Oculus implements its own GDPR-compliant privacy controls

While Facebook is still struggling to regain user trust following a data fiasco that ultimately brought Zuckerberg to testify in front of Congress, the company still has plenty to do to ready itself for GDPR and appease EU lawmakers. This includes making sure that everything is up to snuff at its virtual reality company, Oculus.

The VR company announced today that it will begin rolling out changes, including a user-facing Privacy Center, an updated Terms of Service, and a new Code of Conduct to ensure that VR users operate in a safe environment.

The Oculus “My Privacy Center” feature will launch next month on May 20, and will allow users to take a look at the data that Oculus has on them while managing preferences. Users notably won’t be able to see anonymized data that Oculus collects, which includes the in-VR movements that users make with their headsets and controllers. Data also not available for download includes stuff that’s only stored on your device and data like your credit read more

Motorola Moto G6 and Moto E5: Price, Specs, Release Date

You ain’t hip unless you’ve got an extra long screen, dual cameras, and a glass back. Those are three of this year’s many smartphone trends, and Motorola has ’em all. The smartphone maker has taken the lid off its latest Moto G and Moto E phones and they look … well, a lot classier than you may remember.

The original Moto G was one of the first Android phones that managed to bring premium handset features down to a price more people could afford. It was a $200(ish) phone that actually worked well—a real feat back in 2013. The Moto G been a strong performer ever since, nabbing a WIRED recommendation in our 2018 Best Cheap Phones guide.

The Moto G6 continues that tradition with a starting price of $249 and a slew of small touchups that Motorola hopes will help it stand out among other similarly priced handsets. More importantly, the refresh will help Moto G6 owners blend in with friends and family who own fancy, expensive iPhones and Android devices.

The read more

How Tesla and Waymo are tackling a major problem for self-driving cars: data

Waymo, which started as Google's self-driving car project, uses powerful computer simulations and feeds what it learns from those into a smaller … “There's only one market big enough to propel the stock's value to the levels of Elon Musk's aspirations: that of miles, data and content,” he wrote in June.
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See you next week in New York

I’ll be helping build a larger meetup focused on pre-ICO companies in New York on April 23 and I’d love to see you there. It will be held at Knotel on April 23 at 7pm and will feature a pitch-off with eight startups  and two panels with some yet-unnamed stars in the space. Let’s get together and talk about the hottest – and most controversial – topic in investing.

I’d love to see you there, so please sign up here. Early bird tickets are sold out and the regular tickets are going fast.

The event will be held at 551 Fifth Avenue on the 9th Floor and you can sign up to pitch here. This is still an experimental format and industry so let’s see how it works.

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Governo: Toninelli, 'matrimonio' con Lega ma no Berlusconi

"Fosse per M5s questo 'matrimonio', cioè patto di governo, con la Lega sarebbe gia' fatto ma senza Silvio Berlusconi". Lo ha ribadito a Rtl 102.5 il capogruppo 5 stelle al Senato, Danilo Toninelli, rispondendo alla domanda se il matrimonio M5s-Lega s
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Nest will give away smart thermostats to low-income families

Over the next five years, Nest plans to install one million Nest E thermostats in what it describes as “low- and moderate-income homes.” To do this, the company will work with various lenders, government programs, utility companies and non-profits, including Habitat for Humanity, Fannie Mae and Southern California Gas.

The driving force behind all of this is that lower income households spend more of their income on utilities than the average US family. According to Nest, on average, an American household spends 3.5 percent of income on their energy bills. But one in five families spends over 20 percent (some even as high as 50 percent) of their income on heating and cooling their homes. Smart devices like the Nest Thermostat E can help lower those bills.

“Creating a home that takes care of the people inside it and the world around it has been Nest’s mission since day one,” Jeff Hamel, head of energy partnerships at Nest, said in a statement. “We’ve read more

YouTube channel claims Apple is refusing to fix its broken iMac Pro

The iMac Pro is an excellent, yet very expensive, professional-grade workstation PC, but it appears that if it gets broken, there’s a possibility you’ll have a hard time getting Apple to repair it.

Popular YouTube channel, Linus Tech Tips, has posted a video (which you can view below), which claims that after the team’s iMac Pro was damaged during the making of a video, it was taken to an Apple Store which then refused to fix it.

An email from an Apple support adviser explained that it could not be repaired due to the limited availability of replacement parts. The claims by Linus Tech Tips are pretty damning, but they are also quite light on detail, so we contacted Apple’s customer service department ourselves and were informed that it does repair iMac Pros, but that the repair can be dependant on the extent of the damage, and if the parts were still being manufactured.

A shortage of parts?

The reasoning that Linus Tech Tips was given does sound like it could be legitimate, and ties read more

Kraken cryptocurrency exchange says it will not comply with New York inquiry

The head of a major cryptocurrency exchange will not comply with the New York attorney general's request for information. "The resource diversion for this … the last 24 hours, according to CoinMarketCap. For U.S. dollar-bitcoin trading, Kraken ranked fifth by market share, according to CryptoCompare.
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Qualcomm extends NXP deal deadline following concern from Chinese government

The ongoing saga continues. Qualcomm has once again postponed the deadline for completing its proposed acquisition of NXP following concerns voiced by the Ministry of Commerce in China.

The deal was first announced in October 2016 and things seemed to be progressing when Qualcomm raised its offer this past January to take the value of the deal from $38 billion to $44 billion. The company sought to close the transaction by April 25, but that has now been extended to July 26 as Qualcomm has been forced to refile for approval in China.

The deal is critical for Qualcomm in order to diversify its business beyond mobile and its traditional licensing model, and NXP has been identified as a must-buy thanks to its strong footprint in automotive and other growth segments.

Yet despite approval from the Federal Trade Commission, which Qualcomm pointed out has now been renewed, things could get a little complicated given the ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China.

Over the past month, President read more