaster. The pic, based on the true story of a series of murders of wealthy Osage people in the early 1920s, was originally set up at Paramount and was supposed to start shooting in March 2020. Of course, the coronavirus destroyed that March shoot date, and then Paramount got cold feet about the film’s ballooning budget of $200 million. Apple TV+ then swooped in to save the project. Now, the movie...
Tags: Apple, Movies, Fbi, Netflix, Leonardo-DiCaprio, Robert-De-Niro, Scorsese, Oklahoma, Paramount Pictures, Paramount, True Story, Martin-Scorsese, DiCaprio, De Niro, Tom White, Osage Nation


Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ hands-on

During an Unpacked event that featured the announcement of five key new devices, the Galaxy Tab S7 didn’t get a ton of love. Understandable, perhaps. It doesn’t quite have the star power of the Note line, nor does it have the novelty of a new foldable or Bluetooth earbuds. Tablets in general just aren’t exciting the way they once were. But Samsung’s continued to plug away. The company makes a lot of tablets. That’s just kind of its thing. Why make one when you can make a dozen, each with differe...
Tags: Reviews, Android, Hardware, Samsung, Tech, Galaxy Tab S7, Brian Heater Points


How to clear the cache on Disney Plus using any device to improve streaming functionality

You can clear the cache on Disney Plus if you're having trouble watching Disney Plus and you've ruled out a bad internet connection.  Clearing the cache on Disney Plus can be done through your internet browser, or through the app. The steps to clear the cache for Disney Plus will vary depending upon what kind of device you are using.  Visit Business Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. Disney Plus should run error-free most of the time. If you find that the app is not working pr...
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How to block someone on YouTube so that they can't comment on your videos

You can block someone on YouTube by opening their profile and choosing the "Block user" option on their "About" page. To block a user using the YouTube mobile app, go to the user's profile page and tap the three-dot menu at the top of the page.  You can see all your blocked users and unblock them on desktop through the YouTube Studio page, or on mobile by going to each profile page you blocked individually. When you block someone on YouTube, you stop that user from commenting on your videos bu...
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A Private Equity Firm Bought Ancestry, and Its Trove of DNA, for $4.7B

The genealogy company Ancestry has been acquired by investment firm Blackstone for $4.7 billion, changing ownership of the company and its trove of user-submitted DNA from a set of investment firms to another private equity firm. From a report: The announcement was made in a press release published earlier this week by Blackstone, which shared it had "reached a definitive agreement to acquire Ancestry from Silver Lake, GIC, Spectrum Equity, Permira, and other equity holders for a total enterpris...
Tags: Tech, Blackstone, Ancestry, Silver Lake GIC Spectrum Equity Permira


Congress To Consider National Right To Repair Law For First Time

The first step to returning ownership to the people who buy things.
Tags: Technology, Law, Congress, Right To Repair


7 businesses that pivoted to Zoom and FaceTime during the pandemic reveal what does and doesn't work for virtual services, classes, and events (ZM)

The coronavirus outbreak has hit many US businesses hard — one survey found that 75% of small businesses saw fewer sales in March.  It's especially difficult for businesses that rely on face-to-face interactions, like bars and salons, or companies that host in-person classes like yoga studios and cooking schools.  Business Insider talked to seven entrepreneurs who are trying to get some of their revenue back through virtual services on Zoom and FaceTime.  Click here for more BI Prime content. ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, California, Cdc, France, US, San Francisco, Trends, Atlanta, Paypal, Light, Chicago, Canada, Brooklyn, Nepal, Alaska


Human Capital: Uber and Lyft’s ongoing battle with the law and a brief history of diversity at Snap

Welcome back to Human Capital (formerly known as Tech at Work) that looks at all-things labor in tech. This week presented Uber and Lyft with a fresh labor lawsuit as a judge heard arguments from Uber, Lyft and lawyers on behalf of the people of California in a separate suit brought forth by California’s attorney general. Meanwhile, Snap recently released its first-ever diversity and inclusion report — something the company had been holding off on doing for years.  Below, we’ll explore the nua...
Tags: Google, TC, Lyft, Uber, California, San Francisco, Tech, Diversity, Evan Spiegel, Bob Marley, Human Capital, Snap, SPIEGEL, O'Connor, Los Angeles San Diego, Uber and Lyft


Facebook Releases Graph API v8.0, Marketing API v8.0

Facebook released Graph API (application-programming interface) v8.0 and Marketing API v8.0 this week, along with detailing changes to its app review process. The social network also alerted iOS developers to look out for further software development kit announcements related to Apple's pending rollout of iOS 14. Facebook said in a blog post that in order...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Advertising, Social Pro Daily, Facebook Releases Graph API


Government's PACER Fees Are Too High, Federal Circuit Says

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg Law: The U.S. government charges too much for access to an electronic database of federal court records, the Federal Circuit ruled in a decision curbing a revenue stream the court system uses to help fund other programs. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a lower court's decision that the government was not authorized under federal law to spend $192 million in Public Access to Court Records system fees on court technology...
Tags: Congress, Tech, Federal Circuit, U S Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Bloomberg Law, Administrative Office of the U S Courts, Are Too High Federal Circuit Says, Public Access to Court Records


How to stop your Google Chrome browser from blocking downloads temporarily or permanently

You can stop Google Chrome from blocking downloads by temporarily turning off the Safe Browsing feature, located in the Privacy and security section of Chrome's Settings page.  Chrome's Safe Browsing feature is designed to protect you from malicious websites and infected files that can damage your computer or compromise your security.  After you download the blocked file, it's a good idea to re-enable Safe Browsing. Visit Business Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. Chrome's b...
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What I Learned From The Worst-Reviewed Novel Ever

In a book called Weird Wisconsin: Your Travel Guide to Wisconsin’s Local Legends, Burrows’s name was listed under a chapter called “The Worst Novel Ever Published in the English Language.” Maddeningly, the Google Books preview would not reveal the offending passage, but soon I located a Washington Post article that explained the whole entanglement. – The New Republic
Tags: Google, Art, Washington Post, Wisconsin, Words, 08.06.20, Local Legends Burrows


Why We Have a 'TikTok Problem'

An anonymous reader shares an analysis: As national security expert Lucas Kunce notes, Facebook is in fact the reason we have a TikTok problem to begin with. When Twitter launched a TikTok-like product Vine years before, Facebook actively killed the product by refusing to let Vine access its APIs on the same terms other corporations got. Mark Zuckerberg personally made the call to shut off access to Vine, and Twitter eventually shut the product down. Then, Facebook allowed TikTok to advertise ma...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Tech, Vine, Chinese communist party, Zuckerberg, Lucas Kunce


Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra vs. iPhone 11 Pro Max: Titanic flagships clash

Since both of these devices have starting prices well above $1,000, which one should you spend your money on?
Tags: Apple, Android, Mobile, Samsung, Trends, Samsung Galaxy Note, Buying Guides, Apple Iphone, iPhone 11 Pro Max, Galaxy Note 20 Ultra


Should You Buy an Intel Mac or Wait?

Apple launched what very well may be the last Intel iMac this week, and while we haven’t had nearly enough time with it for a full review yet, early benchmark results reveal an absolute beast of a machine (even if our review unit is loaded with enough stuff to bring the price up to a whopping $4,500). If your old iMac…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Science, Intel, Macs, Intel Macs, Intel Mac, Arm Macs


PayPal parts with top advertising executive after shifting its marketing strategy during the pandemic

PayPal's chief creative officer Steve Simpson, its top advertising executive, left the company after about a year. The move came after PayPal shifted its marketing strategy during the coronavirus pandemic, placing less emphasis on the brand and more on catering to small businesses, said a source with direct knowledge of the marketing operation. Simpson's departure followed that of CMO and former Apple executive Allison Johnson in May. Both "decided to leave PayPal" as the company streamlines i...
Tags: Apple, San Francisco, Trends, CMO, Paypal, Johnson, WPP, Ogilvy, Simpson, Omnicom, Steve Simpson, WPP Publicis, Goodby Silverstein, Allison Johnson, Contact Patrick Coffee on Signal, Leanne Sheraton



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