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The Rich Got Richer: GameStop's Trading Frenzy Benefited Wall Street's Elite

While GameStop's surge has been heralded as a victory for underdogs, "Growing evidence casts doubt on the idea that the episode mostly benefited small-time investors..." reports the Washington Post. (Alternate URLs here and here "And, in at least some cases, novice investors lost their shirts." Giant mutual funds that own the largest stakes in GameStop saw the biggest gains in value. Hedge funds — some that have started using algorithms to track retail investors on social media sites — appear...
Tags: Post, New York, Washington, Toronto, Tech, Bill Clinton, Reddit, Wall Street Journal, Gamestop, Georgetown University, Shapiro, Andrew Hong, Senvest Management, Robert J Shapiro, Justin Zhen


Chinese Supply-Chain Attack on Computer Systems

Bloomberg News has a major story about the Chinese hacking computer motherboards made by Supermicro, Levono, and others. It’s been going on since at least 2008. The US government has known about it for almost as long, and has tried to keep the attack secret: China’s exploitation of products made by Supermicro, as the U.S. company is known, has been under federal scrutiny for much of the past decade, according to 14 former law enforcement and intelligence officials familiar with the matter. That ...
Tags: Google, Internet Of Things, China, Uncategorized, US, Supply Chain, Bloomberg, Intelligence, Cybersecurity, Fbi, Fisa, Quinn, Air Force, Reports, Backdoors, Bloomberg News


How to Install Google Chrome in Arch Linux and Manjaro

In this quick beginner's guide, we explain the steps require to install Google Chrome in Arch Linux and Manjaro.
Tags: Google, Linux, Manjaro


AI Is Being Used to Screen Job Applicants

The BBC reports on "the computers rejecting your job application," noting that applicants are now being screened with AI-scored tests that involve counting dots in boxes and matching emotions to facial expressions: The questions, and your answers to them, are designed to evaluate several aspects of a jobseeker's personality and intelligence, such as your risk tolerance and how quickly you respond to situations. Or as Pymetrics puts it, "to fairly and accurately measure cognitive and emotional a...
Tags: Utah, Tech, Bbc, Pwc, Jp Morgan, McDonald, Hirevue, Frida Polli, Kraft Heinz An, Sabre Meanwhile


Clubhouse and Continuous Partial Attention

Anytime a new social app like Clubhouse captures millions of people’s attention and skyrockets to a supposed billion dollar valuation in a matter of months, I wonder: What is this activity replacing? Which app has been shoved aside for the new kid on the block? The obvious answer is that Clubhouse listening time is replacing podcast listening time. But analogizing Clubhouse to a podcast obscures its unique benefits, which is that it’s social and live. Unlike a podcast, which is an ent...
Tags: Elon Musk, Technology, Sales, Web/Tech, Attention, Tyler Cowen, Gamestop, Clubhouse, Buddhist, Cal Newport, Zig, Right now Clubhouse


Train in the United States. Practice medicine abroad. [PODCAST]

“Oh, Canada! Every presidential election cycle, my colleagues joke that if the election result is not to their liking, they will move to Canada. On election night 2016, ‘move to Canada’ trended on Google, and the Canadian immigration website crashed. This election cycle America is having an existential crisis. What does America stand for? Who […] Find jobs at Careers by KevinMD.com. Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now. Learn more.
Tags: Health, Google, Podcast, America, Canada, United States, Practice Management, PA NP, CRNA


Did Linux Kill Commercial Unix?

When Dave McKay first used computers, punched paper tape was in vogue, "and he has been programming ever since," according to his biography page at How-To Geek. It adds that "His use of computers pre-dates the birth of the PC and the public release of Unix." Now long-time Slashdot reader sbinning shares McKay's "short history of UNIX and how Linux got its start," which ultimately asks if commercial Unix was killed by Linux: Unix is still out there, running mission-critical systems that are fun...
Tags: Tech, McKay, Dave McKay


The Most Infamous Story in Tech Returns With New Details—but No Hard Evidence (gizmodo)

More than two years after Bloomberg Businessweek published a widely disputed investigation claiming the Chinese government had secretly installed microchips on server motherboards produced by Supermicro that were used to spy on companies like Amazon and Apple, the outlet has published its follow-up, which doubles down…Read more... [Author: Andrew Couts]
Tags: Apple, Amazon, News, Bloomberg Businessweek, Supermicro, Andrew Couts


Google updates its iOS YouTube app, the first update to one of its major iOS apps since December

Some Google iOS apps, like Google Authenticator and Google Translate, have updated
Tags: Google, Google Translate


There is infinite money for stock-trading startups

Welcome back to The TechCrunch Exchange, a weekly startups-and-markets newsletter. It’s broadly based on the daily column that appears on Extra Crunch , but free, and made for your weekend reading. Want it in your inbox every Saturday morning? Sign up here.  Ready? Let’s talk money, startups and spicy IPO rumors. Earlier this week TechCrunch broke the news that Public, a consumer stock trading service, was in the process of raising more money. Business Insider quickly filled in details su...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Ipo, America, Tech, Bbc, Public, Bumble, Coupang, Robinhood, Matterport, Midwest, SPAC, Monte Carlo, Natasha, Mader


Miami City Council Agrees to At Least Study Mayor's Bitcoin Proposal

Miami's mayor Francis Suarez is trying to attract tech talent to his city. (The New York Times recently noted he's joined by "a few venture capital influencers trying to tweet the city's startup world into existence.") So he's still pushing a proposal to use bitcoin in a few city operations as "part of a larger play if you will to position Miami as one of the most tech-forward cities in the country," according to Reuters. Bloomberg reports: The mayor wants to allow the City of Miami's workers...
Tags: Florida, Tech, Bloomberg, Bitcoin, New York Times, Miami, Suarez, Ken Russell, Reuters Bloomberg, Francis Suarez, Miami City Council


Human Capital: Doing away with the NDA

You’ve landed on Human Capital, a weekly newsletter detailing the latest in diversity, equity, inclusion and labor. Sign up here to receive the newsletter every Friday at 1 p.m. PT. There’s some new legislation that hopes to prevent the use of non-disclosure agreements in workplace situations involving all forms of discrimination and harassment. That would be huge for the tech industry, where NDAs have become commonplace in severance agreements. Meanwhile, All Raise, Coursera and Niantic announc...
Tags: Google, Amazon, TC, Facebook, Lyft, Pinterest, Labor, Tech, Diversity, United States, Salesforce, Human Capital, National Labor Relations Board, Nlrb, Black, Black History Month


Golang Approves Generics, While Python Accepts Pattern-Matching Proposals

From today's "This Week in Programming" column: Rejoice, long at last, all you Gophers, for the question of whether or not the Go programming language will adopt generics has finally, after many years of debate, been answered this week with the acceptance of a proposal made last month. In this most recent proposal, Golang team member Ian Lance Taylor writes that generics have been "one of the most commonly requested language features" since the language was first released in 2009, but even the...
Tags: Google, Python, Tech, Taylor, Python Software Foundation, Ian Lance Taylor, Python Steering Council


Steve Ballmer said on Clubhouse that he wishes Microsoft had taken on Amazon's cloud business sooner

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Microsoft Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said he wishes the company invested in cloud-computing earlier. Ballmer made the remarks on Clubhouse, CNBC reported. Microsoft launched its first cloud products in 2008, two years after Amazon. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said he wishes he had invested in cloud computing earlier in his tenure at the tech giant, CNBC reported. Ballmer made the rema...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, News, Microsoft, Nokia, Satya Nadella, Trends, Steve Ballmer, Andreessen Horowitz, Cnbc, Amazon Web Services, Sriram Krishnan, Nadella, Ballmer, Microsoft Azure, Steven Sinofsky


Misleading Viral Claims Show Dangers of Preprint Servers, Researchers Warn

Scientific researchers worry that the capacity for spreading misinformation "goes far beyond the big-name social media sites," warns the Washington Post. Citing pre-print servers and unvetted "research repositories," they note that "Any online platform without robust and potentially expensive safeguards is equally vulnerable." "This is similar to the debate we're having with Facebook and Twitter. To what degree are we creating an instrument that speeds disinformation, and to what extent are you...
Tags: Facebook, Tech, Blackburn, MIT Press, Bertozzi, Jeremy Blackburn, COVID, Washington Post Citing, Stefano M Bertozzi, Satrio Yudhoatmojo, Binghamton University Papers


Multiplayer fintech, and the muddled world of startup data

There’s always a fintech angle, even on Valentine’s Day. This week, I covered Zeta, a new startup working on joint finances for modern couples. It aims to take away the money chores of a relationship, from splitting the bill at dinner to requesting rent through a payment app every month. Aditi Shekar, the co-founder, gave me some notes about why the ongoing popularity of Venmo is validation for the company, instead of competition. Here’s what I learned: The success of Zeta hinges on the idea t...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, TC, London, Microsoft, Softbank, Nigeria, US, Tech, Walmart, Reddit, Archer, Dallas, Jeff Bezos, Dyson, Jack Dorsey


How to Turn Off HomePod Mini Proximity Notifications and Vibrations on iPhone

With the launch of iOS 14.4, Apple added a new feature for the HomePod mini that's designed to provide haptic feedback when your iPhone 11 or 12 is near the speaker to facilitate the simpler handing off of songs from one device to another. When moving your iPhone closer to a ‌HomePod mini‌ after installing the iOS 14.4 update, the ‌iPhone‌ vibrates quicker and quicker as it gets closer to the speaker, and ‌HomePod mini‌ controls pop up on the screen. If you happen to keep your ‌HomePod mini‌ ...
Tags: Apple, HomePod, HomePod Mini


Company sells all-black panels for PS5, dares Sony to sue it

Dbrand offers matte black replacement panels for people who want their PlayStation 5s to be minimalist or tactical or whatever. Dbrand is also daring Sony to sue it. The background there is that a small company, first called PlateStation5 then CustomizeMyPlates, was forced to cancel and refund orders for a similar product last year following legal action from Sony. — Read the rest
Tags: Gadgets, Post, Games, Design, News, Sony, Dbrand, CustomizeMyPlates


‘Cherry’ Clip: Tom Holland is Kind of Shady

Tom Holland is about to get his big dramatic showcase with Cherry, the upcoming Apple TV+ feature film that reunites the Spider-Man: Far From Home star with his Avengers: Infinity War directors the Russo brothers. As the film nears its debut in both theaters and streaming, Apple TV+ has released a new Cherry clip that showcases just how good Holland is at acting high. Cherry Clip Enjoy it while it lasts. Find out where the walk takes @TomHolland1996 and @ciarabravo in #Cherry. In theaters...
Tags: Apple, Movies, Drama, Iraq, Apple TV, Netflix, Army, Holland, Ohio, Cherry, Video Clips, Walker, Emily, Russo, Tom Holland, Jessica Goldberg


Coca-Cola Begins Testing a Paper Bottle

"Coca-Cola is to test a paper bottle as part of a longer-term bid to eliminate plastic from its packaging entirely," reports the BBC: The prototype is made by a Danish company from an extra-strong paper shell that still contains a thin plastic liner. But the goal is to create a 100% recyclable, plastic-free bottle capable of preventing gas escaping from carbonated drinks. The barrier must also ensure no fibres flake off into the liquid... Coca-Cola was ranked the world's number one plastic po...
Tags: UK, Sweden, Tech, Bbc, Hungary, Carlsberg, Coca Cola, Nestle, Pepsi, Coca Cola Begins Testing, Break Free From Plastic


Google returns to updating major iOS apps after months-long wait

Google has finally updated major iOS apps after months of waiting, upgrading YouTube after uncertainty over its response to Apple's...
Tags: Apple, Google


Why Is America Getting a New $100 Billion Nuclear Weapon?

"America is building a new weapon of mass destruction, a nuclear missile the length of a bowling lane," writes the contributing editor for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (in an article shared by Slashdot reader DanDrollette): It will be able to travel some 6,000 miles, carrying a warhead more than 20 times more powerful than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. It will be able to kill hundreds of thousands of people in a single shot. The U.S. Air Force plans to order more than 600 of ...
Tags: America, Tech, Pentagon, Hiroshima, Bloomberg News, Slashdot, U S Air Force, GBSD, DanDrollette, Arms Control Association Association


To Block Covid-19 Charges, Amazon Sues New York's Attorney General

The Associated Press reports: Amazon is suing the attorney general of New York in a bid to stop her from suing the company over its coronavirus safety protocols and the firing of one of its outspoken workers. In the lawsuit filed Friday in Brooklyn federal court, Amazon said Attorney General Letitia James overstepped her authority by trying to regulate coronavirus safety protocols at its warehouse in New York's Staten Island borough. The company said James threatened to sue if Amazon didn't ag...
Tags: Amazon, New York, Tech, Brooklyn, Associated Press, Staten Island, James, Letitia James, Amazon Seattle, COVID, Christian Smalls


Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey are reportedly in talks to testify before Congress for the fourth time in the past year

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in Washington DC on Oct. 23, 2019. Andrew Harnik/AP Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey are in discussions to testify before Congress, Politico reported. What they'd be testifying about "is not yet clear," according to Politico. Congress has been been studying how social media firms have addressed violent posts and misinformation. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey may testify at a congre...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Politics, Congress, Politico, Trends, Washington Dc, Susan Wojcicki, Republican, Jack Dorsey, Dorsey, Facebook Twitter Google, House Energy and Commerce Committee, Andrew Harnik


9 investors discuss hurdles, opportunities and the impact of cloud vendors in enterprise data lakes

About a decade ago, I remember having a conversation with a friend about big data. At the time, we both agreed that it was the purview of large companies like Facebook, Yahoo and Google, and not something most companies would have to worry about. As it turned out, we were both wrong. Within a short time, everyone would be dealing with big data. In fact, it turns out that huge amounts of data are the fuel of machine learning applications, something my friend and I didn’t foresee. Frameworks were ...
Tags: Google, Python, TC, Tech, Hadoop, Snowflake, Databricks, Battery Ventures, Matrix Partners, Data Lake, Mayfield, Amazon Microsoft, Jon Lehr, Navin Chaddha, Dharmesh Thakker, Facebook Yahoo


Facebook Blames 'Technical Issues" for Its Broken Promise to the US Congress

Facebook is blaming "technical issues" for its broken promise to the U.S. Congress to stop recommending political groups to its users, reports The Markup: Facebook made the pledge once in October, in the run-up to the presidential election, and then falsely reiterated it had taken the step after rioters overtook the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, a deadly event partially coordinated by users on the platform. The Markup first revealed that Facebook was still recommending groups...in an investigation ...
Tags: Facebook, Congress, US, Tech, Capitol Hill, Biden, Capitol, Markey, Ed Markey, Facebook Blames Technical Issues


Computer case recalled over fire hazard

The NZXT H1 is a fancy small form-factor case for PCs, with a tag price of $350 and a sleek metal and smoked-glass design. It includes a flammable component, unfortunately, reportedly exposed by using standard metal screws instead of the nylon ones suppied with the product. — Read the rest
Tags: Gadgets, Video, News, Recalls


Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway has quietly racked up a $6 billion gain on GM and BYD in the past 5 months

Warren Buffett. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak Warren Buffett is a surprise winner in the electric-vehicle revolution.Berkshire Hathaway owns stakes in General Motors and Chinese automaker BYD.Buffett's company has scored a $6 billion gain on the two stocks in less than five months.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway is often associated with insurance, railroads, and other humdrum industries. However, the famed investor's conglomerate is quietly cashi...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Hong Kong, US, Trends, General Motors, Bank Of America, Barclays, Gm, Berkshire Hathaway, Warren Buffett, Berkshire, Buffett, BYD, Theron Mohamed, Jo Yong Hak Warren Buffett


WSJ: Zuckerberg tells staff to ‘inflict pain’ on Apple as privacy battle intensifies

As the battle between Facebook and Apple intensifies, The Wall Street Journal is out with a new report this morning detailing Facebook’s...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Wall Street Journal, WSJ, Zuckerberg


Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway has quietly racked up a $6 billion gain on GM and BYD in under 5 months

Warren Buffett. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak Warren Buffett is a surprise winner in the electric-vehicle revolution.Berkshire Hathaway owns stakes in General Motors and Chinese automaker BYD.Buffett's company has scored a $6 billion gain on the two stocks in less than five months.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway is often associated with insurance, railroads, and other humdrum industries. However, the famed investor's conglomerate is quietly cashi...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Hong Kong, US, Trends, General Motors, Bank Of America, Barclays, Gm, Berkshire Hathaway, Warren Buffett, Berkshire, Buffett, BYD, Theron Mohamed, Jo Yong Hak Warren Buffett



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