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Facebook Inc. FB 1.35 % said that it could end up owing $3 billion to $5 billion in additional taxes as a result of action by the Internal Revenue Service in a long-running dispute related to how it transferred assets overseas.The internet company said in a quarterly securities filing on Thursday that the IRS had issued it a statutory notice of deficiency a day earlier saying Facebook owes more taxes for 2010.Facebook said that while the notice applies only to that year, if the IRS takes a similar position for other years it is investigating and prevails in court, it could result in an additional federal tax liability of between $3 billion and $5 billion, plus any interest or penalties.Facebook said it disagrees with the IRS s position and plans to file a petition in U.S. Tax Court challenging the notice.
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For something so essential to everyday computing, the clipboard tool is actually pretty limited.After all these years, it can still only handle one thing at a time.Copy or cut something new, and the previous contents of the clipboard are lost.If you have a lot of snippets to save, CopyClip is a great clipboard manager for macOS.It keeps tabs on up to 230 recent clipboard items in text format, and keyboard shortcuts are automatically assigned to the most recent entries.CopyClip is free to use, though you have to put up with some ads along the way; if you want to pay for an ad-free experience, try CopyClip 2.
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Reuters — The public federal prosecutor in the Brazilian state of Amazonas said on Wednesday the court there froze 38 million reais $11.7 million of funds held in Facebook Inc s account for failing to comply with a court order to supply data on users of the company s WhatsApp messaging service who are under criminal investigation.The prosecutor s office said the funds frozen correspond to the fines for failing to comply with court order to turn over data.Facebook representatives were not immediately available for comment.In the most recent decision, the court rejected Facebook s defense that the data of users was the responsibility of telephone and internet service operators in the United States and Ireland, which would require international cooperation.Prosecutor Alexandre Jabur, author of the order, said Facebook has shown enormous disregard for Brazilian institutions, especially the courts, prosecutors and police in not meeting court orders.Brazilian courts have shut down the popular WhatsApp messaging service nationwide three times since December.In the most recent case last week, a judge in Rio de Janeiro ordered local operators to suspend service to WhatsApp across the country until Facebook complied with an order to turn over information regarding a criminal process in the greater Rio area.On the same day, Supreme Court President Ricardo Lewandowski ordered the service re-established.Reporting by Aluisio Alves; Writing by Reese Ewing; Editing by Leslie Adler
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Everyone likes free apps, but sometimes the best ones are a bit expensive.Now and then, developers put paid apps on sale for free for a limited time, but you have to snatch them up while you have the chance.These apps normally cost money and this sale lasts for a limited time only.If you go to the App Store and it says the app costs money, that means the deal has expired and you will be charged.Sure, it s a big clock, but it s much more, too.With this app, you can completely customize your alarm by setting a song from your music library, setting a time between each snooze, and even setting a maximum number of snoozes.
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Samsung has filed a countersuit against Huawei in China over allegations of patent infringement.The South Korean electronics behemoth filed allegations of infringement on six patents it holds in China.According to filings seen by Reuters reporters in Beijing, the Samsung claim would seek to collect 161 million yuan around US$24m in damages.The report did not provide specifics on which patents were cited in the Samsung infringement suit.The infringement claims by Samsung are said to have been made in retaliation for a US patent suit lobbed by Huawei in March.Those filings accused Samsung of violating Huawei patents related to mobile phone communications.
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A few months ago, Apple was embroiled in a high-publicized legal battle with the FBI over mobile security.If you recall, the controversy began after Apple refused to create a custom version of iOS that would have enabled authorities to bypass the lockscreen on the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino terrorists.Ultimately, the legal dispute fizzled out after the FBI managed to purchase software from a third-party that enabled it to bypass the lockscreen without Apple s assistance.With that as a backdrop, we recently stumbled upon a report detailing a novel way that law enforcement authorities in Michigan managed to access a locked iPhone of a murder victim, without any help from Apple or even having to lay out hundreds of thousands of dollars to a third-party.DON T MISS: Pokemon Go: Google Maps hack makes it easier than ever to find PokémonAccording to a report from Fusion, Police in Michigan recently needed access to the locked iPhone belonging to a murder victim.
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Antalet Pokémon Go-relaterade incidenter fortsätter.För en man i Stockholm slutade en Pokémon Go-jakt inte helt lyckosamt.Efter att mannen försökt klättra in på Stockholm Stadion i jakt på en Pokémon fastnade han och blev spetsad i låret på ett staket, skriver Expresssen.– Vi var där tillsammans med polis och ambulans.Kompisen på plats höll upp honom tills räddningstjänsten kunde lyfta bort honom, säger säger Roger Sverndal, ledningsoperatör vid Storstockholms brandförsvar, till Expressen.– Han hade fått en spets rätt in i låret, så han fick åka till sjukhus.
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Even if a drug has a mild effect on people, that doesn t mean it s harmless to pets.An unknown toxin in the plant causes kidney cells to die off, and without prompt treatment this can be fatal.If you can get your cat to a vet while they re still feeling okay, they ll receive IV fluids to prevent kidney damage.Others are just fine; check this list when you go plant shopping.A fatal dose can be as little as two leaves, or part of a single flower.Vets consider every part of the plant to be poisonous, even the pollen.
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In May, Mashable stopped by Nike's Oregon headquarters for a sneak peek of the new Air Jordan XXXI that launched on Wednesday.One of the Jordan brand product line managers, Atienza, walked us down the Air Jordan memory lane, from the first sneaker to the most recent — and most innovative — addition to the line.
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Microsoft Corp. risks fines unless it complies with a three-month ultimatum from France s data privacy watchdog to stop collecting masses of data and tracking Windows 10 users without their consent.The world s biggest software maker has to also ensure the security and confidentiality of its users data in a satisfactory manner, CNIL, the French regulator, said in a statement Wednesday.CNIL is among the most aggressive privacy authorities in Europe, and doesn t shy away from clashes with U.S. technology companies.Google has been in a fight with CNIL for years and in May challenged a 100,000 euro $110,000 penalty for failing to remove right-to-be-forgotten requests from global search results.CNIL can levy a maximum fine of 150,000 euros, which can be doubled to 300,000 euros in case of a repeated offense.Robin Koch, a spokesman for Microsoft in Brussels, didn t immediately respondto an e-mail and call seeking comment.CNIL on Wednesday also criticized Microsoft for continuing to transfer personal data from its users to the U.S. based on Safe Harbor, a trans-Atlantic pact that was annulled by the European Union s highest court in October.
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Amazingly good and transparent sound with even more astonishing base. Not the same pressure in the base that large, closed headphones. The environment must be prepared to listen to the music. iPorta Pro is the latest version of one of the greatest successes Koss: a collapsible ultra-lightweight variant of an on-ear headphones that weighs just 141 grams. The headset consists of a headband made of spring steel which can be adjusted in length by pushing the two parts together. The fixed cable with remote is thin as a string licorice and feels fragile, but it is likely for everyday use.
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SpaceX's last mission, Eutelsat/ABS, launched on June 15, 2016.One of the most persistent criticisms of SpaceX has been the rocket company's inability to meet its launch commitments.Talk to any of Elon Musk's competitors in the rocket and spacecraft business, and they will all say the same thing—SpaceX isn't meeting the demands of its customers.Too much pizzazz, too little substance, and so on.SpaceX ended up making six successful launches in 2015.However, this year the company is off to a good start with six successful missions completed so far and a seventh launch planned for 12:45am ET Monday 5:45am BST from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
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While speculation continues over the release of the Surface Pro 5, Microsoft has been repairing some problems associated with the touchscreen and performance of its Surface Pen on its current range of Surface devices.The latest firmware updates have improved the screen responsiveness for the Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 and made the pen far more smooth.It's been a tricky nine months for the Surface line-up as Microsoft has had to roll out a series of updates bettering overall performance to meet the demand of the high price tag on their tablet-meets-laptop range.Even though the Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 scored well in our reviews, issues have included problems with the display, battery life, and standby mode.Reddit users using the Microsoft Surface page have made positive comments on the update, with many noticing a sizeable difference with less lag and easier scrolling on Chrome.Hopefully this news will relieve some of the pressure ahead of the release of the Pro 5 which is rumoured to feature a 4K screen and Intel's new Kaby Lake processor.
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The Obama Administration on Friday announced a $400 million initiative led by the National Science Foundation that will conduct research in the area of 5G wireless technology which promises to be up to 100 times faster than today s 4G LTE.The Advanced Wireless Research Initiative AWRI , which builds on the Federal Communications Commission s recent Spectrum Frontiers vote, will deploy four city-scale testing platforms over the next decade that will be used for advanced wireless research.Each platform will be comprised of a network of software-defined radio antennas blanketing their respective cities, essentially mimicking existing cellular networks.The White House says this will allow academic researchers, entrepreneurs and wireless companies to test, prove and refine their technologies and software algorithms in a real-world setting.The cities, which haven t yet been named, will be selected based on open competition, the administration said.Yesterday s FCC vote made the US the first country in the world to free up large quantities of high-frequency millimeter wave spectrum for both licensed and unlicensed use.
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Pokémon Go has been out for little more than a week in Australia and New Zealand, but already one local man has quit his job to travel around New Zealand and catch Pokémon full-time.Tom Currie left his Aukland-based job to embark on a two-month journey around New Zealand, with the aim of capturing all the monsters available in the game.He's booked 20 bus journeys around the country, and in less than a week he's already visited six South Island towns and caught Pokémon at every stop along the way.So far he has 90 of the 151 pokémon available in the game.A week in and the 24-year old insists that his trip is both exhilarating and exhausting.He often hunts pokémon into the early hours of the morning sometimes until around 3am , and claims that he sleeps quite deeply because of all the walking he's been doing.
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LONDON Reuters - A former Google engineer, whose speech recognition software is used in more than a billion Android smartphones, has launched a company that uses blockchain technology to build a new operating system for banks.Paul Taylor, a Cambridge University academic with an expertise in artificial intelligence, speech synthesis and machine learning, started working on the system, called Vault OS, two years ago in a basement in London's Shoreditch district, known for being a tech start-up hub.Blockchain technology has captured the imagination of the financial industry, with advocates saying it has the potential to shake up how markets operate.The technology, which underpins the digital currency bitcoin, creates a shared database in which participants can trace every transaction ever made.The ledger is tamper-proof and transparent, meaning that transactions can be processed without the need for third-party verification."Most of the banks are using systems that were written in the 80s and 90s, and they just are not ready for the security-conscious internet app age at all," Taylor told Reuters.
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If you re playing Pokémon Go and find yourself landing up at an increasing number of restaurants, stores, and other businesses to catch your creatures, it s likely to be the game s new monetization strategy kicking in.Keen to cash in on the game s phenomenal – and instant – popularity, creator Niantic is reportedly planning to introduce sponsored locations as a way of enabling businesses to attract more people to their premises.For those not in the know, Pokémon Go uses augmented reality to let players navigate the real world to capture Pokémon.A fantasy version of Google Maps reveals the whereabouts of the creatures, encouraging users to travel to different places to play the game with their smartphone.The free Android and iOS game, which launched last week in the U.S., Australia, and New Zealand, currently makes money off in-app purchases, but sponsored locations looks set to guarantee another lucrative revenue stream.The plan was revealed by Niantic boss John Hanke, who told the FT this week that it s considering letting companies pay to be locations within the virtual game board – the premise being that it is an inducement that drives foot traffic.
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Apple recently released the iOS 10 public beta and, as expected, it hasn't exactly been plain sailing for users who have downloaded the new OS.You d have to really love Apple to have thought that iOS 10 would run on your iPhone or iPad without any problems, given that we're still months away from a stable release.And if you did put your money on the right horse and abstained from installing the beta, you wouldn't surprised to hear that those who did make the leap are experience a number of annoying glitches.Most notably, some users are reporting that they're being locked out of their Apple accounts – effectively rendering their devices useless.After someone took to Reddit to flag the fact that their Apple ID had been locked seemingly at random, numerous other people aired their own dirty laundry – busted Bluetooth, apps crashing shock!, and stories of screens going dark being some of problems noted.
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File under: possibly useful information to share at the next cocktail party.A mathematician explains why it s smarter to bet on heads/heads coming up when doing consecutive coin flips than heads/tails, even though intuitively the probability should be the same.
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"I'm a living example that it's never too late to reach your peak," Kelly told Mashable Australia.Working in sports marketing for more than 20 years, she had participated in marathons and Iron Man challenges but remained a "weekend warrior."While she had worn a hearing aid since age five, Kelly decided to find out if she could continue to compete in races as a vision-impaired athlete.She was recruited into Australia's elite-paratriathlete team and won the 2015 World Triathlon Grand Final in Chicago.To compete in paratriathlons, which include a 750 metre swim, a 20 kilometre ride and a 5 kilometre run, she has been paired with a guide, Michellie Jones, herself an Olympic medallist.For Kelly, a range of technology has had a significant impact on her training, which takes place two to three times a day in sessions of up to three hours.
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We were all quite pumped a few weeks ago when Anki announced its plan to move beyond smartphone controlled cars into emotionally intelligent robots.The Commodore 64 gave the average consumer the chance to compute and the slew of easy to understand programming languages, including BASIC and Logo, allowed anyone with an idea and a little time, to become a software developer.We would not have experience the computer revolution of the 80s if there had been no Commodore 64, and in 20 years a similar grand statement could be made for the Anki Cozmo.We want to take robotics out of the lab, Anki co-founder and president Hanns Tappeiner said.Tappeiner and his cohorts at Anki built an incredibly entertaining little robot that reads your facial expressions, has enviable spatial awareness, and can experience its own series of emotions thanks to an intricately programmed AI featuring over one million lines of code.The software development kit that will launch with Cozmo gives you access to all that code in a language Python that s a breeze for programmers, and only mildly terrifying for the rest of us.
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Amazon Prime Day is less than 12 hours away.This year, Amazon s big savings event for Prime members will be bigger than ever, with more than 100,000 deals—which will come as frequently as every five minutes.Mashable is rounding up the best picks and will be updating throughout Prime Day.If you ve got an Alexa-powered device like the Echo, Echo Dot or Echo Tap , you can save even more money by ordering certain items through them on Amazon.Your first purchase with Alexa will take $10 off your total of $20 or more.Right now you can get a Dromida Kodo UAV quadcopter for $15 or a Cuisinart Griddler for $30.
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Smart watches are useful to quickly see who is calling or writing to you. The majority of the clocks is also equipped with various sensors used for measuring steps and the like. A group of security researchers has found another use for bells sensors is the use of sensors to find out what your PIN on your debit card. With the help of the researchers' algorithm, it is possible to guess a user's PIN code with 80 percent certainty in a trial. And get the gang three tries Bumpas that figure up to 90 percent. Here is an excerpt from the report:
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Minecraft has gained a tool that lets artificial intelligence experiments be carried out in its virtual worlds.The Malmo platform will be offered free of charge to research institutions as well as the general public.
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Footage vanished on command – not by a tech gremlinSlain ... Philando Castile with his mother Valerie CastileThe deadly shooting of 32-year-old Philando Castile by a cop during a routine traffic stop in Minnesota on Wednesday just got murkier.Multiple sources have told The Register police removed video footage of Castile's death from Facebook, potentially tampering with evidence.Castile, his girlfriend Diamond Reynolds, and her four-year-old daughter were pulled over by police in the Falcon Heights suburb of Minneapolis for a broken tail light.Using her cellphone and Facebook Live, Reynolds web-streamed footage of her dying boyfriend after he was shot by a police officer.
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The militant group s infamous videos of beheadings, violence and torture have a dangerous allure for would-be radicals, and they proliferate over social media in a way that can make containment seem hopeless.But fighting extremist content online need not be very complicated, according to Dr. Hany Farid, a computer scientist at Dartmouth College.Farid is referring to a technique called hashing, which he pioneered nearly a decade ago while battling a different but equally vile online scourge: child pornography.Last month, it was reported that Facebook and YouTube might start using this technique to automatically scour extremist content from their platforms.Microsoft funded PhotoDNA, and according to Farid, it s still used by companies like Facebook and Twitter today.The worst of the worst
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The mobile phone has transformed quite a bit in the last ten years, but the heart of it — the address book — hasn t changed much.Drupe, with brand new funding, is looking to accelerate the evolution of the Phone Book.The company today announced $3 million in new funding from Canaan Partners Israel and Sweet Capital, a fund that was spun up by the founders of Candy Crush empire King Digital Entertainment, with a premise that s quite simple.Drupe is an overlay for Android phones that contextually shows relevant contacts and various modes of communicating with them all with one swipe.When users swipe from the Drupe widget on the phone, they re showed the most common contacts in their address book on the left and their most-used social apps on the right.This includes native apps like the phone and messages, as well as third-party services like Instagram, Gmail, Facebook Messenger, and more.
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NASA mission scientists are puzzling over why the Mars Curiosity rover entered safe mode during the weekend.In safe mode, the rover puts itself on hold: it ceases most activity, keeps itself safe, and follows a sequence to resume communications.The unexplained glitch was announced by NASA here.So far, the status update says, the agency's engineers reckon the glitch was caused by an unexpected mismatch between camera software and data-processing software in the main computer .The mission controllers have instructed the rover to send back more diagnostic information.In March 2013, there were two safe-mode events.
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Verizon is updating its phone plans to keep up with data-munchers, increasing the amount of data included with its offers.Not so fast - the new plans also mean larger bills.Launched alongside a revamped My Verizon app, Verizon's new plan structure offers about 30% or more extra data across all five of its "sizes" - for a slight uptick in price, of course.For example, the lower-end "Small" package boosts its cap from 1GB to 2GB while increasing payments from $30 a month to $35, doubling the data for about 17% more in cost.Verizon's biggest plan, the XXL, goes from 18GB for $100 a month to 24GB for $110 a month, giving high-volume users six more gigs about 33% more data to suck down for only a tenth more in payments.Higher data caps couldn't come sooner for Verizon, with the company reporting that its average smartphone customer has nearly tripled their data consumption in the last three years - from about 1GB a month in 2013 to 2.7GB a month in 2016.
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