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Read Microsoft CEO’s email to staff about Charlottesville violence

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has emailed his leadership team with a memo that references the past week’s events and the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville. In a email obtained by <i>Quartz</i>, Nadella says the tragedy at Charlottesville — where a 32-year-old woman was killed after a car rammed into …

Microsoft

No Man’s Sky players are meeting up for the first time, one year later

The galaxy got a little less lonely<p>It took more than a year, but <i>No Man’s Sky</i> players are now crossing paths in-game. The game’s new multiplayer update allows intergalactic travelers to run into each other — a feature they’ve waited for since prior to its launch.<p>Atlas Rises, the latest free update …

Reddit

Google hires a legendary Apple engineer to tackle AI

Legendary programmer Chris Lattner has had a roller coaster of a year. He left Apple (where he developed the Swift programming language) to help build Tesla's Autopilot technology, only to leave months later after realizing that he wasn't a good fit. However, Lattner might be settling down. He just …

Programming

Facebook is rolling out a Trending News section on mobile, now with its own link

Facebook is rolling out a “Trending News” section on mobile that includes its own link in the app’s main navigation. This follows the company’s earlier announcement this spring of a redesign for Trending Topics, an increasingly important part of Facebook’s social network, where it tracks the news …

Facebook

SpaceX Just Successfully Landed Another Falcon 9 Rocket

SpaceX’s latest rocket launch and landing was a success.<p>The Elon Musk-led space technology company launched its Falcon 9 rocket on Monday from NASA's …

SpaceX

Google cancels The Daily Stormer's domain registration just hours after GoDaddy warning

Google is not allowing neo-Nazi site <i>The Daily Stormer</i> to host its domain with the platform, <i>Reuters</i> reported.<p>This move comes only hours after GoDaddy, the former host, gave the website a 24-hour heads up before it would be removed.<p>“We are cancelling Daily Stormer’s registration with Google Domains …

Racism

GOLDMAN SACHS: Here's when we'll know bitcoin's top is in

Bitcoin is experiencing a monster rally. It has gained more than 15% since Friday's close, topping $4,000, $4,100, and $4,200 for the first time before putting in a high of $4,216 a coin on Monday morning.<p>But that's only part of bitcoin's recent success. The cryptocurrency has seen huge gains since …

Goldman Sachs

Medium's new Claps reaction button lets you applaud authors you love

Medium — home of the tedious self-congratulatory thinkpiece — has introduced a new reaction button that lets you ‘clap’ (or 👏) posts you enjoy.<p>What makes Medium’s clap feature special is that it isn’t a one-time thing. If you <b>really</b> like a post, you can applaud multiple times by mashing the clap …

Publishing

Apple HomePod: Everything we know about the launch date, specs and price

The company accidentally spilled the beans on what we can expect to see on the HomePod -- and just about every other upcoming Apple product.<p>At this point, we probably know way more about the HomePod than Apple would have liked.<p>Some of what we know about the company's voice-assistant speaker has …

iOS

Facebook Launches ‘Dynamic Ads For Real Estate’ To Challenge Zillow

Facebook launches the “Dynamic Ads For Real Estate” advertising feature to challenge Zillow for supremacy in real estate marketing. The product is …

Real Estate

Cézanne unmasked: the shattering portraits that blew Picasso and the Paris avant garde away

He painted his wife without lips. He painted his friend with a spinal deformity. And he painted himself as a ghost in a top hat. Paul Cézanne’s unflinching portraits, coming to Britain this autumn, didn’t just astonish Picasso and his disciples. They changed art for ever<p>In Paris at the dawn of the …

Art

Bitcoin just passed $4,000

What a day for Bitcoin.<p>24 hours ago the cryptocurrency was trading below $3,700. About an hour ago it surged passed $4,000 and has no signs of stopping. It’s now trading around $4,135.00. For reference, a week ago Bitcoin hit an all-time high as it passed $3,000 for the first time.<p>Check out the …

Cryptocurrency

Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about Ethereum, patiently explained

<i>If you’re interested in Ethereum, check out our upcoming AMA-like session with Ethereum’s creator Vitalik Buterin: Post your questions here!</i><p>Although ‘Bitcoin’ and ‘Ethereum’ are terms that are often paired together, the reality is that they are vastly different. The only thing Ethereum shares with …

Bitcoin

Facebook knew about Snap's struggles months before the public

You may have only recently discovered that Snap isn't having much luck attracting new users, but Facebook knew months before -- and there's a chance you helped it find out. The <i>Wall Street Journal</i> has learned just how Facebook has been using app usage data from Onavo Protect, the VPN-based security …

Facebook

Revlon to invest $16M in N. Carolina plant, create 55 jobs

OXFORD, N.C. (AP) — Cosmetics giant Revlon plans to invest $16 million and create 55 new jobs at its North Carolina plant over the next three years.<p>Gov. Roy Cooper announced Friday the company is expanding its plant in Oxford to produce more Elizabeth Arden products.<p>The facility 40 miles (64 …

Makeup

Square founder Jack Dorsey talks bitcoin and says blockchain is the ‘next big unlock’

But that people should be ‘thoughtful’ in their use of blockchain technology<p>If you’ve been hearing or reading a lot about blockchain but you still aren’t entirely certain how to define it, you’re not alone. It’s something that Jack Dorsey, the chief executive officer and chairman of Square (and CEO …

Bitcoin

See the future Firefox right now

Mozilla is working on a major overhaul of its web browser. Its official release is still months away, but you can take a Firefox 57 for a spin today.<p>Mozilla is prepping a new version of Firefox in an effort to rally in the race for browser supremacy, which currently has Chrome way out in front. The …

Software

Snap’s user growth is slowing, but advertisers don’t care

Coming off the heels of Snap’s Q2 earnings, its second report since going public in early March, it seems as though Wall Street is mainly concerned with one thing: user growth. But that’s the wrong metric to use when determining advertiser adoption, which is the ultimate revenue driver for the …

Advertising

Netflix isn’t giving up on streaming ‘Star Wars’ and Marvel movies

Disney a few days ago announced a move that makes perfect sense for the company: it will launch two standalone streaming services, including one that …

Netflix

Apple working with ‘multiple companies’ on new Smart Connector accessories

With the launch of the iPad Pro, Apple unveiled its new Smart Connector technology to allow accessory makers to more seamlessly integrate with the device. Two years after the first iPad Pro’s release, however, the Smart Connector hasn’t necessarily gained a whole lot of traction. A new report from …

IPad Pro

The world’s best Dota 2 players just got destroyed by a killer AI from Elon Musk’s startup

Tonight during Valve’s yearly <i>Dota 2</i> tournament, a surprise segment introduced what could be the best new player in the world -- a bot from Elon Musk-backed startup OpenAI. Engineers from the nonprofit say the bot learned enough to beat <i>Dota 2</i> pros in just two weeks of real-time learning, though in …

Elon Musk

Blizzard's 'Overwatch' League gets its first European team

Blizzard revealed two more teams participating in its upcoming <i>Overwatch</i> League: one team representing London and a second team representing Los Angeles.<p>Today's reveal brings the total number of confirmed teams in the <i>Overwatch</i> League to nine and introduces the first team representing a city in …

League of Legends

Facebook takes on YouTube with Watch, its new episodic video service

We’ve been hearing for months about Facebook’s plans to ramp up its video offerings, and today it’s launched a new service that could help the company steal YouTube and Netflix’s lunch.<p>It’s called Watch, and it comes in the form of a video tab in Facebook’s mobile, desktop and TV apps that surfaces …

Facebook

Tesla quietly upgrades Autopilot hardware in new cars

Tesla may have promised that all its newly-made vehicles from October 2016 onward would have the groundwork for self-driving capabilities, but that doesn't mean its technology is set in stone. <i>Electrek</i> has learned that Tesla is quietly equipping new Model 3, S and X production units with upgraded …

Driverless Cars

A hot startup is using $12 million from Andreessen Horowitz to pursue a 'holy grail' of web technology

<b>* Netlify has landed $12 million in funding in a round led by Andreessen Horowitz.</b><p><b>* The startup is on the cutting edge of web development, letting programmers instantly deploy super-fast websites with a click.</b><p><b>* Andreessen Horowitz General Partner Peter Levine will join the company's …

Venture Capital

Malicious code written into DNA infects the computer that reads it

In a mind-boggling world first, a team of biologists and security researchers have successfully infected a computer with a malicious program coded into a strand of DNA.<p>It sounds like science fiction, but I assure you it’s quite real — although you probably don’t have to worry about this particular …

DNA

Glint is a stealthy London fintech startup that promises to turn gold into a ‘new global currency’

Glint, a stealthy London fintech startup that promises a new “global currency,” has raised £3.1 million from a plethora of individual backers in the financial services and asset management space, alongside early-stage investor Bray Capital.<p>They comprise Haruko Fukuda, former CEO of the World Gold …

FinTech

David Cameron smoking: Another U-turn?

BBC News<p>Skip Instagram post by isolatedheroes<p>Report<p>End of Instagram post by isolatedheroes<p><b>It is a struggle many former smokers experience.</b><p>Have a few drinks and, before you know it, you're puffing away again.<p>Now it seems ex-Prime Minister David Cameron - who has previously spoken of his battle to …

David Cameron

Here Are the iOS 11 Features You Should Be Excited About

Set to arrive on your iPhone and iPad this fall, Apple iOS 11 brings a number of new features to the platform. Below are the ones we think you'll love the most.<p>The next version of Apple iOS is set to deliver a number of groundbreaking features, especially for iPad users. We spent some quality time …

iOS

A smartwatch won’t fix what’s broken with Fitbit

Fitbit’s Q2 earnings could have been worse. Unlike Q4 of last year, the company didn’t use the opportunity to announce that it would be laying off six percent of its staff. Still, things are bad. As we pointed out earlier in the week, the company’s stock price is little more than 10 percent of its …

Wearable Tech