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Just Eat listings include takeaways given zero ratings for hygiene

BBC Technology News - October 17, 2018 - 5:21pm
Outlets rated zero by the Food Standards Agency are among those listed on the food ordering app.

After $5 billion EU antitrust fine, Google will start charging for Android apps

Ars Technica - October 17, 2018 - 5:19pm

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Google is adjusting to life in the EU after the $5.05 billion (€4.34 billion) antitrust fine levied against it by the European Commission earlier this year. Google is still appealing the initial ruling, which found that Google used Android to illegally dominate the search market, but for now Google will comply with the ruling and offer looser licensing agreements to Android device makers.

In a post on the official Google Blog titled "Complying with the EC’s Android decision," Google outlined a few changes coming to the Google app licensing agreements that it offers to Android OEMs. As you might recall from the numerous times we've written about it, this announcement is a change to the secretive "Mobile Application Distribution Agreement" (MADA) document that is a requirement for getting access to the Play Store and other Google apps. What we think of as a commercial "Android" device comes in two parts. The core Android OS is free and open source—anyone can take it and do whatever they want with it without Google's involvement. If you want the Play Store, Google Maps, Gmail, and all the other Google apps you need to make a viable commercial smartphone, though, you need to talk to Google and sign a MADA, which comes with a ton of restrictions.

The new rules

Google's new MADA makes three big changes. First, Google's blog states "Android partners wishing to distribute Google apps may also build non-compatible, or forked, smartphones and tablets for the European Economic Area (EEA)." The last time we saw a MADA document (back in 2014), it had an "anti-fragmentation" clause, which said that any company signing the agreement has to be all-in on Google's Android. If you produced any Android device without Google's apps, you got booted from the Google ecosystem. This means that a company like Amazon, which makes forked Kindle devices, could never ship a smartphone with Google apps.

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Huawei Mate 20 Pro is outrageously innovative - CNET - Reviews - October 17, 2018 - 5:09pm
If the Samsung Galaxy S9 and iPhone X had a phone baby, this is it.

It's a fun time to cook in the smart kitchen - CNET - News - October 17, 2018 - 5:08pm
But how much will it help the people just trying to get dinner on the table?

Crazy case turns iPhone XS into blinged-out skeleton watch - CNET - News - October 17, 2018 - 5:05pm
Caviar's old-school mechanical watch case is worthy of Doctor Who.

Ars on your lunch break: Getting high and breaking faith

Ars Technica - October 17, 2018 - 5:00pm

Enlarge / Let's go on a journey. A journey with drugs! (credit: NBC Universal)

Today we’re presenting the second installment of my wide-ranging interview with outspoken author, podcaster, philosopher, and recovering neuroscientist Sam Harris. Part one ran yesterday. If you missed it, click right here. Otherwise, you can press play on the embedded audio player or pull up the transcript—both of which are below.

In today’s installment, we discuss some of the experiences that shaped Sam's perspectives and interests. His father was raised Quaker, and his mother was Jewish—but neither were at all religious, and Sam had a wholly secular upbringing. As a freshman at Stanford (where he and I happened to overlap as undergraduates), he recalls being irked by the special treatment he felt the Bible received in a required course on Western culture. However, he didn’t label himself an “atheist” at the time—although in retrospect, he essentially was one.

Everything changed when he tried the drug MDMA (which is more commonly known to its friends as "Molly" or "Ecstasy"). This wasn’t at a party or rave but part of a quiet exploration of the mind’s capabilities (more of a Timothy Leary experience than a Ken Kesey one, for those versed in the history of psychedelics).

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is worth 154 median minions

The Register - October 17, 2018 - 5:00pm
But that's not as bad as Barbie flinger Mattel or, indeed, Oracle

It has been a bumper year for Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, whose compensation soared to $25.8m in fiscal 2018. Quite a bit more than the median salary of the rest of the company, which hovered at an admittedly none-too-shabby $167,689.…

Arrowverse's Elseworlds poster reveals crossover clues - CNET - News - October 17, 2018 - 4:44pm
A new poster shows interesting costume choices for Arrow and the Flash.

Rent a bunch of Marvel movies for $1.99 each - CNET - News - October 17, 2018 - 4:31pm
Prime subscribers can score The Avengers, Captain America, Thor and more for just $2 apiece. And get Ant-Man and the Wasp for just $3. Plus: Halloween deals!

Arcade1Up is next-level retro gaming with cabinets for Street Fighter and other classics - CNET - Reviews - October 17, 2018 - 4:30pm
It’s weird to love a $300 video game. But that’s the funny thing about nostalgia.

Chrome 70 flips switch on Progressive Web Apps in Windows 10 – with janky results

The Register - October 17, 2018 - 4:30pm
Not quite the native experience Google's shooting for

Version 70 of the Chrome browser has begun to slither onto Windows 10, bringing with it Google's desktop take on Progressive Web App functionality.…

2019 Chevrolet Camaro Shock Yellow concept has new color, new styling - Roadshow - News - October 17, 2018 - 4:28pm
A slightly tweaked nose helps tidy up the look of the new Camaro SS.

Fortnite, GTA V hackers face legal action for online cheating

Ars Technica - October 17, 2018 - 4:26pm


It's pretty standard for game developers to use a variety of technical and community management methods to try to stop cheaters from ruining the online experience for legitimate players. But some game makers are increasingly using the courts to try to stop the spread of mods that give players an unfair advantage, as highlighted by a pair of stories this week.

The first such story comes from Rockstar and Take-Two, which have convinced an Australian court to freeze the assets of five people believed to be behind Grand Theft Auto V cheating software known as "Infamous." The full court order, as reported by TorrentFreak, also allows authorities to search the homes and computers of Christopher Anderson, Cycus Lesser, Sfinktah, Koroush Anderson, and Koroush Jeddian. Authorities are looking for evidence of the creation or distribution of "any software that provides a player of Grand Theft Auto V access to unauthorized features..."

The Infamous "mod menu" gives users pretty much full control over the world of Grand Theft Auto universe, online or off, granting abilities that include teleportation, flying, and full environmental manipulation. Perhaps most distressingly for Rockstar and Take-Two, the mod also let players generate arbitrary amounts of virtual currency for themselves or other players online, which could have a direct effect on the game's microtransaction-driven bottom line.

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This Spotify ad got banned for freaking out kids - CNET - News - October 17, 2018 - 4:01pm
Don't be afraid to check it out.

Pixel 3 XL teardown confirms Google picked a Samsung AMOLED display - CNET - News - October 17, 2018 - 3:58pm
Now you know who's behind the curtain.

Don't miss these sweet Halloween deals - CNET - News - October 17, 2018 - 3:51pm
Costumes, candy, a custom spooky doormat and more!

Softcat warns of Brexit cloud forming over UK tech, vows: If prices rise, we'll pass them on...

The Register - October 17, 2018 - 3:41pm
...ahem, as is 'normal in our industry'

Though the wheels keep rolling at unstoppable reseller juggernaut Softcat, fuelled by a Windows 10 refresh and returning demand for servers, the CEO has voiced caution about the potential implications of Brexit.…

Facebook breach hit 3 million in EU, putting new privacy law to test - CNET - News - October 17, 2018 - 3:38pm
The social network could face a fine of more than a billion dollars if it failed to notify European users within 72 hours.

Game of Thrones author: Donald Trump reminds me of Joffrey - CNET - News - October 17, 2018 - 3:10pm
"They have the same level of emotional maturity," says George R.R. Martin.

Skydio made an Apple Watch app to control its self-flying drone - CNET - News - October 17, 2018 - 3:06pm
Choose cinematic shooting modes and select subjects for the drone to track -- all from your wrist.

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