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Amazon announces 20 finalist locations for its second headquarters

Amazon has narrowed the search for its second headquarters down to 20 locations, which it intends to work with to make a final pick by the end of 2018. The finalists are: Atlanta, Georgia; Austin, Texas; Boston, Massachusetts; Chicago, Illinois; Columbus, Ohio; Dallas, Texas; Denver, Colorado; Indianapolis, Indiana; Los Angeles, California; Miami, Florida; Montgomery County, Maryland; Nashville, Tennessee; Newark, New Jersey; New York City, New York; Northern Virginia, Virginia; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Raleigh, North Carolina; Toronto, Ontario, and Washington, DC.

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Intel admits that Meltdown and Spectre patch problems affect newer CPUs

So, in short, these patch problems affect all of Intel’s processors, except the original Core 1st-gen CPUs, and the very latest 8th-gen models. Hopefully a streamlined fix without these issues will emerge pretty soon after vendor testing is done next week, although Intel doesn’t recommend that folks wait before patching, given the seriousness of these bugs.

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Drone rescues swimmers in Australia in world first

SYDNEY (Reuters) - A drone rescued two swimmers off an Australian beach on Thursday, a world first for the fast-developing technology that seems perfectly suited to saving lives at sea, authorities said.

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Think Firefox Quantum is fast? Try Firefox 58, out next week, says Mozilla | ZDNet

Streaming compilation and the new compiler allow Firefox 58 to compile code faster than the network can deliver packets, thus removing the main bottleneck to faster page loads that involve downloading a lot of JavaScript, according to Lin Clark , an engineer on the Mozilla Developer Relations team.

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20 Cities Selected as Amazon HQ2 Finalists

Last fall we proposed a few potential fits for HQ2...most of which Amazon did not end up selecting. We did get a few right, identifying Dallas-Fort Worth and Pittsburgh as worthy suitors. We got close in North Carolina and Ohio, too, though we predicted Cincinnati (not Columbus) and Charlotte (not Raleigh). Odds are still better than not that HQ2 will end up somewhere in the Northeast, but we wouldn't rule out a Midwest or southern contender.

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Facebook investigates frustrating Messenger bug on iPhone | Cult of Mac

Facebook has confirmed it is investigating a frustrating Messenger bug that’s plaguing some users on iPhone. There is no workaround for the issue at this time, which means users have no choice but to live with it until it’s finally fixed.

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Spotify launches Spotlight, a multimedia take on podcasts and more

The format doesn’t change much about Spotify’s interface as it currently exists, but rather supplements the listening experience. When you listen to a visual podcast with a video component, for example, the video pops up on the left side of the app. More series will become available throughout the month of February, though Spotlight’s current lineup includes pop culture, sports, politics, and music.

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Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery is a mobile RPG for wannabe wizards

Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery is expected to launch in spring 2018, but it’s possible to pre-register on the official website to receive the latest information as it comes. It seems that Portkey Games is on a roll with its Harry Potter titles, and we’re very interested to see what kind of title is released next – we wouldn't object to seeing an open RPG of this ilk released on the latest consoles, that's for sure. 

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Mark Zuckerberg quietly bought a giant escape yacht, which seems like a bad sign http://gizmo.do/PaEYZsm  pic.twitter.com/YIOASnC7Th

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6 outsourcing trends that will change IT and business in 2018

Instead, companies should turn to an outsourcing partnership, which could take the form of a joint venture with an existing IT offshore company, or a partnership with more control on delivery options, Vemula said. In this case, the offshore partner would be able to manage career growth and salary expectations, while the business itself has more control on delivery and security.

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Trump Says He Called Apple’s Tim Cook to Thank Him for Investments

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26% of organizations haven't yet received Windows Meltdown and Spectre patches

The survey data from Barkly shows that patches aren't a magic bullet—there are many more steps involved in properly securing a fleet of enterprise devices following the discovery of a critical vulnerability. With the growth of such high-profile vulnerabilities and attacks, such as WannaCry and Petya, business must consider adopting a new patch strategy or system update policy, or updating their current approach.

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The Fall of Travis Kalanick Was a Lot Weirder and Darker Than You Thought

Somehow, amid the dysfunction, Uber hired Khosrowshahi, who impressed the board with a thoughtful PowerPoint presentation that included a slide that read, “There can be only one CEO at a time.” Khosrowshahi was all that Kalanick wasn’t or couldn’t be: humble, a good listener, and a diplomat. In a pointed reversal of Kalanick’s mantra, he would say: “We don’t have a PR problem; we have an ‘us’ problem—we have behaved poorly.” And when the city of London revoked Uber’s operating license in September, Khosrowshahi visited, met with taxi regulators, and published an open letter. “On behalf of everyone at Uber globally, I apologize,” he wrote. “We will appeal this decision on behalf of millions of Londoners, but we do so with the knowledge that we must also change.”

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Snap is reportedly laying off around 2 dozen employees

Most of the layoffs are said to come from Snap's team of human editors on its content team, though Cheddar reports some Snap employees based out of its New York and London offices were informed they needed to relocate to Snap's main Los Angeles campus. The layoffs reportedly affect 8 teams across the company.

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Amazon's top 20 for HQ2: Handicapping the leaders

The presence of the e-commerce giant could likely set up the winning city as the next technology nexus in the US. Not only will the firm hire talent away from major tech hubs like San Francisco, but don't be surprised if other tech companies follow Amazon's lead by moving to the city or opening up a satellite location there since it will immediately bolster the tech ecosystem of wherever it goes.

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Amazon announces candidate cities for HQ2

It’s important to us to invest in the communities where we operate in ways that benefit our neighbors and our employees. In Seattle, Amazon has donated to hundreds of charitable organizations across the city that support people of all backgrounds and income levels. And we do it in innovative ways – we are building a permanent home within our Seattle headquarters for Mary’s Place, a local nonprofit offering shelter to homeless families. This charity will receive more than 47,000 sq. ft. of space in one of our newest buildings, providing housing for 200 families.

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Facebook appoints its first black board member

Chenault joined American Express in 1981 and became CEO in 2001. He announced his retirement in October and will leave on Feb. 1. He officially joins Facebook's board on Feb. 5.

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Amazon reveals top 20 city candidates for its second HQ

Amazon has reviewed the proposals from potential candidate cities for its second North American headquarters location, and it found 20 of those the most promising. The mayors of these top 20 cities will now fight to the death in a Battle Royale-style island arena… er wait, no actually they’ll just move on the next portion of Amazon’s submission phase, which includes further proposal evaluation and working directly with the candidate cities on getting more info.

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Amazon names 20 finalists for its second headquarters

And then there were–20? After much pomp and groveling, with applications submitted by 238 cities and regions , Amazon has narrowed the list of candidates for its second North American headquarters down to a grand total of 20 finalists . The list spans red states and blue, and coasts east and west–with 3 in the Washington, D.C. area, where CEO Jeff Bezos has a home and is spending an increasing amount of time.

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EU says Apple's cash repatriation plans won't alleviate Irish $15.9B back tax payments

EU says Apple's cash repatriation plans won't alleviate Irish $15.9B back tax payments

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Tim Cook: 'Maybe we should have been clearer' over iPhone throttling | ZDNet

The iPhone-throttling issue that Apple brought upon itself last year shows no signs of going away any time soon, but Apple CEO Tim Cook finally acknowledged that the company should have been clearer with iPhone owners.

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Please spare a thought for the manager of Tide's Twitter account

For the most part, the brand is recommending that people contact a medical professional or the Poison Control Center. In cases where the victim's mouth is burning, it has suggested drinking a glass of milk or water. (For the record, milk is not an antidote for poison, and it might not help at all — always contact the Poison Control Center for advice in case of emergency.)

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Study with one-word abstract finds moon phases don't predict earthquakes http://gizmo.do/Y9qXYS5  pic.twitter.com/1DIBCfZcwl

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Trump's Bank Regulator Flags Cyber Risks in First Threat Report

U.S. banks are facing a growing threat from cyberattackers and making defense against them more complex by relying on third-party firms for support, according to a report released Thursday by Joseph Otting, the Trump administration appointee who took over a key banking regulator in November.

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Next iOS Update Can Disable iPhone Slowdown Feature

During an interview with ABC News yesterday, Tim Cook said Apple is now going a step further. As part of a February iOS update, iPhone users will be able to view a detailed breakdown of the health of their battery, including what performance hit Apple has decided is required to ensure your phone keeps working properly. The idea is that complete transparency on the feature will stop any further complaints or upset.

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This Singapore Hedge Fund Unit Is Raising Money for a Crypto Arbitrage Fund

As Bitcoin continues its wild ride, a Singapore hedge fund unit is raising $10 million for a cryptocurrency arbitrage fund to trade off price movements.

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This Google Photos panorama fail is actually just really awesome

The feature is automatic, and Photos will only stitch together pictures that were taken close to each other, so you can't really game the system too easily. However, sometimes Google will get a little confused and combine photos that don't really go together well.

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FCC's Ajit Pai wants to put $500M towards rural broadband access

"Closing the digital divide is the FCC's top priority. A key way to reach this goal in rural America is updating the FCC's high-cost universal service program to encourage cooperatives and other small, rural carriers to build more online infrastructure," Pai said in the FCC announcement.

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Mark Zuckerberg, Richard Branson, and Ellen Pao stop by Freakonomics’ new CEO series

Stephen J. Dubner’s popular show just launched a brand-new series that will take you inside the rich interior world of CEOs like Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Virgin’s Richard Branson, Microsoft’s Satya Nadella, Pepsi’s Indra Nooyi, and former CEO Jack Welch from General Electric.

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Congress demanded NSA spying reform. Instead, they let you down

Since then, over 40 privacy and transparency groups have called on Congress to reform the government's section 702 powers. They argued that compelling the NSA to get a warrant before accessing Americans' data would have no impact on foreign intelligence gathering efforts. Other legislative efforts would compel the government to reveal the approximate number of Americans surveilled under section 702, a promise made by both the Obama and Trump administrations that was later withdrawn .

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Cities Are Killing The Future Of Work (And The American Dream)

Earlier this year, Zapier’s CEO Wade Foster told his tech company’s employees, many of whom were struggling to make ends meet in the San Francisco metro area, that he’d pay them up to $10,000 to move somewhere else. “It can be a real challenge to turn the Bay Area into a lifelong home rather than a short stop somewhere in our twenties and thirties,” Foster, who’s originally from central Missouri, explained to his workers in a blog post last March .

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Digital transformation will lead 60% of enterprises to move IT off-premises by 2019

Enterprises report that the largest spending increase this year will be for IT delivered as a service, as opposed to on-premises, the 451 Research report found. Security will also receive an influx of money, with 16% of organizations saying that it will get the largest budget increase in 2018—not a surprise, given the number of high-profile attacks hitting headlines .

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The best, worst, and weirdest cars from the 2018 Detroit Auto Show

Literally hiding behind a giant column at the Mercedes-Benz booth was one of the most adorable cars at the Detroit Auto Show: a cabriolet version of the brand-new G Wagen. If there was simply not enough room or time in the German carmaker’s brawny unveiling of the revamped G-Class to show off this open-air sibling, that’s fine, but hiding it behind a giant load-bearing structure felt a little cruel. Yes, the G Wagen is a bit obnoxious and, no, a cabriolet version doesn’t make it any more approachable or affordable. But at least I wouldn’t be able to hear any criticisms over the sound of the wind rushing past my ears. —Sean O’Kane

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Bad things getting ready to go down in the next episode of the latest Batman video game http://gizmo.do/i7V5DfV  pic.twitter.com/MGrQhOlexr

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Do This In Your First Hour, Day, Week, And Month Of Your New Job

You’re new, and it feels awkward, and it’s probably going to for a little while. But that’s okay. Getting settled into your new job is the ultimate act of multitasking: You’ve got to remember names, make friends, figure out your commute, and start doing the actual work you’ve been hired to do–ideally, as well and as efficiently as possible.

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The internet has made us more chill about religion http://gizmo.do/e3tKETv  pic.twitter.com/W0xi7kFX2e

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If your sick co-worker won't stay home, maybe *you* should stay home: http://lifehac.kr/OMkFXqz  pic.twitter.com/5Y8KS5s81J

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Zapier’s $10,000 “de-location” offer sparks job applicants but (still) no de-location

Last March, Zapier, the work automation platform, announced it would be offering $10,000 to cover moving expenses for any employees who wanted to ditch the Bay Area for someplace where the cost of living is less insane. By midsummer,  Business Insider reported that job applications had spiked some 30% but there weren’t any takers yet for the so-called “de-location package.”

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Miki Agrawal is promoting her new startup with these awful DIY anal beads (NSFW)

After an HR meltdown last spring at her period-proof underwear company Thinx, Miki Agrawal stepped down as CEO to found Tushy, which makes devices that convert ordinary toilets into bidets. This morning  Fast Company’ s editors received an invitation to a get-together at Agrawal’s Williamsburg home later this month “to celebrate and honor that special body part that we tend to ignore”–the anus–with a black box fronted with a photo of a butt, containing:

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Instagram just added a new feature you might want to turn off — here's how

People started noticing the new feature in the Instagram apps for iOS and Android on Thursday. Thankfully, it doesn't tell everyone when you were last on Instagram — only the people with whom you share private messages, or those you tag in your Instagram Stories.

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Here’s Exactly What To Put On Your Resume To Land An Interview

While resumes are often written to appeal to a hiring manager, few are ever actually viewed by a human.  “Companies, more and more, are using automated screening systems to make it cheaper and faster for them, which grossly dehumanizes the process,” said Kushal Chakrabarti, CEO and cofounder of TalentWorks, an AI-driven resume optimization and job search platform. “That means that the first filter for a lot of people isn’t actually a person looking at their resume, it’s a robot seeing whether or not you included a keyword, scoring your resume to decide if a human should even look at it.”

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MIT Tech Review on Twitter

A simple-to-take test that tells if you have a tumor lurking, and even where it is in your body, is a lot closer to reality—and may cost only $500. https://trib.al/R2pK6zR 

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Here they are: The top 20 finalists in Amazon's second headquarters race #AmazonHQ2 https://usat.ly/2Dm3ppf  pic.twitter.com/Ein3pttSkf

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Top 10 highest-paid tech jobs in Silicon Valley

High costs of living keep many people out of Silicon Valley, but people in these positions make the highest salaries of the bunch.

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Gizmodo on Twitter

Understanding how TVs work is a lot easier when you watch them at 380,000 frames per second http://gizmo.do/neCCEoW  pic.twitter.com/IUv3KrQQF7

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Mark Zuckerberg reportedly bought a $150 million ‘expedition yacht’ (Update: Zuckerberg spokesperson denies)

Though searching through Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook page last year might have led you to think he spends all his free time cozying up to a plate of grits with random families in Louisiana, it turns out he enjoyed a lot of billionaire simple pleasures in 2017, as well.

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It was only a matter of time: The Tide Pod doughnut is born

“I got the Tide Pod doughnut ... because it’s a popular trend on Facebook and Twitter,” he said. "I was like well, you know, I’m on a diet right now but ... I don’t think Tide Pods got carbs in them, might as well try it.”

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50 Cent Answers the Web's Most Searched Questions | WIRED

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