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Tech News Today 1864: Big Friendly Rocket

Sources tell TechCrunch that Google is working on a home assistant with a touch screen, like the Amazon Show. This would explain why they cut off Amazon's access to YouTube this week.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that it has signed a contract to bring the world’s largest lithium ion battery to South Australia with a 100-day deadline, lest the battery be completely free.
Also at the International Astronautical Congress, Musk announced his grand plans to get to mars in giant reusable space the next five years.
Plus, Sam Machkovech from Ars Technica is here to talk about his SNES, Cuphead, and Loot.

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Tech News Today 1863: TaskRabbit Your Meatballs

YouTube is making some changes that affect creators on the Patreon crowd funding platform. Going forward, those creators are being asked to join YouTube’s Partners Program in an effort to battle abusive and inappropriate content on the video site. However, many of these creators aren’t very happy with the new request because YouTube’s policy states that creators can’t apply until they reach 10,000 public channel views which might not harm creators who already have a healthy following, but will make it hard for up and comers to gain traction by linking out externally to their own Patreon destinations.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pi says Apple should flip the switch on the iPhone's FM radio, especially if the company cares about people's safety in natural disasters. The Federal Communications Commission says the radios that are already present in iPhones could have helped millions of people access lifesaving radio information in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey, Maria, and Irma. Samsung, LG, Motorola, and HTC all sell smartphones with unlocked radios, but critics of Apple's choice say they don't unlock theirs because they don't want people to have free access to the radio, so that we'll pay for services like Apple Music.

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Tech News Today 1862: Screen Infiltration

Tech News Today 1861: No S-Pen Left Behind

Dyson working on an Electric Vehicle to launch publicly by 2020. James Dyson, founder of the company, wrote an email to his employees, revealing the plan that is already underway, employing a team of 400 people to get the motor running.
According to a study by Visier Inc., women and men both struggle equally to get jobs in tech when they're over 40. According to the report, the average tech worker is 38 years old, compared to the average non-tech worker who is 43 years old and this is a result of systemic ageism in the tech hiring practices.
Plus, Atari’s next console is really expensive for what it is, Twitter doubles its character limit, and we go hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.

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Tech News Today 1860: Hacker's Deloitte

Microsoft says its new programming language for quantum computers should be out by the end of the year after working on the technology for more than a decade. MIcrosoft will include support for the new language in Visual Studio before 2018.
It's macOS High Sierra day and you should install it where you can for no other reason than it will now let you stop autoplaying audio in Safari. If you upgrade you'll also have access to the new Apple File System with an advanced architecture that is supposed to make your computer more responsive and more secure.
Plus, macOS High Sierra already has a zero day. Levi's pricey Project Jackquard commuter jacket is hitting the hangers and Sarah Frier from Bloomberg interviewed Mark Zuckerberg about this particularly challenging moment in time for Facebook and politics.

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Tech News Today 1859: London Calling Uber Out

Intel’s Project Alloy “merged reality” reference design headset, which was to offer inside-out and completely wireless tracking, is off the table. Intel cited a lack of interest from its partners, but does say it will continue to invest in other aspects of AR and VR technology.
Walmart announced a new home delivery program for dropping off groceries directly into customers' homes. Walmart will work with August Smart Locks to make it easy for delivery people to get into the home and put the groceries away in the fridge.
Plus, HP is near another reduction in its workforce, Megan gets to unbox her new iPhone 8+, and Sam Machkovech from Ars Technica explains why the new horror movie called “Friend Request” is scarier than Facebook

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Tech News Today 1858: Chaos Agents & Happy Traps

Hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, and more have been filling the news for weeks. It's hard to sit back in our comfortable living rooms reading tweets and wondering what we can do about it. But it's also pretty easy to get fooled by scams when we want to help. Brooke Binkowski, managing editor of, joins us to help.
Tomorrow my iPhone 8 arrives and just in time Geoffery Fowler, tech columnist from The Wall Street Journal, says I shouldn't have ordered it. He writes that with so many iPhone choices this fall, the iPhone 8 is the best avoid. Why, Geoffery, Why?
Plus, what is Google buying from HTC and what are they going to do with it?

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Tech News Today 1857: Echo Face Location

Nest unveiled a family of new security focused devices, including the Nest Secure system that includes a hub for all of its devices to connect to. The package includes an alarm system, Nest Detect for monitoring portals in the home, and the Nest Tag for tracking items throughout the home.
Facebook CTO Sheryl Sanberg says the company is tightening its enforcement processes to make sure ad targeting terms don't violate Facebook's community standards. Sandberg also promised that Facebook would add more human review to their automated processes to track potential abuses of the Facebook ads system.
Also, Amazon is working on a face computer, Equifax is even more inept than it already was, and Ryan Whitwam from Android Police discusses Google’s rumored bid to buy out HTC’s smartphone division.

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Tech News Today 1856: Dr. Morrone: Heart Surgeon

Tech News Today 1855: Tez Cash Dispensers

Intel announced that it would be further collaborating with Alphabet’s Waymo division to be the brains that power its autonomous driving system. Currently, Waymo has Intel-based computing inside the company’s fleet of Chrysler Pacifica minivans, and Intel says it hopes to deliver on improved power and efficiency with the goal of getting Waymo’s vehicles to Level 4 and 5 autonomy in all types of real world settings.
Samsung is rolling out an update to Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+, and Note 8 owners that adds a toggle to the settings to determine what happens when the Bixby button is pressed. The settings only allow you to turn it off or on, so there is no official way to put that button to some other use if you wanted to.
Plus, Google releases Tez to the Indian market for cashless payments, the NES classic GOLF is hidden deep inside the Switch’s firmware, and Alex Kantrowitz from Buzzfeed joins Ron Richards and me to discuss all the ways the online ad marketing industry is infecting itself with racist ad categories.

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Tech News Today 1854: Rage Against the Uber Machine

Wisconsin state legislators approved a $3 billion tax incentive package for Foxconn's plans for a factory in the state. It would employ at least 3000 people.
Equifax’s Chief Security Officer Susan Mauldin and Chiefe Information Officer David Webb have officially retired from their positions.
Also, Chrome will kill autoplay audio in the future, GAB is “declaring ware on Google”, Lyft is near a $1 billion investment by Google, and South Park sets off everyone’s Amazon Echo and Google Home devices.

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Tech News Today 1853: Notch Half Full

Facebook is feeling the heat with the Russian ads inquiry that aims to determine to what degree Russian campaigns were able to utilize Facebook’s ad network to stir unrest in the United States ahead of the Presidential Election. The US Federal Election Commission is considering regulatory changes to rules that would require companies like Facebook to disclose who paid for these kinds of ads.
Google has confirmed October 4th as the date for the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL. According to and a billboard in downtown Boston, the next Google-made phone will be released, or at least teased, before you can order the iPhone.
Also, iPhone X fans have mixed feelings about the notch in the display, Magic Leap is looking to secure more money for its product that no one has seen, Samsung launched a $300 million automotive fund, and Snapchat has animated Bitmoji AR!

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Tech News Today 1852: Don't Mess with Our Bodega

Tech News Today 1851: iPhone X Richmoji

Zack Whittacker of Zero Day says the Equifax site many are using to put alerts or freezes on their accounts is vulnerable to a cross-site scripting attack, which could leave you vulnerable to malicious code.
The Department of Transportation released new self-driving vehicle guidelines. The full report, which is available online, focuses on cars with level 3 to 5 on the Society of Automotive Engineers scale.
Also, Google is in hot water with Yelp again, Samsung says its foldable Note phone is coming next year, and the NES Classic will get another release next Summer.

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