All the Social Media Giants Are Becoming the Same

There is no such thing as a new idea. The maxim holds true in Hollywood (honestly, a remake of Mulan?) and in Silicon Valley (“Uber but for X!”), but lately social media companies have taken unoriginality to new levels. Twitter now has Fleets, a rip-off of Instagram Stories, originally copied from Snapchat. Snapchat now has Spotlight, similar to Instagram Reels, brazenly stolen from TikTok. TikTok grew from the ashes of Vine, which was acquired by Twitter, which is now pursuing a concept called Audio Spaces, a carbon copy of Clubhouse.

Does your head hurt? Mine does, as do my thumbs, which now have three times as many platforms to scroll for short-form and ephemeral videos. I am overwhelmed with content and underwhelmed by features—at least until the next big thing comes along, and everyone lunges to copy that.

Companies are always eyeing their competitors to see what works;

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Biden advisor Bruce Reed hints that Section 230 needs reform

U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden arrives for a meeting with his Chief of Staff Bruce Reed (L) June 22, 2011 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

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A law protecting the tech industry from being held liable for their users’ posts is on shaky ground as President-elect Joe Biden prepares to come into office.

Bruce Reed, a top tech advisor to Biden, said at a virtual book launch hosted by Georgetown Law Wednesday that “it’s long past time to hold the social media companies accountable for what’s published on their platforms.”

Reed, who was chief of staff to Biden during his time as vice president, has advocated for tech reform in his years outside government. He worked as a senior advisor for Jim Steyer’s non-profit Common Sense Media, which advocates for digital media issues impacting children, including content moderation reforms.

Common Sense Media has pushed for

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Second Ontario government computer specialist fired in wake of alleged $11M COVID-19 fraud

A second senior information technology employee has been fired from the Ontario government after the alleged theft of $11 million in pandemic relief funds, the Star has learned.

Shalini Madan was terminated with cause from her $132,513-a-year job as manager of E-Ministries Support at the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services.

She had been suspended with pay since Aug. 11.

Her dismissal came after her husband, Sanjay Madan, was sacked from his $176,608-a-year post as director in the Ministry of Education’s iAccess Solutions Branch in early November.

In documents filed with the Ontario Superior Court, the province alleges that “some or all of” Shalini Madan, Sanjay Madan, their sons Chinmaya Madan and Ujjawal Madan, and associate Vidhan Singh perpetrated “a massive fraud” to siphon COVID-19 aid payments to hundreds of Bank of Montreal and TD accounts.

The government, whose accusations have not been proven in court, alleges “damages for fraud,

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Jimmy John’s to Partner With DoorDash

Jimmy John’s, the private-equity-owned sandwich chain, will partner with food-delivery specialist DoorDash in an effort to expand its customer base and improve its delivery system, according to media reports.

DoorDash, San Francisco, said on Wednesday that Jimmy John’s restaurants across the U.S. will be added to its delivery website, according to CNBC.

Jimmy John’s, Champaign, Ill., said that it would continue to deliver its own orders. 

In February, the chain said it would never authorize third-party-delivery companies to deliver its orders.

The Jimmy Johns deal comes after DoorDash unveiled a new self-delivery service, which enables merchants to fulfill their own orders but benefit from the reach of the DoorDash app, according to CNBC.

The partnership is doing a pilot test with 100 restaurants over six months before making it a permanent chainwide deal, according to CNBC.

As part of the deal, Jimmy John’s will join DoorDash’s subscription program, which offers

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Spotify’s 2020 Gaming Recap: PlayStation and Xbox Usage Is Way Up

You’ve probably seen pretty much everyone you follow online posting their 2020 Wrapped info from Spotify, detailing everyone’s stats for time listened, top artists, genres, podcasts, and more. Well gamers, we haven’t been excluded from the trend. This year, Spotify recorded an almost 55% increase globally in streaming from game consoles, both Xbox and PlayStation, as revealed in a special Wrapped that highlights what those users were listening to this year.

Video game soundtracks did particularly well, unsurprisingly. Minecraft, Doom, and Death Stranding all had their soundtracks in the top streamed category this year, and the soundtrack for Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 spiked more than 316% once the game launched.

If you don’t currently have a Spotify Premium subscription but do have a Game Pass Ultimate membership, you can get a free three-month trial of the music service.

Curious to see what everyone was jamming out to? Here’s Spotify’s

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PubMatic Aims For $100 Million IPO

PubMatic (PUBM) intends to raise $100 million from the sale of its Class A common stock in an IPO, according to an amended registration statement.

Redwood City, California-based PubMatic was founded to enable real-time programmatic advertising transactions via its specialized purpose-built advertising database and delivery infrastructure.

The system exists to help publishers and application developers monetize their advertising placement inventory in an efficient and reliable manner across different devices and platforms.

Management is headed by co-founder and CEO Rajeev Goel, who was previously product marketing director at SAP AG (SAP).

Below is a brief overview video of PubMatic:

Source: PubMatic

The firm provides a sell side advertising infrastructure platform within the digital advertising ecosystem, as shown in the graphic below:

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In addition, PubMatic has integrated its system with demand side platforms such as The Trade Desk (TTD) and Google DV360 (GOOG).

PubMatic has received at least $96 million from investors

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Trump’s threat to veto defense bill over social-media protections is heading to a showdown with Congress

President Trump is headed toward a veto showdown with Congress, as the White House doubles down on his promise to scuttle a $740 billion defense bill unless it opens the door for new, unrelated sanctions against Silicon Valley — his second threat to kill the must-pass legislation.



Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie


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With most leading Republicans and Democrats firmly united in their opposition to Trump’s demands, the president is waging an uphill battle that, if nobody blinks, could result in the first veto override of his presidency.

Trump threw the annual, must-pass measure authorizing the military’s operations into disarray late Tuesday with a pair of tweets taking aim at Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which shields technology companies from legal liability for the content posted by their users. Trump said the law should be “completely terminated,” claiming it is a national security risk. On Wednesday, White House press secretary

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Nokia deploys 5G private networking for 5G4KMU* across five German research centers Helsinki Stock Exchange:NOKIA

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Nokia deploys 5G private networking for 5G4KMU* across five German research centers

  • 5G4KMU project designed to accelerate 5G industrial adoption by SMEs
  • Largest collective 5G standalone (SA) deployment in German academia and research
  • Nokia 5G SA digital automation platform selected for ease-of-use

*5G-Transferzentrum für kleine und mittelständische Unternehmen/5G Transfer Center for small and medium-sized companies

2 December 2020

Espoo, Finland – Nokia today announced it will deploy industrial-grade 5G standalone (SA) private wireless networking for the 5G4KMU project, which spans five leading research centers in the state of Baden-Württemberg. Upon completion, it will comprise the largest 5G campus-based networking deployment in German research and academia.

Designed to support 5G4KMU in its mission to provide small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with an expert introduction to 5G, the private wireless networks will be used to help companies develop new 5G-based products, applications and business models.

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GitHub: Python and TypeScript gain popularity among programming languages

GitHub released its annual Octoverse report today, revealing trends in one of the largest developer communities on the planet, including a spike in open source project activity following the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. GitHub is now used by 56 million developers worldwide, up from 44 million in 2019 and 31 million in 2018.

Above: GitHub programming languages by popularity

JavaScript continues to be the most popular programming language on GitHub, while Python is now the second most popular, followed by Java and the fast-growing TypeScript community. Maintained by GitHub owner Microsoft, TypeScript has climbed from seventh place in 2018 and 2019 to fourth overall this year. PHP and Ruby, languages that ranked among the most popular five years ago, continued to decline in popularity.

Among other highlights:

  • Nigeria continues to rank highest among contributions to open source projects, followed by Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, and Bangladesh. The United States’
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Best Walmart Cyber Monday deals still available: $199 AirPods Pro (again), price cuts on a 70-inch Roku TV, Roomba and Xbox, Switch and PS4 games

This story is part of Holiday Gift Guide 2020, CNET’s gift picks with expert advice, reviews and recommendations for the latest tech gifts for you and your family.

Cyber Monday might be over, but you can still find deals at Walmart that haven’t yet gone away. The ApirPods Pro are back to $200, for example, and you can snag a giant 70-inch Roku TV for under $500. It’s little surprise that the deals Apple Watch Series 3 all quickly sold out, but keep an eye on this list as certain items have been coming back in stock.

Our favorite deals that you can still actually buy are listed below. Note that availability and prices fluctuate but were accurate at the time of this story’s most recent update.

DEALS HAPPENING NOW

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Who doesn’t love a crispy finish on top of their tender juicy dinner? That’s exactly what the Ninja

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