‘Madden NFL 21’ comes to Google Stadia on January 28th

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You won’t need powerful console or PC to play Madden NFL 21 in the near future. EA has revealed (in amidst Pro Bowl news) that its seminal football title will be available on Google Stadia starting January 28th. Yes, you can predict the Super …

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Pixar’s ‘Soul’ was so popular on streaming that it beat ‘The Office’

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There was little doubt Pixar’s Soul would find a large audience by going straight to Disney+ in many countries, but it’s now clear just how successful that strategy was. Deadline reports that the existential movie topped Nielsen’s streaming ra…

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Democrats ask Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to rework their suggestion algorithms

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A group of more than 30 democratic lawmakers led by Representatives Tom Malinowski (D-NJ) and Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA) are calling on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to make substantive changes to their recommendation algorithms. In three separate l…

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President Biden appoints ‘world-class’ cybersecurity team in wake of hacks

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President Biden is elevating the importance of cybersecurity in light of the SolarWinds hack that compromised multiple government institutions. Reuters reports that Biden has appointed (and will soon appoint) a host of officials well-versed in…

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Facebook improves AI photo descriptions for the visually impaired

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Facebook has long been using AI to describe photos for the visually impaired, but it’s stepping up its efforts in 2021. The social media giant has detailed a new version of automatic alternative text (AAT) that promises much more information.I…

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Facebook and Google allegedly cut a deal that reduced ad competition

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The antitrust cases against Facebook and Google might have some additional fuel. The New York Times says it has obtained documents from Texas’ antitrust lawsuit elaborating on a “sweetheart deal” (first mentioned by the Wall Street Journal) Go…

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Facebook temporarily bans ads for gun accessories and military gear

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Facebook is continuing its crackdown on potential domestic terrorism at President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. The social network told BuzzFeed News that it was temporarily banning US ads for gun accessories and military gear, such as holst…

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Apple will produce Ridley Scott’s upcoming Napoleon biopic

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Apple is determined to land more big-name movies as it grows its TV+ service. Deadline has learned that Apple will back and produce Kitbag, a Ridley Scott-directed movie starring Joaquin Phoenix of Joker fame as Napoleon Bonaparte. The movie w…

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Instacart tries to encourage COVID-19 vaccinations with a $25 stipend

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Instacart has been covering some COVID-19 costs for shoppers, and that now includes vaccines — although its latest help might not thrill everyone. As of February 1st, the grocery delivery service will give eligible American and Canadian shoppe…

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Watch the ‘Ratatouille’ TikTok musical encore at 8PM Eastern

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The Ratatouille TikTok musical was enough of a hit that it’s coming back. The Verge notes that TikTok is hosting a second showing of the actor- and fan-driven performance tonight (January 10th) at 8PM Eastern. You won’t have to buy tickets, bu…

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‘Dracula’ and six other horror classics will stream for free on YouTube

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You’ll soon have another good reason to fire up YouTube if you’re a movie buff revisiting some old favorites. NME and Android Police report that Universal Pictures is making seven classic horror movies available for free on its “Fear: The Home…

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Discovery+ launches today, and it’s available on Fire TV, Roku and more

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Discovery waited until the last possible moment to announce where you can stream content from Discovery+. But now that the service is officially available in the US, the company has finally shared that information. The list of places where you…

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