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Roku Wisely Rebrands Its Soon-to-Debut Quibi Content as 'Roku Originals'

Roku Wisely Rebrands Its Soon-to-Debut Quibi Content as ‘Roku Originals’

Photo: Catie Keck/Gizmodo Quibi content acquired by Roku earlier this year will henceforth be known as Roku Originals, a move that should mercifully allow all of us to move on from the memory of Quibi’s spectacular implosion. Advertisement When the haul of 75 originals debuts on the platform, they will be ad-supported and free to …

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T-Mobile Home Internet Is Finally Here. Legacy Providers Should Be Worried

T-Mobile Home Internet Is Finally Here. Legacy Providers Should Be Worried

We have been hearing about T-Mobile’s Home Internet for years now, but it is finally coming in a meaningful way to the market, thanks to 5G. Advertising The premise is excellent: customers can get fast broadband access without complex installations (drill holes in the wall), an affordable price, and outstanding reliability (when was the last …

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Congress Has a New $94 Billion Plan to Bring Affordable Internet to Everyone

Congress Has a New $94 Billion Plan to Bring Affordable Internet to Everyone

Photo: Chip Somodevilla (Getty Images) The so-called digital divide in the U.S. has become all the more glaring over the course of the current pandemic. A new bill could help close the gap. Advertisement Enter the Accessible, Affordable Internet for All Act, a new bill that was spearheaded by Democrats Rep. James Clyburn, of South …

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Google Meet update crams more people into your mobile video calls

Google Meet update crams more people into your mobile video calls

Google Meet’s group video chats have had a tile layout on large screens since the start of the pandemic, but you’ve had to endure a far less practical (and less egalitarian) view if you wanted to participate on your phone. No more — Google is rolling out the grid view for mobile users on iOS, …

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Facebook reportedly investigated over 'systemic' racism in hiring

Facebook reportedly investigated over ‘systemic’ racism in hiring

Facebook has publicly committed to fighting racism, but there are concerns that isn’t translating to its recruitment practices. Reuters sources say the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is investigating possible “systemic” racism in Facebook’s hiring and job promotions. Facebook program manager Oscar Veneszee Jr. and four candidates have reportedly accused the social network of …

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Square is buying a majority stake in Tidal

The rumors of Square buying Tidal proved true. Square has bought a majority stake in Tidal for the equivalent of $297 million in cash and stock. Jack Dorsey, Square’s CEO (and Twitter’s, for that matter), explained the deal as a bid to find “new ways” for artists to get paid — he believes the success …

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PlayStation Store will stop selling movies and TV shows on August 31st

PlayStation Store will stop selling movies and TV shows on August 31st

You’ll have to turn to third-party services if you want to buy or rent videos on your PlayStation later this year. Sony is discontinuing PlayStation Store movie and TV show purchases and rentals on August 31st. The electronics giant feels the “tremendous growth” in subscription and ad-supported streaming services has reduced the need for an …

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Flipboard makes it easier to find local news in 1,000 areas across the US and Canada

Flipboard makes it easier to find local news in 1,000 areas across the US and Canada

Back at the start of last year, Flipboard launched a dedicated Local tab to highlight news and content from publications in about two dozen markets across the US and Canada. Today, the company is introducing a new discovery mechanism that will allow users to find local stories that come from 1,000 cities, towns and regions …

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Microsoft is testing 1080p Xbox Game Pass streaming

The 720p resolution for Xbox Game Pass cloud streaming (aka xCloud) is decent on a phone, but that’s clearly not going to cut it when the service comes to PCs and iPads. Thankfully, a resolution bump appears to be in order. Windows Central and The Verge both say Microsoft is testing 1080p streams. It’s not …

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Clubhouse is tightening security to address China spying fears

Clubhouse is tightening security to address China spying fears

Clubhouse has been garnering hype through its high-profile discussions and a drop-in approach to audio chat, but there are also concerns the Chinese government might eavesdrop on nationals who got the app before it was banned in the country. The developers are promising to protect those users who got through, however. Alpha Exploration told Stanford’s …

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