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Grocery stocks are already down on the heels of the Amazon/Whole Foods news

Amazon is reportedly buying Whole Foods for a deal valued at $13.7 billion. Not much more is known about the deal, but the stock market is already responding. Here's how a few competitors' stocks are responding, as of 9:30 a.m. ET. 

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Twitter gets some sweet design updates across all its apps

Amazon to Acquire Whole Foods for $13.7 Billion

The CIA may have been hacking Wi-Fi routers for years

The intelligence agency had by mid-2012 developed implants "for roughly 25 different devices from 10 different manufacturers," including Asus, Belkin, D-Link, Linksys and Netgear, according to one 2010-dated document .

The best VR games of E3 2017

No, you’re dreaming or having an existential crisis: the best karting series of all time is coming to VR. Mario Kart Arcade GP is its name and it’s been developed by Bandai Namco with Nintendo itself giving its blessing to the project. It’s being developed on HTC and will be an arcade exclusive in Japan (at least for the foreseeable future).

17 years on, the US government can stop working on Y2K bug

The Trump administration said Thursday that it will eliminate reporting requirements related to providing updates to preparedness planning for potential IT disruption at the turn of the last century.  The move is intended to fulfill a promise President Donald Trump made on the campaign trail to reduce government regulation.

Why those white backdrops were so important to Apple ads

High end production values elevated these short documentaries. But to call them documentaries wouldn't be entirely accurate. The films were a hybrid of documentary subject matter and narrative cinematic visuals. There were wide angle, time lapse, overhead and tracking shots; as well as beautiful closeups of people and the iPad. In this way, it's easy to see the cinematic link between these short docu-narratives and "Appocalypse." These films also showed just how far Apple had moved away from the in-your-face days of "1984,"

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Facebook Enlists AI, Human Experts in New Push Against Terrorism

WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption, however, means that Facebook has no access to the content of most messages and it can’t deploy the same image and text analysis tools. Some government agencies, including the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.K. Home Office, have called on tech companies to ensure that law enforcement can access encrypted messages. In their post, Bickert and Fishman said encryption was essential for journalists, aid workers and human rights campaigners as well as keeping banking details and personal photos secure from hackers.

Amazon files oh-so-ironic patent to block people from comparing prices in its stores

Discounts are nice, but the prospect of Amazon effectively watching your phone screen over your shoulder or preventing you from seeing certain pages is a bit disconcerting. Granted, were it to be implemented, you could easily avoid the system altogether by surfing on cell service rather than the building's wireless network.

5 things I love about Super Mario Odyssey

It’s convenient, but I also I love how the map looks. It’s like a travel brochure, with the map in the middle and tourist information on the side giving you information about the city. This is the kind of Nintendo/Mario stuff that I love — taking something mundane like an in-game map and making it fun and interesting.

Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi head sees self-driving dominance in 5 years

Competition for the quickest development and launch of autonomous cars is on the rise, especially between technology behemoths Google, Uber and Apple, who have all started and are developing autonomous and driverless car programs. Still, Ghosn says that Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi Alliance is well-poised to dominate the autonomous car market.

Ultrahaptics finds deep pockets for their groundbreaking AR/VR tech

Ultrahaptics, which was founded in 2013 based on technology originally developed at the University of Bristol, has developed technology that uses ultrasound to virtually create 3D objects and real-life sensations so that users can get feedback from touchless buttons by seemingly gesturing in midair. Its technology will enhance user experience so that VR and AR-related products look just like what we have seen in sci-fi movies for years.

How to start incorporating machine learning in the enterprise arena

When I asked him about his opinion regarding the transformation in the demand of machine learning processes and platforms, he added that, “The demand has always been there. Data analysis was equally useful five years ago as it is now. The only difference is that five years ago there was entrepreneurial monopoly and data was stored secretively. Whoever had the data, had the power, and there were only a few prominent market players who had the access to data.”

Amazon patents way to stop you checking online rival prices in-store | ZDNet

It will also be interesting to see whether Amazon plans to use this patent at all, or whether the granted patent will simply sit in storage. After all, the solution touches upon the removal of net neutrality, something that the retail giant has fought against in the past .

Sports fins fix AirPods' biggest flaw but creates another

The fix to that issue should be fairly simple: Someone needs to make a case for the AirPods' case that integrates a little pocket to store the earhooks. You can already buy  cases to protect your AirPods case , so the addition of the pocket is all we need. I'm sure someone is working on it as I write this and will perhaps bundle it someday with a set of silicone fins for $20. Until then, I'll just have to store the EarBuddyz in a mini ziplock bag and I hope and I don't lose them like I hope I don't lose the AirPods.

Relive your Atari glory days with the Hyperkin Retron 77

This is the Hyperkin Retro 77, a revamped way to play Atari 2600 (or VCS, if you're old-school) cartridges in modern fidelity.

A Sociology of the Smartphone

However clumsy they may seem to us now, what’s important about such mediating artifacts is that each one implied an entire way of life—a densely interconnected ecosystem of commerce, practice and experience. And as we’ve overwritten those ecosystems with new and far less tangible webs of connection based on the smartphone, the texture of daily experience has been transformed. The absorption of so many of the technics of everyday life into this single device deprives us of a wide variety of recognizably, even distinctively urban sites, gestures and practices. Stepping into the street to raise a hand for a cab, or gathering in front of an appliance-shop window to watch election results or a championship game tumble across the clustered screens. Stopping at a newsstand for the afternoon edition, or ducking into a florist shop or a police booth to ask directions. Meeting people at the clock at Grand Central, or the Ginza branch of the Wako department store, or in the lobby of the St. Francis Hotel. What need is there for any of these metropolitan rituals now?

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Gartner puts AWS, Microsoft Azure top of its Magic Quadrant for IaaS | ZDNet

As for Google Cloud Platform, Gartner said the company is a distant third, but it's a good option for cloud-native companies. Gartner also said that Google's emphasis on portability and its innovation engine is critical. However, Google is often chosen as a secondary provider and an alternative to AWS, said Gartner. Google has been investing heavily in analytics and its ecosystem and those moves should pay off in the future.

iOS 11 has a big problem, and we're to blame for it | ZDNet

Apple's bolted more and more stuff into the Settings app over the years that it has grown to resemble the Control Panel in Windows. It's a horrible old carpet that Apple brushes countless design sins beneath. And it feels like Apple's "solution" to the problem of finding what you want in the Settings app has been the same as Microsoft's -- throw in a search feature, and add another layer on top of the mess and hope no one notices (Control Center in iOS 10 is much the same "solution" to the problem as the Windows Settings is in Windows 10 -- a place to put some of the most commonly used features that floats above the bilge of all the legacy the platform has built up).

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Podcast leads to release of Swedish man after 13 years behind bars

Apple's Siri: The smart person's guide - TechRepublic

The default method of accessing Siri on an iPhone or an iPad is to hold down the Home button. To summon Siri on a macOS Sierra-equipped Mac, you can leverage a keyboard shortcut assigned within System Preferences or by clicking the Siri icon on the menu bar (after configuring your Mac's Siri preferences to enable its appearance). macOS Sierra also places a Siri icon in the Dock for easy access. Using an Apple Watch, you can ask Siri a question by pressing the depressing and holding the Digital Crown or by raising the Watch or tapping the screen and saying "Hey Siri."

How to minimize your luggage and pick the right bags for your next business trip - TechRepublic

So this year, I've finally learned the trick of traveling light—or at least, lighter. I'll never be that woman who backpacks through Europe with only one change of clothing and the desire to handwash my unmentionables in a hotel sink. But I can go on a four-day business trip with one carry-on suitcase and a laptop tote or a backpack that serves double duty as a handbag. I realized that no one at a conference cares if I wear the same black dress on Wednesday that I wore on Monday. And it's really okay to limit myself to two pairs of shoes for the entire trip—one for business meetings, one for the hotel gym.

26 Launches Original Shows From MTV, NBCU, Seventeen Magazine

All the shows will be free for users to watch, and no money is changing hands for now under the startup’s partnerships with the three media companies. Initially, the shows won’t include any advertising or other forms of monetization. The company expects to find ways of generating revenue from original premium programming in the future — but out of the gate, the shows from Viacom, NBCU and Hearst Magazines Digital Media mark’s bid to plant a flag in the entertainment biz.

WannaCry ransomware attack 'linked to North Korea'

But unlike other state actors, such as Russian-affiliated group APT28 AKA Fancy Bear, many of Lazarus Group’s activities are based around cybercrime, with immediate financial reward. In a pre-digital age, the country was accused of regularly forging US dollar banknotes; now, it may be building malware with the goal of collecting extortion money. WannaCry is not the first ransomware linked to the Lazarus Group and North Korea: a strike against a South Korean supermarket chain was also identified as such.

Amazon to acquire organic supermarket chain Whole Foods Market for $13.7 billion

Whole Foods Market has been a public company since 1992, and its shares hit an all-time high of around $65 in 2013. Its stock has been hovering around the $33 mark for the past few years, however, with the shares closing at $33.06 yesterday. Amazon is offering $42 per share for the company, a premium of around 27 percent on yesterday’s closing price, for a total value of $13.7 billion.

U.S. Invests $258 Million in Supercomputing Race With China

The U.S. government is trying to stave off China and other countries challenging the U.S. for dominance in the next generation of the world’s fastest computers.

Guide To HIPAA Compliance for Containers - TechRepublic

Our new guide, Twistlock’s Guide to HIPAA Compliance for Containers, will help you to achieve compliance with the HIPAA Security Rule for containerized workloads. In health care, there is a class of sensitive data known as electronic personal health information, or ePHI. Any covered entity, business associate, or subcontractor that creates, receives, maintains, or transmits ePHI is subject to a piece of legislation known as the HIPAA Security Rule. The Security Rule requires you take the appropriate measures to safeguard ePHI. ePHI is tightly woven into the fabric of the typical health care app. Apps such as virtual doctor visits, glucose monitors, and billing systems are built around ePHI. It’s the ePHI itself — collecting it, storing it, analyzing it — and the exchange of it — between doctor and patient, provider and insurer, covered entity and business associate — that creates value, engages patients, and improves inefficiencies. For organizations using containerized environments to handle ePHI, ensuring HIPAA compliance without sacrificing the benefits of microservices can be a challenge.

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos asks Twitter followers how he should donate his money

( Reuters ) — Amazon’s billionaire founder Jeff Bezos on Thursday turned to an unusual source of inspiration for how to donate part of his wealth: Twitter.

Justin Kan confirms $10.5 million in funding for his legal tech startup Atrium LTS

As a “power user” of legal services over a decade in the startup industry, through the foundation and fundraising of startups like as well as the work he’s done as an investor and advisor to companies through Y Combinator, Kan says he was frustrated by how little technology was being used in the process of interacting with various law firms.

Gallery: 20 Father's Day gift ideas for the tech-obsessed dad in your life - TechRepublic

This smartphone-like remote will change its onscreen layout depending on what remote-controllable device you're pointing it at. It's still in preorder status with initial shipments planned for June and July 2017. It'll be a late gift, but Dad is sure to appreciate the saved space.

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Amazon’s statements related to the proposed merger with Whole Foods Market contain forward-looking statements, including statements regarding expected benefits of the merger, the timing of the transaction, and financing of the transaction. Actual results could differ materially from those projected or forecast in the forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include the following: Whole Foods Market shareholders may not approve the transaction; the conditions to the completion of the transaction may not be satisfied, or the regulatory approvals required for the transaction may not be obtained on the terms expected, on the anticipated schedule, or at all; long-term financing may not be available on favorable terms, or at all; closing of the transaction may not occur or may be delayed, either as a result of litigation related to the transaction or otherwise; the parties may be unable to achieve the anticipated benefits of the transaction; revenues following the transaction may be lower than expected; operating costs, customer loss, and business disruption (including, without limitation, difficulties in maintaining relationships with employees, customers, and suppliers) may be greater than expected; the Company may assume unexpected risks and liabilities; completing the merger may distract the Company’s management from other important matters; and the other factors discussed in “Risk Factors” in Amazon’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016 and in Amazon’s other filings with the SEC , which are available at http://www.

Video: Ransomware-as-a-service is causing mayhem - TechRepublic

Terbium Labs Director of Analysis Emily Wilson explains the Crystal version of the DiamondFox malware, a one-stop shop for keylogging and browser password stealing, DDoS attacks, and RAM scrapers.

Nintendo Switch generated more positive E3 reactions than Microsoft Xbox One X

Although Nintendo generated more conversation volume than Xbox, when it came to conversations surrounding the Xbox One X versus Nintendo Switch, Xbox One X was received more positively than the Nintendo Switch by the E3 audience. Interestingly, the Xbox One X was mentioned only 1 percent more than the Nintendo Switch during E3, which means this audience was equally discussing and perhaps comparing the consoles. However, 57 percent of the conversations about Xbox One X were positive while only 45 percent of all Nintendo Switch conversations were positive.

Apple poaches Sony TV execs to beef up video ambitions

"Jamie and Zack are two of the most talented TV executives in the world and have been instrumental in making this the golden age of television," Cue said in a statement. "We have exciting plans in store for customers and can't wait for them to bring their expertise to Apple -- there is much more to come."

Amazon's new policy kills ad network that monetizes Echo Skills

When VoiceLabs debuted its interactive ads for the Amazon Echo, it had backing from big names like ESPN and Wendy's. For a while, it gave developers using the service called "Sponsored Messages" a way to make money from their Alexa Skills. Unfortunately, even its powerful pals can't do anything for it now that Amazon has updated its advertising policy to ban ads using a voice that's similar to Alexa and those that imitate Alexa interactions. Since those are exactly what the company's interactive ads do, it has no choice but to stop offering Sponsored Messages altogether.

Amazon to buy upmarket grocer Whole Foods for $13.7 billion Inc said on Friday it would buy U.S. organic supermarket chain Whole Foods Market Inc for $13.7 billion, including debt, marking the internet retailer's largest deal and biggest foray into the brick-and-mortar retail sector.

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Study reveals Silicon Valley is still clueless about women and minorities

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This NASA map will prepare you for August’s rare total solar eclipse

But depending where you are, you may be able to see something even better: a total solar eclipse, in which the sun's corona will appear like a halo around the moon when it passes in front of it.

How to Use Wake Alarm Feature in iOS 10 and Master Your Sleep Cycle

iOS 10 brought a lot of little things. One of these features was tucked under the new “Bedtime” tab in the redesigned Clock app (that dark mode looks amazing though). Wake Alarm feature is simple. Basically, you tell the Clock app what time you usually wake up, how much time you’d like to sleep and the app will take care of the rest.

Apple hires the executives who brought 'Breaking Bad' to Sony

Apple's push into television has been given a massive boost after the company announced it has hired two of the industry's biggest executives. Former Sony Pictures Television presidents Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg have jumped ship to lead Apple's video programming division and will report directly to SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue.

Apple will squeeze more photos into your iPhone. Here's how

Q: What about augmented reality? Here's another thing HEIF can do: store extra data called a depth map that records how far away each part of a scene is from the camera that took the photo. That's just what an iPhone 7 Plus can do with its dual-camera design, so HEIF offers a straightforward way for app developers to use that distance information once iOS 11 starts shipping. Apple uses the data to blur backgrounds in its portrait mode, but now others can use it for other effects -- generating a selfie of you on the moon or some other exotic location, for example.

America’s new tobacco crisis: The rich stopped smoking, the poor didn’t

“If you’re educated and live in a well-off area, the smoking problem we’re talking about these days is now largely invisible to you,” said Matthew L. Myers, president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. “In some places, you can go days without bumping into a smoker. So you start to hear the question, why push more resources into this? Meanwhile, the need is getting even greater, because the people left smoking are the ones who can least afford to.”

Garry Kasparov: Why the world should embrace AI

Kasparov has direct experience of being humbled by a machine, so it's perhaps surprising that he has a pro-AI outlook. In the 1990s, the chess virtuoso made headlines when he played matches against IBM’s supercomputer, Deep Blue. He won once, but then lost in the rematch. Since then Kasparov has gone on to become something of an AI authority: his new book, Deep Thinking: Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begins was released last month.

Apple Hires Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg To Lead Original Video Programming Push

Apple has announced that it has hired Jaime Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg in newly created positions to lead its video programming efforts. They both will report directly to Eddy Cue.

Surface Laptop and new Surface Pro are now on sale

Interestingly, it’s the US which loses out slightly in the availability stakes here, as the two highest-spec models of the Surface Pro are only on pre-order in the States (whereas you can purchase both of these at Microsoft’s UK and Australian online stores). We can only guess that’s a stock issue, and a slightly odd one at that.

Former US security advisor: Cyberattacks damage society as much as physical infrastructure - TechRepublic

In an interview at this week's Global Cybersecurity Summit in Kiev, Ukraine, former deputy national security advisor and deputy secretary of state Tony Blinken told TechRepublic's Dan Patterson that the threat posed by cyberattacks to human infrastructure, meaning what we think and believe, is as important as the threat to physical infrastructure

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