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FCC To Seeks To Halt ISP Privacy Rules It Passed In October

February 27, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
FCC To Seeks To Halt ISP Privacy Rules It Passed In October

The new chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission plans on  requesting a stay on privacy rules for broadband providers that the agency just passed in October. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai will ask for either a full commission vote on the stay before parts of the rules take effect next Thursday or he will instruct FCC staff to delay part of the rules pending a commission vote, a spokesman said Friday. The rules, passed when the FCC had a Democratic majority, require broadband providers to... 

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Tesla Plans Three More Gigafactories

February 27, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Tesla Plans Three More Gigafactories

Tesla is making plans for a total of five Gigafactories, where it will manufacture solar panels and battery systems for both its electric vehicles and for home and commercial energy storage. “Later this year, we expect to finalize locations for Gigafactories 3, 4 and possibly 5,” the company stated in a letter to shareholders. Tesla has already begun installing Model 3 manufacturing equipment in its Fremont, Calif. plant and at Gigafactory 1 in Reno, Nev. It’s first Gigafactory... 

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Self-driving Car Wars Heat Up In Waymo, Uber Lawsuit

February 27, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Self-driving Car Wars Heat Up In Waymo, Uber Lawsuit

Alphabet Inc’s  Waymo self-driving car unit filed a lawsuit against Uber Technologies and its autonomous trucking subsidiary Otto last Thursday over allegations of theft of its confidential and proprietary sensor technology. Waymo accused Uber and Otto, acquired by the ride services company in August, with stealing confidential information on Waymo’s Lidar sensor technology to help speed its own efforts in autonomous technology. “Uber’s LiDAR technology is actually Waymo’s... 

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Flickering Hard Drive LED Can Be Used By Hackers

February 24, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Flickering Hard Drive LED Can Be Used By Hackers

The mostly ignored blinking lights on servers and desktop PCs may give away secrets if a hacker can hijack them with malware. Researchers in Israel have come up with an innovative hack that turns a computer’s LED light into a signaling system that shows passwords and other sensitive data. The researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev demonstrated the hack in a YouTube video posted Wednesday. It shows a hacked computer broadcasting the data through a computer’s LED light, with a drone... 

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Verizon Bringing 5G To 11 U.S. Cities

February 24, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
Verizon Bringing 5G To 11 U.S. Cities

Verizon Communications Inc has announced that it would begin offering its high-speed wireless 5G network to certain customers in 11 U.S. cities in the first half of 2017. Verizon will begin pilot testing 5G “pre-commercial services” in cities, including Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Miami, Seattle and Washington, D.C. The company had said last July that it laid out plans to conduct trials for its 5G network this year. New 5G networks are expected to provide speeds at least 10 times... 

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Google’s Jigsaw Rolls Out Initiative To Combat Online Abuse

February 24, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Google’s Jigsaw Rolls Out Initiative To Combat Online Abuse

Alphabet Inc’s Google and subsidiary Jigsaw rolled out a new technology to aid news organizations and online platforms  in identifying abusive comments on their websites. The technology, called Perspective, will review comments and score them based on how similar they are to comments people said were “toxic” or likely to make them leave a conversation. It has been tested on the New York Times and the companies hope to extend it to other news organizations such as The Guardian... 

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New Qualcomm, Intel Modems Boasts LTE Speeds Greater Than 1Gbps

February 23, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
New Qualcomm, Intel Modems Boasts LTE Speeds Greater Than 1Gbps

With every new generation of smartphone, LTE connections gain more speed. That’s because the devices have faster modems that can transfer data at previously unheard of download speeds. The top modem providers are Intel and Qualcomm, whose cellular chips are used in the iPhone. Both have announced modems that will push LTE connections to speeds well over those of regular home internet connections. Qualcomm unveiled the X20 LTE chipset, which can transfer data at speeds of up to 1.2Gbps. Intel... 

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Facebook Pursuing Deal To Live Stream MLB Baseball Games

February 23, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Facebook Pursuing Deal To Live Stream MLB Baseball Games

Facebook Inc is currently negotiating with Major League Baseball to live stream one game per week during the upcoming season, which could be a key win as the social media platform works to offer more live sports, according to two people familiar with the situation. Facebook has pushed to sign deals with owners of sports rights to live stream their games, going after an audience that competitor Twitter Inc is also trying to capture, according to sports media consultants. For social media platforms... 

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Yahoo Agrees To Verizon’s Discounted Acquisition Deal

February 23, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Yahoo Agrees To Verizon’s Discounted Acquisition Deal

Verizon Communications Inc reconfirmed plans to acquire Yahoo Inc’s  core business for $4.48 billion, lowering its original offer by $350 million in the wake of two massive cyber attacks at the internet company. The closing of the deal, which was first announced in July, had been delayed as the companies assessed the fallout from two data breaches that Yahoo disclosed last year. The No. 1 U.S. wireless carrier had been trying to persuade Yahoo to amend the terms of the agreement following... 

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Toshiba Wants Nearly $9B For Memory Chip Business

February 22, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Toshiba Wants Nearly $9B For Memory Chip Business

Japan’s Toshiba Corp wished to receive at least 1 trillion yen ($8.8 billion) by selling most of its flash memory chip business, seeking to create a buffer for any fresh financial problems, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said. The beleaguered conglomerate was pressured to abandon an initial plan to sell just under 20 percent by its main creditor banks which are worried about potential writedowns that may come on top of $6.3 billion hit to its U.S. nuclear unit, financial sources... 

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EU Data Protection Advocates Still Unhappy With Windows 10 Privacy Settings

February 22, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
EU Data Protection Advocates Still Unhappy With Windows 10 Privacy Settings

European Union data protection watchdogs are indicating they are still concerned about the privacy settings of Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system despite the U.S. company announcing changes to the installation process. The watchdogs, a group made up of the EU’s 28 authorities responsible for enforcing data protection law, wrote to Microsoft last year expressing concerns about the default installation settings of Windows 10 and users’ apparent lack of control over the company’s... 

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TransferWise Users Can Now Send Cash Via Facebook Messenger

February 22, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
TransferWise Users Can Now Send Cash Via Facebook Messenger

Money transfer company TransferWise debuted a new service that allows users to send money internationally through Facebook Inc’s chat application, as competition in the digital payments landscape intensifies. The London-based startup said on Tuesday that it had developed a Facebook Messenger “chatbot”, or an automated program that can help users communicate with businesses and carry out tasks such as online purchases. TransferWise’s chatbot enables customers to send money... 

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Alibaba Goes Deeper Into Brick-and-mortar Retail

February 21, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Alibaba Goes Deeper Into Brick-and-mortar Retail

China’s Alibaba Group Holding Ltd announced that it has  formed a strategic partnership with Bailian Group, the largest retailer by store numbers to join the e-commerce giant’s drive to use big data to improve and profit from brick-and-mortar sales. The deal, which does not include any financial investment in Bailian, is the latest in Alibaba’s still nascent efforts to capture a bigger share of the retail market as online sales growth slows. It has also spent $4.6 billion on a... 

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Snapchat Wants In On Hardware Development Too

February 21, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Snapchat Wants In On Hardware Development Too

Snap Inc hit the roads of London on Monday promoting its initial public offering with a daring proposition: that it can build hot-selling hardware gadgets and ad-friendly software features fast enough to stay one step ahead of Facebook. No longer just a purveyor of a smartphone app for disappearing messages, Snap has hired hundreds of hardware engineers, built a secretive product development lab and scoured the landscape for acquisitions as it pursues its newly stated ambition to be “a camera... 

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GM To Partner With Lyft, Will Deploy Thousands Of Self-driving Bolt Cars

February 21, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
GM To Partner With Lyft, Will Deploy Thousands Of Self-driving Bolt Cars

General Motors Co plans to add thousands of self-driving electric cars in a series of test fleets in partnership with ride-sharing affiliate Lyft Inc, beginning in 2018, two sources familiar with the automaker’s plans said this week. It is expected to be the largest such test of fully autonomous vehicles by any major automaker before 2020, when several companies have said they plan to begin building and deploying such vehicles in higher volumes. Alphabet Inc’s Waymo subsidiary, in comparison,... 

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