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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According to AppleWeb (via Cult of Mac), the tech giant’s…

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

MacBooks, Lenovo Yoga Books, Samsung Galaxy Tabs, and more weekend tech deals

Memorial Day is almost upon us, and you know what that means: Deals. 
More often than not, there are so many deals that you end up buying a whole ton of stuff. A new mattress? Sure. A robot vacuum for your dog-hair-ridden floors? Hell yeah. An Instant Pot to house all of your culinary creations? Uh, yes please. 
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But this Memorial Day, we have something different in mind for you, and it comes in the form of a new laptop or tablet. That’s why we went out and gathered the very best deals…

MacBooks, Lenovo Yoga Books, Samsung Galaxy Tabs, and more weekend tech deals

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

Elon Musk is annoying the hell out of people who work with self-driving cars

Elon Musk really went for it this week at Tesla’s Autonomy Day, ripping into widely used self-driving technology like laser sensors and (over)promising to put 1 million self-driving Tesla taxis on the streets next year. These bold claims certainly stirred up some feelings among autonomous vehicle experts and industry leaders.
On Friday, Velodyne president Marta Hall released a long statement — with a lot of ALL CAPS — defending her company’s main product, LiDAR sensors for autonomous vehicles. While acknowledging Tesla’s good work with electrification and car design, she shredded Musk’s “claims” about deploying Teslas without a driver and without “lame” LiDAR sensors….

Elon Musk is annoying the hell out of people who work with self-driving cars

Bitfinex and Tether accused of $850 million cover-up by New York Attorney General

Welp, it’s not like you weren’t warned something shady was going on. 
The New York Attorney General’s office today accused iFinex Inc., the company behind both the cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex and the stablecoin Tether, of a massive coverup to hide the loss of $850 million in customer funds. It seems, the attorney general alleges, that Tether is not in fact backed one-to-one by U.S. dollars (as the company claimed until March of this year) and that Bitfinex can’t cover customer withdraws. 
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This, to put it lightly, is a big deal….

Bitfinex and Tether accused of $850 million cover-up by New York Attorney General

Departing the U.S. from an airport? Your face will be scanned.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is set to expand the use of facial recognition tech to identify just about every person leaving the United States on a commercial flight.
As Quartz reports, the CBP already uses facial recognition technology at 15 U.S. airports. The system works by capturing a photo of a passenger as they approach their airport departure gate. The image is then compared to visa and passport applications for a possible match so as to create an “exit record.” No match flags the individual for closer inspection by the CBP.
In the Fiscal Tear 2018 Entry/Exit Overtstay Report released by…

Departing the U.S. from an airport? Your face will be scanned.

After an Easter terror attack, Sri Lanka cut access to social media

Sri Lanka restricted access to social media following a terror attack that left more than 200 people dead and at least 450 injured. Eight bombs exploded in three churches and three luxury hotels on Easter Sunday. 
According to The New York Times, restricted sites include Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, WhatsApp, Viber, and YouTube. 
“This was a unilateral decision,” presidential adviser Harindra Dassanayake told the Times, explaining officials worried that the spread of misinformation and hate speech could incite violence.
The move isn’t a first for the country — in 2018, Sri Lankan officials blocked access to social media when viral posts on Facebook called…

After an Easter terror attack, Sri Lanka cut access to social media

Thieves reportedly used car-sharing app to steal 100 cars in Chicago

Nicolas Cage would be proud. 
The car-sharing company Car2Go has temporarily suspended operations in Chicago following the reported theft of 100 cars off its platform. While the exact details are hazy, it appears that as-of-yet undetermined individuals fraudulently used the company’s app to gain access to Car2Go vehicles and then make their dastardly escape. 

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News of the theft was first reported by CBS Chicago investigative reporter Brad Edwards, who tweeted that “[as] many as 100 Mercedes / high-end cars missing / stolen,” and that “[many] being used to commit crimes.” Read more…More about…

Thieves reportedly used car-sharing app to steal 100 cars in Chicago

Lyft pulled electric bikes off the streets in New York, San Francisco, and D.C.

Lyft’s bikeshare business is having a rough Sunday.
Almost identical blog posts from Citi Bike, Ford GoBike, and Capital Bikeshare — all of which are Lyft-owned businesses — confirm that their “pedal-assist” electric bikes have been temporarily taken out of service. That means customers in New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. will have to make do with pedal bikes for now.
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The issue stems from some kind of issue with the brakes on those pedal-assist bikes. “We recently received a small number of reports from riders who experienced stronger than expected braking…

Lyft pulled electric bikes off the streets in New York, San Francisco, and D.C.

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

Elizabeth Holmes trial: What’s going on with the Theranos founder after ‘The Inventor’

The federal government is taking Elizabeth Holmes to court.
As you probably know by now, she was the founder and CEO of Theranos, the blood-testing startup featured in the HBO doc The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley (as well as a book, podcast, and, soon, a feature film starring Jennifer Lawrence). Also being charged is former Theranos president Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani. 
The pair has already been tried in the court of public opinion. Now they will face litigation for making misleading claims about their company’s ability to accurately test pinpricks of blood for a catalog of diseases. Here is what is…

Elizabeth Holmes trial: What’s going on with the Theranos founder after ‘The Inventor’

Oppo’s new Reno phone hides its selfie camera in a very different way

Chinese smartphone maker Oppo, known for numerous attempts to get rid of the notch once and for all, has a new idea: a slanted pop-up selfie camera. 
As seen in a series of leaks (including a video) posted by SlashLeaks, instead of hosting the selfie camera in a rectangular little pop-up box, the Reno’s selfie camera and flash are placed in a longer slab of plastic that rises from the right side only. 
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Other than the shape, the Reno’s popup camera is quite similar to other pop-up cameras we’ve seen —…

Oppo’s new Reno phone hides its selfie camera in a very different way

Internet providers block sites that host Christchurch terror attack video

It’s been a struggle for internet companies to contain a live streamed video of the Christchurch terror attack.
In light of this, internet service providers are teaming up to block sites which refuse to take down the video, echoing calls by police and government for people to stop sharing it.
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A Vodafone New Zealand spokesperson said it was working alongside other large internet service providers in the country, such as Spark, 2Degrees and Vocus to “identify and block access to sites” distributing the video. Read more…More about New Zealand, Christchurch, Internet…

Internet providers block sites that host Christchurch terror attack video

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