Justice Department pushes back against AT&T–Time Warner merger with new demands
The US Justice Department is voicing new concerns over the approval of AT&T and Time Warner’s massive $85 billion merger deal first announced last year . According to a a report today from Reuters , regulators are now asking AT&T to put some of its assets up for sale or to offer comparable “structural remedies” that would make the unprecedented media consolidation less of an antitrust lightning rod. The DOJ remains the last barrier to the merger, as AT&T CFO John Stephens publicly announced earlier this year that all other approvals have been met. Now, AT&T is saying the deal may not close until 2018, past its end-of-year deadline it set when the merger was announced.
Microsoft Word's new 'Resume Assistant' uses LinkedIn to make your resume better
The feature, which will begin rolling out to Microsoft Insider this week, pulls in relevant LinkedIn data as you're writing a resume based on your industry and what type of job you want. It automatically detects the job descriptions you've written and highlights what people with similar experience have put on their resumes. For example, it will show you how people who've worked in similar roles in your industry describe their job experience and skills.
SpaceX rocket engine explodes during test at Texas facility
Now, SpaceX will be suspending all engine testing at McGregor until the accident investigation is included. The company will also start repairing the test stand the engine exploded on, which should take a couple of weeks. SpaceX expects repairs to be done before the investigation is over, but just in case, the company has an additional test stand at McGregor it can use. In the meantime, the company will forge ahead with its launches, and says it hopes to give public updates on the investigation in the coming weeks.
Instagram Stories Now Lets You Post Old Photos Without a Workaround
I have an evening routine where I lay in my bed, tapping from Instagram story to Instagram story, mindlessly consuming what feels like a mundane montage of all of my friends’ days. That’s because, up until today, users were limited to posting photos and videos from within the last 24 hours. But now, Instagram has updated the feature to let you go wild from your camera roll. No more limitations, no more tediously bypassing the rules by screenshotting an image or editing its metadata. Time is meaningless, baby.
U.S. demands CNN sale to approve AT&T/Time Warner deal: sources
Another sticking point in discussions is the length of time that the U.S. government wants to impose conditions on what AT&T can and cannot do after a deal. Two people briefed on the talks told Reuters the government has sought as long as 10 years for such conditions while AT&T has pressed for a shorter period.
Time-Warner stock down after DOJ demands CNN to be sold as condition for AT&T deal
"We are in active discussions with the [Department of Justice]. Those are continuing on. I can't comment on those discussions, but with those discussions, I can now say that the timing of the closing of the deal is now uncertain," he said, according to a FactSet transcript. "With regards to the transaction, everything continues as we've expressed in the past."
Niantic’s follow-up to Pokémon Go will be a Harry Potter AR game launching in 2018
Niantic Labs had tremendous success with Pokémon Go, which paired their expertise in building location-based augmented reality mobile experiences with a top-flight IP with a ravenous fan base. So, it stands to reason that we should expect a similar fan response to Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, an AR title set to launch in 2018, co-developed by Warner Bros. Interactive and its new sub brand Portkey Games.
Video shows what Uber's flying taxis will look like
The video makes the entire process look like booking a regular Uber ride, with the exception of having to climb to that roof in an elevator and being greeted by a host before you enter the aircraft. However, it's still unclear whether the company will satisfy the necessary regulations for this type of service any time soon.
Is your iPhone's battery life terrible on iOS 11.1? Here's a temporary workaround | ZDNet
Well, as it happens I'm seeing the problem on older devices myself, so this has given me the opportunity to try to figure out what's going on. Unfortunately, my testing suggests that the problem is down to iOS 11.1, and not some installed app going rogue. That means that there's nothing that the end user can do to fix the problem, but that doesn't mean that there's nothing you can do to help alleviate the problem.
The sequel to 'Words With Friends' allows you to play without friends
Another new mode coming with Words With Friends 2 is lightning round, which matches you up with four teammates to play against another team of five players. The matches are played with everyone on the same board, placing words in quick succession.
The Best iPad Apps of 2017
However, there's a downside: app discovery. How do you navigate all the iPad-optimized apps to find those worth downloading? Easy. Read PCMag.com's picks. Our staff has tested hundreds of iPad apps and highlighted the best of the best. If you're a glutton for punishment, you could dig through the depths of the App Store for user reviews, but that demands a lot of time. Plus, little-known apps of high quality may have only a handful of reviews. Just sit back and let us deliver the gems to you.
Chrome will start blocking annoying website redirects
As part of Google’s ongoing effort to make ad-ridden websites more bearable, the company is introducing some new protections to Chrome. Over the next couple months, the browser will start blocking various types of annoying, unwanted redirects, where a website or ad suddenly loads a new page, either because it’s been hijacked by a bad ad or because it intentionally wants to force visitors to see one.
Yahoo, Equifax apologize for hacks. Congress doesn't buy it
Marissa Mayer and Rick Smith, ex-CEOs of companies plagued by billions of breached accounts, say they're sorry. But they're still looking for solutions.
Trump’s itchy Twitter thumbs are redefining ‘modern” presidents
Since the election, it's become clear how much influence the internet in general, and social networks in particular, have in shaping US public opinion. That influence took center stage on Capitol Hill last week, when the legal counsels from Facebook, Twitter and Google testified about Russian meddling in the 2016 election via false news, online ads and bot accounts to stir up divisiveness.
The team behind 'Pokémon Go' is creating a 'Harry Potter' game for smartphones
"Harry Potter Wizards Unite" is only described as a "mobile"
game; it's likely to come to both iPhone and Android, as previous
Niantic games have. There's no release date, but it sounds like
we're waiting until at least 2018 — the press release says more
information will be shared at some point next year.
Apple’s iPad could drop the home button and add Face ID in 2018
Apple is reportedly working on a redesign of the iPad that includes dropping the Home button and slimming down the bezels on the top-end model, as well as adding facial recognition tech to allow for Face ID unlocking and more. Bloomberg says the redesigned iPad could make its consumer debut as early as next year.
Twitter's 280-Character Limit Is Here to Stay
In September, Twitter began testing the new character limit on a small group of users and discovered only 1 percent of their tweets ever reached the 280-character limit. That's down from the 9 percent Twitter saw when the character limit was at 140. In addition, users generally kept their tweets brief even with the 280-character limit, according to Rosen.
Apple Is Ramping Up Work on AR Headset to Succeed iPhone
The next step -- creating a headset with a built-in display capable of streaming 3D video without draining the battery -- is much more complicated. Cook acknowledged as much in a recent interview with The Independent, when he said: “Anything you would see on the market any time soon would not be something any of us would be satisfied with.” Referring to challenges creating displays, Chief Design Officer Jony Ive told a tech panel last month that “there are certain ideas that we have and we are waiting for the technology to catch up with the idea.”
Tech Startup or Real-Estate Broker? Fidelity Values Compass at $2 Billion
Todd Chaffee, a general partner at IVP and Compass board member, said he evaluated competing real-estate platforms when his VC firm first invested in 2015 and found they fell short of what Compass had developed. He said the caliber of developers at Compass was more like a tech company’s than a realty firm. “The simple reality is that Compass agents can perform key tasks (like generating comps for their clients) in a few seconds when it used to take them a couple of days,” he wrote in an email.
Apple offered to help FBI unlock Texas shooter's phone
FBI special agent Christopher Combs complained how the agency couldn't get into the Texas shooter's phone during a press conference. Turns out all they had to do was ask Apple for help. In a statement the tech titan has released to the media, it said it "immediately reached out to the FBI after learning from their press conference on Tuesday that investigators were trying to access a mobile phone." Cupertino offered its assistance and even promised to "expedite [its] response to any legal process." It added that it "work[s] with law enforcement every day" and "offer[s] training to thousands of agents so they understand [its] devices and how they can quickly request information from Apple."
Mr. Robot Digital Aftershow, Episode 305
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Ford signs $756M deal with Chinese automaker to build EVs
In order for a foreign OEM to establish a manufacturing footprint in China, it must first enter into a joint venture with a local automaker. This mandate was established to help Chinese automakers gain valuable experience in the industry, and it's proved fruitful, with automakers from Daimler to GM setting up shop in the Middle Kingdom. It's unlikely that whatever this JV produces will end up in other markets, including the US, but it could help establish the groundwork for EVs in other markets.
Twilio sets revenue record in Q3 | ZDNet
The cloud-based communications company reported a non-GAAP net loss of 8 cents per share, based on 92.2 million weighted average shares outstanding in the third quarter. By comparison, in Q3 2016, the company reported a non-GAAP net loss of 4 cents per share based on 83.9 million weighted average shares outstanding.
BitTorrent inventor announces eco-friendly bitcoin competitor Chia
Cohen has teamed up with early bitcoin exchange Tradehill’s COO Ryan Singer and they’ve raised a seed round for Chia to ramp up hiring. Cohen wouldn’t say how much it had raised, laughing that, “I’m not sure how much we want to announce right now, but it was a very hot round.” The goal is do some early sales of Chia in Q2 2018, with a full launch of its cryptocurrency by the end of 2018, though Cohen says that’s a stretch goal.
Former Yahoo CEO apologizes for data breach, blames Russians
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former Yahoo Chief Executive Marissa Mayer apologized on Wednesday for two massive data breaches at the internet company, blaming Russian agents for at least one of them, at a hearing on the growing number of cyber attacks on major U.S. companies.
Segwit2x Bitcoin Fork Cancelled | Hacker News
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The Segwit2x effort began in May with a simple purpose: to increase the
blocksize and improve Bitcoin scalability. At the time, the Bitcoin
community was in crisis after nearly 3 years of heavy debate, and consensus
for Segwit seemed like a distant mirage with only 30% support among miners.
Segwit2x found its first success in August, as it broke the deadlock and
quickly led to Segwit’s successful activation. Since that time, the team
shifted its efforts to phase two of the project - a 2MB blocksize increase. Our goal has always been a smooth upgrade for Bitcoin. Although we
strongly believe in the need for a larger blocksize, there is something we
believe is even more important: keeping the community together.
Unfortunately, it is clear that we have not built sufficient consensus for
a clean blocksize upgrade at this time.
Report: Apple Aiming to Sell AR Headset by 2020
Citing unnamed sources "familiar with the situation," Bloomberg reports that Cupertino is moving ahead with the development of an AR headset, which it aims to start selling by 2020—a loose deadline that could be pushed back. The headset will "have its own display and run on a new chip and operating system" called "rOS," or "reality operating system," the report notes.
10 enterprise-friendly features in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update
On October 17, 2017, Microsoft released its fourth major build of the Windows 10 operating system to the public. Dubbed "Redstone 3" internally, or version 1709, this iteration is more widely known as Fall Creators Update and brings with it several enhanced features, along with some new ones to help users become more productive. The update does this in various ways, leveraging emerging technologies and upping the ante on some familiar features.
Remarkable New Supernova Discovery Is Unlike Anything Seen Before
The new discovery and its spectral lines (the colors of light it sent our way) allowed scientists to classify it as a typical Type IIa supernova, the kind from large exploding stars. But this one remained bright for six times as long, with no sign of its ejected matter slowing down. And it sits in exactly the same spot as another supernova. All of this demonstrates just how little we know about the eventual fate of very massive stars.
Let's All Calm Down and Make Sense of That Antarctic Mantle Plume
Three decades ago, scientists began to study the possibility that there was a plume of hot rock coming up from the mantle, heating parts of Western Antarctica. Back in September, researchers published results of a model showing how such a plume might affect the Antarctic ice sheet. Today, these headlines started to appear:
Break Free From Turkey Tyranny With These Alternative Thanksgiving Mains
Turkey’s main challenge as a protein is its low fat-to-muscle ratio, which occurs partially by design and partially by nature. The market demands white meat, so commercially-farmed birds, especially the “self-basting,” saline-injected kind, are bred and raised to have enormous breasts and not much else. Naturally-raised, free-range turkeys are more flavorful, but they’re still large, active animals with relatively low subcutaneous fat levels, which is why they’re so tricky to roast. It’s not impossible, but pulling off a perfectly roasted turkey is annoying enough that I don’t even bother anymore, and my Thanksgiving menus have been all the better for it. If you’re questioning the necessity of turkey on your Thanksgiving table and are curious about other options, I’ve assembled a short list for inspiration.
Top 5 cybersecurity mistakes IT leaders make, and how to fix them
Businesses tend to fall into common traps when it comes to investing in cybersecurity programs, Candy Alexander, a member of the ISSA International Board of Directors and chief architect of the ISSA Cyber Security Career Lifecycle, said on the media call. "Investments are not so much in training or people, but more in tech," Alexander said. "We need to reinvest in our people to get the solutions in regards to mitigating the risks around our organizations."
Walmart’s Black Friday 2017 deals include 4K smart TVs and console discounts
Walmart just announced its first round of Black Friday deals, with more offers to come as we get closer to Thanksgiving. This year, top deals include 4K smart TVs and a discounted Destiny 2 on PS4.
Qualcomm Begins Selling Server Chip It Says Beats Intel's
Qualcomm Inc. , trying to break Intel Corp.’s lucrative stranglehold on server chips, said it began selling a new processor that will outperform its rivals and has support from some of the industry’s biggest buyers of the technology.
Compass raises $100 million, looks to double its footprint
Compass, a New York-based startup that makes technology tools for real estate brokers, said today that it has raised $100 million in Series E funding at a $1.8 billion valuation. Already active in 10 U.S. markets, Compass plans to use the funds to recruit agents in at least 10 additional markets, including Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Phoenix, and Seattle . Investors include Fidelity, IVP, and Wellington Management.
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Sorry, Comcast: Voters say “yes” to city-run broadband in Colorado
The anti-municipal broadband group, called "Priorities First Fort Collins," spent $451,000 campaigning against the broadband network ballot question. Priorities First Fort Collins received nearly all of its funding from the Colorado Cable Telecommunications Association and a group run by the city's chamber of commerce. Comcast is a member of both groups that funded the anti-municipal broadband campaign, while CenturyLink is a member of the chamber.
Stressed about serverless lock-in? Don't be
CoreOS CEO Alex Polvi thinks Amazon Web Services (AWS) Lambda is "one of the worst forms of proprietary lock-in we've ever seen in the history of humanity." Which is to say he's not a fan. But fan or not, Polvi's position is also incorrect, at least insofar as day-to-day pillaging of IT freedom is concerned. In part, this is because open source serverless options like Apache OpenWhisk have arisen to restore enterprise choice, but primarily, it is because the reality of lock-in is far more nuanced than Polvi allows.
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What is cloud computing? Everything you need to know about the cloud, explained | ZDNet
Private cloud allows organizations to benefit from the some of the advantages of public cloud -- but without the concerns about relinquishing control over data and services, because it is tucked away behind the corporate firewall. Companies can control exactly where their data is being held and can build the infrastructure in a way they want - largely for IaaS or PaaS projects - to give developers access to a pool of computing power that scales on-demand without putting security at risk. However, that additional security comes at a cost, as few companies will have the scale of AWS, Microsoft or Google, which means they will not be able to create the same economies of scale. Still, for companies that require additional security, private cloud may be a useful stepping stone, helping them to understand cloud services or rebuild internal applications for the cloud, before shifting them into the public cloud
New weed dispensary has a brewery-style tour to show how cannabis is grown
Sadly, thanks to state law, there cannot be any consumption on the property where cannabis is grown or sold, so visitors will not be able to try it on site. However, the company has said that is has plans for a "Napa style" tasting room in the future.
Apple Is Working on 2018 iPad Redesign With Facial Recognition
One key iPhone X enhancement that is unlikely to make its way to iPads next year is an OLED -- or organic light-emitting diode -- screen, according to people familiar with Apple’s supply chain. OLED screens more accurately reproduce colors, but are more difficult to produce in mass quantities than standard liquid-crystal displays. Samsung Electronics Co., which supplies OLED panels for iPhones, would be the only display maker with the capacity to produce the new screens for iPads in 2018, but technical and financial constraints still make that unlikely, according to a person with knowledge of Samsung’s display operations.
US Air Force Wants to Put Lasers on Fighter Jets By 2021
The US Air Force’s scientific research wing is giving Lockheed Martin $26.3 million “for the design, development, and production of a high power fiber laser,” which it expects to start testing on a tactical fighter jet in four years. Sounds cool and certainly futuristic, but the jury’s still out on whether these weapons have any real tactical value.
Move over, Sarah Jessica Parker: Jeff Goldblum has the chops to be the new Carrie Bradshaw
"I've always been a fan of Jeff Goldblum and have actually met him a few times; when GQ did an article on him, one of the accompanying photos with him dashing out of a boutique with shopping bags instantly reminded me of Carrie Bradshaw," Gross told Mashable .
Drake admits that he's been investing in Birkin bags for his future lady
"He reveals that he has been collecting Birkin bags for years, a gift for 'the woman I end up with,'" Tatiana Siegel wrote in The Hollywood Reporter .
Matthew McConaughey teamed up with Wild Turkey to hand out free... frozen turkeys
Alright. Alright. Alright. Matthew McConaughey’s birthday was on Saturday just a few days before he took part in the Wild Turkey Gives Back Project, part of his commitment with the bourbon distillery to give back to the local community.
Gucci won a battle against Forever 21 in a war over stripes
Late last year, Gucci began alleging that Forever 21 was infringing its trademark by copying the brand’s signature “blue-red-blue” and “green-red-green” stripe webbing. Many companies have tried to stop Forever 21 from offering fast-fashion versions of their luxury items, but this time is different—Gucci might actually be winning.
Royal Caribbean is rolling out a digital transformation and looking for top tech talent
The changes also include a mobile app, which is in a beta version on two ships at the moment. The current version allows passengers to see their cruise schedule and what's available on board on a day-to-day basis. "Then over the next two years, we will continue to add capabilities on a relatively frequent basis. The next set of capabilities will allow you to register in the app, check in via the app, upload your selfie to be able to use our facial recognition boarding, book shore excursions, dining, et cetera, and then we'll continue to add capabilities. We have x-ray vision [VR] and digital games built in," Schneider said.
Bloodhound's 1,000-mph car rockets through its first test
It's a sentiment echoed by the aerodynamic designer of Bloodhound. "To see the crowd reaction, and seeing the kids get excited, that's very special," said Ron Ayers. "That is the object, not to break a record -- we already have the record (Ayers worked on the Thrust SSC car, which still holds the record at 763 mph) -- we're doing it to inspire young people and what inspires young people more than high-speed cars!"
Apple is reportedly working on a futuristic headset — and it could ship as early as 2020
Bloomberg reports it's the same team that was first responsible for ARKit, Apple's set of tools that allows developers to create augmented reality applications for the iPhone and iPad, and new version of ARKit could debut in 2018. This was just a first step, however, which could ultimately help to bring the new headset to life with a new operating system.