Amazon sees broad audience for its palm…

Amazon is introducing new palm recognition technology in a pair of Seattle stores and sees broader uses in places like stadiums and offices

TikTok Debuts New in-App 2020 Elections Guide

TikTok Debuts New in-App 2020 Elections Guide. According to The Verge, the guide will be available to U.S. users starting Tuesday. It can be found via TikTok's Discover page or landing pages for election-related content. Using BallotReady, it will provide users information about federal, state and local canditates. We’re partnering with TikTok for their elections guide because younger voters often do not realize everything that will appear on their ballot, .., Alex Niemczewski, CEO of BallotReady, via The Verge. ... and we believe that TikTok can help them vote their entire ballot, Alex Niemczewski, CEO of BallotReady, via The Verge. Our elections guide is built with user privacy in mind, .., Michael Beckerman, TikTok vice president and head of US public policy, via blog post. ... so a user must visit the website for a state or a non-profit for anything that involves sharing their information, including registering to vote, Michael Beckerman, TikTok vice president and head of US public policy, via blog post. Interactions with this guide in our app have no bearing on future TikTok experiences, such as recommendations or ads, Michael Beckerman, TikTok vice president and head of US public policy, via blog post. TikTok has previously made other attempts to protect the platform from misinformation, . including banning deepfakes and implementing more content moderation policies

When Vegas Schools Declined Ransom, Hackers Took…

A hacker group has published employee Social Security numbers, student grades, and other sensitive information from the Clark County School District in Las Vegas after it refused to pay a ransom. The largest school district known to be hit with ransomware since the start of the pandemic announced a breach...

Q&A: Will the Trump administration be able to ban…

A federal judge on Sunday postponed a Trump administration order that would have banned the popular video sharing app TikTok from U.S. app stores

Final Harvest Looms for FarmVille

The original FarmVille is about to become a dust bowl, 11 years after it first became a social media gaming sensation. Zynga announced Monday that the original FarmVille game will be officially kaput as of the end of 2020, Ars Technica reports. "Adobe will stop distributing and updating Flash Player...

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Google Maps to Roll out Feature Indicating…

Google Maps to Roll out Feature Indicating COVID-19 Infection Rates in Local Areas. The new update will make users aware of how the virus is progressing in different locations so they can plan ahead before traveling. There will be the option to add a layer called "COVID-19 info," which shows the amount of new cases per 100,000 people. . It will detail the areas where infections are rising or declining via a color-coded system. Google has used "multiple authoritative sources," including 'The New York Times,' . to source the relevant data, which is available for the 220 countries supported on the app

Indoor Farming Company AppGarvest Goes Public

Appharvest founder and CEO, Jonathan Webb joined Cheddar to discuss taking his company public. Webb also talks the indoor growing process and its benefits.

Cyberattack hobbles major hospital chain's US…

U.S. computer networks of a major hospital chain have been knocked offline in a cyberattack

Judge Allows US TikTok Downloads to Continue for…

Judge Allows US TikTok Downloads to Continue for Now. On Sunday, U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols gave the China-based app more time to sort out its issues with the Trump administration. The order allows American app stores to continue offering TikTok downloads. TikTok released a statement, saying it "will continue defending our rights for the benefit of our community and employees.". At the same time, we will also maintain our ongoing dialogue with the government to turn our proposal, which the president gave his preliminary approval to last weekend, into an agreement, TikTok, via statement. Judge Nichols did not provide a ruling on a second ban that would prohibit U.S. companies from working with TikTok

TikTok Ban Blocked at Last Minute

Four hours before it was set to take effect, a federal judge blocked the Trump administration's attempt to prohibit Americans from downloading TikTok . The judge partially granted a request by the Chinese-owned app for a temporary injunction, meaning it will remain available on mobile app stores for now, CNN and...

Dems to Facebook: Get serious about…

Two of Facebook's toughest critics on Capitol Hill have urged the social media platform to get serious about misinformation, voter suppression and hate speech ahead of the 2020 election

Brief Google Service Outage Rattles Users

Millions of people are now more reliant on Google services than ever before—and even a brief outage can cause alarm. Services including Gmail, Google Docs, and YouTube went down for around an hour for users on the East and West coasts Thursday night, Engadget reports. According to Downdetector and...

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Sega Is Reportedly Developing a Live-Action…

Sega Is Reportedly Developing a Live-Action 'Yakuza' Movie. According to 'Variety,' the video game company has teamed up with 1212 Entertainment and Wild Sheep Content to bring their hit game series to the big screen. Although no script writers have been linked to the movie, Erik Barmack, Roberto Grande and Joshua Long will serve as the film's producers. While details surrounding the film's narrative are currently unknown, 'Variety' and 1212 Entertainment have hinted that it will follow the adventures of the franchise protagonist, Kazuma Kiryu. 'Yakuza' offers us a new playground in which to set compelling stories with complex characters in a unique environment that audiences have rarely seen before, 1212 Entertainment, via statement to 'Variety'. The saga of Kazuma Kiryu has a built-in cinematic appeal - a mix of kinetic action with bursts of comedy, multiple converging storylines, and a gripping journey towards redemption, 1212 Entertainment, via statement to 'Variety'

Getting Real on Climate Change With Seventh…

Ahead of tonight's presidential debate, Joey Bergstein, Seventh Generation CEO, joined Cheddar to discuss the importance of the candidates addressing the climate crisis immediately.

Uber gets 18-month London license after winning…

Uber can keep operating in London after it won its appeal of a decision by the British capital’s transit regulator not to renew its license

Xbox Boss Phil Spencer Teases Future Games From…

Xbox Boss Phil Spencer Teases Future Games From Bethesda. The gaming studio was acquired by Microsoft as part of its $7.5 billion ZeniMax buyout. . Spencer says he knows what the studio is working on next, . and he promised an "incredibly exciting time" ahead. I have the benefit of knowing the future roadmap and having some insight into the things that have been both announced and unannounced that the teams are working on, Phil Spencer, on Major Nelson's podcast. It's an incredibly exciting time for the work that Bethesda's studios are doing, as they continue with the craft of creating games... , Phil Spencer, on Major Nelson's podcast. ... and also thinking about how our medium of gaming continues to evolve and their role in that, Phil Spencer, on Major Nelson's podcast

China opens auto show under anti-disease controls

Ford, Nissan and BMW have unveiled new electric models for the Chinese market as the Beijing auto show opened under anti-virus controls that included holding news conferences by international video link

Facebook Has Closed Over 150 Fake Chinese Accounts

Facebook Has Closed Over 150 Fake Chinese Accounts. The social networking site has infiltrated accounts linked to a Chinese network interfering with politics. . The unnamed network had amassed 130,000 followers. . It was violating Facebook’s rule of Government Interference. The content on the now-closed Facebook accounts was believed to be U.S. political propaganda. . Facebook linked a group of individuals based in Fujian, China.

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Amy Winehouse Foundation and 'Sno Babies' Bring…

In partnership with the film "Sno Babies," the Amy Winehouse Foundation is drawing attention to the opioid crisis. Mitch Winehouse, the father of the late pop star and co-founder of the foundation, joined Cheddar to discuss addiction in young people and the initiatives the organization is taking to help those affected.

Google parent agrees to $310M misconduct lawsuit…

Google's parent company has reached a $310 million settlement in a shareholder lawsuit over its treatment of allegations of sexual misconduct by executives