Spotify Said to Retaliate Against Artists With Apple Exclusives

Spotify has been retaliating against musicians who introduce new material exclusively on rival Apple Music by making their songs harder to find, according to people familiar with the strategy. Artists who have given Apple exclusive access to new music have been told they won’t be able to get their tracks on featured playlists once the songs become available on Spotify, said the people, who declined to be identified discussing the steps. Those artists have also found their songs buried in the search rankings of Spotify, the world’s largest music-streaming service, the people said.

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Facebook's Trending news section is less reliant on humans now

“McDonald's Launches Pumpkin Spice Latte” in Trending, you'll just see "McDonalds" along with the number of people talking about that story. If you click on the topic, you'll be shown an algorithmically sorted list of news stories related to the topic and a brief summary.

Facebook's Trending news section is less reliant on humans now

“McDonald's Launches Pumpkin Spice Latte” in Trending, you'll just see "McDonalds" along with the number of people talking about that story. If you click on the topic, you'll be shown an algorithmically sorted list of news stories related to the topic and a brief summary.

Report: Twitter will let you filter abusive hashtags and keywords

The filter – a result of consulting with anti-harrasment groups – will let users block out specific words (think racial slurs, misogynistic terms, etc.) or entire hashtags. The company has previously provided tools to let you report abusers, but this would be the first time you can prevent harassment without having to actually see it first.

Amazon is experimenting with a 30-hour work week for certain teams

Amazon is launching a program that would give a specific team of employees a 30-hour work week,  The Washington Post reports . The employees will be a subset of Amazon's technical team, and would earn 75 percent of what their 40-hour counterparts earn, but with the same benefits package. The group will consist of "a few dozen" employees, according to the Post .

White House Proposes a New Immigration Rule for Entrepreneurs

The so-called International Entrepreneur Rule , which will go into effect after a 45-day comment period, is a sort of workaround for President Obama, who has long wanted to create a “startup visa” that would pave the way for immigrant entrepreneurs looking to start businesses in the United States. But congressional gridlock has made new immigration legislation impossible, and several attempts to pass a startup visa died on the way to the President’s desk.

Apple Will Reportedly Kill the Home Button and That Sucks

It’s worth pointing out that the pleasing click of a physical home button could be replaced with some sort of haptic feedback. Apple is increasingly working in haptics; Force Touch on the Apple Watch and Apple trackpads already use haptic feedback to make it feel like you are pressing on a physical button. 3D Touch on the iPhone 6S uses haptics too, although the effect amounts to more vibrations rather than recreating the feel of a button press.


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Google just hired an Airbnb exec to commercialize its self-driving cars

Alphabet's Google self-driving car project took a step closer to market with the hire of a top executive from Airbnb, the online vacation home rental marketplace.

You can now stream any Blizzard game live on Facebook

Starting today the live-streaming capability will be available in every Blizzard game in the Americas, Southeast Asia, Australia, and New Zealand, with a complete global rollout expected “soon.” It’s currently only available to PC gamers, but Mac support is also in the works. All you’ll need to do is connect your account to Facebook, and then you can stream games like Overwatch or Hearthstone directly to your Facebook page.

Search is a Jack of all trades

Today we’re dealing two new hands from the Google Search deck: solitaire and tic-tac-toe. Now you can play two of the oldest and most popular games for all ages, on desktop and in the Google app. It’s been said solitaire’s roots are in fortune telling. If that’s true, today your fate rests on your quick wit and the luck of the draw. When you search for “ solitaire ” on Google, the familiar patience game may test yours! If you’re looking for something a bit simpler, tic-tac-toe is your best bet. In this game of naughts and crosses, you can select your level of difficulty or even go head to head against a friend. Xs and Os to the winner (hugs and kisses, that is!). For some other fun tips, try asking Google, “ what sound does a pig make ?” Or if you’re looking to settle a bet and feeling lucky, “ flip a coin ” may come in handy. These are just a sample of the delightful surprises that await you on Google. After all, Search is for so much more than research and practical matters -- it’s for fun, too! Posted by Stephen Cognetta https://2.

You Should Update Your WhatsApp Settings Right Now

WhatsApp betrayed its long standing commitment to privacy when the company announced the app will now share user data with Facebook for the purpose of selling ads. But existing users have only 30 days to opt out.

On Women’s Equality Day, More Tech Companies Promise Change

In short, yes, signing a pledge is a good first step and a sign that these companies are willing to consciously confront the very real gender gaps that still plague American society today. But more real work is needed before years of systemic inequality can be overturned. And in 2016, after 45 whole years of commemorating Women’s Equality Day, maybe—just maybe—the public on the whole should be giving tech companies less of a pass on such an important issue. As a recent report from McKinsey showed, achieving full gender parity in the American workplace isn’t just a matter of fairness, it would also boost the US economy on the whole— to the tune of $4.3 trillion . Tech companies still cite a million different reasons  for why the needle to get to full parity is moving so slowly. But dragging their feet on fixing the problem just means more money is being left on the table, every single day.

Here's how to skip iOS 9.3.5 and just upgrade to iOS 10

Created by NSO Group — an Israeli cyberwarfare firm — the Pegasus vulnerability could potentially affect any iOS device running iOS 9.3.4 or older. Worse, the exploit has been in the wild for at least a month, so we’re really not sure how many iPhones and iPads were infected. While you’re probably safe (it’s part of an expensive software suite), it’s really better to be cautious in situations such as these.

How to opt out of sharing your WhatsApp info with Facebook

WhatsApp has already started pushing out the new terms and conditions — I received a push notification asking to agree to the new T&Cs today. If you want to opt out of sharing your data with Facebook for ad-targeting and product-related purposes, click through the slides to see how to do it…

There might not be enough iPhone 7 units at launch

The iPhone 7 is coming out next month. But it might be difficult to buy one immediately after it comes out.

Hopsy’s Mini Keg Only Spits Out Delicious Local Microbrews

This is where Hopsy’s HomeTap makes things easier for beer lovers. The HomeTap is small enough to fit on a countertop in your kitchen (or in the breakroom at work if you’ve hit your series A round). The beer comes in special 2-liter bottles that are filled by local microbreweries who have partnered with Hopsy. Inside each plastic bottle is a bag—just like the bag inside a box of wine, though the liquid inside this bag is much tastier.

How (and Why) to Safely Open Your Wi-Fi Network During a Disaster

Now, sure, in an emergency, the last thing you want to think about is reconfiguring your network, but if your router supports multiple networks (fair warning, it may not), Bopp says the process should only take you about five minutes. It’s essentially a matter of going into your router’s wireless network settings. Worst case, when you create the secondary or ‘guest’ network (called an SSID), you’ll have to give it a broadcast name, decide if you want it to be visible, assign whatever form of security you want to give it, and set up either some form of either DHCP provisioning or subnetting. But with most home routers that aren’t running open firmware, you probably have a straight up ‘guest network’ option, in which case, you only need to define a name for the SSID. And if you’re doing this for disaster relief purposes, you don’t even have to bother setting up a password.

Meet Luigi the PoopBot. He’s Here to Scrape Your Sewers

Everyone has a theory on the best way to learn about a person. It’s how they treat the server at a restaurant, or how they act when they’re drunk. But according to MIT engineer Carlo Ratti, you can tell the most about someone by sampling their microbiome, and “the sewage system is the great aggregator.” Gross, sure, but Ratti is studying waste to understand everything from heroin use to antibiotic-resistant bacteria—and all with the help of a sewer-slurping robot named Luigi.

Google Wallet debuts automatic transfers so you can skip “cashing out”

Google today is stepping up its battle with Venmo, Square Cash and other person-to-person payment applications with an update to its Google Wallet mobile app, which now allows for automatic transfers to your bank account. That is, transfers will no longer require you to cash out money from your Wallet balance first. This will speed up the time it takes for Wallet users to gain access to their cash, something that has been slower in the past.

Spotify adds a full list of tour dates to artist pages

In addition to recommendations, Spotify also already provided users a list of upcoming concerts based on their location. With the addition of full listings, the service displays the same dates as an artist's website, but you don't have leave the app to browse it. The new concert dates tab is rolling out today in Spotify on the desktop, so if you don't see them yet they should show up soon enough.

The bottom line: Our quick verdict on the HP Chromebook 13

Obviously, though, the tricked-out version will cost you a little more than $499 ($1,029, to be precise). Indeed, we don't recommend most people spend that much on a machine running Chrome OS. For most people, the base level model, which has a Pentium chip, will be enough. Even then, you can expect decent speeds for everyday use, along with the same sharp screen and comfy typing experience you'd get otherwise. That caveat aside, we'd also warn you about the battery life: It's not as long as on competing Chromebooks, precisely because of that pixel-dense screen. That doesn't mean we don't recommend it -- just that it's not the all-around winner it appears to be on paper.

Apple facing supply shortages ahead of iPhone 7 launch

In simpler terms, this is expected to be worse than last year’s iPhone 6s shortage. Yuanta Investment Consulting analyst Jeff Pu believes we’ll see about 10 million fewer iPhone 7 builds than we did of the 6s last year, which also caused a fairly significant shortage around the launch period.

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Apple Photos vs Google Photos, What's Better?

Nothing is more important to us than our precious digital photos, so keeping them stored safely in the cloud is crucial. The problem is, both Apple and Google have great photo-storage services, and it’s hard to know which one is actually better. Here’s how Apple Photos and Google Photos stack up against each other.

All the Scifi, Horror and Other Great Genre Movies Coming To Theaters This Fall

Hollywood generally considers the fall movie season to be awards season. It’s when studios start rolling out their best films as the end of the year approaches. For genre fans, though, we get that and so much more. There are also horror movies for Halloween, big exciting blockbusters, as well as wondrous fantasy for us to enjoy. Here are all the fantastic films opening this fall you should know.

Android Nougat: Here's where to get the upgrade for your Nexus | ZDNet

For supported Nexus devices, the other way to shortcut the wait time is by enrolling the device in Google's beta program, which gives access to the developer preview version of the OS. ZDNet's instructions for how to safely do that are available here .

Baidu's all-electric self-driving car is a modified Chery EQ

The Chery EQ isn't quite as small as Google's self-driving pod, but it's quite a bit smaller than Baidu's self-driving BMW. It costs a lot less, too: after cashing in government incentives, the Chery EQ can be had for 59.800 Yuan (about $9,000 in greenbacks). Don't expect to see the little car stateside , though -- if Baidu ever does bring its tech to the US market, it'll probably partner with a local automotive firm.

Search FYI: An Update to Trending | Facebook Newsroom

There are still people involved in this process to ensure that the topics that appear in Trending remain high-quality — for example, confirming that a topic is tied to a current news event in the real world. The topic #lunch is talked about during lunchtime every day around the world, but will not be a trending topic. These changes mean that we no longer need to do things like write topic descriptions and short story summaries since we’re relying on an algorithm to pull excerpts directly from news stories. Our team will still strictly follow our guidelines , which have been updated to reflect these changes.

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'Double Dog' is a crazy new app that's sure to get one of your idiot friends killed

Double Dog is the epitome of the dare by the same name. Only this time, it’s for friends to wager money, or points in order to see who can do the craziest shit. If you’re like me, you can watch from the outside and laugh at the pain of others rather than taking part yourself.

WhatsApp-Facebook data-sharing deal probed by UK privacy watchdog

“The regulators have been much more active in looking at the M&A space, and looking at the privacy consequences for M&A activity,” he noted. “And so I could see a scenario in which if either Facebook or WhatsApp or the both of them made certain representations to the regulators, either in the States or in Europe, about what was going to happen with individual user information once the two companies hooked up and now they’re going back on that, then that could be a real issue.”

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It’s unlikely that a 2019 VW all-electric will be able to take advantage of this kind of charging tech widely, given the charging infrastructure changed required, but it would still be a big statement from the car-maker to offer the spec in a shipping car. And since the Volkswagen group is still reeling from its emission scandal, any sizeable steps it can take in the EV market will ultimately do a lot to hep it recover its reputation.


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Testing for Zika Isn’t the Only Way to Keep the Blood Supply Safe

While state funding may not have made its way to Intercept, federal dollars did arrive in June, when Cerus signed a five-year, $30 million contract with the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority. Cerus has so far used the money to submit a protocol for a clinical trial of red blood cell treatment in Puerto Rico, where the Zika virus has hit especially hard. Enrollment is expected by the end of this year. The funding will also support Phase III clinical trials for red blood cells in the US, slated to start in 2017. Red blood cells are the most frequently used blood component—85 million units are transfused around the world each year. At the Delmarva Blood Bank, which serves all of Delaware, they are eager to get Intercept-treated red blood cells. “Hospitals are very interested, particularly with Zika on the horizon,” says spokesperson Ric Thomas.

iOS has a nifty hidden feature that parents are gonna love

While this trick will certainly come in handy to parents struggling to get some work done while babysitting, I definitely see myself using this feature a lot once I cop the new iPhone 7 next month. There’s nothing I hate more than accidentally closing a video when it’s just getting interesting.

Trump Campaign Continues To Send Illegal Solicitations To Foreigners Despite Warnings

And the Trump campaign was warned by the Federal Election Commission back in June, when reports first surfaced that lawmakers in the U.K. and Australia were receiving solicitations from the Republican candidate, that such emails are illegal. And several good government groups, including Democracy 21 and the Campaign Legal Center, filed a criminal complaint with the FEC at the end of June, citing the emails to Gale and other non-U.S. politicians. Gale even talked about the emails on the floor of Parliament, asking the body's digital service to take action to prevent them from clogging the inboxes of his fellow lawmakers.

Study: Liberals suck at spelling, conservatives love profanity

We’re just over 70 days from the presidential election and things are heating up. In heated conversation and debate, it’s not uncommon to drop the occasional four-letter word. It seems, however, that Trump supporters are dropping a lot more of them than Clinton supporters.

Flirtey flies pies for Domino’s in New Zealand

But a new rule, Part 107, is going into effect on Monday in the U.S. that allows for commercial use of unmanned aircraft that weigh under 55 pounds by people and companies who have registered as operators and registered their drones with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

There’s another tech IPO in the pipeline, and it’s coming out of Seattle

Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, and Bank of America Merrill Lynch are underwriting Apptio's IPO. Apptio's private market investors include Madrona Venture Group, Andreessen Horowitz, and Greylock Partners, who invested a combined $136 million in the company since its founding in 2007.

4 Ways to Improve Your Facebook Ad Campaigns : Social Media Examiner

As mentioned above, pulling campaigns too soon is potentially a mistake. On the other hand, running ads for too long can be detrimental to your campaign for two reasons: ad fatigue and ad blindness. Ad fatigue happens when your audience sees your ads too many times and starts to ignore them. Or worse, people hide the ads from their news feed or report them. No matter what they do, it will negatively impact your return on investment and your ads will be less effective.

Human-Induced Climate Change Has Been Going On Longer Than You Think

The results are important to build up an accurate baseline of the Earth’s temperature before human activity began to wield an influence on the climate. Details of the study, which involved 25 scientists across Australia, the US, Europe and Asia, are published in the journal Nature .

Video: Steve Wozniak discusses the importance of education

In a recent interview with The Conversation , Woz opens up about his decision to go back to school and touches upon the importance of education for both children and adults. He also speculates about the future of online education and mulls over the best ways to teach kids how to code.

Why building business in Latin America means building trust

It is critical for new market entrants to follow these good examples when bringing their products and services to Latin America. In a culture  informed by word of mouth and strong family traditions, finding early adopters to your company’s latest innovation can be difficult indeed. Businesses must overcome barriers to trust by going the extra mile towards building an appealing brand.

Why It’s Taking Fooorever to Get Countdown Clocks in NYC’s Subway

The answer dates back to the dusty root infrastructure of New York’s subway system. The entire thing runs on what’s called a “fixed block” signal system. Each roughly 1,000-foot stretch of track is divided into a “block”. When a train leaves one block and enters another, it physically trips a switch that lets both MTA central command and other train operators know it’s inside. If a train tries to drive into an already-occupied block or the blocks before or after it, physical emergency brakes will force it to halt. This signaling system—which predates Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s first term as president—keeps trains from colliding.

Stolen iPhones could eventually capture photo and fingerprint of thieves - TechRepublic

The patent contains some troubling language as well. Take this excerpt: "For example, a captured fingerprint may be compared to a database containing fingerprints of known users (such as fingerprints of all users of a cellular service network that have been captured by the cellular service network). By way of another example, a number of captured keystrokes entered by an unauthorized user may be grouped and analyzed to determine one or more operations that the unauthorized user was attempting to perform utilizing the computing device (such as access a digital music purchasing account accessible from the computing device)."

Pattern brings focused and simple design drawing to the iPad

His new iPad app,  Pattern , is the first of its kind in its simplicity. Laser-focused on creating the perfect design drawing experience and tailored to a geometric approach to sketching, creators hope graphic designers – not just illustrators – will find it helpful.

Linux survival guide: These 21 applications let you move easily between Linux and Windows | ZDNet

If you need to navigate regularly between Linux and the Windows world, there are many applications that can make your job easier. We spotlight 21 quality applications that will pave the way.

Publisher 505 Games’ secret to success: ‘true collaboration’ with developers

“Generally, the way our industry has worked has been that the developer will get a percentage of [a game’s] success once the publisher’s made all their money back and made a significant level of profit,” said Howe. “We’ve all heard stories from Hollywood where a film grosses $500 million and [the studio is] apparently still in [debt]. … That model still exists for sure within the game industry. I’m not passing comment on that model. What I saw was that it’s a barrier for certain games to get made, and it’s a barrier for certain projects to be healthy.”

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