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Episode #3,134.

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We get it, you have a life. There’s no way you can read all of the day’s news in one single shot, let alone visit every web page, which is why we’re here to help. Well, sort of.

There’s a ton of tech news we weren’t able to cover throughout the day (hey, give us a break, we’re a small independent outfit), so to help you stay up to speed with everything we didn’t get to, we rounded up some of the biggest stories, which should help you keep up to date. Hence the tech hangover. 

Here’s some tech news you probably missed out on today (and when we say you, we mean us, but also…you).

Apple Proves It’s One of Right-to-Repair’s Most Powerful Villains 

So basically Apple’s contract states that independent repair shops must agree to audits and inspections. They can do this even after a repair shop leaves the program.

Well, well, well. After Apple—a company notoriously hostile to independent repair shops—appeared to cede part of its monopoly on Apple product repairs through its Independent Repair Provider (IRP) program, a new report has found that Apple is still very much on its bullshit. – Gizmodo

China’s mobile giants to take on Google’s Play store

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These Chinese companies are sick of Google’s shit. So instead, they’re starting their own app store to compete directly with Google. This is going to hurt Google.

China’s Xiaomi, Huawei Technologies, Oppo and Vivo are joining forces to create a platform for developers outside China to upload apps onto all of their app stores simultaneously, in a move analysts say is meant to challenge the dominance of Google’s Play store. –Reuters

Google, YouTube and Venmo send cease-and-desist letters to facial recognition app that helps law enforcement 

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Clearview is literally the worst company on this planet.

Google, YouTube and Venmo have sent cease-and-desist letters to Clearview AI, a facial recognition app that scrapes images from websites and social media platforms, CBS News has learned. The tech companies join Twitter, which sent a similar letter in January, in trying to block the app from taking pictures from their platforms. – CBS News

Facial Recognition Moves Into a New Front: Schools

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A district in New York has adopted the technology in the name of safety. Opponents cite privacy and bias concerns. –NYT

And in just case you missed some of our stuff earlier, here’s what you may have missed:

Notable Mentions

I Sabotaged My Boss With Ransomware From the Dark Web 

We Tried to Get Nonconsensual Porn Off Pornhub 

Wacom drawing tablets track the name of every application that you open

Facial Recognition Moves Into a New Front: Schools 

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Kevin is KnowTechie's founder and executive editor. With over 15 years of blogging experience in the tech industry, Kevin has transformed what was once a passion project into a full-blown tech news publication. Shoot him an email at or find him on Mastodon or Post.

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