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Human rights NGO, Amnesty International, has written to the EU's competition regulator calling for Google's acquisition of wearable maker Fitbit to be blocked — unless meaningful safeguards can be baked in.

The tech giant announced its intent to splash $2.1 billion to acquire Fitbit a year ago but has yet to gain regulatory approval for the deal in the European Union.

In a letter addressed to the blocs competition chief, Margrethe Vestager, Amnesty writes: “The commission must ensure that the merger does not proceed unless [...]

Sat, Nov 28, 2020, Continue reading at the source

The Exchange is technically off today, but we're here anyway because there's neat stuff in the world of startups and money to talk about. So, let's yammer this morning about Slack's new valuation and what the market is telling us about what the venerable SaaS company is really worth.

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Recall that on Wednesday, news broke that Salesforce is considering buying Slack, a move that has potential merit and some question marks.

The merits could [...]

Sat, Nov 28, 2020, Continue reading at the source

Updated (11/25/2020): It's the holidays and things are slow, so we thought we'd re-surface these tips from Dave Plummer on how to use Task Manager to best effectiveness. Happy Thanksgiving.

If you've used Windows for longer than an hour or two, chances are that you've interacted with Task Manager. The utility has been present in every version of Windows going back to Windows 95, though the version that shipped with that OS was far more primitive and it didn't open when you hit Ctrl-Alt-Del (that key command opened the “Close Program” dialog instead). Now, the author of the application, Dave Plummer, [...]

Fri, Nov 27, 2020, Continue reading at the source

Today you can get your hands on a 4K 43-inch Dell monitor that is available with hundreds cut off its retail price.

Dell Ultrasharp U4320Q 43-Inch 4K USB-C Monitor for $710.99 from Dell with promo code STAND4SMALL (Regularly $1,049.99)Roku Streaming Stick+ 4K HDR Media Player for $29.00 from Amazon (List price $49.99)iRobot Roomba 675 WiFi Robot Vacuum for $179.00 from Amazon (list price $279.99)Western Digital Easystore 14TB External USB 3.0 HDD for $189.99 from Best Buy (List price $309.99)Dell XPS 8940 [...]
Thu, Nov 26, 2020, Continue reading at the source

Two pieces of news on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X today. First, ongoing performance reviews of the two consoles continue to find that the PS5 outperforms the XSX in specific game modes, and sometimes in entire titles.

As we've previously covered, the Xbox Series X has problems with Devil May Cry 5's high-performance mode. It also apparently runs Assassin Creed: Valhalla more slowly than its rival, and with heavier screen tearing. In Dirt 5, the Xbox Series X runs at lower resolutions and image quality, though Codemasters [...]

Thu, Nov 26, 2020, Continue reading at the source
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Researchers wonder why lower dose prompted better efficacy in study of vaccine candidate from the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca [...]
Thu, Nov 26, 2020, Continue reading at the source
Study could spell trouble for the already vulnerable pachyderms [...]
Thu, Nov 26, 2020, Continue reading at the source
Researchers warn secrecy could harm public trust [...]
Wed, Nov 25, 2020, Continue reading at the source
Its version of Warp Speed aims not just to stem the COVID-19 pandemic, but to build diplomatic and trade ties [...]
Wed, Nov 25, 2020, Continue reading at the source
Many institutions decline to participate in Dutch study, fearing bad press on a sensitive subject [...]
Wed, Nov 25, 2020, Continue reading at the source