Judge says Amazon won't have to restore Parler…

Amazon won’t be forced to immediately restore web service to Parler after a federal judge ruled Thursday against a plea to reinstate the fast-growing social media app favored by followers of former President Donald Trump

Netflix's Shuffle Play Feature Will Officially…

Netflix's Shuffle Play Feature Will Officially Launch This Year. According to 'Variety,' the streaming service announced that the new feature will launch in the first half of 2021. "Shuffle Play" was tested on the platform last year. It works by playing random content based on your viewing history. According to Greg Peters, Netflix's COO and chief product officer, . "Shuffle Play" will help users to "indicate to us that they just want to skip browsing entirely, click one button and we’ll pick a title for them just to instantly play.". Netflix intends to come up with a new name for the feature. We’re going to come up with something better than that, so stand by for this. You’ll see it when it rolls out, Greg Peters, Netflix's COO and chief product officer, via statement

Facebook's Trump Suspension Goes to Oversight…

Facebook has defended its decision, made after the attack on the US Capitol, to not allow former President Trump on its platforms indefinitely. "We believe our decision was necessary and right," a Facebook blog post said. But the company has sent the issue to its new Oversight Board for a...

US government approves routes for Wyoming CO2…

The U.S. government has approved routes for a potential system of pipelines that would move carbon dioxide across Wyoming

Vaccine Rollout Gets a New Corporate Volunteer

A popular meme invokes the idea of training Amazon delivery drivers to administer the COVID-19 vaccine in order to roll it out as quickly as possible—and that may turn out to be not far from the truth, as Amazon sent President Biden a letter on Inauguration Day offering to...

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Twitter Resets @POTUS Account for President Joe…

Twitter Resets @POTUS Account for President Joe Biden . When Donald Trump became president, he inherited President Barack Obama's Twitter followers via the official government account. This time around, Twitter has decided not to transfer the previous administration's followers to Joe Biden. Instead, those who follow “relevant Biden and Harris accounts” will be notified that they can follow @POTUS and @VP. In addition, @PresElectBiden has become @POTUS, @FLOTUSBiden has become @FLOTUS and @SenKamalaHarris has become @VP. A new account for Harris' husband, @SecondGentleman, is also live. Trump's official government account will be archived as @POTUS45. Twitter maintains that the new protocol gives users the choice to follow the new accounts. President Biden's digital director, Rob Flaherty, says the follower reset is "Absolutely, profoundly insufficient.". Facebook and Instagram intend to transfer all 11 million White House followers to the Biden administration. Less than an hour after being sworn in, Biden posted his first tweet

Bakkt Will Move to NYSE 'Very Soon' After $2.1…

Digital asset marketplace Bakkt is going public in a multi-billion dollar SPAC, creating a new way to invest in Bitcoin. Gavin Michael, CEO of Bakkt, joined Cheddar on Thursday.

Facebook's oversight board to rule on Trump ban

Facebook is passing the buck for its indefinite suspension of former president Donald Trump to a quasi-independent oversight board, setting up a major test of the recently established panel

'New Pokémon Snap' Release Date Announced

'New Pokémon Snap' Release Date Announced. The highly-anticipated game will be released on Nintendo Switch on April 30, 2021. In 'New Pokémon Snap,' players will be a photographer on an ecological survey in the Lental region. As you zoom around in a self-driving vehicle taking pictures of Pokémon, . Lental region expert Professor Mirror will evaluate your snaps as part of your score. You can also interact with Pokémon by throwing them Fluffruit. The original 'Pokémon Snap' game was released in 1999 for Nintendo 64. Pokémon is also celebrating its 25th anniversary

Biden Takes Control of @POTUS Account

The Biden-Harris Administration is now Twitter official. In addition to being sworn into office Wednesday, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris took control of the @POTUS and @VP Twitter handles, NPR reports. “Once the official oath of office is completed, you’ll notice the transition of official administration Twitter...

Chinese Embassy Twitter account locked for…

Twitter locked the account belonging to the Chinese Embassy in Washington after a tweet stated that Uighur women in Xinjiang have been emancipated and are no longer “baby making machines.”

After Twitter Dumped Trump, a Big Drop in…

If you're wondering what effect "deplatforming"—ie, taking away someone's megaphone, especially online—has on the spread of misinformation, a recent ban is seeing some interesting results. The Washington Post reports that, per analytics firm Zignal Labs, false claims about election fraud plummeted 73% across multiple social-media sites in the...

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YouTube Suspends Trump for at Least 7 Days

YouTube Suspends Trump for at Least 7 Days. The video-sharing platform is the latest to ban the president after a mob of Trump extremists stormed the Capitol last week. After review, and in light of concerns about the ongoing potential for violence, we removed new content uploaded to Donald J. Trump’s channel for violating our policies. , YouTube, via statement. It now has its 1st strike & is temporarily prevented from uploading new content for a *minimum* of 7 days, YouTube, via statement. The specific content that violated YouTube's policies was not specified. The company also said that it would be "indefinitely disabling comments" on the account. Twitter, Facebook and Instagram have also suspended Trump's accounts. In response to the censorship, Trump said the tech companies' actions were a "horrible thing for our country and to our country."

Vice President Kamala Harris Will Have 'Essential…

Abdallah Fayyad, opinion writer and Editorial Board member at The Boston Globe joins Cheddar to discuss Vice President Kamala Harris' impact on the Biden Administration's first 100 days.

Google, French publishers sign copyright news…

Google has signed a deal with a group of French publishers paving the way for the internet giant to make digital copyright payments for online news content

New Indiana Jones Video Game Teased by Bethesda…

New Indiana Jones Video Game Teased by Bethesda and Lucasfilm. Bethesda will collaborate with Lucasfilm Games and 'Wolfenstein: The New Order' developers Machine Games. A teaser was shared on Twitter. in which a hand picks up Indiana Jones' trademark hat, revealing a whip on a desk. One day before the game's announcement, Disney relaunched the Lucasfilm Games brand. 'Indiana Jones' video games date back to a 1982 Atari 2600 release and two adventure games from the late '80s and early '90s. 'Lego Indiana Jones 2' was released in 2009. A fifth 'Indiana Jones' movie will be released in 2022

Twitter Suspends GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene

Twitter has been suspending accounts left and right as it cracks down on the QAnon conspiracy theory , and one pretty big name is included in the 70,000 suspensions so far: Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene. The Georgia congresswoman has endorsed QAnon, and has also tweeted claims of widespread election fraud....

Experts: 15 more days to reach trapped China mine…

Authorities say it will take at least 15 more days to get through a massive amount of debris and reach miners already trapped for 11 days after an explosion in a gold mine in eastern China

Parler Is Back Online

Parler is back. The website for the controversial social network was online again as of Sunday afternoon, CNN reports, indicating it has found a hosting service after Amazon Web Services gave it the boot, though it's not clear which host that might be. "Hello world, is this thing on?" reads...

Twitter Bans Over 70,000 QAnon Accounts

Twitter Bans , Over 70,000 , QAnon Accounts . The move was made in the wake of the attack on the Capitol in Washington, D.C., last week. Since Friday, more than 70,000 accounts have been suspended as a result of our efforts, with many instances of a single individual operating numerous accounts, Twitter, via blog post. These accounts were engaged in sharing harmful QAnon-associated content at scale and were primarily dedicated to the propagation of this conspiracy theory across the service. , Twitter, via blog post. In some cases, these actions may have resulted in follower count changes in the thousands. , Twitter, via blog post. Earlier this week, President Trump was also permanently suspended from the platform "due to the risk of further incitement of violence." . Facebook and Instagram took similar actions against the president. Facebook also announced the removal of posts containing the phrase, "stop the steal,". because there is an "ongoing risk of violence associated with the term"

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900,000 First-Time Unemployment Claims Filed Last…

900,000 weekly first-time unemployment claims were filed last week, coming in slightly better than expected. Brian Nick, Chief Investment Strategist at Nuveen, joined Wake Up With Cheddar for more on the labor market and how it will impact the Biden administration.

Comfort TV viewing gives ratings boost to…

An unprecedented impeachment hearing failed to keep TV viewers from settling back into familiar habits last week

Facebook Is Removing All Content Mentioning 'Stop…

Facebook Is Removing All Content, Mentioning 'Stop the Steal'. Facebook announced the decision on Monday via a blogpost. We are now removing content containing the phrase ‘stop the steal’ under our Coordination Harm Police from Facebook and Instagram, Facebook Blogpost, via The Daily Beast. We’ve been allowing robust conversations related to the election outcome and that will continue, Facebook Blogpost, via The Daily Beast. But with continued attempts to organize events against the outcome of the US presidential election that can lead to violence, , Facebook Blogpost, via The Daily Beast. and use of the term by those involved in Wednesday’s violence in DC, , Facebook Blogpost, via The Daily Beast. we’re taking this additional step in the lead up to the inauguration, Facebook Blogpost, via The Daily Beast. Facebook has also suspended President Donald Trump's account at least until after the inauguration