Verizon Cuts Online Upgrade and Activation Fees, Raises Its 'Full Service' In-Store Fee to $40

Verizon is upping the prices of in-store phone activations—though it’s also lowering the cost of ordering and activating phones using its app or online services, per CNET.Read more...
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Microplastics Are Blowing In the Wind

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Scientific American: Scientists have detected tiny pieces of plastic falling out of the air like artificial dust. A first-of-its-kind study finds these particles have blown in on the wind from at least 100 kilometers away and likely much farther. This is a clear indication that atmospheric transport is yet another way plastic pollution is being distributed around the planet, even to remote areas. "And it suggests that this is a far bigger problem than we ...
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Foxconn's Gou says will follow order of sea goddess to run for Taiwan presidency

Terry Gou, chairman of Apple supplier Foxconn, said on Wednesday he will follow the order of a sea goddess who has told him to run in Taiwan's 2020 presidential election, although he added he has not yet formally declared his intention to contest.
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TED raises $280M to help nonprofits battle climate change, online sex abuse and more

TED is unveiling the eight participants in the second year of The Audacious Project, a program aimed at helping nonprofits pursue their most ambitious goals. TED’s Chris Anderson told reporters yesterday that this is “an attempt to solve one of the most annoying things about the nonprofit world” — the fact that organizations have to raise money “one bloody meeting at a time.” And since often they can’t get all the money they need, “they end up cutting back their dreams.” So The Audacious Proj...
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Google starts rolling out better AMP URLs

Publishers don’t always love Google’s AMP pages, but readers surely appreciate their speed, and while publishers are loath to give Google more power, virtually every major site now supports this format. One AMP quirk that publisher’s definitely never liked is about to go away, though. Starting today, when you use Google Search and click on an AMP link, the browser will display the publisher’s real URLs instead of an “http//” link. This move has been in the making for well ove...
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The 2019 Milan Design Week Shows that Demonstrated a New Direction for the Industry

There was something new in the air at this year's Milan Design Week festivities. Was it that there was just so much more to see? Was it the grandiosity of the installations, between retail giants at Salone in Rho Fiera to the previously more underground events such as Ventura Centrale and showroom events? We're still trying to put our finger on it. What was made abundantly clear is that Salone is no longer just a furniture fair; it's a global event that reigns in the most obscure of studios to t...
Tags: Google, Design, London, Australia, Nendo, Venice, Benjamin Hubert, Hubert, Calico, Milan Design Week, Cosentino, Lisa Marks, Photo Galleries, Salone, Oki Sato, Salone Milan

Mass Production of iPhones To Start In India

Apple is poised to begin mass production of iPhones in India this year, according to Foxconn Technology Group Chairman Terry Gou. This marks a big shift for the largest assembler of Apple's handsets that has long concentrated production in China. Bloomberg reports: Gou said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has invited him to India as his Taiwanese company plans its expansion in the country. Apple has had older phones produced at a plant in Bangalore for several years, but now will expand manufa...
Tags: Apple, China, India, Narendra Modi, Tech, Foxconn, Bangalore, Bloomberg News, Foxconn Technology Group, Chennai India, Cupertino California, Huawei Technologies Co, Gou, Terry Gou, China Bloomberg, Xiaomi Corp Apple

What would it mean to eradicate the mosquito?

Paul Orlando Contributor Share on Twitter Paul Orlando has operated startup accelerators on three continents and teaches entrepreneurship and runs the on-campus incubator at the University of Southern California. He writes about unintended consequences and startups. From “blitzscaling” to “move fast and break things,” startups are focused on growth and speed – that’s change at scale. I see that focus in the startups in my accel...
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Apple Puts Need for 5G Ahead of Legal Fight in Qualcomm Deal

Apple needs chips that will connect the iPhone to the new, fifth-generation wireless networks being introduced now or risk falling behind its rivals. Modems, or baseband processors, are what connects all iPhones and some iPads and Apple Watches to cellular networks and the internet on the go. Throughout the fight, which centered on Apple’s accusations that Qualcomm overcharges for patents on its technology, the iPhone maker played down the importance of the modem and Qualcomm’s inventions.
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Student sues’s billionaire CEO Richard Liu for alleged rape

A Chinese student has filed a lawsuit against founder and chief executive Richard Liu, alleging the billionaire businessman raped her in Minnesota back in August, four months after local prosecutors decided not to press charges. The lawsuit, which was filed in Hennepin County on Tuesday, is seeking damages of more than $50,000. It identifies the student as Jingyao Liu (not related to Richard Liu), an undergraduate student at the University of Minnesota. JD did not immediately respon...
Tags: Asia, Lawsuit, Minnesota, China, Tech, Companies, Alibaba,, Hogan Lovells, Jack Ma, Weibo, Liu, University of Minnesota, Hennepin County, Peter Walsh, Michael Freeman

Google Has 80 MB Speech Recognizer that Can Work Offline on Your Smartphone

Google has a new end-to-end, all-neural, on-device speech recognizer to power speech input in Gboard. It is only 80 megabytes in size and can work offline. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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'Disastrous' lack of diversity in AI industry perpetuates bias, study finds

Report says an overwhelmingly white and male field has reached ‘a moment of reckoning’ over discriminatory systemsLack of diversity in the artificial intelligence field has reached “a moment of reckoning,” according to new findings published by a New York University research center. A “diversity disaster” has contributed to flawed systems that perpetuate gender and racial biases found the survey, published by the AI Now Institute, of more than 150 studies and reports.The AI field, which is overw...
Tags: Amazon, Gender, Technology, Race, Society, US news, Computing, Silicon Valley, New York University, Artificial intelligence (AI, AI Now Institute

Qualcomm stock jumps 23 percent on surprise settlement with Apple

Qualcomm Inc on Tuesday won a major victory in its wide-ranging legal dispute with Apple Inc as the companies reached a surprise settlement that called for the iPhone to once again use Qualcomm modem chips.
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Technology to keep dementia patients out of hospital

Radar technology and tiny brain-monitors are just some of the devices being tested by a new research centre.
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Birth control delivery startup Nurx taps Clover Health’s Varsha Rao as CEO

Varsha Rao, Airbnb’s former head of global operations and, most recently, the chief operating officer at Clover Health, has joined Nurx as its chief executive officer. Rao replaces Hans Gangeskar, Nurx’s co-founder and CEO since 2014, who will stay on as a board member. Nurx, which sells birth control, PrEP, the once-daily pill that reduces the risk of getting HIV, and an HPV testing kit direct to consumer, has grown 250 percent in the last year, doubled its employee headcount and attracte...
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Intel Will Exit 5G Phone Modem Business, Hours After Apple and Qualcomm Settle Licensing Dispute

Intel announced Tuesday afternoon that it will no longer be working on 5G chips for smartphones, leaving Apple with only one supplier for its iPhones, Qualcomm -- the same company that it was battling in court until midday Tuesday. CNET reports: Intel late Tuesday said it plans to exit the 5G smartphone modem business. It had been working on a processor for Apple, with the chip expected to be in iPhones in 2020. Lately there have been worries the chip wouldn't be ready until iPhones released in ...
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Google My Business Lets Users Create Custom Short URLs by @MattGSouthern

Google is now letting users create customized short URLs for Google My Business listings. Google is calling these custom URLs “short names” and it appears only some businesses have access to them at the moment. However, it’s definitely more than just a test feature because a help center article already exists for it. Ben Fisher shared an example on Twitter. You can see at the bottom right corner of his screenshot where he set his short name to ‘SteadyDemand.’ New: Shortnames for GMB Profiles – T...
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Intel dropped a bombshell and said it's giving up on the 5G smartphone business: 'There is no clear path to profitability and positive returns' (INTC, AAPL, QCOM)

Intel will abandon the market for smartphone 5G modem chips, the company said on Tuesday. The news came on the same day that Apple, Intel's customer for 5G modem chips, settled a lawsuit with Qualcomm relating to the technology. The move marks the first big strategy change by new Intel CEO Bob Swan, who took the reins in January, and it represents a remarkable turn of events for the company that once provided the silicon in the majority of consumers' computing devices. Shares of Intel were up ...
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There may be a copy of Wikipedia somewhere on the moon. Here's how to help find it.

If you've ever worried that humanity will ever wipe itself out so completely that there'll be no record of our civilization for aliens to discover, you can now rest (somewhat) easy. Even if we blow everything on Earth to smithereens tomorrow, there will likely still be a library of 30,000 books, 5,000 languages, plus a complete copy of Wikipedia, somewhere on the moon. The only problem: We don't know exactly where. The library is a project of the Arch Foundation, the same company tha...
Tags: Google, Elon Musk, Science, Wikipedia, Israel, Nasa, Earth, Isaac Asimov, David Copperfield, Nova Spivack, Israel Aerospace Industries, Spivack, Arch Mission Foundation, Beresheet, NASA Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, Arch Foundation

Reed Hastings says Netflix has 'no big appetite, no big need' for mergers (NFLX)

Netflix hasn't made many acquisitions to date, and doesn't plan to go on a shopping spree now, CEO Reed Hastings said Tuesday. The company still has plenty of room to grow by just focusing on developing new shows and movies and improving its service, he said. Hastings' comments follow some major Hollywood mergers, and come amid pressure on new player Apple to get in the game. Visit for more stories. Don't expect Netflix to make any big acquisitions anytime soon. That was t...
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Cytora secures £25M Series B for its AI-powered commercial insurance underwriting solution

Cytora, a U.K. startup that developed an AI-powered solution for commercial insurance underwriting, has raised £25 million in a Series B round. Leading the investment is EQT Ventures, with participation from existing investors Cambridge Innovation Capital, Parkwalk and a number of unnamed angel investors. A spin-out of the University of Cambridge, Cytora was founded in 2014 by Richard Hartley, Aeneas Wiener, Joshua Wallace and Andrzej Czapiewski — although both Wallace and Czapiewski have sin...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Europe, Insurance, Tech, Hartley, Wallace, ARR, Czapiewski, EQT Ventures, Commercial Insurance, Richard Hartley, Cytora, Cambridge Innovation Capital Parkwalk, University of Cambridge Cytora

Male tech execs accused of sexual misconduct now getting second chances

Second chances are hard to come by in America, but not for these high-profile male technology executives who were accused of sexual misconduct and are now getting second chances. Davey Alba and Ryan Mac of Buzzfeed News report that since mid-2017, when #meToo stormed Silicon Valley, a number of of high-profile tech industry men accused of doing very bad things to women lost their jobs. All those dudes who lost their jobs now have new jobs. Former Social Finance CEO Mike Cagney, ex-Google-X Di...
Tags: Google, Post, Business, Technology, News, America, Accountability, Tech, Silicon Valley, Sexual Abuse, Sexual Harassment, Robert Scoble, SoFi, Cto, Dave Mcclure, Steve Jurvetson

TED 2019: The $50 lab burger transforming food

TED fellow Bruce Friedrich tells the TED conference about his vision for the future of food.
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Vodafone 'gigafast' ad banned after Virgin Media complaint

The promotion described broadband packages as being "gigafast" that did not offer 1Gbps speeds.
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Tiktok: India bans video sharing app

Activist group launched case against Chinese-owned app which it said encouraged paedophiles and pornographyThe Indian government has ordered Google and Apple to take down the Chinese-owned Tiktok video app after a court expressed concerns over the spread of pornographic material.Tiktok has already been banned in neighbouring Bangladesh and hit with a large fine in the United States for illegally collecting information from children. Continue reading...
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New Registrations For Electric Vehicles Doubled In US Last Year

An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Electric vehicles, still a small percentage of the total automotive market in the U.S., are beginning to gain ground, according to analysis by IHS Markit. There were 208,000 new registrations for electric vehicles in the U.S. last year, more than double the number filed in 2017, IHS said Monday. That growth in EVs was heavily concentrated in California as well as nine other states that have adopted the Zero Emission Vehicle program. California...
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LeBron James' STEM-Based School Is Showing Promise

Last year, NBA superstar LeBron James opened an experimental school that focuses on teaching a STEM curriculum to students who have a higher probability of failing academically or dropping out of school. The New York Times is now reporting that "the inaugural classes of third and fourth graders at [the I PROMISE School] posted extraordinary results in their first set of district assessments. Ninety percent met or exceeded individual growth goals in reading and math (Warning: source may be paywal...
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Oxford philosopher’s newest hypothesis predicts the rise of super villains

Oxford philosopher and founding director of the Future of Humanity Institute Nick Bostrom‘s latest research paper seems to indicate our species could be on a collision course with a technology-fueled super villain. Will a deranged lunatic soon have the capabilities to take the entire world hostage? Can our nation’s leaders do anything to stop this inevitable tragedy? Will the caped crusader rescue his sidekick before the Joker’s sinister trap springs? In the paper, titled “The Vulnerable World H...
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Kindbody raises $15M, will open a ‘Fertility Bus’ with mobile testing & assessments

Kindbody, a startup that lures millennial women into its pop-up fertility clinics with feminist messaging and attractive branding, has raised a $15 million Series A in a round co-led by RRE Ventures and Perceptive Advisors. The New York-based company was founded last year by Gina Bartasi, a fertility industry vet who previously launched Progyny, a fertility benefit solution for employers, and, an information platform and social network for people struggling with fertility....
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