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Holy Heck: Amazon Is Buying Whole Foods for $13.7 Billion in Cash

A doozie it may be, but this is not yet a done deal. Whole Food shareholders still have to approve the purchase, as do regulators. Amazon says both parties expect “to close the transaction during the second half of 2017.” Who knows how long after that you’ll start seeing Kindles for sale in the Whole Foods checkout and Amazon Echos on display in a new Whole Foods electronics section. God, just imagine Alexa’s power when she’ll be able to tell you the price of 28-day dry-aged beef in the Whole Foods meat department.


The best jokes on Twitter about Amazon buying Whole Foods

Amazon is paying $42 a share in an all-cash deal, valuing Whole Foods at $13.7 billion and making it the e-commerce giant's largest acquisition to date.

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.”

Facebook explained how it's using AI to help tackle terrorism

In terms of language understanding, Facebook said it has "recently started to experiment with using AI to understand text that might be advocating for terrorism". The social media behemoth said it is currently analysing text that it has already removed so that it can develop "signals" to help it prevent similar text being uploaded in the future.

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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Whole Foods acquisition gives Amazon almost as many stores as Apple

The deal is expected to be completed during the second half of this year. Mackey is keen to stress that it is a “partnership” as opposed to a complete takeover, and Whole Foods stores will continue to operate as normal. The company’s headquarters will remain in Texas.

Amazon Patents Tech to Block In-Store Comparison Shopping

If you visit an Amazon Store, don't expect to be able to compare prices using your smartphone. Amazon's patent describes blocking such checks and sending a sales rep over to see you.

If one Trappist-1 planet has life, it's likely not alone

Of course, the idea of life spreading among these close-knit planets depends on life existing there in the first place, and right now we have no idea what's on the minimum of three Trappist-1 planets thought to be in the habitable zone where liquid water might be present.

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

Facebook showed terrorists the profiles of people moderating them

Have you ever wondered who takes on the grueling, unforgiving task of combing Facebook's groups and personal profiles for terrorist activity? Meet Community Operations workers, who are often paid low wages for highly specialized and difficult work. And now, the job has become even less appealing: It turns out that a bug inadvertently exposed the personal Facebook profiles of those moderating these violent graphic images to terrorists.

Amazon is buying Whole Foods — here's Amazon's vision for the grocery store of the future

It's not clear yet what Amazon plans to do with the upscale grocer, but it has big plans for the future of grocery stores.

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CIA has been hacking into Wi-Fi routers for years, leaked documents show

Leaked secret documents have revealed that the CIA has been targeting and compromising home, office, and public wireless routers for years in an effort to carry out clandestine surveillance.

Yet more confirmation that WannaCry ransomware attack was from North Korea

Yet more confirmation that WannaCry ransomware attack was from North Korea

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. 

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 .

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.

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A Microsoft exec said that the iPad Pro is a 'clear example' of Apple following Microsoft

"Think about it, if we had been looking at [Apple] we wouldn't have made a product like Surface Pro or Surface Book," Gavin said. "We have been learning and perfecting our products in the 2-in-1 category for years now, [but] when Surface initially launched everyone was skeptical, including them. And then they followed, and the iPad Pro is a clear example of that."

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.

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.

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Snap holds its IPO price (SNAP) | 06/16/17

The stock fell 4% Thursday to close at $17.00, the same price of its March IPO. That day, Snap's shares opened for trading at $24 and soon rallied to an all-time high of $27.09. 

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Now is the time to apply for Startup Battlefield Africa

The judges will choose a winner in each category and select an overall winner, “Sub-Saharan Africa’s Most Promising Startup,” whose founders will win $25,000 USD in no-equity cash plus an all-expense paid trip for two to San Francisco to compete in the Battlefield at TechCrunch’s flagship event Disrupt SF 2018.

The essential guide to Android happiness begins with Kotlin - TechRepublic

If the language you're using happens to be Java, then you've no doubt realized that by the time Java becomes a really good language, you'll be dead. Loooong dead. I know we don't like to contemplate our own mortality, but when you plot the trajectory of Java from its birth 20+ years ago to its full knee and hip replacement with Java 8, you can't help but wonder, "Am I going to be stuck with this for literally the rest of my life? What if this is as good as it gets?"

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Germany tongue-lashes Google for abusing people's 'right to be forgotten'

Goat testicles in men, human organs in pigs: the past and future of xenotransplantation

There’s a big organ shortage , and xenotransplantation has long been floated around as a possible solution. Once, attempts at xenotransplantation meant putting chimpanzee kidneys in humans, which usually wasn’t successful. The big problem with transplantation of any kind is that the immune system can reject the donated organ, even if it’s human. Now imagine how bad the rejection would be for an animal organ. Additionally, animals contain viruses that are harmful to humans, and a number of dangerous diseases (including HIV, SARS, and MERS) have all jumped from animals to humans, causing concern that xenotransplantation “might save one person’s life and cause a plague that kills 10,000 others,” as FitzGerald puts it.

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Here are five reasons why an Amazon 'Slackquisition' could make sense

It’s time to explore Uranus and Neptune again — and here's how NASA could do it

The flybys raised some questions that still need to be answered: we don’t really know what the planets are made of, for instance. Uranus and Neptune are referred to as the ice giants, since they’re thought to be made of heavier elements than Jupiter and Saturn. But ultimately, it’s unclear exactly what elements are in them, since we only have data from Voyager 2 and telescopes here on Earth. The planets may also seem similar, but Neptune — the farthest of the two — puts off 10 times more energy than Uranus does, says Fortney. Researchers are curious to know what the interior of each planet is like to better understand this extreme difference in heat.

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Facebook is chasing the $70 billion TV advertising market with its own video series

CIO Jury: 83% of CIOs struggle to find tech talent - TechRepublic

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The Mac App Store is now slightly less hated by developers

The 10 best smartphones of 2017 so far | ZDNet

Samsung's Infinity Display looks fantastic and minimizes the top and bottom bezel while removing anything on the sides which roll down from the front to the back. We see ample RAM and internal storage with the ability to add inexpensive microSD cards, new Bixby assitant and a hardware button dedicated to its use, improved front facing camera, Samsung Pay payment technology, wireless and fast charging, IP68 dust and water resistance, a USB Type-C standard port, and traditional 3.5mm headset jack. There is nothing missing from the Galaxy S8 and it deserves the top spot.

Eddy Cue puts himself (and lunch at Apple Park) up for auction | Cult of Mac

Do you a) like Eddy Cue, b) want a sneak peak of Apple’s spectacular new Apple Park campus, and c) have a truckload of money to spend?

Why Amazon wants to own Whole Foods and sell you groceries

However, many retail industry watchers expected Amazon would have to end up owning stores if it hoped to keep up its huge growth. A major reason for that change: US online sales are still less than 10 percent of the total. Amazon needed stores to draw in the remaining 90 percent. With 460 additional stores, Amazon is finally going big on brick-and-mortar. But it's doing so with an acquisition of an existing retailer, not by building out its own stores, as some predicted.

Five traits employers should look for when hiring cyber security professionals - TechRepublic

When hiring cyber security professionals, curiosity, reliability, and being a lifelong learner are as important as technical skill.

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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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Here's a map of Amazon's new physical footprint

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.

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.

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Study reveals Silicon Valley is still clueless about women and minorities

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72 Amazon to acquire organic supermarket chain Whole Foods Market for $13.7 billion
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75 US drops $258m on supercomputer development to chase down China | ZDNet
76 LA shines the bat signal to say goodbye, old chum
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