Twitter CEO responds to mountains of criticism from The New York Times

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The New York Times is calling out Twitter and Twitter’s CEO has some thoughts.

New York Times journalist Maggie Haberman wrote about why she’s taking a break from Twitter on Friday, including a laundry list of reasonable examples explaining why the app has become an unbearable experience for her and others. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey hit back with his own take on the situation in a multi-part thread.

In Haberman’s analysis, she describes how Twitter has gotten worse and worse in many regards over the years, developing into an unreliable source filled with toxic interactions and vitriol. Much of her overarching criticism is boiled down in these two paragraphs: Read more…

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These multicolor LED smart bulbs work with Alexa and only cost $13

Multicolor Smart LED Light Bulb

Multicolor Philips Hue bulbs are awesome but they’re just so expensive. Standard A19 multicolor bulbs from Philips Hue cost about $ 50. Fifty dollars! If you’re looking for a much less expensive option, check out the Maxcio WiFi Multicolored Smart Light Bulb. It supports app control like any other smart light bulb out there, and it also supports Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. All that for $ 13!

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  • Compatible with Amazon Alexa, Amazon Echo/Dot/Tap and Google Home for voice control: Turn on/off and turn the light red/green.(Alexa device sold separately). Support 802.11b/n/g 2.4GHz Wi-Fi only, not support 5.0GHz Wi-Fi. 【Tech support: support@maxcio.com】
  • Remote Group Control – – – Control your lights from anywhere with your tablet or smartphone using the free Smarttlife app. All light bulbs controlled in one App.
  • Multi colored & Scenes Mode – – – The brightness and color of light can be adjusted, various scene modes of light are available for party, date…Create a group, control more than one bulb at the same time!
  • Schedule & Sunrise – – – Schedule the light to turn on/off via the Smartlife App. Sync lights to sunrise, sunset, or pre-set times automatically.
  • Family Sharing – – – All the members in the family are available to share the access to all lights.

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Young star might be devouring a planet

WASHINGTON — Astronomers may have caught a relatively nearby star munching on a planet or mini-planets. A NASA space telescope noticed that the star suddenly started looking a bit strange last year. The Chandra X-Ray Observatory spotted a 30-fold increase in iron on the edge of the star, which is only 10 million years old,…
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Samsung won’t stop sending push notification ads and it’s driving Galaxy users crazy

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With Galaxy S9 sales slumping, Samsung needs to find new ways to bring more consumers on board. To that end, the upcoming Galaxy Note 9 is sure to find an audience, but the company might be shooting itself in the foot with an archaic practice that isn’t going to make anyone want to buy a Galaxy phone. As reported by XDA-Developers earlier this week, Samsung is still bombarding Galaxy users with advertisements delivered via push notifications.

This isn’t the first time we’ve written about this — in fact, here’s a post from nearly three years ago covering the same topic. The fact that we’re still writing about this in 2018 is astounding, but the Samsung Push Service is alive and well, as XDA-Developers’ Max Weinbach discovered this week while using his Galaxy S9.

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Zuckerberg says Facebook won’t ban conspiracy theory sites

Facebook won’t ban sites that peddle conspiracy theories about the Holocaust or Sandy Hook — because they’re just making mistakes, CEO Mark Zuckerberg explained in an interview released Wednesday. “I don’t believe that our platforms should take that down because I think there are things that different people get wrong — I don’t think that…
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Amazon.com’s stock market value hits $900 billion, threatens Apple

Amazon.com’s stock market value reached $ 900 billion on Wednesday for the first time, marking a major milestone in its 21-year trajectory as a publicly listed company and threatening to dislodge Apple as Wall Street’s most valuable jewel.


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T-Mobile was just crowned the fastest mobile network by two different companies

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In the constant battle between wireless companies for your monthly cell dollars, the most visibly important metric is who has the fastest LTE network. In years gone by, it was a two-horse race between AT&T and Verizon, who had the biggest networks, most customers, and best wireless spectrum, while T-Mobile and Sprint desperately fought to not be in last place.

But the times are changing, and when it comes to pure download speed (not coverage, which we’ll get to in a second), it seems like T-Mobile is the winner.

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Google slapped with $5 billion fine by EU for Android antitrust breach

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European antitrust regulators have fined Google with a 4.34 billion euro ($ 5.04 billion) fine for abusing its position in the smartphone market to increase the dominance of its search engine, the European Commission announced in a statement Wednesday. 

Google was ordered to stop the practice within 90 days or face further penalty payments of up to 5% of the average daily global turnover of its parent company, Alphabet. 

European regulators say Google has required manufacturers to pre-install the Google Search app and Chrome app as a condition for licensing Google’s Play Store. The company also made payments to “large manufacturers and mobile network operators” in order for them to exclusively pre-install the Google Search app on their devices. Finally, Google has prevented manufacturers wishing to pre-install Google apps from selling “even a single smart mobile device” running on alternative, non-Google-approved versions of Android, the regulators have found.  Read more…

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The specs of the only Samsung tablet worth buying this year just leaked

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In a matter of days, we’ve seen two rounds of leaked images that showed us the only Samsung tablet you should consider buying this year if you’re into Android tablets. The leaks revealed the tablet will bring over a radical redesign, as Samsung removed physical buttons to increase the screen real estate and reduced bezels. The resulting tablet doesn’t look bad at all.

We now have the full specs of the Galaxy Tab S4, thanks to a new leak, and it’s almost as good as you may have hoped.

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Amazon crashes just as Prime Day kicks off, back 40 minutes later

Discount-hungry Amazon shoppers found themselves in the doghouse Monday. The website for the e-commerce giant crashed shortly after 3 p.m. in New York on Monday — just moments after millions of shoppers deluged to take advantage of Amazon’s annual Prime Day. “Sorry something went wrong on our end,” the site greeted would-be shoppers. Instead of…
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Elon Musk says the Model 3 represents Tesla’s last ‘bet the company’ initiative

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In a wide-ranging interview with Bloomberg, Tesla CEO Elon Musk explained that the Model 3 represents the last “bet-the-company” initiative we can expect to see from the automaker. Recall, everything Tesla has done up to this point has been to hasten the release of the Model 3, the mass market EV Elon Musk initially promised us more than a decade ago when he penned his now-famous “Secret Tesla Motors Master Plan” back in August of 2006.

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Elon Musk courts new controversy after tweeting, then deleting, an attack on a British cave explorer

Elon Musk launched into a blistering Twitter tirade early Sunday against a British explorer who helped spearhead the rescue of a youth soccer team trapped in a Thailand cave.
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Doctors slam sex robot ‘family mode’

A sex robot with a “family mode” that dials down her dirty talk has been blasted as “profoundly damaging” for kids by academics. The controversial droid named Samantha went on sale in the UK last September and made its TV debut that same month. Samantha’s “personality” is powered by an artificial intelligence system that allows…
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Omni 20 USB-C battery pack review: If you try this $200 battery, you’ll never go back

Best USB-C battery pack for laptops: Omni 20 USB-C review

I remember introducing the rest of my family to rechargeable battery packs about seven years ago, just as everyone was migrating from Blackberries onto a mixture of Android and Palm Pre (!) devices. At the time, a 2,000mAh device that fit in a backpack and gave you 60 percent more battery life was the most magical thing I could remember.

Fast-forward to 2018, and battery packs can do a whole lot more. Thanks to improvements in battery technology, a pack the size of a few decks of playing cards can charge your phone for a week, and USB-C technology means that much bigger and more powerful devices can take a charge.

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How to send spam calls straight to voicemail with Google’s phone app

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Google just gave us another good reason to use its phone app: better protection from spam callers. 

The company’s phone app for Android has a new setting that can automatically detect spam calls and send them straight to voicemail so your phone never even rings.

The app now has a “filter suspected spam call” option in its settings. When enabled, suspected spam calls will be routed straight to your phone’s voicemail. Your phone won’t ring, and you won’t get a missed call notification.

If the caller does leave a voicemail, you also won’t get a notification, though you’ll have the ability to view missed calls and voicemails that have been “filtered.” Read more…

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How San Francisco sends less trash to the landfill than any other major U.S. city

San Francisco diverts 80 percent of its waste from landfills, more than any other major city. It hopes to achieve zero waste by 2020. Here's a look at what makes the city's waste management system so successful.
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Giant ‘Plant from Hell’ sends 17-year-old to the hospital with third-degree burns

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The Giant Hogweed is a terrible, no-good, dangerous plant. It also happens to be spreading across the United States with shocking speed, and just touching can totally mess you up. A 17-year-old boy from Virginia named Alex Childress learned that in the absolute worst way possible, and now he’s dealing with severe burns and likely a lifetime of significant scarring.

Childress was reportedly doing a bit of summer gardening when he came across one of the large plants and promptly chopped it down, unknowingly getting some of the plant’s dangerous sap on one side of his face as well as his arm. Nothing happened at first — that’s what makes the plant so incredibly brutal — but that would change.

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Microsoft urges regulation of facial recognition technology

Microsoft on Friday called for government regulation of facial recognition technology and for laws governing its acceptable uses. “We believe Congress should create a bipartisan expert commission to assess the best way to regulate the use of facial recognition technology in the United States,” Microsoft President Brad Smith wrote in a blog post. In May,…
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Today’s Emmy nominations prove why HBO’s new owner wants it to make a ton more shows

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“I want more hours of engagement.” Those were the marching orders that John Stankey, CEO of HBO’s new parent AT&T, gave in recent days to the broadcaster famous for taking a curated approach to television. The remarks came during a town hall that generated a ton of media coverage — apparently, everyone assumed, this means HBO will now be forced to play a volume game which may or may not affect the quality of the content.

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Hackers are selling access to critical airport systems for $10

Digital security is something that’s on the mind of every company that owns any device more modern than a typewriter these days and for good reason. A breach of information can be catastrophic for customers and for a business’s reputation and it’s hard to think of a more appealing target than an airport. Not only…
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Nintendo’s Switch could outsell the PS4 in 2018

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Sony has had a stranglehold on the market ever since the PS4 launched in 2013. To date, the PS4 has reportedly outsold the Xbox One by greater than a two to one margin, and the distance between the two consoles grows larger each and every year. But one analyst believes that Sony might finally have some competition in 2018.

In a recent report, NPD Group analyst Mat Piscatella predicts that the Nintendo Switch will be the best-selling console of the holiday season, and could even overtake the PS4 for total sales on the year. Keep in mind that the Switch has only been on store shelves since early 2017, so millions of consumers had already chosen between the PS4 and Xbox One by the time Nintendo joined the current console generation.

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Hedge fund Tiger Global takes $1 billion stake in Softbank: source

U.S. hedge fund Tiger Global has built a stake worth more than $ 1 billion in Japan’s Softbank Group which it considers to be under-valued, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said on Wednesday.


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The Amazon Echo Look picked a dress for me to wear to a friend’s wedding and it did not disappoint

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The Amazon Echo Look is like your mini personal stylist. It takes photos of your outfits and the app will tell you which outfit looks better and offer suggestions for other items to pair with your outfits. Read more…

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Dyson’s newest cordless vacuum just got a price cut for the first time ever

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Dyson’s cordless vacuums outperform everything else on the market and they pretty much last forever, which makes their high price tags much more tolerable than one might expect. Of course, you’d still have to be crazy not to take advantage of an opportunity to save some cash, and the first ever opportunity just came up for Dyson’s newest model. The Dyson Cyclone V10 Motorhead Lightweight Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner just went on sale for the first time since its release, with Amazon having shaved $ 51 off the price of this awesome new model. Definitely grab one while you can.

Here are the highlights from the product page:

  • The most powerful suction of any cord-free vacuum. Tested to ASTM F558, against cord-free stick market.
  • Up to 60 minutes’ run time when using a non-motorized tool.
  • Lightweight and versatile, to clean right through the home. Instant-release trigger means battery power is only used while it’s cleaning. Requires charging for 3.5 hours minimum before first use.
  • Direct drive cleaner head – our most powerful yet. Up to 20 minutes of fade-free power (in Suction mode II). Drives stiff nylon bristles into carpets to capture deep-down dirt.
  • The fully-sealed filtration system traps 99.97% of particles as small as 0.3 microns – expelling cleaner air.
  • Powered by the Dyson digital motor V10 and engineered to pick up ground-in dirt and fine dust from hard floors and carpets.
  • Quickly transforms to a handheld vacuum, to clean all around your home and car.

Dyson Cyclone V10 Motorhead Lightweight Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner: $ 449.00

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Elon Musk’s kid-sized submarine was of no use in Thai cave rescue

Billionaire tech entrepreneur Elon Musk built a special kid-sized submarine that simply wasn’t practical for the Thailand cave rescue, authorities said on Tuesday. The SpaceX and Tesla CEO showed off the small metallic pod on Twitter over the weekend as it was tested by his engineers in a Los Angeles high school swimming pool —…
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YouTube’s $25 million plan to fight fake news includes article links, more global support

YouTube will start adding previews and links to written news articles in its search results in order to combat fake news around current events and hot-button topics. It will also provide more global support to news organizations. 
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Apple is still trying to convince us what an iPad is good for in its new ads

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Towards the end of his life, there was a moment at an All Things D conference where Steve Jobs was explaining his bullishness on iPads. He was going on about how “customers are smart,” and if Apple just makes a seductively simple, useful tablet that consumers like, they’ll buy them. “And if they don’t (like them), they wont.”

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Rogue security researcher tried to sell iPhone malware for $50M

Nearly two years ago, security researchers unearthed what was, at the time, arguably the most advanced piece of mobile hacking software the world had ever seen. The tool in question was called Pegasus and was the brainchild of an Israeli-based security company called the NSO Group. As is often the case, the NSO Group’s business model…
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The 7 best free iPhone games of the week

Best Free iPhone Games

We’ve officially entered the sweltering month of July, but that’s not going to stop us from recommending the best free iOS games we find on the App Store week in and week out. It’s a relatively tame selection this week, but Dead Island: Survivors and the Western-themed MMO Westland Survival are already in my personal queue.

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Huawei says does not expect U.S. sanctions: press

China’s Huawei, the world’s largest maker of telecommunication network equipment, does not see itself becoming the target of U.S. sanctions and will keep buying U.S. chips this year, one of its three rotating chairmen told a French newspaper.


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Elon Musk is building a ‘kid-size submarine’ to rescue Thai kids trapped in cave

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Elon Musk is coming to the rescue.

The tech leader, along with SpaceX and Boring Company engineers, have been working with cave experts in Thailand to rescue the boys’ soccer team of 12 that’s been stuck in a cave system since June 23.

On Saturday, Musk tweeted an updated rescue plan, which essentially involves constructing “a tiny, kid-size submarine” that he plans to fly to Thailand.

Musk began his Saturday updates by discussing an “escape pod design” and “an inflatable tube with airlocks.” But as the day progressed, he settled on the idea of a mini-submarine. Read more…

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The iPhone won’t get a triple-lens camera this year, but the next Samsung Galaxy might

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The Galaxy S10 will arrive in three flavors next year, a new report from Korea revealed, including a cheaper Galaxy S10 that will join the expected Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ models. All three phones will feature fingerprint sensors located under the display or on the sides, that report said. But that won’t be the only signature feature of the Galaxy S10.

The best version of the phone will feature a triple-lens camera on the back, and, of course, there’s a rumor about said camera setup.

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High-end speaker company Sonos is going public

Sonos is going public. The high-end speaker company filed paperwork for an S-1 on Friday. It set a placeholder amount of $ 100 million, but did not specify an offering price or size of the offering. Bloomberg reported that Sonos is seeking a valuation of $ 2.5 billion to $ 3 billion. The company will be listed on…
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Memory Loss: Prices Weaken for Chips Used in Smartphones, Self-Driving Cars

After a historic rise in 2017, prices this year of two major types of memory chips—called NAND and DRAM—have fallen 37% and 16%, respectively, according to semiconductor sales tracker DRAMeXchange. The drop caused Samsung Electronics Co. to forecast lower-than-expected profit for the second quarter, and its shares slid 2.3% on Friday.
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Somebody thought a politics-free version of ‘SNL’ in China sounded like a good idea

China Saturday Night Live

Almost as soon as you learn that NBCUniversal licenses a version of Saturday Night Live to be produced locally in China with help from the Alibaba-owned video site Youku — and that said local Chinese version of SNL actually started airing a few weeks ago – you may find yourself wondering about, let’s say, aspects of the arrangement.

Like, what the writers’ room is like. Or if they even have a writers’ room. And if they do, what’s it like to come up with a sketch for a show that leans heavily on political satire in the U.S. — indeed, where a centerpiece lately has been endless lampooning of President Trump — but which can have none of that in the Middle Kingdom.

It’s like with anything, apparently — you make do. In a Communist Party-ruled land with powerful censors, you come up with skits like this to tickle the ol’ funny bone: In one, per Quartz, news anchors downplay China’s soccer team not qualifying for the World Cup because — why else? — the team is “too good.”

In another, the words to a hit song are changed from “dancing in the waves” to “let’s keep playing computer games.” The show — the first episode of which was watched nearly 100 million times, according to this report — also ran with a sketch that seemed inspired by a version of one from the American SNL. In this one, a restaurant customer complains about crayfish being dirty, which kicks off a song-and-dance number performed by people wearing crustacean costumes.

NBCUniversal actually licenses more than half a dozen international versions of SNL in places like France, as well as the Middle East. When NBC announced this deal for a Chinese version last year, it was understood from the outset there likely wouldn’t be any comedians ribbing Chinese president Xi Jinping. And it’s not just politics — Chinese TV shows are also forbidden from including some of the more risque humor that makes its way into a typical SNL episode.

According to one Chinese news company, the first hour-long “SNL China” episode included things like an opening monologue and music performances. But it was taped in advance and stuck to “safer topics” like the World Cup, pop music and food.

“Out of the 177 people that rated SNL China on review platform Douban, more than 60% gave the show less than three stars out of five, which is generally considered a poor score,” reads that news report from the company Caixin. “Many commented that the jokes were ‘dry’ and ’embarrassing.'”

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Facebook flagged Declaration of Independence as hate speech

Facebook’s filters flagged a passage from the Declaration of Independence– as hate speech. The Vindicator, a news outlet in Liberty, Tx., posted the document in 12 excerpts on their Facebook page between June 24 and July 4, to educate readers ahead of Independence Day. But one post, apparently, wasn’t kosher with Facebook. “Somewhere in paragraphs…
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One of the recurring quotes often delivered with humorous resignation by a member of the Bluth family on Arrested Development was the perennially meme-able line, “I’ve made a huge mistake.”

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Uber returns to Finnish roads after taxi market deregulation

HELSINKI (Reuters) – Uber Technologies [UBER.UL] will re-start its ride-hailing business in Finland on Wednesday after a one-year pause, it said, seeking to benefit from the country’s transport law reform.


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Google would like you to know that no one is reading your emails on Gmail without your permission. While that may be true, things aren’t that simple.  

After a Wall Street Journal report (published Monday) described how third-party developers might be reading your emails on Gmail, Google on Tuesday responded with a blog post, describing the measures the company takes to ensure your security and privacy within the service. 

The post, signed by Suzanne Frey, Director of Security, Trust and Privacy at Google Cloud, admits that Google allows third party developers to access your Gmail messages, but only if you’ve granted them permission, and only after they pass a strict review process.  Read more…

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