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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Facebook won’t stop Facebook from spreading lies

This fall’s election promises to be chaotic, nerve-wracking, and potentially calamitous. Lies will be flying everywhere, and Facebook will distribute many of them. And in response, Facebook plans to do … not that much. You may be confused about this if you saw recent headlines about Facebook’s election actions, like the ones that came out …

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Elon Musk connecting a computer to your brain

At a Friday event, Elon Musk revealed more details about his mysterious neuroscience company Neuralink and its plans to connect computers to human brains. While the development of this futuristic-sounding tech is still in its early stages, the presentation was expected to demonstrate the second version of a small, robotic device that inserts tiny electrode …

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The scariest movie in quarantine is actually a game unfolding on Instagram

Likening the coronavirus era to a horror story is no great leap. An invisible, deadly killer, angry mobs, supply shortages, financial bedlam — even those lucky enough to survive this moment relatively unscathed can no doubt sense it is one of high tension and drama. So maybe the escape we’ve all been needing was a …

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Government shutdowns of “nonessential” retailers were a huge gift for Amazon, Walmart, and Target

When stay-at-home orders due to the Covid-19 pandemic forced many US brick-and-mortar retailers to close up shop late winter and into this spring, some industry observers feared the government measures would widen the existing gap between the retail industry’s haves and have-nots. A few months later, that fear has become reality. Amazon, Walmart, and Target …

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Uber and Lyft just avoided a shutdown. How they got here and what’s next

A flurry of notifications lighted up the phones of Lyft and Uber users in California early this week. “Save rideshare in California!” one from Lyft read. “Service update: Ridesharing in CA may be suspended,” Uber wrote. The warnings are the result of California’s efforts to bring gig economy companies in compliance with state labor law …

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Protecting your privacy shouldn’t be this hard. Here’s a better idea

There’s so much to worry about right now, protecting your privacy shouldn’t be another source of anguish. Yet privacy — or lack thereof — remains one of the most important issues of our time as multibillion-dollar companies do all they can to gather and exploit user information worldwide. Heck, it’s such a crucial matter, President …

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How social justice slideshows took over Instagram

In 1971, to the backdrop of a funky jazz rhythm, musician and poet Gil Scott-Heron declared that “the revolution will not be televised.” In 2020, however, it’s possible that the threads of revolution would be found on Instagram — its message distributed through wide chunky typefaces and bold gradient graphics that preface a mini informative …

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Tech companies say they support racial justice. Their actions raise questions

Protesters demanding justice for George Floyd have poured onto the streets of cities across the country in the days since Floyd was killed by Minneapolis police. Among the voices condemning Floyd’s death and supporting the ongoing protests are those of tech behemoths including Facebook, Google and Amazon. “The pain of the last week reminds us …

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The dystopian tech that companies are selling to help schools reopen

Thousands of schools nationwide will not be reopening this fall. But in Las Vegas, the private K-12 Meadows School plans to use an artificial intelligence-powered thermal screening system to keep students safe as they return to classes. The system will scan for signs that students have elevated temperatures — an indication they might have Covid-19 …

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Twitter is finally helping people shut down “reply guys”

If you’re on Twitter — and especially if you’re a woman on Twitter — you’re probably well aware of the “reply guy” phenomenon. It goes something like this: You post something on Twitter — a joke, a fact, a personal story — and you get a bunch of unhelpful, distracting, and sometimes hateful replies alongside …

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Bill Gates is spending $150 million to try to make a coronavirus vaccine as cheap as $3

A lot of people are paying attention to every utterance from Bill Gates, America’s billionaire-cum-conscience in the coronavirus era, about the United States’s response to the pandemic. But much less attention is paid to what Gates is actually pouring his fortune into: steeling the rest of the world for the coronavirus vaccine they will need …

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Trump banned TikTok and WeChat. Are video games next?

President Trump’s two executive orders targeting Chinese companies went public just after 6 p.m. Pacific on Thursday. The first went after TikTok, to no one’s surprise. The video app had been the subject of intensifying rhetoric from the Trump administration for weeks. The order declared that all U.S. entities would be banned from doing business …

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Facebook took down a Trump post for the first time 

Facebook has taken down a post by President Trump containing false statements about children’s susceptibility to Covid-19. It’s the first time the company has enforced its rules that ban harmful speech on one of Trump’s posts. The post that Facebook removed is a Fox video clip in which Trump makes an incorrect statement, saying that …

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California labor commissioner sues Uber and Lyft, alleging wage theft

In its latest move to take gig economy companies to task, California is suing Uber and Lyft for alleged wage theft. The state says the companies have “willfully” misclassified drivers as independent contractors instead of employees, depriving them of basic worker protections and wages. The lawsuits, brought by California Labor Commissioner Lilia García-Brower, seek to …

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Elon Musk says Tesla headquarters could still move

Despite winning a standoff with local health officials over reopening his factory, Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk is sticking with his threat to move company headquarters to another state. “There’s no question that our headquarters will remain in California for the short term,” he said in a recent interview with Automotive News. “Long term, we’ll …

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The 10 Best Wireless/Video Doorbell Reviews & Buying Guide

Wireless doorbells are getting popular nowadays as they are easy to install and use along with adding beauty to your house. They are costly when compared to wired doorbells. But their security features like camera, speaker, microphone, electronic lock release compensate for this increase in cost. But there are 3 most important factors you should …

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The Qwiic and the Dead

Hello everyone! This week we are releasing several exciting products we’ve been working on for a while, starting with the new ZED-F9R GPS-RTK Dead Reckoning Breakout and pHAT boards! These two boards are a great addition to our existing GPS and GNSS product line, so make sure to take a closer look below. We also …

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