Government Agencies Begin Investigating Robinhood, Reddit Over GameStop Stock

An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNET: GameStop's stock price shot through the roof in late January thanks to traders on Reddit. Now at least two government agencies are reportedly investigating why it happened as well as what roles Reddit and trading app Robinhood played in the stock market craziness. The Department of Justice's fraud section and the San Francisco US attorney's office are seeking information about the trading frenzy from social media companies and trading platforms, acc...
Tags: Congress, California, Tech, Reddit, Department Of Justice, Robinhood, Cnet, Gamestop, Feb, Commodity Futures Trading Commission CFTC, San Francisco US, Rep Maxine Waters, Journal Reddit, Reddit GameStop Robinhood

Australia to Introduce Landmark Google, Facebook Legislation to Parliament Next Week

By Colin PackhamCANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia will introduce landmark legislation to force Alphabet's Google and Facebook to pay publishers and...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Australia, Colin PackhamCANBERRA Reuters Australia

Microsoft tells Biden administration to adopt Australia’s pay-for-news plan

Making Google and Facebook cough up could help USA’s currently fragile democracy, argues Pres Brad Smith Microsoft has said the USA should copy Australia’s plan to force Google and Facebook to pay for links to news content and suggested that doing so will help improve social cohesion and strengthen democracy.…
Tags: Google, Facebook, Usa, Microsoft, Australia, Software, Biden, Pres Brad Smith Microsoft

Germany To Let Citizens Store ID Cards On Smartphone

Germany says its citizens will be able to use smartphones to store their government-issued ID cards and prove their identity online. The Associated Press reports: The Interior Ministry said Wednesday that from this fall, citizens will be able to use the electronic ID stored in their smartphones together with a PIN number to prove they are who they claim to be when communicating with authorities or private businesses. Separately, the ministry said the Cabinet has agreed on a bill that will make g...
Tags: Germany, Tech, Associated Press, Cabinet, Interior Ministry, Citizens Store

Intel's Anti-Mac Ad Campaign Highlights M1 Shortcomings

With the launch of the M1 Macs last November, Apple officially began its transition away from Intel's chips, and it's clear from Intel's latest advertising campaign that the company is feeling threatened by Apple's decision. In ads shared on Twitter, Intel has been highlighting the shortcomings of Apple's ‌M1‌ Mac lineup. An ad this week, for example, points out the gaming capabilities of Intel chips. Intel mentions Rocket League, a game that is not available on Apple's platform. Only a PC ...
Tags: Apple, Featured, Intel, M1, Rocket League, Jason Snell, Jon Rettinger, Apple Silicon, Twitter Intel, Intel Apple Silicon

Disney Says It Now Has 94.9 Million Disney+ Subscribers

Disney announced Thursday that its streaming platform surpassed 94.9 million subscribers, beating its four-year goal in 14 months. CNBC reports: Disney+ exceeded the company's initial subscriber goal of 60 million to 90 million by 2024 back in November, forcing it to reforecast. The company now expects Disney+ will have 230 million to 260 million subscribers by 2024. Christine McCarthy, the company's chief financial officer, said Thursday that Disney will no longer regularly report streaming sub...
Tags: Disney, Tech, Cnbc, Christine McCarthy

Apple iOS 14.5 will hide Safari users' IP addresses from Google's Safe Browsing

Another privacy improvement from Cupertino, just a small one Apple's forthcoming iOS 14.5 release, currently in beta, will conceal the IP address of Safari web surfers from Google's Safe Browsing service, integrated into Safari to spot fraudulent websites.…
Tags: Apple, Google, Software, Cupertino

PopSockets Launches New PopMount for Taking Photos

PopSockets today announced the launch of a new PopSocket accessory, the PopMount 2 Photo. The PopMount 2 Photo is a stand that attaches to the back of a PopGrip installed on an iPhone, with the PopMount then able to be attached to any tripod. Available in black, the PopMount 2 Photo is compatible with 1/4 20 tripods or tripod plates, so it is compatible with a wide range of accessories. It can also be used alone as a handheld stabilization device. PopSockets says that the PopMount 2 Photo is...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Ipad, Mac, Rumors

Apple's Keeping Google's Prying Eyes Out Of iOS 14

If you regularly use Apple’s Safari browser, you’re probably familiar with its “Fraudulent Website Warning,” which gives you a heads up if the site you’re about to visit might be, say, an elaborate phishing scam. What you probably didn’t know is that until now, this safety feature relied on an obscure Google database…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Google, Science, Technology, Google Search, Safari, Software, Computing, Alphabet Inc, Internet Privacy, Technology Internet

Best practices for Zoom board meetings at early-stage startups

Isaac Roth Contributor Share on Twitter Issac Roth is a seasoned entrepreneur who advises founders on open-source technology and keeping communities engaged. Over this career, he’s created and sold multiple enterprise software companies and stays active as an advisor and investor. More posts by this contributor How startups should budget in uncertain times  The ‘right’ way to downsize The world ...
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Zillow looking forward to ‘extending the reach’ of ShowingTime: Barton

Zillow CEO Rich Barton said his company is trying to center transactions in its business model, and that he wants to do to real estate what the iPhone did to phones and media.
Tags: Real Estate, Technology, Radio, Mergers, Goldman Sachs, Zillow, Industry News, Barton, Brokerage, Select, News Brief, Rich Barton, Heath Terry, Showingtime

The war is on: CoStar speeds up its own scheduling tool to rival Zillow

A day after Zillow announced its acquisition of ShowingTime, Homesnap announced it was putting the 'pedal to the metal' on developing an alternative to the showing scheduling tool.
Tags: Technology, Radio, Zillow, Industry News, Andy Florance, Select, Homesnap, Errol Samuelson, Showingtime, John Mazur, Costar, ShowingTime Homesnap

Biden Administration Says It Will Address Global Chip Shortage

The Biden administration plans to take steps to address the global chip shortage affecting automakers, laptop makers, and other manufacturers that rely on the semiconductor industry, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said.Read more...
Tags: Politics, Science, Technology, Intel, Companies, Biden, TSMC, Science and Technology, White House Press, Semi, Jen Psaki, Semiconductor Industry Association, Advanced Micro Devices, Business Finance, Integrated Circuit, Technology Internet

FreeBSD and Its Code of Conduct Anniversary

Tokolosh writes: On February 13, 2018 the FreeBSD Foundation posted its Code of Conduct. This included a system for reporting offenders, plus a Code of Conduct Committee to review charges and issue sanctions. The resulting story on Slashdot on February 17 triggered 859 comments. Needless to say, it was controversial. In 2020, a survey indicated that some 35% of the FreeBSD developer community was dissatisfied with their 2018 Code of Conduct, 34% were neutral, and only 30% satisfied. So they set ...
Tags: Tech, FreeBSD, FreeBSD Foundation, Tokolosh, Code of Conduct Committee

Does SoftBank have 20 more DoorDashes?

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. Natasha and Danny and Alex and Grace were all here to chat through the week’s biggest tech happenings. This week felt oddly comforting from a tech news perspective: Facebook is copying something, early-stage startup data is flawed enough to talk about and sweet DoorDash is buying robots for undisclosed sums. So, here’s a rundown of the tech news we got into (as alw...
Tags: Apple, Fundings & Exits, Startups, Facebook, Podcasts, Mexico, Softbank, Tech, Reddit, Bumble, Alex, Fintech, Early Stage, Doordash, Justo, Danny

AMD Is Currently Hiring More Linux Engineers

According to Phoronix, AMD currently has several interesting job openings on the Linux front. From the report: While AMD has been delivering reliable Linux support with their recent launches, there is room for improvement in areas like more timely compiler support for new processors, better alignment of their new hardware enablement for getting the code not only upstreamed but into distributions for launch-day, and similar areas. Based on recent job postings, it looks like AMD is working to make...
Tags: Tech, Intel, Amd, Phoronix AMD, AMD Operating System Research Center

Get a sweet Valentine’s Day deal on a new Samsung phone for your sweetheart

AT&T is offering sweet Valentine's Day deals on Samsung Galaxy and Apple iPhone smartphones.
Tags: Apple, Deals, Mobile, Samsung, Trends, Valentine's Day, AT&T, Sponsored 2021

Daily Crunch: TikTok becomes a political battleground in Russia

We take an in-depth look at TikTok usage in Russia, Facebook’s Oversight Board looks beyond Facebook and Sesame Workshop backs an edtech fund. This is your Daily Crunch for February 11, 2021. The big story: TikTok becomes a political battleground in Russia Russia has a small but fast-growing and vocal group of TikTok users. And while activity has been largely apolitical in the past, a battle appears to be brewing between the government and young activists who support the anti-corruption, anti-Pu...
Tags: Apple, Social, MetroMile, Mobile, Apps, Putin, Russia, San Francisco, Tech, Policy, Chicago, Robinhood, Ideo, SPAC, Russia Russia, Dan Preston

TechCrunch’s favorites from Techstars’ Boston, Chicago and workforce accelerators

Building off TechCrunch’s coverage of the recent 500 Startups demo day, we’re back today to talk about some favorites from three more accelerator classes. This time we’re digging into Techstars’ latest three accelerator classes. What follows are four favorites from the Techstars’ Boston, Chicago and “workforce development” programs. As a team we tuned into the accelerator live pitches and dug into recordings when we needed to. As always, these are just our favorites, but don’t just take our word...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Tech, TechStars, Boston Chicago, Everyday life, Techstars Boston, Techstars Boston Chicago

Google's Fi VPN Is Coming To iPhones Soon

An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: Google is rolling out its virtual private network (VPN) service for subscribers of its Fi network that should help people when they're using online services on public Wi-Fi. "We plan to roll out the VPN to iPhone starting this spring," Google notes. Google is also bringing its privacy and security hub to Android devices, offering users a shortcut to features available to Android users, such as its VPN. Finally, Fi users can expect free spam call ...
Tags: Google, Tech, Vpn

How to Spot Scam iOS Apps That Sucker You into Making Expensive Purchases

We regularly call out shady apps found on the Google Play Store, but Apple’s App Store offers its fair share of threats, too. The platform is teeming with iOS apps that scam unsuspecting users into costly—and in some cases, undisclosed—in-app transactions. These apps hide their scams in otherwise legit features to…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Lifehacks, App Store

Martin Scorsese’s ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ Cast Adds Native American Actress Lily Gladstone

Martin Scorsese‘s upcoming feature film Killers of the Flower Moon has added a new star to its cast. Native American actress Lily Gladstone, who has worked with Kelly Reichardt on her films Certain Women and First Cow, is joining the Killers of the Flower Moon cast, opposite Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro. reports that Lily Gladstone, an actress of Blackfeet and Nimii’puu Nez Perce descent, has joined the Killers of the Flower Moon cast as Mollie Burkhart, an “Osage married to Ernest...
Tags: Apple, Hbo, Movies, Drama, Casting, Fbi, Showtime, Leonardo Dicaprio, Robert De Niro, Scorsese, Martin Scorsese, Gladstone, DiCaprio, Kelly Reichardt, De Niro, Reichardt

Former Netflix CEO: Apple Not in Streaming Market 'With Both Feet'

Netflix co-founder and former CEO Marc Randolph recently spoke to Yahoo Finance, where he commented on Disney+ and Apple TV+, two Netflix competitors in the streaming market. Randolph criticized Apple's free ‌Apple TV+‌ offerings and the number of subscribers that are still not paying. Apple has been offering free year-long ‌Apple TV+‌ subscriptions to those who purchase a new Apple device, and has already twice extended the free subscriptions of those who initially signed up in 2019. "If Ap...
Tags: Apple, Disney, Netflix, Justin Timberlake, Yahoo Finance, Randolph, Marc Randolph, Netflix Apple, Apple TV Plus, Disney Randolph

CD Projekt Red Hackers Reportedly Sold the 'Cyberpunk 2077' Source Code

The hackers behind this week's ransomware attack on Cyberpunk 2077 studio CD Projekt Red appear to have found a buyer for the stolen data. Engadget reports: They ran an auction on a hacking forum but, as The Verge notes, they shut it down after reportedly accepting an offer from elsewhere. The starting price for the auction was said to be $1 million and there was the option for an interested party with a spare $7 million to buy the data outright. It's not clear who has acquired the data, how muc...
Tags: Tech, Engadget

How to get emoji on your MacBook's Touch Bar, and type with them in nearly any app

It's easy to get emoji on your MacBook's Touch Bar. Photo by Stephen Lam/Getty Images You can get emoji on the Mac Touch Bar if the program you're using allows you to type with them. When the emoji icon appears on your Mac's Touch Bar, you can tap it to open the emoji menu. You can swipe your finger along the Touch Bar to move through the emoji list, or search using your keyboard. Visit Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. When Apple added the Touch Bar to MacBooks, i...
Tags: Apple, Mac, Trends, Macbook, Emoji, Emojis, Macbook Pro, Typing, Tech Insider, Bitmoji, macOS, Touch Bar, Ryan Ariano, BI-freelancer, Tech Reference, Laptops & Tablets (Reference

Has The Legal Profession Reached A Tech Adoption Tipping Point?

It took a pandemic for this to happen, but it's undeniable that COVID-19 has had a major effect on the legal profession's willingness to adapt.
Tags: Technology, Law, Nicole Black, Coronavirus, COVID-19, COVID

MacBook Pro gets $100 discount at Amazon in time for Presidents Day

Buy the new MacBook Pro now at its low price of $1,199 from Amazon as part of its Presidents Day deals.
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Deals, Trends, Computing, Macbook Pro, There, MacBook deals, Amazon 2021, Presidents Day 2021

'Exploding Kittens' Creator Launches New 'Kitty Letter' iOS Game

Matthew Inman, the artist behind The Oatmeal comics and board games like Exploding Kittens and Throw, Throw Burrito, today announced the launch of a new free-to-play iOS game called Kitty Letter. Described as a "Scrabble combined with Crash Royale" or "words with enemies," gameplay consists of unscrambling words, with the words then turning into cat armies that march forward and attack the opponent you're playing against.Only one thing can protect you from legions of exploding cats: Vocabulary!...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Ipad, Mac, Rumors, Inman, Matthew Inman, Kitty Letter, Kitty Letter Described

Judge On The Zoom Cat Lawyer Case Says What Everyone Was Really Thinking

Admit it: You were thrilled it wasn't you.
Tags: Technology, Law, Zoom, Quote Of The Day

Apple TV+ acquires a “sci-fi courtroom drama” about a murderous robot doll

Sci-fi is looking like a cornerstone of Apple TV+'s slowly growing library.
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