The Auld Lange Syne of 2020

Even though it’s now January, it’s impossible to Men-In-Black zap ourselves into thinking that last year didn’t happen. Proof positive—I’m writing this in December of 2020, knowing that this will be published sometime in the future. “Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it”—that’s an old adage my mom loves telling me, and I think we’re all in agreement we’d rather not repeat 2020. Auld Lange Syne translates to “for the sake of old times” – so, for Auld Lange Syne, what lessons did we...
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Russia May Fine Citizens Who Use SpaceX's Starlink Internet Service

An anonymous reader quotes Ars Technica: Russia's legislative body, the State Duma, is considering fines for individuals and companies in the country that use Western-based satellite Internet services. The proposed law seeks to prevent accessing the Internet by means of SpaceX's Starlink service, OneWeb, or other non-Russian satellite constellations under development. According to a recent report in the Russian edition of Popular Mechanics, the recommended fines range from 10,000 to 30,000 ruble...
Tags: Spacex, Russia, Tech, Ars Technica, State Duma, Duma, Dmitry Rogozin, StarLink, Robinson Mitchell, Starlink Internet Service

YouTube ban: Google blocks new content from Donald Trump's channel after Capitol riots, cites potential for violence

YouTube is blocking new content from Trump's channel. Civil rights groups are threatening Google with a national boycott if it does not ban Trump.         [Author: USA TODAY]
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YouTube removes Trump content and bans him from uploading new videos for a minimum of 7 days, citing 'ongoing potential for violence'

Sundar Pichai Donald Trump Denis Balibouse/Reuters/Win McNamee/Getty Images YouTube said Tuesday that it has "removed new content" from President Donald Trump's official channel and banned him from posting new videos for a "minimum" of one week for violating its policies. YouTube also gave Trump's channel its first "strike," and is "indefinitely disabling" comments over "safety concerns." YouTube's actions come days after Facebook and Twitter banned Trump from their platforms entirely, and...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Politics, News, Youtube, Trends, Social Media, Joe Biden, Capitol Hill, Donald Trump, Sacha Baron Cohen, Trump, Election 2020, Capitol, Donald J Trump

YouTube removes Trump videos and bans him from uploading new content for a minimum of 7 days, citing 'ongoing potential for violence'

Sundar Pichai Donald Trump Denis Balibouse/Reuters/Win McNamee/Getty Images YouTube said Tuesday that it has "removed new content" from President Donald Trump's official channel and banned him from posting new videos for a "minimum" of one week for violating its policies. YouTube also gave Trump's channel its first "strike," and is "indefinitely disabling" comments over "safety concerns." YouTube's actions come days after Facebook and Twitter banned Trump from their platforms entirely, and...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Politics, News, Youtube, Trends, Social Media, Donald Trump, Trump, Election 2020, Tech Insider, Content Moderation, Tyler Sonnemaker, Capitol Siege

Yo-Kai Express introduces Takumi, a smart home cooking appliance

Yo-Kai Express is known for autonomous restaurant technology for venues like office campuses, malls and hotels. As people continue staying home because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the company is introducing a smart home cooking appliance with multiple functions. Called Takumi, it includes a coffee maker, high induction cooktop and a steamer for sanitizing utensils and baby bottles. Takumi is connected by RFID to an app with preprogrammed recipes, which also sends alert when its water container is ...
Tags: Cooking, Startups, TC, Gadgets, Asia, San Francisco, Tech, Ces, Taiwan, Smart Home, Bay Area, San Francisco International Airport, Metreon, Takumi, Yo-Kai Express, CES 2021

Glassdoor: Best tech companies to work for in 2021

Glassdoor just released its annual ranking of the best companies to work for in 2021. We broke out the top 10 tech companies from the list of large businesses (1,000+ employees) as well as from the small to medium-sized business list. For the large business list, the rankings are based on employee feedback from companies with more than 1,000 employees. Through Glassdoor, employees rate companies based on things like their CEO, career opportunities, compensation and benefits, culture and values, ...
Tags: Google, TC, Facebook, Microsoft, Labor, Linkedin, Tech, Best, Nvidia, Salesforce, Ping Identity, HubSpot, Docusign, Glassdoor, Orchard, Jobot

YouTube suspends Trump's account, barring uploads and comments

The Google-owned company took down the account following similar actions by Facebook and Twitter.
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Numbers Protocol’s blockchain camera Capture App safeguards the integrity of photos

The spread of misinformation and fake news online has a dangerous impact on public well-being. Misinformation is difficult to fight, and 73% of Americans surveyed by Pew Research ahead of the presidential election expressed little or no confidence in the ability of major tech companies to keep their platforms from being misused. The open-source Starling Framework for Data Integrity was launched to protect the veracity of online content using blockchain technology, creating “birth certificates” f...
Tags: Google, Startups, TC, Facebook, Apps, Asia, Tech, Ces, Taiwan, Numbers, Stanford University, Blockchain, Reuters, Taipei Taiwan, Yang, Pew Research

Nobi’s smart lamp alerts caregivers when a fall is detected

As expected, this year’s (virtual) CES has brought with it a new flood of smart home gadgets. The technology has been a major presence over the last several CES events, and with a world stuck at home for the foreseeable future, a lot of this tech has become all the more appealing. Nobi stands out from the pack, not so much because of any flashy features, but rather a kind of practicality it brings to the table. Created by a Belgian startup of the same name, the ceiling-mounted smart light featur...
Tags: Gadgets, Hardware, Tech, Ces, CES 2021, Nobi

US To Require Negative COVID-19 Tests For International Air Passengers

According to Reuters, the CDC is expected to sign an order on Tuesday requiring nearly all international air travelers to test negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours of departure. Those under 2 and passengers connecting through the UK are exempt. From the report: The new rules are to take effect two weeks from the day they are signed by CDC Director Mark Redfield, which would be Jan. 26. The CDC has been urgently pressing for an expansion of the requirements with the Trump administration for week...
Tags: Europe, UK, Cdc, White House, US, Tech, United Kingdom, Brazil, Trump, Redfield, Reuters the CDC, Mark Redfield

With Parler Out, Other Apps File In To Cater To Conservative Groups

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Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Twitter, News, Local, Seen On, Sacramento, Social Media, Protests, Sacramento Police, Cbs, Trump, Daniel Hahn, Sacramento News, Arun Vishnawath

Razer Has Created a Concept N95 Mask With RGB and Voice Projection

Razer has created a concept reusable N95 respirator called Project Hazel, featuring Chroma RGB LEDs and microphones and amplifiers to project your voice. The Verge reports: It's a concept design with a glossy outside shell made of waterproof and scratch-resistant recycled plastic, which is transparent to allow for lip-reading and seeing facial cues when you chat with people. Currently, there isn't a price or release date attached. Razer refers to Project Hazel as a surgical N95, but it hasn't ye...
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Signal’s Brian Acton talks about exploding growth, monetization and WhatsApp data-sharing outrage

Brian Acton is crossing paths again with Facebook. Over more than a decade of building and operating WhatsApp, the company’s co-founder first competed against and then sold his instant messaging app to the social juggernaut. Only a few years ago he parted ways with the company that made him a billionaire in a bitter split over messaging and privacy. Now Acton says the ongoing outrage over what Facebook has done to the messaging service he helped build is driving people to his latest project — Si...
Tags: Google Play Store, Social, Facebook, Apps, Tech, Whatsapp, Mozilla, App Store, Telegram, Signal, App Annie, Don, Acton, Wikimedia Foundation, US Capitol, Facebook Users

How Often Should I Replace My Cell Phone?

We all know people who buy the new Android or iPhone as soon as it’s released. Some need to have the latest technology while others buy it as a new (very expensive) toy. But how often should you consider cell phone replacement? A multitude of things contribute to the decision of replacing a mobile device.  A few are listed below. Battery Life Battery life is already a major complaint of many phone users, so when it begins to degrade it becomes a major factor in wanting to ditch the current ph...
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Peanuts Plays Yes’ “Roundabout” Digital filmmaker Garren Lazar gives us a creative parody video and a badly-needed mental health break. Enjoy. To watch previous Peanuts parodies of songs by Queen, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Journey & more, click here. Would you like to support the mission of Open Culture? Please consider making a donation to our site. It’s hard to rely 100% on ads, and your contributions will help us continue providing the best free cultural and educational materials t...
Tags: Google, Facebook, College, Uncategorized, Andy Warhol, Facebook Twitter, Charles Schulz, Lou Reed Charlie Brown, Queen Lynyrd Skynyrd Journey, Garren Lazar

Adobe Flash Is Officially Dead After 25 Years With Content Blocked Starting Today

When a user attempts to load a Flash game or content in a browser such as Chrome, the content now fails to load and instead displays a small banner that leads to the Flash end-of-life page on Adobe's website. While this day has long been coming, with many browsers disabling Flash by default years ago, it is officially the end of a 25-year era for Flash, first introduced by Macromedia in 1996 and acquired by Adobe in 2005. Mac Rumors reports: "Since Adobe will no longer be supporting Flash Player...
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Remove Trump's YouTube channel, civil rights groups say — or Google faces advertiser boycott

Civil rights groups say they will organize an advertiser boycott unless Google removes Trump's YouTube channel, Reuters reports on Tuesday, one week after Trump-loyal mob attacked the U.S. Capitol in an assault that left at least 5 dead. Excerpt: Jim Steyer, one of the organizers of the "Stop Hate for Profit" campaign which led over 1,000 advertisers to boycott Facebook in July, said the groups are demanding YouTube take down Trump's verified YouTube channel, which has 2.76 million subscr...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Post, Politics, Technology, News, Youtube, Tech News, Trump, Reuters, U S Capitol, Jim Steyer, Trump s YouTube

Parler Users Breached Deep Inside US Capitol Building, GPS Data Shows

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: At least several users of the far-right social network Parler appear to be among the horde of rioters that managed to penetrate deep inside the U.S. Capitol building and into areas normally restricted to the public, according to GPS metadata linked to videos posted to the platform the day of the insurrection in Washington. The data, obtained by a computer hacker through legal means ahead of Parler's shutdown on Monday, offers a bird's eye view of...
Tags: Washington, Senate, Tech, Fbi, House, National Mall, Capitol Hill, Nancy Pelosi, Gizmodo, Trump, Capitol, U S Capitol, Capitol Rotunda, Maga, Parler, US Capitol Building

Why messaging app Signal is surging in popularity right now

Users have flocked to encrypted messaging app Signal by the millions in recent days — bringing it to the No. 1 spot on both Google Play Store and Apple App Store's top free apps lists this week.
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Saudi Crown Prince Asks, Answers What if a City, But It's a 105-Mile Line

Vicious Saudi autocrat Mohamed bin Salman has a new vision for Neom, his plan for a massive, $500 billion, AI-powered, nominally legally independent city-state of the future on the border with Egypt and Jordan. When we last left the crown prince, he had reportedly commissioned 2,300-pages’ worth of proposals from…Read more...
Tags: Science, Design, Technology, Saudi Arabia, Urbanism, Cities, Egypt, Conservation, Middle East, Ecology, Jordan, The line, Mohammed bin Salman, Mohamed bin Salman

Parler CEO Complains Vendors 'All Ditched Us Too', While Confused Users Download 'Porn-y' App Parlor (slashdot)

The Verge reports: The CEO of the conservative-friendly social app Parler said that all of its vendors have abandoned the company following recent bans from Google, Apple, and Amazon. "Every vendor, from text message services to email providers to our lawyers, all ditched us too, on the same day," Parler CEO John Matze said in an interview with Fox News on Sunday... Matze said that it was having difficulties finding a new vendor to work with. "We're going to try our best to get back online as...
Tags: Apple, Google, Google Play Store, News, Fox News, Google Apple, Sensor Tower, Amazon Every, EditorDavid, Parler, John Matze, Matze

The 15 coolest gadgets at CES 2021 so far

Just because CES 2021 has gone virtual doesn't mean there's a shortage of new tech to ogle. Here, we've rounded up some of the coolest gadgets shown so far.
Tags: Mobile, Gaming, Wearables, News, Cars, Samsung, Trends, Computing, Home Theater, Virtual Reality, Panasonic, Lg, Smart Home, Razer, Lenovo, Cadillac

Lime removes all Trump-owned properties from its list of approved corporate hotels

Lime has changed its corporate travel policy to ensure not a dime of its money ends up in the coffers of the Trump Organization’s hotels and other properties in response to the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol that led to several deaths. The micromobility startup wants to take that action further and has asked TripActions, the Palo Alto-based corporate travel booking service that it uses, to encourage other customers to do the same. TripActions has not returned emails seeking comment. ...
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Daily Crunch: Visa calls off Plaid acquisition

Regulatory action prompts Visa to back off a fintech acquisition, Uber and Moderna partner and is valued at $15 billion. This is your Daily Crunch for January 12, 2021. The big story: Visa calls off Plaid acquisition The deal, valued at $5.3 billion, was first announced just over a year ago. However, the Department of Justice filed suit to block the acquisition in November, arguing that it would “eliminate a nascent competitive threat.” In today’s announcement, Visa said it could ...
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Companies rush to replace the gym at CES

The year of the first-ever all-virtual CES is, unsurprisingly, the year of the virtual gym. The past 12 months have seen most of our fitness routines completely transformed — speaking for myself, my Apple Watch step count shows two big empty spots where March and April are. Fitness startups have seen unexpected windfall in all of this. In June, Lululemon announced plans to acquire Mirror for $500 million, while competitors like Tonal saw a 7x increase in sales for the year. In December, Apple la...
Tags: Apple, Health, Apps, Samsung, Tech, Ces, Apple Watch, Crossfit, Lululemon, Peloton, Amanda Cerny, Johannes Bartl, Pelotons, CES 2021, Jillian Michaels Ultrahuman, Kara Saunders

GitHub fired Jewish employee who said 'stay safe homies, Nazis are about' on Slack amid Capitol riot, 200 staff sign letter asking Microsoft-owned biz to denounce Nazis

GitHub fired a Jewish employee after he posted in the company's internal Slack to, "stay safe homies, Nazis are about," during the attack on the US Capitol, reports Business Insider. Scoop: GitHub employees circulated a letter asking the company to denounce white supremacy & Nazis after the firing of a Jewish employee who said 'Nazis are about' on the day of the Capitol siege. — Read the rest
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Marketers crank up the vaccine push

Hi and welcome to this weekly edition of Insider Advertising, where I break down the big stories in media and advertising. I'm Lucia Moses, deputy editor.Remember you can sign up to get this newsletter daily here. This week: Marketers ramp up push to convince vaccine skeptics, all the media deals to watch, and inside Gab. Smith showed off his bandage to the press at the University of Louisville Hospital. Jon Cherry/Getty Images Marketers try to convince vaccine skeptics The COVID-19 vacc...
Tags: Apple, Media, Instagram, Youtube, Advertising, Disney, Trends, Bloomberg, Cnn, Netflix, Comcast, Nbcuniversal, M&a, Dell, Pfizer, Council

GM Reveals Electric Van and Delves Into Flying Cars

General Motors unveiled a new electric van and revealed potential plans to delve into flying cars, sending its stock soaring by as much as 8.8% to $48.95 a share. CNBC reports: The EV600 electric van is scheduled to go on sale later this year through a new commercial business unit of GM's called BrightDrop. The division is planning a full portfolio of electric products, not just vehicles, including a delivery pallet that was unveiled Tuesday. The potential foray into "personal air mobility" was ...
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The Top Seven “Science of Happiness” Podcast Episodes of 2020

2020 was the most challenging year of many of our lives. Through it all, The Science of Happiness podcast searched for ways to find meaning, connection, well-being, and, yes, happiness. We confronted the challenges of the pandemic head-on by asking experts and our guests how we can stay connected, calm, and hopeful. We learned about combating a crisis of loneliness with former U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, why we should thank our heroes from activist and Parkland shooting survivor Kai Korb...
Tags: Apple, Parenting, San Francisco, New York Times, UC Berkeley, Vivek Murthy, Vincent Medina, Aaron Harvey, Ohlone, Matt Lieb, Science of Happiness, Francesca Fiorentini, Justin Michael Williams, Kai Korber, Gaelyn Lea, Adrian Michael Green

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