Google is going to start helping you blocking online ads next year

In an effort to force publishers to rethink the way they deliver ads on their websites, Google will be introducing its own ad blocker in 2018.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/06/02/google-is-going-to-start-helping-blocking-online-ads-next-year.html

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China plans asteroid base for interstellar travel and mining

In an effort to mine precious metals worth potentially trillions of dollars and aid interstellar travel, China has plans to build a base on an asteroid, likely to happen “in the near future.”

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Microsoft Aims to School Google With Education Onslaught


Microsoft on Tuesday launched a major effort to bulldoze its way into the educational computing space carved out by Google, with the introduction of a streamlined operating system called “Windows 10 S,” a range of new collaborative programs for K-12 schools, and two new Surface laptops aimed at the college student market. The Surface laptop runs on the Windows 10 S operating system, featuring an Intel Core 7th generation processor, 14.5 hours of battery life, a 13.5 inch PixelSense display, optically bonded Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and a keyboard covered in Alcantara material.

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Can Former Amazon Fire TV Exec Save Apple TV From Itself?


Apple has hired Tim Twerdahl, the former head of Amazon’s Fire TV unit, in an effort to revive its struggling Apple TV business, which has been losing market share to rival streaming content services. Twerdahl reportedly joined Apple this month as VP in charge of product marketing for Apple TV, and the company shifted the unit’s former head to a post responsible for negotiating content deals. Amazon hired Twerdahl in 2013 as general manager of the Amazon Fire unit. Twerdahl previously was a vice president for smartwatch developer WIMM Labs.

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Facebook to rank content it deems 'authentic' higher on the News Feed

Facebook is updating its News Feed algorithm in an effort to rid its site of spam and clickbait. On Tuesday, Facebook announced it is adding signals to its News Feed algorithm to identify “authentic” posts from people and pages.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/02/01/facebook-to-rank-content-it-deems-authentic-higher-on-news-feed.html

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Zuckerberg files lawsuit against native Hawaiians to force land sales

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has filed a lawsuit against Hawaiian families in an effort to sell their land in order for the billionaire and his family to have more privacy.

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'Professional authenticators' will rid its site of fake goods, eBay says

In an effort to maintain customer trust and keep brands and sellers onside, eBay is stepping up efforts to rid its site of fake goods. However, the system, which involves the use of so-called “professional authenticators,” comes at a cost.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/01/13/professional-authenticators-will-rid-its-site-fake-goods-ebay-says.html

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Commerce Dept Signs Up Private Sector IT Partners


The U.S. Commerce Department recently launched a new effort to jump-start more efficient ways to manage the vast amounts of data that reside within the federal government and put it to productive use. The National Technical Information Service, a unit within the department, is leading the effort. NTIS has selected 35 joint venture partners, or JVPs, to support the program.
The department’s aims not only to improve data management by federal agencies, but also to facilitate the generation and sharing of data within the federal government.

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Netflix puts next-generation video codecs like x265 and VP9 to the test

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Netflix released new details of its own streaming tests recently — including a huge effort to determine whether x265 (HEVC), VP9, or x264 should be used for future projects.

The original article can be found here: http://www.extremetech.com/computing/235036-netflix-puts-next-generation-video-codecs-like-x265-and-vp9-to-the-test

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Ride in the sky: Airbus says it will test airborne taxis as early as 2017

Airbus has turned to its innovation branch, A3, to lead the Vahana project, an effort to develop autonomous flying vehicles that could shuttle passengers and cargo from point A to B for around the cost of a taxi ride.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2016/08/19/ride-in-sky-airbus-says-it-will-test-airborne-taxis-as-early-as-2017.html

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Tweets May Soon Breeze Past 140-Character Limit


In an effort to better monetize its platform and boost user traffic, Twitter may relax the 140-character limit on individual tweets by no longer counting photos and Web links. The tweak could take place within two weeks, according to a report that cited an unnamed source who asked for anonymity because the decision had not yet been made public. CEO Jack Dorsey hinted at the move earlier this year when he tweeted an elaborate screenshot containing more than 1,300 characters.

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Apple unlikely to learn details of San Bernardino iPhone exploit

Article Image Apple, in an effort to protect customers against a heretofore unknown iPhone vulnerability, has sought information regarding a working encryption exploit used by the Justice Department in its investigation into the San Bernardino terror attacks. A new report, however, suggests the passcode bypass technique will likely remain secret.

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Amazon Takes a Swipe at PayPal


Amazon on Monday launched its Payments Partner Program — a global effort widely seen as a rival to PayPal — in the United States, the UK, Germany and Japan. Currently available by invitation only, the program provides for three levels of partners: premier partners, certified partners and certified developers. The first two are for e-commerce platform providers, and the third is for developers and agencies. A separate agreement is required for all three types of partnerships. Participation is free.

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Apple moves to bring iCloud infrastructure in-house predicated by backdoor fears – report

Article Image Apple’s multi-year effort to develop its own servers and networking hardware has reportedly been driven in large part by security concerns, as the company worries that supply chain tampering may lead to deeply embedded vulnerabilities which are difficult to find and remediate.

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BMW plans self-driving software overhaul to fend off the likes of Apple, Google

Article Image German automaker BMW is planning a major corporate changes going forward, in an effort to build “the most intelligent car” it can, sensing impending competition from Apple, Google and others in Silicon Valley.

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The Windows 10 Store still isn’t working out for Microsoft

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The Windows Store should be the center of any serious Microsoft effort to shift users towards Windows 10 application model, but developers report that people just aren’t using the thing.

The original article can be found here: http://www.extremetech.com/computing/223246-the-windows-10-store-still-isnt-working

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