Amazon changed search results to boost profits despite internal dissent
5 days, 20 hours ago by john | 3 facts | 0 comments | 2 votes

  • When contacted by Ars, Amazon said it does not optimize the ranking of its search results for profitability. -
  • Amazon changed its search algorithm in ways that boost its own products despite concerns raised by employees who opposed the move -
  • Instead of adding profitability into the algorithm itself, Amazon changed the algorithm to prioritize factors that correlate with profitability. -

MoviePass will shut down for good on Sept. 14
1 week, 1 day ago by john | 3 facts | 0 comments | 2 votes

  • Shares of MoviePass parent company Helios and Matheson Analytics dropped 10% Friday afternoon, though the stock trades for a fraction of a penny. -
  • MoviePass announced on Friday it’s shutting down the discount ticketing service on Sept. 14. -
  • The company informed subscribers that it was ending the service because its “efforts to recapitalize MoviePass have not been successful to date.” -

Facebook dating announced
2 weeks, 2 days ago by kyle | 7 facts | 0 comments | 2 votes

  • By the end of the year, we’ll make it possible to add Facebook and Instagram Stories to your Dating profile too. -
  • Facebook Dating won’t match you with friends, unless you choose to use Secret Crush and you both add each other to your list. -
  • People will soon be able to connect and share with Facebook and Instagram Stories. -
  • Secret Crush lets you match with people you already know on Facebook and/or Instagram. -
  • If you choose to use Secret Crush, you can select up to nine of your Facebook friends or Instagram followers who you’re interested in. -
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Woman is first to receive cornea made from ‘reprogrammed’ stem cells
2 weeks, 3 days ago by kyle | 1 facts | 0 comments | 0 votes

  • A Japanese woman in her forties has become the first person in the world to have her cornea repaired using reprogrammed stem cells. -

YouTube to pay $170 million penalty over collecting kids' personal info
2 weeks, 4 days ago by kyle | 1 facts | 0 comments | 2 votes

  • The companies allegedly collected information of children viewing videos on YouTube by tracking users of channels that are directed at kids. -

Apple sends invites for Sept. 10 event
3 weeks, 3 days ago by kyle | 2 facts | 0 comments | 2 votes

  • Apple sent out invitations to the media for its annual September event, where it's expected to announce new iPhone models. -
  • Apple is also expected to give final details and pricing on its streaming TV service, Apple TV+. -

Fairphone 3 announced
3 weeks, 5 days ago by kyle | 7 facts | 1 comments | 2 votes

  • The Fairphone 3 will be available from September 3rd, and you can preorder it directly from Fairphone for €450 starting today. -
  • Fairphone 2 earned a 10/10 repairability score from iFixit. -
  • Fairphone says that its latest handset is easy to repair thanks to being constructed out of seven modules. -
  • This is so much more than a phone – to Fairphone, to our community, to an entire industry, and to me. -
  • I admire Anita Roddick, founder of the Body Shop, for how she transformed the way we think about the ethics and sustainability of personal care products. -
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Stock dividends are yielding more than the 30-year Treasury note for the first time in a decade
3 weeks, 5 days ago by kyle | 4 facts | 0 comments | 2 votes

  • For the first time since the financial crisis, stocks are earning more for investors than key long-term Treasury notes. -
  • "The outlook is much better for stocks than it is for long-term Treasurys right now," Bespoke co-founder Paul Hickey told CNBC in a phone interview Tuesday. -
  • While investors may be shunning risk near-term, Hickey said the stock-bond yield inversion is a bullish sign for equities. -
  • Individual stocks now yield more than 5, 10, and 30 year US Treasury notes, according to Bespoke's research. -

Huawei seeks independence from the US with RISC-V and Ascend chips
3 weeks, 6 days ago by kyle | 5 facts | 0 comments | 2 votes

  • Huawei has launched its 7nm Ascend 910 artificial intelligence chip for data centers together with a new comprehensive AI framework MindSpore. -
  • In a similar vein, Huawei has launched MindSpore, a development framework for AI applications in all scenarios. -
  • Nvidia continues to reign supreme in the data center DL training market as other companies begin more focused development efforts. -
  • “If ARM's new technologies are not available in the future, we can also use RISC-V, an architecture which is open to all companies. -
  • However, the company also said it had not started any efforts yet to migrate to RISC-V, preferring to continue using ARM. -

OnePlus 6, OnePlus 6T and OnePlus 7 Pro get official Lineage support
4 weeks ago by kyle | 3 facts | 0 comments | 3 votes

EU chief Tusk says will ‘respond in kind’ if US imposes tariffs on France over digital tax
4 weeks ago by kyle | 5 facts | 0 comments | 3 votes

  • Earlier on Saturday, Trump criticized the French digital tax aimed at big U.S. technology companies and threatened again to retaliate by taxing French wine. -
  • Trump said he is not a “big fan” of tech companies but “those are great American companies and frankly I don’t want France going out and taxing our companies.” -
  • France passed a 3% tax in July that targets roughly 30 big tech companies including Facebook, Amazon and Google. -
  • The U.S. Trade Representative launched an investigation into France’s digital tax, saying it “unfairly targets American companies.” -
  • Amazon has also said it will pass some of the costs of the new measure down to thousands of small and medium-sized French businesses selling on its platform. -

Amazon hosts thousands of unsafe or banned products, new investigation finds
4 weeks, 1 day ago by kyle | 2 facts | 0 comments | 3 votes

  • A Wall Street Journal investigation found that Amazon continues to host thousands of unsafe or banned products on its site. -
  • Among the findings were toys and medications that lacked the proper health risk disclosures. -

Amazon rainforest on fire
1 month ago by kyle | 4 facts | 0 comments | 3 votes

  • A satellite image from August 11, 2019, shows plumes of smoke above Brazilian states. -
  • Almost 73,000 fires have been detected by Brazil's space research center INPE -
  • The state of Amazonas declared a national emergency earlier this month due to the fires. -
  • NASA said the satellite observations revealed the "total fire activity in the Amazon basin" was slightly below average, compared to the past 15 years. -

David Koch has died
1 month ago by kyle | 8 facts | 0 comments | 3 votes

  • David Koch, the billionaire conservative activist and philanthropist, who was lauded by the right and rebuked by the left, has died. -
  • David Hamilton Koch (; May 3, 1940 – August 23, 2019) was an American businessman, philanthropist, political activist, and chemical engineer. -
  • He founded the company's New York City office and in 1979 he became the president of his own division, Koch Engineering, renamed Chemical Technology Group. -
  • As of 2010, David Koch owned 42 percent of Koch Industries, as did his brother Charles.[2] He held 4 U.S patents.[citation needed] -
  • In 2015, he committed $150 million to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City to build the David H. -
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MoviePass database exposes 161 million records
1 month ago by kyle | 4 facts | 0 comments | 2 votes

  • An exposed database on a MoviePass subdomain housing 161 million records was left unsecured and exposed credit card and customer card information. -
  • The database, which included expiration dates, names and addresses on some users as well as email and passwords, was discovered by SpiderSilk security. -
  • Movie ticket subscription service MoviePass has exposed tens of thousands of customer card numbers and personal credit cards. -
  • The database had more than 58,000 records containing card data — and was growing by the minute. -

VMware acquires Carbon Black for $2.1B and Pivotal for $2.7 billion
1 month ago by kyle | 2 facts | 0 comments | 2 votes

  • VMware today announced that it is acquiring Carbon Black, a publicly traded security company that focuses on securing modern cloud-native workloads. -
  • Indeed, these are two very different companies, but both Carbon Black and Pivotal focus on modern workloads. -

Dell XPS 13 9th generation developer edition announced
1 month ago by kyle | 9 facts | 0 comments | 2 votes

  • Today we’d like to announce that the new XPS 13 developer edition (7390) will soon be available in the US, Canada and Europe. -
  • The new developer edition, based on Intel’s 10th Gen Core™ U series processors, is part of Dell’s new consumer PC portfolio that is being unveiled today. -
  • The XPS 13 developer edition, 7390 -
  • These systems represent the 9th generation of the XPS 13 developer edition and will come with the Killer™ AX1650 (2×2) built on Intel WiFi 6 Chipset. -
  • The new 7390 systems will co-exist alongside the current 9380 XPS 13 developer edition. -
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General Electric accused of fraud
1 month ago by kyle | 4 facts | 0 comments | 4 votes

  • Harry Markopolos has published a report claiming that accounting fraud “bigger than Enron and WorldCom combined” lurks within G.E. -
  • GE has been running a decades long accounting fraud by only providing top line revenue and bottom line profits for its business. -
  • To make it impossible to compare GE’s numbers across multi-year time periods, GE changes its Financial Statement reporting formats every few years. -
  • The report alleges that the conglomerate’s accounts conceal $38 billion in fraud, equivalent to 40 percent of its value. -

Walmart sues Tesla for negligence after repeated solar system fires
1 month ago by kyle | 2 facts | 0 comments | 1 votes

  • In the lawsuit, it asks for the court to require Tesla to remove all of its systems from Walmart stores, which are now all de-energized. -
  • Walmart Inc (WMT.N) on Tuesday sued Tesla Inc (TSLA.O), accusing it of “widespread negligence” that led to repeated fires of its solar systems. -

Apple releases macOS Catalina beta 6 to developers
1 month ago by kyle | 2 facts | 0 comments | 2 votes

  • Apple today has released the sixth developer beta of macOS Catalina. -
  • Apple took several weeks to release macOS Catalina developer beta 6. -