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Google Shut Out Privacy, Security Teams From Secret China Project

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Intercept about Google's secretive plans to build a censor version of its search engine for China: The objective, code-named Dragonfly, was to build a search engine for China that would censor broad categories of information about human rights, democracy, and peaceful protest. Yonatan Zunger, then a 14-year veteran of Google and one of the leading engineers at the company, was among a small group who had been asked to work on Dragonfly. He was present...
Tags: Google, China, Tech, Beaumont, Yonatan Zunger, Zunger, Scott Beaumont Google


Netflix cancels ‘Daredevil’ after third season

Despite strong reviews and a fan petition, Netflix said today that it is cancelling “Daredevil” after three seasons. This is the latest Marvel series, after “Luke Cage” and “Iron Fist,” that Netflix has cancelled recently, and is a sign that Marvel TV and Netflix’s multi-series agreement, signed in 2013, may be hitting some bumps. Centered around a blind lawyer-turned-superhero in New York City, played by Charlie Cox, “Daredevil” was the first series released as part of the Marvel -Netflix ...
Tags: TC, Entertainment, New York City, Marvel, Disney, Tech, Netflix, Streaming, Walt Disney Company, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Charlie Cox, Netflix Netflix, Marvel TV, Marvel Netflix, Erik Oleson


Sheryl Sandberg reportedly wanted to know if George Soros, who publicly criticized Facebook, was shorting the company's stock.

Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg reportedly requested opposition research on billionaire George Soros. Sandberg reportedly wanted to know if Soros, who publicly criticized Facebook, was shorting the company's stock. That news comes after it was revealed that Facebook had a relationship with the opposition-research firm, Definers Public Affairs. Definers has had ties to Republican campaigns and it previously released a report that suggested Soros, a popular target for anti-Semit...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Russia, NFL, Trends, Republican, Communications, Sheryl Sandberg, George Soros, Soros, Sandberg, Sheryl, Sheryl Sandberg Facebook, Elliot Schrage, Definers Public Affairs, Schrage


Santa HQ – Interactive Experience for Kids

Disclosure: This Santa experience was sponsored by Santa HQ to review & share our experience in this blog post. However all opinions & thoughts are my own. Please see our disclosure policy for more details. Santa HQ – Interactive Experience for Kids   Now that the Christmas season is here, one of the most popular events of the season is a visit to Santa with your kids. When our kids were much younger, we made the mistake of heading out on a popular weekend date right in the mi...
Tags: Google, Sponsored, Oregon, Christmas, Lego, Portland, Nice, Santa, Seattle, Frugality, Dad, Carol, Northwest, Hgtv, Beaverton, Washington Square Mall


Floyd Mayweather, DJ Khaled Charged For Illegally Touting Crypto Offerings

The Securities and Exchange Commission is charging DJ Khaled and professional boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr for failing to disclose that they were paid promotional fees to tout fraudulent initial coin offerings. The Verge reports: According to the SEC, this is the first time that individuals have faced charges involving ICOs. The Commission is accusing Mayweather of failing to disclose a $100,000 promotional payment and DJ Khaled with a $50,000 one. Both celebrities received these promotional fees f...
Tags: Tech, Commission, SEC, Floyd Mayweather, Securities And Exchange Commission, Khaled, Mayweather, Floyd Mayweather Jr, SEC Enforcement Division, Centra Tech Inc, Stephanie Avakian With


Fuji Bokujo Dairy Farm: milking the best of the internet

As part of our series of interviews with Asia-Pacific entrepreneurs who use the internet to connect, create and grow, we chatted with Yuichiro Fujii, President of Fujii Bokujo Inc., a dairy farm based in Hokkaido, Japan. Founded in 1904, Fujii Bokujo runs the entire process of dairy product production—from milking, to breeding, to feed production—and needs a regular supply of seasonal workers to keep the farm going. In 2016, Fujii Bokujo was ranked as the third most popular company in Japan ...
Tags: Google, Japan, Asia Pacific, Tokyo, Osaka, Hokkaido Japan, Furano, Google in Asia, Asia's entrepreneurs, Yuichiro Fujii, Fujii Bokujo Inc, Fujii Bokujo, Fuji Bojuko, Edwin Dan


US Life Expectancy Falls Further

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Thursday released data that shows life expectancy fell by one-tenth of a year, to 78.6 years (Warning: source paywalled; alternative source), pushed down by the sharpest annual increase in suicide in nearly a decade and a continued rise in deaths from opioid drugs. "Influenza, pneumonia and diabetes also factored into last year's increase," The Wall Street Journal adds. From the report: Economists and public-health experts consider life exp...
Tags: Japan, US, Tech, Switzerland, Wall Street Journal, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC


Sheryl Sandberg ordered Facebook staff to investigate George Soros after he gave THIS speech (READ IT)

Sheryl Sandberg asked Facebook staff to research George Soros because he gave a speech boldly critical of the social media giant as a “menace,” reports the New York Times tonight. After Davos, "in an email in January to senior communications and policy executives," Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg "asked Facebook's communications staff to research George Soros's financial interests in the wake of his high-profile attacks on tech companies." If she was willing to do this over ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Asia, Europe, Post, Japan, Politics, News, Labor, Putin, North Korea, France, Casinos, China, Germany, Russia


Use Alexa to Donate to Toys for Tots

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Tags: Sponsored, Gadgets, Parenting, Holidays, Alexa, Donate


Insurance startup Bright Health raises $200M at ~$950M valuation

A flurry of digital-first insurers are betting they can surpass industry incumbents with a little help from technology and a lot of help from venture capitalists. The latest to land a massive check is Bright Health, a Minneapolis-headquartered provider of affordable individual, family and Medicare Advantage healthcare plans in Alabama,  Arizona ,  Colorado ,  New York City ,  Ohio  and  Tennessee. The company, founded by the former chief executive officer of UnitedHealthcare Bob Sheehy; Kyle Rol...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Florida, Minneapolis, Softbank, Tech, Tennessee, Oscar, Venture Capital, Health Insurance, Medicare, Tiger Global Management, Nea, Felicis Ventures, Castlight Health


Apple’s Entrepreneur Camp is a show of support for all women in tech

Apple announced earlier this week it’d be launching an app development camp exclusive to female-led companies and developers, as a way of encouraging women in app development and cultivating their talents. To be eligible, the organization must have one woman founder, co-founder, or CEO, and have at least one woman on the development team. According to the application page, both the founding member and a female developer must be on the team of three that attends the came, along with a third membe...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Apps


Trump to meet with several tech CEOs amid rising tensions

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will meet with top executives from Google, Microsoft, Oracle and Qualcomm next week during a White House roundtable that could touch upon some the sticking points in the increasingly prickly relationship between his administration and the technology industry. Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Oracle co-CEO Safra […]
Tags: Google, Business, News, Washington, White House, Ap, Donald Trump, Qualcomm, Trump, Google Microsoft, Safra, Nation & World, Nation & World Politics, Sundar Pichai Microsoft, Satya Nadella Oracle


Your 4K Netflix Streaming Is On a Collision Course With Your ISP's Data Caps

Household bandwidth consumption is soaring thanks to video streaming, new data suggests, and American consumers are about to run face-first into broadband usage limits and overage fees that critics say are unnecessary and anti-competitive. Motherboard reports: Cisco's 2018 Visual Networking Index (VNI) -- an annual study that tracks overall internet bandwidth consumption to identify future trends -- predicts that global IP traffic is expected to reach 396 exabytes per month by 2022. Cisco's repo...
Tags: Tech, Cisco, Netflix, Comcast, Northeast


Weekly Primer: Energy Regulator Nominee Worried About ‘Tyranny’ Of ‘Green Movement’

Following a devastating report from the Miami Herald on the sweetheart deal his then-office gave to hedge fund manager and alleged serial sexual offender Jeffrey Epstein, Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta is reportedly out of the running to be President Donald Trump’s next secretary of state, though he apparently didn’t have much of a chance to begin with. The multi-part report visualizes Epstein’s connections to legal, political and, in at least one case, literal royalty — that is, Prince Andre...
Tags: Apple, Cook, News, Washington Post, Senate, White House, General Motors, Hillary Clinton, Idaho, Tim Cook, Donald Trump, Abc News, Clinton, Trump, Fed, Wilder


Pixel Slate Review: Gorgeous, flawed, and inexplicably priced

When I first tried the Pixel Slate back at Google’s October event, I left with a mixed first impression of the hardware. It was an undoubtedly gorgeous tablet, but why is it the same size as the Pixelbook? Why is there no headphone jack? Why does the keyboard cost $199 when the tablet starts at $ 599? After spending a week with a production version of the tablet, those questions have gone unanswered, coalescing with a few new frustrations. The Pixel Slate is a beautiful tablet with a gorgeous sc...
Tags: Google, Startups, Insider, Plugged


'The Supremacy of Japanese Cars Has Been 40-Plus Years In the Making'

American business journalist Joe Nocera writes in a Bloomberg article about "how badly things have deteriorated for the U.S. car makers," after the recent news that both General Motors and Ford will soon be exiting the sedan market in the country. Slashdot reader gollum123 shares the report: Much of the analysis about Ford and GM's exit from the sedan market stressed that sedan sales have lost ground in recent years "as consumers have gravitated toward pickup trucks and sport-utility vehicles," ...
Tags: Tech, General Motors, Bloomberg, Ford, New York Times, Gm, Toyota, Chevrolet, Nissan, Chevy Equinox, Joe Nocera


Google's Dragonfly execs didn't take written notes and isolated internal teams to hide China search plans from other employees (GOOG, GOOGL)

On Thursday, The Intercept released a report describing the efforts at Google to push aside internal security and privacy concerns over its controversial project, Dragonfly. Dragonfly is a censored search engine being built by Google for China. According to The Intercept, internal knowledge of the project was extremely limited, and some members of the Dragonfly team were threatened with firing if they failed to follow strict confidentiality rules.  Google executives overseeing a censored sear...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, China, San Francisco, Trends, Amnesty International, Sundar Pichai, Pichai, Communist Party, Dragonfly, Mike Pence, Dustin Moskovitz, Google for China According


The holidays are looking like a happy time for digital ads — and for Google, Amazon, and even Facebook (AMZN, FB, GOOGL)

Digital advertising spending appears to be growing at a healthy rate this holiday season, Colin Sebastian, an analyst with Baird Equity Research, said in a new report. Ad spending on Google is growing faster than it did in the third quarter, he said, citing data from Merkle, which tracks the digital ad industry. Amazon is benefitting from marketers shifting their budgets to online ads from offline traditional ones, he said.  Advertisers seem to be sticking with Facebook, according to the repor...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Congress, Trends, Roku, Silicon Valley, Merkle, Jeff Bezos, Google Shopping, Sheryl Sandberg, Sebastian, Google Amazon, Cambridge Analytica, Baird Equity Research


Lenovo superdishes not-so-superdosh for Superfish superloss: $40 waiting for you if you bought adware laptop

Class-action lawsuit payouts adds another $7.3m to bill for software slip-up Lenovo will pay $7.3m to settle a class-action lawsuit stemming from its bone-headed decision to cram some of its laptops with Superfish adware.…
Tags: Software, Lenovo


Grindr: app's president says marriage is 'between man and woman'

After backlash within gay dating app company, Scott Chen says he ‘supports gay marriage’ and was voicing his personal feelingsThe president of Grindr wrote on Facebook that he believes “marriage is a holy matrimony between a man and a woman”, sparking backlash inside the gay dating app company.Scott Chen, who became the president of Grindr after it was bought by a Chinese gaming corporation, wrote and later deleted a lengthy post on his personal page that criticized Christian groups fighting mar...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, US news, LGBT rights, Grindr, Scott Chen


Google engineer calls for a walkout over China censorship and raises $200K strike fund in hours

Liz Fong-Jones is a Site Reliability Engineer for Google's cloud division; she took to Twitter after reading today's story in The Intercept in which ex-Google security engineer Yonatan Zunger and three current, unnamed Google Security and Privacy staff describe how they were sidelined and deceived in the rush to ship Project Dragonfly, Google's secret, censored, surveilling Chinese search engine. Fong-Jones was aghast that Google management was bypassing the Security and Privacy team and ca...
Tags: Google, Security, Post, Business, Human Rights, News, Labor, China, Censorship, Pentagon, Google Security, Yonatan Zunger, Scott Beaumont, Don't Be Evil, Maotai, Strike Funds


See this, Google? Microsoft happy to take a half-billion in sweet, sweet US military money to 'increase lethality'

Well at least someone's interested in buying Hololens Microsoft has signed a $480m contract to supply 100,000 HoloLens augmented reality headsets to the US military – literally doubling the number of HoloLenses that have been sold since its launch more than three years ago.…
Tags: Google, Microsoft, US, Software, HoloLens, HoloLens Microsoft


Apple’s Group FaceTime Is the Tool of Kings in This Charming Ad Featuring Elvis Impersonators

When might you want to connect with more than 30 friends via the iPhone's Group FaceTime video chat? Well, perhaps you're an Elvis impersonator looking to harmonize with your fellow Kings all around the world. That's admittedly a highly specific scenario, but it does make for an endearing new ad from Apple that illustrates the...
Tags: Apple, Advertising, Facetime, AdFreak, Elvis Impersonators, Tool of Kings, iPhone s Group FaceTime


Democrats Demand Info On Law Enforcement's Use of Amazon Facial Recognition Tool

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Hill: A group of Democratic lawmakers sent a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos on Thursday saying that the company's previous explanations to Congress about its Rekognition software were inadequate. Democratic lawmakers expressed concern about the potential threat the technology poses to civil liberties in the hands of police. "Facial recognition technology may one day serve as a useful tool for law enforcement officials working to protect the American ...
Tags: Amazon, Congress, Tech, Jeff Bezos, Democratic, Amazon Facial Recognition Tool, AWS Michael Punke Amazon


Facebook co-founder and Asana CEO Dustin Moskovitz seems to be glad he's not involved in the social networking business anymore (FB)

Dustin Moskovitz was one of four Facebook co-founders and is currently the CEO of Asana, a cloud-based software service that lets workers collaborate on projects and assign tasks. On Thursday, Asana announced it raised a $50 million Series E, bringing its valuation to $1.5 billion.  Moskovitz described the upsides of working in enterprise tech in an interview with Business Insider: "I do think it’s nice to have a straightforward business model where you create something valuable for companies ...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Japan, Australia, Trends, Php, Harvard, Myanmar, Asana, Dustin Moskovitz, Moskovitz, Cambridge Analytica, Internal Facebook


New AWS tool helps customers understand best cloud practices

Since 2015, AWS has had a team of solution architects working with customers to make sure they are using AWS services in a way that meets best practices around a set of defined criteria. Today, the company announced a new Well Architected tool that helps customers do this themselves in an automated way without the help of a human consultant. As Amazon CTO Werner Vogels said in his keynote address at AWS re:Invent in Las Vegas, it’s hard to scale a human team inside the company to meet the needs ...
Tags: TC, Cloud, Enterprise, Tech, Las Vegas, Amazon Web Services, Werner Vogels, Amazon CTO, Jeff Barr, AWS re:Invent 2018


Nine companies will compete to help NASA astronauts return to the moon

NASA is ready to send astronauts back to the moon for the first time in more than 40 years. It won’t be doing it alone, however. The agency is enlisting nine companies, large and small, to compete for a combined maximum contract value of $2.6 billion over the next 10 years. NASA released the list of names today, including aerospace stalwart Lockheed Martin, along with Astrobotic Technology, Deep Space Systems, Draper, Firefly Aerospace, Texas Intuitive Machines, LLC, Masten Space Systems, Inc...
Tags: Space, America, Tech, Nasa, Moon, Mars, Lockheed Martin, Jim Bridenstine


Starbucks Says It Will Start Blocking Porn On Its Stores' Wi-Fi In 2019

Starbucks announced that it will start blocking pornography viewing on its stores' Wi-Fi starting in 2019. "A Starbucks representative told NBC News that the viewing of 'egregious content' over its stores' Wi-Fi has always violated its policy, but the company now has a way to stop it," reports NBC News. From the report: "We have identified a solution to prevent this content from being viewed within our stores and we will begin introducing it to our U.S. locations in 2019," the company representa...
Tags: Tech, Starbucks, Wi Fi, McDonald, Donna Rice Hughes, YouPorn, NBC News From, Enough is Enough, Wi Fi In


Maybe Don’t Buy Ikea’s $10 Smart Plug

A few months ago, we heard rumors of Ikea launching their own smart plug under their existing Tradfri smarthome product line. It’s now available in Ikea stores and online, but you probably shouldn’t buy it for a number of reasons. Sight unseen, $10 for a smart plug sounds like an amazing deal. After all, the next cheapest smart plugs worth buying are usually only $16-$18, and that’s during a really great sale. However, there are a lot of caveats with this Ikea Tradfri smart plug, unfortunately....
Tags: Apple, Google, Crafts, Ikea, Zigbee, Alexa, Trådfri, Ikea Tradfri



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