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Qualcomm is slashing about 1,500 jobs in California to cut costs

Qualcomm has started cutting jobs in California, with aims to let go of around 1,500 people to meet a $1 billion savings commitment the company made to investors, reports Bloomberg. The job cuts are concentrated in California, but layoffs will also occur at other locations. The company currently employs around 33,800 people globally. “We first evaluated non-headcount expense reductions, but […]

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OnePlus is releasing an Avengers-themed OnePlus 6 in India

OnePlus has confirmed that it’s partnering with Marvel on an Avengers-themed edition of the upcoming OnePlus 6. The phone will likely be exclusive to the Indian market, as was the case with last year’s Star Wars-branded OnePlus 5T. “OnePlus’ association with Marvel Studios is a manifestation of the enduring love and support they have garnered from its respective community over […]

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Intel is giving up on its smart glasses

Intel has confirmed that it plans to shut down the New Devices Group (NDG), and cease development on the Vaunt smart glasses project we revealed earlier this year. The story was first reported this evening by The Information, which also notes that the closure will probably result in “some layoffs” from the team that was reportedly around 200 people. Here’s […]

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YouTuber Mars Argo is suing Poppy’s creator for ‘severe’ abuse, ripping off her persona

YouTuber Mars Argo is suing musician and internet persona Poppy and her creator, Titanic Sinclair, otherwise known as Corey Mixter. In court documents obtained by The Verge, Mars Argo, real name Brittany Sheets, alleges that in addition to enduring “severe emotional and psychological abuse and manipulation from Mr. Mixter,” he also crafted a “Mars Argo knockoff” in the form of […]

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Is Secretary Zinke a geologist? Scientists weigh in

Volcano scientist Jess Phoenix has challenged Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to a battle of geologic knowledge after CNN reported yesterday that Zinke has repeatedly claimed to be a geologist, despite apparently never having worked as one. “Winner gets the DOI job, loser never claims to be a geologist again,” she tweeted. It’s a claim Zinke has made “at least 40 […]

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Facebook is building a team to design its own chips

Facebook looks to be in the early stages of developing its own silicon to power its devices and servers, according to a new report from Bloomberg. The company is looking to hire a manager tasked with assembling an “end-to-end SoC / ASIC, firmware, and driver development organization.” So the plan is only coming together, but Facebook’s interest in becoming more […]

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Amazon sells record number of turkeys

Year after year, Amazon brags about selling more things than ever, and now the company has added turkey sales to its leaderboard. In a letter to shareholders, CEO Jeff Bezos celebrated the milestone made possible by its takeover of Whole Foods. “Our Prime member exclusive promotion broke Whole Foods’ all-time record for turkeys sold during the Thanksgiving season,” Bezos wrote. […]

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Jeff Bezos reveals that Amazon has over 100 million Prime subscribers

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has revealed in his annual shareholders letter today that his company has over 100 million Prime members, marking the first time in the 13-year history of Amazon offering its Prime membership that the company has ever revealed its number of subscribers. According to Bezos, Amazon Prime also saw its best year ever in 2017, with the […]

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Whole Foods will end its rewards program and fold it into Amazon Prime

Whole Foods will shut down its rewards program, digital coupons, and customers’ online accounts on May 2nd and fold everything into Amazon Prime, according to an email to customers this week. The email, as spotted by Marketwatch, says unused rewards will not roll over to Amazon Prime, so customers should try to use their benefits before the program officially sunsets. […]

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Google just created a big problem for anti-censorship tools

App developers won’t be able to use Google to get around internet censorship anymore. The Google App Engine is discontinuing a practice called domain-fronting, which let services use Google’s network to get around network blocks in countries like China and Iran. A recent change in Google’s network architecture means the trick no longer works. First spotted by Tor developers on […]

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Days after Russian clampdown, Iran signals that a ban of Telegram is imminent

The Iranian government appears to be preparing to institute a nationwide ban of Telegram, only days after Russia banned Telegram. Earlier this year, Iran temporarily banned Telegram and Instagram during widespread protests in January. Telegram — an encrypted messaging app that also features channels often used by official bodies like news organizations or even government entities — has 40 million […]

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Facebook is testing a way to let people watch video premieres in Facebook Live

Although the ability to publish pre-recorded video to Facebook Live has been an option for some time, it’s required the use of third-party programs like OBS and Wirecast. Now, Facebook is testing a feature called Premieres, which will let creators publish already-made videos to Facebook Live, as reported today by Engadget. While there isn’t much information on Premieres yet, it […]