March 03, 2021

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Nintendo Switch 2 release date poised for 2021 with OLED screen and 4K support
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The Nintendo Switch 2 is poised to launch in 2021, and it will have all of the bells and whistles gamers have been asking since the Nintendo Switch first launch in 2017.This yet-to-be-unannounced Nintendo console will have a 7-inch OLED screen made by Samsung Display, with production slated for July, reports Bloomberg. The actual release date, of course, would have to be a bit later in the year.The Nintendo Switch 2 is said to offer a higher contrast and consume less battery, with the possibility that it'll also have a faster refresh rate than the current 60Hz.This is a nice upgrade over the original Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite, which currently offer 6.2-inch and 5.5-inch , LCD displays, respectively.When docked, the Nintendo Switch 2 is reportedly going to get 4K resolution support instead of being capped at 1080p. Given the
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ASML extends sales deal with Chinese chipmaker SMIC to end of 2021
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ASML Holding NV has extended a deal to sell chip manufacturing equipment to Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp, China's largest chipmaker, until the end of this year, the Dutch company said in a statement on Wednesday.
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Revolut lets customers switch to Revolut Bank in 10 additional countries
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Fintech startup Revolut has its own banking license in the European Union since late 2018. It lets the company offer some additional financial services without partnering with third-party companies. And the company is going to let customers switch to Revolut Bank in 10 additional countries.The Bank of Lithuania has granted a specialized license — it isn’t a full-fledged license per se, as it focuses on some activities. The company is taking advantage of European passporting rules to operate in other European countries. Right now, Revolut takes advantage of its banking license in two countries — Poland and Lithuania.
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SpaceX’s Starship prototype flies to 32,000 feet and sticks the landing in third flight test
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SpaceX has launched SN10 — the tenth iteration of its current prototype series of Starship, the heavy-lift reusable spacecraft it’s developing. Starship SN10 took off from Boca Chica, Texas, where SpaceX is developing the vehicle. It flew to a height of roughly 10 km, or 32,000 feet, before performing a maneuver to re-orient itself for a friction-assisted landing descent.Unlike the last two Starship prototypes to fly this high, however, the roughly six-minute flight did not end in a fireball [UPDATE: Well, not immediately. The rocket did blow up while stationary on the landing pad a few minutes after landing, potentially due to a leak]. Instead, it completed its landing flip maneuver as intended and slowed itself for a soft touchdown, with the rocket remaining vertical and intact afterwards.
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Sorare CEO on Digital Trading Cards, Benchmark's $50M Investment
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Mar.03 -- Sorare CEO Nicolas Julia discusses the $50M investment in his company by venture capital firm Benchmark, and how the fantasy soccer network sells and trades digital trading cards. He also talks about the sky-high prices some customers are will to pay for digital cards. He speaks to Emily Chang on "Bloomberg Technology."
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Bitcoin 'Going to Infiniti': Kraken CEO
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Mar.03 -- Jesse Powell, founder and CEO of Kraken, explains how he believes that Bitcoin will eventually replace all of the world's currencies. He speaks to Emily Chang on "Bloomberg Technology."
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House Democrats ask YouTube to explain extremism policies
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House Democrats on the Energy and Commerce Committee are again pushing YouTube to explain its policies around extremist content. In a letter sent to Google CEO Sundar Pichai Wednesday, the committee leaders said that “incendiary content that indoctrinates, radicalizes, and mobilizes extremists continues to flourish” on the platform.“YouTube should make meaningful reforms to its policies and strengthen enforcement efforts to eradicate dangerous extremist and alternative content on its platform,” the lawmakers write. “Gaining users, maintaining engagement, and generating more advertising revenue cannot come at the expense of our national security.”The letter also lays out several detailed questions about the company’s policies around extremist content and how it enforces those rules. For example, it asks YouTube how many videos and channels have been pulled for extremism since November 1, 2020, and how much engagement those videos received before their removal. Google has until March 17th to respond.
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Best iPhone you can buy in 2021
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With seven different models of iPhone, five of which came out in the past year, it can be tough knowing which is the best iPhone for you. This buyer's guide will help you figure out which version of the iPhone fits both your budget and your needs.
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‘Third Time’s The Charm!’ – SpaceX Launches And Lands Starship Mars Prototype In Major First, Before It Explodes Again
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In a major milestone, Elon Musk's SpaceX has successfully landed its Starship vehicle from high altitude for the first time, as it continues efforts to launch humans to Mars – but experienced an explosion shortly after the landing.
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This man claims his iPhone X exploded in his pocket, and the photos are scary
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An Australian man named Robert De Rose is suing Apple alleging that his iPhone X exploded in his pocket and caused second-degree burns over his leg. According to reports, the actual incident happened all the way back in 2019. De Rose reportedly tried to bring the matter to Apple’s attention and opted to file a lawsuit after it became clear Apple wasn’t taking his claim seriously.As to how the incident transpired, 7News out of Australia reports that De Rose was casually sitting in his office chair, his phone in his pocket, when all of a sudden he heard a fizzing sound and started to notice pain in his leg.Today's Top DealN95 masks made in the USA are on Amazon for $1.16!Price:$57.90Available from Amazon, BGR may receive a commissionBuy NowAvailable from Amazon BGR may receive a commission
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Mary Meeker’s Bond is closing on $2 billion for its second fund, per a new filing
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Bond, the growth-stage firm that spun out of the Kleiner Perkins Digital Growth Fund in late 2018, is closing a second fund with $2 billion, suggests a new SEC filing that says the amount has not yet been raised, though investment firms sometimes file their paperwork at the final stages of their fundraising and even long afterward.Axios was first to flag the paperwork.Earlier today, we reached out to the firm — which closed its debut fund with $1.25 billion in 2019 — and are awaiting more information. But that Bond would be raising almost twice as much capital for its second vehicle is unsurprising for numerous reasons. For one, thing, the outfit, spearheaded by famed former investment banker Mary Meeker — who left Kleiner with other alums of the firm including Mood Rowghani, Noah Knauf, Juliet de Baubigny, Daegwon Chae, and Paul Vronksky — has been adding to its investing roster.
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The Aston Martin DBX is a tale of two vehicles
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The Aston Martin DBX is the brand’s first SUV — and the stakes for the iconic British luxury car maker couldn’t be higher.Like Astons before it, the DBX is objectively handsome. Its sculptural form stretches out to unapologetic ample proportions, and stands out in the crowd of SUVs that frequent the private-school pickup lane. It’s an opulent design that scores high on aesthetics, performance and character. It’s also a vehicle that arrives late to the ultra premium SUV segment, and lacks the in-car technology and fuel economy of others of its ilk. Sales of the DBX, which starts at $176,900, began overseas last summer and entered the U.S. market in late 2020. (The version Aston Martin provided to TechCrunch for a test drive had the option-loaded retail price of $205,186 DBX, including delivery fees.)
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Microsoft just launched a cool new iPhone app you need to check out
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Microsoft earlier this week announced its own smart speakers, which feature a couple of tricks that are unavailable on similar devices. The Intelligent Speakers support transcription and can translate conversations, features that can come in handy in corporate environments or while working at home during the pandemic.The Intelligent Speakers aren’t available for purchase at this time, but users who want a real-time transcription tool might want to try a brand new app that Microsoft just launched. Called Group Transcribe, the app offers support for both transcription and translation, and the app is available to download right now.Today's Top DealN95 masks made in the USA are on Amazon for $1.16!Price:$57.90Available from Amazon, BGR may receive a commissionBuy NowAvailable from Amazon BGR may receive a commission
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Biden's election will not undo Trump interference in Huawei extradition case, lawyers say
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Lawyers for Huawei's chief financial officer said on Wednesday that Joe Biden's election as U.S. president will not undo the political interference in her case, which they say stems from former President Donald Trump's pledge to intervene if it helped the United States extract...
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SpaceX's SN10 Starship sticks the landing -- and then explodes
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After a last-second abort earlier today, SpaceX launched the SN10 Starship on a high-altitude flight test that took it 10 km above the Earth. The main difference between this test and earlierflights is that not only did it properly maneuver through a flip, it also landed softly back on the pad at Boca Chica, TX — no explosions involved.Update (6:36 PM ET): So, about the no explosions thing — just moments after it landed and SpaceX's live feed cut off, SN10 joined its predecessors by exploding on the pad. NASASpaceflight captured the event via their own cameras.Developing...
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Amazon is reportedly close to a deal to carry more exclusive NFL games
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Amazon and the National Football League are close to signing a deal that could see Prime Video carry far more games than it already does, according to The Wall Street Journal. If the deal goes through, Amazon will reportedly have exclusive rights to a “significant” number of Thursday night games. The agreement will make it so that those matches won’t be available on TV outside of the local markets of the two teams involved in the game.Amazon could end up paying as much as $1 billion per year for those streaming rights when everything is said and done. At the moment, it’s believed the company’s contract with the NFL sees it pay between $75 million and $100 million to carry its current football slate. Should the deal go through, it won’t go into effect until after the 2022 season when Fox’s current agreement with the NFL expires.
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Astra's Race to Space
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Mar.03 -- Emily Chang highlights Astra, the latest startup company trying to take part in the modern-day space race. Astra CEO Chris Kemp has decided to take the company public through SPAC to raise enough money to help the company get to space.
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Daily Crunch: Google swears off ad-tracking
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Google says it’s focusing on privacy-friendly approaches to ad targeting, Okta acquires Auth0 and a flying taxi startup raises $241 million. This is your Daily Crunch for March 3, 2021.The big story: Google swears off ad-trackingWhile Google had already announced it would be phasing out support for third-party cookies in Chrome, it went further today by declaring that “once third-party cookies are phased out, we will not build alternate identifiers to track individuals as they browse across the web, nor will we use them in our products.”In fact, Google’s David Temkin argued in a blog post that attempts to build alternative approaches to ad-tracking will not “meet rising consumer expectations for privacy, nor will they stand up to rapidly evolving regulatory restrictions, and therefore aren’t a sustainable long term investment.” Instead, he pointed to Google technologies like its interest-based Federated Learning of Cohorts.
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Google promises not to develop new user-tracking tools after it kills cookies
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Google develops plenty of software, but the company makes most of its money from ads that you see online in Google’s own apps and services, in Google Search, and on other sites. Google collects personal data to build up user profiles that its targets with personalized ads. Those ads are more likely to convince people to buy something, and advertisers pay Google more money for such ads.Despite all that, Google has been increasing privacy protections in its products in recent years. Google doesn’t really have a choice, given the massive pressure from Apple, which refocused on privacy and security core years ago. And Google seems ready to do something that will put user privacy ahead of its bottom line. The company just promised that it’s not going to build user-tracking tools to replace the internet cookies that it’s about to kill.
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As activist investors loom, what’s next for Box?
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Box could be facing troubled times if a Reuters story from last week is accurate. Activist investor Starboard Value took a 7.9% stake in the storage company in September 2019, and a year ago took three board seats as its involvement in the cloud company deepened. It seemed only a matter of time before another shoe dropped. That thunk you just heard could be said shoe as Starboard is reportedly after three additional board seats. Those include current CEO Aaron Levie’s and two independent board members, all of whom have their seats coming up for election in June. If the firm were to obtain three additional seats, it would control six of nine votes and could have its way with Box.
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If you use this app, your private data might have been exposed in a big data breach
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Reports have begun circulating that Zee5, an on-demand Internet streaming service based in India, that’s available almost everywhere globally except the US, may have suffered another data breach — this time reportedly putting some 9 million users’ private data at risk of being exploited by hackers.Previous Zee5 data leaks were reported last year. What sparked this new episode, about which Zee5 has been quiet thus far, is a tweet a few days ago from an independent Internet security researcher, who wrote the following: “9 Million users data alleged leaked from #Zee5 again!! It seems latest data leak on 23rd Feb 2021. I sure no one is going to take responsibility for this too. Now we can say that there is no value of our personal and financial data. Risk is ours.” Today's Top DealAmazon shoppers are obsessed with these black AccuMed face masks - now at the lowest price ever!List Price:$26.25Price:$19.99You Save:$6.26 (24%)Available from Amazon, BGR may receive a commissionBuy NowAvailable from Amazon BGR may receive a commission
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