Monthly Archives: November 2018

Open sourcing analysis, plus US, China and HQ2

The big news today is that — finally — we have Amazon’s selection of cities for its dual second headquarters (Northern Virginia and NYC). Then some notes on China. But first, semiconductors and open sourcing analysis. We are experimenting with new content forms at TechCrunch. This is a rough draft of something new – provide your feedback directly to the ...

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Google’s Project Fi gets an improved VPN service

Google’s Project Fi wireless service is getting a major update today that introduces an optional always-on VPN service and a smarter way to switch between Wi-Fi and cellular connections. By default, Fi already uses a VPN service to protect users when they connect to the roughly two million supported Wi-Fi hotspots. Now, Google is expanding this to cellular connections, as ...

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Open sourcing analysis, plus US, China and HQ2

The big news today is that — finally — we have Amazon’s selection of cities for its dual second headquarters (Northern Virginia and NYC). Then some notes on China. But first, semiconductors and open sourcing analysis. We are experimenting with new content forms at TechCrunch. This is a rough draft of something new – provide your feedback directly to the ...

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Facebook bug let websites read ‘likes’ and interests from a user’s profile

Facebook has fixed a bug that let any website pull information from a user’s profile — including their ‘likes’ and interests — without that user’s knowledge. That’s the findings from Ron Masas, a security researcher at Imperva, who found that Facebook search results weren’t properly protected from cross-site request forgery (CSRF) attacks. In other words, a website could quietly siphon ...

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Man vs machine: Drone ‘steals’ bike as helpless cyclists give chase (VIDEO)

Incredible footage of an epic high-tech theft, apparently using a drone to nab a bike, might be a glimpse into the nefarious future of robot robberies. The unbelievably brazen stunt went down in Hustopece, Moravia, in the Czech Republic, while a group of unsuspecting cyclists climbed a Lookout Tower, leaving their bikes defenseless against quick-fingered drone operators. [embedded content] The ...

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Trump is vulgar, but EU has always been under US heel – George Galloway

Dominating Europe and the wider world has always been America’s end goal. US President Donald Trump, with all the insults he’s flinging at the EU, is simply putting it straight, former Labour MP George Galloway told RT. Trump has recently attacked French President Emmanuel Macron yet again – with a taunt about France’s losses in two world wars, insensitively timed ...

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Less propaganda, more emojis: Young media stars gather in Russia to create new future for journalism

Over 400 reporters, photographers, and bloggers from 35 countries came to the Hermitage in St. Petersburg to showcase the good journalism can do against a background of growing weaponization of the media across the world. “We wanted the journalists from the various countries not to discuss each other, but to talk to each other directly,” Natalya Podlyzhnyak, one of the ...

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Live streaming studio, Culture Genesis, launches its first show, the quiz-based Trivia Mob

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwBwBw6yVzY?version=3&rel=1&fs=1&autohide=2&showsearch=0&showinfo=1&iv_load_policy=1&wmode=transparent&w=640&h=360] A new generation of entrepreneurs is emerging to refashion the Los Angeles studio system for the digital age forming companies that combining live-streamed video, podcasts, and the newfound social media celebrities to craft entertainment for a new breed of consumer. Two of those startup founders, longtime Apple executive Cedric Rogers and former developer for VEVO and MLB digital ...

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Crucial details omitted by Boeing in aircraft manual may have prevented deadly Lion Air crash

Two pilots unions have lashed out at Boeing for failing to properly explain a safety feature on the 737 Max aircraft in their manuals. The oversight may have sealed the fate of a Max aircraft that crashed in Indonesia in October. Lion Air Flight 610 crashed in the sea near Jakarta – killing all 189 on board – due to ...

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US will squeeze Iran with sanctions ‘until the pips squeak’ – Bolton

US National Security Advisor John Bolton has threatened to “squeeze” Iran’s economy “until the pips squeak,” just one week after Washington imposed a new round of crippling sanctions billed as the “toughest ever.” Speaking ahead of the ASEAN-US summit in Singapore, Bolton said that the Iranian government is already under “real pressure” and that the US would “significantly increase” the ...

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