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A US judge denies the FTC’s bid to stop Meta’s acquisition of Within, rejecting the regulator’s concerns of the deal reducing competition in the AR/VR market (Diane Bartz/Reuters) February 4, 2023

Diane Bartz / Reuters: A US judge denies the FTC’s bid to stop Meta’s acquisition of Within, rejecting the regulator’s concerns of the deal reducing competition in the AR/VR market  —  A judge on Friday released a ruling denying the Federal Trade Commission’s request to stop Meta Platforms Inc (META.O) …

​No Uber or Lyft at SXSW, what's a techie to do? – CNET

Festival-goers complain about getting around Austin without the ride-hailing services, which exited the city last year. But there are plenty of other options.
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Joe Biden's daughter reveals his favorite Obama-Biden meme – CNET

Former vice president “sat there for an hour and laughed” when he learned he was the subject of an online trend.
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April the giraffe is going to have that baby, storm or no storm – CNET

Will March snow bring April a baby giraffe? Activity is progressing in the web-famous mama-to-be’s pen, and staff will stay close despite the weather.
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Could this blocky GIF be our first look at aliens? – CNET

Scientists say Trappist-1, a star only 40 light-years away, could have habitable planets. That’s surprising when you see what they’re looking at.
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New 'Doctor Who' trailer: Cybermen! Daleks! Emoji robot! – CNET

The new trailer for the next season of “Doctor Who” is full of old-school Cybermen, a mysterious pyramid, a cute robot pal, women ice warriors and maybe even a human Dalek.
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Should Yoda be in 'The Last Jedi'? 5 reasons there are – CNET

Frank Oz won’t reveal if he’s reprising his famous role in the upcoming Star Wars movie, but much logic there is for a return visit, hmm?
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​Facebook bans use of its data for surveillance tools – CNET

Social network updates its developers’ instructions to explicitly prohibit use of its data for tools police use to track protesters.
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Could and should Microsoft buy Citrix?

Cloud and virtualization vendor Citrix is said to be seeking buyers, yet again. Might long-time Microsoft partner be a bidder for all or parts of the company?
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'Baby Driver' trailer proves Edgar Wright loves some drifty Subarus – Roadshow

“Hawkeye” WRX owners, prepare to watch your resale value spike.
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Microsoft to start previews of on-premises Dynamics 365 for Operations in April

Microsoft is providing three different deployment options — including an on-premises/local one — for its Dynamics 365 for Operations release.
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Samsung's Galaxy S8 could come in a rainbow of colors, including gold – CNET

The Samsung Galaxy S8 could come in colors like glossy black, white, blue and gold. I love goooooold!
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Nio Eve concept debuts at SXSW, packed with AI and driverless tech – Roadshow

Its look is pretty close to another self-driving EV we’ve seen in the past year.
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Dog in viral video: Dear humans, quit laughing at my wipeout – CNET

A Jack Russell acrobatically face-plants at a dog show. Watch and you might learn something about staying the course, even when you blow it big-time.
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Would you ride in a self-driving car powered by Intel? (The 3:59, Ep. 193) – CNET

Intel makes a $15 billion bet on autonomous cars, and Venmo thrives as a “secret” social network.
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Google's Area 120 launches app for watching YouTube videos with friends – CNET

The new Uptime app creates a social experience for watching YouTube videos
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Boaty McBoatface dives into first Antarctic mission – CNET

The infamous Boaty McBoatface begins its service as a polar research submersible, carrying the hopes and dreams of an easily amused internet.
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Watch 'Breaking Bad' edited down into a 2-hour movie – CNET

What would the TV series “Breaking Bad” look like as a feature film? It might resemble this fan’s Cliffs Notes-style version.
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Marissa Mayer will net a cool $23 million from Yahoo sale – CNET

Mayer, as expected, will step down from the company that’s left over after Verizon acquires its core internet assets.
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Intel snaps up self-driving tech firm Mobileye in $15B deal – Roadshow

The goal is to bolster Intel’s own efforts in the autonomous vehicle industry.
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Intel's $15 billion deal races across social media – CNET

Social Cues: Also trending on social media are protests in Ferguson, Missouri.
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Pandora Premium lets you pick your music – CNET

Pandora’s new subscription tier gives listeners more control of their music.
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Luxury phone maker Vertu bought by exiled Turkish businessman – CNET

Hakan Uzan is a mysterious figure who’s battled Nokia, Motorola and Donald Trump in court.
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How much are vendor security assurances worth after the CIA leaks?

Following the recent revelations about the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency’s cyber espionage arsenal, software vendors reiterated their commitments to fix vulnerabilities in a timely manner and told users that many of the flaws described in the agency’s leaked documents have been fixed.

While these assurances are understandable from a public relations perspective, they don’t really change anything, especially for companies and users that are the target of state-sponsored hackers. The software they use is not less safe, nor better protected, than it was before WikiLeaks published the 8,700-plus CIA documents last Tuesday.

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Statistically speaking, what will Apple announce next — and when?

A crystal ball for data nerds: David Gewirtz assembles a decade’s worth of event data — 26 product announcements — to calculate whether Apple is running late on its spring announcement cadence.
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IDG Contributor Network: Preparing for the professional cybercrime industry

Cybercrime has become big business. These days, you’re not protecting your information systems from a guy in his basement who hacks random websites for the thrill of it. You’re up against full-blown professional cybercrime “companies” that employ everyone from customer service reps to graphic designers.

Brian Krebs recently published a story mentioning a “slick and professionally produced video advertisement” for a new ransomware-as-a-service package. What does this mean for IT professionals? It means cyberattacks are becoming more effective and more numerous, and you may need to change your security strategy.

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