Amazon will offer temporary backup childcare to 650K U.S. employees through October

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Amazon will join other tech giants by offering a backup childcare benefit to employees, but only temporarily. The Seattle-based company announced Tuesday that it will offer 650,00...

Facebook is making it easier to bulk-delete your embarrassing old posts

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Facebook is launching a new feature called Manage Activity that lets users delete their old posts. It can be used to delete individual posts or in bulk, and Facebook says it will o...

Rivian makes cuts and names new chief operating officer

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Amazon-backed EV startup Rivian has laid off about 40 employees at its engineering and design center in Plymouth, Michigan, The Verge has learned. The cuts, which the company has c...

Apple News Plus’ new Audio stories appear in iOS 13.5.5 beta

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The latest iOS 13.5.5 beta has revealed a new audio feature for the company’s Apple News Plus service that adds podcast-style recordings of longform articles to the app, as disco...

Pax launches web app after getting booted from the Apple App Store

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Pax is launching a web app today capable of controlling its lineup of connected weed vapes. The launch comes six months after Pax’s app was banned from the Apple App Store, when ...

Apple doubles the price for entry-level MacBook Pro RAM upgrade

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Apple has doubled the price to upgrade the RAM on the entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro, as spotted by MacRumors. The upgrade now costs $200 to move from 8GB to 16GB of RAM; previous...

Seattle startup Pro.com cuts 52 employees as pandemic impacts home improvement projects

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Tech-powered general contracting platform Pro.com laid off 52 employees as the ongoing pandemic impacts home construction. Pro.com founder and CEO Matt Williams. (Pro.com Photo) P...

Thomson Reuters faces pressure over ICE contracts

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A group of Thomson Reuters shareholders says the company’s technology databases are being used by Immigration and Customs Enforcement to “track and arrest immigrants on a massi...

Zoom has temporarily removed Giphy from its chat feature

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Zoom has temporarily disabled the integration of GIF platform Giphy in its chat feature, the company said in a blog post. “Once additional technical and security measures have be...

Zoom paid accounts reportedly will get strong encryption for calls

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Zoom will add stronger encryption to its paid customers’ video calls, but isn’t planning to offer the enhanced security to all accounts, Reuters reported. A security consultant...
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Big Tech’s reputation is rising as governments tap the industry in...

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The coronavirus crisis quickly became an unexpected life raft for the technology industry’s image as even its biggest critics enlist Big Tech’s help. The scale of large techno...

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