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Boris is the wise ol’ CEO of TNW who writes a weekly column on everything about being an entrepreneur in tech — from managing stress to embracing awkwardness. You can get his musings straight to your inbox by signing up for his newsletter! There’s a fair amount of young people at my company, and some of them are single and actively dating. Recently one of them showed me how Hitch worked, and the amazing results she got using the app. I was impressed by her story, and the interface of the app, but even more by their tagline: Designed to… This story continues at The Next Web
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By reverse engineering apps intended for cyclists, security researchers found they could cause delays in at least 10 cities from anywhere in the world.
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I switched to Chrome when it first launched in 2008, and I haven’t looked back since — but rumors of an intrusive new notification “feature” are making me seriously reconsider my commitment to the browser. Google is purportedly gearing up to start reminding users who haven’t opened Chrome in a while to use its browser with targeted push notifications, according to findings from Google9to5. From the looks of it, the re-engagement campaign — as Chrome devs refer to it — will exclusively focus on Android users for the time being. Here’s how it’ll work: when you open a Chrome Custom… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google
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TikTok's parent company ByteDance is facing increased pressure to cut ties with the viral video app, as President Donald Trump has threatened to ban TikTok unless ByteDance divests. Microsoft is in talks to buy TikTok's operations in the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, and says it expects to reach a conclusion by September 15th. Of course, TikTok could also find another buyer. If the talks fall through by that date, Trump has said he would ban the app. If the companies make a deal, the acquisition will be complicated, but Microsoft is less likely to face roadblocks from the Trump administration and antitrust regulators in the process. Here's what we know about why Microsoft is the most likely buyer, what happens to TikTok if it goes through, and other questions you may have about the deal-in-progress. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The word is out: Microsoft is exploring a deal to viral video app TikTok's operations in several countries including the US as its Chinese parent company ByteDance faces increasing pressure from the Trump administration. News broke Friday President Donald Trump was planning to order ByteDance to divest its stake. Soon after, reports emerged Microsoft was an interested suitor, followed by confirmation from the company itself. Now, ByteDance and Microsoft will have until September 15 to reach a deal — at which point Trump says he will take action to ban the app in the US entirely (though it's not clear how, exactly, he'd do that).  The deal raises a lot of questions, not all of which have readily-apparent answers.  Here's what we know about the deal so far: Why is Microsoft the most likely buyer? First and foremost, while Microsoft is widely considered the leading candidate to buy TikTok, and the only one that has publicly stated its interest, nothing has yet been set in stone and another company could still come in and snap it up. Rumors of other interested parties include Google, Facebook, and Apple — the last of which has since denied such reports. It's still unclear how the talks between Microsoft and TikTok began, but there are several serendipitous factors at play that could give the tech titan an edge in these talks. Only a handful of companies could afford to acquire TikTok in the first place. The app as a whole is said to be worth between $30 billion and $50 billion. However, Microsoft is apparently only bidding for a portion of TikTok's business — specifically, its operations in US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.  Given that the TikTok deal is only for a relatively narrow slice of the business, Microsoft — or any other buyer — is likely to pay less than those figures, especially since ByteDance is also likely feeling the heat from Trump to sell by the September 15 deadline. While the US is one of TikTok's biggest markets, users in the four countries in question only comprised 10.3% of TikTok downloads in the last 30 days, according to data provided to Business Insider by app analytics firm Sensor Tower. In fact, CNBC reported Wednesday the TikTok deal could be worth between $10 billion and $30 billion. CBNC also reported Microsoft has agreed to bring TikTok's code to the US from China within a year, an engineering feat that would be out of reach for most other companies. And of the deep-pocketed tech giants, Microsoft is perhaps the least likely to face any political consequences or regulatory blowback on the deal, given how it's largely managed to stay above the fray when it comes to disputes between Big Tech and the Trump administration. To that point, Microsoft, the second-most valuable tech company in the world was notably absent last week when CEOs of Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Google testified before Congress about how their market dominance and business practices might harm competition. That lack of scrutiny might mean Microsoft could get the deal done with minimal antitrust roadblocks to overcome.  Meanwhile, there are important links between Microsoft and TikTok. ByteDance founder Yiming Zhang did a brief stint at Microsoft, but perhaps more significant is that TikTok's Global General Counsel Erich Andersen, who just joined the company this year, is a 25-year Microsoft veteran who worked closely under the company's president and chief legal officer, Brad Smith. What Microsoft plans to do with TikTok is still the source of speculation, especially given CEO Satya Nadella's historic focus on cloud computing and productivity. However, analysts recently told Business Insider the acquisition could be an opportunistic play for Microsoft to bolster its consumer business and gain favor among younger generations. What exactly would Microsoft get for its money?   In a statement about its discussions with ByteDance, Microsoft said a "preliminary proposal" for the deal would see the company buy TikTok's operations in the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Microsoft would own and operate TikTok in those countries, although the company said it may invite other American investors to acquire minority stakes in its portion of the business. But a complete divorce between ByteDance and TikTok would likely also apply to its employees and internal operations, presenting a complex challenge for the buyer.  According to The Information, ByteDance engineers based in China are responsible for the underlying software and infrastructure across the company's more than two dozen apps, including TikTok. The few US-based engineers TikTok has hired report to senior executives in China, as do some managers working on TikTok's US ad business. Whoever buys up TikTok will be tasked not only with bridging those technological gaps, but with filling the gaps that could open up in TikTok's workforce. It could take TikTok at least to half a year to hire the hundreds of employees they need to replace, the Information estimates. In any case, the terms of the deal will be subject to approval from CFIUS and Trump. What is CFIUS, and why is it investigating TikTok in the first place? Lawmakers have long raised concerns over the connection between ByteDance and China, and whether the Chinese government can access user data or influence content moderation. A formal national security review of the app was launched in November 2019 by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States — better known as CFIUS (pronounced "siff-ee-yuss). CFIUS, an interagency body under the government's executive arm, is tasked with investigating the transactions of American companies that involve foreign businesses for potential national security risks. The US Department of the Treasury earlier this year published new regulations intended to strengthen the committee's ability to address national security concerns. The relevant CFIUS review focuses on ByteDance's 2017 acquisition of Musical.ly, a popular US-based social network that preceded TikTok and was later merged into TikTok in the US. The US government argues it has jurisdiction over the deal because ByteDance didn't get approval from CFIUS at the time of the Musical.ly acquisition. There are some notable instances where Chinese companies sold their stakes in US companies following a CFIUS investigation. Earlier this year, Chinese company Kunlun sold LGBTQ dating app Grindr for $608.5 million after CFIUS said its ownership of the company was a security risk. In 2019, CFIUS required online health startup PatientsLikeMe to find another buyer for the majority stake it sold to a Chinese company called iCarbonX. Microsoft and ByteDance informed the committee they plan to explore a deal involving Microsoft's purchase of TikTok's operations in the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Microsoft said it may invite other American investors to acquire a minority stake in TikTok. What happens if CFIUS approves a TikTok acquisition? Trump has given ByteDance a deadline of September 15 to hammer out a deal in which TikTok's US operations are sold — whether that buyer is Microsoft or somebody else. If a deal isn't reached by that date, Trump has said that he will act to ban the TikTok app entirely in the United States (though it isn't clear how he would accomplish that). If ByteDance reaches a deal, it will go through another CFIUS review and, concurrently, a Justice Department antitrust review. That review is expected to be a quick process, unless a direct TikTok competitor like Facebook, Google, or Snap are involved, according to experts consulted by Business Insider. But even if CFIUS approves a TikTok acquisition, it's unclear how Trump will respond. Trump initially disproved of such a sale, and insisted on pushing for a complete ban of the app in the US. However, Trump's stance has apparently since softened: He told reporters Monday he would approve of such a deal to acquire TikTok's US operations. What happens if TikTok's sale falls apart? Trump hasn't completely let go of choosing the nuclear option by enacting an outright ban of TikTok in the US. Trump told reporters Monday he would give ByteDance until September 15 to hammer out a deal with a US buyer — or he would ban TikTok in the country entirely. If discussions with Microsoft were to fall through, however, it's unlikely TikTok would struggle to find another interested buyer. Despite the political firestorm around it, TikTok is one of the hottest and most influential platforms in the social sphere, with a reported 100 million monthly users in the US. However, any other buyer would likely be not as well-equipped as Microsoft to face the Trump administration's concerns over the deal. A group of ByteDance's US investors expressed early interest in buying a majority stake in TikTok, but those talks are said to have fallen apart over concerns that such a takeover "wouldn't pass muster with the Trump administration." Can Trump ban TikTok in the US? A US-wide ban on a smartphone app would be an unprecedented move. Despite Trump's repeated claims he's pursuing an outright ban, it remains unclear what power or authority he has to do so, experts told Business Insider.  "He can't outright 'ban' TikTok itself," Kyle Langvardt, a law professor at the University of Detroit, told Business Insider. "But he can interfere so heavily with TikTok's business that an American TikTok clone will replace it." Additionally, TikTok's classification as "software" could mean the platform is covered by the First Amendment, making a ban a violation of American's freedom of speech. "Banning" an app is a complex process: Even if the US government could get TikTok removed from Google and Apple's smartphone app stores, there are millions of users who already have the app on their phone.  The Verge's Adi Robertson reports a more intense nationwide ban would have to happen at the "network level" by blocking communication between TikTok servers and US users. This is the same method the Chinese government uses to block popular platforms, like Facebook and Google, behind its "Great Firewall" of internet censorship. All of that combined would make a full ban of TikTok a tall order. Are you a Microsoft employee with insight to share? Contact reporter Ashley Stewart via encrypted messaging app Signal (+1-425-344-8242) or email ([email protected]). Are you a TikTok or ByteDance employee? Contact reporter Paige Leskin at [email protected] using a non-work device. Open DMs on Twitter @paigeleskin.SEE ALSO: Inside the rise of TikTok, the viral video-sharing app that Trump is trying to order its Chinese parent to sell Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why electric planes haven't taken off yet
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Samsung may have the lion’s share of attention when it comes to its foldable screen in the Galaxy Fold and Galaxy Z Flip but it is hardly the only display company playing around with the screens of the future. Although it hasn’t launched any commercial product yet, LG has long been showing off its flexible screens that even go beyond … Continue reading
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Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Programming note: It’s time for our summer vacation! The stretch between January and today is the longest uninterrupted period we have ever written The Interface, and so we’re taking a break to recharge. We return August 17th. On any other day, the memo that Kevin Mayer published Wednesday might have been the talk of the tech world. TikTok’s new CEO, who was thrust into a crisis over the future of the Chinese-owned app from the moment he took the job, has quickly emerged as the company’s top diplomat. In his blog post, he came bearing economic gifts for the country that is currently blocking his app from federal and military devices, and threatening to ban it completely — as India recently did. Mayer promised to expand a fund for... Continue reading…
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Realme released a press statement regarding the concerns about data privacy and the banned apps that ship with its smartphones. In the statement shared by ... The post Realme India replies concerns regarding banned apps and data privacy appeared first on Gizchina.com.
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Slow and steady wins the race as next-gen becomes a certainty for Dragon Age 4.
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(DOE/Argonne National Laboratory) Nationwide effort to build quantum networks and usher in new era of communications.
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The Apple HomePod smart speaker is on sale at Best Buy for $100 off right now, bringing the price back down to $199 (£199).
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Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Popular chat service Discord experienced widespread server outages today. The issues started at around 5PM ET, and lasted nearly an hour. Patreon, Deliveroo, GitLab, Zendesk, Medium, and many other sites were also down, and Cloudflare acknowledged issues with its network affected various apps and sites. “The issue has been identified and a fix is being implemented,” says Cloudflare. Discord also had “all engineers on deck investigating the issue,” and its own problems were related to the Cloudflare outage. Users are currently having trouble disconnecting to Discord due to an upstream internet issue. We've got all engineers on deck investigating the issue pic.twitter.com/GvtxKanokl— Discord (@discord) July 17, 2020 This is the... Continue reading…
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Reliance Industries has announced Google is the latest company to purchase a stake of its digital ventures business unit, paying $4.5 billion for the privilege of a 7.7% share.
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Realme is working on a massive 6,000mAh battery phone and will be soon launched in Indonesia market.
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Fans could find out when the long-awaited title will arrive later this year
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The Sedona, known as the Carnival in other parts of the world, sports a pretty good-looking cabin.
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Objects were described as circular, "edge-brightened discs"
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The Indonesian startup looks to bolster its tech team and launch new solutions such as payments and microlending.
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Now about a year into her role as chief marketing officer of Playboy, Rachel Webber is forging a new image for the classic men’s magazine: creating products and services “where all people can pursue pleasure.”In our latest episode of Top of Mind, we caught up with Webber at Adweek’s annual Brandweek summit, where she spoke about how the iconic publication’s past is guiding its future.Hint: They’re keeping the Playboy bunny, but, Webber adds, “the role of the bunny is one that we’re working on.”
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A certain chicken sandwich touched off the Great Twitter War of 2019 over the summer.Pair that energy with the criticism that some influencers can garner by posting sponsored content—or sponcon—to their social feeds, and it’s not difficult to understand why brands would want those negative reactions or spam comments removed from their paid advertisements.That’s the idea behind The Mod, a platform management tool created by Colorado-based brand safety firm Respondology.The Ad Mod is the next iteration for the platform, specifically designed for paid social advertising.Horizon Media is the first partner to sign on to The Ad Mod, which helped the company manage the launch of the Popeyes Chicken Sandwich by monitoring comments across the YouTube, Instagram and Facebook accounts of the pro athletes hired to promote the new menu item.For example, an Instagram post by Tim Anderson, a Chicago White Sox shortstop, posted, has a lot of comments about “bae” and heart-eye emojis, but not criticism of the post’s content, which is him posing with the sandwich.
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It's no secret we're fans of both Lego and Black Friday here at Giz UK, so when the two come together we break out the party hats and put the champagne on ice.Last year, it saw Lego knocking 20 per cent off many of its best sets and Smyths taking £100 off the Lego Millennium Falcon.This year, Lego fans in the US will be treated to a generous range of free stuff, provided of course they first hand over a thick wodge of cash, with a Christmas Tree going to anybody who spends over $120 and a Mini Surfer Van set, including a micro van build, surf board and surfer minifigure, for fans who shell out more than $50 in-store.The offers will be available from 29th November until 1st December (i.e.It's likely the same deal will roll out over here, but it's not been confirmed yet.So far in the UK, Lego fans can get their grubby mitts on a free polybag reindeer with orders of £35 or more until this Sunday (17th).
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They want to keep the party going, and with these Christmas gift ideas, they can keep the music pumping and the beats fresh all night long.Here's a few of our favourite gifts for your party enthusiast friends.Whether you're chilling by the beach, in a local park or even just having a backyard picnic, you can bring the weather with you — and by that, we mean "Weather With You", Crowded House's classic 1992 rock banger.When Gizmodo's own Adam Clark Estes reviewed this tech earlier in the year, he called it "the perfect portable speaker for your summer", making it a solid choice for the perfect, party-themed gift.These great little fairy lights can help to jazz up any garden party, plus they're cheap and easy to install.While it can be hard to find a reliable and long-lasting set of string lights, when you're preparing for a once-in-a-blue-moon get-together, even the plainest fairy light variety can help to make your mate's night just a bit more special.
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Yeah, I think Bill Murray can handle that.After months of rumours and assumptions, it’s finally official: Bill Murray is returning to the franchise with Ghostbusters, next year’s sequel/reboot thing of the franchise directed by Jason Reitman.The news comes via fellow classic ‘Buster Dan Akroyd, who will be showing up in the film as well.“We’ve shot our part – myself, Murray, Sigourney and Annie Potts,” Akroyd told The Greg Hill Show.“And it was really exciting working on this new idea and new take on the story which Jason, who’s a really incredible, fine filmmaker came up with.”While Akroyd didn’t divulge much in the way of details about his or Murray’s roles in the film, he expressed enthusiasm for what Reitman, son of original Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman, is doing with the film.
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Not only is TechRadar excellent at sniffing out the best Black Friday phone deals every November, we're also pretty good at going off and bagging exclusive offers, too.Mouth-watering mobile phone deals that you'll only find here.And with a few weeks still to go until the massive merchandising meltdown, we've done just that - on one of the world's very best smartphones.We've teamed up with Mobile Phones Direct to offer a big data Samsung Galaxy S10 contract plan and it will send you a FREE Nintendo Switch Lite games console.There's only one tariff included in this exclusive, so you won't have to spend any time uhm-ing and ah-ing over which to choose.This one's very simple...a Samsung S10 deal on O2, with 90GB of data, unlimited calls and texts, for 24 months at £49 per month.
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We rounded up all the rumors about the next iPhone's design and features, including a four-camera array.On this week's Apple Core roundup, we also check in on the latest rumors about Apple's AR glasses and find out why Apple TV Plus is making waves.PhoneArena has consolidated many of the rumors into some intriguing renders that show the site's concept of what the iPhone 12 may look like.You'll notice the rounded corners we know from today's iPhones are all but gone.Instead, the design may look more like the iPhone 4 and 5 from years past.Some other phones such as the Galaxy Note 10 Plus have this camera to help capture depth information.
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If you've had your eye on the new Pixel 4 smartphones, hold off for a couple weeks and you could be in for a big discount.A redditor has reportedly spotted an ad for a $200 discount on the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL at the Google Store.They posted a screenshot of the banner which states that customers can take advantage of the reduced price until December 2.The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are priced at £669 and £829 respectively at the Google store, and if that $200 discount translates to a direct GBP equivalent, we're looking at around £156 off.However, considering we usually get shafted on prices over here, I wouldn't expect a like-for-like conversion.If Google is dropping the price, we may see the handsets cheaper at other retailers too - it is almost Black Friday after all, a holiday that means diddly squat but has been co-opted to give everyone an excuse to blow their cash load before Christmas.
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It soon thereafter tapped former Vine GM Jason Toff to join the team as a product manager.One, Bump, is a chat app that aims to help people make new friends through conversations, not appearances.This concept of crowdsourced DJ’ing also caught on in years past with radio stations that put their audiences in control of the playlist through their mobile app.Later, streaming music apps like Spotify experimented with party playlists, and various startups launched their own guest-controlled playlists.Aux launched on August 8, 2019 in Canada, and has less than 500 downloads on iOS, according to data from Sensor Tower.The other new NPE Team app is Bump, which aims to help people “make new friends.”
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After going in hard on privacy at its World Wide Developer's Conference in June, Apple has updated its privacy web page.The site aims to easily explain how the new privacy features work, but also contains technical white papers that go into detail in regards to how Apple's hardware and software keeps user data safe.And since it's been awhile since WWDC, here's a refresher on the biggest privacy features.By comparison, Sign In With Apple is said to offer users the convenience without the issues.The emails can be changed or disabled at any timeWhile originally third party app developers were going to be forced to include Sign In With Apple as an option for logging into their apps, this is no longer the case.
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During this morning’s Uncarrier event, T-Mobile COO Mike Sievert and CEO John Legere announced that T-Mobile’s nationwide 5G coverage will roll out Friday, December 6.“When we launch, we launch big — straight national — with 200 million people covered on day one,” announced Mike Sievert on the Uncarrier event livestream.Two smartphones will initially support T-Mobile’s 5G network: the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G and the OnePlus 7T Pro 5G.More 5G devices will be launched on the network in 2020.T-Mobile 5G will span over 5,000 cities and towns by the end of the year.You can learn more about T-Mobile’s 5G plans in our guide right here.
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His Dark Materials has finally debuted on BBC and HBO, introducing folks to Lyra Belacqua (Dafne Keen) and the weird and wonderful world she inhabits.But there’s still plenty more story to tell in the first season...including that thing you all know we’re here for.That’s right: The bear fight.After “Lyra’s Jordan,” HBO released a new trailer teasing what to expect from the rest of season one on His Dark Materials.As of the end of the first episode, Lyra is heading to London so she can look for her friend Roger (Lewin Lloyd) with Mrs Coulter (Ruth Wilson), but things aren’t quite what they seem with her new guardian.She ends up on an adventure heading north to search for the missing children, teaming up with gyptians, Lee Scoresby (Lin-Manuel Miranda), and yes, an armoured bear.
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In our latest of installment of when-things-going-awry-in-the-cloud, we look at Google Cloud’s October 22 outageA Google Cloud outage on October 22 was rapidly linked on social media to a reported DDoS attack on AWS the same day.That was not the case, the company rapidly confirmed to Computer Business Review.So what had happened to trigger the issue, which caused 100 percent packet loss to and from ~20 percent of instances in its us-west1-b region for two-and-a-half hours?(It also affected Cloud SQL, Cloud VPN, and other services).Customers started losing access when the Google Cloud Networking control plane “experienced failures in programming its virtualised networking stack”, Google Cloud explained in an issue summary published today.
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