Google’s Chromecast returns to Amazon, but it still lacks Prime Video

A year after Amazon announced it would resume selling Google Chromecasts, the streaming pucks are finally available to buy from its store, reports Android Police. Originally, Amazon had said that selling a streaming device that didn’t support its own Prime Video streaming service would cause “customer confusion,” and it also …

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Google Maps will now show Lime scooter locations

Google ‘s (GOOG, GOOGL) Maps can now show you a new two-wheeled transportation option: Lime’s battery-powered scooters. Beginning Dec. 13, both Android and iOS versions of Maps will point users to Lime scooters available for rent in 13 cities: Austin, Baltimore, Dallas, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, San Diego, Oakland, San Antonio, …

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RCS: What it is and why you might want it

A lot of people have become bored with SMS messaging, and the tech industry is very aware of it. While services such as Apple’s iMessage, Facebook Messenger, and WhatsApp allow you to add photos, GIFs and videos to your messages, they are not universal solutions — for example, you can’t …

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Democratic senators have introduced a big new data privacy plan

One day after Google CEO Sundar Pichai was questioned on data privacy during a House hearing, a group of 15 Democratic senators has proposed a new bill for protecting personal information online. The Data Care Act, proposed by Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) and more than a dozen co-sponsors, including Amy …

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NYCLU sues ICE over changes to immigrant risk assessment algorithm

The New York Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against US Immigration and Customs Enforcement over changes to the agency’s Risk Classification Assessment (RCA) software, which is used when ICE detains someone for deportation proceedings. The tool provides an algorithm-based recommendation on whether an immigrant should be detained in …

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The Free Music Archive will live on

The Free Music Archive — a free-to-use collection of music that’s shared and curated by artists — was supposed to close last month, following a funding shortage. Instead, the Archive will live on: it’s been bought by the camera and gear rental marketplace KitSplit. “Many of us at KitSplit have …

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