The trial hasn’t even begun yet and the lawyers are already at each other throats as AT files a pre-trial briefing attacking the basis of the Department of Justice case.There had been rumours over the last couple of weeks that the telco would use President Trump’s perceived bias against the $85 billion Time Warner acquisition as a defence against the DoJ, but after a quick ‘Control+F’ none of ‘Trump’, ‘President’ or ‘White House’ appear in the document, aside from a footnote referring to Reed Hastings’ President title at Netflix.“There is no fact-based evidence that this merger will harm competition.Nothing will be withheld from competitors; consumer prices will not go up.To the contrary, the government now concedes it would not be profitable for the new company to withhold its television networks from pay-TV distributors and that the new company’s prices to its own television customers will go down.As a result, the government’s suit to block this merger is not only baseless in fact, but it is affirmatively contrary to consumer welfare, making it difficult for the government even to allege a viable antitrust claim, much less prove one.”
One of the 'super-Earth' finds might even have liquid waterA team of astronomers have spotted 16 exoplanets, including a ‘super-Earth’ that might hold liquid water, hovering around 12 low mass stars hundreds of light years away from the Solar System.One of the most luminous red dwarf stars, codenamed K2-155, in the dozen is of particular interest.Located about 200 light years away, it is orbited by three ‘super-Earths’ - planets that are slightly more massive than the Earth.The researchers reckon the super-Earth furthest away from star, known as K2-155d, might lie in the so-called "Goldilocks" habitable zone where liquid water could form on its surface because the temperature is neither too hot or too cold.The results were published in The Astrophysical Journal in February.
The only things that actually move on a modern smartphone these days are the silencing switch, the lock button, a volume rocker, and (if you’re lucky) a dedicated button for Bixby.So it’s natural that we’re a little curious to see how the Samsung Galaxy S9’s new dual aperture works.Lucky for us, iFixit’s requisite teardown of the phone includes a couple of close-up shots of the aperture in action.As iFixit points out, a regular camera’s aperture is controlled by a number of aperture blades, which are designed to keep the hole which the light goes through (that’s all an aperture is) roughly circular.The S9, however, does it with just two blades — because the aperture only has two settings, f/1.5 and f/2.4; two blades was apparently enough.Here’s a fancy slider widget, built out of two iFixit photos of the S9 Plus, so you can have the virtual aperture adjustment experience:
In a long, fascinating, meandering interview at South by Southwest in Austin yesterday, Elon Musk — the serial entrepreneur behind some of the world’s most audacious new companies — revealed himself to be the billionaire who actually has done the most to prepare for the coming catastrophes that could end humanity.Unlike other billionaires (some of whom Musk counts as investors), Musk isn’t trying to build a fortress to defend against the world’s problems or wait until the end of the world, he’s built his companies to solve the problems that could bring about the end of the world — or create a hedge for humanity in the event of an apocalypse.But it’s undeniable that from climate change (with Tesla’s emphasis on reducing the use of fossil fuels); to malevolent artificial super-intelligences (with Neuralink); and the threat of global war wreaking havoc (the Mars escape plan a la SpaceX), Musk is readying a large chunk of humanity for a coming cataclysm — and trying to avert it.For Musk, the sacrifices — a divorce, a near bankruptcy, the risk of losing everything — were all steps along the path toward building a better future against the shadows of the looming horrors he sees on the horizon.When asked what a future would look like for his children, it’s one where all of his visions for humanity’s collapse are averted by the successful intervention of his own businesses.“A good future would look like… we really substantially transferred to sustainable generation and consumption of electricity,” Musk said.
Krome, who is a fish nutritionist and founder of early-stage investor and consultancy Alimentos, got the idea for the accelerator while working with Aqua-Spark, a dedicated aquaculture VC based in the Netherlands, and now an investor in Hatch.When you look at industries like IT, the entrepreneurs go to business school and they know how to talk to investors.For aquaculture that just wasn’t the case,” said Krome, “I saw a lot of good ideas badly presented.”Krome hopes Hatch will help fill some of the gaps he sees in the aquaculture startup ecosystem.We can direct smart, early-phase companies to Hatch, and as Hatch actively finds and grows early-stage startups, Aqua-Spark can absorb those that have progressed beyond accelerator.It is a holistic win for the aquaculture industry as a whole.”
They’re scared that I’m ‘cross’, that they’re going to miss a recess time again.Feeling grateful that I have one of the few classrooms whose door locks from the inside.What if she’s missing four, and I just have three?The children’s faces in the half-light show fear.I focus on what I would do if this were real.I check in specially with A, whose severe anxiety and developmental needs are making his school life hard enough already.
It lets you send money to a friend over the internet or buy something from an online retailer that accepts this method of payment.Unlike fiat currencies like the dollar and euro, Litecoin is not managed bу any authority like a central bank.It basically cuts out the middleman (banks and other financial institutions), which speeds up transactions, reduces fees, and offers anonymity.Litecoin was founded in 2011 by a former Google employee by the name of Charlie Lee.His goal was to create a cryptocurrency similar to Bitcoin that would solve some of the issues Bitcoin is facing.They give you the option of doing business without the help of banks that typically charge high fees for international money transfers, which can also take up to a few days to get through the system.
Netflix will raise the amount it spends on marketing from $1.28 billion in 2017 to $2 billion in 2018.CEO Reed Hastings, however, has said the "Holy Grail dream" is to be so good at promoting new content that Netflix wouldn't have to spend externally.Barclays said Netflix will likely end up having to spend more on marketing than a traditional TV network because of its non-linear nature.Netflix doesn’t like to spend money marketing its shows, but it may end up having to spend more on it than traditional TV networks, according to Barclays.The streaming giant has historically been averse to ponying up cash to promote its original TV shows and movies."Our sort of Holy Grail dream is that the service was so good at promoting the new content in such relevant ways that we wouldn't have to spend externally," CEO Reed Hastings said on an earnings call in January.
Spotify users are receiving emails from the company about “abnormal activity” and encouraging them to download the official Spotify app.This is a clear indication that Spotify is beginning to crack down on members who use third-party apps to get Spotify premium features for free.With Spotify soon selling shares of the company on the open market, it must abandon its conflicting views on internet piracy and crack down on TOS violations.Some Spotify users are reportedly receiving emails from the company about “abnormal activity” detected on their accounts.While the email doesn’t use the words “piracy,” “theft,” or “stealing,” it’s hard not to connect the dots: Spotify is cracking down on members who use modified apps to get premium Spotify features for free.Two Savings Accounts That Pay 10x What Your Bank Pays
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WHOOP, the company behind the Tesla of health tracking and sports performance wearables, has raised a whopping $25 million in a new round of funding.The round was comprised of a slew of prominent investment firms and individual investors including the Durant Company, the National Football League Players Association, former NBA commissioner David Stern, Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey, and MIT Media Lab Founder Nicholas Negroponte.Leading the round was a secretive firm with ties to the United Arab Emirates called UAE71 Capital while previous institutional investors Two Sigma Ventures, Accomplice, Mousse Partners, Promus Ventures, and NextView Ventures also participated in the latest round.A slew of additional individuals also came out of the woodwork to back the company including Los Angeles Chargers offensive tackle Russell Okung and Mike Novogratz, the chief executive of Galaxy Digital.Perhaps one factor contributing to the excitement of this motley assortment of investors was the company’s frankly incredible roster of customers among the elite of American sports.The wearable has been approved for universal in-game use in Major League Baseball, while also getting a partnership with the NFLPA, to track recovery times among football players.
After breaking this story last week, I wanted to follow up with a handful of details that directly address some of the other leaks floating around that I’ve confirmed through sources familiar with Battlefield V development.The image of the Battlefield V “dev build” screen from my story comes from a leaker on the Discord community channel for YouTuber Drakesden, who is known for spreading a lot of Battlefield-related information.In addition to the image, the leaker detailed a few tidbits from the game — some are accurate and some are misleading.Battlefield V — a name that could still change (EA and DICE reportedly used this as placeholder for Battlefield 1 as well) — does take place during World War II, but the leak claims it follows the German side exclusively.Battlefield V’s campaign will work a lot like Battlefield 1 with the episodic ministories that follow soldiers from all over the globe.In Battlefield 1, you played one mission as a British tank driver in France, another as an American pilot fighting off a German raid while traveling to London, and a third as a Bedouin rebel working with Lawrence of Arabia.
Program AE is short for ‘program auto exposure’ and it’s where the camera takes control of both the lens aperture and the shutter speed – the two main ways of adjusting exposure – and balances both to produce a suitable exposure.What it tries to do is set a shutter speed fast enough to avoid any risk of camera shake and a lens aperture small enough to offer good depth of field.Photographers often think this program AE mode is more for beginners than experienced users, but actually, for many everyday photographic subjects, it saves you time with a perfectly good compromise that you’d find it difficult to improve on.With basic point-and-shoot cameras, this might be the only exposure mode you get.With more advanced models you’ll get shutter-priority, aperture-priority and manual modes too.If you have a camera with ‘scene’ modes, for example, these are essentially a program AE mode, but ‘tuned’ with different shutter speed and aperture combinations
Thanks to sticking to a more conservative iteration, the Galaxy S9 barely dodged being compared to its biggest rival.Yes, there’s the AR Emoji vs. Animoji debate, that was pretty much the highest-profile one.There is, however, one that somewhat flew under the radar.Samsung’s new Intelligent Scan biometric authentication combines iris and face recognition that is a not so subtle attempt at trying to outdo Apple’s Face ID.This new-old feature is just one part of a movement that’s slowly gaining traction to remove the fingerprint scanner from phones completely.What it added, instead, was some smartness where the Galaxy S9 will know which front-facing authentication feature to use.
The 17th version of OpenStack is upon us."Queens" landed on March 1st, with virtual GPU support in the Nova virtualization module the headline feature.Virtual GPUs make a lot of sense for OpenStack users in the context of another addition: the "Cyborg" framework for managing hardware and software acceleration resources.Cyborg's designed to handle GPUs and hardware like FPGAs, CryptoCards or fast packet processing libraries like DPDK/SPDK.Container users may also appreciate the new Kuryr CNI Daemon, which lets Kubernetes-tended microservices scale by allowing automated scaling without too many calls to K8s APIs.Queens also makes it easier to deploy OpenStack services as containers with the new LOCI module.
“Give me 15 minutes and I’ll change your life.”This was the caption on Tunde Wey’s Instagram post announcing a pop-up for the month of February in the Roux Carré outdoor food court in New Orleans.After the guests order from a menu that includes dishes like fermented cassava dumpling and fried plantains with palm oil-blanched peppers, the experience starts to differ from the other stalls in the food court.After they order, Wey tells each diner about the nation’s racial wealth gap, pointing to stark facts, such as higher education increases a Black family’s median income by $60,000, where as it increases a white family’s median income by $113,000.At the end of his speech, Wey presents his guests with two options: White customers can either pay $12 for lunch or the suggested price of $30.And Wey and his team run the pop-up—which continued Wey’s history of using food to explore issues of race, class, and justice—like a cross between a social practice art project and a social experiment, collecting data from diners while they waited for their food through a survey that asks questions such as, “have you ever inherited money or received gifts from family like a car, college tuition payments or other high value gifts?” If diners respond yes, they are asked how this has changed their lives.
Our first take of the Google Clips, the newest self-proclaimed automatic camera that promises to be there for the moments you might miss, struck a chord with me.I worry about forgetting moments.Papers from my childhood still sit stacked in my parents' basement like sedimentary layers.That's why the Clips and similar "digital memory" products have always tempted me.It's why I leave Apple's Live Photos turned on, even as it fills up my phone's limited storage space: I'm afraid some key moment before or after the "real" snapshot will be lost to the sands of time.I don't delete my old photos I take -- they just pile up, in ridiculous numbers.
To some of us, Facebook is just a social network, but over the past few years, it’s been attempting to become much more than that.From sending money to friends to getting rid of stuff you’re not using, Facebook has rolled out a number of different services to become a one-stop shop of sorts.More recently, we’ve seen Facebook attempt to take the fight to LinkedIn by hosting job listings.Job listings saw a limited launch last year in the US and Canada, and it seems that test was a success.Facebook announced today that it’s rolling out its jobs site in an additional 40 countries around the world, allowing swathes of new users the chance to find and apply for local jobs quickly.This is one area where Facebook may have an advantage over LinkedIn.
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Frances Frei, who joined Uber last June as the company’s first-ever SVP of leadership and strategy, is leaving the company, Recode first reported.Frei’s plan is to remain as an advisor at Uber while moving on to create a new leadership development program for people of color and women at other companies.“Frances has made an incredible contribution to Uber at a critical time in our company’s history, from building and running a first-of-its-kind leadership and education program to helping our new leaders be set up for success,” an Uber spokesperson told TechCrunch.“We are delighted that Frances will continue to serve as an advisor to Uber and teach the Harvard Executive Education program she designed.”A lot has happened during her time at Uber, including the firing of 20 people following the sexual harassment probe and Travis Kalanick resigning after receiving pressure from a handful of investors to do so.Then, of course, Uber brought on now-former Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi to serve as its new CEO.