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Apple reactivates Facebook’s employee apps after punishment for Research spying

By |January 31st, 2019|

After TechCrunch caught Facebook violating Apple’s employee-only app distribution policy to pay people for all their phone data, Apple invalidated the social network’s Enterprise Certificate as punishment. That deactivated not only this Facebook Research app VPN, but also all of Facebook’s internal iOS apps for workplace collaboration, beta testing and even getting the company lunch or --> READ MORE

A popular genealogy website just helped solve a serial killer cold case in Oregon

By |January 31st, 2019|

On Thursday, detectives in Portland, Ore. announced that a long-cold local murder case finally came to a resolution, 40 years after the fact. In 1979, 20-year-old Anna Marie Hlavka was found dead in the Portland apartment she shared with her fiance and sister. According to police, she was strangled to death and sexually assaulted. Police --> READ MORE

Amazon’s barely-transparent transparency report somehow gets more opaque

By |January 31st, 2019|

Amazon posted its bi-annual report Thursday detailing the number of government data demands it receives. The numbers themselves are unremarkable, neither spiking nor falling in the second-half of last year compared to the first-half. The number of subpoenas, search warrants and other court orders totaled 1,736 for the duration, down slightly on the previous report. Amazon still --> READ MORE

Nintendo rumored to be working on a smaller, cheaper Switch

By |January 31st, 2019|

Remember when the rumor mill suggested that Nintendo was already working on a sequel to the Switch? Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa shut that down pretty quickly, saying that no successor was in the works. Now the rumor mill has shifted gears: Rather than a whole new generation, the whispers suggest Nintendo is tinkering with a --> READ MORE

Will tech companies change the way we manage our health?

By |January 31st, 2019|

Cyrus Radfar Contributor Cyrus Radfar is the founding partner at V1 Worldwide. More posts by this contributor Amazon isn’t to blame for the Postal Service’s woes, but it will need to innovate to survive Dear United: Autonomous cars will pull you out of your seat As of September 2018, the top 10 tech companies in --> READ MORE

Apple restores Google’s internal iOS apps after certificate misuse punishment

By |January 31st, 2019|

Apple has blocked Google from distributing its internal-only iOS apps on its corporate network after a TechCrunch investigation found the search giant abusing the certificates. “We’re working with Apple to fix a temporary disruption to some of our corporate iOS apps, which we expect will be resolved soon,” said a Google spokesperson. A spokesperson for Apple --> READ MORE

Lowe’s is killing off and bricking its Iris smart home products at the end of March

By |January 31st, 2019|

If you’ve got any gear from Lowe’s Iris line of smart home products, it’s time to start looking for alternatives. Lowe’s has announced that the line is toast, with plans to flip the switch on “the platform and related services” at the end of March. In other words: much of this once smart connected gear --> READ MORE

Kleiner Perkins gets back to early-stage with its $600M 18th fund

By |January 31st, 2019|

“KP used to be a small team doing hands-on company building. We’re moving away from being this institution with multiple products and really just focusing on early-stage venture capital,” Kleiner Perkins partner Ilya Fushman tells me. Indeed, 47 years after its founding, the storied venture fund is going “back to the future” with today’s announcement --> READ MORE

Amazon reports better than expected Q4, but lowers Q1 guidance

By |January 31st, 2019|

Amazon had a heck of a holiday. The online retail giant posted Q4 earnings today, reporting $72.4 billion in revenue, topping last year’s $60.45 billion and besting the analysts’ forecast of $71.92 billion. Extremely wealthy individual Jeff Bezos singled out Alexa’s record holiday season as a source of the robust quarter. “Alexa was very busy --> READ MORE

China wants to keep its spot as a leader in the space race with plans to launch 30 missions

By |January 31st, 2019|

Keeping its spot among the top countries competing in the space race, China is planning to launch 30 missions this year, according to information from the state-run China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp., reported by the Xinhua news agency. Last year, China outpaced the United States in the number of national launches it had completed --> READ MORE