Ajit Pai's Rosy Broadband Deployment Claim May Be Based On Gigantic Error

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Pai's claim was questionable from the beginning, as we detailed last month. The Federal Communications Commission data cited by Chairman Pai merely showed that deployment continued at about the same rate seen during the Obama administration. Despite that, Pai claimed that new broadband deployed in 2017 was made possible by the FCC "removing barriers to infrastructure investment." But even the modest gains cited by Pai rely partly on the impl...
Tags: Fcc, Obama, Tech, Federal Communications Commission, Turner, Pai, Free Press, CLEC, Ajit Pai, Derek Turner, Barrier Communications Corporation, Free Press Research

Elizabeth Warren Wants to Break Up Amazon, Facebook and Google. Experts Say That Won't Be Easy

Antitrust experts said Sen. Elizabeth Warren's plan to break up Amazon, Facebook and Google faces a number of procedural hurdles.
Tags: Google, News, Sen Elizabeth Warren, Amazon Facebook, Elizabeth Warren Wants to Break Up Amazon Facebook

New interracial couple emoji mark victory for partners of color

Following campaign by Tinder and tech activist group Emojination, 71 new variations have been approvedIn 1664, Maryland passed the first British colonial law banning marriage between whites and slaves. An 1883 US supreme court ruling that state prohibitions on interracial marriage don’t violate the 14th amendment held for more than 80 years.While such impediments to marriage were dismantled over time, there are still hurdles, however small, to overcome. Here, in 2019, interracial couples have a...
Tags: Technology, Maryland, Relationships, Race, US, Life and style, US news, Emoji

New interracial couple emoji marks victory for partners of color

Following a campaign by Tinder and tech activist group Emojination, 71 new skin tone variations have been approvedIn 1664, Maryland passed the first British colonial law banning marriage between whites and slaves. An 1883 US supreme court ruling that state prohibitions on interracial marriage don’t violate the 14th amendment held for more than 80 years.While such impediments to marriage were dismantled over time, there are still hurdles, however small, to overcome. Here, in 2019, interracial co...
Tags: Technology, Maryland, Relationships, Race, US, Life and style, US news, Emoji

Elizabeth Warren Wants to Break Up Amazon, Facebook and Google. Experts Say That Won’t Be Easy

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren released an aggressive plan on Friday to target the power of Silicon Valley by breaking up some of America’s biggest tech companies. But while the Democratic presidential candidate’s proposal is sure to excite tech critics and progressive activists, antitrust experts caution that the country’s existing laws and precedent would mean a…
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, News, Uncategorized, Elizabeth Warren, America, Antitrust, Silicon Valley, Massachusetts Sen Elizabeth Warren, 2020 Election, Elizabeth Warren Wants to Break Up Amazon Facebook

POCO F1 MIUI stable update starts rolling out [Download Link]

Xiaomi’s sub-brand POCO launched POCO F1 running on Android 8.1 (Oreo) with a skin on top, called MIUI For POCO. The smartphone has been in news since the launch for good reasons except for a  few issues, but the company has been very responsive towards addressing the issues and kept device updated as well. The device received MIUI 10 Global Stable update back in November which was based on Android Oreo but later in December, Xiaomi rolled out Android Pie based MIUI 10 Stable update for the sm...
Tags: News, India, Blogging, Xiaomi, MIUI, Poço, PEJMIXM

San Diego Life Sciences Roundup: ResMed, Alexandria GradLabs & More

Spring has sprung, and it’s shaping up to be another busy season for San Diego’s life sciences community. As we head into the weekend, crossing our fingers that the seemingly endless rain showers will be replaced by our usual sunshine, here’s a quick rundown of some recent news developments.—ResMed (NYSE: RMD) acquired a South Korea-based medical equipment provider, the company said Friday. Financial terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.The acquisition of privately held HB Healthcare comes less ...
Tags: Startups, Accelerator, South Korea, Trends, Tech, San Diego, Biotech, Life Sciences, Genentech, Roche, Resmed, Alexandria Real Estate Equities, National blog main, San Diego blog main, San Diego top stories, ResMed NYSE

Nintendo’s first VR product in 24 years is coming to Nintendo Switch (ars technica)

Nintendo's cardboard-fueled Labo line is back, and this time, it's draped over your Switch as a headset to simulate a VR effect. Buy either the starter set or the full VR Kit bundle. [credit: Nintendo ] Rumors of a VR-fueled Nintendo Switch app or add-on have swirled for nearly two years, with fans wondering whether such an immersive update would require more hardware or a brand-new Swit...
Tags: Google, News, Nintendo, Sam Machkovech, Labo, Nintendo Switch, Gunpei Yokoi

Google Assistant is getting an update that makes it easier to talk to

Having a conversation that feels natural with a digital assistant is still not in the same league as a person-to-person interaction, but there are certainly some assistive technologies that do a reasonably good job of mimicking it. We'd put Google Assistant in that category, thanks to the natural-sounding voice and the assistant's ability to understand a wide range of the complexities of human conversation.Still, that's not to say certain things can't be improved, which is why Go...
Tags: Google, News, Bibo, Google Home Hub, Bibo Xu, Meantime Google

North Korea Amassed Cryptocurrency Through Hacking, Says UN Panel

North Korea has used cyberattacks and blockchain technology to circumvent economic sanctions and obtain foreign currency, according to a panel of experts reporting to the U.N. Security Council. From a report: Pyongyang has amassed around $670 million in foreign and virtual currency through cyberthefts, using blockchain technology to cover its tracks, the panel told the Security Council's North Korea sanctions committee in its annual report, Nikkei has learned. It is the first time the panel has ...
Tags: North Korea, Tech, Korea, Pyongyang, Security Council, UN Panel, U N Security Council From

The CDC is Studying the Rise in Electric Scooter Injuries For the First Time as Startups Expand To More Cities

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is examining the rise of injuries related to shareable electric scooters. From a report: "We want to identify the risk factors for those who get injured, how severe the injuries are and why they're getting hurt," said Jeff Taylor, manager of the Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit with Austin Public Health. Taylor, who is overseeing the investigation, is working with three CDC epidemiologists to examine severe injuries that occurred in ...
Tags: Cdc, Tech, Austin, Jeff Taylor, Taylor, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC, Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit, Austin Public Health Taylor

Elizabeth Warren pulled a ninja move to turn tech angst into a crackdown with real teeth, and tech is going to suffer even if she's not president (AMZN, FB, GOOGL)

Elizabeth Warren's call for breaking up Amazon, Facebook, and Alphabet represents a real threat to those companies, even if she doesn't become president. Her proposal threatens to put a spotlight on those companies and their business practices, one that could expose them to reputational harm. Moreover, it represents an attempt to gain support for a rethinking of antitrust policy, one in which regulators scrutinize the effects of concentrated corporate power on things other than just consumer p...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Europe, Microsoft, Elizabeth Warren, US, Samsung, America, Trends, Eu, European Union, Larry Page, Bill Gates, Warren, University Of Chicago

Biker sues Google Fiber: I broke my leg, borked my ankle in trench dug to lay ad giant's pipe

Sum of a ditch! Bloke demands $75,000 after road prang Installing broadband fiber is a complex and expensive activity, though it may have got a little bit more so, for Google at least, following a lawsuit in America.…
Tags: Google, America, Software

Get the last-gen Samsung Qi wireless charger for just $19 before it’s gone

If you're looking for the convenience of wireless phone charging but don't want to spend $60 on the latest chargers, then now's your chance: Amazon and Walmart still have brand-new first-gen Samsing Qi wireless charger pads in stock for just $19 while supplies last. The post Get the last-gen Samsung Qi wireless charger for just $19 before it’s gone appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Deals, Android, Trends, Walmart, Wireless Charging, Wireless Chargers, Samsung Qi, iPhone wireless charger, Samsung Qi wireless charger, Samsing Qi

How much is Apple Music?

Competition for music streaming apps is quickly dwindling with giants like Apple Music and Spotify dominating most of the market? But how much does Apple Music cost and what does a subscription to the music-streaming platform entail? The post How much is Apple Music? appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apple, Music, Trends, Streaming, Apple Music, Buying Guides

Which types of startups are most often profitable?

Julian Shapiro Contributor Share on Twitter Julian Shapiro is the founder of, a growth marketing agency that trains you to become a marketing professional. He also writes at More posts by this contributor Founder Stories: Webflow’s Y Combinator Journey I co-run an agency that teaches a hundred startups per year how to do growth marketing. This gives me a unique vantage point: ...
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Google Search Dominance Has Businesses Paying for Their Name

As politicians increase scrutiny of large technology companies, Google’s lock on these digital relationships is becoming a potential liability, not just a lucrative advantage praised each quarter by Wall Street analysts. While consumers pay nothing for most Google services, some businesses say they often can’t avoid giving more money to the company because the internet giant is the main source of answers when Americans go online to get information. Google has more than 81 percent of the mobile...
Tags: Google, Science

Venture investors and startup execs say they don’t need Elizabeth Warren to defend them from big tech

Responding to Elizabeth Warren’s call to regulate and break up some of the nation’s largest technology companies, the venture capitalists that invest in technology companies are advising the presidential hopeful to move slowly and not break anything. Warren’s plan called for regulators to be appointed to oversee the unwinding of several acquisitions that were critical to the development of the core technology that make Alphabet’s Google and the social media giant Facebook so profitable… an...
Tags: Google, Amazon, TC, Facebook, Technology, Microsoft, US Government, Entrepreneurship, Elizabeth Warren, US, Los Angeles, Social Media, Tech, Walmart, Economy, Companies

Tufts expelled a student for grade hacking. She claims innocence

As she sat in the airport with a one-way ticket in her hand, Tiffany Filler wondered how she would pick up the pieces of her life, with tens of thousands of dollars in student debt and nothing to show for it. A day earlier, she was expelled from Tufts University veterinary school. As a Canadian, her visa was no longer valid and she was told by the school to leave the U.S. “as soon as possible.” That night, her plane departed the U.S. for her native Toronto, leaving any prospect of her becomin...
Tags: Mac, Nsa, India, Toronto, America, Tech, Williams, Xiaomi, MacBook Air, Warner, North America, Dow Jones, Tufts University, HARRIS, Tufts, Tiffany

Vtrus Gets $2.9M For Drones That Inspect Indoor Industrial Equipment

Vtrus, a Seattle-based startup developing drones designed to autonomously inspect equipment in factories and other indoor settings, has raised more than $2.9 million to support its commercialization efforts, according to a regulatory filing.Nine investors participated in the equity funding round, the filing shows.Reached by phone on Thursday, a spokesperson for Vtrus declined to comment on the startup’s technology, timeline for reaching the market, or plans with the new cash.Many people first l...
Tags: Deals, Startups, Cloud, Facebook, Photography, Video, Maps, Cloud Computing, Wi-fi, Trends, Tech, Vc, Cameras, Drones, Vr, Oculus

Google is overhauling how it sells programmatic advertising, and some marketers are concerned it means that the tech giant could steal more ad share

Google is moving its programmatic ad business from a second-price auction to a first-price auction, where advertisers bid the price they actually want to pay for advertising. The tech giant is following other big players like OpenX, Rubicon and Index Exchange that have rolled out similar models over the past year. Google's clout in advertising has some predicting that the change will cause spikes in ad prices and lead marketers to do more direct deals with publishers. Google is making a chang...
Tags: Google, Amazon, US, Trends, Ssp, News Corp, Emarketer, Mediamath, Rubicon, Index Exchange, Jay Friedman, Samantha Lee, Sam Cox, Will Doherty, Index Exchange Index Exchange, Stephanie Layser VP

US Tech Firms Fear China Could Be Spying On Them Using Power Cords, Report Says

An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: Fearing that China could be spying on them using power cords and plugs, several U.S. technology companies have asked their Taiwanese suppliers to shift production of some components out of the mainland, Nikkei Asian Review reported on Friday. The report cited unnamed executives from two Taiwanese companies: Lite-On Technology, a manufacturer of electronic parts, and Quanta Computer, a supplier of servers and data centers. Lite-On's clients include D...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Washington, China, Nikkei, US, Tech, Taiwan, Beijing, Ibm, Cnbc, Quanta, Nikkei Asian Review, Quanta Computer, Lite On Technology, Dell EMC Hewlett Packard

MGM Considers Replacing Workers With Robots In Its Las Vegas Strip Properties

MGM, one of the largest global casino companies in the world, is considering replacing some workers with robots. The company's 2020 plan calls for reducing its workforce by about 2,100 people to save roughly $300 million in the coming years. Vegas Slots Online reports: Among those who could be replaced are cashiers and bartenders. Automatic technology that can make drinks would replace the bartenders and monetary transactions could be done through standard payment technology. There would also be...
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Tim Draper, One of Theranos' First Investors, Says He Would Back Elizabeth Holmes Again as Chief Science Officer

An anonymous reader shares a report: Despite all her alleged crimes, Elizabeth Holmes, the former CEO of the biotech company Theranos, can rest assured she still has someone who'll go to bat for her. At a panel discussion on growing startup ecosystems at the Montgomery Summit yesterday, Bloomberg reporter Sarah McBride asked Tim Draper -- a venture capitalist, enthusiastic Bitcoin supporter, and one of Theranos' first investors -- whether he would back Holmes again. Draper responded to the quest...
Tags: Tech, Bloomberg, Tim Draper, Theranos, Elizabeth Holmes, Holmes, Draper, Sarah McBride, Montgomery Summit

MLB exploring using tech to help call balls and strikes

If you follow baseball with even a passing interest, you know that nearly everyone’s got a way to “fix” the national pastime. Pitch clocks, moving the mound —there are a million ideas for how to curb waning interest in the sport. Robo umpires have long been on the list, as well, but given the sort of pushback things like instant replay have traditionally received among fanbase, that’s always seemed like a bit of a bit of a technological pipe dream. That, however, is precisely what indie ball ...
Tags: TC, Entertainment, Tech, Mlb, Baseball, Espn, Major League Baseball, Atlantic League, MLB SVP Morgan Sword

Top Problems Women Face at the Auto Shop and How to Avoid Them

Car repair is a stressful, nerve-wracking experience for anyone. As you anxiously sit in the auto shop waiting room, you can’t help but ask yourself, “What problems will the mechanic find? How much will this cost me? Can I trust that I’m getting the best price?” In the male-dominated auto repair industry, a common assumption is that women don’t know as much (or anything) about cars. Studies have shown that, because of this stereotype, women are more likely to be overcharged than men. Northwes...
Tags: Google, Autos, Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management, Openbay, AskPatty, Ruby Davis, ChickDriven, Patrice Banks Head of Girls Auto Clinic

Y Combinator president Sam Altman is stepping down amid a series of changes at the accelerator

Sam Altman, the well-known president of the prolific Silicon Valley accelerator Y Combinator, is stepping down, the firm shared in a blog post on Friday. Altman is transitioning into a chairman role with other YC partners stepping up to take on his day-to-day responsibilities, as first reported by Axios. Sources tell TechCrunch YC has no succession plans. YC’s core program is currently led by chief executive officer Michael Seibel, who joined the firm as a part-time partner in 2013 and ass...
Tags: Startups, Y Combinator, Accelerator, Articles, San Francisco, Chief executive officer, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, President, Venture Capital, Silicon Valley, Sam Altman, Mountain View, Graham, Chairman, Advisor

The most beautiful iPhone in the world doesn’t come from Apple

The engineers at French company Remade buy used iPhones and and repair any problems before striping them and repainting them in lush, vibrant, hues. You could call it a refurbished phone. But it's more than that: It's remanufactured. The post The most beautiful iPhone in the world doesn’t come from Apple appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Mobile, News, Trends, Iphone 6, Iphone 7, Remanufacturing, Remade

‘Fresh Prince’ actor dismisses his Fortnite dance lawsuit

Fresh Prince star Alfonso Ribeiro has dropped his lawsuit against Fortnite creator Epic Games for using his “Carlton” dance as an emote in the popular game without his permission. According to documents filed in LA court, Ribeiro voluntarily dismissed the suit. He had already dropped a suit against Take-Two Interactive similarly related to his dance. Last month, Ribeiro was denied a copyright for his dance by federal officials, which seemed to put the nail in the coffin for his lawsuit. The “Car...
Tags: TC, Lawsuit, La, Tech, Carlton, Alfonso Ribeiro, U S Copyright Office, Ribeiro, Fortnite

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