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Tech's overdue reckoning with hate speech still isn't enough

Then, YouTube announced that it would pull the accounts of white supremacists such as David Duke and Richard Spencer, many of whom are also pro-Trump, for similar reasons. On Tuesday, Facebook said it has banned pro-civil-war “boogaloo” groups on its platform too. It might seem that at long last, the day of reckoning has come for internet platforms that once were the breeding grounds for hate… → Read More

Impossible Sausage will be available to any restaurant that wants it

Impossible Foods announced that starting today, the company is expanding sales of Impossible Sausage to all restaurants nationwide. → Read More

App Clips could be a Trojan Horse for Sign In with Apple

But App Clips could be more than just a convenient shortcut; it could also be a gateway to Apple’s homegrown sign-in service. Apple first came up with its “Sign in with Apple” service last year as a privacy-focused alternative to Google and Facebook. → Read More

Social media’s recent embrace of #BlackLivesMatter was a long time coming

From in-person protests to real-life debates in Congress, the Black Lives Matter movement has transcended the hashtag. → Read More

Slack lets up to 20 companies chat in the same channel

Slack, which is commonly used as a chat program within organizations, is now introducing a way to communicate with people from other organizations. According to Slack, Slack Connect will let you connect with up to 20 organizations in a single channel. → Read More

iOS apps will run natively on ARM-powered Macs

Aside from iOS14 and MacOS Big Sur, Apple also announced that iPad and iPhone apps will now be able to run natively on ARM-powered Macs. This means that now all iOS apps will be able to run on Mac OS, as long as the latter runs on Apple’s own silicon-based hardware. According to Apple, since the iOS apps were built on the same Apple silicon as the upcoming Mac hardware, they will be able to run… → Read More

Apple's iPadOS 14 adds Scribble handwriting recognition

This feature lets you handwrite into any text field, and it’ll automatically be converted into text. Simply start typing into the search bar, and it’ll allow you to launch apps or documents instantly. → Read More

Google's Home speaker could get a Nest-branded replacement

A new version of Google's smart speaker is long overdue. → Read More

Black voices in tech: We want change, not just charity

Various Black members of the tech community give their opinions about tech's response to the Black Lives Matters movement. → Read More

Laid-off chefs are using Instagram for income during the pandemic

Unemployed chefs are using Instagram to sell their home-cooked food. → Read More

What to buy for new grads who need help "adulting"

The first few months (or years) after college can be hard. Here are the best gadgets and tools you can buy for new grads who need help "adulting." → Read More

The best graduation gifts you can buy in 2020

New graduates need a lot of things to start their lives outside of school. Here's our list of the best gifts for new grads you can buy in 2020. → Read More

Instagram's AR games take the spotlight during quarantine

It’s a phenomenon that Matt Roberts, Facebook’s Spark AR product manager, said he couldn’t predict. Gu created the filter using Facebook’s Spark AR Studio, which allows anyone to create effects for Facebook, Messenger and Instagram. → Read More

Twitter’s first fact-check of Trump was a gutless one

On Tuesday afternoon, Twitter did something new: It fact-checked the president. The company added “get the facts” links to two of Donald Trump’s tweets that claimed mail-in ballots would lead to widespread election fraud. → Read More

Valve starts inviting players to 'Artifact' Beta 2.0

The company released a signup page to Artifact Beta 2.0 on Friday, tweeting that everyone is welcome to sign up, though players of the original game will get priority. Over a year ago, Valve released Artifact, which was heralded as the company’s answer to Blizzard’s Hearthstone. → Read More

Amazon's 'Making the Cut' is the ultimate example of product placement

This was an Amazon-produced show, airing on Amazon’s own streaming service, with the winning products sold on Amazon.com. That’s perhaps the driving force behind Making The Cut: to get rid of this reputation and make Amazon a place where you would feel comfortable buying clothes online. → Read More

Impossible Burger is coming to Kroger grocery stores throughout the US

That list of Kroger-affiliated stores include Baker’s, City Market, Copps, Dillons, Fred Meyers, Gerbes, King Soopers, Kroger, Kariano’s, Metro Market, Pay Less Super Market, Pick ‘n Save, QFC, Ralphs and Smith’s. → Read More

GDC Summer will go all-digital

GDC Summer will hold an all-digital event in August. → Read More

Amazon plans to spend $4 billion on COVID-related expenses

In the company’s latest earnings release, it reported net sales of $75.5 billion, which is 26 percent more than this time last year. CEO Jeff Bezos said in a statement that the company will spend $4 billion of its profits in this coming Q2 on COVID-related expenses. → Read More

Why is video conferencing so exhausting?

If it’s not Google Meet with colleagues, it’s Zoom hangouts with friends and FaceTime with family. The issue is, online video interactions are fundamentally different from face-to-face ones. → Read More