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Google and YouTube launch remote-learning tools for parents and teachers

Google and YouTube launched two separate features aimed at giving caregivers and educators the tools they need to provide homeschooling amid the coronavirus.
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Small businesses scramble to get online as coronavirus spreads

Retailers and restaurants without any prior online ordering infrastructure are betting on their loyal customer bases to keep them afloat amid the coronavirus.
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Love Is Quarantine: Instagram dating show pairs couples in ‘pandemic pods’

Instagram account @loveisquarantine is adapting the model of breakout Netflix reality show "Love Is Blind" during coronavirus to create virtual connections.
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AT&T halts caps on broadband data as coronavirus drives many Americans inside

AT&T is the first internet service provider to temporarily halt its cap on broadband speeds due to the coronavirus. Other ISPs are being urged to follow suit,
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Fast & Furious 9 release postponed as coronavirus fears grip Hollywood

The release of Fast & Furious 9 has been delayed one year due to the growing spread of the coronavirus. The sequel film is now set for release in April 2021.
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Gates Foundation and Amazon could provide coronavirus home test kits in Seattle

Once the Gates-funded project launches, Seattle residents can fill out an online questionnaire to see if symptoms warrant an at-home coronavirus test kit.
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How to stay sane when working from home: 4 practical tips from a professional

The spread of the coronavirus has led employers to mandate that employees work from home. If you're a newbie, set some strict rules for better productivity.
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SXSW conference canceled as coronavirus fears mount

On Friday, the annual week-long tech, music, and film festival held in Austin announced it would cancel as coronavirus fears spread throughout the country.
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Twitter’s new story-like ‘fleets’ disappear after just 24 hours

With the launch of a new feature called fleets in South America, Twitter is one of the last social media platforms to chase the latest tech trend: Impermanence.
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The most peaceful place on the internet? Bird Twitter

Bird Twitter is a place for birders to share photos, videos, and information about birds in an educational environment.
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As coronavirus myths infect social media, WHO joins TikTok to inject truth

The World Health Organization is aiming to fight back against coronavirus misinformation by joining TikTok.
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People may start opting out of the sharing economy as coronavirus fear grows

Uber, Airbnb, and Grubhub have taken big hits to their stock prices as people opt out of the sharing economy.
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Pope Francis’ call to end trolling on social media leads to more trolling

Pope Francis once embraced social media. Now he's calling on his followers to give it up. As expected, social media users have fought back with more trolling.
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A new Star Wars movie is in the works from Sleight director JD Dillard

Lucasfilm is partnering with director J.D. Dillard and writer Matt Owens on a new Star Wars movie.

A Friends reunion special is officially coming to HBO Max in May

The special will feature all six original cast members on the show's original soundstage.
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A week after HQ Trivia shuttered, players still don’t have their prize money

HQ Trivia players told Digital Trends they still have not received prize money they accrued in the game one week after the company announced its plan to close.
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A huge number of tweets denying climate change came from bots, study finds

A new study released to The Guardian found 25% of tweets in support to President Trump's intent to leave the Paris climate agreement were generated by bots.
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Fashion Week isn’t about models anymore — it’s about the influencers

TikTok's Charli D’Amelio attends the Prada show. YouTube's Emma Chamberlain vloggs for Louis Vuitton. Social media influencers are taking over Fashion Week.
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Facebook will pay users $5 for their voice memo to improve speech detection

Following a controversy last year where the social media company listened in on voice memos sent via its Messenger App, it is now asking to pay for them.
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HQ Trivia shuts down, leaving us with more questions than answers

Bad news for quiz lovers everywhere: HQ Trivia, the live mobile trivia game, is shutting down immediately and laying off its remaining 25 full-time employees.
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It’ll take a lot more than $1 billion for Delta to go carbon-neutral

Airline travel accounts for 2% of global carbon emissions. Delta's billion-dollar pledge toward going carbon-neutral is just a drop in the bucket.
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More than Bloomberg: Facebook OKs influencers working with political campaigns

Following Michael Bloomberg's sponsored meme drop on Instagram, the social media giant is issuing new guidelines for creators working with political campaigns.
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Here’s your first look of Robert Pattinson as The Batman

Filmmaker Matt Reeves has just shared our very first look at Robert Pattinson as The Batman. The long-awaited film is expected to hit theaters June 25, 2021.
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What Mike Bloomberg’s sponsored political memes mean for future elections

Democratic presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Meme2020 partnership may change how campaigns are run long after 2020.
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Jeff Bezos buys $165 million Beverly Hills mansion in record-breaking deal

Jeff Bezos just paid $165 million for nine acres of property in Beverly Hills — it's the single most expensive property in Los Angeles.
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MIT’s latest artificial intelligence can rewrite outdated Wikipedia pages

Researchers at MIT have created a system that scans Wikipedia articles and replaces outdated text with the latest information.
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Facebook delays the launch of its dating app in Europe over privacy concerns

The Data Protection Commission (DPC), an independent consumer protection agency, announced it was “very concerned” about Facebook Dating.
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Facebook’s Twitter account taken over by hacker group OurMine

OurMine, a group known for hacking the accounts of celebrities, NFL players, and tech CEOs, took over Facebook's Twitter account briefly on Friday afternoon.
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Having learned nothing, Space Force turns to the internet to name its members

A senior Space Force official is enlisting the help of the internet to find creative names for its members. Some of the ideas include Guardian and Vanguard.
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More Americans are using online dating than ever before, but it still sucks

Three in ten Americans have used a dating app. But many still find the process frustrating, according to a new Pew Research Poll.
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Instagram now lets you see why the same accounts keep appearing in your feed

Instagram users can now see the accounts they interact with the most, and least using a new tool in the app. The feature will begin rolling out in a few days.
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You can now download the faulty app that caused the Iowa Caucus meltdown

IowaReporter, the app developed by Shadow Inc. to calculate Monday's caucuses, is now available to download via Vice's Motherboard.
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Google Chrome is cracking down on the most annoying video ads

Google Chrome is giving website publishers four months to discontinue the most annoying types of video ads. Noncompliance risks the loss of ad revenue.