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Tech Hangover: Google employees aren’t going back to the office until at least June 1st

Probably won’t even happen by then 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).

Virtual rate cut forces Nintendo gamers into riskier assets

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Image: Josiah Motley / KnowTechie

I honestly don’t know what any of this means. Is this satire or real life? I don’t know, but I’m sure Josiah would know more about this. Go and ask him – tell him I sent you.

Savers at the Bank of Nook are being driven to speculate on turnips and tarantulas, as the most popular video game of the coronavirus era mimics global central bankers by making steep cuts in interest rates. The estimated 12m players of Nintendo’s cartoon fantasy Animal Crossing: New Horizons were informed last week about the move, in which the Bank of Nook slashed the interest paid on savings from around 0.5 percent to just 0.05 per cent. – Financial Times

CEO of Surveillance Firm Banjo Once Helped KKK Leader Shoot Up a Synagogue 

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Image: Gizmodo

Uhhh, what the actual fuck?!

“…Patton actively participated in white supremacist groups in his youth and was involved in the shooting of a synagogue. In an interview with OneZero, one of the people involved in that shooting confirmed Patton’s participation. Patton has not previously acknowledged this chapter of his life in public.” – OneZero

Comcast waives data cap until at least June 30 in response to pandemic 

Image: Digital Trends

Honestly, in times like these, this is almost obligatory. If massive companies as big as Verizon and Comcast aren’t doing this for their customers, then fuck em. That’s what I say.

After promising 60 days without data caps and overage fees for all customers, Comcast has decided to extend the data-cap waiver until at least June 30. – ArsTechnica

Google CEO tells employees return to office won’t happen until at least June 1 

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Image: Aly Song / Reuters

Yea, no shit. We’re all living on the same planet too.

READ MORE: Google employees who don’t get vaccinated could eventually get fired

Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai began discussing the company’s plans to allow workers back into the office, according to an email sent to employees Monday that was viewed by CNBC. – CNBC

Spotify-owned Anchor can now turn your video chats into podcasts – TechCrunch 

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Image: Unsplash

Well, that’s a pretty helpful feature, huh?

Spotify is tapping into the increased usage of video conferencing during the coronavirus quarantine to grow its own podcast business. The company’s podcast creation platform Anchor, acquired for an estimated $140 million in 2019, is today introducing a new feature that will allow podcasters to turn their video chats and virtual hangouts into podcast-ready audio. – TechCrunch

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

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How a handful of Apple and Google employees came together to help health officials trace coronavirus 

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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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