Social Networks 

Free choice must be free

Free choice must be free Yafit Lev-AretzContributor Yafit Lev-Aretz is a Research Fellow at the Information Law Institute, New York University Law School. More posts by this contributor: If it talks like a government and acts like a government, it must be a tech giant Facebook recently came under fire for allegedly targeting at-risk youth in Australia. A 23-page leaked document details the power of the company’s algorithms to approximate the emotional state of users as young as 14 years old by monitoring their interactions and uploaded content. Advertisers can then…

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Social Networks 

Palmer Luckey backs development of VR tool that lets HTC Vive users play Oculus exclusives

Palmer Luckey backs development of VR tool that lets HTC Vive users play Oculus exclusives The rift between Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey and the company he left earlier this year appears to be growing wider. Luckey is putting some of the money he made from Facebook buying his VR company to ensure that users of a different VR headset can play the exclusive titles that Facebook is funding. On Wednesday, the Oculus founder pledged to donate $2,000 per month to the developer of the software Revive, a program that allows HTC…

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A brief history of the iPhone

A brief history of the iPhone Steve Jobs called the first iPhone “magic.” It was a customary bit of showmanship from Apple’s late-founder, but a decade after that announcement, it’s difficult to overstate the profound impact the smartphone has had on the mobile industry. The first iPhone was met with cautious excitement by many in the press — after all, where did the company get off thinking it could replace a physical keyboard with a touchscreen? But all these years later, the device still serves at the template for a…

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Andriod 

Google’s new experiment, Triangle, lets you block individual apps from using mobile data

Google’s new experiment, Triangle, lets you block individual apps from using mobile data Google recently began testing a new tool for helping people better manage the mobile data used by their smartphones. The new Android app, called Triangle, is currently being tested in the Philippines, and lets you do things like view your data balance, see which apps are accounting for the most data usage and even block individual applications from using your mobile data, among other things. The problem of limited data is not one that’s as common here…

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Microsoft 

Microsoft confirms Cloudyn acquisition, sources say price is between $50M and $70M

Microsoft confirms Cloudyn acquisition, sources say price is between $50M and $70M Back in April, we began hearing that Microsoft was in the process of buying Israeli cloud startup Cloudyn, a company that helps customers manage their cloud billing across multiple clouds. It’s taken a while to work through the terms, but today Microsoft finally made it official. Sources tell TechCrunch the price was between $50 million and $70 million. In a company blog post today, Microsoft’s Jeremy Winter wrote, “I am pleased to announce that Microsoft has signed a definitive agreement…

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Crunch Report | Blue Apron IPO Has A Rocky Start

Crunch Report | Blue Apron IPO Has A Rocky Start Today’s Stories  Blue Apron IPO off to a rough start Microsoft confirms Cloudyn acquisition, sources say price is between $50M and $70M Instagram implements an AI system to fight mean and harassing comments Uber crosses the 5 billion trip milestone amid ongoing issues A brief history of the iPhone Credits Written and Hosted by: Anthony HaFilmed by: Matthew MauroEdited by: Joe Zolnoski Notes: Can’t wait until Tito Hamze is back? Me neither … (Why?) Published at Fri, 30 Jun 2017 00:56:48…

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Gadgets 

Adobe: Echo Dot now leads voice speaker sales

Adobe: Echo Dot now leads voice speaker sales In the nascent connected speaker market, consumers appear to be gravitating toward the more affordably priced Amazon Echo Dot, according to new e-commerce sales data released this morning by Adobe. However, Google’s decision to release its Echo competitor, Google Home, in November paid off well, the study found. During the 2016 holidays, Google Home was able to outsell both Amazon Echo and Echo Dot, before losing ground to the Dot in the first quarter of this year. Overall, Adobe’s report paints a…

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What each model of the iPhone added to the game

What each model of the iPhone added to the game iPhone 4 (2010): Eye candy The iPhone 4 focused on looks — and how! It’s a shame our first encounter with it was the infamous lost-in-a-bar unit, because the 4 really was an incredible jump in both quality of design and technology. It would have been exciting to have it revealed with Jobs’s showmanship. At any rate, the most lasting improvement was, of course, the Retina screen. I certainly remember the first time I saw one in person, and it was…

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Social Networks 

LiveLike will now let you watch sports with your Facebook friends in VR

LiveLike will now let you watch sports with your Facebook friends in VR LiveLike, the service that partners with sports broadcasters to create and host their VR viewing experiences, is going social. As a refresher, LiveLike’s VR experience is a “virtual suite” overlooking the field, where you can select different camera angles, look around the suite, view pre-produced content, etc. We’ve looked at the experience before, and think it’s much more interactive than VR solutions that just provide viewers with a floating screen to watch the game. And now you’ll…

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Andriod 

Android Pay adds support for American Express in Canada

Android Pay adds support for American Express in Canada Android Pay launched at the end of May in Canada, but at the time American Express was listed as “coming later this summer” in terms of support. AmEx users didn’t have to wait long, it turns out, because support just went live for their credit cards in Android’s mobile payments platform in the country. AmEx joins a decent list of major Canadian banks, as well as MasterCard, Visa and Interac debit. There are still a few major Canadian banking holdouts, including TD…

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