Amazon is using video of suspected thieves to help promote its doorbell camera brand

Amazon is using video of suspected thieves to help promote its doorbell camera brand

Amazon’s Ring has recently been accused of using fear to sell its doorbell cameras, promoting a culture where neighbors are encouraged to publicly suspect the worst about those they see through the lens, and where they can theoretically consume so many reports of violent crime that they could believe it’s the norm — even though the data suggests that violent crime has fallen sharply. But most of that discussion has centered around Ring’s Neighbors app,…

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Beyond Meat’s success may mean more fake food is on the way

Beyond Meat’s success may mean more fake food is on the way

Beyond Meat’s sales tripled this quarter in its very first earnings report as a public company, the company said today. The company also said it expects to break even this year. Its shares have taken off substantially since IPO even before the surprisingly good earnings report, and may be good news for Silicon Valley investors who are backing other fake food companies. Arguably there’s an appetite for them Beyond Meat makes, well, fake meat: the…

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17 automakers reportedly ask Trump to back off his plan to lower emissions standards

17 automakers reportedly ask Trump to back off his plan to lower emissions standards

A group of 17 major automakers have co-signed a letter to President Donald Trump asking him to not go through with his plan to significantly lower emissions standards in the US, according to reports from The New York Times and Reuters. The letter, delivered today, reportedly calls Trump’s plan “untenable.” Trump has been pushing to lower emissions standards for over a year now, and while it might seem counterintuitive that major car manufacturers would be…

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Android malware once found a way onto phones before they even shipped

Android malware once found a way onto phones before they even shipped

Today, Google posted what amounts to a case study of some very persistent and clever hackers who kept trying to get malware on Android phones. It’s about the “Triada family” of apps designed to put spam and ads on a device. After a brief history of how it started in 2016 and an overview of how early versions worked, Google got to the surprising turn in the story: Triada devised a method to get malware…

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“Pig Ebola” is spreading uncontrollably in China and Vietnam

“Pig Ebola” is spreading uncontrollably in China and Vietnam

It’s an unprecedented outbreak of a virus that’s deadly to pigs. An unprecedented outbreak of African swine fever, a highly contagious disease that’s been called “pig Ebola,” is ravaging Asia’s pig industry with no signs of letting up. The current outbreak of the virus, which kills almost all infected animals, began in China in August. Since then, some 22 percent of the country’s pig herd has been lost to the disease and to culling, Christine…

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Some questions about The RealReal’s IPO, from a woman who remembers Pets.com

Some questions about The RealReal’s IPO, from a woman who remembers Pets.com

Perhaps you have heard that The RealReal, an online consignment shop for luxury goods, has filed for an initial public offering under the ticker “REAL.” Ok, fine, so far so what? Well, the company’s founder and CEO is Julie Wainwright. For those of you who did not immediately emit an ultrasonic shriek, Wainwright was the CEO of Pets.com, which went bust less than a year after its IPO in 2000. Pets.com’s infamous failure is still…

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50 years after Stonewall, the NYPD finally apologizes to the LGBTQ community

50 years after Stonewall, the NYPD finally apologizes to the LGBTQ community

“The actions and the laws were discriminatory and oppressive, and for that, I apologize.” Fifty years after the New York Police Department raided the Stonewall Inn, leading to the birth of the modern LGBTQ rights movement, the commissioner of the NYPD has apologized. “I do know what happened should not have happened,” James O’Neill, New York’s police commissioner, said in a public statement. “The actions taken by the NYPD were wrong — plain and simple….

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AT&T’s WarnerMedia streaming service to cost “between $16 and $17 a month”

AT&T’s WarnerMedia streaming service to cost “between $16 and $17 a month”

AT&T’s WarnerMedia will launch its streaming video service in beta later this year, bundling HBO, Cinemax, and a library of Warner Bros. movies and TV. The package will cost “between $16 and $17 a month,” a strange pricing strategy, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal. Currently, HBO Go costs $14.99 a month — so AT&T’s service is basically that, with the addition of Cinemax and likely a bunch of DC Movies for…

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Samsung’s curved TVs cost hundreds of dollars less today, plus other deals

Samsung’s curved TVs cost hundreds of dollars less today, plus other deals

I’m not going to tell you to buy a curved TV. There are reasons. But if you’re in the market for a giant curved Samsung screen, today is an awfully good day to buy one — seeing how both 65-inch and 55-inch models of Samsung’s 2019 and 2018 7-series 4K screens are currently up to hundreds of dollars off. Walmart has Samsung’s 65-inch 2018 NU7300 curved 4K TV for $700 Samsung, Best Buy, and BuyDig…

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