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9 Horrifying Facts From the Facebook Whistleblower's New 60 Minutes Interview

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Last week, the Wall Street Journal published internal research from Facebook showing that the social media company knows precisely how toxic its own product is for the people who use it. But tonight, we learned how the Journal obtained those documents: A whistleblower named Frances Haugen, who spoke with CBS News’ 60… Read more...

Tesla must pay $137 million in discrimination lawsuit

Engadget / 9min
Tesla has been ordered to pay $137 million in damages to a former Black worker who accused the company of turning a blind eye to discrimination and racial abuse at the company's EV plant in Fremont California, the Washington Post has reported. A San Francisco federal court jury awarded the judgement — reportedly one of the largest in an individual race discrimination employment case — to Owen Dia

Locally-developed digital platform wins Best Enterprise Solution

Popular Mechanics / 12min
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Google and Microsoft are creating a monopoly on coding in plain language

Popular Mechanics / 41min
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50 years ago, the first CT scan let doctors see inside a living skull

Popular Mechanics / 49min
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Inkitt inks a $59M investment, wants to turn its data-driven, self-publishing platform into a multi-media powerhouse

TechCrunch / 1h
Book sales during the pandemic went up , and it seems the amount we are reading did, too . Now Inkitt , the startup that operates a free, popular platform of the same name for anyone to write and publish stories — stories that Inkitt then analyses using data science to determine which of them to take to the next level to produce longer works for its separate paid app, Galatea — has raised $59 mil

Samsung Display maintains its hold on smartphone panel market

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 1h
The global smartphone display panel market had a revenue of $21 billion in the first half, up from $18.6 billion a year earlier. And as has been the case in recent times, Samsung Display led the market with 48% market. But it is down from a 50% share a year earlier. According to the Strategy Analytics Handset Component Technologies service report the smartphone display panel market witnessed a do

India’s Licious becomes unicorn with $52 million fresh fundraise

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TechCrunch / 1h
Licious, a Bangalore-based startup that sells fresh meat and seafood online, said on Tuesday it has raised $52 million in a new financing round and become the first direct-to-consumer startup to attain the unicorn status in the world’s second largest internet market. The new round — a Series G — was led by Mumbai-headquartered IIFL. It comes just three months after Licious — which counts 3one4 Ca

India at the cusp of the digital revolution, says COAI's Dr. S.P. Kochhar

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 1h
5G in India has been the most talked-about topic in the recent past. While we’ve had 5G capable devices like smartphones selling in the country since as early as last year, however, after various delays and flexing of muscles by the cabinet committee, official 5G testing commenced only recently. Given the current hype and anticipation around the next-gen connectivity, TechRadar India got in touch

Kobo Sage and Libra 2 add Bluetooth for wireless audiobook listening

SlashGear / 1h
Despite the prevalence of tablets like the iPad mini and smartphones with gigantic screens, there is still a thriving market for eBook readers. In fact, that market has grown considerably in the past few years, with eReaders that have actually come close to matching Android tablets in functionality. Despite those, Amazon and Kobo have continued to lean more towards the … Continue reading

Why Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram All Went Down on Monday

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Facebook, your uncle’s favorite source for information on how 5G is making everyone communist, experienced a six-hour outage Monday. And it wasn’t just Facebook—the company’s other major platforms, Instagram and WhatsApp, were also down. We finally got a statement from Facebook overnight about what happened, and the… Read more...

8-Bit Capital, co-led by Jonathan Abrams, has closed its first fund with $40 million

TechCrunch / 2h
Jonathan Abrams and Kent Lindstrom have partnered on a lot of things over the years. Lindstrom was an advisor and investor at the early social networking service Friendster, founded by Abrams. He was also the COO of social news aggregator Nuzzel, which was founded by Abrams and that sold to a subscription startup called Scroll in 2019. (Scroll later sold to Twitter, which shut down Nuzzel in May.

Eight Roads launches its fourth fund: $450M aimed at European/Israeli scale-ups

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TechCrunch / 3h
European VC Eight Roads is launching its fourth fund of $450 million for European and Israeli tech companies , aiming for another 15-20 across a broad range of consumer, software-as-a-service, fintech and healthtech areas. Cheque sizes wil range from around $5 million to $50 million per company, and as such, it tends to play more in growth funding rounds. 10-year old Eight Roads is backed by Fide

Exynos 2200 promised to bring ray tracing to mobile

SlashGear / 3h
Smartphones and tablets have become extremely powerful to the point that some of them can even give cheaper laptops a run for their money. The processors that power these mobile devices can stand toe to toe with some laptop-class chips, as Apple’s M1 Silicon easily proved. There are, however, some things these mobile chipsets still can’t do, but Samsung is … Continue reading

Realme GT Neo 2 launch in India teased

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The Realme GT Neo 2 will be the next smartphone from the company to launch in India. The launch of the phone was confirmed by CEO Madhav Sheth a few days back on Twitter, and now the company has started teasing the launch of the phone in India. Although the Realme GT Neo 2 launch date in India is still under the wraps, the Realme GT Neo 2 microsite is now live on the company’s official website hi

Apple will offer free AirPods with iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini in India

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 3h
Apple launched its online store in India last year. But, even after a year, we are yet to see crazy offers on its products like we witnessed on Amazon and Flipkart sales recently. However, if you were waiting for some offer on the site, like last year , this year, the Apple India store will offer free AirPods on purchase on a new iPhone from its e-commerce store during this festive season. The of

Facebook outage blamed on faulty configuration, no hacking involved

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SlashGear / 3h
For the past few years, Facebook has not only been criticized but also sued for this or that improper behavior, ranging from privacy missteps to monopolistic business practices to harmful work cultures. There have been repeated calls to boycott Facebook and its properties Instagram and WhatsApp, and there has even been some mass exodus of users over the years. Despite … Continue reading

FoundersHK, created to strengthen Hong Kong’s startup ecosystem, holds its first demo day

TechCrunch / 3h
FoundersHK was created to strengthen Hong Kong’s startup community, which has weathered more than two years of political turmoil, along with the COVID-19 pandemic. Today the non-profit, which started as an events and mentoring network, held the first demo day of FoundersHK Accelerate, its equity-free accelerator program, which was created to help prepare Hong Kong startups to raise funding and sc

Kobo’s new ereaders show asymmetry is here to stay, and we’re all for it

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TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 4h
Kobo – the brand behind some of the best ereaders available – isn’t sitting still. Barely six months after unveiling the productivity-oriented Kobo Elipsa , there are now two more ereaders joining the ranks. The company has just announced that the Kobo Sage and the Kobo Libra 2 are now available to pre-order directly from the maker , and will be on shelves starting October 19. The Sage and Libra

Kobo's New E Ink Tablet Is a Cheaper, Smaller reMarkable Alternative

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Gizmodo / 4h
As excellent as the reMarkable’s writing experience is, the device is big, pricy, lacks an ebook store, and doesn’t have an illuminated screen. With its new $260 Sage, Kobo is introducing a smaller and cheaper e-note that’s still an excellent e-reader with access to the expansive Kobo ebook store and the added plus of… Read more...

Kobo refreshes e-reader line with Sage and Libra 2, adding Bluetooth and stylus support

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TechCrunch / 4h
A pair of new e-readers from Kobo iterate on the company’s high-end options, adding Bluetooth audiobook and stylus support to the now familiar asymmetrical design of its larger devices. The Sage and Libra 2 also gain a new charging cover so you only have to plug the device in every few months rather than every few weeks. The Sage is the higher-end of the two models, being an evolution of the Form

YouTube Music free accounts will soon support background listening

SlashGear / 4h
In the music streaming business, Spotify is still king, and Apple Music is often portrayed as its biggest rival. Of course, there are also other players in that field, including what was once separately Google Play Music and YouTube Music. The latter has now become Google’s one and only contender in that arena, but it still has to make a … Continue reading

Intel PC vs. Mac ad is an unapologetic social experiment

SlashGear / 4h
The war between PCs and Macs has been running for almost ages, and all throughout the battles, Intel has remained mostly silent because it served both camps. With Apple’s new Silicon, however, Intel has been forced to finally pick sides and take up the cause on behalf of Windows PCs. Its latest effort to draw the line involves what it … Continue reading

T-Mobile Google One exclusive introduces a 500GB tier

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SlashGear / 5h
Earlier this year, T-Mobile embarked on a partnership that established closer ties with Google beyond just carrying Android phones. In other words, the Un-carrier is moving to integrate more of Google’s services into its products while also giving Google a more prominent spot on its network. After a brief leak a few months back, T-Mobile has now confirmed the availability … Continue reading

How to claim a student discount for TechCrunch+

TechCrunch / 6h
Students can get access to TechCrunch+ at a discounted rate of $50/year (plus tax). Here’s how to claim the discount: Use a .edu or university email address and send a message to our customer support team at plus@techcrunch.com . Please let them know that you are seeking the student discount. The team will respond within 24-48 hours with a unique link to claim your discount. If you are part of a

OPPO ColorOS 12 beta comes with new software update promises

SlashGear / 6h
The Android landscape has definitely changed significantly in the past few years. Huawei is no longer n the Top Five, and the likes of Xiaomi and OPPO have risen through the ranks more than ever before. Software updates have also become an important bullet point for manufacturers who are now racing to prove they’re part of that growing trend. In … Continue reading

Pixel 6 Pro camera samples look promising

SlashGear / 6h
Google just “launched” Android 12 in its AOSP (Android Open Source Project) form, suggesting that the Pixel 6 might not be that far behind. Of course, that could be anywhere between this week and the end of the month, as some of the rumors go. While waiting for that date, however, the rumors and leaks surrounding the Pixel 6 phones … Continue reading

Microsoft Surface Go 3 review: Third time isn't quite the charm

10KEngadget / 7h
Microsoft has been trying to straddle two different worlds with the Surface Go. When it launched in late 2018 , Microsoft positioned it as an inexpensive way to get the 2-in-1 Surface experience. Three years later, that’s still true: The Surface Go 3, which Microsoft unveiled in late September, is an exceedingly well-built tablet, with a lovely screen and strong kickstand. For a device that start

A Hiker Must Keep to the Path (or Else) in Horror Short Narrow

26Gizmodo / 7h
A backpack-toting woman trudges through what looks like a sun-baked field of grass, fiddling with a water bottle that’s got just a few drops left in it. Things would only seem mildly dire if she hadn’t also just passed another woman, sprawled in a heap a few feet off the trail, screaming in agony for help—and with a… Read more...

Netflix app for Android gets Fast Laughs and Play Something features

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SlashGear / 7h
Netflix is rolling out two big features to Android users, giving them access to the same functionality that has been available on smart TVs and iPhones for a while. The two features are called Play Something and Fast Laughs; the latter feature has only been available on iOS thus far, while Play Something has been limited to TVs. The Play … Continue reading

Southwest will implement federal vaccine mandate, airline confirms, despite pilot objections

500+The Points Guy / 8h
Editor’s note: This story has been updated with additional information from the union representing Southwest pilots. Southwest Airlines said Monday that it would implement the federal vaccine mandate announced by President Joe Biden, disregarding objections raised most prominently by its pilots’ union. The mandate, which Biden announced as part of an executive order, would require companies with

Biden administration expects J&J boosters in the next few weeks

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Ars Technica / 8h
Enlarge / Boxes of Johnson & Johnson's Janssen COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination site in Florida. (credit: Getty | Paul Hennessy ) Johnson & Johnson plans to seek authorization for a booster dose for its one-shot COVID-19 vaccine early this week, according to a report by The New York Times . J&J is the last to apply for booster authorization among the makers of the three COVID-19 vaccines used in

World Airline Body Wants Fewer Travel Restrictions, More Government Handouts

View from the Wing / 8h
The world airline lobby shop IATA wants fewer restrictions on travel, and more government money. Where they're right on the merits it's because it's in their own interest, and when they're wrong on the merits it's because they're pursuing their own interests. And no one does this as unabashedly at current IATA head Willie Walsh. Continue reading ...

The Best Credit Cards You Can No Longer Get

View from the Wing / 8h
What are the cards that really offered outsize value and aren't available anymore, or played a real role in the development of where we are today? I don't know how The Points Guy can offer such a list without talking about Diners Club . Continue reading ...

Ex-Sony exec opens up about efforts to bring PlayStation hits to PC

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Ars Technica / 8h
Enlarge (credit: Collage by Aurich Lawson ) Sony has a long history of keeping its first-party games behind the walled garden of console exclusivity. So the company's choice to bring its PS4 hit Horizon Zero Dawn to PC in August 2020 felt like a precedent-changing move away from that barrier to entry. It represented a seismic shift for a publisher protective of its wide array of console exclusive

Fortnite’s Chimpanski questline finally disabled over annoying bug

SlashGear / 8h
Fortnite players have been reporting issues with completing the JB Chimpanski questline due to a particular quest that requires making a gold bar donation. After many days of complaints from players — as well as general uncertainty about how to proceed — players finally have a response from Epic about the issue. The big issue involving the J.B. Chimpanski questline … Continue reading

How To Access American Airlines Admirals Clubs (2021)

100+One Mile at a Time / 8h
Want to learn more about accessing US airline lounges? See my series about how to access Alaska Lounges , American Admirals Clubs , Delta SkyClubs , and United Clubs . American Airlines operates a network of nearly 50 Admirals Clubs globally. There’s often a lot of confusion about who gets access to these lounges, given how policies differ around the world. In most places in the world, any busine

Windows 11 launches with redesigned start menu

400+BBC News - Technology / 8h
Microsoft's latest operating system is being offered as a free upgrade from Tuesday.

NY Governor pumps the brakes on LaGuardia’s $2.1B AirTrain

The Points Guy / 8h
Farewell, LGA AirTrain. We hardly knew ye. The much-ballyhooed LaGuardia Airport AirTrain project, a $2.1 billion undertaking that was supposed to make getting to and from the NYC-area airport easier, has had its plug effectively pulled by New York Governor Kathy Hochul . The elevated-rail system was thought to be well on its way to nearing the start of construction after it gained FAA approval.

Anomymous returns with another huge Epik data dump

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 9h
The hacktivist collective Anonymous is back yet again with even more data from the web hosting company Epik and this latest leak contains data on the Republican Party of Texas. In a press release titled “You Lost The Game”, Anonymous revealed that its Operation Epik Fail isn't over yet and part three of the operation contains even more data stolen from the controversial web host. Publisher of Pro

Billionaire Flying SpaceX to Space Station Says He’s Just an Average Guy

Futurism / 9h
Guys Being Dudes Billionaire Larry Connor is getting ready for what could be his most thrilling adventure yet: piloting the first all-civilian mission to the International Space Station, dubbed Axiom-1, next February. But he doesn’t want his wealth or role in spaceflight history to fool you. Connor is just a regular dude, he told WBNS 10TV , an Ohio-based CBS News affiliate network that profiled

Doctors Alarmed by Man Who Quit Drinking and Started Swallowing Metal Nails and Screws

Futurism / 9h
Doctors in Lithuania recently cut open a patient’s stomach so that they could safely remove the roughly two-and-a-half pounds of miscellaneous metal objects that he had swallowed over the course of a month. As the story goes, the man had quit drinking, but for one reason or another replaced it with an even more destructive vice, Agence France-Presse reports . It’s a bizarre case, but the doctors

Huge Oil Spill Strikes Off Coast of California

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200+Futurism / 9h
Horrible Spill Southern California is facing a horrific oil spill that began off the coast of Huntington Beach either Friday night or Saturday morning. Somewhere around 126,000 gallons of crude oil spilled out of an underwater pipeline operated by Amplify Energy, The Associated Press reports , sending authorities scrambling to pinpoint and contain the leak while mitigating ecological damage. The

Leaked Documents Show That Blue Origin Was Obsessed With SpaceX

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Futurism / 9h
Corporate Retreat In late 2018, leadership at Jeff Bezos’s spaceflight company Blue Origin was so concerned about falling behind Elon Musk’s SpaceX that they hired management consultants to figure out what they were doing wrong. The consultants gave a briefing to about a dozen senior leaders Blue Origin, and some of those executives’ notes were recently obtained by Ars Technica . They show that t

Facebook Employees Have Reportedly Been Locked Out of Company Offices

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Rotten Day Facebook is having an absolutely rotten day. The platform is down due to an apparent issue with its DNS servers. That means it’s missing out in untold millions of dollars in revenue. The company was down almost five percent in share values Monday morning, according to MarketWatch . It’s the company’s worst outage since 2008 — and we have no idea what caused it. Even Facebook’s internal

Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram are slowly returning. Why did they disappear to begin with?

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Facebook’s day-long outage is by far its longest and most extreme in years. At around 9 a.m. PDT on the U.S. West Coast — where the social giant is headquartered — Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger seemed to vanish from the internet. The outage continued through market close , with the company’s stock dropping around 5% below its opening price on Monday. By midafternoon, servic

Users Turn to Twitter After Facebook Outage

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Twitter appeared to embrace its moment in the spotlight.

Merck says its COVID-19 pill drastically reduced deaths during trial

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SlashGear / 9h
Pharmaceutical company Merck has announced that its molnupiravir pill-based COVID-19 treatment “significantly” reduced the rates of hospitalization and death among patients during its Phase 3 MOVe-OUT trial. The benefits were observed among participants who had mild to moderate COVID-19, but who weren’t hospitalized at the time they started taking the oral treatment. Molnupiravir is a pill that p

Credit Card Success: Two Applications, 180K Points!

One Mile at a Time / 9h
Instant approvals for the two hottest credit card offers right now (one of which is expiring in a couple of days)? We should probably buy lottery tickets! Ford’s credit card situation I manage the credit card and points situation for my entire family, since that just seems easiest for everyone. If someone needs to decide if they should keep a card or cancel it, or needs to redeem miles, I take ca

What Does the Venom 2 Post-Credits Scene Mean for Marvel's Future?

Gizmodo / 9h
Sony teased it . Official Twitter accounts have joked about it . And now, after a massive $90 million opening lots of fans have seen it. We’re talking about the end credit scene of Venom: Let There Be Carnage and, below, we’ll discuss it and let you tell us what you think it could mean. Read more...

Daily Crunch: DNS outage takes down Facebook’s social networks around the globe

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To get a roundup of TechCrunch’s biggest and most important stories delivered to your inbox every day at 3 p.m. PDT, subscribe here . Hello and welcome to Daily Crunch for October 4, 2021. A lot is going on today in the world of major tech companies — as you may have noticed — but don’t worry, we have lots of startup news on deck as well to keep you up to speed! Now if someone could help Facebook

Raiders vs Chargers live stream: how to watch NFL Monday Night Football online anywhere

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A certain Tom Brady storyline may have dominated the weekend, but we're saving the best 'til last with an all-AFC West Monday night clash between two of this season's standout teams. Read on as we explain how to get a Raiders vs Chargers live stream and watch NFL Monday Night Football online no matter where you are today. Las Vegas Raiders vs Los Angeles Chargers live stream Date: Monday, October

Facebook and Instagram Start to Come Back Online After Outage

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100+NYT > Technology / 9h
A spokesman cautioned that it would take some time for all of the apps, including Instagram and WhatsApp, to stabilize.

Facebook is coming back online after hours-long outage

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100+Engadget / 9h
Facebook services are slowly coming back online after one of the biggest outages in recent memory. Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger’s apps appear to be working again, though some of the websites are loading more slowly than usual. As of 6:05pm ET Monday, the "Facebook for Business Status" page was still showing "major disruptions," to the social network's core services. But that was st

Max Q: Blue Origin puts safety in the backseat, workers claim

TechCrunch / 10h
Hello, readers: Welcome back to Max Q. First, an introduction: I’m Aria Alamalhodaei, the resident space and transportation reporter here at TechCrunch. I’ll be taking over the Max Q newsletter from Darrell Etherington for the next few months. Tips, opinions, criticism, thoughts? Email me at aria.techcrunch@gmail.com or find me on Twitter at @breadfrom . Bezos’ labor woes Jeff Bezos is back in th

4 easy ways to get maximum value out of 100,000 Ultimate Rewards points

The Points Guy / 10h
Until this summer, the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card stayed relatively consistent over the years, offering much of the same benefits, fees and signup bonus over its 10+ year life. But that all changed earlier this summer. The card got a slew of new benefits like an annual $50 hotel credit and annual 10% points bonus. Plus, it received updated earning categories; the card earns 2 points per dollar

Fact Check: Is Facebook Down Because 1.5 Billion Users’ Data Was Stolen?

3KFuturism / 10h
Unless you’ve been using the internet under a rock, you’ve probably noticed that Facebook, along with several of its other services, is down. Like, really down . Ironically, despite one of the largest sources of misinformation disappearing, people immediately flocked to alternative platforms like Twitter to find out the reason why the biggest social media platform in the world went AWOL — and end

Tesla Says Electric Car Rival Rivian Keeps Stealing Secrets

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Futurism / 10h
Tesla’s beef with Rivian, a rival electric car and battery company, began in July 2020 when Tesla sued Rivian for allegedly poaching staff and stealing confidential trade secrets. Now, over a year later, Tesla has added allegations of even more poaching and theft of trade secrets to its ongoing lawsuit, Bloomberg reports , arguing that Rivian was undeterred by its first filing. From Tesla’s point

YouTube making ads on connected TVs more shoppable

TechCrunch / 10h
YouTube announced on Monday that it’s expanding video action campaigns (one of Google’s interactive ad types for video) to connected televisions (CTV) to make YouTube ads more shoppable. The company says this new move will help advertisers drive more online sales and grow their businesses. For context, when viewers see a video action campaign on their TV, they are invited through a URL at the bot

Ring Video Doorbell gets Halloween-themed Quick Replies

SlashGear / 10h
Amazon’s Ring has rolled out new Quick Replies for the Halloween season, giving Ring Video Doorbell owners access to some mildly creepy quick replies for those times you’re away from home. The Quick Replies, as with the Halloween-themed ringtones, are a temporary offering to add a bit of amusement for holiday visitors. Ring Video Doorbell can play Quick Replies for … Continue reading

First Birds Rescued From California Oil Spill

Gizmodo / 10h
After more than 126,000 gallons (or 3,000 barrels) of crude oil spilled out of a broken pipeline in Huntington Beach, California , this weekend, the first reports on affected wildlife were released Monday. Cautiously, it’s so far, so good—but there’s still a long way to go. Read more...

Sony’s wearable speaker puts Dolby Atmos audio right up to your ears

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 10h
Sony is putting Dolby Atmos spatial audio in a new place – around your neck. It’s all thanks to the new Sony SRS-NS7 wireless neckband speaker that can stream Dolby Atmos tracks from a connected Bravia XR TV when you pair it with a wireless transmitter. That sounds like a lot of work to get Dolby Atmos sound – but it’s a nice alternative to filling your living room with floor-standing speakers fo

Understanding how we sense touch, temperature earns a Nobel

Ars Technica / 10h
Enlarge / The protein that allows us to sense touch is big and complicated. (credit: PDB ) Today's Nobel Prize is in "Physiology or Medicine," which often means "biology" these days. And 2021 is no exception, as two researchers have won for their discoveries of how humans detect their immediate environment through the sense of touch. David Julius won half the prize for identifying the protein tha

Tinder Is Getting Its Own In-App Currency

Gizmodo / 10h
If there’s one thing Tinder was missing, it’s of course some kind of unnecessary in-app economy. Well, good news: Now you can spend Tinder Bux on your ceaseless quest to get laid, so long as you’re in the land down under. Read more...

NASA’s ‘Armageddon’-style asteroid deflection mission takes off in November

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NASA has a launch date for that most Hollywood of missions, the Double Asteroid Redirection Test, which is basically a dry run of the movie “Armageddon.” Unlike the film, this will not involve nukes, oil rigs or Aerosmith , but instead is a practical test of our ability to change the trajectory of an asteroid in a significant and predictable way. The DART mission, managed by the Planetary Defense

NHTSA rejects petition for formal investigation into Tesla’s battery management software

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TechCrunch / 10h
The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration rejected a 2019 petition requesting the agency open a formal investigation into Tesla’s battery management software over allegations that an over-the-air update was defective and caused fires in five vehicles. The agency decided not to open a formal investigation in part because the majority of those incidents occurred outside of the United S

V/H/S/94 Is a Grimy, Gory Found-Footage Throwback

Gizmodo / 10h
The first V/H/S movie came out in 2012, arriving at the tail end of the low-budget found-footage horror craze ( Paranormal Activity and REC came out in 2007; Cloverfield was 2008) and capturing the last moment in culture before VCRs became totally obsolete . Two sequels followed, with 2014's V/H/S: Viral embracing phone… Read more...

Here's How TikTok's Parent Company Reportedly Wants To Take On Amazon

Gizmodo / 10h
China’s ByteDance has already seen wild success with TikTok, its social media subsidiary that’s turned into a massive thorn in Facebook’s side. Now, it looks like the company is stepping into Amazon’s turf, too. Insider was first to report on Monday that ByteDance is planning on building an international shopping… Read more...

How to Upgrade Your PC to Windows 11

How-To Geek / 10h
Windows 11 is now available. If you’ve decided you want to upgrade from Windows 10, here’s how you can get the free upgrade—even if Windows Update doesn’t offer it. This works if Windows 11 doesn’t officially support your PC, too. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Why Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp All Went Down Today

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2KWired / 10h
The problem relates to something called BGP routing, and it took down every part of Facebook's business.

4 of the best starter travel credit cards of 2021

200+The Points Guy / 10h
Editor’s note: This is a recurring post, regularly updated with new card details and information. The world of credit cards can seem overwhelming when you’re just getting started. But, if you’re looking to move on from your cash-back card (or even a student card ), you’re in the right place. The right starter travel card can offer much more rewarding perks — a rite of passage into adulthood. With

Android 12 Is Here, Sort Of

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Gizmodo / 10h
Welcome to yet another confusing software rollout from Google: After months in beta, Android 12 has officially been released. However, it’s not rolling out to smartphones everywhere just yet. If you’re expecting the update to Android 12, hang tight: it’s coming in the next few weeks. Read more...

Need Some Storage? 8 Deals on SD Cards, USB Sticks, and SSDs

Wired / 11h
If you're running low, Amazon has some deals to stock up on storage before it's time to capture all those holiday memories.

Windows 11 is available to download now, even though it comes out tomorrow

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 11h
Windows 11 is officially supposed to be available for download on October 5, but it seems like the new operating system is available earlier than expected. The download page for Windows 11 is live now, which means you can download the operating system, either using a local installation wizard or by creating install media, like an .iso file or by using a thumb drive. This means you can likely bypa

Another nail in Internet Explorer 11 as Google Search pulls support

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TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 11h
Google has revealed that its search engine will no longer support Internet Explorer 11 making Google Search the latest product to pull support for Microsoft's legacy browser . First released back in 2013 alongside Windows 8.1, Internet Explorer 11 was also ported back to Windows 7 as many Windows users didn't feel the need to upgrade their operating system at that time. Just three years later tho

People Can Now Send You Amazon Packages Without Knowing Your Mailing Address

How-To Geek / 11h
With Black Friday and Christmas just a few months away, Amazon is launching a new gift-giving feature that lets you send packages to people using only a phone number or email address. In other words, people can send you packages without your mailing address, and you can’t opt-out. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

The Top 5 Reasons To Expect An American AAdvantage Devaluation

View from the Wing / 11h
The AAdvantage program is the annuity that's been driving free cash at the airline for years. They'd be wise not to kill the goose, and the odds they're good enough to extract even more value out of it for themselves without killing it seem less than 20%. Continue reading ...

No-code mobile website builder Universe launches new themes, block features and more

TechCrunch / 11h
Mobile website building platform Universe has launched a new update that brings advanced creative controls, enhanced themes, block features and more to its grid-based web builder. Universe allows users to create a custom site or open an e-commerce store directly from a mobile phone through a simplified grid system without the need for coding. The new update, GRID System II, aims to simplify previ

How to Put a Link in Your Instagram Bio

How-To Geek / 11h
To help your Instagram followers find you on other platforms and websites, you can put a link in your Instagram bio. This could be any link of your choice, and we’ll show you how to add it to your account. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Facebook outage: Twitter, TikTok, more buckle as social refugees flood rivals

SlashGear / 11h
Most of you already know this, but Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp have been down for most of the day. What might be even more surprising than those three services being down for more than a few minutes at a time is the fact that this outage is having a noticeable knock-on effect on the rest of the internet. In fact, … Continue reading

Chime’s Chris Britt and Menlo Ventures’ Shawn Carolan to talk fintech on TechCrunch Live

TechCrunch / 11h
In a world where fintech is so hot right now, and investors are being swept up by their excitement for the space, Chime has managed to ride the wave to near perfection. The company has raised upwards of $2.6 billion , including a fresh $750 million just this year. The startup, playing in the fee-free banking space, now has a valuation of $25 billion. Sources told The Wall Street Journal that an I

Surprise: Windows 11 Arrives a Day Early

How-To Geek / 11h
We were all waiting for Windows 11 to launch on October 5, 2021, but Microsoft has decided to surprise everyone by releasing the latest version of its operating system a day early. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

How to Pre-Order the Apple Watch Series 7 on October 8th

How-To Geek / 11h
First revealed during the California Streaming event last month, pre-orders for the Apple Watch Series 7 finally open on October 8th at 8AM EST (or 5AM PST). General availability starts October 15th, which is also when pre-orders will ship. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Why You Need to Stop Assuming We'll All Get COVID

Lifehacker / 11h
When the COVID-19 pandemic first began, in late 2019 and early 2020, there was a thought that maybe we could contain it—isolate the people who were sick, trace their contacts, and put them in quarantine, and the disease wouldn’t be able to spread. Other emerging diseases had fizzled out in the past, like COVID’s… Read more...

Netflix's Streaming Shuffle Feature Is Coming to Android

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Gizmodo / 11h
If you’ve ever sat helpless in front of the hundreds and hundreds of movie and TV show options on Netflix , unable to decide which specific type of mindless content to settle into for the night, you’re in luck: After launching its “Play Something” instant-streaming shuffle feature on connected TVs last April, Netflix… Read more...

Airlines that offer premium economy awards: Price, availability and quality

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100+The Points Guy / 11h
To sum up the last couple of years of airline seating trends: International first class is out , and premium economy is in. And while many carriers around the world have scrambled to introduce premium economy cabins into their long-haul fleets, booking this class of service as an award hasn’t been as straightforward. Specifically, many premium economy seats still aren’t bookable with partner mile

Forza Horizon 5 full achievements list revealed

SlashGear / 11h
Ever since Forza Horizon 5 was announced at E3 2021, Microsoft and Playground Games have been trickle releasing new information about the game. As we get closer to launch, those info drops have been getting more and more significant, and today, the two companies gave us a boatload of new information by revealing the complete list of achievements for Forza … Continue reading

Ghostbusters: Afterlife and Reebok Cross the Streams for New Sneakers

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Gizmodo / 11h
Reebok is no stranger to pop culture collaborations, having partnered with both Jurassic Park and Alien . Heck, the company even released Ghostbusters sneakers last year , inspired by the full uniforms of Venkman, Spengler, Zeddemore, and Stantz. The collection must have done well, because Reebok has debuted a much… Read more...

Facebook stock falls as global outage continues

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21TechCrunch / 11h
Facebook’s stock took a dive Monday as the site suffered one of its worst outages of the past decade with services across its entire suite of products going offline while the tech company struggled to even bring its own internal services back online. The stock ended the day down nearly 5%, with Facebook shedding tens of billions in market cap value as the company sorted through the pieces attempt

Chemists reveal a couple small tweaks to make pizza taste much better

SlashGear / 11h
Food science is a fascinating subject for home cooks who want to leverage a bit of kitchen chemistry to improve their meals. For those who prefer to make their pizza at home but find that it lacks a bit something, scientists are here with “a couple of small chemistry tweaks” that they say will turn a bad pizza into a … Continue reading

GraphWear closes $20.5M Series B for a needle-free, nanotech-powered glucose monitor

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TechCrunch / 11h
GraphWear, a company pursuing needle-free approaches to glucose monitoring, has closed a $20.5 million Series B round. This Series B round is a vote of confidence by investors in GraphWear’s approach: to monitor key metrics in the body, like glucose, without breaking the skin at all. GraphWear Technologies was founded in 2015 by Rajatesh Gudibande and Saurabh Radhakrishnan, who had both completed

Investors share how infrastructure as code is taking over DevOps

TechCrunch / 11h
Infrastructure as code (IaC) has been gaining wider adoption among DevOps teams in recent years, but the complexities of data center configuration and management continue to create problems — and opportunities. We surveyed top investors in IaC startups to find out more. Overall, they see a lot of room for growth given all of the manual work still done by DevOps teams across organizations of all s

Acer's New Windows 11 Laptop Is Better for the Environment

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Gizmodo / 11h
Gadget makers have come up with a couple of tactics to curb e-waste and prevent plastic from heading straight to the landfill. On the one hand, you have devices like the Fairphone 4 and the Framework laptop , which seek to reduce waste by making gadgets easier to upgrade and repair. On the other, you have systems like… Read more...

You Don't Really Need to Upgrade to Windows 11, but It's Good

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100+Gizmodo / 11h
More than six years after the release of Windows 10, Microsoft is releasing the next big chapter in its ubiquitous OS on Oct. 5. A recent survey suggests that more than 60% of people aren’t even aware that Windows 11 is coming out, which indicates there probably won’t be a mad rush to upgrade. Read more...

Leaked roadmap for Intel Alder Lake CPUs for laptops reveals impressive specs

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TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 11h
While it looks like Alder Lake desktop processors are around the corner, we still don't know much about Intel's next chips for the best laptops , but a leaked roadmap may have given us a glimpse. According to this leaked roadmap, spotted by Wccftech , Alder Lake-P and Alder Lake-M will supposedly start production in November 2021 with an early 2022 launch. These processors will likely be behind t

Acer Windows 11 laptops: The first three on the market

SlashGear / 11h
Today Acer announced that they’d be covering three key categories for initial hardware launches with Windows 11 onboard. The models fit in the categories Sustainable, Thin and Light, and Gaming. You’ve likely heard these names before – they’re effectively tried-and-true models released now by Acer as Windows 11 heroes to lead the charge. The Acer Aspire Vero will be released … Continue reading

Windows 11 released today: How to install and update

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SlashGear / 11h
Today Microsoft released Windows 11 to the world in a software update for all Windows 10 devices able to handle the new OS. Today we’re going to run down the ways users can check if they’re prepared for this update, and the ways in which said update can be loaded to a Windows 10 machine. This process begins for most … Continue reading

Windows 11: The Ars Technica review

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52Ars Technica / 12h
(credit: Microsoft) Microsoft wanted everyone to use Windows 10. Faced with slow adoption of Windows 8 and the stubborn popularity of Windows 7, Microsoft made Windows 10 a free upgrade for anyone using either version —the offer technically expired years ago, but to this day, old Windows 7 and 8 product keys still activate Windows 10 without protest. The OS was billed as a return to form that wou

You might not know Sonesta hotels but they’re about to be everywhere

96The Points Guy / 12h
If you haven’t heard of Sonesta hotels yet, get ready. These properties might soon be springing up in destinations around the U.S. as the brand opens up franchising opportunities across the country. For more TPG news delivered each morning to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter . Sonesta is a Boston-based hotel chain that currently has seven brands under its belt: extended-stay Sonesta E

Something Very Strange Is Going on at Facebook

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Futurism / 12h
It’s a truly bizarre day on the internet. Facebook has been down for several hours, indicating that this isn’t your average momentary outage for the company. Its property WhatsApp, Instagram, and Messenger are down as well. Even Oculus, the popular and Facebook-owned virtual reality platform, is down. In simple terms, as far as the internet was concerned, Facebook.com ceased to exist . “Facebook

Windows 11 review: Microsoft’s most pleasant OS—until it isn't

22Engadget / 12h
What's the point of Windows 11 ? With Windows 10 , Microsoft had to make a big course correction from Windows 8 , an ambitious yet flawed attempt at bringing PCs into the touchscreen era. Before that, Windows 7 was meant as a palate cleanser to help us forget about the bloated mess that was Vista . Given that Windows 10 was already pretty polished when it launched, and only got better over time,

How and when to upgrade to Windows 11

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Engadget / 12h
Windows 11 is here and Microsoft has detailed how the phased rollout will work. The first systems to get the operating system are new devices on which it's pre-loaded. Starting on October 5th, Microsoft will initially offer the free upgrade to new PCs, laptops and tablets that ship with Windows 10. Next, Microsoft says it will look at hardware eligibility , reliability metrics and other factors o

How to Find, Add, and Remove Fonts in Google Slides

How-To Geek / 12h
Google Slides has more fonts than what may first appear when looking through the fonts drop-down menu. We’ll show you how to find those hidden fonts and add them to (or remove them from) this menu. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Amazon Kicks off Epic Daily Deals With Discounted AirPods, Vacuums and More

How-To Geek / 12h
Amazon wants everyone to get a head start on holiday shopping, which is why the company just launched a new “Amazon Epic Daily Deals” event offering sitewide discounts. These are different from the usual Amazon daily deals, and instead, aim to target holiday and gift shoppers. As a result, we see huge savings on AirPods, robot vacuums, earbuds, wireless chargers, and more. Read This Article on Re

Windows 11 first impressions: 5 features I love, plus 1 I hate

SlashGear / 12h
Over the past few weeks we’ve been testing both early builds and (over the past week) a final public build of Windows 11. During that time, I’ve set aside 4 features that exemplify the overall positive experience Windows 11 has been in our testing and review process so far. I also have one significant complaint, and it has to do … Continue reading

Should You Use Depop, Gen Z’s Favorite Fashion Marketplace?

Lifehacker / 12h
Depop is one of the top fashion marketplace apps for Gen Z to find trendy vintage fits or earn some cash selling items. Reports show that young people are making real money using sites like Depop as their side hustle. Explore the #depop tag on TikTok and you’ll find lots of reviews from fashion influencers, tips for… Read more...

Epic TV deal: Sony's stunning 77-inch OLED TV is $1,000 off at Amazon

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 12h
You can score a massive $1,000 price cut on this stunning OLED TV from Sony at Amazon's epic deals sale that launched today. For a limited time, this 77-inch Sony Bravia OLED TV is on sale for $2,998 (was $3,999.99) at Amazon . That's a massive $1,001.99 discount and the lowest price we've ever seen for the OLED display. OLED TV deal Sony 77-inch A80J BRAVIA OLED 4K Ultra HD Smart TV: $3,999.99 $

Epic Games Store Finally Getting Achievements

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How-To Geek / 12h
In the battle between Epic Games and Steam, Epic is finally adding a feature that brings it closer to Valve’s offering—the Epic Games Store is getting achievements. So now, the company will adequately reward the cool stuff you do in your games. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Whistleblower Airs Facebook's Dirty Laundry Ahead of Congressional Hearing

How-To Geek / 12h
We’ve learned a lot of damning information about Facebook over the last month. Internal documents published in the Wall Street Journal’s Facebook Files show that the social media giant knowingly encourages anger and divisiveness on its platform, despite real-world and political consequences. Now, the Facebook employee who leaked this information to the Journal is going public, just one day before

Clearview AI Says It Can Do the ‘Computer Enhance’ Thing

Gizmodo / 12h
Sketchy face recognition company Clearview AI has inflated its stockpile of scraped images to over 10 billion, according to its co-founder and CEO Hoan Ton-That. What’s more, he says the company has new tricks up its sleeve, like using AI to draw in the details of blurry or partial images of faces. Read more...

Neurodiversity and the software design dilemma

TechCrunch / 12h
Pouyan Salehi Contributor Pouyan Salehi is the co-founder and CEO of Scratchpad . Homo sapiens is truly a diverse species. We appear distinct from each other based on our origins in various regions of the planet; we communicate using thousands of languages; we have different thought patterns based on our experiences, heritage and cultures. Our brains are all unique; we analyze issues and make dec

Police Arrest Men Involved in Ransomware Gang That Allegedly Hacked 'More Than 100' Companies

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Gizmodo / 12h
Police say they have arrested two men in connection with a “prominent” ransomware gang that has attacked droves of large companies throughout Europe and North America. Read more...

A 'Lost' 125,000-Year-Old Mangrove Forest Is Thriving in Mexico

Gizmodo / 12h
Over 100 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, an ecosystem of salt-tolerant trees is flourishing along a freshwater river. A team of researchers recently investigated how this verdant oasis got so side-tracked from its typical habitat, and they found that the forest was stranded inland during the last interglacial period… Read more...

SpaceX Falcon Heavy’s first national security launch delayed again

SlashGear / 12h
The US Space Force USSF-44 mission set to launch on SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket has been delayed once again due to a ‘payload readiness’ issue, Space Force Command has confirmed. The USSF-44 mission was first scheduled to launch this past July, but was delayed to early October because the payload wasn’t ready. The next launch date is less firm, but … Continue reading

FCC plans to rein in “gateway” carriers that bring foreign robocalls to US

Ars Technica / 12h
Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | Juj Winn) The Federal Communications Commission hopes to reduce the number of illegal robocalls from overseas with an expansion of rules that require phone companies to implement Caller ID authentication technology and block illegal calls. "Eliminating illegal robocalls that originate abroad is one of the most vexing challenges the commission faces because of the d

IATSE Has Voted in Favor of a Nationwide TV and Film Strike

67Gizmodo / 12h
In a move that’s likely going to escalate tension throughout the film and TV industries, an overwhelming majority of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees members voted in favor of approving a nationwide strike that could bring all productions to a grinding halt. Read more...

Scientists are still learning cool new things about gooey hagfish slime

Ars Technica / 12h
Enlarge / A recently discovered species: the Galapagos Ghost Hagfish (Myxine phantasma). (credit: Tim Winegard) Meet the humble hagfish, an ugly, gray, eel-like creature affectionately known as a " snot snake " because of its unique defense mechanism. The hagfish can unleash a full liter of sticky slime from pores located all over its body in less than one second. That's sufficient to, say, clog

Informatica’s IPO will test public markets’ appetite for slower-growing tech offerings

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TechCrunch / 12h
Informatica filed to go public late last week, some six years after it was taken private by two private equity teams for $5.3 billion . The data-focused company used its passage through the private markets to execute a move to the cloud, work that came to a head in early 2021, when Informatica announced its dive into the lakehouse market , where Databricks plays today. We’ll explore the company’s

Hawaii to extend COVID-19 restrictions due to high cases

200+The Points Guy / 12h
The coronavirus situation in Hawaii has fluctuated frequently since the state reopened to tourists and, at least more recently, things have been more down than up. For more TPG news delivered each morning to your inbox, sign up for our free daily newsletter . Hawaii is extending some of its COVID-19 restrictions for another 60 days in light of the delta variant. Gov. David Ige on Oct. 1 said he w

Facebook Is Down. Like, REALLY Down

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Futurism / 12h
Major Outage In case you haven’t heard, Facebook is down. Like really, really down. The social media network went offline Monday morning, taking Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp with it. Ironically, as The Verge points out , Faecbook execs were literally in the middle of defending their employer on CNBC after a whistleblower claimed the platform was encouraging hate speech for profit . “We’re a

Is the IRS Really About to Tax Your Venmo, PayPal, and Cash App Transactions?

200+Lifehacker / 12h
Media outlets have been debunking claims that there’s a new tax on cash app transactions worth $600 or more. And while it’s true that it’s not a “new” tax as some viral social media posts might claim, new IRS regulations do make it easier for the agency to tax previously und