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CES 2021: 4K Picture Frames, Another iPad Dock, Talking Dog Collars, and Lots of Smart Glasses

Jeff Porten closes his CES 2021 coverage with a first-ever deep dive into the annual Innovation Awards given out by the Consumer Technology Association. The range is impressive, but which of these products would you actually use?

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Why Facebook Blocked Australian News Sites

Mike Masnick of TechDirt explains why everyone is mad at Facebook for cutting off links to Australian news sites, even though Australian publishers accused Facebook of taking advantage of them by linking to them.

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Backblaze’s 2020 Hard Drive Reliability Statistics

Backblaze has again released annual hard drive statistics that report on the company’s hard drive reliability stats for 2020. In spite of everything else that happened last year, hard drives became more reliable.

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CES 2021: Multi-Port iPad Cases, MacBook Pro SSDs, Videoconferencing Cameras, and a Plane You Can Drive

Jeff Porten hits the startup breakout area of CES and reports back on a nifty IPad case, Mac SSD upgrades, 3-D-printed eyeglasses, immersion blenders for boats, more flying cars, and AR for motorcyclists, among other things.

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Class-Action Lawsuit Alleges Amazon Colluded with Publishers to Fix Ebook Prices

A class-action lawsuit filed by the same law firm that kicked off the eventual antitrust lawsuit against Apple and major publishers alleges something that was long suspected back then—that Amazon also engaged in collusion with publishers to restrain price competition.

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Jeff Bezos to Move from Amazon CEO to Executive Chair

Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos has announced that he’ll be transitioning away from the CEO role to that of Executive Chair of the Amazon Board, with Amazon Web Services head Andy Jassy taking over as CEO.

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CES 2021: Family Firewalls, Flying Cars, and Creepy Pet Robots

Jeff Porten reviews some of the offerings at a perennial sideshow at CES to tell you about AI-based lie detection, another flying car you can’t have yet, and how the robot revolution may be starting with Japanese “pets.”

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The Digital Right to Repair Coalition’s CES “Worst in Show”

The Digital Right to Repair Coalition has published its picks for “Worst in Show” at CES, calling out products with terrible security, repairability, privacy, and more.

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CES 2021: Tech Trends to Watch

The Consumer Technology Association predicts the tech trends of the year to come in its annual opening of CES. Jeff Porten shares the thrust of the talk and provides commentary.

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CES 2021: Pre-Show Virtual Events Feature Game Cubes, Telepresence Robots, and Disinfecting Alarm Clocks

CES launches into unknown territory by holding its first-ever entirely virtual event, leading Jeff Porten to wonder whether it’ll be a disappointment compared to in-person. But the first batch of gadgets he has seen have some interesting contenders for your attention.

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Cybersecurity Ramifications of the 2021 Storming of the United States Capitol

Over at Wired, Lily Hay Newman focuses on the potentially massive harm done to US cybersecurity by the mob of rioters who stormed and then occupied the US Capitol.

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The United States vs. Facebook

The US Federal Trade Commission and the attorneys general representing most of the United States’ states and territories are ganging up on Facebook to wrest away control of Instagram and WhatsApp and prevent Facebook from continuing to cement its dominant position in social networking.

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Salesforce Buys Slack for $27.7 Billion

Cloud-based business services provider Salesforce has announced that it’s buying chat service Slack for nearly $28 billion.

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David Bowie’s 1999 Insights into the Internet

The BBC has recently resurfaced a 1999 interview in which musician David Bowie offered some prescient insights about the future of the Internet.

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Apple Hides Traffic of Some of Its Own Apps in Big Sur

TripMode developer David Dudok de Wit has discovered that Apple prevents application-level firewalls from monitoring or even measuring traffic from over 50 Apple apps and processes. It’s yet another way that Apple blocks developers from providing features that users want.