Prominent New Yorkers Are Trying To Get Amazon To Bring Back HQ2

The New York Times reported Thursday that an open letter will be published in the Times on Friday that asks Amazon to reconsider its decision to walk away from its plan to build a 25,000-employee campus in Long Island City, Queens. The company pulled the plug on the project, dubbed HQ2, following vocal and persistent opposition to the plan after it was announced three months ago. CNET reports: The letter was signed by the CEOs of Mastercard, Warby Parker, Goldman Sachs, Tishman Speyer and Jetblu...
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Exclusive: We take the first shots with the Nokia PureView 9’s 5-camera system

The Nokia 9 PureView was one of the most anticipated phones at MWC 2019 thanks to its unique five-camera lenses on the back. Digital Trends has exclusively tested the phone for the past week to see what it's like. The post Exclusive: We take the first shots with the Nokia PureView 9’s 5-camera system appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Tesla delivers big price cuts to Model S and Model X vehicles

Tesla made a flurry of announcements this afternoon with the highlight being the company’s reveal of its $35k Model 3. That reveal grabbed the most headlines, but updates to the Model S and Model X lines brought the costs of high-end models down with maxed out Performance + Ludicrous Mode versions of the S and X receiving healthy $18k discounts. The $35,000 Tesla Model 3 has arrived — but it comes with a price The Model S has the same entry-level price at $79k but the price bump to go from...
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Nicoya Osa Peninsula

We left the Nicoya Peninsula and headed south towards the Osa Peninsula. We found a lovely Airbnb to stay at in the ocean side town of Golfito. Samara to Golfito was a 7.5 hour drive according to google maps. Google is not always correct the road condit
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Behind Spotify’s Magical Recommendation Algorithm

What’s the magic behind Spotify’s recommendation algorithm. What makes it so special? Yes, it is machine learning et al – but why haven’t others like Apple, Amazon managed to beat Spotify at curation and personal recommendations? Because of “never ending playlist”, how is Spotify impacting the musical world? Learn about all this (and more) in this collection. The post Behind Spotify’s Magical Recommendation Algorithm appeared first on #NextBigWhat.
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Tiger Global and Ant Financial lead $500M investment in China’s shared housing startup Danke

A Chinese startup that’s taking a dorm-like approach to urban housing just raised $500 million as its valuation jumped over $2 billion. Danke Apartment, whose name means “eggshell” in Chinese, closed the Series C round led by returning investor Tiger Global Management and newcomer Ant Financial, Alibaba’s e-payment and financial affiliate controlled by Jack Ma. Four years ago, Beijing-based Danke set out with a mission to provide more affordable housing for young Chinese working in large u...
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$200 Million Dollars a Year Could Reverse Climate Change, Says Wave Energy Pioneer

dryriver writes: BBC Future reports on a geoengineering technique called "marine cloud brightening" that makes marine Stratocumulus clouds -- which currently reflect almost 30% of total Solar radiation back into space -- whiter, causing them to reflect more sunlight away from earth. Professor Stephen Salter of Edinburgh University, a well-known 1970s wave and tidal power pioneer, has designed an unmanned hydro-foil ship, computer-controlled and wind-powered, which pumps an ultra-fine mist of sea...
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SXSW Startups: Fluidity

Scott Parazynski, founder/CEO of Fluidity Technologies The Forrest Four-Cast: February 26, 2019 Fifty diverse startups will aim to impress a panel of judges and a live audience with their skills, creativity and innovation at SXSW Pitch Presented by Cyndx. Winners in 10 categories will be announced at the Pitch Award Ceremony at 6:30 pm Sunday, March 10, at the Hilton Austin.A finalist in Hyper-Connected Communities, which will pitch at 5 pm Saturday, March 9, Fluidity Technologies is redefini...
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Who needs foldable smartphones when you can just clip two together?

Samsung and Huawei wowed early-adopters (and their creditors) this week with cutting-edge designs for foldable tablet-phones. LG's genius answer is to just clip two screens together. The BBC: It has created a second display as a detachable accessory. The end result may look less elegant thanks to the gap between the screens, but it is likely to cost less. The 6.2in (15.7cm) V50 ThinQ handset and its matching Dual Screen add-on both use OLED (organic light-emitting diode) technology.
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Facebook admits 18% of Research spyware users were teens, not

Facebook has changed its story after initially trying to downplay how it targeted teens with its Research program that a TechCrunch investigation revealed was paying them gift cards to monitor all their mobile app usage and browser traffic. “Less than 5 percent of the people who chose to participate in this market research program were teens” a Facebook spokesperson told TechCrunch and many other news outlets in a damage control effort 7 hours after we published our report on January 29th. At...
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Melania Trump to visit tech company in Seattle area on Monday

The first lady is to get a tour and briefing on a Seattle-area tech company's youth-oriented online safety programs and efforts to help children with disabilities.
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Cherry lets startup employees choose their own office perks

Forget the office ping pong table, Cherry, a startup in Y Combinator’s latest batch, wants to let employees take company perks into their own hands. Cherry co-founders (and sisters) Gillian and Emily O’Brien say their Slackbot marketplace will let employees completely personalize the lifestyle benefits they get from their company, allowing them to set up a Spotify Premium account or buy a subscription to Classpass instead of just taking what perks their company dishes out at face value. Companie...
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Elasticsearch Clusters Face Attacks From Multiple Hacker Groups

itwbennett writes: If you're running Elasticsearch 1.4.2 and lower, you should make sure your patches are up to date. That's because researchers from Cisco's Talos group have "detected an increase in attacks targeting unsecured Elasticsearch clusters." At least six different groups are responsible for the increase, each deploying different malware, but regardless of the method, the potential impact of a breach is huge because Elasticsearch is designed to work with big data and companies use it t...
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Google Fi – A Transformation of Cell Phone Service

Google Fi is a wonderful new type of cell phone service, and at a wonderfully affordable price. Google has profoundly changed many parts of our world.  Its eponymous search engine, of course.  Its Gmail service, which now dominates the email field the same way Google’s search engine dominates search.  Other things are not so obvious but still important – for example, it “rewrote the book” on how to monetize and advertise on the internet with its Adsense and Adwords programs.One of its new ventur...
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Google Workers' Fight to End Forced Arbitration Heads to D.C.

In a bustling room inside the U.S. Capitol on Thursday afternoon, a group of survivors wearing black pins stand behind a podium that reads #EndForcedArbitration. They are all waiting to share their stories—of sexual harassment, of sexual assault, of racial discrimination, of unfair labor practices, of consumer…
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The Huawei Mate X Is Even More Exciting Than You Think

By now, anyone even remotely interested in tech has probably heard about the Mate X—Huawei’s fantastically expensive bendable phone that despite launching second, somehow managed to steal the spotlight from Samsung’s Galaxy Fold.Read more...
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Tesla Launches Base Model 3 For $35,000 With Shorter Range, New Interior

In a call with reporters Thursday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the company is finally launching the long-promised standard Model 3 with a base price of $35,000. "The automaker is now making several new versions of the Model 3 available with a shorter range and new interior options," reports Electrek. From the report: Today, Tesla sent an email to its retail stores the details of the announcement of the new options being available to order in the U.S. today and available as soon as next month. All t...
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How to set up an Apple TV and Apple TV 4K

Apple products are super easy to set up, and the Apple TV 4th gen and Apple TV 4K are no exception. However, there are still a few things you should know, and a few items you should have on hand before you begin. The post How to set up an Apple TV and Apple TV 4K appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Tesla closing retail stores in shift to online-only sales strategy

Tesla is moving all of its sales online, a dramatic shift in its sales strategy that will result in the closure of stores and some layoffs as the automaker looks for ways to reduce costs in order to bring a cheaper Model 3 to market. Tesla CEO Elon Musk didn’t say how many stores would close. He noted that some stores would remain and turn into information centers and showrooms. The company didn’t provide specific numbers on how many retail employees might be affected. “We will be closing ...
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A nanoparticle injection is all it takes to let these mice see in infrared

I know it’s everyone’s dream to see outside the wavelengths allotted to our visual systems. Well, as usual, mice have gotten there first, with the help of some clever scientists. By injecting specialized light-tweaking nanoparticles into a mouse’s retina, that mouse is suddenly and clearly able to perceive near-infrared light — suggesting the same could be possible for us, assuming you don’t mind a needle in the eye. The advance involves what the researchers, from the University of Science and T...
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The Huawei Mate X Is Even More Exciting Than You Think It Is

By now, anyone even remotely interested in tech has probably heard about the Mate X—Huawei’s fantastically expensive bendable phone that despite launching second, somehow managed to steal the spotlight from Samsung’s Galaxy Fold.Read more...
Tags: Android, Science, Samsung, Smartphones, Huawei, MWC, Flexible Displays, Bendable Phones, Mwc 2019, Mate X, Huawei Mate X Hands On

Facebook Is Working On a New Cryptocurrency For WhatsApp Payments

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: Some of the world's biggest internet messaging companies are hoping to succeed where cryptocurrency start-ups have failed by introducing mainstream consumers to the alternative world of digital coins. The internet outfits, including Facebook, Telegram and Signal, are planning to roll out new cryptocurrencies over the next year that are meant to allow users to send money to contacts on their messaging systems, like a Venmo or PayPal tha...
Tags: Facebook, South Korea, Tech, Bloomberg, Paypal, New York Times, Telegram, Facebook Telegram and Signal, Japan Kakao, PayPal David Marcus

CEO Richard Plepler is leaving HBO

Richard Pleper, who’s been at HBO since 1992 and served as CEO since 2013, is leaving the network. In a staff memo, Plepler didn’t offer specific reasons for his departure but said, “Hard as it is to think about leaving the company I love, and the people I love in it, it is the right time for me to do so.” The news comes less than a year after AT&T acquired HBO’s corporate parent Time Warner. Shortly after the deal closed, WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey held a town hall meeting where he said HB...
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Tesla Will Close Most of Its Stores, Only Sell Cars Online

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said in a call with reporters Thursday that the company will only sell its vehicles online. As a result, the electric carmaker will close most of its stores over the "next few months." The Verge reports: Tesla will keep some of its retail locations open, which the company described as "a small number of stores in high-traffic locations remaining as galleries, showcases and Tesla information centers." The decision to shift away from brick-and-mortar retail is necessary if the ...
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Melania Trump to visit Seattle-area tech company on Monday

The first lady is to get a tour and briefing on a Seattle-area tech company's youth-oriented online safety programs and efforts to help children with disabilities.
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Mozilla Updates Common Voice Dataset With 1,400 Hours of Speech Across 18 Languages

Mozilla wants to make it easier for startups, researchers, and hobbyists to build voice-enabled apps, services, and devices. From a report: Toward that end, it's today releasing the latest version of Common Voice, its open source collection of transcribed voice data that now comprises over 1,400 hours of voice samples from 42,000 contributors across 18 languages, including English, French, German, Dutch, Hakha-Chin, Esperanto, Farsi, Basque, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Welsh, and Kabyle. It's one...
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Latest Model Apple iPad 32GB For $239.99 Shipped From MassGenie And More iPads On Sale!

Latest Model Apple iPad 32GB For $239.99 Shipped From MassGenie! Choose from Space Gray, Silver, or Gold and then Click on “Join power deal” in the circle to get this price. The price will drop after you type in your shipping info. Also on sale: Apple iPad  128GB, Latest Model: $329.99 Apple 10.5″ iPad Pro 64GB With Cellular: $595.98  Apple 10.5″ […]
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The $35,000 Tesla Model 3 has arrived — but it comes with a price

The long-awaited $35,000 Tesla Model 3 has finally arrived, three years after CEO Elon Musk promised to bring the electric vehicle to market at that price point. But that cheaper Model 3 comes with a dramatic shift for Tesla. Tesla said that to achieve this lower price it will shift all sales globally to online only, meaning the company will be closing many of its stores over the next few months. The stores that remain, in high-traffic locations, will be turned into information centers, Musk s...
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Skyrim mod drama gets ugly with allegations of stolen code and misappropriated donations

The people who volunteer their time modifying and updating old games are among the most generous of developers. So when drama erupts there’s not just irritation and testy emails but a sense of a community being betrayed or taken advantage of. A recent conflict over work on the perennially renewed classic Skyrim may seem small but for those involved, it’s a huge upset. I don’t mean to make a bigger deal out of this niche issue than it is; I feel though that sometimes it’s important to elevate thi...
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The Volvo Polestar 2 Is the First Google-Powered, All-Electric Car

The Polestar 2 is the first all-electric car from Volvo, and the first car to feature Google's new native version of Android Auto. Billed as a competitor to Tesla's Model 3, "the Polestar 2 should be able to travel up to 275 miles (about 443 kilometers) on a single charge thanks to a 78kWh battery that makes up the entire floor of the car," reports The Verge. "It will be quick, too; Polestar says there's 300kW (about 408 horsepower) to play with, spread across dual electric motors. That all-whee...
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