Google Suspended Federated Chat App Element for Allegedly Hosting Abusive Content

Photo: Lionel Bonaventure (Getty Images) Google temporarily yanked Element’s Android chat app from the Play Store this week for allegedly hosting abusive content. The decision’s particularly baffling given that Element is only a client for the federated chat protocol Matrix and not a service in and of itself. Meaning that Element can (and does) moderate…

Google pulls Element’s Android chat app over content it doesn’t control

We’ve asked Google for comment. While the option of sideloading the app softens the blow, this won’t exactly thrill the community. Multiple governments (including the US, UK, France and Germany) use Element and the Matrix network alongside universities and businesses — losing easy access to the app could be a significant hassle. The move comes…

Turns Out a Lot of People Streamed Wonder Woman 1984 on HBO Max

Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman.Image: Warner Bros. Recently, we reported on the Nielsen streaming numbers for the end of December, which included a big success story for Disney’s release Soul. In that post, we noted that Nielsen didn’t include HBO Max on its streaming chart numbers. But now, it’s released those numbers anyway— at least,…

WhatsApp uses Stories to try and assuage users’ privacy fears

WhatsApp really, really wants to keep you from jumping to a rival chat service over its controversial new privacy policy, and it’s using some of its built-in features to get the message across. The Verge has learned that WhatsApp is now using Status messages (aka Stories) to underscore its “commitment to your privacy” in the…

Robinhood: So About That Whole GameStonks Thing…

Photo: Olivier Douliery (Getty Images) The self-proclaimed democratic financial app Robinhood came under fire on Thursday for temporarily halting trading on GameStop stocks and other stocks favored by Reddit’s WallStreetBets community. But while critics accused the stockbroker of foiling amateur investors to shield major Wall Street firms from mounting losses, Robinhood claims the real explanation…

Apple just paid a record $25 million to buy a Sundance movie

The purchase reportedly came about through a bidding war with Amazon. The Prime Video operator was eager to buy CODA, Variety said, but might not have had the room to release the title in 2021 given an already-packed lineup. Netflix had also shown interest at one point. This isn’t a completely unexpected deal. Heder is…

Let’s Reminisce About Last Year’s Most Memorable Data Breaches

Photo: Mark Makela (Getty Images) In March of last year, the U.S. Marshals Service sent out a notification announcing that it had suffered a cyberattack several months previous. As a result, personal data on some 387,000 current and former prisoners had potentially been compromised, it reported. Such data potentially included “names, dates of birth, social…

Tesla offers collision repairs in its service centers

Tesla’s Service Centers can now perform various forms of collision repair in-house, according to CNBC. The automaker has reportedly sent out a message to customers entitled “Collision Repair is Here,” telling them that their local Tesla Service Centers can now be an alternative option to body shops for fixing “minor dents, scuffs, scratches and more.”…

Hyundai said to be ‘agonizing’ over Apple’s electric car

Hyundai might not be in a rush to make Apple’s electric car despite reports of a tentative deal. Reuters sources claim Hyundai executives are “agonizing” over how the company will cooperate with Apple, or whether or not it’s a wise idea in the first place.The Korean automaker is reportedly hesitant to work with outside firms,…