Former U.S. astronaut, Senator John Glenn dies in Ohio at 95

John Glenn, who became one of the 20th century's greatest explorers as the first American to orbit Earth and later as the world's oldest astronaut, in addition to a long career as a U.S. senator, died on Thursday at age of 95.

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Watching all Casey Neistat vlogs is the best way to spend your time today

Remember Casey Neistat ? YouTube ’s favorite vlogger gave up on his craft on November 16, but that doesn’t mean we have to stop watching him.

Here's what's first on Microsoft's LinkedIn integration to-do list | ZDNet

The Microsoft and LinkedIn deal officially has closed. Now the integration of the two companies products and services begins. Here's what's up first.

Spotify no Longer in Talks to Acquire SoundCloud

However, a few months later, TechCrunch reports that despite having gone through months of talks and negotiations, Spotify has ultimately decided to back out of those talks, and is no longer planning on acquiring SoundCloud.

Sean Rad steps away from CEO role (again) to run Tinder’s new Swipe Ventures


Your business is already IoT-ready and here’s how

Much of what we can do with the IoT is business analytics. This sounds fancy, but it doesn’t have to be. It can be as simple as collecting a little data about your customers, employees, or business processes and then making changes based on what it says. Interestingly though, most businesses are collecting a lot of data.

A queer vision of love and marriage

Love is a tool for revolutionary change and a path toward inclusivity and understanding for the LGBTQ+ community. Married activists Tiq and Kim Katrin Milan have imagined their marriage — as a transgender man and cis woman — a model of possibility for people of every kind. With infectious joy, Tiq and Kim question our misconceptions about who they might be and offer a vision of an inclusive, challenging love that grows day by day.

Google Makes So Much Money, It Never Had to Worry About Financial Discipline—Until Now

The architect of this reorganization—known as “Alphabetization” at the ever-sunny Google—was Ruth Porat, the new chief financial officer. Porat, who was born in England but grew up in Palo Alto, led Morgan Stanley’s technology banking division during the first dot-com boom, served as an adviser to the Treasury Department during the bailouts of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and became Morgan Stanley’s CFO in 2010. She joined Google in May 2015 with a mandate to bring discipline and focus to a company so awash in cash that it never needed much of either. She instituted rigorous budgeting and, according to people familiar with Alphabet’s operations, forced the Other Bets to begin paying for the shared Google services they used. Projects hatched with ambiguous timelines of 10 or more years in some cases had to show a path to profit in half the time.

Dream on: Google’s VR headset conjures up new colors, games and apps

A slew of new games also hit Daydream View today, including action-shooter Gunjack 2: End of Shift, psychological horrorfest Layers of Fear: Solitude, reverse-dungeon crawler Underworld Overlord, magic battler Wands, and LEGO BrickHeadz Builder VR - a Daydream-exclusive building game starring everyone's favorite plastic bricks/unintentional caltrops.

Twitch gamers will stream from the White House next week

A host of popular Twitch streamers will emerge from their poster-walled bedrooms next week to give President Obama a masterclass in clutch plays. On Monday, December 12th, Monster-guzzling gaming celebs will huddle around screens at the president's Washington D.C. residence for the "White House Competitive Gaming Event." A four-hour livestream starting at 4PM ET will broadcast all the casual and competitive action, with highlights of the first White House LAN party to include a pro-am Rocket League showmatch featuring members of NRG eSports, and a Street Fighter V clash between US fighting game legend Justin Wong and people's champion Mike Ross, commentated by none other than PogChamp himself. We believe in you, Mike.

PewDiePie hits 50 million subscribers, promises again to delete his account

YouTube’s most popular channel, PewDiePie, hit a new milestone today, crossing 50 million subscribers. Earlier this week, in a rant about how changes to the service were costing him views, PewDiePie promised to delete his channel when he hit this milestone. In a tweet today, he said the end will arrive at noon (5PM GMT) tomorrow .

Credit Suisse just hired the analyst Bob Peck to head its internet banking team

"Bob joins us from SunTrust Securities where he has most recently served as the Head of Global Internet Research since 2013. Bob has been covering the Internet sector for over a decade and has consistently been a thought leader in the Internet and Digital Media sector, having been ranked for several years in Institutional Investors’ Annual All-America Research rankings. He has been the lead equity analyst covering Internet and US diversified Media stocks including Alibaba, Amazon, Facebook, Google and Netflix. Bob is featured regularly in the media, including CNBC, Bloomberg, Fox Business News, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, and he is well known by technology companies, public investors and venture capitalists alike. Prior to joining SunTrust in 2013, Bob was President of CORISE LLC, a TMT Merchant Bank, and from 2008 to 2011 he was a senior analyst covering TMT at Baron Capital. Bob has also served as a mentor at ERA, an early stage startup accelerator in New York City dedicated to mentoring and seeding early stage entrepreneurs.

Starbucks locations are now 'Pokemon Go' Gyms or Pokéstops

7,800 of the company's coffee shops will be a haven for trainers.

The five upstarts that are leading the AI and machine learning revolution | ZDNet

These 'upstarts' are companies born in the internet age or companies that have transitioned into the AI market, and are building out useful AI products that will likely broaden in their impact over time. Much like how Amazon Web Services (AWS) became the infrastructure provider of choice for many companies with the rise of the public cloud, many of these upstarts will see their products widen in application.

AT&T Vice Chairman Ralph de la Vega to retire December 31

Thaddeus Arroyo, 53, the CEO of AT&T Mexico, will take on 65-year-old de la Vega's responsibilities as the head of international and business operations, according to a person familiar with the situation. AT&T confirmed the move.

Politics and celebrity deaths dominated the discussion on Facebook in 2016

Demonstrators march in Atlanta on Friday, Sept. 23, 2016 in response to the police shooting deaths of Terence Crutcher in Tulsa, Okla. and Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, N.C.

HTC launches internal Vive Studios and debuts first VR game Arcade Saga

Arcade Saga is a collection of three games that make use of the Vive’s room-scale VR, or the ability to move around in a room and actively interact with the VR landscape, said David Sapienza, one of the game’s creators at 2 Bears Studios. The idea is to stoke the VR hardware platform by creating content that will help sell it over time, said Joel Breton, head of the HTC Vive Studios division. VR is expected to be a $14 billion consumer software market by 2020 , but platform owners such as HTC have to keep pumping money into it in the early days to make sure the ecosystem takes root.

Super Mario Run hands-on: like Mario, just simpler

Despite the streamlined controls, Super Mario Run still manages to feature what you’d expect from the series. You can still wall jump, stomp goombas, and collect coins and power-ups. Many of Mario’s moves have been automated: if you run directly into an enemy, for instance, he’ll automatically vault right over them. Iconic stages make appearances, including a haunted house littered with ghosts and trap doors, dark underground caverns, and the green pipe burdened Mushroom Kingdom. Though they look familiar, the levels all have a much more vertical feel than in past Mario games, due to the fact you play the game in portrait mode.

14 Gifts for the Best-Dressed Man at the Office

are crafted out of Douglas fir and hand-brushed to a glossy black finish. They’re about a foot and a half tall, so they’ll provide plenty of bump at the cocktail hour in his corner office. If your man is still in cubeland, he can use these to smarten up his den and enjoy them come quitting time. $700

Required reading: The books that students read in 28 countries around the world

We posed this question to our TED-Ed Innovative Educators and members of the TED-Ed community. People all over the globe responded, and we curated our list to focus on local authors. Many respondents made it clear in their countries, as in the US, few books are absolutely mandatory. Take a look at what students in countries from Ireland to Iran, Ghana to Germany, are asked to read and why:

ThyssenKrupp secrets stolen in 'massive' cyber attack

German business magazine Wirtschafts Woche reported the attacks hit sites in Europe, India, Argentina and the United States run by the Industrial Solutions division, which builds large production plants. The Hagen Hohenlimburg specialty steel mill in western Germany was also targeted, the report added.

3 Principles To Guide Designing For Social Change

As designers and other experts with unique lenses on the world join forces to tackle the wicked problems we face, it’s easiest to default to creating apps expecting that technology adoption can save the world, an idea sometimes referred to as Silicon Valley solutionism. To avoid solutionism, and truly work toward social change, we need to recognize the complexity of ourselves as individuals, and how our actions together create culture and society. The interplay of systems and human-centered thinking offers the right tools to understand the context and issues from both a societal and user perspective, allowing us to identify outcomes we are striving to change. The principles of agency, access, and action offer a new framework to design for the complexity of these wicked problems, for the inequities between the under- and well-served and the cultural context in which they live. It is only with a new mind-set that we can truly design for social change.

Google Daydream VR adds HBO, virtual Legos, and more games

On the gaming side, Lego is releasing Lego BrickHeadz Builder VR , a free game with no in-app purchases. BrickHeadz Builder essentially offers two modes. In one, you can play with Lego figures and prefabricated objects, watching them interact to unlock new characters and props. In another, you get a virtual building board and can call up bricks to make specific models, or select your own shapes and colors and create whatever you want. It’s fairly robust for a free VR app, although the Daydream remote makes placing items a little finicky; just putting one brick on top of another is sometimes more frustrating than fun.

Europe to see a $18 trillion connected cars boost by 2050

The report found that self-driving cars will contribute 0.15% to Europe’s annual growth rate over the coming decades. There will be a 5.3% cumulative impact on the economies of the 28 countries comprising the EU. This amount will add up to $18.3 trillion by the year 2050.

Magic Leap is actually way behind, like we always suspected it was

The Information received a rare product demonstration at Magic Leap, describing the device as a bulky helmet that connects to a desktop computer using multiple cables. The demo is described as having elements similar to the HoloLens, but with images that are in some cases blurrier and more jittery than Microsoft’s prototype. The HoloLens is now available in a developer kit form for $3,000, and it can be worn completely untethered from a computer.

President-elect Trump is still an executive producer for Celebrity Apprentice

It’s not likely that Trump will have any hands-on involvement in the show when it premieres in January. (That would be inappropriate.) However, the optics alone will certainly stoke criticism. Trump has already been roundly attacked for a whole host of conflicts , including his children’s presence on his transition team while running his companies, his meetings with foreign business people, and his refusal to disclose his tax returns. Meanwhile, NBC, which cut ties with Trump after he called Mexicans rapists, will almost certainly take a drubbing for this considering Trump’s appearances on Saturday Night Live and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon .

Lots of smart city deal action with Libelium, Verizon as space heats up

Smart city technology saw developments on two fronts this past week as Verizon boosted its Internet of Things (IoT) strategy through the LQD WiFi acquisition and Spain’s Libelium launhced a new platform for smart city sensors.

Amazon wants your company's data by the truckload… literally

In the race to win clients in the highly competitive cloud computing market, Amazon Web Services (AWS) has taken to transporting client data in high-tech tractor trailers.

The Best Gaming Desktops of 2016

Most gaming systems will come preinstalled with a single midrange or high-end graphics card; higher-priced systems will naturally have better cards, since purchase price typically correlates with animation performance and visual quality. Our gaming desktop reviews will let you know if there is room in the system's case for adding more graphics cards, in case you want to improve your gaming performance in the future. Most boutique manufacturers, however, will sell systems equipped with multiple-card arrays if you want to run the best-looking and best-performing games right away. (Nvidia has deemphasized, if not discouraged, using more than two of its current-generation cards at the same time, though it's still possible to have three or four AMD cards in your computer at once provided you have the proper power and heat management. AMD calls its multicard system CrossFireX and Nvidia calls its solution Scalable Link Interface, or SLI, but in practice both work the same.)

Streaming music pays off for Warner Music Group with highest revenue in 8 years

More than 15 years after Napster started gutting the traditional music industry, big labels are finally able to point to promising numbers. Thanks to the rise of streaming music services like Spotify and Apple Music, Warner Music Group just posted its highest revenue in eight years, according to Music Business Worldwide.  In the yearlong period ending this September, WMG saw $3.25 billion in revenue, about $2.7 billion of which was from recorded music. 

How to Take a Great Holiday Family Photo

How to Take a Great Holiday Family Photo

Heroin Now Kills More People Than Guns In America

For the first time ever, deaths in America due to heroin overdose outnumber gun homicides. And before you ask, no, the number of gun homicides hasn’t been dropping. Good lord.

Ryan Reynolds Finally Talks About What To Expect From Deadpool 2

The goal for us when we sat down and started talking about it was it needs to be as provocative and startling as the first film which means it can’t just be a continuation of the first film....That’s the biggest mandate going into on the second film: to not make it bigger. We have to resist the temptation to make it bigger in scale and scope, which is normally what you do when you have a surprise hit movie. But actually stay true to the tenets of it’s the tone and the style and the humor that make it so special — it’s not the explosions and the special effects.

A wish list for the iPad Pro in 2017

For the 12.9-inch model, that means adding a True Tone display, so that that big iPad can match the color temperature of its surroundings, and support for the wider color gamut now available on the iMac, MacBook Pro, iPhone 7, and 9.7-inch iPad Pro. A camera more in line with the 9.7-inch model’s 12-megapixel camera, with support for 4K video, would be awfully nice, too. Cellular versions of the larger model could also take advantage of an embedded Apple SIM, rather than the included physical SIM present on the existing 12.9-inch model.

Secret founder returns to anonymous publishing with launch of IO

Secret co-founder David Byttow said his shuttered startup would make a return of sorts, tweeting as much in November. Byttow launched the revived anonymous publishing app as IO on Thursday morning, with a different approach that has more in common with Medium than mobile social apps like Twitter (and with  Bold , the startup he launched as a long-form content publishing platform for enterprise in June, and which actually provides the trunk URL for IO).

Spotify drops efforts to buy SoundCloud in prep for IPO plans - report

Apple's chief rival in on-demand music, Spotify, has backed away from trying to buy another important player in the space, SoundCloud, according to a report. Although the two companies were in negotiations for months , any chance of a deal is said to have died in the past week , a source told TechCrunch on Thursday. Spotify was allegedly worried that buying SoundCloud would hurt its preparations for a stock IPO, which has been rumored for 2017. Specifically, Spotify was said to be concerned about the cost and complexity of licensing. SoundCloud has an even larger assortment of tracks than Spotify, since in addition to major and indie labels, many individual artists and producers can upload their music, much like YouTube. The AppleInsider podcast can be found on both iTunes and SoundCloud . Earlier reports suggested that Spotify had declined a SoundCloud takeover twice in the past two years, in those cases because of price. Like Spotify, SoundCloud has yet to turn a profit, although its launch of SoundCloud Go earlier this year led to an estimated 43 percent surge in annual revenue.

I Would Happily Live in This Gigantic AT-ACT Playhouse

Colin Furze is best known as the internet’s most lovable mad scientist, responsible for building everything from working hoverbikes to thermite cannons . But every Star Wars fan on the planet is going to be insanely jealous of the little kid who gets this AT-ACT playhouse the Furze just build.

Rumor: Samsung Galaxy S8 Won't Have Home Button

Citing people with direct knowledge of the matter, Bloomberg reported that the Galaxy S8 will have a virtual home button embedded in glass at the bottom of the phone, and its bezel-less display will offer more viewing real estate.

Gallery: The amazing women behind Hidden Figures who made the US space program possible - TechRepublic

After 34 years as an engineer Jackson took a paycut in order to start working at NASA as an administrator in the equal opportunity section. She spent several years working to promote the roles and recognition of women in the aerospace industry, later serving as the Federal Women's Program Manager in the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs and Program Manager of Equal Opportunity.

Book Reading 2016

But while print remains at the center of the book-reading landscape as a whole, there has been a distinct shift in the e-book landscape over the last five years. Americans increasingly turn to multipurpose devices such as smartphones and tablet computers – rather than dedicated e-readers – when they engage with e-book content. The share of e-book readers on tablets has more than tripled since 2011 and the number of readers on phones has more than doubled over that time, while the share reading on e-book reading devices has not changed. And smartphones are playing an especially prominent role in the e-reading habits of certain demographic groups, such as non-whites and those who have not attended college.

China teams up with HSBC, Arup to launch smart cities hub

A partnership including global bank HSBC launched a UK-China development and investment hub focused on fostering smart cities. The banking giant teamed up with the China Centre for Urban Development and engineering firm Arup Group in the initiative.

Wait a sec...could the Internet of Things actually kill people?

Schneier’s opening statement, which went down several key points of concern from a security perspective, highlighted the growing problem that comes with a rapidly-expanding network of connected devices. Among these points was the truth that most individuals won’t replace or update the software on these devices as frequently as we do our smartphones or desktop computers.

Westworld’s entire soundtrack is now available to buy or stream

Westworld ’s first season is over. Whether you fall into the shocked and delighted camp, or you saw every twist coming like the rest of us tinfoil hat Cassandras at The Verge , there is common ground to unite us: the show’s music was fantastic, and now it’s available online in its entirety in a variety of places.

Lenovo Moto has no plans for wearable market in 2017

It is a blow for Android Wear, which is already seeing a downturn in interest, as Apple starts to consolidate its position as leader of the smartwatch market. Moto was one of the first manufacturers to build an Android Wear smartwatch, the Moto 360, but sales haven’t been as high as Google, Lenovo, or Moto expected.

Bloomberg Technology on Twitter

The Indian e-commerce startup is betting on edible body paint and lingerie

Japan Is Tagging and Tracking the Elderly With Stickers

A company in Iruma, a city about 40 miles from Tokyo, is rolling out a tagging system for elderly patients suffering from dementia: a transparent, one-inch sticker with a QR code. The seal is water-resistant and stays on for up to two weeks. The code has a record of the patient’s name, address, phone number, and who to contact in case they’re found disoriented. The QR code doesn’t track the elderly person’s movements, however, it just provides specific information when scanned at a police station.

Porn site xHamster is very worried about the Investigatory Powers bill

The recently-passed Investigatory Powers Bill will become law in the UK in early 2017, and it’s got xHamster moaning, groaning, and sweating profusely in anger. At least, I think it’s anger.

We're Entering a New Era of Portable Windows PCs

At long last Microsoft will make it possible to run Windows 10 on cheap low-powered PCs (like rinky-dink tablets) as well as on smartphones. For years, Microsoft has struggled to bring the full Windows experience to ultra-portable devices that run low-power chips that can’t handle the beefy OS. Previous attempts were paltry at best. That’s about to change—and it might be just the kick in the pants Windows portables need to get going.

51 YouTube Is (Still!) Screwing Musicians
52 Can Obama’s Tech Legacy Survive President Trump?
53 Hillary Clinton says ‘lives are at risk’ because of fake news
54 Is artificial intelligence the future of customer service?
55 Costco claims it's had a version of Amazon's futuristic grocery store for 20 years
56 Become an online marketing expert with the Full-Stack Marketer training bundle
57 Americans are racking up more credit card debt again
58 Data protection disputes set to surge in the next five years
59 Three Career Lessons My Micromanaging Boss Didn't Mean To Teach Me
60 CIOs expect to increase hiring in 2017, here are the tech jobs that top their list - TechRepublic
61 Forbes Welcome
62 Sorry Cool Teens, Surgeon General Says Vaping Is 'Unsafe' For Youth
63 Samsung Galaxy S8 reportedly features all-screen front, virtual home button | ZDNet
64 Join the perfect match in 'Halo 5' with the custom game browser
65 Microsoft officially closes its $26.2B acquisition of LinkedIn
66 Adorable BB-8 Alarm Clock Goes Nuts When It's Time For You to Wake Up
67 Two Clouds Colliding Is the Most Relaxing Crash You'll Ever See
68 Yik Yak lays off 60 percent of employees as growth collapses
69 Microsoft 2017 event lineup - The Official Microsoft Blog
71 Explore This Eerie Soviet Base at the Edge of the World
72 We Need to Stop Taking Facebook’s Word For It [Vol.3]
73 Apple says it is working closely with the Chinese government to kill coal
74 HTC gets into game development with in-house VR development studio
76 Palmer Watch: Day 76
77 Nintendo shows off upcoming Switch console, new Zelda on 'The Tonight Show'
78 Jimmy Fallon is as excited as you are about the Nintendo Switch
79 Intel and Microsoft collaborate on the far-reaching Project Evo
80 SpaceX loses satellite launch order due to schedule delays
81 You Can Stop Worrying, Disney Figured Out How to Make Perfect CG Sugar
82 A chat with Shigeru Miyamoto on the eve of Super Mario Run, Nintendo’s first smartphone game
83 Killing children in 'What Remains of Edith Finch'
84 These are the water-powered Star Wars speeder bikes you were looking for
85 Microsoft is about to turn a phone into a real PC
86 The 'Ocarina of Time' soundtrack is coming to vinyl
87 Samsung's Galaxy S8 might have a true edge-to-edge display
88 Startup studio eFounders raises $5.3 million because it can’t get enough of SaaS
89 U.S. life expectancy declines for the first time since 1993
90 World Changing Ideas
91 Microsoft now has the tools to make the Surface Pro the ultimate mobile computer
92 These Dinosaur Feathers Trapped in Amber Are Ridiculously Cool
93 Fitbit's Pebble acquisition risks alienating loyal users
94 Watch Jimmy Fallon Freak Out Over the Nintendo Switch
95 Shigeru Miyamoto Performing The Super Mario Theme With The Roots
96 Faraday Future’s latest electric car teaser gives us a hint at its design
97 AT&T customers get $88 million in credits and refunds for illegal charges
98 Elon Musk and other fans pay tribute to legendary astronaut John Glenn
99 IGN on Twitter
100 John Glenn, the last of Mercury Seven astronauts, has died
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