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Jan 26, 2021

YouTube suspends Rudy Giuliani from its ad revenue sharing program
The video streaming service said Giuliani repeatedly violated rules against posting false information about the recent election.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 26, 2021

Biden's commerce secretary pick pledges a tough line on China but doesn't detail how she'd deal with Huawei
Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo also pledged to help the U.S. economy recover from the pandemic, to expand broadband access to regions with patchy Internet connections, and to promote manufacturing and clean-energy jobs.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 26, 2021

I recreated ‘Phasmophobia' in ‘The Sims 4' with the game's new paranormal pack
You can now have a haunted home in "The Sims 4," so of course I built Tanglewood from "Phasmophobia."

Washington Post Tech
Jan 26, 2021

Big Internet outages hit the East Coast, causing issues for Verizon, Zoom, Slack, Gmail
Internet outages and slowed services hit many areas of the East Coast just as the work day was ramping up Tuesday.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 26, 2021

Twitter bans MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell
The fierce Trump ally has repeatedly violated policies barring the spread of election misinformation, the social media giant says.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 26, 2021

Meet the people paying $55 million each to fly to the space station
The first space crew composed entirely of private citizens includes two grandfathers and a father with three young children. All are extremely wealthy.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 26, 2021

Giuliani wasn't just a Trump partisan but a shrewd marketer of vitamins, gold, lawsuit says
Trump's personal lawyer sought to turn unfounded conspiracy theories and voter fraud videos into online moneymakers, attorneys said in a lawsuit seeking more than $1.3 billion in damages.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 26, 2021

Five things to know about the latest efforts to bring unions to Big Tech
New efforts to unionize tech employees are cropping up. Here's what you need to know.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 26, 2021

Six things to know about the latest efforts to bring unions to Big Tech
New efforts to unionize tech employees are cropping up. Here's what you need to know.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 26, 2021

‘When covid is over' sounds like ‘when I meet Harry Styles': The new pandemic meme, explained
It's become a trend to compare the phrase "when covid is over" to other seemingly unreachable milestones.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 25, 2021

Twitter's misinformation problem is much bigger than Trump. The crowd may help solve it.
Twitter's Birdwatch pilot lets selected users write corrections and fact checks on potentially misleading tweets.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 25, 2021

An aerospace engineer has a solution to soggy delivery food: SAVRpaks
SAVRPak says its peel-and-stick packets can extend food's shelf life by 50 percent.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 23, 2021

You're spending more money online than you think. Here are 4 ways to save.
From hidden subscriptions to Amazon Prime, it's time to clean up all your online spending.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 22, 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
Jan 22, 2021

QAnon and pro-Trump online forums are struggling and fracturing in aftermath of the U.S. Capitol siege
Forums central to spreading QAnon and supporting former President Trump have become fractured or gone offline entirely since then Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, raising questions about their long-term viability.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 22, 2021

Google is threatening to pull its search engine out of Australia
Google and Facebook have been in a long-running fight with Australian politicians, regulators and media companies over whether they should pay news organizations for showing their stories in search results. The battle reached a new level of intensity when a Google executive threatened to pull out of the country during testimony at the Australian Senate.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 22, 2021

Amazon presses for in-person voting for unionization election in the midst of a pandemic
The e-commerce giant appealed a decision to hold mail-in balloting, arguing in part that the National Labor Relations Board pandemic election guidance never defined what an "outbreak" actually is.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 22, 2021

Amazon, Facebook, other tech giants spent roughly $65 million to lobby Washington last year
The sizable sums foreshadow the political blitz that Silicon Valley is likely to mount in the face of fresh promises from President Biden and his new Democratic control in Congress that they plan to rein in the tech industry.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 21, 2021

QAnon believers seek to adapt their extremist ideology for a new era: ‘Things have just started'
With Q having vanished and Trump out of office, far-right extremist groups are targeting disillusioned believers online in hopes of further radicalizing them to a new cause.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 21, 2021

Biden selects Slaughter as acting chair of Federal Trade Commission, Rosenworcel as acting chair of Federal Communications Commission
President Biden appointed Rebecca Kelly Slaughter as the acting chairwoman of the FTC and Jessica Rosenworcel as acting chairwoman of the FCC.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 21, 2021

The new POTUS follows 12 government accounts on Twitter — and Chrissy Teigen
President Biden has followed mostly official White House accounts from the POTUS Twitter handle, except for one wild card.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 21, 2021

The new POTUS follows 12 government accounts on Twitter — And Chrissy Teigen.
President Biden has followed mostly official White House accounts from the POTUS Twitter handle, except for one wild card.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 21, 2021

Facebook outsources its decision to ban Trump to oversight board
Facebook said that it would submit its decision to ban Trump for review by the independent Oversight Board that can oversees its content moderation choices. It would be the most significant such case for the board, which launched last year.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 21, 2021

House Oversight Committee chairwoman requests FBI probe of Parler, including its role in Capitol siege
The request is part of a broader inquiry into a site that gained rapid new popularity last year as a freewheeling alternative to Twitter, gaining traction in particular among conservatives.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 21, 2021

Biden selects Slaughter as acting chair of Federal Trade Commission, signaling new Big Tech scrutiny to come
President Biden appointed Rebecca Kelly Slaughter as the acting chairwoman, a move that positions the Washington watchdog agency to take on a more aggressive role in policing Facebook, Google and other tech giants in Silicon Valley.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 21, 2021

Virtual reality has real problems. Here's how game developers seek to delete them.
From battling motion sickness to creating a comfortable, wearable device, developers face challenges on multiple fronts.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 21, 2021

House Oversight Committee chair requests FBI probe of Parler, including its role in Capitol siege
The request is part of a broader inquiry into a site that gained rapid new popularity last year as a freewheeling alternative to Twitter, gaining popularity in particular among conservatives.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 20, 2021

The handwarming story of how Bernie Sanders got his inauguration mittens
They were made by Jen Ellis, a second-grade teacher in Essex Junction, Vt.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 20, 2021

California plaintiffs sue Chinese tech giant Tencent, alleging WeChat app is censoring and surveilling them
The lawsuit claims that the company's practices violate the plaintiffs' free-speech and privacy rights and "unjustly enrich Tencent at the expense of California WeChat users."

Washington Post Tech
Jan 20, 2021

QAnon believers grapple with doubt, spin new theories as Trump era ends
While some QAnon disciples gave way to doubt as Trump's term ended, others doubled down on blind belief or strained to see new coded messages in the Inauguration Day's events.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 20, 2021

QAnon believers grapple with doubt, spin new theories as Trump era ends: ‘We all got played'
While some QAnon disciples gave way to doubt as Trump's term ended, others doubled down on blind belief or strained to see new coded messages in the Inauguration Day's events.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 20, 2021

The best presidents in video games
Welcome to the Fight House.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 20, 2021

Some Trump backers are getting hit with one-star online reviews — including MyPillow and real estate agent Jenna Ryan
Welcome to online activism in the digital age.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 20, 2021

Biden takes over POTUS Twitter account, inheriting a blank slate from Trump
President-elect Joe Biden's administration will take over the official White House social media accounts Wednesday. But Twitter won't transfer followers, unlike with the previous administration.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 20, 2021

Alibaba's Jack Ma reemerges from three-month absence after clash with Beijing
The entrepreneur gave a speech on rural education, his first appearance since his public criticism of China's financial regulators.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 19, 2021

Exiled from social media mainstream, Trump and his followers will find life different at the extreme corners of the Web
There will always be ways for Trump to make his views known on the Internet. But those who get purged from Twitter, Facebook and YouTube and move to comparatively obscure alternatives find their freedom to speak intact but their reach diminished.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 19, 2021

Before shortened NASA SLS rocket engine test, officials predicted only a 50 percent chance of complete success
During a private briefing Tuesday morning, industry officials said their expectations for successfully completing all the test objectives had been only "50/50."

Washington Post Tech
Jan 19, 2021

‘Hitman 3' is the grandest stage for your own stories, even as it tries to end its own
IO Interactive's "Hitman" trilogy is one of the most consistently great series of games ever created.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 19, 2021

The Capitol rioters kept posting incriminating things on social media. Unsurprisingly, they were mocked — and arrested.
Did they want to get caught?

Washington Post Tech
Jan 18, 2021

Biden inherits bipartisan momentum to crack down on large tech companies' power
Control of both the White House and Congress by Democrats could result in reforms to competition laws governing large tech companies' business practices and even more litigation that could force break ups or significant structural changes at some of the world's largest businesses.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 18, 2021

Internet regulation takes on greater urgency as pandemic highlights digital divide
As President Joe Biden takes office, his administration faces pressure to immediately prioritize the expansion of broadband access and dismantle some of the Trump administration's hallmark efforts to deregulate the Internet.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 18, 2021

Silicon Valley braces for tougher regulation in Biden's new Washington
Democratic leaders for years have proposed a bevy of new laws to shrink Silicon Valley's corporate footprint, restrict its insatiable appetite for data and stop the spread of falsehoods online. But the party's calls for regulation have grown more urgent in the days since Biden won the presidency, his party took control of the House and Senate — and Trump and his allies further exposed the risks of a largely unregulated web.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 18, 2021

Biden campaigned on making gig workers employees. Now he has to convince Democrats.
Once clear-cut, the uncertain future of gig work is the biggest labor issue facing the incoming Biden Administration.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 18, 2021

This Nintendo player turned ‘Mario Kart 8 Deluxe' into a fitness game. Here's how he did it.
A robot translates pedaling action into button presses, while Nintendo's Ring-Con acts as a steering wheel.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 18, 2021

Social media liability law is likely to be reviewed under Biden
Section 230 has become a favorite target of President Trump's. It will get a more nuanced review under the incoming administration.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 18, 2021

Biden's policies on technology
With bipartisan backing to rein in the power of Big Tech, the president-elect could usher in a new era of accountability for Silicon Valley.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 17, 2021

Apple sued by group insisting it curb Telegram after Capitol attack
The suit amounts to a pressure tactic to get Apple to act toward Telegram as it already has toward Parler, a social media site that swelled with calls for violence and insurrection ahead of the Capitol siege, according to researchers. Apple and Google both have booted Parler from their app stores because of its lax moderation policies, and Amazon Web Services withdrew support as well, disabling Parler last week, on the same grounds.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 17, 2021

Virgin Orbit rocket reaches Earth orbit, adding an entrant to the commercial space race
The rocket was carrying 10 small satellites when it was launched from a 747 flying over the Pacific Ocean.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 16, 2021

How Twitter, on the front lines of history, finally decided to ban Trump
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey agreed to ban Donald Trump from Twitter after tearful all-hands meetings, bitter dialogues, and employee pushback, knowing that this would be the biggest decision his company had ever faced.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 16, 2021

How Twitter, on the frontlines of history, finally decided to ban Trump
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey agreed to ban Donald Trump from Twitter after tearful all-hands meetings, bitter dialogues, and employee pushback, knowing that this would be the biggest decision his company had ever faced.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 16, 2021

NASA cuts short first 'hot-fire' test of its massive moon rocket, already plagued by delays and cost overruns
There was no immediate word on why the test ended after less than two minutes.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 16, 2021

NASA cuts short first ‘hot-fire' test of its massive moon rocket, already plagued by delays and cost overruns
There was no immediate word on why the test ended after less than two minutes.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 16, 2021

Misinformation dropped dramatically the week after Twitter banned Trump
Zignal Labs charts 73 percent decline on Twitter and beyond following historic action against the president

Washington Post Tech
Jan 16, 2021

Misinformation dropped dramatically the week after Twitter banned Trump and some allies
Zignal Labs charted a 73 percent decline on Twitter and beyond following historic action against the president.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 16, 2021

Dating apps are using Capitol images to ban rioters' accounts
Bumble, Tinder and others are freezing out rioters with help from law enforcement -- and, in some cases, their own photos. Others on the apps have taken matters into their own hands by striking up conversations with potential rioters, then relaying their information to the FBI.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 16, 2021

Dating apps are using images from the siege to ban rioters' accounts
Bumble, Tinder and others are freezing out rioters with help from law enforcement -- and, in some cases, their own photos. Others on the apps have taken matters into their own hands by striking up conversations with potential rioters, then relaying their information to the FBI.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 16, 2021

The wrong ID: Retired firefighter, comedian and Chuck Norris falsely accused of being Capitol rioters
Some people mistaken as Jan. 6 Capitol rioters have faced threats and harassment after internet "sleuths" shared their contact information online.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 16, 2021

Lidar tech on the rise at CES to power future smart cities, autonomous cars
Seoul Robotics and Intel's Mobileye among firms at CES 2021 with new 3-D technology to support autonomous cars and smarter big cities.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 15, 2021

Far-right groups move online conversations from social media to chat apps — and out of view of law enforcement
After big tech companies kicked Trump off Twitter and shut down right-wing social network Parler, extremist groups are moving to encrypted chat apps like Telegram. It's making it tougher for police to look for future attacks.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 15, 2021

Far-right groups move online conversations from social media to chat apps--and out of view of law enforcement
After big tech companies kicked Trump off Twitter and shut down right-wing social network Parler, extremist groups are moving to encrypted chat apps like Telegram. It's making it tougher for police to look for future attacks.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 15, 2021

Amazon to face first U.S. unionization vote in seven years next month
The National Labor Relations Board called an election at an Alabama warehouse where roughly 6,000 employees work for the e-commerce giant, setting the stage for one of the biggest labor battles in the United States in years.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 15, 2021

On its 20th birthday, Wikipedia might be safest place online
The world's largest online encyclopedia has learned lessons from fighting misinformation for two decades.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 15, 2021

On its 20th birthday, Wikipedia might be the safest place online
The world's largest online encyclopedia has learned lessons from fighting misinformation for two decades.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 14, 2021

Twitter ban reveals that tech companies held keys to Trump's power all along
It may take historians years to grasp the full implications of the social media hurricane that Trump conjured from the moment he announced his intention to run for president over five years ago. But it took a single week, underscored by a single remarkable day, to hear what happened when that storm headed out to sea.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 14, 2021

With Trump's Twitter megaphone gone, Silicon Valley's power rings loud
It may take historians years to grasp the full implications of the social media hurricane that Trump conjured from the moment he announced his intention to run for president over five years ago. But it took a single week, underscored by a single remarkable day, to hear what happened when that storm headed out to sea.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 14, 2021

Overwatch League wants to ‘level-up' online matches, tournaments for 2021 season
The league is set to begin its season in April.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 14, 2021

Samsung says its Galaxy S21 phones work better, have four back cameras — and cost $200 less
Samsung is doing an about-face on high flagship phone prices while it tries to zoom ahead of Apple in cameras.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 13, 2021

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said the Trump ban reflected ‘a failure' to police online discourse
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey explained in a tweetstorm that he did not feel pride in the decision, and that the company faced an "extraordinary and untenable circumstance."

Washington Post Tech
Jan 13, 2021

‘Cyberpunk 2077's' launch, explained: CD Projekt Red releases apology video
From crunch to disastrous console versions of the game, "Cyberpunk 2077" has faced a controversial release.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 13, 2021

What we want from Ubisoft Massive's open world Star Wars game
We've got a list, but please, please, please just make sure there's a strong story.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 13, 2021

Sea shanties are here to save us
You know, sea shanties -- the 18th century songs of sailors laboring on merchant ships. They've taken over TikTok, thanks to Nathan Evanss.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 13, 2021

YouTube suspends Trump, days after Twitter and Facebook
YouTube has suspended President Trump's official account, barring him from uploading videos for at least a week.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 13, 2021

Facebook's Sandberg deflected blame for Capitol riot, but new evidence shows how platform played role
Fliers and hashtags promoting the pro-Trump rally circulated on Facebook and Instagram in the days and weeks beforehand

Washington Post Tech
Jan 13, 2021

Facebook's Sandberg deflected blame for Capitol riot, but new evidence shows platform played pivotal role
YouTube has suspended President Trump's official account, barring him from uploading videos for at least a week.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 13, 2021

Seldom-seen Amazon unit made the call that brought down pro-Trump Parler
The suspension of Parler over incitements to violence illustrate the far-reaching power the e-commerce giant wields over the Web.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 13, 2021

Ford is researching safety tech allowing bikes, e-scooters to ‘talk' to cars
Bicycle, e-scooter and auto companies are developing a bicycle-to-vehicle communication technology to make roads safer for riders.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 13, 2021

Ford is testing safety tech allowing bikes, e-scooters to ‘talk' to cars
Bicycle, e-scooter and auto companies are developing a bicycle-to-vehicle communication technology to make roads safer for riders.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 13, 2021

Trump pushed for a moon landing in 2024. It's not going to happen.
Biden will likely keep NASA's Artemis program, but on a different timeline.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 13, 2021

QAnon reshaped Trump's party and radicalized believers. The Capitol siege may just be the start.
The failed insurrection marked a grim milestone in how the paranoid conspiracy theory QAnon has radicalized Americans, reshaped the Republican Party and gained a forceful grip on right-wing belief.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 13, 2021

‘Scott Pilgrim' isn't the retro hero we need anymore, but the rerelease reminds us why we're still in love
Retro heroes are a dime a dozen, but none quite like Scott.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 13, 2021

Trump has been suspended from YouTube
YouTube has suspended President Trump's account from uploading videos for at least a week.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 12, 2021

Parler is offline, but violent posts scraped by hackers will haunt users
Parler's data was easily scraped from its site, a researcher says, as it fell off the Internet this week.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 12, 2021

Apple and Google are likely to slow down enforcement again after Capitol riot bans
When major tech companies cut President Trump off their services and effectively shuttered a right-wing social network over the last week, it sent shockwaves through the country and abroad for the stark reminder of their power. But they might be hesitant to act again quickly.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 12, 2021

'Bowser's Fury' looks like a must-play for cat owners
The add-on is bigger than we expected.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 12, 2021

‘Bowser's Fury' looks like a must-play for cat owners
The add-on is bigger than we expected.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 12, 2021

Gig workers and unions sue in California Supreme Court to have Prop 22 overturned
The lawsuit alleges Prop 22 violated the state constitution and limited the powers of legislators to provide labor protections they are authorized to grant.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 12, 2021

House Democrats ask AT&T, Comcast to share data about home Internet shutoffs as lawmakers eye new stimulus aid
Democratic lawmakers are asking the country's top telecom carriers to share more information about Americans who are falling behind on their Internet bills, setting the stage for Congress to consider billions of dollars in new broadband stimulus aid as part of the next coronavirus relief package.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 12, 2021

President Trump lashes out at social media companies following Twitter ban
President Trump lashed out at Silicon Valley on Tuesday in his first public comments since Twitter banned him from the site, stressing the industry had done a "horrible thing for our country and to our country."

Washington Post Tech
Jan 12, 2021

Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian: An online platform free of hate is ‘really good for business'
The tech entrepreneur discusses changes for Reddit and managing free speech.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 12, 2021

House Democrats to look into social media's role in Capitol riot as part of broad disinformation inquiry
House Democrats plan to investigate the role Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites had in the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol as part of a broader look at the rising threat of disinformation online.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 11, 2021

Twitter purged more than 70,000 accounts affiliated with QAnon following Capitol riot
Twitter shares initially plunged by more than 10 percent Monday morning, leaving the tech giant bracing for fallout in Washington and on Wall Street over its decision to ban President Trump.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 11, 2021

These are the platforms that have banned Trump and his allies
How six major social media sites addressed violations of their content policies.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 11, 2021

Gab, the social network that has welcomed Qanon and extremist figures, explained
Since its inception, Gab has welcomed deplatformed social media users, generally attracting those on the far right.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 11, 2021

Amazon begins removing QAnon goods for sale, after booting pro-Trump Parler from its cloud service
The e-commerce company will block sales in the coming days of products that reference the baseless conspiracy theory whose adherents were among those that stormed the U.S. Capitol.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 11, 2021

Are you a ‘Phasmophobia' pro? Here are some alternate rules to keep the scares fresh.
"Phasmophobia" is both hilarious and terrifying, especially if you play these (sometimes ridiculous) made-up game modes.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 11, 2021

Twitter, Amazon, Facebook face fallout from taking action against Trump and his supporters
Twitter shares initially plunged by more than 10 percent Monday morning, leaving the tech giant bracing for fallout in Washington and on Wall Street over its decision to ban President Trump.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 11, 2021

Amazon continues to sell QAnon goods even after booting pro-Trump Parler from its cloud service
Despite Amazon's policy barring the sale of items that promote hate, its customers can still find T-shirts, baseball hats and even onesies endorsing the QAnon conspiracy theory that the FBI has identified as a potential domestic terrorist threat.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 11, 2021

Parler sues Amazon after pro-Trump site goes dark
Social media site Parler was effectively taken off the Internet when Amazon, Apple and Google all pulled technical support.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 11, 2021

Twitter shares plunge as company faces Washington, Wall Street blowback for decision to ban Trump
Twitter shares initially plunged by more than 10 percent Monday morning, leaving the tech giant bracing for fallout in Washington and on Wall Street over its decision to ban President Trump.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 11, 2021

Trump was a center of gravity on Twitter. What's it like without him?
Journalists, comedians, critics and supporters are coming to terms with a Trumpless Twitter.

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