Net income halved as antisocial network preps for big slapThe Mark Zuckerberg-run biz set aside $3bn of its profits, effectively halving its net income, to foot an expected fine from America's trade watchdog for seemingly running roughshod over people's privacy.The size of the pot surprised many – even privacy campaigners have only been asking for $2bn – though the end cost may be even higher.Facebook said the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) could demand as much as $5bn over allegations of privacy-busting practices.Here are the full figures [PDF] for the three months to March 31, summarized:Revenues were strongish for the first quarter at $14.9bn, up 26 per cent year-on-year but down nearly $2bn on the previous quarter's results.
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Messaging startup Slack is expected to take another step toward going public by revealing its prospectus this week, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.The chat platform, which filed confidential plans to go public with the US Securities and Exchange Commission in February, is expected to make the document available by Friday, sources told the newspaper.The filing will show that Slack's annual revenue for this year is expected to be $500 million, the newspaper reported.The chat platform was reportedly valued at $7 billion in 2018, according to CNBC, and has more than 10 million daily active users.If all goes as planned, 2019 will be a year of tech IPOs.Silicon Valley companies like Lyft, Pinterest and Zoom have already gone public.
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Apple AirPods rumors are like weeds, just when you thought you’ve cleared your yard of them, another one pops up.Such was the case today when we caught wind of the new Apple AirPods 3 in a report corroborated by analysts.The original report, which came from DigiTimes, said that the third-generation of Apple AirPods will arrive by the end of 2019 and will actually pack the features we believed the second-generation headphones would have like noise-cancellation and water-proof casing.Don't miss our round-up of the best true wireless earbudsShortly after that news broke, an analyst (TF International Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo) told 9to5Mac that he expects another two models to join the line-up either in late 2019 or early 2020.One of these models would be another incremental update on the second-gen AirPods that just came out, while the other would be something more substantial - i.e.
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Tesla's Q1 earnings report started off by looking a little grim.With nearly three-quarters of a billion dollars in net losses, and automotive revenue that was down 41% from Q4 of 2018, it's hard to be super enthusiastic about things like Model Y and full self-driving tech.Tesla's deliveries of cars to Europe and China threw a wrench in its works, but that situation seems to be mostly resolved.The Chinese market should -- provided demand stays where it is -- prove to be a profitable one once the Shanghai Gigafactory opens its doors and fires up its production lines.In fact, Tesla plans to increase vehicle deliveries to between 360,000 and 400,000 per year in 2019.That would represent a 45-65% increase in deliveries over 2018 which would be huge, if it actually happens.
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Since I saw Avengers: Endgame Tuesday, most of my co-workers have avoided me like the plague.My temporary shunning stems from a deep rooted fear: no one wants Endgame spoiled for them.We're 11 years, 22 films and nearly 48 hours of runtime into the MCU franchise.But my team quickly realized someone from CNET going to the screener should actually read the spoilers beforehand to see how knowing the spoilers would impact viewing.(Just in case it needs to be clarified, there's nothing actually heroic about watching grainy YouTube clips on Reddit.Going into the film spoiled, I had mixed expectations.
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Whether you’re looking at smart displays as a gift, upgrade, or potential addition to your smart home, we can help you pick the right option.Our pick for the best smart display is the Amazon Echo Show 2nd Generation, which has an well-designed interface, great sound, and a large HD display screen.But, if the Echo Show isn’t what you’re looking for, we also included our picks for the best smart display with Google Assistant, the best smart display for your bedroom, the best sounding smart display, and the best smart display that can replace your alarm clock.The best: Echo Show 2nd GenerationThe best with Google Assistant: Lenovo Smart DisplayThe best for your bedroom: Google Home Hub
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Tech superstore Best Buy is currently running a four-days-long promotion both online and in stores.The Best Buy sale runs from now until Saturday, April 27, at 11:59 PM CT (1:00 AM ET on Sunday, April 28).As part of this huge Best Buy sale, all manners of tech items are heavily discounted, including smartphones, tablets, laptops, televisions, video games, and much, much more.To see everything the sale has to offer, you can click here and browse through all the available items (or click the big blue button at the bottom of this article).However, we’ll save you some legwork and round up the ten coolest Best Buy sale items we could find:Save $150 off the LG G8 ThinQ — Normally $849 down to $699 unlocked, no activation needed
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Amazon gift cards can be used to buy just about anything, from products to produce to an Amazon Prime membership.Amazon will first use the balance of a gift card loaded onto your account and then will revert to your primary payment method, so it's important to know how much is left on your gift card if you don't want to spend your own money.You cannot check the value of an Amazon gift card before loading it onto your account, but you can check your gift card balance before you complete any purchases.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Amazon doesn't mind if you want to know how much of a gift card balance you have, but they don't want you to know the value of a gift card or gift code before it's loaded onto your account.So if you want to know how much that gift card you got in a birthday card is worth, or if you want to know how much you have left from that gift card you redeemed after Christmas, you'll have to head to the same place: your account page, on either a desktop computer or mobile device.
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E3 2019 is shaping up to be a much different convention than we saw just a few years ago.Electronic Arts is once again forgoing the festivities entirely and will not be doing a traditional press conference at its EA Play event, and Sony will not be holding an E3 conference for the first time in history.The Final Fantasy VII Remake project was originally announced back in 2015, and gave the series’ fans a look at a real-time combat system and gorgeous visuals that managed to keep the spirit of the original PlayStation game intact.Square Enix has an opportunity to fix that at its E3 conference this year, possibly with an extended gameplay presentation and – if we’re really lucky, a release date would be the ultimate treat for fans.With PlatinumGames leading development, Nier: Automata was the ultimate Yoko Taro game, bringing his work into the mainstream to critical acclaim.We already know that Square Enix sees large franchise potential in Nier and have teased a follow-up, but we don’t know exactly what form that will take.
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Despite the fact that our home theater products often come with excellent dedicated remotes, the sad truth is, very few do a good job of controlling much more than the device they came with.That’s why universal remotes are still very handy accessories.We believe that the best universal remote is the Logitech Harmony 665.With a logical and intuitive button layout, easy-to-read color screen, and a wealth of customization options, the Harmony 665 offers total home theater control on a budget.Our team has a collective 50 years in the consumer A/V space, and we’ve reviewed hundreds of TVs, and their respective remote controls.You’ll find many brands of universal remotes out there, but none combine the features, ease-of-use, and price as well as Logitech’s Harmony line of remotes, which is why they dominate our best universal remote picks.
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You'll need the claim code, which can be found on the back of the physical gift card under a protective seal (if you have a digital gift card it will be in the email you received).), there are two easy ways you can redeem it.You can transfer your balance to your Amazon account and save it for a future purchase, a great idea if you don't want to run the risk of losing the physical card, or wait until you've found what you want to buy and enter your gift card information as a payment method.This guide will cover both ways of redeeming your gift card at Amazon's website and on the Amazon app.If you've got a digital gift card, and not a physical one, you'll find your claim code in the email you received.You're now on your gift card balance page, where you can see your current balance and your previous transaction activity.
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Devices are part of our everyday lives.But the World Health Organization says it's important to a child's healthy development that screens not become integral too soon.In a report released Wednesday, WHO said children under 5 years old should be spending less time staring at screens and more time playing to be healthy.WHO is concerned that too much screen time paired with sedentary behavior in children under 5 can lead to inadequate sleep and low activity levels."Improving physical activity, reducing sedentary time and ensuring quality sleep in young children will improve their physical, mental health and wellbeing, and help prevent childhood obesity and associated diseases later in life," Dr. Fiona Bull, program manager for surveillance and population-based prevention of noncommunicable diseases at WHO, said in a release.For Infants under 1, no screen time at all.
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Former MythBusters co-host Adam Savage will be back on TV in June with a new show called Savage Builds.The eight-episode series on the Science Channel features Savage making epic creations like a 3D-printed titanium suit of armor that's inspired by the Iron Man films and actually flies.Each Savage Builds episode will focus on one project as Savage collaborates with experts, colleagues and friends who include filmmaker Peter Jackson, former MythBusters cast member Tory Belleci and others, according to a series of tweets from Savage Wednesday.One episode has Savage attempting to create a working version of one of history's most notorious engineering failures -- the British military's World War II rocket-propelled explosive weapon called The Great Panjandrum.NASA engineer Adam Steltzner will be on hand to help with the design.Roboticist Simone Giertz and maker Laura Kampf help Savage build three Mad Max-inspired, post-apocalyptic monsters of destruction using only junk cars and the materials they can salvage from a scrapyard.
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Microsoft has given one of its longest-serving apps a stay of execution, after it confirmed that MS Paint will remain in the iteration of Windows 10.A Microsoft developer has confirmed that the app would still be included in Windows 10, when an update is shipped next month.It comes after Microsoft had promised it would not kill off the much loved ‘Paint’ application in 2017, and that Windows 10 users would still be able to download it from the Windows Store.That promise came after the software giant said two years ago that app would be “deprecated” or removed completely from future versions of Windows 10.The next Windows 10 update launches in May, and there was doubt about whether Paint would still be included.But the ancient app has survived, after a Microsoft developer confirmed that Paint would be included.
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The movie itself hits thousands of theaters Thursday night.Again, these may seem obvious, but given that you've waited 10 years for this moment, it's worth taking extra precautions.Remember, too, that these tips apply to anything you want to remain fresh, whether it's Avengers or Westworld or Game of Thrones or season 2 of Pretty Little Liars.It's the next best thing to getting off the internet entirely.Twitter contains a multitude of horrors.Tentpole spoilers rank low on the list.
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It’s difficult for scientists to understand the behaviour of countless small moving particles, and we’re still learning new things about materials like sand, as some of our past stories show.Better understanding the movements of these granular materials could lead to important results.That includes construction, pharmaceuticals, and even alternative energies.The experiment consisted of a pair of sands, a white “heavy” sand atop a black “light” sand, in a see-through rectangle.A machine shook the rectangle up and down, while air flows upward through the sand.The researchers observed as granular “bubbles” and “fingers” composed of the lighter black sand flowed upward through the heavier white grains.
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Steven Tyler’s slim, sinewy body gyrates just a few feet away from me.Let’s face it: The vast majority of big concerts you’ve ever seen probably had awesome lights, great sets, and huge video screens, but a lot of them probably didn’t sound very good.That’s because depending on where you’re sitting in a venue, you might be able to more prominently hear one side of the speaker setup, and therefore one channel of the mix, making everything lopsided in your ears.“We’ve been fighting this for [30 years],” says Laurent Vaissié, CEO of L-Acoustics, company that’s at the forefront of large-venue sound design, and helped to design this Las Vegas residency with THX and Aerosmith.“It’s very frustrating to us as manufacturers to know that the experience for fans was limited.”At its worst — for fans located on the far sides of any venue — traditional stereo setups can create a notable disconnect between what you’re seeing on stage and what you’re actually hearing, Vaissié says, unconsciously making the experience less immersive for the audience.
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Insider Picks writes about products and services to help you navigate when shopping online.Insider Inc. receives a commission from our affiliate partners when you buy through our links, but our reporting and recommendations are always independent and objective.Apple's latest MacBook Pro laptops feature a classic design and are packed with great specs — some configurations even have AMD graphics cards.For a limited time, Best Buy is discounting some of its MacBook Pro models by up to $400.Not all MacBook laptops have been discounted, but if you were planning on getting a relatively high-end MacBook anyway, now is a great time to buy.Models range in price from the less expensive 13-inch models to the high-powered and top-tier 15-inch models.
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Though there were rumors that Samsung had a huge Galaxy View2 on its way, it has been confirmed that the tablet is officially real and it's coming to US carrier AT In a edited YouTube video, AT introduced the device and a few key specs, though it did not specify any pricing yet.The Android tablet has a 17.3-inch HD display built into a cover that lets you prop up the screen or handle it flat against its back.It features 4G LTE connectivity and four speakers with Dolby Atmos sound technology.The Galaxy View 2 also works with AT's Numbersync service, so you can make and receive voice and video calls.Other specs include a 12,000mAh battery, 64GB of built-in storage and up to 400GB of expandable memory.If you have a Direct TV Now subscription, you can stream shows and movies with the preloaded TV Mode app.
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LinkedIn teamed up with the U.S. Department of Defense’s Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program last June to provide one free year of LinkedIn Premium to military spouses when their families move to new installations, and Wednesday, the professional network took that initiative one step further.Head of military and veterans programs Sarah Roberts revealed in a blog post that starting next month, LinkedIn Premium will be made available to spouses in all branches of the armed forces, regardless of where they are in their professional transitions.She added that LinkedIn’s goal is to support those spouses not just during changes of station, but also during events such as potential career changes or loss of a job.LinkedIn also detailed two initiatives with the Department of Veterans Affairs.LinkedIn Premium will be offered to recipients of the VA Fry Scholarship, which is awarded to the spouses and children of members of the armed forces who were killed in the line of duty during conflicts following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.Family members of wounded veterans who are enrolled in the VA’s caregiver program will also be eligible for LinkedIn Premium.
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