Google to face shareholders on censored ‘Dragonfly’ search in China

Another day, another shareholder suit. This time it’s Google in the spotlight. Shareholders have tabled a resolution which, if passed, would demand Google put the brakes on its controversial search engine efforts in China. The program, internally dubbed “Dragonfly,” is said to be a censorship-friendly search engine with the capability to hide results at the …

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Slack reportedly prices IPO at $26 per share

Slack’s public debut is happening Thursday on the NYSE and the company has set a reference price of $26 per share for its direct listing, according to WSJ, which would value the company at around $15.7 billion.

The company’s stock is expected to pop at open, according to the WSJ’s sources. Slack is pursuing a direct listing, eschewing the typical IPO process in favour of putting its current stock on to the NYSE without doing an additional raise or bringing on underwriter banking partners.

This isn’t a first for the technology industry, as Spotify did the same thing about this time last year, but it is still an outlier in terms of common practice for startups looking to the public markets for their liquidity event.

Slack was launched in 2013 by Flickr co-founder Stewart Butterfield, initially built as a side [...]  read more

Best laptops under $500: the best cheap laptops around

We know that times are hard for almost everyone out there, and that doesn’t make replacing your aging laptop hardware any easier. Luckily, the list of the best laptops under $500 is slowly growing with truly quality devices that are worth the plastic and silicon they were printed on.

While it’s still a small gathering of worthy laptops under $500, we’ve rounded up the most impressive that we’ve reviewed within the past year. Our list includes both forms of 2-in-1 laptops and incredibly affordable Chromebooks that will get the job done for minimal impact to your bottom line.

Each of the products below scored at least four stars in one of our in-depth reviews, making them worthy of inclusion in a TechRadar buying guide. With that, you can buy one of these laptops with confidence that it has been thoroughly tested and critiqued by our expert editors.

Microsoft Surface Go

Microsoft Surface Go

The best laptop under $500 so far

CPU: Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 615 | RAM: [...]  read more

Pavia, sequestrate due ville e 600 mila euro a boss della «mala» milanese

Maxi sequestro ad un pensionato di 80 anni, figura di spicco della criminalità lombarda. Due ville e conti correnti per un valore di 600 mila euro confiscati dalla Guardia di Finanza di Pavia. Un tenore di vita altissimo, patrimoni che, come dichiarato dagli investigatori, Mariano Randazzo aveva accumulato in 50 anni di attività criminali. Grandi tenute immerse nel verde in Oltrepò Pavese, e una consistente quantità di denaro notevolmente sproporzionata rispetto a quanto dichiarato al fisco dal pensionato.

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Le ville del boss sequestrate nel Pavese

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Announcing Hardware Battlefield 2019 in Shenzhen, China

Startup Battlefield is known around the world as TechCrunch’s premier startup competition, and today we’re proud to announce that on November 11-12 we are producing our hardware-focused competition, Hardware Battlefield at TC Shenzhen in that amazing heartland of hardware, Shenzhen, China.

The event this November will be TechCrunch’s fifth Hardware Battlefield, but our first ever in China. TechCrunch pioneered this hardware startup competition back in 2014 at CES in Las Vegas (the year Google acquired Nest!) and followed with more Hardware Battlefields in 2015, 2016 and 2017, all at CES. The 60 companies the editors chose to compete provided an incredible span of innovation — from smart socks for diabetics to food testing devices, to malaria diagnostic tools, to e-motorcycles and robotic arms. 

Through those years we always had our eye on Shenzhen. The city offers an ecosystem like no other to support hardware startups through accelerators, rapid prototyping and world-class [...]  read more

Cold War Spy Photos Show How Fast Himalayan Glaciers Are Melting

During the height of the Cold War, a telescope-shaped American spy satellite code-named Hexagon circled the globe snapping high-resolution photographs of forests, mountains, and perhaps a few Russian military bases. From time to time, the satellite would eject metal canisters containing the film of the imagery. The canister would deploy its parachute, and high-flying spy planes would pick it up midair.

Now a team of scientists has stitched together these once-classified analog images to form a three-dimensional digital model of the Himalayas as they existed more than 40 years ago. By comparing the model with images taken today, researchers found that the mountain’s glaciers are melting at double the rate since 2000 as during the period of 1976 to 2000, and that a warming climate is the culprit.

While scientists have documented melting of individual glaciers in the Himalayas, this new study looks at a 1,250-mile-wide range across Nepal, Bhutan, India, and China, and reveals [...]  read more

England vs Japan live stream: how to watch today’s Women’s World Cup 2019 match from anywhere

Two matches, two wins for the Lionesses so far after victories over Scotland and Argentina. That means Phil Neville’s side are already into the last 16 and will be hoping to maintain their 100% Women’s World Cup 2019 record against second-in-the group Japan. Will they carry on their perfect start, or will Japan nab top spot in Group D? Find out below how you can catch an England vs Japan live stream from anywhere around the world with our instructions below.

Live stream England vs Japan – where and when
Today’s match takes place at the 36,178-capacity Allianz Riviera in Nice.

Kick-off is at 9pm CET, meaning a 8pm BST for viewers in the UK. For Japan fans that’s a sleep-depriving 4am JST start.

Having lost to Japan in agonising fashion at the last World Cup, losing 2-1 in the semi-finals via an injury-time own goal, England will be out to make amends.

The Lionesses go into the game boosted by the news that Barcelona forward Toni Duggan is fit again after missing the opening two matches due to a thigh injury, but will coach Phil Neville feel tempted to rotate a side that appears to be gelling [...]  read more