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Amazon is getting more than $2 billion for NYC and Virginia expansions

Ars Technica - 4 hours 34 min ago

Enlarge / Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos on September 13, 2018. (credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Over the last year, Amazon has dangled in front of cities the possibility that they could host the company's "second headquarters"—a massive $5 billion facility that would provide 50,000 white-collar jobs. On Tuesday, Amazon confirmed what had been widely reported: nobody would be getting this massive prize. Instead, the expansion would be split in half, with New York City and Arlington, Virginia, (just outside Washington, DC) each getting smaller facilities that will employ around 25,000 people each.

Amazon's Seattle offices will continue to be the company's largest and will continue to be Amazon's headquarters by any reasonable definition. But pretending to have three "headquarters" undoubtedly makes it easier for Amazon to coax taxpayer dollars out of local governments.

The announcement is underwhelming in other ways, too. The Washington, DC, area has been widely seen as the frontrunner since the competition was announced last year. When Amazon announced a list of 20 finalists, the region claimed three of those 20 spots, with separate entries for Northern Virginia; Montgomery County, Maryland; and the district itself. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos bought The Washington Post in 2013 and bought the largest house in Washington, DC, in 2016.

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Sony patent suggests next PlayStation controller will have touchscreen - CNET

cNET.com - News - 4 hours 48 min ago
We might see a new feature on the next DualShock.

Razer Phone 2 comes to AT&T this week for play on installment plan - CNET

cNET.com - News - 4 hours 49 min ago
Only AT&T will let you buy the $800 phone for as little as $27 a month.

First 5G cities in UK named by EE

BBC Technology News - 4 hours 55 min ago
The UK's big cities will be the first to get the futuristic mobile technology, says mobile operator.

Bay Area: How can we integrate e-scooters into our cities?

Ars Technica - 4 hours 56 min ago

Enlarge / People use a smartphone to unlock a LimeBike shared electric scooter on the Embarcadero in San Francisco, California, on Thursday, May 3, 2018. (credit: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Oakland, California, is just one of numerous American cities that have been transformed—for better or worse—by electric scooters.

Just earlier this month, a personal injury lawyer in Southern California filed a proposed class-action lawsuit seeking to take Bird, Lime, and the other scooter companies to task for their “draconian” terms of service.

Seeing our city streets become awash with these scooters almost overnight is something that local officials are trying to figure out how to deal with. Earlier this year, San Francisco famously imposed a moratorium while waiting to sort out a permitting process that would force companies to pay the city in order to operate their scooters about town.

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Google adds always-on VPN to its Project Fi cellular service

Ars Technica - 5 hours 1 min ago

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Today, Google announced a new feature for its Project Fi cellular service: an always-on VPN. Project Fi's VPN previously was used to encrypt traffic while connecting to a network of free public Wi-Fi hotspots, but now Google will enable the VPN for all your traffic, be it over the LTE service or a Wi-Fi connection.

For now, the always-on VPN will need to be turned on in the Project Fi settings, where the feature is called "Enhanced Network" and labeled a "beta."

"When you enable our enhanced network, all of your mobile and Wi-Fi traffic will be encrypted and securely sent through our virtual private network (VPN) on every network you connect to, so you’ll have the peace of mind of knowing that others can’t see your online activity," Google's blog post says. "That includes Google—our VPN is designed so that your traffic isn’t tied to your Google account or phone number."

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China deletes 9,800 social media accounts of independent media - CNET

cNET.com - News - 5 hours 24 min ago
The government said the accounts published news that was sensational, vulgar or politically harmful.

PUBG’s “console exclusivity” ends, PS4 version out on Dec. 7 [Updated]

Ars Technica - 5 hours 24 min ago

PUBG Corp.

Update, November 13: One of gaming's worst-kept secrets has finally been confirmed: PUBG is coming to PS4 consoles. Specifically, on December 7, for $29.99. As of press time, additional digital bundles can also be preordered for $50 and $70, and these include the game's variety of confusing microtransaction currencies.

With an admission that "this probably doesn't come as a surprise" (see original report below), PUBG Corp. made a Tuesday announcement that its one-versus-99 shooting sensation will include a few PlayStation-exclusive cosmetic bonuses for all PS4 preorders: a Nathan Drake (Uncharted) outfit and an Ellie (The Last of Us) backpack.

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2019 Ford Ranger accessories list is heavy on the Yakima - Roadshow

cNET.com - News - 5 hours 24 min ago
Ford will sell Yakima parts at the dealer, and they'll come with a hefty warranty.

AT&T CEO: State net neutrality and privacy laws are a “total disaster”

Ars Technica - 5 hours 35 min ago

Enlarge / AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson. (credit: Getty Images | Bloomberg)

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson yesterday urged Congress to pass net neutrality and consumer data privacy laws that would prevent states from issuing their own stricter laws.

"There are a number of states that are now passing their own legislation around privacy and, by the way, net neutrality," Stephenson said in an interview at a Wall Street Journal tech conference (see video). "What would be a total disaster for the technology and innovation you see happening in Silicon Valley and elsewhere is to pick our head up and have 50 different sets of rules for companies trying to operate in the United States."

There was a single US standard for net neutrality passed by the Federal Communications Commission in 2015. But AT&T and other ISPs opposed it and sued the FCC in a failed effort to get the regulation thrown out by a court.

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Game of Thrones' final season begins April 2019 - CNET

cNET.com - News - 5 hours 38 min ago
April is dark and full of terrors, with final six episodes of the show kicking off then.

PUBG coming to PlayStation 4 in December - CNET

cNET.com - News - 5 hours 55 min ago
After months of Xbox One exclusivity for consoles, PlayerUnknown Battlegrounds will finally make it to the PlayStation 4.

Waymo to launch its public self-driving service in December, report says - Roadshow

cNET.com - News - 5 hours 57 min ago
It'll have a new name, but nobody knows what it is yet.

The best Black Friday deals of 2018: The Cheapskate's picks - CNET

cNET.com - News - 6 hours 1 min ago
There are bargains to be had, oh, yes. These are the deals that deserve your dollars.

Amazon announces NYC and Northern Virginia as HQ2 winners - CNET

cNET.com - News - 6 hours 4 min ago
Jeff Bezos & Co. have finally settled on the sites for big new campuses.

We definitely don't need more towers, says new Vodafone boss scraping around for €8bn savings

The Register - 6 hours 5 min ago
Steady as she goes with 5G

Vodafone's new group CEO has vowed to keep shareholders happy by continuing to pay out dividends in his first earnings conference, despite reporting a €7.8bn loss and falling revenue.…


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