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German Chancellor Merkel's favorite emoji is a smiley

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel's favorite emoji is a smiley _ and on a good day it's one with a heart

WATCH: New security warning of chips falling out of credit cards

(3 days ago)
A new wrinkle in smart technology serves as a warning for consumers to be cautious as the tiny chip in your credit card can potentially fall out, and then be used by someone else to access your credit card information.

WATCH: Samsung announces rugged version of the Galaxy S8

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The Galaxy S8 Active offers military-grade dust, water resistance and has a shatter resistant screen.

Neo-Nazi site sued for defamation, struggles to stay online

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A federal lawsuit accuses the publisher of a notorious neo-Nazi website of defaming a Muslim-American radio host by falsely labeling him the "mastermind" behind a deadly bombing at a concert in England

Trump disbands the Strategic and Policy Forum and American Manufacturing Council amid loss of support from member CEOs after Charlottesville comments (CNBC)

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CNBC:Trump disbands the Strategic and Policy Forum and American Manufacturing Council amid loss of support from member CEOs after Charlottesville comments  —  Members of President Donald Trump's Strategic and Policy Forum have agreed to disband the group, sources told CNBC, as corporate backlash mounts against the president.

Google Updates Docs, Sheets and Slides With New Collaboration Features

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An anonymous reader writes: G Suite, Google's set of online productivity tools, is getting a major update today that adds a number of new features to Google Docs, Sheets and Slides. Most of these updates focus around collaboration, but the service is also getting support for Google Cloud Search and the company is adding new templates and add-ons from partners like LegalZoom, DocuSign, LucidChart and others. [...] Google Docs Sheets and Slides now lets you track changes by saving multiple versions of a document with different names. The new integration with Google Cloud Search in Docs and Slides means that G Suite Business and Enterprise users will now be able to quickly find the right information from their internal documents without having to leave the editor. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Amazon Will Pay Developers With the Most Engaging Alexa Skills

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Amazon today announced a new program to bring revenue to developers of Alexa skills based on how much engagement their voice app is able to generate among users of Alexa-enabled devices. From a report: Amazon appears to be the first of the major tech companies with AI assistants and third-party integrations -- like Google, Samsung, Apple, and Microsoft -- with a program to compensate developers based on engagement created by their voice app. Metrics used to measure engagement of an Alexa skill include minutes of usage, new customers, customer ratings, and return visitors, an Amazon spokesperson told VentureBeat. Developers of Alexa skills in the U.S., U.K., and Germany are eligible to join. Developers with a skill active in all three countries will receive separate payments based on engagement in each country. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Facebook will let users give friends the option of donating to a US nonprofit on their birthday (Facebook)

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Facebook:Facebook will let users give friends the option of donating to a US nonprofit on their birthday  —  People come to Facebook to send well-wishes and celebrate birthdays with friends.  In fact, every day more than 45 million people give birthday wishes on Facebook, which is why it's important …

WordPress Bans Fascist Website Linked To Charlottesville Killer

(3 days ago)
tedlistens writes: WordPress has said that it does not censor websites like that of self-proclaimed fascist group Vanguard America. But last night, the group's site was taken offline for violating the company's terms of service. The about-face was likely prompted by Vanguard's participation in last weekend's Unite the Right rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia, during which James Alex Fields drove his car into a crowd, killing one person and injuring 19. Fields has claimed allegiance to Vanguard America; the group denies that Fields was a member. For WordPress to drop a site, even a fascist site, is a very big deal; the same is true of GoDaddy's and Google's decision to drop their registration of neo-Nazi site the Daily Stormer (another site that GoDaddy previously said would be permitted on free speech grounds). WordPress hasn't explained the shift in its approach to the website: the company's user agreement and terms of service have not changed since Charlottesville. That policy, like that of other tech platforms, has long stood by strict neutrality and freedom of expression. That may now be changing. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Higher Minimum Wages Bring Automation and Job Losses, Study Suggests

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An anonymous reader shares a report via email: As of the start of the year, 19 U.S. states had raised minimum wages, dramatizing a long simmering debate: Do minimum wages kill jobs, and make the working class worse off in the end? Or do they simply make them a little richer, with little or no loss to overall employment? In a new paper, economists Grace Lordan of the London School of Economics and David Neumark of UC Irvine parse 35 years of census data and come down on the worse-off side: For lower-skill jobs like bookkeepers and assembly-line workers, they say, higher minimum wages encourage employers to automate -- according to their calculations, a $1 increase can cost tens of thousands of jobs nationally. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Amazon expands cash rewards for high-performing Alexa apps beyond games to lifestyle, productivity, education apps, and more (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)

(3 days ago)
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:Amazon expands cash rewards for high-performing Alexa apps beyond games to lifestyle, productivity, education apps, and more  —  Amazon today announced a new program that gives developers a way to earn money for their Alexa skills - the voice apps that run on smart speakers like the Echo, and other Alexa-powered devices.

Chinese telecom group China Unicom is raising $11.7B from Alibaba, Tencent, Didi Chuxing, and others (Reuters)

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Reuters:Chinese telecom group China Unicom is raising $11.7B from Alibaba, Tencent, Didi Chuxing, and others  —  HONG KONG (Reuters) - Telecoms group China Unicom is raising $11.7 billion from about a dozen investors including tech giants Alibaba Group (BABA.N) and Tencent Holdings (0700.HK) …

New Work Suggests That P Is Not Equal To NP

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New submitter cccc828 writes: In a new paper Norbert Blum tackles the P=NP question and finds them to be not equal. While this is exciting news (for theoretical computer scientists at least), remember that there is a long list of findings pointing either way. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Ukrainian hacker identified as "Profexer", who created malware used in DNC hacking, has turned himself in and become a witness for the FBI (New York Times)

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New York Times:Ukrainian hacker identified as “Profexer”, who created malware used in DNC hacking, has turned himself in and become a witness for the FBI  —  KIEV, Ukraine — The hacker, known only by his online alias “Profexer,” kept a low profile.  He wrote computer code alone in an apartment …

Social virtual reality platform AltspaceVR, which had raised $15M, is not shutting down as previously announced, thanks to new interest from "third parties" (Lucas Matney/TechCrunch)

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Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:Social virtual reality platform AltspaceVR, which had raised $15M, is not shutting down as previously announced, thanks to new interest from “third parties”  —  What is dead in VR may never die, perhaps?  —  Social VR startup AltspaceVR may not be shutting down after all.

Ask Slashdot: Female Engineers, Could You Please Share Your Thoughts On the Google Memo

(3 days ago)
Reader joshtops writes: The widely circulated memo written by software engineer James Damore has become the talking point across companies in Silicon Valley, and elsewhere. In an interesting take, The Economist on Tuesday argued with the scientific or otherwise assumptions made by Damore. I was wondering what female engineers -- or females in other STEM beats -- think of the memo. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Apple Is Bringing a Billion Dollar Checkbook To Hollywood and Wants To Buy 10 TV Shows

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Apple is officially open for business in Hollywood. From a report: The company is telling content makers it wants to spend $1 billion on its own stuff over the next year. That's music to studios' ears, and a tune they have been expecting for some time -- especially after Apple hired two top Sony TV executives in June. We still don't know what Apple wants to do with that content: The Wall Street Journal says Apple wants to make up to 10 "Game of Thrones" -- or "House of Cards"-scale shows, but that's not enough to launch a full-scale subscription service. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Liftoff report finds subscription based apps in the middle price range of $7 to $20 have the highest conversion rates (Lauren Goode/The Verge)

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Lauren Goode / The Verge:Liftoff report finds subscription based apps in the middle price range of $7 to $20 have the highest conversion rates  —  Blame the sunk cost fallacy  —  A new report from Liftoff, a Silicon Valley-based mobile app marketing and retargeting firm, says that subscription-based apps may do better …

Mobile language app Babbel, Cambridge team up for English tests

(3 days ago)
OXFORD (Reuters) - Germany's Babbel, the highest grossing maker of mobile language-learning apps, has teamed up with Cambridge University's English language certification arm, setting a new, high-quality standard for digital language testing, the companies said on Wednesday.

WordPress Bans Fascist Website Linked To Charlottesville Killer

(3 days ago)
tedlistens writes: WordPress has said that it does not censor websites like that of self-proclaimed fascist group Vanguard America. But last night, the group's site was taken offline for violating the company's terms of service. The about-face was likely prompted by Vanguard's participation in last weekend's Unite the Right rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia, during which James Alex Fields drove his car into a crowd, killing one person and injuring 19. Fields has claimed allegiance to Vanguard America; the group denies that Fields was a member. For WordPress to drop a site, even a fascist site, is a very big deal; the same is true of GoDaddy's and Google's decision to drop their registration of neo-Nazi site the Daily Stormer (another site that GoDaddy previously said would be permitted on free speech grounds). WordPress hasn't explained the shift in its approach to the website: the company's user agreement and terms of service have not changed since Charlottesville. That policy, like that of other tech platforms, has long stood by strict neutrality and freedom of expression. That may now be changing. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

App iTrump wins trademark fight against Trump Organization

(3 days ago)
An app developer completes a series of trademark victories against the US president's company.

Tencent results blow past forecasts on strength in games, WeChat

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HONG KONG (Reuters) - Tencent Holdings Ltd , China's biggest gaming and social media firm by revenue, trumped forecasts to post its best-ever quarterly results, driven by higher income from smartphone games, payments and online advertising.

Uber sorry for Philippines 'misunderstanding', but suspension stands

(3 days ago)
MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippine transport regulator stood by its one-month suspension of Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] on Wednesday, despite its apology for a "misunderstanding" in failing to heed a directive to stop accepting new driver applications.

Sources: Apple has set a budget of ~$1B to procure and produce original content over the next year, could acquire and produce as many as 10 TV shows (Tripp Mickle/Wall Street Journal)

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Tripp Mickle / Wall Street Journal:Sources: Apple has set a budget of ~$1B to procure and produce original content over the next year, could acquire and produce as many as 10 TV shows  —  Company immediately becomes a considerable competitor in crowded market for original shows  —  Apple Inc. AAPL 1.09% has set a budget …

Google Allo arrives on the web via Chrome and currently only pairs with Android phones (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)

(3 days ago)
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:Google Allo arrives on the web via Chrome and currently only pairs with Android phones  —  Google's consumer-facing chat application Allo, a successor of sorts to Gchat, is today available on the web for desktop users.  The service, which lets you chat with friends while taking advantage …

Energy Drinks May Trigger Future Substance Use, Says Study

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New research suggests persistent consumption of energy drinks may predispose young adults to substance use. "Investigators, led by Amelia M. Arria, PhD, School of Public Health, University of Maryland, College Park, found that college students who regularly drink highly caffeinated energy drinks were at increased risk for later use of alcohol, cocaine, or prescription stimulants," reports Medscape. From the report: The research included students enrolled in an ongoing longitudinal study that began in 2004 at a large public university. The analysis included 1099 participants (54% women; 72% non-Hispanic white) who completed at least one annual assessment in which patterns of energy drink consumption were assessed. In interviews, participants were asked which energy drinks they had consumed, and how often, in the past year. They were categorized into three patterns of use: Frequent (52 or more days); Occasional (12 - 51 days); Infrequent (1 - 11 days). The investigators found that sensation seeking, conduct problems, and behavioral dysregulation were all positively associated with a higher probability of energy drink consumption, with the nonuse group having the lowest and the persistent group the highest risk scores. The study was published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence. Read more of this[..]

Mobile language app Babbel, Cambridge team up for English tests

(3 days ago)
OXFORD (Reuters) - Germany's Babbel, the highest grossing maker of mobile language-learning apps, has teamed up with Cambridge University's English language certification arm, setting a new, high-quality standard for digital language testing, the companies said on Wednesday.

Amazon maintains UK investment push with Bristol distribution center

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LONDON (Reuters) - Online retailer Amazon said on Wednesday it would create over 1,000 jobs next year when it opens a distribution center in Bristol, south west England, maintaining its investment push in Britain.

China e-car newcomer Future Mobility raises $200 million from Suning, others

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BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese electric-car venture Future Mobility Corp, co-founded by former BMW and Nissan Motor executives, has raised $200 million from investors including China's Suning and Fullshare Holdings in its latest round of financing.

Fiat Chrysler joins autonomous driving team of BMW, Intel, Mobileye

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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Fiat Chrysler is joining the self-driving alliance led by BMW Group, Intel Corp and its Mobileye subsidiary, becoming the second automaker in the year-old group to opt to partner in developing an autonomous driving platform.

Scientists potentially narrow MH370 search area to 3 spots

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Scientists have potentially narrowed the search area for the missing Malaysian airliner to three specific locations in the southern Indian Ocean

Moller-Maersk: cyberattack cost up to $300 million

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Danish shipping and oil group A.P. Moller-Maersk says the June cyberattack that chiefly paralyzed its core shipping business is estimated to have cost $200 million-$300 million

US arraignment of British cybersecurity expert postponed

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British cybersecurity figure Marcus Hutchins may be at a federal halfway house or under house arrest in Las Vegas before he travels to Milwaukee to face charges in a computer fraud and malware case

Wildlife officials determine bald eagle had lead poisoning

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Pennsylvania wildlife officials say a bald eagle that is suffering from lead poisoning is in guarded condition

WATCH: Consumer alert: How to stay safe selling goods on apps

(3 days ago)
Safety experts warn sellers and buyers to beware of meeting up with people in real life from an online marketplace and suggest meeting in a public place that has other people and surveillance cameras.

WATCH: Robots could be flying planes by 2025

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The aviation industry could be moving to pilotless planes, according to a new report from UBS.

From Isaac Asimov to Aimee Mann, 'robophobia' plagues humans

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From Isaac Asimov to 'Dilbert' and Aimee Mann today, the relationships between robots and humans have both fascinated and chilled us
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