Big California donors want to fill Kamala Harris’s Senate seat with a woman of color

Some of California’s biggest political donors are urging Gov. Gavin Newsom to choose a woman of color to fill the seat of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. Given how rare it has been for a Senate seat in the country’s largest state to become vacant, California leaders have been hard at work trying to lobby Newsom …

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How Facebook and Twitter plan to handle election day disinformation

A man in the Atlanta suburbs was scrolling Facebook in late October when an ad popped up claiming his polling place had changed. At first glance, the change didn’t seem to align with official records. He suspected it was a lie — potentially a voter suppression tactic. He had already voted by mail, but was …

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Why streaming devices and streaming networks are fighting over your eyeballs 

When Wonder Woman 1984 opens in theaters on Christmas Day, most HBO Max subscribers will be able to watch the movie at home. Emphasis on most: Right now, that group of HBO Max subscribers does not include those who use a Roku device to watch streaming TV. This is because Roku, which dominates the US …

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‘Bugsnax,’ ‘Sackboy’ and more next-gen family games you should own

Today’s games provide many wonders, including complex stories with multiple quests and missions that provide the illusion of letting us stitch together a linear story. But they are also big, and sometimes overwhelming to start. I enjoyed my first hour with “Assassin’s Creed Valhalla,” a massive Viking-themed addition to the long-running open-world franchise, but stopped …

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Thanksgiving Eve Product Post

Hello everyone and welcome to a very special Wednesday Product Post. We have several new products to show off today and it all starts with new versions of the NEO-M9N GPS Breakout and ESP32 WROOM Thing Plus. These new boards are very similar to their previous releases, but now include new connections based on your …

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Parler, the “free speech” Twitter wannabe, explained

In recent weeks, you may have been hearing more about a site called Parler, which conservatives are touting as an alternative to Twitter and Facebook. From Ivanka Trump to the governor of Nebraska, right-wing influencers are asking those frustrated with alleged Big Tech censorship to join them on Parler, a two-year-old app and website that …

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Column: How did a 3-year-old pizza get delivered by Instacart?

Like many of us, Agneta Yilmaz has turned to Instacart to handle her shopping during the pandemic. She’s trusted the company to deliver fresh groceries from a nearby Ralphs supermarket and, generally speaking, she’s been pleased with the service. So when the Beverly Hills resident recently opened a box of Celeste frozen pepperoni pizza for …

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Cuisine A La Carte

I enjoy cooking. I also enjoy tinkering, building, hacking and all around doing things with my hands, so when I had the opportunity to design a board with A La Carte, I decided to combine them all into a single finished board design and see where things ended up. I was especially excited since I’m …

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The $35 million play to fix Democrats’ data problem is shutting down

One of the most expensive, highest-profile efforts to fix the Democratic Party’s data woes is shutting down. Alloy, a group started with $35 million in part from Silicon Valley billionaire Reid Hoffman, said on Monday that it would begin to “wind down its operations” next year after the runoff elections in Georgia. The decision is …

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Muslims reel over a prayer app that sold user data: ‘A betrayal from within our own community’

Five times a day, tens of millions of phones buzz with notifications from an app called Muslim Pro, reminding users it’s time to pray. While Muslims in Los Angeles woke Thursday to a dawn notification that read, “Fajr at 5:17 AM,” users in Sri Lanka were minutes away from getting a ping telling them it …

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Spotify has 300 million users. It wants more of them to listen to podcasts.

Spotify wants to own the podcasting space, and it’s made that clear with a series of high-profile acquisitions and deals over the past two years — including the Ringer, Gimlet, Joe Rogan, and, most recently, Megaphone. Its next goal: get more of its 300 million users to start listening to podcasts. Peter Kafka talked to …

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Review: ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’: Patriot games

The United States of America: Boy, we sure are exhausting. This was the conclusion I reached after finishing the single-player campaign in the latest “Call of Duty,” a realization that I don’t believe was entirely unintentional. These are games designed by global teams of hundreds of people, crafted largely as multiplayer powerhouses that generate money …

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How fake news aimed at Latinos thrives on social media

One of the big surprises of the 2020 election was how even though most Latino voters across the US voted for Joe Biden, in some counties of competitive states like Florida and Texas, a higher-than-expected percentage of Latinos supported Donald Trump. One factor that many believe played a role: online misinformation about the Democratic candidate. …

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Grocery store rationing is back, but relax: The supply chain is doing fine

Hard times have returned to the nation’s toilet paper aisles. With coronavirus cases and lockdowns once again on the rise, shoppers are reverting to the panic-buying patterns of the early days of the pandemic. In response, grocery companies such as Target, Ralphs parent Kroger and Vons parent Albertsons Cos. have reinstated purchase limits on toilet …

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A new Amazon feature should make it easier to get a grocery delivery slot this winter

Millions of Americans relied on Amazon grocery delivery earlier this year as the Covid-19 pandemic hit the US, but many had one big complaint: It was often hard, if not impossible, to find an available delivery time slot in many metro regions. Some customers were forced to check for availability dozens of times a day, …

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Americans are one step closer to a national contact tracing app for Covid-19

It may have gotten off to a slow start, but digital Covid-19 contact tracing apps are finally picking up steam in the United States — and may have surmounted one of their biggest obstacles to widespread use. States are now able to create contact tracing apps that work with those from other states, thanks to …

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The Best Alternative Streaming Services, From Anime to Arthouse

As the streaming wars between major platforms such as Netflix, Disney+, and HBO Max have expanded, so too has the world of smaller, more specialized streaming services that focus on serving a specific niche to fans who want more than what the bigger mainstream players have to offer. Since they aren’t trying to appeal to …

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‘Crucible,’ Amazon’s bid to enter the competitive shooter space

Amazon is a giant. Of course. And that is why the company is being careful, says the game industry veteran overseeing the launch of the company’s first major video game, to not look as if it is wielding all of its might. “Crucible,” available Wednesday for PCs, is a free-to-play, competitive, team-based online shooter, one …

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After Six Months and $1.8 Billion, Quibi Wants a New Owner. That Will be a Hard Sell.

Quibi was supposed to be revolutionary: A video service that was supposed to fill the gap between YouTube and HBO by bringing short, “premium” clips starring celebrities like Liam Hemsworth and Chrissy Teigen to your phone, for a price. But that was in the spring. Now, Quibi might be headed to a fire sale: Just …

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Amazon won’t say how many workers have gotten COVID-19. So workers are tracking cases themselves

Usually Jana Jumpp works nights loading trucks at an Amazon facility the size of 28 football fields in Jeffersonville, Ind. Now, she spends them shut in her room, clacking away on her sluggish computer. The emails and Facebook messages from Amazon workers at warehouses across the country tumble in. 2 cases at DEW8 Additional covid19 …

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What the heck is going on with TikTok and Oracle

The fate of TikTok, the wildly popular video-sharing app, has involved plenty of plot twists since President Donald Trump signed an executive order in late August that promised to effectively ban TikTok from doing business in the US over national security concerns — unless the Chinese-owned app sold its US operations to an American company …

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Uber may face big fines for stonewalling

Uber has spent nine months battling California regulators’ demands for detailed information on sexual harassment and assault claims made by its customers and drivers. The company’s favored legal strategy of asking forgiveness rather than permission will face a fresh test Tuesday, when an administrative law judge will hear testimony to decide whether to recommend hefty …

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Walmart+ will finally launch in September.

Walmart’s much-anticipated membership program, Walmart+, will finally launch nationwide September 15, the company announced Tuesday, about six months after the Covid-19 pandemic pushed the retailer to delay its original timing. The brick-and-mortar retail giant needs the program to be successful in order to stop top-spending customers from fleeing to Amazon Prime. Walmart+ will cost $98 …

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Mark Zuckerberg’s $300 million donation to protect elections

Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are donating $300 million to protect American elections. It is one of the couple’s largest-ever single gifts, meant to bolster democracy during a pandemic. But it’s also one that critics say is brimming with irony given Facebook’s past failures in protecting the integrity of elections. The Facebook chief …

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