DOJ nearing antitrust action on Google; Trump…

As the Trump administration moves toward antitrust action against search giant Google, it’s campaigning to enlist support from sympathetic state attorneys general across the country

Nintendo Promises New Console in Less Than 80…

Nintendo Promises New Console , in Less Than 80 Years. Following the success of the Nintendo DS, the Nintendo Wii and the Nintendo Switch. the gaming company revealed in their latest corporate management briefing that they are working on new hardware. While Nintendo confirmed something new would be on the way in a Future Outlook portion of the presentation, . the company only said it will be released in "20XX.". This announcement leaves Nintendo fans wondering if they can expect a new console soon or if they will have to wait many more years

Suicide Video Prompts a TikTok Move

TikTok says "groups operating on the dark web" engaged in a "coordinated effort" to share a graphic suicide video across its platform. Now it's asking other social media giants for help. The video of a US man shooting himself was live-streamed on Facebook in late August before clips went viral...

Lawsuit asks court to force Facebook to ban…

Four people filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday demanding that Facebook prevent militias and hate groups from using the site, after a militia group used the platform to draw armed people to protests in Wisconsin last month that left two people dead

Professor Who Built Startups at School Can Sue…

A decade ago, the Georgia Institute of Technology fired a professor, saying that, by launching secret startups tied to his university work, he'd crossed the line between academic research and the tech industry. Joy Laskar was indicted on charges of misusing $1 million in university money but never tried in...

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Xbox Game Pass Subscribers Have Increased by 50…

Xbox Game Pass Subscribers Have Increased by 50% in Under 6 Months. The subscription-based service was first launched back in 2017. It gives gamers access to titles from a range of publishers for a single monthly subscription price. It has been praised by many as being a great value for the money. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many people have decided to pass the time indoors by playing more video games. . As a result, more people have purchased an Xbox Game Pass subscription over the past few months. Microsoft has revealed that the service now has over 15 million subscribers. Back in April, it was announced that there were over 10 million. This means that in less than six months, the amount of Xbox Game Pass subscribers has increased by an astounding 50%

Google Looks to Continue Down Path Toward…

Google's head of product inclusion Annie Jean-Baptiste joined Cheddar to chat about the tech giant's mission to be more inclusive in its products, services, and workplace.

New SUV is next step in VW's post-scandal…

Volkswagen is taking its electric offense to the next level

Apple Accuses Epic Games of Using Their Legal…

Apple Accuses Epic Games of Using Their Legal Battle as a 'Marketing Campaign'. The two companies have been caught in a legal battle for the past few weeks. The conflict was ignited when the video game developer implemented its own payment system into the iOS and Android versions of 'Fortnite.' . Apple decided to remove the game from the App Store, and Epic subsequently responded to the move by filing an anti-trust lawsuit against the tech company. Apple has recently responded to Epic’s court filing, in which Epic requested for 'Fortnite' to be made available on iOS again. While Apple said that this can be done once Epic removes their own payment system from the game, . they also slammed Epic by stating: “Epic started a fire, and poured gasoline on it, and now asks this Court for emergency assistance in putting it out.". They also accused Epic of using the high-profile lawsuit as “a marketing campaign.". For reasons having nothing to do with Epic’s claims against Apple, 'Fortnite'’s popularity is on the wane. By July 2020, interest in 'Fortnite' had decreased by nearly 70% as compared to October 2019. , Apple, via filing. This lawsuit (and the front-page headlines it has generated) appears to be part of a marketing campaign designed to reinvigorate interest in 'Fortnite.', Apple, via filing. Epic boss Tim Sweeney has claimed in a recent filing that this accusation is incorrect. Epic’s actual user engagement data reflecting the actual number of users playing 'Fortnite' (not Google search results) shows Apple’s claim of declining interest in 'Fortnite' to be incorrect. , Tim Sweeney, via filing. Over the period of time that Apple cherry-picked for its Google search volume comparison (between October 2019 and July 2020), the number of daily active users on 'Fortnite' actually increased by more than 39%, Tim Sweeney, via filing

US to Ban TikTok, WeChat From App Stores

It looks like it's going to be harder to download TikTok and WeChat starting Sunday. The Commerce Department said Friday it will ban the Chinese-owned apps from mobile app stores because of national security concerns , reports the Washington Post . The US plans to take additional measures to restrict the use...

MIT professor wins top AI award for cancer, drug…

A Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor using computer science to detect cancer and discover new drugs has won a new $1 million award for artificial intelligence

Everyone's Shopping Online Now. Amazon Needs Help

Amazon has a postponed Prime Day coming up, not to mention the general increase in online shopping seen since the pandemic began—and it needs lots more hands to help with demand. That's why, the company announced Monday, it's hiring an additional 100,000 part-time and full-time workers, who will...

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Microsoft Buys Bethesda for $7.5 Billion

Microsoft Buys Bethesda for $7.5 Billion. On Monday, Phil Spencer and Xbox announced that Microsoft is acquiring Bethesda parent company ZeniMax. Bethesda Game Studios, id Software, ZeniMax Online Studios, Arkane, MachineGames, Tang Gameworks, Alpha Dog and Roundhouse Studios will now all be at Microsoft's disposal. Microsoft has also acquired reputable game franchises such as 'Fallout,' 'DOOM,' Wolfenstein,' The Elder Scrolls' and more. Additionally, Bethesda titles will be included in Xbox's Game Pass. With the addition of Bethesda, Microsoft will grow from 15 to 23 creative studio teams and will be adding Bethesda’s iconic franchises to Xbox Game Pass. , Microsoft. This includes Microsoft’s intent to bring Bethesda’s future games into Xbox Game Pass the same day they launch on Xbox or PC, like Starfield, the highly anticipated, new space epic currently in development by Bethesda Game Studios, Microsoft. The deal is approximately three times what Microsoft paid for 'Minecraft' developer Mojang Studios in 2014

Podcast Deep Dive: Joe Rogan Controversy, Amazon…

Spotify is drawing criticism from within its own door as well as from the public after a controversial "Joe Rogan Experience" episode was deemed as transphobic, and Amazon tries its hand in the podcast space, expecting to add thousands of shows. Cheddar's Kristen Scholer and Jill Wagner also dive into our very own Need2Know podcast.

German virus app transmitted 1.2M test results in…

Germany’s coronavirus tracing app has been used to transmit 1.2 million test results from labs to users during the first 100 days

Mark Zuckerberg Is Not a Fan of AR Glasses So Far

Mark Zuckerberg Is Not a Fan of AR Glasses So Far. Zuckerberg doesn't think any currently-released Augmented Reality glasses have been particularly "compelling" since they are either thick frames or resemble an "Apple Watch on your face.". But he's hopeful that another company will be able to succeed in projecting holograms into the world with a standard pair of glasses in the future. Speaking to The Verge at the Facebook Connect event, Zuckerberg gave his honest opinion of AR glasses. I really don't think that AR is going to be good until you get normal-looking glasses that can project holograms into the world. , Mark Zuckerberg, to The Verge. And now, glasses range from thin to pretty thick frames. , Mark Zuckerberg, to The Verge. I don't think we're anywhere near getting all the electronics that you would need to get into a thin frame. , Mark Zuckerberg, to The Verge. But the hope would be that you can get it into more normal-looking glasses in the first part of this decade or the first half of this decade, Mark Zuckerberg, to The Verge

TikTok Has a Buyer at the 11th Hour: Report

Looks like TikTok is selling its US operations to Oracle, a Silicon Valley firm, only a week before President Trump threatened to ban the app if no deal materialized. At least that's what insiders tell the Wall Street Journal . But no details have emerged about the Chinese video-sharing app's apparent...

Pence's jet returns to airport after hitting bird…

The White House says Vice President Mike Pence’s airplane struck a bird on takeoff in New Hampshire, causing the pilot to return to the airport out of caution

Facebook to Employees: Here's Time Off, Go Work…

With shortages of poll workers looming before the election, one big tech company is stepping up to help fill that gap. Facebook executives told Axios this week that it will be offering its employees additional paid time off so they can become poll workers if they so choose, which would...

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Trump to Block TikTok, WeChat App Downloads…

Trump to Block TikTok, WeChat App Downloads , Starting Sunday. The Trump administration's Commerce Department announced it would ban the apps on Friday. Business transactions on the apps, including payments and transfers, will be banned. Today’s actions prove once again that President Trump will do everything in his power to guarantee our national security .., Wilbur Ross, Commerce Secretary, via 'The New York Times'. ... and protect Americans from the threats of the Chinese Communist Party, Wilbur Ross, Commerce Secretary, via 'The New York Times'. More than 100 million people in the U.S. use the popular apps. For all practical purposes [WeChat] will be shut down in the U.S., but only in the U.S., as of midnight Monday, Wilbur Ross, Commerce Secretary, via 'The New York Times'. TikTok is currently in acquisition talks with American company Oracle. As to TikTok, the only real change as of Sunday night will be users won’t have access to improved updated apps, upgraded apps or maintenance, Wilbur Ross, Commerce Secretary, via 'The New York Times'

Pops and Flops: Stitch Fix, Peloton, and Twitter…

Stitch Fix shares are flopping after the company reported a revenue loss of $44.5 million, likely linked to disruptions in the company's supply chain during COVID-19-related shutdowns. Shares for Peloton are soaring after news that Amazon was releasing a 'Prime Bike' to compete turned out to be false, and Twitter stock is also popping after research group Michael Levine upgraded the stock to a buy.