Gaming the System: How GameStop Stock Surged 1,500% In Nine Months

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Nine months ago, GameStop stock bottomed out at $2.80 a share, a reflection of the myriad problems facing the retailer specifically and brick-and-mortar game retail as a whole. As of Tuesday morning, though, that stock price is hovering around $40 a share (peaking at $44.74 as of this writing), with the vast majority of those gains coming in the last couple of weeks. Is GameStop really worth up to 16 times as much as it was back in April? ...
Tags: Tech, Gamestop, Cohen, Hestia, Michael Pachter, Ryan Cohen, Wedbush Morgan

Google says it is investigating an AI ethicist for sharing sensitive documents, amid bristling tensions between employees and leadership

Thomas Samson:Getty Images Google says it has locked out one of its lead AI ethicists from her corporate account due to an investigation into her recent actions. A Google spokesperson said Margaret Mitchell's account "had exfiltrated thousands of files and shared them with multiple external accounts." Sources say Mitchell was reprimanded by management on Tuesday and locked out of her corporate account and email, but has not been fired. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. G...
Tags: Google, Trends, Mitchell, Alphabet, Margaret, Margaret Mitchell, Tech Insider, Jeff Dean, Thomas Samson, Timnit Gebru, Getty Images Google, Hugh Langley, Gebru

SolarWinds Hackers Also Breached Malwarebytes Cybersecurity Firm

Malwarebytes on Tuesday said it was breached by the same group who broke into SolarWinds to access some of its internal emails, making it the fourth major cybersecurity vendor to be targeted after FireEye, Microsoft, and CrowdStrike. The company said its intrusion was not the result of a SolarWinds compromise, but rather due to a separate initial access vector that works by "abusing applications [Author: [email protected] (Ravie Lakshmanan)]
Tags: Tech, Ravie Lakshmanan, FireEye Microsoft

Changing the narrative around mental health at work

It can be debilitatingly lonely to live with a mental health disorder. I began my mental health journey in 2013, when I was diagnosed with depression in my final year of college. Soon after, I began publicly writing about my experience. I found that sharing about my mental health helped me and others in so many ways, especially in places where there is still a lot of stigma. People would message me and say, “Thank you, I thought I was the only one going through this.” I’ve been a mental health a...
Tags: Google, Singapore, Google in Asia, Life at Google, Atikah Zaini

How to set up a VPN on an iPhone

You may think it's difficult, but setting up a VPN on an iPhone is surprisingly easy and hassle-free. We go through everything you need to know to get started.
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Mobile, Trends, How-to, Vpn, Configuration, Apple Iphone, VPN apps, VPN setup

Penn State Engineers Are Developing An Inexpensive, Thermally-Modulated Battery For Electric Cars

schwit1 shares a report from Penn State University: Range anxiety, the fear of running out of power before being able to recharge an electric vehicle, may be a thing of the past, according to a team of Penn State engineers who are looking at lithium iron phosphate batteries that have a range of 250 miles with the ability to charge in 10 minutes. "We developed a pretty clever battery for mass-market electric vehicles with cost parity with combustion engine vehicles," said Chao-Yang Wang, William ...
Tags: Tech, Electric Cars, Penn State, Wang, Penn State University, Nature Energy, Penn State Engineers, Chao Yang Wang William E Diefenderfer, Electrochemical Engine Center

Wattpad, the storytelling platform, is selling to South Korea’s Naver for $600 million

Wattpad, the 14-year-old, Toronto-based, venture-backed storytelling platform with reach into a number of verticals, is being acquired by Naver, the South Korean conglomerate, in a $600 million cash-and-stock deal. Naver plans to incorporate at least part of the business into another of its holdings, the publishing platform Webtoon, which Naver launched in 2004, brought to the U.S. in 2014, and that features thousands of comic strips created by its users. It also has a huge audience. According t...
Tags: Apple, TC, Asia, South Korea, Entertainment, Toronto, Tech, Netflix, Canada, United States, Korea, M&a, Tokyo, Naver, Wattpad, Webtoon

Facebook Continues to Prep Advertisers, Developers, Partners for iOS 14 Updates

Facebook continued to prepare application advertisers, developers, mobile web advertisers and partners for changes to Apple's iOS 14 operating system. The social network Tuesday released Facebook Platform SDK (software development kit) version 9.0, which included additional features, as well as required actions in order to ensure that apps remain integrated with the platform. Developers using...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Advertising, Platforms, Social Pro Daily, Facebook Platform SDK

Netflix Is Finally Adding a Streaming Roulette Feature As It Clinches 200 Million Subscribers

Netflix has officially amassed 200 million subscribers, sending shares soaring 12%. As it continues to compete with rival services, Netflix says it's preparing to roll out a new feature that will allow the service to pick a title based on a user's preferences rather than requiring them to browse for something to watch. Gizmodo reports: Netflix said in its fourth-quarter shareholders letter released Tuesday that it managed to secure 8.5 million more paid subscriptions to help the streaming giant ...
Tags: Tech, Netflix, Gizmodo

Poolish Health Benefits

Poolish Health Benefits Submitted by banana on January 19, 2021 - 5:32pm. I've heard that poolish and biga have some of the same health benefits of sourdough bread due to the long fermentation (low GI, easy to digest, less likely to spike blood pressure). I haven't found anything confirming this but if this is true but if it is then:How do the health benefits compare to sourdough bread? I understand that the benifits probably won't be as dramatic as sourdough but is it even close?Ha...
Tags: Google, Baking

Elon Musk said it was ‘Not a Flamethrower’

After two days locked up in an Italian prison, American Max Craddock was finally able to make his case to a judge. “It’s not a weapon of war,” his lawyer told the investigating magistrate. “It’s a toy they sell to children.” Craddock had been arrested in the Sardinian port city of Olbia in June 2018 after trying to board a private party bus with a collectible flamethrower from Elon Musk’s latest startup, The Boring Company. Craddock had painted his flamethrower black, and written on it the name ...
Tags: Gadgets, Transportation, Europe, Elon Musk, London, Los Angeles, Tech, Tesla, Long, Fbi, Canada, Automotive, Pennsylvania, United States, Italy, Manchester

Instagram Lead Says He's Not Happy With Reels Yet, Might 'Consolidate' Video Formats

In an interview with The Verge's Decoder podcast, the head of Instagram, Adam Mosseri, says he's "not yet happy" with the platform's TikTok competitor Reels. The Verge reports: "I'm not yet happy with it," he says. "We're growing both in terms of how much people are sharing and how much people are consuming, but we have a long way to go. And we have to be honest that TikTok is ahead." He went on to say the team is mostly focused on "table stakes" right now, and not honed in on how to differentia...
Tags: Instagram, Tech, Adam Mosseri, Mosseri

Advertisers face a fraught start to the year

Hi and welcome to this weekly edition of Insider Advertising, where we track the big stories in media and advertising. I'm Lucia Moses, deputy editor.Remember you can sign up to get this newsletter daily here. This week: Advertisers are in the hot seat, the rise of Newsmax's Greg Kelly, and creators warm to Instagram Reels. Virginia National Guard soldiers are issued their M4 rifles and live ammunition on the east front of the U.S. Capitol on January 17, 2021 in Washington, D.C. Samuel Corum...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Media, Instagram, Washington, Advertising, Trends, New York Times, Silicon Valley, Fox News, Donald Trump, Sephora, Trump, Boycott, Kelly, Capitol

Malwarebytes Said It Was Hacked By the Same Group Who Breached SolarWinds

US cyber-security firm Malwarebytes said it was hacked by "Dark Halo," the same group which breached IT software company SolarWinds last year. ZDNet reports: Malwarebytes said its intrusion is not related to the SolarWinds supply chain incident since the company doesn't use any of SolarWinds software in its internal network. Instead, the security firm said the hackers breached its internal systems by exploiting an Azure Active Directory weakness and abusing malicious Office 365 applications. Mal...
Tags: Microsoft, US, Tech, Malwarebytes, Solarwinds, Zdnet, Microsoft Security Response Center MSRC, Halo Malwarebytes, Marcin Kleczynski Malwarebytes

'Anti-Facebook' WeMe Social Network Adds 2.5 Million New Members In One Week

Los Angeles-based social media network MeWe, touted to be the ad-free future of social networking, is currently the No. 1 downloaded social app in the Google Play Store, and the No. 3 downloaded app out of all apps in the store. The privacy-first "anti-Facebook" platform added 2.5 million new members in the last week. ZDNet reports: Since launching in 2016, it surged to nine million users in October 2020, doubling its membership during each of the last three years. The platform is currently sitt...
Tags: Google Play Store, Facebook, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Tech, North America, Signal, Zdnet, Anti Facebook WeMe Social Network Adds

'Anti-Facebook' MeWe Social Network Adds 2.5 Million New Members In One Week

Los Angeles-based social media network MeWe, touted to be the ad-free future of social networking, is currently the No. 1 downloaded social app in the Google Play Store, and the No. 3 downloaded app out of all apps in the store. The privacy-first "anti-Facebook" platform added 2.5 million new members in the last week. ZDNet reports: Since launching in 2016, it surged to nine million users in October 2020, doubling its membership during each of the last three years. The platform is currently sitt...
Tags: Google Play Store, Facebook, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Tech, North America, Signal, Zdnet, Anti Facebook MeWe Social Network Adds

Reflections on the first all-virtual CES

I’ve spent more time than I care to mention over the last several years wondering aloud about the value of in-person trade shows. There’s something seemingly antiquated in the idea of jamming a bunch of people in a room, walking from booth to booth. Sure, they’ve fulfilled an important need in the past, but aren’t they just a relic in this hyperconnected world? I’ve always assumed that if trade shows were to go extinct, it would be a gradual process — a slow fade into cultural irrelevance, like ...
Tags: Apple, Spotify, Berlin, Events, Tech, Cta, Ces, United States, Las Vegas, Lenovo, Mobile World Congress, GSMA, Sensel, Ifa, Eureka Park, CES 2021

The Doodle for Google Contest is Back for 2021

Share your amazing doodles for the 2021 Doodle for #Google theme, “I am strong because…” Doodle for Google is an annual art contest open to students in grades K-12. Students are invited to create... Click to read more...
Tags: Google, Frugality, Electronics & Technology, Ending in February, One Entry Per Person, Sweepstakes for Kids, Trips & Travel Prizes, Contests/Vote to Win, Cash & Gift Cards

Daily Crunch: Microsoft backs Cruise

Autonomous vehicle company Cruise raises a $2 billion new round, Netflix keeps growing and WhatsApp faces more privacy concerns. This is your Daily Crunch for January 19, 2021. The big story: Microsoft backs Cruise Cruise announced today that it has raised $2 billion in new funding at a $30 billion valuation, with Microsoft joining as a new investor. (Previous backers GM and Honda also participated.) This includes a long-term strategic partnership between the two companies, with Cruise using M...
Tags: Apple, Google, TC, Europe, London, Microsoft, India, Satya Nadella, US, Tech, Netflix, Cruise, Gm, European Commission, Honda, Latin America

Google Chrome update makes it easy to fix all your weaksauce passwords

Let’s face it, we’ve all had some terrible passwords in our past. Whether it’s using the same password for every site, using some combination of personal information, or simply not using enough unique characters, many of us would do well to strengthen our online security habits. To that end, Google‘s latest update to Chrome (version 88) makes it easy to fix all your weak passwords in one go, assuming you’re already using the browser for password management. On the desktop, simply tap on your use...
Tags: Google, Startups, Insider, Plugged

The English Language Wikipedia Just Had Its Billionth Edit

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Just after 1 A.M. on January 12, a prolific Wikiepdian edited the entry for the album Death Breathing. The small edit was the addition of a hyperlink and it was the billionth edit done to the English language Wikipedia. "The article on the album Death Breathing was amended by Wikipedian Ser Amantio di Nicolao, one of over 3.9 million edits done by the Wikipedian with the highest edit count other than bots," said a note in Wikimedia-l, a lists...
Tags: Google, Wikipedia, Tech, Wikimedia, Wikipedian Ser Amantio di Nicolao, Cunctator

Brave web browser adds native support for peer-to-peer IPFS protocol

The decentralized tech community is aiming to find support for technologies that go beyond cryptocurrency support. In a blog post, today the team at Brave announced that they have worked with Protocol Labs to integrate native support for the InterPlanetary File System (IPFS) inside their browser. The peer-to-peer file sharing standard launched in 2015 and has been gathering support among open-source advocates who laud the protocol’s ability to stop companies and government bodies from taking dow...
Tags: TC, Tech, Mozilla, Brave, Bittorrent, Ipfs, Brendan Eich

Podchaser raises $4M to build a comprehensive podcast database

Podchaser, a startup building what it calls “IMDB for podcasts,” recently announced that it has raised $4 million in a funding round led by Greycroft. In other words, it’s a site where — similar to the Amazon-owned Internet Movie Database — users can look up who’s appeared in which podcasts, rate and review those podcasts and add them to lists. In fact, CEO Bradley Davis told me that the startup’s “vibrant, exciting community of podcast nerds” have already created 8.5 million podcast credits in ...
Tags: Amazon, Fundings & Exits, Startups, Spotify, Podcast, Media, Funding, Tech, Reddit, Davis, Api, Cto, Greycroft, Oklahoma City, Alan Patricof, Buttigieg

iFixit Says Teardown of AirPods Max Made Competitors Look Like Toys

After looking at the innards of Apple's new over-the-ear headphones, the AirPods Max, tech site iFixit concluded that the intricate engineering made the lofty $550 price seem almost reasonable. iFixit cracked open the headphones and in summation said, that after looking at competitors, "internally, the AirPods Max's obsessive craftsmanship makes those other extremely capable devices look like toys by comparison." Read more of this story at Slashdot.
Tags: Apple, Tech

A complete price breakdown for Sling TV packages

When you buy through our links, we may earn money from our affiliate partners. Learn more. Alyssa Powell/Business Insider Sling is one of the most affordable live TV streaming platforms you can subscribe to.It offers two versions of its streaming service - Orange and Blue - each for $30 a month.Bundle both packages and you'll get a bit of a discount at $45 a month.Read more: A full breakdown of what channels you get with every Sling TV package Cord cutting - or ditching cable - is all...
Tags: Reviews, Apple, Nbc, Entertainment, Trends, Middle East, Showtime, Starz, Streaming, South America, Espn, Hulu, Cord Cutting, Sling TV, Disney Channel, Sling

GPT-3 is the world’s most powerful bigotry generator. What should we do about it?

GPT-3 is, arguably, the world’s most advanced text generator. It costs billions of dollars to develop, has a massive carbon footprint, and was trained by some of the world’s leading AI experts using one of the largest datasets ever curated. And, in spite of all that, it’s also inherently bigoted. A recent study conducted by researchers from Stanford and McMaster universities found that GPT-3 generates novel statements of bigotry. In other words: GPT-3 can generate completely fresh bigotry statem...
Tags: Startups, Science, Opinion, Stanford, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, McMaster, GPT, Neural, Thomas Macaulay

Common Amazon Prime Video problems and how to fix them

Having issues accessing your favorite Amazon Prime content? We'll have your PC, iPhone, Android device, or smart TV up and running Amazon Prime in short order.
Tags: Ios, Amazon, Android, Trends, Amazon Prime, How-to, Home Theater

How to update your Apple AirPods or AirPods Pro

Whether your AirPods or AirPods Pro are buggy or you want the latest features like spatial audio, a firmware update can help. Here's what you need to know.
Tags: Apple, Mobile, Trends, How-to, Home Theater, AirPods, AirPods Pro

Adthena acquires Kantar’s paid search business

Adthena is expanding its partnership with market research company Kantar by acquiring Kantar’s paid search business. The two companies announced an agreement earlier this month, through which Adthena data will be integrated into Kantar’s ad intelligence product. Now, through this new acquisition, Adthena said Kantar search clients will get access to the Adthena product suite. Kantar moved into the paid search business in 2012 by acquiring AdGooroo (not surprisingly, it eventually rebranded the o...
Tags: Advertising Tech, Tech, Kantar, Adgooroo, Rourke, Ian O'Rourke, Adthena

Drone-focused construction startup TraceAir raises $3.5M

Bay Area-based construction startup TraceAir today announced a $3.5 million Series A. Led by London-based XTX Ventures, this round brings the company’s total funding up to $7 million. The raise includes existing investor Metropolis VC, along with new additions Liquid 2 Ventures, GEM Capital, GPS Ventures and Andrew Filev. We first noted the company back in 2016, when it pitched a method for using drones to spot construction errors before they become too expense. It’s a pretty massive field that ...
Tags: Startups, Apps, Technology, London, Funding, Tech, United States, Drones, Wireless, Construction, Science and Technology, Emerging-technologies, Bay Area, Andrew Filev, Liquid 2 Ventures, Recent Funding

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