• DirecTV satellite is at risk of explosion due to battery issues
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    DirecTV satellite is at risk of explosion due to battery issues

    DirecTV has one month to remove a satellite from geostationary orbit, so it doesn't take other satellites down with it if it ends up exploding. The AT&T-owned TV service fears that its Spaceway-1 satellite (a Boeing 702HP model) might explode due to battery issues that started manifesting in

  • Microsoft gets the ball rolling on Surface Duo apps
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    Microsoft gets the ball rolling on Surface Duo apps

    Microsoft has moved one step closer to making its dual-screen Surface devices a practical reality. The tech giant has released a preview toolkit to help developers make apps for its Android-powered Surface Duo, including Java frameworks and emulation that can handle the two-screen device. This is rough

  • Yo Facebook & Instagram, stop showing Stories reruns
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    Yo Facebook & Instagram, stop showing Stories reruns

    If I watch a Story cross-posted from Instagram to Facebook on either of the apps, it should appear as "watched" at the back of the Stories row on the other app. It's been over two years since Instagram Stories launched cross-posting to Stories. Countless hours of each feature's

  • Babylon Health is building an integrated, AI-based health app to serve a city of 300K in England
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    Babylon Health is building an integrated, AI-based health app to serve a city of 300K in England

    After announcing a $550 million fundraise last August, U.K. AI-based health services startup Babylon Health is putting some of that money to use with its widest-ranging project to date. The company has inked a 10-year deal with the city of Wolverhampton in England to provide an integrated health app

  • This ultrasonic gripper could let robots hold things without touching them
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    This ultrasonic gripper could let robots hold things without touching them

    If robots are to help out in places like hospitals and phone repair shops, they're going to need a light touch. Researchers have created a gripper that uses ultrasonics to suspend an object in midair, potentially making it suitable for the most delicate tasks. It's done with an array of tiny

  • California says Riot Games' discrimination settlement isn't enough
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    California says Riot Games' discrimination settlement isn't enough

    Riot Games' tentative $10 million settlement over gender discrimination claims might be revised much higher. The LA Times has learned that California's Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) and the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) have requested to get involved the case

  • Memphis Meats raised $161 million from SoftBank Group, Norwest and Temasek
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    Memphis Meats raised $161 million from SoftBank Group, Norwest and Temasek

    Memphis Meats, a developer of technologies to manufacture meat, seafood and poultry from animal cells, has raised $161 million in financing from investors, including Softbank Group, Norwest and Temasek, the investment fund backed by the government of Singapore. The investment brings the company'

  • India will launch a humanoid robot ahead of its first crewed space mission
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    India will launch a humanoid robot ahead of its first crewed space mission

    Before sending its first crewed mission in late 2021, India will launch a humanoid robot called Vyommitra into space, reports The Tribune. It will take flight later this year and in 2021. According to the publication, the robot's name is a combination of the Sanskrit words for "space" and

  • Here are the six startups in Betaworks' new Audiocamp
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    Here are the six startups in Betaworks' new Audiocamp

    Back in September, Betaworks put out a call for startups to participate in its latest "camp," this one focused on audio. Danika Laszuk, the head of Betaworks Camp, told me at the time that the startup studio was looking for companies that are trying to build "audio-first" experiences

  • A 'The Witcher' anime film is coming to Netflix
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    A 'The Witcher' anime film is coming to Netflix

    Netflix clearly knows its adaptation of The Witcher is a hot property (shifting metrics aside), and it's determined to milk that success for all it's worth. The service has confirmed rumors that it's working on an anime movie offshoot, The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf. It's not saying

  • Google's Collections feature now pushes people to save recipes & products, using AI
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    Google's Collections feature now pushes people to save recipes & products, using AI

    Google is giving an AI upgrade to its Collections feature -- basically, Google's own take on Pinterest, but built into Google Search. Originally a name given to organizing images, the Collections feature that launched in 2018 let you save for later perusal any type of search result -- images, bookmarks

  • Microsoft releases tools to let devs start building for its upcoming dual-screen devices
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    Microsoft releases tools to let devs start building for its upcoming dual-screen devices

    As we learned back in October, Microsoft has been cracking away at not one, but two dual-screen devices: Surface Duo and Surface Neo. While a developer kit for the Android-powered Duo has been made available, the company says dev tools for the Windows-powered Neo will arrive in "the coming weeks

  • 5G will be in every metro area in the US by the end of 2020: Qualcomm president
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    5G will be in every metro area in the US by the end of 2020: Qualcomm president

    Qualcomm President Cristiano Amon says every U.S. metro area will have 5G connectivity by the end of 2020.

  • Google Cloud gets a Secret Manager
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    Google Cloud gets a Secret Manager

    Google Cloud today announced Secret Manager, a new tool that helps its users securely store their API keys, passwords, certificates and other data. With this, Google Cloud is giving its users a single tool to manage this kind of data and a centralized source of truth, something that even sophisticated

  • Google helps publish the largest high-res map of brain connectivity
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    Google helps publish the largest high-res map of brain connectivity

    A joint effort between Google and the Janelia Research Campus has just achieved a significant breakthrough in brain mapping. They've published the largest high-resolution map of brain connectivity to date, offering a 3D model of 25,000 fruit fly neurons across a diverse range of cell types and multiple

  • Google Collections will save and organize your searches
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    Google Collections will save and organize your searches

    If you've ever attempted to find something you searched for on Google but didn't save, you know how frustrating that process can be. Google recognizes this, and it's introducing a new AI-powered Search feature that's meant to help. Today, it's launching Collections, which will group

  • Unito raises $10.5M to help workplace collaboration tools speak to each other
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    Unito raises $10.5M to help workplace collaboration tools speak to each other

    Startup productivity tools have never been better, but that's led to employees being more passionate than ever about the tools they want to use themselves. PMs don't want to use Jira, engineers don't want to mess with Trello and keeping everyone happy can mean replicating processes again

  • Project xCloud is coming to Canada
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    Project xCloud is coming to Canada

    Microsoft is making good on its promise to expand the Project xCloud preview in 2020 to include more than just three countries. The company has announced that its game streaming test will be available in Canada starting on January 29th, with registrations open as we write this. As in the US and UK, you

  • Scopely is buying FoxNext Games, adding MARVEL Strike Force to its game portfolio
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    Scopely is buying FoxNext Games, adding MARVEL Strike Force to its game portfolio

    Scopely, the massively funded mobile game publisher, has made good on its promise to start buying up more properties with the treasure chest it amassed in a whopping $200 million round last year. The target this time is Walt Disney Company's FoxNext Games Los Angeles and Cold Iron Studios. Disney

  • ‘Project: Mara’ is Ninja Theory's new psychological horror game
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    ‘Project: Mara’ is Ninja Theory's new psychological horror game

    Microsoft's Ninja Theory is developing an experimental new game called Project: Mara that it says will explore "new ways of storytelling" through "a grounded representation of mental terror." We don't know when you'll be able to play Project: Mara, but the title will share

  • Disney sells mobile game studio FoxNext Games to Scopely
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    Disney sells mobile game studio FoxNext Games to Scopely

    Disney announced today it has sold the game studio FoxNext Games Los Angeles, the makers of "MARVEL Strike Force" and other titles, as well as Cold Iron Studios in San Jose, to the interactive entertainment and mobile game company Scopely. The studios were acquired by Disney in 2019 as a part

  • Two Sigma Ventures raises $288M, complementing its $60B hedge fund parent
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    Two Sigma Ventures raises $288M, complementing its $60B hedge fund parent

    Eight years ago, Two Sigma Investments began an experiment in early-stage investing. The hedge fund, focused on data-driven quantitative investing, was well on its way to amassing the $60 billion in assets under management that it currently holds, but wanted more exposure to early-stage technology companies

  • PGA Tour highlight videos are coming to Facebook Watch
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    PGA Tour highlight videos are coming to Facebook Watch

    You won't have to venture far beyond your Facebook feed to get a pro golf fix this year. The social network has reached a deal with the PGA Tour to bring daily round recaps and player-oriented highlight videos to Facebook Watch in 2020, starting with the Farmers Insurance Open on January 23rd.

  • Microsoft accidently exposed 250 million customer service records
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    Microsoft accidently exposed 250 million customer service records

    While most people were out celebrating the start of a new year, Microsoft's security teams were working overtime to close a potentially enormous security loophole. On Thursday, the company disclosed a database error that temporarily left approximately 250 million customer service and support records

  • Germany has to pay Microsoft for failing to upgrade from Windows 7
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    Germany has to pay Microsoft for failing to upgrade from Windows 7

    Last winter, Microsoft announced that Windows 7 would reach its end-of-life on January 14th, 2020. In other words, the company will not be releasing any updates for the operating system -- even crucial security patches -- after that date. The public had nearly a year to make the move to Windows 10, but