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Why breaking up Amazon, Google, Apple, and Facebook could save capitalism

If you want to get an idea of how quickly sentiment has shifted against U.S. tech giants, just listen to NYU professor Scott Galloway.

Burger King trolls net neutrality repeal with Whopper 'fast lane' ad

Burger King 's new ad attempts to explain net neutrality. Some people loved it, others not so much.

Monster Hunter World review: king of beasts

Monster Hunter World is a glorious, long overdue overhaul of one of my favorite video game series of all time. It preserves almost everything that makes its unique blend of skill-based combat and...

3D printing with light: Scientists create 3D holograms | ZDNet

Inspired by Star Wars, researchers have developed solid-looking, clean, 3D holograms.

Indie hit ‘Dead Cells’ is coming to consoles this year

Indie hit ‘Dead Cells’ is coming to PS4, Xbox One and Switch sometime in 2018.

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Sonos offers 2 speakers for the price of a HomePod

I really, really want a HomePod but I got to tell you that is a good deal from Sonos. Two for the price of one that is double what I have now and could have Apple Music in more than one room with great sound from Sonos maybe not as good as HomePod but that would be fine for me. I am a total Apple Fanboy by the way.

Apple expands its fleet of self-driving cars in California

Apple has expanded its fleet of self-driving cars in California, registering an additional two dozen vehicles with the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles. It’s a significant expansion for a company that has been seen as lagging in the race to build self-driving cars.

US lawmakers grill Intel and company over the handling of Meltdown and Spectre

As the Register reports, four Republicans in the House of Representatives – who chair various subcommittees including Energy and Commerce – sent the same lengthy letter to the CEOs of Intel, as well as Amazon, AMD, Apple, ARM, Google and Microsoft, essentially grilling them on exactly how the embargo on these bugs was handled.

Windows 10: Microsoft rolls out new privacy tools for telemetry data | ZDNet

Beginning with the April 2018 feature update, Microsoft will release a tool that allows Windows 10 users to inspect diagnostic data collected and sent to Microsoft's telemetry servers. Windows Insider Program members can test the app starting today.

3 neat iOS 11.3 features coming this spring

Tech firms let Russia probe software widely used by U.S. government

Beyond the Pentagon, ArcSight is used in at least seven other agencies, including the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the State Department's intelligence unit, the review showed. Additionally, products made by SAP, Symantec and McAfee and reviewed by Russian authorities are used in at least eight agencies. Some agencies use more than one of the four products. (Graphic: )

Robinhood Crypto

Cryptocurrency is a digital representation of value that functions as a medium of exchange, a unit of account, or a store of value, but it does not have legal tender status. Cryptocurrencies are sometimes exchanged for U.S. dollars or other currencies around the world, but they are not currently backed nor supported by any government or central bank. Their value is completely derived by market forces of supply and demand, and they are more volatile than traditional currencies. Trading in cryptocurrencies comes with significant risks, including volatile market price swings or flash crashes, market manipulation, and cybersecurity risks. In addition, cryptocurrency markets and exchanges are not regulated with the same controls or customer protections available in equity, option, futures, or foreign exchange investing. Cryptocurrency trading requires knowledge of cryptocurrency markets. In attempting to profit through cryptocurrency trading, you must compete with traders worldwide. You should have appropriate knowledge and experience before engaging in substantial cryptocurrency trading.

8 Nintendo's killing its first mobile app just two years after launch

Miitomo was cute, to be sure, but it wasn't all that much of a game in the traditional sense. Players could create a Mii character and dress it in different outfits, but they didn't do much with it -- it was mostly just a conduit that the game used to ask users questions and share their answers with friends. They could also play Pachniko-like mini games to win clothing items. It was kind of like a delayed text message system with discussion prompts.

Grumpy Cat has won $710,000 in a copyright lawsuit over coffee with her face on it

Grumpy Cat Limited, a company formed by owner Tabatha Bundesen, was awarded $710,001 in damages after a coffee company breached the terms of a deal to use the cat on its products.

How to play audiobooks with your Google Home speaker

Unlike Amazon's subscription approach to audiobooks with Audible, Google is simply selling audiobooks outright -- they must be purchased, but they'll be added to your account and can be shared with family members who you add to your Family Library. For the launch, Google has also slashed the price of many titles and (for a limited time) is offering a 50-percent-off coupon for your first audiobook purchase.

Apple will soon let you turn off iPhone-slowdown software

As part of the upcoming iOS 11.3, iPhone users will get a recommendation if their battery needs to be serviced. Plus, they will be able to see whether the power management feature that slows a phone's performance is on and can then choose to turn it off, the company said.

iOS 11 Safari productivity tips: Four hidden features you don't want to overlook

There are hidden features in iOS 11 that make browsing the web easier and more productive. We uncover the top iOS 11 Safari productivity tips.

Don't sit in traffic, soar above the freeway in a personal helicopter.

If you've ever fantasized about soaring above the city in a personal helicopter, CES 2018 showed that the dream is getting closer to taking off.

Google Doodle celebrates Virginia Woolf's 136th birthday

Virginia Woolf was a pioneer in the use of the stream-of-conscious narrative approach, harnessing a poetic vision that elevated sometimes mundane settings while examining the complex interior lives of her characters.

EU Fines Qualcomm $1.2B for Paying Off Apple

Such anti-competitive behavior cannot go unpunished, so the European Commission decided to fine Qualcomm the equivalent of 4.9 percent of its 2017 turnover, which amounts to $1.2 billion. The fine may just be the start of Qualcomm's problems, though. Another EU investigation is looking into Qualcomm's alleged predatory pricing behavior with regards to British phone software maker Icera (since acquired by Nvidia). The US Federal Trade Commission is also investigating the deal Qualcomm struck with Apple, which may bring a further huge fine.

Microsoft brings its core Office apps to the Microsoft Store | ZDNet

Microsoft execs decided to port the core Office apps using the Desktop Bridge for a couple reasons. They wanted to show other software makers that bringing even complex Win32 apps to the Store was possible and useful when it comes to security and upgradability. They also wanted to signal that, at some point, the Store will become the sole vehicle via which Microsoft plans to make its Office apps available for download to customers.

This unusual new IoT botnet is spreading rapidly via peer-to-peer communication | ZDNet

While some malicious botnets have previously been disabled once the main server was taken down, in the case of Hide 'N Seek, this approach is much more difficult because its peer-to-peer nature means there's no central command unit to hunt for when looking to disrupt it.

18 How Android Go Can Help Older Android Phones Run Android 8.1 Oreo • r/Android

I can't see the problem in running the normal version of android on older phones. Up until 1 month ago, i was rocking an old S3 (1gb version) on 7.2 (or whatever the subversion was) while the phone "shouldn't have been able to run kitkat". And you know what? It ran absolutely flawless, not a stutter. People really underestimate old phones

Google launches enterprise-grade G Suite for Education

The new bundle also gives Google a way to make money off its education user base. While G Suite for Education is available for free, customers will pay $4 per user per month to access the additional enterprise features. Right now, Google is running a promotion that allows schools to get the new service for $2 per faculty and staff user per month, with eligible students coming along for free, but that pricing only lasts for an institution’s first contract term. (Contract terms can span multiple years.)

Reddit adds two-factor authentication for everyone

Reddit has officially launched two-factor authentication after beta testers and moderators took the feature for a spin. Sure, this is Reddit we're talking about -- you've probably never used your real name or credit card (unless you bought Reddit gold with your card) and never mentioned your bank and SS info on the site. But if you've posted anything controversial or simply just want to protect yourself from potential doxxers and stalkers, you can switch on the feature by going to the password/email tab under Preferences on Reddit's desktop version.

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Samsung's Galaxy S9 is coming February 25. Here's everything we know about it … by @morlium

23 Twitter developing Snapchat-style tool for video sharing: Bloomberg

(Reuters) - Twitter Inc is working on a Snapchat-style tool that makes it simpler for users to post videos on its app, Bloomberg reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter.

Alphabet unveils business unit devoted to cyber security

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc launched a new business unit on Wednesday that will sell cyber security software to Fortune 500 companies, the latest move by the parent of Google to become a big player in corporate computing.

25 EU court rejects Facebook class action suit by privacy activist

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - An Austrian privacy activist cannot bring a class action lawsuit against Facebook for alleged privacy violations but can sue the company himself in his home country, the European Union’s highest court ruled on Thursday.

Miitohno! Nintendo will shut down Miitomo in May

When it was launched, Miitomo was Nintendo’s first attempt to take the mobile world by storm. It wasn’t quite a hurricane, but Miitomo started strongly and the app had a lot of hype around it. That died down pretty quickly, though, and now Nintendo has announced that on May 9, Miitomo will be no more.

It’s Game Over for Nintendo’s First Smartphone App

TOKYO—Nintendo Co. said Thursday it would soon terminate its smartphone app “Miitomo”—which had gained attention as the game maker’s initial foray into the smartphone business—because it failed to attract enough players.

Snowflake raises $263.5 million for cloud data warehouse conquest | ZDNet

Snowflake, which is aiming to win data warehouse workloads in the cloud, has raised $473 million in total funding. That's a lot of dough, but the competition is more than well funded.

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Two years after a $100 million cyber heist, many banks are still dawdling on defenses

Windows 10: Now you can see every bit of data Microsoft harvests from your PC

Alongside the Diagnostic Data Viewer, the latest Insider build of Windows 10 included various updates . Microsoft has changed the Windows Timeline feature to provide the option to delete all activities from the past hour or day and to default to only showing the past four days of activities from devices signed into your Microsoft account. Microsoft also added an extended user-mode API for third-party virtualization stacks and applications, made Windows Hello easier to set up, added an ability to turn off auto-hide on scroll bars, improved controls over which Universal Windows Program apps can access user folders, and added a new Fonts page to the Settings app.

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Our thoughts on the budget Medion Erazer P7651 gaming laptop

2 Ways to Quickly Open a New Tab in Safari on iPhone

I don’t know about you, but I find myself opening a new tab in Safari at least a dozen times a day. Instead of going through Spotlight search, I directly jump to Safari when I know what it is I’m looking for – checking latest stories on iPhone Hacks, opening a TV show page in Wikipedia, or just googling something.

10 companies that are spearheading digital transformation in their industry

While this list is by no means comprehensive, here are 10 companies across different industries that have seen positive results from early digital transformation efforts.

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CNN shutters Casey Neistat’s video company Beme, which it bought 14 months ago for $25 million …

Net neutrality will be enforced in New York under orders from governor

Virginia Woolf gets a Google Doodle of her own

OK, actually having a room first is probably more important for writing novels. But, Woolf just got a Google Doodle of her own to celebrate her 136th birthday. And, it is nothing short of beautiful.

Apple confirms iOS 11.3 will let you turn off controversial throttling of older iPhones

The company says iOS 11.3 will launch this spring. An initial beta is available today, but the battery features haven’t yet been implemented. Once they’re added, Apple says users will be able to “see if the power management feature that dynamically manages maximum performance to prevent unexpected shutdowns, first introduced in iOS 10.2.1, is on and can choose to turn it off.” The update also shows more detailed information on battery health for the iPhone 6 and later.

How to configure the new Ubuntu Dock

For those who have been paying attention, you know that Ubuntu has finally dropped Unity, in favor of GNOME. You may or may not be happy about this decision, but you can rest assured that Ubuntu will not contain a completely unfamiliar desktop environment. In fact, the developers are going out of their way to ensure users have an easy transition from Unity to GNOME. One way they are doing this is with the inclusion of a Dock. This Dock will serve in the same function as did the Unity Launcher.


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Paul Rudd strikes out with WWII whiff 'Catcher Was a Spy'

"Catcher" offers the explanation that Berg was at the very least bisexual. Don't hold out for any dude-on-Rudd action, though: We get extended shots of him bending Sienna Miller over a piano but only coy glances and manly hands brushing together to suggest he wasn't entirely straight. The film does offer an interesting glimpse of the innuendo that swirled around any chap in the olden days who had the temerity not to marry, but it does so with the subtlety of a fastball straight down the middle of the plate by having more than one character straight out ask if Berg is queer.

These cloned monkeys are pretty cute. The next steps could get ugly

Scientists affiliated with the Chinese Academy of Sciences reported  on Wednesday  that they had successfully cloned the monkeys in an experiment that merged monkey fetal cells with an egg cell that had its own genetic material removed. While scientists have cloned a number of other species, the milestone has been hailed as a breakthrough, marking the first time any sort of primate has been cloned using a technique that in 1996 also produced Dolly the Sheep .

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50 Cent becomes accidental Bitcoin millionaire with forgotten investment

50 Cent’s gamble on Bitcoin has paid off handsomely after the rapper discovered his investment in the cryptocurrency is now worth millions.

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Meltdown and Spectre response hampered by 'exclusive club' secrecy | ZDNet

Open-source community leaders have slammed the 'absolute sh*t show' of an embargo process that left many key constituencies just days to develop complex software patches.

‘Never get high on your own supply’ – why social media bosses don’t use social media

“It’s possible that in 20 years we’ll look back at the current generation of children and say: ‘Look, they are socially different from every other generation of humans that came before and as a result this is a huge problem and maybe we need to regulate these behaviours.’ Or perhaps we’ll look back and say: ‘I don’t know what the fuss was – I’m not sure why we were so concerned.’ Until we have some evidence, until there’s something that seems tangible, I think it’s going to be very hard to get people en masse to change how they behave.”

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When a Therapist Puts Buddhism Into Practice

“ ‘I don’t know if you want to hear this or not, but I don’t want to keep it from you either,’ ” Mr. Epstein recalls saying. “ ‘You know that place in yourself that hasn’t really changed subjectively from when you were a young man, or 20, 40, 60, 80? You still sort of feel the same to yourself inside, but if you try to find that place you can’t really put your finger on it?’ ” He then told his father what he believed he had learned about how to relax the mind into that “invisible space where you are who you’ve always been” as the body fades away. “He was very nice. He said, ‘O.K., darling. I’ll try.’ ”

51 Robot gender gap: Women will lose more jobs due to automation than men, WEF finds
52 Type faster with a text expander that can autofill your most frequently used information
53 Samsung's invite for its Galaxy S9 Unpacked event is in!
54 Gizmodo on Twitter
55 The GAO Says It Will Investigate Bogus Net Neutrality Comments, Eventually
56 Twitter is using machine learning to crop photos to the most interesting part
57 Qualcomm signs $2 billion sales MOUs with Lenovo, Xiaomi, vivo and OPP
58 Gizmodo on Twitter
59 Burger King on Twitter
60 Nicolas Cage: 'I hate social media'
61 Philips' latest OLED is its most minimalist TV yet
62 Apple's ready to take its augmented reality to new places. Are you?
63 Scam alert: Identifying and blocking "Google" robocall spam | ZDNet
64 Google can no longer innovate, says departed engineer
65 5 changes you should make when transitioning into a new work role
66 Telstra, Optus, Vodafone complaints rise as zero recorded for Pivotel | ZDNet
67 How to manage cyberbiosecurity risks before a malware attack strikes
68 ​Spectre flaw: Dell and HP pull Intel's buggy patch, new BIOS updates coming | ZDNet
69 macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 Will Notify Users of 32-Bit Apps
70 Startup Robinhood to launch commission-free cryptocurrency trading
71 An Internet of Things 'crime harvest' is coming unless security problems are fixed | ZDNet
72 What is the IoT? Everything you need to know about the Internet of Things right now | ZDNet
73 Google gives users more control over the ads they see
74 Paranoia will destroy you: Why Chinese tech isn't spying on us | ZDNet
76 Horizon: Zero Dawn DLC Available in Monster Hunter: World From Launch - But It's a Limited-Time Event - IGN
77 Google: Chrome 64 is out now, giving you tougher pop-up blocker, Spectre fixes | ZDNet
78 Xiaomi beats Samsung to top spot in India’s smartphone market
79 Monster Hunter World is the game that finally got me into the series
81 A lot of robots touch your food before it gets to you | ZDNet
82 BI Tech on Twitter
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84 Previewing the tech behind this year's Grammy Awards - Video | ZDNet
85 Google Play services 11.9.74 beta download available (may fix wifi network issues) • r/Android
86 Wall Street Loves Hock Tan. Not Everyone Else Is There Yet.
87 iPhone Hacks on Twitter
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89 Apple Working on iBooks App Revamp Including Redesigned iBooks Store
90 Transitioning from PostgreSQL to an Analytical Database for Higher Performance and Massive Scale
91 This Could be the Moto X5, and It Appears to Have an iPhone X-Like Notch • r/Android
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93 Austrian privacy activist says will sue Facebook in Vienna after EU ru
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