TikTok says coordinated attack behind suicide…

TikTok says video of a man apparently taking his own life that circulated on its platform appears to have been spread deliberately by a group working together

Xbox Game Pass Subscribers Have Increased by 50…

Xbox Game Pass Subscribers Have Increased by 50% in Under 6 Months. The subscription-based service was first launched back in 2017. It gives gamers access to titles from a range of publishers for a single monthly subscription price. It has been praised by many as being a great value for the money. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many people have decided to pass the time indoors by playing more video games. . As a result, more people have purchased an Xbox Game Pass subscription over the past few months. Microsoft has revealed that the service now has over 15 million subscribers. Back in April, it was announced that there were over 10 million. This means that in less than six months, the amount of Xbox Game Pass subscribers has increased by an astounding 50%

Professor Who Built Startups at School Can Sue…

A decade ago, the Georgia Institute of Technology fired a professor, saying that, by launching secret startups tied to his university work, he'd crossed the line between academic research and the tech industry. Joy Laskar was indicted on charges of misusing $1 million in university money but never tried in...

Report: German hospital cyberattack trail leads…

German media are reporting that IT experts investigating a cyberattack that paralyzed computer systems at a major hospital in western Germany say one of the trails they are following leads to Russia

US to Ban TikTok, WeChat From App Stores

It looks like it's going to be harder to download TikTok and WeChat starting Sunday. The Commerce Department said Friday it will ban the Chinese-owned apps from mobile app stores because of national security concerns , reports the Washington Post . The US plans to take additional measures to restrict the use...

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Apple Accuses Epic Games of Using Their Legal…

Apple Accuses Epic Games of Using Their Legal Battle as a 'Marketing Campaign'. The two companies have been caught in a legal battle for the past few weeks. The conflict was ignited when the video game developer implemented its own payment system into the iOS and Android versions of 'Fortnite.' . Apple decided to remove the game from the App Store, and Epic subsequently responded to the move by filing an anti-trust lawsuit against the tech company. Apple has recently responded to Epic’s court filing, in which Epic requested for 'Fortnite' to be made available on iOS again. While Apple said that this can be done once Epic removes their own payment system from the game, . they also slammed Epic by stating: “Epic started a fire, and poured gasoline on it, and now asks this Court for emergency assistance in putting it out.". They also accused Epic of using the high-profile lawsuit as “a marketing campaign.". For reasons having nothing to do with Epic’s claims against Apple, 'Fortnite'’s popularity is on the wane. By July 2020, interest in 'Fortnite' had decreased by nearly 70% as compared to October 2019. , Apple, via filing. This lawsuit (and the front-page headlines it has generated) appears to be part of a marketing campaign designed to reinvigorate interest in 'Fortnite.', Apple, via filing. Epic boss Tim Sweeney has claimed in a recent filing that this accusation is incorrect. Epic’s actual user engagement data reflecting the actual number of users playing 'Fortnite' (not Google search results) shows Apple’s claim of declining interest in 'Fortnite' to be incorrect. , Tim Sweeney, via filing. Over the period of time that Apple cherry-picked for its Google search volume comparison (between October 2019 and July 2020), the number of daily active users on 'Fortnite' actually increased by more than 39%, Tim Sweeney, via filing

Pops and Flops: Carvana, Tesla, and GameStop Stock

Carvana shares are popping after the online used-car retailer said it's expecting a record-setting quarter. Automobile sales have seen a surge as families have fled big cities. Tesla shares are down after Elon Musk's announcements at Battery Day are not expected to be implemented until 202, and GameStop stock is popping after reports its parent company is expected to position itself as an Amazon competitor.

As Europe faces 2nd wave of virus, tracing apps…

Mobile apps tracing new COVID cases were touted as a key part of Europe’s plan to beat the coronavirus outbreak

Microsoft Buys Bethesda for $7.5 Billion

Microsoft Buys Bethesda for $7.5 Billion. On Monday, Phil Spencer and Xbox announced that Microsoft is acquiring Bethesda parent company ZeniMax. Bethesda Game Studios, id Software, ZeniMax Online Studios, Arkane, MachineGames, Tang Gameworks, Alpha Dog and Roundhouse Studios will now all be at Microsoft's disposal. Microsoft has also acquired reputable game franchises such as 'Fallout,' 'DOOM,' Wolfenstein,' The Elder Scrolls' and more. Additionally, Bethesda titles will be included in Xbox's Game Pass. With the addition of Bethesda, Microsoft will grow from 15 to 23 creative studio teams and will be adding Bethesda’s iconic franchises to Xbox Game Pass. , Microsoft. This includes Microsoft’s intent to bring Bethesda’s future games into Xbox Game Pass the same day they launch on Xbox or PC, like Starfield, the highly anticipated, new space epic currently in development by Bethesda Game Studios, Microsoft. The deal is approximately three times what Microsoft paid for 'Minecraft' developer Mojang Studios in 2014

Micosoft will buy video game maker ZeniMax for $7…

Microsoft is buying the company behind popular video games The Elder Scrolls, Doom and Fallout

Mark Zuckerberg Is Not a Fan of AR Glasses So Far

Mark Zuckerberg Is Not a Fan of AR Glasses So Far. Zuckerberg doesn't think any currently-released Augmented Reality glasses have been particularly "compelling" since they are either thick frames or resemble an "Apple Watch on your face.". But he's hopeful that another company will be able to succeed in projecting holograms into the world with a standard pair of glasses in the future. Speaking to The Verge at the Facebook Connect event, Zuckerberg gave his honest opinion of AR glasses. I really don't think that AR is going to be good until you get normal-looking glasses that can project holograms into the world. , Mark Zuckerberg, to The Verge. And now, glasses range from thin to pretty thick frames. , Mark Zuckerberg, to The Verge. I don't think we're anywhere near getting all the electronics that you would need to get into a thin frame. , Mark Zuckerberg, to The Verge. But the hope would be that you can get it into more normal-looking glasses in the first part of this decade or the first half of this decade, Mark Zuckerberg, to The Verge

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Deep Dive Into Streaming: Roku Gets Peacock…

Streaming Updates: Roku makes a deal for NBCUniversal's Peacock streaming on the service, Quibi considers sale following a lackluster debut, and streaming platforms sweep the Emmy Awards. Cheddar's Jill Wagner and Kristen Scholer break it all down.

Another record low in viewership for 'Pandemmys'

The novelty of seeing stars getting Emmy Awards delivered to their homes wasn't enough to keep that annual show from slipping further in popularity

Trump to Block TikTok, WeChat App Downloads…

Trump to Block TikTok, WeChat App Downloads , Starting Sunday. The Trump administration's Commerce Department announced it would ban the apps on Friday. Business transactions on the apps, including payments and transfers, will be banned. Today’s actions prove once again that President Trump will do everything in his power to guarantee our national security .., Wilbur Ross, Commerce Secretary, via 'The New York Times'. ... and protect Americans from the threats of the Chinese Communist Party, Wilbur Ross, Commerce Secretary, via 'The New York Times'. More than 100 million people in the U.S. use the popular apps. For all practical purposes [WeChat] will be shut down in the U.S., but only in the U.S., as of midnight Monday, Wilbur Ross, Commerce Secretary, via 'The New York Times'. TikTok is currently in acquisition talks with American company Oracle. As to TikTok, the only real change as of Sunday night will be users won’t have access to improved updated apps, upgraded apps or maintenance, Wilbur Ross, Commerce Secretary, via 'The New York Times'

Founder of GM electric truck partner quits amid…

The head of an electric truck startup that's partnering with GM has resigned amid accusations of making false representations about the company's technology

YouTube Begins Rollout of TikTok Rival YouTube…

YouTube Begins Rollout of TikTok Rival YouTube Shorts . YouTube Shorts has arrived in India. It is in the beta phase and comes as the Trump Administration decides whether it will ban TikTok in the U.S. . Like TikTok, users can create a 15-second clip set to music, , which is available via an "in-product music picker feature.". A YouTube spokesperson told The Verge that the feature "currently has 100,000s of tracks, and we're working with music artists, labels and publishers to make more of their content available to continue expanding our catalog.". YouTube will display the Shorts on its homepage

Roku Gets Peacock Streaming Following Customer…

Roku and NBC have struck a deal to launch Peacock on its service. The news comes on the heels of the backlash from Roku users who were upset Peacock streaming was unavailable on the platform.

Judge agrees to delay US government restrictions…

A federal judge has approved a request from a group of WeChat users to delay looming U.S. government restrictions that could effectively make the popular app nearly impossible to use

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TikTok Reaches Deal With Oracle Instead of…

TikTok Reaches Deal With Oracle Instead of Microsoft . According to NBC News, Oracle confirmed the new deal on Monday. It is not yet known which parts of the Chinese-owned company will be taken over by Oracle. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin also confirmed with CNBC Monday morning that the White House had received TikTok's Oracle partnership proposal. . In order to move forward, TikTok parent company ByteDance and Oracle will first need to get approval from the U.S. Committee on Foreign Investment in the Unites States (CFIUS). The deal must satisfy the committee's national security concerns. Trump has repeatedly said that the social media app poses risks amounting to a "national emergency.". TikTok was given a deadline, which is up on Tuesday, to sell to an American company or be banned in the U.S. Last month, TikTok sued the U.S. government, saying it lacked evidence to prove that the app was a threat to national security and that the company was denied due process to adequately secure a U.S. deal

Trump backs proposed deal to keep TikTok…

President Donald Trump says he’s given his “blessing” to a proposed deal that would see the popular video-sharing app TikTok partner with Oracle and Walmart and form a U.S. company