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Snapchat Parent Files Publicly for $3 Billion Initial Offering

Snap, the maker of the disappearing photo app Snapchat, filed publicly for an initial offering, the first U.S. social-media company to do so since Twitter more than three years ago, Bloomberg News reports.  Developing... 

Microsoft asks for exceptions process in Trump's immigration ban

Smith admits that this proposal doesn't wholly solve the issues created by the immigration restriction, however he argues that it is at least a start and is calling on others to help improve the provision. There is no word if this provision has been seen or is under consideration by the State Department or Department of Homeland Security.

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Employees of Comcast in Philadelphia are walking out in protest against trumps immigration order.

Thailand pushes public-private partnerships to build smart cities

Under a government plan to accelerate smart cities around the country, Thailand has called on private industry to launch ventures devoted to innovation, asset management and city development.

6 Uber CEO Quits Trump Business Council

Following an unprecedented wave of outraged Uber users terminating their account in protest of what many saw as Uber CEO Travis Kalanick’s cooperation with Donald Trump, Kalanick is leaving Trump’s business advisory council, reports the New York Times.

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If our existing stockholders, including employees and service providers who obtain equity, sell, or indicate an intention to sell, substantial amounts of our Class A common stock in the public market after the lock-up and legal restrictions on resale discussed in this prospectus lapse, the trading price of our Class A common stock could decline. Based on shares outstanding as of December 31, 2016, on the closing of this offering, we will have outstanding a total of              shares of Class A common stock,              shares of Class B common stock, and              shares of Class C common stock, assuming no exercise of outstanding options, and after giving effect to the conversion of all outstanding shares of our preferred stock into shares of Class B common stock on the closing of this offering and the sale of Class A common stock by the selling stockholders in this offering.

Snapchat Parent Files Publicly for $3 Billion Initial Offering

Snap Inc., the maker of the disappearing photo app Snapchat, filed publicly for an initial offering, the first U.S. social-media company to do so since Twitter Inc. more than three years ago.

Mozilla shutters its connected devices division

"Although we believe it is the right strategic decision for Mozilla, we recognize that it will impact people's lives and are are committed to supporting their well-being. People are the reason why we can get anything done -- this isn't lost on us -- and we did not make this decision lightly."

Here are the strengths and weaknesses of Facebook's plan to grab TV's ad money

"Facebook seems mainly focused on video revenue share agreements rather than acquiring/licensing rights (more like YouTube than Netflix)," Morgan Stanley analysts led by Brian Nowak wrote on Thursday. It's not going to be easy for Facebook to get TV-quality programming on its platform by just splitting the ad revenue. It's much more likely to get the type of "premium" content that lives on YouTube, which sits somewhere in-between an amateur production and a TV show. And that kind of video is not as attractive in stealing away TV ad dollars.

Facebook’s AI now lets you search for photos by describing them

For example, you can search for “pictures of pizza” or “orange shirt photos” and the results will highlight posts from your friends that match the description. Facebook will show these results higher in the grid, followed by other relevant images that you may be interested in. The image-recognition feature is similar to what you may be familiar with on iOS 10 or Google Photos.

These Are the Cheapest Smartphone Plans In the US For Every Need

Shopping for cell phone plans can be complicated when companies advertise confusing rates or hide some options altogether. To save yourself some hassle, these are the absolute cheapest cell phone plans in the US.

Snapchat paid its third cofounder $158 million in cash to disappear

One person who will not share in their glory is Reggie Brown, who went to Stanford with both men and claimed he came up with Snapchat's core idea of disappearing photos.

14 Snap’s IPO Filing: Everything You Need to Know

Snap Inc., the fast-growing virtual-messaging company, has lifted the curtain on its plans to go public. The five-year-old company’s initial public offering is the most anticipated and biggest since debuted in September 2014. Snap also would become the first of a small group of highly valued and closely watched venture-backed companies, led by Uber Technologies […]

Google ends Hands Free mobile payments pilot, iOS app will stop working Feb. 8

Hands Free, a pilot app from Google that let customers perform mobile payments in stores without needing to present their iPhone or Android smartphone at the checkout, will shut down next month after almost a year of testing. Introduced in March for iOS and Android, Hands Free aimed to simplify the payment process for its users by allowing for confirmation of identity to be performed by the cashier. In theory, this allows for customers to conduct transactions with their payment cards and mobile phones safely stowed away in pockets or bags, leaving their hands free to carry their purchases and other items. Hands Free used a combination of Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and location services to determine what store the smartphone owner is inside, and if it was a retailer participating in the program. At the point of payment, customers would advise they planned to "pay with Google," with the cashier able to check the user's identity using a photograph on the payment terminal's display. A notice on the project's website revealed it will be shutting down next week, with users unable to make payments using the mobile apps from Feb.

NVIDIA makes it more difficult to resell bundled games

According to its new code redemption FAQ, coupons "are intended for use by the purchaser" and no one else. As such, you'll need to redeem the codes through your GeForce Experience app account, which then links to the relevant store. Unfortunately, it'll also perform a hardware check "to ensure that the coupon code is redeemed on the system with the qualifying GPU," the FAQ states. NVIDIA didn't say that it's tied to one particular card, so presumably, you could give or sell the code to a user with the same model.

Climate Change Will Kill the Groundhog Day Groundhog

But at least one scientist told us that we should probably be worrying about the groundhog’s health with a changing climate, too. Groundhogs hibernate, meaning that after they eat a whole lot to fatten up, they spend much of the year sleeping, explained Roelof Hut, assistant professor at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. Hibernating species usually experience a period of deep sleep, waking up every few weeks. The groundhogs expend almost all of their fat reserves during these so-called arousal periods. Climate change could mean more arousals, and quicker depletion of the groundhog’s fat.

Vast Majority of Americans Say Benefits of Childhood Vaccines Outweigh Risks

But there are several groups with comparatively more concern about the safety of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine. Foremost among them are parents of children ages 0 to 4 who have recently faced or will soon face a decision about whether to follow the recommended immunization schedule for measles, mumps and rubella starting when their children are between 12 and 15 months old. Six-in-ten (60%) parents with children ages 0 to 4 see the preventive health benefits of the MMR vaccine as high, compared with 75% of parents with school-age children (ages 5-17) and 76% of people with no children under age 18. About half (52%) of parents with children ages 0 to 4 say the risk of side effects from the MMR vaccine is low, 43% of this group says the risk is medium or high. By comparison, 70% of those with no minor age children say the risk of side effects is low, and 29% say the risk is medium or worse.

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Snapchat growth slowed significantly after the launch of Instagram Stories

Snapchat seems to have hit a bit of a wall. In early 2016, Snap was unstoppable. Between the fourth quarter of 2015 and the third quarter of 2016, the service added 46 million average daily active users — pushing its total to 153 million active users per day.

Snapchat cites its scattered beachfront offices as a risk to employee morale

This diffuse structure may prevent us from fostering positive employee morale and encouraging social interaction among our employees and different business units. Moreover, because our office buildings are dispersed throughout the area, we may be unable to adequately oversee employees and business functions," the company said in a filing. "If we cannot compensate for these and other issues caused by this geographically dispersed office structure, we may lose employees, which could seriously harm our business."

Congressional Investigators Warn of SpaceX Rocket Defects

Congressional investigators are raising new safety concerns about Space Exploration Technologies Corp.’s plans for future manned launches, citing persistent cracking of vital propulsion-system components, according to government and industry officials familiar with the details. The Government Accountability Office’s preliminary findings reveal a pattern of problems with turbine blades that pump fuel into rocket engines, these officials said. The final GAO report, scheduled to be released in coming weeks, is slated to be...

Mozilla gives up on Firefox OS, lays off 50

Firefox OS originally started life as Mozilla's attempt at a smartphone platform. The ambition was to create a free and open source platform that used Web technology to build applications, suitable for low cost phones in emerging markets. Although a few products did materialize, Firefox OS was rapidly squeezed out by Android, so just over a year ago Mozilla repositioned the operating system. Instead of being a smartphone platform, it was aimed at devices such as smart TVs.

Snap Signed Five-Year, $2 Billion Deal to Use Google’s Cloud

Snap Inc. plans to spend $2 billion with Alphabet Inc. over the next five years to use Google’s cloud-computing services, according to Snap’s initial public offering filing. The social media firm also listed its dependency on Google as a key risk investors should consider before buying stock.

Snap has finally filed publicly for its massive IPO

The net loss line is staggering, as are its accelerating losses, but it also puts the $1.8 billion it raised last year in perspective — it needs deep coffers to continue to grow. And going public is, at its heart, a way to build a big war chest in addition to giving shareholders some liquidity. Snapchat says it has around $1 billion in cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities. Snap more than tripled its staff between the end of 2015 and the end of 2016, and now has 1,859 employees.

Amazon sinks on revenue miss

allows third party sellers to send inventory to Amazon's warehouses, and take advantage of its shipping service for a small fee. The number of active sellers using FBA grew 70% year-over-year, while FBA units accounted for more than 55% of total third-party unit sales.

AWS posts $3.53 billion in revenue in Q4 2016, up 47% from last year

Amazon today said that its Amazon Web Services public cloud subsidiary generated $926 million in operating income on $3.53 billion in revenue in the fourth quarter of 2016.

There is still use for QR codes yet: Chrome for iOS gains a QR scanner

Pulling it up is as easy as pie. If you happen to have an Apple device that supports 3D Touch, the haptic feedback feature introduced in the iPhone 6S, you can access the “Scan QR Code” option from Chrome’s quick access menu. If you’re stuck with legacy hardware, on the other hand, you can access the feature from iOS’s Spotlight search. Type in “QR Code” or “Scan QR Code” to get it to appear in the list of results.

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Apple, Microsoft, Facebook and Alphabet can finally agree on something: They all oppose Trump's immigration ban

This Kitchen Gadget Turns Food Waste Into Fertilizer In Just A Day

On its Indiegogo campaign , the device sold out of its first price tier four hours after launching. "This really gives us a lot of confidence that there is a substantial market out there for in-home food recycling products like Zera Food Recycler," says Rich.

Elon Musk just said he's staying on Trump advisory council in wake of criticism

Criticism toward Musk regarding his affiliation with the Trump administration mounted after Trump signed an executive order barring immigrants from seven Muslim-majority nations from entering the US. Musk said in his statement that he and others will " express our objections to the recent executive order on immigration and offer suggestions for changes to the policy."

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Wow. Snap is committed to spend $2 BILLION with Google over next five years for cloud services.

Why Aaron Sorkin's Screenplay for The Social Network Was So Damn Good

The Social Network was a fantastic movie for many reasons: the direction of David Fincher, the music by Trent Reznor, the acting of mostly everyone involved, and, of course, the screenplay by Aaron Sorkin. It’s trademark Sorkin, with dialogue being stacked on top of more dialogue and characters expressing so many different things at once, and that all makes it good. But what makes it great is the screenplay’s structure and how Fincher dialed down some of that trademark Sorkin-ness, too.

LG patented this crazy screen that wraps around the top of your phone

Look, I’m going to be honest here: I don’t fully get why this is a thing anyone would want. The back of the phone is something we primarily tend to use to hold our phones, and seems like a bit of a waste given that it’s nearly logistically impossible to use both sides at once without getting creative with mirrors. And the screen portion on the top of the phone seems like its guaranteed to cause the entirety of your crazy wraparound display to shatter the first time you accidentally drop the device.

The New York Times just added more than a quarter-million digital subscriptions—is it enough?

Today, Microsoft  president and chief legal officer Brad Smith sent a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly in which he pushed for the Trump administration to make exceptions for people who may be nationals of the seven majority-Muslim countries on the ban list, but have already been vetted and pose no threat to national security. He said that 76 Microsoft employees (and 41 of their dependents) with nonimmigrant visas fall into this category and have been separated from their families because of the executive order. Smith called on President Trump and his team to create a new category that would classify such individuals as "Responsible Known Traveler with Pressing Needs."

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Microsoft Requests Exemptions to Trump's Immigration Order

"At Microsoft we have seen these needs first-hand through some of our 76 employees who are impacted by last week's order and, together with their 41 dependents, have nonimmigrant visas to live in the United States," Smith wrote in a blog post . "These needs almost certainly are not unique to our employees and their families."

Beyoncé was trying to tell us about the twins this whole time and we are fools

Just prior to Instagramming the two gesture/backwards peace sign, she shared a photo of a bottle of champagne with no evidence that she herself drank any of it herself. Although Beyoncé always has plenty to celebrate, posting a photo of a bottle of alcohol on its own is not the norm for her. This was a special occasion.

'Salt Bae' seasoned Leonardo DiCaprio's dinner, as is the natural order of things

Here we have Leonardo DiCaprio preparing to enjoy a dinner of expensive meats, courtesy of the exact person you would probably expect: Salt Bae.

How Another Star Wars Side Story Could Help Make the Prequels Better

Hello, apocalypteers! Reality is a nightmare, so let’s head immediately into the sweet embrace of pop culture. This week, I explain the many reasons why video games movies don’t work, the difference between Iron Fist and Rogue One ’s Chirrut Imwe, what the hell the Super Friends cartoon is in the Arrowverse, and more. Take shelter!

Reddit Bans Prominent Alt-Right Community Amidst Doxxing Rumors

We are very clear in our site  terms of service  that posting of personal information can get users banned from Reddit and we ask our communities not to post content that harasses or invites harassment. We have banned r/altright due to repeated violations of the terms of our content policy. There is no single solution to these issues and we are actively engaging with the Reddit community to improve everyone’s experience.

Smell like weed all day with these cannabis-specific perfumes

"I'd already created a handful of avant-garde 'VR' fragrances for Xyrena, one of the most popular is Dark Ride which smells like water rides," said Wells. "I'm not a fan of the skunk heavy scent of smoked bud I do like the aroma of many strains prior to being burnt, so I decided to capture their virgin essences as perfume."

Apple's 'polarizing' new products are paying off

The iPad's ongoing struggles aside, this quarter suggests Apple might actually be giving customers what they want. Or, more cynically, customers who've become locked into the Apple ecosystem decided that now was the best time to upgrade, not jump ship to another platform. The truth is likely somewhere in the middle. While power users might miss the MacBook Pro's full-size USB ports and longer battery life and those with great headphones might be annoyed at having to use a dongle with the iPhone 7, it seems the majority of "normal" consumers out there are not rejecting Apple's new products en masse because of these changes.

Why VMware's NSX must evolve to keep up in a serverless future - TechRepublic

NSX is the successor of an open source project from a company called Nicira. After purchasing Nicira for $1 billion, VMware invested roughly a year of development integrating Nicira's platform with vSphere, and maintained a dual code base. One product, NSX-V, commonly referred to as NSX, is fully integrated with vSphere. The second product is NSX-T. NSX-T is closer in architecture to the original Nicira product, and it supports non-vSphere hypervisors including KVM.

Qualcomm discusses the future of smartwatches - and they're bullish

Qualcomm is the world’s biggest provider of mobile processors and chips for over 100 types of wearables.  However, the wearable business, which revolves around smartwatches and fitness bands, is undergoing some changes. New smartwatches haven’t been seen at the booths of major vendors such as LG and Samsung, although Samsung claims they are waiting for Google’s Android Wear 2.0 operating system to arrive.  In December, Lenovo said that it wouldn’t be making another smartwatch in the near future. To top it off, IDC saw a large decrease in smartwatch shipments during its third-quarter of 2016.  Many experts say that last year’s wearable sales failed to meet expectations.

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This map shows you how different parts of the country felt about Trump’s immigration ban

Electrifying insights: How automakers can drive electrified vehicle sales and profitability

Automakers face a difficult challenge: They must strike the right balance between selling enough electrified vehicles (EVs) to comply with tightening regulatory fleet emissions and fuel economy targets, while preventing the incremental cost of adding costly battery packs to their vehicles from cannibalizing corporate profits. To compound matters, automakers cannot afford to lose focus on combustion engine models, which are often more profitable. Against this backdrop, our latest report provides fresh insights and potential solutions.

Nintendo's newest smartphone game is out now — and the way it makes money is troubling

Regardless of that, this method of charging players for a chance at getting something new is often received poorly by game players. In Japan, where the concept is more common, the government has outright regulated its implementation. How it'll be received in the US is another question — some popular games in the US have a similar system. For example, in the popular game "Overwatch," players can purchase in-game "loot boxes" that contain randomized items. The boxes can be earned in-game through play, or you can purchase them with real money.

YouTube app for iPhone and iPad updated with controls in lockscreen, Control Center

Google has updated the YouTube app for Apple's iPhone and iPad with easier access to playback controls, particularly when casting videos to TVs, Chromecasts, set-tops, and other devices.

50 Snap’s IPO Filing: Everything You Need to Know

Snap Inc., the fast-growing virtual-messaging company, has lifted the curtain on its plans to go public. The five-year-old company’s initial public offering is the most anticipated and biggest since debuted in September 2014. Snap also would become the first of a small group of highly valued and closely watched venture-backed companies, led by Uber Technologies […]

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55 Guy Gets a String of Tattoos Around His Body That Come to Life When He Spins Around
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62 Matthew McConaughey thinks it's time Hollywood 'embraces' Donald Trump
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64 Amazon sinks on revenue miss
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66 Apple Music nabbed a former Spotify executive
67 This Breathalyzer Detects the Flu
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69 Trump eases Russia sanctions to allow US electronics exports
70 Snapchat is growing up, files for IPO
71 IT'S OFFICIAL: Snap just filed for its IPO
72 Acer’s biggest curved monitor yet aims for total gaming immersion
73 Snapchat reportedly hit 160M daily users and $400M revenue in 2016
74 Trump prays for 'Apprentice' ratings, Schwarzenegger prays for America
75 Someone Finally Made an Electric Grill That Doesn't Suck
76 Twitter employees are donating $1.59 million to the ACLU
78 Drudge Report Stokes Iran Fears With Fake Missile Photo Featuring Jar Jar Binks
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81 Samsung Scores That Sweet, Sweet Trump Tweet
82 Google's self-driving cars are getting better at autonomy
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85 $700 million startup Wealthfront is doubling down on robots running your financial life — as rivals embrace humans
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