Hacked software provider acknowledges ransomware…

A major U.S. provider of software services to state and local governments has acknowledged it was hit by a ransomware attack

Sega Is Reportedly Developing a Live-Action…

Sega Is Reportedly Developing a Live-Action 'Yakuza' Movie. According to 'Variety,' the video game company has teamed up with 1212 Entertainment and Wild Sheep Content to bring their hit game series to the big screen. Although no script writers have been linked to the movie, Erik Barmack, Roberto Grande and Joshua Long will serve as the film's producers. While details surrounding the film's narrative are currently unknown, 'Variety' and 1212 Entertainment have hinted that it will follow the adventures of the franchise protagonist, Kazuma Kiryu. 'Yakuza' offers us a new playground in which to set compelling stories with complex characters in a unique environment that audiences have rarely seen before, 1212 Entertainment, via statement to 'Variety'. The saga of Kazuma Kiryu has a built-in cinematic appeal - a mix of kinetic action with bursts of comedy, multiple converging storylines, and a gripping journey towards redemption, 1212 Entertainment, via statement to 'Variety'

Brief Google Service Outage Rattles Users

Millions of people are now more reliant on Google services than ever before—and even a brief outage can cause alarm. Services including Gmail, Google Docs, and YouTube went down for around an hour for users on the East and West coasts Thursday night, Engadget reports. According to Downdetector and...

Justice Department seeks immediate ban on WeChat…

The Justice Department is seeking an immediate ban on downloads of WeChat in Apple and Google app stores, saying the Chinese-owned messaging service is a threat to the security of the United States

Suicide Video Prompts a TikTok Move

TikTok says "groups operating on the dark web" engaged in a "coordinated effort" to share a graphic suicide video across its platform. Now it's asking other social media giants for help. The video of a US man shooting himself was live-streamed on Facebook in late August before clips went viral...

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Xbox Boss Phil Spencer Teases Future Games From…

Xbox Boss Phil Spencer Teases Future Games From Bethesda. The gaming studio was acquired by Microsoft as part of its $7.5 billion ZeniMax buyout. . Spencer says he knows what the studio is working on next, . and he promised an "incredibly exciting time" ahead. I have the benefit of knowing the future roadmap and having some insight into the things that have been both announced and unannounced that the teams are working on, Phil Spencer, on Major Nelson's podcast. It's an incredibly exciting time for the work that Bethesda's studios are doing, as they continue with the craft of creating games... , Phil Spencer, on Major Nelson's podcast. ... and also thinking about how our medium of gaming continues to evolve and their role in that, Phil Spencer, on Major Nelson's podcast

Pops and Flops: Costco, Norwegian, and Draftkings…

Costco shares are flopping despite the company beating expected earnings. The company saw record profit as customers stockpiled items at the start of the pandemic. Norwegian Cruise Line shares are popping as Barclays upgrades the company to "equal weight" and analysts believe the CDC could release guidance that benefits the industry. And, DraftKings shares are up after the PAC-12 announced a return to the gridiron in November.

EU Commission appeals after losing Apple $15B tax…

The European Commission said Friday it’s appealing a court decision that had ruled Apple doesn’t have to repay $15 billion in back taxes to Ireland

Facebook Has Closed Over 150 Fake Chinese Accounts

Facebook Has Closed Over 150 Fake Chinese Accounts. The social networking site has infiltrated accounts linked to a Chinese network interfering with politics. . The unnamed network had amassed 130,000 followers. . It was violating Facebook’s rule of Government Interference. The content on the now-closed Facebook accounts was believed to be U.S. political propaganda. . Facebook linked a group of individuals based in Fujian, China.

TikTok says it didn't take part in Australia…

TikTok executives have told a Senate committee that they lobbied Australian lawmakers but did not engage with investigators before the government concluded that the video-sharing app did not pose a security threat

New iPhone 12 Feature Is Leaked

New iPhone 12 Feature Is Leaked. 9to5Mac has acquired a video showing that the new iPhone 12 will have multiple magnets inside. . The magnets are thought to be Apple's new charging system. . A charging coil and connector appear to be on the back of the phone. It is also thought that there will be multiple accessories coming out that will work with the magnets such as a car mount

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Apple Under Fire for App Store Practices

Apple is under fire from a coalition of companies that have deemed app store practices unfair. Among the coalition: Spotify, Epic Games, and Tinder. Cheddar's Kristen Scholer and Jill Wagner have the report.

Facebook critics start rival, independent…

A group of prominent Facebook critics, including one of the social network’s early investors and a journalist facing jail time in the Philippines, are launching their version of an “oversight board” to rival the company’s own

Nintendo Promises New Console in Less Than 80…

Nintendo Promises New Console , in Less Than 80 Years. Following the success of the Nintendo DS, the Nintendo Wii and the Nintendo Switch. the gaming company revealed in their latest corporate management briefing that they are working on new hardware. While Nintendo confirmed something new would be on the way in a Future Outlook portion of the presentation, . the company only said it will be released in "20XX.". This announcement leaves Nintendo fans wondering if they can expect a new console soon or if they will have to wait many more years

Justice Dept. expected to file antitrust action…

The Justice Department is expected to file an antitrust action against Google in coming weeks, focusing on its dominance in online search and whether it was used to stifle competition and hurt consumers, a person familiar with the matter tells The Associated Press

Xbox Game Pass Subscribers Have Increased by 50…

Xbox Game Pass Subscribers Have Increased by 50% in Under 6 Months. The subscription-based service was first launched back in 2017. It gives gamers access to titles from a range of publishers for a single monthly subscription price. It has been praised by many as being a great value for the money. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many people have decided to pass the time indoors by playing more video games. . As a result, more people have purchased an Xbox Game Pass subscription over the past few months. Microsoft has revealed that the service now has over 15 million subscribers. Back in April, it was announced that there were over 10 million. This means that in less than six months, the amount of Xbox Game Pass subscribers has increased by an astounding 50%

VIA optronics Makes Public Debut

VIA optronics is making its debut on the NYSE raising $93.8 million with its public offering. CEO Jurgen Eichner joined Cheddar to discuss taking the company public and the company's success amid the pandemic.

Assange 'binge-watched' suicide of ex-Bosnian…

Julian Assange relayed how he “binge-watched” the suicide of the former Bosnian Croat general in a United Nations courtroom three years ago, a doctor who visited the WikiLeaks founder on several occasions while he was in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London told an extradition hearing

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Apple Accuses Epic Games of Using Their Legal…

Apple Accuses Epic Games of Using Their Legal Battle as a 'Marketing Campaign'. The two companies have been caught in a legal battle for the past few weeks. The conflict was ignited when the video game developer implemented its own payment system into the iOS and Android versions of 'Fortnite.' . Apple decided to remove the game from the App Store, and Epic subsequently responded to the move by filing an anti-trust lawsuit against the tech company. Apple has recently responded to Epic’s court filing, in which Epic requested for 'Fortnite' to be made available on iOS again. While Apple said that this can be done once Epic removes their own payment system from the game, . they also slammed Epic by stating: “Epic started a fire, and poured gasoline on it, and now asks this Court for emergency assistance in putting it out.". They also accused Epic of using the high-profile lawsuit as “a marketing campaign.". For reasons having nothing to do with Epic’s claims against Apple, 'Fortnite'’s popularity is on the wane. By July 2020, interest in 'Fortnite' had decreased by nearly 70% as compared to October 2019. , Apple, via filing. This lawsuit (and the front-page headlines it has generated) appears to be part of a marketing campaign designed to reinvigorate interest in 'Fortnite.', Apple, via filing. Epic boss Tim Sweeney has claimed in a recent filing that this accusation is incorrect. Epic’s actual user engagement data reflecting the actual number of users playing 'Fortnite' (not Google search results) shows Apple’s claim of declining interest in 'Fortnite' to be incorrect. , Tim Sweeney, via filing. Over the period of time that Apple cherry-picked for its Google search volume comparison (between October 2019 and July 2020), the number of daily active users on 'Fortnite' actually increased by more than 39%, Tim Sweeney, via filing

Apple's smaller rivals unite to fight iPhone app…

Spotify and the makers of Fortnite and Tinder are taking on Apple and Google as part of a newly formed coalition calling for “fair treatment” in the way the tech giants run their app stores