Google Will Close 3D Platform Poly in June

Google  (GOOGL) – Get Report said on Wednesday that it would shut down its Poly 3D platform in June and users will be unable to upload models starting in April, according to media reports.

The Mountain View, Calif., search, advertising and cloud-computing giant didn’t say why it was discontinuing the platform.

Google did say that the decision was part of a plan to shift resources and heavily invest in helpful augmented-reality experiences like Google Lens, AR walking navigation in its Maps app, and AR in Google Search.

Poly enabled users to upload, browse, and distribute 3D content created using tools such as Tilt Brush and Blocks, according to Forbes.

The Google Poly team said in a statement that users can download their entire library of 3D models and works before June 30 at takeout.google.com/settings/takeout/custom/poly.

After that date, poly.google.com and associated APIs will no longer be accessible.

Poly was

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Most NJ students have computer access, but that won’t close divide, advocates say

Parents lined up at schools in Dover, Haledon and Camden last week to pick up computer devices for their children, as New Jersey makes strides to close a digital divide that has strained families and schools during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Distribution of over 200 free Chromebooks in Paterson to help students during the pandemic

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About 35,000 students across the state still lack computer devices or internet connections at home, a big improvement from the 231,000 tallied in August, according to a New Jersey Department of Education survey this month.

But while the number is narrowing, it doesn’t give a full picture of remote-learning challenges, say advocates and school leaders.

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“We’re in a good place when it comes to devices,” said Norma Fernandez, deputy superintendent of Jersey City’s schools. “But the

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Pub chain Mitchells & Butlers to close 20 sites

Closed pubs and restaurants in Shoreditch, east London, at the end of the first full week of the four week national lockdown in England. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski/PA Images via Getty Images)
Mitchells & Butlers, which has around 1,700 locations across the country and is headquartered in Birmingham, did not reveal how many of its 44,000 staff would be affected by the move, the newspaper said. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Images via Getty Images

Mitchells & Butlers (MAB.L) is planning to close up to 20 of its pubs and restaurants in the UK, putting scores of jobs at risk, it has been reported.

The FTSE 250 bar and restaurant owner, which owns Harvester, Toby Carvery, O’Neill’s and All Bar One, is working with advisors CBRE to offload a number of leasehold sites that will face permanent closure if buyers cannot be found, the Telegraph reported.

Mitchells & Butlers, which has around 1,700 locations across the country and is headquartered in Birmingham, did not reveal how many of its 44,000 staff would be affected by the move, the newspaper said.

The company previously announced

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TikTok granted 15 more days to close deal for US business

After seemingly blowing past the Trump administration’s deadline for TikTok to find a new owner, the US government has quietly given the embattled social media platform a reprieve.



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TikTok will now have another 15 days, until Nov. 27, to persuade US national security officials that its proposed deal with Oracle and Walmart should be approved.

Thursday was supposed to be the drop-dead date for TikTok’s Chinese parent, ByteDance, to divest the social media company, under an executive order signed by President Donald Trump this summer.

But as the deadline came and went, confusion reigned over what consequences might be in store for TikTok. Trump’s executive order did not say that TikTok would be banned if it missed the deadline; in fact, it outlines no consequences at all. The order’s ambiguity highlights the extremely unusual approach the Trump administration has taken with one of the world’s fastest-growing social

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