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Last call for Polish pitch-offs
Fri, 14 Dec 2018 15:56:48 +0000
I’m heading back to Europe to hang out in Wroclaw and Warsaw so it’s last call for pitch off applications. I’ll be at a Wroclaw event, called In-Ference, which is happening on December 17 and you can submit to pitch here. The team will notify you if you have been chosen. The winner will receive.....
9 smart gifts for a smarter home
Fri, 14 Dec 2018 15:47:04 +0000
Smart home items make great gifts and what follows are some of the best. From faster Wifi to smart meat thermometers, there’s something here for everyone on your list. I use everything listed here and can attest to their quality. That’s important to me. I’m not going to recommend something I do.....
Influential Apple analyst cuts iPhone shipment estimates
Fri, 14 Dec 2018 15:44:30 +0000
TF International Securities Apple analyst extraordinaire Ming-Chi Kuo delivered a less than stellar iPhone forecast this week with the straight forwardly titled note, “2019 iPhone shipments likely to be under 190 million units.” The letter puts the number of Apple handsets well below previous a.....
This drone shrinks to fit
Fri, 14 Dec 2018 15:19:25 +0000
Researchers at the University of Zurich and EPFL have created a robot that shrinks to fit through gaps, a feature that could make it perfect for search and rescue missions. The researchers initially created a drone that could assess man-made gaps and squeeze through in seconds using only one ca.....
Facebook bug exposed up to 6.8M users’ unposted photos to apps
Fri, 14 Dec 2018 14:40:21 +0000
Reset the “days since the last Facebook privacy scandal” counter, as a Facebook has just revealed a Photo API bug gave app developers too much access to the photos of up to 5.6 million users. The bug allowed apps users had approved to pull their timeline photos to also receive their Facebook St.....
Ridesharing IPOs and $850M for Luckin, Plaid and Zymergen
Fri, 14 Dec 2018 14:10:53 +0000
Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week we had the regular crew back together which was good fun. Connie took point, we had Danny mic’d up in New York, and I was onsite to help the crew natter al.....


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Imax is Shutting Down Its VR Business, Closing Remaining Three VR Centers in Q1
Imax is making its exit from virtual reality (VR) official: The company notified shareholders with a SEC filing this week that it will close down its remaining three VR centers, and write off "certain VR content investments." From a report: A company spokesperson confirmed the planned closures .....
WordPress Plugs Bug that Led to Google Indexing Some User Passwords
A week after releasing v5.0 major update, WordPress has pushed the first security patch for its popular CMS service. ZDNet: Released hours ago, WordPress version 5.0.1 fixes seven security vulnerabilities (some of which allow site takeover) but also plugs a pretty serious privacy leak. The latt.....
A Corporate-issued Laptop Stolen From a Lenovo Employee in September Contained Unencrypted Payroll Data on APAC Staff
A corporate-issued laptop lifted from a Lenovo employee in Singapore contained a cornucopia of unencrypted payroll data on staff based in the Asia Pacific region, news outlet The Register reports. From the report: Details of the massive screw-up reached us from Lenovo staffers, who are simply b.....
The Painful, Costly Journey of Returned Goods -- and How You End Up Purchasing Some of Them Again
Buyers return a huge number of packages they buy from Amazon and other e-commerce sites, so much so that retailers are sometimes left with little choice but to get rid of large swaths of inventory at a cost. Last year, customers in the U.S. returned about $351 billion worth of items that they h.....
Facebook Doesn't Care About Fixing Fake News Problem On Its Platform
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Journalists working as factcheckers for Facebook have pushed to end a controversial media partnership with the social network, saying the company has ignored their concerns and failed to use their expertise to combat misinformation. Current.....
NASA's Jupiter Mission Juno Reveals Giant Polar Storms
NASA's Juno mission to the gas giant Jupiter has reached its halfway mark and has revealed new views of cyclones at the poles. The BBC reports: As it orbits the planet every 53 days - Juno performs a science-gathering dive, speeding from pole to pole. Its sensors take measurements of the compos.....

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Locked AMD Athlon 200GE Overclocked to 4.05GHz With New Asus BIOS (Updated)
We've managed to overclock the un-overclockable Athlon 200GE processor to 3.8 GHz.
Microsoft Contest Offers $25K to AI That Can Predict Malware Targets
Microsoft is offering artificial intelligence researchers the chance to win part of $25,000 by predicting if a machine is likely to be targeted by malware.
Microsoft May Split Cortana From Search in Windows 10
The lacking Microsoft voice assistant may be replaceable in the future, according to some deep dives into an Insider built of Windows 10 19H1.
EKWB Adds Addressable RGB to Velocity CPU Water Block
EKWB is taking its RGB game to the next level. The company is now offering addressable RGB LEDs in the new EK-Velocity CPU water block, named EK-Velocity D-RGB.
Best Gaming Monitor Deals for Holiday 2018
With the holiday sale season in full swing, this is a great time to buy a gaming monitor. We've identified the best deals on screens large and small.
Best SSD and Storage Deals for Christmas 2018
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Facebook bug let apps access unposted photos for millions of users
Fri, 14 Dec 2018 10:39:00 -0500
Facebook has disclosed yet another privacy flub. This time around, it says a bug in the Photo API led to third-party apps being able to access not only timeline photos (which users had permitted them to do), but Stories, Marketplace images and photos...
Blizzard cancels 'Heroes of the Storm' eSports plans
Fri, 14 Dec 2018 09:26:00 -0500
Blizzard is putting an end to Heroes of the Storm eSports events amid shifting priorities for the publisher. In a new blog post, it says it's taken the "difficult" step of moving some developers from the free-to-play MOBA title to other projects. Bot...
Facebook's Portal video hub gains major news channels and recipes
Fri, 14 Dec 2018 09:00:00 -0500
Facebook's Portal and Portal+ smart calling devices have only been available for a month, but they're already getting significant updates. The latest version will bring news content from ABC and CNN, and via a new web browser, offer access to Monday...
Facebook might cut funding for some Watch news shows
Fri, 14 Dec 2018 08:31:00 -0500
Facebook plans to cut the funding for some news shows on the Watch platform, according to The Information. The social media just renewed four Watch originals and recently brought the tab to desktop and its stripped-down Lite app, signifying that it's...
Inifniti to unveil its first fully-electric crossover concept in January
Fri, 14 Dec 2018 08:00:00 -0500
Nissan's Infiniti will mark its 30th birthday next month by unveiling its first all-electric crossover at the place where it all began for the luxury car brand: the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. The crossover will give th...
Next-gen EV charger adds 62 miles of range in three minutes
Fri, 14 Dec 2018 07:25:00 -0500
Reducing charge times is a key factor for widespread EV adoption, and BMW and Mercedes just took a new step in that direction. A Porsche EV prototype charged at a record 400 kW rate, gaining 100 km of range in just three minutes, while BMW brought it...

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Half of UK homes could get faster broadband
Fri, 14 Dec 2018 05:00:03 GMT
New research suggests that people have not taken up faster services, even though they are available.
Wetherspoons fake accounts to be exposed
Fri, 14 Dec 2018 11:59:52 GMT
Twitter must reveal the identity behind two parody accounts, the high court rules.
Tumblr returns to App Store after porn ban
Fri, 14 Dec 2018 11:26:02 GMT
The social network has returned to Apple's app store after revealing plans to ban adult content.
Amazon uses dummy parcels to catch thieves
Thu, 13 Dec 2018 14:36:05 GMT
The online retailer has teamed up with police in New Jersey to fight parcel theft with dummy packages.
Grace Millane: New Zealand anger over Google naming murder suspect
Thu, 13 Dec 2018 11:38:38 GMT
Google named the man accused of killing UK backpacker Grace Millane in an email, which could be illegal.
Bieber fans help YouTube Rewind become 'most disliked'
Thu, 13 Dec 2018 11:23:20 GMT
Beliebers voting against YouTube Rewind seem to have helped the video rack up negative feedback.


Breaking File-sharing, Copyright and Privacy News

EU Members Approve Upload Filters for “Terrorist Content”
Fri, 14 Dec 2018 15:08:21 +0000
The EU is not only cracking down on copyright-infringing content, there's a strong focus on terrorist material too. The EU Commision recently proposed new regulations that would require hosting platforms to remove terrorist content within one hour, or face consequences. This week member states .....
Rightsholders Say Latest Article 13 Text Won’t Close the Value Gap
Fri, 14 Dec 2018 08:08:35 +0000
Rightsholders including music group IFPI have written an open letter expressing deep concerns over the latest text of the proposed Article 13. According to the industry giants, the current proposal would need fundamental changes to address the so-called 'Value Gap' and could, if passed in its c.....
Nintendo Targets Sellers of Pirated Switch Games in Court
Thu, 13 Dec 2018 20:08:34 +0000
Nintendo has filed a lawsuit against a California man and several unnamed defendants. They are accused of selling pirated Nintendo Switch and NES Classic games, as well as offering modding services. The complaint lists various counts of copyright and trademark infringement and Nintendo requests.....
DoJ Indicts Five Men For Pre-Release Movie & TV Show Piracy
Thu, 13 Dec 2018 10:39:26 +0000
A federal grand jury in California has indicted five men for allegedly offering pre-release copies of hundreds of movies and TV shows via the Internet. The individuals, from the UK, India, United Arab Emirates, and Malaysia, are reported to have hacked into Hollywood film production companies i.....
Tech Giants Warn US Govt. Against EU’s ‘Article 13’ Plans
Wed, 12 Dec 2018 19:52:17 +0000
The CCIA, which represents global tech firms including Cloudflare, Google, and Facebook, is warning the U.S. Government against the EU's copyright reform plans. According to the tech giants, Article 13 could result in significant economic consequences for the U.S. digital economy, with a possib.....
Bell & Videotron File Criminal Complaint Against IPTV Provider
Wed, 12 Dec 2018 09:31:16 +0000
Media giants Bell and Videotron have filed a criminal complaint against a Canada-based IPTV provider. In response, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) carried out a search at the residence of a former employee of a Videotron subcontractor, seizing equipment allegedly used to offer unlicens.....

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Census Bureau Reports Internet Penetration Lowest in Urban Poor and Rural Areas
Mon, 10 Dec 2018 22:52:09 +0000
There are stark contrasts in internet subscription rates depending on where you live and how much money you make, according to newly released findings from the U.S. Census Bureau. As the cost of internet access continues to rise, affordability is increasingly a problem for poor Americans. In ru.....
Verizon Says Goodbye to 10,400 Workers; Company Will Slash $10 Billion in Costs
Mon, 10 Dec 2018 17:56:24 +0000
Despite a strong economy, Verizon Communications will shed 10,400 employees and cut $10 billion in costs as part of a transformation initiative promoted by the company’s newest top executive. “These changes are well-planned and anticipated, and they will be seamless to our customers,” said Veri.....
Spectrum Strikers Launch Website to Teach Consumers How to Cut Cable’s Cord
Mon, 10 Dec 2018 17:15:16 +0000
Many of the more than 1,800 Charter/Spectrum workers in the New York City area, on strike since early 2017, have teamed up in a new campaign to encourage customers to cut cable’s cord and disconnect service. “We all know a typical cable/internet bill with Spectrum runs about $164 – 194 (can’t f.....
AT&T Still “Meh” on Fixed 5G Wireless; “We’re Focused on Mobility”
Thu, 06 Dec 2018 20:28:35 +0000
AT&T continues to gently discourage the media and investors from comparing its 5G strategy with that of its biggest competitor, Verizon, suggesting the two companies have different visions about where and how 5G and small cells will be deployed. “We’ve done fixed wireless in our network on LTE .....
Charter Spectrum CEO Says Company Using Tax Breaks to Buy Back Its Own Stock
Wed, 05 Dec 2018 21:06:35 +0000
Charter Communications is using the benefits of the Republican-promoted tax cut to buy back its own stock, because the only other option under consideration was using the money to buy up other cable operators. “From a [mergers and acquisitions] perspective, I think cable is a great business. If.....

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Are Roasted Chestnuts Good for You?
Fri, 14 Dec 2018 11:00:02 +0000
Though the idea of chestnuts roasting on an open fire sounds appealing, many people have no idea how to do it—and wonder whether these holiday treats are tasty and nutritious enough to be worth a...
How to Keep Your Holiday Packages From Being Stolen
Thu, 13 Dec 2018 21:24:22 +0000
In the days before Christmas, delivery trucks jam the streets, packages litter doorsteps and sometimes porch pirates and stoop surfers, as they have come to be known, pay unwelcome visits.  It’s...
Talking Cars 181: CR Sees the Light About Headlights
Thu, 13 Dec 2018 21:13:37 +0000
Main themes: Our podcast panel digs into a recent AAA report on the sad state of headlights on older cars and gives recommendations for what motorists can do to brighten their own nighttime drivi...
2019 Audi A8 Is a First-Class Cruiser in a Subtle Package
Thu, 13 Dec 2018 20:44:09 +0000
The 2019 Audi A8 has been redesigned to court sophisticated buyers in the ultra-luxury sedan segment, with a focus on extra creature comforts, including heated armrests, technology, and partially...
Best High-End Dishwashers From Consumer Reports' Tests
Thu, 13 Dec 2018 20:30:00 +0000
You don’t have to spend more than $1,000 to get a really good dishwasher. Indeed, you can find recommended models in the $600 to $900 range—and even for $500 or less. But you might be tempted by ...
Toyota Recalls 65,000 More Cars, SUVs, and Trucks for Takata Airbags
Thu, 13 Dec 2018 18:43:34 +0000
Toyota is recalling 65,000 cars and trucks as part of its ongoing push to replace potentially dangerous Takata airbags. The automaker says it will install new, non-Takata airbag inflators in sele... News Rss Feed News Rss Feed

Grab A Surface Laptop 2 For $799 And More With Microsoft's Smokin' Holiday Deals
Fri, 14 Dec 2018 06:27:00 PST
If you're in the market for a top-notch premium notebook, Microsoft is currently running a "12 Days. 12 Faves" promotion which is providing some rather enticing hardware discounts. One of the deals that immediately caught our eyes is on the Surface Laptop 2, which Microsoft introduced this pas.....
Vitaminwater Contest Offers $100,000 To Ditch Your Smartphone For a Year
Fri, 14 Dec 2018 06:05:00 PST
Smartphones are everywhere today; go into any restaurant, school, business, or home, and you are guaranteed to see someone swiping away an app on their smartphone. With this in mind, Vitaminwater is running a contest that is challenging one chosen contestant to ditch all smartphones for an ent.....
Apple Readies Software Update To Thwart Qualcomm's Chinese iPhone Sales Ban
Fri, 14 Dec 2018 05:13:00 PST
Apple and Qualcomm aren't on friendly terms right now considering that the two firms are currently embroiled in a long-running legal battle over patents and royalties. Qualcomm claims that Apple owes billions in royalty payments, while Apple maintains that its devices don't infringe on Qualcom.....
2.5 Geeks Talk AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 With Scott Wasson
Thu, 13 Dec 2018 13:21:00 PST
Be sure to tune in to our 2.5 Geeks Webcast tomorrow afternoon, as we will be having a detailed discussion with Scott Wasson of AMD. For those not in the know, Scott Wasson serves as Senior Manager for Product Management in AMD's Radeon Technologies Group. Given his area of expertise, Scott w.....
Razer SoftMiner Cryptocurrency Rewards Program Leads To Confusion For Gamers
Thu, 13 Dec 2018 12:30:00 PST
Cryptocurrency has been a hot topic in 2018, and Google claims that “What is bitcoin?” was one of its top questions this year. A lot of people (and companies) jumped on the cryptocurrency train, including Razer. The company is now offering users store credit in exchange for cryptocurrency mini.....
Microsoft Refutes Reports That It Is Covertly Harvesting Windows 10 Activity History Data
Thu, 13 Dec 2018 11:53:00 PST
Microsoft is looking to clear the air regarding a Windows 10 "feature" that was widely reported yesterday. Activity History is a feature that allows you to view a log of tasks that you have performed on all of your logged-in devices, and was first introduced with the Windows 10 April 2018 Upda.....

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