Italian health officials say the variant of the coronavirus discovered in Britain is prevalent among the country's infected schoolchildren and warn that the curve of contagion is showing signs of “robust” uptick
Instagram Launches Live “Rooms”. The app's new Live Rooms allows for up to four people to go live on the app at once. The new feature comes after a rise in demand to expand livestreams on the app beyond two people. The number one request we heard was: ‘How can I bring in more than one person?', Instagram Head of Product Vishal Shah, via Buzzfeed News. The update rolled out worldwide on Monday, though some users may not see it immediately. Going live on Instagram with another user gained popularity during the pandemic, with many using the feature in place of live events
The Senate has voted overwhelmingly to confirm Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo to serve as President Joe Biden’s commerce secretary and help guide the economy’s recovery during and after the coronavirus pandemic
Like many agricultural products, marijuana can be harmful to the environment unless grown consciously. What can you do to ensure that you are purchasing sustainable cannabis?
Twitter Launches Paid Subscription Option ‘Super Follow’. Twitter laid out its future plans for the platform at an Analyst Day event on Feb. 25. Among the announcements was a new feature called “Super Follow.” . It is the equivalent of a paid subscription option, similar to Patreon. The subscriptions will be $4.99 a month with the ability to “cancel anytime.” . “Super Follow” will allow users to provide exclusive content to their followers. . Highlights of the feature include a supporter badge and subscriber-exclusive newsletters. Twitter is aiming to “at least double” its total annual revenue to $7.5 billion or more by 2023. . The company also hope to have 315 million monetizable daily active users by 2023. Twitter reported a total of 192 million monetizable daily active users in the fourth quarter of 2020.
With his presidency coming to an end, what does the future hold for Donald Trump? Dr. Laura Belmonte, Professor of History at Virginia Tech, Matt Klink, GOP Strategist and Dr. Lincoln Mitchell of Columbia University weigh in.
WhatsApp to Begin Switching off Messages, For Users Who Reject New Terms. Users have until May 15 to accept the new terms of the popular messaging app. . Otherwise, their accounts will be listed as "inactive.". According to TechCrunch, the app will continue to allow both notifications and calls for a "few weeks.". "Inactive" accounts can be deleted after 120 days. Users have concerns that the new terms, issued in January, will expand the amount of data the app shares with Facebook, its parent company. WhatsApp states that the new terms have nothing to do with Facebook. They allow for making payments to businesses. WhatsApp currently shares IP addresses with Facebook, as well as information about purchases made through the platform.
As congress convened to certify the victory of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris a mob descended on the capitol in an attempt to block the confirmation. We unpick the events of the closing act of the Trump presidency.
Policing reforms are making for strange bedfellows in New Mexico as the co-founders of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and the conservative-backed nonprofit group Americans for Prosperity lobby for a bill to eliminate police immunity from lawsuits on civil rights violations
Spotify to Launch in 85 More Countries. Spotify announced the expansion on Feb. 22 during a livestreaming event featuring Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and Justin Bieber. The company plans to nearly double its global reach, enabling another billion people to access Spotify. It will also add 36 languages to the platform. Currently, Spotify has 345 million monthly active users with 155 million Premium subscribers across 95 countries. The expansion will make the streaming service available in 170 countries. Spotify continues to compete with Apple, Amazon and Google, which have all launched music streaming services over the years. Spotify also hosts podcasts, audio books and meditations
Bringing a controversial election to a close and with control of the Senate hanging in the balance, all eyes were on the Peach State for the Georgia runoffs. We examine why this vote is so vital and hear from voters across the state on who they voted for.
A 29-year-old man says he and his boyfriend were badly beaten at the Ameristar Casino in St. Charles over the weekend because they are gay. Investigators are looking into allegations of a hate crime.
Facebook to Restore News Pages in Australia. Australia is trying to pass legislation that will require digital platforms to pay local media outlets and publishers for news. In protest, Facebook blocked Australia's access to news on its site last week. The Australian government has now come to an agreement with the social media giant. After further discussions, we are satisfied that the Australian government has agreed to a number of changes and guarantees.., Facebook, via statement. ... that address our core concerns about allowing commercial deals that recognize the value our platform provides to publishers relative to the value we receive from them, Facebook, via statement. As a result of these changes, we can now work to further our investment in public interest journalism and restore news on Facebook for Australians in the coming days, Facebook, via statement. Campbell Brown, Facebook's vice president for global news partnership, said the company will continue to be able to decide if news appears on the platform. We’ll continue to invest in news globally and resist efforts by media conglomerates to advance regulatory frameworks that do not take account of the true value exchange between publishers and platforms like Facebook, Campbell Brown, Facebook's vice president for global news partnership, via statement
Slovakia faces a political crisis over a secret deal to acquire Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine orchestrated by the country’s prime minister despite a disagreement of his coalition partners
Kyler Edwards scored 17 of his 20 points in the first half to help No. 18 Texas Tech take control, and the Red Raiders rolled to a 69-49 victory over TCU
Spotify Announces New High-End Subscription, Spotify HiFi. On Feb. 22, Spotify announced an upcoming "add-on" for Premium subscribers. Customers in select global markets will soon be able to listen to music in “CD-quality, lossless audio format.”. HiFi will work on Spotify Connect-enabled speakers as well as other devices. The company is also working with other speaker manufacturers to make the new subscription available to more consumers via Spotify Connect. Pricing and a launch date have yet to be revealed, . but the company said to expect the service later this year
An upbeat Mayor London Breed says San Francisco will reopen indoor dining, movie theaters and gyms with reduced capacity starting Wednesday as more counties in California open up for business