Amazon Can Make Just About Anything -- Except a Good Video Game

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg, which is "based on interviews with more than 30 current and former Amazon employees, most of whom spoke under the condition of anonymity citing fears of litigation or career repercussions." From the report: Mike Frazzini had never made a video game when he helped start Amazon Game Studios. Eight years later, he has released two duds, withdrew both from stores after a torrent of negative reactions and canceled many more. For a company that domin...
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Joel Kinnaman Signs Up for ‘In Treatment’ Reboot at HBO

Joel Kinnaman is signing up for In Treatment. The For All Mankind actor has boarded the In Treatment reboot cast at HBO, as the on-again, off-again boyfriend of Uzo Aduba‘s Dr. Brooke Taylor. Variety reports that Joel Kinnaman has joined the cast of the upcoming In Treatment reboot at HBO, playing the role of Adam, the long-time on-again, off-again boyfriend of Dr. Brooke Taylor (Uzo Aduba) who “has resurfaced, bringing further complication to Brooke’s personal life.” The reimagined reboot o...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Hbo, Hollywood, Movies, Drama, Casting, Netflix, Suicide Squad, James Gunn, Rick Flagg, Remakes, Uzo Aduba, Gabriel Byrne, David Ayer, Hanna

30% of 'SolarWinds' Hacking Victims Did Not Actually Use SolarWinds Software, Feds Say

The hacker group behind the ongoing SolarWinds scandal found other ways to intrude on U.S. firms and public agencies than just compromising the titular software company. In fact, nearly a third of the victims of the hack—approximately 30%—have no connection to SolarWinds at all, said a senior federal security official…Read more...
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The best cheap Apple deals for February 2021

Apple fans know how fleeting deals can be, but we've rounded up some great Apple deals for you right here.
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Tesla Roadster Delayed To 2022

Elon Musk confirmed that the new Tesla Roadster has been delayed from 2021 to 2022 -- a good two years behind the original schedule set all the way back in 2017. Electrek reports: When first unveiling the next-generation Tesla Roadster in 2017, Musk said that it will come to market in 2020. Tesla started taking reservations for the impressive electric supercar with a 0-60 mph in 1.9 seconds and over 600 miles of range at the unveiling event. People who wanted to be first in line to get the vehic...
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Extra Crunch roundup: Edtech VC survey, 5 founder mistakes, fintech liquidity, more

Edtech is so widespread, we already need more consumer-friendly nomenclature to describe the products, services and tools it encompasses. I know someone who reads stories to their grandchildren on two continents via Zoom each weekend. Is that “edtech?” Similarly, many Netflix subscribers sought out online chess instructors after watching “The Queen’s Gambit,” but I doubt if they all ran searches for “remote learning” first. Edtech needs to reach beyond underfunded public school systems to beco...
Tags: Apple, Startups, TC, Cloud, Europe, New York, Hardware, Enterprise, Media, Education, Entrepreneurship, Boston, Africa, Tech, Netflix, Digital Media

Hyundai Execs Are Reportedly Worried About Working with Apple

The fact that Apple is developing its own electric car just be one of the worst-kept secrets in tech. But after Hyundai recently spilled the beans on a potential partnership to produce the car with Apple, a new report suggests Hyundai execs are hesitant to move forward with a deal.Read more...
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'Meme Stock' Rally Rescues AMC Theaters From $600 Million Debt

This week's bizarre "meme stock" rally, which has delivered lottery-like windfalls for holders of GameStop stock, also wiped out $600 million in debt owed by the AMC theater chain. Polygon reports: That's because, on Wednesday, a private equity firm named Silver Lake -- and private equity firms are popularly considered the "bad guys" in this snobs-versus-slobs drama -- elected to convert the corporate bonds it held into AMC Entertainment Holdings stock. Although the theater chain's stock price h...
Tags: Amc, Tech, Bloomberg, Silver Lake, Gamestop, AMC Entertainment Holdings, Matt Levine, Meme Stock Rally Rescues AMC

Visa Wants To Work With Exchanges, Wallets On 'Digital Gold' Bitcoin

Yesterday, in an earnings call, Visa CEO Alfred Kelly said that the firm wants to "work with wallets and exchanges" on handling crypto, and has called bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies "digital gold." Cryptocurrency News reports: During his talk, Kelly spent a significant amount of time discussing crypto. After differentiating a divide between "cryptocurrencies that represent new assets such as bitcoin" and "digital currencies and stablecoins" backed by fiat holdings, he stated: "We see all [cr...
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Weekend reading: All in the game, yo, all in the game

What caught my eye this week. S hould the average Monevator reader – likely a passive investor – give two basis points about this week’s GameStop-centered mania in the markets? On the one hand, no. Even though it made the BBC News. Even after it drew an investing-related comment from your friend who only posts about cats and macramé. Only a handful of stocks went bonkers this week. They’re immaterial to the indices. You might argue mass fund ‘de-bulking’ in the face of the volatility caused pr...
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Google Deleted Nearly 100,000 Negative Ratings From Robinhood

Google reportedly deleted nearly 100,000 negative reviews from the investment app Robinhood on the Google Play store Thursday.
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Daily Crunch: Robinhood raises $1B

Robinhood caps a wild week for new funding, Coinbase is going public and Johnson & Johnson reveals new vaccine trial data. This is your Daily Crunch for January 29, 2021. The big story: Robinhood raises $1B I know the newsletter has been dominated by Robinhood and stock market news for the past few days but, well, so have the headlines. The latest news is that after reportedly tapping its credit lines, Robinhood raised $1 billion in new funding from existing investors. It seems the company nee...
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21 Valentine's Day gifts from Nordstrom for everyone on your list

When you buy through our links, we may earn money from our affiliate partners. Learn more. Comme Des Garçon PLAY x Converse Chuck Taylors, available in sizes for men and women. Converse Valentine's Day will be here soon, and Nordstrom is where you can check off your gifts in one place.We rounded up 21 of the best Valentine's Day gifts for everyone at Nordstrom. Looking for more gifts? Check out all of our Valentine's Day gift guides for even more inspiration.Valentine's Day is approaching...
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Cable ISP Warns 'Excessive' Uploaders, Says Network Can't Handle Heavy Usage

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Mediacom, a cable company with about 1.4 million Internet customers across 22 states, is telling heavy uploaders to reduce their data usage -- even when those users are well below their monthly data caps. Mediacom's fastest Internet plan offers gigabit download speeds and 50Mbps upload speeds with a monthly data cap of 6TB. But as Stop the Cap wrote in a detailed report on Wednesday, the ISP is "reach[ing] out to a growing number of its heav...
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Buying refurbished electronics can save you a lot of money - here's what to look for, plus 4 deals we recommend right now

When you buy through our links, we may earn money from our affiliate partners. Learn more. Microsoft is one of the many manufacturers to offer refurbished tech at discounted prices. Drew Angerer/Getty Images With Black Friday 2020 on the horizon, we're bound to see tons of good deals on renewed and refurbished items, often for prices much lower than buying new. Buying refurbished doesn't have to be a risky endeavor, so long as you know what to look for.Below is a checklist of what to look...
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New iMessage Security Features

Apple has added added security features to mitigate the risk of zero-click iMessage attacks. Apple did not document the changes but Groß said he fiddled around with the newest iOS 14 and found that Apple shipped a “significant refactoring of iMessage processing” that severely cripples the usual ways exploits are chained together for zero-click attacks. Groß notes that memory corruption based zero-click exploits typically require exploitation of multiple vulnerabilities to create exploit chains. ...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Uncategorized, Cybersecurity, Hacking, Bruce Schneier, ASLR, Mitigation, Gros

iOS 14 Features New 'BlastDoor' Messages Security System (mac rumors)

iOS 14 added a new "BlastDoor" sandbox security system to iPhones and iPads to prevent attacks carried out with the Messages app. Apple didn't share information on the new security addition, but it was explained today by Samuel Groß, a security researcher with Google's Project Zero, and highlighted by ZDNet. Groß describes BlastDoor as a tightly sandboxed service that's responsible for parsing all of the untrusted data in iMessages. A sandbox is a security service that executes code separat...
Tags: Apple, Google, News, Al Jazeera, Zdnet, Juli Clover, Samuel Groß, ZDNet Groß

Google Deletes Nearly 100,000 Negative Reviews of Robinhood App (slashdot)

According to The Verge, Google has removed nearly 100,000 negative reviews of the Robinhood app from the Google Play Store. From the report: After some disgruntled Robinhood users organized campaigns to give the app a one-star review on Google's Play Store and Apple's App Store -- and succeeded in review-bombing it all the way down to a one-star rating -- the company has now deleted enough reviews to bring it back up to nearly four stars. Robinhood came under intense scrutiny on Thursday, after ...
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Google QUIC-ly left privacy behind in its quest for a speedier internet, boffins find

Promising protocol much easier to fingerprint than HTTPS Google's QUIC (Quick UDP Internet Connections) protocol, announced in 2013 as a way to make the web faster, waited seven years before being implemented in the ad giant's Chrome browser. But it still arrived before privacy could get there.…
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LA Metro riders can now use Android, iPhone and Apple Watch instead of TAP cards

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority released an app Friday that allows Android smartphone owners to use their device instead of a dedicated TAP card to ride Metro buses and trains. Users of iPhone and Apple Watch devices have had this capability since September 2020. TAP — short for Transit Access Pass — is an app that also provides a safe and contactless way to pay transit fare on Metro and 25 additional TAP transit agencies in LA County. “We have to elimi...
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Robinhood limits users to a single share of GameStop and other stocks

Robinhood has detailed its latest step in the complex quagmire of market manipulation that is this week’s GameStop hedge fund Reddit army debacle. Users will for the present be limited to holding a single share of GameStop and dozens of other stocks. Several stocks were limited to five shares, and options contracts are likewise limited on many of the most-traded stocks this week, such as AMC and Blackberry. Positions exceeding these amounts will not be automatically sold, but they will apply if ...
Tags: Apps, Finance, Amc, Tech, Ted Cruz, Reddit, SEC, Robinhood, Gamestop, Aoc, Stonks

Jon Stewart is finally on Twitter and jokingly tweets: 'If I do really well on here I get to be President, yes?

Scott Kowalchyk/CBS via Getty Images Jon Stewart finally joined Twitter this week.  In his third ever tweet, Stewart appeared to poke fun at former President Donald Trump, who was recently banned from the platform. "So...if I do really well on here I get to be President, yes?" Stewart tweeted. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Much has changed in the social media world in 2021. Former "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart is finally on Twitter. Former President Donald Trump is n...
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'We Spoke To a Guy Who Got His Dick Locked In a Cage By a Hacker'

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Sam Summers was sitting at home with his penis wrapped in an internet-connected chastity cage when he got a weird message on the app that connects to the device. Someone told him they had taken control and they wanted around $1,000 in Bitcoin to give control back to Summers. "Initially, I thought it was my partner doing that," Summers told Motherboard in a phone call. "It sounds silly, but I got a bit excited by it." But when Summers called h...
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The best computer speakers of 2021

A good set of speakers can improve your computer's mediocre sound quality.Sound is subjective, but the Klipsch R-51PM speakers are the best computer speakers you can buy.Although many of the best gaming monitors and best ultrawide monitors have decent built-in sound quality, a dedicated set of computer speakers is still your best option. Sound is subjective, but there are still a few hallmarks of great audio that guided my selections. As a writer with a background in audio engineering, I've list...
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‘WeCrashed’ TV Adaptation Ordered to Series By Apple TV+ as Anne Hathaway Joins Cast Alongside Jared Leto

The WeCrashed TV adaptation just got itself a series order from Apple TV+. The show is based on the podcast of the same name which chronicled the rise and fall of WeWork, a commercial real estate company once valued at $47 billion dollars until it all came crashing down due to mismanagement and a general lack of vision. The idea itself was simple – basically an Airbnb for office space. But mismanagement lead to ruin. It was previously announced that Jared Leto had been cast in the show as CEO A...
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How Roblox’s creator accelerator helps the gaming giant build new platform opportunities

As Roblox eyes what could be a historic debut on public markets in the coming months, investors who have valued the company at $29.5 billion are certainly eyeing the gaming company’s dedicated and youthful user base, but it’s the 7 million active creators and developers on the Roblox platform that they are likely most impressed by.  Since 2015, Roblox has been running an accelerator program focused on enabling the next generation of game developers to be successful on its platform. Over t...
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Jared Leto and Anne Hathaway will help Apple re-create the WeWork disaster for TV

We’re feeling good about the power of We in this production.
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The best cheap Apple iPhone deals for February 2021

Apple devices can get pricey, but don't despair: Here's an up-to-date list of the best iPhone deals available.
Tags: Apple, Deals, Mobile, Trends, Iphone 6, Iphone 7, iPhone 8, iPhone X, Evergreen Deals

GALLOWAY: Scott Harrison transformed himself from a party-seeking kid to one of the most inspirational entrepreneurs I've ever met. Here are his 3 most important traits that people can emulate in their own lives.

The nonprofit charity: water has brought safe drinking water to over 10 million people in 29 countries. Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images Scott Galloway is a bestselling author and professor of marketing at NYU Stern. The following is a recent blog post, republished with permission, that originally ran on his blog, "No Mercy / No Malice." In it, Galloway talks about the innovative story of his friend, Scott Harrison, who founded charity: water which works to bring drinking water to developi...
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Big-screen TVs from LG, Samsung, and Vizio are up to $1,200 off just in time for the Super Bowl

When you buy through our links, we may earn money from our affiliate partners. Learn more. LG There's no better way to watch the Super Bowl than on a big-screen TV.Several retailers are offering great deals on a variety of TVs just in time for the big game.Right now, you can get a giant 75-inch Vizio P-Series 4K TV for $1,500, which is $200 off its full price.See also: The best cheap TVs you can buy in 2021 Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky If you're looking for a new big-screen TV to w...
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