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Save $200 on an iPhone X from T-Mobile - CNET

cNET.com - News - February 22, 2018 - 7:56pm
Or you can buy one iPhone and get an iPhone 8 free. Either way, there are catches. And questions. Plus: a terabyte of portable storage for just $41.

More Amazon Go stores are coming to Seattle and Los Angeles, report says

Ars Technica - February 22, 2018 - 7:50pm

Enlarge / Amazon Go from the outside. (credit: Sam Machkovech)

Amazon's partly automated retail store, Amazon Go, debuted with a location in Seattle in January, but a new report suggests that expansion plans are already underway. "Multiple people familiar with the company’s plans" told Recode that Amazon could open as many as six new stores by the end of 2018.

Most of these stores would be in Seattle, but Amazon also reportedly wants to expand beyond its home turf by opening one store in Los Angeles. It has spoken with the developer of The Grove, a large shopping plaza in the heart of LA just minutes from Hollywood and Beverly Hills. It's essentially an upscale, outdoor shopping mall—which is a common structure in LA. Amazon has previously debuted services in LA first after trialing them in Seattle, such as its Amazon Fresh grocery delivery service. LA will also be the first area to be served by a new shipping service planned by the company.

As for the Seattle stores, one source told Recode that Amazon had already identified three new locations last year.

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Venezuela says its cryptocurrency raised $735 million—but it’s a farce

Ars Technica - February 22, 2018 - 7:42pm

Enlarge / Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela's president, speaks during the petro cryptocurrency launch event in Caracas, Venezuela, on Tuesday, February 20, 2018. (credit: Wil Riera/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro claims a new state-sponsored cryptocurrency called the petro raised $735 million on Tuesday—its first day on sale. But the government hasn't provided any way to independently verify that $735 million figure. And there's reason to doubt almost everything the Venezuelan government has said about the project.

The presale was a disorganized mess, with basic technical details still being worked out after the sale supposedly began. The petro network itself hasn't launched yet—allegedly that will happen next month—and the government has hardly released any information about how it's going to work.

Moreover, there's little reason to believe that the petro will maintain its value over time. The Venezuelan government has portrayed petro tokens as backed by Venezuela's vast oil reserves, but they're not. The government is merely promising to accept tax payments in petros at a government-determined exchange rate linked to oil prices. Given the Venezuelan government's history of manipulating exchange rates, experts say investors should be wary of this arrangement.

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Steve Jobs' 1973 job application up for auction - CNET

cNET.com - News - February 22, 2018 - 7:35pm
The application for an unspecified position is estimated to be worth more than $50,000.

AirPods 2: 5 ways to make Apple's wireless buds better - CNET

cNET.com - News - February 22, 2018 - 7:23pm
Apple's next version of AirPods could be coming this year. Here's our wish list.

Kumar Galhotra named Ford NA president in wake of Raj Nair departure - Roadshow

cNET.com - News - February 22, 2018 - 6:46pm
The former Ford chief marketing officer and Lincoln exec will take the reins on March 1.

Apple reportedly releasing new AirPods 'as soon as this year' - CNET

cNET.com - News - February 22, 2018 - 6:46pm
The upgraded headphones will feature a new wireless chip for managing Bluetooth and let you call up Siri without tapping the AirPods.

Amateur astronomer strikes it lucky with first glimpse of a Supernova

The Register - February 22, 2018 - 6:35pm
What are the chances of that El Reg? 1 in 10 MEEEELION

Published today in the journal Nature is a description of a rare and difficult to capture event – the birth of a supernova (and the death of a star).…

Hey, Susan Purkhiser, how'd you get to be a super-awesome stunt driver? - Roadshow

cNET.com - News - February 22, 2018 - 6:31pm
She spends her days making the stars look like precision drivers in movies like "The Bourne Ultimatum," "Identity Theft" and "Spider-Man 3." So what's that like?

In the age of the Switch, the Nintendo 3DS refuses to die

Ars Technica - February 22, 2018 - 6:23pm

The little system that could (continue selling despite age and competition). (credit: Kyle Orland)

About a year ago, we took a look at some historical sales data and publicly speculated that sales for the Nintendo 3DS would quickly drop after the Nintendo Switch launch. But while Switch sales continue at a blistering pace, someone forgot to tell the people to stop buying Nintendo's older portable.

Industry tracking firm NPD reported yesterday that 3DS sales in the United States are healthier than ever by some measures. In 2018, the system had its best January since 2014 in terms of dollar sales and since 2013 in terms of unit sales. This despite the fact that there were no major releases for the system in the month (though big games like Pokemon Ultra Sun and Moon and Fire Emblem Warriors did come out just a few months ago).

It's hard to identify a trend in one surprisingly successful month, of course. But looking at 3DS sales more broadly shows the system continuing to find an audience in Switch's shadow. In the nine months following the Switch's late March 2017 launch, Nintendo shipped 5.86 million 3DSes worldwide. That's down just nine percent from the 6.42 million in sales over the same nine-month period in 2016, before the Switch was available. And it's down only a hair from 5.89 million shipments during the same period in 2015 when the 3DS was much newer.

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Tesla outsells BMW, Audi and Mercedes' flagships in their home market - Roadshow

cNET.com - News - February 22, 2018 - 6:05pm
There is bound to be a whole cadre of salty German executives after Tesla smokes them at their own game.

IIHS begins testing reverse automatic braking - Roadshow

cNET.com - News - February 22, 2018 - 6:02pm
If there's a new safety system, you bet the IIHS is going to see how effective it is.

SpaceX just missed grabbing part of its rocket with a big net - CNET

cNET.com - News - February 22, 2018 - 6:02pm
Elon Musk wanted to recycle the nose cone from the latest launch, so he sent a boat named Mr. Steven with a "catcher's mitt" to try to snag it.

A dog DNA database? You must be barking

The Register - February 22, 2018 - 5:55pm
Thousands of livestock attacks give police paws for thought

Police have revealed plans to take the lead on tracking down hounds that attack livestock - a dog DNA database.…

BlackBerry and Nokia still struggling to make a comeback - CNET

cNET.com - News - February 22, 2018 - 5:39pm
A year after these once-greats staged their return, we're still waiting to be impressed.

SpaceX Starlink satellite broadband gets off the ground - CNET

cNET.com - News - February 22, 2018 - 5:38pm
Elon Musk's company launches two prototype satellites it hopes will be the first of thousands more beaming internet access anywhere in the world.

We still don’t know when net neutrality rules will come off the books [Updated]

Ars Technica - February 22, 2018 - 5:21pm

Enlarge / Rally organizers carry away props following a protest outside the Federal Communication Commission building against the end of net neutrality rules on December 14, 2017 in Washington, DC. (credit: Getty Images | Chip Somodevilla )

The Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality repeal has been published in the Federal Register. Groups that want to reverse the repeal can now start filing lawsuits against the FCC.

But the rules are technically still in place for a while longer. The Federal Register publication happened on Thursday this week, which means that certain minor portions of the repeal order will take effect on April 23. But there's still no date for the official repeal of the core rules against blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization.

The repeal is contingent on US Office of Management and Budget [OMB] approval of modified information collection requirements, the FCC said. Later, the FCC will publish another document in the Federal Register "announcing the effective date(s) of the delayed amendatory instructions," the FCC said. "The Declaratory Ruling, Report and Order, and Order will also be effective upon the date announced in that same document." The FCC voted to repeal its net neutrality rules on December 14,

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Nobody expects the social media inquisition! OK, everybody did, UK politicos

The Register - February 22, 2018 - 5:19pm
MPs want to know what the kids are up to

The UK Commons Select Committee for Science and Technology has begun taking submissions for an inquiry into the "Impact of social media and screen-use on young people’s health".…

Windows Phone is dead, but its influence lives on (The 3:59, Ep. 359) - CNET

cNET.com - News - February 22, 2018 - 5:15pm
On today's podcast, we talk about Windows Phone's impact, fake-news videos on Facebook and YouTube, and Dogecoin.

FCC officially publishes net neutrality repeal - CNET

cNET.com - News - February 22, 2018 - 5:05pm
The action starts the clock for legal challenges and last-ditch congressional action to preserve the Obama-era regulations.

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