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Infowars YouTube account is two strikes away from a ban - CNET

CNet Tech News - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 3:15pm
The Alex Jones Channel, Infowars' biggest YouTube account, has one strike against it for a school shooting conspiracy video, according to a report.

Dropbox's IPO filing reveals 500M users but a $1 billion deficit

Engadget - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 3:04pm
In a move reminiscent of Snap's IPO journey, Bloomberg sources claimed last month that Dropbox had quietly filed to become a public company. Suspicious hires last year had tipped their hand, and we waited to see what would happen for a company valued...

1Password now lets you see if your password has been leaked

Engadget - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 2:44pm
If you have a 1Password membership, you can now check to see if your passwords have been compromised by data breaches and leaked on the internet. It's just a proof of concept feature for now, but 1Password says that in future releases, it will be add...

FCC chairman gets NRA award for repealing net neutrality - CNET

CNet Tech News - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 2:43pm
The NRA bestows its "Charlton Heston Courage Under Fire Award" on Ajit Pai for withstanding criticism over his push to end net neutrality regulations.

HTC confirms layoffs as it combines VR and smartphone divisions

Engadget - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 2:23pm
It's been an interesting few months for HTC. Google bought the team responsible for Pixel phones last year for $1.1 billion. The president of HTC's smartphone operations just resigned, claiming a "personal career plan" for the move. Now, the remainin...

The best smart speakers for music fans

Engadget - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 2:00pm
If you're a music fan, the first wave of smart speakers was probably a disappointment. While Alexa and Google Assistant have definitively proven they have a place in the home, the first Echo and Google Home devices were unimpressive when it came to a...

Volvo will expand T6 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid to other models - Roadshow

CNet Tech News - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 1:32pm
Future electric components will be "pioneered" by Polestar.

Ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer heckles Stephen Curry, fails - CNET

CNet Tech News - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 1:25pm
Commentary: Ballmer thinks he can distract the world's best NBA shooter. It was reminiscent of his battles with Apple.

YouTube reportedly plans to spend 'hundreds of millions' on Red originals

Engadget - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 1:20pm
While Facebook and Netflix are (reportedly) spending billions on new programming, YouTube is said to be holding its investments at current levels. Google's video wing is only spending "a few hundred million" on original shows for Red this year accord...

An Instant Pot multicooker is melting -- but not the one you think - CNET

CNet Tech News - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 1:08pm
Instant Pot warns its Facebook community that its Gem multicookers could overheat and melt.

No, postcards won’t solve our Russian interference problem

Engadget - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 1:01pm
We just learned all the ways Russian propaganda agents fooled American social media companies, thanks to the recent indictments of Russian nationals by Team Mueller. After years of these companies forcing us to adhere to their contrived "community s...

'Ghostbusters World' AR game is coming to Android and iOS this year

Engadget - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 12:44pm
Using AR to promote movies isn't entirely new. We've already seen official movie tie-in augmented reality apps for Spider-Man: Homecoming and the Jon Hamm vehicle, Marjorie. Now, though, Sony Pictures is taking things a bit farther with Ghostbusters...

Netflix courts HGTV fans with its first home makeover series

Engadget - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 12:23pm
Netflix appears to be looking to pull in more of that HGTV crowd, as Deadline reports that the streaming service just ordered its first property-focused original series. With a working title of Amazing On The Inside, the show will reportedly feature...

Geely to buy $9B Daimler stake, report says - Roadshow

CNet Tech News - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 12:13pm
It would make Volvo's parent company the largest investor in Mercedes-Benz's parent company.

NASA spots Mars' lumpy potato-like moons - CNET

CNet Tech News - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 12:00pm
NASA's 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft catches sight of Mars' weird little moons in a fun animated GIF.

Not even IBM is sure where its quantum computer experiments will lead

Engadget - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 12:00pm
Despite the hype and hoopla surrounding the burgeoning field of quantum computing, the technology is still in its infancy. Just a few years ago, researchers were making headlines with rudimentary machines that housed less than a dozen qubits -- the q...

Samsung Galaxy S9: 2018 launch date, specs, price and everything else we know - CNET

CNet Tech News - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 11:42am
On Sunday we'll learn how the Galaxy S9 stacks up against the iPhone X.

'The Tick' bites back on Amazon with a solid second half - CNET

CNet Tech News - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 11:36am
The final six episodes of "The Tick" reboot's first season are here, and they're proof even a resistant Tick purist can be converted.

Public radio stations are saving Gothamist sites

Engadget - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 11:36am
Last year, billionaire Joe Ricketts shut down Gothamist and DNAInfo a week after newsroom employees unionized. Though there was immediate public outcry over the decision, the sites' future has remained bleak and uncertain, but, as Wired reports, they...

2019 Audi A6 teases new look, new tech - Roadshow

CNet Tech News - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 11:27am
It could debut as early as the Geneva Motor Show in March.