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Who wants to play monopoly with no get-out-of-jail-free card, Qualcomm asks its shareholders

The Register - 1 hour 11 min ago
Get ready for antitrust hell if Broadcom buys us, warns biz

Qualcomm is hoping to scare its shareholders away from considering Broadcom's takeover offer – by predicting regulatory doom and gloom for the combined company.…

As HPE trousers soaring profit, new CEO looks at cost-cutting Next plan and thinks: More of that!

The Register - 1 hour 42 min ago
Neri vows to double down on reorg campaign

Hewlett Packard Enterprise took everyone by surprise Thursday by turning in better-than-expected quarterly financial numbers.…

Genesis outdoes Audi, BMW in Consumer Reports brand rankings - Roadshow - News - 1 hour 46 min ago
Korean luxury is legit and giving pause to rivals in Europe and Japan.

Apple's readying new AirPods with 'Hey, Siri' for 2018 (Apple Byte Extra Crunchy Podcast, Ep. 120) - CNET - News - 1 hour 53 min ago
A new AirPods wireless chip will allow you to say, "Hey, Siri" this year. New iPads are expected in March and Fast Company names Apple No. 1 of its Most Innovative Companies for 2018.

23 state AGs refile lawsuit challenging net neutrality repeal - CNET - News - 2 hours 1 min ago
The lawsuit by a coalition of attorneys general comes as the FCC files notice of its repeal to the Federal Register.

Snapchat should have never made it this far - CNET - News - 2 hours 7 min ago
Commentary: Evan Spiegel doomed his app to fail the second he thought it deserved all the money it received.

Pentax K-1 Mark II Release Date, Price and Specs - CNET - Reviews - 2 hours 25 min ago
There are only two updates to Pentax's flagship DSLR, but they're potentially impressive.

Apple repair center linked to flood of false 911 calls - CNET - News - 2 hours 29 min ago
Emergency dispatchers say they've received about 1,600 false alarm calls from the California center in the past few months.

The fashion show with Hollywood visual effects

BBC Technology News - 2 hours 35 min ago
Lucasfilm’s ILMxLAB and the London College of Fashion used a virtual avatar to join catwalk models.

Wot, no signal?

BBC Technology News - 2 hours 35 min ago
Billions of people still have no access to mobile services, but nano-satellites could change this.

US Border Patrol Hasn’t Validated E-Passport Data For Years

Wired - 2 hours 38 min ago
For over a decade, US Customs and Border Patrol has been unable to verify the cryptographic signatures on e-Passports, because they never installed the right software.

German courts weighs potential diesel bans for city centers - Roadshow - News - 3 hours 5 min ago
The German court at Leipzig has agreed to hand down a ruling on Feb. 27 on whether Stuttgart and Duesseldorf’s diesel bans are legal.

Donald Trump says video games, movies may cause violence - CNET - News - 3 hours 9 min ago
Commentary: In a meeting with state and local officials in Florida, the president cites violent video games and movies as "shaping young people's thoughts."

Fun fact: US Customs slaps eyeglass taxes on optical networking gear

The Register - 3 hours 40 min ago
Officials are overcharging tech world, says comms slinger as it heads into court to scrap fees

An American telecoms hardware shifter is fed up with US Customs officials slapping extra tariffs on its fiber-optic tech imports – all because the agents are classifying the IT gear as eyeglasses.…

Airbnb is getting all fancy - CNET - News - 3 hours 43 min ago
A remodel means the lodgings company will start catering to wealthier clients. It's also adding new rental types, like vacation homes and boutique hotels.

White nationalist Jared Taylor sues Twitter over account ban - CNET - News - February 22, 2018 - 11:39pm
Taylor and his American Renaissance group say permanently suspending their accounts is "censorship."

Kylie Jenner 'sooo over' Snapchat - and Wall Street panics

BBC Technology News - February 22, 2018 - 11:29pm
Shares in Snapchat's owner sink after the reality TV star tweets her criticism of the messaging app.

LG K8 and K10 pack nifty camera tricks into a midrange lineup - CNET - News - February 22, 2018 - 11:00pm
Days before MWC, LG unveils two new midtier Android Nougat phones.

Elon Musk tweets video of SpaceX’s first broadband satellites in space

Ars Technica - February 22, 2018 - 10:56pm

Enlarge / SpaceX's first Starlink broadband satellites. (credit: Elon Musk)

SpaceX founder Elon Musk today tweeted an eight-second video of the company's first broadband satellites, saying they are now "deployed and communicating to Earth stations."

First two Starlink demo satellites, called Tintin A & B, deployed and communicating to Earth stations

The demonstration satellites, named Tintin A and Tintin B, are being used to test SpaceX's future Starlink broadband service. Once all the necessary testing has been completed, the launch of operational satellites could begin sometime in 2019.

SpaceX's ultimate goal is to provide gigabit broadband worldwide, but the first tasks for these demo satellites are a bit simpler. Musk also tweeted that the satellites "will attempt to beam 'hello world'... when they pass near LA" on Friday morning.

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That microchipped e-passport you've got? US border cops still can't verify the data in it

The Register - February 22, 2018 - 10:54pm
Despite demanding world+dog gets one, Uncle Sam lacks tools to check crypto-signatures

Two Democratic US senators have formally asked Uncle Sam's Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency to get its act together on electronic passports.…

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