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Mar 03, 2021

Google doubles down on its plan to disrupt ads that target Web history
Google is going further in its efforts to stop advertisers from following individual people around the web. But the changes are likely to cement the company's power online even more.

Washington Post Tech
Mar 03, 2021

Here's why Abby uses a golf club in ‘The Last of Us Part II'
"Ha. No one asked me about it," said Neil Druckmann, director and writer of "The Last of Us Part II."

Washington Post Tech
Mar 03, 2021

Here's how Riot's offline ‘League' and ‘Valorant' competitions landed in Iceland
The company worked with a risk management company in compiling a list of potential destinations to hold two major live events, even as the pandemic endures.

Washington Post Tech
Mar 02, 2021

Virginia governor signs nation's second state consumer privacy bill
The legislation will allow residents of the commonwealth to opt out of having their data collected and sold. It goes into effect in 2023.

Washington Post Tech
Mar 02, 2021

Some saw Hitler's mustache in Amazon's new logo. Then Amazon made it more square.
Amazon has updated its app logo for the first time in more than five years, ditching the shopping cart for a box with controversial blue tape.

Washington Post Tech
Mar 02, 2021

When U.S. blamed Saudi crown prince for role in Khashoggi killing, fake Twitter accounts went to war
The influence campaign, carried out by dozens of Saudi-based Twitter accounts, sought to deflect responsibility for Khashoggi's killing from Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Washington Post Tech
Mar 02, 2021

The Biden administration has set out to dismantle Trump's legacy, except in one area: Space
President Biden wasted no time dismantling wide swaths of the Trump legacy. But one area of the former president's policy that Biden has embraced is space.

Washington Post Tech
Mar 02, 2021

‘Fall Guys' will join ‘Fortnite' maker as Epic Games acquires Tonic Games Group
'Fall Guys' earned acclaim for its wholesome vibes and game-show like competition.

Washington Post Tech
Mar 02, 2021

Home-security cameras have become a fruitful resource for law enforcement — and a fatal risk
Doorbell cameras have become a powerful tool for police investigators. But law enforcement officials are now grappling with how the systems can "be used against us."

Washington Post Tech
Mar 01, 2021

Black Amazon manager sues the e-commerce giant, accusing it of race and gender discrimination
An executive in the company's cloud-computing division accused co-workers of engaging in racial stereotypes and alleged that one executive propositioned her for sex.

Washington Post Tech
Mar 01, 2021

What you need to know about the global chip shortage
A host of factors, from the trade war to the pandemic, have caused a global shortage in computer chips. It's showing just how vital the tiny circuits are to modern life.

Washington Post Tech
Mar 01, 2021

Biden can't fix the chip shortage any time soon. Here's why.
Chip shortages have forced General Motors and Ford to slash production in three states as well as in Canada and Mexico, threatening jobs at the auto companies and their suppliers.

Washington Post Tech
Mar 01, 2021

Jake, OWL's caster, player and (now) coach, on finding his future in esports
"Esports is it's so new and young, the only thing that you can predict is that it's going to be unpredictable."

Washington Post Tech
Mar 01, 2021

How U.S. manufacturers were hobbled by a shortage of tiny silicon chips
Chip shortages have forced General Motors and Ford to slash production in three states as well as in Canada and Mexico, threatening jobs at the auto companies and their suppliers. The White House has already leaned on big chip producers and their host nations, including Taiwan, to increase output, but on Friday, governors from eight states urged President Biden to "redouble those efforts," warning of a "growing list of automakers, suppliers, and dealers negatively affected by the shortage."

Washington Post Tech
Feb 28, 2021

Biden hails Amazon workers pressing to unionize in Alabama in unusual sign of support
The president tweeted a video Sunday night calling out warehouse workers who are in the process of voting by mail to determine whether they will be represented by the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union.

Washington Post Tech
Feb 28, 2021

President Biden hails Amazon workers pressing to unionize in Alabama in unusual sign of support
The president tweeted a video Sunday night calling out workers in Alabama, where Amazon warehouse workers are in the process of voting by mail to determine whether they will be represented by the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union.

Washington Post Tech
Feb 27, 2021

To selfie or not to selfie? Why the joy of getting vaccinated is drawing backlash
People are divided over "vaccine selfie" etiquette, but health experts think they are a good thing.

Washington Post Tech
Feb 27, 2021

To selfie or not to selfie? Why the joy of getting vaccinated is drawing backlash.
People are divided over "vaccine selfie" etiquette, but health experts think they are a good thing.

Washington Post Tech
Feb 27, 2021

Meet Astra, ‘Valorant's' galaxy brain new agent coming in Act 2
Astra is the latest unique agent to be added to "Valorant's" roster.

Washington Post Tech
Feb 26, 2021

ICE investigators used a private utility database covering millions to pursue immigration crimes
ICE's use of the vast database offers another example of how government agencies have targeted commercial sources to access information they are not authorized to compile on their own. One researcher called it "a massive betrayal of people's trust": "When you sign up for electricity, you don't expect them to send immigration agents to your front door."

Washington Post Tech
Feb 26, 2021

ICE investigators used a private utility database covering millions to pursue immigration violations
ICE's use of the vast database offers another example of how government agencies have targeted commercial sources to access information they are not authorized to compile on their own. One researcher called it "a massive betrayal of people's trust": "When you sign up for electricity, you don't expect them to send immigration agents to your front door."

Washington Post Tech
Feb 26, 2021

‘Pokémon Legends Arceus' is the game mainline Pokémon fans have been begging for
I thought Pokémon should break up with Game Freak. Then they announced "Arceus."

Washington Post Tech
Feb 26, 2021

Amazon's new rotating, follow-you camera is useful — and invasive
The Echo Show 10 tracks your movement to make sure you're always in the frame on video calls. But it also doubles as a surveillance camera inside your home.

Washington Post Tech
Feb 26, 2021

Millions of low-income Americans to get up to $50 subsidies for their monthly Internet bills under newly finalized U.S. program
Millions of workers, students and families facing poverty and other hardship during the coronavirus pandemic soon will be able to obtain up to $50 each month in credits.

Washington Post Tech
Feb 25, 2021

Verily's coronavirus testing partnership with California is over
Google sister Verily was touted early in the pandemic as a promising coronavirus testing option.

Washington Post Tech
Feb 25, 2021

What ‘Anthem' got right
The game is dead, but its ideas should live on.

Washington Post Tech
Feb 25, 2021

Quality Control invests in XSET, more closely linking music and gaming
The partnership also raises possibilities about the future of chart-topping music on gaming streams.

Washington Post Tech
Feb 25, 2021

Music industry's new investment aids XSET, may help gamers avoid copyright strikes
The investment by Quality Control could help some content creators avoid copyright strikes while playing songs on stream.

Washington Post Tech
Feb 25, 2021

Five sensational vacation destinations from the virtual worlds of video games
From "Stardew Valley" to "Persona 5's" Tokyo to "Hades" itself, here's a guide to five can't-miss video game ‘vacation' destinations.

Washington Post Tech
Feb 25, 2021

As private companies erode government's hold on space travel, NASA looks to open a new frontier
Space enthusiasts, including NASA, see enormous benefit in the shift — a new era of space exploration that will usher in a more capable and efficient space industry. But the changing dynamic also has left NASA with an uncertain role.

Washington Post Tech
Feb 24, 2021

Facebook bans Myanmar's military, citing threat of new violence after Feb. 1 coup
The ban, which also affects Facebook subsidiary Instagram, extends a series of actions in recent years to sharply limit the ability of the nation's military, called the Tatmadaw, to use the platforms in any way, including through paid advertising.

Washington Post Tech
Feb 24, 2021

‘Persona 5 Strikers' is the wildest Musou game in years
The Musou genre may be repetitive, but that's the point.

Washington Post Tech
Feb 24, 2021

Major Trump backer Rebekah Mercer orchestrates Parler's second act
Rebekah Mercer, a daughter of a major Republican donor, is a founding investor of Parler, where she reportedly is pulling strings. Mercer holds the majority stake in Parler and controlled two of three board seats as of early February — a board to which she recently appointed allies.

Washington Post Tech
Feb 23, 2021

Growing computer-chip shortage alarms Biden and Congress
Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) called the lack of production capacity "a dangerous weak spot in our economy and in our national security."

Washington Post Tech
Feb 23, 2021

Net neutrality law to take effect in California after judge deals blow to telecom industry
California can begin enforcing its first-in-the-nation net neutrality law after a federal judge on Tuesday ruled against broadband providers that had sought to scuttle the open-Internet safeguards.

Washington Post Tech
Feb 23, 2021

Growing computer chip shortage alarms Biden and Congress
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer called the current lack of production capacity "a dangerous weak spot in our economy and in our national security."

Washington Post Tech
Feb 23, 2021

PlayStation CEO says PS5 will get its own VR headset, explains console supply chain shortfall
This time, you'll only have to deal with one wire to connect the headset to your PlayStation unit.

Washington Post Tech
Feb 23, 2021

Elon Musk moved to Texas and embraced celebrity. Can Tesla run on Autopilot?
The billionaire entrepreneur said he was selling his house and possessions. It was only the beginning.

Washington Post Tech
Feb 23, 2021

Facebook, Australia reach deal to restore news pages after shutdown
Facebook agreed to restore news pages after it said it had reached a favorable deal with the Australian government late Monday.

Washington Post Tech
Feb 22, 2021

Watch NASA's Perseverance rover landing on Mars in HD
NASA on Monday released stunning, high-definition footage of its car-sized rover landing on the Martian surface last week, the first-time that a spacecraft's landing on Mars has been recorded in video.

Washington Post Tech
Feb 22, 2021

To the list of places testing driverless cars, add Las Vegas
Hyundai's joint venture with Aptiv is testing driverless cars on public streets. A fleet of robotaxis could soon follow.

Washington Post Tech
Feb 22, 2021

How does Riot Games balance ‘League of Legends?' The answer is a bit meta.
Imagine a traditional sport just breaking the game once every six months.

Washington Post Tech
Feb 21, 2021

‘Rainbow Six Siege' keeps getting new content. Will it keep getting new players?
With each update, new operators and weaponry infuse a complicated game with even more complexity.

Washington Post Tech
Feb 20, 2021

‘Diablo II: Resurrected' won't reinvent the wheel when the circle was already perfect
The remaster is taking a PC-first approach to retain the original experience.

Washington Post Tech
Feb 19, 2021

Blizzard leans into Diablo, Warcraft at BlizzCon for 30th anniversary
Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the game publisher is looking to move on from a rough two-year patch by leaning into two of its hallowed franchises.

Washington Post Tech
Feb 19, 2021

Start-ups seek to breathe new life into stagnant wheelchair industry
Assistive technology start-ups are gaining traction with hopes to make wheelchairs smarter.

Washington Post Tech
Feb 19, 2021

Australia wants Facebook and Google to pay for news on their sites. Other countries think it's a good idea too
Facebook shut down news sharing in Australia, and Google threatened to pull out of the country altogether over a new media law. But that's not stopping regulators in other countries from preparing similar regulations.

Washington Post Tech
Feb 18, 2021

Facebook's brazen attempt to crush regulations in Australia may backfire
Facebook's move to block news publishers in Australia may create an even stronger backlash against the company, adding fuel to arguments that it has too much power.

Washington Post Tech
Feb 18, 2021

House to grill Facebook, Google, Twitter CEOs as Washington seeks to crack down on disinformation, antitrust
House lawmakers are embarking on a new, bipartisan push next week to toughen the country's antitrust laws, hoping to crack down on the sort of anti-competitive, monopoly-style tactics they identified at Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google after investigating the tech giants last year.

Washington Post Tech
Feb 18, 2021

Can You Pet The Dog? In many games, and in this article, you can.
Seriously, click the link and pet our puppy.

Washington Post Tech
Feb 18, 2021

Salsa made with a drill, and more: TikTok offers glimpses of life during the Texas storm
The videos, even the dark ones, share one thing: They make an untenable situation more tenable by creating a community.

Washington Post Tech
Feb 18, 2021

Silicon Valley-backed groups sue Maryland to kill country's first-ever online advertising tax
The case threatens to carry great legal and political significance at a time when lawmakers across the country are eyeing the tech industry over its eye-popping pandemic profits

Washington Post Tech
Feb 18, 2021

A covid-fighting tool is buried in your phone. Turn it on.
Millions of Americans now have access to free, anonymous coronavirus exposure notifications. Too bad so few people use them.

Washington Post Tech
Feb 18, 2021

A quarter of Trump's 6,081 Facebook posts last year featured misinformation or extreme rhetoric
Analysis by the left-leaning group Media Matters for America found that a quarter of former president Donald Trump's Facebook posts in 2020 contained misinformation about covid-19 or incendiary rhetoric about the election. The numbers show the wide latitude Facebook gave to Trump's speech and raise new questions about whether a temporary ban of his account should be made permanent.

Washington Post Tech
Feb 17, 2021

Australia is demanding tech giants pay for news. Google relented, Facebook didn't
The search giant struck a deal with Rupert Murdoch's media empire to pay for some of its content, including paywalled stories

Washington Post Tech
Feb 17, 2021

Nintendo Direct highlights: Splatoon 3, Skyward Sword and new Smash Ultimate fighters
Mario Golf and a brief teaser for a new Star Wars game from Zynga were also featured in the nearly hour-long stream.

Washington Post Tech
Feb 17, 2021

Google will pay Murdoch-owned News Corp for the right to distribute some of its content
The search giant struck a deal with Rupert Murdoch's media empire to pay for some of its content, including paywalled stories

Washington Post Tech
Feb 17, 2021

Civil rights groups ask Biden administration to oppose facial recognition
The groups argue the software "would facilitate the mass tracking of each person's movements in public space — something intolerable in a free and open society."

Washington Post Tech
Feb 17, 2021

‘Final Fantasy XIV' director discusses the challenges of building an always-online game
Now at the helm of the legendary series, Yoshida remains mum about the next installment, Final Fantasy XVI.

Washington Post Tech
Feb 17, 2021

Lonely, angry, eager to make history: Online mobs are likely to remain a dangerous reality
The chaos of WallStreetBets and the QAnon-fueled storming of the U.S. Capitol showcased the reality-shaping power of Internet communities. Who's supposed to stop them when they go too far?

Washington Post Tech
Feb 16, 2021

New York sues Amazon alleging ‘flagrant disregard' of health standards at warehouses
New York Attorney General Letitia James accused Amazon of failing to adequately protects its warehouse workers from covid-19 and retaliating against employees who raised concerns.

Washington Post Tech
Feb 16, 2021

New York sues Amazon for ‘flagrant disregard‘ of health standards at warehouses
New York attorney general Letitia James accused Amazon of failing to adequately protects its warehouse workers from covid-19, and retaliating against employees who raised concerns.

Washington Post Tech
Feb 16, 2021

The rise, fall and resonance of ESPN Esports
The inside story on the construction and elimination of ESPN's esports department.

Washington Post Tech
Feb 16, 2021

Hospitals turn to artificial intelligence to help with an age-old problem: Doctors' poor bedside manners
In an age of telemedicine, doctors are turning to virtual patients powered by artificial intelligence to learn how to better interact with real people.

Washington Post Tech
Feb 16, 2021

On social media, vaccine misinformation mixes with extreme faith
Across social media, vaccine misinformation targeted toward Christians and other religious groups is reaching sizeable audiences. This area is the hardest for tech companies to police.

Washington Post Tech
Feb 15, 2021

Parler is back online, more than a month after tangle with Amazon knocked it offline
The social media site popular with Trump supporters went dark when its cloud support was cut.

Washington Post Tech
Feb 15, 2021

Can esports make you more productive at work? IBM, Walmart and others think yes.
Imagine playing "League of Legends" or "Overwatch" with your co-workers. You'd better be communicating really well.

Washington Post Tech
Feb 12, 2021

The making of the ‘Hitman 3' murder mystery mansion
Contrary to popular belief, "Knives Out" wasn't a direct inspiration.

Washington Post Tech
Feb 12, 2021

Your best tips for hunting vaccine appointments online
How tech-savvy Post readers are nabbing scarce coronavirus shots for themselves — and their neighbors

Washington Post Tech
Feb 12, 2021

Scientists said claims about China creating the coronavirus were misleading. They went viral anyway.
Yan's work, which was posted to the scientific research repository Zenodo without any review on Sept. 14, exploded on Twitter, YouTube and far-right websites with the help of such conservative influencers as Republican strategist Stephen K. Bannon.

Washington Post Tech
Feb 12, 2021

U.S. eyes flurry of new taxes on Amazon, Facebook and Google, trying to force tech to pay its ‘fair share'
State lawmakers around the country are exploring a range of new taxes targeting Amazon, Facebook, Google and other Internet giants, seeking to capture some of Silicon Valley's eye-popping profits and soaring share prices in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

Washington Post Tech
Feb 11, 2021

‘The Last of Us' is already an HBO show in game form. Is there more story to tell?
The show presents a unique opportunity to talk about our current reality.

Washington Post Tech
Feb 11, 2021

Biden asks for pause in Trump's effort to ban WeChat
The move comes a day after it asked a separate court for a similar delay involving Trump's proposed ban of TikTok.

Washington Post Tech
Feb 11, 2021

Biden wants to create millions of clean-energy jobs. China and Europe are way ahead of him.
China dominates battery production today, with 93 "gigafactories" that manufacture lithium-ion battery cells, versus only four in the United States.

Washington Post Tech
Feb 10, 2021

How to turn on — and off! — a Zoom cat filter
Like the cat lawyer, you can spice up conference calls using settings in the desktop Zoom app or with external apps like Snap Camera

Washington Post Tech
Feb 10, 2021

Facebook moves to scale down political content
CEO Mark Zuckerberg says users want politics to be a smaller part of their social media experience.

Washington Post Tech
Feb 10, 2021

The OWL's London Spitfire are hoping to go big by going home
The United Kingdom's Overwatch league franchise is investing in the local Overwatch scene for the (eventual) return of homestand matches.

Washington Post Tech
Feb 10, 2021

‘Super Mario 3D World Bowser's Fury' is a must-buy. But it's not because of Bowser's Fury.
The new content of "Super Mario 3D World Bowser's Fury" isn't enough on its own to merit a purchase of this game. But that's ok, because the true value lies in a simple tweak made to its core gameplay: online. Multiplayer.

Washington Post Tech
Feb 10, 2021

Tech meltdowns kept millions from obtaining unemployment aid last year. Now, a senator has a $500 million plan to fix it.
The new proposal chiefly takes aim at the network of complex, dated patchwork of state systems that left many cash-starved families last year waiting weeks to receive their first checks.

Washington Post Tech
Feb 10, 2021

How to master the vaccine-appointment website: A guide for everyone
Five strategies to increase the chances of getting a free shot for yourself or someone you care about.

Washington Post Tech
Feb 10, 2021

Clubhouse 101: What you should know about the invite-only, audio social app
Meet Clubhouse, it's the latest chatty social media tool loved by Silicon Valley, and it's catching on around the world.

Washington Post Tech
Feb 09, 2021

At first cat lawyer was embarrassed. Then he realized we all could use a laugh.
As far as courtroom disclosures, this one was unique: "I'm not a cat."

Washington Post Tech
Feb 09, 2021

At first, cat lawyer was embarrassed. Then he realized we all could use a laugh.
As far as courtroom disclosures, this one was unique: "I'm not a cat."

Washington Post Tech
Feb 09, 2021

Parkland survivor David Hogg launches his own company in a ‘pillow fight' against Mike Lindell
Hogg and partner William LeGate announced the name of their company, Good Pillow, on Tuesday night.

Washington Post Tech
Feb 09, 2021

Jeff Bezos's next act after Amazon: Getting his space company, Blue Origin, off the ground
For years, Bezos has spent one day a week at Blue Origin, the space company he founded in 2000. Many in the space community hope that soon he will be spending more time at the company.

Washington Post Tech
Feb 09, 2021

Riot Games CEO Nicolas Laurent accused of gender-based harassment, misconduct in new lawsuit
The filing accuses Riot CEO Nicolas Laurent of creating a hostile work environment, with allegations ranging from unwanted sexual advances to demeaning comments.

Washington Post Tech
Feb 09, 2021

Will holograms be the next innovation in the post-pandemic workplace?
Companies envision a future where employees collaborate via 3-D holograms.

Washington Post Tech
Feb 09, 2021

Big Russian hack used a technique experts had warned about for years. Why wasn't the U.S. government ready?
Why corrective action didn't happen earlier for a type of hack that had been discussed for years remains an unanswered question.

Washington Post Tech
Feb 09, 2021

United Arab Emirates' Hope probe reaches Mars orbit
The United Arab Emirates became the first Arab country to send a spacecraft to Mars on Tuesday.

Washington Post Tech
Feb 09, 2021

‘Little Nightmares II' made me dread every moment. And I loved it.
In "Little Nightmares 2," you're rarely ever safe. That's one of the best things about it.

Washington Post Tech
Feb 09, 2021

Lacking a Lifeline: How a federal effort to help low-income Americans pay their phone bills failed amid the pandemic
An estimated 33 million American households are eligible to obtain federal aid under the program known as Lifeline -- but poor service, and years of government mismanagement and neglect, mean few do.

Washington Post Tech
Feb 08, 2021

Keep the football mode in ‘Rocket League,' you cowards
The mode leaves the game on February 8. It shouldn't.

Washington Post Tech
Feb 08, 2021

The Weeknd's Super Bowl performance sparked a bounty of memes, as the halftime show usually does
Even so, the Left Shark remains the Tom Brady of big game memes.

Washington Post Tech
Feb 08, 2021

House committee asks if Trump was offered a stake in Parler
A House committee investigating conservative social media site Parler on Monday demanded answers about its ownership, possible ties to Russia and whether the company offered a significant stake to former President Trump to entice him to join the platform.

Washington Post Tech
Feb 08, 2021

NASA says SpaceX Crew-1 astronauts have set a space record
The Crew-1 astronauts, launched on SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket from the Kennedy Space Center, on Sunday eclipsed a record that was set by the Skylab 4 crew in 1974.

Washington Post Tech
Feb 08, 2021

Researchers find more victims of one of Iran's oldest hacking groups
The victims include high-profile academics, activists and business leaders, and government officials in the United States and Europe.

Washington Post Tech
Feb 05, 2021

Kotaku editor in chief Stephen Totilo resigns after 9 years at the helm
"Tomorrow, I will simply be a reader of Kotaku, like so many of you."

Washington Post Tech
Feb 05, 2021

Kotaku editor in chief Stephen Totilo resigns after 8 years at the helm
"Tomorrow, I will simply be a reader of Kotaku, like so many of you."

Washington Post Tech
Feb 05, 2021

Apple just bought a barrier-shattering Sundance film for a record-breaking sum. Now what?
The purchase could be one of the most consequential moves an entertainment company makes this year.

Washington Post Tech
Feb 05, 2021

‘River City Girls' is the game ‘Scott Pilgrim' hoped to be
Scott Pilgrim may be from Canada, but his roots are in River City.

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