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CTRL+T podcast: As long as it tastes like chicken, folds my clothes for cheap and doesn’t run me over

 Wait, what? Yeah, this week a company called SuperMeat announced that it raised $3 million to create chicken in a lab. It requires real chicken ...

Amazon shutters its Anime Strike streaming service, launched in Jan. 2017 for $5/month for US Prime members, moves Anime Strike's curated catalog to Prime Video (Cecilia D'Anastasio/Kotaku)

Cecilia D’Anastasio / Kotaku:Amazon shutters its Anime Strike streaming service, launched in Jan. 2017 for $5/month for US Prime members, moves Anime Strike’s curated catalog ...

Big tech dominance is prompting calls for rethinking of decades old US antitrust laws focusing on consumer protection, like EU's start with €2.4B Google fine (Nitasha Tiku/Wired)

Nitasha Tiku / Wired:Big tech dominance is prompting calls for rethinking of decades old US antitrust laws focusing on consumer protection, like EU’s start with ...

Meltdown researcher Anders Fogh explains how multiple researchers discovered the same vulnerabilities in modern CPUs at around the same time (Anders Fogh/cyber.wtf)

Anders Fogh / cyber.wtf:Meltdown researcher Anders Fogh explains how multiple researchers discovered the same vulnerabilities in modern CPUs at around the same time  —  Introduction  ...

Epic Games blames Meltdown CPU performance issues for Fortnite downtime, releases chart showing CPU usage rise from ~17% to ~44% after patching one server (Tom Warren/The Verge)

Tom Warren / The Verge:Epic Games blames Meltdown CPU performance issues for Fortnite downtime, releases chart showing CPU usage rise from ~17% to ~44% after ...

Despite outage in some parts of the world, WhatsApp users sent a record 75B messages on New Year's Eve, up from 63B in 2016, including 13B images and 5B videos (Khari Johnson/VentureBeat)

Khari Johnson / VentureBeat:Despite outage in some parts of the world, WhatsApp users sent a record 75B messages on New Year’s Eve, up from 63B ...

Faraday Future is the ultimate CES cautionary tale

It was the “first of a new species.” It was going to change the game. It both was, and maybe was not, a car. It ...

The Internet of Things now includes everything and the kitchen sink

Everything’s voice-activated these days — even the kitchen sink. The Delta Faucet Company announced Friday it’s developing faucets that respond to voice commands. Along with ...

Here's how 'Meltdown' and 'Spectre' got those terrifying names

Meltdown and Spectre. Spectre, and Meltdown. The two vulnerabilities, both affecting computer processors across the globe, were disclosed on Jan. 3 and in the process ...

Why there's so much hype about Facebook and cryptocurrency

Facebook may soon begin exploring uses for cryptocurrency technology. The company’s founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted his annual personal memo on Thursday — mostly ...

The hidden cost of a conveniently connected world

As technology moves forward, the conversation shifts from “can we” to “should we.” Anil Markose thinks society needs to draw a line in the sand. ...

Dinghy picks up backing from Balderton for its flexible freelancer insurance

 Insurtech was one of the big VC bets of 2017, and that looks set to continue into the new year as startups spot gaps in ...

A look back at the year that the Sub-Saharan African startup scene found its stride

 African tech in 2017 was about the normalization of market events mostly absent even a decade ago. There were acquisitions, multiple investment rounds, lots of ...

AR/VR startups raised $3 billion last year led by a few industry juggernauts

 Tech companies working with augmented reality and virtual reality technologies raised more than $3 billion in venture funding in 2017. This data comes from analytics firm Digi-Capital ...

How infosec researcher Daniel Gruss and his team discovered the Meltdown CPU flaw and developed the KAISER tool to patch Meltdown on Windows, Mac, and Linux (Douglas Busvine/Reuters)

Douglas Busvine / Reuters:How infosec researcher Daniel Gruss and his team discovered the Meltdown CPU flaw and developed the KAISER tool to patch Meltdown on ...

As China mulls regulating power-hungry bitcoin mining, some of the biggest miners including Bitmain, BTC.Top, and ViaBTC open facilities in US, Canada, Iceland (Bloomberg)

Bloomberg:As China mulls regulating power-hungry bitcoin mining, some of the biggest miners including Bitmain, BTC.Top, and ViaBTC open facilities in US, Canada, Iceland  —  Policy ...

Sources: sales at Jessica Alba's Honest Company, which reached $300M in 2016, were flat in 2017; CEO says firm is culling products to focus on core categories (Serena Ng/Wall Street Journal)

Serena Ng / Wall Street Journal:Sources: sales at Jessica Alba’s Honest Company, which reached $300M in 2016, were flat in 2017; CEO says firm is ...

Web developers and Google's own apps are increasingly diverging from open web ethos by optimizing for Google-developed standards that first ship in Chrome (Tom Warren/The Verge)

Tom Warren / The Verge:Web developers and Google’s own apps are increasingly diverging from open web ethos by optimizing for Google-developed standards that first ship ...

New US Customs guidelines for border searches of devices still allow search of info stored locally, need "reasonable suspicion" to move info to external devices (Adi Robertson/The Verge)

Adi Robertson / The Verge:New US Customs guidelines for border searches of devices still allow search of info stored locally, need “reasonable suspicion” to move ...

Those huge CPU vulnerabilities, Meltdown and Spectre, explained

By now you’ve probably heard. A large portion of the world’s computer processors are vulnerable to at least one of two exploits that render them ...

Apple on Meltdown and Spectre bugs: 'All Mac systems and iOS devices are affected'

Apple just confirmed that nearly all of its devices are impacted by the serious vulnerabilities affecting processors made by Intel and other chip makers. In ...

iPhone and iPad users went on a spending spree on the first day of 2018

The App Store just blew through another record, even as Apple fights off complaints for deliberately slowing down older iPhones. Together, iPhone and iPad users ...

Keep hackers at bay with this smart home privacy device that's seeking funding on Kickstarter

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Save $850 on a Dell Gaming Laptop, plus more of today's top tech deals

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Lea’s live event assistant for Messenger makes buying tickets easier

 Buying event tickets online isn’t a great experience. Sites like Ticketmaster are the default, but are difficult to use and expensive. A startup called Lea ...

Mapbox makes another acquisition to bolster its navigation toolkits

 Mapbox, the SoftBank-backed developer of mapping applications that competes with Google Maps, TomTom and Here, has acquired the intellectual property and developers behind Mapzen’s Valhalla project ...

RagTagd reinvents the lost and found

 Each day, kids go to school and lose things. But RagTagd, a Sydney-based company, is looking to fix that. RagTagd is a service that provides ...

Quartet raises $40M Series C to help healthcare providers collaborate on patient care

 Healthcare in America is a mess with no quick solutions and many people aren’t getting the help they need. Created to bridge mental and physical ...

Investors are pouring money into Frank, a TurboTax for student loan applications

 Venture capitalists have been trying to make money from the higher education market for years. It’s a rich target for the clutch of investors that pride ...

Google Cloud announces Preemptible GPUs in beta at 50% discount, says they can only be used for 24 hours and may be shut down with no more than a 30-sec warning (Frederic Lardinois/TechCrunch)

Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:Google Cloud announces Preemptible GPUs in beta at 50% discount, says they can only be used for 24 hours and may be ...

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