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Yes, Your Amazon Echo Is an Ad Machine

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: CNBC reports that Amazon is in discussions with huge companies that want to promote their goods on Echo devices. Proctor & Gamble as well as

Ajit Pai Backs Out of Planned CES 2018 Appearance

New submitter sdinfoserv writes: Ajit Pai, the most hated person in tech since Darl McBride, backed out of a speaking engagement at CES 2018. Apparently he lacks the spine to justify himself before

After Beating Cable Lobby, Colorado City Moves Ahead With Muni Broadband

Last night, the city council in Fort Collins, Colorado, voted to move ahead with a municipal fiber broadband network providing gigabit speeds, two months after the cable industry failed to stop the

Why Most Electric Cars Are Leased, Not Owned

Bloomberg's research shows that drivers in the U.S. lease almost 80 percent of battery-powered vehicles and 55 percent of plug-in hybrids. "The lease rate for the country's entire fleet hovers around

Roombas Will Soon Build a Wi-Fi Coverage Map While They Clean

An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: The feature is arriving later this month on the iRobot app, making it possible for WiFi-enabled Roombas to create a map of indoor signals. The map

2 Years Later, Security Holes Linger In GPS Services Used By Millions of Devices

chicksdaddy quotes a report from The Security Ledger: Security researchers say that serious security vulnerabilities linger in GPS software by the China-based firm ThinkRace more than two years after

Spotify Files To Go Public

According to Bloomberg, Spotify filed to go public on the New York Stock Exchange, "in the highest-profile test yet of a technique that lets companies list shares without raising money through a

Analysts Expect Tesla To Miss Its First 2018 Model 3 Production Target

schwit1 shares a report from U.S. News & World Report: In October, Tesla reported that it produced 220 Model 3 vehicles in the third quarter. CEO Elon Musk had previously said the company would

Intel Responds To Alleged Chip Flaw, Claims Effects Won't Significantly Impact Average Users

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Hot Hardware: The tech blogosphere lit up yesterday afternoon after reports of a critical bug in modern Intel processors has the potential to seriously impact

Dating Website eHarmony's Ad Banned For Claiming Service Is 'Scientifically Proven'

A dating website's claim that it used a "scientifically proven matching system" to pair up those looking for love, has been banned. From a report: An advert for eHarmony on the London Underground in

Amazon's YouTube Workaround on Fire TV Works Just Fine

Last month, a notification that YouTube would no longer be available through Fire TV and Fire TV Stick devices starting Jan. 1 popped up, threatening to leave a huge hole in Amazon's streaming lineup.

Alcohol Can Cause Irreversible Genetic Damage To Stem Cells, Says Study

A new study, published on Wednesday, states that drinking alcohol produces a harmful chemical in the body which can lead to permanent genetic damage in the DNA of stem cells, increasing the risk of

Price Tag On Gene Therapy For Rare Form of Blindness: $850K

A first-of-its kind genetic treatment for blindness will cost $850,000, less than the $1 million price tag that had been expected, but still among the most expensive medicines in the world. Several

Windows 10's Edge vs Chrome: We're Faster and Win in Battery Face-off, Says Microsoft

Microsoft has kicked off 2018 with two new ads promoting Windows 10 Edge's battery efficiency and speed compared with Google Chrome. From a report: Microsoft published the two new ads on New Year's

Mozilla Will Delete Firefox Crash Reports Collected by Accident

Catalin Cimpanu, writing for BleepingComputer: Mozilla said last week it would delete all telemetry data collected because of a bug in the Firefox crash reporter. According to Mozilla engineers,

The 'App' You Can't Trash: How SIP is Broken in Apple's High Sierra OS

A reader shares a blog post that talks about why Mac running High Sierra 10.13.2 (and other versions near it) refuses to let users uninstall some third-party applications easily. For instance, when

Norway Powers Ahead (Electrically): Over Half New Car Sales Now Electric or Hybrid

Sales of electric and hybrid cars rose above half of new registrations in Norway in 2017, a record aided by generous subsidies that extended the country's lead in shifting from fossil-fuel engines,

Linux Mint 19 Named 'Tara'

BrianFagioli writes: Today, we get some information about the upcoming version 19 of Mint. The biggest news is that it will be called 'Tara.' If you aren't aware, Mint's distros are always named after

NSA's Top Talent is Leaving Because of Low Pay, Slumping Morale and Unpopular Reorganization

Ellen Nakashima and Aaron Gregg, reporting for the Washington Post: The National Security Agency is losing its top talent at a worrisome rate as highly skilled personnel, some disillusioned with the

The FCC Is Still Tweaking Its Net Neutrality Repeal

An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: You may think, from the pomp accompanying the FCC's vote in December to repeal the 2015 net neutrality rules, that the deed was accomplished. Not