Google's parent deflates internet-beaming balloon…

Google’s parent company is letting the air out of an internet-beaming balloon company that was providing online access from the stratosphere

Google Threatens to Shut Down Its Search Engine…

Google Threatens to Shut Down Its Search Engine in Australia. The company’s threat comes as the country drafts legislation that would benefit the news media if it becomes law. . Google’s main issue with the proposal is that it “would require payments simply for links and snippets just to news results in Search.”. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison responded to Google’s warning at a press conference on Friday. Australia makes our rules for things you can do in Australia … we don't respond to threats, Prime Minister Scott Morrison, via press conference. Google has proposed changes to the code, including the expansion of its program, News Showcase, which aims to pay publishers more than $1 billion over the next three years

Facebook's Trump Suspension Goes to Oversight…

Facebook has defended its decision, made after the attack on the US Capitol, to not allow former President Trump on its platforms indefinitely. "We believe our decision was necessary and right," a Facebook blog post said. But the company has sent the issue to its new Oversight Board for a...

Twitter bans suspect Iran account after post…

Twitter says it's permanently banned an account that some in Iran believe is linked to the office of the country's supreme leader, after a posting that seemed to threaten former President Donald Trump

Vaccine Rollout Gets a New Corporate Volunteer

A popular meme invokes the idea of training Amazon delivery drivers to administer the COVID-19 vaccine in order to roll it out as quickly as possible—and that may turn out to be not far from the truth, as Amazon sent President Biden a letter on Inauguration Day offering to...

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Netflix's Shuffle Play Feature Will Officially…

Netflix's Shuffle Play Feature Will Officially Launch This Year. According to 'Variety,' the streaming service announced that the new feature will launch in the first half of 2021. "Shuffle Play" was tested on the platform last year. It works by playing random content based on your viewing history. According to Greg Peters, Netflix's COO and chief product officer, . "Shuffle Play" will help users to "indicate to us that they just want to skip browsing entirely, click one button and we’ll pick a title for them just to instantly play.". Netflix intends to come up with a new name for the feature. We’re going to come up with something better than that, so stand by for this. You’ll see it when it rolls out, Greg Peters, Netflix's COO and chief product officer, via statement

Nasdaq Hits Record Close to End Week While Dow, S…

Stocks closed the week mixed, with the Nasdaq hitting a record close. Savita Subramanian, Head of U.S. Equity and Quantitative Strategy at Bank of America Global Research, says this President Biden's first week in office was a strong week for the market

Google threatens to pull search engine in…

Google is threatening to make its search engine unavailable in Australia if the government proceeds with plans to make tech giants pay for news content

Twitter Resets @POTUS Account for President Joe…

Twitter Resets @POTUS Account for President Joe Biden . When Donald Trump became president, he inherited President Barack Obama's Twitter followers via the official government account. This time around, Twitter has decided not to transfer the previous administration's followers to Joe Biden. Instead, those who follow “relevant Biden and Harris accounts” will be notified that they can follow @POTUS and @VP. In addition, @PresElectBiden has become @POTUS, @FLOTUSBiden has become @FLOTUS and @SenKamalaHarris has become @VP. A new account for Harris' husband, @SecondGentleman, is also live. Trump's official government account will be archived as @POTUS45. Twitter maintains that the new protocol gives users the choice to follow the new accounts. President Biden's digital director, Rob Flaherty, says the follower reset is "Absolutely, profoundly insufficient.". Facebook and Instagram intend to transfer all 11 million White House followers to the Biden administration. Less than an hour after being sworn in, Biden posted his first tweet

Biden Takes Control of @POTUS Account

The Biden-Harris Administration is now Twitter official. In addition to being sworn into office Wednesday, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris took control of the @POTUS and @VP Twitter handles, NPR reports. “Once the official oath of office is completed, you’ll notice the transition of official administration Twitter...

CNN, MSNBC viewers flip for Biden; Fox audience…

CNN and MSNBC, whose political talk lineups are most popular with fans of President Joe Biden, significantly increased their audiences for his inaugural compared with four years ago when Donald Trump took the oath of office

After Twitter Dumped Trump, a Big Drop in…

If you're wondering what effect "deplatforming"—ie, taking away someone's megaphone, especially online—has on the spread of misinformation, a recent ban is seeing some interesting results. The Washington Post reports that, per analytics firm Zignal Labs, false claims about election fraud plummeted 73% across multiple social-media sites in the...

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'New Pokémon Snap' Release Date Announced

'New Pokémon Snap' Release Date Announced. The highly-anticipated game will be released on Nintendo Switch on April 30, 2021. In 'New Pokémon Snap,' players will be a photographer on an ecological survey in the Lental region. As you zoom around in a self-driving vehicle taking pictures of Pokémon, . Lental region expert Professor Mirror will evaluate your snaps as part of your score. You can also interact with Pokémon by throwing them Fluffruit. The original 'Pokémon Snap' game was released in 1999 for Nintendo 64. Pokémon is also celebrating its 25th anniversary

Bakkt Will Move to NYSE 'Very Soon' After $2.1…

Digital asset marketplace Bakkt is going public in a multi-billion dollar SPAC, creating a new way to invest in Bitcoin. Gavin Michael, CEO of Bakkt, joined Cheddar on Thursday.

Judge says Amazon won't have to restore Parler…

Amazon won’t be forced to immediately restore web service to Parler after a federal judge ruled Thursday against a plea to reinstate the fast-growing social media app favored by followers of former President Donald Trump

YouTube Suspends Trump for at Least 7 Days

YouTube Suspends Trump for at Least 7 Days. The video-sharing platform is the latest to ban the president after a mob of Trump extremists stormed the Capitol last week. After review, and in light of concerns about the ongoing potential for violence, we removed new content uploaded to Donald J. Trump’s channel for violating our policies. , YouTube, via statement. It now has its 1st strike & is temporarily prevented from uploading new content for a *minimum* of 7 days, YouTube, via statement. The specific content that violated YouTube's policies was not specified. The company also said that it would be "indefinitely disabling comments" on the account. Twitter, Facebook and Instagram have also suspended Trump's accounts. In response to the censorship, Trump said the tech companies' actions were a "horrible thing for our country and to our country."

Twitter Suspends GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene

Twitter has been suspending accounts left and right as it cracks down on the QAnon conspiracy theory , and one pretty big name is included in the 70,000 suspensions so far: Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene. The Georgia congresswoman has endorsed QAnon, and has also tweeted claims of widespread election fraud....

US government approves routes for Wyoming CO2…

The U.S. government has approved routes for a potential system of pipelines that would move carbon dioxide across Wyoming

Parler Is Back Online

Parler is back. The website for the controversial social network was online again as of Sunday afternoon, CNN reports, indicating it has found a hosting service after Amazon Web Services gave it the boot, though it's not clear which host that might be. "Hello world, is this thing on?" reads...

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New Indiana Jones Video Game Teased by Bethesda…

New Indiana Jones Video Game Teased by Bethesda and Lucasfilm. Bethesda will collaborate with Lucasfilm Games and 'Wolfenstein: The New Order' developers Machine Games. A teaser was shared on Twitter. in which a hand picks up Indiana Jones' trademark hat, revealing a whip on a desk. One day before the game's announcement, Disney relaunched the Lucasfilm Games brand. 'Indiana Jones' video games date back to a 1982 Atari 2600 release and two adventure games from the late '80s and early '90s. 'Lego Indiana Jones 2' was released in 2009. A fifth 'Indiana Jones' movie will be released in 2022

Vice President Kamala Harris Will Have 'Essential…

Abdallah Fayyad, opinion writer and Editorial Board member at The Boston Globe joins Cheddar to discuss Vice President Kamala Harris' impact on the Biden Administration's first 100 days.