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MIT unveils SoFi: This Nintendo-controlled underwater drone swims like a fish | ZDNet

MIT's robot could give marine biologists a less distracting way of capturing up-close footage of sea life.

Steven Spielberg throws fuel on the Hollywood vs. Netflix flame war

Spielberg with the shade.

MoviePass keeps dropping its prices and we don't know how

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Elon Musk deletes own, SpaceX and Tesla Facebook pages after #deletefacebook

Elon Musk apparently wasn’t aware that his company SpaceX had a Facebook page. The SpaceX and Tesla CEO has responded to a comment on Twitter calling for him to take down the SpaceX, Tesla and Elon Musk official pages in support of the #deletefacebook movement by first acknowledging he didn’t know one existed, and then following up with promises that he would indeed take them down.

Craigslist axes personal ads after sex trafficking bill passes

The popular online classified ads site Craigslist has stopped publishing personal ads after the Senate approved a controversial sex trafficking bill that makes website operators more accountable for their users' activities.

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Apple proposes first accessibility emoji, including guide dogs and prosthetics

U.K. Watchdog ICO Gets Warrant to Search Cambridge Analytica

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Cambridge Analytica says it’s conducting a third-party audit over Facebook data

As it has claimed before, Cambridge Analytica says it destroyed the mishandled Facebook data years ago, but new reporting has brought that claim into question. Facebook said recently it was working with a firm to conduct its own audit of Cambridge Analytica, but the investigation is on pause while the United Kingdom‘s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) works on its own probe. Tayler says the company is cooperating with the ICO.

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The latest on the Facebook Cambridge Analytica scandal? Mark Zuckerberg has been summoned to testify before the US House Committee. Here's everything else there is to know

Facebook Tries to Calm Advertisers After Cambridge Analytica Crisis

Facebook has several marketing efforts planned to reassure users about safety on the platform, Ms. Everson said in a separate interview Friday. A new feature coming to the top of the news feed will detail all the apps that have access to a user’s data and will offer users the option to revoke permission. And Facebook will be doing more to “communicate all the millions of ways on a daily basis the platform is being used for good,” she said.

Apple working on a foldable iPhone to launch in 2020, says top analyst

"Our checks also suggest that Apple is working with suppliers on a foldable phone (that potentially could double up as a tablet)", said Bank of America Merrill Lynch analyst Wamsi Mohan to CNBC . 

Spotify reveals 2 million free users are dodging ads

That’s a big deal, as Spotify itself points out in its IPO filing. Free users stealing what amounts to its Premium service without paying for it could increase costs of the free Spotify for the company without providing a corresponding increase to revenue (in either ad views or Premium subscription fees). And unlike most free users — which Spotify counts on to convert to paid customers over time as a key part of its business model — those users with modded versions of the application are less likely to become Premium subscribers.

Samsung Investigating Galaxy S9 Touchscreen 'Dead Spots'

Samsung issued a statement which was spotted by Engadget . It states that the company is aware of "a limited number of reports of Galaxy S9/S9+ touchscreen responsiveness issues." We don't know how limited those reports are, but you can bet Samsung is already reviewing the manufacturing process and parts for its handsets in case there's a defect. The last thing it wants is tens of thousands of smartphones requiring screen replacements.

Dropbox soars more than 40% in its debut as a publicly-traded company

“Houston has] really evolved over the years as an incredible leader, he’s grown this company, he’s navigated through all different parts of this life cycle,” Y Combinator founder and partner Jessica Livingston said. “Our goal in many ways was to empower founders. It was to level the playing field, you don’t have to have a connection in Silicon Valley to get funding. I feel like, 13 years ago, [having a YC company go public] was just this dream of ours. It was almost seemingly unattainable dream — maybe one of the startups we fund could go public someday. That was the holy grail. It’s an exciting day for YC. It shows what a long game investing in early-stage startups is.”

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Raspberry Pi-powered Boom IoT sensor detects nuclear explosions, tornadoes, rockets

The Raspberry Boom can detect sound frequencies lower than 20 Hz (all the way down to 0.05 Hz), which is typically regarded as the limit for human hearing, the release noted. This means the sensor can detect both man-made and natural disasters. It was initially inspired by the work of volcano expert Jeffrey Johnson, who had previously developed his own infrasonic detection system.

New, Cheaper 9.7-Inch iPad May Support the Apple Pencil

“Strong demand for low-price 9.7-inch iPad in 2017. iPad shipments hit 43.8mn units in 2017, well above the 35mn units forecast by the market at the beginning of the year. The primary driver was the low-price 9.7-inch model, whose selling points are competitive pricing and a significantly larger panel than those of six- to seven-inch smartphones (iPad mini was a flop because it was replaced by large-screen smartphones). In a bid to strengthen its selling points and to differentiate it more from low-price Android tablets, the new low-price 9.7-inch iPad (starting mass production in 2Q18) will likely support Apple Pencil.”

$2.8 billion software company Pivotal just filed to go public

In 2012, EMC bought Pivotal in an all-cash deal — only to spin it back out again as a new company, called Pivotal Software, with Paul Maritz — an industry legend, who had most recently served as the CEO of EMC subsidiary VMware — as its chief executive. In 2015, Maritz stepped down as CEO, but remained as chairman of the board. Mee then stepped up to take the reins as CEO once again.

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Just days after Congress approved a controversial bill intended to curb sex trafficking, sites like Craigslist are shuttering sections of their websites due to concerns over running afoul of the new legislation 

First iPhone with foldable display by could launch in 2020, says analyst

Apple could launch an iPhone with a foldable display in the next few years, according to a Bank of America analyst, predicting the first iPhone or similar Apple-produced device featuring the long-rumored —and already patented by Apple —display technology could launch as soon as the year 2020.

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The operator in Uber self-driving crash is a felon. That's not why Elaine Herzberg is dead  #uberaccident

Guess What? Facebook Logs Your Calls, Texts

The technology-news website Boy Genius Report said that users had to opt into a feature called Sync Your Call and Text History in the App Settings section of the Android Facebook App. But we found no such option in two instances of the Facebook app, one freshly installed on a phone running Android 8.0 Oreo and another long installed on a phone running Android 7.1.1 Nougat.

IBM Think 2018 postmortem: Making incumbent enterprises great again | ZDNet

At this week's Think conference, IBM issued a call to action to its customers that incumbents can be disrupters. It unveiled a series of offerings that simplify and make AI more accessible than before. But IBM's messaging and positioning is still making that path to disruption more complex and confusing than it needs to be.

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Actor: iPhone movie removes barriers for filmmakers

Leonard appreciates the parallels of the two ground-breaking digital projects to which he is attached. But he is quick to point out the differences. While the video cameras were a part of the story in Blair Witch, it was also the vehicle that made the project affordable.

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8 brand-new Ready Player One games for HTC Vive will get you ready for the film

In most of the experiences, you'll be transported into the OASIS – the VR game at the heart of Ready Player One – and tasked with objectives like battling IOI Sixers or the undead. In others, you'll get to play homages to popular 1980s arcade games (natch), or experience the zero-gravity thrill of The Distracted Globe for yourself. 

Craigslist ends the era of missed connections by pulling personal ads

"Any tool or service can be misused. We can't take such risk without jeopardizing all our other services, so we are regretfully taking craigslist personals offline. Hopefully we can bring them back some day."

Hacker vs hacker: This cryptojacking malware kills off its rivals to ensure maximum profit | ZDNet

Researchers at Minerva Labs uncovered a new form of cryptocurrency-mining malware, dubbed GhostMiner, which uses fileless malware delivery techniques to land on systems. If other cryptojacking malware is already on the system, it will fight to remove it in order to earn Monero.

Dropbox shares close up 35 percent in biggest tech debut since Snap

(Reuters) - Dropbox Inc’s shares closed at $28.42, up more than 35 percent in their first day of trading on Friday, as investors rushed to buy into the biggest technology initial public offering in more than a year even as the wider sector languished.

Today in Apple history: Macintosh LC II launches, the Mac mini of its day

Still, it won reviewers’ recommendations. Like today’s Mac mini, the LC II wasn’t a computer you’d buy if you were looking for a top-of-the-range Macintosh with every feature under the sun. Instead it offered an improved, entry-level machine that was more affordable for budget-oriented customers.

11 products to make your conference rooms smarter and easier to use | ZDNet

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Tim Cook will co-chair China Development Forum event this weekend | Cult of Mac

Tim Cook is headed to China this weekend, alongside Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google, and Ginny Rometty, head of IBM. Cook will be heading co-chairing the China Development Forum, an annual event which aims to build relationships between Western corporations and the Chinese government.

Facebook hit with shareholder lawsuits over data misuse crisis

Last week  the New York Times and the Observer of London reported revelations from former CA employee Chris Wylie, who detailed how working with a University of Cambridge psychology professor who had developed a survey app to run on Facebook, the political consultancy had been able to obtain vast amounts of user information — as many as 50 million US Facebook users’ profiles — without the vast majority of the users being aware their data had been harvested nor what it would be used for. The firm had been working for the Trump presidential campaign.

10 amazing robots in space right now (in pictures) | ZDNet

Robots, including floating spheres and spacewalkers, are performing critical tasks for astronauts and researchers as we speak.

Pacific Rim Uprising's 5 Biggest WTF Questions - IGN

Or better yet, was every Jaeger pilot in the world really all on that one base in China? A whole heck of a lot of people die when Newton’s Kaiju-piloted Jaegers attack the Shatterdome, which leads Jake and the rest of the cadets to need to sub in for them. Yes, 10 years prior during the events of Pacific Rim, that was the last line of defense against the Kaiju, but it’s been a decade for the PPDC to rebuild. It seems like incredibly poor planning to have the world’s defense force all in the same place -- there really weren’t any other international bases around the Pacific Rim? And if there were other pilots, why is it that they left these kids out there to fend for themselves?

Dropbox Stock Pop Puts Kansas Native in Tech Billionaires Club

Co-founder Arash Ferdowsi’s net worth climbed to $1.1 billion Friday as shares of the file-sharing company jumped as much as 50 percent on its first day of trading. The 32-year-old Kansas native joins co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Drew Houston in the three-comma club.

Dropbox Shares Soar as Much as 48% in Market Debut

Dropbox shares soared as much as 48 percent to $31 at 11:37 a.m. in New York, giving the company a market value of $11.9 billion. The file-sharing company sold 36 million shares for $21 apiece on Thursday to raise $756 million. San Francisco-based Dropbox offered the shares for $18 to $20 apiece after strong demand from investors prompted an increase from the initial range of $16 to $18.

This Robot May Be the Surgeon of the Future

This robot may be the surgeon of the future. Created by Auris Health, it is designed to conduct a biopsy. This demonstration shows how the device will operate on and maneuver through a human lung. In the future, the robot could be used without a human operator. (video by Matt Goldman) (Source: Bloomberg)

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Trump fires starting gun on technology trade war with China | ZDNet

Technology is front and centre of the looming trade war between Washington and Beijing, as United States President Donald Trump initiated the process of installing tariffs on a number of Chinese products, restricting Chinese investment in "industries and technology deemed important" to US interests, and taking China to the World Trade Organization (WTO) for discriminatory technology licensing practices.

The 10 best mirrorless cameras in 2018

While the design follows that of the original film Pen-F camera from the 1960s, that's pretty much where any similarities stop, with this modern-day Pen-F featuring Olympus's latest 20MP Micro Four Thirds sensor. Unlike previous Pen models we've seen which rely solely on the rear screen for composition unless you want to invest in an optional attachable electronic viewfinder, the Pen-F incorporates a high-quality OLED EVF integrated into the body with with a resolution of 2.36m dots. There's also an advanced 5-axis image stabilisation system built in to combat camera shake, while no Olympus CSC could be complete without a selection of Art Filters - the Pen-F has 28 to choose from. Offering plenty of customisation and a host of clever features, there's also built-in Wi-Fi connectivity to boot.

Apple reportedly unveiling a cheaper iPad next week

Bloomberg also reports that a cheaper MacBook laptop is still being developed, and will likely replace the MacBook Air at under $1,000. Apple hasn’t majorly refreshed the MacBook Air since 2010, and the model it currently sells is hugely out of date given its $999 price tag. The cheaper MacBook isn’t expected until later in the year, however.

Ransomware Attack Strikes Atlanta City Government

Apparently, the hacker is demanding the city pay $51,000 to unlock all the infected systems or $6,800 per unit, according to local news channel 11Alive. City officials first received the hacker's ransom note early Thursday morning amid the system outages, which continue to persist.

Mark Hamill Wants a Star Wars Horror Movie About a Force Ghost - IGN

"You know what I'd love to see?", the Luke Skywalker actor told IGN in an interview. "A Force Ghost that's, like, actually frightening. Not somebody that's beatifically smiling down from the clouds or coming to give exposition - you know, a ghost is scary! But we'll see. My work here is done."

Two Ways Scammers Game Spotify

The payoff: This scheme can be even more lucrative than buying listens, and the same multiplier effect applies. Spotify has said it has measures in place to detect fraudulent activity. Many have been caught by record execs who spotted strange listening patterns while perusing the charts. The telltale signs include playlists with few followers and hundreds of songs, each of which has been played roughly the same number of times. Still, more than one scammer has made it onto Spotify’s regional Top 40 playlists this way.  

Sonos temporarily halts advertising on Facebook next week

In a small protest over whether Silicon Valley is doing enough to safeguard customers' privacy, the audio company is briefly cutting off advertising to several digital tech platforms.

Tesla Shows Signs of a Model 3 Surge

That doesn’t make up for all of Tesla’s first-quarter production woes. At the start of the year, Tesla said it was already capable of cranking out 1,000 Model 3s a week and would finish the quarter at 2,500 a week. Bloomberg’s model suggests Tesla is still nowhere near where it wanted to be—but there’s still one week left to make up some ground.  

49 Qualcomm re-elects board of directors with tepid support

SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - Qualcomm Inc ( QCOM.O ) re-elected its board of directors on Friday with weak support from shareholders, who grilled the U.S. chipmaker over its strategy following its successful defense against a $117-billion hostile bid from Broadcom Ltd ( AVGO.O ).

NetComm Wireless announces industrial IoT router | ZDNet

The router comes with dual-band Wi-Fi in addition to its 300Mbps LTE speeds with support for multiple spectrum bands, as well as a cloud-based remote device manager (RDM) platform that allows for real-time analytics, monitoring, profile updates, inventory reports, and reporting on failed tasks and connections.

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