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Is Bitcoin the biggest bubble since the Dutch Tulip Mania?

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Episode 813: The Produce Show

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Enlarge this image Alex Goldmark/NPR The New York Produce Show and Conference looks like a grocery store the size of the Javits Center, one of the biggest convention centers in the country. But it's a grocery store that's nothing but produce aisle. Fruits are carefully displayed, often accompanied by slick vid... Read More
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Nutley Shoots Down School Spending Plan

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Published on Dec 15, 2017It looks like students in Nutley, New Jersey will have to keep attending classes in trailers now that residents voted against a school spending plan. CBS2's Cindy Hsu reports. Category License Standard YouTube License D... Read More
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Celebrate The Last Jedi with some Star Wars gaming deals and new content

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi is now out in theaters. Many of you will be coming home with a hunger for more Star Wars. Luckily, you’ll be able to find a lot of new content for current games and some deals on the classics. The Last Jedi characters have invaded Star Wars’ mobile efforts. You can now unlock Finn, Rose, Hux, Terex, and more in games like the strategy-based Commander, the card-based hero brawler Force Arena, and the role-playing game Galaxy of Heroes. Apple is also holding some specials on its Star Wars. The classic RPG Knights of the Old Republic is on sale for 5... Read More
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Whoops, iTunes won’t be available in the Microsoft Store this year, after all

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Earlier this year at Microsoft’s Build conference, the company revealed it was working with Apple to get iTunes included in the Windows Store. The promise was that it would be available by the end of 2017, but now it looks like that won’t be happening. In a statement emailed to ZDnet, an Apple spokesperson said, “We have been working with Microsoft to deliver the full iTunes experience to our customers and we need a little more time to get it right." So at least there’s so... Read More
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Apple delays iTunes for Microsoft Store, doesn’t give new timeframe

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Unfortunately, Windows 10 S users and Windows 10 users who rely solely upon the Microsoft Store will have to wait a little longer for iTunes to arrive. Apple today confirmed to ZDNet that iTunes will miss its scheduled end-of-year release. Apple’s late CEO Steve Jobs once likened releasing iTunes on Windows as “like giving a glass of ice water to somebody in hell,” but that didn’t stop the company from releasing its best-known app on PCs — a pragmatic move to sell iPods to millions of PC users. Since then, the relationship between Apple and Mic... Read More
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Apple orders TV series from Battlestar Galactica creator

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Apple has ordered a space drama from Battlestar Galactica creator Ronald D. Moore, Deadline reports. Moore will write the currently untitled series, while Matt Wolpert and Ben Nedivi (Fargo) will serve as executive producers. Moore’s show is predicated on the idea that the space race of the Cold War never ended, according to Deadline. It’s the third original scripted show to get a series order from Apple. Last month, Apple ordered t... Read More
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Apple hints at new Mac Pro and Pro Display as iMac Pro launches

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Performance-demanding professionals are no longer Apple’s largest customer base, but with yesterday’s launch of the new iMac Pro, power users can now choose between all-in-one and modular Mac models. If the sealed-chassis $4,999 to $13,199 iMac Pro range isn’t expansive or expensive enough for your tastes, good news: Apple has reiterated that it’s working on a “completely redesigned” Mac Pro that’s “modular” and “upgradeable,” plus an accompanying “new high-end pro display.” Once the flagship of the company’s computer lineup... Read More
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Vergecast: FCC kills net neutrality, the iMac Pro arrives, and T-Mobile buys Layer3 TV

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The Vergecast three-piece is back together, with Nilay leading the flagship podcast. The biggest news this week is something we’ve seen coming for a while: on Thursday, the FCC voted to repeal net neutrality rules. Nilay, Dieter, and Paul sit down to discuss the action and their viewpoints on what this means going forward for the internet. Also, the iMac Pro is now available to order and Dieter got to write about it. There’s quite a bit of talk about whether this computer is worth the price for its power. There’s a lot more in between that — li... Read More
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The dark, unsettling adventure Inside is now on the iPhone

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One of last year’s best games was a short but haunting adventure called Inside. Developed by the team behind the similarly macabre hit Limbo, the game put players in the role of a young boy in a mysterious, gray world, uncovering all kinds of horrors along the way. It starts out as a simple platformer, but the game slowly reveals itself to be something more complex, and much darker, than it initially seems — and now you can play it on your phone. Developer Playdead released Inside on ... Read More
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India’s import tax hike on electronics could hurt Apple most

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(Reuters) — India has increased the import tax on dozens of electronic products such as mobile phones and television sets, a government statement said, to help curb supplies from overseas and build up the domestic industry. The rise in tax from 10 percent to 15 percent on handsets will make imports of phones – including most of Apple’s iPhone models – more expensive at a time the company’s revenue growth is slowing in India’s $10 billion smartphone market. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched a flagship Make-in-India program to expand the domestic industrial base, and one of the areas showing success is electronics. Pankaj Mohindroo, president of the Indian Cellular Association, said on Frid... Read More
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The first phone with an in-screen fingerprint sensor will come from Vivo

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Earlier this week, Synaptics announced that it's cracked the problem of embedding fingerprint sensors into displays and is mass-producing the tech for a “top-five” smartphone vendor. Now we know the identity of that vendor: it's Vivo. In a post for Forbes, analyst Patrick Moorhead detailed his experience with a pre-production Vivo phone equipped with the technology. Moorhead des... Read More
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AI might just live up to all the hype one day

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If AI isn’t the most hyped technology of the 21st century, it’s certainly right up there with earlier manias for mobile, virtual reality, the internet of things, and big data. Companies large and small feel pressure to claim they use AI in some key way to drive their business. But does AI deserve this level of hype? On one end of the spectrum are the doomsayers (including heavyweights like Stephen Hawking and ... Read More
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Google and Amazon are in ‘productive’ talks to keep YouTube on Fire TV

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Fire TV owners might not be losing YouTube after all. This afternoon, a Google spokesperson told The Verge that the companies are engaged in “productive discussions” in hopes of reaching “an agreement for the benefit of our mutual customers.” Such an agreement would almost certainly result in the massively popular video app staying put on Amazon’s streaming devices. The new statement comes on the same day that Amazon announced it would resume sales of the Google Chromecast and Apple TV after dropping them from its store more than two years ago. Other Googl... Read More
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Spotify’s valuation jumps 20% to $19 billion in private trading

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(Reuters) — The value of music streaming service Spotify, which is planning a stock market listing, has grown around 20 percent to at least $19 billion in the past few months, outperforming U.S. and European tech indexes, sources familiar with the matter said. The most recent private trades in the Swedish company have taken place at above $4,000 per share according to sources. One of the sources said the recent trades were at a record-high of $4,200, valuing the firm at $19 billion or more. That compares to around $16 billion earlier this autumn. Spotify is aiming to file its intention to float with U.S. regulators toward the end of this year, sources said. Also supporting perceptions of Spotify’s... Read More
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Apple opens its promised podcast analytics service in beta

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Apple hinted earlier this year at WWDC that it was planning its own podcast analytics service so show creators could see how their podcasts are performing. The company has finally launched a beta version of that free service today, reports Recode, which gives more information on who is listening on Apple’s Podcast app and t... Read More
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Tech companies react to the FCC killing net neutrality

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The Federal Communications Commission, led by Chairman Ajit Pai, has voted to dismantle net neutrality, removing the Title II classification and allowing internet providers free rein to block, throttle, or prioritize content online as they see fit. Although major tech companies like Apple, Google, Facebook, and Microsoft have been keeping relatively low profiles when it comes to the fight for net neutrality so far, other companies have decided to speak out. ... Read More
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Apple considers a whispering Siri function

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You might one day be able to whisper to Siri and have the assistant whisper back. Apple is considering that possibility, as described in a patent application first spotted by Gizmodo. That’s great news for anyone who likes to pretend they’re on the phone but are really just talking to Siri. Oh wait, that’s probably just me. Apple filed for the patent in 2016, but ... Read More
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Apple is finally selling its own Thunderbolt 3 USB-C cables

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It’s taken a while, but Apple is finally selling its own Thunderbolt 3 USB-C cables in the Apple Store. The company introduced MacBook Pro models that exclusively used USB-C over a year ago, with support for the faster Thunderbolt 3 data transfer standard. But when Apple released all of its USB-C dongles and accessories with the MacBooks, one thing was conspicuously missing: an actual Apple Thunderbolt 3 cable. Apple makes USB-C to USB-C cables already, but those only transfer data at USB 2.0 speed... Read More
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Samsung’s first smart speaker will reportedly arrive in early 2018

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Months ago, DJ Koh, president of Samsung’s mobile division, confirmed that his company was working on a smart speaker. Today, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reports that the speaker is targeted for release within the first half of 2018 and is expected to cost around $200. Bloomberg... Read More
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Amazon is selling the Apple TV and Google Chromecast again

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Amazon.com will soon begin selling the Apple TV set-top box and Google Chromecast, two streaming devices that have for years been unavailable from the leading online retailer for over two years. Listings for both products have returned to the site, but Amazon isn’t accepting orders just yet. The company has directly confirmed to The Verge that it intends to do so in the near future. “I can confirm that we are assorting Apple TV and Chromecast,” a spokesperson said by email. The news was ... Read More
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Another startup is attempting to make all-in-one credit cards a thing

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Smart credit cards that let you toggle between multiple digitally saved credit cards haven't had a great run. Plastc, which raised more than $9 million in preorders, failed to ever ship a product and filed for bankruptcy. Coin, on the other hand, managed to ship a card, but ended its product services after Fitbit acquired the company. Still, the dream isn't dead, yet. A company called Edge announced today that it's acquiring Plastc for an undisclose... Read More
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Snap releases Lens Studio, a tool for creating your own AR effects

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Snap’s second official app is a tool that lets you design and build augmented reality lenses for Snapchat. The company today announced Lens Studio, a design app for Mac and Windows desktop computers. The app, which resembles the internal tools Snap uses to build lenses in Snapchat, can be downloaded here. (The link was not immediately live this morning.) A flood of new AR objects inside Snapchat could be a creative boon for the app, where 70 million users a day interact with lenses. “This has been an amazing year for AR as a technology,” says Eitan Pilipski, who leads Snap’s camera platform team. “We’re really excited to take this... Read More
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This soothing, intricate puzzle game will make you feel like a genius

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The first time Gorogoa truly clicks is revelatory. The puzzle game is simple at a glance: you’re presented with a grid of four squares, and you can move cards around on those squares. Each card depicts a scene or an object, with hand-drawn art of everything from sunlit parks to elaborate stained glass windows. In some instances, you can manipulate these cards by zooming in or panning the image around. But the real magic happens when the cards interact with each other. The big moment for me came when I shifted three cards around, placed in just the right spots and set on just the right image, to create an interconnected scene. When it locked in, a bird on one card flew past a tree branch on anothe... Read More
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Redbox launches a new on-demand streaming service

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Redbox has launched a new on-demand streaming service, which will allow users to buy and rent digital movies and TV shows. Redbox is best known for physical DVD and Blu-ray rentals found at its bright red kiosks. On Demand is now in public beta and will offer many of the same new-release movies and shows that are available at kiosks, the company says. The new service isn’t like Netflix or HBO: there are no subscription fees, and customers just pay for each movie or show they rent or buy. It’s basically a competitor to iTunes and Google Play. "We know consumers have a lot of choices when... Read More
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The Researcher Who Wants to Bring AI to Factories

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Gargantuan Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn employs more than 1 million people and tens of thousands of robots making iPhones and other electronics. It has a reputation for cost cutting, including at the expense of its workers. Now, it’s teaming up with an artificial-intelligence researcher who helped trigger Google’s reorientation around machine learning in order to make its own factories more efficient. Andrew Ng was a Stanford professor when he joined Google in 2011 to work on a project that created ... Read More
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Fox, News Corp. would merge ideally, but years away: Rupert Murdoch

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Disney buying large part of 21st Century Fox in $52.4B deal

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Disney is buying a large part of the Murdoch family’s 21st Century Fox for about $52.4 billion in stock, including film and television studios and cable and international TV businesses, as it tries to meet competition from technology companies in the entertainment business. The deal gives Disney film businesses including Twentieth Century Fox, Fox Searchlight Pictures and Fox 2000, which together are the homes of Avatar, X-Men, Fantastic Four and Deadpool. On the television side, Disney will get Twentieth Century Fox Television, FX Productions and Fox21, with shows including “The Simpsons” and “Modern Family.” 21st Century Fox shareholders will receive 0.2745 Disney shares for each share they own. The transaction ... Read More
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Apple’s Final Cut Pro now supports VR and HDR video editing

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The new iMac Pro is available today, and right in time Apple has released a major update to one of its most important professional apps. Final Cut Pro 10.4 comes with support for 360 VR, HDR, and new color grading tools that may make it a more appealing option for videographers. 360-degree video can be edited in monoscopic and stereoscopic formats, depending on whether you’re intending it to be viewed on a flat screen or a VR headset. An update to companion app Motion allows you to insert graphics and text into the video, and you can view your project in real time through a connected VR headset. ... Read More
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Keiser Report: Three Bitcoin Pizza Masterpiece (E1162)

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Check Keiser Report website for more: http://www.maxkeiser.com/In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max and Stacy discuss the three bitcoin pizza masterpiece and poverty in America. In the second half, Max interviews Steve Marshall of Cuba Ventures about his new crypto solution for Cuban tourist trade - Revolupay!WATCH all Keiser Report shows here:http://w... Read More
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Why Net Neutrality Is Important?

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Thursday, the FCC will vote on the fate of net neutrality. If successful in rolling back the 2015 rules that banned internet service providers from prioritizing certain internet traffic over others, it will be the difference between a free and open online experience, and one where corporations dictate what you can see, and how fast you can see it. To understand the importance of net neutrality—and the public fight to preserve it—we’re gathering here a collection that illustrates what it is, why it matters, and how lost the internet would be without it. ... Read More
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Disney to acquire assets from 21st Century Fox for $52.4B

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Published on Dec 14, 2017Rosecliff CEO Mike Murphy, FBN's Maria Bartiromo and Dagen McDowell on Disney's acquisition of 21st Century Fox entertainment assets. Category License Standard YouTube License Detected Closed Captioning: DAGEN: YOU KNOW... Read More
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This Mouse Swallows Part Of A Fox: Disney Buys Much of Murdoch Empire

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Enlarge this image Rupert Murdoch is selling off TV and entertainment assets at 21st Century Fox as he faces deep-pocketed competitors and tensions between his sons. Adrian Sanchez-Gonzalez/AFP/Getty Images hide caption ... Read More
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The Best 2017 Holiday Tech Deals: Audio, Gaming, TVs, Cameras

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Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Green Monday … they’re over and done, but the holiday deals continue. If you’re still on the hunt for affordable gift ideas, or just want to treat yo’ self to some new gear, look no further. We’ve gathered our favorite deals from around the web. Also be sure to read our many Holiday Gift Guides. Gaming 1 Year of PlayStation Plus - $40 ($20 off) Buy on Amazon If you own a PS4, you need PS Plus to play online. ... Read More
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SoundCloud redesign shines spotlight on creator communities

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SoundCloud has introduced a refreshed home screen that allows users to see more music from the service’s most popular independent creators. The refreshed home screen features song collections sorted by genre and curated playlists popular in the platform’s community. The new home screen is a welcome update that should help differentiate the struggling service against rival offerings from Spotify, Appl... Read More
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In China, a Three-Digit Score Could Dictate Your Place in Society

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In 2015, when Lazarus Liu moved home to China after studying logistics in the United Kingdom for three years, he quickly noticed that something had changed: Everyone paid for everything with their phones. At McDonald’s, the convenience store, even at mom-and-pop restaurants, his friends in Shanghai used mobile payments. Cash, Liu could see, had been largely replaced by two smartphone apps: Alipay and WeChat Pay. One day, at a vegetable market, he watched a woman his mother’s age pull out her phone to pay for her groceries. He decided to sign up. To get an Alipay ID, Liu had to enter his cell phone number and scan his national ID card. He did so reflexivel... Read More
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Wawllet is a blockchain-powered multi-asset wallet and personal finance passport

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Blockchain technology is always grabbing the headlines, especially when it comes to cryptocurrencies. But bringing the crypto and fiat currency worlds together still remains a fairly technical exploit, out of reach for regular consumers. Today, Wawllet has announced its plans to develop what it claims will be the first multi-asset wallet. The idea is simple, yet potentially powerful — create a global network that connects banks, cryptocurrency exchanges, and other regulated financial institutions so that users have a one-stop shop for all their asset-management needs. Payments — in particular mobile payment systems — are already far-reaching and prevalent, with th... Read More
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Steve Jobs Never Let His Kids Use An iPad

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New York University professor Adam Alter, author of "Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked," explains why Steve Jobs never let his kids use an iPad. Following is a transcript of the video. Steve Jobs in 2010 was on the stage at the Apple event releasing the iPad and he described it as a wonderful device that brought you educational tools. It allowed you to surf the web, it allowed you to watch videos, it allowed you to interact with other people. And he basically said it’s the best way to do all those things.Two years later when he was asked “Your kids must love the iPad?” He said “Actually we don’t allow the iPad in the home. We think ... Read More
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Episode 812: High Rise, Low Returns

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Enlarge this image Jennifer Altman/Bloomberg Trump SoHo is a high rise in lower Manhattan, part hotel, part condos; it's 46 stories tall, all slick grey glass. Conflicts, from zoning battles to accusations of fraud, have followed the project since it was announced during a 2006 episode of The Apprentice. ... Read More
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In Ed Lee’s San Francisco, Utopia and Dystopia Are Neighbors

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From the tall windows of WIRED’s offices in San Francisco’s South-of-Market neighborhood I’ve watched almost a decade of radical change made physical in concrete and glass. The city’s forest of new skyscrapers is at least in part the legacy of Mayor Ed Lee, who died early Tuesday morning after almost seven years in office. San Francisco is rolling into the second quarter of the 21st century with the purposeful but cautious stutter-step speed of a first-generation self-driving car—the wealthiest, youngest, smartest people on earth live alongside some of the poorest; utopia and dystopia are barely a few blocks apart. That’s the city Ed Lee built. It’s a cliché to say upon a politician... Read More
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“Suspicious” event routes traffic for big-name sites through Russia

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EnlargeBGPMon Traffic sent to and from Google, Facebook, Apple, and Microsoft was briefly routed through a previously unknown Russian Internet provider Wednesday under circumstances researchers said was suspicious and intentional. The unexplained incident involving the Internet's Border Gateway Protocol is the latest to raise troubling questions about the trust... Read More
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Spotify and Deezer ask EU regulators to stop Apple from abusing its dominance

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A group of European tech companies have asked EU regulators to put a stop to what they see as anti-competitive practices from companies like Apple and Amazon. According to a report in the Financial Times, “Spotify co-founder Daniel Ek and Deezer chief executive Hans-Holger Albrecht called on Brussels to ensure ‘a level playing field’ by reining in platforms that are ‘regularly abusing their advantaged position’.” Spotify and Deezer are upset that Apple takes a 30 percent cut of the subscription fee when people sign up for its service through Apple’s App Store, even as Apple offers a competing ... Read More
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Tech Fix: The Biggest Tech Failures and Successes of 2017

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AdvertisementLet’s face it: Technology this year was one big “fail” after another. And the biggest loser from all of this was you.It’s easy to count the ways that tech did you wrong, especially when it came to information security. On the other hand, there was also plenty of good technology this year that worked well and offered benefits for your money. ... Read More
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Full Employment: Are We There Yet?

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Enlarge this image NPR Today's Planet Money indicator is 4.55 percent. The Federal Reserve said just this afternoon that the American economy is at full employment when the unemployment rate is 4.55 percent. The Fed updates this estimate every few months. And for years, it's been getting the number wrong. Today on the show, what is full employment, why... Read More
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Lineage 2: Revolution launches Fortress Siege and Open Siege modes

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Netmarble’s mobile massively multiplayer online role-playing game Lineage 2: Revolution launched in the West for the first time last month. It’s ranked No. 6 in the role-playing category on both the U.S. Google Play Store and the Apple App Store, according to market researcher App Annie. And the South Korean gamemaker is hoping to get more players on the battlefield with two new modes it’s adding on December 13. Lineage 2 is debuting weekly live events called Fortress Siege and Open Siege. Fortress... Read More
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San Francisco tech companies lose champion with death of mayor Ed Lee

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(Reuters) — San Francisco technology companies including Twitter, Salesforce.com, Uber and Airbnb lost an important ally on Tuesday with the sudden death of Mayor Ed Lee. Lee courted the industry with tax breaks and helped fend off a backlash against the tech sector and the soaring rents and rising inequality it has brought to the city. Lee, 65, a former tenants’ rights lawyer and San Francisco’s first Chinese American mayor, died with more than two years left in his term. The cause was a heart attack, local media said. The mayor’s office did not confirm the cause. As a champion of the tech industry, Lee arranged a major tax break for companies that moved into the impoverished Mid-Market neighborhood... Read More
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Facebook announces two new data centres in Oregon

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Facebook has announced that it will build two new data centre facilities at its existing campus in Prineville, Oregon. The company expects to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in the new buildings, adding to the already billion-dollar campus. Workers will break ground on the first of two new buildings before the end of 2017 and the facility is expected to begin serving traffic by 2020. The second facility will break ground next year and become operational in 2021. The original Prineville data centre, opened in 2011, was Facebook’s first privately constructed, custom-built data centre. Since then, the campus has expanded to four separate buildings comprising more than 1.25 million square feet of usable space. ... Read More
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Samsung’s latest patent shows a phone with wraparound display

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There’s a new Samsung patent published today that shows a potential dual-sided smartphone with a wraparound screen that stretches onto the rear of the device, as spotted by LetsGoDigital. There’s little written about the potential device in the patent, which was filed to the United States Patent and Trademark Office on September 2, 2016. Ten concept drawings refer ... Read More
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Apple invests $390 million in maker of depth-sensing chips for iPhone X

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Apple has announced a second major investment from its $1 billion Advanced Manufacturing Fund that it launched back in May. Finisar, a Sunnyvale, California-headquartered optical components company, will receive a $390 million grant from Apple to expand its R&D and production of vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs), which are basically depth- and proximity-sensing chips that are used in Apple products. Indeed, Apple uses... Read More
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Apple Security Flaws Give Some Researchers Concern About Deeper Issues

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All software has flaws, no matter how carefully you vet it. So the question isn't how to write perfect code, but how to respond to mistakes as you find them. And while Apple has earned a strong reputation for security, a string of significant vulnerabilities in macOS and iOS have strained Apple's safety net—and led some security researchers and developers to question whether the issues are systemic. Take the release of Apple's macOS High Sierra operating system at the end of September. Within ten days, the company had to fix two critical bugs. A third-party app could be used to steal credentials from the keychain, and the password hint for encrypted Apple File Systems volumes revealed passwords in... Read More
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State of the Art: How 2017 Became a Turning Point for Tech Giants

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For years, despite their growing power, tech platforms rarely garnered much scrutiny, and they were often loathe to accept how much their systems affected the real world. Indeed, the online ethos has been that platforms aren’t really responsible for how people use them. It might as well be the slogan of Silicon Valley: We just make the tech, how people use it is another story.In 2017, that changed. At first grudgingly and then with apparent enthusiasm, platform companies like Facebook began accepting some responsibility for how they are affecting the real world. They did not go as far as some critics would have liked — but in man... Read More
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Guns of Boom shoots its way to 20 million downloads on iOS and Android, adds esports

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Game Insight announced that Guns of Boom for iOS and Android has blasted its way to 20 million downloads in six months, and the company is unveiling a new mode for esports players. The Vilnius, Lithuania-based company has a big hit in the 4-versus-4 cartoony multiplayer shooter, which looks a lot like Valve’s Team Fortress 2 PC team shooter on mobile. The new esports Pro Play mode is a partnership with esports teams including NaVi, Virtus.pro, and SK Gaming. Guns of Boom is featured in the Apple App Store’s Best of 2017 as part of their Real-Time Competition games category, thanks in part to its mix of 3D touch (a iOS feature that detects ad... Read More
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You can now sync your Apple Watch with cardio gym equipment — at one US location

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Apple’s GymKit is here, so you can wirelessly sync fitness data between your watch and cardio machines at the gym — if you work out at Equinox or Life Time Athletic. Apple first announced GymKit back in June. GymKit-enabled machines are available now at Life Time Athletic at Sky in New York City. They will also be available at the 14 new clubs Life Time will open in 2018. Similarly, starting next year, new Equinox clubs will have GymKit-enabled machines too. I went to a demo Apple held in Tribeca featuring treadmills by LifeFitnes... Read More
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YouTube TV continues expansion, now available in 80 ‘metro areas’

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YouTube today announced that its YouTube TV subscription service is now available in 34 additional markets and covers 80 metro areas in total. The $35-per-month streaming TV service offers an unlimited cloud DVR and live programming from over 40 channels (including the “big four” networks of ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC). Those broadcast networks are usually the biggest hurdle that slows expansion for YouTube TV and its competitors Sling TV, DirecTV Now, PlayStation Vue, and Hulu’s live TV service. They require companies to reach agreements with various affiliates in different cities. Bringing cable channels on board is a simpler process, though YouTube TV has so far failed to reach an agreement to carry Vi... Read More
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China is right: The world doesn’t need Silicon Valley

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Ever since the Chinese Government banned Facebook in 2009, Mark Zuckerberg has been making annual trips there attempting to persuade its leaders to let his company back in. He learned Mandarin and jogged through the smog-filled streets of Beijing to show how much he loved the country. Facebook even created new tools to allow China to do something that goes against Facebook’s founding principles — censor content. But the Chinese haven’t obliged. They saw no advantages in letting a foreign company dominate their technology industry. China also ... Read More
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Facebook introduces new augmented reality effects for Messenger

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Facebook today announced a new suite of augmented reality tools for Messenger the company is calling “world effects,” which basically let users drop real-time 3D objects into photos or videos within the camera frame. The technology builds on Facebook’s existing AR features, like the ability to add filters and masks to your face in a selfie, and it’s designed to make Messenger more interactive by leveraging the increasingly sophisticated computer vision capabilities of smartphones. The first set of world effects include a floating heart, an arrow, and a 3D robot and unicorn, as well as word bubbles with predetermined messages like ... Read More
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Apple will release iMac Pro in ‘a matter of days’

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Back in June, Apple said its first iMac Pro would come out in December, but we haven’t heard a word about it since. Now, it sounds like that’s very close to changing: in an interview with T3 (highlighted by 9to5Mac), Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller said the product is just days from being released. “We’re getting close to when it’s out there,” Schiller said. “It’s very soon. A matter of day... Read More
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Why do you hold on to text threads?

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This week on Why’d You Push That Button, we’ve been hypnotized by the romance of New York in December and we’re acting accordingly! Twinkle lights, snow banks, and love letters. I recommend listening with a cup of hot chocolate or a bucket of that popcorn that has the little paper dividers between the three flavors. Get cozy; hold hands. The big question: how do you decide to delete or save text threads from friends, family, or significant others? If you have 3GB of texts from an ex, you’re never actually going to scroll back to the beginning, so why can it feel so hard to let go? If you have absolutely no old t... Read More
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Apple’s $400 million purchase of Shazam: Lessons from a wounded unicorn

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Apple’s acquisition of Shazam is without a doubt big news for Europe’s striving startup scene. What’s less clear is whether it’s good news or bad news. Founded in 2004, in the pre-iPhone era, Shazam’s is a remarkable tale of endurance. But just three years ago, the company was reportedly on track for a $1.2 billion IPO as its music-recognition app passed the 100 million download mark. Then, just a few months later, there was talk that the IPO had been pushed back to 2015. Instead, the compa... Read More
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Apple just bought Shazam for $400 million

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Detected Closed Captioning: Apple Just Bought Shazam For 400 Million dollars And It Has A Lot To Gain From The Acquisition Apple Confirmed Monday It Bought The Company Known For Its music Recognition Software Calling It A Natural Fit The Purchases Apple's Latest Move Toward Enhancing Its Music Services It Bought Music Company Beats In 2014 now Apple Can Incorporate Shazam's Music Recognition Technology More Thoroughly into The IPhone Including Its Integration With Siri Siri Can Already Tell You What Song Is Playing But You Have To Ask First Shazam Wasn't profitable On Its Own But It Used To Earn Commission's By Sending Users To Apple Music And Apple's Competitor Spotify Now Apple Could Find A Way To cut Spotify Out Of The Eq... Read More
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After Russia’s Ukraine incursion, NATO troops drill for war on a Cold-War scale

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Eight hundred American and NATO soldiers, attack helicopters and tank busters are deployed in a military exercise of extraordinary complexity in Poland, preparing for trench warfare against an army with a level of sophistication the U.S. military hasn't seen in decades. Special correspondent Ryan Chilcote reports on the most recent of the tit-for-tat exercises between NATO and Russia.Detected Closed Captioning: JUDY WOODRUFF: But First: Since Russia's Invasion Of Ukraine And Annexation Of Crimea, Both Russia And The U.S. Have Moved Their Forces, And Held Military Exercises On A Scale Not Seen Since The Cold War. American And NATO Troops Are Now Positioned In Eastern Europe And The Baltic S... Read More
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PBS NewsHour full episode December 11, 2017

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Monday on the NewsHour, a pipe bomb explodes in a busy New York subway area, injuring four, including a suspect. The director of the National Counterterrorism Center weighs in. Also: The Alabama Senate race comes down to the wire, NATO war games to counter Russia, the tax bill provision that eliminates medical expense deductions and an auto repair shop run by women.Detected Closed Captioning: JUDY WOODRUFF: Good Evening. I'm Judy Woodruff. On The "NewsHour" Tonight: A Pipe Bomb Explodes In A Busy New York Subway Area, Injuring Four People, Including A Suspect Now In Custody. Then: Wildfires Rage Out Of Control In Southern California, Scorching Hundreds Of Thousands Of Acres In What Is Now ... Read More
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Nope, this isn’t the HTTPS-validated Stripe website you think it is

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EnlargeIan Carroll For a decade, some security professionals have held out extended validation certificates as an innovation in website authentication because they require the person applying for the credential to undergo legal vetting. That's a step up from less stringent domain validation that requires applicants to merely demonstrate co... Read More
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The Shift: The ‘Alt-Right’ Created a Parallel Internet. It’s an Unholy Mess.

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“I’m an investor in Gab,” wrote the user, who goes by the username @AnewThomasPaine. “I believe in the idea, but I’m disappointed in the platform.” In another message, he wrote: “I barely use it as there are few active users, and few essential features even after a year.”Gab, which claims to have more than 300,000 registered users, was supposed to be an alt-tech success story. The service attracted reams of att... Read More
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Apple Reportedly Buys Shazam for $400M

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Detected Closed Captioning: [Music] Apple Is Reportedly Buying Shazam For Around 400 Million Shazam Is A Music Recognition App That Allows People To identify And Buy Music Through A Clip Of recorded Sound The Sale Was Confirmed By Apple In A Statement On December 11th Apple Said Shazam Is Used By Hundreds Of Millions Of People And It Is Thrilled Shazam Is Joining Its Team Apple Did Not However Confirm The Sale Price The Purchase Means Shazam Customers Will Automatically Be Transferred To Apple when Buying Music Through Shazam Prior To This Purchase Shazam Customers Bought Music From Spotify Google Play Music And Apple Shazam Was Valued At 1 Billion In 2015 Which Is Considerably More Than What Apple Reportedly Paid For The Co... Read More
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Apple Reveals Most Popular Apps, Movies, TV Shows of 2017

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Detected Closed Captioning: Apple Unveiled Its 2017 List Of The Most Popular Apps, Movies, TV Shows And Music Dec. 7. IPhone Users Still Love The Customizable Emoji App, Bitmoji. It Won First Place On Apple's List Of Most Popular Apps. Runners-up Include Snapchat And YouTube. The Most-watched Movie On ITunes In 2017 Is Disney's "Moana," Followed By "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" And "Wonder Woman." Holding The Top Spot For Most-watched TV Show On ITunes Is "Game Of Thrones." "The Walking Dead" Took Second Place With "The Big Bang Theory" In Third. Rapper Drake Led The Pack On Apple Music's Top Albums List With His Record, "More Life." Kendrick Lamar's "Damn" And "Reputation" By Taylor Swift Took Second And Third, Respectively... Read More
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Old St. Trick: Naughty Nomorobo traps telemarketers

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By GREGORY ZELLER // ’Twas the month before Christmas, and all through the land, robocalls haunted every woman and man – until Santa stepped in, and exacted a little robo-revenge. Welcome to A Very Nomorobo Christmas, a slightly offbeat holiday tale that spritzes pine-needle scent all over a somewhat brilliant marketing scheme that gives customers (and potential customers) an entertaining reason to come back and visit, while adding whole new dimensions to “jolly” St. Nick. That’s thanks to a clever alliance between Port Jefferson-based parent company Telephone Science Corp. – owner of hugely successful robocall bloc... Read More
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Net neutrality repeal based on false description of Internet, inventors say

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EnlargeGetty Images | Yagi Studio The Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality repeal "is based on a flawed and factually inaccurate understanding of Internet technology," a group of inventors and technologists told members of Congress and the FCC in a letter today. The letter's 21 signers include Internet Protocol co-inventor Vint Cerf; World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee; Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, public-key cryptography inventors Whitfield Diffie and... Read More
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Three Major Deals Point To A Maturing, And Global, Music Startup Landscape

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Enlarge this image Rich Riley is chief executive officer of Shazam Entertainment Ltd., which is said to be undergoing an acquisition by Apple. Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption... Read More
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Apple Shazam: Why is the US company buying the music app?

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Scan your eyes over Apple's just-published list of the year's most popular iPhone apps, and there's one notable omission: Shazam.In fact, it's been a while since the song-identifying software squeezed its way into the iOS App Store's top 10. So, why has Apple confirmed it is "combining" its business with that of the smaller London company? It has not revealed the price it is paying, but the sum is rumoured to be as much as $400m (£299m), ... Read More
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Apple confirms it has acquired Shazam

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Apple has acquired Shazam, the company announced today. The deal was first reported by TechCrunch last week and is worth $400 million, according to Recode. Shazam lets users identify songs, movies, TV shows, and commercials from short audio clips. “We are thrilled that Shazam and its talented team will be joining Apple,” an Apple spokesperson told The Verge. "Apple Music and Shazam are a natural fit, sharing a passion for music discovery and delivering great music... Read More
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Fuzzy Pet Health Secures $4.5M, Launches App and Expands Memberships

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On-demand, full-access in-home vet care focuses on extending preventive pet health SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–December 11, 2017– Fuzzy Pet Health, the subscription-based pet healthcare company, announced the close of $4.5M in seed round financing today, along with the launch of its mobile app and expanded in-home vet care options. Co-led by Eniac Ventures and Crosscut Ventures, with participation from Precursor Ventures, SV Angel, Accelerator and FJ... Read More
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Vint Cerf, Steve Wozniak, and other tech luminaries call net neutrality vote an ‘imminent threat’

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A group of early internet and computing pioneers have called on the Senate’s FCC oversight committee to censure next week’s net neutrality vote. In an open letter to the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet, 21 signatories said that FCC chairman Ajit Pai’s “rushed and technically incorrect” plan to repeal net neutrality “is an imminent threat to the internet we worked so hard to create.” They want the committee to ask Pai to cancel the vote, which is currently scheduled for Dece... Read More
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Vint Cerf, Tim Berners-Lee, and 19 other technologists pen letter asking FCC to save net neutrality

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Almost two-dozen high-profile technologists have penned an open letter requesting that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) cancel an upcoming vote to repeal existing net neutrality rules. December 14 could prove to be a key day for internet freedom in the U.S., after FCC Chairman Ajit Pai scheduled a vote that he hopes will remove regulations that currently prevent telecommunication companies from creating a tiered internet through treating various kinds of online content differently. Many claim that the order, dubbed somewhat dubiously as the “Restoring Internet Freedom Order,” would ... Read More
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Boy Band of the Future

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Brockhampton is not yet a household name, but it’s on its way. The LA-based group — dubbed "the internet's first boy band" — has over a million monthly listeners on Spotify, a young fan base that preordered all 5,000 copies of their $50 boxed set (of physical CDs!) in a matter of hours, ... Read More
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When Your Fitbit Goes From Activity Tracker to Personal Medical Device

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Fitbit spent its first decade selling activity trackers. With its latest moves, the company is starting to look less like a gear maker selling pricey accessories to fitness buffs and more like a medical-device company, catering to hospitals, patients, and health insurers. The company’s business-to-business arm, called Health Solutions, is now addressing four health conditions—sleep disorders including sleep apnea, diabetes, cardiovascular health and mental health—for employers, health insurers, healthcare providers, and researchers. Fitbit has deals with insurers like UnitedHealthcare, which pays its clients up to $1,500 a year for hitting step-count goals. United has done years of research to... Read More
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You Give Up a Lot of Privacy Just Opening Emails. Here’s How to Stop It

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"I just came across this email," began the message, a long overdue reply. But I knew the sender was lying. He’d opened my email nearly six months ago. On a Mac. In Palo Alto. At night. I knew this because I was running the email tracking service Streak, which notified me as soon as my message had been opened. It told me where, when, and on what kind of device it was read. With Streak enabled, I felt like an inside trader whenever I glanced at my inbox, privy to details that gave me maybe a little too much information. And I certainly wasn’t alone. There are some ... Read More
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iPhone X can use Maya for quick, affordable, and easy facial capture

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Can the iPhone X become a fast, cheap and simple facial capture system? About a month ago Cory Strassburger at Kite & Lightning received an iPhone X from Apple. Within a day, he was testing out software working with its TrueDepth camera and ARKit. He wanted to see if it could be used for their game and for cinematic content. Kite & Lightning was an early innovator with Oculus VR developer kits and built ground-breaking experiences like Senza Peso that used some eye-catching human captures. Now, they are building ... Read More
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The Best Photo Book Service

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After more than 40 hours of research and testing, including time spent making eight photo books and consulting with a master printer on the results, we recommend Shutterfly as the best online photo book service for people who don’t use Macs. For Mac users, we recommend the cheaper, better Apple Photo Books. Last updated: December 8, 2017 In an effort to get our recommendations out in time for our... Read More
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Microsoft’s holiday ad brings adorable monsters to life with Paint 3D

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Microsoft is focusing on Paint 3D for its festive holiday message this year. The software giant’s “3D Holiday” commercial has started airing this weekend, and it includes the adorable “Gabe the Yeti” which was created in Microsoft’s new version of Paint. In a year when everyone was worried Microsoft would kill off the original MS Paint app, the company is celebrating its biggest ever update to the classic app with a cute TV commercial. Microsoft has positioned Pa... Read More
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Apple’s AI director on advances in machine learning for its self-driving car project

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Apple’s secretive autonomous car project has shifted focus over the years, but this year, it seems to be picking up speed. In April, the company received a permit to test self-driving cars in California, while in June, Apple CEO Tim Cook confirmed that they were working on software that could allow cars — and maybe other things — to drive themselves. ... Read More
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Security News This Week: Apple Patches a Very Bad iOS HomeKit Bug

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Political turmoil and hijinks abounded this week, but there were plenty of security antics playing out online, too. Researcher Sabri Haddouche released a suite of tricks and tools, collectively called Mailsploit, that allow you to send perfectly spoofed messages from more than a dozen popular email clients. The flaws open up endless phishing possibilities. And speaking of phishing, new research shows a spike in the use of HTTPS web encryption on phishing sites. Attackers want the green padloc... Read More
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The Great American Pilgrimage: Rise like a phoenix part deux

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Loving the desert weather, Stephen and Max stick around Arizona another day. Stephen sits down with a self-converted Muslim American woman who is running for the US Senate, while Max dresses up as Abraham Lincoln to meet local college students and continue the conversation about America, immigration and a border wall. Our heroes also discover a problem with the RV that needs a quick remedy…READ MORE: ... Read More
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Apple ‘to buy Shazam for $400m’

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Apple is close to buying the music recognition app Shazam for about $400m (£300m), media reports say.Shazam, a UK company founded in 1999, allows people to use their smartphone or computer to identify and buy music through a snippet of sound.Shazam, which says it has more than 100 million monthly users, makes most of its revenue from commissions paid on referrals to Apple's iTunes Store.Neither Apple nor Shazam have commented on the reports on the TechCrunch site.If the deal is confirmed, Shazam will become the latest in a string of UK technology firms to be bought up by larger businesses... Read More
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Apple Executive Reveals More of Its Self-Driving Technology

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A theme emerged when Apple’s director of artificial intelligence research outlined results from several of the company’s recent AI projects on the sidelines of a major conference Friday. Each involved giving software capabilities needed for self-driving cars. Ruslan Salakhutdinov addressed roughly 200 AI experts who had signed up for a free lunch and peek at how Apple uses machine learning, a technique for analyzing large stockpiles of data. He discussed projects using data from cameras and other sensors to spot cars and pedestrians on urban streets, navigate in unfamiliar spaces, and build detailed 3-D maps of cities. The talk offered new insight into Apple’s secretive efforts around a... Read More
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Apple’s Shazam steal is all about Siri

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Apple wants to buy Shazam, we learned on Friday. The popular app can identify music, movies, TV shows, and even ads after listening to a short sample of the content in question using your device’s microphone. I suspect Apple wants to integrate this technology further into its devices, and in particular, into Siri. TechCrunch broke the news, revealing that the deal could be announced as soon as on Monday. Reuters cited its own source regarding the deal and so... Read More
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Amazon’s limited Echo expansion hints at Alexa localization plans

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Amazon dropped something of a curve ball on Friday when it announced that its voice-enabled Amazon Echo smart speakers are now officially available to purchase in more than 80 new markets around the world. Up until now, you could only (officially) procure the speakers in the U.S., the U.K., Canada, Germany, Australia, Japan, and India. So the news represents a huge expansion for Amazon, its Alexa digital assistant, and, of course, the Echo devices themselves. However, there was a major caveat to this expansion: digging down into the fine print revealed that Amazon Echo will only “be... Read More
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The week’s best tech deals include Amazon Echo, iPhone X, and DJI Spark discounts

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We’re nine days into December and there’s still Black Friday deals that you can find online, including the new Amazon Echo, Google Home and Xbox One S console. Tomorrow, Amaz... Read More
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Smartphone Security 101: Key Steps From PINs to Permissions

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Hackers can threaten your smartphone in lots of ways, and if you want (or need) to lock it down completely, ironclad protection gets a little complicated. Fortunately, you can take some quick and easy steps to make big improvements to your mobile security. They don’t eliminate all risk, but they’re a solid baseline for any smartphone owner. Set a Strong PIN The first step in any mobile defense plan is to lock your smartphone so no one can get into it if it’s lost, stolen, or left alone for a few minutes. While it's convenient to leave your device unlocked, the security risks far outweigh the benefit. The easiest solution for most people, if your smartphone offers it, is to use a ... Read More
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How to Rip the Mics Out of Your MacBook and iPhone

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Any self-respecting paranoiac long ago taped over the webcam on their laptop—and for good measure, the cameras on their smartphone too. But for those truly concerned that their computers have been hacked and turned into spy tools, the microphones on those devices represent just as much of a security threat as the cameras. They would allow a hacked gadget to bug an entire room. The good news for the targets of highly sophisticated cyberspies? There’s a practical fix for that audio espionage problem. The bad news: It requires some surgery. No software setting can turn off a microphone such that ... Read More
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Apple could buy Shazam

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Apple is reportedly about to acquire music discovery service Shazam, which has recently branched out into augmented reality.Learn more about this story at www.newsy.com/74271/Find more videos like this at www.newsy.comFollow Newsy on Facebook: www.facebook.com/newsyvideosFollow Newsy on Twitter: www.twitter.com/newsyvideosDetected Closed Captioning: Apple Might Be About To Acquire Music Identification App Shazam For A Song multiple Reports Say Apples In Talks To buy Shazam The Asking Price Is Reportedly About Four Hundred Million dollars Well Below The Company's Last Valuation At 1 Billion Dollars Shazam Used To Mainly Make Money Off A Commission On Music Purcha... Read More
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Anil Gupta discusses the Brexit breakthrough and where negotiations go next

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Russian Robot May Challenge Putin in 2018 Elections

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Detected Closed Captioning: Russian President Vladimir Putin May Have To Run Against A Robot In The 2018 Russian Presidential Election. As Of Dec. 8, More Than 42,000 People Had Signed A Petition To Get Artificial Intelligence System Alisa On The 2018 Russian Presidential Ballot. Three-hundred Thousand Signatures Are Required To Run. Russian Tech Company Yandex Launched Alisa In October As An Alternative To Other Voice-activated Assistants Like Apple's Siri. Alisa Has Since Become Very Popular In Russia. Alisa's Campaign Website Argues She Would Be A Good President Because She Relies Only On Logic, Not Emotions. It Also Says She Is Constantly In Touch With Millions Of Russians, Meaning She Would Change Her Politics Based On T... Read More