Apple officially announces AirPods Max for $549, order from today

Apple officially announces AirPods Max for $549, order from today

Apple’s long-rumored over-ear headphones are officially here. AirPods Max feature an over-ear design, deep integration with the rest of Apple’s ecosystem, the H1 chip, and more. They are available to order today for $549, though the order page is not yet live on Apple’s website.

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Amazon workers sue over alleged failure to follow COVID-19 guidelines

Amazon workers sue over alleged failure to follow COVID-19 guidelines
The lawsuit was filed with the support of groups Make the Road New York, Public Justice and Towards Justice. We’ve asked Amazon for comment. In a statement to CNBC, it maintained that it followed all national and local health guidelines, including the CDC’s contact tracing approach.
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Sony fined $2.4 million over illegal return policy in Australia

Sony fined $2.4 million over illegal return policy in Australia
Four PlayStation users in Australia contacted Sony Europe, believing that their downloaded games were faulty. Sony told those customers that the company did not have to refund them once a game was downloaded, or after 14 days had passed.
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Streaming services join music industry ‘blackout’ over death of George Floyd

Streaming services join music industry ‘blackout’ over death of George Floyd
Apple Music is also participating, saying it cancelled its regular Beats 1 radio schedule and steering users toward a streaming station that celebrates the best in Black Music. It will also host a playlist designed to unite users, with regular intermissions explaining the protests and movement.
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‘Sign in with Apple’ flaw let attackers take over accounts

‘Sign in with Apple’ flaw let attackers take over accounts
‘Sign in with Apple’ is potentially more private than other login options, but it apparently included a serious security flaw. Researcher Bhavuk Jain recently received a $100,000 bug bounty for discovering (via Hacker News) a flaw in the sign-in service when available through third-party apps.
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Senator Ted Cruz asks DOJ to investigate Twitter over Iran sanctions

Senator Ted Cruz asks DOJ to investigate Twitter over Iran sanctions
Twitter is facing yet more scrutiny over its approach to politicians, albeit for different reasons. Axios (via The Verge) has learned that Senator Ted Cruz sent letters to the Justice and Treasury Departments ‘urging’ them to investigate Twitter for allegedly violating sanctions against Iran.
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Partisan Differences over the Pandemic Response Are Growing

Partisan Differences over the Pandemic Response Are Growing
Americans’ trust in medical scientists has grown since the coronavirus outbreak first upended everyday activities at workplaces, homes and schools across the nation. But there are growing divisions between Republicans and Democrats in the confidence they have in medical scientists.
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Partisan Differences over the Pandemic Response Are Growing

Partisan Differences over the Pandemic Response Are Growing
Americans’ trust in medical scientists has grown since the coronavirus outbreak first upended everyday activities at workplaces, homes and schools across the nation. But there are growing divisions between Republicans and Democrats in the confidence they have in medical scientists.
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Twitter hides Trump ‘shooting’ tweet over ‘glorification of violence’

Twitter hides Trump ‘shooting’ tweet over ‘glorification of violence’
As a possible result of that action, Trump signed an executive order yesterday limiting legal protections for social media sites like Twitter and Facebook. However, critics have said that the order was ill advised and not likely to be legally enforceable.
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Twitter hides Trump ‘shooting’ tweet over ‘glorification of violence’

Twitter hides Trump ‘shooting’ tweet over ‘glorification of violence’
As a possible result of that action, Trump signed an executive order yesterday limiting legal protections for social media sites like Twitter and Facebook. However, critics have said that the order was ill advised and not likely to be legally enforceable.
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ACLU sues Clearview AI over alleged privacy violations

ACLU sues Clearview AI over alleged privacy violations
Clearview AI is about to deal with more pushback beyond corporate objections and occasional bans. The American Civil Liberties Union has sued Clearview AI for allegedly violating Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act with its combination of facial recognition and internet data scraping.
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ACLU sues Clearview AI over alleged privacy violations

ACLU sues Clearview AI over alleged privacy violations
Clearview AI is about to deal with more pushback beyond corporate objections and occasional bans. The American Civil Liberties Union has sued Clearview AI for allegedly violating Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act with its combination of facial recognition and internet data scraping.
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Arizona sues Google over claims it illegally tracked location of Android users

Arizona sues Google over claims it illegally tracked location of Android users
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich has filed a lawsuit against Google over allegations the company illegally tracked Android users’ location without their consent and even when the location tracking features had been manually disabled, according to a report from The Washington Post.
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Arizona sues Google over claims it illegally tracked location of Android users

Arizona sues Google over claims it illegally tracked location of Android users
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich has filed a lawsuit against Google over allegations the company illegally tracked Android users’ location without their consent and even when the location tracking features had been manually disabled, according to a report from The Washington Post.
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Apple’s butterfly keyboard failed by prioritizing form over function

Apple’s butterfly keyboard failed by prioritizing form over function
In today’s digital age, it sometimes feels like hardware has taken a back seat to the software that drives our devices. Button of the Month will look at what some of those buttons and switches are like on devices old and new to appreciate how we interact with them on a physical, tactile level.
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Qatar’s contact tracing app put over one million people’s info at risk

Qatar’s contact tracing app put over one million people’s info at risk
Qatar’s app, called EHTERAZ, uses GPS and Bluetooth to track COVID-19 cases, and last week, authorities made it mandatory. According to Amnesty, people who don’t use the app could face up to three years in prison and a fine of QR 200,000 (about $55,000).
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