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The Morning After: Friday, February 24 2017

Engadget - 1 hour 32 min ago
Good morning. We spent two days with the Nintendo Switch and we have feelings. Amazon is citing the First Amendment in defense of its robot Alexa, and we look forward to transforming into cups and bananas in Bethesda's forthcoming Prey.

Apple reportedly pays big bucks to buy, shut down - CNET

CNET News - 1 hour 37 min ago
The company recently bought the rights to the domain, which was previously held by an Asian social networking site.

Former HTC bigwig joins Android creator's 'stealth startup' - CNET

CNET News - 1 hour 50 min ago
Andy Rubin, the creator of Android, is said to be working on a company to challenge Apple and Google for mobile dominance.

Server bug leaks user data for thousands of popular websites

Engadget - 2 hours 52 min ago
A number of high-profile websites have been leaking their users personal data into the ether, thanks to an error at their hosting provider. Cloudflare, which provides services to companies like Patreon, Fitbit and OKCupid among others, had an error i...

Lyft's biggest rollout takes it to 50 new cities

Engadget - 4 hours 2 min ago
Lyft has just announced its biggest expansion to date. The ride-sharing service is now available in over 50 new cities and four new states across the US. They're mostly located in the Midwest, but the list also includes a few other parts of the count...

Google issue accidentally crashed Google Wifi and OnHub devices - CNET

CNET News - 4 hours 29 min ago
A factory reset will fix the problem, the company said.

Google Allo's desktop client is in the works

Engadget - 5 hours 11 min ago
Google just can't stop when it comes to messaging apps. While its texting software for Android has a new name, the AI-powered Allo is coming to a new platform soon. VP Nick Fox teased a desktop web client for the service in a tweet, while saying that...

Caitlyn Jenner tweets of Trump's 'disaster' transgender policy - CNET

CNET News - 5 hours 38 min ago
Commentary: In a video, the Olympian turned reality star asks the president to call her.

Cadillac addresses 'a nation divided' in Oscars ad - CNET

CNET News - 6 hours 32 min ago
Commentary: As if to warm everyone up for a political Oscars show, the carmaker insists the nation can be united.

Amazon refuses to hand over Alexa info for murder investigation

Engadget - 7 hours 18 min ago
Amazon continues to resist law enforcement's demands to hand over the audio recordings for an Echo involved in an Arkansas murder investigation. The tech titan has filed a motion to throw out a search warrant from prosecutors, arguing that both the u...

Someone just bought an oil tanker on China's eBay - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2017-02-23 23:54
You can buy anything you want on Taobao, including sea vessels... if you have $11 million to spare.

Google's Android texting app has a new name

Engadget - Thu, 2017-02-23 23:09
Despite how common texting is, its integration on Android has always lagged slightly behind, as Google appeared to focus on other things. Sometimes it wrapped the feature into other services/apps like Google Voice and Hangouts, but lately, the main A...

Samsung increases transparency on donations amid scandal - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2017-02-23 23:08
The company lowers the monetary threshold for financial donations requiring board approval.

Uber, Fitbit, OKCupid information exposed by wide-reaching flaw - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2017-02-23 22:12
Bug affecting 3,400 websites leaked data, including usernames, passwords and messages sent by end-users.

Google's Immerse VR series debuts with exploration of racial identity

Engadget - Thu, 2017-02-23 22:09
Google's virtual reality offerings are taking off. While their engineers develop techniques to simulate user faces hidden behind headsets that will make streaming VR less clunky, the NBA recently released an original show for Daydream VR. But today,...

What tech's saying about Trump's transgender policy reversal - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2017-02-23 21:45
Tech companies strongly oppose the president rescinding policies for transgender students.

Disney's Maker Studios changes strategy and lays off employees

Engadget - Thu, 2017-02-23 21:22
Disney-owned Maker Studios is putting its business through a major overhaul in an effort to become profitable. According to The Wall Street Journal, Disney is laying off around 80 people -- some of them are Maker employees, while some are from the Ho...

Hip-hop hurray! Netflix announces season two of 'The Get Down' - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2017-02-23 20:26
The Baz Luhrmann-produced hip-hop series will come back for a second season in April.

Google WiFi, OnHub routers inexplicably crashed today

Engadget - Thu, 2017-02-23 20:26
Google's smart router projects are supposed to provide hassle-free networking, but today many owners are experiencing just the opposite. Reports are streaming in of nonfunctional Google OnHub and WiFi units pushing little more than a flashing blue li...

ZeniMax seeks permanent injunction against Oculus - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2017-02-23 20:07
Facebook's VR unit may have to pull games off its Rift headset if the injunction is approved.