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Xiaomi starts blocking phones in export-restricted territories

Xiaomi starts blocking phones in export-restricted territories

Not all smartphones are available in all markets, but it isn't exactly difficult to purchase those via online retailers these days. Network compatibility and local regulations aside, it's definitely possible to get phones working in unsupported territories. That goes the same for territories where there might be legal restrictions in where certain companies can export to. Xiaomi, however, might be taking a more proactive stance on that front by blocking phones that have been activated in markets where it has an export ban.

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Texas abortion website is down again after onslaught of fake reports

Texas abortion website is down again after onslaught of fake reports

The Texas Right to Life group's abortion 'whistleblower' website is down again, this time redirecting to the group's website. This is the second time the website's tips platform has been shut down, each amid an onslaught of fake reports from all over the country. The website will return, the group claims, but the timeline for this return hasn't been revealed.

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Texas abortion website shows blocked messages amid fake tips campaign

Texas abortion website shows blocked messages amid fake tips campaign

The Texas Right to Life group's abortion whistleblower website has been inaccessible for many users today; instead of displaying its anonymous tip page, the website is instead showing a 503 error and telling users they've been blocked. The message given explaining the reason for the block varies based on whether the user is out of state or using a VPN.

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Lyft vows to cover drivers’ legal fees if sued under Texas abortion law

Lyft vows to cover drivers’ legal fees if sued under Texas abortion law

Ride-sharing service Lyft has announced the creation of its new Driver Legal Defense Fund, which is intended for drivers who may find themselves facing a lawsuit under Texas's newly imposed abortion law. The company vows to cover all of a driver's legal fees should they find themselves in this unfortunate position.

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GoDaddy gives Texas abortion website notice: Find new host ASAP

GoDaddy gives Texas abortion website notice: Find new host ASAP

The so-called Texas abortion 'whistleblower' website may go dark in the near future if it doesn't find a new host. The website's current host, GoDaddy, has warned Texas Right to Life that it has 24 hours to find a new host before its services are cut off. This won't be the first time GoDaddy has shut down a controversial website for violating its rules.

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China cracks down on video games with strict playtime limits for kids

China cracks down on video games with strict playtime limits for kids

China has announced a new set of rules to restrict the amount of time minors spend playing video games each week. The new rules restrict children under 18 from playing video games for more than three hours a week. Those rules define three separate hour-long windows during which minors can play, with the Chinese government saying that the restrictions are necessary to curb gaming addiction.

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TikTok’s fate in the US hangs in limbo again

TikTok’s fate in the US hangs in limbo again

Former US President Donald Trump tried to finish as many pending tasks before his term ended but there were still many that were left unresolved. In the tech industry, one of the biggest was the fate of TikTok and its forced sale to a US company. Although the parties involved, including Oracle and Walmart, have already come into an agreement, they're still waiting for the US government approval that won't be coming anytime soon because the matter is now being reviewed again by the Biden administration.

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Huawei’s fate won’t change yet under Biden administration

Huawei’s fate won’t change yet under Biden administration

The change in the US political landscape will naturally send ripples through all aspects of the country's life and business, especially those more contentious policies and views that Donald Trump left behind. Some of those have already been reversed while others remained. Naturally, that also gave some companies recently added to the country's dreaded Entity List a bit of hope for a reprieve. Unfortunately for Huawei and other Chinese company's on that list, President Joe Biden's pick for the Commerce Department isn't that keen on changing the status quo.

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White House adds ASL interpreter to press briefings on YouTube

White House adds ASL interpreter to press briefings on YouTube

The Biden administration has made White House press briefings more accessible for people who are deaf or have trouble hearing. If you head over to the official White House channel on YouTube, you'll now be able to watch these press events with an American Sign Language interpreter, something Press Secretary Jen Psaki says is intended to improve accessibility.

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How to watch the 2021 Biden Inauguration Day event live

How to watch the 2021 Biden Inauguration Day event live

Tomorrow, Wednesday the 20th of January, is Inauguration Day in the US, marking the start of Joe Biden's term as the 46th US president. The inauguration will happen in an event at the US Capitol in Washington DC -- and though you can't attend yourself, you can still watch it live using a variety of platforms.

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US denies, revokes license to sell to Huawei at the last minute

US denies, revokes license to sell to Huawei at the last minute

The US is about to undergo a rather historic political transition in a few days but it seems that the outgoing Trump administration is hastily doing all that it can before that day comes. While there is no clear assurance that president-elect Biden will reverse the US government's stance in relation to Huawei's sanctions, what is clear right now is that not only the company but its dozens of suppliers as well are being left in limbo after the Commerce Department denied en masse 150 license requests that have been pending for months.

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Facebook bans events near DC and state capitols over inauguration concerns

Facebook bans events near DC and state capitols over inauguration concerns

In light of safety concerns surrounding the upcoming US presidential inauguration, Facebook has decided to ban events on its platform that would take place near the US Capitol building and White House. As well, the platform has also banned new events that would take place near state capitols until after Inauguration Day.

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