Trump To Congress: Repeal Section 230 Or I'll Veto Military Funding

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: President Donald Trump has long been an outspoken foe of big technology companies. And in recent months, he has focused his ire on Section 230, a provision of the 1996 Communications Decency Act that shields online platforms from liability for content posted by their users. In May, Trump called on the Federal Communications Commission to reinterpret the law -- though it's not clear the agency has the power to do that. Since then, he has twee...
Tags: Congress, White House, Tech, Ars Technica, Federal Communications Commission, Capitol Hill, Donald Trump, Trump, NDAA

U.S. Labor Board accuses Google of spying on employees, discouraging worker organization, and retaliation

The NLRB's complaint comes a year after employees filed lawsuits accusing the company of unlawful termination.
Tags: Google, Nlrb, U S Labor Board

Hong Kong media tycoon and pro-democracy figure Jimmy Lai charged with fraud

Lai, whose newspaper Apple daily was raided by police this year, is denied bail until April amid accusations of improper use of his office space Jimmy Lai, the Hong Kong media tycoon and pro-democracy activist whose Apple Daily newspaper was raided by police earlier this year, has been denied bail after being charged with fraud. Lai – the owner of Hong Kong tabloid and founder of Next Digital Media – will be held on remand until his next court date in April next year.Lai has been one of the loud...
Tags: Apple, Hong Kong, China, Asia Pacific, Lai, Apple Daily, Jimmy Lai, Ivan Lam, Joshua Wong Agnes Chow

AutoX becomes China’s first to remove safety drivers from robotaxis

Residents of Shenzhen will see truly driverless cars on the road starting Thursday. AutoX, a four-year-old startup backed by Alibaba, MediaTek and Shanghai Motors, is deploying a fleet of 25 unmanned vehicles in downtown Shenzhen, marking the first time any autonomous driving car in China tests without safety drivers or remote operators on public roads. The cars, meant as robotaxis, are not yet open to the public, an AutoX spokesperson told TechCrunch. The milestone came just five months a...
Tags: Transportation, Asia, California, China, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Beijing, Automation, Shanghai, Alibaba, Self-driving Cars, Robotics, Shenzhen, Mediatek, Robotaxi, Momenta

Google To Shut Down 3D Platform Poly Next Year

Google announced in a Wednesday email that it plans to shut down its 3D-object creation and library platform, Poly, next year, making it the latest of the company’s AR/VR projects to fall into obsolescence. Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Technology, Projects, Assets, Creation, Poly, AR VR, Arvr, Library Platform

UK Seeks Site For World's First Fusion Power Station

sciencehabit writes: The U.K. government today invited communities around the country to volunteer a site for a prototype fusion reactor, which would be the first -- it is hoped -- to put electricity into the grid. The project, called Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production (STEP), began last year with an initial 222 million pounds over 5 years to develop a design. The U.K. Atomic Energy Authority, the government agency overseeing the effort, says construction could begin as soon as 2032, with o...
Tags: UK, Tech, U K Atomic Energy Authority

Google faces complaint from NLRB alleging surveillance of employees and other labor violations

The National Labor Relations Board today issued a complaint against Google after investigating the firing of several employees last November. The complaint alleges Google violated parts of the National Labor Relations Act by surveilling employees, and generally interfered with, restrained and coerced employees in the exercise of their rights guaranteed by Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act. The NLRB also alleges Google discouraged “its employees from forming, joining, assisting a u...
Tags: Google, TC, Labor, Tech, Customs, National Labor Relations Board, Nlrb, Border Protection, Berland, Waldman, HCL, Spiers, Laurence Berland, Rebecca Rivers, Kathryn Spiers, Ex Googlers Berland

2021 Digital Marketing Prediction: Backlash Against Social Media Algorithms

Social networks, like those developed by Facebook and Google, have tremendous power to allow people around the world to connect and share. I’ve been talking about this for way more than a decade, at times acting as an enthusiastic cheerleader for the positive effects on business and society. However, the increasing reliance of social networking companies on algorithms to determine what we see in our feeds has become a tremendous problem. 
Tags: Google, Facebook, Marketing, Social Media, Research and Analysis, Backlash Against Social Media Algorithms

Google fired illegally surveilled and fired organizers, NLRB complaint alleges

The National Labor Relations Board filed a complaint against Google Wednesday alleging that the company illegally spied on and then...
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Apple Hit with $12 Million Fine over iPhone Waterproof Claim as European Penalties Top $1.36 Billion in 2020

Italy's competition regulator said Apple misled the public about the water resistance of its iPhones and its warranty.
Tags: Apple, Italy, European Penalties Top

Google broke labor law by retaliating against workers, federal agency alleges

The move follows years of labor tumult at the search giant.
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These are the best cheap student laptop deals for December 2020

A great student laptop doesn't have to cost a fortune. Here are some perfect picks for every budget and taste.
Tags: Apple, Deals, Trends, Computing, Laptops, SAH, Commerce 2020

Neuroglee gets $2.3 million to develop digital therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases

There are now about 50 million people with dementia globally, a number the World Health Organization expects to triple by 2050. Alzheimer’s is the leading cause of dementia and caregivers are often overwhelmed, without enough support. Neuroglee, a Singapore-based health tech startup, wants to help with a digital therapeutic platform created to treat patients in the early stages of the disease. Founded this year to focus on neurodegenerative diseases, Neuroglee announced today it has raised $2.3 ...
Tags: Health, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Asia, Japan, Southeast Asia, Singapore, Tech, United States, World Health Organization, Alzheimer's, U S Food and Drug Administration, Eisai Co, Digital Therapeutics, Kuldeep Singh Rajput

‘Cherry’, the New Russo Brothers Movie Starring Tom Holland, Will Hit Theaters in February Before Going to Apple TV+ in March

Cherry, the first Russo Brothers movie since Avengers: Endgame, now has a release date. The pic, which stars Tom Holland as an Army vet who becomes a bank robber, will open in theaters in February 2021 before heading to Apple TV+ in March 2021. In addition to Holland, Cherry stars Ciara Bravo, Jack Reynor, Michael Rispoli, Jeff Wahlberg, Forrest Goodluck, and Michael Gandolfini, and is based on the semi-autobiographical novel by Nico Walker. The Cherry release date has finally been revealed....
Tags: Apple, Movies, Drama, Iraq, Army, Ohio, Academy Awards, Anthony, Cherry, Emily, Joe Russo, Tom Holland, Jessica Goldberg, Release Dates, The Russo Brothers, Appletv

Spotify Invents AI Tech That Will Police Songwriter Plagiarism

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Music Business Worldwide: According to a document published last week, Daniel Ek's company is seeking a patent for its "Plagiarism Risk Detector And Interface" technology, which pertains to "Methods, systems and computer program products..for testing a lead sheet for plagiarism." As explained in the filing -- and as our songwriter/musician readers will already know -- a "lead sheet" is a type of music score or musical notation for songs denoting their mel...
Tags: Spotify, Tech, Daniel Ek

Govtech intelligence platform, The Atlas for Cities, bought by Government Executive Media Group

The Atlas for Cities, the 500 Startups-backed market intelligence platform connecting tech companies with state and local governments, has been acquired by the Growth Catalyst Partners-backed publishing and market intelligence company Government Executive Media Group. The San Diego-based company will become the latest addition to a stable of publications and services that include the Route Fifty, publication for local government and the defense-oriented intelligence service, DefenseOne. The Atla...
Tags: TC, Entrepreneurship, Tech, Ceo, Atlas, United States, San Diego, Private Equity, Peer To Peer, Startup Company, Ellory, Growth Catalyst Partners, Co-founder, GEMG, Route Fifty, The Atlas

New Electric Cars Have Problems In Latest Consumer Reports Survey

schwit1 shares a report from Autoblog, adding: "And CR decides to predict poor reliability on EVs it hasn't even evaluated yet." From the report: The latest auto survey from Consumer Reports shows several newer electric cars to be beset with problems, contradicting the conventional wisdom that EVs with their simpler powertrains should have fewer issues than gasoline- or diesel-powered cars. The CR reader survey harvested data on some 329,000 vehicles and specifically calls out the Audi E-Tron, t...
Tags: Tech, Tesla, Audi, Kia, CR, Consumer Reports, Chevrolet Bolt, Ford Mustang Mach, Autoblog, Anita Lam, New Electric Cars, Mercedes Benz EQC

Impressive iPhone Exploit

This is a scarily impressive vulnerability: Earlier this year, Apple patched one of the most breathtaking iPhone vulnerabilities ever: a memory corruption bug in the iOS kernel that gave attackers remote access to the entire device­ — over Wi-Fi, with no user interaction required at all. Oh, and exploits were wormable­ — meaning radio-proximity exploits could spread from one nearby device to another, once again, with no user interaction needed. […] Beer’s attack worked by exploiting a buffer ove...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Uncategorized, Beer, Zero-Day, Vulnerabilities, Exploits, Bruce Schneier, Patching, AWDL

Google shutting down Poly 3D content platform

Google is almost running out of AR/VR projects to kill off. The company announced today in an email to Poly users that they will be shutting 3D-object creation and library platform “forever” next year. The service will shut down on June 30, 2021 and users won’t be able to upload 3D models to the site on April 30, 2021. Poly was introduced as a 3D creation tool optimized for virtual reality. Users could easily create low-poly objects with in-VR tools. The software was designed to serve as a...
Tags: Google, TC, Facebook, Tech, Digital Media, Computing, Virtual Reality, Visual Effects, New Media, 3d Modeling, Poly, Unity

Daily Crunch: Apple announces its best apps of 2020

Apple releases its annual best apps list, a self-driving truck startup raises $350 million and the BioNTech/Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine gets emergency approval in the United Kingdom. This is your Daily Crunch for December 2, 2020. The big story: Apple announces its best apps of 2020 There were different winners — all selected by App Store editors — for different devices. Home workout app Wakeout! was named the iPhone App of the Year, Disney+ was the Apple TV App of the Year and the productivity a...
Tags: Apple, Google, Mobile, Apps, Disney, US, Tech, Earth, United Kingdom, Loon, Mac App, Jonathan, Virta, Virta Health, Tiktok, Daily Crunch

$99 Speaker Showdown: HomePod Mini vs. Amazon Echo and Google Nest Audio

Apple recently released the HomePod mini, a new $99 version of the original HomePod that's smaller, cuter, and, most importantly, competitively priced. At $99, the ‌HomePod mini‌ can better compete with affordable smart speakers from companies like Google and Amazon. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. The ‌HomePod mini‌ has been praised for its high-quality sound at its price point, so we thought we'd compare it to Google's Nest Audio and Amazon's Echo to see how...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Spotify, Featured, Siri, Pandora, Nest, Amazon Echo, Apple Music, Alexa, Amazon Music, MacRumors YouTube, Alexa Amazon, Buyer's Guide, Amazon Subscribe

5 Modules You Should Use on Drupal

If you are using drupal for the first time, you are moving from one drupal version to another, or maybe you want to know the most popular modules on drupal, then you should try out the modules discussed below. 1. Chaos tools suite Also known as CTools, this module is the most popular on drupal seven modules. It is a set of APIs that assist other modules in improving developer options. It contains a job manager module, which helps you in managing pages. The object-caching tool also allows y...
Tags: Sales, Tech, Ajax, ADA WCAG

Apple will be forced to sell iPhones with included power adapter in Brazil

While Apple has basically removed all accessories that come with new iPhones in the box, it was reported in October that the company had...
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Hulu officially launches its co-viewing feature Watch Party

Hulu’s social viewing feature, Watch Party, has now launched to all on-demand subscribers, the company announced today. The co-viewing feature was first introduced during the earlier days of the pandemic in 2020, allowing Hulu users to watch shows together from different locations, as well as chat and react to what they’re watching in a group chat interface on the side of the screen. Initially, the feature was only made available to Hulu’s “No Ads” subscribers before being tested with Hulu’s ...
Tags: Facebook, Video, TV, Movies, Media, Instagram, Tech, Netflix, Hulu, Twitch, Watch Party, Hulu Amazon Prime Video, Watch Parties HBO, Scener Plex

Salesforce slumps 8.5% as its post-Slack selloff continues

Shares of Salesforce traded lower today, despite the company hosting a multi-hour keynote that included a buffet of Marc Benioff. What’s going on? Essentially, since the Salesforce-Slack deal reached the ears of the public, shares of the CRM giant have fallen, while shares of the enterprise social upstart have risen sharply. That Slack did well since news of the deal broke is not a surprise. Salesforce is paying more for the company than it had been worth, the premium to its prior value co...
Tags: TC, Microsoft, Tech, Salesforce, Slack, Marc Benioff, Don, Ron Miller, Benioff, Salesforce Slack

CRM giant Salesforce to acquire communication platform Slack for $27.7B

Slack is Salesforce's largest acquisition. Real estate agents should expect to see pitches on how to integrate the communication software.
Tags: Technology, Radio, Teams, Salesforce, Technology News, Slack, CRM, Industry News, Technology Companies, Markets & Economy, Select, News Brief, Acquistions

The most common Kindle Fire problems, and how to fix them

Is your Amazon tablet giving you grief? We explain each issue and glitch and provide clear troubleshooting steps to get your Amazon Fire tablet back on track.
Tags: Amazon, Android, Mobile, Trends, Problems, How-to, Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire Hd, Amazon Fire, Tier 4

Everyone has an opinion on the $27.7B Slack acquisition

When the Salesforce-Slack deal was officially announced on Tuesday afternoon, and the number appeared, it was kind of hard to believe. Salesforce had shelled out more than $27 billion to buy Slack and bring it into the Salesforce family of products. The company sees a key missing piece in Slack, and that could explain why it was willing to spend such an astonishing amount of money to get it. With Slack, Salesforce now has what CEO Marc Benioff called the interface to everything, something ...
Tags: TC, Cloud, Enterprise, Microsoft, Time, Tech, M&a, Salesforce, Msft, Taylor, Slack, Marc Benioff, Battery Ventures, Leary, Enterprise Social, Leyla Seka

Sketchy wants to replace boring textbooks with ‘Pixar-like’ videos

Studying for med school is tough. What if it was more Pixar-like? Sketchy, a visual learning platform, takes complex material that a med student might need to memorize for an exam, and puts the information in an illustrated scene. For example, it uses a countryside kingdom to explain the coronavirus, or a salmon dinner to explain Salmonella. The goal is for a student to be able to mentally go back to the scene while taking an exam, walk through it and retrieve all of the information. While Sketc...
Tags: Startups, TC, Education, Tech, United States, Pixar, Edtech, Aaron, Bryan, LeMieux, Sid, Berg, Siddiqui, Newsela, The Chernin Group, Reach Capital

Is Sony Developing a Dual-GPU PS5 Pro?

According to a Sony patent spotted by T3, the console maker may be working on a new PlayStation 5 with two graphics card. From the report: The patent describes a "scalable game console" where "a second GPU [is] communicatively coupled to the first GPU" and that the system is for "home console and cloud gaming" usage. To us here at T3 that suggests a next-gen PlayStation console, most likely a new PS5 Pro flagship, supercharged with two graphics cards instead of just one. These would both come in...
Tags: Tech, Sony, Amd, Gpu, PS5 Digital Edition

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