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Futuristic Apple Park headquarters opens in April

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Apple CEO Tim Cook with an image of company’s new campus.

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Apple’s futuristic new headquarters will open in April. The first employees will move into the 175-acre Apple Park campus while building work continues across the large parkland site.

It’ll take six months for Apple’s 12,000 staff to move from the existing Cupertino HQ into the new campus in the Santa Clara valley, which has at its heart a ring-shaped, 2.8 million-square-foot main building clad in curved glass.

Also in the campus is the 1,000-seat Steve Jobs theatre, entered through a 20-foot-tall glass tube measuring 165 feet in diameter.

Despite Apple’s infamous secrecy, the site will be open to the public with a visitor centre, cafe and Apple Store.

Article source: https://www.cnet.com/news/futuristic-apple-park-headquarters-open-in-april/#ftag=CAD590a51e

Crowdfunded ‘MST3K’ revival hits Netflix April 14th

Tonight, after a “Red Carpet Kickstarter Screening” of the first new Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode, Netflix announced the revived series will launch April 14th. In a message to backers of the biggest crowdfunded video project, creator Joel Hodgson promised that backers with rewards including new episodes or a live screening of the new episodes will “have them by April 14.” Netflix didn’t have anything to share other than the cast photo above, but at least fans can mark their calendars.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2017/02/22/crowdfunded-mst3k-revival-hits-netflix-april-14th/

These trending YouTube videos make a slam dunk

Every week, I try to stay on top of what is trending on YouTube because I always find new music videos from top artists, sports replays that people watch over and over, and tons of videos of whatever is the big news of the day. But there are also hidden gems that I might miss if I didn’t jump in to see why they’re so popular right now.

This week I found a collection of cool videos you should definitely check out. They don’t follow any specific theme, but I’m sharing them here because I found them either funny or interesting.

To start, YouTuber IISuperwomanII makes tons of funny videos, but this one that conveys what people are really thinking at work got me laughing. It’s over-exaggerated, I think (I hope), but I’m betting you’ll see some similarities with your workplace.

Next, from the YouTube channel called List25, you get to see a list of things you learned when you were young that turned out to be wrong. Wait, you CAN start a sentence with because?

I don’t usually do sports replays in these posts, but when YouTuber The Shimmy Master posted this Giannis Antetokounmpo dunk from the NBA All Star game this weekend, I had to share. You’re not going to get a dunk photo with Steph Curry in it, apparently.

Finally, this last one is so good it’s almost worthy of an article on its own. Popular stunt and action video guys Dude Perfect bring in a billiards trick-shot master to demonstrate his best tricks. Seriously, can these even be real?

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Article source: https://www.cnet.com/news/these-lateset-trending-youtube-videos-hit-a-slam-dunk/#ftag=CAD590a51e

Milo Yiannopoulos has resigned from Breitbart News

Editor for Breitbart News, Milo Yiannopoulos, announced that he is resigning his position at the news network effective immediately. The move comes amid a firestorm of criticism after a video recently surfaced in which he advocated for adults to be able to have sex with minors.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2017/02/21/milo-yiannopoulos-has-resigned-from-breitbart-news/

Verizon and Yahoo agree to cut $4.83 billion deal by $350 million


Verizon has reworked its deal to buy Yahoo.

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Verizon is getting a discount for damaged goods.

The telecommunications giant and internet pioneer Yahoo have signed an agreement that drops the original $4.83 billion acquisition price by $350 million, the companies said Tuesday. This comes months after Yahoo’s public image has tumbled downhill with one hacking scandal after another.

In the seven months since Verizon announced it was buying Yahoo’s operating business, Yahoo has revealed it suffered the worst hack in history — twice. Yahoo first set the record in September with 500 million accounts breached. It then broke its own record in December with the revelation that 1 billion accounts were hacked in a separate breach. The company has also faced backlash for reportedly building tools that help the government spy on citizen emails.

The $4.83 billion deal had been on shaky ground since the massive breaches, but Verizon apparently has not lost faith in Yahoo’s 1 billion user base.

“We have always believed this acquisition makes strategic sense. We look forward to moving ahead expeditiously so that we can quickly welcome Yahoo’s tremendous talent and assets into our expanding portfolio in the digital advertising space,” Marni Walden, Verizon’s executive vice president, said in a statement.

As part of the price drop, Verizon and Yahoo have agreed to share the legal and regulatory burdens that will come from the billions of hacks the website suffered in 2013 and 2014. Yahoo is reportedly under investigation by the US Securities and Exchange Commission for potentially taking too long to inform investors about the breaches.

Under the terms of the revised deal, Yahoo will pay half the bill for any non-SEC government investigations and lawsuits related to the hack. Any shareholder lawsuits over the hacks will also be Yahoo’s responsibility.

The acquisition is part of Verizon’s strategy to boost its digital advertising arsenal as it gears up to compete with Google and Facebook. The telecommunications giant is looking to combine Yahoo with AOL, which Verizon bought for $4.4 billion in 2015. Yahoo’s popular assets such as fantasy sports and Yahoo Mail still manage to pull in profits despite the hacks. Verizon’s push to purchase Yahoo’s operating business had been delayed from the breaches but apparently is moving along steadily now.

“It is an important step to unlock shareholder value for Yahoo, and we can now move forward with confidence and certainty,” Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer said in a statement.

The deal is still open to adjustments, the companies said. It’s expected to close during the second quarter.

Update, 5:52 a.m. PT: Adds more details from the revised agreement.

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Article source: https://www.cnet.com/news/verizon-and-yahoo-agree-to-cut-4-billion-deal-by-350-million/#ftag=CAD590a51e

Images and retail listing of Sonos ‘Playbase’ leak out

Judging by the pictures (the side is shown above and other views below) it has an optical and ethernet port, just like the Playbar (still no HDMI, it appears). Like other Sonos speakers, it will likely support connectivity with your other Sonos speakers and voice control via Alexa at some point this year, provided you have an Echo or Fire TV device. There have been rumors that Sonos will build Alexa functionality into future devices (the Play:5 has a microphone that’s currently not used), so that’s a possibility too.

So far, all of this is just a leak and rumor, though there’s copious evidence, including an FCC listing that mentions the name “Playbase.” Sonos also deleted several posts on its forum about the product, as Dave Zatz points out. If the BH listing is to be believed, it should be arriving in March for $699.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2017/02/21/images-and-retail-listing-of-sonos-playbase-leak-out/