Germany welcomes China climate goals, wants more…

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has welcomed China’s plan to be carbon-neutral by 2060, contrasting it with the U.S. failure to abide by the goals of the landmark 2015 Paris climate accord

TikTok Debuts New in-App 2020 Elections Guide

TikTok Debuts New in-App 2020 Elections Guide. According to The Verge, the guide will be available to U.S. users starting Tuesday. It can be found via TikTok's Discover page or landing pages for election-related content. Using BallotReady, it will provide users information about federal, state and local canditates. We’re partnering with TikTok for their elections guide because younger voters often do not realize everything that will appear on their ballot, .., Alex Niemczewski, CEO of BallotReady, via The Verge. ... and we believe that TikTok can help them vote their entire ballot, Alex Niemczewski, CEO of BallotReady, via The Verge. Our elections guide is built with user privacy in mind, .., Michael Beckerman, TikTok vice president and head of US public policy, via blog post. ... so a user must visit the website for a state or a non-profit for anything that involves sharing their information, including registering to vote, Michael Beckerman, TikTok vice president and head of US public policy, via blog post. Interactions with this guide in our app have no bearing on future TikTok experiences, such as recommendations or ads, Michael Beckerman, TikTok vice president and head of US public policy, via blog post. TikTok has previously made other attempts to protect the platform from misinformation, . including banning deepfakes and implementing more content moderation policies

When Vegas Schools Declined Ransom, Hackers Took…

A hacker group has published employee Social Security numbers, student grades, and other sensitive information from the Clark County School District in Las Vegas after it refused to pay a ransom. The largest school district known to be hit with ransomware since the start of the pandemic announced a breach...

Bereft of scripted shows, opening week ratings…

With the coronavirus having thrown a halt to the production of most dramas and comedies, television ratings for the first week of the fall season were way down compared to last year

Final Harvest Looms for FarmVille

The original FarmVille is about to become a dust bowl, 11 years after it first became a social media gaming sensation. Zynga announced Monday that the original FarmVille game will be officially kaput as of the end of 2020, Ars Technica reports. "Adobe will stop distributing and updating Flash Player...

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Google Maps to Roll out Feature Indicating…

Google Maps to Roll out Feature Indicating COVID-19 Infection Rates in Local Areas. The new update will make users aware of how the virus is progressing in different locations so they can plan ahead before traveling. There will be the option to add a layer called "COVID-19 info," which shows the amount of new cases per 100,000 people. . It will detail the areas where infections are rising or declining via a color-coded system. Google has used "multiple authoritative sources," including 'The New York Times,' . to source the relevant data, which is available for the 220 countries supported on the app

Indoor Farming Company AppGarvest Goes Public

Appharvest founder and CEO, Jonathan Webb joined Cheddar to discuss taking his company public. Webb also talks the indoor growing process and its benefits.

Microsoft resolves major Monday outage after five…

Microsoft took five hours to resolve a major outage of its workplace applications on Monday, but has not clarified what caused the outage

Judge Allows US TikTok Downloads to Continue for…

Judge Allows US TikTok Downloads to Continue for Now. On Sunday, U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols gave the China-based app more time to sort out its issues with the Trump administration. The order allows American app stores to continue offering TikTok downloads. TikTok released a statement, saying it "will continue defending our rights for the benefit of our community and employees.". At the same time, we will also maintain our ongoing dialogue with the government to turn our proposal, which the president gave his preliminary approval to last weekend, into an agreement, TikTok, via statement. Judge Nichols did not provide a ruling on a second ban that would prohibit U.S. companies from working with TikTok

TikTok Ban Blocked at Last Minute

Four hours before it was set to take effect, a federal judge blocked the Trump administration's attempt to prohibit Americans from downloading TikTok . The judge partially granted a request by the Chinese-owned app for a temporary injunction, meaning it will remain available on mobile app stores for now, CNN and...

Amazon sees broad audience for its palm…

Amazon is introducing new palm recognition technology in a pair of Seattle stores and sees broader uses in places like stadiums and offices

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Getting Real on Climate Change With Seventh…

Ahead of tonight's presidential debate, Joey Bergstein, Seventh Generation CEO, joined Cheddar to discuss the importance of the candidates addressing the climate crisis immediately.

Q&A: Will the Trump administration be able to ban…

A federal judge on Sunday postponed a Trump administration order that would have banned the popular video sharing app TikTok from U.S. app stores

Cyberattack hobbles major hospital chain's US…

U.S. computer networks of a major hospital chain have been knocked offline in a cyberattack

Amy Winehouse Foundation and 'Sno Babies' Bring…

In partnership with the film "Sno Babies," the Amy Winehouse Foundation is drawing attention to the opioid crisis. Mitch Winehouse, the father of the late pop star and co-founder of the foundation, joined Cheddar to discuss addiction in young people and the initiatives the organization is taking to help those affected.

Dems to Facebook: Get serious about…

Two of Facebook's toughest critics on Capitol Hill have urged the social media platform to get serious about misinformation, voter suppression and hate speech ahead of the 2020 election

Uber gets 18-month London license after winning…

Uber can keep operating in London after it won its appeal of a decision by the British capital’s transit regulator not to renew its license

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Pops and Flops: Beyond Meat, Nikola, and Molson…

Beyond Meat shares are popping on news that it will triple distribution of its plant-based burgers through Walmart. Nikola shares are flopping after two women accuse the company's founder, Trevor Milton, of sexual assault. Milton had recently stepped down from the company after allegations of fraud were leveled by a short seller, and Molson Coors stock is up after an announced partnership with Coca-Cola.