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Apple will skip 5G in 2019, report says

Enlarge / From left to right: the iPhone 8, the iPhone XS, the iPhone XR, and the iPhone XS Max. Samuel Axon Apple will not introduce an iPhone capable of taking advantage of faster 5G cellular data networks in 2019, a report from Bloomberg says. Citing people familiar with Apple’s plans, the report specifies that […]

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Twitter Says It Is Ready for the Midterms, but Rogue Accounts Aren’t Letting Up

Twitter Says It Is Ready for the Midterms, but Rogue Accounts Aren’t Letting Up Image“We are more prepared than we have ever been” ahead of the midterm elections, said Del Harvey, Twitter’s head of trust and safety.CreditCreditTamir Kalifa for The New York Times By Kate Conger and Adam Satariano Nov. 5, 2018 SAN FRANCISCO — […]

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Inventor Of World Wide Web Says Tech Giants May Have To Be Split Up

By Guy Faulconbridge and Paul Sandle LONDON (Reuters) – Silicon Valley technology giants such as Facebook <FB.O> and Google <GOOGL.O> have grown so dominant they may need to be broken up, unless challengers or changes in taste reduce their clout, the inventor of the World Wide Web told Reuters. The digital revolution has spawned a […]

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Uber may start delivering burgers by drones as soon as 2021 because its CEO says 'We need flying burgers'

Saumya Khandelwal/ReutersUber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi Uber is looking to hire an operations executive to make drone delivery functional by next year and available for commercial use by 2021, according to a jobs listing spotted by The Wall Street Journal. In May, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi acknowledged his company was working on a drone delivery project […]

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Your ‘Do Not Track’ tool might be helping websites track you, study says

Millions of people are using “Do Not Track” tools which do nothing, according to a recent study done by Forrester Research. The “Do Not Track” features embedded in popular browsers are being ignored, opening up the possibility of consumers having their browsing information picked up by specific ads on the web. In the research, picked up by Gizmodo, […]

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Facebook says millions of users had phone numbers, search history and location data stolen in recent hack

Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. (Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images) Brian Fung Policy reporter focusing on telecommunications, media, cryptocurrencies and competition October 12 An online attack that forced Facebook to log out 90 million users last month directly affected 29 million people on the social network, the company said Friday, as it released new details about […]

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Major US telecom was infiltrated by backdoored Supermicro hardware, Bloomberg says

Enlarge Eric Kilby / Flickr Five days after Bloomberg stunned the world with still-unconfirmed allegations that Chinese spies embedded data-sniffing chips in hardware used by Apple, Amazon, and dozens of other companies, the news organization is doubling down. Bloomberg is now reporting that a different factory-seeded manipulation from the previously described one was discovered in […]

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Amazon says it 'listened to our critics' as it raised its minimum wage to $15 – here's how the clash between Bernie Sanders and Jeff Bezos went down

While you may appreciate how easy it is to turn to Amazon as a one-stop retailer you don’t have to leave your couch to shop at, smaller businesses are struggling to keep up with the corporation. This situation was especially evident when Amazon acquired Whole Foods, sending other grocery chains scrambling to keep up. Amazon’s […]

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Facebook Content Moderator Says Job Gave Her PTSD, Sues Company

Imagine the worst, most traumatic content the internet has to offer. Now imagine a job that inundates you with it all day, every day. Such was the life of Selena Scola, a former Facebook content moderator who, along with 7,500 or so other people, collectively screened around 10 million posts a week. Now, after being […]

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Apple says that Trump's looming tariffs on China would increase prices on Apple Watch and AirPods

Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesApple CEO Tim Cook. Apple said that tariffs on $ 200 billion worth of Chinese goods proposed by the Trump administration could result in higher prices for its products in a letter to the government published on Friday.  In it, Apple says the proposed tariffs would “cover a wide range of Apple products” as […]

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Nikon says Z7, Z6 mirrorless cameras will ship on time in the U.S.

The Nikon factory in Sendai, Japan. Nikon inc. / Nikon Corp. As the company’s first serious mirrorless bodies, Nikon has a lot riding on the new Z7 and Z6 — and some photographers worry that the upcoming bodies will see the same limited supply that the Nikon D850 suffered from at the initial launch. A […]

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Facebook Says It Removed 652 Disinformation Accounts Linked To Russia And Iran

MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — Facebook has identified and banned more accounts engaged in misleading political behavior ahead of the U.S. midterm elections in November. The social network said Tuesday that it had removed 652 pages, groups, and accounts linked to Russia and, unexpectedly, Iran, for “coordinated inauthentic behavior” that included the sharing of political […]

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A new Mac mini and a Retina MacBook Air are imminent, report says

Enlarge / The 2014 Mac mini is pictured here. This redesign was seen by some users as a downgrade compared to its predecessor, and Apple hasn’t overhauled it since. Andrew Cunningham Apple plans to release a new replacement for the MacBook Air (and possibly the current MacBook) with a Retina display later this year, according […]

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After employee revolt, Google says it is “not close” to launching search in China

Google’s employees and Google’s management are clashing over ethical issues again. Just two months after Google’s “Project Maven” military drone project was seemingly resolved, Google’s employees are now up in arms over company plans to create censored products for China. The internal protests resulted in the issue being addressed at an all-hands meeting, and we […]