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That Was Quick: Essential Already Pushing May Security Update

Google dropped the May security patch about an hour ago, but already, Essential Phones are receiving the update via OTA. Listed as build OPM1.180104.166, nothing besides the update to the May patch is listed in the changelog, but provided this is happening so quick, I don’t think owners a...

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Google schools some YouTube stars by removing tons of essay cheating videos

Google has removed a large number of videos from YouTube that were found to be promoting an essay cheating service. A company called EduBirdie had asked a number of YouTube creators to promote the service in their videos. YouTube’s policies expressly prohibit its creators from hyping up...

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If Apple can’t succeed in China, it shouldn’t bank on being relevant next decade

Apple is struggling to move smartphones in China, according to the latest data. The company’s sales figures are down substantially compared with previous years. It may have lost up to a third of its market share in the country. Competitors like Huawei, Oppo, and Xiaomi are consolidating their...

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LG Timepiece will launch soon (Update: FCC likely outed the watch)

Update 5/7/2018 at 4:58 P.M. EST: We still haven’t heard anything from LG about the LG Timepiece watch mentioned below. However, the announcement must be imminent as a new listing on the FCC website gives us details about an upcoming LG watch, which is likely the LG Timepiece. The inform...

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Niantic will try throwing three Pokémon Go events in Germany, Chicago, and Japan

Niantic Labs Niantic will throw three Pokémon Go events this summer in Chicago, Germany, and Japan. Last year, Niantic brought Pokémon Go Fest 2017 to Chicago, and it was an unbridled disaster. It looks like the company is ready to help people forget about Poké...

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‘Facebook Avatars’ is its new clone of Snapchat’s Bitmoji

Hidden inside the code of Facebook’s Android app is an unreleased feature called Facebook Avatars that lets people build personalized, illustrated versions of themselves for use as stickers in Messenger and comments. It will let users customize their avatar to depict their skin color, hair st...

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Ajit Pai gives a nice nothingburger to those in Congress demanding answers on net neutrality

Around the time of the FCC’s vote to roll back existing 2015 rules and replace them with threadbare new ones, many senators and representatives were sending stern letters to the agency informing its chairman of their displeasure. Pai has recently responded to these diverse voices of concern &m...

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Twitter has an unlaunched ‘Secret’ encrypted messages feature

Buried inside Twitter’s Android app is a “Secret conversation” option that if launched would allow users to send encrypted direct messages. The feature could make Twitter a better home for sensitive communications that often end up on encrypted messaging apps like Signal, Telegram...

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What to expect at Google I/O this week

Google has been rolling out news at a steady rate since last week, in what feels like a bit of a last-minute clearinghouse ahead of tomorrow. The company’s already taken the wraps off of news about Android TV, Google Home, Wear OS Assistant, you name it. If this were practically any other com...

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I visited a teeth-straightening startup and found out I needed a root canal

Going to the dentist can be anxiety-inducing. Unfortunately, it was no different for me last week when I went to discuss Uniform Teeth’s recent $4 million seed funding round from Lerer Hippeau, Refactor Capital, Founder’s Fund and Slow Ventures. Uniform Teeth is a clear teeth aligner s...


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