January 17, 2021

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The company believes Trump’s tweets risk further violence during a critical time for democracy.

Twitter permanently suspended President Donald Trump’s social media account on Friday afternoon, citing the risk of further incitement of violence.

The decision comes in the wake of Trump’s encouragement of a rally in Washington, DC, that resulted in a mob storming the Capitol building and at least five deaths. For years, the president has used his Twitter account to reach his nearly 90 million now-former followers on the platform as a means to bypass traditional media. Many critics have long argued that Twitter should take a firmer stance against Trump due to his dangerous use of the platform to spread lies and violent rhetoric. While some may see the move as too little, too late, and Trump’s supporters are questioning it entirely, it nevertheless marks a historic exertion of Twitter’s ability to influence … Read the rest

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What is this thing? (Google Maps)

Google Maps is full of intriguing sights – but we’re highly doubtful it’s picked up the skeletal remains of a dead dino.

Nevertheless, that’s what a YouTube conspiracy theorist reckons after coming across a near-perfect skeleton on Google’s globetrotting desktop tool.

The remains are located in a remote part of Antarctica and may have been preserved by ice. Still, the claims from YouTuber MrMBB333 seem a little far-fetched.

‘What you’re about to see here is intact, very large skeletal remains,’ MrMBB333 explains in a clip that has clocked up over 40,000 views since being posted on Tuesday.

‘Just a rough guess, I would guess this is somewhere in the region of 12-20ft. It’s intact. I don’t know if this recently thawed and this has been frozen for thousands of years or if this is something new.’

The YouTuber proceeds to zoom in on … Read the rest

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Carry all of your gaming essentials with this slick Nintendo Switch case.

Whether you just got a Nintendo Switch over the holidays, or you’ve had one since the beginning, there’s no doubt about it — it’s one of the best portable consoles in a long time. And since it’s made for taking with you everywhere, you’re going to want one of the best travel cases for Nintendo Switch to keep it safe and sound.

I’ve gone through several different cases and bags for my Nintendo Switch, including the Waterfield Designs Nintendo Switch Sutter Sling Pouch and CitySlicker Case, tomtoc’s Slim case, and Funlab’s Animal Crossing Leather Carrying Cases, but one of my new favorites is the Villager Supplies’ 3UP Nintendo Switch case. It’s a super versatile bag for your Nintendo Switch, and it keeps everything safe and secure on your travels or commutes.

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  • A series of reports offered new details about Apple’s rumored self-driving electric car project, with one of them saying that Korean carmaker Hyundai will partner with Apple to manufacture the Apple Car.
  • Hyundai initially confirmed the negotiations, saying that Apple is in talks with other carmakers.
  • The Korean company then walked back its remarks, releasing two other statements in a matter of minutes on Friday that removed references to other automakers and Apple.

Reports of Apple building its own self-driving electric car date back to 2014, when Apple was on a hiring spree for its auto division. Those rumors died down, just as Apple was revising its plans. Rather than building its own car, Apple seemed more interested in developing a self-driving car system, which it has been tested ever since. But a report in mid-December said that Apple is developing two key technologies that would allow it to launch … Read the rest

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Maybe you saw this coming nearly a decade ago, when #YourSlipIsShowing laid bare how racist Twitter users were impersonating Black women on the internet. Maybe, for you, it was during Gamergate, the online abuse campaign targeting women in the industry. Or maybe it was the mass shooting in Christchurch, when a gunman steeped in the culture of 8chan livestreamed himself murdering dozens of people. 

Maybe it was when you, or your friend, or your community, became the target of an extremist online mob, and you saw online anger become real world danger and harm. 

Or maybe what happened on Wednesday, when a rabble of internet-fuelled Trump supporters invaded the Capitol, came as a surprise.

For weeks they had been planning their action in plain sight on the internet—but they have been showing you who they are for years. The level of shock you feel right now about the power and … Read the rest

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Vendors offer merchandise for sale at a Trump rally on September 10, 2020, in Freeland, Michigan. | Scott Olson/Getty Images

The software firm has taken down President Trump’s online stores.

While Facebook and other social networks suspended President Donald Trump from their platforms in the wake of his support for a mob that stormed the US Capitol on Wednesday, another tech firm took a different tack on Thursday. Shopify shut down his online merch stores.

Shopify, the Canada-based tech company that makes popular software tools to help merchants run online stores, shuttered the Trump Organization’s TrumpStore.com on Thursday morning, as well as the e-commerce portion of the president’s election website.

“Shopify does not tolerate actions that incite violence,” a Shopify spokesperson said in a statement. “Based on recent events, we have determined that the actions by President Donald J. Trump violate our Acceptable Use Policy, which prohibits promotion or … Read the rest

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Trump has been banned from Twitter for 12 hours following the events in the US Capitol (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)

Following the events at the US Capitol, Twitter took the decision to remove President Trump from the platform.

But rather than ban him completely, the social media company blocked access to his account for 12 hours.

The events in Washington DC, not condemned by Trump’s account, resulted in four deaths and widespread horror across the globe.

The social media giants had earlier removed a video in which the US president told his ‘very special’ supporters ‘we love you’, after they broke into the Washington DC building clashing with police and forcing it into a lockdown.

Instagram and Snapchat have also suspended Trump’s ability to post.

epa08923423 Supporters of US President Donald J. Trump in the Capitol Rotunda after breaching Capitol security in Washington, DC, USA, 06 January 2021. Protesters entered the US Capitol where the Electoral College vote certification for President-elect Joe Biden took place. EPA/JIM LO SCALZO Trump/BLM comparison
Supporters of US President Donald J. Trump in the Capitol Rotunda after breaching Capitol security in Washington, DC (Credits: EPA)

Now, … Read the rest

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“It’s probably the worst show to be a part of if you’ve just become a parent.”

What you need to know

  • Apple TV+ star Rupert Grint has talked about how becoming a father changed his perspective on ‘Servant’.
  • He said in an interview that it was probably the worst show to be a part of if you’ve just become a parent.
  • Grint and Nell Tiger Free spoke ahead of the season two premiere of the show next week.

Servant star Rupert Grint has said that the Apple TV+ show was probably “the worst show to be a part of if you’ve just become a parent” in a recent interview.

In an interview with comicbook.com, Grint spoke to Brandon Davis alongside co-star Nell Tiger Free. The harrowing M. Night Shyamalan thriller follows the struggles of a couple who try to cope with the loss of their child in mysterious circumstances, in

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  • LG announced the 2021 Gram laptops ahead of CES 2021 event.
  • The 2021 Grams feature updated designs, 16:10 Full HD display with narrow bezels, 11th Gen Intel chips, and long-lasting battery life. ultra-light
  • All 2021 Grams are Intel Evo-certified. They support instant-on wake, fast-charging batteries, long battery life in real-life situations, and speedy performance (11th Gen Intel Core processor, Iris GPU, fast RAM, and NVMe SSDs).

If you’ve been on the lookout for a new Windows 10 laptop in the past few years, you must have discovered the LG Gram line of notebooks. Their main selling point is the weight, hence the name. The large-screen devices are supposed to be thin and light, hence the Gram name. But the Gram laptops are also supposed to be powerful and efficient, ready to offer hours of battery life on a single charge. The 2021 Gram generation is already here, building on the … Read the rest

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As a mob of right-wing extremists occupied the US Capitol building on Tuesday, President Trump posted a short video message to his loyal supporters on social media: “We had an election that was stolen from us,” he said, repeating a lie he has promoted for months. “Go home. We love you; you’re very special,” he said. “I know how you feel, but go home and go home in peace.” 

Initially, Twitter only put limits on the video, but it later removed the tweet entirely, along with a subsequent message that appeared to justify the actions of the mob because they are “great patriots who have been badly & unfairly treated for so long.” Twitter also announced that the president’s account would remain locked for at least 12 hours. 

The decision to delete the video put Twitter in line with Facebook and YouTube, which had both opted earlier in the day … Read the rest

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