Month: December 2018

Source: Netflix to hire Activision Blizzard's Spencer Neumann as its new CFO starting in early 2019; Activision said it intended to fire Neumann in a filing (Kenneth Li/Reuters)

Kenneth Li / Reuters: Source: Netflix to hire Activision Blizzard’s Spencer Neumann as its new CFO starting in early 2019; Activision said it intended to fire Neumann in a filing  —  (Reuters) – Netflix Inc is expected to announce in the next few days that it has poached media finance veteran Spencer Neumann … Source:

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Hacking a 20 Year Old Subaru

While cars are slowing becoming completely computer-controlled, road vehicles have been relying on computers since the 1970’s. The first automotive use of computers was in engine control units (ECUs) which came along as fuel injection systems started to replace carburetors. [P1kachu]’s 1997 Subaru Impreza STi, like most cars of this vintage, uses an ECU and

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All photos uploaded to Twinning, Popsugar's tool to match a user's photo with a celebrity's, were accessible from a public AWS storage bucket that is now locked (Zack Whittaker/TechCrunch)

Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch: All photos uploaded to Twinning, Popsugar’s tool to match a user’s photo with a celebrity’s, were accessible from a public AWS storage bucket that is now locked  —  I thought the worst thing about Popsugar’s Twinning tool was that it matched me with James Corden. All photos uploaded to Twinning, Popsugar’s

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Tech trends for 2019: foldable phones, 5G, cashierless retail, privacy legislation, autonomous delivery wagons, IoT edge computing, and more (Wall Street Journal)

Wall Street Journal: Tech trends for 2019: foldable phones, 5G, cashierless retail, privacy legislation, autonomous delivery wagons, IoT edge computing, and more  —  From delivery wagons and foldable phones to privacy crackdowns and corporate health tracking, the coming year will make good on some of the tech industry’s biggest promises Tech trends for 2019: foldable

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Screenshots suggest Google is testing group calling and a low light mode in its Duo video chat app for Android (Scott Scrivens/Android Police)

Scott Scrivens / Android Police: Screenshots suggest Google is testing group calling and a low light mode in its Duo video chat app for Android  —  Group calling and a low light mode in Google Duo have been rumored for some time, but we now have our first glimpse of the features in action. Screenshots

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Parents are often shocked by inappropriate videos on TikTok, a major hit with teens that Sensor Tower says was the most downloaded app on iOS in H1 2018 (Agence France-Presse)

Agence France-Presse: Parents are often shocked by inappropriate videos on TikTok, a major hit with teens that Sensor Tower says was the most downloaded app on iOS in H1 2018  —  TikTok’s video-sharing app was the most downloaded on Apple’s App Store in the first half of 2018, beating out Facebook, Instgram and Snapchat Parents

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The NYPD planned to use drones during Times Square New Year’s Eve celebration. Then it started raining.

This year — for the first time in the New York Police Department’s history — officials will have a camera-equipped, remote-controlled quadcopter on hand to watch over the thousands in Times Square. The NYPD planned to use drones during Times Square New Year’s Eve celebration. Then it started raining. Source: Washington Post Tech

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Since Waymo started testing driverless vans in Chandler, AZ in 2017, nearly two dozen attacks have been made on them including slashed tires and thrown rocks (Simon Romero/New York Times)

Simon Romero / New York Times: Since Waymo started testing driverless vans in Chandler, AZ in 2017, nearly two dozen attacks have been made on them including slashed tires and thrown rocks  —  CHANDLER, Ariz. — The assailant slipped out of a park around noon one day in October, zeroing in on his target …

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Chinese online brokerage Futu Securities files for a US IPO, seeking to raise up to $300M, and says it had $92M in revenue for year ending September 2018 (NASDAQ.com)

NASDAQ.com: Chinese online brokerage Futu Securities files for a US IPO, seeking to raise up to $300M, and says it had $92M in revenue for year ending September 2018  —  Futu Holdings, the largest China-based online broker age, filed on Friday with the SEC to raise up to $300 million in an initial public offering.

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The Art of Vacuum Tube Fabrication

Vacuum tubes fueled a technological revolution. They made the amplification of signals a reality for transatlantic telephone cables (and transcontinental ones too), they performed logic for early computers, and they delivered that warm fuzzy sound for high fidelity audio. But they were labor intensive to produce, and fragile, so semiconductors came along and replaced tubes

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Intercontinental Exchange subsidiary Bakkt raises $182.5M to build its cryptocurrency exchange; sources: regulatory hurdles delay its plans for bitcoin futures (Frank Chaparro/The Block)

Frank Chaparro / The Block: Intercontinental Exchange subsidiary Bakkt raises $182.5M to build its cryptocurrency exchange; sources: regulatory hurdles delay its plans for bitcoin futures  —  Bakkt, the cryptocurrency venture by Intercontinental Exchange, has scored $182.5 million to build out its platform aimed … Intercontinental Exchange subsidiary Bakkt raises 2.5M to build its cryptocurrency exchange;

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