Engadget: ‘Reading Rainbow’ will return in 2022 with an interactive component

Engadget: ‘Reading Rainbow’ will return in 2022 with an interactive component. “After more than 15 years off the air, Reading Rainbow will return to TV in early 2022. Per CBS News, this latest version of the classic children’s show will be known as Reading Rainbow Live. It will feature an interactive component that kids will be able to access through Looped. The platform will allow viewers to ask questions of the cast, and participate in games. Naturally, Reading Rainbow Live will also be available to stream online.”

Bleeping Computer: Amazon is shutting down web ranking site Alexa.com

Bleeping Computer: Amazon is shutting down web ranking site Alexa.com. “Amazon announced on Wednesday plans to shut down its global website ranking system and competitor analysis tool ‘Alexa.com’, which has been available for 25 years. Alexa.com is a subsidiary company of Amazon and it’s widely known for its global ranking system which uses web traffic data from its partners to list the most popular internet companies.”

The Verge: Firefox’s latest security feature is designed to protect itself from buggy code

The Verge: Firefox’s latest security feature is designed to protect itself from buggy code. “The feature, called RLBox, was developed with help from researchers at the University of California San Diego and the University of Texas, and it was originally released as a prototype last year. It’s coming to both the desktop and mobile versions of Firefox. At its core, RLBox is a sandboxing technology, which means that it’s effectively able to isolate code so that any security vulnerabilities it might contain can’t harm the overall system.”

TechCrunch: Twitter will use new data from reported tweets to identify platform problems earlier

TechCrunch: Twitter will use new data from reported tweets to identify platform problems earlier. “Like most social media companies, Twitter has long relied on user reporting to flag potentially policy-violating tweets. But in its new imagining of that system those reports would provide the company with a richer picture of behavior on the platform rather than just a way to evaluate individual incidents in isolation.”

KnowTechie: Instagram desperately wants you to create a new account

KnowTechie: Instagram desperately wants you to create a new account. “If you haven’t noticed, Instagram is subtly pushing users to start a new account. A couple of weeks back, the app presented me with a popup that encouraged me to ‘try a new account’ and floated the idea that it would help me ‘keep up with a smaller group of friends.’ But what’s the point of doing that when Instagram already offers you the ability to share Stories with ‘Close Friends’ and set an account to private? This sounds like an easy cash grab to boost the company’s user numbers, but hey, I could be wrong.”

CNET: Meta to mandate two-factor authentication for high-profile users

CNET: Meta to mandate two-factor authentication for high-profile users. “Facebook-owner Meta said Thursday that it will begin requiring its highest-profile and highest-risk users to protect their accounts with two-factor authentication. The new security requirement will apply to users of Facebook Protect, a feature offered to human rights activists, journalists, government officials and other high-profile users deemed likely to be targeted by cybercriminals. The feature also monitors accounts for hacking threats.”

Business Insider: Meta says it busted more than 600 Facebook and Instagram accounts linked to a massive China-based COVID-19 disinformation campaign

Business Insider: Meta says it busted more than 600 Facebook and Instagram accounts linked to a massive China-based COVID-19 disinformation campaign. “Meta’s ‘Adversarial Threat Report’ said that the company removed 524 Facebook accounts, 86 Instagram accounts, 20 Facebook pages, and four Facebook groups linked to this disinformation campaign in November.”

Mashable: From pugs to plants, TikTok has been anything but predictable in 2021

Mashable: From pugs to plants, TikTok has been anything but predictable in 2021. “This year, we know people came for the recipes, nostalgic fashion trends, the myth-debunking, but data-wise, it’s tricky to pinpoint exactly what caught our collective attentions. TikTok’s 2021 trends report solves this conundrum, with the company showing their chosen numbers on what billions were watching, obsessing over, and sharing on the app this year.”

KnowTechie: Google Voice just got some new tricks to make calling even easier

KnowTechie: Google Voice just got some new tricks to make calling even easier. “Remember when Google Voice was the coolest thing ever, giving you virtual phone numbers so you didn’t have to give out your real number to people? Those were the days, but nowadays it gets only a little bit of love from Google. That changes today, with some new shortcuts so you can access its most used features straight from your home screen.”

CNET: YouTube names the top 10 most-viewed videos uploaded in 2021

CNET: YouTube names the top 10 most-viewed videos uploaded in 2021. “YouTube has dropped its list of top trending videos and creators of the year. MrBeast, the YouTuber who made headlines recently for his re-creation of Netflix’s survival drama Squid Game, came No. 1 in the US for the video I Spent 50 Hours Buried Alive. It’s notched up over 147 million views since it was released in March.”

The Verge: Google is making its first in-house smartwatch that could launch in 2022

The Verge: Google is making its first in-house smartwatch that could launch in 2022. “Google is finally making its own in-house smartwatch that’s set to launch in 2022, according to a person familiar with the matter and a new report from Insider. While Google has made its own smartphones for years under the Pixel line (which has since extended to other accessories, like wireless headphones), the company has never designed its own smartwatch, despite the fact that Google has had a companion wearable platform for Android since 2014.”