Technology News

  • Workers protest outside Minnesota Amazon warehouse
    by Brian Heater on December 15, 2018 at 3:19 pm

    Yesterday afternoon, Somali-American workers marched outside of Amazon’s Shakopee, Minnesota fulfillment center, chanting “hear our voice.” Estimates of the exact number of marches vary from source to source, but The Minneapolis Star Tribune puts it at around 100. It’s a fairly familiar refrain for the company, after years of reports about questionable working conditions. Some […]

  • Discord announces 90/10 revenue split for self-published titles on upcoming games store
    by Lucas Matney on December 15, 2018 at 12:36 am

    After gaming chat app startup Discord announced in August that they were building out a games store, today, they’ve detailed that they’ll be pursuing a very competitive 90/10 revenue split for self-published titles in 2019. In addition, the company revealed that they now have 200 million active users on their chat app, up from 130 […]

  • Apple is producing new content about Snoopy and other Peanuts characters
    by Anthony Ha on December 15, 2018 at 12:12 am

    Apple has signed a deal with DHX Media that will see the Canadian broadcaster producing new shows, specials and short films about Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang. That includes exclusive short-form content for Apple starring astronaut Snoopy, aimed at getting kids excited about STEM. Peanuts was created by Charles Schulz, […]

  • Facebook restructures Building 8, separating projects into Reality Labs and Portal groups
    by Lucas Matney on December 14, 2018 at 11:35 pm

    Facebook is restructuring its experimental hardware efforts and giving its moonshot projects a home within its AR/VR research division. The restructuring, reported by Business Insider (paywalled), didn’t result in any layoffs but did see some shifts of teams as the old Building 8 group rebranded to Portal and some projects moved to the former Oculus […]

  • Propel raises $12.8M for its free app to manage government benefits
    by Anthony Ha on December 14, 2018 at 11:03 pm

    Propel, maker of the Fresh EBT app for managing food stamps and other benefits, announced today that it has raised $12.8 million in Series A funding. Fresh EBT (the EBT stands for the Electronics Transfer Benefit card, which is how food stamp participants receive their benefits) allows users to check their food stamp/SNAP balance and […]

  • Amazon Echo speakers now play friendly with Apple Music
    by Greg Kumparak on December 14, 2018 at 9:29 pm

    Amazon recently said Apple Music would find its way onto Amazon Echo devices sometime soon — and sure enough, it appears to be rolling out now. […]

  • ‘donald’ debuts at No. 23 on worst passwords of 2018 list
    by Kirsten Korosec on December 14, 2018 at 9:01 pm

    Almost 10 percent of people on the interwebs used at least one of the 25 worst passwords on SplashData’s annual list, which was released this week. And nearly three percent of you are still using “123456,” the worst password of the entire ranking. The eighth annual list of worst passwords of the year is based […]

  • Google agrees not to sell facial recognition tech, citing abuse potential
    by Brian Heater on December 14, 2018 at 8:39 pm

    In recent months, pressure has been mounting for major tech firms to develop strong policies regarding facial recognition. Microsoft has helped lead the way on that front, promising to put in place stricter policies, calling for greater regulation and asking fellow companies to follow suit. Hidden toward the end of a blog post about using […]

  • Lime continues to battle San Francisco’s electric scooter decision
    by Megan Rose Dickey on December 14, 2018 at 8:30 pm

    Electric scooter and bike-share company Lime is not giving up on San Francisco. This afternoon, Lime plans to protest on the steps of SF City Hall to petition the city’s scooter selection process. “We are calling the SFMTA to expand equitable transportation options throughout the City by allowing more choice and greater options, by requiring […]

  • Disney’s invested in educational gaming app Kahoot, now at a $376M valuation
    by Ingrid Lunden on December 14, 2018 at 7:29 pm

    When Kahoot, the startup that operates a popular platform for user-generated educational gaming, raised $15 million in October of this year, we mentioned that Disney had a stake in the company by way of the Disney Accelerator, and it had an option to become a larger shareholder if it exercised its warrants. Now with some […]