Exxon Mobil To Invest $3 Billion In Carbon Capture and Other Projects To Lower Emissions

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: Exxon Mobil, which has long been criticized by environmentalists and some investors and elected leaders for not doing enough to curb climate change, said on Monday it would invest $3 billion over the next five years in energy projects that lower emissions. The company said the first area it would work on is capturing carbon dioxide emissions from industrial plants and storing the gas so it does not enter the atmosphere, where it contri...
Tags: Texas, Tech, Exxon Mobil, Qatar, New York Times, Exxon, Netherlands Singapore, ExxonMobil Low Carbon Solutions

First Lady Jill Biden and the White House Gardens

Now that almost everyone concedes that the Bidens will be moving into the White House soon (hopefully, soon enough!), local garden writers like me are pondering what admittedly is the least important question about the transition – will it affect the White House gardens? First, let’s go to the photos, like the one above of Dr. Biden doing a campaign video from their home in Wilmington. Whether she gardens or not, she clearly HAS a garden, and it looks lovely. Here’s another photo, presumably i...
Tags: Google, Gardening, White House, Michelle Obama, Biden, Public Gardens, Michelle, Wilmington, Doug, Botanic Garden, Bidens, Kamala, Jill Biden, Susan Harris, Naval Observatory, Sam Kass

As contactless menu ordering becomes the norm amid COVID, China pushes back

Digital ordering and paying at restaurants was already gaining much ground in China before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. The tap-to-order method on a smartphone is part of the greater development in China where cash and physical documentation is increasingly being phased out. Many restaurants across large cities go as far as making digital menus mandatory, cutting staff costs. Meanwhile, there has been pushback from the public and the authorities over aggressive digitization. An article published t...
Tags: China, Tech, Chinese communist party, Guangdong, People s Daily, China Law Society China

Judge orders Apple CEO Tim Cook to sit in seven-hour deposition for Epic Games case

Judge Thomas Hixon cited the seven-hour timeframe for Cook's deposition being "the default rule for how long a witness must suffer being...
Tags: Apple, Cook, Tim Cook, Thomas Hixon

Next-Hour Precipitation Rolling Out in Weather App in UK and Ireland [Updated]

Multiple MacRumors readers in the UK and Ireland have noticed that the built-in Weather app now supports next-hour precipitation readings, a feature that appears to have rolled out recently. Next-hour precipitation details have been available in the United States since the launch of iOS 14, but had not expanded to other countries prior to this week. The new precipitation charts appear to be showing up for those running both iOS 14.4 and iOS 14.5. Apple added next-hour precipitation to the We...
Tags: Apple, Weather, UK, United States, Ireland, Netherlands, The Hague, Dark Sky

Next-Hour Precipitation Rolling Out in Weather App in UK and Ireland

Multiple MacRumors readers in the UK and Ireland have noticed that the built-in Weather app now supports next-hour precipitation readings, a feature that appears to have rolled out recently. Next-hour precipitation details have been available in the United States since the launch of iOS 14, but had not expanded to other countries prior to this week. The new precipitation charts appear to be showing up for those running both iOS 14.4 and iOS 14.5. Apple added next-hour precipitation to the We...
Tags: Apple, Weather, UK, United States, Ireland, Dark Sky

Robinhood CEO To Testify Before Maxine Waters' Panel On GameStop

The CEO of online stock brokerage Robinhood is expected to testify before a House committee on Feb. 18 as lawmakers dig into the firm's role in the tumultuous trading of GameStop stock and other companies, people familiar with the matter said. Politico reports: The hearing before the House Financial Services Committee with Robinhood CEO Vlad Tenev, which has not been formally announced, is primed to be a blockbuster. Share prices of GameStop and other struggling companies skyrocketed last week i...
Tags: Politico, Tech, House, Reddit, Msnbc, Robinhood, Gamestop, Vlad Tenev, Democratic, Citadel, House Financial Services Committee, Ken Griffin, Citadel Securities

The best iPhone games currently available (February 2021)

The iPhone has arguably the best games of any mobile platform. Come check out our picks of the best iPhone and iOS games, with selections from many genres.
Tags: Apple, Ios, Mobile, Gaming, Trends, Buying Guides, Best Of Everything

Accused of underpaying or snubbing women and Asian techies, Google spends pocket change to make it all go away

You, yes, thousands of you, take this $3.8m and get back to work Google will pay $3.8m to settle a dispute with Uncle Sam in which the ad giant was accused of paying woman engineers less than their male colleagues, and for discriminating against female and Asian candidates applying for technical positions.…
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Google To Spend $3.8 Million To Settle Accusations Of Hiring, Pay Biases

Alphabet Inc's Google will spend $3.8 million, including $2.6 million in back pay, to settle allegations that it underpaid women and...
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Reddit Users Revolt Against the iOS App's New Video Player

The official Reddit for iOS app recently received an update that added a new video player UI, and many users don't like it one bit. XDA Developers reports: The Reddit Mobile subreddit, the community where Reddit administrators notify users of new Android and iOS app updates, is currently filled to the brim with complaints about the new video player. Many users describe the experience as TikTok or Instagram-like. Others simply say it's too intrusive and also requires more button presses to reach ...
Tags: Instagram, Tech, Ui, Reddit

Kindred Ventures just closed its second fund with $100 million in capital commitments

Two years after launching its $56 million debut fund, Kindred Ventures, a San Francisco-based pre-seed and seed-stage venture fund founded by Steve Jang and Kanyi Maqubela, has closed its second fund with $100 million in capital commitments. Jang is himself a founder who later jumped into investing. In more recent years, he cofounded Bitski, a crypto-asset wallet startup, and previously founded Schematic Labs, an early social music app that was brought into Rhapsody in 2014, and co-created the m...
Tags: TC, San Francisco, Tech, Venture Capital, Coinbase, Signal, Postmates, Zymergen, Clubhouse, Collaborative Fund, Otto, Jang, Tonal, Steve Jang, Dydx, Kindred Ventures

Game over: Google to shutter its in-house Stadia game development studio

Google has announced it is shuttering its internal game development studio for Stadia, the company’s cloud-based gaming platform.
Tags: Google, Gaming, Games, News, Trends, Web, Game Development, Stadia

Sharpen your founder skills at Startup School

Last year, Hanna Kim, the founder of Grip, a live-streaming e-commerce platform in Korea, graduated from our Google for Startups’ Immersion: Women Founders program. This was an eight-week mentorship program for female founders across the Asia Pacific region. “It’s been really helpful to get insights about business and HR,” Hannah says. “The program made me dream even bigger.” Using her new skills, she is now gearing up to take her startup global. I work on a team that connects startups with the ...
Tags: Google, Entrepreneurs, Asia Pacific, Korea, Hanna, HANNAH, Michael Kim, Startup School, Google in Asia, Hanna Kim

iOS 14.5 Will Support PS5 DualSense and Xbox Series X Controllers

Apple's latest iOS 14.5 update for beta testers brings support for the new PS5 DualSense and Xbox Series X controllers. The Verge reports: Apple's upcoming iOS 14.5 update follows the company revealing back in November that it was working with Microsoft to include support for the Xbox Series X controllers. Steam also added PS5 controller support last year, followed by Nvidia's Shield TV support last month. Other features of iOS 14.5 include the ability to unlock an iPhone with an Apple Watch whi...
Tags: Apple, Microsoft, Siri, Tech, Nvidia, CarPlay ETA

Apple Shares Updated App Store Review Guidelines for App Tracking Transparency

Apple today published new App Store guideline updates for developers, tweaking many existing guidelines and adding a new rule pertaining to the App Tracking Transparency requirement in iOS 14.5. The new 5.1.2(i) rule related to App Tracking Transparency requires developers to ask for explicit permission before tracking user activity, something that Apple has been planning to implement since iOS 14's release. Apple last week said that its App Tracking rules would be enforced starting with the...
Tags: Apple, Ios 14, App Tracking Transparency, Apple Shares Updated App Store Review Guidelines

Google will pay $2.6 million to workers over claims its hiring and pay practices were biased against women and Asians

Logo of Google is seen at an office building in Zurich Reuters Google will pay $2.6 million to settle racial and gender-bias claims, the US Department of Labor said Monday. Google reached the agreement with after a DOL audit found "preliminary" evidence of bias. Google has faced lawsuits before over claims it discriminates against women and people of color. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Google has reached a deal with the US Department of Labor, requiring it to pay nea...
Tags: Google, New York, Enterprise, California, Washington, San Francisco, Trends, Seattle, Gender Pay Gap, Gender Bias, Gender Discrimination, Racial Discrimination, Alphabet, Sunnyvale California, Kirkland, DOL

Google to pay $2.59 million to settle allegations of discrimination

Google has agreed to pay $2.59 million to more than 5,500 current employees and former job applicants as part of a settlement with the U.S. Department of Labor over allegations of systemic discrimination as it relates to compensation and hiring. Google has also agreed to reserve $250,000 a year for the next five years to address any potential pay equity adjustments that may come up. That brings Google’s total financial commitment to $3.8 million — a drop in the bucket for the company, whose pare...
Tags: Google, TC, New York, Labor, Tech, Diversity, Mountain View, Seattle, Alphabet, U S Department of Labor, Kirkland Washington, San Francisco Sunnyvale, OFCCP, Mountain View Kirkland Seattle, Jane Suhr

Google Stadia Shuts Down Internal Studios, Changing Business Focus (slashdot)

Google Stadia, the late 2019 streaming platform that promised to revolutionize gaming by letting users stream games without needing to own a powerful PC or console, is altering course, getting out of the game-making business and will now offer its platform directly to game publishers alongside offering Stadia Pro to the public. From a report: The company is announcing the news today, though Kotaku began to hear rumblings from sources close to Stadia last week that Google's service was heading fo...
Tags: Google, News, Los Angeles, Ubisoft, Montreal, Kotaku, Stadia, Msmash, Jade Raymond

Daily Crunch: Google shutters internal game studios

Google rethinks its gaming strategy, Microsoft rolls out its quantum computing platform and UiPath is now valued at $35 billion. This is your Daily Crunch for February 1, 2021. The big story: Google shutters internal game studios When Google announced its Stadia cloud platform, it also said it was forming Stadia Games and Entertainment, an internal studio that would create titles for the platform. Now it seems the company is abandoning this approach. It’s a surprising move, not just because Go...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Gaming, Microsoft, US, Los Angeles, Tech, Best, Xiaomi, Montreal, Robinhood, Databricks, Lightspeed, Gaurav Gupta, Phil Harrison, Typhoon Studios

Google Search’s new feature makes it easier to weed out unreliable results

Google Search is adding a feature to help you verify your search results are showing reliable information. Search will now show a menu icon “next to most results on Google” that you can tap on to access more information about a particular site without having to actually click through. This makes it a little easier to verify if the search result comes from a source that’s likely to be trustworthy. This information is mostly sourced from Wikipedia, which Google notes “provides free, reliable infor...
Tags: Google, Startups, Apps, Wikipedia, Google Search, Insider

Farfetch plans to pour money into marketing as it takes on Amazon for online luxury shoppers

Good morning and welcome to Insider Advertising for February 2. I'm senior advertising reporter Lauren Johnson, and here's what's going on:Farfetch ramps up ad spend.Amazon Web Services' Andy Jassy's leadership style.Meet Walgreens chief Roz Brewer.If this email was forwarded to you, sign up here for your daily insider's guide to advertising and media.Tips, comments, suggestions? Drop me a line at [email protected] or on Twitter at @LaurenJohnson. An image from Farfetch's Se...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Elon Musk, Media, Advertising, Marketing, Trends, Walgreens, Aws, Starbucks, Jeff Bezos, Sam, Bing, Cnbc, Amazon Web Services

Former Asana employees want to take on Discord with a positive platform for creator communities

In a creator-economy world, if you’re only as good as your last YouTube video, then your next YouTube video had better be bigger and louder than the last. Vibely, a new startup co-founded by Asana alumni Teri Yu and Theresa Lee, wants to turn the constant, and often exhausting, beast of content creation on its head. The startup has created a premium, creator-controlled community platform that allows fans to gather and be monetized in new ways, beyond what is possible on YouTube or TikTok. The co...
Tags: Social, Startups, TC, Facebook, Kim Kardashian, Youtube, Tech, Monetization, Netflix, Meetup, Seed, Yu, Consumer, YouTube Instagram, Influencer, Justin Rosenstein

Ex-Googler Turns Virtual Gifts Into a $61 Billion Business

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: In China's popular online-streaming industry, virtual gift-giving is big. You can send your favorite live performer anything from a rose for 5 yuan (80 cents) to a space rocket for 500 yuan. The present is just a symbol, but the money is real -- and that's what's made Kuaishou Technology so successful. [...] Co-founders Su Hua and Cheng Yixiao will each be worth more than $5.5 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Su, a nati...
Tags: Google, China, Ipo, Tech, Bloomberg, Taiwan, Beijing, Silicon Valley, Baidu Inc, Tsinghua University, Cheng, Hunan, Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Jay Chou, Kuaishou, Su Hua

Facebook's Nick Clegg: The idea that Europe should ban companies from collecting users' personal data is a serious miscalculation

Nick Clegg, Head of Policy at Facebook, speaks on stage during the DLD (Digital Life Design) innovation conference. Lino Mirgeler/picture alliance/Getty Images Facebook's Nick Clegg responds to the open letters from Axel Springer CEO Mathias Döpfner and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. Döpfner's and von der Leyen's concern about shutting down President Trump's accounts are fair, but until governments have clear laws, tech companies have to act based on their own rules. D...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Europe, UK, US, Trends, Eu, Netflix, Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg, Alibaba, European Commission, Silicon Valley, European Parliament, Stanford University, Axel Springer

Australian politics live: Craig Kelly condemned for ‘disseminating misinformation’ as NSW and Victoria report no new Covid cases

Doctors’ group lashes out at Liberal MP, saying ‘all public figures’ should ‘act responsibly’; Morrison government to face pressure on jobkeeper and jobseeker. Follow all the latest news and updates, live • Perth and WA’s Covid restrictions explained • Perth and regional WA Covid hotspot locations; NSW hotspots • Follow the global coronavirus liveblog 12.21am GMT The chats are slowly happening The Alliance is fundamental to the security & prosperity of our region. NSA @jakejsullivan & I dis...
Tags: Health, Google, Business, Microsoft, Nsa, Australia news, Australian politics, New South Wales, Welfare, Myanmar, Victoria, Labor party, Australian Greens, Liberal party, Industrial relations, Scott Morrison

Google will pay $2.5 million to underpaid female engineers and overlooked Asian applicants

Google has agreed to pay $3.8 million to more than 5,500 employees and job applicants impacted by alleged systematic pay and hiring...
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Report: Most big cities were in bad fiscal shape before the pandemic. Expect it to get worse

It’s a bit like hiding credit card bills under the mattress and declaring that everything’s fine: Cities, a watchdog group says, don’t include the true costs of government in the budgets they present to the public. Into this financial house of mirrors strides Truth in Accounting, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization devoted to translating inscrutable financial documents into a language everyone can understand. Irvine City Hall (Tomoya Shimura, Orange County Register/SCNG) In the group’s fi...
Tags: Google, New York, Budget, News, California, Government, Fresno, America, Los Angeles, Sport, Earth, Soccer, Stockton, Long Beach, Anaheim, Riverside

In wake of Apple privacy controls, Facebook mulls just begging its iOS app users to let it track them over the web

I am once again asking for your financial support, says Zuckerberg's empire Facebook has created a new screen in its iOS app that will urge people to allow it to continue stalking their online activities for targeted advertising.…
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Software, Zuckerberg

The best Android games currently available (February 2021)

The Google Play Store is loaded with some terrific titles -- and some terrible ones. We've vetted all the options to bring you the best Android games around.
Tags: Android, Google Play Store, Mobile, Gaming, Trends, Android Games, Free Games, Best Android Games, Top Android Games

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