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|This is the Daily Tech News for Monday Dec 4th, 2017 From DTNS HQ in LA I'm Tom Merritt|
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|:31||Let's start with a few tech things you should know...|
|tm||Tom's Guide tested 7 phones to see how fast they recharged using Fast Charge. The best performer was the OnePlus 5T charging 59% in 30 minutes and 93% in 60. The LG V30 was second followed by the iPhone X. The iPhone 8, 8 Plus then Pixel 2 and Samsung Galaxy Note 8 rounded out the group in that order. The Note 8 charged 35% in 30 minutes and 74% in an hour.||https://www.tomsguide.com/us/fastest-charging-phone,review-4933.html|
|sl||Cboe Global Markets said it will begin trading Bitcoin futures on December 10 more than a week before the world's largest futures exchange, CME Group launches its market December 18. Both markets received approval from the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission.||https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-12-04/cboe-says-it-will-start-bitcoin-futures-trading-on-dec-10|
|vb||A proposed class action lawsuit against mattress-maker Casper alleges the company violated the US Electronic Communications Privacy Act by using code from NaviStone that supposedly collected keystrokes entered in forms even if the form was never submitted. NaviStone said it takes privacy law seriously and does not do things like link email addresses to personal info.||https://www.engadget.com/amp/2017/12/03/casper-faces-lawsuit-over-web-tracking/|
|:32||tm||Now here are some more top stories|
|vb||Facebook launched Messenger Kids on iOS in the US Monday. The app lets children under age 13 do text and video chat with contacts approved by their parents. Proactive filters attempt to stop nudity, sexual content or violence and a dedicated support team responds to any flagged content. A manually filtered version of the GIPHY search engine is also integrated in the app. A version for Android is coming soon.||https://techcrunch.com/2017/12/04/facebook-messenger-kids/?ncid=rss|
|sl||Broadcom took the first step toward a hostile takeover of Qualcomm Monday, announcing a list of 11 nominees for Qualcomm's board of directors. Qualcomm rejected Broadcom's acquisition offer last month. Qualcomm shareholders can vote on Broadcomm's slate of nominees at Qualcomm's annual meeting March 6.||http://fortune.com/2017/12/04/broadcom-qualcomm-board-nominees/|
|tm||More than $1.3 million has been transacted on CryptoKitties, a game that uses the Ethereum blockchain to trade kittens. Several kittens have reportedly sold for around 50 Ether worth about $23,000 and one "genesis" kitten sold for a record 246 Ether about $113,000. The kittens are not stored on a central server but on the blockchain through a set of five Ethereum contracts written for AxiomZen which operates the game. 15% of Ethereum network traffic is dedicated to the game. Kittens can be sold or bred to create new kittens each with a unique set of characteristics.||https://techcrunch.com/2017/12/03/people-have-spent-over-1m-buying-virtual-cats-on-the-ethereum-blockchain/|
|vb||Neil Young launched the Neil Young Archive, containing almost his entire back catalog of music which listeners can enjoy in high quality format using Young's Xstream music service. The catalog is available for free listening until June 30, after which subscriptions will be available, though no price was announced. Xstream delivers the highest quality audio that a user's bandwidth allows.||https://www.theverge.com/2017/12/3/16730096/neil-young-archive-high-quality-back-catalog-music-xstream|
|sl||Amazon said it will start taking orders in Australia December 5th with free shipping nationwide. Shipping times will be up to 3 days in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Canberra and as long as 10 days to remote areas. Amazon Prime will not begin taking signups in Australia until mid-2018.||https://www.reuters.com/article/us-amazon-com-australia/amazon-australia-goes-live-in-time-to-ruin-rivals-christmas-idUSKBN1DY2D4?feedType=RSS&feedName=technologyNews|
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|:45||"Underscores, Optimization & Arms Races"||https://medium.com/humane-tech/underscores-optimization-arms-races-b34f0dfa4357|
|Last Wednesday Anil Dash wrote a Medium post called "Underscores, Optimization & Arms Races"|
Back long ago int he early aughts, People thought URLs with article titles might rank better in Google
- You couldn't use spaces in URLs so people used underscores (TypePad) or hyphens (WordPress).
- In summer 2005, Matt Cutts wrote "For urls in Google, I would recommend using dashes."
- Dash's team at the time had a debate about whether they should switch to underscores. The worry was that this was letting Google lead. Up until then the idea had been that Google indexed the Web as it was. It was an example of people changing content to appeal to Google.
- "Google was teaching us that the way to win on the web is to game the algorithms of big companies."
- That community went from desiring readership or playing pranks, to marketing of all sorts, trolls activists and harassers.
- "We’ve got to encourage today’s newer creative communities in media and tech and culture to not constrain what they’re doing to conform to the dictates of an opaque, unknowable algorithm. "
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|:52||Thing of the day:|
|Let's check in with Chris Christensen about a software bug that made Christmas both great and empty for air travel....|
|Tech in Travel Minute||http://amateurtraveler.com/|
|sl||Jim writes "|
Approximately 14-15 months ago I signed up for Google Fi and purchased a Nexus 5x from them at the same time. I've dutifully paid $5 per month for Fi Phone Protection since the purchase.
Recently, the fingerprint reader on the phone stopped working. After about many hours with customer support, doing 2 factory wipes, etc., they finally agreed that my phone wasn't working properly.
Since I purchased phone protection, I figured that they'd just send me another phone and was shocked when they told me they would instead give me a credit of $100 towards buying a new Google phone, or a check for $100 - $169. I need a phone. It will cost me $400, $500, or more to replace the 5x. $100 or $150 won't do it. I've been paying $5 a month, now I feel like I was ripped off.
Apparently there are plenty other folks out there who feel the same way. See this Reddit thread, https://www.reddit.com/r/ProjectFi/comments/7g729d/psa_if_you_have_a_5x_with_device_protection_you/
Do you have any advice for me? Is this type of treatment standard operating procedure in the phone business? If so, it seems like it would be a good idea to get this story out and explain to people that phone protection is at best misleading, and at worst, fraud."
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