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Google reveals the breathtaking amount of Earth it has now mapped and photographed
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For 12 years now, Google's Street View cars have traversed roadways around the globe with that unmistakable camera rig affixed to the roof which bit by bit has captured sprawling megacities, less populated towns and hamlets and everything in between. On Friday, the search giant pulled back the curtain a little more on its ongoing effort to map the globe, revealing the breathtaking amount of the planet the company has now mapped and photographed.

To date, the company says its Steet View cars (and trekkers, which are camera rigs that are manually lugged where cars can't go) have captured so many billions of images that Google has now collected more than 10 million miles of Street View imagery. To put that in perspective, that amount of Google Street View imagery would circle the globe more than 400 times.

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Google reveals the breathtaking amount of Earth it has now mapped and photographed originally appeared on BGR.com on Sat, 14 Dec 2019 at 15:11:54 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.


Oculus Go VR headset just dropped to its lowest price ever – only $129.99
Oculus Go Price Drop

Would you have ever thought even just a few short years ago that a wildly popular standalone VR headset would be priced so low that it's basically an impulse buy? We sure wouldn't have thought that, but here we are on Saturday and the Oculus Go Standalone Virtual Reality Headset is on sale at its lowest price ever starting at just $129.99! To put that in perspective, you could buy FIVE of these popular VR headsets and still spend $50 less than you would on Apple's cheapest iPhone 11 model! Definitely grab one while they're on sale and make someone's holiday this year... even if it's your own!

Oculus Go Standalone Virtual Reality Headset - 32GB: $129.99

Oculus Go Standalone Virtual Reality Headset - 64GB: $199.00

Here's the scoop from the product page:

  • Personal Viewing: The littlest, big screen. Crystal clear optics and state-of-the-art 3D graphics make your headset feel more like a personal theater
  • Viewing with Friends: Watch with friends. Meet up in VR with friends and fans from around the world to catch live sports, concerts, or just your favorite TV show
  • Portable & Easy to use: Ready when you are. Experience portable, all-in-one VR. That means no PC, phone, wires or hassles
  • Controller: Effortless control. Whether it's navigating to your favorite shows or to a far-off land, the intuitive controller makes getting there a cinch
  • Built-In Audio: Surrounded by sound. Spatial audio drivers are built right into the headset, providing dramatic, immersive sound without the need for bulky or tangled headphones. Oculus Go also features a 3.5 mm audio jack

Oculus Go Standalone Virtual Reality Headset - 32GB: $129.99

Oculus Go Standalone Virtual Reality Headset - 64GB: $199.00

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Oculus Go VR headset just dropped to its lowest price ever – only $129.99 originally appeared on BGR.com on Sat, 14 Dec 2019 at 14:22:06 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.


The 12 most anticipated video games of 2020
Most anticipated games 2020

As I alluded to in last year's list of my most anticipated games of 2019, this year was for all intents and purposes the last full year of the generation. Next holiday season, Sony will launch the PlayStation 5 while Microsoft will launch the Xbox Series X, and although both are expected to be backwards compatible with games from the current generation, many game studios have already begun to redirect their efforts to next-gen development.

But there are still plenty of games to look forward to next year, even if the generation is winding down. Below, we've collected our 12 most anticipated games expected to launch within the next twelve months.

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The 12 most anticipated video games of 2020 originally appeared on BGR.com on Sat, 14 Dec 2019 at 13:33:52 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.


Fitbit Versa 2 smartwatch is back down to its Black Friday price
Fitbit Versa 2 Smartwatch Sale

Aside from the Apple Watch — which is somehow on sale right now on Amazon for less than it was on Black Friday — there's no question that the Fitbit Versa 2 is the hottest smartwatch out there. It packs all the features people loved in the original model, but it's also sleeker, has better battery life, and has Alexa built in! It's a terrific value indeed at $200, but it's available again on Amazon at its Black Friday price of just $129.95. Definitely check it out!

Fitbit Versa 2 Health & Fitness Smartwatch with Heart Rate, Music, Alexa Built-in, Sleep & Swim…: $129.95

Here are the highlights from the product page:

  • Use Amazon Alexa Built in to get quick news and information, check the weather, set timers and alarms, control your smart home devices and more all through the sound of your voice (third party app may be required; Amazon Alexa not available in all countries)
  • Based on your heart rate, time asleep and restlessness, Sleep Score helps you better understand your sleep quality each night; Also track your time in light, deep and REM sleep stages and get personal insights
  • Control your Spotify app, download Pandora stations and add Deezer playlists plus store and play 300+ songs on your wrist (subscription required; Pandora is US only)
  • With a larger display and an always on option, your information’s always a quick glance away (always on display requires more frequent charging)
  • Track heart rate 24/ 7, steps, distance, calories burned, hourly activity, active minutes and floors climbed
  • Works around the clock with 6 plus day battery life (varies with use and other factors)
  • Get call, text, calendar and smartphone app notifications when your phone is nearby; Plus send quick replies and voice replies on Android only

Fitbit Versa 2 Health & Fitness Smartwatch with Heart Rate, Music, Alexa Built-in, Sleep & Swim…: $129.95

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Fitbit Versa 2 smartwatch is back down to its Black Friday price originally appeared on BGR.com on Sat, 14 Dec 2019 at 12:44:19 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.


‘Avengers: Endgame’ script reveals a major MCU villain was supposed to have a cameo
Avengers Endgame Script

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is just a few days away, but the movie is hardly able to match the excitement and buzz that surrounded Avengers: Endgame. Thanks to Infinity War, Avengers 4 was the most talked-about piece of entertainment in town, in a year that brought us not only the end of Marvel’s Infinity Saga but also the final season of Game of Thrones — and now, the last movie in the third Star Wars trilogy.

With nearly eight months gone since the Endgame’s premiere, we’re still talking about it, as we’ve been getting plenty of new information in the past few weeks. The film premiered on Disney+, complete with an exciting bundle of deleted scenes that are still fun to watch, even though they didn’t make it to the final cut — especially one that would have significantly altered the course of events. At the same time, Disney is pushing the film for award considerations, which means we now have the full script available online and it's another source of exciting Endgame Easter eggs. Like the fact that a different major MCU villain was supposed to have a cameo in the film at one point before Marvel decided it to cut it from the final version.

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‘Avengers: Endgame’ script reveals a major MCU villain was supposed to have a cameo originally appeared on BGR.com on Sat, 14 Dec 2019 at 12:05:27 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.


Sony’s true wireless earbuds crush AirPods Pro, and today they’re on sale for $50 less
AirPods Pro Price

Apple's AirPods Pro were discounted for the first time ever during Black Friday and Cyber Week this year, and you should definitely be happy if you got them on sale. If you didn't already buy a pair though, we have excellent news: the Sony WF1000XM3 Noise Cancelling True Wireless Earbuds are back on sale today for the first time since Cyber Monday. For $50 less than AirPods Pro, you get buds with far better sound quality, deeper bass, a more comfortable fit, and immeasurably better noise cancelling tech. We're not sure any decision has ever been easier, to be honest.

Sony WF-1000XM3 Industry Leading Noise Canceling Truly Wireless Earbuds, Black: $198.00

Here's more info from the product page:

  • Industry leading noise canceling with HD Noise Canceling Processor QN1e
  • 24bit Audio signal processing delivers dramatically improved sound quality
  • Battery life up to 24 hours with carrying case (with 10min quick charge for 90min of play time
  • Truly wireless design with uninterrupted L/R simultaneous Bluetooth transmission
  • Smart listening by adaptive sound control automatically switches to ambient sound mode based on your activity
  • Quick attention mode and wearing detection make conversations effortless. Frequency Response (Bluetooth Communication):20 Hz–20,000 Hz
  • N the box: Charging case, Triple comfort earbuds (S, M, L × 2) long hybrid silicone rubber earbuds (stainless, S, M, L × 2), card, operating instruction, Reference guide, USB Type C cable (Approx. 20cm)

Sony WF-1000XM3 Industry Leading Noise Canceling Truly Wireless Earbuds, Black: $198.00

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Sony’s true wireless earbuds crush AirPods Pro, and today they’re on sale for $50 less originally appeared on BGR.com on Sat, 14 Dec 2019 at 11:12:48 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.


This new navigation app has smart features you won’t find in Waze or Google Maps
Waze Directions App

It’s particularly crowded everywhere this time of year, not just because of the moody weather, but also because everyone is going places. Traveling during the holidays can be a massive chore, especially if it involves lots of driving. And while there are at least a couple of great apps to help you out with directions and all sorts of relevant navigation data, it turns out they have a massive flaw, one that a newcomer is looking to fix.

Sure, Waze will warn you about all sorts of incidents, snowy roads included, and Google Maps will show you great places to eat, and tell you whether the next train is crowded. But neither will tell you when it’s best to stop to make the most of your journey while on a drive. There's one app that will, and that's why you’re probably going to want to check out Nexit on the iPhone this Christmas.

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This new navigation app has smart features you won’t find in Waze or Google Maps originally appeared on BGR.com on Sat, 14 Dec 2019 at 10:33:18 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.


Apple Watch Series 5 is somehow on Amazon right now for less than it was on Black Friday
Apple Watch Series 5 Price

The silver Apple Watch Series 5 in 44mm was the best-selling Series 5 model we covered during this year's big Black Friday and Cyber Week sales, which makes sense because it was down to its lowest price ever... until now. Amazon is currently selling this wildly popular model for just $384, which is $45 less than you'll pay if you buy one from Apple or pretty much anywhere else right now. Definitely snag one on sale while you can, and get a bunch of silicone Sport Bands in different colors while you're at it for as little as $5.99 a piece!

Apple Watch Series 5 (GPS, 44mm) - Silver Aluminum Case with White Sport Band: $384.00

Here's some additional info from the product page:

  • GPS
  • Always-On Retina display
  • 30% larger screen
  • Swimproof
  • ECG app
  • Electrical and optical heart sensors
  • Built-in compass
  • Elevation
  • Emergency SOS
  • Fall detection

Apple Watch Series 5 (GPS, 44mm) - Silver Aluminum Case with White Sport Band: $384.00

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Apple Watch Series 5 is somehow on Amazon right now for less than it was on Black Friday originally appeared on BGR.com on Sat, 14 Dec 2019 at 09:44:27 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.


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China's Tech Ban Could Have Grave Long-Term Consequences
China has issued an order that all foreign-made computer equipment and software be removed from government offices and public institutions within the next three years. China has estimated that upwards of 30 million pieces of hardware will need to be replaced. This is just the latest salvo in the ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China. It began last year when President Trump began to set tariffs and other trade barriers on China. The goal of the White House's policy was to address what the president has called "unfair trade practices."

Plenty of Linux Power Is Built Into Linux Lite 4.6
Serving two masters, in theory, is nearly impossible. In practice, the Linux Lite distribution easily satisfies Linux newcomers and veteran penguin fans as well. This distro is very beginner-friendly -- in large part due to a fine-tuned Xfce desktop interface that gives former Windows and macOS users a familiar base. More established Linux users can tweak the Xfce settings to adjust its functionality beyond the already well-suited default settings. I have always considered the distro's name -- "Linux Lite" -- to be a distracting misnomer.

Google's Chrome 79 Puts Heavy Emphasis on Security
Google has released an update to its Chrome browser with a slew of new features that are heavy on security. The new version offers improved password protection over earlier versions, real-time phishing protection, and predictive phishing tools. Fifty-one security fixes is high compared with past Chrome releases, and it shows that Google recognizes the issues and has taken steps to fix them, noted James McQuiggan, security awareness advocate at KnowBe4. Chrome 79 will roll out for Windows, Mac and Linux over the next few weeks.

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3 Steps to a Winning Google Shopping Strategy
The world of paid digital advertising is changing fast. Over the last year alone, marketers have had to adapt to big changes on Facebook's platform. They now have to reckon with the continued growth of Amazon, which is taking an ever-larger bite out of online advertising budgets. Even Google, long the alpha dog in digital marketing, is altering its approach with the changing times. Over the past few years, an interesting trend has emerged. Google Shopping ads steadily are increasing their SERP share when compared to text ads.

The Ever-Changing Face of E-Commerce: 1995-2020
E-commerce doesn't look the same today as it did in 1995. A company called "eBay" burst onto the scene that year, and Jeff Bezos shipped Amazon's first book order. That unleashed a flood of online shopping, and businesses and consumers never looked back. In the past two and a half decades, e-commerce revolutionized industries such as retail and supply chain. Americans spent $154.5 billion online in the third quarter of 2019, according to a U.S. Census estimate. E-commerce has gone from being a fledgling newcomer to an 800-pound gorilla.

6 Customer Service Trends to Watch in 2020
The era of messaging and automation is upon us! The fundamentals of delivering a good customer service experience in 2020 will be much the same as in 2019: Customers will expect convenient in-channel resolutions that take little effort on their behalf. However, with the rise of friction-free, asynchronous and personalized private messaging channels for customer service, brands' contact centers must adapt accordingly. Customers' service expectations undoubtedly have matured. Swift response times and a friendly tone of voice are not enough.

Apple Feature Forces Change in Online Ad Industry
Apple's Intelligent Tracking Prevention feature has made it difficult for online advertisers to use cookies to target Safari users based on their browsing habits. Third-party cookies "serve as the foundation for almost all advertising use cases," noted Jordan Mitchell, head of consumer privacy, identity and data at the IAB Tech Lab. The blocking "negatively affects the ability for brands to target audiences, and therefore the revenue earned by website properties," he said. Blocking tracking cookies has sent ad prices on Safari falling.

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PHOTOS: Fluorescent turtle embryo wins forty-fifth annual Nikon Small World Competition

PHOTOS: Fluorescent turtle embryo wins forty-fifth annual Nikon Small World CompetitionThe winners of the 45th annual competition showcase a spectacular blend of science and artistry under the microscope.



7 tax scams to watch out for this year

7 tax scams to watch out for this yearIn case wringing your hands over the tax man weren’t enough, criminals are out there trying to swipe your hard-earned cash and personal information from right under your nose.



Avowed Apple Fan Jeb Bush Realizes His Apple Watch Can Take Phone Calls

Avowed Apple Fan Jeb Bush Realizes His Apple Watch Can Take Phone CallsJeb Bush's love of Apple products has been widely documented, and the Republican presidential candidate continues to wear his Apple Watch on the campaign trail. Yesterday, in a meeting with The Des Moines Register editorial board documented by USA Today, Bush stumbled upon a feature he didn’t realize his smartwatch was capable of: taking phone calls. Somehow Bush managed to take a call without picking up his iPhone, and the sound of a person’s voice saying hello breaks through the meeting noise, to which Bush responds, “My watch can’t be talking.”



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One in every 172 active RSA certificates are vulnerable to attack
Researchers say improper number generation can impact the security of keys used to protect everything from IoT to medical devices.
Machine learning opens up new worlds for developers
Survey shows continuing expansion of data scientists roles, but who's around to fill them?
'Learning' is still the operative word in machine learning initiatives
Only nine percent of machine learning efforts are mature and delivering results. At issue: scale, and models becoming obsolete too quickly.
Is Apple's $52,599 Mac Pro overpriced?
Apple's new Mac Pro has landed, and while the starting price is only -- only -- $5,999, that quickly spirals to $52,599 with a few clicks.
5 gadgets you shouldn’t waste your money on
At the end of the day it’s your money, but I suggest that you avoid buying these gadgets, either for yourself or as gifts.
10 cool and useful gadgets that make great last-minute gifts, and all are under $50
The holidays can be an expensive time of year, which is why I have compiled a list of my favorite gadgets that cost less than $50.
VISA warns of POS malware incidents at gas pumps across North America
VISA says it's aware of POS malware being deployed on the networks of five North American fuel dispenser merchants.
Best Peloton alternatives: Top smart exercise bikes
It's hard to justify paying $2,300 for a smart exercise bike. Luckily, there are a few alternatives to Peloton available.
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A 'Snow Crash' TV series is coming to HBO Max
Neal Stephenson's influential Snow Crash is finally poised to reach screens, although you'll have to be picky about where you watch it. HBO Max has ordered work on a TV series adaptation of the sci-fi novel that will be written and co-run by the Sco...

New Orleans declares state of emergency following cyberattack
New Orleans is the latest city to fall victim to a cyberattack, although it appears to have fared better than some of its peers. The city both declared a state of emergency and shut down most of its computers after detecting suspicious activity, inc...

Recommended Reading: The science fiction of William Gibson
How William Gibson keeps his science fiction real Joshua Rothman, The New Yorker While a lot of sci-fi is obsessed with the distant future, one of the best authors of the genre takes a different approach. The New Yorker explains how William Gibson...

The Morning After: Does the Mac Pro cost too much?
Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Welcome to your weekend! On the Engadget Podcast we're discussing Apple's pricey new Mac Pro, while separately Porsche showed off its idea for a Star Wars ship. Story highlights from last week included Elon Musk...

Google Maps satellite images cover 98 percent of the world's population
Google makes its mapping products more informative and immersive with the use of imagery, and now the tech giant is giving us a deeper look into its map-making process. The tech giant says it has captured over 10 million miles of images for Street Vi...

Vudu now allows you to cancel rentals within 30 minutes of watching
Vudu's latest feature could help prevent feelings of regret after watching a movie you didn't quite enjoy. The Walmart-owned media company has launched "Rental Redo," which allows you to switch a movie you rented for another one, so long as you stop...

'The Outer Worlds' DLC is coming next year
Did you enjoy Obsidian's RPG The Outer Worlds, but just wished there was a bit more to explore? We have good news. In a forum post celebrating the three awards it was nominated for at The Game Awards, the team revealed it will be expanding the story...

TCL's 2018 65-inch 6-Series 4K TV drops to $500
If you missed out on Black Friday discounts for massive TVs, you still have some time to pick up the TCL 65R615 at Best Buy. The 65-inch 6-Series Roku TV was consistently one of the best-reviewed models available last year at its starting $900 price,...

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Best board games in 2019: Mansions of Madness, Lord of the Rings and more - CNET
The hottest thing in gaming right now is classic low-tech tabletop experiences. Here's our line-up of the best board games for 2019.
Fortnite's Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker event adds lightsabers to game - CNET
J.J. Abrams shows off a short clip from the film. But it's the new weapon that's the real treat.
The best holiday deals you can get right now: Nintendo Switch, Xbox, Bose headphones and more - CNET
There are some awesome Black Friday-like deals on all sorts of electronics. Save $70 on Bose noise-canceling headphones or get $80 off the latest iPad.
The best Instant Pots of 2019 - CNET
Confused about which model is best for you? We've got the ultimate guide to what makes each Instant Pot unique.
The best iPad deals for holiday 2019 including an iPad Air for $400 - CNET
Plus: Grab an $80 discount on the new 10.2-inch model or save $150 on the 11-inch iPad Pro.
Bose is having a holiday 2019 sale with discounts on speakers and headphones - CNET
The SoundLink Micro Bluetooth speaker, Noise Cancelling Headphones 700, QuietComfort 35 II and SoundSport Free headphones are among the products being discounted.
The best Xbox holiday deals right now: Get an Xbox One S plus three games for $160 at Walmart - CNET
Looking for Jedi: Fallen Order or Call of Duty: Modern Warfare? There are still solid bundles to be had on the Xbox One S, Xbox One X and the All-Digital edition.
Best Nintendo Switch holiday deals for 2019: Switch V2 plus $30 in credits or Switch Lite for $194 - CNET
There are still some Switch deals out there, and we've rounded up the lowest prices for you here.
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Facebook Pledges $130 Million For Its Independent 'Content Oversight Board'
"Facebook said Thursday it will commit $130 million to support the efforts of its independent oversight board," reports the Bay Area Newsgroup -- though the group won't be in place (or its members announced) until sometime in 2020

10 Days Early, Star Wars Fans Started Camping Outside 'Rise of Skywalker' Premiere
Anticipating next week's release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, 20 fans are already camping out in front of Hollywood's TCL Chinese Theatre, reports Cinema Blend: The tight-knit group of fans have brought along their slee

Exclusive Clip From 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' Debuts In Fortnite
In 30 minutes an exclusive clip from the yet-to-be-released Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will premier in the videogame Fortnite. An anonymous reader quotes the Verge: We've known about the clip premiere since last week,

37-Year-Old Mom Finds Instagram's Sex Predators By Pretending To Be 11
Sloane Ryan is a 37-year-old woman who runs the Special Projects Team at Bark, a child-safety tech company selling a $9-a-month software that monitors text messages for bullying, threats of violence, depression, and sexual predato

Google Has $100 For Teachers Who Steer 20+ Children To 'Google CS First'
Long-time Slashdot reader theodp writes: In what has become a holiday tradition of sorts, Google is again rewarding teachers who steer kids to Google Hour of Code lessons with $100 gift codes. "When teachers in grades 2-8 complete

YouTube's Algorithm Made Fake CNN Reports Go Viral
"YouTube channels posing as American news outlets racked up millions of views on false and inflammatory videos over several months this year," reports CNN. "All with the help of YouTube's recommendation engine." Many of the a

Researchers Fooled Chinese Facial Recognition Terminals With Just a Mask
Public facial recognition terminals in China can be fooled with just a mask, as some recent experiments have shown. The Verge reports: An AI company, Kneron, shared a video with The Verge of tests it ran at facial recognition term

Xbox Series X To Allow 'Suspend and Resume' For Multiple Games At Once
In an exclusive interview with Gamespot, Partner Director of Program Management for Team Xbox Jason Ronald revealed a new feature of the Xbox Series X: the ability to suspend and resume multiple games at once. Wccftech highlights


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Singapore invokes fake news law over opposition party posts
Singapore's government invoked a fake news law on Saturday to order an opposition party to publish corrections on two social media posts and an article on its website about local employment, an official statement showed.
ByteDance unit establishes venture with Chinese state media firm
A unit of ByteDance, the owner of video-sharing platform TikTok, has established a joint venture with a Chinese state media group, official registration documents showed.
Google, Apple asked if apps like TikTok must disclose foreign ties
The chair of a U.S. congressional panel wrote to Alphabet's Google and to Apple on Friday to ask what if any disclosures mobile apps are required to make regarding overseas ties, a concern that follows reports of Chinese investmen
Exclusive: U.S. agency probes 12th Tesla crash tied to possible Autopilot use
The U.S. auto safety agency said on Friday it will investigate a 12th Tesla crash that may be tied to the vehicle's advanced Autopilot driver assistance system after a Tesla Model 3 rear-ended a parked police car in Connecticut la
Uber submits appeal to regain London taxi licence
Uber submitted an appeal on Friday against a decision by London's transport regulator to strip the taxi app of its right to operate in one its most important markets, setting up a potentially lengthy legal process during which it
Tech industry asks U.S. court to reconsider net neutrality ruling
Trade groups representing major technology companies and advocacy groups on Friday asked a U.S. appeals court to reconsider its October ruling that largely upheld the 2017 repeal of landmark net neutrality rules.
U.S. chipmaker Nvidia offers no concessions to EU to ease through $6.8 billion Mellanox deal
U.S. chipmaker Nvidia has not offered any concessions to EU antitrust regulators examining its $6.8 billion bid for Mellanox Technologies, the European Commission website showed on Friday.
Delivery Hero leaps on $4 billion food app deal to buy South Korea's Woowa
Germany's Delivery Hero agreed a $4 billion deal to buy South Korea's top food delivery app owner Woowa Brothers, ratcheting up consolidation in the industry as it expands in Asia's fast-growing but crowded market.
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New Orleans declares state of emergency following ransomware attack

New Orleans declared a state of emergency and shut down its computers after a cyber security event, the latest in a string of city and state governments to be attacked by hackers.

Suspicious activity was spotted around 5 a.m. Friday morning. By 8 a.m., there was an uptick in that activity, which included evidence of phishing attempts and ransomware, Kim LaGrue, the city’s head of IT said in a press conference. Once the city confirmed it was under attack, servers and computers were shut down.

While ransomware was detected there are no requests made to the city of New Orleans at this time, but that is very much a part of our investigation, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell said during a press conference.

Numerous local and state governments have been plagued by ransomware, a file-encrypting malware that demands money for the decryption key. Pensacola, Florida and Jackson County, Georgia are just a few examples of the near-constant stream of ransomeware attacks over the past year. Louisiana state government was attacked in November, prompting officials to deactivate government websites and other digital services and causing the governor to declare a state of emergency. It was the state’s second declaration related to a ransomware attack in less than six months.

Governments and local authorities are particularly vulnerable as they’re often underfunded and unresourced, and unable to protect their systems from some of the major threats.

New Orleans, it appears was somewhat prepared, which officials said was the result of training and its ability to operate without internet. The investigation is in its early stages, but for now it appears that city employees didn’t interact with or provide credentials or any information to possible attackers, according to officials.

“If there is a positive about being a city that has been touched by disasters and essentially been brought down to zero in the past, is that our plans and activity from a public safety perspective reflect the fact that we can operate with internet, without city networking,” said Collin Arnold, director of Homeland Security, adding that they’ve gone back to pen and paper for now.

Police, fire and EMS are prepared to work outside of the city’s internet network. Emergency communications are not affected by the cybersecurity incident, according to city officials. However, other services such as scheduling building inspections are being handled manually.

New Orleans’s Real-Time Crime Center does work off the city network, however the cameras throughout the city record independently, so right now all of those cameras are still recording regardless of connectivity to the city’s network, Arnold added. 

Federal, state and local officials are now involved in an investigation into the security incident.

 


Gift Guide: Gifts for the commuters in your life

Welcome to TechCrunch’s 2019 Holiday Gift Guide! Need help with gift ideas? We’re here to help! We’ll be rolling out gift guides from now through the end of December. You can find our other guides right here.

Remote working has become a new normal in the life of an employee. Spurred by ubiquitous broadband and mobile connectivity, lighter and smaller computers, and everything you need in the cloud, a lot of people have felt a lot less of a need to be in the same physical space as everyone else, day in day out, to get things done.

And yet, there remains a critical mass of people in and near big towns and cities who continue to commute.

For this guide, we’re focusing on commuters who eschew cars for all the obvious reasons — traffic, parking, gas costs, and more traffic — and instead opt for buses, trains, subways and bikes to travel to their “offices” — be they actual offices, or cafes or other workspaces — on a regular or semi-regular basis.

Daily commutes around most of the world’s metro areas can stretch into more than an hour per day on average, according to research from Moovit. In other words, these are presents that go to the heart of how your special people spend significant chunks of their days, weeks, months and years.

This gift guide is to help make that time more well spent. 

These products are the epitome of the genre-crossing, “prosumer” lives many of us seem to live today: they straddle the worlds of practicality and of fun, presents that might help them work during their commute, or get their minds off work, or to make their work trip a little safer or easier. Happy shopping (and hopefully, happier commuting).

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Smart bike lights

There’s been a big shift in these over the last decade or so. The bike lights of yesterday were barely-visible front and rear lights, semi-permanently attached to your handlebars and backseat, powered by batteries that always seemed to run out. Today, you can buy much brighter LED-based lights, which work on USB chargers to keep doing their job and easily attach and detach wherever you choose to buckle them.

Smart lights are the next gear up on that trajectory, with app-based controls and so.much.more. UK company See.Sense’s version packs a strong punch: on top of the being brighter, easier to remove and recharge, the lights link up with an app to alert you when someone appears to be stealing your bike, and they sense when you are cycling faster and slower and blink more rapidly when there’s more traffic to make sure the cyclist is better seen. The downside is that hills won’t be the only steep thing on your horizon.

Price: $120 on Amazon for a Front/Rear set

Bike-mounted speaker

A worrying number of cyclists get around the streets with headphones in their ears to pick up navigation instructions, listen to music or podcasts, or talk on the phone. This is not ideal, though, as it means they cannot fully hear the noise of traffic in their midst. A bike-mounted speaker is a way to let the rider continue to listen to their audio, but not at the detriment of hearing other important traffic noises.

This Celtic Blu speaker is one of the more fancy of the dozens of bike speakers that are on the market today. Alongside the basics of offering a Bluetooth connection to play music or other media from your phone and being waterproof, it doubles as a charging bank for other devices, can work as a microphone to take calls, and has an additional set of controls that you access from the handlebars to adjust sound, answer calls and other actions more safely. The downside is that it’s one of the bigger of the speakers,  potentially taking up space you migh have mounted a water bottle.

Price: $80 on Amazon

Streaming, podcast or audiobook gift cards

Streaming services from Spotify, Apple, Amazon and others have been growing in ubiquity by leaps and bounds, but if your commuter isn’t already subscribing to one of these, or if they’re only using the free tier, giving them a chance to test out the premium service with a giftcard could be a welcome present. It can also be one to personalise: find a mix of podcast programs you think your commuter might like to hear, or pick out a selection of books for the listening, to give alongside the card. (See some book recommendations here and here.)

Price: Audible starts at $15/month; Spotify Gift Cards are widely available from retailers including Amazon.

Wireless ear buds and headphones

Airpods Pro

I personally worry about how safe these are for cycling, so I won’t endorse them for bike usage. But they have quickly become one of the must-haves for commuters on other transportation modes who are mad as hell about tangled cords and not going to take it anymore. Apple’s Air Pods Pro, at $249, are a noticeable improvement on the previous generation of their wireless buds, and the world has noticed: they have been a huge sell-out success, with orders now only shipping in January. There are dozens of others now on the market if you don’t want to wait, or pay the premium to own an Apple product.

Price: Airpods Pro, $249 on Amazon | For a more classic (and cheaper) headphone style, try these from Sony.

E-Reader

No, not everyone has one of these. Yes, they are still a huge seller for Amazon, underscoring their enduring popularity. We like the Kindle Paperwhite (pictured above) or the Kindle Oasis, the latter of which is around $145 more but brings in a bigger screen, an adjustable-warmth backlight, and physical page turning buttons.

Read some of our book recommendations here.

Price: Kindle Paperwhite, $105 on Amazon | Kindle Oasis, $250 on Amazon

Panniers

I’m a bike commuter myself and have been toughing it out (literally and figuratively) with a pair of Ortlieb Back-Roller Classics for years. These monsters are so durable that the set I have now are as old as my oldest child (14) and they still look nearly new.

But I’m going to be honest. They’re not beautiful, and even with two inside pockets, they can be hard to peer inside when you’re looking for something smallish. (The blood has rushed out of my hands more than once thinking I’d somehow lost my wallet or phone, only to find them deep down inside the bag.)

The cool thing is that there is now a huge range of options on the market for new bags, whether you want them for leisurely use, for work commuting, for a fashion statement, to make them easier to carry when you’re off your bike, or all of the above.

Arkel’s bag is laptop-focused (but sells as a single); Timbuk2 (pictured above) if you’re after a “tandem” style; and if you are looking for a stylish pannier to replace purely functional ones used by your commuter, you can consider the Norfolk model from Brooks or the Sac from Linus.

Price: Arkel Commuter bag, $189 | Timbuk2 Tandem bag, $129 on Amazon | Brooks Norfolk, $120 on Amazon | Linus Sac, $70

Activity tracker

These are not just for the people who cycle, run or walk to work. While a lot of a commuter’s journey might take place sitting or standing on public transportation, there is actually quite a bit of walking that comes at the start and finish of the route. A good activity tracker can help a person track how they rack up the miles and feel a little better about all the hours they subsequently spend sitting at a desk.

You can go for a premium Apple Watch starting at around $400, or you can opt for a basic Fitbit at under $100.

Price: Apple Watch, from $384 on Amazon | Fitbit Inspire, $80 on Amazon

Privacy Screen

Borrowing one from Zack, who has a much more extensive list of privacy-related gifts, to draw one out for those who pull out their laptops during their morning commutes, whether it’s to work or do something else. Whatever it is: wandering eyes sitting nearby can see what you’re doing. A special screen that blocks all angular views except straight on in front on the machine is a good way to keep the nosey parkers out of your business.

Price: Around $17 on Amazon.

Touchscreen gloves

Not strictly (nor even loosely) a gadget, but something that will help you keep using your screen-based companions as the weather turns cooler. You can buy beautiful leather, cashmere-lined versions of these; or you can buy them in acrylic. You can go colourful or stay basic in black. People lose or rip gloves all the time, so even having an extra pair is not a bad thing.

Price: Downholme Leather/cashmere gloves, $60 on Amazon here | knit gloves (a little more modest but still perfectly good),  $8 on Amazon.

 


FBI secretly demands a ton of consumer data from credit agencies. Now lawmakers want answers

Recently released documents revealed the FBI has for years secretly demanded vast amounts of Americans’ consumer and financial information from the largest U.S. credit agencies.

The FBI regularly uses these legal powers — known as national security letters — to compel credit giants to turn over non-content information, such as records of purchases and locations, that the agency deems necessary in national security investigations. But these letters have no judicial oversight and are typically filed with a gag order, preventing the recipient from disclosing the demand to anyone else — including the target of the letter.

Only a few tech companies, including Facebook, Google, and Microsoft, have disclosed that they have ever received one or more national security letters. Since the law changed in 2015 in the wake of the Edward Snowden disclosures that revealed the scope of the U.S. government’s surveillance operations, recipients have been allowed to petition the FBI to be cut loose from the gag provisions and publish the letters with redactions.

Tech companies have used “transparency reports” to inform their users of government demands for their data. But other major data collectors, like credit agencies, have failed to publish their figures altogether.

Three lawmakers — Democratic senators Ron Wyden and Elizabeth Warren, and Republican senator Rand Paul — have sent letters to Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion, expressing their “alarm” as to why the credit giants have failed to disclose the number of government demands for consumer data they receive.

“Because your company holds so much potentially sensitive data on so many Americans and collects this information without obtaining consent from these individuals, you have a responsibility to be transparent about how you handle that data,” the letters said. “Unfortunately, your company has not provided information to policymakers or the public about the type or the number of disclosures that you have made to the FBI.”

Spokespeople for Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion did not respond to a request for comment outside business hours.

It’s not known how many national security letters were issued to the credit agencies since the legal powers were signed into law in 2001. The New York Times said the national security letters to credit agencies were a “small but telling fraction” of the overall half-million FBI-issued demands made to date.

Other banks and financial institutions, as well as universities, cell service and internet providers, were targets of national security letters, the documents revealed.

The senators have given the agencies until December 27 to disclose the number of demands each has received.


Wearable band shipments grew globally, driven by Xiaomi

Apple may dominate the wearable conversation here in the States, but things look a fair bit different on the other side of the world. In Asia, Xiaomi is the giant in the room. According to new numbers form Canalys, the Chinese manufacturer was the key driver in global growth.

Wearable band shipments grew 65%, year over year for Q3. Xiaomi continues to top the list, with an even more impressive 74% versus this time last year. That puts gives the company 27% of the total global wearable band market — its highest number since 2015.

Low prices have been the key to the company’s success, which have helped grow shipments in China by 60% overall. The company’s strategy has also rubbed off on competitors like Samsung and Fitbit (soon to be counted among Google’s numbers), which have sought to offer low cost devices in order to appeal to those users, particularly in Asia.

Huawei saw substantial growth for the quarter, as well, at 243% year over year, courtesy of strong sales in its native China. Those numbers helped the company hold onto third place globally, just ahead of Fitbit.

Even Apple is offering up lower cost devices by keeping older model Apple Watches around, hitting the $200 price point The company’s new, premium devices continue to dominate, however. The Series 5 comprise upwards of 60% of the company’s global shipments for the quarter.


Startups Weekly: This year in startups

Welcome back to Startups Weekly, a weekend newsletter that dives into the week’s noteworthy startups and venture capital news. Before I jump into today’s topic, let’s catch up a bit. Last week, I wrote about U.S. VC activity in Europe. Before that, I noted Chinese investor activity in Africa.

Remember, you can send me tips, suggestions and feedback to kate.clark@techcrunch.com or on Twitter @KateClarkTweets. If you’re new, you can subscribe to Startups Weekly here.


Hello from Berlin, where we’ve just wrapped our annual conference, TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin. Top investors shared insight into European venture capital, well-known individuals and firms made announcements (large and small), and entrepreneurs pontificated about the future of startups in their respective regions.

As I spoke with various early-stage startup founders presenting at the event, chatted with U.S. and European venture capitalists and brain-stormed with my colleagues, I reflected on my last 12 months inside the tech bubble. Soon, I’ll be publishing an extended look at what I see as the 10 biggest themes in startups and VC in 2019. But for now, here’s a sneak peek at my top picks.

  1. SoftBank screw ups. From WeWork to Wag to Fair.com, SoftBank made headlines over and over again this yearfor all the wrong reasons.
  2. WeWork woes. SoftBank’s star portfolio company struggled the most. This was the biggest story of the year and its complete with drugs, private jets, burned cash and upset employees.
  3. CEO exodus. From Away co-founder Steph Korey to WeWork’s Adam Neumann, a whole lot of executives exited their posts this year.
  4. Unicorn IPO struggles. Uber, Lyft, Pinterest, Zoom and more unicorns went public this year. Some fared better than others.
  5. The fight for seed. There was more competition than ever at the earliest stage of venture capital. As a result, investors got creative, hired fresh faces, raised new funds and even gave founders lavish gifts.
  6. Y Combinator growth. Everyone’s favorite accelerator got a whole lot bigger this year. Not only did its cohorts swell, but its president, Sam Altman, stepped down and the firm cemented changes to its investment process.
  7. VCs + direct listings = <3. When venture capitalist weren’t busy gossiping about WeWork and SoftBank, they were debating a new and innovative path to the public markets: direct listings.
  8. Every startup is a bank. Brex raised hundreds of millions, Stripe launched a corporate card, credit card startup Deserve nabbed $50 million. 2019 was the year that consumer banking upstarts became the new e-scooter businesses.
  9. VC isn’t the only option. While VCs were going crazy for consumer financial services, companies like Clearbanc and Capital expanded to give founders alternatives to venture capital, like revenue-based financing and venture debt.
  10.   The diversity disaster persists. Women still only raise 2.8% of venture capital in the U.S., up from 2.2%. Enough said.

If you like this newsletter, you will definitely enjoy Equity, which brings the content of this newsletter to life — in podcast form! Join myself and Equity co-host Alex Wilhelm every Friday for a quick breakdown of the week’s biggest news in venture capital and startups.

This week, I sat down with Chris Mayo, head of primary markets at the London Stock Exchange, to discuss the rise of direct listings.

Equity drops every Friday at 6:00 am PT, so subscribe to us on Apple PodcastsOvercastSpotify and all the casts.


Apple and Spotify’s podcasts come to Echo devices in the US

Amazon Alexa can now play podcasts from Apple, making Amazon’s line of Echo devices the first third-party clients to support the Apple Podcasts service without using AirPlay. Before, this level of support was limited to Apple’s HomePod. According to Amazon, the addition brings to Alexa devices Apple’s library of more than 800,000 podcasts. It also allows customers to set Apple Podcasts as their preferred podcast service.

The move is the latest in a series of partnerships between the two rivals, which also included the launch of the Apple TV app on Amazon’s Fire TV platform, as well as the launch of Apple Music on Echo devices and Fire TV. Amazon, in response, has expanded its assortment of Apple inventory to include Apple TV, iPad, iPhone, Apple Watch and more.

To get started, Apple users who want to stream from Apple Podcasts will first need to link their Apple ID in the Alexa app. Customers can then ask Alexa to play or resume the podcasts they want to hear. Other player commands, like “next” or “fast forward,” work, too. And as you move between devices, your progress within each episode will also sync, which means you can start listening on Alexa, then pick up where you left off on your iPhone.

In the Alexa app’s Settings, users will also be able to specify Apple Podcasts as their default player, which means any time they ask Alexa for a podcast without indicating a source, it will stream from the Apple Podcasts service.

Not to be outdone, Spotify also today announced its support for streaming podcasts on Alexa in the U.S.

Of course, Spotify Premium users have been able to use Spotify Connect to stream to Echo before today.

But now, Spotify says that both Free and Premium U.S. customers will be able to ask Alexa for podcasts as well as set Spotify as their default player.

Alexa’s support for Spotify podcasts was actually announced in September (alongside other news) at Amazon’s annual Alexa event in Seattle, so it’s less of a surprise than the Apple addition.

At the time, Amazon said it was adding support for Spotify’s podcast library in the U.S., which would bring “hundreds of thousands” of podcasts to Alexa devices. That also includes Spotify’s numerous exclusive podcasts — something that will give Echo users a reason to set Spotify as their default, perhaps.

Shortly after that announcement, Spotify said its free service would also now stream to Alexa devices, instead of only its paid service for Premium subscribers.


Grading the final tech IPOs of 2019

As the holiday slowdown looms, the final U.S.-listed technology IPOs have come in and begun to trade.

Three tech, tech-ish or venture-backed companies went public this week: Bill.com, Sprout Social and EHang. Let’s quickly review how each has performed thus far. These are, bear in mind, the last IPOs of the year that we care about, pending something incredible happening. 2020 will bring all sorts of fun, but, for this time ’round the sun, we’re done.

Pricing

Our three companies managed to each price differently. So, we have some variety to discuss. Here’s how each managed during their IPO run:

How do those results stack up against their final private valuations? Doing the best we can, here’s how they compare:

So EHang priced low and its IPO is hard to vet, as we’re guessing at its final private worth. We’ll give it a passing grade. Sprout Social priced mid-range, and managed a slight valuation bump. We can give that a B, or B+. Bill.com managed to price above its raised range, boosting its valuation sharply in the process. That’s worth an A.

Performance

Trading just wrapped, so how have our companies performed thus far in their nascent lives as public companies? Here’s the scorecard:

  • EHang’s Friday closing price: $12.90 (+3.2%)
  • Sprout Social’s Friday closing price: $16.60 (-2.35%)
  • Bill.com’s Friday closing price: $38.83 (+76.5%)

You can gist out the grades somewhat easily here, with one caveat. The Bill.com IPO’s massive early success has caused the usual complaints that the firm was underpriced by its bankers, and was thus robbed to some degree. This argument makes the assumption that the public market’s initial pricing of the company once it began trading is reasonable (maybe!) and that the company in question could have captured most or all of that value (maybe!).

Bill.com’s CEO’s reaction to the matter puts a new spin on it, but you should at least know that the week’s most successful IPO has attracted criticism for being too successful. So forget any chance of an A+.

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This Week in Apps: Apple Arcade’s new franchise, Fortnite takes on Google Play, the Disney+ app footprint

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the Extra Crunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all.

The app industry is as hot as ever, with 194 billion downloads last year and more than $100 billion in consumer spending. People spend 90% of their mobile time in apps and more time using their mobile devices than watching TV. Apps aren’t just a way to waste idle hours — they’re big business, and one that often seems to change overnight.

In this Extra Crunch series, we help you to keep up with the latest news from the world of apps.

This week, we’re taking a look at Apple Arcade’s new gaming franchise, Fortnite maker Epic Games calling out the Google Play Store for its monopolistic practices, Android’s new AR features, Disney+’s one-month app footprint, and more.

Headlines

Apple Arcade scores a big sports game franchise, “Ultimate Rivals”

Apple Arcade launched in September offering over 100 games for $4.99 per month. Since launch, the service stays fresh by adding new releases on a regular basis. This week, Apple touted one of Arcade’s biggest wins to date — an all-new sports franchise from Bit Fry Game Studios, called “Ultimate Rivals.” The new game brings together athletes from across hockey, basketball, football, baseball, and soccer to play in a licensed video game that’s a first for the mobile gaming industry. The debut title in the franchise, out now on Apple Arcade, is “Ultimate Rivals: The Rink,” which lets players choose from over 50 athletes to compete in two-on-two hockey matches.

For example, you could pit Alex Ovechkin and Alex Morgan against De’Aaron Fox and Jose Altuve or Skylar Diggins-Smith and Wayne Gretzky, Apple says.

The game was made possible by Bit Fry’s groundbreaking licensing deals with nine pro sports organizations,  the NHL, NHL Players’ Association (NHLPA), NBA, National Basketball Players Association (NBPA), MLB, MLB Players Association (MLBPA), NFL Players Association (NFLPA), Women’s National Basketball Players Association (WNBPA), the USWNTPA, as well as Wayne Gretzky.

Next spring, the Bit Fry will launch “Ultimate Rivals: The Court” as the next title in the series.

The franchise is a big win for Apple Arcade, which doesn’t yet have many sports-themed titles. In fact, with the addition of “Ultimate Rivals,” it now has only a half dozen. And because of the numerous pro sports deals, the game has the potential to appeal to a wider audience.

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CHEAP: This wireless HP printer is only $25 — you know what to do

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Art and technology can reconstruct the faces of the dead based on remains

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Review: BenQ’s HT5550 Ultra HD projector is pricy, but nearly perfect

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AI Now 2019 report slams government use of facial recognition, biased AI

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Everything we know about the Xbox Series X so far

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