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Google kills tool used to bypass strong internet censorship

An update to the Google App Engine, the platform developers use to create web applications, puts an end to “domain fronting.” The tool, which gave …

Coinbase announces launch of cryptocurrency index fund

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Digital asset exchange Coinbase announced on Tuesday the launch of its first-ever index fund, marking the company's foray into asset management.<p>The U.S. firm, the largest cryptocurrency company in the world and most recently valued at $1.6 billion, has formed a subsidiary …

Cryptocurrency

Snap is laying off dozens of engineers, but investors aren’t panicking

Snap’s engineering team is expected to be hit hard, but other teams are also bracing for cuts.<p><b>Update — March 8, 2018:</b> A Snap spokesperson has confirmed the layoffs. In an email to Snap employees obtained by <b>Recode</b>, VP of Engineering Jerry Hunter said that 120 engineering employees will be laid off …

Employment

Pagedraw UI builder turns your website design mockup into code automatically

For years, one of the holy grails of web design has been trying to automate turning front-end design into clean code. Early attempts included tools like Dreamweaver and FrontPage. Pagedraw, a member of the Y Combinator Winter 2018 class, has developed a tool to fulfill that vision in a modern …

Spotify files for its unusual IPO

Music streaming giant Spotify today filed for a $1 billion IPO, although that figure is likely a placeholder that will change. Axios had previously …

Morgan Stanley

AI trained to spot heart disease risks using retina scan | Ars Technica

The blood vessels in the eye reflect the state of the whole circulatory system.<p>The idea behind using a neural network for image recognition is that …

Deep Learning

Dropbox files for an IPO

d318e9f1-4d60-4cdf-86a3-a5e21b7e9741<p>Dropbox files for an …

Republicans

Nissan's self-driving taxi is ready for passengers

Nissan will start testing its self-driving taxi service Easy Ride in a few days in hopes of launching it in time for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. The automaker and Tokyo-based mobile developer DeNA will begin ferrying passengers in Yokohama on March 5th. Nissan's autonomous cars will only be …

Snap loses $1.3B in market value as reality TV star Kylie Jenner says she no longer uses Snapchat

Snapchat owner Snap saw $1.3B wiped from its market value after reality TV star Kylie Jenner tweeted that she had stopped opening the app.<p>Jenner has 24.5M followers on Twitter, and was (and may still be) the most viewed person on Snapchat, but the tweet was likely only the indirect cause of the …

Amazon plans to open as many as six more cashierless Amazon Go stores this year

New futuristic convenience stores could appear in Seattle and Los Angeles.<p>Amazon’s much-heralded convenience store of the future, Amazon Go, may seem like a crazy experiment. But the company plans to open as many as six more of these storefronts this year, multiple people familiar with the …

Amazon Go

The unwinding of net neutrality will begin on April 23rd

Net neutrality protections moved closer to coming off the books today with the publication of the Federal Communication Commission’s new rules in the Federal Register.<p>Parts of the change are set to go into effect on April 23rd, however the bulk of the order — which reverses the tough net neutrality …

Say goodbye to Android Pay and hello to Google Pay

As we reported last month, Google is uniting all of its different payment tools under the Google Pay brand. On Android, however, the Android Pay app stuck with its existing brand. That’s changing today, though, with the launch of Google Pay for Android. With this, Google is rolling out an update to …

Google’s new AI algorithm predicts heart disease by looking at your eyes

Experts say it could provide a simpler way to predict cardiovascular risk<p>Scientists from Google and its health-tech subsidiary Verily have discovered a new way to assess a person’s risk of heart disease using machine learning. By analyzing scans of the back of a patient’s eye, the company’s …

Machine Learning

Chinese investors blocked from buying a U.S. stock exchange

The Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday said lack of transparency was the reason it thwarted a controversial bid by a group of Chinese investors to purchase the 135-year-old Chicago Stock Exchange.<p>The decision comes during a period of heightened concern over China’s rise as a commercial …

China

Instagram Will Now Tell You When Someone Screenshots Your Story

The social network is splitting into two.<p>The most vibrant new medium invented in past five years isn’t Facebook’s Oculus Rift or Apple’s animoji. It’s the story: the chronological procession of photos, video, and text that erases itself after 24 hours.<p>Invented by Snapchat and borrowed, infamously, …

Facebook will mail out postcards to verify US election advertisers

A special code must be entered when advertisers want to mention a specific candidate<p>Facebook plans to mail out verification postcards through the US postal service to anyone purchasing ads related to US elections, according to <i>Reuters</i>. The postcards will contain a special code that advertisers must …

Watch SpaceX Launch the First of Its Global Internet Satellites

<i>Update: On Wednesday, SpaceX delayed its Vandenberg launch due to strong winds; the targeted launch time is now 6:17 AM Pacific on Thursday, February</i> …

How to keep scammers from stealing your phone number

Because once they have it, your bank account may be at risk as well.<p>Last week, some T-Mobile customers -- including a CNET staffer -- received a strange text message:<p>Alarming, no? Was the text from T-Mobile proper, or was it a form of phishing -- an attempt to get you to visit a malicious web …

Identity Theft

Uber is reportedly preparing to sell its Southeast Asian business to Grab

Uber is preparing to sell its Southeast Asian business to Grab in exchange for a stake in the Singaporean ridesharing company that has a big presence in that region, according to a new report from CNBC.<p>This wouldn’t be an unfamiliar story for Uber, which was handily beaten by Didi in China before …

Malicious cyber activity cost U.S. up to $109 billion in 2016: White House report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Malicious cyber activity cost the U.S. economy between $57 billion and $109 billion in 2016, the White House Council of Economic Advisers estimated in a report on Friday.<p>The report quoted the U.S. intelligence community as saying the main foreign culprits responsible for much …

Cybersecurity

Hackers are using Google Play Store apps to secretly mine cryptocurrency on your Android phone

Sophos identified 19 apps in the Google Play Store that mine the cryptocurrency Monero<p>19 Android apps that secretly mine the cryptocurrency Monero …

Apps

USB-C audio: Everything you need to know

There's a good chance the next phone you buy will support USB-C audio, even if it still has a "regular" 3.5mm headphone jack. That means we'll soon …

Consumer Tech

Embedding a tweet could be copyright infringement, says new court ruling

A New York district court has ruled that embedding a tweet on a webpage could violate copyright — a decision that could have a wide-ranging impact on social media and publishing. Yesterday, Judge Katherine B. Forrest rejected the defense of several news outlets that embedded tweets containing a …

Internet

Google is making it easier for 911 to find you in an emergency

When you call 911 from a cellphone, your location is typically sent to the call taker by a wireless carrier. But that information isn't always so accurate. Well Google might have a better way of going about it and it tested its system across a few states in December and January, the <i>Wall Street</i> …

Uber will force drivers offline after 12 hours to combat ‘drowsy driving’

Two million U.S. drivers admitted to nodding off at the wheel of their car in a two-week period back in 2016, according to a report by the National Sleep Foundation. This finding led to some high-profile campaigns, including one by the mighty Uber, which has sought to raise awareness about the …

Uber

In rose beds, money blooms

MADRID, COLOMBIA<p>The majority of roses Americans give one another on Valentine’s Day, roughly 200 million in all, grow here, the savanna outside Bogota, summoned from the soil by 12 hours of natural sunlight, the 8,400-foot altitude and an abundance of cheap labor.<p>Thousands of acres of white-tarped …

Airports

This is Uber’s plan to deliver on flying ‘cars’

S<p>elf-driving and electric flying cars are coming. What this means for our cities in the future is unclear, so I chatted with Uber Head of Policy of Autonomous Vehicles and Urban Aviation Justin Erlich to learn more.<p>Erlich previously worked under Attorney General Kamala Harris, where he focused on …

Amazon starts free, 2-hour Whole Foods deliveries in fresh test of grocery model

SAN FRANCISCO – Amazon has introduced free, two-hour delivery from Whole Foods stores to its Prime members in four cities, offering a taste of how the e-commerce giant could upend the traditional grocery business now that it owns a national chain.<p>Customers of the $99-a-year Amazon Prime delivery …

eCommerce

How some cities are attracting 5G investments ahead of others

As communities across the United States wait to learn how high-speed mobile networks will figure in a long-promised infrastructure plan, some cities are already attracting private investment in next-generation 5G networks. They are doing so by finding new ways to collaborate with network and …

Smart Cities

Google Maps gets step-by-step navigation for bus and train riders

Google announced today in a blog post that Google Maps can now give step-by-step instructions to public transportation riders getting around on the bus and train. This is for the Android version of the app. To keep you on track toward your destination, navigation instructions — including bus and …

Maps