• Mach-E leak reveals a lot about Ford's electric Mustang SUV
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    Mach-E leak reveals a lot about Ford's electric Mustang SUV

    We're still a few days away from the official unveiling of Ford's 'Mustang-inspired' all-electric Mach-E crossover, but you don't have to wait for more information. A poster on MachEForum.com apparently figured out a working URL for the automaker's hidden website complete with

  • Target's same-day shipping service is now available in-app
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    Target's same-day shipping service is now available in-app

    You no longer have to fire up Target's desktop website to access its Shipt same-day delivery service if you need to get your purchase as soon as possible. The retail giant is bringing the service to its iOS and Android mobile apps, just in time for some on-the-go (and possibly last-minute) Thanksgiving

  • Antitrust investigation of Google reportedly expands to Android
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    Antitrust investigation of Google reportedly expands to Android

    Tonight CNBC reports that an ongoing antitrust investigation of Google undertaken by 50 attorneys general is expanding. While it started by looking into Google's advertising business, it has apparently, as expected, expanded its scope to include search and the Android platform. Over the years Google

  • Cybersecurity expert Alex Stamos on Facebook's counter terrorism team and the private-public divide
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    Cybersecurity expert Alex Stamos on Facebook's counter terrorism team and the private-public divide

    Alex Stamos rose to fame as the former chief security officer for Yahoo and then Facebook. Last night, at a StrictlyVC event in San Francisco, he talked with New York Times cybersecurity correspondent Sheera Frenkel about a small number of these massively impactful issues, first by revisiting what

  • Amazon is challenging Microsoft's $10 billion JEDI contract victory
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    Amazon is challenging Microsoft's $10 billion JEDI contract victory

    Amazon has revealed that it's formally challenging Pentagon's decision to award Microsoft the $10 billion JEDI cloud contract. The project would modernize the agency's cloud infrastructure and would connect the different divisions within the agency, which currently has over 500 separate clouds

  • VoltServer adds a data layer to electricity distribution in a move that could help smart grid rollout
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    VoltServer adds a data layer to electricity distribution in a move that could help smart grid rollout

    Stephen Eaves, the chief executive of a new startup which promises to overlay data on electricity distribution has spent years developing data management technologies. Eaves' first company, the eponymous Eaves Devices focused on energy systems in aerospace and defense -- they converted the military

  • AWS confirms reports it will challenge JEDI contract award to Microsoft
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    AWS confirms reports it will challenge JEDI contract award to Microsoft

    Surely just about everyone was surprised when the Department of Defense last month named Microsoft as the winner of the decade-long, $10 billion JEDI cloud contract -- none more so than Amazon, the company everyone assumed all along would be the winner. Today the company confirmed earlier reports that

  • Homeis adds community tools for Mexican immigrants
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    Homeis adds community tools for Mexican immigrants

    Homeis, a startup building networking tools for immigrant communities, officially launched its community for Mexican immigrants this week. Co-founder and CEO Ran Harnevo (pictured above) previously founded video syndication company 5min, which was acquired by AOL, where he served as the global president

  • The NSA says it stopped tracking cellphone locations without a warrant
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    The NSA says it stopped tracking cellphone locations without a warrant

    Last year the Supreme Court ruled, in a 5-4 decision, that a search warrant is required for law enforcement to perform cellphone tower searches to track someone's location. The Daily Beast reported on a letter sent by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) to Senator Ron Wyden

  • Microsoft announces its xCloud streaming service and a truckload of new games are coming in 2020
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    Microsoft announces its xCloud streaming service and a truckload of new games are coming in 2020

    Microsoft has announced a vague intention to launch its xCloud game streaming service sometime in 2020, and dropped a double handful of new titles that will arrive on it and the existing Game Pass subscription. Microsoft is hoping Google's first-mover advantage will be nullified by the expected

  • Recycling robots raise millions from top venture firms to rescue an industry in turmoil
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    Recycling robots raise millions from top venture firms to rescue an industry in turmoil

    The problem of how to find the potential treasure trove hidden in millions of pounds of trash is getting a high-tech answer as investors funnel $16 million into the recycling robots built by Denver-based AMP Robotics. Automotive scrap and construction waste are other areas where the company has seen

  • This ride-hailing PR pitch shows platforms and digital campaign 'dark arts' want democracy to be pay to play
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    This ride-hailing PR pitch shows platforms and digital campaign 'dark arts' want democracy to be pay to play

    A UK PR firm pitching to run an account for Ola has proposed running a campaign to politicize ride-hailing as a tactic to shift regulations in its favor. In 2017 Estonia-based ride-hailing startup Taxify tried to launch in London ahead of regulatory approval, for example, but city authorities clamped

  • Lyft is ceasing scooter operations in six cities and laying off 20 employees
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    Lyft is ceasing scooter operations in six cities and laying off 20 employees

    In an industry where unit economics and rider utilization are key to running a profitable business, perhaps it's better to cut your losses early on. Lyft notified employees today that it's pulling its scooters from six markets: Nashville, San Antonio, Atlanta, the Phoenix area, Dallas and Columbus

  • Microsoft is adding 10 'Final Fantasy' games to Xbox Game Pass

    Microsoft is adding 10 'Final Fantasy' games to Xbox Game Pass

    Earlier today, Microsoft announced that it's adding more than 50 new games to Xbox Game Pass -- as well as giving three sweet freebies if you sign up for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. By any measure, that's a lot of games, but it's an especially exciting crop if you're a fan of Japanese role-playing

  • Spotify confirms it's testing real-time lyrics synced to music
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    Spotify confirms it's testing real-time lyrics synced to music

    With the launch of iOS 13, Apple added perfectly timed live lyrics to its Apple Music app. Now Spotify may do the same. Several users in international markets are now seeing a similar synced lyrics feature in their Spotify mobile app, where lyrics scroll by in time with the music.

  • Quibi series from Steven Soderbergh starring Tye Sheridan focuses on smartphone survival skills
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    Quibi series from Steven Soderbergh starring Tye Sheridan focuses on smartphone survival skills

    People dramatically proclaim all the time that they don't think they could survive without their smartphones, but a new series from the forthcoming streaming service Quibi from Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman approaches smartphone survival in a much more literal way. The scripted series, which

  • 'West of Dead' is a fast-paced shooter starring Ron Perlman
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    'West of Dead' is a fast-paced shooter starring Ron Perlman

    After it popped up in the Microsoft Store perhaps a little earlier than intended, twin-stick shooter West of Dead is available in open beta on Xbox One. You'll play as the Ghost Rider-esque William Mason, who's voiced by Ron Perlman of Hellboy and Sons of Anarchy fame.

  • Xbox Game Pass Ultimate adds Discord, Spotify and EA Access freebies
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    Xbox Game Pass Ultimate adds Discord, Spotify and EA Access freebies

    This holiday season, Microsoft really wants you to sign up for its monthly Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription service. To start, for a limited time you can once again get the first three months of the service, which bundles together the company's Xbox Live Gold and Game Pass subscriptions together

  • Google will help you pronounce difficult words
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    Google will help you pronounce difficult words

    Google wants to make it easier to learn word pronunciations. Today, it introduced a new Search feature that will let users practice saying tricky words. When you look up a pronunciation, Google will provide an answer, and when you say the word into your phone's microphone, Search will let you know

  • Facebook quietly built "Popular Photos", an in-app Instagram
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    Facebook quietly built "Popular Photos", an in-app Instagram

    Facebook is copying Instagram while simultaneously invading its acquisition with branding and links back to the mothership. TechCrunch has spotted Facebook testing a feature called Popular Photos, which affixes an endless scroll of algorithmically selected pics from friends beneath the full-screen

  • Rare's next Xbox game is pure 'Princess Mononoke'

    Rare's next Xbox game is pure 'Princess Mononoke'

    If Sea of Thieves isn't your bag, how about a sumptuous cel-shaded game from Rare that looks like a lost Miyazaki film? The Microsoft studio announced Everwild today during the XO19 Inside Xbox presentation, and while there aren't many details to run with, it certainly looks intriguing. The trailer

  • 'Life is Strange' dev's upcoming game centers on twins and trans identity
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    'Life is Strange' dev's upcoming game centers on twins and trans identity

    Dontnod Entertainment has more than Twin Mirror on its slate for next year. At X019, Xbox Games Studios announced the Life is Strange developer is working on another narrative adventure title for 2020 called Tell Me Why. You'll play as twins Tyler and Alyson Ronan, who try to untangle their childhood

  • Microsoft adds over 50 games to xCloud preview, plans launch for 2020
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    Microsoft adds over 50 games to xCloud preview, plans launch for 2020

    A month after Microsoft kicked off the preview for Project xCloud, its game streaming service that'll go toe-to-toe with Stadia, the company is planning to ramp things up even more. It's adding more than 50 new games to the xCloud preview, including Devil May Cry 5, Tekken 7 and Madden 2020,

  • The ONNX format becomes the newest Linux Foundation project
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    The ONNX format becomes the newest Linux Foundation project

    The Linux Foundation today announced that ONNX, the open format that makes machine learning models more portable, is now a graduate-level project inside of the organization's AI Foundation. ONNX was originally developed and open-sourced by Microsoft and Facebook in 2017 and has since become somewhat

  • 'Grounded' is an ant-sized survival game set in a suburban backyard
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    'Grounded' is an ant-sized survival game set in a suburban backyard

    If The Outer Worlds has got you excited to play whatever Obsidian Entertainment's cooking up next, you won't have to wait too much longer. Its first-person survival title, Grounded, will arrive on Xbox Game Preview next spring.