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Astronomers are watching an exoplanet die right before their eyes
space news

Detecting the presence of a new exoplanet hundreds of light-years away is always exciting for astronomers, but not all newly-discovered planets are created equal. Some are undeniably more interesting than others, and the planet known as NGTS-10b is most certainly one of the more intriguing worlds scientists have found.

The planet isn't Earth-like or promising for life, but it does happen to be orbiting its star at an incredibly short distance. In fact, it completes an entire orbit of its start in a mere 18 hours. It's a gas giant, making it a so-called "hot Jupiter," but it might not be around for long. As researchers explain in a new paper published in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, the planet may be dying even as we speak.

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Today's Top Deals

  1. 10 deals you don’t want to miss on Saturday: $6 smart plugs, Baby Yoda, $39 4K Roku Stick, mattress toppers, Dyson killer, more
  2. Dyson is dead to me now that I’ve tried this Bissell vacuum, and it’s on sale today at its lowest price
  3. Today’s best deals: Crazy Anker sale, Animatronic Baby Yoda, $6 smart plug, $8 wireless charger, $23 home cam, $25 earbuds, more

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  1. The biggest Marvel mystery left after ‘Avengers: Endgame’ is about to be solved
  2. Microsoft just accidentally confirmed a huge feature for Xbox Series X
  3. Sony’s PS5 might be in trouble when it’s first released

Astronomers are watching an exoplanet die right before their eyes originally appeared on BGR.com on Sat, 22 Feb 2020 at 15:08:45 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.


This is the most annoying thing about Netflix
Netflix Movies

Netflix may be a great streaming service to have around and even pay for despite the inevitable price hikes, but it can also be incredibly annoying at times. The best example is the autoplaying ads on the home page that used to drive me crazy until Netflix finally found it in its heart to give users an option to turn them off for good.

Then there's the inevitable "what to watch" scroll of death that can go on for minutes without end — that's a byproduct that we have to live with, however, so I don't mind it that much. Then there's the problem with the Continue Watching list: It's far too difficult to remove content from it. Now, it turns out that Netflix has found a frustrating new way to annoy me. The service has started sending me emails urging me to remember to finish shows and movies that I started and then abandoned.

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Today's Top Deals

  1. 10 deals you don’t want to miss on Saturday: $6 smart plugs, Baby Yoda, $39 4K Roku Stick, mattress toppers, Dyson killer, more
  2. Dyson is dead to me now that I’ve tried this Bissell vacuum, and it’s on sale today at its lowest price
  3. Today’s best deals: Crazy Anker sale, Animatronic Baby Yoda, $6 smart plug, $8 wireless charger, $23 home cam, $25 earbuds, more

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  1. Microsoft just accidentally confirmed a huge feature for Xbox Series X
  2. The biggest Marvel mystery left after ‘Avengers: Endgame’ is about to be solved
  3. Sony’s PS5 might be in trouble when it’s first released

This is the most annoying thing about Netflix originally appeared on BGR.com on Sat, 22 Feb 2020 at 14:17:12 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.


Make your ratty old bed as fluffy as a cloud with mattress toppers from $45, today only
Mattress Topper Deals

No matter how many times you read about it online or see specials about it on TV, most people still don't seem to appreciate how important it is to get a good night's sleep. Forget the simple benefits of feeling rested and more energized every day, there are also tons of other benefits like increased focus and even improved brain function.

If you don't get a full night's sleep as often as you should, there are countless things that could be the cause. A lot of times, however, it boils down to the quality of your sleep environment. If you're using a sweat-stained pillow that you got two years ago and sleeping on the same discount-store mattress you bought a decade ago from a furniture warehouse that was going out of business, you're doomed before you even lie down. What you might not realize, however, is that you don't need to spend hundreds on a new mattress to improve your situation.

Amazon is running a big one-day sale on top-rated mattress toppers that can instantly convert even the rattiest old mattress into a fluffy paradise. Prices start at just $44.99 for a Twin size mattress topper with more than 2,100 5-star ratings, and the best-selling Queen size version is down to $55.99 from $70. If you want the best of the best, the D & G the Duck and Goose Co Dual-Layer Air-Flow Mesh Mattress Topper is also discounted in every size, with savings up to $15.

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More of today's top deals

Save 40% on Aoycocr 15A Mini Smart Plug with Energy Monitoring (4-Pack): $22.19 ($5.55 each) (use code 40N2U3GH)

Star Wars The Child Animatronic Edition "AKA Baby Yoda" with Over 25 Sound and Motion Combinati…: $59.99

Fire TV Stick bundle with Echo Dot (3rd Gen - Charcoal): $74.98

Roku Streaming Stick+ | HD/4K/HDR Streaming Device with Long-range Wireless and Voice Remote wi…: $39.00

Instant Pot Air Fryer Lid with Roast, Bake, Broil, Reheat & Dehydrate: $79.95

New Apple iPad (10.2-Inch, Wi-Fi, 32GB) - Space Gray (Latest Model): $249.00

JBL Flip 4 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker - Black: $59.99

BISSELL ICONpet Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner (22889): $187.99

Pure Enrichment PureZone 3-in-1 Air Purifier - True HEPA Filter & UV-C Sanitizer Cleans Air, He…: $63.99

Today's Top Deals

  1. Dyson is dead to me now that I’ve tried this Bissell vacuum, and it’s on sale today at its lowest price
  2. 10 deals you don’t want to miss on Saturday: $6 smart plugs, Baby Yoda, $39 4K Roku Stick, mattress toppers, Dyson killer, more
  3. Today’s best deals: Crazy Anker sale, Animatronic Baby Yoda, $6 smart plug, $8 wireless charger, $23 home cam, $25 earbuds, more

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  1. Microsoft just accidentally confirmed a huge feature for Xbox Series X
  2. Sony’s PS5 might be in trouble when it’s first released
  3. A massive new planet that dwarfs Jupiter was just found lurking nearby

Make your ratty old bed as fluffy as a cloud with mattress toppers from $45, today only originally appeared on BGR.com on Sat, 22 Feb 2020 at 13:26:05 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.


The biggest Marvel mystery left after ‘Avengers: Endgame’ is about to be solved
MCU Phase 4

Avengers: Endgame is so good that you’ll have an amazing time watching it without seeing any of the 21 movies that preceded it. But it’s far more enjoyable to watch after you catch up with all the other MCU adventures. Not only will Endgame make a lot more sense, but you’ll appreciate all the incredible Easter Eggs Marvel managed to squeeze into the flick. Going forward, you’ll have to subscribe to Disney+ to get the same fantastic MCU experience, and that’s because more than half of the upcoming MCU stories will be told with the help of limited TV series. All the Disney+ shows will tie into the six movies that have been confirmed for Phase 4, and they'll feature the same great characters and actors you’re used to seeing in MCU films.

Of all the new Disney+ Marvel series that will soon hit the streaming service, we’ve been focusing on the first three, but not solely because they're the ones that have started production. These series will deliver a few essential plot twists, and one of them will explain the biggest mystery left after Endgame.

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Today's Top Deals

  1. Dyson is dead to me now that I’ve tried this Bissell vacuum, and it’s on sale today at its lowest price
  2. 10 deals you don’t want to miss on Saturday: $6 smart plugs, Baby Yoda, $39 4K Roku Stick, mattress toppers, Dyson killer, more
  3. Today’s best deals: Crazy Anker sale, Animatronic Baby Yoda, $6 smart plug, $8 wireless charger, $23 home cam, $25 earbuds, more

Trending Right Now:

  1. Microsoft just accidentally confirmed a huge feature for Xbox Series X
  2. Sony’s PS5 might be in trouble when it’s first released
  3. A massive new planet that dwarfs Jupiter was just found lurking nearby

The biggest Marvel mystery left after ‘Avengers: Endgame’ is about to be solved originally appeared on BGR.com on Sat, 22 Feb 2020 at 12:35:04 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.


The ‘Friends’ reunion is happening
Friends Reunion

If you’ve been dying to see a Friends special starring all the friends you adore, well, your wish has finally come true. Just a few weeks ago, we learned that a Friends reunion deal was imminent, and it looks like it’s finally done. The special Friends reunion is happening for HBO Max, which is also going to be the exclusive streaming home of the entire Friends series going forward.

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Today's Top Deals

  1. Dyson is dead to me now that I’ve tried this Bissell vacuum, and it’s on sale today at its lowest price
  2. Today’s best deals: Crazy Anker sale, Animatronic Baby Yoda, $6 smart plug, $8 wireless charger, $23 home cam, $25 earbuds, more
  3. 10 deals you don’t want to miss on Saturday: $6 smart plugs, Baby Yoda, $39 4K Roku Stick, mattress toppers, Dyson killer, more

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  1. Microsoft just accidentally confirmed a huge feature for Xbox Series X
  2. Sony’s PS5 might be in trouble when it’s first released
  3. A massive new planet that dwarfs Jupiter was just found lurking nearby

The ‘Friends’ reunion is happening originally appeared on BGR.com on Sat, 22 Feb 2020 at 11:44:39 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.


National Margarita Day 2020: All the best deals and freebies from around the country
National Margarita Day 2020 Specials Near Me

So many of these different "National Day" holidays have popped up in recent years that it's starting to get pretty ridiculous. That said, if there's one marketing holiday we can definitely get behind, it's National Margarita Day. All holidays are made up, after all, and many of the traditional ones involve coughing up cash to buy gifts. National Margarita Day, on the other hand, is all about saving some of that hard-earned cash by getting freebies and discounted margaritas!

National Margarita Day 2020 is today, February 22nd, and it happens to fall on a Saturday this year. That means you have even more cause for celebration, and that you most likely don't have to go to work or school tomorrow. With that in mind, you're undoubtedly wondering where you should go to get the best National Margarita Day deals and freebies near you. Don't worry, we've got you covered.

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  1. Dyson is dead to me now that I’ve tried this Bissell vacuum, and it’s on sale today at its lowest price
  2. Today’s best deals: Crazy Anker sale, Animatronic Baby Yoda, $6 smart plug, $8 wireless charger, $23 home cam, $25 earbuds, more
  3. 10 deals you don’t want to miss on Saturday: $6 smart plugs, Baby Yoda, $39 4K Roku Stick, mattress toppers, Dyson killer, more

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  1. Microsoft just accidentally confirmed a huge feature for Xbox Series X
  2. Sony’s PS5 might be in trouble when it’s first released
  3. A massive new planet that dwarfs Jupiter was just found lurking nearby

National Margarita Day 2020: All the best deals and freebies from around the country originally appeared on BGR.com on Sat, 22 Feb 2020 at 11:03:22 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.


10 deals you don’t want to miss on Saturday: $6 smart plugs, Baby Yoda, $39 4K Roku Stick, mattress toppers, Dyson killer, more
Amazon Deals

If you're looking for killer deals with deep discounts on popular products, you have most certainly come to the right place. Highlights from Saturday's roundup of the day's top daily deals include best-selling Wi-Fi smart plugs with energy monitoring that work with Alexa and Google for just $5.55 when you pick up a 4-pack and check out with coupon code 40N2U3GH, preorder availability of the incredible Baby Yoda animatronic toy that's going to be the hottest gift of the holiday season, $15 off when you order a Fire TV Stick bundled with an Echo Dot, and the beloved $60 Roku Streaming Stick+ with 4K and HDR at its lowest price of 2020, just $39. That's even less than it cost on Black Friday!

Other top deals on Saturday's list are $60 off the crazy new Instant Pot Air Fryer Lid that transforms the Instant Pot you already have into an air fryer and dehydrator, up to $100 off Apple's newest 10.2-inch iPad with prices starting at just $249, a one-day sale that slashes the JBL Flip 4 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker to $59.99, an evem crazier one-day deal that slashes the Dyson-killing BISSELL ICONpet Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner from $350 to just $187.99 (wait until you see how this puppy tackles pet hair!), a best-selling $90 air purifier for just $63.99, and a huge sale on the most comfortable mattress toppers you've ever touched. Check out all 10 of these unmissable daily deals down below.

Save 40% on Aoycocr 15A Mini Smart Plug with Energy Monitoring (4-Pack): $22.19 ($5.55 each) (use code 40N2U3GH)

Star Wars The Child Animatronic Edition "AKA Baby Yoda" with Over 25 Sound and Motion Combinati…: $59.99

Fire TV Stick bundle with Echo Dot (3rd Gen - Charcoal): $74.98

Roku Streaming Stick+ | HD/4K/HDR Streaming Device with Long-range Wireless and Voice Remote wi…: $39.00

Instant Pot Air Fryer Lid with Roast, Bake, Broil, Reheat & Dehydrate: $79.95

New Apple iPad (10.2-Inch, Wi-Fi, 32GB) - Space Gray (Latest Model): $249.00

JBL Flip 4 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker - Black: $59.99

BISSELL ICONpet Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner (22889): $187.99

Pure Enrichment PureZone 3-in-1 Air Purifier - True HEPA Filter & UV-C Sanitizer Cleans Air, He…: $63.99

Save up to 20% on Thick Mattress Toppers: $44.99 - $67.99

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  1. Today’s best deals: Crazy Anker sale, Animatronic Baby Yoda, $6 smart plug, $8 wireless charger, $23 home cam, $25 earbuds, more
  2. Dyson is dead to me now that I’ve tried this Bissell vacuum, and it’s on sale today at its lowest price
  3. After trying BenQ’s mind-blowing new 4K home theater projector, I might never buy a normal TV again

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  1. Microsoft just accidentally confirmed a huge feature for Xbox Series X
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10 deals you don’t want to miss on Saturday: $6 smart plugs, Baby Yoda, $39 4K Roku Stick, mattress toppers, Dyson killer, more originally appeared on BGR.com on Sat, 22 Feb 2020 at 10:02:59 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.


‘Vivarium’ and all the new movie trailers you need to watch from this past week
Movie Trailers

It should have been a busy weekend over in Barcelona, Spain, with several big companies unveiling their latest mobile devices, but then the coronavirus struck, prompting the organizers to cancel the Mobile World Congress. It would have been a frantic weekend of running around from meeting to meeting, with hardly any time to dedicate to Hunters. Because yes, that’s the brand new show to binge right now, over on Amazon Prime. It’s that Al Pacino TV series about a group of Nazi hunters who’re hunting Nazi’s in the US in the late ‘70s.

Now, if you’re planning on hitting theaters, you should be aware of a couple of new releases, including The Call of the Wild, which is my favorite this weekend, a survival story starring Karen Gillan and Harrison Ford. If you into horror stories, then you might be more interested in Brahms: The Boy II. Then, there’s always Sonic, who swept up the box office last week, and is likely to hold on to the lead for at least one more weekend.

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  1. Today’s best deals: Crazy Anker sale, Animatronic Baby Yoda, $6 smart plug, $8 wireless charger, $23 home cam, $25 earbuds, more
  2. Dyson is dead to me now that I’ve tried this Bissell vacuum, and it’s on sale today at its lowest price
  3. The $23 Wyze Cam has a killer feature you won’t get with a $200 Nest Cam

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  1. Microsoft just accidentally confirmed a huge feature for Xbox Series X
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‘Vivarium’ and all the new movie trailers you need to watch from this past week originally appeared on BGR.com on Sat, 22 Feb 2020 at 09:01:13 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.


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Some Android Malware Can Break Your Phone When You Delete It
Since Android's unveiling in 2007, the platform has stayed true to its commitment to provide open and free source code. The source code is freely available to developers and device manufacturers who can, at their own discretion, install the software without worrying about the hassles of licensing fees. The consequent reduction in fees allows device manufacturers to bring Android devices to the market at significantly lower prices than the competition, with the average price of an Android smartphone almost US$400 cheaper than an iPhone.

Freespire 6.0: A Return to GNOME2's Simpler Linux Days
If you are tired of distro hopping and want a computing platform that works without drama, check out the latest Freespire Linux release. Freespire, a U.S.-based distribution built on Debian/Ubuntu, is a no-nonsense OS that is uncomplicated to install and use. Freespire is released biannually. Developers on Feb. 11 released the latest MATE edition, the first of two updated versions. KDE will come out soon. Two age-old sayings are apt when it comes to Linux distributions: "Something old is new again," and "What goes around, comes around."

AI in the Courts: The Jury Is Out
A session on the role of emerging technologies in the courtroom was part of last month's New York State Bar Association Annual Meeting in New York City. A panel of local and federal judges, as well as an e-discovery researcher and emerging technology attorney, discussed the use of artificial intelligence in the courtroom. The session addressed the role that AI could play in judicial decision making, where algorithms potentially can predict behavior and outcomes resulting from different legal strategies.

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The Truth About Documents and SMB Security
There's a major myth about "going paperless" that needs to be dispelled. A paperless office doesn't mean that paper is outright banned. There likely will be a need for physical paper in business for a long time, so don't throw out your printer just yet. Rather, being paperless means being able to embrace a shift from traditional paperwork processes to those that take advantage of documents that can be in a digital state. This approach accepts that hard copies no longer are the sole means -- or more efficient way -- of doing business.

3 Important Factors for Long-Term E-Commerce Success
You've heard all the reasons why businesses fail: lack of capital, poor product execution, or too much competition seem to be the most frequent excuses. Lately, it's become more common to hear about retail stores closing due to competition with online stores and marketplaces such as Amazon. If e-commerce businesses are the killers of brick-and-mortar success, what makes an e-commerce store successful in the long term? One of the biggest advantages of an e-commerce business, without a doubt, is the low barrier to entry.

Microsoft Injects New AI Features Into Dynamics 365
Microsoft has unveiled several new artificial intelligence capabilities across Dynamics 365 applications and a new solution to help project-centric services organizations transform their operations. The AI enhancements include first- and third-party data connections in Dynamics 365 Customer Insights, Microsoft's customer data platform. "The work in AI and CDP is new and a key part of Microsoft taking their products to an AI-driven approach," noted Ray Wang, principal analyst at Constellation Research.

Jeff Bezos Puts Up $10B From His Pocket to Fight Climate Change
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has announced a commitment of $10 billion of his personal money to the newly launched Bezos Earth Fund to fight climate change. "Climate change is the biggest threat to our planet," Bezos wrote. "This global initiative will fund scientists, activists, NGOs -- any effort that offers a real possibility to help preserve and protect the natural world." The fund will begin issuing grants this summer, Bezos said. The $10 billion commitment is to start the effort, which suggests he will contribute more money in the future.

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PHOTOS: Fluorescent turtle embryo wins forty-fifth annual Nikon Small World Competition

PHOTOS: Fluorescent turtle embryo wins forty-fifth annual Nikon Small World CompetitionThe winners of the 45th annual competition showcase a spectacular blend of science and artistry under the microscope.



7 tax scams to watch out for this year

7 tax scams to watch out for this yearIn case wringing your hands over the tax man weren’t enough, criminals are out there trying to swipe your hard-earned cash and personal information from right under your nose.



What the CIA thinks of your anti-virus program

What the CIA thinks of your anti-virus programPARIS (AP) — Peppering the 8,000 pages of purported Central Intelligence Agency hacking data released Tuesday by WikiLeaks are reviews of some of the world's most popular anti-virus products.



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Ford hopes you'll trade some privacy for discounted car insurance
Ford thinks it has a way to make car insurance more appealing: taking advantage of the data available from connected cars. It's teaming up with Nationwide to introduce its own take on usage-based insurance. If you have one of several 2020 Ford or L...

Bethesda games leave GeForce Now streaming service
Most Bethesda titles will no longer be part of NVIDIA's GeForce Now game streaming service. In a post on the NVIDIA forum, a staff member has announced that the platform has already started removing Bethesda Softworks titles from its library. They in...

Samsung temporarily shuts down phone factory following coronavirus case
Samsung's coronavirus problems extend beyond people steering clear of phone stores. The company has closed a phone factory in Gumi, South Korea until February 24th after confirming that a factory worker was infected with COVID-19. The company told...

Hitting the Books: A brief history of industrial espionage and corn
Welcome to Hitting the Books. With less than one in five Americans reading just for fun these days, we've done the hard work for you by scouring the internet for the most interesting, thought provoking books on science and technology we can find and...

'Minecraft Earth' gets a bit more physical thanks to new NFC-enabled minis
When the mobile-based Minecraft Earth was announced last year, it immediately drew comparisons to Pokémon Go because of its use of augmented reality and location-based activities. But it was very different (as senior editor Jess Conditt will a...

The Morning After: Don't buy a Galaxy Z Flip
Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Last week Motorola's Razr made its big comeback, then there was a rotary cellphone DIY kit, and this week we learned that the old Tiger Electronics handheld games are returning in 2020. I haven't even mentioned...

Twitter suspends 70 accounts posting identical pro-Bloomberg content
Mike Bloomberg's presidential campaign has been much shorter than his competitors and, so far, much louder. With a huge budget, it's paid for posts by social media influencers as well as standard advertisements. However, the LA Times reports that on...

Google fully explains why its apps aren't on new Huawei phones
Since last spring, the government's entity list ban against Huawei (and ZTE) has largely prevented US companies from working with them. Despite legal wrangling and trade negotiations between the two countries the ban is still in place, and in the cas...

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The first Alexa toy is a $300 kitchen for kids, packed with dad jokes - CNET
We check out a prototype at New York Toy Fair to see how Amazon's voice assistant plays with preschoolers.
Star Wars Retro Collection throws back to The Empire Strikes Back - CNET
Exclusive: Yoda with a snake, Leia on Hoth, Lando and more.
How to watch the Nevada caucus results without cable - CNET
Sanders leads in the polls, followed by Biden, Warren, Buttigieg, Steyer, Klobuchar and Bloomberg.
Twitter suspends some pro-Mike Bloomberg accounts - CNET
Numerous accounts reportedly posted identical messages, violating the site's rules about manipulating Twitter to "amplify conversations."
You can own Pacific Rim and 14 other movies in 4K UHD for just $5 each - CNET
Vudu's weekend flash sale includes The Accountant, Space Jam and Sully. Save a bundle adding them to your collection compared to Amazon.
Blue Power Ranger Billy Cranston, Ranger Slayer join Lightning Collection - CNET
Exclusive: Mighty Morphin's Blue Ranger and the comic book's take on Pink Ranger Kimberly join Zeo Gold and Time Force Red Rangers.
Get an Alienware Aurora R8 gaming PC with a 256GB SSD for $680 - CNET
Save $420 on a VR-ready gaming tower with a 9th gen Core i5 9400 CPU, 256GB SSD and 1TB hard drive, or just build your own and still get the discount.
Get Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order for Xbox One for $27 - CNET
That's a historic low for what has been called one of the best Star Wars games to date.
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'Hutter Prize' for Lossless Compression of Human Knowledge Increased to 500,000€
Baldrson (Slashdot reader #78,598) writes: First announced on Slashdot in 2006, AI professor Marcus Hutter has gone big with his challenge to the artificial intelligence [and data compression] community. A 500,000€ purse now

A Ransomware Attack Shut a US Natural Gas Plant and Its Pipelines
Long-time Slashdot reader Garabito writes: The Department of Homeland Security has revealed that an unnamed U.S. natural gas compression facility was forced to shut down operations for two days after becoming infected with ransomw

Co-Creator of the First Star Trek Convention Has Died
Long-time Slashdot reader sandbagger shared this report from the Hugo award-winning science fiction fanzine File 770: North Bellmore, New York fan Elyse Rosenstein, 69, died suddenly on February 20th. She had been undergoing reha

Breach of MGM Hotels' Cloud Server Exposed Data on 10.6 Million People
Personal information from more than 10.6 million people was published online this week, reports ZDNet -- all from people who'd stayed at MGM Resorts hotels (which include the Bellagio, Mandalay Bay, and ARIA): Besides details for

How Artificial Shrimps Could Change the World
Singaporean company Shiok Meats aims to grow artificial shrimp to combat the negative environmental effects associated with farmed shrimp. An anonymous reader shares an excerpt from The Economist: For a long time, beef has been a

'Ring' Upgrades Privacy Settings After Accusations It Shares Data With Facebook and Google
Amazon's Ring doorbell cameras just added two new privacy and security features "amid rising scrutiny on the company," reports The Hill, including "a second layer of authentication by requiring users to enter a one-time code share

After Inspecting 50 Airplanes, Boeing Found Foreign Object Debris in 35 Fuel Tanks
Boeing has found debris in the fuel tanks of 35 of their 737 Max aircraft. After inspecting just 50 of the 400 planes which were awaiting delivery to customers, Boeing found debris in "about two-thirds" of them reports the Wall St

A Quarter of All Tweets About Climate Crisis Produced By Bots
XXongo writes: According to a yet-to-be-published study from Brown University of the origin of 6.5 million tweets about climate and global warming, a quarter of all tweets about climate on an average day are produced by bots, disp


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Let's come together to tax tech giants, say G20 officials eyeing $100 bln boost
Leading world economies must show unity in dealing with aggressive "tax optimisation" by global digital giants like Google, Amazon and Facebook, G20 officials said on Saturday.
France ready to hear U.S. proposal on digital tax
France is ready to listen to the U.S. administration's proposal of offering U.S. companies a "safe harbour" from a new, international digital tax, its finance minister said on Saturday, while admitting that he still didn't know wh
Federal prosecutors probing if Boeing pilot knowingly lied to FAA - NYT
Federal prosecutors investigating Boeing Co are examining whether the U.S. planemaker knowingly misled the Federal Aviation Administration while it was seeking approval for its 737 MAX jet, the New York Times reported, citing two
MGM Resorts sued over data breach that possibly involved 10.6 million guests
U.S. casino operator MGM Resorts International has been sued over a data breach last year, which the company confirmed earlier this week and which reportedly involved details of over 10.6 million hotel guests.
Bloomberg campaign builds out digital arm Hawkfish ahead of 2020 election
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Startups Weekly: What the E-Trade deal says about Robinhood

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How well do Robinhood’s financials stack up against incumbent online brokerages? While we wait for the seven-year-old company’s long-planned IPO, Alex Wilhelm examined Morgan Stanley’s big $13 billion purchase of E-Trade for fresh data comparison points. Robinhood has 10 million accounts — twice what E-Trade has — but it also appears to make much less money per user and has far fewer assets under management, as he covered for Extra Crunch. So while its fee-free approach has destroyed a key revenue stream for competitors, it still has to grow its own “order-flow” business into its private-market valuation.

One solution is to make the platform stickier via social features. On the same day as the E-Trade deal announcement, Robinhood launched a new Profiles feature to encourage users to share stock tips. Josh Constine explored the offering and where it is headed on TechCrunch, concluding that “Profiles and lists, and then eventually more social features, could get Robinhood’s users trading more so there’s more order flow to sell and more reason for them to buy subscriptions.”

Alex also took a look at a new report on fintech funding, which found last year was a peak overall — but skewed towards later-stage companies. Certainly, the wealth management segment is looking mature.

But the category is massive, with many more incumbents left to disrupt. What are fintech investors looking for? Check out our popular investor survey on this topic from November.

How your startup can use TikTok for growth

You know that TikTok is where the cool kids are these days, but maybe… how do I say… it is not the social media platform you know best when it comes to growth. So Geneviève Patterson and Hannah Donovan, founders of TikTok-oriented video editing app TRASH, have published a two-part guide to help you figure it out.
The first part, freely available on TechCrunch, walks you through how to increase your authority ranking in the TikTok algorithm, its review process, and pointers for making your own content. The second part, for Extra Crunch subscribers, goes deep on how TikTok decides whose content gets featured more (and less).

Fifth Wall’s Brendan Wallace: the proptech sector is hot despite WeWork

“Our mandate is any technology that can be strategic to the real estate industry,” the prolific investor told Connie Loizos in an extended interview for Extra Crunch this week. While WeWork may have depressed some investor interest, plenty of models are working great across various segments — so he and his partners are raising more funds. One of the hottest sectors, perhaps surprisingly, is in sustainable buildings. As Wallace details, public pressure, large-tenant pressure, large-investor pressure and new metro requirements have removed any choice that the industry has in the matter:

Make no mistake; we are front-and-center to what is happening in the real estate industry and the collision with technology, and this is the single-most-important thing that has happened to the real estate industry in the last five decades. The real estate industry is going to have to go carbon-neutral and that is brand-new.

Is this sector also your focus? Be sure to check out our survey of investors in construction robotics from last week to find out some of the latest opportunities, plus our overview survey of real estate and prop tech investors from November.

The future of manufacturing and warehouse robotics

Ahead of our big robotics conference at UC Berkeley in early March, we have been producing a whole series of surveys on robotics verticals. This week, our resident financial analyst Arman Tabatabai teamed up with our hardware editor turned conference organizer, Brian Heater, to do a series of interviews with VCs who are focused on warehouse and manufacturing robotics. Investors include:

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This week was a fun combination of early-stage and late-stage news, with companies as young as seed stage and as old as PE-worthy joining our list of topics.

Danny and Alex were back on hand to chat once again. Just in case you missed it, they had some fun talking Tesla yesterday, and there are new Equity videos on YouTube. Enjoy!

This week the team argued about org-chart companies, debt raises, some of the items mentioned above, and much more. Details here.


This Week in Apps: HQ Trivia’s dramatic death, Android 11, Apple mulls a more open iOS

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the Extra Crunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all.

The app industry is as hot as ever, with a record 204 billion downloads in 2019 and $120 billion in consumer spending in 2019, according to App Annie’s recently released “State of Mobile” annual report. People are now spending 3 hours and 40 minutes per day using apps, rivaling TV. Apps aren’t just a way to pass idle hours — they’re a big business. In 2019, mobile-first companies had a combined $544 billion valuation, 6.5x higher than those without a mobile focus.

In this Extra Crunch series, we help you keep up with the latest news from the world of apps, delivered on a weekly basis.

This week we look at the sad, strange death of HQ Trivia, spying app ToTok getting booted from Google Play (again!), Android 11, an enticing Apple rumor about opening up iOS further to third-party apps, Google Stadia updates, the App Store book Apple wants banned, apps abusing subscriptions and much more.

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HQ Trivia burns to the ground

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Once-hot HQ Trivia believed it had invented a new kind of online gaming — live trivia played through your phone. Investors threw $15 million into the company hoping that was true. But the novelty wore off, cheaters came in, prize money dwindled and copycats emerged. Then co-founder Colin Kroll passed away and things at HQ Trivia got worse, including a failed internal mutiny, firings and layoffs. This week, HQ Trivia announced its demise. It then hosted one last, insane night of gaming featuring drunken and cursing hosts who sprayed champagne, called out trolls and begged for new jobs. (Sure, because they exited this one so professionally.)


Fintech startups raised $34B in 2019

Financial services startups raised less money in 2019 than they did in 2018 as VC firms looked to back late stage firms and focused on developing markets, a new report has revealed.

According to research firm CB Insights’ annual report published this week, fintech startups across the world raised $33.9 billion* in total last year across 1,912 deals*, down from $40.8 billion they picked up by participating in 2,049 deals the year before.

It’s a comprehensive report, which we recommend you read in full here (your email is required to access it), but below are some of the key takeaways.

  • Early stage startups struggled to attract money: Per the report, financing for startups looking to close Seed or Series A dropped to a five-year low in 2019. On the flip side, money pouring into Series B or beyond startups was at record five-year high.

    Early-stage deals dropped to a 12-quarter low as deal share globally shifts to mid- and late-stages (CB Insights)

  • Emerging and frontier markets were at the centre stage of the most of the action: South America, Africa, Australia, and Southeast Asia all topped their annual highs last year.
  • Asia outpaced Europe in the second half of last year on both number of deals and bulk of capital raised. In Q3, European startups raised $1.6 billion through 95 deals, compared to $1.8 billion amassed by Asian startups across 157 deals. In Q4, a similar story was at play: European startups participated in 100 rounds to raise $1.2 billion, compared to $2.14 billion* raised by Asian startups across 125 deals*.
  • Emergence of 24 new fintech unicorns in 2019: 8 fintech startups including Next Insurance, Bight Health, Flywire, High Radius, Ripple, and Figure attained the unicorn status in Q4 2019, and 16 others made it to the list throughout the rest of the last year.

    The fintech market globally today has 67 unicorns as of earlier this month (CB Insights)

  • Insurtech sector, or startups such as Lemonade, Hippo, Next, Wefox, Bright Health that are offering insurance services, got a major boost last year. They raised 6.2 billion last year, up from $3.2 billion in 2018.
  • Startups building solutions such as invoicing and taxing services and payroll and payments solutions for small and medium businesses also received the nod of VCs. In the U.S. alone, where more than 140 startups are operating in the space, raised $4 billion. In many more markets, such startups are beginning to emerge. In India, for instance Open and NiYo are building neo-banks for small businesses and they both raised money last year.
  • Nearly 50% of all funding to fintech startups was concentrated in 83-mega rounds (those of size $100 million or above.): According to the research firm, 2019 was a record year for such rounds across the globe, except in Europe.

    2019 saw 83 mega-rounds totaling $17.2B, a record year in every market except Europe

  • Funding of Germany-based startups reached an annual high: 65 deals in 2019 resulted in $1.79 billion raise, compared to 56 deals and raise of $757 million in 2018, and 66 deals and $622 million raise in 2017.
  • Financial startups in Southeast Asia (SEA) raised $993 million across 124 rounds in 2019 in what was their best year.

*CB Insights report includes a $666 million financing round of Paytm . It was incorrectly reported by some news outlets and the $666 million raise was part of the $1 billion round the Indian startup had revealed weeks prior. We have adjusted the data accordingly.


Original Content podcast: Netflix’s ‘Locke & Key’ offers spooky delights

At times, it can be hard to tell exactly who “Locke & Key” was made for.

Adapted from a comic book series written by Joe Hill and illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez, the show tells the story of the Locke family after they move into the mysterious Keyhouse, where they soon discover hidden keys that can be used for a variety of magical purposes.

With its emphasis on adolescent romance and magical powers, “Locke & Key” often feels like a young adult adaptation, but it also strays into darker territory, with plenty of horror, as well as a persuasive focus on the family’s ongoing trauma following the violent death of husband/father Rendell Locke.

Despite some quibbles, your Original Content podcast hosts agree that the show manages to balance these different elements effectively, with surprising plot twists, creepy visuals and a particularly compelling sibling relationship between the two teenaged Lockes, Tyler (played by Connor Jessup) and Kinsey (Emilia Jones).

In addition to reviewing the show, we also discuss the announcement that Netflix has acquired Adam McKay’s next film, “Don’t Look Up,” which will star Jennifer Lawrence. We had less to say about the movie itself and more about our respective attitudes towards a potential asteroid apocalypse.

You can listen in the player below, subscribe using Apple Podcasts or find us in your podcast player of choice. If you like the show, please let us know by leaving a review on Apple. You can also send us feedback directly. (Or suggest shows and movies for us to review!)

And if you want to skip ahead, here’s how the episode breaks down:

0:00 Intro
0:35 “Don’t Look Up” discussion
14:19 “Locke and Key” spoiler-free review
29:48 “Locke and Key” spoiler discussion


Do phones need to fold?

As Samsung (re)unveiled its clamshell folding phone last week, I kept seeing the same question pop up amongst my social circles: why?

I was wondering the same thing myself, to be honest. I’m not sure even Samsung knows; they’d win me over by the end, but only somewhat. The halfway-folded, laptop-style “Flex Mode” allows you to place the phone on a table for hands-free video calling. That’s pretty neat, I guess. But… is that it?

The best answer to “why?” I’ve come up with so far isn’t a very satisfying one: Because they can (maybe). And because they sort of need to do something.

Let’s time-travel back to the early 2000s. Phones were weird, varied and no manufacturers really knew what was going to work. We had basic flip phones and Nokia’s indestructible bricks, but we also had phones that swiveled, slid and included chunky physical keyboards that seemed absolutely crucial. The Sidekick! LG Chocolate! BlackBerry Pearl! Most were pretty bad by today’s standards, but it was at least easy to tell one model from the next.

(Photo by Kim Kulish/Corbis via Getty Images)

Then came the iPhone in 2007; a rectangular glass slab defined less by physical buttons and switches and more by the software that powered it. The device itself, a silhouette. There was hesitation to this formula, initially; the first Android phones shipped with swiveling keyboards, trackballs and various sliding pads. As iPhone sales grew, everyone else’s buttons, sliders and keyboards were boiled away as designers emulated the iPhone’s form factor. The best answer, it seemed, was a simple one.

Twelve years later, everything has become the same. Phones have become… boring. When everyone is trying to build a better rectangle, the battle becomes one of hardware specs. Which one has the fastest CPU? The best camera?


Investors in LatAm get bitten by the hotel investment bug as Ayenda raises $8.7 million

Some of Latin America’s leading venture capital investors are now backing hotel chains.

In fact, Ayenda, the largest hotel chain in Colombia, has raised $8.7 million in a new round of funding, according to the company.

Led by Kaszek Ventures, the round will support the continued expansion of Ayenda’s chain of hotels in Colombia and beyond. The hotel operator already has 150 hotels operating under its flag in Colombia and has recently expanded to Peru, according to a statement.

Financing came from Kaszek Ventures and strategic investors like Irelandia Aviation, Kairos, Altabix and BWG Ventures.

The company, which was founded in 2018, now has more than 4,500 rooms under its brand in Colombia and has become the biggest hotel chain in the country.

Investments in brick and mortar chains by venture firms are far more common in emerging markets than they are in North America. The investment in Ayenda mirrors big bets that SoftBank Group has made in the Indian hotel chain Oyo and an investment made by Tencent, Sequoia China, Baidu Capital and Goldman Sachs, in LvYue Group late last year, amounting to “several hundred million dollars”, according to a company statement.

“We’re seeking to invest in companies that are redefining the big industries and we found Ayenda, a team that is changing the hotel’s industry in an unprecedented way for the region”, said Nicolas Berman, Kaszek Ventures partner.

Ayenda works with independent hotels through a franchise system to help them increase their occupancy and services. The hotels have to apply to be part of the chain and go through an up to 30-day inspection process before they’re approved to open for business.

“With a broad supply of hotels with the best cost-benefit relationship, guests can travel more frequently, accelerating the economy,” says Declan Ryan, managing partner at Irelandia Aviation.

The company hopes to have more than 1 million guests in 2020 in their hotels. Rooms list at $20 per-night, including amenities and an around the clock customer support team.

Oyo’s story may be a cautionary tale for companies looking at expanding via venture investment for hotel chains. The once high-flying company has been the subject of some scathing criticism. As we wrote:

The New York Times  published an in-depth report on Oyo, a tech-enabled budget hotel chain and rising star in the Indian tech community. The NYT wrote that Oyo offers unlicensed rooms and has bribed police officials to deter trouble, among other toxic practices.

Whether Oyo, backed by billions from the SoftBank  Vision Fund, will become India’s WeWork is the real cause for concern. India’s startup ecosystem is likely to face a number of barriers as it grows to compete with the likes of Silicon Valley.


SpaceX said to be seeking around $250 million in funding, boosting valuation to roughly $36 billion

SpaceX is looking to raise around $250 million in new funding according to a new report from CNBC’s Michael Sheetz. The additional cash would bring SpaceX’s total valuation to around $36 billion, according to CNBC’s sources — an increase of more than $2.5 billion versus its most recently reported valuation.

The rocket launch company founded and run by Elon Musk is no stranger to raising large sums of money — it added $1.33 billion during 2019 (from three separate rounds). In total, the company has raised more than $3 billion in funding to date — but the scale of its ambitions provides a clear explanation of why the company has sought so much capital.

SpaceX is also generating a significant amount of revenue: Its contract to develop the Crew Dragon spacecraft as part of the NASA commercial crew program came with $3.1 billion in contract award money from the agency, for example, and it charges its customers roughly $60 million per launch of one of its Falcon 9 rockets. Last year alone, SpaceX had 13 launches.

But SpaceX is also not a company to rest on its laurels, or its pre-existing technology investments. The company is in the process of developing its next spacecraft, dubbed “Starship.” Starship will potentially be able to eventually replace both Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy, and will be fully reusable, instead of partially reusable like those systems. Once it’s operational, it will be able to provide significant cost savings and advantages to SpaceX’s bottom line, if the company’s projections are correct, but getting there requires a massive expenditure of capital in development of the technology required to make Starship fly, and fly reliably.

Musk recently went into detail about the company’s plans to essentially build new versions of Starship as fast as it’s able, incorporating significant changes and updates to each new successive version as it goes. Given the scale of Starship and the relatively expensive process of building each as an essentially bespoke new model, it makes perfect sense why SpaceX would seek to bolster its existing capital with additional funds.

CNBC reports that the funding could close sometime in the middle of next month. We reached out to SpaceX for comment, but did not receive a reply as of publication.


Trump’s Election Day YouTube takeover plan feels very different in 2020

According to a report from Bloomberg, the Trump campaign called dibs on some of the most prized ad space online in the days leading up to the 2020 U.S. election.

Starting in early November and continuing onto Election Day itself, the campaign will reportedly command YouTube’s masthead, the space at the very top of the video sharing site’s homepage. YouTube is now the second most popular website globally after the online video platform overtook Facebook in web traffic back in 2018. Bloomberg didn’t report the details of the purchase, but the YouTube masthead space is reported to cost as much as a million dollars a day.

The Trump campaign’s ad buy is likely to rub the president’s many critics the wrong way, but it isn’t unprecedented. In 2012, the Obama campaign bought the same space before Mitt Romney landed the Republican nomination. It’s also not a first for the Trump campaign, which bought banner ads at the top of YouTube last June to send its own message during the first Democratic debate.

Screenshot of the Trump campaign’s June 2019 YouTube ads via NPR/YouTube

In spite of the precedent, 2020 is a very different year for political money flowing to tech companies — one with a great degree of newfound scrutiny. The big tech platforms are still honing their respective rules for political advertising as November inches closer, but the kinks are far from ironed out and the awkward dance between politics and tech continues.

The fluidity of the situation is a boon to campaigns eager to plow massive amounts of cash into tech platforms. Facebook remains under scrutiny for its willingness to accept money for political ads containing misleading claims, even as the company is showered in cash by 2020 campaigns. Most notable among them is the controversial candidacy of multi-billionaire Mike Bloomberg, who spent a whopping $33 million on Facebook alone in the last 30 days. In spite of its contentious political ad policies, much-maligned Facebook offers a surprising degree of transparency around what runs on its platform through its robust political ad library, a tool that arose out of the controversy surrounding the 2016 U.S. election.

On the other end of the spectrum, Twitter opted to ban political ads altogether, and is currently working on a way to label “synthetic or manipulated media” intended to mislead users — an effort that could flag non-paid content by candidates, including a recent debate video doctored by the Bloomberg campaign. Twitter is working through its own policy issues in a relatively public way, embracing trial-and-error rather than carving its rules in stone.

Unlike Twitter, YouTube will continue to run political ads, but did mysteriously remove a batch of 300 Trump campaign ads last year without disclosing what policy the ads had violated. Google also announced that it would limit election ad targeting to a few high-level categories (age, gender and ZIP code), a decision the Trump campaign called the “muzzling of political speech.” In spite of its strong stance on microtargeting, Google’s policies around allowing lies in political ads fall closer to Facebook’s anything-goes approach. Google makes a few exceptions, disallowing “misleading claims about the census process” and “false claims that could significantly undermine participation or trust in an electoral or democratic process,” the latter of which leaves an amphitheater-sized amount of room for interpretation.

In recent years, much of the criticism around political advertising has centered around the practice of microtargeting ads to hyper-specific sets of users, a potent technique made possible by the amount of personal data collected by modern social platforms and a strategy very much back in action in 2020. While Trump’s campaign leveraged that phenomenon to great success in 2016, Trump’s big YouTube ad buy is just one part of an effort to see what sticks, advertising to anybody and everybody in the splashiest spot online in the process.

YouTube declined to confirm to TechCrunch the Trump campaign’s reported ad buy, but noted that the practice of buying the YouTube masthead is “common” during elections.

“In the past, campaigns, PACs, and other political groups have run various types of ads leading up to election day,” the spokesperson said. “All advertisers follow the same process and are welcome to purchase the masthead space as long as their ads comply with our policies.”


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Facebook plans to clarify when pro-Bloomberg posts come from staffers

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PSA: Your WhatsApp groups may not be as private as you think

Don’t count on your private WhatsApp group being as private as you think. An important PSA has been making the rounds today after DW journalist Jordan Wildon noted that using Whatsapp’s “Invite to Group via Link” feature lets groups be indexed by search engines. Your WhatsApp groups may not be as secure as you think they are. The "Invite to Group via Link" feature allows groups to be indexed by Google and they are generally available across the internet. With some wildcard search terms you can easily find some… interesting… groups. pic.twitter.com/hbDlyN6g3q — Jordan Wildon (@JordanWildon) February 21, 2020 That…

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Android 11 lets you assign shortcuts to a double-tap on the back of your phone

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