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Netflix raised prices because you all are signing up like crazy - CNET

cNET.com - News - 49 min 25 sec ago
Netflix's price hikes were the first leg of a victory lap. Now 80 million households have watched Bird Box, too.

FCC: Oh no, deary me. What a shame. Too bad, so sad we can't do net neutrality appeal during the US govt shutdown

The Register - 55 min 9 sec ago
Not so fast, there, Ajit...

America's broadband watchdog, the FCC, has asked the courts to postpone an appeal against its net neutrality repeal out of "an abundance of caution" due to the partial US government shutdown.…

Oh good, the 2020 GMC Sierra HD probably isn’t ugly - Roadshow

cNET.com - News - 1 hour 12 min ago
There's a bit of a problem with that lately.

Well, Nissan put snow tracks on a 2019 Altima - Roadshow

cNET.com - News - 1 hour 16 min ago
Nissan has a long and illustrious history of shredding gnar with passenger cars.

Woman sues T-Mobile after employees allegedly snoop on racy private video

Ars Technica - 1 hour 17 min ago

Enlarge / A T-Mobile logo on the window of a retail store in Washington, DC, on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. (credit: Getty Images | Bloomberg)

A New Jersey woman has sued T-Mobile in state court last week for sexual harassment, invasion of privacy, and other counts. She claims that, when she went to trade in her iPhone 7 at a store, two male employees rifled through her photos without her consent.

The men allegedly quickly found a private naked video of the woman, referred to in the complaint as "N.E.," and played it for themselves. The woman was mortified.

Ars contacted T-Mobile, which did not respond to our questions.

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Google will pay Fossil $40 million for smartwatch tech - CNET

cNET.com - News - 1 hour 28 min ago
The deal is expected to close this month.

Google buys $40 million worth of smartwatch tech from Fossil Group

Ars Technica - 1 hour 31 min ago

Enlarge (credit: Valentina Palladino)

Wearables have brought Google and the fashion-focused Fossil Group closer together. Today, Fossil announced it will sell intellectual property related to smartwatch technology to Google in a deal worth $40 million. Upon news of the deal, Fossil Group shares jumped about 8 percent today.

Along with the IP, a section of Fossil's research and development team focused on wearables will join Google. However, the announcement highlights Google and Fossil's "shared investment in the wearable industry," which likely means that this deal will not quell Fossil's wearable efforts entirely. Fossil Group—which includes Diesel, Armani, Skagen, and Michael Kors—has launched smartwatches running Wear OS and hybrid smartwatches across 14 of its brands.

Greg McKelvey, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy and Digital Officer at Fossil Group, said the following in a statement:

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Mortal Kombat 11's first gameplay footage: new fatalities, characters revealed - CNET

cNET.com - News - 1 hour 35 min ago
Mortal Kombat 11 is pairing its familiar ultraviolence with more character customization.

Glass review: M. Night Shyamalan's misunderstood superheroes - CNET

cNET.com - News - 1 hour 37 min ago
Spoiler-free: Twenty years in the making, the sequel to Unbreakable ain't no Marvel movie.

Scientists reveal the secret lives of emperor penguin chicks - CNET

cNET.com - News - 1 hour 39 min ago
The fluffy critters are a little less mysterious now.

The Motorola Razr is coming back as a smartphone

Ars Technica - 1 hour 45 min ago

Enlarge / The Motorola Razr V3. (credit: Remy Overkempe / Flickr)

Lenovo, the current owner of Motorola Mobility, will release a new version of the iconic Razr cell phone, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal citing sources familiar with the matter.

Like a similar phone announced at Samsung's 2018 developers' conference, the new Razr will feature a foldable screen. A patent filed in May of 2017 describes a clamshell form factor with a flexible screen that folds inward. Also like Samsung's phone, it is expected to cost at least $1,500. Two hundred thousand units will be manufactured, according to The Wall Street Journal's sources.

The new Razr is just the latest in a series of very expensive specialty-phone announcements aimed at consumers who do not intend to upgrade frequently, reflecting the current reality of the smartphone business.

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Red Hat gets heebie-jeebies over MongoDB's T&Cs squeeze: NoSQL database dropped from RHEL 8B over license

The Register - 1 hour 47 min ago
'The Server Side Public License v1 does not meet standards'

MongoDB justified its decision last October to shift the free version of its NoSQL database software, MongoDB Community Server, from the open-source GNU Affero General Public License to the not-quite-so-open Server Side Public License (SSPL) by arguing that cloud providers sell open-source software as a service without giving back.…

It’s baaack – Microsoft starts pushing out the Windows 10 October 2018 Update

The Register - 1 hour 57 min ago
Set to update automatically? Say hello to my little friend…

Select Windows 10 devices are now automatically downloading Microsoft’s troubled 1809 update, according to the support page for the operating system.…

Oil from humble saltwater plant blended with jet fuel on Etihad Airways flight

Ars Technica - 2 hours 1 sec ago

Enlarge / Glasswort bush (Salicornia europaea), Chenopodiaceae. (credit: De Agostini/Getty Images)

On Wednesday, an Etihad Airways Boeing 787 in Abu Dhabi embarked on a roughly seven-hour flight to Amsterdam with its tank full of a mixture of jet fuel and biofuel. The biofuel was derived from oil pressed out of Salicornia plants, which require saltwater to grow.

Gulf News reported that a full 50 percent of the jet fuel needed to take the plane to its destination was biofuel, which is an extraordinarily high ratio of biofuel to jet fuel, if this report is correct. Ars contacted Etihad Airways to confirm this number, and we will update the story when we receive a response.

Previous notable flights using biofuel have included a Qantas flight that used a 10-percent blend of mustard seed oil, a Virgin Atlantic flight that used a 5-percent blend of fuel made from industrial waste gas, an Alaska Airlines flight that used a 20-percent blend of fuel made from waste wood from Pacific Northwest timber harvests, and a series of United Airlines flights that used a 30-percent blend of biofuel from various sources.

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The government shutdown could prevent new cars from landing at dealers - Roadshow

cNET.com - News - 2 hours 54 sec ago
When the EPA is back up and running, it'll have a backlog of new cars to deal with.

Ars community gives more than $20,000 in annual charity drive

Ars Technica - 2 hours 23 min ago

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A month ago, I asked readers to donate to our 2018 Charity Drive sweepstakes. All told, Ars Technica readers donated $20,210.66 to Child's Play and the EFF through the charity drive. That brings our total donations over 12 years of charity driving over the $300,000 mark! Well done, Arsians!

Thanks to everyone who gave whatever they could. We're still early in the process of selecting and notifying winners of our swag giveaway, so don't fret if you haven't heard if you're a winner yet. In the meantime, enjoy these quick stats from the 2018 drive.

  • 2018 Fundraising total: $20,210.66
    • Total given to Child's Play: $6,739.69
    • Total given to the EFF: $13,470.97
  • Number of individual donations: 305
    • Child's Play donations: 145
    • EFF donations: 160
  • Average donation: $66.26
    • Child's Play average donation: $52.37
    • EFF average donation: $84.19
  • Median donation: $25 (even)
    • Median Child's Play donation: $25
    • Median EFF donation: $37.50 (even)
  • Top single donation: $1,500 (to EFF)
  • Donations of $1,000 or more: 3
  • Donations of $100 or more: 65
  • $1 donations: 3 (every little bit helps!)
  • Total charity donations from Ars Technica drives since 2007 (approximate): $302,925.90
    • 2017: $36,012.37
    • 2016: $38,738.11
    • 2015: $38,861.06
    • 2014: $25,094.31
    • 2013: $23,570.13
    • 2012: $28,713.52
    • 2011: ~$26,000
    • 2010: ~$24,000
    • 2009: ~$17,000
    • 2008: ~$12,000
    • 2007: ~$10,000

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This 43-inch Toshiba Fire TV is a steal at $200 - CNET

cNET.com - News - 2 hours 27 min ago
Normally $330, this midsize 4K model includes a voice-powered Alexa remote.

Every upcoming Marvel movie and TV show - CNET

cNET.com - News - 2 hours 35 min ago
If it's confirmed or rumored, it's on this list.

Lawmakers seek harsh penalties against ZTE and Huawei

Ars Technica - 2 hours 36 min ago

Enlarge (credit: Getty | SOPA Images )

Washington policymakers sought to ratchet up pressure on Chinese telecom giants Huawei and ZTE on Wednesday. A bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced new legislation that would ban exports to companies caught violating US sanctions laws.

It's the latest sign of a growing technological cold war between the United States and China over telecommunications technology. Huawei has allegedly stolen trade secrets from T-Mobile and other US companies. The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that Huawei could face criminal charges over the issue.

In a separate case, Canadian officials arrested Meng Wanzhou—Huawei's chief financial officer and daughter of the company's founder—at the behest of the US government over allegations that the company had violated US sanctions laws. ZTE also stands accused of violating those laws.

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