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Google's Transition To 64-Bit Apps Begins in August, 32-Bit Support To End in 2021  

In a bid to deliver better software experience on devices powered by 64-bit processors in the coming years, Google aims to shift Android towards a 64-bit app ecosystem. From a report: The company has now shed more light on the transition and has announced that developers will have to submit a 64-bit version of their Android apps starting August this year. This move will eventually culminate in a universal implementation of the 64-bit app policy that will be enforced in 2021, after which, Google

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2019-01-16 18:45:00



Mozilla Kills Its Experimental Firefox Test Pilot Program 3 Years After Launch  

Mozilla has announced that it is closing Firefox Test Pilot, an experimental program it launched three years ago. Firefox Test Pilot allowed users to try out potential new built-in Firefox features to understand if they are popular with users. The company says the program was used by an average of 100,000 daily users. A report adds: It's worth noting here that Test Pilot is separate from the various beta versions of Firefox, which are early iterations designed to fine-tune features intended for

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2019-01-16 18:05:00



Most Facebook Users Don't Know That it Records a List of Their Interests, New Study Finds  

Seventy-four percent of Facebook users are unaware that Facebook records a list of their interests for ad-targeting purposes, according to a new study from the Pew Institute. From a report: Participants in the study were first pointed to Facebook's ad preferences page, which lists out a person's interests. Nearly 60 percent of participants admitted that Facebook's lists of interests were very or somewhat accurate to their actual interests, and 51 percent said they were uncomfortable with Faceboo

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2019-01-16 17:27:00



Finland's Ambitious Plan To Teach Anyone the Basics of AI  

In the era of AI superpowers, Finland is no match for the US and China. So the Scandinavian country is taking a different tack. From a report: It has embarked on an ambitious challenge to teach the basics of AI to 1% of its population, or 55,000 people. Once it reaches that goal, it plans to go further, increasing the share of the population with AI know-how. The scheme is all part of a greater effort to establish Finland as a leader in applying and using the technology. Citizens take an onl

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2019-01-16 16:50:00



The Motorola Razr Could Return as a $1,500 Foldable Smartphone  

The iconic Motorola RAZR might be making a comeback as a $1,500 foldable screen smartphone, and it could launch as early as February, according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal. From a report: The price point puts the handset north of even Apple and Samsung's flagships, at $1,500. Of course, there isn't really a standardized price point for the emerging foldables category yet. The Royole FlexPai starts at around $1,300 -- not cheap, especially for a product from a relative unknown. A

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2019-01-16 16:01:00



WhatsApp Now Has More Monthly Active Users Than Facebook App  

Facebook's $19 billion bet on WhatsApp in 2014, when the messaging app had 450 million active users, is beginning to pay off. From a report: In recent months, WhatsApp has surpassed Facebook's own marquee app in popularity, according to industry estimates. In September of last year, WhatsApp for the first time had more monthly active users worldwide on Android and iPhone platforms than the Facebook app, research firm App Annie said today in its annual State of Mobile report. App Annie did not sh

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2019-01-16 15:20:00



Sprint To Stop Selling Location Data To Third Parties  

After AT&T and T-Mobile said they would stop selling their customers' phone location data to third parties, Sprint has followed suit. From a report: Last week, Motherboard revealed that AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint had been selling their customers' real-time location data that ultimately ended up in the hands of bounty hunters and people unauthorized to handle it. Motherboard found this by purchasing the capability to geolocate a phone for $300 on the black market. In response, AT&T an

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2019-01-16 14:41:00



WeWork's CEO Makes Millions as Landlord To WeWork  

An anonymous reader shares a report: For more than two months after employees at IBM moved into a Manhattan building managed by office space giant WeWork, frequent elevator problems forced workers to climb the stairs of the 11-story building and prompted complaints to the company. One of the landlords behind the building was no ordinary owner: It was Adam Neumann, WeWork's chief executive, who leased the property to WeWork after buying it [Editor's note: the link may be paywalled; alternative so

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2019-01-16 14:01:00



Instamojo raises $7M to help SMEs and 'micro-entrepreneurs' in India sell online  

In India, startups are quietly building the tools and platforms to enable a different kind of gig economy: one that allows to tap growing access to the internet to sell goods and services online. One such firm helping this burgeoning economy is Instamojo, a seven-year-old Bengaluru-based startup, which has pulled in a $7 million Series […]

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2019-01-16 13:55:42



Alexa gets a professional 'newscaster' voice for reading the day's news  

Amazon already gave Alexa the ability to whisper, and now it’s rolling out another way to change the assistant’s speaking style — it’s giving Alexa a “newscaster” voice. Starting today, when U.S. customers ask Alexa “what’s the latest?” to hear the day’s news, Alexa will respond using a voice that’s similar to how a professional […]

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2019-01-16 13:06:39



The Motorola Razr could return as a $1,500 foldable smartphone  

Motorola has revived the Razr name a few times over the years, but the once-mighty brand has failed to regain the heights of its early days as an ultra-slim flip phone. But what better time for the phone maker's parent Lenovo to bring back the brand in earnest as the mobile world is readying itself […]

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2019-01-16 13:01:12



World's First Robot Hotel Fires Half of Its Robot Staff  

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Register: The world's first hotel "staffed by robots" has culled half of its steely eyed employees, because they're rubbish and annoy the guests. "Our hotel's advanced technologies, introduced with the aim of maximizing efficiency, also add to the fun and comfort of your stay," the Henn na Hotel boasted on its website. It's where multilingual female robots staff the reception desk. Guests are checked in using face recognition. Robot concierges carry y

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2019-01-16 13:00:00



After a year, the iMac Pro benefits from better performance, proving its value  

Apple's iMac Pro has been on the market for just over a year now, and what initially seemed like an overpriced machine compared to the high-end iMac 5K now looks a lot more reasonable. In this follow up examination after living with the machine for a year, we'll be looking at what's changed in Mac alternatives, complaints we've heard, and specific performance tests which have varied with software updates.

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2019-01-16 12:53:53



Most Facebook users still in the dark about its creepy ad practices, Pew finds  

A study by the Pew Research Center suggests most Facebook users are still in the dark about how the company tracks and profiles them for ad-targeting purposes. Pew found three-quarters (74%) of Facebook users did not know the social networking behemoth maintains a list of their interests and traits to target them with ads, only […]

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2019-01-16 12:32:54



Byju's buys Osmo for $120M to add blended learning to its $4B digital education business  

Weeks after it raised a massive $540 million funding round, Indian education unicorn Byju’s is on the M&A path. The company announced today it has snapped up U.S-based Osmo, a startup that develops apps for kids that use offline input, in a deal worth $120 million. Osmo has raised over $30 million from investors that […]

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2019-01-16 11:49:44



Apple replaced 11 million batteries, Netflix hiking prices video - CNET  

Today's most important tech stories include details on Apple's battery replacement program, Netflix's incoming price hike and a new judge ruling about police forcing a user to unlock their phone.

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2019-01-16 11:47:21



Sprint adds Apple Business Chat to support its iPhone & iPad customers  

Subscribers with U.S. carrier Sprint can now take advantage of Apple Business Chat when they need help with a plan or device.

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2019-01-16 11:12:39



Sprint promises to finally end sales of location data to third parties  

Following shortly behind its rivals, Sprint on Wednesday promised that it would at last end sales of location data to third parties -- something it and other U.S. carriers once promised to do before.

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2019-01-16 10:31:19



Techstars will build and launch startups with new venture studio  

Techstars is announcing Techstars Studio, its latest attempt to bring corporations closer to the startup ecosystem.

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2019-01-16 10:28:13



Hubble Space Telescope Will Last Through the Mid-2020s, Report Says  

schwit1 shares a report from Space.com: Despite recent issues with one of its instruments, the Hubble Space Telescope is expected to last at least another five years. A new report suggests that the iconic spacecraft has a strong chance of enduring through the mid-2020s. [...] One reason the spacecraft has lasted so long is that astronauts have provided aid. Servicing missions continued to update the telescope until 2009, when the space shuttle was retired. The final update to Hubble included the

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2019-01-16 10:00:00



AirPower reference spotted in Malaysian iPhone Smart Battery Case website  

Potentially keeping hope that the AirPower is still alive, Apple's Malaysian website makes a reference to the charging mat in relation to its new Smart Battery Cases.

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2019-01-16 09:44:42



Sprint becomes the last major US carrier to stop selling location data - CNET  

The carrier joins T-Mobile, Verizon and AT&T in ending a practice criticized as an invasion of privacy.

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2019-01-16 09:39:02



DoorDash is officially live in all 50 states  

You can now order meals via DoorDash in Alaska, Montana and South Dakota.

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2019-01-16 09:31:41



7 tips for building the perfect home gym - CNET  

Working out at home is a great way to get fit. Make sure you have all the tools you need with these tips.

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2019-01-16 09:29:20



Apple Pay chief Jennifer Bailey to deliver keynote at Transact payments forum  

Apple vice president of internet services Jennifer Bailey will be delivering the keynote address at payments technology forum Transact in April, and is expected to speak about how Apple Pay helps merchants make customer payments as secure and convenient as possible.

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2019-01-16 09:23:55



Most users don't know Facebook keeps a list of their interests, traits - CNET  

And about half say they're uncomfortable with it, says a study by the Pew Research Center.

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2019-01-16 09:15:10



We Company CEO in hot water over being both a tenant and a landlord  

The company formerly known as WeWork has come under scrutiny for potential conflict of interest issues regarding CEO Adam Neumann’s partial ownership of three properties where WeWork is (or will be) a tenant. TechCrunch has seen excerpts of the company’s prospectus for investors that details upwards of $100 million in total future rents WeWork will […]

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2019-01-16 09:09:41



My favorite AirPod-alternative wireless earbuds are now just $33 - CNET  

After several months of using these (and trying lots of others), I continue to enthusiastically recommend them. Plus: Don't mind wires? These sport earbuds are only $17.

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2019-01-16 09:07:18



Fortnite had a security vulnerability that let hackers take over accounts - CNET  

An unsecured page for Unreal Tournament from 2004 came back to haunt Epic Games.

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2019-01-16 08:45:49



iPhone X beats out Galaxy S10+ CPU in alleged benchmark testing  

Supposed Geekbench data for Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S10+ would put the phone's performance behind its direct competitor, the iPhone XS Max, and even 2017's iPhone X.

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2019-01-16 07:37:39



Apple in talks to put Apple Watch into the hands of Medicare users  

Apple has reportedly spoken with "at least three" private Medicare plan providers, exploring the possibility of subsidizing the Apple Watch for seniors 65 or older.

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2019-01-16 07:37:39



....Romeo, the 'world's loneliest frog,' finally gets a crack at love - CNET  

In ribbitting news, scientists think they may have found a mate for a rare water frog.

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2019-01-16 07:21:05



Motorola Razr may stage a folding-screen comeback with a $1,500 price tag - CNET  

It would reportedly be launched in an exclusive partnership with Verizon.

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2019-01-16 07:10:07



China and NASA Shared Data About Historic Moon Landing  

hackingbear writes: "China exchanged data with NASA on its recent mission to land a Chinese spacecraft on the far side of the moon, the Chinese space agency said Monday, in what was reportedly the first such collaboration since a Cold-War-era-like American law banned joint space projects with China that do not have prior congressional approval," reports New York Post. "The Chinese space agency's deputy director, Wu Yanhua, said NASA shared information about its lunar orbiter satellite in hopes o

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2019-01-16 07:00:00



Motorola Razr revival with foldable display could cost more than an iPhone XS Max  

The Motorola Razr could be making a comeback as part of a deal between Lenovo and Verizon in the near future, but the iconic flip phone's return could introduce a foldable display as part of its redesign, as well as a hefty price tag of $1,500 that outweighs even the iPhone XS Max.

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2019-01-16 06:05:11



Perfect skin, sinus relief and a Roomba-like toothbrush: 5 wellness devices you'll want in 2019 - CNET  

The new frontier? Your face.

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2019-01-16 05:40:15



2019 Lincoln Nautilus recalled for lax hands-off warnings - Roadshow  

It's a smart idea to keep your hands on the wheel, ADAS or no.

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2019-01-16 05:33:40



Insect Collapse: 'We Are Destroying Our Life Support Systems'  

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Scientist Brad Lister returned to Puerto Rican rainforest after 35 years to find 98% of ground insects had vanished. His return to the Luquillo rainforest in Puerto Rico after 35 years was to reveal an appalling discovery. The insect population that once provided plentiful food for birds throughout the mountainous national park had collapsed. On the ground, 98% had gone. Up in the leafy canopy, 80% had vanished. The most likely culprit by fa

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2019-01-16 05:30:00



This guy founded Atari and Chuck E. Cheese. Now he's making Alexa games - CNET  

He also used to be Steve Jobs' boss. These days, he sees huge potential in interactive, voice-activated gaming.

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2019-01-16 05:14:55



Researcher shows how popular app ES File Explorer exposes Android device data  

Why is one of the most popular Android apps running a hidden web server in the background? ES File Explorer claims it has over 500 million downloads under its belt since 2014, making it one of the most used apps to date. It’s simplicity makes it what it is: a simple file explorer that lets […]

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2019-01-16 05:08:42



The best TV deals for watching the big game - CNET  

New additions! You don't need to spend a lot to watch the playoffs on a huge screen. These deals are available now, and there are more to come!

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2019-01-16 05:01:50



Nvidia's T4 GPUs are now available in beta on Google Cloud  

Google Cloud today announced that Nvidia’s Turing-based Tesla T4 data center GPUs are now available in beta in its data centers in Brazil, India, Netherlands, Singapore, Tokyo and the United States. Google first announced a private test of these cards in November, but that was a very limited alpha test. All developers can now take these new […]

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2019-01-16 04:43:52



YouTube updates guidelines to address dangerous pranks, challenges - CNET  

YouTube says challenges that put users at risk of serious injury have no place on the site.

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2019-01-16 04:42:42



Qualcomm points to innovation costs as shield to FTC's antitrust claims  

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has rested its case against Qualcomm, with the chip maker saying that innovation is expensive, and its licensing practices are justified based on that alone.

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2019-01-16 04:21:54



Jason Katims departs Universal for Apple in multi-year content deal  

Jason Katims, the showrunner behind some of Universal Television's hit shows, will be departing the TV studio this summer in favor of a shift to Apple, where he will help produce new video projects as part of a multi-year deal.

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2019-01-16 04:20:45



Lexus LC Convertible Concept is all but ready for production - Roadshow  

It's almost like the LC was designed from the outset to be a convertible.

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2019-01-16 04:12:03



Niantic finalizes its Series C at $245M with a valuation of nearly $4B  

We’ve known since around December that Niantic (the company behind Pokemon GO and the soon to be released Harry Potter Wizards Unite) was in the middle of raising a ton of money for its Series C round. At the time, it looked like it’d come in around $200M dollars. The company has just officially announced […]

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2019-01-16 04:06:40



China accounted for nearly half of app downloads in 2018, 40% of consumer spend  

Global app downloads topped 194 billion in 2018, up 35 percent from 2016, according to App Annie’s annual “State of Mobile 2019” report released today. Consumer spending across app stores was up 75 percent to reach $101 billion. The report, which analyzes trends across iOS, Android and the third-party Android stores in China combined, follows […]

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2019-01-16 03:58:14



AirPower reference appears in Apple's iPhone XS battery case listing - CNET  

A mention of Apple's long-awaited wireless charging pad surfaced in the company's online store early Wednesday.

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2019-01-16 03:50:35



Roadshow's favorite 2019 Detroit Auto Show debuts - Roadshow  

Our editors discuss the cars that impressed them most at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

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2019-01-16 03:48:29



Facebook's '10 Year Challenge' Meme Could Train Facial Recognition Algorithms On Age Progression, Age Recognition  

If you've spent any time on social media lately, you've probably noticed a trend where users are posting their then-and-now profile pictures, mostly from 10 years ago and this year. While this "10 Year Challenge" appears harmless, founder of KO Insights and the author of Tech Humanist, Kate O'Neill, says all this data "could be mined to train facial recognition algorithms on age progression and age recognition." She adds: "It's worth considering the depth and breadth of the personal data we shar

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2019-01-16 03:40:00



Doctolib details how telemedicine appointments work  

French startup Doctolib announced back in September that it would open up telemedicine appointments on its platform in 2019. The company is taking advantage of recent legal changes that finally make telemedicine legal in France. Doctolib is a marketplace matching patients with health practitioners — 70,000 practitioners and 1,400 medical institutions use it in France […]

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2019-01-16 03:33:10



Tim Cook highlights story of Apple Watch owner whose device detected A-Fib  

Apple CEO Tim Cook shared a tweet on Tuesday highlighting yet another Apple Watch Series 4 success story, with the device reportedly detecting atrial fibrillation in its wearer -- and potentially saving a life -- thanks to new ECG functionality.

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2019-01-16 03:27:46



Captain Marvel: Snazzy new posters kick off 50-day countdown - CNET  

Grab your pager and get ready to head back to the 1990s for a solo film about a Marvel heroine who just might save the universe. Here's what we know.

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2019-01-16 03:23:08



Tinder is testing the ability to share Spotify music clips in chat  

Tinder has already developed a fairly robust chat platform within its dating app, with support for sharing things like Bitmoji and GIFs, and the ability to “like” messages by tapping a heart icon. Now, the company is testing a new integration – sharing music via Spotify. Tinder confirmed with TechCrunch it’s trying out a new […]

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2019-01-16 03:22:14



EVs and online marketplaces thrive despite slump in Chinese car sales  

China’s massive auto market hit the brakes last year as trade tensions and a softening economy dampened consumer confidence, but one segment soared on account of increasing internet penetration — used car sales. New passenger car sales fell to 23.7 million last year, representing a 4.1 year-over-year drop according to a new report by China’s Association of […]

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2019-01-16 03:16:47



YouTube will “ramp up” enforcement of its policies against dangerous challenges and pranks  

YouTube announced several policy updates today, including more stringent enforcement of its ban on videos of dangerous challenges and pranks. In a FAQ posted to its support site, YouTube wrote "we've updated our external guidelines to make it clear that challenges like the Tide Pod challenge or the Fire challenge, that can cause death and/or […]

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2019-01-16 03:13:35



Infor lands $1.5 billion investment ahead of IPO  

Infor, a NYC-based enterprise software company, announced a massive $1.5 billion investment today that could be the precursor to an IPO in the next 12-24 months. One analyst is estimating that the valuation could be at least $60 billion. The investment is being led by Koch Industries’ investment arm, Koch Equity Development, and Golden Gate […]

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2019-01-16 03:13:22



Facebook is still a dog's best friend - CNET  

Mark Zuckerberg's social network remains under fire for all sorts of reasons, but animal shelters and pet rescue organizations can't live without it.

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2019-01-16 03:04:38



Twitter lets Android users switch to chronological timeline - CNET  

Sparkly and new.

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2019-01-16 02:57:30



McLaren 600LT Spider drops the Longtail's top - Roadshow  

The drop-top variant is barely 100 pounds heavier than the coupe.

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2019-01-16 02:57:26



Captain Marvel: The hero may be the savior Tony Stark needs - CNET  

Grab your pager and get ready to head back to the 1990s for a solo film about a Marvel heroine who just might save the universe. Here's what we know.

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2019-01-16 02:53:19



Hubble Space Telescope may hang in there through 2025 - CNET  

The assessment comes after NASA tried to bring its main camera back online.

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2019-01-16 02:50:44



Roku now deleting Infowars from its platform after customer outcry  

Roku is deleting the Infowars channel from its platform, a couple days after adding it as a supported channel. In a tweet, Roku said after the channel became available, "we heard from concerned parties and have determined that the channel should be removed from our platform. Deletion from the channel store and platform has begun and […]

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2019-01-16 02:30:43



HyperScience, the machine learning startup tackling data entry, raises $30 million Series B  

HyperScience, the machine learning company that turns human readable data into machine readable data, has today announced the close of a $30 million Series B funding round led by Stripes Group, with participation from existing investors FirstMark Capital and Felicis Ventures, as well as new investors Battery Ventures, Global Founders Fund, TD Ameritrade and QBE. […]

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2019-01-16 02:22:22



Fitness equipment that's clever enough for your smart home - CNET  

Take a look at some of the smart exercise tech that's here to help you get a great home workout.

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2019-01-16 02:14:40



Mini 60 Years Edition celebrates six decades of twee cars - Roadshow  

The cars might be a little (or a lot) bigger now, but they're still pretty fun.

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2019-01-16 02:06:13



Pwn2Own Contest Will Pay $900,000 For Hacks That Exploit Tesla's Model 3  

The Model 3 will be entered into Pwn2Own this year, the first time a car has been included in the annual high-profile hacking contest. The prize for the winning security researchers: a Model 3. TechCrunch reports: Pwn2Own, which is in its 12th year and run by Trend Micro's Zero Day Initiative, is known as one of the industry's toughest hacking contests. ZDI has awarded more than $4 million over the lifetime of the program. Pwn2Own's spring vulnerability research competition, Pwn2Own Vancouver, w

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2019-01-16 02:05:00



Daily Crunch: Snap CFO departs  

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here: 1. Snap CFO Tim Stone is resigning This marks Snap's second CFO departure in the last 12 months. In a memo to […]

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2019-01-16 01:58:49



BeMyEye acquires Streetbee, a Russian crowdsourcing and image recognition provider  

London-headquartered BeMyEye has made another acquisition, its third in a little over three years. This time the retail execution monitoring service is purchasing Russian crowdsourcing and image recognition provider Streetbee. The acquisition will see BeMyEye launch “Perfect Shelf,” which will use image recognition technology to lower the cost for consumer goods companies wanting to get […]

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2019-01-16 01:47:23



Hackers Broke Into An SEC Database and Made Millions From Inside Information, Says DOJ  

Federal prosecutors unveiled charges in an international stock-trading scheme that involved hacking into the Securities and Exchange Commission's EDGAR corporate filing system. "The scheme allegedly netted $4.1 million for fraudsters from the U.S., Russia and Ukraine," reports CNBC. "Using 157 corporate earnings announcements, the group was able to execute trades on material nonpublic information. Most of those filings were 'test filings,' which corporations upload to the SEC's website." From th

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2019-01-16 01:45:00



Verizon bundles Apple Music into its more expensive unlimited plans - CNET  

Beyond Unlimited and Above Unlimited customers will get Apple Music as a bundled perk.

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2019-01-16 01:44:33



Former Apple exec Scott Forstall discusses creativity in tech, more in interview  

In a rare interview published last week, Apple's former head of iOS development Scott Forstall discusses a wide range of topics that offer a peek behind the scenes at the company during the genesis of iPod, iPhone, iPad and other landmark devices.

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2019-01-16 01:37:40



Anchor says it's 'powering' 40 percent of new podcasts  

Podcasting's greatest asset has always been its accessibility — for consumer and creator alike. But even the simplest medium requires a little know-how, and Anchor's overarching goal has long been to further lower the barrier of entry for those looking to take the leap. It's not perfect, and it's not for everyone, but the service […]

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2019-01-16 01:34:42



Apple Maps Gooses DuckDuckGo In Search Privacy Partnership  

Search engine DuckDuckGo now displays location information from Apple Maps in its search results. "DuckDuckGo now uses Apple Maps both for small maps in location-related search results and for larger, interactive search results that appear in a separate maps tab," reports CNET. "That replaces a combination including MapBox, OpenStreetMap and homegrown technology." From the report: The top reason DuckDuckGo argues you should try it is that it doesn't keep any personal information on you and what

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2019-01-16 01:25:00



Grab moves to offer digital insurance services in Southeast Asia  

Grab is Southeast Asia’s top ride-hailing firm, thanks in no small part to its acquisition of Uber’s local business last year, but the company also houses an ambitious fintech arm, too. That just added another vertical to its business after Grab announced it is teaming up with China’s ZhongAn to introduce insurance. Grab and ZhongAn International, […]

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2019-01-16 01:19:06



New price drops: $100 off 2018 MacBook Airs; current 13" MacBook Pros for $1,129; $100 off 2018 iPad Pros  

New markdowns are in effect on Apple's latest hardware, with 256GB 2018 MacBook Airs discounted to $1,299 ($100 off). The 11-inch iPad Pro is also on sale, with prices starting at $729 after $70 to $100 in savings. Those looking for a current 13-inch MacBook Pro can pick up the non-Touch Bar model for just $1,129 while supplies last, a discount of $170 off MSRP.

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2019-01-16 01:15:07



Get a TechCrunch Sessions: Robotics + AI demo table while you can  

Innovation's leading-edge lives at the intersection of robotics and AI. What could possibly be more exciting than attending TechCrunch Sessions: Robotics + AI on April 18 — where you'll spend a full day immersed in these world-changing technologies? Well, you could showcase your early-stage startup to nearly 1,000 of the best minds in robotics and […]

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2019-01-16 01:14:58



BlueRun Ventures closes on $130M, ups Cheryl Cheng to GP  

PayPal, Kabbage and Waze investor BlueRun Ventures invests in early-stage mobile software and fintech startups.

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2019-01-16 01:11:43



Sprint customers can now use Apple Business Chat to reach an agent  

Sprint today announced it will support Apple’s Business Chat – the new platform that allows businesses and customers to interact over iMessage. According to the carrier, customers can now message a Sprint customer service agent, get info about plans and other services, as well as look up store information in Maps, Safari and with Siri […]

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2019-01-16 01:07:24



'Mona Lisa Effect' Is Real But Doesn't Apply To Leonardo's Painting  

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: There have long been anecdotal reports that the eyes of the Mona Lisa -- Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci's most famous painting -- sometimes seem to follow viewers as they move around the artwork. The phenomenon is even called the "Mona Lisa effect" because of it. But a new study published in the journal i-Perception found that she's really "looking" to the right-hand side of her audience. "There is no doubt about the existence of the M

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2019-01-16 00:45:00



A Supercomputer In a 19th Century Church Is 'World's Most Beautiful Data Center'  

"Motherboard spoke to the Barcelona Supercomputing Center about how it outfitted a deconsecrated 19th century chapel to host the MareNostrum 4 -- the 25th most powerful supercomputer in the world," writes Slashdot reader dmoberhaus. From the report: Heralded as the "most beautiful data center in the world," the MareNostrum supercomputer came online in 2005, but was originally hosted in a different building at the university. Meaning "our sea" in Latin, the original MareNostrum was capable of per

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2019-01-16 00:03:00



Project Alias Hacks Amazon Echo and Google Home To Protect Your Privacy  

fahrbot-bot writes: The gadget, called Alias, is an always-listening speaker, designed to fit on top of an Amazon Echo or Google Home, where it looks like a mass of melted candle wax. It's composed of a 3D-printed top layer, a mic array, a Raspberry Pi, and two speakers. It only connects to the internet during the initial setup process. Alias stays "off the grid" while you're using it, preventing your conversations from leaving the device. When the Alias hears its own (customizable) wake word, i

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2019-01-15 23:20:00



US Now Says All Online Gambling Illegal, Not Just Sports Bets  

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: The U.S. Justice Department's decision that all internet gambling is illegal will cast a pall on the industry as businesses and state lotteries evaluate the implications of the change and the government's plans to enforce it. The U.S. now says federal law bars all internet gambling, reversing its position from 2011 that only sports betting is prohibited under a law passed 50 years earlier. Although the federal law specifically prohibits transmi

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2019-01-15 22:40:00



Firefox 69 Will Disable Adobe Flash Plugin by Default  

Mozilla will take the next major step in disabling support for the Adobe Flash plugin later this year when it releases Firefox 69. From a report: Firefox 69 will be Mozilla's third last step to completely dropping support for the historically buggy plugin, which will reach end of life on December 31, 2020. Flash is the last remaining NPAPI plugin that Firefox supports. Mozilla flagged the change, spotted by Ghacks, in a new bug report that notes "we'll disable Flash by default in Nightly 69 and

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2019-01-15 22:01:00



Riding the RV revolution, Outdoorsy fuels up with $50 million in fresh funding  

Outdoorsy is building for the road ahead. The three-year-old company, which connects customers with underused RVs and other trucks big enough to camp in overnight, just raised $50 million in Series C funding led by Greenspring Associates, with participation from earlier backers Aviva Ventures, Altos Ventures, AutoTech Ventures and Tandem Capital. That puts its total funding, […]

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2019-01-15 21:45:45



Apple Replaced 11 Million iPhone Batteries in Its $29 Program  

Apple's $29 battery replacement program may have seriously dinged sales of its 2018 iPhone models. From a report: The company replaced 11 million iPhone batteries under the program, John Gruber of tech-focused blog DaringFireball reported Monday, citing Apple CEO Tim Cook at an all-hands meeting. Typically, the company replaces 1 million to 2 million batteries each year, DaringFireball noted. Cook cited the program's negative impact on Apple's revenue in a Jan. 2 sales warning to investors but d

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2019-01-15 21:21:00



Getaround early investor sues car-sharing startup for $1.79 million  

Getaround is getting around the courthouse. One of the car-sharing startup’s early investors, Geoffrey Shmigelsky, is suing the company, alleging fraud and unfair conduct. “Our client supported Getaround and Mr. Zaid from the very start, only to be swindled out of $1.785 million that went straight into the pockets of Mr. Zaid's family and friends, […]

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2019-01-15 21:16:24



GBatteries let you charge your car as quickly as visiting the pump  

A YC startup called GBatteries has come out of stealth with a bold claim: they can recharge an electric car as quickly as it takes to fill up a tank of gas. Created by aerospace engineer Kostya Khomutov, electrical engineers Alex Tkachenko and Nick Sherstyuk, and CCO Tim Sherstyuk, the company is funded by the […]

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2019-01-15 21:06:35



Avengers: Endgame countdown hits 100 days, so here are some wild theories - CNET  

After Infinity War was released, we made some guesses about what might happen next.

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2019-01-15 20:56:41



CERN's New Collider Design Is Four Times Larger Than the LHC  

If built, the Future Circular Collider will be 10 times more powerful than the Large Hadron Collider, and could discover new types of particles. From a report: The 2012 discovery of the Higgs boson particle at CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is widely considered to be one of the most important scientific breakthroughs in history. It validated a half-century of research about the basic building blocks of matter, and remains the crowning achievement of modern particle physics. Now, CERN wants t

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2019-01-15 20:41:00



Microsoft is Preparing For Foldable Windows Devices, Report Says  

Microsoft is working on adapting Windows to work on foldable devices, The Verge reported Tuesday, citing sources familiar with the matter. The report further added that the company is making foldable devices and dual-screen hardware a big investment area for both Windows and Surface. From the report: This investment includes adapting Windows itself and its many built-in apps to work across foldable displays and devices with dual screens. While Microsoft has been experimenting with its own hardwa

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2019-01-15 20:01:00



Another render of a potential 2019 iPhone design with triple-lens camera emerges  

A new set of "iPhone XI" renders emerged on Tuesday, claimed to depict one of the rear camera designs Apple is considering.

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2019-01-15 19:30:47



Ajit Pai Gives Carriers Free Pass on Privacy Violations During FCC Shutdown  

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai refused to brief a Congressional committee Monday about mobile carriers' ability to share their subscribers' location data with third parties. From a report: House Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-N.J.) asked Pai for an "emergency briefing" to explain why the FCC "has yet to end wireless carriers' unauthorized disclosure of consumers' real-time location data," and for an update on "what actions the FCC has taken to address this

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2019-01-15 19:21:00



Only Nuclear Energy Can Save the Planet  

Joshua S. Goldstein, a professor emeritus of international relations at American University, and Staffan A. Qvist, an energy engineer and consultant, writing for The Wall Street Journal: Climate scientists tell us that the world must drastically cut its fossil fuel use in the next 30 years to stave off a potentially catastrophic tipping point for the planet. Confronting this challenge is a moral issue, but it's also a math problem -- and a big part of the solution has to be nuclear power. Today,

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2019-01-15 18:41:00



Transparency-seeking OPEN Government Data Act signed into law  

The federal government produces one hell of a lot of data, but despite desultory lurches towards usability there's little guarantee that it's available in a way that makes it useful to anyone. That may change for the better with the OPEN Government Data Act, which the President signed into law last night.

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2019-01-15 18:38:40



WordPress To Show Warnings on Servers Running Outdated PHP Versions  

The WordPress open-source content management system (CMS) will show warnings in its backend admin panel if the site runs on top of an outdated PHP version. From a report: The current plan is to have the warnings appear for sites using a PHP version prior to the 5.6.x branch (5.6 or lower). The warnings will contain a link to a WordPress support page with information on how site owners can update their server's underlying PHP version. In instances where site owners are running their WordPress por

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2019-01-15 18:02:00



2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan starts at $32,500 - Roadshow  

Adding all-wheel drive will cost an extra $2,000.

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2019-01-15 18:01:27



Verizon waiving some fees for fed workers hurt by shutdown - CNET  

Furloughed and unpaid workers won't have to pony up fees for late payments or agent assistance.

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2019-01-15 17:55:10



Someone built a computer inside a mouse, and it's super cute - CNET  

It may not be highly functional, but it is highly adorable.

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2019-01-15 17:34:19






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