The Supreme Court is taking on Google and Oracle one last...

Ten years after Oracle first sued Google over the code in the Android platform, the two tech giants are finally facing off in the Supreme Court. Since then, there have been three trials and two appeals. Billions of dollars are at stake; many millions have been likely spent on a parade of seasoned litigators, expert…

As movies slip and Regal shuts doors again, many theaters may...

James Bond may have been the last straw for Regal and Cineworld, but analysts I spoke to agree: the only thing that will truly save movie theaters in the United States is a COVID-19 vaccine. On Thursday, Regal Cinemas — the second-largest theater chain in the US with 536 theaters and 7,076 screens — will…

Facebook completely bans QAnon and labels it a ‘militarized social movement’

Facebook has banned all forms of content related to the radical fringe conspiracy group QAnon with the exception of posts from individual profiles, marking the company’s most dramatic escalation in the fight against misinformation and what Facebook is calling “militarized social movements.” The company announced the change on its website as an update to its…

Arlo’s new wire-free Pro 4 camera doesn’t need a smart home...

Arlo has announced two new security cameras: the Pro 4 Wire-Free Spotlight Camera and the Ultra 2 Wire-Free Spotlight Camera System. You can preorder both cameras now; the Pro 4 starts at $199.99 and the Ultra 2 starts at $299.99. Both cameras are wire-free. That makes them easier to set up and more convenient to…

YouTube will now let you pay to QA test new features

YouTube has changed the way it tests new features: it’s now allowing its Premium subscribers access to experimental products in the development pipeline, according to XDA-Developers. Previously, those features were tested by Google users picked at random to beta test. Currently, the new features available for Premium subscribers to test include watching videos with sound…

In a pandemic-driven world, trust in science is rising

Trust but verify — People expect their governments to support science, use it for environmental problems. John Timmer - Oct 6, 2020 9:02 pm UTC Enlarge / Scientists doing what they do best.Last week, the Pew Research Center released the results of a series of polls that explored how the populations of 20 different countries…

Last-minute requests reportedly crush Florida voter registration site

Voting rights — Florida voters have until 7pm on Tuesday to register. Timothy B. Lee - Oct 6, 2020 8:00 pm UTC Enlarge / A Florida man wears a sticker indicating that he registered to vote.Florida's secretary of state has extended the deadline for voter registration to 7pm today. Registration officially closed last night at…

Buying Verizon 5G Home is even harder than finding a Verizon...

More 5G disappointment — 5G Home is barely available even in the few areas that have Verizon mobile 5G. Jon Brodkin - Oct 6, 2020 6:30 pm UTC Enlarge / A Verizon 5G Home router/receiver mounted on a window.If you're hoping to get Verizon's 5G Home Internet service in the near future, you're probably out…

Russian space corporation unveils planned “Amur” rocket—and it looks familiar

Falconski Nineski — Musk: “It’s a step in the right direction, but they should really aim for full reusability.” Eric Berger - Oct 6, 2020 5:40 pm UTC Here's a schematic of the proposed Amur rocket. GK Launch Services How the Amur rocket would land. GK Launch Services A Falcon 9 rocket on the launch…

Behold the new icons for Gmail, Drive, Calendar, and Meet

Expect a new name in 3.5 years — Google rebrands its business app suite to "Google Workspace." Ron Amadeo - Oct 6, 2020 5:31 pm UTC Google Workspace, the new name for G Suite. Google The new icons. Google New icons versus old icons. Ron Amadeo / Google There is also a new Google Chat…

Shadow industry of Amazon consultants alter listings for a fee

After four years of selling massagers on Amazon, one seller noticed in March 2019 that his most popular product had split into two separate listings, one for each color. He contacted Amazon, who resolved the issue. But, within a day, the product listing split again.“I was very surprised,” Michael, who asked that only his first…

D.C. gov’t says it’s been unable to connect with White House...

WASHINGTON — Officials with the Washington, D.C., Department of Health have been unsuccessful in trying to connect with the White House to assist with contact tracing and other protocols regarding the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak that has infected President Donald Trump and several senior staff members.“We have reached out to the White House on a couple…