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Twitter says its algorithms amplify the
Twitter says its algorithms amplify the 'political right' but it doesn't know why

According to Twitter's research team, the company's timeline algorithm amplifies content from the "political right" in six of the seven countries it studied.

UPDATE 1-Snap shares drop 25% as revenue falls short, Apple privacy bites ads business

Snap Inc on Thursday fell short of Wall Street estimates for quarterly revenue as the owner of photo messaging app Snapchat said privacy changes implemented by Apple Inc on iOS devices hurt the company's ability to target and measure its digital advertising. Shares of Snap dropped 25% in trading after the bell. The Santa Monica, California-based company said that issue was compounded by global supply chain disruptions and labor shortages, which caused companies to pull back on their advertising spending.

Amazon workers in New York City are building toward a union vote
Amazon workers in New York City are building toward a union vote

Amazon may soon face a second unionization effort in less than a year.

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Razer's smart RGB face mask is now available for $100

Razer has started selling its Zephyr smart face mask - if you can still find it in stock.

AMD and Microsoft issue fixes for Ryzen CPU slowdowns on Windows 11
AMD and Microsoft issue fixes for Ryzen CPU slowdowns on Windows 11

The patches should resolve processor slowdowns.

Twitter rolls out the ability for anyone to host a Space
Twitter rolls out the ability for anyone to host a Space

After steadily expanding access over the course of the year, Twitter announced today its audio chatroom feature known as Twitter Spaces is now open to anyone who wants to host a Space across iOS and Android. Earlier this year, the company had limited access to hosting Spaces to accounts with at least 600 followers, saying that it found these accounts would be more likely to have a good experience because they had an existing audience. Now, Twitter says the option will be offered to all its mobile users on the Twitter app.

Amazon rolls out in-store pickup for products ordered from local retailers
Amazon rolls out in-store pickup for products ordered from local retailers

Amazon is rolling out 'Local Selling,' a set of services that allow local and regional retailers to offer both in-store pickup and fast delivery to nearby customers. When the item is ready, customers will have a five-day pickup window to collect their orders. Shoppers can also choose local delivery, which will be facilitated by the business itself.

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Razer's $399 Enki is better than most office chairs, period

Razer's Enki chair is designed to keep your butt comfy and your back straight while you game.

Excitement Builds as Dept. of Education Sends Student Loan Forgiveness Emails
Excitement Builds as Dept. of Education Sends Student Loan Forgiveness Emails

A Twitter post late last week from U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona has raised the hopes of thousands of teachers, nurses and other public servants...

SECURE Act 2.0: What It Means for Your Retirement
SECURE Act 2.0: What It Means for Your Retirement

The 2019 Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act brought key changes to laws governing retirement plans. Among other things, the...

Google will make it easier to separate your work and personal apps on Android
Google will make it easier to separate your work and personal apps on Android

Google plans to bring Android's work profile feature to more devices.

Twitter buys a chat app to boost DMs and community features
Twitter buys a chat app to boost DMs and community features

Twitter has bought the chat app Sphere to bolster its DMs - including some high-profile talent.

Google cuts Play Store fees for subscriptions and music streaming apps
Google cuts Play Store fees for subscriptions and music streaming apps

Apple has also reduced fees in recent months as both companies face antitrust scrutiny.

Google is redesigning its smart home Developer Center to support Matter device makers
Google is redesigning its smart home Developer Center to support Matter device makers

The developer center will include everything companies need to build for the Google Home ecosystem.

Google to Slash Fee It Takes From App Subscriptions in Half
Google to Slash Fee It Takes From App Subscriptions in Half

(Bloomberg) -- Alphabet Inc.'s Google is slashing the fees it takes from subscription services on its app store following pressure from developers and...

D.E. Shaw, Saba Among Firms Winning Big on Trump SPAC Plan
D.E. Shaw, Saba Among Firms Winning Big on Trump SPAC Plan

(Bloomberg) -- Hedge funds including D.E. Shaw and Saba Capital Management own stakes in a special purpose acquisition company that surged Thursday after former President Donald Trump announced plans to create his own publicly traded media firm through a reverse merger.Most Read from BloombergGoogle's Biggest Moonshot Is Its Search for a Carbon-Free FutureA $30 Billion Fortune Is Hiding in China's Silicon ValleyForget Palm Springs-Santa Fe Is the New Mecca for Modern ArchitectureBeef Industry Tr

Google launches a bug bounty program for Android Enterprise
Google launches a bug bounty program for Android Enterprise

Chances are, you think of Android as a consumer product, but over the course of the last few years, Google has put a lot of work into making it an enterprise tool, too. It's maybe no surprise that with the launch of Android 12, which already includes a number of new enterprise features by default, Google is also now announcing a couple of new security-focused initiatives around Android Enterprise, too. This includes a new bug bounty program, the aptly named Android Enterprise Vulnerability Program, which promises up to $250,000 for a full exploit of a Pixel device that runs Android Enterprise.

Inside a European push to outlaw creepy ads
Inside a European push to outlaw creepy ads

European Union lawmakers are mobilizing support for a ban on tracking-based advertising to be added to a new set of Internet rules for the bloc -- which were proposed at the back end of last year but are now entering the last stretch of negotiations ahead of becoming pan-EU law. If they succeed it could have wide-ranging implications for adtech giants like Facebook and Google. The move follows a smorgasbord of concerns raised in recent years over how such creepy ads, which use personal data to decide who sees which marketing message, can negatively impact individuals, businesses and society -- from the risk of discrimination and predatory targeting of vulnerable people and groups; to...

Find out what it takes to make smart early bets in the space industry at TC Sessions: Space 2021
Find out what it takes to make smart early bets in the space industry at TC Sessions: Space 2021

The space industry is bustling with commercial and private industry activity, and new startups are entering the fray all the time. There's no definite answer, but at TC Sessions: Space 2021 this December, we'll have some of the best early stage investors in the business on our virtual stage to share their tips. Techstars' Jonathan Fentzke and Space Capital's Chad Anderson will both be joining us at the event, which takes place December 14 and 15 this year.

FIN7 hackers set up a fake company to recruit for cyberattacks
FIN7 hackers set up a fake company to recruit for cyberattacks

FIN7, a financially motivated Russian hacking group, has set up a fake company to lure unwitting IT specialists into supporting its continued expansion into ransomware, security researchers have found. According to researchers at Recorded Future's Gemini Advisory unit, FIN7 - known for hacking into point-of-sale registers and stealing over $1 billion from millions of credit cards - is now operating under the guise of Bastion Secure, which claims to offer specialized public sector cybersecurity services. Bastion's website claims it won "Best Managed Security Service" at the SC Magazine awards in 2016, and that the fake company's consultancy arm was acquired by Six Degrees in 2016.

Google starts licensing Stadia tech to other companies
Google starts licensing Stadia tech to other companies

AT&T wireless customers can stream 'Batman: Arkham Knight' for free... on desktop.

Salvadoran man admits guilt in 4 Nevada killings
Salvadoran man admits guilt in 4 Nevada killings

A Salvadoran immigrant agreed Thursday to plead guilty to all crimes in the killing of four Nevada residents as part of a deal with prosecutors that will...

Wells Fargo: These 3 Stocks Are Poised to Surge by at Least 40%
Wells Fargo: These 3 Stocks Are Poised to Surge by at Least 40%

Inflation worries seem to be at the forefront of investors' concerns right now. However, Mark Smith, senior vice president and portfolio manager at Wells...

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Trump's new social media deal sends SPAC's shares soaring

Former U.S. President Donald Trump's plan to create a new social media app after Twitter Inc and Facebook Inc barred him from their platforms this year won...

Why Jim Cramer Is Calling The Bottom For AT&T
Why Jim Cramer Is Calling The Bottom For AT&T's Stock

Shares of AT&T Inc (NYSE: T) are trading slightly higher-although volatile- following better-than-expected third-quarter financial results. What Happened: AT...

Polestar gives owners two years of free fast charging from Electrify America
Polestar gives owners two years of free fast charging from Electrify America

Polestar 2 drivers now get two years of free fast charging at Electrify America stations, albeit for 30 minutes at a time.

Bitcoin briefly crashed 87% to about $8,000 on Binance
Bitcoin briefly crashed 87% to about $8,000 on Binance's US crypto trading platform

Binance Chief Executive Officer Changpeng Zhao tweeted "expect very high volatility in #crypto over the next few months."

Sony
Sony's A7 IV camera arrives with a 33-megapixel sensor and 4K 60p video

Sony has finally revealed its mainstream $2,500 Alpha A7 IV full-frame mirrorless camera and it looks to have been worth the wait.

Spend Your Money on Better Things. Sony HVL-F46RM Flash Review
Spend Your Money on Better Things. Sony HVL-F46RM Flash Review

Oof! Sony, what did you do? The world's most innovative photography company made two flashes. Also being announced today is the Sony HVL-F60RM 2. Both flashes aren't anything very special. Their biggest updates are the metering with skin tones, the ambient white balance, and build quality at the hot shoe foot. But otherwise, Sony shows that they're really not trying very hard. Plus, the new Sony HVL-F46RM flash is $399.99. Dive in, and you'll see why we think there are better options out there.

Unity launches Unity Gaming Services to simplify development of cross-platform, multiplayer games
Unity launches Unity Gaming Services to simplify development of cross-platform, multiplayer games

Unity, the platform that develops 2D and 3D content for mobile phones, tablets, PCs, consoles, and augmented and virtual reality devices, launches a beta version of Unity Gaming Services - a new platform that provides everything game creators need such as backend, monetization, user acquisition, and player engagement. The updated version promises to make it easier for developers to launch cross-platform, multiplayer games -- a growing segment of the market that includes hit titles like Roblox, Genshin Impact, and Fortnite, among others. The new platform is launching available globally with more than 100 developers on the platform, Ingrid Lestiyo, Senior Vice President and General...

The Flash No One Needed: Sony HVL-F60R M2 Review
The Flash No One Needed: Sony HVL-F60R M2 Review

My favorite things to review for this website are flashes. Most people read about cameras and lenses. But the true creators care about light. Flash is unfortunately a place where there needs to be a lot more innovation. That's the case with the Sony HVL-F60R M2 especially. Being announced today, this is Sony's new flagship flash. For such an incredibly innovative company, they're surely holding back on their flashes. In fact, the Sony HVL-F60R M2 flashes feel like a bit of an afterthought. And t

B12 raises $15.7M to become the Shopify for professional services firms
B12 raises $15.7M to become the Shopify for professional services firms

When it comes to the digital world, many professional service firms are still working to get caught up -- especially the smaller players. Today, B12, a startup that is focused on helping those smaller professional service organizations such as law and accounting firms or mortgage brokerages more easily accept online payments and build a digital presence in general, announced it has raised $15.7 million in funding led by Tola Capital. Breyer Capital, General Catalyst, Naval Ravikant and others also put money in the round, which brings B12's total funding to $28.1 million.

Improved Animal and Face Detection! Sony A7 IV Review
Improved Animal and Face Detection! Sony A7 IV Review

It has been fun watching the community pine for the newest Sony a7 IV leading up to its announcement. Based on what photographers have been asking for online, they will be delighted with the versatility of this camera. Its premise is to build a bridge for hybrid shooters and make their creativity even more attainable. While the video functionalities are sure to pique interest, this review will focus on its photographic capabilities. Does it live up to the beloved a7 series? There's no question t

'Uncharted' movie trailer plays Nathan Drake's greatest hits

That cargo plane sequence looks mighty familiar.

Nanoracks, Lockheed Martin and Voyager Space plan to launch crewed commercial space station by 2027
Nanoracks, Lockheed Martin and Voyager Space plan to launch crewed commercial space station by 2027

NASA has been encouraging private industry to replace the aging ISS with a commercial successor for quite a while now, and while Axiom Space has already expressed its intent to do so eventually, a new consortium made up of Nanoracks, Voyager Space and Lockheed Martin now say they'll create the "first-ever free flying commercial space station" with planned operation to begin in 2027. The new space station will be called "Starlab," a name that recalls the third ever U.S. space station, Skylab. Starlab will host a crew of four astronauts, and will be much smaller than the ISS - offering about a third of that station's total pressurized space for human occupancy.

WeWork Goes Public, Finding a Warmer Reception This Time
WeWork Goes Public, Finding a Warmer Reception This Time

(Bloomberg) -- A lot has changed since WeWork Inc. first tried to go public: a new leader, fewer employees, a global pandemic. One thing that remains the...

Bitcoin Takes a Breather After Rallying to New High
Bitcoin Takes a Breather After Rallying to New High

(Bloomberg) -- Most Read from BloombergGoogle's Biggest Moonshot Is Its Search for a Carbon-Free FutureA $30 Billion Fortune Is Hiding in China's Silicon...

Average Retirement Savings By Age: Are You Normal?
Average Retirement Savings By Age: Are You Normal?

Photo by Towfiqu barbhuiya on Unsplash Many Americans worry they're not saving enough for retirement, and rightfully so. A recent Northwestern Mutual study found that 71% of U.S. adults admit their financial planning needs improvement. However, only 29% of Americans work with a financial advisor. The value of working with a financial advisor varies by person and advisors are legally prohibited from promising returns. Still, research suggests people who work with a financial advisor feel more at

Elon Musk posts a raunchy tweet about bitcoin hitting $69,000 - and the crypto community loves it
Elon Musk posts a raunchy tweet about bitcoin hitting $69,000 - and the crypto community loves it

The Tesla CEO posted a raunchy tweet about bitcoin hitting $69,000 on Thursday after the coin hit a record high around $67,000 the day before.

23 Stocks Moving in Thursday
23 Stocks Moving in Thursday's Pre-Market Session

Gainers Digital World Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ: DWAC) rose 34.9% to $13.44 in pre-market trading after announcement of a proposed merger with Trump Media & Technology Group. TriState Capital Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: TSC) rose 25% to $28.43 in pre-market trading. Raymond James announced plans to buy TriState Capital in a deal valued at approximately $1.1 billion. TriState Capital also reported upbeat quarterly earnings. NextPlay Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: NXTP) rose 21.1% to $2.98 in pre-market

The Morning After: Will Facebook change its name?
The Morning After: Will Facebook change its name?

Today's headlines: Some Windows 11 users can start testing Android apps, Netflix CEO says he 'screwed up' on Dave Chappelle as employees walk out, 'Cyberpunk 2077' PS5 and Xbox Series X/S upgrades delayed until 2022.

Pfizer, BioNTech report high efficacy of COVID-19 booster shot in study
Pfizer, BioNTech report high efficacy of COVID-19 booster shot in study

Pfizer Inc and German partner BioNTech SE on Thursday said data from a Phase III trial demonstrated high efficacy of a booster dose of their COVID-19 vaccine...

Southwest Airlines posts smaller loss on strong travel demand
Southwest Airlines posts smaller loss on strong travel demand

Southwest Airlines Co posted a smaller third-quarter loss on Thursday as widespread vaccinations boosted travel demand ahead of the peak holiday season...

Blume Ventures and AWI back Indian exporter SaaS startup SourceWiz
Blume Ventures and AWI back Indian exporter SaaS startup SourceWiz

Small and medium-sized exporters in India struggle to communicate their designs with buyers. Amazon said in August, for instance, that over 70,000 Indian businesses had cumulatively exported over $3 billion worth of items.

Portuguese VC Faber to launch Faber Blue, a €30M fund for ocean sustainability
Portuguese VC Faber to launch Faber Blue, a €30M fund for ocean sustainability

The fund will have an initial target of €30 million, including funding from Portugal Blue as well as impact-driven institutional investors like Sociedade Francisco Manuel dos Santos (through its investment arm Movendo Capital), Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, and Champalimaud Foundation. Aiming for 20-25 early-stage companies in the portfolio, the fund will back startups in areas such as 'blue biotech', food and feed from the ocean, ocean health, ocean intelligence or the decarbonization of multiple industries. The Faber Blue Pioneers Fund will be managed by Faber Capital, with a new dedicated investment team led by Rita Sousa and Carlos Esteban as Fund Partners and by Bruno Ferreira as...

Watch Edward Snowden launch Global Encryption Day, live today
Watch Edward Snowden launch Global Encryption Day, live today

Marginalized communities, survivors of abuse, politicians, law enforcement - they all use encrypted communications to keep their information safe. Everyone has the right to privacy and security... Weakening encryption puts us all at risk.

How newcomer River plans to fill a gap in India
How newcomer River plans to fill a gap in India's competitive EV two-wheeler market

Two wheelers have long been a cornerstone of life in India - their smaller size and affordability making these traditionally gas and diesel-powered vehicles a go-to means of navigating the traffic-jammed streets of the country's most populous cities. Now, a new startup called River has come out of stealth with an electric two-wheeler scooter -- and accompanying subscription services -- designed to appeal to modern-day consumers looking for an affordable, yet stylish vehicle that can be used for work, play and every task in between. River, founded in late 2020 by Aravind Mani and Vipin George with $2 million in backing from Maniv Mobility and TrucksVC, has grown to 42 people in its short...

Apple will require unvaccinated employees to test for COVID-19 daily
Apple will require unvaccinated employees to test for COVID-19 daily

Apple will require all unvaccinated corporate employees to be tested for COVID-19 every time they have to work in the office.

Station F adds an online program to educate the next generation of entrepreneurs
Station F adds an online program to educate the next generation of entrepreneurs

Station F, the big startup campus located in Paris, is launching an online component called Launch by Station F. With this new program, entrepreneurs from anywhere can get started and learn all the basics to start a company. Launched in 2017, Station F is a massive building that used to be a rail freight depot.

Germany
Germany's FlixMobility acquires Greyhound Lines, the iconic U.S. bus company, in $78M deal

FlixMobility, the $3 billion-German transportation startup that has doubled down on long distance buses and slowly and quietly gobbled up transit lines and operations across Europe, today announced a big move to raise its game in the U.S. The company announced that it is acquiring Greyhound Lines, the iconic U.S. bus network, from UK-based owner FirstGroup. Flix said the deal -- which includes a vehicle fleet, trademarks, and related assets and liabilities -- has an enterprise value on a debt-free / cash-free basis of $46 million, with an unconditional deferred consideration of $32 million with an interest rate of 5% per annum alongside that. FirstGroup acquired Greyhound back in 2007...


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