Samsung's Bixby, now smarter, arrives on fridges - CNET
Samsung on Wednesday said the second generation of its Bixby digital assistant will be coming to its various non-mobile devices including its smart TVs in the US and Korea in 2018, as well as its Family Hub refrigerator. Bixby 2.0, Samsung's answer to the likes of Apple's Siri and Amazon's Alexa, is smarter than its first version, with deep-linking capabilities and improved natural language capabilities. It can better recognize individual users and better predict peoples' needs. 
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Netflix plans to use its recent price hikes to invest $8 billion in original films and anime | Alphr
Netflix has said it will be increasing its yearly spend to a cheek-slapping $8 billion (£6.2 billion) in 2018, as part of a larger push to have 50% of its library be originally produced content.
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2 days ago
The Pixel 2's images look good thanks to custom silicon
One thing that Google left unannounced during its Pixel 2 launch event on October 4th is being revealed today: it’s called the Pixel Visual Core, and it is Google’s first custom system-on-a-chip (SOC) for consumer products. You can think of it as a very scaled-down and simplified, purpose-built version of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon, Samsung’s Exynos, or Apple’s A series chips. The purpose in this case? Accelerating the HDR+ camera magic that makes Pixel photos so uniquely superior to everything else on the mobile market. Google plans to use the Pixel Visual Core to make image processing on its smartphones much smoother and faster, but not only that, the Mountain View also plans to use it to open up HDR+ to third-party camera apps.
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2 days ago
Essential Is Getting Sued For Allegedly Stealing Wireless Connector Technology
According to the lawsuit, Keyssa and Essential engaged in conversations in which the wireless tech company “divulged to Essential proprietary technology enabling every facet of Keyssa’s wireless connectivity,” all of which was protected under a non-disclosure agreement. More specifically, the lawsuit alleges that Keyssa “deployed a team 20 of its top engineers and scientists” to educate Essential on its proprietary tech, sending them “many thousands of confidential emails, hundreds of confidential technical documents, and dozens of confidential presentations.”
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3 days ago
SCOTUS agrees to hear DOJ vs. Microsoft
The justices will review a federal appeals ruling that the Trump administration says has become a major obstacle in criminal probes. Already, Google Inc. and Yahoo, acquired by Verizon Communications Inc., have stopped complying with search warrants for emails and other user data stored outside the country, the Justice Department said.
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3 days ago
Let's hope this is the last we hear from the courts in the Eastern District of Patent Trolls
Apple lost a retrial a year ago in an ongoing patent dispute with VirnetX over secure communications protocols in FaceTime and other applications, and today the latter company announced the total amount Apple finally will be required to pay up, after the court that heard the case — United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas — denied all of Apple’s motions filed in the wake of that decision, and affirmed VirnetX’s motions.
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3 days ago
Infineon, weakening RSA keys since 2012
The weakness allows attackers to calculate the private portion of any vulnerable key using nothing more than the corresponding public portion. Hackers can then use the private key to impersonate key owners, decrypt sensitive data, sneak malicious code into digitally signed software, and bypass protections that prevent accessing or tampering with stolen PCs. The five-year-old flaw is also troubling because it's located in code that complies with two internationally recognized security certification standards that are binding on many governments, contractors, and companies around the world. The code library was developed by German chipmaker Infineon and has been generating weak keys since 2012 at the latest.
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3 days ago
Looking forward to Security Now tomorrow - meanwhile turning on my VPN
"Although websites or apps may use HTTPS as an additional layer of protection, we warn that this extra protection can (still) be bypassed in a worrying number of situations," the researchers explained. "For example, HTTPS was previously bypassed in non-browser software, in Apple's iOS and OS X, in Android apps, in Android apps again, in banking apps, and even in VPN apps."
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3 days ago
OnePlus vows to stop collecting data from OxygenOS devices - Neowin
"By the end of October, all OnePlus phones running OxygenOS will have a prompt in the setup wizard that asks users if they want to join our user experience program. The setup wizard will clearly indicate that the program collects usage analytics. In addition, we will include a terms of service agreement that further explains our analytics collection. We would also like to share we will no longer be collecting telephone numbers, MAC Addresses and WiFi information."
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5 days ago
Humble Bundle has been acquired by IGN
Humble grew out of a bundle of indie games sold to raise money for charity in 2010, and in the seven years since it has raised over $100 million for charity. In a conversation today with Gamasutra, Humble cofounder John Graham and IGN executive VP Mitch Galbraith reiterated that IGN does not intend to change the way Humble does business.
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6 days ago
Is Apple suffering from Samsung Note envy?
The sources said that the iPhone stylus is likely to adopt a "supercapacitor stylus type" for price benefits, contrasting with Samsung's Galaxy Note pen which is based on electromagnetic resonance technology that needs additional panel components to be installed underneath the smartphone display. "A supercapacitor type is cheaper to make compared to the EMR stylus. It also offers a more pen-like feel," according to the industry sources.
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6 days ago
Welcome to the Wild West cyber style
The Active Cyber Defence Certainty (ACDC) Act allows individuals and companies to hack hackers if the goal is to disrupt, monitor or attribute the attack or destroy stolen files. 
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6 days ago
The Real Reason Twitter Restricted Rose McGowan's Account Instead Of Just Deleting One Tweet
Some observers feel the company should rethink its trust and safety system. “What would Twitter have to lose in completely blowing up their whole approach to trust and safety?” a former Twitter employee told BuzzFeed News. “It’s not more transparency, it’s the fucking rules. The interpretation of the rules and clarity of the rules. I don't see what the company would have to lose at this point by completely redrafting the policy."
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6 days ago
Could Equifax get any worse. Actually, yes.
Earlier on Thursday, Ars Technica reported that security analyst Randy Abrams was prompted to download fraudulent Adobe Flash updates when he visited the Equifax website to contest his credit report. Abrams determined that when those updates were clicked, adware would infect a visitor's computer. Abrams also encountered those links during at least three subsequent visits, according to Ars Technica.
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6 days ago
Analyst predicts Apple will abandon TouchID for FaceID in 2018
The analyst writes that 3D sensing will be a “key selling point” of all new 2018 iPhone models. While Apple currently faces manufacturing difficulties with 3D sensing, Kuo says TrueDepth cameras and Face ID will help Apple “capitalize on its clear lead in 3D sensing design and production for smartphones.”
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Facebook’s ‘Order Food’ feature officially launches across the U.S. | TechCrunch
Facebook today formally announced its new feature that allows users to order food from local restaurants using its app. Instead of competing directly with other food ordering services, Facebook is partnering with several industry players on this effort, including EatStreet, Delivery.com, DoorDash, ChowNow, Olo, Zuppler, and Slice. It’s also working with restaurant chains directly, like Jack in the Box, Five Guys, Papa John’s, Wingstop, TGI Friday’s, Denny’s, El Pollo Loco, Chipotle, Jimmy John’s, and Panera.
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6 days ago
Tim Cook's iPhone X won't stay in his pocket - Business Insider
You can see him quickly check his notifications — perhaps unlocking the phone with Face ID — before placing the phone upside down. 
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Apple's Tim Cook on iPhones, augmented reality, and how he plans to change your world | The Independent
That gives Apple an especially strong position because its competitors “don’t control the hardware and software”, Cook says. “It goes to what Apple is about – the integration of those two things, with the App Store on the server side. I think it’s going to be hard for other folks.”
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8 days ago
Zuckerberg apologizes for his tone-deaf VR cartoon tour of Puerto Rico devastation | TechCrunch
“When you’re in VR yourself, the surroundings feel quite real. But that sense of empathy doesn’t extend well to people watching you as a virtual character on a 2D screen. That’s something we’ll need to work on over time,” Zuckerberg said in another comment he left.
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8 days ago
TouchID we hardly knew ye
We predict iOS devices to be equipped with TrueDepth Camera in 2018F will include iPhone X and 2018 new iPhone and iPad models. Because of this, we believe more developers will pay attention to TrueDepth Camera/ facial recognition related applications. We expect Apple's (US) major promotion of facial recognition related applications will encourage the Android camp to also dedicate more resources to developing hardware and facial recognition applications.
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10 days ago
How Facebook ads helped elect Trump, from the Trump Campaign's digital director
So now Facebook lets you get to…15 people in the Florida Panhandle that I would never buy a TV commercial for," says Parscale.  And people anywhere could be targeted with the messages they cared about. "Infrastructure…so I started making ads that showed the bridge crumbling…that's micro targeting…I can find the 1,500 people in one town that care about infrastructure. Now, that might be a voter that normally votes Democrat," he says. Parscale says the campaign would average 50-60,000 different ad versions every day, some days peaking at 100,000 separate iterations – changing design, colors, backgrounds and words – all in an effort to refine ads and engage users.
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11 days ago
Facebook CSO says press doesn't understand how hard it is to prevent voter manipulation
“I am seeing a ton of coverage of our recent issues driven by stereotypes of our employees and attacks against fantasy, strawman tech cos” wrote Facebook Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos on Saturday in a reeling tweetstorm. He claims journalists misunderstand the complexity of attacking fake news, deride Facebook for thinking algorithms are neutral when the company knows they aren’t, and encourages reporters to talk to engineers who actually deal with these problems and their consequences.
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11 days ago
The guy who created the like button now says it's dangerously addictive
A decade after he stayed up all night coding a prototype of what was then called an “awesome” button, Rosenstein belongs to a small but growing band of Silicon Valley heretics who complain about the rise of the so-called “attention economy”: an internet shaped around the demands of an advertising economy.
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12 days ago
Wasn't this what Microsoft used to do?
MOUNTAIN VIEW — In an explosive new allegation, a renowned architect has accused Google of racketeering, saying in a lawsuit the company has a pattern of stealing trade secrets from people it first invites to collaborate.
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12 days ago
Apple Doesn't Deliberately Slow Down Older Devices According to Benchmark Analysis - Mac Rumors
Our benchmarking data shows that, rather than intentionally degrading the performance of older models, Apple actually does a good job of supporting its older devices with regular updates that maintain a consistent level of performance across iOS versions.
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12 days ago
California deals a blow to taxis, says fingerprints are unnecessary for Lyft and Uber drivers
For one thing, people who submit fingerprints via the popular Live Scan service aren’t required to show photo ID, the commission wrote. And criminal records, even those attached to a fingerprint, are only as accurate and up-to-date as the information provided by local courts and law enforcement agencies. When there are errors in those records, requiring a fingerprint can actually exacerbate those resulting delays, the commission wrote.
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12 days ago
Danny Sullivan is the new Matt Cutts
My title is still being determined, but the position will be to serve as a sort of public liaison for search. The goal is to increase the connection between those at Google who work hard on search each day and the public that depends on Google for answers. I’ll be educating the public about how search works. I’ll be exploring and explaining issues that may arise. I’ll be looking at ways to take in feedback and work for solutions to improve search going forward.
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13 days ago
Google's long term plans for Pixel
While Osterloh expects the Pixel to "become big, meaningful business for the company over time," right now his benchmark isn't sales, it's "consumer satisfaction and user experience.” So I ask: what about five years out? "We don't want it to be a niche thing," Osterloh says. "We hope to be selling products in high volumes in five years."
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13 days ago
Apple and Qualcomm’s Billion-Dollar War Over an $18 Part - Bloomberg
In addition to selling modems and other chips, Qualcomm has amassed a portfolio of more than 130,000 patents covering, among other things, the key technologies that allow phones to send and receive data. If you want to sell a phone capable of connecting to the internet at high speeds, you need a license from Qualcomm. The company charges a royalty of as much as 5 percent of the average selling price of the phone, which can come to more than $30 per device.
Qualcomm says its pricing scheme is fair, and, seen from a certain angle, it is. Thirty bucks, after all, is a small price to pay for the ability to pull data straight out of the sky. Cell phone manufacturers refer to it as “the Qualcomm tax,” and the practice has been investigated by regulators in China, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, the European Union, and the U.S. A few phone makers, including Nokia OYJ and Ericsson AB, have unsuccessfully taken Qualcomm to court. The rest have simply tried to negotiate volume discounts.
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13 days ago
Facebook tries fighting fake news with publisher info button on links | TechCrunch
Facebook thinks showing Wikipedia entries about publishers and additional Related Articles will give users more context about the links they see. So today it’s beginning a test of a new “i” button on News Feed links that opens up an informational panel. “People have told us that they want more information about what they’re reading” Facebook product manager Sara Su tells TechCrunch. “They want better tools to help them understand if an article is from a publisher they trust and evaluate if the story itself is credible.”
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13 days ago
Apple fixes bugs in its new file system
The supplemental macOS High Sierra 10.13 update addresses a software vulnerability that could expose the passwords of encrypted Apple File System volumes in plain text in Disk Utility.
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13 days ago
Patel explains why the loss of the headphone jack is bad for everyone but Apple
Third-party vendors like Shure and Bose should be scared out of their minds: they will never get the system-level access they need to compete with platform owners. Pebble failed as a smartwatch in part because it didn’t have enough access to the operating system to do things the Apple Watch and Android Wear can do, like reply to text messages. That future is coming for your favorite headphone company. How does a Skullcandy or a Bowers & Wilkins compete when they’re relegated to second-class connectivity and feature sets? Why would any rational consumer buy anything but the wireless headphones guaranteed to work best with their phones?
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13 days ago
A Pre-History of Slashdot on its 20th Birthday – freeCodeCamp
Within a few days of DNS registration, Slashdot.org was live. I quickly added polls to answer urgent questions like “How many shots should Kurt drink”. While he suffered the results of these polls, I would tail -f on the access_log and the residents of the so-called Geek House would boggle as names like ‘mit.edu’ and ‘microsoft.com’ streamed forward faster than we could read.
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13 days ago
Why is it American tech journalists are so quick to defend Kaspersky?
The report may well be true, but, for now, there's no way to independently confirm it. The report is based on unnamed people the publication says had knowledge of the matter, and it provides no evidence to support its claim. What's more, the lack of detail leaves open the possibility that, even if Kaspersky's AV did help Russia home in on the highly sensitive code and documents, the disclosure was the inadvertent result of a software bug, and no one from Kaspersky Lab cooperated with the attackers in any way. Also lost in the focus on Kaspersky Lab is the startling revelation that yet another NSA insider managed to sneak classified material outside of the NSA's network and put it on an unsecured computer. More of this analysis will follow.
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13 days ago
It's the end of the AIM era
“We know there are so many loyal fans who have used AIM for decades; and we loved working and building the first chat app of its kind since 1997” AOL wrote on the AIM help page. “Our focus will always be on providing the kind of innovative experiences consumers want. We’re more excited than ever to focus on building the next generation of iconic brands and life-changing products.”
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13 days ago
Mattel has canceled plans for a kid-focused AI device that drew privacy concerns - The Washington Post
But privacy concerns weren't the only issue. “My main concerns about this technology — apart from the privacy concerns that [Markey and Barton] are trying to address — is the idea that a piece of technology becomes the most responsive household member to a crying child, a child who wants to learn, or a child’s play ideas,” said pediatrician Jennifer Radesky, who wrote the American Association of Pediatrics' 2016 media guidelines for children 0-6 years of age. (Radesky was not involved with the campaign to persuade Mattel to stop Aristotle sales.)
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13 days ago
That was fast. Apple fixes LTE watch connection issues.
watchOS 4.0.1 can be downloaded through the dedicated Apple Watch app on the iPhone by going to General --> Software Update. To install the update, the Apple Watch must have 50 percent battery, it must be placed on the charger, and it must be in range of the iPhone. Today's update is only for the Apple Watch Series 3 models.
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14 days ago
Facebook will hire 1,000 and make ads visible to fight election interference | TechCrunch
Facebook briefed TechCrunch on the changes that include hiring 1,000 more people to its global ads review team over the next year, and making it so anyone can see any ad run by any organization on Facebook instead of only the ads targeted to them.
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16 days ago
Why would Google surface 4chan as a reliable source?
In the crucial early hours after the Las Vegas mass shooting, it happened again: Hoaxes, completely unverified rumors, failed witch hunts, and blatant falsehoods spread across the internet.

But they did not do so by themselves: They used the infrastructure that Google and Facebook and YouTube have built to achieve wide distribution. These companies are the most powerful information gatekeepers that the world has ever known, and yet they refuse to take responsibility for their active role in damaging the quality of information reaching the public.
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17 days ago
Ajit Pai gets new term on FCC despite protest of anti-net neutrality plan | Ars Technica
Pai received yea votes from 48 Republicans and four Democrats. The four Democratic senators who helped Pai gain re-confirmation were Joseph Manchin (D-W.V.); Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.); Gary Peters (D-Mich.); and Jon Tester (D-Mont.). All 41 nay votes came from the Democratic caucus.
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17 days ago
Google ends its fight with paywalls
The Alphabet Inc. unit is scrapping a contentious search result rule for subscription news sites and giving them new tools to attract more paying customers. It’s Google’s most significant step yet to to curry favor with news organizations that provide information for its search engine but have lost ad revenue from the rise of the internet. Facebook Inc., the primary driver of online news traffic, is taking similar steps.
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17 days ago
Apple has doubled R&D spending this decade. Where is the money going? The answer might surprise you.
Nothing unusual about that for a company that spends $11 billion a year on R&D. Look a little closer, however, and you'll notice that many of these labs are located near companies with a strong record in mapping, augmented reality and other areas Apple is pushing into. In several cases, these companies lost employees to Apple not long after the iPhone maker came to town. Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller declined to comment.
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17 days ago
Dediu does the math
My estimate has been that Apple sold about 15 million Watches in the last 12 months at an average price of about $330. This puts the Apple Watch revenue run rate at $4.9 billion, indeed above Rolex.
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17 days ago
One more reason to upgrade to High Sierra
The report sent to Apple excludes data stored in NVRAM. Apple will then look at the transmitted data to evaluate if there has been a malware attack —but what happens after that is not clear. Also unclear is what impact that this may ultimately have on 4,1 Mac Pro owners who have flashed the firmware on the computer to make it appear to be the 5,1 Mac Pro or for Hackintosh owners —but it appears at present that the dialog is no more than a one-time hassle.
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19 days ago
Will you buy Fitbit's first smartwatch Sunday?
The $300 Fitbit Ionic is the company’s first ever smartwatch and it sports GPS, heart rate monitoring technology, and support for Fitbit Pay — the idea here is that you can go out for a run without your wallet and pay for everything directly from your wrist.
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Here's one way to improve Siri, use Google
Apple is switching the default provider of its web searches from Siri, Search inside iOS (formerly called Spotlight) and Spotlight on the Mac. So, for instance, if Siri falls back to a web search on iOS when you ask it a question, you’re now going to get Google results instead of Bing. Updated below with a statement from Microsoft.
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19 days ago
Instagram now has 800 million monthly and 500 million daily active users | TechCrunch
Instagram’s still growing at a rapid pace, having added 100 million new monthly active users in just a month since it last reported a new figure. It now has 800 million users engaging with the service on at least a monthly basis, the company revealed on Monday at an event in NYC, and it has 500 million using the service on a daily basis, too.
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19 days ago
Ikea has bought TaskRabbit - Recode
Brown-Philpot, a former Google exec and a board member at HP Inc., took over the top job at TaskRabbit from founder Leah Busque in mid-2016. Busque, as Recode reported earlier this week, has recently joined the seed-focused Fuel Capital as a venture partner. Busque founded TaskRabbit, originally called Run My Errand, in 2008.
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19 days ago
Moscow Deploys Facial Recognition to Spy on Citizens in Streets - Bloomberg
Moscow says the city’s centralized surveillance network is the world’s largest of its kind. The U.K. is one of the most notorious for its use of CCTV cameras but precise figures are difficult to obtain. However, a 2013 report by the British Security Industry Association estimated there were as many as 70,000 cameras operated by the government across the nation.
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19 days ago
Senator says Twitter isn't taking Russian inquiry seriously enough
“The notion that their work was basically derivative, based upon accounts that Facebook had identified, showed an enormous lack of understanding from the Twitter team of how serious this issue is, the threat it poses to democratic institutions, and again, begs many more questions than they [answer],” Warner continued at a press conference held on Capitol Hill.
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19 days ago
Wall St loves the Roku IPO
The IPO raised $219 million after pricing at $14, but if Roku priced at $19, it would have raised about $298 million for the company. And it still would have made a good impression on new investors, who would have made about 24% on the first day.  But, it’s better than going down!
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19 days ago
Yes you do, no we don't: FCC says turn on FM radios in iPhone, Apple says "what FM radios?"
Pai said he hopes Apple will "reconsider its position" following Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, which have devastated parts of the United States, including Florida and Texas, and Caribbean islands like Barbuda, Dominica, and Puerto Rico.
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19 days ago
AT&T Seeks Supreme Court Review on Net Neutrality Rule - Bloomberg
AT&T Inc. and other broadband providers asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the Obama-era "net neutrality" rule barring internet service providers from slowing or blocking rivals’ content.
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Anything Jeff can do we can do better
Multiple sources tell TechCrunch that Google is building a tabletop smart screen for video calling and more that will compete with Amazon’s Echo Show. The device could help Google keep up in the race for the smart home market after Amazon just revealed a slew of new Echos and as Facebook continues to work on its codename “Aloha” video calling screen.
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19 days ago
South Korea bans raising money through initial coin offerings
The decision to ban ICOs as a fundraising tool was made as the government sees such issues as increasing the risk of financial scams. The decision tracks similar announcements in the U.S. and China where increasing trading volumes of cryptocurrencies are sparking concerns.
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19 days ago
Trump administration brings its hunt for protestors to Facebook
Thursday’s filings reveal for the first time what was suspected when BuzzFeed News first reported the gag order fight in July — that the February warrants relate to the criminal prosecution of people arrested at protests in Washington, DC, during President Donald Trump’s inauguration. According to the search warrants, which were previously under seal but included in the ACLU’s court papers, prosecutors are seeking any information that relates to alleged rioting on Jan. 20.
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19 days ago
Angry Birds IPO fails to pop
Rovio has been right-sizing in a different way: after investing in a number of areas in its “Disney” heyday, the company has since pulled back on many of its most ambitious ventures outside of games (such as amusement parks) in favor of a licensing model, where a third party takes on the investment and risk of new projects.
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19 days ago
Spanish court orders Google to remove Catalan vote app from store
Google has removed the "On Votar 1-Oct" Catalan referendum app tweeted out by Catalan First Minister Carles Puigdemont to his followers on September 23 after being ordered to do so by the High Court in Catalonia.
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19 days ago
Woud you take a rocket to Shanghai?
The airline industry is innately conservative and naturally obsessed with safety. Hypersonic rocket travel is likely not particularly appealing to today’s airline executives. But if Musk succeeds in producing a reliable hypersonic craft that is profitable to operate with low fares, there’s little reason to think such travel would remain a niche market. Rivals would surely match the service. And would there be a luggage allowance? Every ounce counts in the financial plans for escaping gravity’s pull. 
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19 days ago
Kalanick surprises Uber board with two appointments to shore up his continued role
One reform would move the company to a system under which one share equals one vote. That would wipe out the extra power of super-voting stock held by early investors like Benchmark and Kalanick.

The company also proposed taking one of Kalanick’s three board seats and giving it to SoftBank Group Corp. as part of a possible investment in the startup by the Japanese technology giant, the people said.

Another proposal: If a former officer of the company was going to be appointed CEO, it would require a two-thirds vote from the board. That would create an immense barrier to Kalanick ever returning to a leadership position, the person said.
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19 days ago
Why The Public’s Love Affair With Silicon Valley Might Be Over - The future of business
The report suggests a slow and gradual decline in positive tech press from 1990 to 2010, then a sharper drop starting before 2013. It attributes the trend to the rise of tech-focused watchdog organizations and also financial pressure on media, which they say is incentivized by a need to get readers, clicks, and ad dollars.
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19 days ago
How to Turn Off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth in iOS 11 | WIRED
Since your phone is your most vulnerable gadget, you should make sure it’s as locked down as possible. With the new changes to iOS’s Control Center, this means hopping into the Settings app and turning WiFi and Bluetooth off manually to completely shut off the radios. Airplane mode, as always, functions as a one-step way of killing all wireless communication, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi included.
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19 days ago
Critical EFI Code in Millions of Macs Isn't Getting Apple's Updates | WIRED
unlike an operating system update failure, an EFI update failure doesn't trigger any alert for the user. "We don’t know why all the EFI updates aren’t taking, we know that they aren’t," says Duo's Smith. "And if it doesn’t work, the end user is never notified."
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19 days ago
Are unmanned "bodegas" going to replace corner stores?
Paul McDonald, who spent 13 years as a product manager at Google, wants to make this corner store a thing of the past. Today, he is launching a new concept called Bodega with his cofounder Ashwath Rajan, another Google veteran. Bodega sets up five-foot-wide pantry boxes filled with non-perishable items you might pick up at a convenience store. An app will allow you to unlock the box and cameras powered with computer vision will register what you’ve picked up, automatically charging your credit card. The entire process happens without a person actually manning the “store.”
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5 weeks ago
Billions of devices imperiled by new clickless Bluetooth attack | Ars Technica
BlueBorne, as the researchers have dubbed their attack, is notable for its unusual reach and effectiveness. Virtually any Android, Linux, or Windows device that hasn't been recently patched and has Bluetooth turned on can be compromised by an attacking device within 32 feet. It doesn't require device users to click on any links, connect to a rogue Bluetooth device, or take any other action, short of leaving Bluetooth on. The exploit process is generally very fast, requiring no more than 10 seconds to complete, and it works even when the targeted device is already connected to another Bluetooth-enabled device.
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5 weeks ago
Tagging fake news on Facebook doesn't work, study says - POLITICO
The study, reported for the first time by POLITICO, found that tagging false news stories as “disputed by third party fact-checkers” has only a small impact on whether readers perceive their headlines as true. Overall, the existence of “disputed” tags made participants just 3.7 percentage points more likely to correctly judge headlines as false, the study said.
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5 weeks ago
Next year phones may look very different. Finally.
Koh Dong-jin, president of mobile business at Samsung Electronics, said the company is setting its eyes on 2018 to release a smartphone with a bendable display. But he said there are several hurdles it has to overcome, leaving room to push back the release if those problems are not solved.
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5 weeks ago
Google Rival Yelp Claims Search Giant Broke Promise Made to Regulators - WSJ
Yelp said in a letter late Sunday to Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Maureen Ohlhausen that Google is using Yelp photos for local-business listings in its search results, despite Yelp’s formal request that Google not pull such content from its site.
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