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Despite being totally Megless, HP Inc stands on its own two feet

The Register - 1 hour 16 min ago
Still some money to be had in desktops and printers, it seems

HP Inc continues to thrive in the PC and printer markets to the tune of double-digit revenue growth.…

FTC approves Amazon's $13.7B purchase of Whole Foods - CNET - News - 1 hour 30 min ago
Regulators' approval means the online retail giant can move ahead with plans to break into the $800 billion US grocery market.

Uber reports big rise in bookings in second quarter - CNET - News - 1 hour 57 min ago
Ride-hailing startup's bookings increased 150 percent from a year ago, the company reports.

How Apple uses AI to make Siri sound more human - CNET - News - 2 hours 4 min ago
Research papers published by Apple detail the company's machine-learning technology. Also: Apple auditioned hundreds of candidates for Siri's new voice.

A startup aims to stop gentrification, with help from the tech industry

Ars Technica - 2 hours 20 min ago

At Ars Technica Live, Catherine Bracy talked about her nonprofit startup TechEquity, and how the tech industry can mitigate the housing crisis. (video link)

If the headline on this article made your eyes burn with fire, and your fingers twitch to comment without reading further, then you're in the majority. The relationship between Silicon Valley's tech industry and economic inequality in the Bay Area is an incendiary issue, as civic tech leader Catherine Bracy is all too aware. She came to Ars Technica Live to talk about her vision for a future where people in Oakland celebrate when a new tech company comes to town. With her startup TechEquity Collaborative, she's showing techies what they can do to help their neighbors benefit from the tech economy as much as they have.

Ars Technica Live

View more stories Bracy's first message to the packed crowd was that we shouldn't blame techies for the housing crisis. She said she'd had to overcome her own prejudices to make that realization. When Uber announced they were buying the historic Sears Building in Oakland, where Bracy lives, she said she had to struggle not to get angry. She worried that her neighborhood would be less brown, and that there would be a wave of housing displacement like the one San Francisco has already experienced. But after years of working on civic-minded tech projects like Code for America, and founding nonprofit TechEquity several years ago, she's come to a new understanding.

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How Taylor Swift Could Use Her Internet Powers for Good

Wired - 2 hours 24 min ago
The pop star has the ability to grab the entire internet's attention with one tweet. Here's how she could use her influence to enact change.

This luggage cover rocks a giant photo of your face - CNET - News - 2 hours 34 min ago
Forget asking, "Is that my bag?" You will know for sure when your luggage is wearing a horrifyingly huge photo of your own mug.

Google's $8.5m class-action privacy payout goes to: Lawyers' alma maters, web giant's pals

The Register - 2 hours 36 min ago
Basically: Not you, just 'the usual suspects'

The US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has narrowly approved an $8.5m Google payout for privacy violations following a lengthy argument over who should receive the money.…

'Last Jedi' reveals two new vehicles from upcoming film - CNET - News - 2 hours 39 min ago
The skies and the planets of the upcoming Star Wars film are about to get a lot more crowded with these new (and deadly) transport options.

'Raging Joker'? Bring on the Scorsese Batman villain movie - CNET - News - 3 hours 18 min ago
Commentary: The "Raging Bull" and "Taxi Driver" director's gritty, hard-boiled filmmaking is perfect for Bruce Wayne's psychotic, clown-painted nemesis.

Galaxy Note 8 vs. Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus: What's the difference? - CNET - News - August 23, 2017 - 10:58pm
The Note 8 is bigger and better than before. Here's how it stacks up against Samsung's current flagships.

Virgin now lets you bring your own iPhone to $1-a-year deal - CNET - News - August 23, 2017 - 10:50pm
The sweet offer announced in June that gives switchers a year of unlimited data for a dollar is now available to existing iPhone owners, not just new buyers.

Galaxy Note 8 launch: Everything you need to know - CNET - News - August 23, 2017 - 10:50pm
The Galaxy Note 8 is now official. Here's everything you need to know about Samsung's new superphone.

Headless body found near topless beach: Missing private sub journalist identified

The Register - August 23, 2017 - 10:46pm
Torso found in Copenhagen bay matches Kim Wall's DNA

Danish cops have identified the headless torso found in Copenhagen bay as that of Kim Wall – the journalist who went missing after taking a ride in a homemade submarine.…

Galaxy Note 8: What you need to know (The 3:59, Ep. 272) - CNET - News - August 23, 2017 - 10:36pm
We break down everything Samsung announced at its big Manhattan phone launch.

Germans force Microsoft to scrap future pushy Windows 10 upgrades

The Register - August 23, 2017 - 10:35pm
Redmond's cramming of OS on machines provokes sour krauts

Microsoft sparked fury when it aggressively pushed its Windows 10 operating system onto people's PCs – from unexpected downloads to surprise installations.…

CNET asks: Are you impressed with the new Samsung Galaxy Note 8? - CNET - News - August 23, 2017 - 10:25pm
Boom! The new Samsung flagship phone has finally been revealed! Are you impressed or disappointed? Are you going to buy it? We want to know.

WikiLeaks a 'hostile intelligence service', SS7 spying, Russian money laundering – all now on US Congress todo list

The Register - August 23, 2017 - 10:16pm
Ron Wyden tacks measures onto snoop funding bill

Every year, US Congress must pass a new Intelligence Authorization Act to continue funding Uncle Sam's spies for the next 12 months. This year, the act passed, as expected, the committee stage smoothly with only one minor bump in the road: Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR).…

FTC: We won’t stand in the way of pending Amazon-Whole Foods merger

Ars Technica - August 23, 2017 - 10:07pm

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The Federal Trade Commission has formally allowed Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods to go forward.

According to a statement released Wednesday by acting FTC director Bruce Hoffman, "Based on our investigation, we have decided not to pursue this matter further. Of course, the FTC always has the ability to investigate anticompetitive conduct should such action be warranted."

Last month, there had been some public opposition to the deal. Back in June, the online retail giant announced it would acquire Whole Foods Market for approximately $13.7 billion.

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Feds: Son teaches dad how to sell drugs on AlphaBay, they both get busted

Ars Technica - August 23, 2017 - 10:00pm

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A New York City father and son have been arrested and indicted on allegations of selling fentanyl and oxycodone on the underground drug website AlphaBay, which was seized and closed by federal law enforcement in July.

The indictment comes days after six Californians were indicted on similar charges of drug trafficking on AlphaBay, suggesting that federal law enforcement is now ready to start prosecuting at least some of the dealers that used the notorious site.

According to a newly issued criminal complaint, Michael Luciano admitted in July to selling the opioid drugs, with the help of his son Philip Luciano, out of his Staten Island home.

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