Facebook Leak Shows Its Preparations to Fight a Government-Ordered Breakup

Engadget reports: Facebook is under intense regulatory pressure, and it appears to be bracing itself for the worst. The Wall Street Journal says it has obtained a document outlining Facebook's defense if the government orders a breakup that would unload Instagram and WhatsApp. The social media giant would reportedly argue that a split would be a "complete nonstarter" based on officials' past actions — or lack thereof. According to the leak, Facebook would contend that its acquisitions of Inst...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Tech, Wall Street Journal, Ftc, Engadget, Facebook Leak Shows

The Grateful Dead Movie: Watch It Free Online

The Grateful Dead Movie documents "a tour-ending five night stand at the Winterland Ballroom in October 1974. These were their last shows with the Wall of Sound, and the film includes amazing performances of many favorites like One More Saturday Night, Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad, Truckin', Sugar Magnolia/Sunshine Daydream, Stella Blue, Casey Jones, and Morning Dew." Enjoy it online, rather than having to drop $90 for a DVD. The Grateful Dead Movie will be added to our list of Free D...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Music, Film, College, Facebook Twitter, Winterland Ballroom, Grateful Dead Movie, Stella Blue Casey Jones

Google delays mandating Play Store payments rule in India to April 2022

Google is postponing the enforcement of its new Play Store billing rule in India to April 2022, days after more than 150 startups in the world’s second largest internet market forged an informal coalition to express concerns over the 30% charge the Android-maker plans to mandate on its store and started to explore an alternative marketplace for their apps. The company, which is going live globally with the new Play Store rule in September 2021, is deferring the enforcement of the policy only ...
Tags: Google, Google Play Store, Apps, Asia, India, Western, Tech, Walmart, Alibaba, Play Store, Ipl, UPI, Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Paytm, McDonald, Paytm India

Google delays mandating Play Store’s 30% cut in India to April 2022

Google is postponing the enforcement of its new Play Store billing policy in India to April 2022, days after more than 150 startups in the world’s second largest internet market forged an informal coalition to express concerns over the 30% charge the Android-maker plans to mandate on its store and started to explore an alternative marketplace for their apps. The company, which is going live globally with the new Play Store rule in September 2021, is deferring the enforcement of the policy onl...
Tags: Google, Google Play Store, Apps, Asia, India, Western, Tech, Walmart, Alibaba, Play Store, Ipl, UPI, Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Paytm, McDonald, Paytm India

Apple’s New Emoji Wants You to Know That You Don’t Have to Be Miserable When Wearing a Face Mask

At this point in the coronavirus pandemic, we all know that face masks—which public health officials agree are one of our most powerful weapons against the virus—can unfortunately be controversial. Grown adults in the U.S. have literally thrown childish fits over having to wear them. In recent days, Apple has quietly…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Science, Emoji, Face Masks, Coronavirus, Covid 19

'Google and Facebook's Ad Business Might Not Survive Amazon'

"There's a relatively new, rapidly growing player in the online advertising world," warns Medium's new consumer technology site Debugger — taking a close look at the "Sponsored Products" listed first in the results of Amazon searches. "Given its unique business model, its history of swallowing whole industries, and its sheer size, Amazon has the potential to massively disrupt the online ad world — and forever change tech." The success of online ads depends on how close a user is to buying som...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, America, Tech, Facebook Advertising, Google Twitter, AWS Amazon, Lunch Google

Is Google’s new phone called the ‘Pixel 4a (5G)’ or ‘Pixel 4a with 5G’?

With the launch of the Pixel 4a in August, Google teased the two other phones that would make up its 2020 lineup. The Google Pixel 4a...
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Tech's New Gig Worker Underclass: Customer Service Reps Who Have to Pay to Talk to You

The Pulitzer prize-winning news nonprofit Propublica looks at Arise Virtual Solutions, part of the secretive world of work-at-home customer service companies that help large corporations shed costs at the expense of workers. And thanks to the pandemic, "business is booming." Arise lines up customer service agents who work from home. It then sells this network of agents to blue-chip corporations. Arise and most of its corporate clients consider preserving the secrecy of this arrangement to be vi...
Tags: Disney, Tech, Customer Service, Amazon Apple, Arise Virtual Solutions, Supreme Court With American, Walgreens Many

Ola fails to get ride-hailing license renewed in London, says it will appeal and continues to operate

Just six days after Uber won its appeal against London transportation regulators to continue operating in London for another 18 months, one of its bigger rivals has found itself in the hot seat. Ola, the India-based ride-hailing startup, is not getting its Transport for London ride-hailing license renewed, after failing to meet some of TfL’s public safety requirements specifically around licensing for drivers and vehicles. Ola told TechCrunch it plans to appeal the decision, and as was the ca...
Tags: TC, Uber, UK, London, Australia, India, Softbank, Tech, New Zealand, Sky News, Tfl, Ola, Ride Hailing, Gett, Helen Chapman, Ola the India

Tech chiefs to testify on social media regulation

Hi! Welcome to the Insider Advertising daily for October 5. Lucia Moses here, filling in for Lauren Johnson.Today's news: Tech chiefs to testify, why Pepsi isn't following Coke into hard seltzer, and Triller user numbers disputed.First: remember to subscribe here to get this newsletter daily. Sen. Ted Cruz, left, and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. AP/Jacquelyn Martin; AP/Jose Luis Magana The CEOs of Facebook, Google, and Twitter will all testify before Congress, days before the election, over ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, Coca Cola, Media, Congress, Advertising, Trends, Ap, Starbucks, Pepsico, Coke, Nordic, Sen Ted Cruz, Pepsi

How to change the default email app on your iPhone so you can use Gmail or Outlook instead

Choose your favorite email app, and when you click an email address link, iOS 14 will launch that app instead of Apple's.
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Twitter Hashtag For Far-Right Group Taken Over By Gay Men

"The Proud Boys hashtag, which members of the far-right group have been using, was trending Sunday," reports CNN, "after gay men on Twitter hijacked it and flooded the feed with photos of their loved ones and families and with memes." On Thursday 83-year-old George Takei (who'd play Sulu, the helmsman of the starship Enterprise, on the original Star Trek TV series) had suggested the hijacking to his 3.1 million followers on Twitter — and CNN describes what happened next: Matt Dechaine, one of ...
Tags: England, Tech, Cnn, Sulu, George Takei, Star Trek TV, Proud Boys, Tarrio, Enrique Tarrio, Twitter Hashtag For Far Right Group, Matt Dechaine, Dechaine

kobo online books cannot buy out of usa

i found some books on kobo from Google search but when i open page, it shows this book is not available in your country it is available in USA and i cannot buy i changed country to usa from online web page but it still doesn't let me purchase the book Kobo Forma new use
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The Free Software Foundation Wants You To Celebrate Its 35th Anniversary

"Today, on October 4th, the Free Software Foundation (FSF) celebrates its thirty-fifth year of fighting for software freedom," announces a blog post at Our work will not be finished until every computer user is able to do all of their digital tasks in complete freedom — whether that's on a desktop, laptop, or the computer in your pocket. The fight for free software continues, and we wouldn't be here without you. To celebrate, we have a full week of announcements and surprises planned ...
Tags: Microsoft, Tech, FSF, Free Software Foundation FSF

Lime and Scoot veterans have built Ridepanda, a one-stop micromobility marketplace

Chinmay Malaviya and Charlie Depman found themselves at the center of the shared micromobility industry just as it took off, working for companies like Bird, Lime and Scoot. They experienced a rollercoaster ride of venture funding and skyrocketing demand, product pitfalls and regulatory hurdles. It was in the midst of this activity that the pair noted a shift in the industry and an opportunity.  “From our vantage point there was a massive shift happening in mobility and transportation, in term...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Transportation, Tech, Electric Vehicles, Will Smith, Seattle, Scoot, Lime, Micromobility, Malaviya, Bird Lime, Ridepanda, Chinmay Malaviya, Charlie Depman, Depman

Is Streaming Music Worse For the Environment?

"The environmental cost of music is now greater than at any time during recorded music's previous eras," argues Kyle Devine, in his recent book, "Decomposed: The Political Ecology of Music." The New Yorker's music critic writes: He supports that claim with a chart of his own devising, using data culled from various sources, which suggests that, in 2016, streaming and downloading music generated around a hundred and ninety-four million kilograms of greenhouse-gas emissions — some forty million...
Tags: Apple, China, Tech, Foxconn, Uighur, Devine, Kyle Devine

New iPad Air's Touch ID Power Button an 'Incredible Feat of Engineering' According to Apple VP

Apple VP of Product Marketing Bob Borchers and VP of Hardware Engineering John Ternus are featured in the latest episode of YouTubers iJustine and Jenna Ezarik's Same Brain podcast where they discuss several aspects of the current iPad lineup and part of the development process that went into the latest fourth-generation ‌iPad‌ Air. Speaking on the new ‌iPad‌ Air, Borchers says that implementing the Touch ID sensor into the top button in a much smaller form factor was "an incredible feat of eng...
Tags: Apple, Featured, iPad Air, Don, Borchers, John Ternus, iPad Pro 12.9, Jenna Ezarik, Ternus, iPad Pro 11, Bob Borchers, Air Borchers, Air Ternus

Battery Drain Problems After iPhone Upgrade? Apple Suggests Complete Data Wipe

Apple has confirmed several problems including "increased battery drain" for some users who upgraded their iPhone to iOS 14. But ZDNet warns Apple's proposed solution "sounds pretty drastic." Forbes reports: In an official post, Apple reveals seven significant data and battery-related problems with iOS 14 and watchOS 7, and the company states the only fix is to "erase all content and settings from your iPhone". Breaking these down, Apple classifies six as related to its Activity, Health and F...
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Einride raises $10 million to fast track its autonomous electric cargo pods

For the past four years, Swedish startup Einride has captured interest, investment and even a few customer contracts for its unusual-looking pods — electric and autonomous vehicles that are designed to carry freight. But progress in developing, testing and validating autonomous vehicles — particularly ones that don’t even have space for a driver and rely on teleoperations — is an expensive and time-consuming task. The company has made some progress with its T-Pod vehicles; four of them are on...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Tech, Automotive, Lidl, Autonomous Vehicles, EQT Ventures, Freight, Einride, Robert Falck, Norrsken VC, Ericsson Ventures Norrsken VC

Some Coronavirus Vaccine Trials Resort To Pen and Paper After Ransomware Hits Software

A software company supporting hundreds of clinical trials — including coronavirus vaccine trials — has been hit by a ransomware attack that "has slowed some of those trials over the past two weeks," reports the New York Times. Employees "discovered that they were locked out of their data by ransomware..." eResearchTechnology (ERT) said clinical trial patients were never at risk, but customers said the attack forced trial researchers to track their patients with pen and paper. Among those hit w...
Tags: Tech, Fbi, United States, The Times, Food And Drug Administration, Astrazeneca, Pfizer, North America, Times, Department Of Homeland Security, Bristol Myers Squibb, Johnson Johnson, Universal Health Services, Europe Asia, ERT, Bustos

The Source Canada Deals: Enjoy Apple AirPods Pro for $299.99

The Source Canada has a great offer available online now, where you can get Apple AirPods Pro for $299.99, was $329.99 This offer is valid until October 7, 2020. Click here to view The Source Canada offers.
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The best Google Pixel 5 screen protectors

If you're ordering the Google Pixel 5, it's a good idea to get a screen protector at the same time. These are the best options, including space for the camera!
Tags: Android, Mobile, Trends, Buying Guides, Google Pixel, Google Pixel 5, best screen protectors Pixel 5, Pixel 5 protection, Pixel 5 screen protectors, to Pixel 5 screen shields

Copyright Owner Claims Ownership Over Depicting Emoji Symbols in Multiple Colors–Cub Club v. Apple

[Reminder: our country is falling apart. Focus on that until the election, then revisit this post.] My Emojis and the Law paper argued that: (1) the diversity of emoji depictions (sometimes called fragmentation) creates potential misunderstandings that cause a host of novel and thorny legal issues, and (2) depiction diversity is the unwanted and unnecessary consequence of intellectual property protection for individual emoji symbols. This lawsuit, Cub Club Investment v. Apple in the Western Dist...
Tags: Apple, Law, America, Copyright, Emojis, Unicode, Western District of Texas, Unicode Technical Committee, Cub Club, Cub Club Investment, Patterson Sheridan, Multiple Colors Cub Club

Original Content podcast: Netflix’s ‘Away’ deftly balances space exploration and human drama

“Away,” a new drama on Netflix, tells the story of the first manned expedition to Mars — Emma Green (played by Hilary Swank) leads an international team of astronauts on the three-year mission, while her husband Matt (Josh Charles) is part of the support team back on Earth. As we explain on the latest episode of the Original Content podcast, the show starts a bit slowly, and its space sequences (particularly an early space walk) aren’t quite as thrilling as we’d hoped. But “Away” excels at cr...
Tags: Apple, Media, Podcasts, Entertainment, Disney, Tech, Netflix, Mars, Hilary Swank, Away, Emma Green, Original Content Podcast, Matt Josh Charles, Mars Anthony, Lu Wang Vivian Lu

This week at the court

On Monday, the court released additional orders from the September 29 conference at 9:30 a.m. At 10 a.m., the justices will hear oral argument in Carney v. Adams and Texas v. New Mexico. On Tuesday at 10 a.m., the justices will hear oral argument in Rutledge v. Pharmaceutical Care Management Association and Tanzin v. Tanvir. On Wednesday at 10 a.m., the justices will hear oral argument in Google v. Oracle and Ford Motor v. Montana Eighth Judicial District. On Friday, the justices will hold their...
Tags: Google, Texas, Law, New Mexico, Carney, Oracle, Ford Motor, Adams, Rutledge, This Week at the Court, Tanvir, Pharmaceutical Care Management Association, Tanzin, Montana Eighth Judicial District

100,000 Apple Devices Repaired, Resold: Apple Sues Canadian Recycling Firm

Slashdot reader spth writes: At a Canadian recycling firm hired by Apple to scrap about 600,000 Apple devices, 100,000 of them were actually resold to other companies that made working devices from the parts. Apple now sues the recycling company for the money made from the sale plus 31 million Canadian dollars. The recycling company claims that the devices were resold by three rogue employees that pocketed the profits. The re-sold devices included iPhones, iPads and Apple Watches, according t...
Tags: Apple, Tech, China Apple, Apple Watches

Accel VCs Sonali De Rycker and Andrew Braccia say European deal pace is ‘incredibly active’

The other week TechCrunch’s Extra Crunch Live series sat down with Accel VCs Sonali De Rycker and Andrew Braccia to chat about the state of the global startup investing ecosystem. Given their firm’s broad geographic footprint, we wanted to know what was going on in different startup markets, and inside a number of business-model varietals that we are tracking, like API-focused startups and low-code work. As with all Extra Crunch Live episodes, we’ve included the full video below, along with a nu...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Asia, Europe, London, Entrepreneurship, India, Tech, Venture Capital, North America, Adyen, Andrew Braccia, Accel, Sonali De Rycker, United States Asia, ECL

Meet Cocoa Press, the Philly startup making a 3D printer for chocolate

Evan Weinstein, the founder of the Philadelphia-based startup, Cocoa Press, which makes a 3D printer for chocolate, doesn’t have much of a sweet tooth. But the young founder was fascinated by 3D printing technologies and was looking for a way to move the technology forward. “I stumbled on chocolate,” Weinstein said. And the result, was Cocoa Press. The chocolate printer takes advantage of the fact that there’s something about food that people connect to, Weinstein has said, and that’s especia...
Tags: TC, Tech, University, Pennsylvania, 3d Printing, Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania, Chocolate, Penn, Philly, Hershey, Weinstein, Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, Northwest Philadelphia, Henri Nestlé, Guittard Chocolate Company

No transfer of mobi and azw to Apple Books app?

Hi everyone! I have been using Calibre on my notebook for a long time and CC with Apple Books on my Ipad for several years already. A few days ago I wanted to transfer several older books to the Apple Books app to read. Unfortunately I could only transfer some of the books and some of them not! I compared them and discovered that when I clicked on the "READ" icon and the window opened up, how and where to transfer the books only with the epub-books I got next to the other apps the Apple Book...
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Digging into the next wave of tech IPOs

After taking five consecutive business days off from my work laptop — and to shout at my personal laptop while losing games on Dominion online — I am back. I missed you. And while The Exchange’s regular columns were off this week (Friday aside, which you can read here), there’s still a hell of a lot to talk about. First, a new website. If you click here, you’ll be taken to a sortable list (spreadsheet? database?) of startups with Black founders. Dubbed The Black Founder List, it’s a great asset ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Uber, Apps, Europe, Texas, Russia, Tech, London Stock Exchange, Airbnb, Minecraft, Datto, Palantir, Lse, Black, Eileen Burbidge

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