Google has threatened that it might stop making Google Search available in Australia. The statement was said during an Australian parliamentary hearing regarding a proposed law which forces Google to pay news publishers for the right to link to their content. In a press conference, the Prime Minister of Australia, Scott Morrison said that the country does not respond to threats.
The 25th James Bond movie – ’No Time To Die’ – has been delayed yet again. The movie, which will feature Daniel Craig as the final time as 007, will now release on October 8. The film was originally scheduled to be released in April 2020. It was then moved to November 2020, then again to April 2021. Reports said Apple had considered to release it on Apple TV Plus, but it didn’t materialize.
Google and Australia seem headed for a showdown over Canberra’s move to make the country’s Media Bargaining Code a law. The code seeks online platforms, like Google Search, to pay publishers for using their news content. Google threatened to block some of its products in Australia, including search, if a law is passed making it mandatory for the company to pay publishers for linking their content.
According to latest rumors, the upcoming MacBook Air will be lighter and thinner than the current version available in the market. According to sources, the refreshed Macbook Air could arrive anytime near the end of 2021 or the beginning of 2022. Along with this, the MacBook Air could also come with the MagSafe charging mechanism. The bezels around the display could be shrunk in the new version.
According to rumors, even though it is likely that there will be no Samsung Galaxy Note 21, the company might surprise its users with a Samsung Galaxy Note 20 FE instead. The Fan Edition of the Galaxy Note 20 will most likely be a ’Lite’ version of the smartphone and will be similar to the Galaxy S20 FE and will be a more affordable version of the smartphone.
Elon Musk, Tesla and SpaceX boss and the world’s richest man, announced a $100 million prize for developing the ’best’ technology to capture carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Announcing this on Twitter, Musk said: ’Am donating $100M towards a prize for best carbon capture technology.’ He then followed it up with another tweet saying he would release the details next week.
In a blow to Parler, a federal judge refused to restore the social media site after Amazon kicked it off of its Amazon Web Services. Parler won a large user base of former President Donald Trump’s supporters for its lenient content moderation. Judge Barbara Rothstein sided with Amazon, which argued that Parler wouldn’t take down posts threatening violence even after the January 6 Capitol riot.
The new updated White House website after Joe Biden’s inauguration as the 46th US president has a secret message for developers. A message in the HTML code of the updated White House website reads: ’If you’re reading this, we need your help building back better.’ Those interested are pointed to apply through: https://www.usds.gov/apply. The updated WH site now has a ’dark mode’ as well.
Apple’s M1 Macs are capable of running Ubuntu for the first time due to a new Linux port. Ubuntu has been successfully ported over to M1 Macs and has released a tutorial for others to follow by Corellium, a security firm offering virtualized version of iOS for security testing. USB support is included into the modified version of Ubuntu as it boots into the regular user interface.
President Biden has been offered help by Amazon for the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. Amazon aims to help Biden fulfil his goal of vaccinating 100 million Americans in his first 100 days in office. A letter was sent to Biden by the CEO of Amazon’s consumer business, Dave Clark. The President and Vice President Kamala Harris were congratulated on their inauguration in the letter as well.
President Joe Biden and the Federal Communications Commission confirmed that Jessica Rosenworcel will be the interim FCC head until a permanent chairperson is appointed. Rosenworcel replaces Ajit Pai – a Donald Trump appointee, who quit after the Biden administration took over. She may get the post permanently, but Geoffrey Starks, who serves as a Democratic FCC commissioner, is also a candidate.
Facebook’s decision to indefinitely suspend the Facebook and Instagram accounts of former President Donald Trump has been referred to its independent Oversight Board for review. Trump has been banned from posting online by Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms following the attack on the US Capitol on the 6th of January by pro-Trump extremists.
$5.9 billion in profits have been reported by Intel along with revenues of $20 billion in the fourth quarter of 2020. Profits have been down by 15% and the revenue has been flat. According to reports, the revenue has exceeded all expectations due to worries regarding sales due to the pandemic. According to further reports, the revenue has been linked to PC sales.
Twitter has locked the account of the Chinese embassy in the US for a tweet that hailed China’s anti-Uighur policies. Twitter deemed the tweet ’dehumanizing.’ The account, @ChineseEmbinUS, had tweeted that Uighur women were no longer ’baby-making machines.’ China has incarcerated over a million ethnic Uighur Muslims and is running a campaign to wipe out Uighur culture and identity in Xinjiang.
According to latest rumors, Apple is currently working on creating a niche VR headset. It has been an open secret since some time that Apple is looking to dwell into the world of augmented reality. The device under development will have an ’all-encompassing 3D digital environment’ and will compete against the likes of Oculus, PlayStation VR, and HTC Vive.
Google and France’s Alliance de la Presse d’Information Generale – a group of publishers – have reached a deal in which the tech giant will make copyright payments to the publishers for using their digital news content. This comes after France promulgated a ’neighboring rights’ law to adopt new EU copyright rules. Earlier, Google negotiated similar deals with individual publishers in France.