Houston blast prompts safety debate in city with…

Last month’s explosion at a Houston metal fabricating and manufacturing company that killed two workers and damaged hundreds of structures has renewed debate over the city’s lack of zoning

Microsoft Partners With Samsung for Cloud-Based…

Microsoft Partners With Samsung for Cloud-Based Game Streaming Service The two companies have come together for the new partnership to create a "premium" streaming experience for gamers. David S. Park, head of Samsung's U.S. marketing team, revealed the news at the launch event for Microsoft's 'Forza Street' game on the Galaxy smartphones. David S. Park, via statment Though nothing has been revealed yet, it has been suggested the partnership could see xCloud come to Samsung's phones. Kareem Choudhry, Microsoft's Project xCloud boss, teased the possibility in a statement to The Verge. Kareem Choudhry, to The Verge

Judge in Amazon Suit Holds Up Microsoft's $10B…

A federal judge ordered a halt Thursday to the cloud contract the Pentagon awarded to Microsoft. Amazon has argued bias in the selection of Microsoft for the contract, which could be worth as much as $10 billion over 10 years, CNBC reports. After the winner was narrowed down to Amazon...

Shift to digital census raises fear of Iowa-like…

Some observers worry that this year's census carries the same potential for mayhem as last month's Iowa caucuses, except on an infinitely larger scale

Pentagon Expected To Support Tighter Huawei…

The rule would tighten a loophole that allows U.S. companies to sell to Huawei without a license under certain conditions.

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Judge Trims Charges Facing Holmes

Elizabeth Holmes, the Stanford dropout who founded the blood-testing company Theranos, still faces a trial in San Jose but now on fewer charges. US District Judge Edward Davila said Tuesday that he'll toss out any of the 11 counts against Holmes and Ramesh "Sunny" Balwani, former Theranos president, that accuse...

Ubisoft Says PS5 Will Support Backward…

Ubisoft Says PS5 Will Support Backward Compatibility Ubisoft boss Yves Guillemot has promised gamers that the next-gen consoles "will be running almost all the back catalog of the previous consoles." Yves Guillemot, via financial call Yves Guillemot, via financial call Sony's Mark Cerny previously confirmed that PS4 games would "definitely" run on the PS5.

Cadillac CMO Touts 'Exhilarating' Hands-Free…

The feature is called Super Cruise and fully controls acceleration and braking when enabled. It can also automatically change lanes by activating a turn signal stalk in either direction.

Salvage firm asks US judge to halt removal of…

A maritime salvage company is asking a federal judge to stop the Coast Guard and a rival firm from carrying out their plan to remove a cargo ship that overturned months ago off the coast of Georgia

WhatsApp Reaches 2 Billion Users

WhatsApp Reaches 2 Billion Users Just two years ago, the free messaging service reported 1.5 billion users. It was initially founded back in early 2009. The new milestone is thanks to WhatsApp's increasing popularity in developing countries like India. WhatsApp also used the accomplishment to reiterate its stance on providing end-to-end encryption. WhatsApp, via blog post The ad-free application was purchased by Facebook in 2014 for $19 billion. WhatsApp is the second app owned by the social media giant to hit two billion users.

Tesla's 'Insane' Stock Run Making a Fortune for…

Tesla's stock had an epic day on Monday with a rise of 19%. Tuesday might end up being even better. CNBC reports that Elon Musk's electric-car company surged as much as 20% in early trading to more than $900 a share. “I just can’t believe this freaking stock," Roth Capital...

United and American push back expected return of…

United Airlines won’t use the Boeing 737 Max at all this summer, while American Airlines is still holding out hope for a late August return

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Phishing Incident Scams Puerto Rico Out Of $2.6…

Officials say email phishing scam results in the loss of government funds.

Google 'Bug' Sent Videos to the Wrong Users

On Monday evening, some users of Google Takeout, which lets you download data from your Google apps, received what the Verge calls a "nonchalant email" from the company about a "technical issue," and it's one that's raising eyebrows . Per a statement sent by Google to 9to5Google , individuals who used Google...

Netflix Will Now Let Users Disable Autoplay…

Netflix Will Now Let Users Disable Autoplay Feature The company announced subscribers can finally stop previews from autoplaying on the homepage. The change comes after years of complaints from users. ‘Knives Out’ director Rian Johnson even tweeted, “current favorite console game: navigating Netflix without triggering autoplay promos.” One user was so frustrated that they created a Twitter account for the sole purpose of asking Netflix to remove the previews. Netflix already rolled out disabling autoplay with series episodes back in 2014.

Need 2 Know: Barr Hits Trump, Spring in Antarctica

These are the headlines you Need 2 Know for Friday, February 14, 2020.

US's Pelosi urges countries to steer clear of…

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has appealed to an audience in Germany for countries to steer clear of Chinese tech giant Huawei as they build their next-generation cellular networks

Twitter Reaches 152 Million Daily Users

Twitter Reaches 152 Million Daily Users The social media giant posted its first $1 billion revenue quarter on Thursday. Twitter CFO Ned Segal, via statment The new numbers show a jump of 21 percent from last year’s 126 million daily users. Twitter announced late last year that it would no longer accept paid political advertisements, unlike Facebook. CEO Jack Dorsey said that misleading information is the biggest obstacle in the industry and will be “a key focus" as Twitter scales up its services. Dorsey also mentioned Twitter’s need to expand management beyond San Francisco to “get more perspective on world markets.”

Sheryl Sandberg Finds Love Again

Sheryl Sandberg has found love again after going through the " completely unexpected hell " of husband Dave Goldberg's sudden death five years ago. The Facebook COO has announced her engagement to Tom Bernthal, founder of a strategic consulting agency, the New York Times reports. Sandberg, 50, has two children, and Bernthal,...

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Facebook's influencers nod shows murky side of…

Facebook's green light for political campaigns to pay prominent social media users to spread their messages is highlighting the difficulties around setting rules for the fast-changing world of online political campaigning

Facebook Removes 3 Networks Of Accounts Trying To…

The fake accounts were based in Russia, Iran, Vietnam and Myanmar.

8-Year-Old Climate Activist's Twitter Account…

Licypriya Kangujam may be a young climate activist, but the 8-year-old is not "the Greta Thunberg of India." And after she pointed that out, she says, Twitter suspended her account. As the Daily Dot reports, the problems apparently started after Kangujam posted a series of tweets complaining about the media's...