Apple says it will send a witness to Senate hearing on app stores after all
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Apple says it will send a witness to Senate hearing on app stores after all

After several senators criticized the company, Apple said on Sunday it would send its chief compliance officer to an April 21st hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Bloomberg reported. Leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee sent a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook on Friday demanding that the company send a representative to the hearing,…

French lawmakers vote to ban some domestic flights to reduce carbon emissions
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French lawmakers vote to ban some domestic flights to reduce carbon emissions

French lawmakers have voted to ban domestic flights on routes that could be taken in a train ride in less than two-and-a-half hours, Reuters reported. The vote late Saturday comes as part of France’s larger climate bill, which seeks to reduce its 1990-level carbon emissions by 40 percent over the next decade. Last week, France’s…

Personal info for 1.3 million Clubhouse users reportedly leaked online
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Personal info for 1.3 million Clubhouse users reportedly leaked online

Personal data for some 1.3 million users of the social audio app Clubhouse has been leaked online, Cyber News reported. a SQL database with users’ IDs, names, usernames, Twitter and Instagram handles and follower counts were posted to an online hacker forum. According to Cyber News, it did not appear that sensitive user information such…

Google reportedly ran secret ‘Project Bernanke’ that boosted its own ad-buying system over competitors
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Google reportedly ran secret ‘Project Bernanke’ that boosted its own ad-buying system over competitors

Google reportedly ran a secret project called “Project Bernanke” that relied on bidding data collected from advertisers using its ad exchange to benefit the company’s own ad system, The Wall Street Journal reported. First discovered by newswire service MLex, the name of the project was visible in an improperly unredacted document Google had filed as…

South Korea EV battery makers reach settlement in US trade dispute
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South Korea EV battery makers reach settlement in US trade dispute

South Korean electric-vehicle battery makers SK Innovation and LG Energy Solution have reached a settlment in a US trade dispute, Bloomberg reported. Under the terms of the agreement, SK will pay $1.8 billion (2 trillion won) in cash and royalties to LG. In a joint statement the companies said they would “work to help the…

LG leaves a void as it exits the smartphone business
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LG leaves a void as it exits the smartphone business

LG’s exit from the smartphone business felt inevitable in the weeks leading up to it as rumors mounted. When it was finally confirmed, Avi Greengart, a longtime consumer tech analyst and president of Techsponential, noticed a trend toward nostalgia in the reactions to the news. “I’m not getting a lot of people saying ‘What will…

China fines Alibaba $2.8 billion after antitrust investigation
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China fines Alibaba $2.8 billion after antitrust investigation

China has hit Alibaba, one of the country’s biggest online retailers, with a record $2.8 billion (18.2 billion yuan) fine, after an investigation found the ecommerce giant violated China’s anti-monopoly law, The New York Times reported. The fine, which represents 4 percent of Alibaba’s 2019 domestic sales, is three times higher than the $975 billion…

Lawsuit against Amazon alleging it failed to protect workers from COVID-19 moved back to state court
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Lawsuit against Amazon alleging it failed to protect workers from COVID-19 moved back to state court

A federal judge has granted the New York attorney general’s request to move a lawsuit against Amazon back to New York state court, Reuters reported. AG Letitia James’ lawsuit alleges that the ecommerce giant failed to protect workers at its Brooklyn and Staten Island warehouses from COVID-19 during the early months of the pandemic, and…

The team behind Age of Empires IV wants you to learn history while playing the game
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The team behind Age of Empires IV wants you to learn history while playing the game

Age of Empires games have always taken place against a historical backdrop, but Microsoft and Relic Entertainment want to take things even further with Age of Empires IV. The game will feature narrated documentaries throughout the campaigns, time period-accurate language and music, as well as art and game design that looks to take inspiration from…