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Tech Hangover: Disney+ is broken

It’s not just me either.

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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).

Google to Store and Analyze Millions of Health Records

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For a company that knows more about you than you would like them to know, I honestly don’t know how I feel about them having access to medical records. I’m sure I’m not the only one.

In a sign of Google’s major ambitions in the health care industry, the search giant is working with the country’s second-largest hospital system to store and analyze the data of millions of patients in an effort to improve medical services, the two organizations announced on Monday. – New York Times

Twitter Will Make Exceptions To Its Political Ad Ban. Here’s One Of Them

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This is exactly what Facebook should be doing. Good on Twitter for this.

Representatives from Twitter met with advertisers last week to discuss the specifics of what might be — and won’t be — included in its ban on political advertising. In those meetings, Twitter staffers suggested that ads that spread awareness about issues of national significance would still be allowed after the ban takes effect. Ads that advocate for a specific candidate or piece of legislation will be banned, according to one advertiser briefed on Twitter’s plans. – BuzzFeed News

Disney+ launches, then crashes

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From what I’m hearing, Disney spent over three billion dollars to get this service up and running. Sounds like they should have spent more.

Disney+ launched to much fanfare on Tuesday, and then immediately hit some bumps. Disney fans looking to enjoy all the content the company’s new streaming service had to offer were instead greeted by error pages starring Disney’s own Wreck-It Ralph.

As 5G Rolls Out, Troubling New Security Flaws Emerge

It’s not yet prime time for 5G networks, which still face logistical and technical hurdles, but they’re increasingly coming online in major cities worldwide. Which is why it’s especially worrying that new 5G vulnerabilities are being discovered almost by the dozen. – Wired

American robots lose jobs to Asian robots as Adidas shifts manufacturing

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You hate to see it.

Adidas plans to close high-tech “robot” factories in Germany and the United States that it launched to bring production closer to customers, saying Monday that deploying some of the technology in Asia would be “more economic and flexible.” Reuters

Snapchat’s New Spectacles 3 Are Amazing For Influencers. Not So Much For The Influenced.

Snapchat’s Spectacles are like GoPros for your face. The sunglasses’ two embedded cameras immediately capture photos and videos when one of the discreet buttons on the temple is pressed. Released today, Spectacles 3 is Snapchat’s latest model, and can now produce three-dimensional photos and videos with animated augmented reality effects. – BuzzFeed News

Federal Court Rules Suspicionless Searches of Travelers’ Phones and Laptops Unconstitutional

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This. Is. Good.

In a major victory for privacy rights, a federal court in Boston today ruled that the government’s suspicionless searches of international travelers’ smartphones and laptops at airports and other U.S. ports of entry violate the Fourth Amendment. – ACLU

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

Notable Mentions

Disney spent more than $3 billion to launch Disney+ and it doesn’t work

Everyone is admitting what they get paid to work in journalism

There just aren’t enough good reasons to upgrade to the Pixel 4

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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 kevin@knowtechie.com or find him on Mastodon or Post.

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