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Your 1st Stimulus Check deadline is here: Last chance to register

Your 1st Stimulus Check deadline is here: Last chance to register

The economic impact payment (stimulus check) deadline for registration is approaching. As talks in DC continue to hint at a second stimulus check for late 2020, those that haven't yet received - or registered for - their Economic Impact Payment have a date to watch. November 21, 2020, 3PM ET is the deadline for you to request your Economic Impact Payment in any of three instances.

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SpaceX scrubs today’s Starlink launch – Elon explains why

SpaceX scrubs today’s Starlink launch – Elon explains why

SpaceX's latest launch has been scrubbed, postponing the addition of new satellites to its Starlink internet constellation. The Falcon 9 launch today was meant to be the company's fifteenth Starlink mission, adding new satellites to build out coverage for the soon-to-launch internet provider.

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Facebook Oversight Board opens for content appeals – Here’s how it works

Facebook Oversight Board opens for content appeals – Here’s how it works

Facebook and Instagram users frustrated that content moderation has taken down their photos, posts, and videos will now be able to appeal that decision to a new Oversight Board, it's been announced today. The group - which will make independent judgements about what should and should not be allowed on the social networks - will be made up of global representatives "with backgrounds in free expression, digital rights, online safety and other related fields."

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Chrome 86 will block sites abusive notification content by default

Chrome 86 will block sites abusive notification content by default

As if ads weren't bad enough, some less conscientious site owners have learned to misuse and abuse one of the modern Web's features that, on their own, could actually be benign. But just like notifications on your phone, webpage notifications have not only become a nuisance, some have even become dangerous. In its efforts to make the Web a better place and make ads look less devious, Google is pushing a new feature in version 86 of Chrome that will block sites that use notifications to display abusive and misleading content.

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Quibi short-video streaming service ends up being short-lived

Quibi short-video streaming service ends up being short-lived

Video streaming, live or on-demand, has long been a profitable market but the number of consumers and services surged during this pandemic. Not all of those new services have survived to tell the tale and one high-profile name will be joining them in the Internet's graveyard of dead dreams. Quibi, which its proponents hailed would be the next big thing in social videos, has ironically yet also fittingly become as short-lived as its short-form videos.

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Dropbox’s new family plan offers 2TB of data and a ‘family room’

Dropbox’s new family plan offers 2TB of data and a ‘family room’

Dropbox has announced the arrival of a new family plan that is described as a way to help families keep in touch from a distance. The new plan offers 2TB of shared data between up to six users, enabling them to upload photos, documents, and other files. In addition to private storage, users are given access to a 'family room' folder that makes it possible for others in the family to see what has been uploaded.

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Google’s new tool shows early voting and drop box locations

Google’s new tool shows early voting and drop box locations

If you're one of the many people who plan to vote early this year to avoid the crowds later on, Google is here to help. The company recently updated its search engine to feature a new tool enabling users to search ballot drop boxes and early voting locations in their region. The tool joins Google Search's existing voter information panels.

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Google Maps to show business and busyness info without having to search

Google Maps to show business and busyness info without having to search

The way we approach businesses, stores, restaurants, and services, has drastically changed over the past months. Beyond simple operating hours, which may have been shortened, people are now warier about the busyness of a particular spot, whether the place is packing lots of people or if it's safe to go there. Having that information before you actually go there has now become more critical than ever before and Google is starting to roll that out to the rest of the world to make sure people get the right info at the right time.

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Google Duplex will call businesses to update their info

Google Duplex will call businesses to update their info

The pandemic has undoubtedly thrown the world's economy into disarray. Businesses that have been able to survive so far had to make adjustments to their hours and procedures. Sometimes, the last thing on these businesses' minds is to update their Google listings which, in turn, makes it actually harder to get customers. To help both groups of people, Google is putting its eerie but helpful Duplex to automate all of that with a simple phone call.

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Google Search can now find songs based on user humming

Google Search can now find songs based on user humming

We've all randomly thought of a song we'd like to hear again if we could remember its title, the artist, or even some lyrics to search for. Google is here to help with this effort by introducing hum support on Google Search, enabling its search engine to hunt for songs based on nothing more than the user humming the part of the song they can remember. In addition to humming, the feature also supports singing and whistling at the app.

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Twitter is down on web and mobile and no one knows why

Twitter is down on web and mobile and no one knows why

Popular social media platform Twitter is down for users on both desktop and mobile for reasons that remain unknown at this time. Users began reporting issues with accessing content on the platform earlier today, an outage that is still in place as of 6 PM ET. Though the platform itself loads, Twitter doesn't currently display any content, instead slapping users with a 'Something went wrong' message.

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Zoom launches OnZoom marketplace alongside new features

Zoom launches OnZoom marketplace alongside new features

Some say that you've really become a platform when you're big enough to have your own store, be it for digital content or even physical products. In that sense, Zoom has probably now grown up to be exactly that, perhaps to the chagrin of Google and Microsoft who continue to try to displace it as the household name in video conferencing. While it continues to grow its features aimed at the usual meetings, Zoom is also launching a marketplace to help users monetize those videos.

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