November 17, 2019

UK wants tech giants to pay two percent tax on digital revenues

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By AJ Dellinger From engadget The proposed tax targets companies like Facebook, Google and Amazon while sparing startups. The British government announced a new “digital services” tax that would take two percent of revenues generated by tech giants, according to Sky News. The tax would skim cash off of what the companies make from services […]

NHTSA study forecasts dangerous rise in world temperatures by 2100

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By Jon Fingas From engadget But it’s being used to justify relaxing environmental standards. The Trump administration has accepted the scientific consensus of human-made global warming. However, it’s not being used to push for tougher environmental regulations — just the opposite, in fact. In a draft NHTSA environmental impact statement for Trump’s proposed fuel standards […]

Streaming accounts for 75 percent of music industry revenue in the US

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By Mallory Locklear From engadget, Meanwhile, CD sales have taken a nosedive The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has released music industry revenue statistics for the first half of 2018 in the US, and on average, revenue growth has slowed. While overall revenue was up 10 percent compared to the same time last year, […]

2018 Emmys

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The biggest surprises and snubs from the Emmys 2018 By Carrie Wittmer From Business Insider The Emmys saw its first-ever proposal this year, which energized what was otherwise a bit of a plodding telecast. The 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Colin Jost and Michael Che, aired Monday night from the Microsoft Theater in […]

Google helps scientists search for public data

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By Jon Fingas From engadget Comb through research without having to wade through much of the web. There’s a sea of open research data available on the web, but it can be time-consuming to sift through those sites to get at the data — and it’s not always presented in an easy-to-parse format. Google hopes […]

Didi passenger murdered following safety policy failure

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By Jon Fingas From engadget An entire Chinese province suspended service while it asks questions. Didi Chuxing’s safety issues still aren’t over. Police have confirmed that a driver for the service raped and killed a woman passenger in Wenzhou, China on August 24th. The ridesharing company said it was “deeply sorry” for the incident in […]

Prisoners in 17 US States to strike over forced labor

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VOX from Freedom United Inmates across 17 states are planning a national strike from August 21 to September 9 to protest conditions of forced labor and draw attention to the industries benefiting from their cheap labor. Prisoners are often made to work for just cents an hour due to an exemption in the 13th Amendment […]

EU draft law would force sites to remove extremist content

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By Jon Fingas From engadget It doesn’t believe self-policing is good enough. The European Union is no longer convinced that self-policing is enough to purge online extremist content. The Financial Times has learned that the EU is drafting legislation to force Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other internet companies to delete material when law enforcement flags […]

Your smartphone is a ‘security blanket’ for your social life

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By Jon Fingas From engadget Even when you’re not looking at it. Do you instinctively reach for your smartphone whenever you’re in an awkward chat with unfamiliar people, or just feel like you’re the odd one out? There’s likely a good reason for it. Researchers have published a study indicating that people treat their smartphones […]

Fox AI predicts a movie’s audience based on its trailer

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By Jon Fingas From engadget Get ready for an era where algorithms shape movie previews. Modern movie trailers are already cynical exercises in attention grabbing (such as the social media-friendly burst of imagery at the start of many clips), but they might be even more calculated in the future. Researchers at 20th Century Fox have […]