A Design Defect Is Breaking a Ton of iPhone 6 Pluses | iFixit
“But the fact remains—compared to earlier iPhone models, the iPhone 6/6+ is kind of a ‘bendy’ phone. Its slim form factor and larger surface area subject the logic board within the phone to mechanical flexion pressure that no other iPhone has had to deal with,” Jessa explains in a detailed blog post. The iPhone 6 Plus—the wider of the two phones—appears to be especially susceptible to this kind of damage.

In both the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, the Touch IC chips connect to the logic board via an array of itty-bitty solder balls—“like a plate resting on marbles,” Jessa explains. Over time, as the phone flexes or twists slightly during normal use, those solder balls crack and start to lose contact with the board.
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10 hours ago
Google Allo's incognito chats have Snapchat-like expiring messages, private notifications, and encryption keys
Each incognito chat has a small timer on top next to the recipient's name and photo, with a blue indicator for the expiration time. That can be set to 5 seconds, 10 seconds, 30 seconds, 1 minute, 1 hour, 1 day, 1 week, or off.
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iPhone 6s Bests Samsung's New Galaxy Note 7 in App Speed Test - Mac Rumors
In the performance comparison in which the two phones simultaneously launched the same apps, Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 was thoroughly defeated by the iPhone 6s, despite the Note 7's cutting edge hardware and the fact that it's a year newer than Apple's latest iPhone.
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yesterday
iPhone 6s Bests Samsung's New Galaxy Note 7 in App Speed Test - Mac Rumors
In the performance comparison in which the two phones simultaneously launched the same apps, Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 was thoroughly defeated by the iPhone 6s, despite the Note 7's cutting edge hardware and the fact that it's a year newer than Apple's latest iPhone.
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Massachusetts to tax ride-hailing apps, give the money to taxis | Reuters
The law levies a 20-cent fee in all, with 5 cents for taxis, 10 cents going to cities and towns and the final 5 cents designated for a state transportation fund.
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2 days ago
The Note 7 Still Delivers Embarrassing Real-World Performance
This is important to us because we are also enthusiasts, and we’ve seen reviews ignore, year after year, clear, delimited, replicable and often universal performance issues with Samsung phones, such as the infamous home button delay of the Galaxy Note 3, the always-delayed multi-tasking menu of the Galaxy Note 4, or the terrible memory management of the Galaxy Note 5 (which is still an issue on the Note 7, by the way). It’s important that we recognize that these issues exist so that consumers can make educated choices. We are putting this out there not to shame Samsung, or any particular media outlet, but so that people know that despite 6 years worth of releases, Samsung still has horrendous issues with software.
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2 days ago
Oracle is Funding a New Anti-Google Group
“Oracle is absolutely a contributor (one of many) to the Transparency Project. This is important information for the public to know. It is 100 percent public records and accurate,” said Ken Glueck, Senior Vice President of Oracle ORCL 0.44% .
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How the NSA snooped on encrypted Internet traffic for a decade | Ars Technica
BenignCertain's capabilities were tentatively revealed in this blog post from Thursday, and they were later confirmed to work on real-world PIX installations by three separate researchers. Before the confirmation came, Ars asked Cisco to investigate the exploit. The company declined, citing this policy for so-called end-of-life products. The exploit helps explain documents leaked by NSA contractor Edward Snowden and cited in a 2014 article that appeared in Der Spiegel. The article reported that the NSA had the ability to decrypt more than 1,000 VPN connections per hour.
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AT&T, Apple, Google to work on 'robocall' crackdown | Reuters
The strike force hopes to implement Caller ID verification standards to help block calls from spoofed phone numbers and consider a "Do Not Originate" list that would block spoofers from impersonating legitimate phone numbers from governments, banks or others.
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3 days ago
Chromium Blog: From Chrome Apps to the Web
As we continue our efforts to simplify Chrome, we believe it’s time to begin the evolution away from the Chrome apps platform. There are two types of Chrome apps: packaged apps and hosted apps. Today, approximately 1% of users on Windows, Mac and Linux actively use Chrome packaged apps, and most hosted apps are already implemented as regular web apps. We will be removing support for packaged and hosted apps from Chrome on Windows, Mac, and Linux over the next two years.
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3 days ago
How Trolls Are Ruining the Internet | TIME
And this little bit–these several thousand words–is like leaving bears a pan of baklava.
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5 days ago
HP Targets the DIY Crowd with New High-End Gaming Gear - Thurrott.com
The OMEN X Desktop will be available at select US retailers starting on October 16 and will start at $2,099.99. But real DIYers can purchase an empty OMEN X chassis for $599.99 starting tomorrow, August 17 from HP.com. HP will also directly sell a fully configurable version for $1,799 and up.
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7 days ago
Korea’s LG plans to make its own mobile chips — in Intel’s factories - Recode
The news, delivered in a single slide at a technical session at Intel’s developer forum in San Francisco, ended months of speculation that such a move was in the works.

LG, which often takes its cue from Samsung, is following its larger rival further into the chip business.
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7 days ago
Ford plans to have a fleet of fully autonomous cars operating in a ride-hail service by 2021 - Recode
Ford CEO Mark Fields announced that the company is working toward launching a fleet of commercial, level 4 (one level below a completely autonomous system, in which drivers don’t have to be engaged) vehicles in a ride-hail service by 2021.
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7 days ago
Linux bug leaves 1.4 billion Android users vulnerable to hijacking attacks | Ars Technica
As Ars reported last Wednesday, the flaw first appeared in version 3.6 of the Linux operating system kernel, which was introduced in 2012. In a blog post published Monday, Lookout researchers said that the Linux flaw appears to have been introduced into Android version 4.4 (aka KitKat) and remains present in all future versions, including the latest developer preview of Android Nougat. That tally is based on the Android install base as reported by statistics provider Statista, and it would mean that about 1.4 billion Android devices, or about 80 percent of users, are vulnerable.
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8 days ago
Official Google Blog: Meet Google Duo, a simple 1-to-1 video calling app for everyone
Today, we’re releasing Google Duo — a simple 1-to-1 video calling app available for Android and iOS. Duo takes the complexity out of video calling, so that you can be together in the moment wherever you are.
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8 days ago
"A Honeypot For Assholes": Inside Twitter’s 10-Year Failure To Stop Harassment - BuzzFeed News
And while Blogger’s free speech problems were novel, small-scale, and often abstract, Twitter’s follower model and public reply system proved thornier to manage. There’s a big difference between people saying hurtful things on the easily moderated comment section of a hard-to-find blog and people showing up in your mentions spewing hate speech. “The product quirks were secondary … to free speech,” one former employee said of the company’s early days. “The Blogger brain trust’s thinking was set in stone by the time they became Twitter Inc.”
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13 days ago
Google confirms 'Verify Apps' can block apps using QuadRooter vulnerabilities | Android Central
Unlike last year's Stagefright exploits, QuadRooter needs to be delivered in the form of an app, meaning you'd have to enable "Unknown Sources" and manually install an app from somewhere nefarious in order to become infected. However Android's "Verify Apps" feature, included in Google Play Services and enabled by default almost four years ago in Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, is designed to protect against exactly this sort of thing.
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14 days ago
Facebook Blocks Ad Blockers, but It Strives to Make Ads More Relevant - The New York Times
On Tuesday, Facebook will flip a switch across its desktop website that essentially renders all ad blockers — the programs that prevent websites from displaying ads on the page when a user visits the site — useless. The change allows the Silicon Valley company to serve ads on its desktop site even to people who have ad-blocking software installed and running.
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15 days ago
Apple’s stagnant product lines mostly reflect the state of the computer industry | ExtremeTech
In short, there’s just not much reason to update the Mac Pro’s CPU — not until and unless Intel can field designs that truly merit it. While Apple will likely eventually refresh the Mac Pro, the only big winners will be Mac users who want to pack as many threads as possible into a single-socket system (Intel now offers Xeons with up to 22 cores in the E5 family).
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15 days ago
NBCU Signs Deal to Make Snapchat Shows - WSJ
The Comcast Corp.-owned media giant, whose networks include E!, Bravo and the NBC broadcast channel, has signed a multiyear deal with the disappearing-messages app to create new “shows” for its growing media hub. NBCU will rely on some of its most recognizable franchises for the initiative—like “Saturday Night Live,” “The Voice,” and “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”
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15 days ago
Playing The Long Game Inside Tim Cook's Apple | Fast Company | Business + Innovation
Under Cook’s leadership, Apple has come to seem quite fallible to many people. Its recent products have seemed far less than perfect, at least compared to the collective memory of its astonishing iPod–iPhone–iPad run from 2001 to 2010. There are the public embarrassments, like its 2012 introduction of Maps, or those 2014 videos of reviewers bending, and breaking, an iPhone 6 Plus. Apple Pay hasn’t become the standard for a cashless society, and the Apple Watch "is not the watch we expect from Apple," according to John Gruber, editor of Daring Fireball, the preeminent Apple-centric website. Then there are the design flaws: Apple Music has been saddled with too many features, as if it were something designed by, God forbid, Microsoft; the lens on the back of the iPhone 6 extrudes; the new Apple TV has an illogical interface and confusing remote control.
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15 days ago
New iPhone to Have Dual Camera but No Headphone Jack - Bloomberg
The standout features will be a dual-camera system on the larger iPhone, a re-engineered home button that responds to pressure with a vibrating sensation rather than a true physical click and the removal of the devices’ headphone jack, said the people, who didn’t want to be identified discussing unannounced features. Apple declined to comment.
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15 days ago
Faster Apple Watch 2 With GPS, Barometer, Larger Battery, and Same Thickness to Launch Later This Year - Mac Rumors
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo issued a research note to investors today in which he predicts an all-new Apple Watch 2 will likely launch in the second half of 2016 with a faster TSMC-built processor, GPS, barometer, superior waterproofing, and a higher capacity battery.
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15 days ago
Microsoft won't fix Windows flaw that lets hackers steal your username and password | ZDNet
To exploit this, a hacker has to trick a user into visiting a specially rafted web page in Internet Explorer or Edge (on Windows 10) that points to their own network share. The browser will silently send usernames and hashed passwords to the network share, which can then be scooped up and stolen.
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16 days ago
'Quadrooter' flaws affect over 900 million Android phones | ZDNet
Google's Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, and Nexus 6P, HTC's One M9 and HTC 10, and Samsung's Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are some of those named vulnerable to one or more of the flaws.
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16 days ago
Wal-Mart’s Deal for Jet.com Said to Hinge on Keeping Its Founder - Bloomberg
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and e-commerce startup Jet.com Inc. are trying to close a $3 billion acquisition as soon as Monday that will require Jet founder Marc Lore to head the retailer’s online division for several years, according to people familiar with the matter.
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17 days ago
First Click: Apple should stop selling four-year-old computers | The Verge
The Retina MacBook Pro is 442 days into its current cycle, despite refreshes coming every 268 days on average in the past. The Mac mini has gone 657 days since its last update, which was controversial in itself since Apple removed quad-core options and made the product harder to upgrade after purchase. And the Mac Pro, released in December 2013 following much "Can’t innovate any more, my ass"-fueled fanfare? It hasn’t received a single update since then. "This is without a doubt the future of the pro desktop," Phil Schiller said when announcing the Mac Pro on stage that year. Did he mean that this was the precise model Apple expects professional users to use literally forever?
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17 days ago
Disney launches its own messaging app, Disney Mix, aimed at kids and families | TechCrunch
Disney today is wading into the mobile messaging market with a new chat application called Disney Mix, aimed at kids, tweens and families. While the app will compete to some extent with popular messaging clients like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Snapchat and others, the goal with Disney Mix is to provide a safer alternative that’s built with the needs of kids in mind. That means the app isn’t just about chatting — it’s also about playing games, making memes, sharing stickers and more, says Disney.
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18 days ago
Why Is The Copyright Office Lying To Protect The Cable Industry's Monopoly Stranglehold Over The Cable Box? | Techdirt
The FCC's attempt to bring some much needed competition to the cable box has birthed an absolute torrent of lobbying shenanigans by the cable and entertainment industries. They've pushed a flood of misleading editorials in major papers and websites claiming the plan is somehow racist and will unveil a piracy apocalypse. They've nudged Congressional campaign contribution recipients to bash the plan as an extreme case of government over-reach. They've also managed to convince the press and some FCC staffers the idea is an attack on copyright, when copyright has absolutely nothing to do with it.
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18 days ago
Carnegie Mellon’s Mayhem AI takes home $2 million from DARPA’s Cyber Grand Challenge | TechCrunch
Seven teams were invited to Las Vegas to compete on the floor in a 96-round game of “Capture the Flag.” It’s a time-tested competitive hacking game in which teams are assigned servers which must perform certain tasks while constantly being fed new code filled with bugs, security holes, and inefficiencies. Teams must protect their own data while attempting to access that of the others — much like real-life CTF.
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18 days ago
US Copyright Office sides with cable companies against FCC’s set-top rules | Ars Technica
The FCC proposal would force pay-TV providers to make channels and on-demand content available to third parties, who could then build their own devices and apps that could replace rented set-top boxes. Comcast and other cable companies complain that this will open the door to copyright violations, and US Register of Copyrights Maria Pallante agrees with them. The Copyright Office provided advice to the FCC at the FCC's request, and Pallante yesterday detailed the concerns her office raised in a letter to members of Congress who asked her to weigh in.
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18 days ago
Apple is launching an invite-only bug bounty program | The Verge
Apple was one of the last major tech companies without such a bounty program, relying instead on internal security teams and informal relationships with researchers. That policy drew some criticism in the wake of the San Bernardino case this year, after police purchased an undisclosed vulnerability in order to break security measures on an alleged killer’s phone.
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18 days ago
Apple And The Gun Emoji
If Apple goes ahead with this change in the public iOS 10 release, one person could innocently tweet a toy and have that be seen by others as a weapon.
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18 days ago
Spotify follows Discover Weekly with personalized new releases playlist | TechCrunch
Spotify is doubling down on its strategy to beat Apple Music with big data-driven personalized playlists like Discover Weekly — a huge hit that saw 40 million users in its first year. Today it launches Release Radar, a 2-hour algorithmically personalized playlist updated each Friday that features newly released songs from artists each user already listens to.
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18 days ago
Amazon Prime airplane debuts aftetwig4 r secret night flight
The Boeing 767-300 jet is part of what will eventually become a fleet of 40 planes, transporting cargo between Amazon’s distribution centers for delivery to customers. Clark said the planes will mesh with Amazon’s network of 4,000 branded truck trailers, the Uber-like Amazon Flex delivery system, and the services provided by transportation partners such as UPS and FedEx.
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18 days ago
Pokémon Go drives a surge in smartphone backup battery sales | TechCrunch
Early on in the Pokémon Go hype cycle, there were signs that players were driving a significant uptick in sales of backup batteries, like the Mophie units you may be familiar with that offer USB connections for topping up mobile devices while you’re away from an outlet. Now, research from analytics firm NPD Group goes beyond early anecdotal evidence to show that in fact, unit sales across the portable power pack segment saw a 101 percent spike in the two weeks spanning July 10 and July 23, as compared to the same period last year.
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18 days ago
Google's self-driving car unit is losing three key execs - Recode
Three early members of Google’s self-driving car unit are departing, including the project’s chief technician. Chris Urmson, who serves as CTO and technical lead, announced that he was leaving after seven years.

Urmson did not indicate what was next for him, but wrote: “If I can find another project that turns into an obsession and becomes something more, I will consider myself twice lucky.”
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18 days ago
Exclusive: Hackers accessed Telegram messaging accounts in Iran - researchers | Reuters
Telegram's reliance on SMS verification makes it vulnerable in any country where cellphone companies are owned or heavily influenced by the government, the researchers said.

A spokesman for Telegram said customers can defend against such attacks by not just relying on SMS verification. Telegram allows - though it does not require - customers to create passwords, which can be reset with so-called "recovery" emails.
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21 days ago
FCC forces TP-Link to support open source firmware on routers | Ars Technica
The FCC trumpeted the settlement as proof that its rules shouldn't prevent consumers from using open source software. "While manufacturers of Wi-Fi routers must ensure reasonable safeguards to protect radio parameters, users are otherwise free to customize their routers and we support TP-Link’s commitment to work with the open source community and Wi-Fi chipset manufacturers to enable third-party firmware on TP-Link routers," FCC Enforcement Bureau Chief Travis LeBlanc said in the announcement.
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22 days ago
Washington state says Comcast sold 'near-worthless' service plans | The Verge
Comcast is being sued for more than $100 million by Washington state, which claims that the cable giant illegally deceived customers with various customer service guarantees. Most notably, the state alleges that Comcast deceived Washington customers into paying $73 million over five years for a "near-worthless 'protection plan'" that failed to disclose many areas it didn't cover. One particular area that state Attorney General Bob Ferguson focused on was the plan's lack of coverage for in-wall wiring issues, despite Comcast allegedly claiming that wiring was covered.
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22 days ago
Judge voids VirnetX's $625.6 million Apple verdict; VirnetX plunges | Reuters
A federal judge has thrown out a verdict requiring Apple Inc (AAPL.O) to pay VirnetX Holding Corp (VHC.A) $625.6 million for infringing four patents relating to Internet security technology, causing VirnetX's share price to plunge.
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23 days ago
Google has sold 30 million Chromecasts, 5 million in the past 2 months | 9to5Google
While responding to questions regarding the company’s hardware strategy Pichai revealed that the company has shipped 30 million Chromecast units since the release of the device back in 2013. This includes the original Chromecast, the 2015 refresh, and the Chromecast Audio, all three of which have proved very popular in the market for streaming devices.
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23 days ago
Tesla and SolarCity to Combine | Tesla
Just over a month ago, Tesla made a proposal to purchase SolarCity and today we are announcing that the two companies have reached an agreement to combine, creating the world's only vertically integrated sustainable energy company.
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23 days ago
The Security of Our Election Systems - Schneier on Security
Over the years, more and more states have moved to electronic voting machines and have flirted with Internet voting. These systems are insecure and vulnerable to attack.

But while computer security experts like me have sounded the alarm for many years, states have largely ignored the threat, and the machine manufacturers have thrown up enough obfuscating babble that election officials are largely mollified.

We no longer have time for that. We must ignore the machine manufacturers' spurious claims of security, create tiger teams to test the machines' and systems' resistance to attack, drastically increase their cyber-defenses and take them offline if we can't guarantee their security online.

Longer term, we need to return to election systems that are secure from manipulation. This means voting machines with voter-verified paper audit trails, and no Internet voting. I know it's slower and less convenient to stick to the old-fashioned way, but the security risks are simply too great.

There are other ways to attack our election system on the Internet besides hacking voting machines or changing vote tallies: deleting voter records, hijacking candidate or party websites, targeting and intimidating campaign workers or donors. There have already been multiple instances of political doxing ­ publishing personal information and documents about a person or organization ­ and we could easily see more of it in this election cycle. We need to take these risks much more seriously than before.
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24 days ago
Amazon reaches new high of 268,900 employees — skyrocketing 47% in just one year - GeekWire
Amazon’s headcount has grown by a staggering amount over the last few years. Its employment numbers increased close to 10 percent in the last three months and 47 percent over a year ago, when its employee count stood at a paltry-by-comparison 183,100 people. That’s an increase of 85,800 employees in one year — more than the entire city of Bellingham, Wash.
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26 days ago
WhatsApp Forensic Artifacts: Chats Aren’t Being Deleted | Zdziarski's Blog of Things
Sorry, folks, while experts are saying the encryption checks out in WhatsApp, it looks like the latest version of the app tested leaves forensic trace of all of your chats, even after you’ve deleted, cleared, or archived them… even if you “Clear All Chats”. In fact, the only way to get rid of them appears to be to delete the app entirely.
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26 days ago
New U.S. Guidelines Could Halt Use of SMS for Two-Factor Authentication - Mac Rumors
If the out of band verification is to be made using a SMS message on a public mobile telephone network, the verifier SHALL verify that the pre-registered telephone number being used is actually associated with a mobile network and not with a VoIP (or other software-based) service. It then sends the SMS message to the pre-registered telephone number. Changing the pre-registered telephone number SHALL NOT be possible without two-factor authentication at the time of the change. OOB using SMS is deprecated, and will no longer be allowed in future releases of this guidance.
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28 days ago
Apple Sales Top Estimates as Consumers Warm to Cheaper iPhone - Bloomberg
“We had a June quarter that was better than we had expected 90 days ago,” Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri said by phone. “The March quarter seems to have been the low point for the cycle.”
“We had a very successful launch of iPhone SE,” Maestri said, adding that the company wasn’t able to fulfill demand for the lower-end device.
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29 days ago
LogMeIn to Merge with Citrix's GoTo Business for $1.8B | BostInno
When asked if there might be any consolidation between LogMeIn's and GoTo's products, Wagner said "there's plenty of room" for products like LogMeIn's join.me and GoToMeeting "to continue down similar but distinct paths."
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29 days ago
Vizio acquired by Chinese tech company LeEco for $2 billion | The Verge
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Chinese electronics firm LeEco is buying American TV manufacturer Vizio for $2 billion. The acquisition was announced during a press event this morning in Los Angeles, giving LeEco an instant foothold in the US television market. Under the deal, Vizio will be operated as an independent subsidiary, with the company's current executive team staying in place and working out of its offices in Southern California — sans Vizio founder and CEO William Wang, who is leaving the company. No replacement has been named, but Wang will be taking the reins as chairman and CEO of Inscape, Vizio's data business, which is being spun out into a privately held company. LeEco will own 49 percent of Inscape, with Wang owning the remaining 51 percent. The LeEco deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter of this year.
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