Twitch debuts a social network called Pulse: Twitch, the Amazon-owned video broadcasting service for gaming, is introducing a feed for users to share videos, images, text, GIFs, and other content to their followers—much like Twitter and Facebook. As The Verge argues, Pulse could turn out to be a better version of Twitter than Twitter itself. Twitch has a passionate base of users who share common interests (video games), but with the service expanding into other verticals, Pulse could very well turn out to be a valuable social network.

Nintendo's Switch broke launch sales records: Nintendo's new gaming device beat first two-day sales in the Americas for any of the company's systems in history, it told the New York Times. The next biggest hit was the Wii. Zelda for the Switch was the best selling standalone launch game—even beating Super Mario for the Nintendo 64 console.

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4 hours ago - Technology

TikTok to pull out of Hong Kong

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TikTok said Monday night that it would pull its social video platform out of the Google and Apple app stores in Hong Kong amid a restrictive new law that went into effect last week.

Why it matters: TikTok's move comes as many large tech companies say they are still evaluating how to respond to the Hong Kong law.

6 hours ago - World

Ethiopia's Nobel Peace laureate cracks down on ethnic violence

The image of a Nobel Peace laureate in military fatigues encapsulates the moment in which Ethiopia finds itself — on the verge of a transition to democracy, a descent into violence or, perhaps, a precarious combination of the two.

Driving the news: At least 166 people were killed after an iconic musician, Haacaaluu Hundeessaa, was murdered last Monday in Addis Ababa, the capital. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed responded to the violence by sending in troops and shutting off the internet. High-profile opposition leaders were arrested, along with some 2,300 others.

Updated 8 hours ago - Health

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms tests positive for coronavirus

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said on Monday that she has tested positive for the coronavirus after displaying no symptoms.

Why it matters: Bottoms, one of several Black women on the shortlist to be Joe Biden's running mate, has risen to national prominence in recent months as part of mass protests over racism and police brutality — driven in part by the killing of Rayshard Brooks by Atlanta police.