Facebook wasn’t the first social network – remember MySpace and Friendster? And it’s not exactly the last one standing. Twitter’s still a thing. But Facebook is the biggest, most influential social network in the US, at least… and according to new lawsuits filed by the FTC and 48 attorneys general, Facebook abused its market dominance and deep pockets to stay on top by illegally buying up rivals that could have posed a threat.
Also in today’s roundup, Google has some big changes planned for its Chrome web browser, Adobe is almost done supporting Flash, and the upcoming AYA Neo handheld gaming PC is powerful enough to handle Cyberpunk 2077.
Here’s a roundup of recent tech news from around the web.
- State Attorneys General file antitrust suits against Facebook [NPR]
The top prosecutors for 46 states, Washington DC, and Guam have filed antitrust suites against Facebook, alleging that the social network squashes competition by acquire rivals. If the suits are successful, FB could be made to spin off Instagram and WhatsApp, which it had acquired. The US Federal Trade Commission also filed a lawsuit.
- Chrome 88 Beta brings extension Manifest V3 w/ changes to ad blocking, privacy, performance [9to5google]
Google is rolling out a major change to the way Chrome extensions work It will improve security but break compatibility with some older extensions. Despite earlier concerns, Manifest V3 won’t prevent ad blockers from working, but they will need updates.
- Release notes for Flash Player 32 (the final release) [Adobe]
Flash is finally (almost) dead. Adobe released the last update to Flash Player this week, but recommends you uninstall it. Adobe will stop supporting Flash after Dec 31 and will block Flash content from even running in Flash Player starting Jan 12, 2021.
- Amazon’s new redesigned Fire TV interface begins arriving on Fire TV Sticks today [AFTVNews]
Amazon begins rolling out an updated Fire TV user interface, starting with the Fire TV Stick Lite and 3rd-gen Fire TV Stick.
- Update: More Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold reviews [Liliputing]
Update: A few more reviews of the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold have arrived, and they’re… not great. The first tablet/laptop with a foldable OLED display is certainly an interesting device, but it’s very expensive and software seems partially baked at best.
- AYA Neo handheld gaming PC pre-orders begin in China, international crowdfunding campaign could be next [Liliputing]
This handheld gaming PC is already up for pre-order in China and may be coming to other regions through an upcoming crowdfunding campaign. And the reason I’m reminding you about this is that…
- Cyberpunk 2077 running on the AYA Neo [AYA Neo / YouTube]
The makers of the AYA Neo have posted a video showing gameplay of the much-anticipated game Cyberpunk 20777 on this little PC with a 7 inch display surrounded by game controllers and an AMD Ryzen 5 4500U processor under the hood.