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Jul 08, 2020

Amazon will disclose merchant names to discourage rogue sales
Listing names and address could curb sales of dangerous and counterfeit items, and comes less than three weeks before CEO Jeff Bezos will testify to Congress.

Washington Post Tech
Jul 08, 2020

Facebook's own civil rights auditors say its policy decisions are a ‘tremendous setback'
They faulted the social network for making policy decisions that undermine civil rights progress.

Washington Post Tech
Jul 08, 2020

FaZe Clan among several esports organizations receiving PPP loan money
FaZe, which announced a $40 million fundraising round in April, received a loan between $1 million and $2 million dollars, joining a number of organizations with teams in the Call of Duty and Overwatch leagues in receiving the government loans.

Washington Post Tech
Jul 08, 2020

Facebook closes network of accounts and pages affiliated with Roger Stone for manipulation
Facebook officials said Stone, a longtime friend of President Trump and adviser to his first presidential campaign, used fake accounts and other deceptive measures to manipulate public debate. He also, in at least a small number of occasions, draw attention to posts made by anti-secrecy group Wikileaks that U.S. officials have said resulted from Russian intelligence involvement, said the company.

Washington Post Tech
Jul 08, 2020

‘The Sims 4' is getting a reality show on TBS
Contestants will compete in a variety of in-game challenges in pursuit of a $100,000 prize.

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Jul 08, 2020

‘Townscaper,' a pretty game about making cozy towns, shines in its simplicity
This early access game shows promise for the future in its excellent yet simple town-building mechanics.

Washington Post Tech
Jul 08, 2020

The Technology 202: Facebook's own civil rights audit calls its handling of Trump's posts ‘devastating'
A civil rights audit released today was not kind to the company.

Washington Post Tech
Jul 08, 2020

Facebook's own civil rights auditors said its policy decisions are a ‘tremendous setback'
They faulted the social network for making policy decisions that undermine civil rights progress.

Washington Post Tech
Jul 07, 2020

Facebook met with civil rights groups after hundreds of companies joined ad boycott
Civil rights leaders organizing a major advertising boycott of Facebook said they remained unconvinced that the social network is taking enough action against hate speech and disinformation after meeting with Mark Zuckerberg and other Facebook executives on Tuesday.

Washington Post Tech
Jul 07, 2020

DNC blasts Facebook for ‘unkept promises' ahead of ad boycott meetings
The memo from the Democratic National Committee was drawn up as the company's top executives prepared to meet with leaders of the #StopHateforProfit campaign.

Washington Post Tech
Jul 07, 2020

Facebook will meet with civil rights groups as hundreds of companies join ad boycott
More than 750 companies, including Coco-Cola, Hershey and Unilever have suspended their advertising on the platform,

Washington Post Tech
Jul 07, 2020

The Technology 202: Many tech companies received large coronavirus relief loans
Getaround, BarkBox, MetroMile and IronNet are among the companies that confirmed they received loans.

Washington Post Tech
Jul 06, 2020

Can video games tactfully handle Nazism and its aftermath? These Czech historians say yes.
Most war games are about combat. These academics are making games about war's emotional aftermath.

Washington Post Tech
Jul 06, 2020

Facebook, Google, Twitter halt review of Hong Kong requests for data
Facebook said it said it would pause reviewing such requests from Hong Kong until it had reviewed the law, "including formal human rights due diligence and consultations with international human rights experts."

Washington Post Tech
Jul 06, 2020

Britain may further limit Huawei in 5G, a win for Washington and blow to China
The move would mark a significant shift.

Washington Post Tech
Jul 06, 2020

Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter halt review of Hong Kong requests for data
Facebook said it said it would pause reviewing such requests from Hong Kong until it had reviewed the law, "including formal human rights due diligence and consultations with international human rights experts."

Washington Post Tech
Jul 06, 2020

The Technology 202: The Gettysburg gathering highlights the offline dangers of social media hoaxes
The bizarre event highlighted how apparent falsehoods on social media can catalyze volatile and dangerous offline behavior.

Washington Post Tech
Jul 06, 2020

Uber acquires Postmates, expanding the food delivery business that has surged during pandemic
The $2.65 billion all-stock deal continues Uber's aggressive push into food delivery.

Washington Post Tech
Jul 03, 2020

Black women say Pinterest created a den of discrimination — despite its image as the nicest company in tech
Ifeoma Ozoma and Aerica Shimizu Banks claim they were underpaid, faced racist comments, and were subject to retaliation for raising complaints. Other women are now coming forward with their own allegations of bias.

Washington Post Tech
Jul 03, 2020

Black women say Pinterest created a den of discrimination -- despite its image as the nicest company in tech
Ifeoma Ozoma and Aerica Shimizu Banks claim they were underpaid, faced racist comments, and were subject to retaliation for raising complaints. Other women are now coming forward with their own allegations of bias.

Washington Post Tech
Jul 03, 2020

World renowned esports tournament Evo canceled, co-founder removed after allegations of sexual misconduct
The move comes hours after notable participants and developers withdrew from the event.

Washington Post Tech
Jul 03, 2020

Next-gen games may cost $70. It's overdue, but also worrisome.
A lot of consumers already pay more than the retail price anyway.

Washington Post Tech
Jul 03, 2020

The best games for couch co-op play
Great games to play with friends while stuck at home.

Washington Post Tech
Jul 03, 2020

About halfway through their historic mission, a pair of NASA astronauts are preparing for their return
Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley have been floating around on the International Space Station for about a month and are now contemplating their return home.

Washington Post Tech
Jul 03, 2020

Facebook is working to persuade advertisers to abandon their boycott. So far, they aren't impressed.
Advertisers boycotting Facebook were frustrated by violent groups using the platform to organize against the George Floyd protests.

Washington Post Tech
Jul 03, 2020

The debate around Breonna Taylor memes: Do they bring attention to the cause or trivialize her death?
Some have used memes to give attention to Breonna Taylor's death, but others question if they're able to actually spark change.

Washington Post Tech
Jul 02, 2020

Is Twitch integration enough to set ‘Hyper Scape' apart?
Battle royale fatigue may be a problem for Ubisoft's upcoming shooter.

Washington Post Tech
Jul 02, 2020

Kobe Bryant honored on NBA 2K ‘Mamba Forever' edition
The Lakers star will be featured wearing the No. 8 and 24 jerseys on separate covers, with Zion Williamson and Damian Lillard on otherss.

Washington Post Tech
Jul 02, 2020

EVO co-founder placed on leave as sexual misconduct claims embroil fighting game community
The allegations come amid a flurry of similar claims against professional gamers and streamers over the past two weeks.

Washington Post Tech
Jul 02, 2020

Complaint alleges that Facebook is biased against black workers
A black manager at Facebook is suing the company, along with two other African American applicants, alleging a culture of bias in promotions, evaluations, hiring and recruiting.

Washington Post Tech
Jul 02, 2020

The Technology 202: Here's what Facebook ad boycott organizers plan to tell Mark Zuckerberg
They want Facebook to allow independent audits of misinformation and hate speech.

Washington Post Tech
Jul 01, 2020

'The Last of Us Part II': The Evolution of Ellie
The creators discuss Ellie's transformation from a wide-eyed girl to a woman fueled by vengeance.

Washington Post Tech
Jul 01, 2020

Lawmakers call for more transparency in health agency's pandemic data collection practices
Sen. Elizabeth Warren is raising privacy concerns over a Health and Human Services program to gather data that involves tech company Palantir.

Washington Post Tech
Jul 01, 2020

The Technology 202: IBM and Notre Dame team up on new tech ethics lab
Universities are evolving their approach as the industry's troubles pile up.

Washington Post Tech
Jul 01, 2020

Tesla fires three more, overriding guidance allowing workers to stay home during pandemic
The firings come after multiple workers who took leave said they received termination letters earlier this month.

Washington Post Tech
Jul 01, 2020

California begins enforcing digital privacy law, despite calls for delay
The California privacy law took effect in January, but the attorney general had to wait until July to enforce.

Washington Post Tech
Jul 01, 2020

Alexa, just shut up: We've been isolated for months, and now we hate our home assistants
For those of us without boxing equipment lying around, Alexa, Siri and the Google "assistant" make great punching bags.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 30, 2020

Shane Dawson will not be able to make money on YouTube, after his apology for offensive content
Target has stopped carrying Dawson's books, and beauty vlogger Tati Westbrook accused him and his friend Jeffree Star of telling her "poisonous lies" about fellow YouTuber James Charles.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 30, 2020

The last days of Mixer
Mixer was a punchline to some, a home to others. Now, Facebook is vying for its streamers.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 30, 2020

Facebook removes hundreds of boogaloo accounts for ‘promoting violence' in coordinated takedown
Facebook said it would also remove hundreds of accounts that supported or praised the violent network within the far-right boogaloo movement.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 30, 2020

Editor-in-Chief Andy McNamara leaves Game Informer after 29 years
The gaming magazine, which has over six million subscribers, is undergoing a big change as its long-time leader steps down.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 30, 2020

Biden campaign assails Facebook for 'haggling' with Trump over his online posts
In a letter, the Biden campaign complains to Facebook about the way it enforces its policies when Trump's posts are involved.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 30, 2020

The Technology 202: Silicon Valley's inconsistent crackdown on Trump's rhetoric could help more than it hurts him
Trump can still find an online audience -- and his campaign is collecting app downloads in response.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 29, 2020

Streaming site Twitch suspends Trump's account for ‘hateful conduct'
The Amazon-owned platform said the president's account has been banned temporarily for violating its policy.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 29, 2020

Reddit closes long-running forum supporting President Trump after years of policy violations
Moderators and participants fled the subreddit months ago over complaints that Reddit was too strict on speech.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 28, 2020

Zuckerberg once wanted to sanction Trump. Then Facebook wrote rules that accommodated him.
Starting as early as 2015 when Trump was still a candidate, Facebook executives started crafting exceptions for the president and making changes to the company's products to accommodate him. Those changes have transformed the company and the world's information battlefield for years to come.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 28, 2020

Shane Dawson apologizes for his offensive YouTube content, from blackface to murder fantasies
"Inspired" by Jenna Marbles, some found the apology by Shane Dawson to be lacking — including Jaden and Jada Pinkett Smith.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 28, 2020

How the founder of the Telegram messaging app stood up to the Kremlin — and won
Russia's surrender to Telegram's Pavel Durov shows the increasing challenges for states seeking to control social media.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 26, 2020

Bowing to pressure, Facebook will start labeling violating posts from politicians. But critics say it's not enough.
Facebook has received harsh criticism for leaving two of President Trump's posts unlabeled.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 26, 2020

Facebook will label violating posts from public figures going forward
Facebook has received harsh criticism for leaving two of President Trump's posts unlabeled.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 26, 2020

Mixwell, one of Europe's best ‘Valorant' players, wants to break the game
The 24-year-old G2 captain opens up about burnout — and why he plays Viper.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 26, 2020

Tech companies are asking their black employee groups to fix Silicon Valley's race problem — often for free
Black employee resource groups at tech companies find themselves putting in more hours at their unpaid second job in order to help their employers fix systemic issues with race.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 26, 2020

Trump administration tells Facebook, Twitter to act against calls to topple statues, commit violent acts
The Trump administration is calling on Facebook, Twitter and other tech giants to take action against posts that call for people to break curfews, commit violent acts and topple statues in connection with racial-justice protests nationwide, describing such content as "criminal activity" that puts Americans' security at risk.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 26, 2020

Trump administration tells Facebook, Twitter to take action against calls to topple statues, commit ‘violent' acts
The Trump administration is calling on Facebook, Twitter and other tech giants to take action against posts that call for people to break curfews, commit violent acts and topple statues in connection with racial justice protests nationwide, describing such content as "criminal activity" that puts Americans' security at risk.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 26, 2020

Facebook faces a growing advertising boycott after consumer goods giant Unilever joins
Unilever will pull its advertising from Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the rest of 2020 in response to hate speech on the social media sites.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 26, 2020

‘The Last of Us Part II' points toward a more honest portrayal of religion in gaming
What if games had more honest depictions of believers?

Washington Post Tech
Jun 26, 2020

Amazon buys self-driving car firm Zoox, suggesting a future of automated deliveries
The deal provides Amazon with a new piece of technology as it reduces its dependence on shipping companies to get packages to customers.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 26, 2020

Tech companies are asking their black employee groups to fix Silicon Valley's race problem--often for free
Black employee resource groups at tech companies find themselves putting in more hours at their unpaid second job in order to help their employers fix systemic issues with race.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 26, 2020

The Technology 202: Black tech leaders share reading recommendations for the industry
Their recommendations include "Beloved" and "It's About Damn Time"

Washington Post Tech
Jun 26, 2020

When tech companies want to fix their race problem, the work often falls on unpaid employee groups
Black employee resource groups at tech companies find themselves putting in more hours at their unpaid second job in order to help their employers fix systemic issues with race.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 25, 2020

The Technology 202: Lawmakers unveil bipartisan proposal to make social media moderation more transparent
It's one of several proposals to reform the tech industry's prized legal shield.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 25, 2020

Summer brings ocean swimming to ‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons'
The free update also includes new DIY recipes and encounters with an otter named Pascal.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 25, 2020

Tesla gave workers permission to stay home rather than risk getting covid-19. Then it sent termination notices.
A day before their employment was terminated, the workers had spoken out on their concerns about conditions inside the plant.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 24, 2020

NASA to rename headquarters for Mary W. Jackson, agency's first female African American engineer
One of the "Hidden Figures," Jackson helped promote women and minorities at the agency.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 24, 2020

NASA to rename headquarters for Mary W. Jackson, agency's first female African-American engineer
One of the "Hidden Figures," Jackson helped promote women and minorities at the agency.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 24, 2020

The storylines, characters and levels cut from ‘The Last of Us Part II'
Details of cut features show how the game could have been different.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 24, 2020

Segway stops production, marking the end of a scooter era
Segway manufacturing will halt in July, marking the end of the innovative scooter.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 24, 2020

The Technology 202: Facebook struggles to keep violent ‘boogaloo' content off its platform
Researchers say the online anti-government movement has a direct connection to recent IRL violence.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 23, 2020

Twitter slaps another warning label on Trump tweet about force
Twitter put a "public interest notice" on President Trump's tweet Tuesday.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 23, 2020

Pokémon's ‘Isle of Armor' expansion outshines the base game
Game Freak is really pushing against its limits.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 23, 2020

The Technology 202: Tech leaders say Trump's immigration crackdown will be bad for business
Leaders from Microsoft, Amazon, Twitter and many other companies pushed back on the action.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 22, 2020

Yes, NASA would be happy to have you aboard the space station. But it'll cost some $50 million.
NASA announced that it is well on its way to transforming the International Space Station into a commercial hub.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 22, 2020

New from Apple at WWDC: Hand-washing alerts, iPhone widgets and privacy ‘nutrition labels'
Apple hosted its WWDC keynote online this year, sharing the latest details about its software updates and products from the Steve Jobs Theater.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 22, 2020

Seeing isn't always believing: Google starts fact-checking images
Google will label some images with a fact-check label, expanding the feature from search and YouTube.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 22, 2020

Microsoft shuts down streaming service Mixer to team up with Facebook
The service failed to move the needle, even with Ninja on its side.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 22, 2020

Apple's new processors give it more power over developers on the Mac
Apple announced Monday that it was ditching Intel microprocessors in favor of custom-designed chips built around Arm processors. Arm, a British microprocessor design company, is behind many of the small, power-efficient mobile devices that have proliferated in recent years and Apple already uses Arm designs in iPhones, iPads and watches. While Apple says Arm processors will improve speed, battery life and security, developers worry Apple could use the transition to wrest more control away from developers on the Mac platform.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 22, 2020

New from Apple at WWDC: Hand washing alerts, iPhone widgets and privacy ‘nutrition labels'
Apple is hosting its WWDC keynote online this year, and will share the latest details about its software updates and products from the Steve Jobs Theater.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 22, 2020

The Technology 202: Major brands announce temporary Facebook ad boycott
Companies including The North Face and Patagonia are protesting Facebook's handling of hate speech and disinformation.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 22, 2020

What to expect at Apple's WWDC announcement
Apple is hosting its WWDC keynote online this year, and will share the latest details about its software updates and products from the Steve Jobs Theater.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 22, 2020

Small businesses turned to technology to survive the pandemic. But it may not be enough.
Forced to close their restaurants, shops, bookstores and yoga studios, small business owners have had to find new ways to make money online by embracing technology at a record fast pace.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 21, 2020

Did TikTokers and K-pop fans foil Trump's Tulsa rally? It's complicated.
The story that TikTokers and K-poppers are the sole reason the rally was poorly attended has also drawn its fair share of skeptics, who point out that the reality is likely much more complex.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 21, 2020

Dad of War: What Kratos taught me about being a father
What Kratos tells Atreus "You are not ready," I wondered if he was talking to the boy or me.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 20, 2020

Boeing tried to amend bid after guidance from NASA official, raising concerns it received inside information
After a top NASA official improperly contacted a senior Boeing executive about its bid to win a contract potentially worth hundreds of millions of dollars, Boeing tried to change its bid, alarming NASA officials.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 19, 2020

Twitter labels Trump video tweet as manipulated media as it cracks down on misinformation
Twitter continued its crackdown on Trump's tweets, this time labeling one for a manipulated video.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 19, 2020

LCS projects a profitable 2021 season, despite navigating covid-19 crisis
The transition of the League of Legends Championship Series to an online format during the pandemic has not been without bumps, but the esports league still figures to reach a milestone achievement next season.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 19, 2020

Naughty Dog explains meaning behind Ellie's tattoo in ‘The Last of Us Part II'
Co-director and writer Neil Druckmann explains the symbolism behind the tattoo on the protagonist's forearm.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 19, 2020

These best friends created a wildly popular Google doc about how to be an ally to the black community
A conversation led to a guide that companies are now using to teach diversity.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 18, 2020

Twitter labels Trump video tweet as manipulated media, continuing its crackdown on misinformation
Twitter continued its crackdown on Trump's tweets, this time labeling one for a manipulated video.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 18, 2020

EA Play 2020: ‘Apex Legends' cross play, ‘Star Wars: Squadrons' gameplay, new ‘Skate' coming
A look at the latest game reveals from Electronic Arts.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 18, 2020

Watch live: EA Play 2021 to showcase new games, services
A look at the latest game reveals from Electronic Arts.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 18, 2020

The ‘Saints Row 3' remaster is so good, it's almost a remake
It went above and beyond a typical remaster.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 18, 2020

‘Cyberpunk 2077' delayed again, fueling speculation around next-gen console release dates
The change in date has raised questions around the release date of upcoming next generation consoles.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 18, 2020

The Technology 202: Twitter's voice tweets raise concerns about disinformation and abuse that's harder to police
Content moderation is about to get harder.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 18, 2020

Black creators sue YouTube, alleging racial discrimination
A lawsuit alleges that YouTube's software has been systematically removing videos by black YouTube creators without explanation and taking away advertising revenue

Washington Post Tech
Jun 18, 2020

Nobody reads privacy policies. This senator wants lawmakers to stop pretending we do.
Sen. Sherrod Brown wants to upend years of debate over a potential federal privacy law by shifting the burden away from consumers and onto companies.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 18, 2020

‘Cars That Go Boom' has made a comeback, thanks to TikTok. The '80s duo L'Trimm says it's ‘surreal.'
"I have 29 nieces and nephews, so I was getting a couple of calls or texts a day. It's just the cutest thing," said Bunny D, one half of L'Trimm.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 17, 2020

As Trump warns of leftist violence, a dangerous threat emerges from the right-wing boogaloo movement
At a time when President Trump and other top U.S. officials have alleged — with little evidence — that leftist groups were fomenting violence, supporters of an extreme right-wing group calling itself "the Boogaloo Bois" have een charged with plotting to firebomb a U.S. Forest Service facility, bringing explosives to a peaceful demonstration, killing a security officer at a federal courthouse and calleing for the shooting of looters at a protest.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 17, 2020

NASA rushing to complete Mars launch before planet moves out of range. Mission to include first-ever helicopter exploration.
Mars and Earth are only on the same side of the sun every 26 months, meaning NASA has a limited window to launch the spacecraft to the Red Planet.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 17, 2020

Zoom works to make service more secure, even for free users
Zoom will make end-to-end encryption available to all customers, including nonpaying users, after pressure to expand security.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 17, 2020

Justice Department recommends new legislation holding Facebook, Google and Twitter liable for some online content
The Justice Department urged Congress to adopt new legislation that would punish Facebook, Google and Twitter for harmful content posted online, threatening to erode a long-cherished legal immunity that Silicon Valley says is critical to the future of the Internet.

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