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22 Minutes Ago   I’ll keep this week’s intro (relatively) short and simple: if you haven’t already seen Into the Spider-Verse, you should do it. The animation alone is worth the price of admission — there’s nothing else on screen that’s quite like it in terms of look and feel.

23 Hours Ago   A YouTuber who films her own confrontations with law enforcement was shot yesterday while recording a security guard outside a Los Angeles synagogue and high school.

2 Days Ago   Amazon has canceled plans to build a second headquarters in New York City, following pushback from residents and local lawmakers who were concerned about what the influx of high-skill, high-paying jobs would do to an area that’s already facing fast gentrification.

2 Days Ago   Apple’s upcoming TV service is supposed to let viewers bundle together their favorite networks, but according to CNBC, Netflix isn’t on board with the plan and HBO may not be either.

3 Days Ago   Smartwatch sales were up more than 60 percent in the US last year, showing that more people are coming into the wearables market as devices begin to mature.

3 Days Ago   Google may not be throwing in the towel on Android Things, but it’s at least neatly folding the towel and setting it on the ground. In a blog post today, Google said that it’s refocusing Android Things — its Android-based platform for smart devices — exclusively on smart speakers and smart displays.

3 Days Ago   Porn and gambling companies are sneaking private apps on the iPhone, using the same tool that Apple busted Facebook and Google for inappropriately using last month.

4 Days Ago   Ariana Grande’s album thank u, next set two new records on Apple Music when it debuted last Friday: the most first-day streams of a pop album, and the most first-day streams of a female artist.

5 Days Ago   Samsung appears to be just over a week away from giving the world a first look at the actual design of its foldable phone. The company released a teaser video this morning showing the words “the future unfolds” wrapping around the outline of what seems to be a book-shaped device.

7 Days Ago   One of the reasons I maybe wasn’t super eager to see Eighth Grade when it came out last year was just how sharp the film appeared to be at recreating the immense awkwardness of middle school.

8 Days Ago   Facebook is adding new management tools and features for groups today, as the company increasingly tries to encourage meaningful conversations and sees tight-knit communities as one way to do that.

9 Days Ago   Twitter’s monthly user count has fallen for three quarters in a row, so to address the issue, Twitter has decided to stop announcing how many users it keeps losing.

10 Days Ago   Apple’s retail leader, Angela Ahrendts, will leave the company in April, Apple announced this afternoon. Ahrendts joined Apple in spring 2014, coming over from her position as CEO of Burberry to serve as head of retail.

12 Days Ago   Samsung’s Galaxy S10 will be one of the first smartphones to support the faster Wi-Fi speeds offered by Wi-Fi 6. Regulatory filings from Samsung, spotted by Droid Life, reveal that three models of the upcoming phone will include support for the brand-new Wi-Fi standard.

14 Days Ago   I heard so many people raving about The Good Place last year that I assumed it was some sort of trick and the show was actually terrible.

15 Days Ago   Samsung is rumored to have a lower-cost version of the Galaxy S10 in the works, and it looks like images of that phone have just leaked.

15 Days Ago   Apple has delayed a software update that will restore the use of group FaceTime after the feature was disabled this week because of a bug that allowed callers to eavesdrop on call recipients, reports MacRumors.

16 Days Ago   A streaming service called Locast is trying to revive the dream of Aereo — the legally defeated company that let you stream broadcast TV networks like NBC, ABC, CBS, and Fox for a monthly fee — by trying out a different legal approach: giving the whole thing away for free.

16 Days Ago   Intel’s new CEO is Bob Swan, the executive who has been leading the company on an interim basis for the past seven months and who joined as CFO in 2016.

17 Days Ago   Apple pinned the blame for its falling sales revenue primarily on issues in China, and now its quarterly earnings release shows just how much its sales in the region fell short.

21 Days Ago   As much as I liked Ex Machina, I skipped out on Annihilation while it was in theaters, in part because the lack of studio confidence in it seemed to speak pretty poorly of how the film turned out.

22 Days Ago   Amazon now has a say in the development of a commonly used smart home standard, giving the company more power as it continues to push smart speakers, cameras, doorbells, and all other kinds of gadgets into its customers’ homes.

22 Days Ago   Alexa seems to be everywhere. As of early 2019, Alexa is on 100 million devices around the world (and counting), it has over 15,000 “skills,” and it is quite possibly the first name you think of when a digital assistant comes to mind (which is some really bad news for Siri).

23 Days Ago   Sonos may be getting into headphones after years of making speakers for the home. According to Bloomberg, Sonos is working on a pair of high-end headphones that could cost $300 or more and launch next year.

25 Days Ago   Fox News has barred a TV monitoring service from recording its broadcasts and allowing customers to search for and play back relevant segments. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the monitoring service TVEyes reached a settlement with Fox after a five-year-long legal battle requiring it to permanently stop distributing the network’s shows.

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