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By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A Facebook Inc shareholder filed a proposed class action lawsuit on Friday in a bid to stop the company's plan to issue new Class C stock, calling the move an unfair deal to entrench Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg as controlling shareholder. The lawsuit, filed in the Delaware Court of Chancery, followed the social networking company's announcement on Wednesday of its plan to issue the shares. The rejiggering of Facebook's share structure is effectively a 3-for-1 stock split.
If Apple retrieves anything from the water-damaged phone that relates to the day the boys disappeared - including photos, texts and social media posts - the data will be given to a judge, who will decide if it is evidence and whether it may be shared with the families, according to a report by WPLG television in Miami. The agreement puts to rest, for now, a row between the families of Austin Stephanos, 14, who owned the iPhone 6, and his friend Perry Cohen, also 14, who borrowed it to communicate with his family the day they disappeared in July 2015 off the Atlantic Coast of South Florida, according to the report. Cohen's family wanted the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to treat the phone as evidence in an open missing persons case, but the agency instead on returning it to Stephanos' family, the station reported.
If you're willing to wait an hour for it to boot up, you can enjoy the ludicrous pleasures of running Windows 95 on an Apple Watch. Developer Nick Lee posted a video to YouTube this evening showing what it looks like once the operating system is up and running. As Lee points out in a blog post, the Apple Watch's specs are well above those of a typical Windows 95 computer, so it makes sense that it should be capable of running the Microsoft's old OS.
Find out about this colorful compact drive that might be the right tool to safeguard your data when you're on the road.
How to stop malware from holding your files and PC hostage.
SpaceX has just published a stunning 360-degree video of its most recent feat: landing the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket on a drone ship in the ocean. Watching the rocket descend from above from the perspective of the ship is extremely surreal, especially when you hear the landing rockets kick in.
The listing, which has apparently been pulled but was captured by Fuji Rumors before it came down, says the device is a fully working "preview unit". Fujifilm, as does many other device manufacturers, often sends out prerelease cameras to special testers to get feedback before the product is brought to market, and it appears that's where this model came from.
By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A Facebook Inc shareholder filed a proposed class action lawsuit on Friday in a bid to stop the company's plan to issue new Class C stock, calling the move an unfair deal to entrench Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg as controlling shareholder. The lawsuit, filed in the Delaware Court of Chancery, comes two days after the social networking company announced its plan to issue the shares. The rejiggering of Facebook's share structure, effectively a 3-for-1 stock split, follows the 31 year-old's announcement last December that he intends to put 99 percent of his Facebook shares into a new philanthropy project focusing on human potential and equality.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Virtual reality, oddly enough, isn't immune to the problems that arise in practical reality. Just ask would-be fans of the Oculus Rift headset, many — possibly most — of whom are still waiting for their $600 gadgets more than four weeks after they started shipping .
Are you going to spend your Friday night rocking with Beyoncé’s incendiary new "visual album" Lemonade or Drake’s oh-so-smooth new LP VIEWS? The answer may depend on your streaming service of choice: Beyoncé’s release is remaining a Tidal exclusive for the indefinite future, and Drake’s tight friendship with Apple means VIEWS is going to live within iTunes for a while. Kesha rose above her legal battle by performing on a new Zedd single, her first release since 2013.
(Reuters) - A recovered cellphone at the center of a dispute between the families of two Florida teens who went missing during a fishing trip will be examined by its manufacturer, Apple Inc, in an agreement hammered out during a hearing on Friday, according to a local media report. If Apple is able to retrieve anything from the water-damaged phone that is pertinent to the day the boys disappeared - including photos, texts and social media posts - the data will be given to a judge, who will decide if it is evidence and whether it may be shared with the families, according to a report by WPLG television in Miami. The agreement puts to rest - for now - a row between the families of Austin Stephanos, 14, who owned the iPhone 6 model cellphone, and his friend Perry Cohen, also 14, who had borrowed it to communicate with his family the day they disappeared in July 2015 off the Atlantic Coast of South Florida, according to the report.
There are a ton of battery packs available today, but most are cumbersome and require an elaborate wrapping of charging cables to hold in one hand if you want to charge your phone while you walk. The 4000mAh slim battery pack with 2.1A output can fully charge an iPhone 6S two times or a 6S Plus once, which isn't bad for such a thin charger. The MagicMount comes with lighting and micro-USB cables, along with a small pad called a MagicPlate that attaches to the back of your phone (which the battery will attach to).
By Bernie Woodall DETROIT (Reuters) - Google and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV are close to agreeing on a partnership that could break boundaries between Silicon Valley and the auto industry in the race to develop self-driving cars, people familiar with the discussions said on Friday. Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc, and Fiat Chrysler declined to comment. Google has said that it does not want to build self-driving vehicles on its own and has explored alliances with auto companies, but none have been finalized.
Every few weeks a new homespun smart mirror pops up on Reddit. The formula is pretty staid by now: put an LCD and a Raspberry Pi behind a one-way mirror, and now you have a weather widget to look at while you brush your teeth. There are even GitHub repos to do the software work for you. And yet I always click on each new project. It's always worth an upvote.
Since becoming a worldwide phenomenon in 2008, Bitcoin and digital currency have remained at the forefront of ever-evolving changes in the payments industry. A once obscure digital currency has sparked not only global interest, but also a flurry of innovation and technological advances.From beginning as a niche payment mechanism for...
Hulu has given a series order to The Handmaid's Tale, a show based on Margaret Atwood's 1985 novel of the same name. Atwood will serve as a consulting producer for the series. Elizabeth Moss (Mad Men) will star as Offred, a handmaid whose sole function in society is a reproductive one.
Despite the hoopla generated by Amazon's announcement that it would like to deliver parcels by drone at some point, the most successful initial application of the technology has been much more humdrum.I have written a few times recently about the growing use of drones to provide monitoring services, whether it's to help navigate the oceans,...
//please note, this is embargoed until May 3rdSmart cities are something I've touched on a bit recently, with an article on INSEAD the latest to highlight the benefits to citizens and institutions of having smarter urban areas.It's a message that I think is fairly obvious, yet a recent report from the Institution of Engineering and Technology...
By Noel Randewich SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc on Friday ended its worst week on the stock market since 2013 as worries festered about a slowdown in iPhone sales and after influential shareholder Carl Icahn revealed he sold his entire stake. Shares of Apple, a mainstay of many Wall Street portfolios and the largest component of the Standard & Poor's 500 index, have dropped 11 percent in the past five sessions. Confidence in the Cupertino, California company has been shaken since posting its first-ever quarterly decline in iPhone sales and first revenue drop in 13 years on Tuesday, although Apple investors pointed to the stock's relatively low valuation as a key reason to hold onto the stock.
At the end of every April, clever people on Tumblr and Twitter would post images from N’Sync’s "It’s Gonna Be Me" video, marked with the caption "It’s Gonna Be May." In fact, the lyric used the word "me," but when sung aloud, it sounded like "May" (the name of the forthcoming month), and the tension of the dual meanings made us happy and caused us to laugh. The laws of our tribe dictate that we should be angry with Timberlake for drawing back things of the past. Timberlake is himself a creature of the past now.
Often when browsing, you'll come across links you may want to save for future use. Here are six ways you can save and share your links with Google.
The original Ghostbusters is returning to select American theaters for two nights this June, just in time to rescue those fans who need to brush up on the series before Paul Feig's all-female reboot hits the big screen in July. Fathom Events is going to rerelease the 1984 classic in over 750 theaters around the US on June 8th, which happens to be the 32nd anniversary of the movie's theatrical debut. If you make your way to one of these anniversary screenings, you'll be rewarded with more than just the chance to watch Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd roam New York in search of the paranormal.
Speaking in a press conference yesterday, Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler praised Comcast for its decision to partly unbundle its pay-TV service from its proprietary set-top box, according to a report from Ars Technica. Wheeler said it "points a way forward" for the industry to stop forcing customers to lease hardware they don't need. Cable companies blasted the FCC back in February after it announced plans to mandate pay-TV services be made available to makers of third-party set-top boxes.
Yahoo Inc has shortlisted close to 10 bidders in the auction for its core Internet assets, including Verizon Communications Inc, with most offers involving cash rather than a combination with another company, according to people familiar with the matter. Some bidders that did not make the shortlist because their first-round offers were not specific enough are still being kept close to the process by Yahoo's advisers, the people said. One of those bidders is Liberty Media Corp Chairman John Malone, who has proposed a tax-efficient merger with one of the companies he controls, the people said.
On his radio show today, Glenn Beck and three friends dipped their faces in Cheetos dust to look like Donald Trump. You see, Donald Trump's fake tan gives him the skin tone of an Oompa Loompa on a tropical vacation. The footage comes to us via Right Wing Watch's YouTube page.
Mobile devices offer powerful productivity, but there is also the risk of security breaches. Tech Pro Research's survey looks at the best practices for securing these devices.
Microsoft recently released an automation tool called Flow that could be a competitor to IFTTT, and a new platform for businesses to build internal apps.
It's Friday, so that means Amazon's Echo is learning new tricks. On the lesson plan this week is the ability to order flowers from 1-800-Flowers. This integration is clearly timed for the upcoming Mother's Day holiday in the US on May 8th, and will let you order four different flower arrangements with your voice.
Forensic experts indicate cyber threat hunting is an improvement over what currently exists for detecting security threats. Find out what makes cyber threat hunting unique.
It was an account Twitter created that sent you custom alerts based on the people you had chosen to follow. If 10 of them all followed the same person suddenly, MagicRecs would send you a direct message with the name of the account and which of your friends followed it. If a bunch of your friends all retweeted the same tweet, MagicRecs would let you know about that, too.
Uber's stated mission is "transportation as reliable as running water." Now, that literally includes luxury vessels that operate on running water. This Saturday, Uber is offering yacht rentals to residents of Dubai for 300 AED (or $82). Uber's Dubai general manager, Christopher Free, said the new Uber Yacht service is an outgrowth of the success of the ride-hail company's on-demand helicopter service at Coachella, Sundance, and in the Hamptons.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama announced new steps Friday to help curb gun violence, including by identifying the requirements that "smart guns" would have to meet for law enforcement agencies to buy and use them as well as sharing mental health records with the federal background check system.
While nostalgically binging on old internet comedy from my childhood, I was struck by an epiphany: just as the comical repacking of 1980s nostalgia during the 2000s made cheap toys and crummy cartoons into flashy movies, so too will the web videos of the late 1990s and early 2000s become fodder for shallow, rushed movies and brand tie-ins over the next decade. Maybe, somehow, in the shadow of the superhero movie glut, you've already forgotten the rush to adapt board games into movies. In the mid-2000s, I and members of my generation — folks who are too old to identify as millennials, and too young to care about Pearl Jam — collectively lost our minds when toy company Hasbro threatened to adapt the intellectual properties of our childhood into films.
It just got a lot easier for law enforcement agents to hack anonymous computers over the internet. Last night, the Supreme Court approved changes to the rules of criminal procedure, enabling warrants for searches of remote computers, regardless of their physical location. A number of experts have criticized hacking warrants as granting unnecessarily broad powers. In a 2014 editorial, law professor Ahmed Ghappour argued the warrants would result in widespread intrusions into other countries, potentially violating other countries' sovereignty.
How technical do Product Designers need to be in order to be effective at their job? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights. Answer by Adam Michela, Designer and Engineer at Facebook, Airbnb, Dropbox, Last, Gowalla, and more, on Quora.I believe that the...
The European Union will scrap phone roaming charges outright on June 15, 2017 ending fees loathed by millions of holidaymakers and business travellers across Europe. "This is not only about Europeans saving money, this is about bringing down barriers in the digital single market". "We welcome the slashing of roaming prices," said Monique Goyens, head of the European Consumer Organisation.
It's a weird week when Edward Snowden is the biggest action hero in new movie trailers, but here we are and I guess it's kind of great? Snowden very much appears to be a pop-friendly retelling of those events, but it may well do a good job of explaining to people the gist of what happened and what's still going on — even if that means having to hear Nicolas Cage reference the "internet haystack." Snowden comes out on September 16th.
SpaceX's bold plan to put a Dragon spacecraft on Mars in 2018 will rely on a type of landing technique known as propulsive landing — a way of using rocket engines to go down instead of up. As the Dragon descends toward the Martian surface, eight SuperDraco engines embedded in the spacecraft's hull will fire, slowing down the vehicle's descent and allowing it to land gently on the ground. It's akin to how SpaceX lands the first stages of its Falcon 9 rockets on Earth, and it could be a revolutionary way of landing on Mars.
The Red Bull Racing Formula One team officially debuted its partially closed cockpit solution during practice this morning in Russia. The Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), the sport's governing body, announced in February that Formula One cars will be required to use some sort of cockpit protection starting in the 2017 season. Red Bull is calling its solution the "aeroscreen," and driver Daniel Ricciardo took one lap with it fixed to his car.
There’s an existential question that the staff of The Verge has struggled with since we launched the site: what is the best version of Blade Runner? This May it’s going to get a little more difficult to make an evaluation, because the theatrical cut of the film is disappearing from Netflix.
Just a few days ago John Romero, the iconic game designer best known for his work on Doom and Quake, launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a new, classic-style first-person shooter called Blackroom. Prior to being cancelled, the Blackroom Kickstarter raised more than $130,000 from just over 2,200 backers.
Belgium plans to distribute iodine pills across the country as a safety measure against a nuclear disaster, according to a report from the BBC. Although the 11-million-person country previously had rules for distributing the pills to only some people located near nuclear power plants in the country, the health minister reportedly said that a new proposal would distribute the pills nationally. Iodine pills, which can help block the absorption of some radioactive material, have long been distributed in places around the world as a precautionary measure.
For years, flying RC helicopters has been a hobby for many enthusiasts. But few people have done it as well as Tareq Alsaadi, who has seemingly mastered the art(?) of doing insane tricks that could never be replicated in an actual helicopter. In what can only be described as five minutes of unexpected entertainment, Alsaadi flips and twists and starts and stops his helicopter across a field in South Africa, ultimately leading us down a YouTube rabbit hole that will take us straight into the weekend.
I grew up poor. My family and I lived in a studio apartment in Delhi. I had one set of clothes, one pair of shoes, and I remember my father going an entire winter without a sweater. Seeing my parents struggle, I felt a duty to help the family by earning money when I was old enough. I rounded up a few friends and sold phones we purchased at a...
Go-Jek, a play on the local word for motorbike taxis, has become popular among commuters on the traffic-clogged streets of Jakarta as its phone app removes much of the hassle of finding a driver and negotiating fares. Go-Jek, which has a network of more than 200,000 motorbike taxi drivers, is battling aggressively with other ride-hailing apps such as Grab and Uber [UBER.UL], driving rates lower to gain market share in the country of 250 million people. The company, which already operates in big Indonesian cities like Bandung and Surabaya, also plans to broaden its reach and add more drivers.
How is Brian Eno still finding uncharted waters after half a century spent making music? On The Ship, his first solo album in four years, Eno fuses his signature yawning soundscapes and substantive vocal work for the first time. The result is an album that occupies a space somewhere in between the ambient realm Eno helped to define and traditional songcraft.
As a company that’s very used to getting people to strap little computers to their wrist, however, it’s perhaps not surprising that Casio has taken a different approach with its first smartwatch. It’s safe to say I’m not really a hiker, but I did want to test the Smart Outdoor Watch as fully as I could, so I strapped it to my wrist one recent weekend and set off to the summit of Mount Takao — a popular and reasonably non-threatening mountain just outside Tokyo. To understand the Smart Outdoor Watch at all, you have to understand the category it sits in — and I don’t mean smartwatches as a whole.
Google is likely to face its first European Union antitrust sanction this year, with little prospect of it settling a test case with the bloc's regulator over its shopping service, people familiar with the matter said. There are few incentives left for either party to reach a deal in a six-year dispute that could set a precedent for Google searches for hotels, flights and other services and tests regulators' ability to ensure diversity on the Web. Alphabet Inc's Google, which was hit by a second EU antitrust charge this month for using its dominant Android mobile operating system to squeeze out rivals, shows little sign of backing down after years of wrangling with European authorities.
Amazon.com Inc's shares jumped in early trading on Friday, a day after the company reported profit and revenue that swept away analysts' estimates along with doubts about the online retailer's investment spree. "While it's tempting to try to pull out each component of AMZN’s strong 1Q (and generally recent) performance, we think it's the combination of many factors - the 'AMZN Flywheel', Prime, a growing distribution footprint, getting closer to customers, 3P (third party), AWS … the list goes on." The "Amazon Flywheel" refers to founder Jeff Bezos' strategy of offering the biggest selection of goods at the lowest prices and providing the best customer experience to create a "positive feedback loop".
MUSLYUMOVO, Russia (AP) — At first glance, Gilani Dambaev looks like a healthy 60-year-old man and the river flowing past his rural family home appears pristine. But Dambaev is riddled with diseases that his doctors link to a lifetime's exposure to excessive radiation, and the Geiger counter beeps loudly as a reporter strolls down to the muddy riverbank.
Fujifilm’s new X-Pro2 is a tough camera to review by any ordinary metric — it’s an exotic tool that defies rational purchasing decisions. There are cameras in its price range that will give you better image quality, and there are cheaper cameras — even from Fujifilm — that offer more features. It’s still a convincing, chunky facsimile of a rangefinder camera, with shutter speed and exposure compensation dials designed to be used with lenses with aperture rings.
IBM on Friday announced new services to help companies design and develop blockchain technology in a secure environment in the cloud, a network of computers where users are increasingly storing their data and computing work. The blockchain, the underlying technology behind bitcoin, is a digital tool for doing a slew of functions such as recording and verifying transactions. The technology, according to its many supporters, would make it easier to create cost-efficient business networks without requiring central control.
After months of rumors, Netflix has officially given the green light for a The Punisher series. Entertainment Weekly reports that Marvel has just ordered a new series starring the gun-toting vigilante first introduced in Daredevil season 2. Jon Bernthal is set to reprise the role of Frank Castle, army veteran turned anti-hero, for the show. Writer and producer Steven Lightfoot will serve as showrunner.
Every time I see a patent for these, I get slightly less freaked outby the idea of putting electronics in my eye, and slightly more excited for my soon-to-be laser vision. The latest company to join in the hypothetical race for a technology that barely exists is Sony, with the Japanese tech company applying for its own smart contacts patent. The patent, which doesn't appear to have been approved yet, describes a "contact lens and storage medium" capable of controlling an "image pickup unit" (aka a camera).
The McLaren F1 is widely regarded as the supercar's supercar: utterly dominant during its production run in the ’90s, still capable of running with the latest and greatest some 20 years later. It wasn't until Bugatti's Veyron came out that the F1 lost its title of world's fastest production car — and even now, it's the world's fastest production car with a naturally aspirated engine. MSO — McLaren's customization, restoration, and maintenance service — just announced that it is offering F1 chassis number 069 for sale, which was one of six F1s built in the final model year of 1998.
DxOMark's cameraphone test has grown into the 3DMark of the mobile world — a multifaceted, widely used performance exam that churns out a definitive scalar score — and it's producing similar effects. Phone geeks are comparing and disputing scores while manufacturers are taking notice and actively optimizing their cameras to produce higher DxOMarks. Take HTC's 10 as the most recent instructive example.
Digital entertainment company and patent hog Rovi has agreed to buy DVR-maker TiVo in a $1.1 billion deal. The acquisition was rumored yesterday and confirmed this morning by Rovi, saying it will adopt the "iconic TiVo brand" as the name for the new company. Following the usual regulatory approvals, the acquisition is scheduled to go through in the third quarter this year.
Fans of virtual reality say the technology is going to connect people like never before, and Samsung obviously believes in this vision. The tech company has unveiled a new prototype app, Bedtime VR Stories, designed to let parents telling their children bedtime stories over virtual reality. The app is still a prototype at this point, but Samsung says it's currently being tested with select families in the UK.
NEW YORK (AP) — Digital TV listing company Rovi is buying TiVo in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $1.1 billion.
The Dial, the latest wearable by singer, rapper and entrepreneur Will.i.am, is now available for pre-order in the UK, reports Engadget.
Apple’s incredible growth that saw the company report record quarterly earnings over a span of 13 years was untenable. Any one company would be thrilled by the success brought by the Apple II, the Mac, the iPod, the iPhone, or even the iPad. It makes me wonder: have we reached peak Apple?
This includes trying to find conflict-free minerals for use in their phones' construction, but also the software that lives on these devices. This means users will have to find their own apps for email, maps, and a browser, but in exchange they get more control over their software. For most of us on Android, Google's services are just too integral to give up, and the benefits of an open source mobile OS are a bit niche.
(Reuters) - Rovi Corp, a provider of digital entertainment guides, said on Friday it would buy digital-video recorder pioneer TiVo Inc in a deal valued at about $1.1 billion. The $10.70 per-share cash-and-stock offer represents a premium of 13.6 percent to TiVo's Thursday closing. TiVo's shares, which have shot up about 23 percent since the New York Times first reported about a potential deal on March 24, were trading at $9.74 before the opening bell on Friday.