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China pulls approval for Facebook startup incubator

So much for Facebook making inroads into China. Mere hours after regulators gave Facebook permission to open a startup incubator in the province of Zhejiang, the approval has disappeared — and a New York Times source claims officials have formally… Source: Engadget | China pulls approval for Facebook startup incubator

Ridesharing livestreams on Twitch raise privacy worries (update: Uber cuts access)

When you step into a ridesharing car, you probably assume that whatever you do inside the vehicle won't be recorded for posterity. But what if it turned out that you were not only on camera, but live on the internet? Like it or not, that's happening… Source: Engadget | Ridesharing livestreams on Twitch raise privacy …

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Facebook hopes to launch an internet satellite in early 2019

Facebook has cooperated on internet satellite initiatives (with less-than-ideal results), but there's been precious little word of plans to make its own satellite beyond high-level promises. Now, however, there's something tangible. Both publicly d… Source: Engadget | Facebook hopes to launch an internet satellite in early 2019

Recommended Reading: The accent struggle for Alexa and Google Assistant

The accent gap Drew Harwell, The Washington Post Smart speakers (and the virtual assistants they house) offer voice control for so many connected devices it's hard to keep count. Those audio gadgets can also assist with a range of questions — tha… Source: Engadget | Recommended Reading: The accent struggle for Alexa and Google Assistant

Spotify users still can't block followers, but that could change

Spotify isn't as much of a haven from harassment as many might like. Since the service shares your plays with followers by default, it's possible for harassers to keep up with your listening habits and exploit that to their advantage (say, by findin… Source: Engadget | Spotify users still can't block followers, but that could …

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Robocall company exposes hundreds of thousands of voter records

Hundreds of thousands of voter records were left exposed on an Amazon S3 bucket, ZDNet reports, this time by Virginia-based robocalling firm Robocent. Among the information that was left accessible were names, home addresses, gender, phone numbers, a… Source: Engadget | Robocall company exposes hundreds of thousands of voter records

Apple signs Jason Momoa to star in original sci-fi series 'See'

Apple is taking on Netflix with an ambitious original series of its own. The upcoming show is called See, and it will star someone you're most likely familiar with: Jason Momoa aka Khal Drogo aka Aquaman. Spearheaded by Peaky Blinders creator Steven… Source: Engadget | Apple signs Jason Momoa to star in original sci-fi series …

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Engineer stashed Navy drone trade secrets in his personal Dropbox

Trade secret theft allegations are serious enough in the corporate world, but they're particularly grave when they involve military projects. And one contractor is learning that the hard way. A Connecticut federal court has found electrical enginee… Source: Engadget | Engineer stashed Navy drone trade secrets in his personal Dropbox

It's now easier to change Google Assistant's voice

Now that Google Assistant has a slew of voices to choose from, shouldn't you have an easy interface for picking one of those voices? You do now. Google is rolling out an update that gives US users a new, simple interface for changing Assistant's voic… Source: Engadget | It's now easier to change Google Assistant's …

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Popular 'PUBG' streamer faces ban for playing with cheater

There's no question that PUBG's creators want to crack down on cheating, but some players have wondered: is it really willing to go after superstar players if they play dirty? Apparently, the answer is yes. PUBG Corp has issued a one-month ban to Shr… Source: Engadget | Popular 'PUBG' streamer faces ban for playing with …

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