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Nintendo Needs to Bring These Apps to Animal Crossing’s Nook Phone Right Now

Animal Crossing: New Horizons may have outsold every other entry in the series and become the quarantine game du jour, but there’s always room for improvement. Because let’s face it, for every good design decision Nintendo makes, there are just as many questionable ones. Read More >>

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Security Concerns Fast Track UK’s 5G Ban on Huawei: Report

Based on a security reassessment, PM Boris Johnson now has “sound technical reasons” to begin phasing out Huawei technology from UK’s 5G networks, a former head of MI6 said on Sunday per a Financial Times report. Read More >>

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YouTuber Ends Finger on the App Competition After Contestants Last 70 Hours Trying to Win £20,000

On Friday, YouTuber Jimmy “MrBeast” Donaldson cut off a massive competition that saw more than 1 million players face off for a $25,000 (£20,000) prize for whoever could keep their finger attached to their phone screen the longest. After more than 70 hours and with the last four contestants showing no signs of giving up, Donaldson ditched the contest’s initial single-winner model and announced that all four would walk away with $20,000 (£16,000) each. Read More >>

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Before Independence Day, Facebook Reminds U.S. Users to Wear a Damn Mask

It really should be obvious at this point, but with America continuing to surpass previous records for daily new coronavirus cases, a warning seems warranted: if you plan on getting together with people to celebrate the Fourth of July this weekend, wear a mask. Read More >>

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This Group Got Tech Twitter Hyped on an App That Doesn’t Exist to Raise Money for BLM Charities

Leveraging FOMO to get people to donate to meaningful causes is the best thing to come out of 2020 yet. Read More >>

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Samsung Blu-Ray Players Are Getting Stuck in Endless Startup Loops and We Don’t Know Why

If your Samsung Blu-ray player randomly started going on the fritz, you’re not alone. This week, thousands of users reported experiencing bugs that rendered their devices useless, and what’s causing the issue remains unknown. Read More >>

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It Was 38 Degrees in Siberia at the Weekend. Yes, That Siberia

A freak heatwave has been scorching most of the Arctic for weeks now, but it broke records on Saturday when the temperature hit 38 degrees Celsius in a town in Siberia, one of Russia’s northernmost regions. Read More >>

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Snapchat: Yeah, Our End of Slavery Filter Asking Users to Smile to Break Chains Was a Bad Idea

Snapchat received widespread criticism Friday for its Juneteenth filter that prompted users to celebrate the anniversary of the end of slavery in the U.S. by smiling to break chains. By mid-day, Snap quietly pulled the tone-deaf filter and the company has since issued a public apology. Apparently, this Lens was a beta version that went live by mistake, though I’m not sure if that’s more or less embarrassing. Read More >>

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Facebook and Twitter Remove Trump’s Doctored ‘Fake News’ Video After Copyright Complaint

Unsurprisingly, it turns out parents aren’t too keen on their toddlers being co-opted for presidential propaganda. Read More >>

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Germany’s Coronavirus-Tracking App Set to Release This Week as Nation Reopens

Germany will soon roll out its coronavirus-tracking smartphone app, the country’s health minister, Jens Spahn, announced Sunday. Read More >>

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Looks like the Pixel 4a May Not Launch Until October

Given everything that’s been going on, it may be a while yet before we get our hands on Google’s next mid-range phone. Read More >>

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Facebook Fires Employee Who Criticised Coworker’s BLM Response

Apparently taking a page from Amazon’s book on How to Snub Employees Who Voice Inconvenient Truths, this week Facebook canned an engineer who openly criticised the social media giant’s milquetoast response to ongoing Black Lives Matter protests and President Donald Trump’s incendiary online rhetoric. Read More >>

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Twitter Deletes More than 170,000 Accounts Linked to Chinese Misinformation Effort

Twitter announced Thursday that it had shut down more than 170,000 accounts linked to a Beijing-backed campaign to spread propaganda about the Chinese government, particularly regarding its response to the coronavirus pandemic and pro-Democracy protests in Hong Kong. Read More >>

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Apple Wins Patent for Socially Distant Group Selfies

It can be difficult to return to business as usual during America’s first phase of reopening with federal social distancing recommendations still in effect. But a new patent from Apple gives us a glimpse into how one bit of normalcy – group selfies – might work even when we’re all at least six feet apart. Read More >>