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Android COVID-19 tracking apps are experiencing loading issues

Paresh Dave / reuters Apps that use the Android Exposure Notifications System are currently experiencing loading issues. The Android apps, which track the spread of COVID-19 via Bluetooth, are taking longer to load and carry out exposure checks, according to The Verge. Google’s engineers are attempting to resolve the issue, which is reportedly affecting all …

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YouTube removes content from Donald Trump’s channel, blocks new uploads

After a Trump rally and march ended with an assault on the Capitol by supporters of the president, many social media companies responded by banning his accounts or limiting Donald Trump’s posts. YouTube previously removed a video where Donald Trump called the rioters “very special,” but otherwise did not restrict his posts, while Facebook indefinitely …

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Amazon cuts off Parler’s web hosting following Apple, Google bans

Enlarge Aurich Lawson / Getty Images Amazon Web Services is suspending Parler’s access to its hosting services at the end of the weekend, potentially driving the service offline unless it can find a new provider. “Because Parler cannot comply with our terms of service and poses a very real risk to public safety, we plan …

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A YouTube network was spreading election disinformation for two months

Jon Cherry/Getty Images YouTube promised it would crack down on US election disinformation in early December, but it appear to have missed a large target. BuzzFeed News has learned that a network of YouTube channels linked to the far-right media outlet Epoch Times launched after the November 3rd vote and has been spreading false claims …

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Big Tech’s Freedom of Speech Purge Pushes People to Censorship-Resistant Blockchain Social Media

<div class=”featured_image_container”> </div> <strong>During the last few days, the world has watched the Big Tech and social media crackdown after the incident that took place at Capitol Hill a few days ago. During the last 48 hours, U.S. President Donald Trump, a great number of right-wing supporters, and literally anyone who speaks out against the …

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Google bans Parler from Android app store

Enlarge / Google’s corporate headquarters. Alex Tai | SOPA Images | LightRocket | Getty Images Google has banned the conservative social media app Parler from its Play Store for Android. In a statement to Ars, Google said it was enforcing long-standing policies requiring that social media apps remove “egregious content like posts that incite violence.” …

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Alphabet’s Wing argues new US drone rules will hurt privacy

Wing Alphabet’s Wing is less than thrilled with the FAA’s new rules for drone ‘license plates,’ and it’s pushing for significant changes. Reuters and The Verge report that the drone delivery company has attacked the rules for remote IDs, warning that they might have “unintended consequences” for privacy. Wing argued that the requirement to use …

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Google removed the Pixel 5’s and 4a 5G’s ultrawide astrophotograhy mode

Chris Velazco/Engadget When Google came out with the Pixel 5 and 4a 5G earlier this year, you could use the company’s astrophotography mode with any one of their primary cameras. But that’s not the case anymore. After Google updated its camera app in November, the Pixel community recently found that you can’t use the feature …

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Google develops an AI that can learn both chess and Pac-Man

The first major conquest of artificial intelligence was chess. The game has a dizzying number of possible combinations, but it was relatively tractable because it was structured by a set of clear rules. An algorithm could always have perfect knowledge of the state of the game and know every possible move that both it and …

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Google’s Android Things platform will shut down in a little over a year

georgeclerk via Getty Images Android Things’ days are numbered. Google has revealed that the Internet-of-Things platform is joining its ever growing pile of retired products in an FAQ page for developers. The tech giant originally launched Android Things as an operating system for all kinds of IoT devices until it decided to change the platform’s …

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