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Snap showed off a new update to it's fabled Snap Spectacles today. They're new, but only sort of, and it's not clear that they've learned much since the glasses first debuted in fall of 2016. The changes they did make with V2 (water-proofing, higher-def video, slightly updated design) have fundamentally [...]
Following up on a recurring thread from Mark Zuckerberg's Congressional appearance earlier this month, the House held a hearing today on perceived bias against conservatives on Facebook and other social platforms. The hearing, ostensibly about “how social media companies filter content on their platforms,” focused on the anecdotal accounts of [...]
On today's wildly successful earnings call, Amazon CFO Brian Olsavsky dropped a bit of a bombshell for Amazon Prime subscribers. The retailer's everything-and-the-kitchen-sink annual subscription plan is about to get pricier. On May 11, Prime annual memberships will jump $20, from $99 a year to $119. The news follows a similar [...]
It's an end of an era in Cupertino today. Apple just announced the end of production on its AirPort line of base stations, a list that includes the AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme and AirPort Time Capsule. In a statement provided to TechCrunch, the company noted that it will continue to [...]
Thanks in part to its colossal cloud business, Microsoft earnings are drenching shareholders in dollars. For the quarter ending March 31, 2018 the tech ringer from Redmond saw its revenue increase to $26.8 billion (up 16%) from $23.2 billion, with operating income up 23% to $8.3 billion, up from $6.7 billion. Income [...]
Amazon just that it's scored the rights to stream Thursday Night Football games for another two years. The contract renewal will bring 11 NFL games simulcast on Fox to its Prime video offerings for both the 2018 and 2019 seasons, including weeks four through 15 of the season, save for [...]
Square just announced that it's reached an agreement to acquire Weebly for $365 million in cash and stock. While Square is best known for its payment software and hardware, it's also been expanding into other areas, for example with the acquisition of food delivery service Caviar and corporate catering [...]
Amazon reported first-quarter earnings after the bell on Thursday, sending shares up 7% in after-hours trading after its significantly better-than-expected report. The company reported earnings per share of $3.27, well above the $1.26 that analysts had been expecting. This worked out to $1.6 billion in net income, up from $724 [...]
MoviePass is known for a pricing model that sounds too good to be true — in exchange for paying $9.95 per month, subscribers get up to one movie ticket per day. At least, they used to: If you try to sign up now, that isn't quite what you're offered. Instead, there's [...]
Facebook's CTO Mike Schroepfer has just undergone almost five hours of often forensic and frequently awkward questions from members of a UK parliament committee that's investigating online disinformation, and whose members have been further fired up by misinformation they claim Facebook gave it. The veteran senior exec, who's clocked up [...]

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9to5Mac reports that Apple is officially exiting the wireless router business and selling off its remaining inventory of AirPort products. This includes the AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme, and both models of the AirPort Time Capsule. "We're discontinuing the Apple AirPort base station products," Apple said in a statement to 9to5Mac. [...]
iTunes is now available in the Microsoft Store, almost a year after Microsoft first revealed it was working with Apple to get iTunes listed in the Store. Windows Central reports: For a portion of Windows 10 users, iTunes' appearance on the Microsoft Store may not matter much because they can [...]
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the Electronic Frontier Foundation: Facebook took a step toward greater accountability this week, expanding the text of its community standards and announcing the rollout of a new system of appeals. Digital rights advocates have been pushing the company to be more transparent for [...]
The subscription service famous for supplying a movie ticket per day for just $9.95 a month hasn't been offering that wildly popular package since April 13. From a report: The company's too-good-to-be-true offer of one movie per day for $10 subscription model brought it 500,000 subscribers in one month, but [...]
An anonymous reader writes: Officials from the city of Innsbruck in Austria have shut down a local ski lift after two security researchers found its control panel open wide on the Internet, and allowing anyone to take control of the ski lift's operational settings. There was no authentication in place, [...]
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos spends a tiny fraction of his net worth to fund Blue Origin, the aerospace company he started in 2000. From a report: For a man worth $127 billion, that tiny fraction amounts to $1 billion a year, which he gets by liquidating Amazon stock, Bezos said [...]
From a report: A new in-development ransomware was discovered that has an interesting characteristic. Instead of the distributed executable performing the ransomware functionality, the executables compiles an embedded encrypted C# program at runtime and launches it directly into memory. of this story at Slashdot. [...]
Earnings reports from Samsung and Qualcomm on Wednesday suggest a serious industrywide slowdown in smartphone sales. Samsung's report is especially telling, since it also makes displays and other components for Apple. From a report: The smartphone business is an incredibly crowded space, so a slowdown could lead to even steeper [...]
Hundreds of Facebook and Instagram accounts have been parading as Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg, tricking vulnerable individuals into sending large amounts of money in order to collect bogus lottery winnings, the New York Times reports [Editor's note: the link may be paywalled]. From a report: An [...]
The National Weather Service is choosing automated launchers over human employees to deploy weather balloons in Alaska. From a report: Last Thursday, just before 3 p.m., things began stirring inside the truck-size box that sat among melting piles of snow at the airport in Fairbanks, Alaska. Inside, software ran checks [...]

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emEnvironmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Environment Subcommittee./em
Scott Pruitt, the head of the US Environmental Protection Agency, just can't answer yes-or-no questions. That's one takeaway from one of today's Congressional hearings, where Pruitt was grilled by lawmakers on his long list of ethical scandals. At one point, Pruitt even refused to answer the very simple question: “Are [...]
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) says EPA administrator Scott Pruitt mischaracterized the current working relationship between the two agencies during his testimony today on Capitol Hill. The discrepancy comes at a time when the EPA is considering revoking California's waiver granted under the 1970 Clean Air Act, which gives [...]
Amazon announced today during its quarterly earnings call that the price for its Prime membership is going to increase by about 20 percent for US users. The hike, announced by CFO Brian Olsavsky, will raise a Prime membership from $99 a year to $119, effective May 11th for new [...]
Apple is officially getting out of the router business, with the company announcing today that it will be discontinuing its AirPort, AirPort Extreme, and Time Capsule routers, via Engadget. Apple will reportedly continue to offer bug fixes and security patches for the devices going forward, but the company is selling [...]
Nobody expected great things out of today's House Judiciary Committee hearing about social media platforms censoring conservatives. The hearing came on the heels of Congress' multi-day session with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, where lawmakers exhaustively asked about the issue. Claims about large-scale censorship are basically unfalsifiable, and none of the [...]
The Choose Your Own Adventure books are a staple for young readers. Unlike normal books, CYOA novels give the reader a series of choices at the bottom of each page, each of which directs you to a different page, allowing you to arrive at a new ending each time you [...]
Pinterest has rolled out new changes that let users filter hair and beauty search results by skin tone ranges, as a way to make it easier to find what you may be looking for. The changes come after the social media platform conducted a survey and found that 70 percent [...]
Amazon reported first quarter earnings results today with eye-popping sales of $51 billion, up by nearly 43 percent year over year, and a net profit of $1.6 billion. That means it's another strong quarter for CEO Jeff Bezos, whose e-commerce juggernaut continues to defy expectations and earn money hand over [...]
Apple is finally bringing its iTunes app to Microsoft's Windows 10 app store today. Microsoft first revealed nearly a year ago that iTunes would be coming to the Microsoft Store by the end of 2017, but that date came and went. Apple's iTunes app is the same desktop version available [...]
Microsoft posted the third quarter of its 2018 financial results today, reporting revenue of $26.8 billion and net income of $7.4 billion. Revenue has jumped 16 percent year-over-year, and net income is up a massive 35 percent. As ever, Microsoft's Office and cloud bets are paying off once again, but [...]

 

BBC TECH NEWS 

Low-cost genetic testing coupled with health data analysis is promising to transform medicine. [...]
The role of a small Canadian firm in the Cambridge Analytica scandal is becoming clearer. [...]
The notorious Anon-IB site was the source of nude images of celebrities shared widely in 2014. [...]
Rick Dickinson, who drew up designs for the Sinclair computers, has died in the US. [...]
Over a year after they first launched, Spectacles 2.0 is being released with new features. [...]
The Belgium Gaming Commission finds video game loot boxes violate its gambling legislation. [...]
The Japanese company's fast-selling console boosts profits, as a new president is announced. [...]
Over a year after they first launched, Spectacles 2.0 is being released with new features. [...]
Executive apologises for threatening to sue the Guardian newspaper over privacy scandal probe. [...]
Iranians fear the restriction will be followed by a total block on the popular messaging app [...]

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