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Blackout Tuesday Is Backfiring

A seemingly well-intentioned gesture of posting black boxes for Blackout Tuesday has backfired spectacularly, unintentionally—or perhaps even purposefully, depending on who’s doing the posting—drowning out information related to the Black Lives Matter movement and its associated hashtags.

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Roku Is Rolling Out a New Live TV Channel Guide and Adding More Free Stuff to Watch

Roku is making free, ad-supported TV channels a greater focus of its Roku Channel offerings, an attempt to lean into the kind of channel-flipping, sit-back-and watch experience you typically get with cable. And while its free TV offerings are still relatively meager at around 100 channels, the addition signals a…

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Amazon Yanks Racist Product Listings Related to Apple AirPods Searches

Amazon has removed a number of product listings that appeared when shoppers searched for Apple’s AirPods after the thumbnails for those products included horrifically racist slurs.

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Grubhub Reportedly Demanding Alimony in Prenup With Uber

In Uber’s apparent Hail Mary bid to buy Grubhub as a measure meant to help its beleaguered business, talks have reportedly stalled over Grubhub’s demand for a breakup fee should the deal fall through.

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HBO Max Botched Its Launch-Day List, Too

HBO Max’s odd and decidedly messy release this week just got a little stranger. Despite promising a number of popular titles that the company said would be available immediately in a press release last week, those titles were nowhere to be found as of Wednesday. And now, it appears the company has yanked the memo from…

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Sure Seems Like Apple TV+ Wants to Be the New HBO

As HBO pivots to whatever it’s trying to achieve with its messy new streaming service Max, Apple. appears to be shopping for content and talent to help make it a standout giant in quality streaming—a new HBO Now if you will. You know since AT&T seems intent on killing the real one.

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HBO Max Is a Mess

HBO Max was supposed to launch as the new, jam-packed streaming service of our wildest dreams—an HBO Now revamped, essentially, with all of HBO’s library plus all of WarnerMedia’s vast catalog. But despite the fanfare, HBO Max launched this week as a muddled mix of confusing brand identities that neither honors HBO’s…

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Wikimedia Is Overhauling Its Communities to Clean Up Harassment

The Wikimedia Foundation has been asked by its board to overhaul its safety and compliance standards to better address “harassment and incivility” on Wikipedia and related Wikimedia communities.

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Even HBO Knows Its Streaming Services Are Confusing as Hell

Just days before the official launch of its new streaming service, HBO seems to want to clear up any confusion about the difference between its services Go, Now, and soon-to-launch Max—and buddy, I’m not sure it’s working.

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CDC Now Says Covid-19 May ‘Not Spread Easily’ on Surfaces—But You Should Still Be Washing Your Hands

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated information on its website about how covid-19—the disease caused by the novel coronavirus strain SARS-CoV-2—travels to indicate that the virus “does not spread easily” on surfaces. However, the change comes with a big caveat: The CDC site says it could still…

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