Goodbye gas: Volvo to make only electric vehicles…

Volvo says it will make only electric vehicles by 2030

Instagram Launches Live “Rooms”

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

Twitter to Call Strikes on Vaccine Misinformation

Twitter is expanding its system of warning labels for misinformation and conspiracy theories to apply to posts about the coronavirus vaccines. A blog post Monday set out the new rules, the Wall Street Journal reports. Like its practice on election information, the policy will add up users' violations, calling each...

Twitter cracks down on COVID vaccine…

Twitter says it has begun labeling tweets that include misleading information about COVID-19 vaccines

Verizon's Advice on Saving Battery Life Was 'a…

Just last week, MarketWatch asked: "Will 5G ever live up to the hype?" According to those who spotted now-deleted tweets from Verizon about the much-promoted cellular technology, it looks like the answer, at least for now, is somewhat of a no. The Verge first spotted the company's Sunday post, which...

Twitter Launches Paid Subscription Option ‘Super…

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.

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United Airlines Talks Industry Leaders' Meeting…

Lauren Riley, managing director of global environmental affairs and sustainability at United Airlines, discusses the takeaways from a meeting with airline industry leaders and White House environmental officials.

Supreme Court skeptical about patent judge…

The Supreme Court seems likely to find that the judges who oversee patent disputes are not properly appointed

WhatsApp to Begin Switching off Messages For…

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.

Twitter Announces Changes on the Way

They've worked well for Facebook, so Twitter is going to add groups to its platform—though they'll be called "communities." That's one of the major changes announced Thursday, the Verge reports. The other big one is called Super Follows, which will permit users to steer their followers to content and...

Zoom posts big quarter even as subscriber growth…

Zoom’s astronomical growth is tapering off along with the pandemic

GameStop's Roller Coaster Ride Has Started Again

After frenzied trading last month brought GameStop shares from as low as $17 to as high as $483, it eventually stabilized in the $40 to $50 range—until Wednesday, when huge swings resumed. The retailer's share price more than doubled in a sudden burst of trading Wednesday afternoon and closed...

Spotify to Launch in 85 More Countries

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

'Snow Days' Is On A Mission To Create Clean…

Founder & CEO of HumanCo, Jason Karp, joined Cheddar to discuss the launch of his new company, 'Snow Days'. The mission of the new company is focused on cleaner living for ingredient-conscious consumers.

AI panel urges US to boost tech skills amid China…

An artificial intelligence commission led by Google’s former CEO told Congress on Monday that the U.S. must boost its AI skills to counter China, including by pursuing “AI-enabled” weapons

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Facebook to Restore News Pages in Australia

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

Facebook Blocks Its Own Page in Botched Australia…

Facebook blocked Australians from sharing news Thursday amid a dispute over a proposed law—but news outlets weren't the only ones who found themselves blocked. The ban affected dozens of pages run by state governments, health authorities, charities, and even Facebook's own page, the Guardian reports. State health departments said...

Insider Q&A: Hyundai's Olabisi Boyle

Olabisi Boyle, vice president of product planning and mobility strategy at Hyundai Motor North America, has seen plenty of change during her decades in the industry

Feds Say Massive North Korea Hack Was Revenge for…

North Korean operatives are the "world's leading bank robbers," federal prosecutors said Wednesday, announcing charges against three computer programmers in the regime's "General Reconnaissance Bureau." Jon Chang Hyok, Kim Il, and Park Jin Hyok are accused of taking part in cyberattacks that stole and extorted $1.3 billion in cash...

Spotify Announces New High-End Subscription…

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

Illinois State Rep. Marcus C. Evans Jr. Wants to…

Illinois State Rep. Marcus C. Evans Jr. wants to ban violent video games in order to help reduce crime in the state. The legislator joins Cheddar to discuss his plan.

Online review platform Trustpilot chooses London…

Online review platform Trustpilot is planning to sell shares in London, in a stock offering that helps shore up the city’s status as a financial hub and destination for tech companies after Brexit

YouTube Shorts Set for US Beta Launch in March

YouTube Shorts Set for US Beta Launch in March. The announcement was made by chief product officer Neal Mohan in a blog post. Every year, increasing numbers of people come to YouTube to launch their own channel, Neal Mohan, YouTube's chief product officer, via blog post. But we know there’s still a huge amount of people who find the bar for creation too high, Neal Mohan, YouTube's chief product officer, via blog post. That’s why we’re working on Shorts, our new short-form video tool that lets creators and artists shoot snappy videos with nothing but their mobile phones, Neal Mohan, YouTube's chief product officer, via blog post. The TikTok competitor is currently in the beta stage in India. Since December, the number of Indian channels using Shorts has tripled. Globally, the YouTube Shorts player currently gets over 3.5 billion daily views. Mohan also announced upgrades to YouTube TV and YouTube Kids, including 4K resolution, offline viewing, a "chapters" feature and more

Parler Says It Is Now 'Here to Stay'

Parler is back after more than a month offline, with a new CEO—but none of its old content. It's not clear whether the removal of old posts is the result of the social media site's removal from host Amazon Web Services last month or a "scorched-earth policy regarding the...

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Europeans get 'right to repair' for some…

Companies that sell refrigerators, washers, hairdryers or TVs in the European Union will need to ensure those appliances can be repaired for up to 10 years

Instagram Bans Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. isn't just a Kennedy, he's a well-known anti-vaxxer —and now that stance has gotten him banned from Instagram. "We removed this account for repeatedly sharing debunked claims about the coronavirus or vaccines," a spokesperson for the social media site's parent company, Facebook, says in a statement...

HBO Max to Launch Internationally in June

HBO Max to Launch Internationally in June . The streaming service will be made available in 39 countries and territories across Latin America and the Carribean. It will follow the same process it utilized in the U.S. by phasing out the HBO Go app and replacing it with the HBO Max app. Those who currently pay for HBO Go through WarnerMedia or other "eligible partners" will automatically convert to HBO Max. The company also says it will transition its other HBO services in Europe to HBO Max later this year. In that area, it will focus on "the Nordics, Spain, Central Europe and Portugal" specifically. . As far as the Latin America rollout, HBO Max says it will have more details about content, promos and more closer to launch