On Wednesday, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) sent a letter to Google. According to Business Insider the letter is about the company's deletion of some comments critical of China. Comments using the phrases "communist bandit" or "50-cent party" in Chinese characters were deleted almost instantly from YouTube. Though their English equivalents are not. Hawley called the deletions "censorship." He asked Google to explain how the problem came about and when it knew about the deletions.
Disney's top streaming executive, Kevin Mayer, will leave the entertainment and theme parks giant to become the chief executive officer of TikTok, the popular video app owned by China's ByteDance, the companies said on Monday.
Walmart is reportedly set to launch Walmart+ ...the company’s answer to Amazon Prime. Walmart + will go live later in July, after the coronavirus pandemic delayed its initial springtime launch. A Walmart spokesperson declined to provide further comment about Walmart+ to Business Insider. This is Walmart's latest bid to dominate e-commerce and fend off its online, Seattle-based rival. The $98 monthly subscription is rumored to include several perks, including...
Walmart is close to launching its membership program, in direct competition to online retail giant Amazon.com's overly popular Prime service, according to a published media report, citing sources. Conway G. Gittens has more.
The economy is in a depression. However, Jeff Bezos' net worth has increased. CNN reports that he's now worth nearly $172 billion, a new record for the world's richest person. This week, Bezos beat his previous wealth record that he reached prior to his divorce from his ex-wife MacKenzie. Much of Bezos' wealth is tied to Amazon. He owns roughly 57 million shares, or 12% of the company. And its stock has soared 56% year to date.
[NFA] Attorney General William Barr on Friday ordered the establishment of a task force to counter what he called "anti-government extremists" committing violence as protests against police brutality convulse the United States. This report produced by Jillian Kitchener.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the House of Representative won’t impeach AAttorney General Bill Barr. According to Business Insider, Barr is set to testify before the House in July. Two Department of Justice whistleblowers testified before the House Judiciary Committee. They said Barr has been involved in improper political interference. Pelosi said: "Anyone who saw that testimony will know that Barr is a mess and a disgrace to the Department of Justice."
U.S. House Democrats blasted Attorney General William Barr at a hearing on Wednesday over accusations he had improperly meddled in criminal cases and antitrust probes for political gain, but they stopped short of pledging to take any steps to try and oust the nation's top law enforcement official. This report produced by Chris Dignam.
(CNN) Attorney General William Barr is set to testify before the House Judiciary Committee in late July, a Department of Justice spokesperson has announced. "The Attorney General has accepted an invitation to appear before the House Judiciary Committee for a general oversight hearing on July 28th," Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec tweeted Wednesday.
Major internet and social media platformes have suspended processing government requests for user data in Hong Kong, they said on Monday, following China's establishment of a sweeping new national security law for the semi-autonomous city. Libby Hogan reports.
Tech giant Google has discontinued the production of its midrange smartphones - Pixel 3 A and 3A XL.In a statement given to The Verge, Google said that the "Google Store has sold through its inventory and completed sales of Pixel 3A. For people who are still interested in buying Pixel 3A, the product is available from some partners while supplies last." The decision by the tech giant might bring disappointment for people seeking affordable Google smartphones. After the discontinuation of the Pixel 3A, the only mobile phone that the company now sells in its store is Pixel 4 which is its flagship phone released in October last year.
Twenty advocacy groups from the United States, Europe, Latin America and elsewhere signed a statement on Wednesday, urging regulators to be wary of Google's $2.1 billion bid for fitness tracker company Fitbit Inc. Ciara Lee reports
Career app LinkedIn and social media discussion app Reddit have both been monitoring each and every keystroke of Apple iPhones. According to Gizmodo, LinkedIn says this was due to a bug in the company’s iOS app and not intended behavior. Reddit’s snooping was reported by iOS 14 beta users and shared on social media. The company says it does not store or send the content, adding that it was releasing a fix immediately.
Rapper and business mogul Kanye West has provided more details about his surprise bid for the presidency. In an interview with Forbes West said that he was OK taking Black voters from Democratic candidate Joe Biden. "To say that the Black vote is Democratic is a form of racism and white supremacy," West told Forbes. He said that though he no longer supports President Donald Trump, he would not run against him as a Republican.
Reuters Congress approved a $600 unemployment bonus on top of state payments as part of its coronavirus relief efforts in March. Those weekly payments are set to expire on July 31, and there's no consensus from lawmakers about extending them. Republicans, who oppose extending the bonus, have floated the idea of a "return to work" bonus instead of extending jobless benefits.
In the United States, if one political party is doing well, it tends to publish polls that say so. And according to CNN, the Democratic party is publishing an awful lot of polls these days. Democratic and liberal aligned groups have put out 17 House polls taken in April or later. However, Republican-aligned groups have put out zip, zilch, nada. Zero. That's a very bad ratio for Republicans. It hasn't always been that way, though.
John Hickenlooper on the Democratic nomination for US Senate in the June 30 primaries. Hickenlooper defeated Andrew Romanoff, the former speaker of the Colorado House. Hickenlooper defeated Andrew Romanoff, the former speaker of the Colorado House. He served two terms as the state's governor, first elected in 2010 and then re-elected in 2014. Business Insider reports that the former governor won a handily, 60% to 40%. Hickenlooper will now face vulnerable Republican Senator Cory Gardner.
Amy McGrath won the Democratic primary to face GOP Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky. McGrath is a former fighter pilot and 2018 House candidate backed by the US Senate Democrats' campaign arm. She defeated Kentucky State Representative Charles Booker. Business Insider reports that McGrath positioned herself as a pro-Trump Democrat. Her eye-catching ads and national Democrats' widespread dislike of McConnell made her one of the top fundraisers of the cycle.
On Tuesday, President Trump gave an interview in which he said he was considering banning TikTok. Trump echoed earlier comments from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Trump implied a ban on TikTok would be a way of punishing China for the coronavirus. Business Insider reports that Coronavirus originated in the city of Wuhan. Trump's rationale was somewhat different from the reason given by Pompeo. Pompeo said the US was worried TikTok could be a national-security risk.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday the United States is "certainly looking at" banning Chinese social media apps, including TikTok, suggesting it shared information with the Chinese government, a charge it denied. Matthew Larotonda reports.
A historic conflict between India and China has derailed a $1 billion India expansion plan of TikTok’s owner ByteDance. Megan Revell explains what you need to know about the spat between the nuclear-armed neighbors.
Climate change may cause huge waves to swell in the Arctic, reports Gizmodo. This could have a devastating impact on coastal communities. The Arctic is warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet. Much of the region has historically remained frozen for most of the year, but it is heating up. Its sea ice is melting, creating increasing periods of open water, especially in the summer. A new study published in Geophysical Research Letters shows that could have dangerous consequences.
As if a global pandemic of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 weren't enough, Gizmodo reports the bubonic plague has reared its nasty head once again. Sunday, officials from Inner Mongolia revealed a shepherd has been diagnosed with bubonic plague, also known as the Black Death. At the same time, a second case has been identified in neighboring Mongolia. Both patients had had contact with a wild marmot, and both are recovering. In the region, subsistence hunting is common.
Hundreds of scientists across the world have a burning question for the World Health Organization. According to Gizmodo, they just petitioned the WHO via an open letter with one demand. The demand is that the WHO acknowledge publicly that the novel coronavirus behind COVID-19 can be airborne. That means it can spread through the air (and linger there) via tiny aerosols emitted by the breath of infected people, not just large droplets. The letter puts the WHO in a tight spot.
If you've ever wondered what space smells like, you're not alone. According to Gizmodo, plenty of people are curious about what kind of scent may be out there. As od Sunday, a Kickstarter has received more than $321,000 for a NASA-Designed Perfume that smells like space. The campaign’s organizers say NASA designed the perfume decades ago for training purposes. "Eau de Space"’ has been a closely guarded NASA secret, but the Kickstarter organizers have acquired the recipe.
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