Jonathan Godbey

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In case you didn't hear the thrilling Spider-Man news that Marvel has been teasing us with for days and getting the internet whipped up in a frenzy for, J.J. Abrams and his son [insert name here] are writing a comic...I don't know who let all these crickets in, but they're noisy little buggers.The countdown to the reveal began with a mysterious number four that had everyone losing their shit over the prospect of a Sam Raimi Spider-Man 4 comic book, amongst other things.The other things didn't cover this damp fart of announcement however.The internet hasn't let us down though, and people have been very upfront with their thoughts on the news - which you can read more about here - and we've rounded up our favourites for you to peruse at your leisure below, while you feel all smug and superior.I don't know who I'm supposed to be making fun of anymore, I'm sorry.
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YouTube may face fines from a late-stage investigation by the US government into the video giant's handling of children's videos, according to a report by the Washington Post citing unnamed people familiar with the probe.The investigation at the Federal Trade Commission has propelled YouTube to reconsider some of its most fundamental elements, like its influential algorithm that suggests the next video to watch.The news came the same day as a report that YouTube is weighing significant changes to protect its youngest viewers and its content creators.Executives at the Google-owned video giant were reportedly debating whether to move all children's content off the main site to the standalone YouTube Kids app, The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, citing unnamed people briefed on the talks.(The Post reported such a drastic move was unlikely.)In the midst of a parade of crises about content moderation on its massive video service, YouTube has been under fire for allowing content that exploits children.
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Clive Selley, the CEO of Openreach, has called Boris Johnson’s call for full fibre coverage across the UK by 2025 “a stretch” given the practical realities of deployment.Openreach’ fibre rollout target recently increased to 15 million properties by the mid-2020s, while the government has touted 2033 as a potential data to switch off the UK’s copper network.Speaking at Connected Britain, Selley said that although Openreach had the ability to accelerate the speed of rollout, it depended on other factors such as legislation and favourable regulatory policies.“I think those targets should be regarded as ‘stretch numbers’,” he said.“[But] they’re not unrealistic and I applaud ambition.[In the past few years] there has been a sea change at Openreach and we have every capability in place to accelerate.
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Few companies have changed the way developers work as profoundly as Atlassian.Its tools like Jira and Confluence are ubiquitous, and over the course of the last few years, the company has started to adapt many of them for wider enterprise usage outside of developer teams.To talk about Atlassian’s story from being a small shop in Australia to a successful IPO — and its plans for the future — the company’s co-founder and co-CEO Scott Farquhar will join us at our inaugural TechCrunch Sessions: Enterprise event on September 5 in San Francisco.Farquhar co-founded Atlassian with Mike Cannon-Brookes, in 2001.It wasn’t until 2010, though, that the company raised its first major venture round ($60 million from Accel Partners).Even by that point, though, the company already had thousands of customers and a growing staff in Sydney and San Francisco.
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On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong’s sons Mark and Rick were at the family home in Houston watching on TV as their father stepped off the Eagle lunar module and into the pages of history.“We had two televisions in the house, so folks were huddled around both of them, some in the living room and some in one of the bedrooms, I think,” he told Fox News.“Friends, family, neighbors, they were all coming in and out.And, of course, we had the squawk box, as well, which I believe was set up in the bedroom at the time, so we could hear what was happening, more so than most.”THERE WAS A BIT OF TENSION': ASTRONAUT DESCRIBES WATCHING MOON LANDING WITH BUZZ ALDRIN’S FAMILYIt wasn't just the Armstrongs and their friends who watched with rapt attention.
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The Mozilla Foundation has unveiled the new logo and branding for Firefox, that shows that the well-regarded browser used by 250 million people, now offers much more than just web surfing.It comes after Mozilla announced last July that it was redesigning the famous ‘fast fox logo with the flaming tail’, that had been closely associated with its Firefox web browser for many years now.Now the Firefox family has new icons and logos, but the overarching fast fox with flaming tail logo has been morphed into something more ethereal, that essentially looks as if the world is on fire.“Firefox is a browser AND an encrypted service to send huge files.That’s just the beginning of the new Firefox family.”“Now Firefox has a new look to support its evolving product line,” the foundation blogged.
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New technology can improve our lives, but it can also come with unforeseen pitfalls.Cameras are now smaller, better and smarter than ever before, and that, warns the American Civil Liberties Union, could be an issue in the future.The nearly 50 million surveillance cameras in the US could be used to police people as smart technology improves, according to an ACLU report released Thursday."The Dawn of Robot Surveillance" looks at the increasing number of cameras installed by government agencies and how advancements in artificial intelligence and facial recognition are making those cameras smarter, which the ACLU says could present civil rights issues."Cameras that collect and store video just in case it is needed are being transformed into robot guards that actively and constantly watch people," Jay Stanley, senior policy analyst with the ACLU, said in a release."It is as if a great surveillance machine has been growing up around us, but largely dumb and inert — and is now, in a meaningful sense, waking up.
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As social platforms continue to be threatened by state-sponsored disinformation operations, Google’s parent company Alphabet has kicked things up a notch.Jigsaw, its side-arm devoted to fighting extremism, censorship, and other forms of cyberattacks, has revealed it bought a Russian troll campaign as an experiment.It assigned it to attack a political activism website the company had specifically created for this purpose, something it did for as cheap as $250.The details, revealed by Wired’s Andy Greenberg, shows it’s not just cheap to fund such campaigns, but that it’s super easy for private individuals to buy one in order to engage in organized, online disinformation.In early 2018, Jigsaw worked with a security firm (name withheld) to search Russian-language black-market and gray-market web forums like Exploit, Club2Crd, WWH, and Zloy for paid disinformation services.While they did find companies offering fake followers and paid retweets, they eventually settled on a company called SEOTweet, which also offered a two-week propaganda campaign for just $250.
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For many adult gamers, there’s just something that feels right about competing against friends or getting lost in a fantasy world with a cold beer by your side.But you’ve only got two hands.Miller Lite has found a way.Introducing the Cantroller, a video game controller that also holds 12 ounces of Miller Lite.The Cantroller claims to be a fully functioning controller equipped with USB charging, bluetooth, haptic feedback and, of course, beer.Created as a special promotion coinciding with the massive gaming expo E3, going on this week, the 200 Cantrollers will be up for grabs at the event.
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But it still knocked it out of the park with its online showcase for the Nintendo Switch this year, announcing a slew of incredible-looking new games, significant updates to existing favorites, smart ports and remakes, as well as at least one bombshell sequel.At this stage, there’s no name or release date to go on (we'll just have to call it The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 for now), just a momentary clip instead.There’s also a new multiplayer mode announced for the game called ScareScraper, letting you compete for ghost-hunting prowess against your buddies, as well as a co-op mode that introduces a new character called “Gooigi”.Imagine a Flubber-fied version of Luigi, and you’re there, with the green gooey version of Luigi able to walk on spikes and squeeze through fences like a friendly T-1000 terminator.The Witcher 3 for Nintendo SwitchSomeone had better send a demon hunter to Nintendo HQ – there must be some sort of dark magic being cast in order to make The Witcher 3 run on the Nintendo Switch.
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“I don’t need to sell any specific version of the console in order for us to reach our business goals,” the told me in an interview yesterday, the day after Microsoft held its annual E3 keynote.In addition to a big lineup of games, at E3, Microsoft officially unveiled Project Scarlett, its next-generation console that launches next year, and provided a bit of detail on its xCloud streaming service, which will debut in October.With Scarlett, our goal was to increase the visual fidelity of the games.So much of your refresh rate, your game loop, and having this synchronization between those things really helps create buttery controls in a game.That’s the focus that we have, on that console and hitting that specification.You’re probably shipping your game on four or five platforms if you’re trying to reach as many customers as possible anyway.
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Virgin Trains is trying to stop itself being kicked out of the UK's rail scene by next year, and has asked rail bosses if it might be allowed to run an independent, franchise-rivalling service all by itself.This is allowed under "open access" rules, they say, with Virgin claiming it'd operate an alternative budget rival line from London to Liverpool in competition with whoever ends up running the west coast mainline.On the same tracks, obviously.Given there's not much space out there on the lines, this competing service would only run hourly or thereabouts, with all tickets sold on a reservation-only basis to end standing and the shame of sitting on the floor near the toilet, tutting as businessmen emerge shamefaced from their massive poos and don't shut the door behind them.In order to gain approval from the Office of Rail and Road, Virgin has to prove it is offering something new and not just trying to hustle business away from the future holder of its old west coast franchise.Hence tickets on the hourly trains could be sold at around 10 per cent less than the norm, with the trains stopping at stations not currently served as frequently as others.
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With the NBA Finals in full swing, there’s never been a better time to upgrade to a super-sized 4K TV.Well, thanks to Best Buy, we all can.That’s because it’s wiped $200 off one of LG’s finest 65-inch 4K TVs, dropping the price down to $700.That’s still a tad steep for the average Joe, but lest we forget: We live in a society that’s reliant on credit, using it to spread the cost of everything from cars and houses to refrigerators and TVs.As a result, Best Buy is sticking to its American roots, offering 12-month, interest-free financing on the 65-inch LG 4K TV on offer, at $58 per month.So, what does LG’s oft-raved-about 65-inch UM7300PUA 4K TV bring to the table?
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Sustainable hauls, zero-waste swaps and houseplant tours are just a few of the new types of videos I’m seeing crop up on YouTube.Fashion lovers want to know the story behind their clothesHauls—videos in which someone shows and describes products they’ve bought—have been a part of the fashion community on YouTube for years.People are increasingly interested in understanding the story behind the products they buy—and creators are helping them do that.For example, YouTubers like sustainable fashion designer Justine Leconte are building big followings by helping people understand where their clothes come from, how to build capsule wardrobes that won’t need replacing every season and how to find outfits at thrift stores.For example, fair trade fashion brand People Tree went behind the scenes at a factory in India that produces its organic cotton dresses; Adidas used video to explain how it created its range of environmentally friendly sneakers; and Allbirds did the same in its Meet Your Shoes series.
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lt works by helping cities manage their transit systems and identify points in the schedule or route that negatively impact service efficiency and reliability.Swiftly also offers real-time passenger info that will “predict when the bus will arrive in a way that is much more accurate than the current system,” Swiftly co-founder and CEO Jonny Simkin told TechCrunch.In fact, Simkin says Swiftly is up to 30% more accurate than current systems.“It’s one thing to tell someone their bus is 10 minutes delayed, but if we can get to the root of the problem, it’s better for the city and stimulates the economy,” he said.That’s where Swifty’s data platform comes in to gather insights and analyze historical data to rethink route planning and where to place stops.In one city, these insights led the customer to implement processes to change lights to green when a bus is running behind schedule.
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The insurance industry is on an upswing.According to a survey published by S Global Market Intelligence, net premiums in the U.S. totaled $1.2 trillion in 2017, with premiums recorded by life and health insurers accounting for 52%.In the first half of that same year, insurance tech startups attracted roughly $162.38 million, and Investopedia forecasts that the overall market will grow 41% between 2019 and 2023.The Heidelberg, Germany-based firm today announced that it has secured €15 million ($17 million) in series A funding led by Earlybird, with participation from CommerzVentures and other existing backers.This brings GetSafe’s total raised to nearly $40 million, and cofounder and CEO Christian Wiens says it will be used to fuel the company’s market expansion and customer care, software development, and data science efforts.“We want to become the go-to insurance brand for a whole generation of young customers in Europe,” said Wiens, who added that GetSafe’s goal is to sell 180,000 policies by 2020 as it doubles its headcount to over 100 employees and enters Britain and other European markets.
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To read the full article, simply click here to claim your deal and get access to all exclusive Business Insider PRIME content.Bucking the in-housing trend, Oreo maker Mondelez International is more open than ever to working with agencies, its CEO Dirk Van de Put told Business Insider.Still, Van de Put said he's demanding more accountability from agencies, pushing to pay them based on ROI.With digital advertising under scrutiny, he also said there's a lot of waste on online channels and that Mondelez needs to better understand the impact of its digital advertising.Still, the snack giant is demanding more accountability from its agencies, pushing payment that's based on ROI, Dirk Van de Put, CEO of Mondelez International, told Business Insider.Read more: At Davos, P's Marc Pritchard says consumers expect brands to be a force for good
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The time has arrived for the Premiership Rugby final 2019 which sees Exeter Chiefs take on the mighty Saracens in a final that follows a season where both teams have dominated the league.It's domestic rugby union's biggest day on the calendar and you can live stream Exeter Chiefs vs Saracens from wherever you are in the world.Today's Premiership Rugby final match is coming from England's rugby home, Twickenham Stadium in London.This 22-game season has ended with the Saracens and Exeter Chiefs way ahead of the other teams which means we're in for a very strong final game of the Gallagher Premiership.The Exeter Chiefs will contest a fourth successive Premiership final, adding a second title to the one they won two years ago.Saracens beat the Exeter Chiefs in a final a year ago as well as in 2016.
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Bytedance’s Douyin has on Thursday updated its existing anti-addiction system to give parents more control over their children’s use of the app, further complying with regulator requirements to limit youth access to short videos.The update introduced a feature named “parent-child platform” that enables parents to bind their accounts with a maximum of three other accounts.Parents can then turn on existing features like “youth mode” remotely for their children to block functionalities such as topping up and tipping, and to limit them to an age-appropriate content ecosystem.Similar to “youth mode,” “parent-child platform” prevents kids from logging out of their accounts or switching to other accounts to evade regulation.The user agreement for the new feature states that it will automatically terminate once a minor turns 18, but Douyin currently doesn’t require real name registration and has no means of verification.Douyin also recruited the help of education experts to provide parents with child-rearing tips on short video posts, though views of videos with the campaign’s hashtag “child-protection league” remains low, at 1.1 million as of Friday morning.
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Twitter iOS and Android users can now start live broadcasts via the flagship application and invite up to three guests to join them on an audio-only basis.— Twitter (@Twitter) May 29, 2019The same functionality was added to the social network’s stand-alone Periscope livestreaming app in February.Twitter said in a blog post, “We’ve learned how valuable the audio experience is for people to discuss topics they care about, because when you can chat live together, it’s more fun.We’re thinking about ways we can add video, too, but for now, check it out and go live with guests on Twitter.”Hulu was one of the first brands to test the new feature with this tweet earlier this month.
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We've all been there – sometimes life throws you a curveball and the ensuing despondency firmly shelves making the beast with two backs for a while.In the case of 52-year-old Kuldeep Mann, it was failing to get on a PhD course at James Cook University in Queensland that demolished his sex drive.At least that's what he has alleged in a lawsuit against the uni, demanding AU$3.125m (£1.7m) for "mental torture/psychological day-to-day sufferings" he claims to have endured at the hands of the institution."Everything was affected including my sex life," he sniffled in an interview with Australia's 9News.There is no such desire... no desire for anything."The 7/11 staffer said he paid AU$20,000 and studied two subjects to get on the Social Sciences PhD in 2015, but claimed he was accused of plagiarism and told he wasn't "up to the mark".
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Yin Qi started Megvii eight years ago in Beijing’s Zhongguancun tech hub, along with two of his classmates from Tsinghua University, with the goal of making the world a better place.China has drawn international condemnation for its treatment of Muslim minorities in the far western region, and Megvii said it has no association with the app.An office tour showed rows of adjustable standing desks and programmers staring at lines of code on their computer screens.Yin made the comments about a week before media reports that the US government was considering cutting off the supply of crucial American technology to Chinese video surveillance firms, including Megvii, due to concerns over human rights violations.The US blacklisted Huawei Technology, the world’s biggest telecommunications network equipment maker and leader in ultra-fast 5G network gear, from buying American technology without special permission, citing national security concerns.Born to a middle-class family in Wuhu, a city on the banks of the Yangtze River in Anhui province, Yin was allowed by his father, a teacher, and mother, a civil servant, to do what he wanted as long as he was among the top 10 in academic results in his class, which he was.
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On this episode of Digital Trends Live, host Greg Nibler and Renee Abousamra of Brandlive discuss the trending tech news of the day, including the first iPod touch update in four years, how Porsche and Ikea incorporate augmented reality into their apps, an upgrade for robotic pets, cyborg botany, and more.Later, we welcome Dr. Jud Brewer, founder and lead scientist at MindSciences, to talk about how they are using technology and apps to help people overcome their cravings and addictions.Finally, Fred Plais, chief executive officer of Platform.sh, discusses how to take your developer stacks to the cloud to further automate back-end systems.
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In the same way that VR startups like InsiteVR and GeoPogo have found thriving uses in architecture, engineering, and construction, AR is poised to create new opportunities for real estate companies.Data visualization leads the wayModern real estate tech companies like Zillow and Trulia were born from the capability to aggregate and present data about homes and neighborhoods to home buyers in a dynamic visual format.Tim Correia, the general manager and senior vice president at Trulia, explains that “in the earlier days of the internet, there was no source for buyers to obtain reliable information on their own.The key innovation that led to real estate’s first wave of disruption was aggregating and communicating that data in an intuitive and interactive way.”The rise of elite ‘full stack’ brokerage teams
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Apple iPhone rumors show the 2020 versions will have "significant changes," according to a report.As well as the addition of 5G, the smartphone could also have 3D sensing via rear cameras, full-screen Touch ID and OLED screens from LG, MacRumors said Friday, citing a Barclays analyst who'd purportedly just met with Apple suppliers in Asia.MacRumors also said the 2020 iPhone SE 2 could be updated with iPhone 8 internals.Though Apple reportedly won't have its own self-made 5G chip until 2025, Qualcomm will be helping it launch the first 5G iPhone in 2020.Apple and Qualcomm settled their litigation and struck a multiyear 5G chip deal in April.MacRumors is also predicting the 2019 iPhone will sport extra rear camera lenses and remove 3D Touch, and that the iPhone XR will get 4GB of RAM.
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Det här är en debattartikel.Vikten av politiker som bryr sig om internet kan inte underskattas, det visar vårens uppmärksammade omröstningar i EU-parlamentet om nätet.Vi har lyckats minimera skadorna och få bort de värsta förslagen, men vi har misslyckats med att stoppa uppladdningsfilter och licenskrav för att länka till nyheter.Ett exempel är frågan om uppladdningsfilter.Många EU-parlamentariker var osäkra på vad som verkligen stod på spel och beslutade sig inte förrän i sista stund hur de skulle rösta.Ett viktigt beslut som hade kunnat ta bort de skadliga uppladdningsfiltren förlorades med endast fem röster.
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Ford partnered with Agility Robotics to create a two-legged delivery robot called Digit.According to Ford, Digit can carry up to 40 pounds, navigate stairs, and go around unexpected obstacles.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Ford is working with Agility Robotics to create autonomous deliveries.Digit was designed to look like a human and walk like one, too.Jonathan Hurst: Our goal with Digit is to have a robot as a mobility platform that can be in human spaces, go where people go, and work with people.
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Compelling evidence for the existence of UK cryptid "the badger" has been recorded in the south-coast town of Gosport – and it appears to have a penchant for ice lollies.Most commonly sighted as a bloodied furry hulk lying at the side of dual carriageways or screwing up plans for Apple data centres, BBC Springwatch has the monopoly on alleged footage of the beast alive.What badgers get up to in the winter: https://t.co/CFBN2e60JG Winterwatch pic.twitter.com/TSjUTPxM0I— BBC Springwatch (@BBCSpringwatch) January 29, 2018Quite rightly, everyone thought 29-year-old Hannah Carver was crazy when she insisted her freezer was being ransacked by the elusive critter nightly.She was first woken by banging from her kitchen a couple of weeks ago and came down to find the floor littered with frozen food packaging.
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An 11-year-old Muslim girl moved her teachers to tears with a speech she wrote after comforting a friend who was caught up in the Manchester Arena bombing.Sara Hussain, from Blackburn, Lancashire, talked about inventing a time machine so she could persuade Salman Abedi not to carry out the mass murders as fans left the Ariana Grande concert in 2017.HuffPost is part of Oath.Oath and our partners need your consent to access your device and use your data (including location) to understand your interests, and provide and measure personalised ads.Oath will also provide you with personalised ads on partner products.Select 'OK' to continue and allow Oath and our partners to use your data, or select 'Manage options' to view your choices.
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