Sen. Ted Cruz calls for criminal investigation of Twitter over alleged sanction violations

Sen. Ted Cruz called on the Treasury and Justice departments to start a criminal investigation into Twitter for alleged violations of U.S. sanctions on Iran. The call to investigate Twitter comes against the backdrop of an already tense week between … Read more…

Trump’s executive order targets political bias at Twitter and Facebook, according to a draft

U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to order a review of a law that has long protected Twitter, Facebook and Alphabet’s Google from being responsible for the material posted by their users, according to a draft executive order and a … Read more…

China’s coronavirus campaign offers glimpse into surveillance system

BEIJING – The coronavirus outbreak in China has given unprecedented glimpses into how an extensive system of surveillance cameras works, as monitoring stations are rebranded epidemic “war rooms” helping to check people’s movements and stifle the disease. China is trying … Read more…

‘Space Force’ review: A solid Trump-era comedy that never once mentions you-know-who

Netflix’s new Space Force show, co-created by Greg Daniels and Steve Carell, debuts this Friday. In an interview with BGR, Daniels explained why he wanted to take this project on and make a TV show about the Trump administration’s real-world … Read more…

Chinese city proposes permanent health tracking with a score based on drinking and exercise habits

In Hangzhou, the government’s proposals involve giving a person a health score via a smartphone app. This will be based on various factors including electronic medical records, results of physical examinations and lifestyle choices. Tech BEST DEAL UPDATE:

India’s Reliance launches JioMart online grocery service, challenging Amazon, Flipkart

Reliance Industries Ltd has launched an online grocery service, JioMart, the head of its grocery retail business said, in a move aimed at rivalling Amazon.com’s local unit and Walmart Inc’s Flipkart in the huge Indian market. Reuters: Technology News BEST … Read more…

Church battling coronavirus stay-at-home orders was burned to the ground

A Mississippi church burning this week served as the latest flashpoint as coronavirus-related restrictions on gatherings around the country continue to generate extreme reactions and protests. Local officials in Holly Springs, Mississippi, suspect the church burning was the work of … Read more…

10 deals you don’t want to miss on Sunday: Fire TV Stick for $29.99, $50 off AirPods 2, KN95 masks for $2.99, more

Memorial Day 2020 is tomorrow and there are some truly spectacular deals that are already available today. Highlights from Sunday’s roundup include the first big discounts we’ve seen in months on the Fire TV Stick and Fire TV Stick 4K … Read more…

Bionic eye with sharper vision than real eye could be ready in just five years, experts say

A bionic eye could give sight to millions in just five years, experts say. The world’s first 3D artificial eyeball is capable of sharper vision than a real human eye. Images are converted through tiny sensors that mirror the light-detecting … Read more…

Switzerland’s Sunrise, French-owned Salt link up in $3.1 billion broadband JV

Sunrise Communications Group and French billionaire Xavier Niel’s Salt Mobile launched a broadband joint venture on Tuesday targeting 1.5 million Swiss households, a new challenge to the country’s largest telecoms provider, Swisscom’s. Reuters: Technology News BEST DEAL UPDATE:

‘Superpower marathon’: U.S. may lead China in tech right now — but Beijing has the strength to catch up

Research shows China still needs to catch up in the areas of artificial intelligence, jet engines as well as semi-conductor manufacturing and design capability, but the U.S. cannot rest on its laurels, experts warn. Tech BEST DEAL UPDATE:

China ready to put Apple, other U.S. companies in ‘unreliable entity list’: Global Times

China is ready to put U.S. companies in an “unreliable entity list,” as part of countermeasures against Washington’s move to block shipments of semiconductors to Huawei Technologies, the Global Times reported on Friday. Reuters: Technology News BEST DEAL UPDATE:

What to watch on Netflix: 10 surprisingly good movies and shows you might’ve missed in May

Each month, we dig through Netflix’s ever-expanding catalog of content to come up with 10 movies and TV series that you might have missed. For May, we’ve got some terrific recommendations that include movies, entertaining shows you may have missed, … Read more…

Tesla factory inspected by Fremont Police as authorities give green light to gradual reopening

Law enforcement officers called hours ahead of their visit on Wednesday, had full access to the entire Tesla facility during the inspection and were able to observe whether employees working there were complying with the latest health orders. Tech BEST … Read more…

Nintendo smashes Switch sales view; says Animal Crossing is device’s fastest-selling game

Japan’s Nintendo Co Ltd said on Thursday its fourth-quarter profit soared 200% due to surging demand for its Switch games console, and that title Animal Crossing: New Horizons shifted a record 13.4 million units in its first six weeks. Reuters: … Read more…

Samsung heir Lee apologises over succession, won’t hand control to children

Samsung Group heir Jay Y. Lee, embroiled in a bribery scandal, on Wednesday made a rare apology over controversial succession plans and said he will not hand over management rights to his children at the family-controlled conglomerate. Reuters: Technology News … Read more…

U.S. hospitals are losing millions of dollars per day in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic — and recovery may take years

Conservative estimates indicate that U.S. hospitals are losing more than a billion dollars per day by complying with the guidance from policymakers and the leading medical associations to preserve resources for Covid-19 patients. Tech BEST DEAL UPDATE:

The businesses that made Disney a juggernaut are suddenly hurting, distracting from its streaming success

Disney wants Wall Street to focus on its growing streaming business, but its media networks, theme parks and film studio have grown too large to be ignored. That’s become a big problem during coronavirus shutdowns. Tech BEST DEAL UPDATE:

China, Russia take advantage of virus emergency, U.S defense secretary says

Russia and China are taking advantage of the coronavirus emergency to put their interests forward in Europe, U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Monday, describing Chinese efforts to promote Huawei mobile phone network equipment as malign. Reuters: Technology News … Read more…

10 deals you don’t want to miss on Saturday: Hand sanitizer, 78¢ face masks, $8 wireless charger, $5 smart plugs, more

The weekend has arrived, and with it comes the return of some of the best-selling products out there that are finally arriving back in stock. Highlights from today’s roundup include 50-count boxes of Jointown 3-Ply Face Masks for just $ … Read more…

France’s coronavirus contact tracing app might not be based on the Apple-Google standard

France’s coronavirus contact tracing app might not be based on the Apple-Google private standard. The StopCovid app is still in the works and could be deployed in the near future. Contradictory reports fuel confusion over France’s stance on the digital … Read more…

Exclusive: Amazon turns to Chinese firm on U.S. blacklist to meet thermal camera needs

Amazon.com Inc has bought cameras to take temperatures of workers during the coronavirus pandemic from a firm the United States blacklisted over allegations it helped China detain and monitor the Uighurs and other Muslim minorities, three people familiar with the … Read more…

Remote work revenue could help Microsoft offset coronavirus impacts, analysts say

When Microsoft Corp reports earnings on Wednesday, analysts expect some areas of its business to take a hit from the novel coronavirus pandemic, with lower-than-expected sales in areas like advertising on its LinkedIn social network. Reuters: Technology News BEST DEAL … Read more…