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Facebook now deletes posts that financially endanger/trick people

It’s not just inciting violence, threats and hate speech that will get Facebook to remove posts by you or your least favorite troll. Endangering someone financially, not just physically, or tricking them to earn a profit are now also strictly prohibited. Facebook today spelled out its policy...

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7 takeaways from Samsung Unpacked 2018

Samsung introduced a wide range of gadgets and upgrades today at its Unpacked event in Brooklyn. The overarching theme of the event centered on increased productivity throughout its connected ecosystem with performance improvements across the board. Here are seven takeaways from Samsung Unpacked: 1....

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Musical.ly investor bets on internet radio with $17M deal for Korea’s Spoon Radio

One of the early backers of Musical.ly, the short video app that was acquired for $1 billion, is making a major bet that internet radio is one of the next big trends in media. Goodwater Capital, one of a number of backers that won big when ByteDance acquired Musical.ly last year, has joined forces w...

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Dropbox is crashing despite beating Wall Street expectations, announces COO Dennis Woodside is leaving

Back when Dennis Woodside joined Dropbox as its chief operating officer more than four years ago, the company was trying to justify the $10 billion valuation it had hit in its rapid rise as a Web 2.0 darling. Now, Dropbox is a public company with a nearly $14 billion valuation, and it once again sh...

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Red Dead Redemption 2 sees Rockstar raising the bar for realism in open-world games

Open worlds have been a staple of gaming for a long time, but recent titles like Breath of the Wild and Horizon: Zero Dawn have significantly pushed the boundaries of what players expect from their environments. Rockstar, of Grand Theft Auto fame, is looking to make them all look like toys with Red...

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The Roku Channel is now available on the Web without a Roku device

Enlarge / The Roku Channel on the Web on an iPhone. (credit: Roku) The Roku Channel, a platform for streaming TV and movies, is now available on the Web in the United States. Previously only available on streaming hardware running Roku software, the channel offers a free, ad-supported library. Ro...

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Hack causes pacemakers to deliver life-threatening shocks

Enlarge (credit: Lucien Monfils / Wikimedia) Life-saving pacemakers manufactured by Medtronic don’t rely on encryption to safeguard firmware updates, a failing that makes it possible for hackers to remotely install malicious wares that threaten patients’ lives, security researchers sa...

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Mike Pence introduces Pentagon report calling for a space force

Enlarge / Ballistic missile defenses will be one of the things that would be shifted into the space force. (credit: Department of Defense) Today, Vice President Mike Pence gave a speech at the Pentagon in which he filled in some details on the administration's plans to add a distinct space force...

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Samsung’s Galaxy Home is a Bixby-powered smart speaker with legs

YouTube/Screenshot NEW YORK—Samsung made its long-in-the-works Bixby-powered smart speaker official at an event in New York City on Thursday. The device is called the Galaxy Home, and at first blush it appe...

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Galaxy Note9 hands-on—Samsung ships a bigger battery, not much else

Ron Amadeo NEW YORK CITY—I have touched a Galaxy Note9, and I'm back to talk about it. Samsung's flagship smartphone for the back-half of 2018 was announced earlier today, with headline features like, uh, a...


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