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Charter Communications, the parent company of Spectrum, has agreed to a $174.2 million settlement with Attorney General Barbara Underwood, following the 2017 lawsuit that saw the AG’s office sue the internet provider over misleading internet speeds.The lawsuit, led by then-Attorney General Eric Schneiderman alleged that speeds were up to 80 percent slower than advertised.According to the New York Daily News, the $174.2 million payout will come in two forms: $62.5 million that will be refunded to 700,000 active customers (each will get between $75 and $150) and an additional $110 million in free streaming services and premium cable channels distributed to 2.2 million subscribers in New York.According to Underwood, the total settlement adds up to “the largest-ever consumer payout by an internet service provider.” BREAKING: We’ve secured a record $174.2 million settlement with Charter-Spectrum for defrauding New Yorkers and promising internet speeds they couldn’t deliver.I want every ISP to listen closely: fulfill your promises, or pay the price.
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Was the third dog is gun-shy – but Ford's doghouse can save the new year.The built-in sound system and sends out opposing frequencies that suppresses the sound of the fireworks.new year's eve is approaching and with it many dog owners ' worst hours.About 45 percent of the dogs in the Uk is estimated to be afraid of fireworks, writes Ford Europe.Ford has created a doghouse that has been provided with the same noise-cancelling technology used in headphones, and recently also in the automotive industry.When hundkojans microphones detects the sound of the fireworks so activates a built-in sound system – and by emitting opposing frequencies are eliminated to a large part of the noise.
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Today, an increasing number of Chinese companies and startups are looking to innovate and sail abroad.At 2018 DTech International conference, Zuo Xiao, senior manager of strategic programs at Indiegogo, spoke about what the challenges and opportunities for Chinese entrepreneurs building international brands.In June, the company decided to expand its efforts in Asia and launched a Global Fast-Track Program aiming to help bring Chinese entrepreneurs to international markets.Compared to other crowdfunding sites, Indiegogo emphasizes more heavily on technology and design innovations.“In the years following China’s reform and opening-up, the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area has produced many brand-oriented enterprises, too numerous to enumerate,” said Zuo.Despite the emergence of home-grown brands and products, starting from this year many began to stumble—not just issues with money or getting new products to market.
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Qualcomm has said it believes Apple to still be in violation of a Chinese court order to stop selling certain iPhone models, despite a software update pushed through by the tech giant yesterday.The Californian company is currently embroiled in an ongoing global dispute with chipmaker Qualcomm, of which the court order is just one of a dozen lawsuits.Qualcomm said earlier this month that a court in China found Apple had infringed two of its software patents, and ordered an immediate halt on sales of all iPhone models from the 6S to the X. Apple has filed an appeal against the decision, and carried out a software update for these phones "to address any possible concern about our compliance with the order"."Despite Apple’s efforts to downplay the significance of the order and its claims of various ways it will address the infringement, Apple apparently continues to flout the legal system by violating the injunctions," Don Rosenberg, Qualcomm's general counsel, told Reuters in a statement late last night.Rosenburg added that yesterday's software update was a "deliberate attempt to obfuscate and misdirect" the court order, and that it must stop selling phones immediately.Both Apple's iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 remained available for sale on its Chinese website this morning, City A.M. confirmed.
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Under the guidance of Shalin Mantri, a former product lead at Uber for its advanced technologies group, Skip is gearing up to make its scooters smarter and improve its businesses unit economics.“It’s no secret now — it was probably a dirty secret of the industry, you know, a few months ago — that it’s hard to make money, and some of the biggest challenges to doing that are the cost of charging, the lifetime of the battery, the repair costs, the depreciation of these things being used in a fleet use case and the last is vandalism and theft, which is another big issue.”What Mantri is referring to is the fact that investors, who have poured millions of dollars into electric scooter startups like Bird and Lime, are now pumping the breaks on funding due to the difficulty of the business.In Washington, D.C., Skip recently started testing 200 scooters with rear-facing cameras to look for whether people are riding on the sidewalk, parking compliance and generally safe riding behavior.Skip, however, has yet to determine what it will do with the data collected from the cameras.“I think we’ll experiment with both approaches — which is providing sort of real-time feedback and saying, ‘hey, we think this isn’t parked correctly — please move it to the side” or while you’re riding on the sidewalk, sound a little bell and that’s your signal to try to get off the sidewalk,” Mantri told TechCrunch.
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A woman who pretended to have cancer and claimed over £250,000 from her then husband, his family and the public has been jailed for four years.Jasmin Mistry, from Loughborough, was sentenced at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Friday December 14, after pleading guilty to one count of fraud by false representation on October 24, according to the Metropolitan Police.Mistry first told her husband she had cancer in 2013, using a different Sim card to send herself fake WhatsApp messages pretending to be her doctor confirming the diagnosis in order to support her claim.In December 2014, the 36-year-old told her husband she had six months to live after being diagnosed with brain cancer.Using further fake messages from her doctor, she said she could be treated in the US but it would cost around £500,000.Her husband then contacted family and friends to ask for donations for her treatment.
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Spammers could well be looking for youTinder for job-seekers ZipRecruiter has copped to a data breach after the names and email addresses of job-seekers were flung to the wind in a permissions screw-up.The company – which claims over seven million active job-seekers each month and 40 million job alert email subscribers – has been running since 2010 with operations in the US and UK.But with impressive growth comes impressive growing pains, and a permissions cock-up at ZipRecruiter has meant that hopeful job-seekers, having uploaded their CV, have had their personal details shared in a way they might not have expected.In the email, sent to those lucky users and seen by The Register, the company says:On October 5th, we discovered that certain employer user accounts that were not intended to have access to the CV Database were able to obtain access to information including the first name, last name and email addresses of some job seekers who had submitted their CVs to our CV database.
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Even if you didn't post this photo to Facebook, a security flaw could have shown it to hundreds of developers.The social network disclosed a photo API bug on Friday, which affected up to 6.8 million people on 1,500 apps connected to Facebook, the company said in a statement on Friday.The flaw comes from when you give permission for an app to access your photos on Facebook -- like when Tinder uses your photos to set up your profile.The bug was caused by an error in a code update in September, Facebook said.The API is only supposed to allow the third-party app to public photos that you shared on your timeline, but the bug gave developers on these apps complete access to other pictures, even ones that you uploaded but never posted."For example, if someone uploads a photo to Facebook but doesn't finish posting it - maybe because they've lost reception or walked into a meeting - we store a copy of that photo so the person has it when they come back to the app to complete their post," Tomer Bar, Facebook's engineering director, said in the post.
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Vox Media has affiliate partnerships.These do not influence editorial content, though Vox Media may earn commissions for products purchased via affiliate links.For more information, see our ethics policy.Google is offering yet another discount on the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, its latest flagship smartphones known for their impressive cameras — particularly in the dark.As is the trend with most deals that are popping up around now, this offer from Google isn’t quite as good as what we saw over the Black Friday and Cyber Monday weekend.Still, this is probably as good as it’s going to get for an unlocked Pixel 3 this holiday.
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Netflix’s cancellation of Marvel’s Daredevil was a blow to many, but few more than Charlie Cox—the actor who played Daredevil himself, Matt Murdock.After a week of silence, he’s finally come out and said his piece.“A lot of us really expected to keep going, and I certainly did,” Cox told Entertainment Weekly.“The truth is, I felt like we had a lot of stories to tell, and although I understand [the cancellation], I’m very saddened by that.”Though Daredevil debuted on Netflix in 2015, Cox was cast as the character in the summer of 2014.That’s four and a half years, a long time to be playing one character in this day and age.
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Japan will reportedly ban government purchases of Huawei and ZTE equipment to avoid hacks and intelligence leaks.The country's government is likely to tweak its procurement rules to exclude the Chinese companies as soon as Monday, Reuters reported Friday, citing the Yomiuri newspaper.The news follows reports that the US is working to persuade its foreign allies, including Japan, to avoid using Huawei equipment in their wireless and internet services, warning of cybersecurity risks.The Japanese government will avoid specifically naming the two companies in the altered rules for fear of damaging relations with China, but they'll be tailored to steer clear of companies it suspects pose a national security threat, sources told the outlets.It may also ban products from Japanese companies that use Huawei and ZTE parts.On Wednesday, Britain's BT announced plans to remove Huawei equipment from its core 4G network within two years and exclude the company from the vendor selection for its 5G core.
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The movie was great when it was just having a good time, instead of trying too hard to make us take it seriously.Robin Hood has been out for a week now and isn’t exactly doing well at the box office, earning only $22 million (£17 million) so far against a $100 million (£78 million) budget.It just wanted to look cool.I sent her a list of anachronistic things I noticed in Robin Hood and asked her to enlighten me on whether they would have actually existed in the Middle Ages.In the film, Robin Hood (Taron Egerton) is drafted to fight in the Third Crusade, issued by the Sheriff of Nottingham (Ben Mendelsohn).They could be strongly encouraged to go, as evidenced by the preaching tours of crusade sermons that abounded at the time.
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Plans for EU-wide digital services tax to prevent tax evasion were struck down this week as the proposal didn’t receive unanimous support from all 28 member states.This happened despite Germany and France‘s attempt to reach a consensus by proposing a bill full of concessions, which would specifically target behemoths like Google and Facebook.France isn’t taking the results lying down.French finance minister, Bruno Le Maire, has now upped the ante by announcing France‘s plans to enact its own tax on digital revenue in March 2019, if EU members cannot agree on a similar tax for the union, Reuters reports.“I am giving myself until March to reach a deal on a European tax on digital giants,” Le Maire told France 2 television.“If it doesn’t work out, we will do it at a national level, from 2019,”
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Vad som skulle hända om en asteroid kraschade ner i ett hav på vår jord har det spekulerats om i flera filmer, som Armageddon eller Deep Impact.Nu har amerikanska forskare visat vad som skulle hända på riktigt i en simulering.Det är det amerikanska nationella centret för atmosfärforskning (NCAR) som har publicerat en video som illustrerar vad som skulle hända vid en asteroidkrasch, rapporterar Mashable.Simulationen är baserad på data som har sammanställts av Los Alamos nationella laboratoriumsforskare Galen R. Gisler och Jon M. Patchett.I videon kan du se en jämförelse av en asteroid med en diameter på 250 meter slå ner i två variationer.En visar upp ett nedslag utan en luftbrisad, medan den andra simulerar en luftbrisad där asteroiden bryts upp i flera bitar innan den slår ner.
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The initial public preview includes a new start window experience to get developers into their code faster, increased coding space, a new search experience, more refactoring capabilities, smarter debugging, AI-powered assistance with IntelliCode, and built-in access to Visual Studio Live Share.The new start window on launch is designed to work better with today’s Git repositories, including local repos, Git repos on GitHub, and Azure Repos.Git aside, you can still open a project or a solution or create a new one of either.Visual Studio’s UI and UX have also received subtle changes, such as a new product icon, a cleaner blue theme, and a more compact title and menu bar.It lets you find settings and commands and install options, and it even supports fuzzy string searching.Visual Studio 2019 improves the code maintainability and consistency experiences with new refactoring capabilities — such as changing for-loops to LINQ queries and converting tuples to named-structs.
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Quora said today that a security breach may have compromised data from about 100 million users.In an email sent to users today and a blog post by CEO Adam D’Angelo, the company said a “malicious third party” gained unauthorized access to Quora’s systems on Friday.Its internal security teams and a “leading digital forensics and security form” are currently investigating the breach.Law enforcement officials have also been notified.The company believes it has identified the root cause of the breach and “taken steps to address the issue, although our investigation is ongoing and we’ll continue to make security improvements.” Quora also added that anonymous questions and answers were not affected by the breach because it does not store the identities of people who make anonymous postings.The company is currently notifying users whose data was compromised and logging out all Quora users who may have been affected as a security precaution.
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Singapore ride-hailing company Grab is in advanced discussions to invest US$100 million (Rs 697.7 crore) in Oyo Hotels & Homes as part of the Indian hospitality chain’s ongoing US$1 billion funding round.Grab, which acquired rival Uber’s Southeast Asian business in March, is expected to close the deal over the next few days, according to two people briefed on the matter.The potential funding will be reportedly made through Grab entity A1 Holdings.Last year, Oyo entered the Indonesian market, where Grab has also been increasingly present as it battles with rival Go-Jek.In August this year, their managing director for Indonesia, Ridzki Kramadibrata, said the company’s venture arm Grab Ventures would invest US$250 million in Indonesian startups, including those in sectors like mobility, food, and “other online-to-offline challenges.”News of this possible investment comes just days after Go-Jek announced its entry into Singapore.
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SpaceX and Boeing hope to launch NASA astronauts inside commercial spaceships for the first time next year.Elon Musk may also test-launch his rocket company's "Starship" spacecraft.That's not to say 2018 will be an easy act to follow.January 1: NASA's New Horizons probe will fly by Ultima Thule, the farthest object humanity has ever tried to visitAfter NASA's New Horizons spacecraft flew past Pluto in July 2015, the robot kept going.The object is in the Kuiper Belt, about 4 billion miles from Earth, and researchers think it's a peanut-shaped rock.
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Hyundai expanded its SUV lineup at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show with a flagship model named Palisade.The South Korean firm started from scratch to create the Palisade.It’s a new nameplate built on a new, SUV-specific platform, and it takes the company’s design language to an unprecedented level of boldness that buyers will either love or hate.Shift-by-wire technology allowed designers to save space by replacing it with buttons on the center console.There are also 16 cupholders, meaning each passenger can travel with two drinks.Rest assured that no one will die of thirst in the Palisade.
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Though an astounding 86% of B2C marketers use content marketing, the successful ones represent a smaller percentage.Recognized as the first watch company built on a direct-to-consumer model, MVMT smartly leverages influencer partnerships and multimedia storytelling with the appeal of almost global grandeur.It does this via its blog – targeting on-the-move go-getters who live life on their own terms.Gone is boring product-focused content and self-promotional jargon.By connecting these influencers with its blog, MVMT can see the benefit of content amplification and greater credibility because these influencers often have a lot of Instagram followers (which works well for visually impressive content like MVMT’s) and have become recognized voices in their respective niches.BONUS TIP: MVMT’s blog isn’t limited to text.
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