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Amazon Reportedly Picks HQ2 City—and, in Surprise, Another for HQ3

Amazon is reportedly choosing two cities, not one, for its second headquarters, according to sources cited by The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) is working on a deal to move into both the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens in New York City and the Crystal City neighborhood of Arlington, VA, according to a report from The New York Times, which cited two unnamed people it says are familiar with the discussions. The e-commerce giant has been on a road show fo...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Startups, Facebook, New York, Texas, Technology, Jobs, Whole Foods, Boston, New York City, Immigration, Employment, Toronto, San Francisco, Trends


Voting Machine Manual Instructed Election Officials To Use Weak Passwords

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: An election security expert who has done risk-assessments in several states since 2016 recently found a reference manual that appears to have been created by one voting machine vendor for county election officials and that lists critical usernames and passwords for the vendor's tabulation system. The passwords, including a system administrator and root password, are trivial and easy to crack, including one composed from the vendor's name. And...
Tags: California, Tech, Unisyn Voting Solutions, Unisyn


India’s Meesho, which enables social commerce via WhatsApp, raises $50M

Meesho, a Bangalore-based social commerce startup, has closed a $50 million investment to grow its business in its Indian homeland ahead of future international expansion. This Series C round means that Meesho, which graduated Y Combinator in 2016, has now raised three funding rounds in the past year. Its $3.4 million Series A came in October 2017 with an $11.5 million Series B closing in June of this year. That’s quite the rollercoaster and over the last year, Meesho has seen its top line re...
Tags: Amazon, Social, Ecommerce, Apps, Y Combinator, Asia, China, Southeast Asia, India, Social Media, Tech, Walmart, Whatsapp, Middle East, Online Payments, IIT Delhi


Tink Labs, which gives free-to-use smartphones to hotel guests, is raising $300M

Tink Labs, a Hong Kong startup that develops smartphones that hotels provide to their guests for free, is raising a new round of up to $300 million to further its international footprint, TechCrunch has come to understand. The startup is in the final stages of completing the deal that could give its six-year-old business a post-money valuation of at least $1.5 billion, two sources with knowledge of discussions told TechCrunch . It isn’t clear at this point which investors are part of the round...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, TC, Asia, Hong Kong, Europe, Japan, Softbank, Funding, Tech, Bloomberg, United States, Accor, Starwood, Handy, Foxconn, TechCrunch


It’s a Boy!!! Future & Joie Chavis Host Gender Reveal Celebration… (PHOTOS)

What a difference a few months makes! Earlier this Summer, Future was in his feelings about Joie Chavis’ pregnancy announcement (click HERE if you missed that). Now the popular rapper (real name Nayvadius Wilburn) and his latest baby mama seem to be getting along quite nicely during a private celebration for their gender reveal. Photos below… (more…) Related Posts THEY SAY: Future Reportedly Knocked Up Bow Wow’s Baby Mama…Instagram Flexin: Russell Wilson Pens Open Love Letter to Ciara & h...
Tags: Featured, Celebrities, News, Future, Atlanta, Russell Wilson, Ciara, Atlanta Gossip, Love and Relationships, Baby Mama Drama, Celebrity Kids, Bow-Wow, Nayvadius Wilburn, Joie Chavis


Apple has canceled additional production of iPhone XR owing to poor reception: Report

Apple, owing to the disappointing demand for the new iPhone XR, said to have halted additional production of the smartphone. The company has informed its top smartphone assemblers Foxconn and Pegatron to halt plans for additional production lines. Foxconn initially started off with nearly 60 assembly lines for the iPhone XR, but it recently came down to around 45 production lines and now Apple informed that it does not need to manufacture that many by now," according to sources. This means Fo...
Tags: Apple, Blogging, Rumors, Foxconn, Pegatron, Wistron, iPhone Xr


Apple has canceled production of iPhone XR owing to poor reception: Report

Apple, owing to the disappointing demand for the new iPhone XR, said to have halted the production of the smartphone. The company has informed its top smartphone assemblers Foxconn and Pegatron to halt plans for additional production lines. Foxconn initially started off with nearly 60 assembly lines for the iPhone XR, but it recently came down to around 45 production lines and now Apple informed that it does not need to manufacture that many by now," according to sources. This means Foxconn w...
Tags: Apple, Blogging, Rumors, Foxconn, Pegatron, Wistron, iPhone Xr


Hours before U.S. election day, Facebook pulls dozens of accounts for ‘coordinated inauthentic behavior’

Facebook has pulled the plug on 30 accounts and 85 Instagram accounts that the company says were engaged in “coordinated inauthentic behavior.” Facebook’s head of cybersecurity policy Nathaniel Gleicher revealed the latest batch of findings in a late-night blog post Monday. “On Sunday evening, U.S. law enforcement contacted us about online activity that they recently discovered and which they believe may be linked to foreign entities,” said Gleicher, without naming the law enforcement agency. “W...
Tags: Security, Social, Facebook, Instagram, Facebook Pages, Tech, Iran, Trump, Nathaniel Gleicher, Gleicher


Some online resources to help voters with disabilities on Election Day

After Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, more states and counties in the United States are returning to paper ballots from electronic voting machines. While this may help cybersecurity, it also makes it harder for many people with disabilities to cast their vote. To counteract that, RespectAbility, a non-partisan non-profit that works on inclusivity for people with disabilities, has put together a comprehensive list of resources for voters. The full guide can be found here, ...
Tags: TC, Voting, Tech, United States, Wisconsin, Democracy Works, Inclusivity, Election Day, Voting Information Project, VOTO, National Federation of the Blind NFB, Government Accessibility Office


Apple's Asia suppliers fall on report it cancelled production boost for iPhone XR

Apple Inc's Asian supplier and assembler stocks fell on Tuesday on a media report that the iPhone maker had told its smartphone assemblers to halt plans for additional production lines dedicated to its new iPhone XR.
Tags: Apple, Asia, Money, businessNews, Apple Inc


Facebook admits it has not done enough to quell hate in Myanmar

Report commissioned by internet giant finds the company failed to stop platform being used to incite violenceFacebook has said a human rights report it commissioned on its presence in Myanmar showed it had not done enough to prevent its social network from being used to incite violence.The report by San Francisco-based nonprofit Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) recommended that Facebook more strictly enforce its content policies, increase engagement with both Myanmar officials and civil ...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Media, Social Networking, San Francisco, World news, South and Central Asia, Myanmar, Business for Social Responsibility BSR


Report: Georgia Officials Are Patching Election Security Holes After Insisting Everything Was Just Fine

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, who has refused to recuse his position as the state’s top election monitor as he runs for governor on the Republican ticket, is running a desperate race against his opponent, Democrat Stacey Abrams. Georgia is a Republican stronghold and hasn’t had a Democratic governor since…Read more...
Tags: Politics, Elections, Science, Technology, Georgia, Cybersecurity, Hacking, Hackers, State, Brian Kemp, Stacey Abrams Georgia, Stacey Abrams, 2018 Midterms


What Won’t Change: The Trends Shaping Digital Next Year (Thinks Out Loud Episode 232)

Looking to drive results for your business? Click here to learn more. What Won’t Change: The Trends Shaping Digital Next Year (Thinks Out Loud Episode 232) – Headlines and Show Notes It’s All E-commerce It’s All E-Commerce, Revisited What Does “It’s All E-commerce” Really Mean? Thinks Out Loud Episode 77 Content is Still the King Content is King, Customer Experience is Queen (Thinks Out Loud Episode 188) Customer Experience is Queen? What Does That Mean? (Thinks Out Loud Episode 190) Meet t...
Tags: Google, Seo, Mackie Onyx Blackjack USB, Tim Peter


Nikola Motor unveils a new hydrogen semi truck designed for Europe

Nikola Motor has started taking reservations for Tre, the startup’s first hydrogen-electric truck built for the European market. Nikola Motor, which less than a year ago announced plans to build a $1 billion hydrogen-electric semi truck factory in a suburb of Phoenix, said it’s in the preliminary planning stages to identify the proper location for its European manufacturing facility. European testing is projected to begin in Norway around 2020, the company said. The Tre — it means three in Norwe...
Tags: Transportation, Europe, Usa, Tech, Canada, Automotive, Norway, Fuel Cell, Oslo, Phoenix, Milton, Nikola, Nel, Trevor Milton, Nikola Motor, Nikola TRE


Google Chrome 71 to block websites with abusive ads

Google with Chrome 71 is fighting ads. It will block every ad on a site persistently shows them. These type of ads includes automatically redirecting you, or attempt to steal personal information. This comes as an addition to the previous Chrome 68 version where Google prevent sites from opening new tabs or windows. Chrome 71 is scheduled for release in December, and Google is giving sites a 30 day grace period to remove spammy ads after an abusive experience is reported. Failure to remove ...
Tags: Google, News, Blogging, Chrome 70


Reach the right consumers with Display & Video 360’s Audiences module

This is the third post in a series about Display & Video 360 innovations.Display & Video 360 is organized around five integrated modules that work together to simplify the end-to-end campaign process: Campaigns, Audiences, Creatives, Inventory and Insights. Today you’ll learn more about new features of the Audiences module, the destination to consolidate, build and understand your audiences for advertising, so you can better connect with the consumers you want to reach. Consolidate your audience...
Tags: Google, Google Marketing Platform


Ask Slashdot: Do Older IT Workers Doing End-User Support Find It Gets Harder With Age?

Longtime Slashdot reader King_TJ writes: I've worked in I.T. for almost 30 years now in various capacities, from bench PC technician to web page designer, support specialist, network manager, and was self-employed for a while doing on-site service and consulting too. In all that time, I've always felt like I had a good handle on troubleshooting and problem-solving while providing good, friendly customer service at the same time. But recently, I've started feeling like there's just a little too m...
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Amazon plans to reportedly split HQ2 in two locations could include N.Y. and Virginia

The company is said to be nearing deals to move to the Long Island City neighborhood in Queens, N.Y., and Arlington, Va., though a final decision has not been announced.
Tags: Amazon, Business, Technology, News, Virginia, Retail, Arlington VA, Long Island City


Bots Distorted the 2016 Election. Will the Midterms Be a Sequel?

Tiffany Olson Kleemann Contributor Tiffany Olson Kleemann is the chief executive officer of Distil Networks. She formerly served in executive roles at Symantec and FireEye and was deputy chief of staff for cybersecurity operations under President George W. Bush. The fact that Russian-linked bots penetrated social media to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election has been well documented and the details of the deception are still trickling out. In fact, on O...
Tags: Facebook, Column, Twitter, Sweden, California, Saudi Arabia, NFL, Social Media, Tech, Software, United States, Digital Media, United Kingdom, President, Computing, The Wall Street Journal


Tencent Will Soon Require Chinese Users To Present IDs To Play Its Video Games

China's Tencent will soon require gamers to prove their ages and identities against police records, according to a new official statement yesterday. Under the new system, users will need to register their Chinese national IDs in order to play any games from Tencent. The Verge reports: Ten mobile games will get the new verification system by the end of the year, and all games offered by Tencent, including PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds and League of Legends, will get the system by 2019. Tencent ha...
Tags: China, Tech, Beijing, Xi Jinping, Tencent, Arena of Valor


Esperanto Reaps $58M to Speed Development of Its AI Chip

Esperanto Technologies, a startup AI chip developer that has operated mostly below the radar since its founding in 2014, announced this week that it raised $58 million in a Series B fundraising round.Mountain View, CA-based Esperanto is vying with a host of competitors to create new processors for high-order tasks like machine learning and deep learning, while also minimizing power consumption. The field includes big semiconductor companies like Nvidia and tech giants like Google and Facebook, ...
Tags: Google, Deals, Startups, Mobile, Facebook, Hardware, Internet, Entrepreneurship, Funding, San Francisco, Trends, Web, It, Intel, Vc, Software


Esperanto Reaps $58M To Speed Development of Its 7nm AI Chip

Esperanto Technologies, a startup AI chip developer that has operated mostly below the radar since its founding in 2014, announced this week that it raised $58 million in a Series B fundraising round.Mountain View, CA-based Esperanto is vying with a host of competitors to create new processors for high-order tasks like machine learning and deep learning, while also minimizing power consumption. The field includes big semiconductor companies like Nvidia and tech giants like Google and Facebook, ...
Tags: Google, Deals, Startups, Mobile, Facebook, Hardware, Internet, Entrepreneurship, Funding, San Francisco, Trends, Web, It, Intel, Vc, Software


Paper ballots are safest -- on one condition

Last summer, at the DefCon hacking conference in Las Vegas, it took hackers less than one day to infiltrate five different types of electronic voting machines. The hackers told reporters that breaking into the machines didn't involve much "hacking" at all. Sometimes a simple Google search revealed passwords that unlocked the administrative functions of the machines.
Tags: Google, News, Stories, Las Vegas


One-year-old Bracket Capital is already an investor in Lyft, Bird, Airbnb and Coinbase

Bracket Capital quietly emerged onto the scene in 2017 and has since invested in 23 technology startups, including the likes of Lyft, Bird, Airbnb and Coinbase. Today, the founders are coming out of stealth, ready to talk about what’s gone on behind the scenes. Bracket is led by Yalda Aoukar and Jihan Bowes-Little, co-founders and managing directors based in Doha, Qatar and Los Angeles, respectively. The two relative unknowns, in venture at least, have had successful careers at private equity...
Tags: Lyft, London, La, Los Angeles, Tech, Middle East, Venture Capital, Reddit, Silicon Valley, Airbnb, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Coinbase, Lehman Brothers, Socal, Doha Qatar


US Regulator Demands Companies Take Action To Halt Robocalls

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai on Monday wrote the chief executives of major telephone service providers and other companies, demanding they launch a system no later than 2019 to combat billions of "robocalls" and other nuisance calls received by American consumers. Reuters reports: In May, Pai called on companies to adopt an industry-developed "call authentication system" or standard for the cryptographic signing of telephone calls aimed at ending the use of illegitimate spoofed numbers from the telepho...
Tags: Fcc, US, Tech, Pai, Reuters, Ajit Pai, U S Celullar


Can Brand Value Overpower Fear-Based Marketing?

Last year, we featured a piece on Branding Strategy Insider called FEAR: The Ultimate Brand Builder? In which we explored the ways fear and scarcity are used to motivate and persuade consumers to take action, and ideas to harness such a powerful motivation without having to rely on it. As Ted-talk phenom and author Brene Brown observed, “We live in a culture with a strong sense of scarcity. We wake up in the morning and we say, ‘I didn’t get enough sleep.’ And we hit the pillow saying, ‘I did...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, US, Brand Marketing, Ted, Harvard, Tim Cook, Steven Pinker, Branding, Brene Brown, Smith Brothers Agency, Russ Henneberry, Jennifer Perkins, Bob Bhojwani, Brad Van Auken


Android fans get fat November security patch bundle – if the networks or mobe makers are kind enough to let 'em have it

And Apple fixes Watch-killing security patch of its own Google today pushed out the November edition of its monthly Android security updates, giving carriers and device makers a fresh set of patches to install. Fingers cross the patches are rolled out to you ASAP.…
Tags: Apple, Google, Software


Edward Snowden Says a Report Critical To an NSA Lawsuit Is Authentic

An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: An unexpected declaration by whistleblower Edward Snowden filed in court [last] week adds a new twist in a long-running lawsuit against the NSA's surveillance programs. The case, filed by the EFF a decade ago, seeks to challenge the government's alleged illegal and unconstitutional surveillance of Americans, who are largely covered under the Fourth Amendment's protections against warrantless searches and seizures. It's a big step forward for t...
Tags: Verizon, Snowden, Nsa, San Francisco, Tech, Edward Snowden, Eff, George W Bush, Mark Klein, Bush, Klein


Automakers invest in Transit, the app that helps people get around without a car

Transit, a company that built a mobile app designed to help people in cities live without cars, has raised $17.5 million from two automakers in a Series B round. The round was led by RenaultNissan-Mitsubishi’s joint investment arm Alliance Ventures. InMotion Ventures, Jaguar Land Rover’s venture capital fund, also joined the round, as well as two past investors, Accel and Real Ventures. RenaultNissan-Mitsubishi and Jaguar Land Rover’s investment would have seemed counterintuitive five y...
Tags: Startups, Transportation, Boston, Tech, Transit, Jaguar Land Rover, Montreal, Nissan, Renault, Accel, PSTA, Real Ventures, InMotion Ventures, Recent Funding, Multi-modal Transportation, RenaultNissan Mitsubishi


Android gets security overhaul with November patch bundle – if your mobe maker is kind enough to let you have it

And Apple fixes Watch-killing security patch of its own Google today pushed out the November edition of its monthly Android security updates, giving carriers and device makers a fresh set of patches to install. Fingers cross the patches are rolled out to you ASAP.…
Tags: Apple, Google, Software



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