Founder of GM electric truck partner quits amid…

The head of an electric truck startup that's partnering with GM has resigned amid accusations of making false representations about the company's technology

Microsoft Buys Bethesda for $7.5 Billion

Microsoft Buys Bethesda for $7.5 Billion. On Monday, Phil Spencer and Xbox announced that Microsoft is acquiring Bethesda parent company ZeniMax. Bethesda Game Studios, id Software, ZeniMax Online Studios, Arkane, MachineGames, Tang Gameworks, Alpha Dog and Roundhouse Studios will now all be at Microsoft's disposal. Microsoft has also acquired reputable game franchises such as 'Fallout,' 'DOOM,' Wolfenstein,' The Elder Scrolls' and more. Additionally, Bethesda titles will be included in Xbox's Game Pass. With the addition of Bethesda, Microsoft will grow from 15 to 23 creative studio teams and will be adding Bethesda’s iconic franchises to Xbox Game Pass. , Microsoft. This includes Microsoft’s intent to bring Bethesda’s future games into Xbox Game Pass the same day they launch on Xbox or PC, like Starfield, the highly anticipated, new space epic currently in development by Bethesda Game Studios, Microsoft. The deal is approximately three times what Microsoft paid for 'Minecraft' developer Mojang Studios in 2014

Professor Who Built Startups at School Can Sue…

A decade ago, the Georgia Institute of Technology fired a professor, saying that, by launching secret startups tied to his university work, he'd crossed the line between academic research and the tech industry. Joy Laskar was indicted on charges of misusing $1 million in university money but never tried in...

Judge agrees to delay US government restrictions…

A federal judge has approved a request from a group of WeChat users to delay looming U.S. government restrictions that could effectively make the popular app nearly impossible to use

US to Ban TikTok, WeChat From App Stores

It looks like it's going to be harder to download TikTok and WeChat starting Sunday. The Commerce Department said Friday it will ban the Chinese-owned apps from mobile app stores because of national security concerns , reports the Washington Post . The US plans to take additional measures to restrict the use...

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Mark Zuckerberg Is Not a Fan of AR Glasses So Far

Mark Zuckerberg Is Not a Fan of AR Glasses So Far. Zuckerberg doesn't think any currently-released Augmented Reality glasses have been particularly "compelling" since they are either thick frames or resemble an "Apple Watch on your face.". But he's hopeful that another company will be able to succeed in projecting holograms into the world with a standard pair of glasses in the future. Speaking to The Verge at the Facebook Connect event, Zuckerberg gave his honest opinion of AR glasses. I really don't think that AR is going to be good until you get normal-looking glasses that can project holograms into the world. , Mark Zuckerberg, to The Verge. And now, glasses range from thin to pretty thick frames. , Mark Zuckerberg, to The Verge. I don't think we're anywhere near getting all the electronics that you would need to get into a thin frame. , Mark Zuckerberg, to The Verge. But the hope would be that you can get it into more normal-looking glasses in the first part of this decade or the first half of this decade, Mark Zuckerberg, to The Verge

How Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg…

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg left a lasting impression on American politics but also became an unlikely figure in pop culture. Cheddar's Megan Pratz takes a look back at how the late justice gained so much attention from a younger generation.

Trump backs proposed deal to keep TikTok…

President Donald Trump says he’s given his “blessing” to a proposed deal that would see the popular video-sharing app TikTok partner with Oracle and Walmart and form a U.S. company

Trump to Block TikTok, WeChat App Downloads…

Trump to Block TikTok, WeChat App Downloads , Starting Sunday. The Trump administration's Commerce Department announced it would ban the apps on Friday. Business transactions on the apps, including payments and transfers, will be banned. Today’s actions prove once again that President Trump will do everything in his power to guarantee our national security .., Wilbur Ross, Commerce Secretary, via 'The New York Times'. ... and protect Americans from the threats of the Chinese Communist Party, Wilbur Ross, Commerce Secretary, via 'The New York Times'. More than 100 million people in the U.S. use the popular apps. For all practical purposes [WeChat] will be shut down in the U.S., but only in the U.S., as of midnight Monday, Wilbur Ross, Commerce Secretary, via 'The New York Times'. TikTok is currently in acquisition talks with American company Oracle. As to TikTok, the only real change as of Sunday night will be users won’t have access to improved updated apps, upgraded apps or maintenance, Wilbur Ross, Commerce Secretary, via 'The New York Times'

Everyone's Shopping Online Now. Amazon Needs Help

Amazon has a postponed Prime Day coming up, not to mention the general increase in online shopping seen since the pandemic began—and it needs lots more hands to help with demand. That's why, the company announced Monday, it's hiring an additional 100,000 part-time and full-time workers, who will...

Media celebrates Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's…

Across television and streaming services, the life and legacy of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is already front and center

TikTok Has a Buyer at the 11th Hour: Report

Looks like TikTok is selling its US operations to Oracle, a Silicon Valley firm, only a week before President Trump threatened to ban the app if no deal materialized. At least that's what insiders tell the Wall Street Journal . But no details have emerged about the Chinese video-sharing app's apparent...

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YouTube Begins Rollout of TikTok Rival YouTube…

YouTube Begins Rollout of TikTok Rival YouTube Shorts . YouTube Shorts has arrived in India. It is in the beta phase and comes as the Trump Administration decides whether it will ban TikTok in the U.S. . Like TikTok, users can create a 15-second clip set to music, , which is available via an "in-product music picker feature.". A YouTube spokesperson told The Verge that the feature "currently has 100,000s of tracks, and we're working with music artists, labels and publishers to make more of their content available to continue expanding our catalog.". YouTube will display the Shorts on its homepage

Facebook Reaches Halfway Point in Registering 4…

Facebook says it has helped 2.5 million people to register to vote. Emily Dalton Smith, director of social impact product, joined Cheddar to talk about the social media giant's efforts to get out the vote in 2020.

Robert W. Gore, the inventor of Gore-Tex fabric…

The man whose invention of what created the breathable-yet-waterproof fabric known as Gore-Tex has died at age 83

TikTok Reaches Deal With Oracle Instead of…

TikTok Reaches Deal With Oracle Instead of Microsoft . According to NBC News, Oracle confirmed the new deal on Monday. It is not yet known which parts of the Chinese-owned company will be taken over by Oracle. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin also confirmed with CNBC Monday morning that the White House had received TikTok's Oracle partnership proposal. . In order to move forward, TikTok parent company ByteDance and Oracle will first need to get approval from the U.S. Committee on Foreign Investment in the Unites States (CFIUS). The deal must satisfy the committee's national security concerns. Trump has repeatedly said that the social media app poses risks amounting to a "national emergency.". TikTok was given a deadline, which is up on Tuesday, to sell to an American company or be banned in the U.S. Last month, TikTok sued the U.S. government, saying it lacked evidence to prove that the app was a threat to national security and that the company was denied due process to adequately secure a U.S. deal

Facebook to Employees: Here's Time Off, Go Work…

With shortages of poll workers looming before the election, one big tech company is stepping up to help fill that gap. Facebook executives told Axios this week that it will be offering its employees additional paid time off so they can become poll workers if they so choose, which would...

Q&A: What does banning TikTok and WeChat mean for…

The U.S. government is cracking down on the Chinese apps TikTok and WeChat, starting by barring them from app stores on Sunday

Elizabeth Holmes May Use Surprise Defense

Elizabeth Holmes is facing serious prison time over the fraud scandal that brought down her health startup Theranos. Now Bloomberg reports that the 36-year-old might make the surprise move of using what amounts to an insanity defense at her March trial. Her lawyers plan to introduce evidence to show that...

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Mark Zuckerberg Says the App Store Has Unilateral…

Mark Zuckerberg Says the App Store Has Unilateral Control Over Apps. Zuckerberg says "questions" need to be asked when it comes to the "unilateral control" Apple's App Store has over apps. The Facebook CEO was asked for his opinion on the antitrust backlash Apple is facing. Well I certainly think that they have the unilateral control of what gets on the phones in terms of apps. , Mark Zuckerberg, on HBO's 'Axios'. I think it's probably about 50% of Americans who have smart phones, and a lot more people around the world. I think there are more than a billion Apple devices. , Mark Zuckerberg, on HBO's 'Axios'. So I do think that there are questions that people should be looking into about that control of the App Store and whether that is enabling as robust of a competitive dynamic, Mark Zuckerberg, on HBO's 'Axios'. By contrast, Zuckerberg praised the App Store's rival, Google Play Store

Perks of Big City Living

As families flee big cities in light of the coronavirus pandemic, U.S. cities still have a lot to offer. In this deep dive, Cheddar's Nora Ali and JD Durkin take a deep dive into urban communities, particularly in New York and Washington, DC.