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White House to launch COVID test-ordering site “by this weekend,” reports say

White House to launch COVID test-ordering site “by this weekend,” reports say

On Wednesday, a senior White House adviser said that a government-run website to order COVID-19 rapid tests “should be online by this weekend,” according to new reporting from PBS NewsHour. Tests should start arriving this month. The promise comes weeks after President Joe Biden announced that Americans would soon be able to order 500 million …

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Facebook contractors threaten to stop work over missing paychecks

Facebook contractors threaten to stop work over missing paychecks

Facebook moderators at an Accenture site in Austin are facing a payroll disaster that has left many without their holiday paychecks. Workers at the site handle moderation, customer service, and other tasks for Facebook and WhatsApp — and a work stoppage has already been threatened if the situation is not resolved. The problems began as …

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The FCC’s still in a stalemate a year into Biden’s presidency

The FCC’s still in a stalemate a year into Biden’s presidency

After nearly a year into Joe Biden’s presidency, new pressure is mounting on the Senate to expeditiously confirm nominations for positions at two of the federal government’s top agencies with control over broadband and data privacy. In new statements issued on Monday, public interest groups Free Press Action and Fight for the Future called on …

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FAA releases list of 50 airports that will have 5G buffer zones

FAA releases list of 50 airports that will have 5G buffer zones

With AT&T and Verizon set to bring their 5G expansion live on January 19th, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has chosen 50 airports (PDF) that will have buffer zones to help prevent flight disruptions (via Reuters and Wall Street Journal). Safety regulators picked airports based on location, traffic volume, and the likelihood of low visibility …

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Computer monitors were inventive and interesting at CES 2022

Computer monitors were inventive and interesting at CES 2022

CES had a pretty good year, and that extends to computer monitors, which thankfully were about more than mere ports. What’s better is that this year’s interesting, feature-packed monitors are for more than just gamers. Monitors play an even more important role during the pandemic as the centerpiece of the home office, and manufacturers have …

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VW sets a date for the reveal of its production-ready electric Microbus

VW sets a date for the reveal of its production-ready electric Microbus

Nearly five years after it first revealed its ID Buzz concept at the Detroit auto show, Volkswagen is finally ready to show off a production-ready version of the beloved vehicle. VW CEO Herbert Diess tweeted that the “legend returns” on March 9th, along with a gif of the automaker’s iconic Microbus. A staple of coastal …

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Chevy Silverado EV revealed: GM’s best-selling truck goes electric

Chevy Silverado EV revealed: GM’s best-selling truck goes electric

The Chevy Silverado, one of the top-selling pickup trucks in the US, is going electric. General Motors CEO Mary Barra unveiled Chevy’s answer to the Ford F-150 Lightning during a virtual presentation at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. GM hopes that the plug-in pickup’s familiar nameplate will help it lure Silverado owners and other truck …

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Sony announces the world’s first QD-OLED 4K TV, coming later this year

Sony announces the world’s first QD-OLED 4K TV, coming later this year

Sony is setting some pretty grand expectations with its 2022 TV lineup — led by the introduction of the world’s first consumer QD-OLED TV. The company’s current and well-regarded OLED sets use panels from LG Display that are tuned with Sony’s own processing. But the new flagship Bravia XR A95K TV will include a QD-OLED …

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