The Wall Street Journal states in a recent article that Microsoft’s latest moves in the gaming and online community space show that while Facebook is attempting to shape the future of the online metaverse, Microsoft isn’t going to allow the social media giant to control it so easily. In an article titled “Microsoft shows Meta won’t own the ‘Verse,” the Wall Street Journal notes that tech giant Microsoft recently acquired video game developer Activision Blizzard for the massive sum of $69 billion. This purchase brought popular game franchises like World of Warcraft and Call of Duty under the Microsoft banner, allowing the company to seriously boost its video game business. Mark Zuckerberg introduces Meta (Facebook) cosplayers from Blizzard’s World of Warcraft, part of Microsoft’s Activision Blizzard acquisition ( Sean Gallup /Getty) But Microsoft isn’t only focused on gaming, on a call discussing the acquisition on Tuesday the term “metaverse” was … [Read more...] about WSJ: Microsoft Is Preparing to Fight Facebook in Metaverse Turf War
E-commerce giant Amazon is reportedly opening its first-ever brick and mortar clothing store called Amazon Style. The first location will open in Los Angeles later this year, although an exact date hasn’t been specified. Engadget reports that tech giant Amazon is launching its first-ever Amazon Style physical clothing store. The company has previously opened multiple grocery stores which offer a checkout-less shopping experience in which customers pick items off shelves, place them in their basket, and leave with their account being automatically charged upon exit. Amazon One Palm Scanner (Amazon) (Photo by Peter Wynn Thompson/AP Images for Amazon) Now the company is expanding the types of physical products that it sells with the launch of its first-ever fashion store. The e-commerce giant promises to offer brands that consumers “know and love,” and give customers access to an app that allows them to choose an item, size, and color and send it directly to a … [Read more...] about Welcome to the Takeover: Amazon to Open First Retail Clothing Store
Joe Kent, a retired Green Beret who is running for Congress as a Republican in Washington State’s third district, has been locked out of Twitter for several hours with no reason given. Kent, who has been endorsed by Donald Trump, has taken vocal positions against the permanent Deep State, open borders, and endless foreign wars. He has also condemned the treatment of January 6 protesters by the government. Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal (Google Cloud/YouTube) (Twitter/@joekent16jan19) Twitter, which normally identifies an offending tweet when locking an account, did not inform Kent why his account had been locked. The censorship occurred shortly after Kent spoke out against the Biden Administration’s escalation of tensions with Russia. In a comment to Breitbart News, Kent drew a connection between his opposition to the establishment’s hunger for war and Big Tech’s decision to censor him. “Twitter’s suspension of me is without cause,” said Kent in a comment. “In the … [Read more...] about Twitter Censors Washington GOP Congressional Candidate Joe Kent, No Reason Given
1 Schools In addition to mask and social distancing requirements to control COVID-19, some schools are making improving ventilation systems. Kaiser Health News , News Partner Posted Reply Kaiser Health News ACROSS AMERICA — As students return to school, parents are getting a lot of mail about what schools are doing to better protect kids in the classroom — including details on mask policies and how kids will sit at lunch. One item on many administrators' lists of protective measures is improving ventilation in the classroom. Many studies have shown that better ventilation and air circulation can greatly reduce COVID-19 transmission. But rather than stocking up on HEPA filters, some school districts are turning to high-tech air purification strategies, including the use of untested electronic methods and airborne chemicals. KHN has written extensively about school air filtration . Senior correspondent Christina … [Read more...] about Listen: Many Schools Are Buying High-Tech Air Purifiers. What Should Parents Know?
Sens. Amy Klobuchar Amy Klobuchar Biden huddles with group of senators on Ukraine-Russia tensions Democrats make final plea for voting rights ahead of filibuster showdown Apple warns antitrust legislation could expose Americans to malware MORE (D-Minn.) and Tom Cotton Tom Bryant Cotton Sinema scuttles hopes for filibuster reform Republicans threaten floor takeover if Democrats weaken filibuster Will Putin sink Biden? MORE (R-Ark.) are co-sponsors of an antitrust bill that would put new clamps on the growth of American companies — not just Big Tech but potentially financial services firms, and even online and in-store retailers like Amazon and Walmart. The Senate committee markup of the bill is expected over the days ahead, to be followed by a potential vote later this year. The coming together of Klobuchar from the left and Cotton from the right is a result of different motivations. Democrats are suspicious of companies that are too … [Read more...] about Senate’s antitrust bill would raise consumer prices and lower our competitiveness
Popular cryptocurrency trading platform Crypto.com announced this week that it lost around $34 million worth of customers’ cryptocurrency in a recent hack. Gizmodo reports that Crypto.com, the popular cryptocurrency trading platform, recently acknowledged that it lost around $34 million worth of cryptocurrency in a hack. Previously the company declined to reveal much information about the hack, which prevented users from withdrawing funds for most of the day on Monday, although the company reassured users they would not lose any money. This is just one in a long line of recent cryptocurrency hacks. Hackers reportedly stole 4,836.26 ethereum, 443.93 bitcoin, and approximately $66,200 in other cryptocurrencies from 483 users. Crypto.com has a user base of around 10 million people. The company stopped all withdrawals on Monday for 14 hours following the detection of “suspicious activity.” (Photo by JACK GUEZ/AFP via Getty Images) The stolen ethereum is worth … [Read more...] about Crypto.com Acknowledges Hackers Stole $34 million from Customer Accounts