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|SL||The White House issued a statement Monday that President Trump has nixed Broadcom's proposed buyout of Qualcomm, citing national security concerns. Both companies were ordered to immediately abandon the proposed deal. The order also prohibits all 15 of Broadcom's proposed candidates for Qualcomm's board from standing for election.||https://www.cnbc.com/2018/03/12/trump-issues-order-prohibiting-broadcoms-bid-to-take-over-qualcomm.html|
|PB||Fitbit announced new wearables: the Fitbit Versa and the Ace, both available for preorder today.|
The Versa runs the upcoming Fitbit OS 2.0 and starts at $200.
The Fitbit Ace is the company’s first wearable for kids and will hit retail stores in Q2 2018 for $100.
|SL||Apple announced WWDC dates.... its annual developer conference is expected to include details on iOS 12, macOS 10.14, watchOS 5, and tvOS 12. WWDC 2018 will run from June 4 through June 8 and take place in San Jose, California for the second year in a row.||https://9to5mac.com/2018/03/13/wwdc-2018-dates/|
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|:33||pb||CTS-Labs, a security company based in Israel, said Tuesday its researchers found 13 critical security vulnerabilities that would let attackers access data stored on AMD's Ryzen and EPYC processors, and be able to install malware on them. AMD's Ryzen chips power desktop and laptop computers, while EPYC processors are found in servers. The researchers gave AMD less than 24 hours to respond before publishing the report, even though standard vulnerability disclosure calls for 90 days notice, so companies have time to address flaws. When Spectre and Meltodown security flaws that affect Intel chips were announced in January, AMD said it was not affected because of its chip architecture differences.||https://www.cnet.com/news/amd-has-a-spectre-meltdown-like-security-flaw-of-its-own/|
|:36||sl||The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the TSA in an effort to extract more info about its procedures and motivations. The ACLU wants to know why the TSA launched stricter screening procedures for domestic passengers' electronic devices last year, how the TSA records its findings, what the equipment the TSA uses to search phones and laptops, and what kind of training the officers who conduct electronic searches get. This is the second FOIA the ACLU filed, its first attempt was in December 2017.||https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/12/tsa-surveillance-laptops-cellphones-domestic-flights|
|:38||pb||Kitty Hawk, the flying taxi company funded by Google co-founder Larry Page and CEO-ed by Google X founding director Sebastian Thrun, launched ‘Cora’, a Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) personal copter drone hybrid that will carry a passenger.|
Cora will be launched in New Zealand, which is ideal given its sparse population and fewer flight restrictions.
Cora has a 36′ wingspan with 12 rotors and is battery powered. It can fly up to 62 miles and carry one or two passengers.
|:40||sl||Axios reports Facebook is getting ready to launch a news section for its Watch - as in, watch video - platform and sources say the company's testing different video partnerships with around 10 publishers. Campbell Brown, Head of News Partnerships for Facebook, said in a statement to Axios that “Timely news video is the latest step in our strategy to make targeted investments in new types of programming on Facebook Watch... As part of our broader effort to support quality news on Facebook, we plan to meet with a wide-range of potential partners to develop, learn and innovate on news programming tailored to succeed in a social environment."||https://www.axios.com/facebook-aiming-to-launch-news-for-watch-this-summer-1520911507-46955a82-61d6-4295-a978-16508421720f.html|
|:43||pb||Fitness-tracking app Strava said starting on Tuesday it will restrict access to an online map showing user exercise routes and remove other data.|
In January data researchers found Strava's heat map revealed military posts and other sensitive sites.
Strava CEO James Quarles said he didn't know which data would be removed.
Quarles added that although has been in contact with defense and intelligence officals they did not ask him to remove the map.
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|:45||IKEA is known for its affordable/confusing furniture. The company announced this morning it’s rolling out the new TaskRabbit At-Home Assembly service in select U.S. markets where TaskRabbit is available, and in six stores in New York and San Francisco.|
IKEA acquired Taskrabbit in Sept 2017.
- The new TaskRabbit assembly service will be offered both online and in-store, says IKEA, with furniture assembly starting at $36.
- The fee will be based on a flat rate per time of item, and won’t include some IKEA products, like kitchens and bathrooms.
The retailer’s U.S. website, IKEA-USA.com, has been updated so online shoppers will be able to see if at-home assembly is available for the selected product based and their location.
Additionally, a half-dozen stores will feature the service in-store, including IKEA Emeryville, IKEA East Palo Alto, IKEA Brooklyn, IKEA Elizabeth, IKEA Long Island and IKEA Paramus. IKEA says that more stores will also add the service in 2018, including those in Los Angeles, Miami, Houston, Boston, Washington D.C. and elsewhere.
|Is this a new twist to retailing? Stores like Lowes and Home Dept contract install services to 3rd parties but don't actually have a in-house installer or delivery service.|
|Is this like Geek Squad from Best But which originally started as an independent company in 1994?|
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|sl||My experience with digital magazines is great. I particularly like Zinio for my digital fix that offer boutique speciality magazines, where Texture only offers the common news stand varieties. My favorite magazine that isn’t offered in either of these services is when Rolling Stone magazine offered their own digital version that is now discontinued, that had multimedia links embedded. Like when they had their music picks, the link would give a small audio sample, or movie picks would show a trailer and was a very enriching experience. I believe that their own digital version went by the wayside, because of copyright issues with the media companies, and don’t believe it was server issues because the links were fed from SoundCloud and You Tube. |
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