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Judge Rules AT&T Can't See Trump White House Communications About Time Warner Merger
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The judge presiding over the Justice Department’s attempt to block the AT&T-Time Warner merger has ruled that the White House’s private communications on the merger will not be released. The Verge reports: When the department said in November that it would sue to block the mega-merger, thoughts immediately turned to the White House. President Trump […]

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Five frigate finalists fingered for FFG(X) fight by Navy
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Lockheed Martin The US Navy’s Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) has announced the award of development contracts to five contenders for the FFG(X) program—a 20-ship class of “next-generation” guided-missile frigates intended to fill the gap in capabilities left by the retirement of the 1980s-era FFG-7 Oliver Hazard Perry class and not quite filled by the […]

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AT&T’s attempt to buy Time Warner suffers a blow in court
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Enlarge (credit: Mike Mozart) AT&T’s court defense of its merger with Time Warner Inc. suffered a blow today, as a judge ruled against AT&T’s attempt to find evidence that President Trump meddled in the government’s merger review. AT&T claims that its merger is being singled out by the Department of Justice because of Trump’s hatred […]

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SpaceX has an intriguing launch on Wednesday morning
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Enlarge / SpaceX has a sooty booster on the pad in California, ready for a launch Wednesday morning. (credit: SpaceX) After the launch of the Falcon Heavy rocket two weeks ago, going back to launching a single core of a Falcon 9 rocket may seem like something of a letdown. But the next SpaceX launch, […]

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Instagram Direct one-ups Snapchat with replay privacy controls
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 Messaging is the heart of Snapchat, so after cloning and augmenting Stories, Instagram is hoping to boost intimate usage of Direct with privacy controls not found elsewhere. Now when you send an ephemeral photo or video from the Instagram Direct camera, you can decide whether recipients can only view it once, replay it temporarily or […]

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Sonos One is the speaker to beat for those that want great sound and smarts
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 The connected speaker wars are upon us, and one day they will be detailed in history books for all to remember. But here now, it can be hard to cut through the various narratives surrounding the options out there and pick a winner. Now that the cards are on the table in terms of offerings […]

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Adecco Group acquires recruiting startup Vettery for $100M
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 The Adecco Group, a global HR services firm headquartered in Switzerland, announced today that it has acquired Vettery. The financial terms were not disclosed, but a source with knowledge of the deal told us that the price was a little over $100 million. (It’s not clear how much of that is cash versus stock.) We’ve […]

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Ultrasound could waken a sleeping smart home
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 The home of the future, we are assured, will be swarming with tiny sensors: security cameras, carbon monoxide detectors, speakers, and everything else. Few need to be running all the time — but how do you wake them up when they’re needed if they’re off in the first place? Ultrasound. Read More

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Apple updates operating systems to fix app-crashing bug     – CNET
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Bug causes apps running on iOS devices and Macs to crash when a certain Indian symbol was displayed.

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