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Russia To Act Against Google if Sputnik, RT Get Lower Search Rankings

SlashDot - Tue, 2017-11-21 17:10
Paresh Dave and Jack Stubbs, reporting for Reuters: The Kremlin will take action against Alphabet's Google if articles from Russian news websites Sputnik and Russia Today are placed lower in search results, the Interfax news service cited Russia's chief media regulator as saying on Tuesday. Alexander Zharov, head of media regulator Roskomnadzor, said his agency sent a letter to Google on Tuesday requesting clarification on comments Saturday by Alphabet Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt about how the Russian websites would be treated in search, according to Interfax. "We will receive an answer and understand what to do next," Interfax quoted Zharov as saying. "We hope our opinion will be heard, and we won't have to resort to more serious" retaliatory measures.

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Iranian National Indicted for HBO Hack, Games of Thrones Leak

PCMag News - Tue, 2017-11-21 17:04
Behzad Mesri was not arrested but has been charged with wire fraud, computer hacking, aggravated identity theft, and other crimes.

Apple, Others Drop Skype From App Stores in China

PCMag News - Tue, 2017-11-21 17:04
The app can still function in the country, but the removal raises concerns that China may block the Skype service entirely.

ProPublica: Facebook advertisers can still discriminate by race

Engadget - Tue, 2017-11-21 17:01
A year ago, ProPublica discovered that Facebook let advertisers select who would see ads based on 'ethnic affinity.' Because the social network doesn't ask users to disclose their racial identity, Facebook collects data and assigns each a preference...

10 excellent battery pack gifts for your friend whose phone always dies

TechCrunch - Tue, 2017-11-21 16:50
 After putting our favorite battery packs in various gift guides over the years, we decided to go all out this year and do a gift guide JUST for battery packs. I consider myself something of a battery pack aficionado, so I decided to step up to the plate and lay out some of my favorites. Read More

Did Samsung just out its folding Galaxy phone? - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2017-11-21 16:47
Whatever the "SM-G888N0" is, it popped up on Samsung's Korean website.

Pixar boss John Lasseter is out amid sexual harassment claims - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2017-11-21 16:47
The Oscar-winning animator will take a six-month leave of absence, according to a leaked memo.

Harley Quinn animated series slated for DC's streaming service

Engadget - Tue, 2017-11-21 16:38
If you've been hankering for some more animation from comics juggernaut DC, or if you simply love Harley Quinn (originally created for Batman: The Animated Series herself), then you'll dig the news from Warner Bros. According to Deadline, the villain...

New Windows Search Interface Borrows Heavily From MacOS

SlashDot - Tue, 2017-11-21 16:30
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Press clover-space on a Mac (aka apple-space or command-space to Apple users) and you get a search box slap bang in the middle of the screen; type things into it and it'll show you all the things it can find that match. On Windows, you can do the same kind of thing -- hit the Windows key and then start typing -- but the results are shown in the bottom left of your screen, in the Start menu or Cortana pane. The latest insider build of Windows, build 17040 from last week, has a secret new search interface that looks a lot more Mac-like. Discovered by Italian blog Aggiornamenti Lumia, set a particular registry key and the search box appears in the middle of the screen. The registry key calls it "ImmersiveSearch" -- hit the dedicated key, and it shows a simple Fluent-designed search box and results. This solution looks and feels a lot like Spotlight on macOS.

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Apple's HomePod has been in and out of development since 2012

Engadget - Tue, 2017-11-21 16:19
Have you wondered why it took Apple 3 years to come up with an answer to the Amazon Echo in the form of the HomePod? Apparently, it's because it wasn't really meant as an answer to the Echo. Bloomberg sources claim that work on the HomePod started...

Tiny aliens may ride clouds of 'space dust' between planets - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2017-11-21 16:12
New research suggests particles colliding with our atmosphere may bring life to Earth and send microscopic earthlings elsewhere.

Sonos users can now control Spotify with Alexa voice - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2017-11-21 16:08
Now you can make Spotify the default music service when asking Alexa for music on Sonos speakers. We go hands-on.

Early Black Friday Deals: $200 EcoBee, $100 Fire HD 10, More

PCMag News - Tue, 2017-11-21 16:04
Don't miss these hot Black Friday deals.

What to expect from the FCC's net neutrality proposal

Engadget - Tue, 2017-11-21 16:00
Today, senior FCC officials outlined the net neutrality draft proposal that will be released by the commission tomorrow. As has been discussed for months, if the new proposal is accepted by the FCC, broadband internet service will cease being subject...

Uber fined $8.9M in Colorado for bad background checks - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2017-11-21 15:53
Nearly 60 drivers had either criminal or motor vehicle offenses, according to state investigators. A dozen drivers had felony convictions.

Why Apple's HomePod Is Three Years Behind Amazon's Echo

SlashDot - Tue, 2017-11-21 15:50
Apple unveiled the HomePod, its first smart speaker to take on market-leading Amazon's Echo lineup of speakers, in June this year. Despite being three years late to the party, the HomePod has largely been pitched more as a speaker that sounds great instead of a device that sounds great but more importantly can also help you with daily chores. On top of this, Apple said last week it was delaying the shipment of HomePod from December this year to "early 2018." So why does a company, the market valuation of which is quickly reaching a trillion dollar, so behind its competitors? Bloomberg reports on Tuesday: Apple audio engineers had been working on an early version of the HomePod speaker for about two years in 2014 when they were blindsided by the Echo, a smart speaker from Amazon with a voice-activated assistant named Alexa. The Apple engineers jokingly accused one another of leaking details of their project to Amazon, then bought Echos so they could take them apart and see how they were put together. They quickly deemed the Echo's sound quality inferior and got back to work building a better speaker. More than two years passed. In that time Amazon's Echo became a hit with consumers impressed by Alexa's ability to answer questions, order pizzas and turn lights on and off. Meanwhile, Apple dithered over its own speaker, according to people familiar with the situation. The project was cancelled and revived several times, they said, and the device went through multiple permutations (at one point it stood 3 feet tall) as executives struggled to figure out how it would fit into the home and Apple's ecosystem of products and services. In the end, the company plowed ahead, figuring that creating a speaker would give customers another reason to stay loyal. Yet despite having all the ingredients for a serious competitor to the Echo -- including Siri and the App Store -- Apple never saw the HomePod as anything more than an accessory, like the AirPods earphones.

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AT&T goes to war with the US over Time Warner (The 3:59, Ep. 320) - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2017-11-21 15:47
AT&T will fight the Justice Department in court to secure its acquisition. Plus, we talk about charges in the HBO hack and some cybersecurity tips.

YouTube TV now has a picture-in-picture mode on Android phones

Engadget - Tue, 2017-11-21 15:41
If you're going to watch YouTube TV on your phone, there will probably be a point when you'll want to do something else. But how will you keep watching? If you have Android Oreo, it's now relatively easy. An update is rolling out that adds picture...

NASA shows off Mars rover tires that bounce back into shape - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2017-11-21 15:34
The next Mars rover could ride across the alien planet on a new kind of tire that remembers its shape after running over rocks.