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In an interview with WIRED published Friday, the billionaire Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates talked about the state of US coronavirus testing, vaccines, and Microsoft's potential TikTok deal. On Thursday, President Donald Trump issued an executive order that banned TikTok's parent company – ByteDance, which is a Chinese firm – from operating business in the US. Regarding Microsoft's potential acquisition of TikTok, Gates, who now serves as the company's technology advisor, compared the deal to "a poison chalice." Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates described Microsoft's potential acquisition of TikTok as a "poison chalice" in an interview with WIRED published on Friday. Gates, who now serves as the technology advisor of Microsoft after stepping down from the board of directors in March to focus on philanthropic efforts, shared his thoughts on coronavirus testing, vaccinations, and Microsoft's potential TikTok deal. Gates noted that "being big in the social media business is no simple game," telling the publication that Microsoft making the industry more competitive is "probably a good thing."  When asked about President Donald Trump's demand that TikTok be sold to an American company, with the federal government taking a cut, Gates described the move as "strange." "I agree that the principle this is proceeding on is singly strange. The cut thing, that's doubly strange. Anyway, Microsoft will have to deal with all of that," he said. Gates also deflected when he was asked whether he was "wary" about Microsoft jumping into the social media "game." "I mean, this may sound self-serving, but I think that the game being more competitive is probably a good thing. But having Trump kill off the only competitor, it's pretty bizarre," he said. Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated in July that the US was looking into a potential ban of the TikTok app. At the end of July, the New York Times reported Microsoft was in talks for acquiring TikTok. In August, Microsoft officially confirmed it has been in talks to acquire TikTok's operations in the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, and stated it will complete discussions by September 15th.  On Thursday, President Trump issued an executive order that banned TikTok's parent company ByteDance, a Chinese firm, from "any transaction by any person, or with respect to any property, subject to the jurisdiction of the United States." President Trump mentioned in the order that the popular app could "allow the Chinese Communist Party access to Americans' personal and proprietary information."  On Sunday, NPR reported that "a person who was directly involved in the forthcoming suit but was not authorized to speak for the company" stated that TikTok planned to sue the Trump administration as early as Tuesday.  Read more: Trump just issued 2 executive orders aimed at Chinese-owned apps, barring US companies from doing business with TikTok parent company ByteDance and messaging app WeChat TikTok is at the heart of a wild geopolitical dogfight and it could result in Microsoft buying TikTok. Here's what's going on. Trump's attempt to ban TikTok and WeChat could face legal trouble for infringing on free speech, according to a First Amendment expert Microsoft could be "a great steward" of TikTok's US assets if reported sale talks succeed, says Josh Elman, an investor in the app's predecessor Musical.ly Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: How 'white savior' films like 'The Help' and 'Green Book' hurt Hollywood
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Today, after a long wait, Facebook launched its Facebook Gaming app for iOS, but it’s arriving in a state that many users probably weren’t expecting. While the Android version of the app allows users to watch livestreams and play Instant Games, the iOS version of the app is missing some of that functionality. Specifically, the iOS version of Facebook Gaming … Continue reading
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Telcos won't give up on the dream of becoming enterprise app stores instead of dumb data pipes Arm and Vodafone Group have flexed their muscles in a way designed to menace Cisco and other networking vendors, while keeping alive telcos’ dreams of offering enterprise app stores.…
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(Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery) Researchers demonstrated the success of a fully implantable wireless medical device called a stentrode brain-computer interface designed to improve functional independence in patients with severe paralysis. The abstract was presented today at the Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery's (SNIS) 17th Annual Meeting.
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Google has dozens of popular hardware and software products. But there are many Google innovations that have crashed and burned, or slowly petered out over time, like Google Glass and Google Plus. Google has killed off a few major products over the last few years, including Inbox by Gmail and Allo, yet another Google-made messaging app.  The latest casualty is Google Play Music, Google's music library and streaming service.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Google is known for its collection of wildly popular products, from Search to Maps to Android. But not everything the company touches turns to gold. Google Glass was supposed to change the world, but it quickly became a punch line. And remember Google Buzz? Now, Google has killed off yet another app, Google Play Music. The music service app never gained the popularity of its competitors, Spotify and Apple Music, and Google will shut it down for good this year.  Of course, sometimes the best innovations are the ones that everybody thinks are doomed to fail early on but then eventually take off, so it makes sense that Google has had its fair share of misses over the years. Still, we highlighted some of the major products that have ended up in the Google graveyard. (There are plenty more, however: an avid coder named Cody Ogden created a website listing all the products Google has ditched over the years. Ogden's site, Killed by Google, lists over 200 now-defunct products.) Here's a look at 21 of Google's biggest misses.Google Answers was the first project Google worked on and started as an idea from Larry Page. Answers lasted for more than four years but stopped accepting questions in 2006. Source: Google Lively, Google's virtual worlds, lasted a little over a year. Google said it created Lively because it "wanted users to be able to interact with their friends and express themselves online in new ways," but it just didn't catch on. Lively was shut down in 2008. Source: Google Google first unveiled Glass in dramatic fashion in 2012, but the device never made it to the masses. Glass came with a high price tag, software issues, potential privacy problems, and it generally looked too nerdy. Google ended consumer sales of Glass in January 2015, but it continues to sell the device to businesses and is working on a new version. Source: Business Insider Google Buzz was a social-networking service that was integrated into Gmail, but it was plagued with problematic privacy issues and never caught on. The company announced in October 2011 it would shut down the service to focus on Google+ instead. Source: Google The Google Play edition Android phone was introduced in the spring of 2014. But by January 2015, they were listed as "no longer available for sale" and a Galaxy S5 edition of the phone never materialized, despite leaked photos appearing online. Source: Ars Technica Google Wave was designed to let people message each other and edit documents together, but users were confused by it and it quickly flopped. Wave lasted about a year before it was killed in August 2010. Source: Business Insider Google Video was Google's own video-streaming service, launched before the company bought YouTube in 2006. Google Video stopped accepting new uploads in 2009, but Video and Youtube coexisted until August 2012 when Google shut down Video for good. Source: TechCrunch Google's Nexus Q, a streaming media player that was designed to connect all home devices, was unveiled with great fanfare at the company's 2012 developer conference. Reviews of the $299 Q in tech blogs were brutal, and Google shelved the product before it ever went for sale to the public. Source: 9to5Google Google X, an alternative interface for the search engine, lasted exactly one day before Google pulled the plug. A strange tribute to Mac OS X's dock, the site said: "Roses are red. Violets are blue. OS X rocks. Homage to you." Google X was quickly taken offline on March 16, 2005, and today the name has been repurposed as Google's research division. Source: MacWorld Originally intended to give people access to health and wellness information, Google Health was closed for good in January 2012 after Google observed the service was "not having the broad impact that we hoped it would." Source: Google Google Reader was a news-reading app that let users pull in stories from blogs or news sites. Google announced it was shutting down Reader in March 2013 — much to users' dismay and outrage — and it was officially killed in July 2013. Source: Business Insider Google Catalogs, an interactive shopping program that digitized catalogs, was shut down in 2015. Google shuttered the mobile version of Catalogs in 2013 and shut down the desktop version two years later. Source: PMG Google Hangouts On Air — Google's live-streaming service — is moving to YouTube Live beginning September 2016. The service was originally created in 2012 when live streaming was catching on and was once used by President Obama and Pope Francis. Source: The Verge Dodgeball, a service that let users check in at locations, was purchased by Google in 2005. Its founders, which included Dennis Crowley, left Google seemingly on bad terms in 2007 and Crowley went on to build a very similar service, Foursquare, two years later. Source: Venture Beat iGoogle, a personalized homepage, was shut down in 2013. Created in 2005, iGoogle allowed users to customize their homepage with widgets. Google said iGoogle wasn't needed as much anymore since apps could run on Chrome and Android. Source: Google Orkut was once a popular social-networking service that grew out of a Googler's "20% time" project. The site was more popular abroad than it was in the US and Google decided to kill it in September 2014. Source: Business Insider Google Notebook was a precursor to Google Docs and was a place to copy and paste URLs or write notes that could be shared or published. Google stopped development on Notebook in 2009 and officially shut it down in July 2012, transferring all data from Notebook to Google Docs. Source: Google Google Plus was intended to be Google's social-networking service. But Google decided to shutter it after a software glitch caused Google to expose the personal profile data of hundreds of thousands of Google Plus users. The software glitch came to light this past spring, but managers there chose not to go public with the information, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal Here's what Google had to say about the demise of Google Plus: "[W]hile our engineering teams have put a lot of effort and dedication into building Google+ over the years, it has not achieved broad consumer or developer adoption, and has seen limited user interaction with apps. The consumer version of Google+ currently has low usage and engagement: 90 percent of Google+ user sessions are less than five seconds." Allo was Google's smart messaging app. But it never gained "the level of traction" Google was hoping for. Allo was announced at the company's developer conference in May 2016. It was intended to be a smart messaging app that had Google Assistant built in for things like surfacing restaurant recommendations or supplying facts in real time.  But after lackluster adoption, the company said in April 2018 it would be "pausing investment" on the app. "The product as a whole has not achieved the level of traction that we'd hoped for," Anil Sabharwal, vice president of product at Google, told The Verge at the time. Google shut down Allo for good in March 2019. Inbox by Gmail was intended to be a new take on email, aimed at making it more efficient and organized. The app bundled together emails about the same topic, highlighted the most important details from a message, and gave the user the option to set reminders or snooze a message. But Google started adding many of those features to Gmail proper, and announced in 2018 it would shut Inbox down at the end of March 2019.  Google Play Music was intended to compete with Spotify and came pre-installed on Android devices. Google launched its music service in 2011 as a competitor to iTunes. Over time, Google added streaming and rebranded the service to Google Play Music. But it never took off in the way that Spotify and Apple Music did, and Google began to sunset the product in favor of YouTube Music.  Beginning this September, Google Play Music will begin shutting down and will stop working for good in October. 
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It's like the International Space Station, but for the ocean
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Get the latest on coronavirus. Sign up to the Daily Brief for news, explainers, how-tos, opinion and more.The NHS Test and Trace programme needs to be scaled up in order to reopen schools safely, researchers have said.A new modelling study has implied that reopening schools in September must be combined with a high-coverage test-trace-isolate strategy to avoid a second wave of Covid-19 later this year.The study comes as Australian research found there were “low” levels of coronavirus transmission in schools and nurseries.The modelling study – which simulates various scenarios – examined the possible implications of schools reopening in the UK coupled with broader reopening of society, such as more parents returning to the workplace and increased socialising within the community.The authors found that “with increased levels of testing… and effective contact tracing and isolation, an epidemic rebound might be prevented”.But in a worst-case scenario, a second wave could be 2.3 times higher than the first, according to the study published in The Lancet Child And Adolescent Health.The modelling comes after suggestions that pubs may need to be shut, or social freedoms curbed, in order to allow schools to reopen while keeping the spread of Covid-19 down.In other developments:– The government came under criticism after admitting laws underpinning new lockdown restrictions for Greater Manchester, parts of east Lancashire and West Yorkshire are yet to be implemented four days after the rules were introduced.– Downing Street said powers to ban movement in and out of coronavirus hotspots could be used to curb the spread of Covid-19.– Trade unions criticised the government’s decision to press on with measures to get people back into the office on the first weekday since the guidance changed.– Britons began dining out at a discount under the government’s Eat Out To Help Out scheme to try to boost the ailing economy.In the new study, researchers from UCL and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) simulated what would happen in an “optimistic” scenario assuming 68% of contacts of people who tested positive could be traced. In the more pessimistic scenario the system had 40% coverage.But one of the authors, Chris Bonell, professor of public health sociology at LSHTM, said the current testing system has “about 50% coverage”.“Our findings suggests that it might be possible [to avoid] a secondary epidemic wave in the UK, if enough people with symptomatic infection can be diagnosed and their contacts traced and effectively isolated,” he said.“Reopening schools fully in September, alongside reopening workplaces in society, without an effective test, trace, isolating (TTI) strategy could result in a second wave of infections between two and 2.3 times the size of the original wave.“Currently, TTI is not achieving the levels that we modelled. Looking at the NHS reports from the TTI system, it looks like it’s about 50% coverage.”The authors said that without appropriate levels of testing and contact tracing, reopening of schools together with gradual relaxing of the lockdown measures are “likely to induce a second wave that would peak in December 2020 if schools open full-time in September”.The model assumes that around 70% of people would return to workplaces once their children returned to school and up to a 90% increase of mixing within the community with schools reopening.Dr Jasmina Panovska-Griffiths, senior research fellow and lecturer in mathematical modelling, at the Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care, UCL, added: “Our result show that reopening schools fully in September will not lead to a second wave if accompanied by a comprehensive test, trace and isolate strategy.”The research from Australia, also published in the same journal, examined real world data from the first wave of Covid-19 in New South Wales.The data from January to April examined lab-confirmed Covid-19 cases in educational settings.Researchers investigated onwards transmission.Data from 15 schools and 10 nurseries showed that although 27 children or teachers went to school or nursery while infectious, only an additional 18 people later became infected.A government spokesman said: “Plans have been put in place to ensure schools can re-open safely. Local health officials, using the latest data, will able to determine the best action to take to help curb the spread of the virus should there be a rise in cases.”
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Raise a glass to William English next time you use your computer to...well, to do literally anything.
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Singapore’s Circles Life has launched an eSIM plan. We look at how eSIMs could be the wave of the future.
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Apple's decision to launch a smaller, cheaper iPhone during the pandemic has clearly paid off, helping to push the company's iPhone business back to growth. It was one of the highlights in Apple's blowout fiscal third-quarter earnings, which saw overall revenue increase year-over-year by 11%, the company said on Thursday The company's iPhone business grew by 2% year-over-year after experiencing multiple quarters of declines. Many analysts didn't expect the iPhone to return to growth until Apple's anticipated 5G iPhone arrives. But the cheaper $400 iPhone SE gained traction during the company's fiscal third-quarter, even as consumer spending habits had changed.  During the earnings call on Thursday, CEO Tim Cook also credited the iPhone SE with getting more smartphone users to switch to the iPhone from competitors like Android. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Apple's bet to launch a smaller, low-cost iPhone is clearly paying off, helping to push the company's all-important iPhone business back to growth after several quarters of decline even during a global pandemic.  Apple posted blowout earnings results for its fiscal third-quarter of 2020, coming after the coronavirus pandemic appeared to stall the company's growth last quarter. Among the highlights was Apple's revelation that iPhone revenue had grown by 2% year-over-year, generating $26.4 billion in revenue compared to $25.9 billion in the same period one year ago. Apple cited the new iPhone SE, its $400 iPhone that debuted back in April, as a key reason why its iPhone business had grown this past quarter. Positive reception of the iPhone SE, along with higher iPhone demand in May and June, continued economic stimulus, and the reopening of some store locations, set the stage for a great quarter for the iPhone and all of Apple's products. The strong results come after Apple's iPhone sales had fallen for several quarters, only growing in its most recent holiday quarter before dipping again in the second quarter of 2020. It's not just Apple that has struggled, however — the global mobile device market experienced industry-wide decline in recent years, according to the International Data Corporation. That's largely because the market is saturated, smartphone prices had increased, and people have been holding onto their devices for longer periods of time before upgrading.  The $400 iPhone SE is one of Apple's biggest attempts yet to curb those negative trends by offering a phone for nearly half the price of its flagship iPhone 11, but with the same new processor. Many analysts predicted that it would be Apple's first 5G iPhone, expected to debut this fall, that would bring the company's smartphone business back to growth. What they certainly didn't expect was that Apple's iPhone business would show growth during a global pandemic that has damaged the economy and uprooted consumer spending habits. The pandemic pushed personal savings rates to an all-time high of 33% in April, the United States Bureau of Economic Analysis announced in late May, showing that Americans had prioritized saving over spending as unemployment rates soared.  That could have made the iPhone SE's low price particularly appealing to those looking to upgrade their iPhone. "And it also seems to appeal to some people that were holding onto the device a little longer because they wanted a smaller form factor phone," Apple CEO Tim Cook said during the company's earnings call. "And so the combination of the smaller form factor and an incredibly affordable price made the iPhone SE very popular." The growth isn't just from people upgrading their existing iPhones, however. Based on Cook's comments, it sounds like the SE may have also convinced more people to make the switch from Android.  "The iPhone SE, it's also clear that from the early data we're seeing a higher switcher number than we did in the previous year, which we feel very good about," Cook said. Apple said some of its product segments, such as the iPad and Mac, likely saw growth because people have been relying on such devices to work, socialize, and consume entertainment while under stay-at-home orders.  Although it had a blockbuster quarter that exceeded expectations, Apple's iPhone business is not necessarily back on track for good. The company didn't issue guidance for its fiscal fourth-quarter, citing uncertainty caused by the pandemic. In another indication that the pandemic is still causing businesses like Apple to change course, the company reclosed some of its retail stores in the US in areas where cases have spiked after initially reopening locations in May.  Moreover, Apple's bar to achieve year-over-year growth may not have been so high: iPhone sales had dropped in the company's fiscal third-quarter of 2019, which this quarter's sales were compared against. Analyst estimates were also muted given the pandemic. Regardless, it's still enough to get Wall Street excited about the iPhone again, diverting potential concerns about the anticipated iPhone 12 seeing a slightly delayed launch this fall.SEE ALSO: I've been using Apple's big new iPhone update for a full week — here are 8 of the most useful features I've found so far Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: July 15 is Tax Day — here's what it's like to do your own taxes for the very first time
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Speaking to the House of Commons Defence Sub-Committee, both BT and Vodafone have suggested the 2027-end deadline to remove all Huawei 5G equipment is satisfactory.
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Feature roadmaps will become more regular as Github looks to keep users updated.
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Facebook-owned Instagram has been dangling cash before high-profile TikTok creators to lure them to its new short-form video service, Reels, according to a report. The Wall Street Journal reported that Instagram was offering hundreds of thousands of dollars in some cases ahead of Reel's expected rollout in August. Reels is widely seen as Facebook's attempt to compete with TikTok, which topped 2 billion global downloads in April and outgunned Instagram. Business Insider approached Facebook for comment. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Facebook's Instagram may be looking to pay cold, hard cash to lure popular TikTok creators to its new rival short-form-video service, Reels. That's according to the Wall Street Journal, which reported Tuesday that Instagram is in some cases offering hundreds of thousands of dollars to persuade high-profile TikTok creators to Reels. The Journal didn't name particularly creators who had been approached, but noted it's a direct escalation in competition between ByteDance-owned TikTok and Facebook. Business Insider has approached Facebook for comment. Instagram Reels is a short-form video feature expected to rollout in the US in August, and looks like a direct rival to TikTok. It's already being tested in India, Brazil, France, and Germany. The feature will live inside Instagram's existing Stories features. One key difference is that Reels' short videos are limited to 15 seconds, versus 60 seconds for TikTok. You can read a walkthrough here. TikTok has posed a major challenge to Facebook, hitting 2 billion global downloads in April and outgunning Instagram in terms of download popularity. The app is hugely appealing to younger users, a base that Facebook is keen to maintain. However, the app is also under considerable scrutiny in the US, thanks to worries about its Chinese ties and privacy and security. The news emerges the day before Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is set to appear before a congressional antitrust committee, as part of a wider, unprecedented antitrust grilling on big tech. Zuckerberg is expected to present his firm as a homegrown US tech champion, positioning Facebook firmly against Chinese upstarts like ByteDance.Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: What it's like inside North Korea's controversial restaurant chain
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"Aatma Nirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge", which was launched by the Indian Prime Minister, has received a total of 6,940 entries in eight categories.
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Commentary: I used to love, love, love Samsung Pay. But now its killer feature no longer feels so vital.
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Katie Price has opened up about the tragic death of her daughter’s puppy after the reality star and model was targeted by trolls.The mum-of-five surprised 13-year-old Princess with a French bulldog puppy three weeks ago for her birthday.However, the puppy, called Rolo, died at the star’s Surrey mansion after getting stuck under a chair and suffocating. View this post on InstagramA post shared by Princess Andre (@officialprincess_andre) on Jul 7, 2020 at 1:00am PDTIn a video shared on her official YouTube channel, Katie has now spoken out about the dog’s death, explaining she decided to buy her daughter Rolo after her dog Sparkle died in February.“It’s a bit doom and gloom,” Katie began. “I feel we have to do this because me and Princess are getting a lot of stick and I don’t understand why.“At the end of the day, Princess’ dog Rolo tragically died and we’re absolutely devastated.“Having to make that phone call to my daughter is the worst thing in the world, because I don’t want to make her heartbroken. She’s literally been heartbroken twice by something she’s genuinely fallen in love with. She doted on that dog. It’s not even our fault it’s happened. I don’t even know what to say.”Explaining how Rolo died, the 42-year-old said: “Basically I was in the other room, because we’re going on holiday, packing their suitcases, and there were five people in the other room. So people saying the puppy was left [alone], it wasn’t left at all. And it just got stuck under one of the chairs.“It’s just awful … It absolutely wasn’t anybody’s fault, it was an absolute freak accident. I still can’t believe it, I’m still in shock about it, to be honest. It’s just a freak accident. “The vet said what happened with the dog is really common, they’re small puppies, getting into small spaces, [they] suffocate…” View this post on InstagramA post shared by Princess Andre (@officialprincess_andre) on Jul 22, 2020 at 11:00am PDTKatie also revealed that she tried to save Rolo’s life but it was sadly too late.“As soon as we found the dog I said, ‘Oh my god, he’s got to still be alive’. I tried to start compressing his chest. I took him to the vet straight away and he was pronounced dead.“There was nothing they could do, but they did say he wouldn’t have died in pain, it was quick. We’re having to deal with the dog, and as a mum I just feel for Princess, it’s awful. “At the end of the day it’s poor Princess’ dog that’s gone, we’re all distraught, the whole family.”Katie also insisted that people shouldn’t be blaming her family, or the breeders they got Rolo from. “It’s just a tragic accident and no one is to blame,” she added. “For everyone who is supporting us, thanks so much for your support.  And as for trolls, like I say, it’s so unnecessary.”READ MORE: Katie Price 'Can't Stop Smiling' As Son Harvey Is Discharged From Hospital Katie Price Tells Bankruptcy Hearing: 'I’ve Lost Everything' Katie Price Ordered To Pay Ex-Husband Alex Reid £25K Over Sex Life Claims
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Photo by Tobias Hase / Picture Alliance via Getty Images Has Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg cut a secret deal with President Donald Trump, turning a blind eye to his lies and incendiary posts in the hope that the social media giant won’t become the president’s next target? Rumors of this sort have been swirling for months, but Zuckerberg himself has now denied it, telling Axios that no such deal exists. “I’ve heard this speculation, too, so let me be clear: There’s no deal of any kind,” said Zuckerberg. “Actually, the whole idea of a deal is pretty ridiculous.” As Trump has stoked tensions, Zuckerberg has remained cordial with the president The comments come in response to mounting concern over Zuckerberg’s relationship with the president, which has remained cordial despite worries about the... Continue reading…
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The Moto G9 Plus could land soon followed by the rest of the range. Here's what we want from them and what we've heard.
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It's a battle between the first AirPods and the first Galaxy Buds.
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The latest startup deals in Asia: Reliance Jio banks $10b, Chezhubang gets $129m, Freshdesk acquires a Singapore-based startup, and more.
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The foldable phone dream, seeded by Samsung a few years ago, didn’t seem to have generated the market reception its proponents may have hoped for. Partly due to limited availability and accessibility and partly due to timing, foldable phones have yet to take root in consumers’ hearts and retail shelves. That hasn’t stopped manufacturers from trying and two, in particular, … Continue reading
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Shares in Daimler partner Farasis Energy shot up 84% in its Shanghai IPO, as global auto majors increasingly seek out sources for Chinese-made EV batteries.
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This post shows you how to update Python and how to choose the right version for your goals!
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With the next generation of game consoles on the horizon, Microsoft has made the rather surprising decision to discontinue production on the Xbox One X and the Xbox One S All Digital Edition. Obviously, we expect to see platform holders discontinue their older consoles – even the PlayStation 2, which is the best-selling console of all time, was discontinued at … Continue reading
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It looked as though Kanye West’s bid to become US president was over before it began this week, after he failed to land himself on the ballot in Florida, and an insider claimed he was “out” of the running.A member of the Grammy-winning musician’s campaign team told Intelligencer on Tuesday that he was in the process of “getting all our stuff cancelled”, insisting: “Any candidate running for president for the first time goes through these hiccups.”However, it’s now been revealed that Kanye is pressing ahead after all, and will appear on the ballot in Oklahoma, filing the necessary paperwork on the final day before the deadline passed.The Oklahoma State Election Board confirmed in a tweet posted on Wednesday: “Independent presidential candidate Kanye West has qualified for the General Election ballot in Oklahoma.”Independent presidential candidate Kanye West has qualified for the General Election ballot in Oklahoma. (Today is Oklahoma's deadline for Independent & Unrecognized Party presidential candidates to file statements of candidacy with their petitions or filing fee.)— Oklahoma State Election Board (@OKelections) July 15, 2020This means Kanye will appear on the ballot in at least one state in the US election this November, where he’ll be running against Demoratic candidate Joe Biden and current president Donald Trump.Unfortunately for Kanye, the deadline has already passed in a number of other states, including North Carolina and New Hampshire, which have been described as “key battlegrounds” in the election.He could still run in Wyoming, though, where he and his family currently live on a ranch.The next step for Kanye would be filing a statement of candidacy, or FEC Form 2, which is filed when an individual has raised or spent more than $5,000 dollars (about £3,900) in campaign activity, which then trigger candidacy status.No record of a Kanye 2020 FEC Form 2 appears online, according to PA.Kanye first expressed that he intended to run for US president in 2020 five years ago, during an acceptance speech at the MTV VMAs.In the years since, he has repeatedly alluded to wanting to run for president, and made headlines two weeks ago when he tweeted: “We must now realise the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future. I am running for president of the United States.”At the time, Kanye’s wife Kim Kardashian West and friend Elon Musk both publicly showed him their support, but after the rapper gave an interview stating his anti-abortion and anti-vaccine stances, the SpaceX CEO appeared to be having second thoughts about the endorsement.READ MORE: Kanye West Says He's No Longer A Trump Supporter In New Interview About Presidential Hopes Barack Obama, Elon Musk And Kanye West Twitter Accounts Hacked In Bitcoin Scam John Legend Calls Kanye West's Presidential Bid Into Question: 'It's Life And Death'
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A hero in geek circles, Imahara is widely remembered for his positivity and warmth.
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Confidential Virtual Machines allows Google Cloud Services Customers to keep data secret—even when it's being actively processed.
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None are ready to fly you over Manhattan, but the more optimistic companies say they're getting very close.
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A Falcon 9 rocket will launch the ANASIS-II satellite
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But only on one AWS, one Spotify and one Netflix - and zero Microsofts Indonesia has made good on its promise to introduce a digital services tax by including four tech titans – but six entities – in its value added tax (VAT) scheme.…
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