US Judge Sentences Crypto Hedge Fund Scammer To Over Seven Years In Prison

The U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday that Stefan He Qin, the founder of two cryptocurrency-focused hedge funds who pled guilty to securities fraud in February, has been sentenced to 90 months in prison for his actions. Tom's Hardware reports: Qin's funds were called Virgil Sigma and VQR. Both were supposed to offer investors a way to profit off the crypto market that "was not exposed to any risk from the price of cryptocurrency moving up or down and therefore provided a relatively ...
Tags: US, Tech, Doj, Wall Street Journal, Tom, Strauss, U S Department of Justice, Qin, Audrey Strauss, Stefan He Qin, Virgil Sigma, VQR

The AirPods 3 were a no-show, but don’t count them out yet

While most of the products at the iPhone 13 event were predicted by early rumors, there was one prominent prediction that didn’t show up: the AirPods 3. But don’t count it out just yet. A new report by DigiTimes Asia claims the AirPods 3 are not only coming — they are already in production. According to DigiTimes, shipments from components suppliers and assemblers have been ‘proceeding slowly,’ but it still seems the headphones could very well show up within the next few months. The new AirPods ...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Asia, Plugged, Next Featured

China Intensifies Hunt For Cryptocurrency Miners In Hiding

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: China's campaign against the cryptocurrency industry is now targeting miners who tried to disguise themselves as data researchers and storage facilities to stay in business, according to people with knowledge of the situation. Inspections intensified this month in several Chinese provinces, targeting illegal mining activities in colleges, research institutions and data centers, said the people who asked not to be named due to the sensitivity of...
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Lucid Air Electric Sedan Zips By Tesla With EPA-Rated 520-Mile Range

The EPA says the Lucid Air electric sedan will do 520 miles on a full charge, which is well over 100 miles more than the Tesla Model S Long Range, which delivers an estimated 405 miles. CNET reports: The 520-mile range estimate is specific to the Air Dream Edition Range with 19-inch wheels. Buyers should know the optional 21-inch wheels drop the range to an estimated 481 miles. Still, that's damned impressive. For those who select the Air Dream Edition Performance, they won't be penalized too mu...
Tags: Tech, Epa, Cnet, Lucid, Lucid Air, Lucid Air electric, Tesla Model S Long Range

In internal memo, Apple says it is monitoring legal challenges to Texas abortion law

In a message posted on an internal employee message board today, Apple said that it was monitoring the legal challenges to what it refers to as the “uniquely restrictive abortion law” that was recently passed in Texas. Apple confirmed the authenticity of the message to TechCrunch. “We are actively monitoring the legal proceedings challenging the uniquely restrictive abortion law in Texas,” the unsigned memo reads. “In the meantime, we want to remind you that our benefits at Apple are comprehensi...
Tags: Apple, Startups, TC, Texas, Austin, Abortion, Bumble, Match Group, Texas Apple

Forget that Loon's balloon burst, we just fired 700TB of laser broadband between two cities, says Google

Up to 20Gbps link sustained over the Congo in comms experiment Engineers at Google’s technology moonshot lab X say they used lasers to beam 700TB of internet traffic between two cities separated by the Congo River.…
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Staples is practically handing out the Surface Pro 7 right now

Surface Pro deals going on now at Staples. You can pick up or order your own Surface Pro 7 for just $1,000.
Tags: Deals, Microsoft, Trends, Computing, Tablets, Laptop, Laptop Deals, Tablet Deals, Microsoft Deals, Surface Pro 7, Staples Deals, Microsoft Surface Pro 7, Staples 2021, Surface Pro 7 deals, Microsoft Surface Pro 7 deals

Free REvil Ransomware Master Decrypter Released For Past Victims

A free master decryptor for the REvil ransomware operation has been released, allowing all victims encrypted before the gang disappeared to recover their files for free. BleepingComputer reports: The REvil master decryptor was created by cybersecurity firm Bitdefender in collaboration with a trusted law enforcement partner. While Bitdefender could not share details about how they obtained the master decryption key or the law enforcement agency involved, they told BleepingComputer that it works f...
Tags: Tech, Bitdefender, BleepingComputer, Bogdan Botezatu, Threat Research and Reporting

Daily Crunch: Lucid Air puts Tesla in rearview mirror by earning 520-mile EPA range rating

To get a roundup of TechCrunch’s biggest and most important stories delivered to your inbox every day at 3 p.m. PDT, subscribe here. Hello and welcome to Daily Crunch for September 16, 2021. We are still on the countdown to Disrupt, so make sure you have a ticket, and get ready to drop your pitch deck into the hat. We’re going to space! — Alex Rocket Lab’s Peter Beck will discuss taking a company interplanetary at Disrupt 2021 The TechCrunch Top 3 Tigers love robots: Sure we’re accustom...
Tags: Apple, TC, China, Tech, Tesla, United States, Ford, Tigers, Epa, Cupertino, Lucid, Newsletters, U S Federal Trade Commission FTC, Altos Ventures, Byju, Brian Heater

GM extends Chevy Bolt EV production shutdown through mid-October

General Motors is extending the shutdown of its Orion Assembly Plant until at least mid-October as a result of a battery pack shortage related to the recently announced Chevy Bolt EV and EUV safety recall. Bloomberg first reported that the company intends to idle its plant through the week of October 11. “These most recent scheduling adjustments are being driven by the continued parts shortages caused by semiconductor supply constraints from international markets experiencing COVID-related r...
Tags: Transportation, Mexico, Tech, General Motors, Bloomberg, Canada, Automotive, Gm, Kansas, Michigan, North America, EVs, Cadillac, Nhtsa, Chevy Bolt, Chevy Bolt Ev

‘This is the worst kind of politics’: Biden criticizes Republicans resisting vaccine mandates – as it happened

GOP governors threaten to sue over labor department vaccine policyWhite House insists Covid booster plan to go ahead despite hurdles‘Fascist and tyrannical’: US vaccine mandates induce rightwing hysteriaThe Louisiana nurses refusing to get the Covid vaccineSign up to receive First Thing – our daily briefing by email 12.58am BST 12.35am BST Johana Bhuiyan reports: It was a routine bike ride around the neighborhood that landed Zachary McCoy in the crosshairs of the Gainesville, Florida, p...
Tags: Google, US, Joe Biden, US news, Gop, US politics, House, Vaccines and immunisation, Louisiana, Biden, Gainesville Florida, Johana Bhuiyan, Biden Administration, Coronavirus, Zachary McCoy

AMC Theaters Will Accept Cryptocurrencies Other Than Bitcoin

In August, AMC Entertainment CEO Adam Aron said the company will start accepting bitcoin as payment for movie tickets and concessions at all of its U.S. theaters. Now, Aron says he expects the company to also accept Ethereum, Litecoin, and Bitcoin Cash. In a tweet, Aron said: "Cryptocurrency enthusiasts: you likely know @AMCTheatres has announced we will accept Bitcoin for online ticket and concession payments by year-end 2021. I can confirm today that when we do so, we also expect that we simil...
Tags: Amc, Tech, Aron, Adam Aron, AMC Entertainment, Ethereum Litecoin

WhatsApp Reinvents the 'Yellow Pages'

WhatsApp is testing a new "Yellow Pages" like feature in Sao Paulo, Brazil, that will let users search for local shops. The Next Web reports: WhatsApp's head, Will Cathcart, announced this feature and said "we've built this in a private way." He claims that the company won't log your location or the businesses you're searching for. If you live in Sao Paulo, you'll be able to search for local shops using WhatsApp Business through the 'Businesses Nearby' menu in the new chat option. For years, Fac...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Indonesia, Tech, Yellow Pages, Sao Paulo, Reuters, Sao Paulo Brazil, Brazil India, Will Cathcart, Matt Idema Facebook

Facebook knows Instagram harms teens. Now, its plan to open the app to kids looks worse than ever

Facebook is in the hot seat again. The Wall Street Journal published a powerful multi-part series on the company this week, drawing from internal documents on everything from the company’s secretive practice of whitelisting celebrities to its knowledge that Instagram is taking a serious toll on the mental health of teen girls. The flurry of investigative pieces makes it clear that what Facebook says in public doesn’t always reflect the company’s knowledge on known issues behind the scenes. The r...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Teens, Senate, Elizabeth Warren, Social Media, Tech, Mental Health, The Wall Street Journal, Wall Street Journal, Blackburn, WSJ, Data Security

Apple Watch Series 7 Tidbits: S7 Chip, Storage Remains 32GB, USB-C Fast Charging Cable in the Box, and More (mac rumors)

Contrary to some recent media reporting, MacRumors can confirm that the new Apple Watch Series 7 is powered by a new S7 chip, although the S7 is based around the same CPU found in the S6 chip from the Series 6. Apple announced the Apple Watch Series 7 during its event yesterday, but the watch will not be available until "later this fall." As a result, Apple has so far offered relatively little detail about the new watch, not even publishing a specifications page on its website detailing the...
Tags: Apple, News, Apple Watch, Don, Steve Troughton Smith, Sami Fathi, Beidou China

What's Still Coming in 2021 at Apple's Second Fall Event (mac rumors)

Apple held its "California Streaming" event yesterday to unveil new iPads, the iPhone 13 lineup, and the Apple Watch Series 7, but we're not yet done with new products for the year. We're expecting a second fall event to be held in either October or November, and this event will likely focus on Macs. Below, we've highlighted the products that are still rumored to be launching before the end of 2021. 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pro Models We're overdue for a 16-inch MacBook Pro refresh, and r...
Tags: Apple, News, California, Bloomberg, MacBook Air, Gpu, Mark Gurman, Macbook Pro, Ming Chi Kuo, Juli Clover, Gurman, Intel Mac, Mac Mini Apple, Mac Pro Apple, MacBook Air Rumored

How To Watch The Alien Movies In Order

Ridley Scott's Xenomorph started its hunt with "Alien" in 1979, and though there have been some pauses between installments, we inevitably return to its bleak, Geiger-designed future again and again. With a new Alien series exploring amoral mega-corporation Weyland-Yutani on the way, it's worth studying how we got here. The timeline of the Alien franchise can be hard to follow, as Ridley Scott delved into the creation of the Xenomorphs decades after making the first movie. However, there are a f...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Hbo, Hollywood, Movies, Earth, David, Tennessee, Franco, Marines, James Franco, Aliens, Ash, Michael Fassbender, Alan, Audi

Rivian announces membership plan with complementary charging and LTE connectivity

Igor Bonifacic Contributor Igor Bonifacic is a contributing writer at Engadget. More posts by this contributor Microsoft Office 2021 will be available on October 5th Apple has reportedly appointed wearable chief Kevin Lynch to lead its car division With R1T trucks rolling off the assembly line at its factory in Normal, Illinois, Rivian continues to prepare for the official debut of its first EVs later this month. On Thursday, the ...
Tags: Apple, TC, Column, Microsoft, Tech, Kevin Lynch, Rivian, Illinois Rivian, Tceng, Igor Bonifacic Contributor Igor Bonifacic, Adventure Network, Engadget More, Rivian Membership

Tech Giants Used 'Loopholes' To Duck Merger Reviews, FTC Says

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Hundreds of deals by U.S. technology giants flew under the radar of merger watchdogs, fueling the companies' unchecked growth in the digital economy, according to a Federal Trade Commission study (PDF). The data on acquisitions by Apple, Amazon, Alphabet's Google, and Microsoft show that antitrust enforcers must be more aggressive in making sure companies aren't taking advantage of "loopholes" to avoid reporting deals to regulators, FTC Chair L...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Tech, Bloomberg, Khan, Federal Trade Commission, Giphy, Ftc, Bloomberg News, Lina Khan, Apple Amazon Alphabet

Apple's M1 MacBook screens are stunning – stunningly fragile and defective, that is, lawsuits allege

Latest laptops prone to cracking, distortions, owners complain Aggrieved MacBook owners in two separate lawsuits claim Apple's latest laptops with its M1 chips have defective screens that break easily and malfunction.…
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Reid Hoffman is returning to Disrupt

You’ve probably learned from Reid Hoffman before, either through his inventions, investments or inspirational words. The entrepreneur is the co-founder of LinkedIn, a partner at Greylock and the author of a new book based off of his hit podcast, Masters of Scale.  His storied past makes him chock-full of interesting anecdotes and lessons, which is why we’re excited to have him back on the TechCrunch Disrupt stage happening next week from September 21-23. I’ll sit down with him to learn about...
Tags: Startups, TC, Events, Tech, Reid Hoffman, Greylock, Disrupt, Walker, Hoffman, Andrés Ruzo, TC Disrupt 2021

New Microsoft Office Arrives Early Next Month, and Won't Require You To Pay For a Subscription

Microsoft's new, flat-price version of its Office productivity software will arrive on Oct. 5 -- the same day Windows 11 begins rolling out, according to a company blog post Thursday. From a report: Microsoft previously emphasized that while its main focus remains in its subscription offering, Microsoft 365, it will release the one-time purchase Office 2021 for those who aren't ready to move to the cloud. Office 2021 arrives in two versions: one for commercial users, called Office LTSC (which st...
Tags: Microsoft, Tech, New Microsoft, Office LTSC, Long Term Servicing Channel

Data shows how much overlap major streaming services have in movie and TV catalogs, from Disney+ to Netflix

"The Mandalorian" Disney Plus Data shows how much overlap of movies and TV shows there is between major streaming services. Disney+ had little overlap with its competitors, but has a smaller content library than other streamers. The biggest movie overlap was between Hulu and Paramount+; the biggest TV overlap was between Peacock and Hulu. See more stories on Insider's business page. The last two years saw a wave of new streaming services enter a space that had already included heavy hi...
Tags: Apple, TV, Hollywood, Movies, Media, Entertainment, Disney, Trends, Netflix, Comcast, Streaming, Cbs, Hulu, Paramount, Nbcu, Peacock

As Onit Releases InvoiceAI To General Availability, It Promises ‘It’s Not Here To Take Over The World’

With the release of InvoiceAI, Onit also released a clever promotional video that seems to take a subtle jab at legal professionals’ ambivalence towards AI.
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The bitter lawsuit hanging over the Apple Watch’s new swipe keyboard

Apple’s head of keyboards stands accused of trying to crush competition
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Morning mail: Aukus deal backlash, strip search breach, Murdoch hires Piers Morgan

Friday: Australia’s nuclear-powered submarine deal with the US and the UK sparks international fury. Plus: everyone is listening in Liane Moriarty’s new novelGood morning. The US, UK and Australia’s defence deal has upset not only China and France, but climate experts too. Labor’s national secretary has appealed to Google over misinformation concerns ahead of the federal elections. And the controversial British journalist Piers Morgan has joined News Corp.China has denounced Australia’s nuclear...
Tags: Google, UK, Labor, Australia, France, China, US, World news, Australia news, Beijing, United States, United Kingdom, Piers Morgan, Murdoch, Morrison, US UK

Facebook steps up fight against climate misinformation – but critics say effort falls short

New efforts will let vast amounts of false material slip through the cracks, according to climate advocatesFacebook has announced new efforts to combat climate crisis misinformation on its platform, including by expanding its climate science center to provide more reliable information, investing in organizations that fight misinformation, and launching a video series to highlight young climate advocates on Facebook and Instagram.But critics say the new push, announced on Thursday, falls short an...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Social Networking, Climate Change, Social Media, Climate Crisis

Placester rolls out new solution for managing outsourced creative services

Marketing technology company Placester has launched a new product to help brokers manage the hiring of outsourced creative professionals.
Tags: Technology, Marketing, Radio, Graphic Design, Placester, Digital Marketing, Select, News Brief, Creative Services, Agent Websites, Inman Innovators, Brokerage Websitess, Placester Concierge Custom

Apple Releases Safari Technology Preview 132 With Bug Fixes and Performance Improvements

Apple today released a new update for Safari Technology Preview, the experimental browser Apple first introduced in March 2016. Apple designed the ‌Safari Technology Preview‌ to test features that may be introduced into future release versions of Safari. ‌Safari Technology Preview‌ release 132 includes bug fixes and performance improvements for Web Inspector, CSS, JavaScript, Web API, WebRTC, Rendering, Media, and Web Extensions. Apple says that Tab Groups do not sync in this release. The c...
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GoPro's new Hero 10 could be the only camera you ever need - here are the performance-enhancing upgrades

When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Les Shu/Insider GoPro just launched its latest flagship camera, the Hero 10 Black. Featuring a brand-new chipset, the Hero 10 doubles the performance of the previous Hero 9. Priced at $499, this compact camera does what more expensive and bigger cameras can do. See more tech and electronics reviews. Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky Hero10 Black (small) As anticipated every September, GoPro revealed...
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