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Amazon Will No Longer Sell Chinese Goods In China  

Amazon announced today that it will close its marketplace in China in the coming months, meaning Amazon customers in the country will no longer be able to buy goods from Chinese merchants. "Amazon did not explain why it was withdrawing its marketplace service, saying only it will instead focus on selling goods shipped from other countries into China," reports CNN. From the report: "We are notifying sellers we will no longer operate a marketplace on Amazon.cn, and we will no longer be providing s

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2019-04-19 00:50:00



Why Juul and Republican Lawmakers Want To Raise the Minimum Vaping Age To 21  

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced a new bill today that would block all tobacco and vape purchases for Americans under 21 years old, citing widespread public health risks. Surprisingly, vaping companies don't appear to be too concerned, as Juul's CEO Kevin Burns issued this statement supporting the measure: "JUUL Labs is committed to eliminating combustible cigarettes, the number one cause of preventable death in the world and to accomplish that goal, we must restrict youth usage

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2019-04-19 00:10:00



The Source Code For All Infocom Text Adventure Classics Has Been Released  

You can now download the source code of every Infocom text adventure game, thanks to archivist Jason Scott who uploaded the code to GitHub. "There are numerous repositories under the name historicalsource, each for a different game," reports Ars Technica. "Titles include, but are not limited to, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Planetfall, Shogun, and several Zork games -- plus some more unusual inclusions like an incomplete version of Hitchhiker's sequel The Restaurant at the End of the Un

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2019-04-18 23:30:00



First Japan-Built Airliner In 50 Years Takes On Boeing and Airbus  

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: More cities in Asia and Europe are seeking to link up with each other and the global air travel network. The Mitsubishi Regional Jet, the first airliner built in Japan since the 1960s, began certification flights last month in Moses Lake, Washington, to satisfy that demand. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd.'s new airliner is testing the skies just as rivals are moving to sell off their manufacturing operations for jets with up to 160 seats. Boei

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2019-04-18 22:50:00



Netflix Will Invest Up To $100 Million In a NYC Production Hub  

Netflix is establishing an NYC production hub that will include six sound stages in Brooklyn and an expanded office in Manhattan's Flatiron District. "It should create 'hundreds of jobs' (including 127 executive, marketing and production development roles) over the next five years, and should foster up to $100 million in investments, according to Governor Cuomo," reports Engadget. From the report: The sound stages will also have the capacity for "thousands" of jobs, Cuomo said, although that's l

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2019-04-18 22:10:00



Facebook now says its password leak affected 'millions' of Instagram users  

Facebook has confirmed its password-related security incident last month now affects “millions” of Instagram users, not “tens of thousands” as first thought. The social media giant confirmed the new information in its updated blog post, first published on March 21. “We discovered additional logs of Instagram passwords being stored in a readable format,” the company […]

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2019-04-18 21:34:53



Ask Slashdot: What's a Good Chair For a Software Developer?  

AmiMoJo writes: It's time to buy a new chair so I'm turning to Slashdot for recommendations. The Herman Miller Aeron seems to be the go-to, much like the Model M for keyboards, but I've heard that there are some other good options on the market. I need something that is comfortable and durable -- too many chairs get squeaky and loose because I can't sit still and keep shifting my weight around. Many are difficult to maintain as well, e.g. the screws attacking the back are often under plastic att

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2019-04-18 21:30:00



Ajit Pai Proposes Blocking China-Owned Telecom From US Phone Market  

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has proposed denying China Mobile USA's application to offer telecom services in the U.S., saying the Chinese government-owned company poses a security risk. The FCC is scheduled to vote on an order to deny the application at its open meeting on May 9, and Pai yesterday announced his opposition to China Mobile entering the U.S. market. "After reviewing the evidence in this proceeding, including the input provided by oth

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2019-04-18 20:52:00



MoviePass Has Lost Over 90% of Its Subscribers in Less Than a Year, Leaked Documents Reveal  

MoviePass users apparently hit the exits en masse after it scaled back the number of movies users could see each month. From a report: The flailing cinema-subscription provider has seen its subscriber rolls plunge from a peak of more than 3 million to just 225,000 in under a year, according to a new report. The numbers were reported by Business Insider, which cited "internal data" it had obtained. Asked for comment, a MoviePass spokeswoman declined to confirm the subscriber figure. In June 2018,

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2019-04-18 20:11:00



The Dirty Truth About Green Batteries  

If we're going to avoid the worst consequences of climate change, we'll need an energy revolution. But there's a big problem. Making that future a reality will, among other things, require a lot of batteries: batteries to charge our electric cars; batteries to store solar power collected while the sun's up and wind power harnessed when it's gusty out. And as a new report by researchers at the University of Technology Sydney warns, that's likely to drive demand for the metals used to build green

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2019-04-18 19:30:00



IBM Halting Sales of Watson AI Tool For Drug Discovery Amid Sluggish Growth  

Citing lackluster financial performance, IBM is halting development and sales of a product that uses its Watson AI software to help pharmaceutical companies discover new drugs, news outlet Stat reported on Thursday, citing a person familiar with the company's internal decision-making. From the report: The decision to shut down sales of Watson for Drug Discovery marks the highest-profile retreat in the company's effort to apply artificial intelligence to various areas of health care. Last year, t

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2019-04-18 18:51:00



Facebook Quietly Updates Last Month's Security Disclosure To Add That 'Millions' of Instagram Users Are Also Impacted  

Last month, Facebook disclosed that hundreds of millions of users on its platform had their account passwords stored in plain text -- in some cases going back to 2012 -- and searchable by thousands of Facebook employees. Today, the company quietly updated that blog post to reveal that Instagram users are also impacted. It said, in the update: Since this post was published, we discovered additional logs of Instagram passwords being stored in a readable format. We now estimate that this issue impa

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2019-04-18 18:13:00



Google's Ivan Poupyrev shows off Jacquard, which connects his Levi's jacket to the cloud  

Ivan Poupyrev, the technical projects lead at Google's Advanced Technology and Projects division, just gave a TED talk that was simultaneously a presentation and a demo of new technology. Poupyrev was showing off Jacquard, a device that allowed him to use the sleeve of his jacket as a controller for his presentation slides. Google has […]

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2019-04-18 18:07:07



Some Internet Outages Predicted For the Coming Month as '768k Day' Approaches  

An internet milestone known as "768k Day" is getting closer and some network administrators are shaking in their boots fearing downtime caused by outdated network equipment. From a report: The fear is justified, and many companies have taken precautions to update old routers, but some cascading failures are still predicted. The term 768k Day comes from the original mother of all internet outages known as 512k Day. [...] Many legacy routers received emergency firmware patches that allowed network

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2019-04-18 17:33:00



Rey proposed to Kylo Ren at Star Wars Celebration Chicago - CNET  

I met Reylo at the Star Wars event and didn't even know it.

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2019-04-18 16:58:37



Working backwards to uncover key success factors  

If you're a SaaS business,  you're likely overwhelmed with data and an ever-growing list of acronyms that purport to unlock secret keys to your success. But like most things,  tracking with you do has very little impact on what you actually do.

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2019-04-18 16:41:09



Google Chrome To Get a Reader Mode  

Google's Chrome browser will get a Reader Mode, similar to the one found in competing browsers like Firefox and the old Microsoft Edge. From a report: The feature is currently under development, but Chrome Canary users can test it starting today. Chrome's Reader Mode will work by stripping pages of most of their useless content, such as ads, comments sections, or animations, and leave a bare-bones version behind, showing only titles, article text, and article images. Work on the feature started

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2019-04-18 16:41:00



Homecoming review: Beyoncé film brings fireworks to Netflix - CNET  

Beychella will stand the test of time as the definitive and declarative Beyonce performance, and now we can witness history being made in our homes.

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2019-04-18 16:32:15



Instagram might hide how many likes you get - CNET  

It'd shift the focus to the content being shared, rather than how popular it is, the company reportedly said.

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2019-04-18 16:20:15



How Squishy Robotics created a robot that can be safely dropped out of a helicopter  

If you want to build a robot that can fall hundreds of feet and be no worse the wear, legs are pretty much out of the question. The obvious answer, then, is a complex web of cable-actuated rods. Obvious to Squishy Robotics, anyway, whose robots look delicate but are in fact among the most durable out there.

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2019-04-18 16:15:02



Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt Says Tech Companies Can Regulate Themselves  

Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt in a new interview rejected the notion that Capitol Hill has a role to play in regulating big tech companies, breaking with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's recent willingness to work with lawmakers. From a report: "The problem is if you write a rule, inevitably, you fix the solution on a specific solution, but the technology moves so quickly," Schmidt says. "It's generally better to let the tech companies do these things," he adds. Schmidt, who ran Google from 2001

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2019-04-18 16:00:00



Pinterest is up more than 25% in its first day of trading  

Pinterest is the latest high-profile tech unicorn to go public.

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2019-04-18 15:53:20



Industrial robotics giant Fanuc is using AI to make automation even more automated  

Industrial automation is already streamlining the manufacturing process, but first those machines must be painstakingly trained by skilled engineers. Industrial robotics giant Fanuc wants to make robots easier to train, therefore making automation more accessible to a wider range of industries, including pharmaceuticals. The company announced a new artificial intelligence-based tool at TechCrunch’s Robotics + […]

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2019-04-18 15:40:13



Mueller report is No. 1 politics book on Amazon - CNET  

The 450-page report takes four out of the top 10 spots on the Political Conservatism & Liberalism bestseller list.

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2019-04-18 15:29:13



The Mueller Report  

Almost two years after Special Counsel Robert Mueller was appointed to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election and the Trump campaign, his report -- a redacted version of it -- is finally out [PDF]. [Update: Here's a PDF file of the report that supports search functionality.] Read more of this story at Slashdot.

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2019-04-18 15:19:00



Galaxy Fold screen meltdown: What's happening with Samsung's foldable phone and what to do if your ordered one - CNET  

We've asked Samsung, AT&T and T-Mobile what they'll do to support Galaxy Fold preorders if something goes wrong -- we're still waiting to hear the answer.

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2019-04-18 15:17:15



Russian hacked 'at least one' Florida county prior to 2016 election  

Russian operatives successfully targeted and hacked “at least one” Florida county government in the run up to the 2016 U.S. presidential election, according to new findings by the Special Counsel Robert Mueller. The report, published Thursday by the Justice Department, said the county was targeted by the Russian intelligence service, known as the GRU. The hackers […]

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2019-04-18 15:10:39



Netflix to open a production hub in New York and invest up to $100 million in the city  

Start spreading the news. Netflix is coming to New York City in a big way. The streaming media service has committed to invest up to $100 million to build a production hub and hire hundreds of new staffers in the Big Apple, according to a statement from Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. Netflix’s new production hub […]

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2019-04-18 14:45:47



Ubuntu 19.04 'Disco Dingo' Released  

Canonical today announced the release of Ubuntu 19.04 "Disco Dingo." With Linux 5.0 and GNOME 3.32, Disco Dingo features performance improvements and visual tweaks. Whether or not you upgrade, Disco Dingo lays the groundwork for future long term support releases of Ubuntu. From a report: Keep in mind, version 19.04 is not LTS (Long Term Support), meaning it is only supported until January 2020. "Ubuntu 19.04 introduces GNOME 3.32 with higher frame rates, smoother startup animations, quicker icon

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2019-04-18 14:40:00



Google Offers Europeans Choice To Download Rival Web Browser  

Google said today it will start giving European Union smartphone users a choice of browsers and search apps on its Android operating system, in changes designed to comply with an EU antitrust ruling. From a report: Starting Thursday and following a software update, users in the EU opening Google's mobile app store will be presented with a choice of alternatives to Google search and Chrome. The Alphabet unit said options will vary by market, but Microsoft's Bing and Norway's Opera are notable com

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2019-04-18 14:01:00



The consumer version of BBM is shutting down on May 31  

It might be time to move on from BBM. The consumer version of the BlackBerry Messenger will shut down on May 31. Emtek, the Indonesia-based company that partnered with BlackBerry in 2016, just announced the closure. It’s important to note, BBM will still exist and BlackBerry today revealed a plan to open its enterprise-version of […]

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2019-04-18 13:41:33



Amazon and Google Announce Official YouTube Apps to Launch on Fire TV; Prime Video App Coming to Chromecast and Android TV  

Amazon and Google have worked out their differences. On Thursday, they announced that official YouTube app will soon make a return to Fire TV devices and Fire TV Edition smart TVs. Additionally, Prime Video app will be coming to Chromecast and Chromecast built-in devices. "In addition, Prime Video will be broadly available across Android TV device partners, and the YouTube TV and YouTube Kids apps will also come to Fire TV later this year," Amazon said. Read more of this story at

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2019-04-18 13:30:00



Galaxy S8, LG V35 and V30 flagship phones now available for under $400 - CNET  

We found three older flagship phones with top of the line features that come with a bargain price.

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2019-04-18 13:26:18



Mozilla To Bring Python To Browsers  

An anonymous reader quotes a report from VentureBeat: In a step toward its goal of building out a data science development stack for web browsers, Mozilla today detailed Pyodide, an experimental Python project that's designed to perform computation without the need for a remote kernel (i.e., a program that runs and inspects code). As staff data engineer Mike Droettboom explained in a blog post, it's a standard Python interpreter that runs entirely in the browser. And while Pyodide isn't exactly

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2019-04-18 13:00:00



USDA launches pilot program allowing SNAP recipients to shop for groceries online  

The USDA this morning announced the launch of a pilot program that will open up online grocery shopping to those on public assistance. During a two-year pilot program, those receiving SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits — often referred to as “food stamps” — will be able to shop for groceries from online retailers, including […]

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2019-04-18 12:42:51



The different playbooks of D2C brands  

Over the past half a decade, the tidal wave of niche brands delivering new kinds of products to consumers and doing so online has changed the retail and CPG landscapes forever.

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2019-04-18 12:34:15



Every new show and movie on Hulu: May 2019 - CNET  

Catch-22, Clerks, The Green Mile and more hit Hulu!

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2019-04-18 12:34:03



Galaxy S10's camera may get dedicated low-light mode - CNET  

It's Samsung's answer to the Pixel 3's Night Sight.

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2019-04-18 12:26:24



Hyundai Sonata's Digital Key means you can leave the fob at home - Roadshow  

Unlock, start the engine and go, all from your smartphone.

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2019-04-18 12:20:54



Mueller says use of encrypted messaging stalled some lines of inquiry  

A single paragraph in the Mueller report out Thursday offers an interesting look into how the Special Counsel’s investigation came head-to-head with associates of President Trump who used encrypted and ephemeral messaging to hide their activities. From the report: Further, the Office learned that some of the individuals we interviewed or whose conduct we investigated-including […]

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2019-04-18 12:06:48



You can beta test Puma's self-lacing sneakers - CNET  

The best part? You can keep the shoes after the test.

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2019-04-18 11:58:14



Why we're looking into the Mueller report  

After nearly two years of investigation and months of delays (not to mention partisan bickering the whole time), Special Investigator Robert Mueller's report on the President's campaign and Russian interference in the 2016 election is out. We're not a politics news site but we're still looking into it — tech has figured more prominently than ever in the last few years and understanding its role in what could be a major political event is crucial for the industry and government both.

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2019-04-18 11:50:41



Index Ventures, Stripe back bookkeeping service Pilot with $40M  

The round values Pilot at $355 million.

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2019-04-18 11:49:38



Congress readies for Mueller report to be delivered on CDs  

If there weren’t enough obstacles already standing between Congress and the results of the special counsel’s multiyear investigation, lawmakers are expecting to need an optical drive to read the document. A Justice Department official told the Associated Press that a CD containing the Mueller report would be delivered to Congress tomorrow between 11 and noon […]

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2019-04-18 11:28:54



Samsung Galaxy Fold problems explained video - CNET  

We peel back the layers of problems being reported by early users of Samsung's folding phone.

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2019-04-18 11:15:45



VW Atlas Basecamp concept brings the outdoors into the New York Auto Show - Roadshow  

It takes the Atlas' blocky looks and adds a dash of hardcore off-road cred.

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2019-04-18 11:09:08



Throw it back with the Porsche 911 Speedster's Heritage Design Package - Roadshow  

There's always wiggle room to make a Porsche a little more special.

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2019-04-18 11:08:57



Daily Crunch: Samsung responds to Galaxy Fold concerns  

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Samsung responds to reviewer complaints about its Galaxy Fold phone Samsung has issued a statement about its new folding phone. Apparently […]

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2019-04-18 11:02:35



VCs bet on cannabis vaping, ED meds and mobile fertility clinics  

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch's venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines.

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2019-04-18 10:51:09



Y Combinator grad, Fuzzbuzz lands $2.7M seed round to deliver fuzzing as service  

Fuzzbuzz, a graduate of the most recent Y Combinator class, got the kind of news every early-stage startup wants to hear when it landed a $2.7 million seed round to help deliver a special class of automated software testing known as fuzzing in the form of a cloud service. Fuel Capital led the round. Homebrew […]

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2019-04-18 10:49:51



Soylent now sells solid snack bars  

Soylent is leaving liquids behind as it journeys deeper into the packaged food business with a selection of snack sized bars. The 100 calorie bar has 5 grams of plant protein, 36 nutrients and probiotics for digestive health. Snack bars come in three flavors — chocolate brownie,  citrus berry and salted caramel. It’s the second […]

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2019-04-18 10:39:09



VW Tarok teases us with another pickup truck concept in New York - Roadshow  

The concept was shown previously in South America.

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2019-04-18 10:38:48



How to donate to Notre Dame Cathedral relief efforts - CNET  

Charities and philanthropists in France are already working to provide aid to the cathedral's reconstruction.

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2019-04-18 10:30:10



Next iPhone could feature an ultra-wide lens  

A new report from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo obtained by 9to5mac details the cameras in the next-generation iPhones. The report confirms previous rumors — the successors of the iPhone XS and XS Max will have three camera sensors on the back of the device. In addition to the main camera and the 2x camera, Apple […]

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2019-04-18 10:22:36



2020 Subaru Outback is still spacious and practical in its new generation video - Roadshow  

Subaru's well-loved wagon once again offers a turbo engine, as well as a bigger touchscreen infotainment system, tons of cargo space and, yes, a built-in app for navigating to National Parks.

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2019-04-18 10:19:12



Galaxy Fold screens are having a meltdown: Here's what to do if you bought one from Samsung, AT&T or T-Mobile - CNET  

Samsung's first foldable phone is turning from sensation to tragedy fast.

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2019-04-18 10:17:05



Zoom pops 81% in Nasdaq debut  

Zoom, a profitable tech unicorn, has begun trading on the Nasdaq.

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2019-04-18 10:16:07



Child's Play trailer shows terror when Chucky takes over smart homes - CNET  

Good night, Andy.

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2019-04-18 10:10:27



Mueller report dives into Russian election interference and Trump campaign - CNET  

The report from special counsel Robert Mueller outlines cyberattacks and social media disinformation leading up to the 2016 US presidential election.

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2019-04-18 10:10:21



Astronomers Have Spotted the Universe's First Molecule  

Astronomers have detected the universe's first molecule. "Helium hydride (HeH), a combination of helium and hydrogen, was spotted some 3000 light-years from Earth by an instrument aboard the airborne Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), a telescope built into a converted 747 jet that flies above the opaque parts of Earth's atmosphere," reports Science Magazine. The findings have been reported in the journal Nature. From the report: HeH has long been thought to mark the "dawn

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2019-04-18 10:00:00



Get the Aukey B60 wireless sport earbuds with magnetic on-off switch for $45 - CNET  

Best. Feature. Ever! Plus: Bonus deals on phone cases for Mom, white-noise machines and microSD storage.

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2019-04-18 09:55:34



Nvidia launches its Isaac SDK to help democratize AI-powered robot development  

Today at TechCrunch's TC Sessions: Robotics + AI event at UC Berkeley, Nvidia VP of Engineering Claire Delaunay announced that the company's Isaac SDK is available for download. Announced last month, the software development kit is part of the chipmaker's ongoing push to help make robotics development more accessible for a wider range of users. […]

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2019-04-18 09:49:04



Google and Amazon settle their long-standing beef (The 3:59, Ep. 546) - CNET  

Plus, the Samsung Galaxy Fold stumbles, and Apple shows off its recycling lab.

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2019-04-18 09:42:14



'Child's Play' trailer gets a smart home makeover, giving Chucky control over connected devices  

Oh golly does the new trailer for “Child’s Play” look good. Not only does it have appearances by Aubrey Plaza, Mark Hamill (as the voice of Chucky) and Bryan Tyree Henry (who’s awesome in Atlanta), but it’s giving Chucky a smart home makeover. The demonically possessed doll now has the power to control networked devices […]

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2019-04-18 09:37:52



Tiny Genesis Mint is a city concept we love video - Roadshow  

Genesis wants to prove that luxury doesn't have to be large.

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2019-04-18 09:37:01



Read the Mueller report here  

The Mueller report has been published. It was posted at 11am ET, a month after Special Counsel Robert Mueller submitted his findings to the Justice Department examining Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Per remarks by U.S. attorney general William Barr speaking this morning, there are three major components to the report: How […]

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2019-04-18 09:24:59



Dodge Challenger and Charger Stars & Stripes Editions wave the flag in NY - Roadshow  

They're meant to celebrate US soldiers and veterans, even though they're built in Canada.

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2019-04-18 09:20:25



Instagram hides Like counts in leaked design prototype  

“We want your followers to focus on what you share, not how many likes your posts get. During this test, only the person who share a post will see the total number of likes it gets.” That’s how Instagram describes a seemingly small design change test with massive potential impact on users’ well-being. Hiding Like […]

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2019-04-18 08:59:54



Amazon launches ad-supported music service to Echo owners  

Amazon today announced the launch of a free, ad-supported music service in the U.S. that will be available to anyone who wants to play free music on their Echo speaker. Until today, Echo owners who wanted to stream music from Amazon could either pay for an annual Prime membership for access to Prime Music or […]

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2019-04-18 08:48:54



CloudBees acquires Electric Cloud to build out its software delivery management platform  

CloudBees, the enterprise continuous integration and delivery service (and the biggest contributor to the Jenkins open-source automation server), today announced that it has acquired Electric Cloud, a continuous delivery and automation platform that first launched all the way back in 2002. The two companies did not disclose the price of the acquisition, but CloudBees has […]

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2019-04-18 08:35:18



Roadshow's guide to car subscription plans, an alternative to buying or leasing - Roadshow  

You're no longer restricted to traditional car buying and leasing. Here's our guide to finding out if a car subscription service is right for you.

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2019-04-18 07:59:56



Digital health investments slide in the first quarter to $2 billion, according to Mercom Capital  

Venture investors, private equity, and corporations funneled $2 billion into digital health startups in the first quarter of 2019, down 19% from the nearly $2.5 billion invested a year ago. There were also 38 fewer deals done in the first quarter this year than last year, when investors backed 187 early stage digital health companies, […]

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2019-04-18 07:46:22



2019 New York Auto Show: Roadshow's favorite debuts - Roadshow  

In which our editors pick their favorites from this year's New York show.

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2019-04-18 07:18:59



Uber, Lyft implement new safety measures  

Uber and Lyft instituted new safety features and policies this week. The move follows the death of Samantha Josephson, a student at the University of South Carolina, who was kidnapped and murdered in late March. She was found dead after getting into a vehicle that she believed to be her Uber ride. The murder, which […]

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2019-04-18 07:13:08



Planet's Ocean-Plastics Problem Detailed In 60-Year Data Set  

Scientists have uncovered the first strong evidence that the amount of plastic polluting the oceans has risen vastly in recent decades -- by analyzing 60 years of log books for plankton-tracking vessels. Nature reports: Data recorded by instruments known as continuous plankton recorders (CPRs) -- which ships have collectively towed millions of kilometres across the Atlantic Ocean -- show that the trackers have become entangled in large plastic objects, such as bags and fishing lines, roughly thr

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2019-04-18 07:00:00



2020 Hyundai Venue Prototype: A quick spin in Korea - Roadshow  

We get an early test of Hyundai's still-camouflaged Venue SUV.

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2019-04-18 06:51:52



The complete guide to Apple's Health app - CNET  

Here how's to view, manage and actually doing something with all that data your Health app collects.

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2019-04-18 06:40:31



2019 Wards 10 Best Interiors winners span the industry, from Nissan to Bentley - Roadshow  

It goes to show that lots of money isn't a requirement to have an innovative interior.

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2019-04-18 06:16:55



Breeze Automation is building soft robots for the Navy and NASA  

San Francisco soft robotics startup Breeze Automation made its debut today onstage at TechCrunch's TC Sessions: Robotics + AI event at UC Berkeley. Co-founder and CEO Gui Cavalcanti joined us onstage at the event to showcase the contract work the company has been doing for organizations like NASA and the U.S. Navy. Cavalcanti last joined […]

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2019-04-18 05:45:09



Spotinst, the startup enabling companies to purchase and manage excess cloud capacity, acquires StratCloud  

Spotinst, the cloud automation and optimization startup founded in Tel Aviv but now with offices in San Francisco, New York, and London too, has acquired AWS partner StratCloud. Terms of the deal remain undisclosed, although I’m hearing it combines both cash and stock and was somewhere in the region of $5 million. As part of […]

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2019-04-18 05:44:57



Boston Dynamics debuts the production version of SpotMini  

Last year at our TC Sessions: Robotics conference, Boston Dynamics announced that SpotMini will be its first commercially available product. A revamped version of the product would use the company's decades of quadrupedal robotics learnings as a basis for a robot designed to patrol office spaces. At today's event, founder and CEO Marc Raibert took […]

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2019-04-18 05:37:30



The Mueller report by the numbers - CNET  

We searched the 448-page document for the key words from the special counsel's two year investigation. Not surprisingly, "Russia" tops the list.

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2019-04-18 05:37:29



Amazon China to close local marketplace and place more focus on cross-border  

Amazon has finally given up the fight with Chinese online shopping giants to capture the domestic market. On Thursday, the Seattle-based ecommerce company announced it will shut down its marketplace on Amazon.cn, which connects mainland Chinese buyers and sellers, while other units of its local venture will stay intact. “We are working closely with our […]

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2019-04-18 05:33:02



Facebook is Working on a Voice Assistant To Rival Amazon Alexa and Apple Siri, Report Says  

Facebook is working on a voice assistant to rival the likes of Amazon's Alexa, Apple's Siri and the Google Assistant, CNBC reported Wednesday, citing people familiar with the matter. From the report: The tech company has been working on this new initiative since early 2018. The effort is coming out of the company's augmented reality and virtual reality group, a division that works on hardware, including the company's virtual reality Oculus headsets. A team based out of Redmond, Washington, has b

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2019-04-18 05:30:00



2020 Hyundai Venue: Be seen in the small crossover video - Roadshow  

Slotting in below the subcompact Kona, the Venue looks to be a value-packed vehicle.

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2019-04-18 05:24:52



YouTube testing free $2 monthly Super Chat credit for Premium users - CNET  

The video platform just made it a bit easier to contribute to creators.

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2019-04-18 05:21:07



Samsung responds to reviewer complaints about its Galaxy Fold phone  

Samsung has issued a statement about its new, folding phone as early photos of tech reviewers with their shiny new toys were replaced on social media (and in numerous columns) with complaints from those same tech reviewers about problems with the phone’s screen. Apparently a number of reviewers either mistakenly destroyed their phone screens or […]

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2019-04-18 05:15:22



VW Tarok pickup concept is in New York to gauge your reaction - Roadshow  

While VW is still not set on a US-spec pickup, that could change if enough people chime in.

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2019-04-18 05:12:44



Amazon launches free, ad-supported music service for Alexa devices - CNET  

Google introduced a similar YouTube Music service Thursday, too.

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2019-04-18 05:01:25



All Marvel franchises ranked, from Avengers to Daredevil - CNET  

How do the X-Men movies stack up to Iron Man, Spider-Man and *shudder* Ghost Rider? Just so happens we made a list.

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2019-04-18 04:54:06



Galaxy Fold broken screens and more: The good and bad of Samsung's new foldable phone - CNET  

Our Galaxy Fold screen is in good shape, and the ongoing review continues.

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2019-04-18 04:53:37



Add Craigslist to the tech platforms Russians used to manipulate the 2016 election  

In one of the weirder revelations to come out of the Mueller report released this morning, it seems that Craigslist was yet another tech platform used in Russia’s election influence campaign. Facebook? Sure. Instagram? Yup, that too. YouTube? Twitter? Oh my, yes. Even Tumblr makes an appearance (LOL. Tumblr). But Craigslist? Apparently the Russians used […]

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2019-04-18 04:52:47



Phantom Auto raises $13.5M to expand remote driving business to delivery bots and forklifts  

Remote driving startup Phantom Auto has raised $13.5 million of financing in a Series A round led by Bessemer Venture Partners — capital used to expand a logistics business targeting sidewalks, warehouses and cargo yards, all the places where autonomy and teleoperation are being deployed today. The startup, founded in 2017, has raised about $19 […]

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2019-04-18 04:43:37



Voices in AI – Episode 85: A Conversation with Ilya Sutskever  

[voices_in_ai_byline] About this Episode Episode 85 of Voices in AI features host Byron Reese and Ilya Sutskever of Open AI talk about…

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2019-04-18 04:40:36



Super Smash Bros. Ultimate stage builder becomes instant meme machine - CNET  

Stage builder was a mistake.

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2019-04-18 04:36:36



Marketing platform startup Adverity raises $12.4M in round led by Felix Capital  

Marketers get a lot of incoming from the data they have to deal with, bound up in hundreds of spreadsheets and reports, making it time consuming and tricky to get value out of. Tech companies like Datorama and Funnel.io have appeared to try and lighten this load. Adverity is a data intelligence platform also playing […]

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2019-04-18 04:34:58



NASA and Blue Origin partner up for new rocket engine tests - CNET  

Jeff Bezos' rocket company will upgrade a disused NASA testing facility to fire up two new engines.

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2019-04-18 04:27:30



T-Mobile's banking service rolls out across US - CNET  

The T-Mobile Money app was previously limited to a pilot program.

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2019-04-18 04:02:15



Notre Dame Cathedral fire: What caused it and what happens next - CNET  

Officials speculate that a possible electrical short-circuit is responsible for the fire, in tandem with the cathedral's lack of fire-prevention safeguards.

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2019-04-18 04:01:29



100 Car2go Mercedes hijacked in Chicago crime spree  

Car2go, free-floating car-sharing service owned by Daimler, temporarily shut down its service in Chicago on Wednesday after dozens of Mercedes-Benz vehicles were stolen using the app. The Chicago Police Department was alerted by Car2Go that some of their vehicles may have been rented by deceptive or fraudulent means through a mobile  app, a spokesperson wrote in […]

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