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Engadget - Fri, 2019-08-23 12:00
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Americans are waiting three years to replace their phones, study finds

Engadget - Fri, 2019-08-23 11:45
A new study released by Strategy Analytics reflects the current state of the smartphone industry. Apparently, consumers in the US -- Baby Boomers, in particular -- are increasingly delaying their smartphone purchase for three or more years. In additi...

These 4 things are on sale for $10 or less, and you should get them all - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2019-08-23 11:37
Plus: A sweet retro mini-fridge for $99 and a super-versatile coffeemaker for $50.

'Dark Crystal: Tactics' and the evolution of Netflix's video game strategy

Engadget - Fri, 2019-08-23 11:30
Stranger Things was Netflix's first experiment with making video games. Developed by Texas studio BonusXP, the Stranger Things mobile game came out in October 2017, and it was a basic, accessible experience for anyone even vaguely familiar with the f...

Google Doesn't Want Staff Debating Politics at Work Anymore

SlashDot - Fri, 2019-08-23 11:23
Google posted new internal rules that discourage employees from debating politics, a shift away from the internet giant's famously open culture. From a report: The new "community guidelines" tell employees not to have "disruptive" conversations and warn workers that they'll be held responsible for whatever they say at the office. The company is also building a tool to let employees flag problematic posts and creating a team of moderators to monitor conversations, a Google spokeswoman said. "While sharing information and ideas with colleagues helps build community, disrupting the workday to have a raging debate over politics or the latest news story does not," the new policy states. "Our primary responsibility is to do the work we've each been hired to do." Google has long encouraged employees to question each other and push back against managers when they think they're making the wrong decision. Google's founders point to the open culture as instrumental to the success they've had revolutionizing the tech landscape over the last two decades.

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Audi AI:Trail concept teases an electric off-roader for the future - Roadshow

CNET News - Fri, 2019-08-23 11:12
Audi is taking electrification to the unbeaten path.

Ballers returns to HBO Now for final season - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2019-08-23 10:53
The show starring Dwayne Johnson streams its fifth (and final) season premiere this weekend.

Amazon Has Ceded Control of Its Site. The Result: Thousands of Banned, Unsafe or Mislabeled Products

SlashDot - Fri, 2019-08-23 10:41
Just like tech companies that have struggled to tackle misinformation on their platforms, Amazon has proven unable or unwilling to effectively police third-party sellers on its site. The Wall Street Journal: Many of the millions of people who shop on see it as if it were an American big-box store, a retailer with goods deemed safe enough for customers. In practice, Amazon has increasingly evolved like a flea market. It exercises limited oversight over items listed by millions of third-party sellers, many of them anonymous, many in China, some offering scant information. A Wall Street Journal investigation found 4,152 items for sale on's site that have been declared unsafe by federal agencies, are deceptively labeled or are banned by federal regulators -- items that big-box retailers' policies would bar from their shelves. Among those items, at least 2,000 listings for toys and medications lacked warnings about health risks to children. The Journal identified at least 157 items for sale that Amazon had said it banned, including sleeping mats the Food and Drug Administration warns can suffocate infants. The Journal commissioned tests of 10 children's products it bought on Amazon, many promoted as "Amazon's Choice." Four failed tests based on federal safety standards, according to the testing company, including one with lead levels that exceeded federal limits. Of the 4,152 products the Journal identified, 46% were listed as shipping from Amazon warehouses. After the Journal brought the listings to Amazon's attention, 57% of the 4,152 listings had their wording altered or were taken down. Amazon said that it reviewed and addressed the listings the Journal provided and that company policies require all products to comply with laws and regulations.

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Modern Warfare's new multiplayer Gunfight mode now available on PS4 - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2019-08-23 10:37
The alpha is free and will last throughout the weekend.

VW recalls 679,000 cars for rollaway risk - Roadshow

CNET News - Fri, 2019-08-23 10:36
Drivers may be able to remove the key while the car isn't in park.

Google's internal community guidelines discourage political discussions

Engadget - Fri, 2019-08-23 10:31
Today, Google released a new set of community guidelines that bans political discussions inside the company and reminds Googlers that they are responsible for their words and will be held accountable for them. The policy change appears to be an attem...

Facebook's Libra backers reportedly looking to cut ties with cryptocurrency - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2019-08-23 10:25
Concerns about Facebook's digital currency keep piling up.

Members of Facebook's 'Crypto Mafia' Reportedly Getting Cold Feet About Libra Currency

SlashDot - Fri, 2019-08-23 10:02
At least three of the 28 entities that have signed on for Facebook's planned Libra currency are now getting nervous about the project, according to a new report from the Financial Times. And Facebook is just as worried about being the only company currently with its "neck out," as regulators push back against the plan to create a new digital currency from thin air. From a report: The companies, which some have dubbed the "crypto mafia," include heavy hitters from Silicon Valley and Wall Street, like Uber, Spotify, Visa, and Mastercard. They're all partners in the Libra Association, a new organization based in Switzerland that is coming under scrutiny from governments around the world. The Chair of the U.S. Federal Reserve, EU antitrust regulators, the French Finance Minister, the Senate Banking Committee, the House Committee on Financial Services, and the Secretary of the U.S Treasury have all expressed doubts about Libra, so it's easy to see why some companies might be getting cold feet. But these companies aren't just worried about Libra's future as a digital currency. Their main concern seems to be that government regulators may want to look deeper into each company's primary business after they're done tearing Libra to shreds.

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Sphero acquires Littlebits, consolidating the educational tech landscape - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2019-08-23 10:00
A joining up of two of the biggest players in the STEAM space could point to future robots.

‘Streets of Rage 4’ is shaping up to be a worthy sequel

Engadget - Fri, 2019-08-23 10:00
Streets of Rage 4's announcement landed with a bit of a thud. The original trilogy of Genesis games is beloved, and for many remains the benchmark for the genre. It's now been 15 years since Streets of Rage 3, and a teaser trailer for a new game show...

Flashing Neurons, Invisible Moonlight and Adorable Squid Babies: The Week's Best Science GIFs

Scientifc America - Fri, 2019-08-23 10:00
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A YouTubers Union wants big changes from YouTube. Google just responded - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2019-08-23 09:51
It's an "extensive answer," union said, without more detail.

'Beyond’ delivers the ‘No Man’s Sky’ experience I was waiting for

Engadget - Fri, 2019-08-23 09:30
If there was ever a game that rode its hype train off a cliff, it's No Man's Sky, which burned bright right up until the moment people got to play it. From a jaw-dropping announcement at E3 2014, it was clear that the infinite, procedurally generated...

MIT reveals Jeffrey Epstein donated $800K to its Media Lab and a professor - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2019-08-23 09:07
The elite university promised to review all future donations.

Alexa can now disappear into an iDevices smart light switch - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2019-08-23 09:00
The company is making a big bet that you'll pay $100 to put Alexa in your walls.