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Dara Kerr / CNET:
Uber and Lyft have spent up to $2.3M in '17 on lobbying to push for a Texas bill, so they could reenter Austin after city rejected Prop 1 fingerprint initiative   —  The rival companies banded together and spent millions of dollars on political campaigns and state lobbying to get the ride-hailing law they wanted.
Jun 21, 2017, 8:55 AMIn context
Alfred Ng / CNET:
South Korean web host Nayana agrees to $1M extortion fee after 153 servers hit by ransomware, after negotiating the sum down from ~$1.6M   —  WannaCry only demanded $300 from each victim.  These hackers extorted $1 million from one South Korean company.  —  Hackers appear to have pulled off …
Jun 20, 2017, 3:25 PMIn context
Anne Dujmovic / CNET:
IDC: VR and AR headset shipments to reach 100M units by 2021, up 10X the 10M shipped in 2016   —  Virtual reality and augmented reality are expected to become more mainstream in the next five years, says a new forecast by IDC.  —  As more people warm up to virtual reality and augmented reality …
Jun 19, 2017, 9:30 PMIn context
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Mozilla launches Firefox 54 with Electrolysis tech which uses up to four processes to run content across tabs and lays foundation for sandboxing   —  Mozilla hopes a new phase of its Electrolysis project will bring you back to its browser by making it faster and better able to resist crashes.
Jun 13, 2017, 11:15 PMIn context
Roger Cheng / CNET:
LeEco says it's laying off 325 employees, or 70% of its US business' workforce, due to a lack of funding   —  Little-known LeEco cuts 70 percent of its US workforce as its lofty goals couldn't match the reality of a tough market.  —  It was a chilly January night in Las Vegas as Danny Bowman …
May 23, 2017, 1:50 PMIn context
David Priest / CNET:
Esports company ESL says it will bring 5.5K+ hours of live streaming to Facebook, 1.5K of which will be exclusive, starting June   —  Facebook and ESL are bringing over 5500 hours of streaming content to the social media platform.  —  ESL, the largest esports company in the world …
May 19, 2017, 9:20 PMIn context
Richard Nieva / CNET:
Google announces Google Play Protect, to scan apps for malware, and Android Go, to optimize the platform for emerging markets   —  The search giant's mobile software runs on 2 billion devices.  Its next job: Getting those devices on the latest version — and trying to reach a billion more.
May 17, 2017, 2:50 PMIn context
Marguerite Reardon / CNET:
Sprint announces Magic Box, a 4G LTE signal booster, says it offers a cell signal for up to 30K square feet indoors and improves speeds by 200%   —  The new device requires no set-up or in-home broadband and will boost 4G LTE coverage indoors and in the surrounding area for Sprint customers.
May 4, 2017, 1:25 PMIn context
Joshua Goldman / CNET:
Microsoft's Surface Laptop can be switched to Windows 10 Pro for free until 2018, will cost $49 to upgrade after; downgrading won't be possible   —  If you like the look of Microsoft's premier Windows 10 S device, but aren't sure about the OS, Microsoft has removed the risk.
May 3, 2017, 12:00 AMIn context
Roger Cheng / CNET:
T-Mobile reports net income of $698M, up 46% YoY, and says it gained 914K post-paid customers in Q1, amid Verizon's loss of 289K post-paid customers   —  The carrier's move to eliminate all options except for its T-Mobile One unlimited data plan didn't slow its momentum down.
Apr 24, 2017, 4:50 PMIn context

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