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Amazon commits to being 'fully operational' in Australia by end of 2018

There’s been plenty of speculation as to when US-based e-commerce giant Amazon will finally have a hold on the Australian retail market, but we’ve finally gotten word from an executive at the company, who has confirmed that the internet company aims to be fully operational Down Under by the end of 2018.Speaking to Fairfax Media, the executive – responsible for expanding the company’s global grocery operations – said that Amazon will “launch......
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Windows has a heart of trash

I did a bad thing. I opened a bad file and it borked my PC. So now, in concordance with the grand tradition of frustrated tech bloggers calling on enormous companies to conform to their wishes, here is my rant on how terrible computers are — Windows ones, this time anyway — and how they ought to be. Now, I’m no PC spring chicken. I build my desktops, I seat the CPU, I fiddle with the registry and fiddle with the BIOS (even though it isn’t r......
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Tesla Deal Boosts Chinese Presence in US Auto Tech

From a Reuters report:China's Tencent has bought a 5 percent stake in U.S. electric car maker Tesla for $1.78 billion, the latest investment by a Chinese internet company in the potentially lucrative market for self-driving vehicles and related services. Tencent's investment, revealed in a U.S. regulatory filing, provides Tesla with an additional cash cushion as it prepares to launch its mass-market Model 3. Tesla's shares were up 2.9 perce......
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Johnny Depp signs on to play John McAfee in a film of his life

The John McAfee movie maybe filmed in bath salts-avision HIGH PITCHED ROALD DAHL RUINER JOHNNY DEPP has signed up to what we reckon will be the role of his life. While some actors have taken on critically acclaimed roles as Stephen Hawking, Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg, Depp will be playing the INQUIRER's favourite technology person, the marvellous John McAfee. We assumed that the film will focus on the genes......
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Chinese tech giant Tencent takes 5 percent stake in Tesla

Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) said on Monday that Chinese tech giant Tencent Holdings Ltd (0700.HK) has invested $1.78 billion in the electric carmaker for a 5 percent passive stake. Tencent, best known for its WeChat mobile app, has been investing in a number of sectors, including gaming, entertainment, cloud computing and online financing. Tencent now owns more than 8......
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Joking While Muslim in Trump’s America

Joking While Muslim in Trump’s America Joking While Muslim in Trump’s America by Negin Farsad | photograph by Dan Winters3.28.17 There’s an unwritten rule in the world of comedy: If you are a person of color, if you have a disability, if your nose is too ethnic, you have to call yourself out when you walk on that stage. You have to be self-aware that you know, that they know, that your face is weird-­looking. Explain your face! I often w......
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Google Wifi is coming to the UK next week

Alongside the news that the Google Home voice assistant speaker will be available in the UK next week, Google is announcing that its dubiously punctuated Wifi router system is on the way too. Google Wifi will go on sale on April 6th, like Google Home, and also costs £129. That’s just for one unit, though — as with similar products such as Eero, the advantage of Google Wifi is that you can use multiple routers to create a mesh network and g......
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Broadway Play Changes Set Design Over Cafe Trademark Threat And, No, That Doesn't Make Any Damned Sense

When you write enough about trademark disputes, a recurring thing that happens is you keep thinking you've seen it all, but then something insane happens. And truly, after years of writing here at Techdirt, I've come across some mind-bending trademark disputes. But I can't think of a single one that matches the Broadway version of A Bronx Tale changing its set design to appease a cafe owner who insists he is a monarch of Italian pastries. ......
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Surface Book 2 might be a no-show at Microsoft’s next hardware launch

The latest rumor about Microsoft’s spring device announcement event is that it won’t feature one of the main expected revelations: the Surface Book 2.That’s what ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley (a renowned Microsoft tipster) has heard from her sources, anyway. Surface Book 2 won’t be happening at the spring shindig, as the sequel to the high-end convertible simply isn’t ready yet. And it’s uncertain whether the Surface Pro 5 will be revealed either.A......
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Snoopers' Charter: 16,000 public sector staff empowered to spy on web browsing records

16,000 public sector staff empowered to spy on web browsing records MORE THAN 16,000 public sector staff have been empowered by Section 4 of the Investigatory Powers Act to snoop on people's web browsing records. And that's before the estimated 4,000 staff at security agency MI5, the 5,500 at GCHQ and 2,500 at MI6 are taken into account. That's according to the responses from a series of almost 100 Freedom of I......
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API flaws said to have left Symantec SSL certificates vulnerable to compromise

LinuxSecurity.com: Over the weekend, Chris Byrne, an information security consultant and instructor for Cloud Harmonics, published a post to Facebook outlining a serious problem with the processes and third-party API used to deliver and manage Symantec SSL certificates.
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Snapcart raises $3M to track offline commerce data in Southeast Asia

Snapcart, a startup helping to bring transparency to the world of offline commerce in Southeast Asia, has raised $3 million in pre-Series A funding. We first wrote about the company when it launched in September 2015 with the aim of providing data on the largely uncharted world of offline commerce in Southeast Asia, a region of over 600 million consumers and a growing middle class. Snapcart gathers shopper and purchase data by incentivizing......
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Ask Slashdot: What's The Easiest Linux Distro For A Newbie?

joseph Kramer -- a long-time user of both Windows and MacOS -- comes to Slashdot with the ultimate question: I've been lurking here for years and seen many recommendations for a Linux flavor that works. What I'm really looking for is Linux that works without constant under-the-hood tweaking (ala early Windows flavors, 3.1, 95/98). Does such an OS exist? For the record, I am not an IT tech. I just need something to work with the mechanical ......
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Stir-Fry Rice Bowl

My meatless version of Korean bibimbap is tasty, pretty and easy to tweak for different spice levels. Koreans usually eat this rice dish with some beef, but I decided to top it with an egg. —Devon Delaney, Westport, Connecticut
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Uber suspends self-driving car program after Arizona crash

Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] suspended its pilot program for driverless cars on Saturday after a vehicle equipped with the nascent technology crashed on an Arizona roadway, the ride-hailing company and local police said. The accident, the latest involving a self-driving vehicle operated by one of several companies experimenting with autonomous vehicles, caused no serious injuries, Uber said.Even so, the company said it was grounding driv......
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Lyft will allow riders to round up their fare to make a charitable donation

In the coming weeks, Lyft will introduce a new program called Round Up & Donate, which will allow riders to make a charitable contribution when they take a ride with the service. Riders will be able to opt into the program, which will automatically round up their fare to the nearest whole dollar. The company announced the program in an ad in The New York Times, stating that “parking your backsides in the back seats across the nation is......
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Old Nerd Reviews: Burger King's *NEW* Crispy Chicken Sandwich FOOD REVIEW

Here he is again the immortal, the happy, and the very cool Old Nerd Reviews. Today the Old Nerd who goes by the name of Tony gives a kick butt review on Burger King's *NEW* Crispy Chicken Sandwich which is available at Burger King locations near you. How will the Old Nerd review this Buirger King sandwich? You will only find out by watching his well made and produced video below. Make sure you visit his YouTube channel and subscribe becau......
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While You Were Offline: Trump Is President and You’re Not, FYI

It says a lot about the modern world that, in the day after a terror attack in London, the mayor of the city actually has to take time out of his day to talk about a tweet from the son of the president of the United States. Quite what that says remains unclear, but it’s definitely a sign of how important social media and the internet have become in even the most dire situations. If the world is this hyper-connected, is it any surprise we ca......
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Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus release date, news and features

Update: Samsung has detailed its upcoming Bixby AI assistant in full and confirmed that there will be a hardware button to launch it. We've also seen the Galaxy S8 Plus in several different colors, heard new pricing rumors and seen more evidence that the 3.5mm headphone jack isn't going anywhere.The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is for our money the best phone you can buy right now, coupling the sheer power of the Samsung Galaxy S7 with a bigger b......
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Ham & Cheese Grits Casserole

My book club ladies often ask me to bring “those grits.” I'd tell you how to store them, but I never have any left! — Debi Mitchell, Flower Mound, Texas
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Comcast Launches New 24/7 Workplace Surveillance Service

America's largest ISP just rolled out a new service that allows small and medium-sized business owners "to oversee their organization" with continuous video surveillance footage that's stored in the cloud -- allowing them to "improve efficiency." An anonymous reader quotes the Philadelphia Inquirer: Inventory is disappearing. Workplace productivity is off. He said/she said office politics are driving people crazy. Who you gonna call...? Co......
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Uber grounds entire self-driving fleet as it probes Arizona crash

Uber has now grounded its entire autonomous test fleet in the U.S., following an accident in Arizona which left one of its Volvo SUVs flipped on its side earlier today. The car was in self-driving mode at the time of the incident. As we reported earlier, the company suspended the pilot in Arizona in the immediate aftermath of the crash. But it has now said it’s grounded its entire autonomous fleet — so also in the two other regions where it......
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This Week In Techdirt History: March 19th - 25th

Five Years Ago This week in 2012, the public got a terrifying glimpse of the extent of the NSA's surveillance capabilities thanks to some excellent journalism, which put the agency on the defensive trying to downplay its powers. While this was going on, Senators Wyden and Udall were pressing the Obama administration to open up about its secret interpretation of the Patriot Act. In the fallout of the Megaupload indictment, a restraining ......
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TV’s Best Political Show Might Just Be The Originals. Yeah, the One With the Vampires

Political drama is all over TV lately, from the Beltway machinations of Scandal and Madame Secretary to tales of intrigue like The Americans and 24: Legacy to Sean Spicer’s press briefings. But the political soap opera I’m most excited about these dats isn’t any of those—it’s a spinoff of the teen drama The Vampire Diaries. Yes, really. The Originals might be a supernatural soap opera about stupidly good-looking bloodsuckers fighting in New......
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The fictional NASA in Life is run by a bunch of psychopaths and idiots

Life, or as stylized during the opening credits, L I F E, is about six astronauts aboard the International Space Station for a fictional “Mars Pilgrim Mission” sometime in the very near future. As you can tell from the title, the film is partly about the meaning of life and partly about a violent space creature who wreaks absolute havoc on the ISS. The creature is a new form of life and its MO is destroying human life. Truly, this is a loa......
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