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Richard Nieva / CNET:
Google says its next-gen Assistant is 10X faster and includes more app-specific functionality, coming to Pixel phones later this year   —  After three years, the voice-activated helper gets its biggest update yet.  And it shows just how much Google already knows about you.
May 7, 2019, 1:39 PMIn context
Scott Stein / CNET:
May 7, 2019, 1:27 PMIn context
Alfred Ng / CNET:
Pregnant Amazon workers were fired after informing managers of their pregnancies, a review of seven lawsuits shows; six of the cases were settled out of court   —  A warehouse worker told her manager she was pregnant.  Less than two months later, she was fired.  Several lawsuits against Amazon show a similar pattern.
May 6, 2019, 1:20 PMIn context
Richard Nieva / CNET:
Google employees plan to hold a “sit-in” on May 1 to protest the alleged retaliation against staff from management over previous activism   —  Google workers are staging a sit-in Wednesday to protest alleged retaliation from management toward employee organizers at the company.
Apr 30, 2019, 3:45 PMIn context
Ian Sherr / CNET:
The Valve Index VR headset is available for preorder for $499 starting Wednesday and will ship by June 28, as the company tries to take on Oculus and HTC   —  As if there weren't enough virtual reality headsets already, game maker Valve is preparing to release its own take on the technology.
Apr 30, 2019, 2:21 PMIn context
Richard Nieva / CNET:
Zuckerberg opens F8 reiterating Facebook's new focus on a “privacy-focused communications platform” prioritizing end-to-end encryption and interoperability   —  Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook is doubling down on privacy.  —  At F8, the social network's annual developer conference …
Apr 30, 2019, 1:40 PMIn context
Laura Hautala / CNET:
Researchers find the addresses and demographic details of more than 80M US households listed on an unsecured database, now offline, on a Microsoft cloud service   —  In a blow to consumers' privacy, the addresses and demographic details of more than 80 million US households were exposed …
Apr 29, 2019, 9:35 AMIn context
Eli Blumenthal / CNET:
Verizon begins preorders for Samsung Galaxy S10 5G starting at $1,300 and names 20 cities that will get 5G in 2019   —  Verizon's 5G rollout is spreading to more markets.  And with the expansion comes the launch of Samsung's Galaxy S10 5G.  —  On Thursday, the largest wireless carrier …
Apr 25, 2019, 7:40 AMIn context
Ben Fox Rubin / CNET:
Amazon launches Key in-garage delivery service and expands Key to 13 more US cities   —  Amazon Key faced a bumpy start in late 2017, with plenty of folks mocking the program's concept of delivering packages inside people's homes.  —  But, a year and a half later and following a slight name change …
Apr 23, 2019, 10:40 AMIn context
Ian Sherr / CNET:
A look at Apple's Material Recovery Lab, which houses Daisy, a robot that can disassemble 15 different iPhone models at a rate of 200/hour for parts recycling   —  Hidden not far from downtown Austin, Texas, a research lab is working to change the way we recycle electronics.  And it's being run by Apple .
Apr 18, 2019, 8:30 PMIn context

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