EU slaps sanctions on 2 Russians over Germany…

The European Union has imposed sanctions on two Russian officials and part of Russia’s GRU military intelligence agency over a cyberattack against the German parliament in 2015

Quibi Is Shutting Down Just 6 Months After Launch

Quibi Is Shutting Down Just 6 Months After Launch. According to 'The Wall Street Journal,' the streaming service is to be one of the shortest-lived to date. The company launched on April 6, 2020, providing content to be specifically viewed on mobile devices. Two plans — one with ads and one without — were available for under $10 per month. . In July, app-tracking firm Sensor Tower claimed Quibi lost over 90% of its subscribers after the three-month free trial was up. . According to The Verge, Quibi has refuted those numbers but never provided alternate figures for reference. Factors that may have contributed to the company's demise include its mobile-only content as people are stuck at home amid the pandemic. or that short-form video content can be found for free with competitors such as YouTube and TikTok. Co-founder Jeffrey Katzenberg attempted to sell off the floundering company earlier this year, but no one took the bait

Trump's Twitter Password Was Pretty Easy to Guess

A Dutch tech researcher says he was able to gain access to President Trump's Twitter account last week by correctly guessing the password "maga2020!" Even more remarkable, the same guy accessed the president's Twitter account in 2016 by guessing the former password of "yourefired," per TechCrunch . The hacker is Victor...

Facebook, Twitter CEOs ordered to testify by GOP…

The GOP push against Facebook and Twitter has accelerated after Republican senators threatened the CEOs of the social media companies with subpoenas to force them to address accusations of censorship in the closing weeks of the presidential campaign

Nokia Gets 4G Lunar Contract

To the moon, Alice! And call me when you get there. Yes, NASA is giving Nokia $14.1 million to install a cellular network on that big rock in the sky, Mashable reports. The idea is to deploy a 4G/LTE network—and later move to 5G—to "support lunar surface...

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Nokia to Build First Cellular Network on the Moon…

Nokia to Build First Cellular Network on the Moon for NASA. On Monday, Nokia Oyj announced that they had been chosen by NASA to create the first ever cellular network on the moon. . The network is expected to be available by late 2022. . The Finnish telecommunications firm said that their partnership with NASA would create a “sustainable human presence on the lunar surface.” . The technology will be “ideally suited” for providing the technology that “astronauts need.” . It will make remotely controlled rovers, high definition streaming and real-time navigation possible. . Nokia is working with Intuitive Machines to integrate their work into a lunar lander for delivery and self-configuration on the surface of the moon. . The LTE/4G communications system will also be “ultra-compact, low-power” and “space-hardened.”. The solution has been specially designed to withstand the harsh conditions of the launch and lunar landing, and to operate in the extreme conditions of space, Nokia, via Bloomberg

Used Car Consignment Retailer Carlotz Goes Public

CarLotz, the industry's only consignment-to-retail sales business model for used vehicles, is going public via SPAC, and will be listed on the NASDAQ under the ticker symbol 'LOTZ.' CEO Michael Bor talks about the listing and some of the factors contributing to CarLotz's growth.

Pandemic hurts AT&T in 3rd quarter; wireless unit…

The pandemic continued to hit AT&T in the third quarter as closed theaters, wary U.S. moviegoers and the Hollywood shutdown hurt its WarnerMedia movie and TV business

Sony Releases Free Black Lives Matter PS4 Theme

Sony Releases Free , Black Lives Matter , PS4 Theme. On Oct. 19, Sony released the "Black Lives Matter Theme" on the PlayStation Store. When the theme is enabled, the bottom of the user interface appears with black and yellow graphics, as well as a raised fist. The hashtag #BLM also appears as part of the free theme. Other companies have taken similar actions. In June, Activision released a 'Call of Duty: Modern Warfare' update that displayed a message supporting the Black Lives Matter movement. Developer Bungie introduced several items supporting Black Lives Matter, including 'Destiny 2' emblems and a "be heard" enamel pin.

You Won't Be Seeing This Kind of Ad on Facebook…

First Facebook banned political ads after the polls close on Nov. 3. Now the social media giant is targeting an entirely different set of promotions: anti-vaccination ads, which will no longer be allowed on the platform, the Guardian reports. "We don't want these ads on our platform," the company said...

New Huawei phone comes at crucial time for…

Huawei’s new smartphone has an upgraded camera, its latest advanced chipset and a better battery

What to Buy, and Not to Buy on Prime Day

Tuesday is a big day for those in the market for a new iPhone, a tech toy, a vacuum, or pretty much any item under the sun. It's not only Amazon Prime Day, but Apple will unveil its new phone lineup. Coverage: Apple: At the company's 1pm ET launch, CNET...

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YouTube Vows to Ban Misleading Claims About COVID…

YouTube Vows to Ban Misleading Claims About COVID-19 Vaccines. The video-sharing platform has announced a new effort to crackdown on COVID-19 misinformation, . warning it will ban any clips that contradict expert advice from local health authorities. A COVID-19 vaccine may be imminent, therefore we're ensuring we have the right policies in place to be able to remove [related] misinformation, YouTube, via statement. According to YouTube, it has already removed 200,000 dangerous or misleading videos about coronavirus. Similarly, Facebook has announced plans to ban ads that discourage people from getting vaccinated

Silicon Valley Faces Uphill Battle Against…

Google is facing an antitrust lawsuit from the Trump administration and several GOP led states. Cheddar's Brad Smith takes a close look at the developing battle between Big Tech companies like Google and Facebook against the U.S. government.

US: Russian hackers targeting state, local…

Russian hackers have targeted the networks of dozens of state and local governments in the United States in recent days, and have stolen data from at least two servers

Microsoft Hires Another Naughty Dog Developer for…

Microsoft Hires Another Naughty Dog Developer for the Initiative. The gaming giant has added a new member to the team for its Xbox studio with Lauren Garcia. Garcia, who worked as character shading technical director on 'The Last of Us: Part II,'. is joining as senior shader technologies developer. So happy to announce that this week I joined at The Initiative. This is an incredible team working on something truly special, Lauren Garcia, via Twitter . It was so hard to left behind my friends at NaughtyDog. But I need to say thank you to @Xbox @XboxP3 to allow me be part of Xbox family!

Facebook's Thinking Has 'Evolved' on Banning…

Facebook's free speech policy no longer extends to Holocaust denial. The company announced Monday that material which "denies or distorts" the Holocaust will be banned, CNBC reports. CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he has "struggled with the tension between standing for free expression and the harm caused by minimizing or denying...

Trio who lived on space station return to Earth…

A trio of space travelers has safely returned to Earth after a six-month mission on the International Space Station

Twitter Puts New Rules in Place for Election

Twitter is going to look and feel slightly different over the coming days. Per the Washington Post , the social media platform will be putting in place guardrails to mitigate misleading and false tweets regarding the Nov. 3 election, including warnings on politicians' falsehoods and strict rules on when the election...

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David Cage Thinks the Xbox Series S Will Be…

David Cage Thinks the Xbox Series S Will Be ‘Confusing’. Microsoft previously announced that in addition to the Xbox Series X, . they will also be releasing another next-gen console, the Xbox Series S. It will be a cheaper and lower-spec version of the Xbox Series X. While some gamers thought this was a great idea, it seems David Cage isn’t a fan. The Quantic Dream CEO is known for directing cinematic games like ‘Heavy Rain, ‘Beyond Two Souls’ and ‘Detroit: Become Human.’ . Cage thinks that “most developers will focus on the lower-end version to avoid doing two different versions”. Many developers prefer consoles to PC because on consoles you only have to deal with one hardware, whereas on PC there are so many configurations, graphic cards, drivers, controllers. , David Cage, to WCCFTech. When a manufacturer offers two consoles with different specs, there is a strong chance that most developers will focus on the lower-end version to avoid doing two different versions, David Cage, to WCCFTech. He also added that he thinks that this will be “confusing” for both developers and players. I think it is confusing for developers, but also for players, and although I can understand the commercial reasons behind this choice I think the situation is questionable, David Cage, to WCCFTech

Microsoft Cuts Carbon Emissions by Using…

Microsoft says its employees’ flights will be taken using sustainable, environmentally-conscious fuel. Microsoft is doing this through a partnership with Alaska Airlines. Lucas Joppa, Chief Environmental Officer at Microsoft, joined Cheddar to discuss.