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Meta has reportedly barred employees from discussing abortion on internal channels

Meta has told employees not to discuss the Supreme Court’s recent ruling to overturn Roe v. Wade, according to The New York Times. Pointing to a May 12th memo it shared after a draft of Friday’s decision was leaked by Politico, the company has deleted messages on its internal communication tools that mention the topic. In the document, the social media giant reportedly said it “would not allow open discussion” about abortion within the workplace due to “a heightened risk of creating a hostile work environment.”

One employee took to LinkedIn to voice their frustration with the situation. “On our internal Workplace platform, moderators swiftly remove posts or comments mentioning abortion,” said software engineer Ambroos Vaes. “Limited discussion can only happen in groups of up to 20 employees who follow a set playbook, but not out in the open.” Meta did not immediately respond to Engadget’s request for comment.

On Friday, Meta also told employees it would reimburse the travel expenses of employees in need of access to out-of-state healthcare and reproductive services “to the extent permitted by law.” That’s a policy many tech companies, including Google, had in place before Friday’s decision and that they reiterated after the Supreme Court announced its ruling on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.

Friday’s action wasn’t the first time Meta moved to prevent its employees from dicussing a contentious topic at the workplace. The company updated its Respectful Communication Policy following the murder of George Floyd in 2020. At the time, the company told employees they could no longer discuss political and social issues in company-wide Workplace channels.

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Meta lawyers are reportedly investigating Sheryl Sandberg’s use of company resources

Meta’s lawyers are investigating outgoing COO Sheryl Sandberg amid claims she misused company resources, The Wall Street Journal reports. The paper says the investigation goes back “several years” and is scrutinizing Meta employees’ work on Sandberg’s personal projects.

When Sandberg first announced her departure from the company, The Wall Street Journal reported the company was examining whether she had improperly used company resources in planning her upcoming wedding. Now, WSJ has shed a little more light on the investigation.

Meta lawyers are reportedly looking at Facebook staff’s involvement with Sandberg’s foundation Lean In, and their work to help her promote her most recent book, Option B. The company is also investigating reports that Sandberg used Facebook staffers in an attempt to kill a negative story about her former partner, Activision CEO Bobby Kotick. The company could be looking to head off regulatory concerns that could arise if such work wasn’t properly disclosed to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Sandberg eventually “could be asked to repay the company for employee time spent on her personal work,” according to the report.

Meta declined to comment to The Wall Street Journal.

The investigation is indicative of just how much Sandberg’s status within the company has changed in recent years. As The WSJ points out, both Sandberg and Mark Zuckerberg’s personal lives have been closely tied to the company. Meta spends millions of dollars every year on their personal security and travel expenses, and both executives have tapped Facebook employees to help with personal projects. That Sandberg is now facing scrutiny for these actions shows how much her influence has waned.

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Apple will reportedly no longer fix iPhones flagged as stolen or missing

Apple technicians will decline to fix iPhones that had been reported as stolen or lost, according to MacRumors. The tech giant has reportedly sent out a memo to Apple Stores and authorized providers not to accept a device for repair if they get a notice on their internal MobileGenius or GSX systems that the phone had been marked as missing. Presumably, that means technicians will check a device's IMEI against the GSMA Device Registry when a customer brings it in for repair. 

The GSMA registry is a global database where owners can register their devices' IMEI and designate a status for them, such as whether they'd been lost, stolen or were fraudulently obtained. This move expands Apple's existing policy to decline repairs for devices whose owners cannot disable the Find My iPhone feature. It could discourage more people from buying second-hand devices outside of official and authorized sources in case they unknowingly end up with a stolen unit. That said, users could just as easily go to a third-party repair shop that doesn't care where they got their devices from. 

Apple's iPhones have become increasingly cost-prohibitive over the years, giving rise to a market for second-hand units. According to a recent Bloomberg report, though, the tech giant is working on a subscription service for the iPhone and other hardware to make regular upgrades more accessible with monthly fees and no huge upfront costs. 

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Russian TikTok creators have reportedly been paid to share propaganda

The White House isn't the only one trying to steer discussion of Ukraine on TikTok. Vice News has discovered that Russian TikTok influencers are reportedly being paid to share videos promoting the Putin government's narrative surrounding the invasion. An anonymous operator in a Telegram channel has been telling creators what and when to post, what goals they must meet and otherwise dictating their content. At least some of the followers have over a million followers.

It's unclear who is behind the campaign, but the operator claims to be a journalist and has looked for posters for additional pro-government content (such as supporting Russian athletes in the Olympics) and private companies. However, TikTok's ban on new videos from Russia apparently isn't an obstacle. The channel administrator tells influencers how to dodge the ban, and at least some producers have posted videos after the ban took effect.

The channel suddenly shut down on March 9th as Vice conducted its investigation. Most of the videos have since been removed, but the campaign team reportedly asked them to do this. Others remain, and it's not certain how many similar initiatives might be underway. It's also unclear if the propaganda was effective.

TikTok hasn't commented on the pro-Kremlin campaign and told Vice about its general efforts to spot "emerging threats" and "harmful misinformation" surrounding Russia's war against Ukraine.

Whether or not the Russian government was involved with this TikTok effort, there's little doubt the country has tried to control the online narrative on Ukraine. It has blocked social networks like Instagram, posted misinformation through its embassies' accounts, circumvented bans on its state news outlets and criminalized media reports that contradict the official stance on the war. TikTok's large user base may be a tempting target if Russia hopes to sway more of the internet to its side.

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Galaxy S22 reportedly the most pre-ordered Samsung phone ever

Samsung reports that its Samsung Galaxy S22 and Tab S8 are among its most popular devices ever in terms of pre-orders.
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Motorola’s Razr 3 clamshell will reportedly feature flagship specifications

It’s been a while since Motorola’s Razr clamshell series has been in the news, but it seems that a third iteration is on the cards which may actually feature flagship specifications instead of the rather mid-range offering that the Razr 5G (reviewed here) had to make do with. This time around, Motorola is said to […]

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The Galaxy S22 will reportedly launch during an Unpacked event on February 8th

Now that the Galaxy S21 FE has finally launched Samsung is free to concentrate its efforts on its newest flagship series, the Galaxy S22. Consisting of the Galaxy S22, S22+, and the Galaxy Note-esque S22 Ultra, Samsung’s new range will reportedly launch during an Unpacked event that will be held on February 8th. The South […]

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The OnePlus 10 Pro will reportedly charge even faster than its predecessor

It’s no secret that the OnePlus 9 Pro’s 65W Warp Charge obliterates the charging rate offered by phones such as the Galaxy S21 and Google’s Pixel 6 Pro, but it seems that 2022 could see the gap increased further still with the OnePlus 10 Pro. According to Digital Chat Station on Twitter, the OnePlus 10 […]

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Google employees who don’t comply with COVID-19 vaccine rules will reportedly be fired

Google is giving employees until December 3rd to declare their COVID-19 vaccine status. And according to CNBC, if they fail to comply with the tech giant's vaccine mandate, they'd have to apply for a medical or religious exemption and convince Google that it's warranted if they don't want to eventually lose their job. Google will approve exemptions on a case-by-case basis. 

In its report, the publication said that it has seen an internal memo warning personnel of the consequences if they still haven't complied with the company's vaccine rules by January 18th. Those who refuse to be vaccinated or who have failed to secure a valid exemption will be placed on paid administrative leave for 30 days. Google will then put them on unpaid personal leave for up to six months and will ultimately fire them if they truly don't want to be inoculated against COVID-19. 

The tech giant reportedly explained in the memo that it's implementing its vaccine mandate to comply with the administration's executive order. Under that order, all US companies with more than 100 workers must be fully vaccinated by January 18th. While the order is in limbo after courts had blocked its implementation, Google may have simply chosen to push through with its plans to ensure that it's compliant in case the order suddenly takes effect.

"We expect that almost all roles at Google in the US will fall within the scope of the executive order. Anyone entering a Google building must be fully vaccinated or have an approved accommodation that allows them to work or come onsite… frequent testing is not a valid alternative to vaccination," the memo reportedly reads.

Earlier this month, CNBC also reported that Google delayed workers' return to office and will no longer require personnel to come in a few times a week starting on January 10th. However, it still encouraged employees to come into the office "where conditions allow, to reconnect with colleagues in person and start regaining the muscle memory of being in [one] more regularly."

While it will strictly enforce its rule for all employees that fall within the scope of the order, Google did give those who don't want to get vaccinated an option. If they can't secure a valid religious or medical exemption, they can "explore" other roles within the company that don't conflict with the order. If they can find such a role and it doesn't require in-office work, they can also permanently work remotely going forward.

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Apple reportedly tells workers they’re allowed to discuss conditions and pay

Apple might be eager to minimize future complaints about working conditions. NBC News said it obtained a newly released internal memo telling employees they're allowed to discuss conditions and pay outside the company. Staffers should be free to talk about issues in the way they "feel most comfortable," including with managers and the People (human resources) team.

We've asked Apple if it can confirm the memo and comment on the release. The statement would reinforce the rights private workers already have under the National Labor Relations Act, which lets workers both organize and discuss conditions, as well Apple's own conduct policy.

Provided the news is accurate, it could represent a bittersweet moment for critics of Apple's working culture. The memo supports their beliefs the company unfairly limited talk about labor issues by shutting down surveys and Slack channels. Employees like Ashley Gjøvik also accused Apple of punishing workers for speaking out for by putting them on leave or even firing them.

However, the statement is also coming too late to prevent significant damage. Apple now faces eight labor charges alleging issues like harassment and wrongful dismissal. Outspoken #AppleToo advocate Cher Scarlett (who settled with Apple) just left the company, too. While a memo like this might allow more discussion going forward, it can't change the past.

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Samsung will reportedly announce the much-delayed Galaxy S21 FE on January 4th, 2022

I’m not sure how many times we’ve run some version of the above headline for the Galaxy S21 FE but it’s probably more than any other phone. Having suffered delay after delay due to the ongoing chip shortage, the Galaxy S21 FE will apparently make its debut on January 4th, 2022 which is just a […]

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Samsung will reportedly launch the much-delayed Galaxy S21 FE during CES 2022

It’s long past the time that many of us gave up hope and bought the Pixel 6 instead but it seems that Samsung is still planning on launching the Galaxy S21 FE, allegedly during CES 2022 in January. Much delayed due to the ongoing global chip crisis, the Galaxy S21 FE’s new launch date could […]

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Facebook’s first-ever smartwatch reportedly looks like this

Facebook’s newly announced parent company, Meta, has reportedly been working on a smartwatch for much of this year. This is what it looks like.
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Facebook’s first-ever smartwatch reportedly looks like this

Facebook’s newly announced parent company, Meta, has reportedly been working on a smartwatch for much of this year. This is what it looks like …
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The same company that supplied batteries for Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 will reportedly produce batteries for the Galaxy S22

When it comes to sequels in the phone industry, we like to see more battery, more power, more megapixels, and just more of everything else, with the exception of the dreaded bloatware monster. Sadly, it would appear that Samsung isn’t following the well-trodden path of more is better because the latest report suggests that the […]

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Microsoft is reportedly developing its own ARM-based chips for Surface PCs

It sounds like Apple isn’t the only company that wants to reduce its reliance on Intel. According to Bloomberg, Microsoft is developing in-house ARM processors to power its Surface devices and cloud infrastructure. While there aren’t many details on…
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Apple’s 2021 Mac CPU roadmap reportedly includes 32-core chips

Apple’s in-house silicon could scale well beyond the eight-core (or rather four-plus-four-core) M1 you find in entry-level Macs. Bloomberg sources claim Apple’s 2021 roadmap is considerably more aggressive, to the point where the company is reportedl…
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The Galaxy S21/S30 Ultra 5G will reportedly support the S Pen

As we near mid-November the Galaxy S21/S30 hype machine is upon us with rumors that Samsung will launch its new flagship earlier than ever in January, and also a recurring message that it could support the S Pen. Considering that the S Pen has previously been the exclusive feature of the Galaxy Note range, this […]

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OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei has reportedly left the company

Following a report by Reddit poster JonSigur showing internal memos suggesting OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei is no longer affiliated with the company, TechCrunch and Android Central have confirmed the claim citing their own sources. This comes after th…
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Amazon Prime Day will reportedly be held on October 5th

With the COVID-19 pandemic still ongoing on a global scale, one of the events that made way for it back in July was the now annual Amazon Prime Week Day, with the retailer giving a somewhat vague inkling of when it might actually take place. If wondering exactly when Prime Day might be held is […]

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Chinese government reportedly would rather TikTok shut down than be sold

China could throw yet another wrench in TikTok’s attempts to secure its future in the US. Officials in the country are opposed to a sale and would rather see the app be banned than sold to an American company, Reuters reports.The report, which cites…
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The OnePlus ‘Clover’ reportedly brings a massive 6,000mAh battery for ~$200 and will launch in the US

As we wrap up our review of the OnePlus Nord, the brand is reported to be targeting the affordable smartphone segment with a phone that could cost around $ 200, sporting a humongous battery. Codenamed “Clover”, this new OnePlus handset is rumored to be coming to the US, unlike the recently announced Nord. According to AndroidCentral, […]

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Samsung’s regular Galaxy Note 20 will reportedly cost more than ever before

How much did you pay for your last Samsung flagship smartphone? I ask because if you are planning on buying the soon-to-be-launched Galaxy Note 20 there’s a good chance that you are going to pay more than ever before. After a previous leak hinted that the Galaxy Note 20 series might launch with a more […]

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The OnePlus Nord will reportedly launch on July 21st

After weeks of rumors and leaks, it seems that the affordable OnePlus Nord could launch on July 21st during an online-only launch that will include an AR experience. It’s going ahead later in July than first thought, with details having been posted on Twitter via a well-known leaker who pulled the post shortly afterward.  Luckily, […]

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Boeing is reportedly ending production of its 747 jumbo jet

If it wasn’t already apparent that the era of ‘big’ flying is ending, it might be soon. Bloomberg sources say Boeing is ending production of its iconic 747 jumbo jet (specifically, the 747-8) in about two years. A spokesperson for the aircraft maker…
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Uber is reportedly trying to buy Postmates

Uber might have missed its chance to buy Grubhub, but it might not go away empty-handed. New York Times sources claim Uber has made an offer to buy Postmates. The talks are still in progress and aren’t guaranteed to lead to a union, but negotiations…
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Apple will reportedly team up with Martin Scorsese on a $180 million movie

After teaming up with Netflix last year for The Irishman, director Martin Scorsese’s next major flick will reportedly have backing from Apple. Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Deadline all report that Apple is in final talks with Paramount to join…
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UK reportedly aims to drop Huawei from 5G networks in 3 years

The UK’s decision to allow Huawei gear in its 5G networks may be short-lived. Officials talking to the Financial Times (via The Verge) say the UK government is planning to gradually phase out use of Huawei equipment in 5G networks, eliminating it ent…
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Google’s Pixel 4a will reportedly ditch squeeze-based Google Assistant activation

It’s been a feature of Google smartphones since the days of the Pixel 2 and 2 XL but it seems that the upcoming Pixel 4a will launch without the ability to squeeze its sides to activate Google Assistant. It’s a feature that used to annoy the heck out of me until I disabled it, but […]

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Samsung is reportedly prepping a more affordable Galaxy Fold for launch in July

After a somewhat bumpy start with design flaws, followed by a recall of review units, Samsung’s Galaxy Fold relaunched in September 2019 having undergone a re-design and we’ve not heard a bad word about it since, other than the hefty price tag of course. February 2020 saw Samsung launch the foldable clamshell Galaxy Z Flip, […]

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DJI’s Mavic Air 2 will reportedly cost $799

DJI is almost ready to unleash the Mavic Air 2. The FCC recently uploaded documents revealing the drone’s specs, and now DroneDJ has also obtained clearer and close-up images of the machine. According to the publication, a DJI partner site accidental…
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Huawei Mate 40 will reportedly use a “freeform” lens to improve wide-angle shots

The Huawei Mate 40 is the next anticipated phone from Huawei, but we’re still a few months away from any kind of official announcement. That’s not going to stop the rumor mill, though. A new leak suggests that Huawei will adopting a freeform camera lens in the Mate 40, which should improve photos in one […]

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NBA reportedly plans ‘players-only’ 2K tournament that will air on ESPN

The NBA already has an official esports league with various teams represented, but with the live basketball season on hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, it's reportedly about to put real NBA players on the sticks. Yahoo Sports reporter Chris Hay…
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TikTok-owner ByteDance reportedly built a deepfake maker

TikTok parent company ByteDance has built a feature that could let users create their own deepfakes, TechCrunch reports. The feature, referred to as Face Swap, was spotted in code in both TikTok and the Chinese app Douyin. It asks users to scan their…
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TikTok’s parent company reportedly faces a national security review

Recently TikTok's popularity has exploded worldwide, and so has scrutiny over the app's parent company ByteDance and its relationship to the Chinese government. Now Reuters reports that the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS)…
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US Justice Department to reportedly open Facebook antitrust investigation

In the ongoing storm of legal controversy around Facebook and whether it engaged in anticompetitive behaviors, yet another player has joined the fray. Soon the Justice Department will open its own antitrust investigation into the company, according t…
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Apple’s tracking tags will reportedly use ultra-wideband for precision

While we've known for a while now that Apple is working on a Tile-like tracking device, what hasn't been clear is how the company plans to differentiate the product beyond its usual ecosystem tie-ins. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has a solid track record on…
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Tesla will reportedly raise prices in China again this week

Buying a Tesla in China could be more expensive in the very near future. The automaker will increase prices on its cars in the country this Friday, according to Reuters. That potential price lift is said to be in response to the yuan weakening agains…
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Dish Network is reportedly first in line to buy Boost Mobile and wireless spectrum from Sprint, T-Mobile

The Sprint/T-Mobile merger has been put on hold while the concerns and details get squashed out, and it looks like another roadblock has been taken down. Originally, the Justice Department had issues with how many carriers the new mega-carrier would own; to resolve this, Sprint or T-Mobile would have to sell something off. Early rumors […]

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Facebook reportedly prohibits Huawei from pre-installing its apps

Future Huawei phones will no longer come pre-installed with Facebook's apps, according to Reuters. The social network has reportedly prohibited the Chinese manufacturer from loading its main app, Instagram and WhatsApp onto any phone that hasn't left…
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Mac security hole reportedly lets attackers bypass app safeguards

Apple may have another Gatekeeper security flaw on its hands. Researcher Filippo Cavallarin has detailed a macOS vulnerability that he said would let attackers install malware without the usual permission request. As Gatekeeper considers network sh…
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Facebook reportedly took three years to tackle fake news in one country

Facebook is quick to tout its efforts to thwart misinformation campaigns in major European countries and the US, but its approach in other countries might not be quite so enthusiastic. Developers in Moldova told BuzzFeed News that they'd been asking…
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Spotify is reportedly in talks for a $200 million podcast purchase

Spotify is reportedly looking to sink big money into podcasts. According to Recode and The Wall Street Journal, the music streaming company is currently in talks to acquire podcasting giant Gimlet Media for over $ 200 million. If Spotify manages to fi…
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Facebook reportedly pressured Palmer Luckey to support a politician

When Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey left Facebook, neither said exactly why. The implication that it was due to his quiet donation to a group spreading pro-Trump memes. Now, however, we might have a better idea — and it raises questions about Fac…
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Fortnite for Android is reportedly a 30-day exclusive to Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9

Many of us are waiting patiently for Fortnite to finally launch on Android with the game having become available on Apple’s iOS way back in March. It seems that PUBG‘s arch-rival will finally make its début on Android at the same time as the Galaxy Note 9 launch, that’s right, it’s going to be exclusively available on […]

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Lyft is reportedly close to buying the company behind Citi Bike

Lyft might not sit idle while Uber leaps into the bike sharing space. The Information sources have claimed that Lyft is close to acquiring Motivate, the bike sharing behemoth responsible for New York City's Citi Bikes and San Francisco's Ford GoBike…
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Uber reportedly reduced the number of sensors on its autonomous cars

Uber is facing some intense scrutiny after one of its self-driving cars struck and killed a pedestrian in Arizona ten days ago. The company (along with it's partner, NVIDIA) has stopped testing its autonomous vehicle in cities across the US, and the…
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Samsung reportedly eyes first half of 2018 for smart speaker debut

Astonishingly, Apple's long-delayed HomePod speaker might not be the last to market when it launches early next year. Samsung will release its own smart speaker in the first half of 2018, according to a Bloomberg report. Unsurprisingly, it will repor…
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Some Google Pixel 2 XL phones are reportedly shipping without Android

Google's Pixel 2 smartphone has had a trail of problems following its launch. From software patches to fix audio issues to screen burn-in, the issues keep cropping up, leading the internet titan to extend warranties to make up for everyone's trouble….
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Tesla reportedly lands deal to build an EV factory in Shanghai

It's difficult for foreign car makers to crack the Chinese market. Unless they're willing to partner with a local brand (and thus give up both profits and technology), they have to pay for shipping vehicles and swallow a 25 percent import duty fee. T…
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