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'Defector' on the Oculus is basically VR spy training

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Mary Meeker’s annual valentine to Silicon Valley reminds us tech utopianism is alive and well

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2 Fitbit's six current, ex-staff indicted in Jawbone trade secrets case

(Reuters) - ​Six former and current employees of Fitbit Inc ( FIT.N ) were ​charged in a federal indictment for possessing trade secrets stolen from rival Jawbone, according to a statement from the Department of Justice on Thursday.

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AT&T wraps up $85 billion Time Warner acquisition | ZDNet

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Widespread outage strikes Apple Maps search, directions

Apple Maps is currently undergoing a partial outage of service, with a large number of users unable to use the navigational functions to get directions on the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac versions of the app.

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Instagram no longer snitches when you screenshot Stories

TNW has since confirmed the change is already in place. While taking a screenshot would previously result in showing a star-shaped icon next to the handle of the person who did the screengrabbing, the field now remains entirely empty.

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Trump announces 25 percent tariff on Chinese technology

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Friday announced that the United States will implement a 25 percent tariff on $50 billion of goods from China related to intellectual property and technology, and pledged to impose further levies if the Asian nation takes retaliatory measures.

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Today in Apple history: iPad 2 leak lands insiders in prison | Cult of Mac

The three Foxconn employees got arrested the previous December. Authorities charged them with leaking the design of the iPad 2 to an accessory manufacturer prior to the device’s launch. The company used this information to begin cranking out iPad 2 cases early, giving it a head start on rivals.

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Florida frat bros sued over Facebook revenge porn

BREAKING: The Delta Sigma Phi fraternity and others have been illegally posting naked videos of innocent young women on a secret Facebook page called the “Dog Pound.” Here is the lawsuit we just filed to end this disgusting behavior. #ZeroTolerance https://t.co/2IYS70Xsuc pic.twitter.com/HnSWNLdbLW

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11 US targets Chinese tech with a 25 percent tariff

In light of China's theft of intellectual property and technology and its other unfair trade practices, the United States will implement a 25 percent tariff on $50 billion of goods from China that contain industrially significant technologies. This includes goods related to China's Made in China 2025 strategic plan to dominate the emerging high-technology industries that will drive future economic growth for China, but hurt economic growth for the United States and many other countries.

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Comcast says it’s no longer throttling heavy internet users' speeds

Comcast told CNET that the congestion management system had been "essentially inactive for more than a year." It added, "With well over 99 percent of our internet customers using more modern DOCSIS gateways and modems, congestion on individual channels is no longer an issue that needs to be managed."

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Microsoft declares Windows 10 April 2018 Update ready for businesses | ZDNet

Microsoft officials are saying that they're seeing "higher satisfaction numbers, fewer known issues and lower support call volumes compared to previous Windows 10 releases" with the April 2018 Update. Officials said that they've communicated with customers via their service forums to keep them in the loop when issues arise, and say that AI technologies, feedback and/or telemetry data has allowed the company to quickly adjust to temporarily stop offering the update to those affected.

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Oprah Winfrey to produce original programming for Apple

Apple announced a new multi-year partnership with Oprah Winfrey, in which the voice of our generation will produce content for the tech giant in the form of original programs. The exciting news came on Friday, just in time for us to spend the whole weekend celebrating the arrival of new Oprah shows.

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Amy Poehler doesn't have time for dumb celebrity interviews in Trump's America

Amy Poehler doesn't have time for dumb celebrity interviews in Trump's America

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Palm-sized PC makes it easier for business travelers to give presentations without Wi-Fi

As Christmas noted, the device creates its own, secure Wi-Fi signal and can show presentations on anything with a browser. Through Forum, you can conduct live polls, send out questions or downloadable files to the audience, and share contact information, the release noted. According to the Indiegogo page, it can connect to "30 devices locally and up to tens of thousands when connected to a local network."

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How the 22nd century should remember Trump

And at that point we're basically in the timeline foreseen by the 20th century's foremost future historian, science fiction writer Robert Heinlein. In 1953, Heinlein described a folksy, racist, populist TV preacher winning the White House with a minority of the popular vote — in the election of 2012. (What's four years' difference at that many decades' distance, right?) This president then "needed stormtroopers" and so "revived the Ku Klux Klan in all but name." America's economy stagnated, and elections soon became a thing of the past.

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Special report: How blockchain will disrupt business (free PDF)

This ebook, based on the latest ZDNet and TechRepublic special feature , looks at how blockchain is shaking up the economy, redefining industry, and changing the way individuals and enterprises conduct business. From the ebook: The term blockchain can elicit reactions ranging from a blank stare (from the majority of the general public) to evangelical fervour (from over-enthusiastic early adopters). But most people who know a bit about the technology detect a pungent whiff of hype, leavened with the suspicion that, when the dust settles, it may have a significant role to play as a component of digital transformation. The best-known example of blockchain technology in action is the leading cryptocurrency Bitcoin, but there are many more use cases—think of blockchain as the ‘operating system’ upon which different ‘applications’ (such as Bitcoin) can run. So, what is a blockchain? At heart, a blockchain is a special kind of database in which ‘blocks’ of sequential and immutable data pertaining to virtual or physical assets are linked via cryptographic hashes and distributed as an ever-growing ‘chain’ among multiple peer-to-peer ‘nodes’.

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We compared unlimited data phone plans to find the best one for you

The unlimited plans from the big four carriers all come with unlimited talk, texting and data. But there's a catch -- when you hit a certain data limit, your data speeds are slowed down or your data needs are sent to the back of the line. These are the data limits for each carrier:

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LinkedIn CEO: Here are the real skills you need to be successful at work

"These kinds of interpersonal skills you can pick up in classes that are online, increasingly, and it's wonderful to see that there's a rise in the amount of courses being offered and the number of providers who are increasingly thinking about where the jobs are and will be and the skills required to obtain those jobs," Weiner said in the interview.

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New form of matter may lie just beyond the periodic table

The new theoretical results suggest that udQM may have a stable configuration in the “continent of stability,” indicating that searches should look in the region with large mass, A (>300) and sufficiently large charge Z, Z/A~0.3. Credit: Holdom et al. ©2018 American Physical Society Currently, the heaviest element on the periodic table is oganesson, which has an atomic mass of 294 and was officially named in 2016. Like every element on the periodic table, nearly all of oganesson's mass comes from protons and neutrons (types of baryons) that are themselves made of three quarks each. A crucial feature of all known baryonic matter is that its quarks are bound together so tightly by the strong force that they are inseparable. As particles made of bound quarks (such as protons and neutrons) are called hadrons, scientists refer to the ground state of baryonic matter as "hadronic matter."

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Oprah Winfrey to produce original programming for Apple

Apple announced a new multi-year partnership with Oprah Winfrey, in which the voice of our generation will produce content for the tech giant in the form of original programs. The exciting news came on Friday, just in time for us to spend the whole weekend celebrating the arrival of new Oprah shows.

24 Trump sets tariffs on $50 billion in Chinese goods; Beijing strikes...

WASHINGTON/BEIJING (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said he was pushing ahead with hefty tariffs on $50 billion of Chinese imports on Friday, and the smoldering trade war between the world’s two largest economies showed signs of igniting as Beijing immediately vowed to respond in kind.

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Why 78% of organizations fail to get DevOps right

The survey also asked respondents how they are notified when a application, process, or system fails. More than 21% said that they are alerted by an end user—a surprisingly high amount for large companies, the report noted. Another 32% said that someone in operations watching a dashboard alerts them, 23% said third-party tools like New Relic and Pingdom help them monitor their apps, and 25% said monitoring was built into the pipeline, apps, and infrastructure, sending notifications immediately.

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No, it wasn't just you — Apple Maps was down for hours, but it's working again

There's no word from Apple on when it will be fixed why it happened , but Apple says it was aware of the issue and is investigating.

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Researchers develop artificial intelligence system to watch you through walls | ZDNet

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12 Last-Minute Father's Day Tech Gift Ideas

Don't panic. Just because the day slipped your mind doesn't mean you don't want to get a thoughtful gift. We have you covered.

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South Korean carrier reintroduces iPhone 3GS

The key advantage of buying a 2009-vintage phone in 2018 is pricing. Apple currently sells its lowest-cost iPhone SE for 490,000 won (roughly $452), which is over ten times the SK Telink asking price for the iPhone 3GS. The plastic phone is comparatively disposable, though notably less recyclable, as Apple has made major strides in materials and reuse over the nine years since it introduced the 3GS. It’s unclear what warranty the aged device will enjoy in Korea, so if you’re considering ordering a phone, you may want to consider it a collector’s item rather than something to actually use on a daily basis.

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Gmail proves that some people hate smart suggestions

Gmail has recently introduced a brand new redesign . While you can disable or ignore most of the new features, Gmail has started resurfacing old unanswered emails with a suggestion that you should reply. And this is what it looks like:

31 A tour through the Fortnite booth at E3

Fans could take a chance on the Loot Llama bucking bronco machine at Fornite's E3 booth.  In the game, the supply llama randomly spawns on the island to provide players with materials like wood, stone or steel along with bullets and other items. The llama is very rare and you might not see it over several games.

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Microsoft reportedly developing cashierless store to rival Amazon

The details : A report from Reuters says the tech company is working on a system which will track what a customer in a given brick-and-mortar store puts in their cart. It’s supposedly flashed samples of this tech and has even discussed potential collaboration with Walmart.

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Why Crystal is the most promising programming language of 2018

The main draw of Crystal is that it appears to have shattered the barrier between syntactically sweet interpreted/dynamic languages like Ruby and Python — which are loved for their readability and ease-of-use — and the raw horsepower of C/C++ and low-level systems languages. Until now, you always had the choice between writing a lot of hard-to-read, hard-to-debug, complicated, but extremely fast C/C++ code, and writing a short 5-liner in Ruby/Python that does what you want, but wastes memory and speed. In other words, we have always had to choose between performance and syntax. Since it is much easier to develop an MVP in Ruby/Python than it is in C/C++, for the past 18+ years SAAS companies large and small have simply accepted dynamic languages as a necessary evil and have taken on these extra performance hits as an unavoidable cost of doing business. With Crystal, however, you can do all the stuff you were doing in Ruby/Python but with the speed and memory footprint of a native C/C++ binary. And did I mention your code will be beautiful and you can still use dynamic methods sort

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Boeing GoFly Prize winners soar beyond jetpacks

Students and professors from Texas A&M University developed the all-electric Harmony concept for the Boeing-sponsored GoFly competition. The team says it's "designed to minimize noise and maximize efficiency, safety, reliability, and flight experience." This is one of the more unusual-looking concepts among the top 10 GoFly submissions.

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The Ars Technica Father’s Day gift guide

Google’s app for controlling all the services and devices tied to a Chromecast Audio isn’t as tidy as the one Sonos offers, which can make this slightly more cumbersome to control. But the fact that one Chromecast Audio costs $35 goes a long way in making up for that. Provided your dad uses the right music services, the cost difference between hooking up a few of these to create a multiroom audio setup and buying in to multiple Sonos speakers should help you look past any extra friction. Since it streams over Wi-Fi—up to 24-bit/96kHz, which isn’t the highest-resolution audio but clear enough for most—it won't muddy up the audio itself, either.

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6.1-inch LCD 2018 iPhone expected to be most popular model

Apple has reportedly made some alterations to its 2018 iPhone orders, and is expected to deliver more of the 6.1-inch LCD 2018 iPhone in the fall than the OLED models combined.

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Cisco Live 2018: How people are using technology for the better operation of cities

Smart cities are adapting to better suit the needs of its citizens and promoting efficiency and productivity.

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15 intimate snapshots of the Romanov family, shortly before their execution

Anna Virubova, best friend and confidante of Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna, and Olga Romanov. Virubova was regarded as very much under the influence of Rasputin. Not permitted by the Bolsheviks to follow the tsar's family into exile, she was first jailed in St. Petersburg and eventually escaped to Finland, were she lived in a convent until her death in the 1960s.

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Apple, Oprah commit to multi-year content partnership deal

Apple is binge-collecting celebrities as it continues to expand its streaming content footprint. The latest is megastar Oprah Winfrey, who signed up for a multi-year content partnership with Apple.

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Apple poaches senior self-driving engineer from Waymo

(Reuters) - Apple Inc has hired a senior self-driving car engineer from Alphabet Inc’s Waymo unit, Apple said on Friday, a sign that the iPhone maker maintains autonomous vehicle ambitions.

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Of course ex-Cambridge Analytica staffers are working on Trump's 2020 campaign

But unfortunately for Data Propria's PR representatives, when the AP told Oczkowski that they'd learned of the campaign directly from his own mouth, he partially conceded. He said that, ok, Data Propria was working on the Republican National Committee's midterm election efforts. But that, according to the AP, "whatever he’d said about the 2020 campaign would have been speculative."

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The Best Game Trailers of E3 2018 - IGN Video

From Cyberpunk 2077 to The Last of Us: Part 2, here are the very best trailers of this year's show.

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Apple signs Oprah for a multi-year deal

Apple has been building its programming roster as it gears up for a launch of its TV platform, and it's latest deal is with Oprah Winfrey. The company announced today that it will be creating original programs with Winfrey that "embrace her incomparable ability to connect with audiences around the world." Apple described the deal as a "unique, multi-year content partnership."

44 No, it's not just you — Apple Maps is down

There's no word from Apple on when it will be fixed why it happened , but Apple says it was aware of the issue and is investigating.

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Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit world premiere: Life Is Strange, but not

The game opens with a boy named Chris in his bedroom, playing with action figures. His active imagination has conjured a superhero named Captain Spirit, and we learn a bit about his vision for that figure through his play. We also learn that Chris dreams of being a superhero; we won't spoil how the game has fun playing with expectations about whether he really has powers.

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Latest Windows 10 'Redstone 5' test build adds SwiftKey support | ZDNet

Microsoft's latest Windows 10 test build, No. 17692, brings SwitftKey keyboard support to Windows, along with a handful of other new features.

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Ross Ulbricht’s alleged confidant “Variety Jones” extradited to US

"Silk Road was a secret online marketplace for illegal drugs, hacking services, and a whole host of other criminal activity," Manhattan US Attorney Geoffrey Berman said in a statement . "Roger Thomas Clark allegedly served as a trusted confidant to Silk Road founder and operator Ross Ulbricht, advising him on all aspects of this illegal business, including how to maximize profits and use threats of violence to thwart law enforcement," Berman continued. "Thanks to the investigative work of our fellow law enforcement agencies and our international partners, Clark now faces justice in an American court." This story is developing. Please check back for updates.

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A chat with 'Super Meat Boy Forever' creator Tommy Refenes

Though the game shines in its rapid-fire mechanics, there's a deeper story happening behind all of the mayhem. Meat Boy and Bandage Girl, the two main characters from the first game, are facing off against Dr. Fetus once again -- but this time around, the bad doctor has stolen their child, Nugget, and they have to race to get her back. Even the mid-level enemies have their own stories, like the floating purple clouds that eat up Meat Boy and spit him directly into spinning saw blades at any chance they get. These baddies are called Betus and they're inspired by Refenes' own experience with Diabetes.

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Kellogg’s Honey Smacks Salmonella outbreak: 6 things the CDC says you need to know

Kellogg Company has issued a recall of Honey Smacks cereal after the company was contacted by federal agencies over reported illnesses linked to the product. The Battle Creek, Michigan, breakfast brand said the recall affects 15-ounce and 23-ounce box sizes, with a “best if used before” date of June 14, 2018, through June 14, 2019. No other products are affected.

51 Wolfram Research goes for Software 2.0, releases neural net repository | ZDNet
52 Robots will not take over most jobs - Video | ZDNet
53 Equifax names former IBM Watson exec as new CTO | ZDNet
54 'Star Trek: Discovery' replaces its showrunners (again)
55 This new Android malware delivers banking trojan, keylogger and ransomware | ZDNet
56 How to get people to want to help you
57 University of Chicago to stop requiring ACT and SAT scores for prospective undergraduates
58 Stanford researchers taught AI to make dank memes
59 With no net neutrality rules, will mergers like AT&T-Time Warner kill the internet?
60 Justin Roiland is on board for more nudity in the Nintendo universe
61 Out of stealth: New company brings Street View to the construction industry | ZDNet
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63 Apple Maps is down, 'all users' affected (update: it's back)
64 I need one of 8Bitdo's incredibly tiny Switch controllers
65 The 5 best apps for following the World Cup 2018
66 Stephen Hawking's voice beamed into space as his ashes are interred
67 Google is still very white and very male
68 If Quantic Dream could get its act together, it would change the gaming world
69 Microsoft's HoloLens 2 will use Qualcomm's new XR1 VR chip
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73 Elon Musk's Boring Company to build airport link
74 Safely Enable Office 365
75 More Americans are turning to multiple social media sites for news
76 Google Fuchsia release date, news and rumors
77 How to Set Up a VPN on a Chromebook
78 How to install osTicket on Ubuntu 16.04
79 Shut the f*ck up, Marco Rubio
80 E3 2018: Why Nintendo Sees Switch Online as the Virtual Console Successor - IGN
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82 Our staff’s favorite games from E3 2018
83 E3 2018: Opinion: Devil May Cry 5 and Crackdown 3 Are Suffering From a Similar Identity Crisis - IGN
84 Report: Apple Not Quite Ready to Go All-In on OLED iPhones
85 The Mysterious Case of the Vanishing Genius
86 How to restore an Android device from a backup
87 This 1 LinkedIn Mistake Is a Huge Red Flag to Hiring Managers
88 Nvidia’s quest for the ultimate 4K HDR gaming monitor