T-Mobile’s merger pitch to Congress is about China beating America on 5G

T-Mobile’s merger pitch to Congress is about China beating America on 5G

The CEO of T-Mobile and executive chairman of Sprint are set to be heard in front of House lawmakers tomorrow about their proposed merger, but newly released testimony is already giving a glimpse into how the companies will make their case. In one word: China. In prepared remarks, T-Mobile CEO John Legere ties the proposed merger to “American innovation and national security,” and specifically argues that the merger will be necessary to make the United…

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Wrestler Booker T is suing Activision for allegedly putting his alter ego in Black Ops 4

Wrestler Booker T is suing Activision for allegedly putting his alter ego in Black Ops 4

Professional wrestler Booker T. Huffman is suing games publisher Activision for allegedly putting his comic book character “G.I. Bro” in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. Huffman filed a copyright complaint today based on similarities between G.I. Bro and the Black Ops character David “Prophet” Wilkes. “They could have drawn him any way they wanted. But they chose to steal Booker T’s ‘G. I. Bro,’” the complaint reads. Huffman’s lawsuit seems based essentially on visual…

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Aziz Ansari says he hopes he’s “become a better person” since being accused of sexual misconduct

Aziz Ansari says he hopes he’s “become a better person” since being accused of sexual misconduct

Aziz Ansari used a stop on his comedy comeback tour to finally open up about last year’s controversial allegations of sexual misconduct. Aziz Ansari has commented on the controversial first-person account by an anonymous woman who accused Ansari of trying to pressure her having sex with him after the two went on a date. It was the first time he’s spoken publicly about the allegation since the story first broke a year ago. Ansari reflected…

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An AI system competed against a human debate champion. Here’s what happened.

An AI system competed against a human debate champion. Here’s what happened.

IBM’s “Miss Debater” lectured a Silicon Valley audience on morality. Remember your high school debate club? What happened in downtown San Francisco on Monday night was emphatically not like that. In a highly unusual public debate attended by hundreds of eager onlookers, IBM pitted a female-voiced AI system, formally known as Project Debater but lovingly nicknamed Miss Debater, against Harish Natarajan, a debate champion who’s racked up more wins than any other person in the…

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Vizio is telling you how to get paid for TV-spying lawsuit by taking over your TV

Vizio is telling you how to get paid for TV-spying lawsuit by taking over your TV

If you turn on your Vizio TV right now, you may see a strange message telling you that “you could get money” from a class-action settlement. That’s because Vizio has settled a $17 million lawsuit for allegedly spying on what you’ve been watching — and it’s telling you how to get your money by controlling your TV, because that isn’t ironic or creepy in the least. It’s a feature that’s been spotted in development last…

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Why retailers overlook women who aren’t quite plus or straight size

Why retailers overlook women who aren’t quite plus or straight size

The rise of curve models like Ashley Graham hasn’t necessarily given customers who wear cusp sizes more visibility. Fashion’s struggles with size inclusivity have spanned decades. For far too long, women who didn’t fit into “standard” clothing sizes had difficulty walking into a store and leaving with something they could wear. While that problem is still very much a reality, a growing number of retailers sell plus-size clothing or have extended their size ranges to…

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How Democrats plan to shrink the gender pay gap

How Democrats plan to shrink the gender pay gap

The Paycheck Fairness Act is ambitious, and obvious. You’ve probably heard this statistic by now: Women who work full time in the US earn, on average, 82 cents for every dollar a man earns — a number that has hardly budged since 2004. The gap has even widened a bit in the past four years. Several factors explain this difference, but researchers believe a big part of it is due to discrimination. But that’s really…

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Activision Blizzard cuts nearly 800 jobs amid ‘record results in 2018’

Activision Blizzard cuts nearly 800 jobs amid ‘record results in 2018’

Activision Blizzard has announced that it’s laying off 8 percent of its employees — roughly 770 people — as part of the company “de-prioritizing initiatives that are not meeting expectations.” The news came on the heels of announcement of Activision Blizzard’s Q4 and 2018 earnings, where CEO Bobby Kotick gave the company’s “record results in 2018.” Kotick went on to comment that, “While our financial results for 2018 were the best in our history, we…

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Developers say Sony is ‘playing favorites’ with PS4 cross-play support

Developers say Sony is ‘playing favorites’ with PS4 cross-play support

After months of dragging its feet, Sony finally started enabling cross-play between the PlayStation 4 and other consoles like the Nintendo Switch and Xbox One late last year with Fortnite, followed by Rocket League in January. But those two games remain the only titles with cross-console play, and some developers are calling out Sony for “playing favorites” with which games it is and isn’t allowing to have the feature, via Kotaku. For its part, Sony’s…

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Google’s Android Things is not much of a thing anymore

Google’s Android Things is not much of a thing anymore

Google may not be throwing in the towel on Android Things, but it’s at least neatly folding the towel and setting it on the ground. In a blog post today, Google said that it’s refocusing Android Things — its Android-based platform for smart devices — exclusively on smart speakers and smart displays. That’s a much narrower scope than the all-encompassing Internet of Things platform that Google had initially dreamed up. When Android Things was first…

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