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Google Assistant’s latest feature delivers just the ‘good news’

You’re not the only one feeling run down by the news of the day. The folks at Google apparently believe we could all use a dose of good news, at times, too. The company today announced it’s testing a new Google Assistant feature called “Tell me something good” that will allow users to hear a …

Google Assistant

'The Grand Tour Game' brings the thrills of the show to PlayStation 4

Fans of 'The Grand Tour' TV show have had the pleasure of witnessing various challenges, locations, and stunning cars over the course of its two …

Alex Smith

Netflix is about to make a big change to the way you pay for streaming

Netflix may soon make a significant change to how it charges for its subscriptions, although it shouldn’t really impact users. Well, it might make …

Great Britain

Facebook is rating the trustworthiness of its users on a scale from zero to 1

By Elizabeth Dwoskin<p>, Silicon Valley reporter<p>SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook has begun to assign its users a reputation score, predicting their trustworthiness on a scale from zero to 1.<p>The previously unreported ratings system, which Facebook has developed over the past year, shows that the fight against …

Internet

Amazon hires a star cardiologist to help its push into health

Amazon has hired well-known cardiologist Maulik Majmudar for a new role, as it looks to move into the $3 trillion health care sector.<p>Majmudar …

Health Care

Casper’s next frontier: Your entire bedroom

It launched with one single product: a mattress. But Casper is now a purveyor of sheets, blankets, duvets, platform beds, and nightstands.<p>Casper may be among the best-known mattress brands on the internet, but its founders sure aren’t getting much rest. Take Jeff Chapin, one of the brand’s five …

Customers

Getaround Gets $300 Million From SoftBank To Grow Its Airbnb-For-Cars Business

Meet the newest member of SoftBank’s mobility mafia: peer-to-peer car rental service Getaround. On Tuesday, Getaround announced that it had raised $300 million as its Series D funding round from SoftBank, bringing its total funding to $400 million. The San Francisco-based startup is joining the …

Carsharing

Facebook Is Removing More Than 5,000 Ad Targeting Options To Prevent Discrimination

Facebook is planning to remove more than 5,000 ad targeting options in an effort to prevent discriminatory advertising.<p>The bulk of the 5,000 …

Native Americans

Uber (finally) hires a CFO to take it public

Uber on Tuesday announced that it has hired veteran Wall Street executive Nelson Chai as chief financial officer, a position that has been empty …

Wall Street

Slack confirms it has raised $427M at a post-money valuation of over $7.1B

Slack, the workplace communications platform, has taken off like a rocket since launching in 2013 and now has more than 8 million daily active users and 70,000 teams paying to use it. Now the startup of the same name has closed its latest round of funding to fuel its growth. The company said it has …

Venture Capital

New Router Security Flaw Results in 'Complete Takeover'

This means that one single visit to a simple web page or even just clicking on an image will allow hackers to launch “router functionalities” that …

Routers

Apple Accidentally Leaks Radical New iPhone X

The best source of iPhone leaks this year has been Apple itself, with the company repeatedly revealing new models and features. And now the company has done it again with regard to something that is truly exciting…<p>Thanks to the eagle-eyes of Patently Apple, we now know Apple is working on …

Mobile Technology

Galaxy S9 Cancellation Reveals Samsung's Nasty Surprise

The Galaxy S9 may have been usurped by the subtle upgrades in the Galaxy Note 9, but with the future of the Note range in question, it will come as a nasty surprise to Samsung fans that this phone has instead led to the cancellation of an S9 instead…<p><i>‘Great Secret Features’ and ‘Nasty Surprises’ are</i> …

Galaxy Note

Kevin Spacey's new film 'Billionaire Boys Club' opens to incredibly low $126 following sexual misconduct allegations

Following allegations of sexual misconduct against an underage boy, Kevin Spacey’s career has hit an all-time low. The star’s latest film, “Billionaire Boys Club” opened to a staggeringly low $126.<p>The film, which co-stars Ansel Elgort and Taron Egerton, was released on VOD last month and opened in …

Los Angeles

MoviePass vs. AMC Stubs A-List vs. Movie Club vs. Sinemia: Movie subscriptions compared

Movie theaters are hurting. According to The Hollywood Reporter, attendance has plummeted. Meanwhile, theater-chain stocks have taken a beating.<p>Could a movie-ticket subscription service come to the rescue? At least four are trying: AMC Stubs A-List, Cinemark Movie Club, MoviePass and Sinemia. …

Personal Finance

Google's next Chromecast may offer improved connectivity

Full Bluetooth support and stronger WiFi could be on the way.<p>Google may soon release a Chromecast with full Bluetooth support and sturdier WiFi connectivity, an FCC filing indicates. It seems likely the dongle will have the same design as the current version, with Google only making internal …

Connectivity

Investors Betting Against Tesla Made $1 Billion on Friday

<i>Get the DealBook newsletter to make sense of major business and policy headlines — and the power-brokers who shape them.<br>__________</i><p>The investors betting against Tesla just got a gift from the company’s chief executive, Elon Musk.<p>Mr. Musk opened up on Thursday in an emotional interview with The New …

Tesla

Behold: The foldable Samsung Galaxy F of your dreams

This has been a pretty uninspired year for Samsung’s flagship smartphones, and the company’s bottom line is taking a hit as a result. Samsung is a …

Phones

Netflix will now interrupt series binges with video ads for its other series

Netflix confirms "test;" video ads appear with a "but first, check out... " prompt.<p>Netflix has confirmed a major change to its video-streaming …

TV

Crazy Rich Asians is a dazzling, sumptuous success

The movie triumphantly breathes new life into the Hollywood rom-com.<p>I’m not sure any Hollywood romantic comedy has hit the big screen bearing more expectations than <i>Crazy Rich Asians</i><i>.</i> It’s the first contemporary English-language Hollywood movie with an almost all-Asian cast in a quarter-century (the …

Romantic Comedy

Amazon in Running to Acquire Landmark Movie Chain

Amazon.com Inc. is in the running to acquire Landmark Theaters, a move that would vault the e-commerce giant into the brick-and-mortar cinema …

Sony Pictures

Phantom smells may be more common than thought, study finds

Phantom smells can be a sign of a serious health problem, but until now it’s not been known how many people experience them.<p>A new study finds that 1 in 15 Americans over the age of 40 detect strange odors like burning hair or rotting food when nothing is actually there. The study, published …

Research

After 13 Years, Scientists Finally Map the Massive Wheat Genome

In a field at the edge of the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul campus, half a dozen students and lab technicians glance up at the darkening …

Organisms

Android 9 Pie review: Google gets more thoughtful

It's a great update that will get even better soon.<p>After a late night at the office, I hopped on the subway and noticed something unusual: My Pixel 2 suggested I listen to some new Capital Cities tracks in Spotify. I took Android's advice, and while it didn't dramatically shift the trajectory of my …

Apps

‘Hold the Dark’: Why Jeremy Saulnier’s ‘Epic-Scale’ Netflix Thriller Is the Anti-‘Green Room’ — Exclusive

After the success of his punk rock thriller, Saulnier tells IndieWire he wanted to make something that kept up his trademark intensity, but in an …

Film Festivals

How Amazon Plans to Crush Netflix in Movie Theaters

The fight for control over streaming consumption is coming to a movie theater near you.<p>Speaking at CinemaCon 2016 on Thursday, Amazon Studios …

Amazon Studios

Samsung “Anti SDE” Trademark Suggests New VR Display Tech Coming to Market

Samsung filed an interesting trademark with the European Union Intellectual Property Office recently which suggests the company is working on a new …

New Samsung Odyssey+ Headset Revealed in FCC Documents

Samsung appears to be developing a followup to its Odyssey VR headset which launched late last year. A ‘Samsung HMD Odyssey+’ sporting a new model …

Virtual Reality

Samsung CEO Confirms Folding Galaxy F Phone

While Samsung ‘accidents’ (1,2,3,4,5) did more to leak the Galaxy Note 9 than any industry-insider, now the company’s CEO has taken things to the next level by officially confirming the most radical Galaxy smartphone yet…<p>Samsung CEO DJ Koh has confirmed the company is not just developing a Galaxy …

Mobile

The Unlikely Activists Who Took On Silicon Valley — and Won

The way Alastair Mactaggart usually tells the story of his awakening — the way he told it even before he became the most improbable, and perhaps the most important, privacy activist in America — begins with wine and pizza in the hills above Oakland, Calif. It was a few years ago, on a night …

Silicon Valley