Lear to Acquire Seattle Connected Vehicle Tech Firm Xevo For $320M

Lear Corp., a Southfield, MI-based manufacturer of car seats, automotive electrical systems, and other products, announced Tuesday it has agreed to acquire Xevo, a Seattle-based developer of connected vehicle software, for $320 million.Lear (NYSE: LEA) has been in business for over a century, and says its products are used by nearly every major automaker. The company’s sales were $21.1 billion last year. Lear says it has about 169,000 employees across 257 locations in 39 countries.Xevo, in turn...
Tags: Deals, Startups, Cars, Trends, Tech, Software, M&a, Autos, Lea, Seattle, Connected Vehicles, Acquisitions, Southfield, Lear, Lear Corp, John Absmeier

Justice Department Warns Academy About Changing Oscar Rules To Exclude Streaming

The Justice Department has warned the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences that its potential rule changes limiting the eligibility of Netflix and other streaming services for the Oscars could raise antitrust concerns and violate competition law. From the report: According to a letter obtained by Variety, the chief of the DOJ's Antitrust Division, Makan Delrahim, wrote to AMPAS CEO Dawn Hudson on March 21 to express concerns that new rules would be written "in a way that tends to suppress...
Tags: Tech, Netflix, Academy, Roma, Steven Spielberg, Justice Department, Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences, Dawn Hudson, Dept of Justice, DOJ s Antitrust Division, Makan Delrahim, Delrahim, Academy s Board of Governors, Justice Department Warns Academy

New Gmail feature will let you easily schedule emails

Google's e-mail service Gmail has turned 15 and to celebrate the tech giant has introduced a handy new feature.Users can now schedule emails to send at a particular time within Gmail."Just write your email as you normally would,... [Author: [email protected]]
Tags: Google, Business

ACLU files complaint over Apple employee detained by customs

The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Northern California has filed a civil complaint on behalf of an Apple employee who was detained by US Customs and Border Protection.
Tags: Apple, Cnn, Aclu, Northern California, US Customs, American Civil Liberties Union Foundation

Ford’s electrified vision for Europe includes its Mustang-inspired SUV and a lot of hybrids

Ford of Europe’s vision for electrification includes 16 vehicle models — eight of which will be on the road by the end of this year — the company announced at its Go Further event in Amsterdam. Those plans include a plug-in hybrid variant of its Kuga SUV, its Mustang-inspired crossover, and a commercial transit van. Ford’s European electrification strategy is in line with its plans for North America to focus largely on hybrids. For instance, in a separate event on Tuesday Ford took the wraps off...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Europe, London, Tech, Automotive, Ford, Electric Vehicles, Transport, Epa, North America, Environmental Protection Agency, Mustang, Plug-in Hybrid, Valencia Spain, Cologne Germany

Measles Cases Top Last Year's Total

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Wall Street Journal: So far this year there have been 387 confirmed U.S. measles cases, more than 2018's full-year total and the second-largest number since the disease was declared eliminated in 2000 (Warning: source paywalled; alternative source), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The disease has spread to 15 states in 2019, with six continuing outbreaks of three or more cases each in Washington, New York, New Jersey and C...
Tags: California, Tech, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Washington New York New Jersey, World Health Organization Read

Alexander: Isn’t it time to end NCAA’s shamateurism charade?

As the Final Four approaches, it is again time for a reminder that the people most responsible for the success of March Madness are the same ones who get the least out of it. One of the most popular sporting events of the year is one in which oceans of money are passed around (TV networks to NCAA, NCAA to conferences, conferences to schools, schools to coaches, and did we mention shoe companies to schools, coaches, etc.). And yet … well, this anecdote probably explains a lot. Remember when Duke’...
Tags: England, Sports, Tech, Sport, Fbi, Soccer, Nba, College sports, Ncaa, Times, North Carolina, Duke, Alston, Usc, Ucla, Ncaa Tournament

Google Will Require Temp Workers Receive $15 Minimum Wage, Parental Leave

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Google said today that it would require its extended, non-employee workforce in the United States receive comprehensive health care coverage, a $15 minimum wage, and 12 weeks of parental leave. The move follows protests from employees and other workers at Google who have pushed the company to offer more benefits. Google relies on a massive staff of temporary, vendor, and contract workers, many of whom are supplied by third parties and aren't of...
Tags: Google, Tech, United States, Tech Workers Coalition

Google+ Profile Deletions Started Today

Today marks the end of the road for Google’s failed social media experiment, Google+. Google confirmed that fact to The Verge in an email sent by a company spokesperson. The company will begin... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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French ISPs Ordered To Block Sci-Hub, LibGen

The High Court of Paris has ordered several of the largest French ISPs to block access to the pirate libraries LibGen and Sci-Hub. "The decision is a setback for the sites that have come under increasing pressure, but Sci-Hub founder Alexandra Elbakyan believes that determined researchers are smart enough to find an alternative route to her site," reports TorrentFreak. From the report: Following a complaint from academic publishers Elsevier and Springer Nature, Internet providers Bouygues, Free,...
Tags: Tech, Sci Hub, Alexandra Elbakyan, High Court of Paris, Bouygues Free Orange, Alexandra Elbakya

Facebook is asking some new users for their email passwords and appears to be harvesting their contacts without consent (FB)

Facebook is asking some new users to provide the password to their email account. The move has alarmed security experts, who warn it could encourage users to engage in "risky" behaviour and increase their chances of being hacked. The social network also appears to be accessing these users' contacts without asking for permission. The company now says it is discontinuing this login tool, though it didn't give a timeframe.  Facebook asks some new users to provide the social network with the pass...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Trends, Signal, Yandex, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Troy Hunt, Cyphers, Bennett Cyphers

iPad Mini Teardown Reveals a Frankenstein of Components From Different iPads

The updated fifth-generation iPad mini has been torn apart by iFixit, revealing an "amalgamation of components and designs from other iPads -- the internals of a previous iPad mini, the camera system of an iPad Pro, and the exterior design of an iPad Air," reports Ars Technica. From the report: iFixit has published its teardown of the new, fifth-generation iPad mini -- the first update to Apple's smaller-sized tablet since 2015. The iFixit team -- which sells gear for repairing and servicing gad...
Tags: Apple, Tech, Phillips, Ars

Yep, There Were a Bunch of Rallies

Some sleuthing from TPM Readers has confirmed that the there were a bunch of Polish nationalist rallies around the country on Sunday protesting the new Holocaust restitution legislation, Senate Bill 447. This article at a site called discusses the rallies around the country. Google translate suggests the language is pretty horrendous. Here’s how Google renders one portion of the first paragraph: “This crisis has also resulted in something positive. In Poland, the era of conspiracy...
Tags: Google, New York, News, Senate, Boston, Chicago, Poland, Catholic, Bill, Josh Marshall, Daley Plaza, Elders of Zion, Editor’s Blog, New York LA and Boston

The DOJ Antitrust Division Just Warned the Academy About Blocking Netflix From the Oscars

The Department of Justice has warned the CEO of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Dawn Hudson, that any attempts to prevent Netflix and other streaming video companies from receiving eligibility to be considered for an Academy Award may earn it antitrust attention, Variety reported on Tuesday.Read more...
Tags: TV, Science, Technology, Television, Movies, Netflix, Streaming, Oscars, Department Of Justice, Academy Awards, Doj, Cord Cutting, Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences, Variety

Google kills off Google+ and Inbox in ritual slaughter

If Google were a TV show, it’d undoubtedly be Game of Thrones. Like Game of Thrones, it’ll introduce a prominent new character (app) that has the potential to change everything, only to see it killed off in the next season. The most recent victims: Inbox and Google+, two apps that were once seen as game-changers for their respective fields. Granted, we’ve known the end was coming for some time, but I’m still sad to see them go. Inbox launched in 2014 as a revolutionary take on email. It introduc...
Tags: Google, Startups, Apps, Insider

Guest post: A review of

This is a guest post by Jo Rourke, a Spanish and Portuguese to English translator and copywriter based in the UK. When (a web-based tool for managing projects, clients, and finances) contacted me about running a review of their software, I asked them to contact someone who is an actual user of it (rather than me just clicking through the basic features), and Jo provided the following thorough review. This is not an affiliate deal, and I don’t have a financial relationship with LSP.exp...
Tags: Google, UK, Guest Posts, Linguistics, Google Calendar, Jo, Corinne, Ted radio hour, Jo Rourke,, Translation Management Tools, Jo Productivity

The VAVA 4K Laser Projector turns any wall into a 150-inch cinema screen

Place the VAVA 4K Laser Projector near any wall and there you have it… an instant movie theater. The VAVA 4K Laser Projector ultra-short throw (UST) design with Advanced Laser Phosphor Display (ALPD) technology that allows it to project a massive 150-inch projection on the nearby wall, immersing you in rich 4K content.The UST format is beginning to pick up as apartments grow smaller, but demand for great displays and technology increases. In its small format, the projector fits the ability to ca...
Tags: Google, Gadgets, Design, Television, 4k, Appliances, Product Design, UST, Vava, Google Home, Y Studios, Laser Projector

Google has deleted the Google+ profiles of Larry Page, Sergey Brin, and Sundar Pichai amid the Google+ shutdown — wiping away years of important company history (GOOG, GOOGL)

Tuesday marked the long-promised day when Google began the process of deleting Google+ accounts, ahead of the social network's total shutdown.  And not immune to the purge were the accounts of high-powered Google executives, which are vanishing from public view. The accounts belonging to executives past and present like Sergey Brin, Sundar Pichai, and Eric Schmidt were deleted shortly after Business Insider reached out to Google for comment. However, we were able to take screenshots of Larry P...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Trends, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Jeff Bezos, National Security Agency, British Museum, Eric Schmidt, Sundar Pichai, Signal, Nikesh Arora, Omid Kordestani, Zuckerberg, Page

Google's Temp Workers Win Crucial Benefits, but They'll Have to Wait a Few Years

Google’s TVC—short for Temps, Vendors, and Contractors—took home a victory today in the form of an increased minimum wage and some basic benefits. Hooray! Unfortunately, the TVCs currently working at Google probably won’t be around to see any of them.Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Voice Assistant, Temp, TVC, What About Jobs But Better, Contingent Work

Microsoft Stops Selling eBooks, Will Refund Customers For Previous Purchases

Starting today, Microsoft is ending all ebook sales in its Microsoft Store for Windows PCs. "Previously purchased ebooks will be removed from users' libraries in early July," reports The Verge. "Even free ones will be deleted. The company will offer full refunds to users for any books they've purchased or preordered." From the report: Microsoft's "official reason," according to ZDNet, is that this move is part of a strategy to help streamline the focus of the Microsoft Store. It seems that the c...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, Tech, Zdnet, Baen, Microsoft Store, Microsoft Store Microsoft, Angry Robot, Amazon Apple Books

Boeing Delays 737 Max Software Fix

Boeing's promised software fix for its 737 Max planes involved in two deadly crashes since October has been pushed back several weeks after an internal review by engineers not connected to the aircraft raised additional safety questions. "The results of the 'non-advocate' review have not been revealed, but the Federal Aviation Administration confirmed on April 1 that the software needed additional work," reports Ars Technica. From the report: "The FAA expects to receive Boeing's final package of...
Tags: Time, Tech, New York Times, Faa, Boeing, Federal Aviation Administration, Southwest Airlines Boeing

Lego Education's Newest Spike Prime Programmable Robots Aim For the Classroom

Lego Education, the education-focused arm of the veteran Denmark company, is making its biggest product debut in three years, unveiling Spike Prime, a new kit that aims to mix the company's familiar bricks with motors, sensors and introductory coding lessons. The company is targeting kids aged between 11 to 14. From a report: Lego Mindstorms have been around for years. The Mindstorms EV3 robotics kit remains a staple of many learning centers and robotics classrooms. Lego's newest kit looks more ...
Tags: Tech, Lego, Denmark, LEGO Education, Lego Boost Lego Technic, Lego Spike Prime in Lego Education, Lego Spike Prime

Andreessen Horowitz isn’t alone in leaving behind VC as we know it — and more company is coming

This morning, Forbes wrote a lengthy profile of Andreessen Horowitz, the now 10-year-old venture firm that its rivals love to hate but nevertheless tend to copy. It’s a great read that revisits some of the firm’s wins and losses and, interestingly, regrets, including the founders’ early predisposition to talk trash about the rest of the venture industry. As Ben Horowitz tells reporter Alex Konrad, “I kind of regret it, because I feel like I hurt people’s feelings who were perfectly good business...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Startups, TC, Softbank, San Francisco, Tech, Venture Capital, SEC, Ben Horowitz, Andreessen Horowitz, National Venture Capital Association, Forbes, Cohn, RIA

NZ tech company discovers major Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox bug

Aura, a government-owned tech company, has discovered what it is calling a "very big" software flaw in the Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome web browsers.The bug allows a user's private photos and sensitive documents such as passports,... [Author: [email protected]]
Tags: Google, Business, Nz, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox

Google's temporary workforce will start getting full benefits

Google said on Tuesday it will require temporary and contracted workers receive full benefits from companies it works with.
Tags: Google, Cnn

Cirrus Logic Not in Apple's Latest AirPods? Relax.

It isn't as big of a deal as this analyst made it out to be.
Tags: Apple, Finance, Article, FBN, Motley Fool, Fbn/markets, Fox-business/markets, 4b6afdff-f064-5c6b-b2d6-fe8b24077ef4

Google to require benefits, minimum wage for contractors

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google says it will require staffing companies it works with to pay workers at least $15 an hour and give them health benefits. The company has faced pushback from employees and contract workers for paying contractors less than full-time employees. Google did not say how many contractors and temporary workers it […]
Tags: Google, Business, Technology, News, San Francisco, Ap

Ford is bringing an electric Transit van to Europe by 2021

Ford plans to bring an electric Transit commercial van to the European market by 2021, as part of the automaker’s broader plan to electrify its global portfolio. The automaker announced the Transit EV, along with more than a dozen other electrified consumer-facing models that will be part of its European portfolio, at its Go Further event in Amsterdam on Tuesday. Ford didn’t provide many other details on the Transit van. And for now, the EV commercial van is only slated for Europe. Ford’s foc...
Tags: Transportation, Europe, Germany, Cars, Tech, Transit, Automotive, United States, Ford Mustang, Ford, Electric Vehicles, Amsterdam, Transport, North America, Environmental Protection Agency, Mustang

India’s satellite destruction test put 400 pieces of debris into unknown orbits, claims NASA

India’s recent demonstration of its orbital defense capabilities scattered more than 400 pieces into various orbits, endangering the International Space Station and other emplacements, according to NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. He called the test a “terrible, terrible thing” at a town hall event yesterday. The test, which took place last week, saw an Indian rocket launched to an altitude of about 300 kilometers, where it struck and destroyed a previously placed satellite, probably the M...
Tags: TC, Space, Government, China, Russia, India, Narendra Modi, Tech, Nasa, International Space Station, Iss, ISRO, Space Junk, Orbital, Rocket Lab, Jim Bridenstine

BuzzFeed teams up with Eko to create interactive recipes and other videos

BuzzFeed and Eko have been working together to create a wide range of interactive videos, which they began launching in the past week or so — starting with this tasty potato recipe that allows you to customize your ingredients, revealing a bit about your personality in the process. There’s also an interactive Tarot reading, a video quiz that determines which kind of dog you are and this customizable ramen video. I spoke with BuzzFeed and Eko executives last week to learn more about how they’r...
Tags: Startups, Media, Buzzfeed, Tech, Walmart, Kaufman, Ben Kaufman, Eko, Alon Benari

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