Judge says Instacart likely misclassified California workers
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Judge says Instacart likely misclassified California workers

California’s recently enacted AB5 was aimed at improving working conditions at gig economy companies like Instacart, and it appears to be one of the first firms in the crosshairs. A San Diego county judge has granted a preliminary injunction barring… Continue Reading…

Netflix previews interactive 'Carmen Sandiego' special
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Netflix previews interactive ‘Carmen Sandiego’ special

Carmen Sandiego is going back to its video game roots in an upcoming Netflix special. Entitled Carmen Sandiego: To Steal or Not To Steal, the interactive adventure will put you in charge of determining how the story unfolds. Like in Black Mirror: Ban… Continue Reading…

Comcast officially purchases Xumo ad-supported streaming service
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Comcast officially purchases Xumo ad-supported streaming service

Comcast has officially purchased Xumo, the ad-supported streaming service owned by Panasonic and Meredith Corp. Reports that Comcast is in talks to acquire the platform, which pulls streams from partners like ABC News, Fox Sports and USA Today, first… Continue Reading…

YouTube hires a liaison to help it work better with creators
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YouTube hires a liaison to help it work better with creators

YouTube knows its platform can be volatile for creators. One algorithm change or an overzealous copyright claim can ruin a star’s income, and the service might not even realize it. However, YouTubers now have someone on the inside. The service has… Continue Reading…

Smithsonian opens up 2.8 million images to the public
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Smithsonian opens up 2.8 million images to the public

The Smithsonian Institution is releasing a whopping 2.8 million high-res, two- and three-dimensional images from its collections to a new Open Access online platform. The material comes from all 19 Smithsonian museums, nine research centers, librarie… Continue Reading…

Firefox now encrypts domain name requests by default in the US
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Firefox now encrypts domain name requests by default in the US

After a brief delay, Mozilla has started to make DNS over HTTPS the default for Firefox users in the US. Notwithstanding any additional hiccups, the company says it hopes to finish the rollout sometime over the next couple of weeks. The protocol is s… Continue Reading…

Firefox turns on DNS encryption
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Firefox turns on DNS encryption

Firefox announced today that DNS over HTTPS will be on by default in new versions of its browser, adding an extra layer of security for people browsing the information superhighway. Since our work on DoH began, many browsers have joined in announcing their plans to support DoH, and we’ve even …

Jif Peanut Butter made a special jar to let you know where it stands on GIF vs. JIF
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Jif Peanut Butter made a special jar to let you know where it stands on GIF vs. JIF

Gif.  How did you just pronounce that?  Jif. OK, now how did you pronounce that? If you said them the same, well Jif — the peanut butter brand — wants you to know you’re doing it all wrong. They’re putting out a special jar — in conjunction with Giphy— explaining …

The Morning After: Netflix's new Top 10 lists tell you what's popular
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The Morning After: Netflix’s new Top 10 lists tell you what’s popular

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Nearly every day, there’s at least one post I always see on social media: What’s good to watch on Netflix? Despite all the money and time invested in creating a recommendation engine and a library of content tha… Continue Reading…

Opera's workspaces keep messy tabs under control
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Opera’s workspaces keep messy tabs under control

If you’re a fan of tabbed web browsers, there’s a real chance your tabs can be overwhelming at times. Ever try to find that one article you were hoping to read when you have dozens of tabs to wade through? Opera, at least, thinks it can help you cl… Continue …