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Twitter finally slaps Donald Trump with a permanent ban

Twitter finally slaps Donald Trump with a permanent ban

Twitter has joined several other platforms in permanently banning Trump over recent tweets, the company has announced. The decision comes only hours after Twitter unlocked Trump's account, which had been suspended due to three tweets in particular that the company said needed to be deleted. Twitter joins Facebook, Twitch, Snapchat, and a number of other platforms in banning the president.

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Twitch is bringing PogChamp back – but not how you might expect

Twitch is bringing PogChamp back – but not how you might expect

Earlier this week, Twitch announced that it was removing PogChamp - one of the most popular global emotes on the platform - after the face behind it expressed support for the mob that stormed the US Capitol Building on January 6th. At the time, the company suggested that the emote would be making a return in some form, saying that it wants "the sentiment and use of Pog to live on." Now we know how PogChamp will live on, and it's safe to say that Twitch is taking a route few expected it to.

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The world’s first Wi-fi 6E router costs over $500 USD

The world’s first Wi-fi 6E router costs over $500 USD

The pointy crown-looking WiFi 6E router you see before you was revealed by ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today. This is the ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AXE11000 Tri-Band 10 Gigabit Wireless Router, the "world's first router to use the latest WiFi 6E (802.11ax) wireless network standard." Users will be able to roll with the latest in fastest-possible Wi-Fi internet speed while remaining compatible with devices that connect with older forms of Wi-Fi data.

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Twitch is the latest company to deplatform Trump over Capitol riot

Twitch is the latest company to deplatform Trump over Capitol riot

A video released by President Trump during yesterday's riot at the US Capitol spurred ample backlash and triggered a cascading series of restrictions on POTUS social media accounts. Facebook and YouTube were among the first to pull the video from their platforms; Twitter locked Trump's account for 12 hours. Bigger changes happened in the hours since, and now Twitch is counted among the companies deplatforming the president.

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Twitch just removed one of its most popular emotes

Twitch just removed one of its most popular emotes

Twitch has announced that it's removing the PogChamp emote from its platform. Emotes have been central to the Twitch experience for years, and PogChamp has historically been one of the most popular emotes on Twitch. PogChamp as we know it has been wiped from the service as this point, but Twitch has also indicated that it will look to replace it with another emote that can be used during hype or surprising moments on stream.

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WhatsApp now requires users to share data with Facebook

WhatsApp now requires users to share data with Facebook

It isn't exactly that much of a shock, considering it is Facebook we're talking about here, but it's still a disappointment at the very least, given the current context. At a time when people around the world have become more dependent on messaging services and a time when Facebook is being scrutinized for its privacy practices and monopoly, the social networking giant is making what many are pretty much considering to be an asinine move that will practically throw WhatsApp users out if they don't agree to let Facebook get a hold of their data.

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Stimulus check status: New bank or address? IRS responds

Stimulus check status: New bank or address? IRS responds

This week the folks at the IRS responsible for issuing Stimulus Check money to the masses released a document. In this document, they answered a few questions about the latest payment (2 of 2) with regard to the Get My Payment tool and the status of each individual United States citizen. Earlier today we spoke about how some users will get a "Payment Status #2 - Not Available" message - now we're looking at what'll happen if you've changed bank accounts or home mailing addresses since you were given the first check back in early 2020.

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Facebook is removing your Pages Likes

Facebook is removing your Pages Likes

Facebook today announced some sweeping changes to the way Pages work. Pages have been around for years and years at Facebook, and with these changes, they're losing some features that have been present since the beginning. For instance, Likes will be going away, with Facebook deciding to shift the focus to Followers for Pages.

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Verizon 3G will be hanging around indefinitely for now

Verizon 3G will be hanging around indefinitely for now

As carriers make more aggressive steps towards switching to 5G, they are also eager to finally let go of aging technologies and equipment in the process. Some, however, might have been too eager to put up an image of being a leader and pioneer in the industry. That, however, may have ironically cost Verizon some PR points when it tried to shutter its 3G network early. Rather than delay it repeatedly, the carrier will apparently continue offering the service, at least until further notice.

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Instagram on desktop is getting a fancy new Stories design

Instagram on desktop is getting a fancy new Stories design

Instagram is working on a new interface for its Stories feature on desktop, according to a new report, introducing a cleaner, more sleek way to view these short videos and ephemeral images. Most people watch Stories using Instagram's mobile apps, but the company has made a number of recent changes for its desktop users.

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Twitter buys Breaker social podcast app to boost new Spaces [UPDATED]

Twitter buys Breaker social podcast app to boost new Spaces [UPDATED]

Twitter has long been trying to find ways to grow beyond its core nature of broadcasting short snippets of text. It bought Vine long before short looping videos became a fad and Periscope when live streaming was just beginning to gain traction. Both are now dead (Periscope shuts down in March) but Twitter has again branched of with Instagram Stories-like Fleets and audio chat Spaces, the latter of which might just get a bit of boost with Twitter's latest acquisition.

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Slack is down as Salesforce’s big acquisition gets a rocky start to 2021 [Update]

Slack is down as Salesforce’s big acquisition gets a rocky start to 2021 [Update]

Slack may have ended 2020 sitting pretty on a $27.7 billion acquisition by Salesforce, but it's starting the first workday of 2021 for many with some unexpected downtime. Many US workers trying to log into their workplace messaging this morning discovered that they simply couldn't get the system to load.

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