FCC Chairman Pai rushes to block new privacy rules - The Verge
“Chairman Pai believes that the best way to protect the online privacy of American consumers is through a comprehensive and uniform regulatory framework,” an FCC spokesperson said in a statement. “Therefore, he has advocated returning to a technology-neutral privacy framework for the online world.”
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A note on our lawsuit against Otto and Uber – Waymo – Medium
Recently, we uncovered evidence that Otto and Uber have taken and are using key parts of Waymo’s self-driving technology. Today, we’re taking legal action against Otto and its parent company Uber for misappropriating Waymo trade secrets and infringing our patents. We wanted to share more context on why we made this decision.
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2 days ago
I Ignored Trump News for a Week. Here’s What I Learned. - The New York Times
In January, Mr. Trump broke mediaQuant’s records. In a single month, he received $817 million in coverage, higher than any single person has ever received in the four years that mediaQuant has been analyzing the media, according to Paul Senatori, the company’s chief analytics officer. For much of the past four years, Mr. Obama’s monthly earned media value hovered around $200 million to $500 million. The highest that Hillary Clinton got during the presidential campaign was $430 million, in July.
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3 days ago
Manifestos and Monopolies – Stratechery by Ben Thompson
There’s just one problem: first, Zuckerberg may be wrong; it’s just as plausible to argue that the ultimate end-state of the Internet Revolution is a devolution of power to smaller more responsive self-selected entities. And, even if Zuckerberg is right, is there anyone who believes that a private company run by an unaccountable all-powerful person that tracks your every move for the purpose of selling advertising is the best possible form said global governance should take?
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4 days ago
AT&T says its merger with Time Warner is exactly what customers want | Ars Technica
“More relevant advertising in ad-supported video services” is one of the customer benefits highlighted by AT&T in its letter. The company previously courted controversy by scanning customers' Web browsing in order to deliver personalized ads. Customers had to pay at least $29 a month extra to opt out of the personalized ads, but AT&T ultimately ended that program late last year.
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4 days ago
AT&T completes its first "flying COW" test flight | ZDNet
The company is building LTE-enabled drones for a range of uses cases. They could be deployed if networks go down in the event of a disaster, to assist in scenarios like forest fires, or for large events like concerts.
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4 days ago
Apple buys Israel's facial recognition firm RealFace - report | The Times of Israel
Apple Inc. has acquired Israel’s Realface, a cybertechnology startup whose facial recognition technology can be used to authenticate users. This is Apple’s fourth acquisition in Israel, the financial website Calcalist reported Sunday, and the deal is estimated to be worth a couple of million of dollars.
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4 days ago
Microsoft Accelerates HoloLens V3 Development, Sidesteps V2 - Thurrott.com
By skipping what was version two on their roadmap, the company can accelerate version three which will be closer to a generational leap and help keep Microsoft ahead of the competition. My sources are telling me that this version of Hololens will not arrive until 2019.
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4 days ago
Exclusive: GM plans to build, test thousands of self-driving Bolts in 2018 - sources | Reuters
Most of the specially equipped versions of the Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle will be used by San Francisco-based Lyft, which will test them in its ride-sharing fleet in several states, one of the sources said. GM has no immediate plans to sell the Bolt AV to individual customers, according to the source.
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7 days ago
YouTube to stop 30-second unskippable ads
"I’m reading this as a signal that YouTube is very worried about Facebook," he added. "We know that video is right at the very core of Facebook’s roadmap. Their video offering is becoming ever more attractive to brands by the day, and YouTube is panicking."
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7 days ago
The Truth About The Trump Data Team That People Are Freaking Out About - BuzzFeed News
Yet when Nix claimed that on a single day during the campaign, the firm tested more than 175,000 different Facebook ad variations based on personality types, Gary Coby, who ran digital advertising for the Trump campaign, took to Twitter to call it a “100% Lie” and “total rubbish.” Gerrit Lansing, who worked with the campaign and is now the White House chief digital officer, also dismissed Nix’s claim as “a lie.” Both declined to comment further, as did Mercer and Bannon.
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7 days ago
A breakthrough in Alphabet’s balloon-based internet project means it might actually work - Recode
“The reason this is so exciting is we can now run an experiment and try to give services in particular places of the world with 10 or 20 or 30 balloons, not with 200 or 300 or 400 balloons,” said the head of X, Astro Teller, at a press event at X’s headquarters in Mountain View today.

The Loon balloons now also adjust how they fly as needed using artificial intelligence software, instead of a set navigation plan.
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8 days ago
HTC to Drop Entry-Level Phones, Focus On Profits (Phone Scoop)
HTC plans to exit the entry-level phone market moving forward and will instead focus its handset portfolio on high-margin devices. The company made the comments during a conference call with media to discuss its fourth quarter financial results. HTC said it will continue to sell and support entry-level phones that are already in the channel, but the company will reduce the total number of new phones to six or seven for the 2017 calendar year. HTC cited the high level of competition in the entry-level space as one reason for dropping low-cost phones from its lineup, as well as the slim chance it will be able to create profits from such phones. The company said it needs to focus on profitability in its handset business moving forward and will thus make only mid-range and high-end devices. HTC announced the U Ultra (pictured) and HTC U Play at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. These phones are expected to go on sale in March.
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8 days ago
Exclusive: SoftBank willing to cede control of Sprint to entice T-Mobile - sources | Reuters
Two and a half years ago, SoftBank abandoned talks to acquire T-Mobile for Sprint amid opposition from U.S. antitrust regulators. That deal would have put SoftBank in control of the merged company, with Deutsche Telekom becoming a minority shareholder.

T-Mobile was worth around $30 billion at the time, but its market value has since risen to more than $50 billion as it overtook Sprint as the No. 3 wireless carrier by subscribers. Sprint's market value is around $36 billion, roughly the same as in 2014.

Deutsche Telekom Chief Executive Tim Hoettges has said in recent months that the German company is no longer willing to part with T-Mobile, prompting SoftBank to explore a new strategy towards a potential combination, the people said. Deutsche Telekom owns about 65 percent of T-Mobile.
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8 days ago
YouTube’s Monster: PewDiePie and His Populist Revolt - The New York Times
With more than a billion users, YouTube has become not merely a platform but almost a kind of internet nation-state: the host of a gigantic economy and a set of cultures governed by a new and novel sort of corporation, sometimes at arm’s length and other times up close. It’s a system Kjellberg has spent recent months antagonizing in a broader and less-inflammatory way, even as he continued to thrive within it. He bemoaned its structure and the way it had changed; he balked at its limits and took joy in causing offense and flouting rules. Over time, he grew into an unlikely, disorienting and insistently unserious political identity: He became YouTube’s very own populist reactionary.
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8 days ago
Building Global Community
For the past decade, Facebook has focused on connecting friends and families. With that foundation, our next focus will be developing the social infrastructure for community -- for supporting us, for keeping us safe, for informing us, for civic engagement, and for inclusion of all.
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9 days ago
New Macbook Pro power efficiency & time remaining -
While writing this article I put the 2016 MBP and the 2015 MBP side by side and ran them under similar conditions and the 2016 MBP was idling at 430 mA and the 2015 MBP was idling at 619 mA. Then I turned the brightness way up so that they were at the same level, and it was 767 mA vs 1020 mA, which would lead to the idea that a more efficient display is partly responsible for the energy savings.

This article is not intended to be rigorous benchmarking, rather just an observation from a long time author of real time battery drain software who has been paying close attention to this field over the years.
I’m impressed that the new MBP will happily sit at a 500 mA power draw for long stretches of time. This is a greater improvement than I would have thought possible.
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11 days ago
Five arrests in 'fully loaded' Kodi streaming box raids - BBC News
Five people have been arrested, accused of selling set-top boxes modified to stream subscription football matches, television channels and films for free.
The sale of so-called "fully loaded Kodi boxes" has been called a "top priority" by the Federation Against Copyright Theft (Fact).
The five traders were arrested in early morning raids.
Fact said it believed the suspects had made in the region of £250,000 selling the devices online.
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17 days ago
I am going to eradicate the inbound Windows Support scam – Jolly Roger Telephone
I’m getting ready for a major initiative to shut down Windows Support. It’s like wack-a-mole, but I’m getting close to going nuclear on them. As fast as you can report fake “you have a virus call this number now” messages to me, I will be able to hit them with thousands of calls from bots. It’s like when the pirate ship turns “broadside” on an enemy in order to attack with all cannons simultaneously. I’ll calling it a “Broadside” campaign against Windows Support and the fake IRS.
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17 days ago
Google debuts Cloud Search, a smart search engine for G Suite customers | TechCrunch
Similar to Google Now, Google Cloud Search employs a card-style design to present information to you, whether you’re accessing the search service via your phone or laptop. Also like Google Now, the service takes advantage of machine intelligence in order to highlight information it thinks you’re most likely to need. In these cards — or “assist cards,” as they’re called — Google Cloud Search will pop up things like recently accessed files, meeting reminders, notes and more.
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17 days ago
E.U. Agrees To See-As-You-Travel Online Cross-Border Access | Variety
The new “portability” ruling is the first step of regulation under a drive by the European Commission to introduce a single digital market in Europe. Announced in May 2015 on the cusp of the Cannes Film Festival, the proposed Digital Single Market was met with full-throated opposition from Europe’s movie and TV l industry, which viewed it as a threat to its territory-by-territory licensing of movies and TV shows. They were especially concerned by the DSM’s support for cross-border access, whereby people in the E.U. would be free to buy content situated on other countries’ digital platforms.
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17 days ago
Google Brain super-resolution image tech makes “zoom, enhance!” real | Ars Technica
First, take a look at the image on the right. The left column contains the pixelated 8×8 source images, and the centre column shows the images that Google Brain's software was able to create from those source images. For comparison, the real images are shown in the right column. As you can see, the software seemingly extracts an amazing amount of detail from just 64 source pixels.
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17 days ago
Facebook is expanding Safety Check so people can offer help during a disaster - Recode
The update, a new product called Community Help, lets Facebook users offer resources to those in a disaster area. During an emergency situation, Facebook will allow users in the area to post things like a spare bedroom, food or clothing, and will remove those offers once somebody claims them.
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17 days ago
Apple Hires Amazon’s Fire TV Head to Run Apple TV Business - Bloomberg
Apple Inc. has hired Timothy D. Twerdahl, the former head of Amazon.com Inc.’s Fire TV unit, as a vice president in charge of Apple TV product marketing and shifted the executive who previously held the job to a spot negotiating media content deals.

The moves suggest a renewed focus on the Apple TV and on providing more content for the device, an effort that has been stalled in the past by failed negotiations.
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17 days ago
The ACLU Dash Button – Medium
The button resides near my laptop now, every press sending another $5 into the fight. Sure, I could set up a recurring donation every month, but then there’s not the tactile thrill of the press and I wouldn’t have learned my way around this technology.
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17 days ago
Delayed BeatsX earphones will finally be available Feb. 10 - CNET
Over the last several months, I've received dozens of messages from CNET readers asking me when Beats by Dr. Dre's delayed BeatsX headphone ($150, £130, AU$200) would be available. I have a definitive answer now: Feb. 10, 2017.
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18 days ago
House Passes Email Privacy Act | Multichannel
The baseline bill updates the Electronic Communications Privacy Act to require the government to get a probable cause criminal warrant to access emails, social media posts and other online content stored in the cloud by internet service providers and other email service providers, like Google. In a nod to the longevity of cloud storage, it eliminates the 180-day sunset on stored communications. Previously a warrant was not required for communications stored beyond 180 days.
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18 days ago
Hashtags in Super Bowl ads slip to 30% in 2017, overtaken by URL use in 41%
Total national ads (kickoff to end-of-game): 66
Hashtags in ads: 20 total, in 30 percent of ads overall
URLs in ads: 27 total, in 41 percent of ads overall
Twitter in ads: 5 total, 8 percent of ads overall
Facebook: 4 total, 6 percent of ads overall
Instagram:4 total, 6 percent of ads overall
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18 days ago
And the winners of the 10th Annual Crunchies are… | TechCrunch
No gadget made a splash in 2016 the way that Snapchat Spectacles did. The technology itself isn’t revolutionary, but the recording sunglasses have made a mark on the marketing world, building a huge amount of hype around the city-by-city Snapbot launches.
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18 days ago
Vizio settles FTC lawsuit and agrees to get viewer consent before tracking TV habits - The Verge
The lawsuit was filed by the Federal Trade Commission and the state of New Jersey. It alleged that, in 2014, Vizio began using software built into over 11 million smart TVs to capture “highly-specific, second-by-second information about television viewing.” Vizio was then said to have worked with another company to associate demographic information with each household, so that viewing habits could be paired with information like a viewer’s “sex, age, income, marital status,” and more.
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18 days ago
76 Popular Apps Confirmed Vulnerable to Silent Interception of TLS-Protected Data – Medium
For 19 of the iOS applications, this vulnerability was deemed to be high risk (Confirmed ability to intercept financial or medical service login credentials and/or session authentication tokens for logged in users).
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18 days ago
Not Everyone in Tech Cheers Visa Program for Foreign Workers - The New York Times
The H-1B program’s critics say the system provides a way for American companies to turn over technology departments to outsourcing companies. These are gaming the system to snap up the visas so they can replace American workers with less expensive, temporary staff members.
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19 days ago
Doom co-creator defends his code against ZeniMax copying accusations | Ars Technica
In a lengthy public Facebook post, Carmack takes direct issue with a ZeniMax expert at the trial who said repeatedly he was "absolutely certain" that Oculus code was substantially similar to code written while Carmack was at ZeniMax. "Early on in his testimony, I wanted to stand up say 'Sir! As a man of (computer) science, I challenge you to defend the efficacy of your methodology with data, including false positive and negative rates,'" he writes. "I just wanted to shout 'You lie!'"
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20 days ago
Google, unlike Microsoft, must turn over foreign emails: U.S. judge | Reuters
A U.S. judge has ordered Google to comply with search warrants seeking customer emails stored outside the United States, diverging from a federal appeals court that reached the opposite conclusion in a similar case involving Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O).

U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas Rueter in Philadelphia ruled on Friday that transferring emails from a foreign server so FBI agents could review them locally as part of a domestic fraud probe did not qualify as a seizure.
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20 days ago
Apple returns to revenue growth in Q1 2017 with $17.8 billion profit | VentureBeat | Mobile | by Jordan Novet
Apple today disclosed that it produced a $17.8 billion profit, or $3.36 in earnings per diluted share, on $78.35 billion in sales in the first quarter of its 2017 fiscal year, which ended on December 31. Analysts were expecting an average of $3.22 in earnings per share on $77.38 billion in revenue.
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25 days ago
Dropbox finally brings its Google Docs competitor out of beta - The Verge
Dropbox’s latest tool for businesses, a piece of collaborative editing software called Paper, is launching globally today. Paper has been in the works at Dropbox for quite some time, having first been announced in October of 2015 before entering a public beta phase in August of last year. Dropbox’s software is similar to Google’s suite of workplace cloud apps. Paper — itself a minimal document editor and writing tool like Google Docs — is the focal point, while all of Dropbox’s other services and features now plug into and augment the experience.
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25 days ago
CB Insights: 3,358 tech exits in 2016, ‘unicorn births’ down 68% | TechCrunch
But among all the publicly disclosed funding activity for the year, there were only 25 unicorn “births” — that is, startups with newly minted $1 billion-plus valuations — down by 68% over 2015.
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25 days ago
Taxi Medallion Prices Are Plummeting, Endangering Loans - Bloomberg
There's a good reason your cab driver is so cranky: His livelihood might be teetering on the edge of default. According to a recent presentation prepared for Capital One Financial Corp. investors, some 81 percent of its $690 million in loans for taxi medallions are at risk of default.
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25 days ago
Facebook challenges email for control of your online identity | TechCrunch
Facebook security engineer Brad Hill announced today at the USENIX Enigma conference that his company is launching an account recovery feature for other websites called Delegated Recovery. Facebook will let users set up encrypted recovery tokens for sites like Github, and if a user ever loses access to her Github account, she will send the stored token from her Facebook profile back to Github, proving her identity and unlocking her account. Encryption of the token provides privacy — Facebook can’t read the information stored in the token, and it won’t share information about your identity with third-party websites.
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25 days ago
Nextbit Robin phone will be no more as new owner Razer steps in - CNET
While Nextbit will remain an independently operated unit that designs and develops products, don't hold your breath for another round of Robin anytime soon. Although Razer plans to hang on to the Nextbit and Robin names, Moss said, another Robin phone isn't on the radar for now. In fact, Nextbit has since stopped direct sales (it sold out of inventory through its website), though you can still buy the phone on Amazon.
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25 days ago
Plex acquires Watchup to bring streaming news to its media app | TechCrunch
As consumers shifted their attention away from linear television to streaming services like Netflix, they would sometimes lose access to their favorite news stations. Watchup aimed to address this problem, by aggregating content into a single app from 170 news sources, like CNN, Bloomberg, CBS Interactive, PBS, Vox, Euronews, Hearst Television, Fox News, WSJ, Sky News, Washington Post, Financial Times, Fusion and others, including local sources thanks to deals with broadcast affiliates.
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25 days ago
Nintendo reports $569M profit as Pokémon game sales get off to good start | TechCrunch
Nintendo only takes a fraction of the revenue from Pokémon Go, the smash hit game of 2016, but its popularity has certainly boosted its own Pokémon games as evidenced by the company’s latest financial report. Nintendo reported a 64.7 billion JPY ($569 million) profit on revenue of 174.3 billion JPY ($1.5 billion).
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25 days ago
Google co-founder Sergey Brin joins protest against immigration order at San Francisco airport - The Verge
Brin’s family emigrated from the Soviet Union to the United States in 1979 to escape Jewish persecution. Google’s CEO, Sundar Pichai, is also an immigrant. “We’re upset about the impact of this order,” Pichai wrote in an company-wide email today. “We’ve always made our views on immigration issues known publicly and will continue to do so.”
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28 days ago
Schumpeter: How companies should treat their most enthusiastic customers | The Economist
There are, moreover, plenty of super-consumers who are as obsessed with solving problems as they are with the products themselves. Eric von Hippel of MIT’s Sloan School of Management has found that about 80% of breakthroughs in scientific instruments came from “lead-users” rather than the manufacturers. Even super-consumers who are fixated on old or existing products (such as fans of vinyl records in an age of digital music) can provide companies with lots of valuable advice and insights on stuff that makes money. Analysing big data is all very well. But nothing beats hanging out with your biggest fans.
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28 days ago
Source: Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Killed Berkeley Couple « CBS San Francisco
The source said that the couple was using a laser 3-D printer that was venting into their residence. Symptoms and signs consistent with carbon monoxide poisoning were found in their bodies.
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28 days ago
Hotel ransomed by hackers as guests locked in rooms - The Local
One of Europe's top hotels has admitted they had to pay thousands in Bitcoin ransom to cybercriminals who managed to hack their electronic key system, locking hundreds of guests in or out of their rooms until the money was paid.
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28 days ago
Apple, Google, Uber, Tesla, And Others React To Trump's Refugee Ban - BuzzFeed News
A source at Google told BuzzFeed News that “just under 200 people at Google affected” by Trump’s executive order “but people across the company are freaking out.” The source said that employees have emailed managers, suggesting that “if their colleagues affected by the order cannot travel for conferences or work events then they will refuse to travel in solidarity. “A lot of people are talking this weekend. Emails were flying around Friday,” the source said.
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28 days ago
#Transparency update: Twitter discloses national security letters | Twitter Blogs
Today, we’re able to speak openly about two national security requests for the first time, specifically two national security letters (NSLs). These NSLs were accompanied by gag orders when they were served (one in 2015, one in 2016), preventing us from notifying the impacted account holders or publicly disclosing their existence. The FBI recently informed us that the gag orders have been lifted and that we may notify the account holders.
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28 days ago
Google Recalls Staff to U.S. After Trump Immigration Order - Bloomberg
Some Google employees were traveling abroad and were trying to get back to the U.S. before the order took effect. The company asked them to reach out to Google’s security, travel, and immigration teams for assistance, according to a person familiar with the situation. The person asked not to be identified talking about internal company communications.
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28 days ago
How bad is email for the environment? - The Washington Post
Email: The average spam email has a footprint equivalent to 0.3 grams of carbon dioxide emissions (CO2e), according to carbon footprint expert Mike Berners-Lee’s 2010 book “How Bad are Bananas: The Carbon Footprint of Everything.” A normal email, according to that book, has a footprint of 4 g of CO2e, which accounts for the power data centers and computers spend sending, filtering and reading messages. An email with a “long and tiresome attachment” can have a carbon footprint of 50g CO2e.
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4 weeks ago
Artificial intelligence used to identify skin cancer | Stanford News
The final product, the subject of a paper in the Jan. 25 issue of Nature, was tested against 21 board-certified dermatologists. In its diagnoses of skin lesions, which represented the most common and deadliest skin cancers, the algorithm matched the performance of dermatologists.
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4 weeks ago
Microsoft names LinkedIn infrastructure chief as company CTO | ZDNet
Kevin Scott, the senior vice president of infrastructure for LinkedIn, is now Microsoft's chief technology officer (CTO), reporting directly to CEO Satya Nadella.
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4 weeks ago
Doomsday Prep for the Super-Rich - The New Yorker
Steve Huffman, the thirty-three-year-old co-founder and C.E.O. of Reddit, which is valued at six hundred million dollars, was nearsighted until November, 2015, when he arranged to have laser eye surgery. He underwent the procedure not for the sake of convenience or appearance but, rather, for a reason he doesn’t usually talk much about: he hopes that it will improve his odds of surviving a disaster, whether natural or man-made. “If the world ends—and not even if the world ends, but if we have trouble—getting contacts or glasses is going to be a huge pain in the ass,” he told me recently. “Without them, I’m fucked.”
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4 weeks ago
Connected doorbell startup Ring raises $109 million from DFJ, Goldman Sachs, Qualcomm, others | VentureBeat | Entrepreneur | by Paul Sawers
The fresh cash injection comes less than ten months after the Santa Monica, California-based company closed another chunky $61.2 million round, which in turn followed shortly after a $28 million round led by Richard Branson. This latest round takes the startup’s total funding to $209 million.

Ring now claims around 1,000 employees in eight countries and, with another $109 million in its coffers, the company says it will continue on its “mission of reducing crime in neighborhoods around the world,” according to a company statement.
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4 weeks ago
LG posts $224 million loss as ‘weak’ selling G5 smartphone drags it down once again | TechCrunch
Samsung just recorded its best quarter of business for three years, but the same can’t be said of fellow Korean electronics firm LG. LG just carded a KRW 258.80 billion ($223.98 million) net loss for Q4 2016 — its first company-wide loss for six years — on account of another poor performance from its mobile division, as revenue fell by nearly one-quarter over the past year.
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4 weeks ago
Apple is trying to limit how often your iPhone apps can bug you to give them a rating - Recode
Currently, there are no hard limits on the prompts, which have reached epidemic levels of annoyance and frequency in recent months, as developers become increasingly dependent on ratings and reviews to get noticed within the ever more crowded App Store.

For some time now, Apple has been working on a more standard approach. With iOS 10.3, now in beta testing, the company is adding a mechanism that allows developers to seek reviews and ratings up to three times per year.

Apple is also adding the ability for iPhone owners to rate and review apps without having to leaving the program they are in.
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4 weeks ago
Google's 2016 Bad Ads Report: 1.7 billion ads removed, including fake news ads
Google also continued to make system updates to be able to spot bad ads more reliably, among them the “trick to click” ads that look like system error notifications to get users to download malware. Google says the number of “trick to click” ads it detected and removed increased six-fold from the previous year, to 112 million.

Other efforts in 2016 included detecting more “self-clicking ads” on mobile devices. While small in comparison to some of the other detection efforts, Google says it disabled more than 23,000 of these ads in 2016, compared to just a few thousand in 2015.
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4 weeks ago
Google I/O 2017 will be held at Shoreline Amphitheatre May 17-19 | 9to5Google
In a somewhat non-traditional manner, Google has today made official the dates and location for Google I/O 2017. This year’s developer conference will take place, once again, at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California, and will be three days: May 17, 18, and 19.


Google put its new I/O website online earlier today, but has yet to add any information about Google I/O 2017. This is the 11th Google I/O developer conference, and the third time that the conference has been held at Shoreline Amphitheatre. Most years over the last 10, the event has been held as Moscone Events Center in San Francisco, but the popularity of I/O outgrew that venue in recent years.
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4 weeks ago
Oscars: Amazon Nabs Streaming's First Best Picture Nomination With 'Manchester by the Sea' | Hollywood Reporter
Amazon has not only scored its first Oscar nominations with Manchester, it has also become the first streaming service to earn a best picture nod. 
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4 weeks ago
Samsung Electronics warns of political risks as chips boost fourth-quarter profit | Reuters
Fourth-quarter operating profit jumped 50 percent to 9.22 trillion won ($7.93 billion), its highest in over three years and matching prior guidance of 9.2 trillion won. Earnings from the chips business soared 77 percent year-on-year to a 4.95 trillion won. Revenue were flat at 53.3 trillion won.

Analysts said the outlook for 2017 was clouded by uncertainty over the performance of new premium smartphones, succession planning within the controlling Lee family and the fallout from the graft scandal.
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4 weeks ago
Android Instant Apps starts initial live testing | Android Developers Blog
We’ve been working with a small number of developers to refine the user and developer experiences. Today, a few of these Instant Apps will be available to Android users for the first time in a limited test, including apps from BuzzFeed, Wish, Periscope, and Viki. By collecting user feedback and iterating on the product, we’ll be able to expand the experience to more apps and more users.
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4 weeks ago
Why The LG G6 Won't Have Snapdragon 835
I guess this shouldn't really be this big of a surprise, since Samsung is helping Qualcomm build the chip. Apparently, the 835 won't be widely available until after the release of the Galaxy S8, which I've been told by the same source will be April 14 in South Korea.
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