Facebook tightens political ad bans as US…

With just over a month to go before Americans head en masse to the polls in an extraordinarily contentious election, Facebook is expanding restrictions on political advertising, including new bans on messages claiming widespread voter fraud

'Pokémon GO' to Remove Certain Bonuses…

'Pokémon GO' to Remove Certain Bonuses Implemented Amid COVID-19. As the coronavirus pandemic began spreading, 'Pokémon GO' introduced a number of bonuses which made it easier for players to continue participating. But Niantic Labs has now announced that while some of the bonuses will remain, the majority of them will go as of October 1st. 1. The maximum number of Gifts you can carry in your Item Bag at a time will remain at 20. , Via the 'Pokémon GO' team blog . 2. You will continue to receive three times the Stardust and XP for your first Pokémon catch of the day. , Via the 'Pokémon GO' team blog . 3. Incense duration will remain at 60 minutes, Via the 'Pokémon GO' team blog . 4. Hatch Distance will return to normal for Eggs, Via the 'Pokémon GO' team blog . 5. The increased effectiveness of Incense will now apply only while walking, Via the 'Pokémon GO' team blog . 6. Your Buddy Pokémon will now bring you Gifts only when you have nearly run out. This will happen only once per day, Via the 'Pokémon GO' team blog . 7. You will still have a higher chance of getting a Gift when you spin a PokéStop. However, you won’t be guaranteed to get a Gift, Via the 'Pokémon GO' team blog . 8. Incubators will be included in more boxes in the in-game shop, Via the 'Pokémon GO' team blog

When Vegas Schools Declined Ransom, Hackers Took…

A hacker group has published employee Social Security numbers, student grades, and other sensitive information from the Clark County School District in Las Vegas after it refused to pay a ransom. The largest school district known to be hit with ransomware since the start of the pandemic announced a breach...

German privacy watchdog fines H&M $41M for spying…

A German privacy watchdog is fining clothing retailer H&M 35.3 million euros ($41 million) after the company was found to have spied on some of its employees in Germany

Final Harvest Looms for FarmVille

The original FarmVille is about to become a dust bowl, 11 years after it first became a social media gaming sensation. Zynga announced Monday that the original FarmVille game will be officially kaput as of the end of 2020, Ars Technica reports. "Adobe will stop distributing and updating Flash Player...

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Judge Calls Epic Games ‘Not Honest’ for Bypas…

Judge Calls Epic Games ‘Not Honest’ for Bypassing Apple’s 'Fortnite' Payment System . Epic is currently seeking a temporary court order that would force Apple to unblock 'Fortnite' from its App Store. According to CNN, Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers slammed Epic's actions leading up to the lawsuit, . saying they were "not honest" when they released the update allowing users to directly purchase from Epic. You did something, you lied about it by omission, by not being forthcoming. That's the security issue. That's the security issue!, Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers, via CNN. There are a lot of people in the public who consider you guys heroes for what you guys did, but it's still not honest, Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers, via CNN. Judge Rogers also added that she would prefer the lawsuit to be tried in front of a jury, . but because of her busy schedule, it's likely that it will not go to trial until July 2021

Cannabis Takes a Back Seat in First Presidential…

Some debate topics were expected to be left out of the conversation, particularly the legalization of cannabis, despite some states adding the issue to the November ballot. Cheddar's Chloe Aiello reports.

Google unveils latest Pixel phone, rolls out new…

Google will try to make a bigger splash in the smartphone market with a cheaper high-end model while it also aims to expand its presence on bigger screens with a new TV service

TikTok Debuts New in-App 2020 Elections Guide

TikTok Debuts New in-App 2020 Elections Guide. According to The Verge, the guide will be available to U.S. users starting Tuesday. It can be found via TikTok's Discover page or landing pages for election-related content. Using BallotReady, it will provide users information about federal, state and local canditates. We’re partnering with TikTok for their elections guide because younger voters often do not realize everything that will appear on their ballot, .., Alex Niemczewski, CEO of BallotReady, via The Verge. ... and we believe that TikTok can help them vote their entire ballot, Alex Niemczewski, CEO of BallotReady, via The Verge. Our elections guide is built with user privacy in mind, .., Michael Beckerman, TikTok vice president and head of US public policy, via blog post. ... so a user must visit the website for a state or a non-profit for anything that involves sharing their information, including registering to vote, Michael Beckerman, TikTok vice president and head of US public policy, via blog post. Interactions with this guide in our app have no bearing on future TikTok experiences, such as recommendations or ads, Michael Beckerman, TikTok vice president and head of US public policy, via blog post. TikTok has previously made other attempts to protect the platform from misinformation, . including banning deepfakes and implementing more content moderation policies

TikTok Ban Blocked at Last Minute

Four hours before it was set to take effect, a federal judge blocked the Trump administration's attempt to prohibit Americans from downloading TikTok . The judge partially granted a request by the Chinese-owned app for a temporary injunction, meaning it will remain available on mobile app stores for now, CNN and...

Assange bugged while at Ecuadorian Embassy, UK…

A London court has heard that Julian Assange’s conversations in the latter part of his seven-year stay at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London were systematically bugged, even in the toilet

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Google Maps to Roll out Feature Indicating…

Google Maps to Roll out Feature Indicating COVID-19 Infection Rates in Local Areas. The new update will make users aware of how the virus is progressing in different locations so they can plan ahead before traveling. There will be the option to add a layer called "COVID-19 info," which shows the amount of new cases per 100,000 people. . It will detail the areas where infections are rising or declining via a color-coded system. Google has used "multiple authoritative sources," including 'The New York Times,' . to source the relevant data, which is available for the 220 countries supported on the app

NJ Sen. Bob Menendez Says SCOTUS Vote Should Wait

After ripping President Trump on the Senate floor regarding alleged $750 tax bills in 2016 and 2017, Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) said the American people are absolutely concerned about the president's finances. Menendez also discussed his disapproval of Trump's SCOTUS pick, Amy Coney Barrett, and called for the selection to be held off until after the election.

FAA chief tests changes to Boeing's grounded 737…

The head of the Federal Aviation Administration has piloted one of Boeing's grounded 737 Max planes and says he likes what he saw

Judge Allows US TikTok Downloads to Continue for…

Judge Allows US TikTok Downloads to Continue for Now. On Sunday, U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols gave the China-based app more time to sort out its issues with the Trump administration. The order allows American app stores to continue offering TikTok downloads. TikTok released a statement, saying it "will continue defending our rights for the benefit of our community and employees.". At the same time, we will also maintain our ongoing dialogue with the government to turn our proposal, which the president gave his preliminary approval to last weekend, into an agreement, TikTok, via statement. Judge Nichols did not provide a ruling on a second ban that would prohibit U.S. companies from working with TikTok

Uber, Lyft look to kill California law on…

California voters are being asked to decide if Uber, Lyft and other app-based drivers should remain independent contractors or be eligible for the benefits that come with being company employees

Sega Is Reportedly Developing a Live-Action…

Sega Is Reportedly Developing a Live-Action 'Yakuza' Movie. According to 'Variety,' the video game company has teamed up with 1212 Entertainment and Wild Sheep Content to bring their hit game series to the big screen. Although no script writers have been linked to the movie, Erik Barmack, Roberto Grande and Joshua Long will serve as the film's producers. While details surrounding the film's narrative are currently unknown, 'Variety' and 1212 Entertainment have hinted that it will follow the adventures of the franchise protagonist, Kazuma Kiryu. 'Yakuza' offers us a new playground in which to set compelling stories with complex characters in a unique environment that audiences have rarely seen before, 1212 Entertainment, via statement to 'Variety'. The saga of Kazuma Kiryu has a built-in cinematic appeal - a mix of kinetic action with bursts of comedy, multiple converging storylines, and a gripping journey towards redemption, 1212 Entertainment, via statement to 'Variety'

NJ Sen. Bob Menendez Blasts President Trump Over…

New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez joined Cheddar to discuss the first Presidential debate between President Trump and Joe Biden. Menendez calls the event a disgrace largely in part because of the president's incessant attack on Biden during his responses.

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Twitter temporarily suspends Hungarian government…

The Hungarian government says its official Twitter account was temporarily suspended and then restored without explanation

Xbox Boss Phil Spencer Teases Future Games From…

Xbox Boss Phil Spencer Teases Future Games From Bethesda. The gaming studio was acquired by Microsoft as part of its $7.5 billion ZeniMax buyout. . Spencer says he knows what the studio is working on next, . and he promised an "incredibly exciting time" ahead. I have the benefit of knowing the future roadmap and having some insight into the things that have been both announced and unannounced that the teams are working on, Phil Spencer, on Major Nelson's podcast. It's an incredibly exciting time for the work that Bethesda's studios are doing, as they continue with the craft of creating games... , Phil Spencer, on Major Nelson's podcast. ... and also thinking about how our medium of gaming continues to evolve and their role in that, Phil Spencer, on Major Nelson's podcast