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Allison Matyus

Allison Matyus

Former Digital Trends Contributor

Allison Matyus is a general news reporter at Digital Trends. She covers any and all tech news, including issues around social media and data privacy.
Allison was previously a freelance journalist for the Chicago Tribune Media Group covering local news in Chicago’s South Suburbs. She’s also written for The Idea Forge, where she covered the city's tech industry and startup landscape.
Allison spent nearly two years as a Senior Reporter at Chicago’s oldest neighborhood newspaper, The Hyde Park Herald, where she covered politics, education, real estate, retail, and development.
Living in Chicago, Allison has her own personal wellness blog and loves to travel to national parks.

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What is Section 230? Inside the legislation protecting social media

President Donald Trump continues his efforts to repeal Section 230, a law that protects social media platforms from being liable if a user posts something illegal or controversial. Here's what you need to know

How to get the anime filter on Snapchat

Snapchat's popular Anime Style filter makes you look like a real-life anime character.
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Amazon introduces Explore virtual experiences platform

Amazon Explore lets you explore a new place, learn a new skill, or shop at unique boutiques virtually.
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How to watch the first Biden vs. Trump presidential debate

The first presidential debate will air without commercials from 6 to 7:30 p.m. PT on  Tuesday, Sept. 29. 
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Sonos files second lawsuit against Google over patent infringement

Sonos alleges Google copied more of its patented innovations for Google’s smart speakers. 
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What the biggest tech companies are doing to make the 2020 election more secure

From banning certain ads to providing places where you can find voting information, here’s what tech companies are doing to secure the election.
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How to use the new Disney Plus GroupWatch mode

You can watch the same show or movie on Disney+ with up to seven of your friends.
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Twitter’s experiment to get you to read stories actually worked

Twitter says more people are actually opening up articles and reading them thanks to a new notification.
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Spotify wants to turn its popular podcasts into movies and TV shows

Spotify partnered with Chernin Entertainment in hopes of turning some of its more than 250 original podcasts into viewable entertainment. 
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Epic, Spotify, Match, and more team up to fight Apple

A coalition of popular apps makers, including Spotify, Match Group, and Epic Games, are targeting Apple’s App Store.
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Instagram back online after brief outage Wednesday

Instagram users reported issues with the social platform Wednesday afternoon.
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Google Maps will now show coronavirus outbreaks in your area

The tool shows how many new confirmed coronavirus cases there have been in an area in the last seven days.
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The first black hole ever photographed is ‘wobbling,’ scientists say

Scientists have found the first black hole ever to get its picture taken, known as M87, is rotating and changing over time.
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DOJ proposes legislation to gut Big Tech’s legal shield

The Department of Justice wants to narrow the criteria online platforms would need to meet to have liability protections.
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Tesla unveils ‘truly revolutionary’ new battery

CEO Elon Musk said Tesla has begun production of a new storage cell at a pilot factory.
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Ikea’s latest ad campaign features a CGI influencer

The Instagram influencer known as Imma posted herself 'living' in her Ikea-decorated apartment.
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Ex-YouTube content moderator describes horrors of job in lawsuit

A former YouTube content moderator sued the platform for failing to protect her mental health after she was forced to watch graphic and disturbing videos.
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The Marvel Cinematic Universe just found its She-Hulk star

Actress Tatiana Maslany has reportedly been cast to play the title superhero in Marvel’s She-Hulk series that will debut on Disney+. 
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Facebook won’t show health groups in its recommendations anymore

Facebook said the new policy is to ensure that its users get accurate health information. 
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Facebook unveils the Oculus Quest 2 VR headset

Facebook announced a new Oculus Quest 2 virtual reality headset during its Facebook Connect VR event Wednesday.
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How to watch the Facebook Connect event online

The Facebook Connect event streams live starting at 10 a.m. PT on Wednesday, September 16.
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Apple debuts new iPad and iPad Air with fresh design and better specs

Apple announced the new highly-anticipated iPad 8 and iPad Air during its Time Flies event on Tuesday, and both are getting a big performance boost. 
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Apple announces the Apple Watch Series 6, Apple Watch SE

Apple announced the Apple Watch Series 6 on Tuesday with features like measuring blood oxygen levels.
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Apple One subscription brings all of Apple’s services together starting at $15 per month

The Apple One Service bundles Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, more iCloud storage, and more services starting at $15 per month.
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ESA moves forward with its first ‘planetary defense’ mission

The ESA's Hera mission will launch in 2024 and will study near-Earth asteroids.
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Twitter will soon remove tweets intended to undermine the election

Twitter said the new policy to remove or label these types of tweets would apply to everyone.
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Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 health features arrive for Watch Active 2 owners

New features include Running Analysis, Fall Detection feature, Smart Reply, and more.
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Russian hackers targeted firm working with Biden campaign

Microsoft warned the firm, known as SKDKnickerbocker, of the Russian hack attempts.
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Diana Rigg, Game of Thrones and The Avengers actress, dead at 82

Actress Dame Diana Rigg, best known for her roles in the TV spy series The Avengers and the megahit Game of Thrones, died on Thursday at the age of 82.
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Facebook reportedly suffers outage in parts of U.S.

The social network started to experience issues starting at 1 p.m. PT on Wednesday.
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Apple creates a face mask for its employees

The face mask was designed by the same teams that work on the iPhone and iPad designs.
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Walmart is starting to deliver your packages by drone

Walmart has partnered with Flytrex to deliver grocery and household items via drone.
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If you have AT&T, Alexa is now a giant speakerphone

AT&T calling with Alexa allows users to answer incoming calls or start a new call using their Alexa-enabled device.
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Xbox Series X console will launch November 10 for $499

Pre-orders for the Xbox Series X start September 22 and the console will officially be available on November 10.