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December 29, 2020 GMT

FROM ZOOM TO QUIBI, THE TECH WINNERS AND LOSERS OF 2020

UNDATED (AP) — We streamed, we Zoomed, we ordered groceries and houseplants online, we created virtual villages while navigating laptop shortages to work and learn from home. When it comes to technology, 2020 was a year like no other. But for all the winners — like Zoom, e-commerce and video games, there were plenty of losers too. Virtual reality sounded like a good escape but it never took off. Quibi fizzled and Uber and Lyft saw their ridership plummet. As for Big Tech? Facebook, Amazon, Apple and Google did well financially. But regulators are breathing down their neck and that’s unlikely to ease up next year.

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FAA OUTLINES NEW RULES FOR DRONES AND THEIR OPERATORS

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal officials are outlining new rules that will let operators fly small drones over people and at night. Most drones will need to be equipped with remote identification that can be tracked by law enforcement officials. The final rules announced Monday by the Federal Aviation Administration could boost the commercial use of drones, which has been slowed by regulatory hurdles. UPS, Amazon.com, and Google parent Alphabet are among many companies exploring the potential for making deliveries to consumers with drones.

YOUTUBER DESTROYS 2020 WITH 3,000 DOMINOES

BOSTON (AP) — A Boston area online personality has taken to YouTube to accomplish something many have yearned to do for months and knock the year 2020 to pieces. Lily Hevesh, known to her followers as Hevesh5, used her skills with dominoes to give 2020 its just deserts. Hevesh built a display of the numbers “2020” using 3,000 dominoes and smashed it with a baseball bat in a clip made public on Saturday. The clip had been viewed thousands of times by late morning on Saturday.

KENTUCKY OFFICIALS USE ROBOTIC DEER TO COMBAT ILLEGAL HUNTING

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky wildlife officials are using robotic deer to catch illegal hunters. The deer look-alike is used to catch “spot lighters,” who try to freeze deer with bright lights. Kentucky Fish and Wildlife officials say in an arrest citation that they have arrested one man for pointing his vehicle’s headlights “for an extended period of time” on what he thought was a deer.