Marianne Pfeifer

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Coming Attractions: The Rise of VR Porn

The porn industry may have changed a lot in the digital age, but some things still live up to the stereotype. Like, say, this house in the San …

Virtual Reality

Ex-NFL star Justin Tuck lands gig as Goldman Sachs VP

It’s only considered the No. 1 business school in the United States by Forbes. Yes, that’s ahead of both Stanford and Harvard. He joins the likes of …

Barnes & Noble fires its CEO Parneros without severance pay

Barnes & Noble has fired CEO Demos Parneros for violating company policies and said he'll exit the post without severance.<p>A spokeswoman declined to …

Coca-Cola Quietly Killed Diet Coke Lime, And Diet Coke Cherry Is Hanging By A Thread

We've come to the end of the road. Still I can't let go.<p>Here's what Coca-Cola has to say about the matter:

Google Is Building a City of the Future in Toronto. Would Anyone Want to Live There?

It could be the coolest new neighborhood on the planet—or a peek into the Orwellian metropolis that knows everything you did last night.<p><b>TORONTO—Even with a chilly mid-May</b> breeze blowing off Lake Ontario, this city’s western waterfront approaches idyllic. The lake laps up against the boardwalk, …

Smart Cities

Producers Guild of America on LinkedIn: “The Producers Guild of America…

The Producers Guild of America will hold its 30th annual Producers Guild Awards on January 19, 2019 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Producers Donald De …

Apple is ordering so many shows, with nowhere to show them

It’s hard to get excited for Apple’s upcoming shows without knowing how we’ll get to watch<p>Yesterday, Apple ordered its first international series, <i>Calls</i>, adapted from a French series by the same name. It’s the latest addition to its growing pile of projects; currently the count sits at 21. The …

Supreme Court says warrant necessary for phone location data in win for privacy

The US Supreme Court has ruled in favor of digital privacy.<p>In a 5-4 decision on Friday, the justices said police need warrants to gather phone location data as evidence for trials. That reversed and remanded a decision by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.<p>Carpenter v. United States is the first …

Privacy

Banks clear the Fed's doomsday stress test, but investors await word on their payouts

Banks have cleared the Federal Reserve's latest test of their ability to withstand another economic doomsday, but the real test for investors comes …

More Immigrants Died in Detention in Fiscal Year 2017 Than in Any Year Since 2009

Michelle ChenAccording to a new report, subpar medical care is contributing to deaths in ICE detention.The post More Immigrants Died in Detention in …

Space Farce

Space defense will be a major concern for the U.S., but Trump’s “Space Force” is not the answer.<p>President Trump’s proposal to create a Space Force—a …

Amazon try-before-you-buy Prime Wardrobe opens for all Prime members

SAN FRANCISCO – Amazon’s newest clothing offering could help it break into fashion. A service now available to all Prime members allows buyers to try on clothes before buying them – a way for online delivery to mimic the experience of shopping in a store.<p>On Wednesday, Amazon announced its clothing …

Customers

Telecom companies say they won't share your location data anymore

In a small victory for your privacy, the nation's four largest telecom companies announced Tuesday that they will stop providing customer location information to companies that aggregate data on their customers.<p>The move comes just over a month after Sen.Ron Wyden of Oregon raised the issue in a …

Privacy

Interview: What went into making Divinity: Original Sin 2’s definitive edition

The first title's remaster was a game changer. Is Original Sin 2's the same?<p>LOS ANGELES—Larian Studios had been making OK-to-pretty-good PC RPGs for …

18 Airport Hacks All Parents Need to Know Before Their Next Flight

Flying with little ones can result in some serious nervous-sweats and anxiousness long before takeoff. Considering that waiting at the airport as a solo adult traveler can be stressful enough, adding children and babies into the mix can definitely complicate matters. No one wants a meltdown in the …

Flying

Kim Jong Un ends visit to China with a message for the US

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ended a celebratory visit to China's President Xi Jinping on Wednesday with tea, praise, handshakes -- and a message for the US.<p>Amid lingering questions over Pyongyang's willingness to denuclearize and an escalating trade war between the US and …

Ivanka Trump gets destroyed after she thanked Daddy T for fixing the immigration crisis he created

She speaks, finally!<p>After remaining silent for days during the raging debate over the separation of migrant children from their families at the …

Johnny Depp's Rolling Stone interview does little to repair his big-spender reputation

Johnny Depp gave an interview to Rolling Stone and it's every bit as bonkers as you might expect.<p>In the story, published Thursday, reporter Stephen Roderick said it had taken 200 emails to get in a room with Depp, who brought him to his London home and indicated he was ready to "bare his soul about …

Graphic Novelist Found Guilty of the Grisly Murder of Fiancée Who Slowly Died Next to Their Baby

The son of a Canadian millionaire was found guilty of first-degree murder on Wednesday after he tortured his fiancée to death just weeks after she …

Xineoh offers AI that predicts customer behavior with scary accuracy

Artificial intelligence has been shaking up the marketing world for the last few years, helping automate menial, repetitive tasks, inform better creative decisions, and predict revenue projections.<p>But many of the tools available for that latter category, namely, predictive analytics, have a …

How Big Data Spawned Thousands of Cambridge Analyticas

It’s innate in human nature to expect a basic degree of protection—from bodily harm, from emotional injury, from assaults on our livelihoods. In free …

Tim Cook says Apple ‘didn’t come to Ireland for tax,’ talks canceled data center in new interview

Tim Cook has spent much of the last week traveling through Europe, with stops in Ireland, Amsterdam, and more. In a fresh interview with the <i>Irish Times</i>, Cook was asked about Apple’s controversial tax relationship with Ireland, its decision to cancel plans for a massive new data center in the …

Facebook is using machine learning to spot hoax articles shared by spammers

Humans still do the actual fact-checking, but AI is helping pick up the slack<p>Facebook’s fight against fake news, hoaxes, and spammers will never be over for good, but the company is doing its best to keep up the pressure on bad actors on its network. Today, it announced a number of new measures, …

Machine Learning

U.S. Judge Approves AT&T's $85 Billion Merger With Time Warner

<b>Updated at 6:02 p.m. ET</b><p>A federal judge on Tuesday gave his blessing to telecom giant AT&T's drive to take over the Time Warner media conglomerate. U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon rejected arguments by Justice Department lawyers that the combined company would be too large and too powerful …

Time Warner

The Asus ZenFone 5Q is available today for $299

Midrange flair<p>Asus is releasing its newest smartphone, the ZenFone 5Q, in black or white for $299 starting today. The refreshed ZenFone family doesn’t appear to be the most original device lineup, but the inclusion of a 6-inch full HD+ IPS (2160 x 1080) display isn’t a bad offering.<p>The rest of the …

Bozoma Saint John is leaving Uber for Endeavor

The high-profile marketing guru will become CMO at the entertainment conglomerate.<p>The high-profile executive Bozoma Saint John has left Uber for Endeavor, sources say and Uber confirms. She will become CMO there, focused on a range of creative connections between its enormous talent portfolio and …

Viacom: Don’t Expect More Buybacks or Dividends

By<p>June 8, 2018 10:46 a.m. ET<p>Don’t expect higher dividends or fresh buybacks from Viacom (VIAB).<p>The media giant and Barron’s Next 50 stock currently …

ZTE chairman apologizes after agreeing to pay $1 billion fine to US

ZTE's chairman apologized Friday to staff and customers for the company's past behavior after the Chinese telecom giant struck a deal this week to pay a $1 billion penalty to the US.<p>The deal, crafted in order to lift a crippling US ban on the company, requires ZTE to overhaul its management and …

Verizon will have a new CEO for its 5G future

Hans Vestberg will succeed Lowell McAdam on August 1st<p>Verizon has announced that Hans Vestberg, currently the company’s chief technology officer and VP of global networks, will become its next CEO and succeed current chief executive Lowell McAdam on August 1st. McAdam has led Verizon Communications …

John Lasseter Will Exit Disney at the End of the Year

John Lasseter, once the most powerful man in animation, will leave the Walt Disney Co. at the end of the year following a sexual harassment scandal, …