Facebook lifts ban on US political, social issue…

Facebook says it is lifting its ban on political and social-issue ads put in place after the 2020 U.S. presidential election

Google to Stop Using Tracked Individual Browsing…

Google to Stop Using Tracked Individual Browsing History to Sell Ads. Last year, Google revealed it will phase out third-party cookies. On March 3, the tech giant announced that once third-party cookies are no longer utilized. "we will not build alternate identifiers to track individuals as they browse across the web, nor will we use them in our products.". If digital advertising doesn't evolve to address the growing concerns people have about their privacy and how their personal identity is being used, we risk the future of the free and open web, David Temkin, a Google product manager focused on privacy, via blog post. The move is part of a "privacy sandbox," with AI breakthroughs such as "federated learning," Google is attempting to develop. . This would allow publishers to target people's interests while maintaining privacy. However, the changes won't apply to "first party" data, including that which is collected via Gmail, YouTube and Chrome. Additionally, only websites will see the privacy changes, not mobile phones

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...

House panel seeks storm documents from Texas grid…

The House Oversight Committee is investigating the agency that operates the Texas power grid, seeking information and documents about the lack of preparation for the recent winter storm that caused millions of power outages and dozens of deaths across the state

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...

6 Utility Companies Team up to Build Massive EV…

6 Utility Companies Team up to Build Massive EV Charging Network. Currently, electric vehicle charging stations in the U.S. are privately owned and operated instead of being part of an energy company. As a result, they're left vulnerable to power grid issues, and the infrastructure is mediocre. On March 2, the Electric Highway Coalition announced its plan to change all that. The coalition is made up of American Electric Power, Dominion Energy, Duke Energy. Entergy Corporation, Southern Co. and the Tennessee Valley Authority. It intends to build a seamless network of electric vehicle charging stations from West Texas to the Gulf of Mexico as well as up the Eastern seaboard. The network will focus on DC fast-charging to help people travel long distance in electric vehicles. If successful, the coalition's electric infrastructure project could serve as a functional blueprint for the rest of the country

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Democratic Candidate Holly McCormack Running…

Holly McCormack, democratic challenger to Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene in Georgia's 14th Congressional District joins News Wrap to discuss her campaign.

Water crisis continues in Mississippi, weeks…

Mississippi's largest city is still struggling with water problems, more than two weeks after winter storms and freezing weather ravaged the system

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 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...

Google ends sale of ads using individual web…

Google says it won’t develop new ways to follow individual users across the internet after it phases out existing ad-tracking technology from Chrome browsers

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...

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.

Space Milestones Inspire New Business Interest in…

Dylan Taylor, chairman and CEO of Voyager Space Holdings, discusses growing interest in the space sector amid major milestones and developments.

SUV in crash where 13 died came through hole in…

The Border Patrol says 13 people killed in a Southern California crash were among more than 40 migrants who entered the U.S. through a hole cut into the border fence with Mexico

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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.

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...

Microsoft: China-based hackers found bug to…

Microsoft says China-based government hackers have exploited a bug in its email server software to target U.S. organizations

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 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

Pinterest CMO Outlines Company's Latest…

Pinterest held its first global advertiser summit, titled 'Pinterest Presents' Wednesday as the company showed the marketing community what it had to offer. Pinterest CMO Andréa Mallard discusses some of the company's newer initiatives and why the platform breeds positivity amongst users.

Goodbye gas: Volvo to make only electric vehicles…

Volvo says it will make only electric vehicles by 2030

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

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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Twitter cracks down on COVID vaccine…

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

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...

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