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How Trump’s Ultimatum Gambit Sank His Health Care Bill

Wired - Top Stories - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 4:14pm
The GOP and White House just lost big on health care. And it's Trump's ultimatum that may have cost them the vote. The post How Trump's Ultimatum Gambit Sank His Health Care Bill appeared first on WIRED.
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T-Mobile Kicks Off Industry Robocall War With Network-Level Blocking and ID Tools

Slashdot - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 4:00pm
T-Mobile is among the first U.S. telecom companies to announce plans to thwart pesky robocallers. From a report on VentureBeat: The move represents part of an industry-wide Robocall Strike Force set up by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) last year to combat the 2 billion-plus automated calls U.S. consumers deal with each month. Other key members of the group include Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Verizon. T-Mobile's announcement comes 24 hours after the FCC voted to approve a new rule that would allow telecom companies to block robocallers who use fake caller ID numbers to conceal their true location and identity. From a report on WashingtonPost: The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday proposed new rules (PDF) that would allow phone companies to target and block robo-calls coming from what appear to be illegitimate or unassigned phone numbers. The rules could help cut down on the roughly 2.4 billion automated calls that go out each month -- many of them fraudulent, according to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. "Robo-calls are the No. 1 consumer complaint to the FCC from members of the American public," he said, vowing to halt people who, in some cases, pretend to be tax officials demanding payments from consumers, or, in other cases, ask leading questions that prompt consumers to give up personal information as part of an identity theft scam.

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Power Rangers’ Gay Moment Is a Good Step, But a Small One

Wired - Top Stories - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 3:36pm
LGBTQ characters are finally starting to come out in tentpole movies. The post Power Rangers' Gay Moment Is a Good Step, But a Small One appeared first on WIRED.
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Sources: AMC Networks is planning commercial-free streaming service for about $4.99-$6.99/month for people who subscribe to AMC via cable TV (Reuters)

TechMeme - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 3:30pm

Reuters:
Sources: AMC Networks is planning commercial-free streaming service for about $4.99-$6.99/month for people who subscribe to AMC via cable TV  —  AMC Networks Inc, whose shows include “The Walking Dead,” is planning to launch a commercial-free online video streaming service aimed at millennial TV subscribers …

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The Days of Google Talk Are Over

Slashdot - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 3:20pm
The days of Google Talk are quickly coming to an end. An anonymous reader shares a TechCrunch report: As the company announced today, the messaging service that allowed Gmail users to talk to each other since it launched in 2005, will now be completely retired. Even while Google pushed Hangouts as its consumer messaging service (before Allo, Duo, Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet) over the last few years, it still allowed die-hard Gtalk users (and there are plenty of them) to stick to their preferred chat app. Over the next few days, these users will get an "invite" to move to Hangouts. After June 26, that switch will be mandatory.

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GameStop says it will close at least 150 stores after sales fell 14% last quarter (Maria Armental/Wall Street Journal)

TechMeme - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 2:55pm

Maria Armental / Wall Street Journal:
GameStop says it will close at least 150 stores after sales fell 14% last quarter  —  Videogame retailer ending quarterly guidance on two key performance indicators to focus on long-term reinvention targets  —  Videogame chain GameStop Corp., hit hard by a shift to digital downloads …

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Samsung's Calls For Industry To Embrace Its Battery Check Process as a New Standard Have Been Ignored

Slashdot - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 2:40pm
Months after the Galaxy Note 7 debacle, the topic remains too hot for the rest of the wireless industry to handle. From a report on CNET: With Samsung's Galaxy S8 to launch next week, a renewed discussion of the Note 7, which had an unhealthy tendency to catch fire and which had to be recalled, is inevitable. Samsung opened that door in January when it embarked on a mea culpa tour. Beyond spelling out the cause of the overheating problem in its popular phone, the company unveiled an eight-point battery check system it said surpassed industry practices, and it invited rivals to follow its model. But two months after the introduction, what's the industry response? A collective shrug. Interviews with phone makers and carriers found that while all placed a high priority on safety, few would talk specifically about Samsung's new battery check process or the idea of adopting it for themselves.

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Germany-based online lamp shop Lampenwelt.de, active in 12 countries, raises €120M from 3i (Shaheen Samavati/Tech.eu)

TechMeme - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 2:00pm

Shaheen Samavati / Tech.eu:
Germany-based online lamp shop Lampenwelt.de, active in 12 countries, raises €120M from 3i  —  German online lamp shop Lampenwelt.de has received a major investment of €120 million, coming from the venture capital firm 3i.  The company says 3i will also provide a short-term loan of €54 million.

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It’s Hard Out Here For a Pigeon

Wired - Top Stories - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 2:00pm
In this week's Gadget Lab podcast, we talk to the director of the final episode of Planet Earth II. The post It's Hard Out Here For a Pigeon appeared first on WIRED.
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Google details the sunsetting of Talk, SMS removal for Hangouts, and other G Suite changes (Stephen Hall/9to5Google)

TechMeme - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 1:25pm

Stephen Hall / 9to5Google:
Google details the sunsetting of Talk, SMS removal for Hangouts, and other G Suite changes  —  We heard just yesterday that Google is planning to remove SMS capabilities from Hangouts, and now Google has detailed this change — as well as others — in a new post on its G Suite blog.

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Rock Band VR Shreds the Rhythm-Game Paradigm

Wired - Top Stories - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 12:35pm
A decade after the genre's peak, virtual reality turns out to be the perfect medium for indulging the rock-god fantasy. The post Rock Band VR Shreds the Rhythm-Game Paradigm appeared first on WIRED.
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Facebook says it will soon start testing the ability to add GIFs to comments (TechCrunch)

TechMeme - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 12:25pm

TechCrunch:
Facebook says it will soon start testing the ability to add GIFs to comments  —  Mar 24, 2017, 9:02 amMar 24, 2017, 1:30 pm  —  After years of stubborn caution, Facebook is finally embracing the animated GIF.  Next week Facebook will begin testing a GIF button that lets users post GIFs …

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T-Mobile introduces Scam ID to flag scam calls, and opt-in Scam Block service to block them (Sascha Segan/PC Magazine)

TechMeme - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 12:05pm

Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
T-Mobile introduces Scam ID to flag scam calls, and opt-in Scam Block service to block them  —  T-Mobile has a new feature that will flag “known scam” calls for its wireless users, according to Grant Castle, the company's VP of engineering services.  —  Scam ID will pop up an indicator that a call is a …

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How Can You Measure How Much Pain a Baby Feels?

Wired - Top Stories - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 12:00pm
The FDA is issuing a new warning on anesthesia for infants, and it poses a difficult question for doctors. What's more dangerous: pain or pain treatment? The post How Can You Measure How Much Pain a Baby Feels? appeared first on WIRED.
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National Noise Map Charts Americans’ Aural Misery

Wired - Top Stories - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 11:30am
Work from government cartograph-ears puts transportation-related noise in perspective. The post National Noise Map Charts Americans' Aural Misery appeared first on WIRED.
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Enough With the Unoriginal Sci-Fi. Looking at You, Life

Wired - Top Stories - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 10:00am
Even if you haven't seen this movie, you've seen this movie. The post Enough With the Unoriginal Sci-Fi. Looking at You, Life appeared first on WIRED.
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The Clever Lindlund Ruler Measures the Digital and Physical Worlds

Wired - Top Stories - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 9:30am
The Lindlund ruler closes the gap between analog and digital design. The post The Clever Lindlund Ruler Measures the Digital and Physical Worlds appeared first on WIRED.
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