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Google removes 'Don't Be Evil' motto from its Code of Conduct

To be evil or not to be evil — that is the question, Google.<p>It seems after years of the tech company's commitment to its low-key creepy-sounding …

Codes of Conduct

‘The Business of War’: Google Employees Protest Work for the Pentagon

WASHINGTON — Thousands of Google employees, including dozens of senior engineers, have signed a letter protesting the company’s involvement in a Pentagon program that uses artificial intelligence to interpret video imagery and could be used to improve the targeting of drone strikes.<p>The letter, …

Artificial Intelligence

MIT study shows driving for Uber or Lyft is worse than literally any real job

Uber and Lyft have significantly changed how people with money get around crowded cities. But they’ve also changed how people can earn a living …

This cartographer’s deep dive into Google Maps is fascinating

Google Maps is more powerful than you know<p>Most people who use Google Maps do so without much attention to detail. We just need the directions, the right subway route, or the name of that good sushi place. We don’t spend too much time pondering how Google got so good at mapping the world, and what …

Maps

Jeff Bezos is now worth $100 billion

If you're one of the millions shopping on Amazon on Black Friday, congratulations: You helped make Jeff Bezos a $100 billion man.<p>Bezos, the founder and largest shareholder of Amazon, reached the 12-digit milestone for the first time, according to Bloomberg, one of the two major services that track …

Jeff Bezos

Yes, Pixel Buds’ real-time translation feature will also work on the original Google Pixel

One way Google addressed the lack of a 3.5mm headphone jack on the Pixel 2 at their October 4th event was by introducing Pixel Buds. These Bluetooth headphones feature the Google Assistant built-in, Fair Pair, and a real-time translation feature.<p>Fortunately, Google has now confirmed beyond a shadow …

Google

The Game Boy Mini no one needs might be in the works

There’s a chance Nintendo could be working on a Mini/Classic version of a Game Boy. Of all the older Nintendo consoles that need to be brought into the 21st century, the Game Boy is probably at the bottom of the list.<p>The news surfaced of a trademark, filed last month by Nintendo, involving the Game …

Netflix Turns 20: Where's It Headed Next?

How the company keeps reinventing itself<p>Netflix has come a long way since the days when it sounded like a dog food.<p>When the company debuted 20 years …

Who is Dara Khosrowshahi, Uber's new CEO?

If he accepts the job, he will be leading the world's most valuable privately-held tech startup, valued at more than $60 billion by its investors. But he will also have an incredibly tough job steering the ride-hailing company back to stability, after months of controversies and bitter infighting …

Google reveals Android O is named Oreo, begins rollout to Nexus and Pixel devices

Timed with the total solar eclipse today, Google revealed Android O stands for Android 8.0 Oreo. The next version of Google’s mobile operating system and the successor to Android Nougat not only got its name today, but Google also pushed the latest source code to the Android Open Source Project …

Android News

Google Fires Employee Behind Controversial Diversity Memo

Alphabet Inc.’s Google has fired an employee who wrote an internal memo blasting the web company’s diversity policies, creating a firestorm across …

The shower speaker is back and bigger than ever

Rubber ducky may be the one and rubber ducky may make bath time so much fun, but rubber ducky is useless when it comes to showering. Plus, what kind …

Microsoft Paint to be killed off after 32 years

Long-standing basic graphics editing program, used throughout childhoods since the 1980s, has been marked for death<p>Microsoft’s next Windows 10 update, called the Autumn (or Fall in the US) Creators Update, will bring a variety of new features. But one long-standing stalwart of the Windows …

Windows 10

Bored OkCupid devs are trolling one whiny user with shitty release notes

Say what you will, but developers certainly have a penchant for shitposting once boredom starts crawling under their skin – and OkCupid programmers seem to have mastered the art of trolling to perfection.<p>While the <i>What’s New</i> section on the App Store and Google Play is usually reserved for …

Here's why CNN isn't 'doxing' anyone

With the addition of three sentences, CNN turned a relevant news story into an utter mess. This week the organization uncovered the identity of HanAssholeSolo, the Reddit user who created the GIF tweeted round the world: Donald Trump beating up a man with the CNN logo plastered over his head. Media …

Intel's SSD 545s has size and speed at an affordable price

It's not too hard to find inexpensive solid-state drives that offer either a lot of storage or brisk performance, but finding both? That's hard. Intel, however, thinks it has a chance. It's launching a budget 2.5-inch drive, the SSD 545s, that theoretically offers both high capacity and speed …

Amazon wants to become Walmart before Walmart can become Amazon

The future of retail will be a combination of both online e-commerce and a brick-and-mortar retail presence – as recent moves from both Walmart and Amazon have shown, including today’s back-to-back announcements from the two rivals, which sees Amazon buying a chain of popular grocery stores with a …

DHS Secretary: U.S. 'might' expand laptop ban to all international flights

The U.S. could dramatically expand a ban on laptops and e-readers in airplane cabins, Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Sunday.<p>Kelly was asked by "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace about whether he would implement a ban that covered all international flights entering or …

U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security

FCC votes to begin overturning net neutrality

The FCC has voted to begin undoing the net neutrality rules that were put in place just two years ago.<p>In a 2-to-1 decision, the commission voted to open debate on what are essentially two things: first, a proposal to reverse the Title II designation used to enforce tough net neutrality rules on …

Net Neutrality

You no longer need a Mac to code iOS apps on Windows

Developing iOS apps no longer requires access to a Mac, thanks to a new program introduced by Microsoft called Xamarin Live Player.<p>Microsoft unveiled the new tool today at its Build 2017 developer conference. With Xamarin Live Player, developers can deploy iOS apps directly to an iPhone using …

Amazon Prime Video for Apple TV may be unveiled at WWDC

The feud between Apple TV and Amazon Prime appears to finally be over.<p>Apple plans to unveil an Amazon Prime Video app for Apple TV at its Worldwide Developers Conference next month, according to a report that claims the new app will go live this summer.<p>The deal with Amazon is a win-win for Apple. …

Apple to Start Offering iTunes on the Windows Store

Apple plans to bring its iTunes app to the Windows 10 Store, Microsoft announced today at its Build developer event. iTunes, is, of course, already available on the Windows platform, but adding it to the Windows Store will make it easier for Windows users to find the software.<p>Gaining iTunes for the …

Microsoft releases Visual Studio for macOS to everyone

Microsoft made the huge move of bringing a preview of Visual Studio to the Mac back in November. Today, during its Build event in Seattle, Microsoft announced the software is now ready for general availability.<p>Of course, developers has been trying Visual Studio on Mac in preview form for some time, …

Snap daily users rise 36.1 percent in first report after IPO

(In this May 10 story, corrects year-ago average revenue per user to 32 cents from 33 cents in paragraph 21.)<p>(Reuters) - Snap Inc shares plunged on Wednesday after the owner of Snapchat reported slowing user growth and revenue in its first earnings report as a public company, missing some Wall …

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Anti-net neutrality spammers are impersonating real people to flood FCC comments

This week, thousands posted comments on the FCC’s website in response to a proposed rollback of net neutrality internet protections, weighing in on whether and how to defend the open internet. John Oliver encouraged viewers to post to a public comment thread with support for strong regulation, and …

Hacker Leaks Stolen ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Season 5 Episodes to Piracy Network

An anonymous hacker has carried through on a threat to release “Orange Is the New Black” season five episodes online — after Netflix allegedly failed …

Kendrick Lamar dropped his new album on Apple Music and everyone on Spotify had a nervous breakdown

Kendrick Lamar dropped his new album <i>DAMN.</i> late Thursday night on Apple Music and fans rejoiced ... except for Spotify users.<p>Luckily, it didn't take …

You could soon access Congress' browsing history, for free

Cards Against Humanity creator Max Temkin warns against crowdfunding the purchase of Congress browsing data -- he intends to buy it and make it freely available.<p>The repeal of the Obama-era FCC privacy regulation that will allow ISPs to sell your browsing data is causing a furore, and not everyone …

Privacy

Alphabet's Eric Schmidt is super excited for Andy Rubin's Android phone

Android’s co-creator Andy Rubin recently revealed that his company Essential is working on a new smartphone. Rubin teased a picture of the handset on Twitter a few days ago and Alphabet’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt has now also declared his interest in it.<p>In a tweet, Schmidt referenced …

Android News

Jeff Bezos and Amazon are nearing a super-villain level of rich

What's cooler than a few billion dollars? A trillion dollars.<p>And for Amazon, that milestone is in sight. The tech giant will eventually be worth $1 …