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  • VW Group, BMW and Daimler Are Under Investigation For Collusion In Europe
    The European Commission has launched an antitrust investigation into the Volkswagen Group, BMW and Daimler, over allegations they colluded to keep certain emissions control devices from reaching the market in Europe, according to a statement the Comm…
    - 2 hours ago, 19 Sep 18, 10:00am -
  • Senate Passes Music Modernization Act With Unanimous Support
    After the House's unilateral support back in April, the Senate has unanimously voted to pass the Orrin G. Hatch Music Modernization Act, which is named in honor of the Republican senior senator from Utah -- a songwriter himself -- who will retire at…
    - 5 hours ago, 19 Sep 18, 7:00am -
  • Facebook Wanted Banks To Fork Over Customer Data Passing Through Messenger
    An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: For years, Facebook has publicly positioned its Messenger application as a way to connect with friends and as a way to help customers interact directly with businesses. But a new report from The Wal…
    - 8 hours ago, 19 Sep 18, 3:30am -
  • Wharton Professor Says America Should Shorten the Work Day By 2 Hours
    Adam Grant, an organizational psychologist, New York Times best-selling author, and The Wharton School's top professor, says Americans should work two hours less. Instead of the typical 9-to-5, people "should finish at 3pm," says Grant in a recent Li…
    - 10 hours ago, 19 Sep 18, 2:10am -
  • Linux On Windows 10: Running Ubuntu VMs Just Got a Lot Easier, Says Microsoft
    Liam Tung reporting for ZDNet: Ubuntu maintainer Canonical and Microsoft have teamed up to release an optimized Ubuntu Desktop image that's available through Microsoft's Hyper-V gallery. The Ubuntu Desktop image should deliver a better experience whe…
    - 10 hours ago, 19 Sep 18, 1:30am -
  • Chrome OS Revamp Delivers a New Look and Linux App Support
    Google has released a Chrome OS 69 update that introduces a range of new features. From a report: Most notably, there's now support for running Linux apps. You'll need a supported machine (a handful of machines from Acer, ASUS, HP, Lenovo, Samsung an…
    - 11 hours ago, 19 Sep 18, 12:50am -
  • EU Drops Court Case After Apple Repays More Than $16 Billion In Taxes and Interest To Ireland
    "Ireland's government has fully recovered more than [$16 billion] in disputed taxes and interest from Apple, which it will hold in an escrow fund pending its appeal against a European Union tax ruling," reports The Guardian. From the report: The Euro…
    - 12 hours ago, 19 Sep 18, 12:10am -
  • People Tend To Cluster Into Four Distinct Personality 'Types,' Says Study
    An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A new study has sifted through some of the largest online data sets of personality quizzes and identified four distinct "types" therein. The new methodology used for this study -- described in de…
    - 12 hours ago, 18 Sep 18, 11:30pm -
  • Google's Android OS To Power Dashboard Displays
    schwit1 shares a report from The Wall Street Journal: Google is making a major push into the auto industry, partnering with the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance to use the tech company's Android OS to power media displays (Warning: source may be pa…
    - 13 hours ago, 18 Sep 18, 10:50pm -
  • iPhone XS, XS Max Are World's Fastest Phones (Again)
    According to "several real-world tests and synthetic benchmarks," the new iPhone XS and XS Max, equipped with the world's first 7-nanometer A12 Bionic processor, are the world's fastest smartphones, reports Tom's Guide. They even significantly outper…
    - 14 hours ago, 18 Sep 18, 10:10pm -
  • Tesla Is Facing US Criminal Probe Over Elon Musk Statements
    An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Tesla is under investigation by the Justice Department over public statements made by the company and Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk. The criminal probe is running alongside a previously reported…
    - 14 hours ago, 18 Sep 18, 9:30pm -
  • Cyber Sleuths Find Traces of Infamous iPhone and Android Spyware 'Pegasus' in 45 Countries
    Security researchers have found evidence that a piece of malware peddled as "lawful intercept" software to government agencies has been deployed against victims located in 45 countries, a number that far outweighs the number of known operators, meani…
    - 15 hours ago, 18 Sep 18, 8:50pm -


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    • The Morning After: PlayStation Classic and iPhone XS
      Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.Sony picks up a strategy from Nintendo, and we have our first impressions of the iPhone XS family. It's Wednesday, so update your old iPhone without fear and take a look at an awe-inspiring early image taken by.…
      - 1 hour ago, 19 Sep 18, 10:30am -
    • Netflix comes to Sky Q boxes in November
      Earlier this year, Sky announced that it would allow its customers to access Netflix through its set-top boxes. Now the company has revealed that the streaming giant will hit Sky Q boxes in November, and how exactly the whole thing will work.
      - 2 hours ago, 19 Sep 18, 9:45am -
    • American Airlines offers free live TV through Dish
      You might not be stuck watching a handful of mediocre movies (or your offline copies of streaming shows) the next time you're on a long-haul flight. American Airlines and Dish recently started offering free live TV for domestic US flights aboard 100…
      - 3 hours ago, 19 Sep 18, 8:55am -
    • Renault’s EZ-PRO is a workspace, coffee truck and rolling post office
      Renault, one of Europe's major automakers, is trying to help us imagine a world with fewer cars. Earlier this year, it unveiled the EZ-GO concept, a sort of anti-Uber autonomous ride-sharing vehicle for the masses. Now, it has taken the wraps off…
      - 4 hours ago, 19 Sep 18, 7:45am -
    • PlayStation Classic jumps on the retro trend December 3rd for $100
      With "Classic" game systems occasionally outselling modern ones, Sony is bringing back its own old school system. The PlayStation Classic will launch in December, loaded with 20 "generation-defining" games in their original format for $100 (€99.…
      - 6 hours ago, 19 Sep 18, 6:09am -
    • Google gives its Slack rival the ability to snooze notifications
      You can now stop Hangouts Chat notifications from breaking your concentration when you're in the zone... or taking a short nap after a stressful task. Google has updated its Slack rival with the ability to block notifications for a set amount of time…
      - 6 hours ago, 19 Sep 18, 5:38am -
    • Capcom closes Vancouver studio behind ‘Dead Rising’
      Video game publisher Capcom is shutting down its Vancouver studio and around 158 employees will be let go. The company told Variety that operations were suspended Tuesday and a skeleton crew would remain on board until January in order to finalize th…
      - 8 hours ago, 19 Sep 18, 3:51am -
    • MCU heroes could get their own shows on Disney's streaming service
      We still don't have an official name for the streaming service Disney is working on to compete with Netflix, but a new rumor from Variety suggests there will be plenty of Marvel content on it. According to the report, Disney has similar plans for the…
      - 9 hours ago, 19 Sep 18, 2:53am -