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Tesla Production Hits 7K Cars a Week

Tesla achieves its self-imposed goal and Model 3 production is now at 5,000 a week, taking the total including Tesla's other electric vehicles to a new high of 7,000. Will the focus now turn to the Model Y compact SUV?

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Can LinkedIn finally kill the business card with new mobile app QR codes?

LinkedIn's established popularity could give it an edge in finally doing what others before it have tried to do—killing the business card. At tech conferences, at least, it is common to hear the phrase "Let's connect on LinkedIn." Now, that can be accomplished almost instantly, without the need to tally up business cards at the end of the night or try to remember when the interactions took place, or what was talked about.

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Facebook is buying UK’s Bloomsbury AI to ramp up natural language tech in London

Given the price and the stage Bloomsbury AI were at, the acquisition also has more than a whiff of acqui-hire to it, although there is some IP in the deal. I understand from one source that Bloomsbury AI’s CTO/Head of Research, Sebastian Riedel, was the biggest draw. He is considered to be a leading expert in the area of NLP, and is a professor at UCL. According to his LinkedIn, he also co-founded and is an advisor to Factmata , the U.K. startup that purports to have developed tools to help brands combat “fake news”.

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Apple's 18W USB-C Charger Prototype for 2018 iPhones Leak

Apple added fast charging support to its 2017 iPhone lineup but continued bundling its 5W USA-A charger with them. For its 2018 iPhone lineup though, the company is reportedly planning on bundling an 18W USB-A charger which is good enough to fast charge an iPhone. In fact, the charger will also be good enough to trickle charge any MacBook or MacBook Pro from Apple featuring a USB-C port.

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Homeland Security subpoenas Twitter for data breach finder's account

ICE demanded Twitter turn over his screen name, address, phone number -- and any other identifying information about the account, including credit cards on the account. The subpoena also demanded the account's IP address history, member lists, and any complaints filed against the Twitter account.

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Facebook acknowledges it shared user data with dozens of companies

Facebook said it granted a special "one-time" six-month extension to companies that ranged from AOL to package-delivery service United Parcel Service to dating app Hinge so they could come into compliance with the social network's new privacy policy and create their own versions of Facebook for their devices. Data shared without users' knowledge included friends' names, genders and birth dates.

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It Was Raining in the Data Center – Member Feature Stories – Medium

There is one other aspect to Prineville that made it an ideal location for Facebook’s facility. In 1911, when railroads were connecting the rural towns of central Oregon, Prineville seemed slated to be forgotten. Headed south from The Dalles, the main rail line bypassed the municipality (which was as much a death sentence for a town in 1911 as a new interstate route cutting around an old business district is in 2018). In a 1917 election however, Prineville residents voted 355 to 1 to construct a connection to the main rail line 19 miles away. Run by the city, this railroad has served mostly as a commercial link for the lumber industry. More importantly, however, the publicly-owned rail line means that the City of Prineville retained ownership of the land under the rail, a non-interrupted connection to the major industrial lines of the railroad (and later highway) that the Prineville line connects to.

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This could be Apple’s next iPhone USB-C fast charger

Photos have surfaced showing what is an engineering prototype of an Apple 18 W USB-C charger, which is supposedly to be bundled with the next iPhone. If correct, this will let owners take advantage of the iPhone’s fast charging capabilities without purchasing anything else. Plus, it will let users connect the iPhone to a MacBook Pro out of the box.

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DirecTV Now is the latest streaming service to increase prices

An AT&T spokesperson confirmed the change to Mashable. “In the 18 months since our launch, we have continued to evolve our DIRECTV NOW products to serve this new customer set and compare favorably with our competitors. To continue delivering the best possible streaming experience for both new and existing customers, we’re bringing the cost of this service in line with the market — which starts at a $40 price point.”

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California Consumer Privacy Act: What businesses need to know

While this act only applies to California residents, it sets a precedent for other lawmakers to update their data-collection rules, especially with the increased public outrage over how their data is used. Almost half of Americans do not currently trust social media sites or the federal government to protect their personal data, said the Pew Research Center in March.

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These are the best Android phones you can buy right now (July 2018)

The standout feature of the Galaxy Note 8 has to be the display. The 6.3-inch Super AMOLED display features the new 18:9 aspect ration that most phones moved to in 2017. It’s big, bright, and the colors pop unlike any other on the market. Combine a beautiful curved display with almost no bezels and you have a recipe for success. One thing to keep in mind is that the display is one of the largest on the market and even though the bezels are tiny, the phone is too big for most people to use one-handed. If you have smaller hands, you may want to consider other options.

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These 50 founders and VCs suggest 2018 may be a tipping point for women: Part 1

Ellis-Lamkins is far from done in her work to ensure that the disadvantaged can prosper. Her newest project: working in partnership with governments that release people from jail on condition that they work with her company, Promise . The big idea: Promise provides support to people caught in the criminal justice system to ensure they can return to their jobs and families until their case in resolved, rather than remain incarcerated because they can’t afford bail. The latter scenario happens all too often, agree VCs. Toward that end, earlier this year a handful of investors — including First Round Capital, Jay-Z’s Roc Nation, 8VC and Kapor Capital — provided Promise with $3 million to help put an end to it.

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WhatsApp group chat adds option allowing only admins to send messages

With the latest update installed, users can enable this setting by opening  "Group Info," tapping Group Settings, then Send Messages and selecting "Only Admins."

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LeBron James signs with the Los Angeles Lakers, Twitter explodes

The world's best basketball player is moving to Los Angeles on a four-year, $154 million deal.

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Chinese company claims its ‘laser AK-47’ can set you on fire from half a mile away

Lasers! Everybody loves them, everybody wants them. But outside a few niche applications they have failed to live up to the destructive potential that Saturday morning cartoons taught us all to expect. In defiance of this failure, a company in China claims to have produced a “laser AK-47” that can burn targets in a fraction of a second from half a mile away. But skepticism is still warranted.

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Don't buy these Apple products (July 2018 edition) | ZDNet

We think of Apple as being at the absolute cutting-edge of technology, but the truth is that when you walk into an Apple Store you are in fact surrounded by a lot of old, and even outdated devices that are badly in need of a refresh. This guide helps you navigate yourself around Apple's lineup when thinking about making a purchase.

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The future of retail: 4 trends transforming how we shop | ZDNet

These trends are just the beginning of retail reinventing itself for the digital age. To understand more about this topic, see our special report "Data, AI, and IoT: The Future of Retail" (which launches on Monday, July 2). You'll be able to read all of the articles on ZDNet or download them in one PDF on TechRepublic, available for free to registered users.

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Target, Walmart Automate More Store Tasks

Target Corp. plans to add automatic cash-counting machines to its nearly 2,000 stores starting this summer, following other retailers who are automating more store jobs as labor costs rise.

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The 5 most difficult things about hiring developers

While some bootcamp graduates are getting hired, some hiring managers differentiate between those with a traditional four-year degree in computer science or engineering and those without one, the report found. Some 55% of hiring managers said they look at all candidates equally, while 23% said it depends on the position they are interviewing for. Meanwhile, 14% said they prefer to hire graduates of college programs, and 8% said they prefer to hire coding bootcamp grads.

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Google celebrates mathematician Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz

But it was for his work in mathematics that his 372nd birthday is celebrated in a Google Doodle on Sunday.  While Leibniz's greatest accomplishment is his contribution to the study of calculus, he also refined the binary numerical system, in which the value of a number is expressed as a combination of ones and zeros. The system forms the foundation for almost all modern computers and mobile devices.

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Formula 1 picks AWS as official cloud, machine learning provider

Formula 1 is also using SageMaker, Amazon's end-to-end machine learning service, to train deep learning models with more than 60 years of historical race data stored in Amazon DynamoDB and Glacier. The data will help the company glean race performance statistics that can be used to predict outcomes. AWS' serverless computing service Lambda is also on tap to help uncover race metrics, along with AWS Elemental Media Services, which will power Formula 1's video asset workflows.

28 Few Indian shopkeepers turn up for protests against Walmart's...

MUMBAI/NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian shopkeepers and traders affiliated to a local lobby group held scattered sit-in protests across the country on Monday against Walmart Inc’s ( WMT.N ) proposed $16 billion acquisition of e-commerce firm Flipkart.

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Internationalized domain names create phishing risks: Here's a solution

When ICANN began to allow registration of internationalized domain names—that is, domain names that use non-ASCII characters—they unwittingly opened a new method for phishing campaigns to succeed. Visual similarities between characters in different scripts, called homoglyphs, can be used to create domain names with visually indiscernible differences that can be used to easily fool users into believing that one domain is actually another.

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Exactly. Apple almost always releases the red version later as a special version. This move is copycat of Apple. Which is fine but all these companies can't come up with an original idea to promote their wares

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'Spider-Man' who rescued toddler dangling from balcony joins fire service

Real-life "Spider-Man" Mamoudou Gassama, who rescued a toddler dangling from a balcony, has started his new role with the Paris Fire Brigade.

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Everything Coming to Netflix in July

If you're craving new shows, Netflix serves up some original programming this month, from a new season of Somebody Feed Phil to dessert-competition show Sugar Rush.

33 Lyft buys the company behind CitiBike, announces Lyft Bikes

Lyft plans to bring its biking service in major markets, while also growing businesses in existing Motivate markets. "Bikeshare is a natural extension of Lyft's core approach to improving transportation access and building community through offerings such as shared rides and the integration of public transit in our app," the company wrote in a blog post. "These investments are making it possible to have fewer cars on the road and reduced congestion."

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Google launches Android P Beta 3 with near-final system behaviors

Google today launched the third Android P beta with near-final system behaviors, latest bug fixes, optimizations for stability and polish, and the July 2018 security updates. If you’re a developer, this is your fourth Android P preview, and you can start testing your apps against this release by downloading the new preview from developer.android.com/preview . The preview includes an updated SDK with system images for the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, and the official Android Emulator. If you’re already enrolled and received the Android P betas on your Pixel device, you’ll automatically get the update to Beta 3.

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Coinbase’s cryptocurrency custodial service is open for business

It is not known whether Coinbase has secured the SEC license yet, but the company has announced it will ‘leverage the expertise and systems’ of its partner Electronic Transaction Clearing (ETC), a SEC-registered broker-dealer for Coinbase Custody for now.

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Apple Seeds Developer Beta 5 of iOS 11.4.1 and macOS 10.13.6 Developers

Apple has officially seeded the fifth developer beta of upcoming updates for iOS and macOS High Sierra. Each of the updates appear to be minor in scope, new software designed to address any issues that were discovered in previous version of the platforms. At the time of publication, it is not known what, if anything, is new for the end user in the new versions of the platforms, but if anything is discovered we will update this post accordingly.

37 Astronomers captured the first image of a baby planet

Thanks to European Southern Observatory's (ESO) Very Large Telescope, a group of astronomers have taken the first photograph of a planet being formed around a young dwarf star called PDS 70. The planet has been named PDS 70b. You can clearly see the newly forming planet, which is the bright spot to the right of the black dot in the middle of the picture. The black area is the star, which has been blotted out with a coronagraph. This allows astronomers to see details that would otherwise be overwhelmed by the light of PDS 70b.

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HTC plans to cut around a quarter of its global workforce, or 1,500 jobs, at its manufacturing unit in Taiwan; layoffs will be completed by the end of September (Reuters) reuters.com/article/us-tai… techmeme.com/180702/p3#a180…

39 Comcast will limit Xfinity Mobile video streaming resolution

"We're making two changes to our service to help us maintain the low price point of Xfinity Mobile," Comcast told Engadget. "First, we're establishing 480p as the default resolution for streaming video over cellular data on Xfinity Mobile, which is consistent with standard unlimited plans across carriers. It's important to note that this change won't impact video resolution when using Wi-Fi, where customers will continue to be able to stream in HD. Second, we're setting personal hotspotting at 3G speeds for all Unlimited customers, which will allow customers to continue to do many of the things they enjoy doing online. Our By the Gig data option will continue to deliver 4G speeds for all data traffic."

40 Struggling smartphone maker HTC to slash 1,500 jobs in Taiwan

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Smartphone maker HTC plans to slash around a quarter of its global workforce through job cuts at its manufacturing unit in Taiwan, in a bid to better manage resources as the company continues to battle dwindling sales.

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Instagram tests letting you ask questions in Stories

The details : First spotted yesterday by  Android Police , the feature appears to allow users to ask questions to their followers via Stories. Beyond that, there’s not much known about the feature. If the screenshots taken from various app users are any indication, the user asks a question and followers can answer via a text box underneath.

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Fallout 76 Won't Have Cross-Play Because Sony Is 'Not as Helpful as Everyone Would Like' - IGN

In an interview with GameStar , Howard was asked why the upcoming online Fallout title won't feature cross-platform play, and it's because Sony is "not as helpful as everyone would like."

43 Samsung updates its stylish Frame TVs with more features and artwork

Samsung's classy Frame TVs have returned, enhanced for 2018 with more art and four magnetic bezel cover options to ensure the expansive 4K Frames fit into the decor of even more homes. The new TVs come with an updated, improved artwork UI, making it easier to browse art collections by color scheme or art medium, if, for example you were only looking for photography to jazz up your lounge. (Samsung has added 30 iconic pieces of photography from The New York Times, in that regard. ) Frame 2018 owners can also save a personalized art collection that the TV will shuffle through when on standby. There's no 43-inch model this time, so you'll have to decide between the 55- and 65-inch options.

44 Facebook bug caused 800,000 accounts to unblock some users

Facebook announced today that over 800,000 users were affected by a bug that unblocked some people that they had blocked on the site. Though it didn't reinstate any friend connections that were severed once a block was put into place, it did open up the ability for an unblocked person to message the user who had blocked them. Facebook said the bug was active between May 29th and June 5th and that around 83 percent of affected users had just one blocked person become unblocked as a result.

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'Thief of Thieves' video game kicks off a four-volume series this month

The comic book series from Robert Kirkman's publishing imprint, Skybound, follows master thief Conrad "Redmond" Paulson as he quits his life of crime to pursue, well, a different life of crime. Instead of just stealing willy-nilly, he sets his sights on other thieves.

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Facebook and Instagram test a 'do not disturb' feature

Additionally, Instagram announced its "You're All Caught Up" feature today. Once you've scrolled through your feed and and seen every post published over the last two days, you'll get a message saying so. You can then scroll past that message to see older posts and those you've already viewed. "We've heard that it can be difficult to keep track of your seen posts," Instagram said today . "With this message, you'll have a better understanding of your feed and know you haven't missed recent photos or videos." It's rolling out now to both iOS and Android.

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Co-marketing: What is it, and what can it do for your business?

How can we make our company grow faster than the day before? That thought crosses my head on a daily basis. I’m the Head of Marketing at company whose business model is B2B2C, so our success comes down to how well our partner companies are doing.

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AT&T raises DirecTV Now pricing by $5 per month

Following last week’s launch of its low-cost streaming TV service, Watch TV, AT&T is now raising prices on its original over-the-top offering, DirecTV Now, by $5 per month. That means instead of starting at $35 per month for its basic “Live a Little” tier with 60+ channels, the new service will start at $40 per month. The other tiers are going up by $5 per month, as well.

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“Complicating the Narratives” - Mathew Ingram's Nuzzel Newsletter on Mon, Jul 2 2018

Hi, my name is Mathew Ingram. I write about digital media for the Columbia Journalism Review, and this is a newsletter that is made up of links I've either found on Twitter or Facebook, or that have been shared by my social network. Hope you enjoy it!

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Here's the latest Facebook bug that (slightly) compromised your privacy

According to a new official Facebook blog post , the company is now notifying over 800,000 users that unwanted people may have seen posts on Facebook and Facebook Messenger, even if you'd proactively blocked those people from seeing your posts, between May 29 and June 5.

51 Chinese firm claims its laser rifle burns clothes and skin up to 800m away
52 Facebook rolls out more API restrictions and shutdowns
53 Amazon Prime Day UK: Everything you need to know
54 Lyft acquires Motivate and gets into the bikeshare game
55 Amazon is adding 100 electric Mercedes-Benz vans to its fleet of delivery vehicles
56 Don't expect Microsoft's Andromeda this year... or maybe ever | ZDNet
57 Which camera is better: The $530 OnePlus 6 or the $1000 iPhone X?
58 Automation Anywhere raises $250 million to make business processes self-running
59 More details emerges about how much of your info Facebook is sharing
60 Microsoft's Pocketable, Dual-Screen Device, 'Andromeda', Might Not Launch in 2018 After All
61 Dell decides to go public again in $21 billion share-swap deal | ZDNet
62 France's Bollore Group strikes partnership deal with Alibaba
63 MediaTek Looking to Secure 5G Modem Orders from Apple for Future iPhones
64 And the Galaxy S9's six best features are...
65 Here are the best products of 2018... so far
66 Over 800 cryptocurrencies are now worthless
67 No, Indian women are not bigger cryptocurrency investors than men
68 https://engt.co/2MI1zzn
69 Facebook tests 30-day keyword snoozing to fight spoilers, triggers
70 How an Apple Genius mysteriously solved my aggressive iPhone charging problem | ZDNet
71 We made a bracket to help you pick the greatest Chris movie of all time
72 The EU’s disastrous copyright reform will sabotage internet culture
73 China Mobile to build second APAC data centre in Singapore | ZDNet
74 500px no longer lets you sell photos directly or publicly license them
75 Honda to retire Asimo, the bipedal robot | ZDNet
76 Exploring the Technology Behind Smart Cities
77 How to celebrate Chris-mas in July
78 BB KEY2, Chromebook Tab 10, Note 9 rumors (MobileTechRoundup show #437) | ZDNet
79 The U.N. says 18.5 million Americans are in ‘extreme poverty.’ Trump’s team says just 250,000 are.
80 Facebook is testing a mute button for all its annoying notifications
81 These 50 founders and VCs suggest 2018 may be a tipping point for women in tech: Part 2
82 How to install the Trac project management tool on Ubuntu 16.04
83 iOS 11.4.1 and macOS 10.13.6 are nearly ready for release | Cult of Mac
84 This smart contract scanner will ensure your token is tip-top
85 Microsoft's original Xbox prototype sits proudly on display at company's visitor center
86 Serverless Native Java Functions using GraalVM and Fn Project
87 The inside story of the soccer ball that survived the Challenger explosion
88 Lyft Bikes is now a thing
89 Here's why AI-powered robot managers might work at your office
90 Snag your ticket to the TechCrunch Summer Party at August Capital
91 Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson to speak at Disrupt SF
92 How to Block Robocalls and Spam Calls
93 I never said that! High-tech deception of 'deepfake' videos
94 How to use syslog-ng to collect logs from remote Linux machines
95 The tiny creature that secretly powers the planet
96 Fortnite’s Playground could return this week, but don’t get your hopes up
97 FoodChéri expands beyond Paris with Seazon