Kevin Murphy

Kevin Murphy

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The European Union is inching closer to enacting sweeping copyright legislation that would require platforms like Google, Facebook to pay publishers for the privilege of displaying their content to users, as well as monitoring copyright infringement by users on the sites and services they manage.That’s set to open a Pandora’s Box of problems that could completely derail your internet experience, because it’d essentially disallow platforms from displaying content from other sources.In a screenshot shared with Search Engine Land, Google illustrated how this might play out in its search results for news articles:As you can see, the page looks empty, because it’s been stripped of all copyrighted content – headlines, summaries and images from articles from various publishers.Google almost certainly won’t display unusable results like these, but it will probably only feature content from publishers it’s cut deals with (and it’s safe to assume that’s easier for larger companies than small ones).That would reduce the number of sources of information you’ll be able to discover through the search engine, and it’ll likely lead to a drop in traffic for media outlets.
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In the space of just one week, actor Ncuti Gatwa has gone from complete unknown to a breakout star in one of the most talked-about new shows at the moment.Everyone had a blast making this thing in Wales for four months last year, everyone was so excited about it and so invested in it.It definitely makes a change from getting the 243 bus from Tottenham.”He goes on to say he’s had an “emotional” time reading messages from fans who relate to Eric’s story, revealing: “The amount of love and support for the show is absolutely incredible, and I’ve had so many lovely messages from people that have watched it and gotten behind it, and taken so much from Eric’s journey and the other characters in the show.“I’m walking around and seeing billboards with my face on it, people are sending me photos of posters they’ve seen in Holland and America and all that stuff, I can’t believe how much support the show has got.But I definitely am very humbled and grateful for everything.
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Today, Twitter disclosed a bug persisting from 2014 on its platform that affected protected tweets and accounts on Android.The company said the bug – active between November 2014 and January 2019 – switched off the “Turn your tweets private” option when users made changes to their account, like updating the email address associated with their account.That means private tweets from your protected accounts were not actually private after you turned on the necessary setting in the Android app.The company said it has now fixed the issue.Luckily, people using the iOS app and site were not affected.Twitter apologized for the issue said that it has informed the affected people:
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It will now be even tougher for the four big streaming services scheduled to debut in the next year—from Disney, AT, Apple and NBCUniversal—to catch up with Netflix.The streaming giant now has 139 million subscribers worldwide, 58.5 million of which are U.S. subscribers, it said today in a shareholders letter.That’s up from 110 million a year ago.Netflix estimates it commands 10 percent of all U.S. TV screen time.“Our focus is not on Disney+, Amazon or others, but on how we can improve our experience for our members,” said the shareholders letter.Furthermore, “We compete with (and lose to) Fornite more than HBO.”
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If LG is planning to wow the crowd at MWC 2019, it will probably not be with the LG G8, most likely called the LG G8 ThinQ.That is if LG is still going to stick with the G naming.Its titular flagship, the G8, codenamed “Alpha”, is probably going to be positioned as the smartphone “for everyone else” that’s not interested in fancy foldable screens, sliders, or other gimmicks.But if the details that arrived together with these 3D renders are the real deal, consumers might have little reason to prefer the LG G8 over last year’s LG V40 ThinQ.For one, the design hasn’t changed that much actually.You still have a notched screen in front with what seems to actually be an even thicker forehead.
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Construction giant Carillion earned £205m from a contract to build a multi-million pound hospital despite completing just 10% of the work before it went bust.New figures show that Carillion, which collapsed under a mounting debt pile in January last year, pocketed the money for starting the Midland Metropolitan hospital in Smethwick, West Midlands.In response to a written parliamentary question, the government conceded this week that the firm managed to finish less than 10% of the building’s mechanical, engineering and plumbing works before it folded.Carillion had already delayed Midland Met’s opening date by a year, and now the mega-hospital won’t open until 2022, four years later than originally planned.Before it went bust, Carillion sought to blame Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust for running a bid process that meant it would struggle to build the hospital on budget.It said that the trust’s focus on costs, combined with Carillion’s own business model – described by MPs as “an unsustainable dash for cash” – meant it struggled to keep the project profitable, a board meeting heard.
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Over the past 15 years, Benny Gold became one of the premier streetwear designers in San Francisco by parlaying his fame as a skateboarder into his own eponymous brand of shirts, hats and outerwear.His flagship Valenica Street shop became a tourist destination and mainstay of the city’s historic Mission District.But this week, Gold surprised the Bay Area skate community and his thousands of social media followers with the news that he would be closing the store and ending most production on the brand.From designing party flyers, sticker bombing the streets of SF, and producing T-shirts for myself and friends, I would have never guessed that years later my eponymous brand would grow into what it is today.Thank you all for the support and love!A post shared by Benny Gold (@bennygold) on Jan 15, 2019 at 11:07am PST
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At last week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the 200,000 attendees—not to mention everyone else following from afar—were, like most years, promised the future.There were, like most years, plenty of internet-connected devices, virtual reality and augmented reality announcements and demos, half-baked or nearly cooked 5G cars and phones and adorable robots.And yet, despite all of the innovation on display at the Las Vegas Convention Center, agency executives scouting the showroom floor said nothing necessarily stood out.Sheldon Monteiro, chief technology officer of SapientRazorfish, said the incremental innovation of tech at CES is almost described by some “in a lamenting sort of way.”“But the thing is, there are very few years where you have these [breakout announcements],” he said.“But in my view it doesn’t mean they aren’t absolutely great years.”
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The Albuquerque BioPark zoo in New Mexico has welcomed a knobby-kneed baby giraffe.He has big eyes, a punkish hairdo and lots of little spots around his head.Star Trek fans know Neelix, played by Ethan Phillips, as the mostly Talaxian alien from Voyager who loves to cook as part of Captain Janeway's crew.He, just like the giraffe, sports a punkish hairdo and lots of little spots around his head.(Disclosure: Voyager airs on CBS, parent company of CNET.)BioPark officially announced the calf's birth and name on Thursday.
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If we needed further proof that Google remains committed to wearables, here it is: the tech giant just paid Fossil Group $40 million (about £31m, AU$55m) for unspecified smartwatch intellectual property (IP) that the company had been developing.As part of the deal, some of Fossil Group’s R team that had been supporting the tech IP will join Google, according to a press release.The latter company won’t be making off with everyone, the release noted: Fossil will still have 200 R employees on the books.The acquisition is intended to help the wearables space as a whole, TechRadar gathered after reaching out to Google, though the company wouldn't specify further.What we do know: Google and Fossil Group will coordinate to develop this new technology in the form of a new kind of product.“What we’re doing here is bringing a new category of product out there that’s not out there yet,” Fossil Group Executive Vice President Greg McKelvey told Tom's Guide.
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Apple is the good company, Cook seems to be saying, and by the way, would you like to buy an iPhone?Yes, at face value, it appears that Tim Cook is making the rare effort of publishing a bunch of words in an international publication to distract from Apple’s recent revenue woes.This is probably partially true, although Cook’s piece is part of Time’s Davos 2019 package, where everyone from Justin Trudeau to Jane Goodall contributed thoughts on global issues.But this privacy screed was an especially rare statement from the Apple CEO at a uniquely tortured time for his company.What makes this Tim Cook op-ed different from the others is that the message is directly relevant to Apple’s business interests.A couple years ago, he co-bylined a column about the fate of the “dreamers” with Charles Koch in the Washington Post.
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Google is hiking the price of two of its G Suite subscriptions, its collection of apps that replace Microsoft Office, support video conferencing, and live chat.It’s the first price increase for the services in a decade, the search giant says.Depending on which plan you’re on, you could see the cost rise by 20-percent.Google launched G Suite back in mid-2006, as Google Apps for Work.Consumers had free access to those apps, but enterprise customers wanting to use their own domain, add extra storage, or gain additional administrative tools and support could pay a monthly or annual fee.Now, two of the three plans Google currently offers are getting a price increase.
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We've scoured the top retailers to find today's best online deals that we think are worthy of your time.The standout deals include the best-selling Amazon Echo smart speaker for $74.99, a 55-inch 4K Smart TV for $289.99, and the Amazon's Choice Conico Wi-Fi Smart Power Strip for $26.99.For a limited time, you can get the Aukey Bluetooth headphones on sale at Amazon for $16.89 when you apply the coupon code AUKEY4EP at checkout.The top-rated wireless earbuds provide up to 8 hours of battery life and come with three different sized ear-tips for ultimate comfort.Shop more of today's top deals below.Amazon Echo (2nd Generation) $99.99 $74.99 at AmazonThe best-selling 2nd generation Echo is on sale for $74.99.
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Breach includes 22 million passwordsCollection 1: a data trove of over 2.6 billion rows of stolen passwords and email addresses has been discovered on a hacker forum, sparking new concerns over the damage that data breaches can cause.Australian cybersecurity expert and Microsoft staffer Troy Hunt was tipped off about the data collection and when he went to investigate he found 772,904,991 unique email addresses publicly displayed.The collection totaled more than 12,000 separate files amassing 87GB of data and contained 21,222,975 unique passwords.Mr Hunt wrote a blog post on his website exposing the stolen data breach, one in which he too states he was a victim: “My own personal data is in there and it’s accurate; right email address and a password I used many years ago.”The breach has been named Collection 1 after the title the hackers gave the root folder.
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Two of Snap's most senior executives have teamed up to form a new security startup called TerraTrue.TerraTrue CEO Jad Boutros was formerly chief security officer at Snap and left in January 2018.Cofounder Chris Handman was general counsel at Snap until the summer of 2017.TerraTrue is based in San Francisco and wants to make it easier to bake security and privacy into product development.Two former Snap executives have joined forces on a new security startup called TerraTrue.Chris Handman, his cofounder, was Snap's general counsel until the middle of 2017.
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“Our current plans indicate that it will take around 110 years to complete our core mission of nuclear clean-up and waste management”The Nuclear Decommission Authority (NDA) has begun the long process of removing radioactive waste from one of four legacy ponds located in Sellafield, the nuclear fuel reprocessing and decommissioning site in Cumbria.Controllable robotic arms manufactured by Swedish machine designers Brokk are being used to gather up radioactive sludge currently dumped in a pond designated D-Bay.D-Bay holds a significant amount of nuclear waste with some estimates placing it at 700 tonnes.The legacy pond D-bay is a highly radioactive area making it difficult to operate in.Robotic arms have been attached to an overhead crane that can move the arms into different positions above the pond before they are submerged into the radioactive water.
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IBM will support data centre cloud migrationsIBM has inked a landmark $325 million cloud migration contract with California-based Juniper Networks, the networking company that provides routers, switches and software-defined networking capabilities.The seven-year agreement will see IBM manage the cloud transition of Juniper’s infrastructure, applications, and IT services, data centers, and help manage support systems for its desks and data and voice networks.IBM Juniper Networks Deal: Includes Automated Services SupportThe two will use the semi-automated IBM Services Platform with Watson to help manage Juniper’s support systems, they said in a release.It was not immediately clear if the deal also involves IBM’s own cloud provision.
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But what if that customer later signs up for another account using a new phone number?Didi Chuxing is China’s largest ride-sharing platform, offering taxi, carpooling and other transport services.Having driven Uber out of China in 2016, Didi is actively growing its international footprint through various partnerships.The Chinese ride-hailing giant is currently running an online poll about the idea: Should passengers be required to register with their real names and national ID?At least two female riders on its Hitch service (a carpooling function similar to UberPool and Lyft’s Share Rides) were raped and killed.It looks like many of those who responded to the poll support introducing real-name registration.
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The chief technology officer (CTO) of food delivery platform Meituan Dianping, Luo Daofeng, has reportedly left his post for a position at live-streaming company Kuaishou.Luo began working for the new company on Jan. 14, but won’t become Kuaishou’s CTO, a source told 36kr (in Chinese).An employee said that Luo is currently a part-time consultant, and will direct technical work in the future.Live-streaming and short-video platform Kuaishou has gained popularity among users in lower-tier cities and rural areas.With the rise of the platform’s e-commerce features, China’s impoverished farming communities have found new ways to expand their income by selling fresh produce or through ecotourism.A Kuaishou representative declined to comment when contacted by TechNode.
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The first edition of Amazon's Great Indian Festival sale for 2019 is scheduled to take place from 20th to 23rd of January.Amazon Prime subscribers, however, will have Early Access to the sale from 12 PM on 19th January.The sale will take place on all platforms- the desktop site, the mobile site, and the mobile app.Bank partners for the sale are HDFC- there is an instant 10% discount on HDFC bank cards.No-Cost EMI will be available on over 10 crore products.Amazon has revealed that it will offer discounts of up to 60% on Electronics, along with several Credit and Debit Card EMI options, as well as cashbacks across all categories.
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