Happy Friday, Austin! Here are some of the tech stories we’re taking a look at this morning:
Will Facebook start a war with “Downvote” button?
Controversy erupted on social media Thursday on reports that Facebook is testing out a button allowing users to downvote content, but it turns out the social media giant only intends to use it for moderating comments, not for telling your relatives you disapprove of their political posts in a passive-aggressive way. Facebook says it’s only testing the feature in the U.S. on a small number of accounts on public pages and there’s no word on whether this feature will become more widespread.
Amazon may go head-to-head with UPS and Fedex
Shipping companies, meet your new frenemy. Amazon, the retail giant, has plans to launch a service called “Shipping With Amazon” that would offer shipping to businesses, according to the Wall Street Journal. SWA, not to be confused with Southwest Airlines, would launch in Los Angeles to start. The service would likely also be an interesting complement, perhaps, to Austin’s shipping marketplace company uShip.
Watching Winter Olympics away from your TV
Want to watch the Winter Olympics, which have already begun today with the Opening Ceremonies? Recode has a guide on how to watch events through apps, streaming services and even in VR. The Verge also has a good guide.
Morning Musk for you
This week marked the successful launch of the Falcon Heavy rocket. Want to hear what SpaceX founder Elon Musk has to say about what this means? Here’s a video for you:
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