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Parler re-platformed as Apple allows social network back into App Store

Enlarge Getty Images Parler is about to be re-platformed. The app for the “free speech” social media company will be available once again on Apple’s App Store. Apple reinstated Parler on April 14, according to a letter from Apple to Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.), which was made public today. Once …

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Arkansas House passes unconstitutional bill putting creationism in schools

Enlarge / The Arkansas state capitol. Daniel Schwen Last week, the Arkansas state House of Representatives passed a bill that would amend state education law to allow teachers in public schools to teach creationism as “a theory of how the earth came to exist.” As it stands, the act promotes blatantly unconstitutional behavior as made …

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Dogecoin has risen 400 percent in the last week because why not

Enlarge peng song / Getty Dogecoin, a blockchain-based digital currency named for a meme about an excitable canine, has seen its price rise by a factor of five over the last week. The price spike has made it one of the world’s 10 most valuable cryptocurrencies, with a market capitalization of $45 billion. Understanding the …

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Bezos says Amazon should “do a better job for our employees” after union vote

Enlarge Alex Wong/Getty Images Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos used his final letter to Amazon shareholders to focus on employee well-being and the company’s significant carbon footprint. Bezos’ new emphasis on employee well-being comes on the heels of a contentious unionization vote at one of its warehouses in Bessemer, Alabama. Though Amazon won, with 1,798 employees …

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AT&T/Verizon workers’ union urges states to regulate ISPs as utilities

Enlarge Getty Images | jangeltun The Communications Workers of America (CWA) union is lobbying state governments to regulate Internet service providers as utilities. The CWA, which represents more than 150,000 workers at AT&T and over 30,000 at Verizon, announced on Monday a “multi-state effort to pass state legislation that would establish public utility commission oversight …

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Court rules grocery store’s inaccessible website isn’t an ADA violation

Enlarge / A Winn-Dixie supermarket in Florida. Jeffrey Greenberg/Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images A federal appeals court struck a significant blow against disability rights this week when it ruled that a Florida grocery store’s inaccessible website did not violate the Americans with Disabilities Act. The ruling contradicts a 2019 decision by a different appeals …

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100,000 people ask Biden, will ya break that 2-2 FCC deadlock already?

Enlarge / President Joe Biden speaks during an event on gun control in the Rose Garden at the White House April 8, 2021 in Washington, DC. Getty Images | Alex Wong Over 105,000 people have signed a petition urging President Biden to quickly break the Federal Communications Commission’s 2-2 deadlock between Democrats and Republicans. Senate …

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US adds Chinese supercomputing companies to export blacklist

Enlarge / A staff member works beside China’s ‘Sunway TaihuLight’ supercomputer at the National Supercomputer Center on August 29, 2020 in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province of China. China News Service | Getty Images The US has placed Chinese groups accused of building supercomputers to help the Chinese military on an export blacklist, the first such move …

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Partial count shows Amazon workers rejecting union by a 2-to-1 margin

Enlarge / A union supporter stands before sunrise outside the Amazon fulfillment center on March 29, 2021 in Bessemer, Alabama. PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images A closely watched effort to unionize an Amazon fulfillment center in Bessemer, Alabama appears to be headed for defeat. With about half the votes counted, 1,100 workers have voted …

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Google illegally tracking Android users, according to new complaint

Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems has filed a complaint against Google in France alleging that the US tech giant is illegally tracking users on Android phones without their consent. Android phones generate unique advertising codes, similar to Apple’s Identifier for Advertisers (IDFA), that allow Google and third parties to track users’ browsing behavior in order …

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