Lady Gaga performed private Apple concert as a tribute to Steve Jobs

Did you catch the Lady Gaga concert that took place on May 17?
Unless you work out of Apple Park, the tech giant’s massive spaceship-shaped headquarters in Cupertino, you probably didn’t attend.
The singer and actress performed a special private concert for Apple employees on Friday to help formally open the campus as well as pay tribute to Steve Jobs, according MacRumors. The concert took place on a Jony Ive-designed stage, decked with a rainbow arch, inside of Apple Park’s ring.
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Lady Gaga performed private Apple concert as a tribute to Steve Jobs

EU to launch inquiry into Apple over Spotify’s complaint, report says

A few weeks ago, music streaming service Spotify filed a complaint with the European Commission, claiming that Apple’s App Store rules give Apple an “unfair advantage at every turn.”
Now, the Financial Times reports that the EU will launch a formal antitrust inquiry into the matter in the next couple of weeks. 
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In a blog post explaining its decision to file the complaint, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek said that Apple has put Spotify in an impossible position.
“Apple requires that Spotify and other digital services pay a 30 percent tax on purchases made…

EU to launch inquiry into Apple over Spotify’s complaint, report says

Facebook investors desperate to boot Mark Zuckerberg from chairmanship

The call to oust Mark Zuckerberg is coming from inside the house. 
A group of investors have teamed up in an effort to replace the Facebook CEO and board chairman with an independent voice. The plan, put forth in an April 12 SEC filing, doesn’t mince words in its critique of the 34-year-old fan of smoked meats. 
“[Zuckerberg’s] dual-class shareholdings give him approximately 60% of Facebook’s voting shares, leaving the board, even with a lead independent director, with only a limited ability to check Mr. Zuckerberg’s power,” reads the statement supporting the proposal. “We believe this weakens Facebook’s governance and oversight of management.”…

Facebook investors desperate to boot Mark Zuckerberg from chairmanship

Reddit waits until it’s too late to ban violence-glorifying subreddits

Another day, another internet giant belatedly deciding to apply its own policies in the face of a tragedy. 
Following the tragic Christchurch terrorist attack in New Zealand that left 49 people dead and scores more injured, and the subsequent sharing online of a livestream from the killer, Reddit has banned two subreddits that it now says glorified or celebrated violence. 
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The first, r/watchpeopledie, was pretty much exactly what it sounds like — a place where people shared and commented on grisly videos of real deaths. The second, r/gore, was less specific…

Reddit waits until it’s too late to ban violence-glorifying subreddits

Steve Irwin gets his own Google Doodle to commemorate his birthday

On Friday, the late Steve Irwin would’ve turned 49.
To commemorate the late animal conservationist and TV personality, who passed away in 2006, Google will unveil a Doodle in his honour.
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The main Doodle features Steve holding on to a crocodile, as he was remembered for. It’s animated, so when users click through, there’s more images with the family and other animals.
“Today’s Google Doodle acknowledges the life and achievements of my husband Steve Irwin, whose efforts to protect wildlife and wild places have been recognised as the most extensive of any conservationist,” Terri Irwin,…

Steve Irwin gets his own Google Doodle to commemorate his birthday

Paris is suing Airbnb for illegal listings

Paris is one of the most popular destinations for Airbnb, but the city’s authorities are at odds with the company.
The mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, announced on Sunday the city would be suing Airbnb to the tune of $14 million, due to the alleged listing of 1,000 illegal rentals.
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Hidalgo made the announcement in French newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche, and said she didn’t take issue with Parisians who rent their home “a few days a year,” but those who treat it like a business.
“The…

Paris is suing Airbnb for illegal listings

Amazon’s QVC-style shopping channel is a monument to sadness

Even in these dark online times, there are places on the internet that manage to shine through and offer us some form of digital redemption; places where we yearn to stay and build new forms of community.
Amazon Live is not one of those places. 
The QVC-like streaming media service — soft-launched on Amazon’s mobile apps, in stealth mode on the web, and first discovered by TechCrunch — offers a carousel of teeth-whitened enthusiasts detailing all the ways a featured product will improve their lives. 
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But wait, there’s more.  Read more…More about Amazon,…

Tesla is facing ‘hard times ahead’ as it cuts 7% of its workforce

Tesla is reducing its full-employee headcount by 7%, Elon Musk announced in an email sent to employees on Friday. 
The layoffs are necessary if the company plans to keep turning profit as it starts delivering cheaper variants of the Model 3, Musk wrote. The company will also retain only the “most critical” temps and contractors. 
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“Tesla will need to make these cuts while increasing the Model 3 production rate and making many manufacturing engineering improvements in the coming months. Higher volume and manufacturing design improvements are crucial for Tesla to achieve the economies…

Tesla is facing ‘hard times ahead’ as it cuts 7% of its workforce

Microsoft’s prediction of 2019 ten years ago is just a bit off

Predictions of the future are rarely accurate, but Microsoft’s vision of what its technology would look it 2019 would be like is pretty off the mark.
The promotional video originally launched in 2009 was unearthed on reddit recently, where translucent, ultra-thin screens and interactive newspapers, slick (albeit dated looking) graphics are part of everyday life.
There are handful of things in the video that have become reality, not necessarily all by Microsoft though, like the foldable phone, augmented reality, gesture controls, but these technologies aren’t as slick as the tech giant envisaged them to be by now. Read more…More about Tech, Microsoft, Big…

Microsoft’s prediction of 2019 ten years ago is just a bit off

Apple exec puts a number on what’s acceptable for bendy iPads

Apple has already confirmed that it’s fine if some newer iPad Pros don’t lie completely flat, but now there’s an actual numeric measurement for acceptable iPad bendiness.
Apple’s Dan Riccio, VP of hardware engineering at the company, confirmed the detail in an email. Riccio sent the note as a response to a customer who had written to Apple CEO Tim Cook with concerns about the company’s suggestion that warped iPads aren’t actually the product of a manufacturing defect.
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It’s a situation that’s been brewing since a November video that went viral purported to…

Apple exec puts a number on what’s acceptable for bendy iPads

For the first time, Facebook faces lawsuit from U.S. regulators over Cambridge Analytica

Finally, after waves of bad press, showy Congressional hearings, and hashtag campaigns, regulators in the U.S. are trying to punish Facebook for the Cambridge Analytica scandal. 
A lawsuit against the company was filed by Karl Racine, the attorney general for the District of Columbia, the Washington Post confirmed Wednesday.
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Cambridge Analytica, a data firm funded in part by former Breitbart exec and White House strategist Steve Bannon, helped guide Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. It obtained data from a psychology professor, Aleksandr Kogan, who built a personality quiz that obtained permission to…

For the first time, Facebook faces lawsuit from U.S. regulators over Cambridge Analytica

Samsung’s new A8s smartphone doesn’t have a headphone jack

Remember when Samsung made fun of Apple for not including a headphone jack on its flagship phones? Those jokes will pack a little less punch now that Samsung has launched the Galaxy A8s, a phone with the new Infinity-O display, triple rear camera and zero headphone jacks. 
The fact that the phone doesn’t have a 3.5mm audio connector, noticed by MacRumors, is clearly visible in the promotional photos for the device, where it’s shown from all angles. The only connector this phone has is the USB-C jack on the bottom. 
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Samsung’s new A8s smartphone doesn’t have a headphone jack

Google to face worldwide protests on November 27 over censored search engine

Google might just have to get used to protests.
Weeks after Google employees around the globe walked out of offices in protest of the company’s handling of claims of sexual misconduct, the Mountain View-based search giant is about to face yet another worldwide protest. This time, however, Amnesty International is coming for it. The planned demonstrations aim to highlight Google’s efforts, codenamed Dragonfly, to build a censored Chinese search engine. 
It’s all set to go down on Nov. 27, reports The Intercept, and Amnesty International is not playing around. The NGO launched a petition calling on Google to cease its Dragonfly project, and…

Google to face worldwide protests on November 27 over censored search engine