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Racists use app to trick celebrities into endorsing anti-Semitic views

White supremacists have been using mobile apps to trick stars into spreading hate speech online. BuzzFeed News has learned that two racist YouTubers have used Cameo, an app that lets you pay for personalized celebrity messages, to make NFL legend Br… Source: Engadget | Racists use app to trick celebrities into endorsing anti-Semitic views

Uber may acquire Bird or Lime to accelerate its scooter plans

Uber might see its acquisition of Jump as just the start of its e-scooter ambitions. Sources speaking to The Information claim Uber has "recently" held talks to buy Bird and Lime, two of the biggest names in scooter sharing. The move would reported… Source: Engadget | Uber may acquire Bird or Lime to accelerate its …

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Rumor claims Google Hangouts will shut down in 2020 (updated)

Stop us if you've heard this one before: there's a report that Google is considering either launching or shutting down a messaging app. 9to5Google said that based on a "source familiar with the product's internal roadmap," Google Hangouts as a consum… Source: Engadget | Rumor claims Google Hangouts will shut down in 2020 (updated)

Amazon's Echo Buttons now perform whole routines with a tap

Amazon's Echo Buttons are now useful for considerably more than playing party games. The company has enabled support for performing Alexa routines by tapping a button. You can turn on the lights without talking to your speaker, or let guests cue mu… Source: Engadget | Amazon's Echo Buttons now perform whole routines with a tap

Judge tells Amazon to provide Echo recordings in double homicide trial

Prosecutors are once again hoping that smart speaker data could be the key to securing a murder conviction. A New Hampshire judge has ordered Amazon to provide recordings from an Echo speaker between January 27th, 2017 and January 29th, 2017 (plus in… Source: Engadget | Judge tells Amazon to provide Echo recordings in double homicide …

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Giphy’s film festival turns GIFs into art

As I made my way into the Metrograph movie theater in New York City, I felt like I was attending a screening for the Tribeca Film Festival. There was a red carpet, people posing for professional photographers, an official film guide and, of course, d… Source: Engadget | Giphy’s film festival turns GIFs into art

Gaming guide creator Prima Games is shutting down

Prima Games, the company that's been creating physical video game strategy guides for the past 28 years, is shutting down according to Publisher's Lunch. Prima's publisher DK's CEO Ian Hudson sent out an internal memo saying it was an "extremely diff… Source: Engadget | Gaming guide creator Prima Games is shutting down

PayPal bans far-right Proud Boys and multiple anti-fascist groups

The far-right group Proud Boys has been hit with bans from Twitter and Facebook and now it will no longer be allowed to operate on PayPal. The Verge reports that PayPal will be cancelling both the Proud Boys account as well as that of its founder Gav… Source: Engadget | PayPal bans far-right Proud Boys …

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SpaceX revises internet satellite launch plan to minimize space debris

For the past few years, SpaceX has been working on its Starlink project, the goal of which is to launch thousands of low-orbiting satellites that will provide high-speed internet to people around the world. In February, the company put two prototype… Source: Engadget | SpaceX revises internet satellite launch plan to minimize space debris

Bethesda enlists Ninja and Rick and Morty for 'Fallout 76' livestream

To build up hype for the upcoming release of Fallout 76, Bethesda pulled the handle on the pop culture slot machine and it landed on Ninja, Logic and Rick and Morty. That motley crew of nerd stardom will play through the new online survival game on d… Source: Engadget | Bethesda enlists Ninja and Rick …

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Dear tech: Stop doing business with Nazis

Kicking Nazis off tech companies' services is so easy, and such a simple thing to do. It is such a basic act of human decency, a trivial task that would stop PayPal, Stripe, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, GoDaddy and many more from being unquestionabl… Source: Engadget | Dear tech: Stop doing business with Nazis

Google and iRobot team up to better map your home

Your Roomba's home mapping could be useful for more than more effective cleaning. Google and iRobot have formed a partnership to improve smart home technology using consumer robots. The two will find "additional ways" to link their platforms beyond G… Source: Engadget | Google and iRobot team up to better map your home