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Recode Daily: Amazon buys itself Ring, its second-biggest acquisition after Whole Foods

Plus, Uber’s culture fixer-upper leaves before a year’s up, Pinterest gets its first-ever COO, and The Real Angry Birds of Finland.<p><b>Amazon is making its second-biggest acquisition ever — the smartphone-connected video-doorbell startup Ring.</b> Amazon is paying between $1.2 billion and $1.8 billion for …

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SpaceX tried to catch its rocket’s nose cone with a giant net — and just missed

Mr. Steven will do better next time<p>After launching its Falcon 9 rocket from California this morning, SpaceX used a giant net to try to recover the rocket’s nose cone as it fell down in the Pacific Ocean. The first-time experiment failed, however: one of the pieces of the nose cone missed the net, …

This electric jet can take off vertically and travel almost 190 miles per hour — and it's already being prototyped

Move over, Elon Musk. A German startup developing an electric, car-sized aircraft that can take off and land vertically just received a prestigious award — and the technology is seriously impressive.<p>Founded by a group of entrepreneurs in 2015, Lilium is developing the aircraft as a new form of …

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These are the best gadgets of 2017

While 2017 saw a lot of serious news, it was a relatively quiet year for gadgets. There weren’t many entirely new categories of technology that consumers adopted compared to recent years, like wearables, virtual reality, or smart speakers. But there was a lot of refining. 2017 saw the release of …

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Tech companies have enough cash to buy most of the auto industry

Tech companies in search of the next market have been eying car companies for years. It turns out they can just buy much of the entire auto industry outright, according to an analysis of public financials by Sherpa Technology Group. Sixteen of the world’s top automakers have an enterprise value of …

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Google and Amazon are fighting, and consumers are paying the price

If you tried to watch YouTube on an Amazon Fire TV this week, you probably encountered a disconcerting message: “Starting on 1/1/2018, YouTube will not be available on this device.” It directed viewers to a list of other smart TVs, media players, game consoles, and set-top boxes, where Google’s …

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The Secret UX Issues That Will Make (Or Break) Self-Driving Cars

In an unassuming research lab, Volkswagen is solving problems that Tesla and Google haven’t come close to cracking.<p>We were rolling eastward across the San Mateo Bridge in an Audi A7 at a dutiful 55 miles per hour, and I was riding shotgun accompanied by two of the car’s engineers. With a sticker …

Gmail Ending? Google Starts Migrating Users

Something rather interesting is happening at the Gmail.com domain right now. Google has started notifying users of its experimental ‘Inbox By Gmail’ service that this has replaced their Gmail account…<p>The pop-up appears when Inbox users login and states “Thanks for trying Inbox! To make it easier …

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