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Verizon asks the FCC to let it lock new smartphones for 60 days

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Verizon is asking the Federal Communications Commission to let it keep new smartphones locked to its network for 60 days, as part of an initiative to prevent identity theft and fraud. After the 60-day period, the phones would unlock automatically, the telecom says in a note published to its website and authored by Ronan Dunne, […]

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Twitter co-founder Evan Williams stepping down from board after 12 years

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Twitter co-founder Evan Williams, who’s currently CEO of publishing platform Medium, is stepping down from Twitter’s board, according to a new filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Williams will officially depart at the end of the month. “It’s been an incredible 13 years, and I’m proud of what Twitter has accomplished during my time […]

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YouTube says it’s not restricting ads based on creators’ comment sections

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YouTube says it’s not asking creators to moderate their comments or face ad restrictions, clarifying a message that has worried some of the site’s members. Yesterday, amid controversy over child predators congregating on YouTube, the Team YouTube Twitter account stated that “inappropriate comments” could result in videos having limited or no advertising. A YouTube spokesperson, […]

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US firm stops selling DNA collection equipment to China

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Massachusetts-based biotech firm Thermo Fisher says it will stop selling equipment to Xinjiang, the province where Chinese authorities have launched a statewide campaign to monitor and track Uighurs. It told The New York Times the new decision was “consistent with Thermo Fisher’s values, ethics code, and policies.” From 2016 to 2017, China ordered almost 36 […]

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Microsoft workers’ letter demands company drop Army HoloLens contract

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In a letter addressed to top executives, a group of Microsoft workers is demanding the company drop a controversial contract with the United States Army. The workers object to the company taking a $479 million contract last year to supply tech for the military’s Integrated Visual Augmentation System, or IVAS. Under the project, Microsoft, the […]

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Samsung’s Galaxy S10 5G is a phone without a network

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Samsung’s Galaxy S10 5G was the final announcement at the company’s big Unpacked event — a phone promising mobile internet speeds dramatically faster than today’s LTE networks. But there’s one big problem: there are no 5G networks in the United States for the S10 5G to actually work with, and we’re not sure when that […]

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Canadian government pulls $18 million investment from smart glasses company North following layoffs

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The Canadian government is withholding the remainder of its $18.3 million (CAD$24 million) investment into North after The Verge reported that the company laid off 150 employees this week. North is also being asked to return the money it’s already received from the investment. The funding withdrawal was first reported by Canada-based publication The Logic. […]

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Samsung Galaxy Watch Active vs. Apple Watch Series 4: rival wearables compared

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Samsung officially announced several new wearables this week, but it’s the Galaxy Watch Active, the company’s newest smartwatch, that stands out from the pack. While the hardware may not be as premium as the Apple Watch 4, it’s still in direct competition to the watchOS wearable, and will be immediately attractive to users who want […]

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Elon Musk pokes fun at himself while hosting PewDiePie’s popular Meme Review

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Elon Musk’s appearance on Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg’s “Meme Review,” a popular series on Kjellberg’s channel where he provides commentary on memes, gave Tesla’s CEO a chance to address one of his most important customer bases directly: YouTube. Musk, with Rick and Morty co-creator Justin Roiland, co-hosted the last third of Kjellberg’s latest episode. Their time […]

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First Glimpse of Huawei Mate X: A Foldable 5G Phone

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Constructing a stage and a booth at a trade show takes a few days. It just so happens that the media end up arriving in the city for the trade show a few days early, in order to attend press events. It would appear that either someone from the media, or a worker who clearly […]

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