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There’s good news for Google Chrome users, the latest version of the world’s most popular web browser has arrived with a new feature that prevents websites from automatically playing sound.That means that pre-loaded videos, and other content that involves sound, won’t blare out unless you specifically choose to enable it to.Aside from being a major annoyance, autoplay videos consume more data and can slow down the general browsing experience, which is particularly important when on a mobile device.The update is due to ship to users in the coming days.The feature has been in development for Chrome since last year, but there are some exceptions.Autoplay will only be allowed when the media itself doesn’t include sound, or when the user has indicated that they are interested in the media.
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But soon, Bitcoin got attention from journalists, governments, Silicon Valley, and Wall Street, and the network began to slow down.Everyone hated the idea of splitting up Team Bitcoin, but each side believed in their righteousness, and they would not yield.They duplicated the Bitcoin blockchain, the ledger with the history of all transactions, and begat a daughter, Bitcoin Cash.In early April, a moderator at the Deconomy conference in Seoul asked, “Why does there have to be such animosity between Bitcoin and Bitcoin [Cash]?” Bitcoin Cash advocate Roger Ver responded that the split had “diverted” the project and “that means more babies are dying around the world because they have less economic freedom.” His fellow panelist Samson Mow, a Bitcoin supporter, was more measured, saying that the animosity comes from the use of the Bitcoin name — but he’s less aloof on Twitter, where his tweets are full of digs at Bitcoin Cash.“The arguments have devolved over three or four years of bitter debate,” said Andreas Antonopoulos, the author of Mastering Bitcoin and Internet of Money.The only definitive difference between Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash is a technical one: Bitcoin Cash allows for larger blocks, or batches of transactions that get passed through the network, which theoretically means it can process more transactions per second.
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At TechCrunch’s flagship Disrupt events, there are three ways for startups to get in the limelight.Another is to be selected as one of the editor-selected TC Top Picks to exhibit in one of the featured tracks in Startup Alley.Both of those opportunities are 100% free.And the last is to apply for a highly affordable single day exhibitor pass for Startup Alley itself.You might think so but truth is TechCrunch made it hard in the past because the application process was fragmented and founders had to make parallel applications for different programs.Today, we launched our single, reusable application for all of TechCrunch’s startup programs.
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You’ve probably heard about distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, or maybe you’ve even been hit by one.If you’re like most organizations, you’ve already been DDoSed.Perhaps the attack was minor, a wakeup call, but then the attack subsided without causing damage and you just left DDoS protection on your to-do list.If you don’t have a DDoS attack plan, it’s probably time to bump it up to the top of your list.That’s because DDoS attacks are getting bigger, persistent, and more harmful.They inflict serious cost in terms of lost revenue, damaged systems and lost consumer trust.
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In this weekly series, The Drum speaks to professionals across the sector who are bringing something a little different to the industry and talks to them about what little insights they can offer the rest of us.This week's 10 Questions are posed to Dom Burch, Asda’s former senior director of marketing innovation and new revenue and the founder and managing director of Why Social.So dull, even his tea was in powder form as he didn't want to keep fresh milk.Then when I left Uni I did a summer intern for Saatchi & Saatchi's Cause Connection, before joining Green Flag as a PR assistant.The combination of creative writing, events management, and broadcast production, plus a vast array of potential jobs sounded up my street.What’s the most surprising thing you have learned about the creative sector since working within it?
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Shortly after the US Securities and Exchanges Commission (SEC) charged the owners of shifty cryptocurrency startup Centra Tech with fraud, leading cryptocurrency exchange desk Binance has announced it will delist the company’s CTR token from its platform.The crypto-trading platform said the following in an announcement on April 5:After proactively reaching out to the Centra Tech team to address our concerns and conducting thorough reviews of our findings, we have decided to delist the CTR token and the CTR/BTC , CTR/ETH trading pairs from the Binance exchange.Binance adds that it will remove all CTR pairings from its platform on April 8.The company will continue to support withdrawals for the controversial token until May 5 though.It’s worth noting that given Centra’s legal trouble, it might be a good idea to exchange the token for another currency before other exchanges delist it as well.
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The attacker who shot three people at YouTube’s California HQ yesterday has been identified as Nasim Aghdam, a vegan activist who had criticised the ‘dictatorial’ video sharing platform.Aghdam, a self-proclaimed animal rights activist, was a prolific content creator and boasted of having filmed the first vegan commercial to be broadcast on Persian television as well as multiple videos hosted on a variety of channels in which she espoused her views on veganism and animal welfare.She had posted critical videos and messages about the video-sharing site, citing a ‘hidden policy’ of the Alphabet owned platform to ‘promote stupidity’, ‘discrimination’ and ‘suppression of truth’.Yesterday the 39-year-old shot three members of YouTube's staff at its Silicon Valley offices, all of whom remain in San Francisco General Hospital, before taking her own life.Chris Dale, a YouTube spokesman, said: "Today it feels like the entire community of YouTube, all of the employees, were victims of this crime.Our hearts go out to all those who suffered."
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The Drone Racing League (DRL) has announced a partnership with BMW that includes development of a new racing drone and a championship season event at BMW’s Welt exhibition center in Germany.The announcement comes a week after digital service provider Cox Communications added itself (and its Wi-Fi capabilities) to a sponsor roster that already included Swatch, Allianz, and Nikko Air.Aside from providing a new race course for the franchise’s competitors, BMW will help the league create the fastest drones in the world.Last year, DRL had hand-built the reigning world-record holding vehicle, the RacerX, for its Allianz-sponsored world championships.BMW will collaborate with DRL to break the record, testing prototypes through the automotive maker’s wind tunnel.Jörg Reimann, head of BMW International brand experience, said: “The partnership with DRL will enhance BMW’s racing involvement with future-oriented formats.
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The Palm brand may get another shot at making a name for itself as an Android phone before 2018 is through.Its US carrier: Verizon, the country's largest mobile network.That's the rumor reported by Android Police, citing "a trusted source".Reviving the Palm brand has been in the works since 2015, when Chinese company TCL picked up the rights to make phones under the Palm name.What's more surprising is if Verizon becomes the carrier to sell the phone.Winning the US' largest carrier as an ally is a huge benefit for an unknown brand seeking new audience, or nostalgia attention from previous Palm owners who miss their old phones, since the vast majority of people buy new devices through their carrier's website or store.
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A number of properties have been evacuated as firefighters tackle a large fire in Glasgow city centre.Around six fire engines are dealing with the incident on Sauchiehall Street near the junction with Hope Street.Emergency services were called to the scene at 8.18am on Thursday after a blaze took hold in the roof space of commercial premises.Smoke billowed across Sauchiehall Street and streets were cordoned off as fire crews battled the blaze.The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) said the occupants of several nearby properties were evacuated and there were no reports of any injuries.Hope Street was closed to all traffic between Bath Street and Renfrew Street, with Renfield Street also closed between Renfrew Street and Bath Street while emergency services dealt with the incident.
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A police officer has paid tribute to his friend and fellow officer who was killed in the Westminster attack.Pc Shaun Cartwright, who had been friends with Pc Keith Palmer for more than 10 years, said: “Keith was a very modest man.He wouldn’t like any of the fuss.He’s just see whatever he was doing as just performing his job and doing it to the best of his ability.”Pc Palmer was killed as he stood guard at the gates of the Palace of Westminster on March 22 last year.The pair had previously worked together on the on the Territorial Support Group and Pc Cartwright was due to be on shift after Pc Palmer at the gates on the day of the attack.
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The founders and funders of controversial election consultants Cambridge Analytica are behind a new company registered in London appearing to offer similar services.Executives at Cambridge Analytica (CA) and parent company SCL Group registered Emerdata Limited as a data processing company last summer but they have since listed directors linked to private military contractors, secretive political meetings and the Trump administration.Rebekah and Jennifer Mercer, daughters of the billionaire Robert Mercer who funded Cambridge Analytica, its parent company SCL Group and Donald Trump’s election campaign, were officially registered as directors of the company on Tuesday, the same day CA chief executive Alexander Nix was suspended from his role for comments made to journalists posing as prospective clients.Mr Nix and Julian Wheatland, the chairman of SCL Group, are listed as directors of Emerdata.Companies House records show Mr Wheatland registered Emerdata last August, alongside CA’s chief data officer Alexander Tayler.Cambridge Analytica is at the centre of a row over their use of Facebook data, accused of harvesting personal information from more than 50 million accounts and using it to target them with political advertising which plays on their hopes and fears.
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British web inventor says the world needs affordable Internet access, and questioned the online control that big tech players exerciseSir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, has warned that the Web is still facing threats, not the least of which comes from dominant tech players who are stifling innovation.And in his second open letter, he said that the problem is that power is concentrated among so few companies, and has called on them to be regulated to prevent the web from being “weaponised at scale”It was this time last year when Sir Tim Berners-Lee called in his first open letter on users to help pressure governments and corporations over issues such as misinformation and data abuse.The letter from Sir Tim Berners-Lee comes on the day that the World Wide Web has turned 29 years old, after the British scientist working at CERN granted public access to the platform he had created.Sir Tim pointed out that the web will this year reach a tipping point when more than half of the world’s population will be online.
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Forget Stranger Things or Master of None – it could be former US President Barack Obama inspiring your next Netflix binge-session.The ex-POTUS is said to be in "advanced negotiations" with the streaming service, according to the New York Times, with potential for Barack to be joined by his wife Michelle in any proposed series.As to the nature of the show, that's yet to be finalised ahead of any deal – ideas range from a documentary series to a chat show to a fictional series aligned with the Obama's "beliefs and values".As you'd imagine, any deal with a former President would not come cheaply.But with a warchest said to be overflowing with $8 billion to spend on original content this year, Netflix can afford to splash the cash.And, for Netflix, it's a pivotal time to court new talent as its competition hots up.
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Amazon’s been rolling out a series of incremental but still useful Alexa features over the past several months, particularly around Amazon Music — the service Amazon would love for you to use as the default on your Echo devices.Today’s update includes a couple new features that let users request music using more natural or vague language.People will now be able to ask Alexa for music tracks or playlists based on time passed, like “Play that playlist I played last Sunday,” or “Play that workout music I listened to three weeks ago,” or “Play something I haven’t heard in awhile.” The same applies to genres and artists; you can request a song by an artist that you listened to “recently,” or a music mood you’ve been into lately, even if you don’t know the specific titles.The new features are small ones, but they’re part of a larger effort by Amazon to make voice commands through Alexa feel more natural and, frankly, more interesting.Over the past six months, the company has introduced things like the ability to create playlists solely by voice, to request music-based alarms, to ask for music based on activities (like “cooking” or “dinner party”), and to query top songs in different parts of the world.It’s also part of an effort to draw people into Amazon’s Music services by making a lot of these voice features exclusive.
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It looks like yet another Android phone may be planning to sport the iPhone X notch.Ever since Apple released the iPhone X -- which features a black notch above the screen that houses the phone's front facing camera, sensors and FaceID technology -- a handful of other Android phone makers are rumored to adopt a similar design.In addition to the upcoming Huawei P20 and OnePlus 6, as well as the confirmed Asus ZenFone 5, it looks like the next LG G6 phone (expected to be called the G7) may get a notch too.Renders of the LG G7 were shared by TechnoBuffalo, and gives us a possible hint at what the phone may look like upon release.Instead, these images were drawn up by Benjamin Geskin, who has a resume of creating renders of phones ahead of their release.The G7 images below are solely based off current rumors, so the actual G7 may look different.
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What appears to be the first full-strength university undergraduate degree taught entirely online is about to be made available by the University of London's Goldsmiths college, which will let anyone study for a three-year BSc in computer science from home.It had to be computer science.The cost is quite high considering it's all virtual, with the university charging £5,650 per year for the course.The advantage being that you can still live at home and not pay a rogue landlord £1k a month to live in a damp bedsit for three years, so it should work out cheaper than studying on-site.Oh and of course it can be done in your own time, or while also working, with the hope being this might open up full degree study options to people with awkward things like jobs and pre-existing families.As many as 3,000 places are to be offered, and there will at least be a small amount of travel involved as traditional invigilated exams at key points in the course will need to be completed in your usual halls.
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Dan Seifert / The VergeAmazon has unveiled (via Engadget) a new toolset for skill developers: the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) sound library.It’s a free repository of sound clips that developers can use to add enhance the skills that they are creating for the company’s smart assistant.The skills come in 14 categories: Ambience, Animal, Battle, Cartoon, Foley, Home, Human, Impact, Magic, Musical, Nature, Office, SciFi, and Transportation.Each category features a variety of stock sounds, along with an SSML code that developers can insert into their skill’s code.Amazon suggests that the sound snippets can be used to enhance the skills, such as using applause when someone answers a trivia question correctly, to add ambiance to a story, or as an audible indicator when you order it to do something, like lock a door or adjust the temperature in your house.
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The Securities and Exchange Commission sent subpoenas in recent weeks to dozens of tech companies and individuals who are involved in cryptocurrency, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday evening, citing anonymous sources.The targets of the subpoenas include companies that have launched initial coin offerings (ICOs), the cryptocurrency equivalent of IPOs, as well as their lawyers and advisers.The subpoenas reportedly include requests for information on how ICO sales and pre-sales are structured, the anonymous sources told WSJ.The SEC is also requesting the identities of the investors who bought digital tokens, The New York Times found.The SEC declined to comment.Shares of furniture retailer-turned-cryptocurrency company Overstock took a nosedive following the SEC news.
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BestBuy has announced it will shut all 250 of its small mobile stores across the US by May 31st.The stores reportedly contributed only a little over 1 percent to the company’s overall revenue.The closures won’t affect BestBuy’s mobile stores in Canada, and the company will continue to sell mobile phones both online and in its “big box” stores.BestBuy began opening the dedicated mobile phone outlets about ten years ago, before the first iPhone was released.The mobile stores are tiny, averaging 1,400 square feet — compared to full-size stores, which average 40,000 square feet.BestBuy’s mobile shops are also competing with wireless carriers who have their own hight street stores as well as Apple and online retailers like Amazon.
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