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Google, Fiat Chrysler working on self-driving car deal: sources

A Lexus version of a Google Self Driving car is shown in Moutain View, California By Bernie Woodall DETROIT (Reuters) - Google and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV are close to agreeing on a partnership that could break boundaries between Silicon Valley and the auto industry in the race to develop self-driving cars, people familiar with the discussions said on Friday. Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc, and Fiat Chrysler declined to comment. Google has said that it does not want to build self-driving vehicles on its own and has explored alliances with auto companies, but none have been finalized.


Google is testing a wild new feature that allows brands to take over search results

In an effort to further bolster its already successful advertising business, Google is currently experimenting with a new initiative that promises to give companies and marketers unprecedented control the search results stemming from specific queries. According to the Wall Street Journal , Google's new program "allows marketers, media companies, politicians and other organizations [to] publish content directly to Google and have it appear instantly in search results." In one example of the new advertising feature in action, ABC yesterday paid Google for the right to effectively take over the search results page when a user typed in "Jimmy Kimmel." In that scenario, a normal page of search results was replaced with an ABC created "carousel" that featured handpicked posts and videos that users could browse through. At this point it remains unclear if the promotion appeared before every user who typed in the query or if ABC was perhaps able to target certain geographic locations or even demographics. DON'T MISS:  Hidden design details that will make you want Tesla’s Model 3 even more With Google naturally being very protective over its search business - where it generates the vast majority of its billions - we wouldn't expect to see widespread changes anytime soon. As it stands now, it appears that Google is only letting a select few outlets and organizations take advantage of what is admittedly an interesting concept. In other words, we don't anticipate that a query for LeBron James, for example, will ever yield a link to a site selling basketball paraphernalia. But come June when the NBA Finals are afoot, then perhaps we might see a dedicated ad from a company like ESPN or Sprite. "We’re continuing to experiment with the look and feel of this feature, including exploring other potential use cases,” Google said in a statement to the Journal. Broadly speaking, it stands to reason that only blue chip companies like Coke and HBO will be allowed to take part in the  program, which reportedly still lacks an official name.  Besides, we'd imagine that only top-tier companies would be able to afford the presumably high prices Google is commanding for such a service in the first place. Regardless, it'll certainly be interesting to keep an eye on this new advertising initiative in the weeks to come.

DIY smart mirrors are still irresistible, and this one has a touchscreen

DIY smart mirrors are still irresistible, and this one has a touchscreen Every few weeks a new homespun smart mirror pops up on Reddit. The formula is pretty staid by now: put an LCD and a Raspberry Pi behind a one-way mirror, and now you have a weather widget to look at while you brush your teeth. There are even GitHub repos to do the software work for you. And yet I always click on each new project. It's always worth an upvote.


Wall Street falls as earnings weigh; Dow, S&P up for month

Traders work on the floor of the NYSE U.S. stocks posted their largest weekly drop in more than two months on Friday as earnings reports continued to weigh, but the S&P 500 and Dow managed to close up for April after strong showings mid-month. Company results once more gave the market direction as a 9 percent decline in Gilead Sciences shares weighed the most on both the S&P and the Nasdaq Composite.


Harnessing the Power of Blockchain

Harnessing the Power of Blockchain Since becoming a worldwide phenomenon in 2008, Bitcoin and digital currency have remained at the forefront of ever-evolving changes in the payments industry. A once obscure digital currency has sparked not only global interest, but also a flurry of innovation and technological advances.From beginning as a niche payment mechanism for...


Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale will be made into a series at Hulu

Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale will be made into a series at Hulu Hulu has given a series order to The Handmaid's Tale, a show based on Margaret Atwood's 1985 novel of the same name. Atwood will serve as a consulting producer for the series. Elizabeth Moss (Mad Men) will star as Offred, a handmaid whose sole function in society is a reproductive one.


Start-up uses drones to maintain wind turbines

Start-up uses drones to maintain wind turbines Despite the hoopla generated by Amazon's announcement that it would like to deliver parcels by drone at some point, the most successful initial application of the technology has been much more humdrum.I have written a few times recently about the growing use of drones to provide monitoring services, whether it's to help navigate the oceans,...


Do Smart Cities Need To Do a Better PR Job?

Do Smart Cities Need To Do a Better PR Job? //please note, this is embargoed until May 3rdSmart cities are something I've touched on a bit recently, with an article on INSEAD the latest to highlight the benefits to citizens and institutions of having smarter urban areas.It's a message that I think is fairly obvious, yet a recent report from the Institution of Engineering and Technology...


Apple's stock suffers worst week since 2013

A 3D printed Apple logo is seen in front of a displayed stock graph in this illustration taken By Noel Randewich SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc on Friday ended its worst week on the stock market since 2013 as worries festered about a slowdown in iPhone sales and after influential shareholder Carl Icahn revealed he sold his entire stake. Shares of Apple, a mainstay of many Wall Street portfolios and the largest component of the Standard & Poor's 500 index, have dropped 11 percent in the past five sessions. Confidence in the Cupertino, California company has been shaken since posting its first-ever quarterly decline in iPhone sales and first revenue drop in 13 years on Tuesday, although Apple investors pointed to the stock's relatively low valuation as a key reason to hold onto the stock.


Apple's stock suffers worst week since 2013

A 3D printed Apple logo is seen in front of a displayed stock graph in this illustration taken By Noel Randewich SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc on Friday ended its worst week on the stock market since 2013 as worries festered about a slowdown in iPhone sales and after influential shareholder Carl Icahn revealed he sold his entire stake. Shares of Apple, a mainstay of many Wall Street portfolios and the largest component of the Standard & Poor's 500 index, have dropped 11 percent in the past five sessions. Confidence in the Cupertino, California company has been shaken since posting its first-ever quarterly decline in iPhone sales and first revenue drop in 13 years on Tuesday, although Apple investors pointed to the stock's relatively low valuation as a key reason to hold onto the stock.


Justin Timberlake reminds us of the inevitable death of all things

Justin Timberlake reminds us of the inevitable death of all things At the end of every April, clever people on Tumblr and Twitter would post images from N’Sync’s "It’s Gonna Be Me" video, marked with the caption "It’s Gonna Be May." In fact, the lyric used the word "me," but when sung aloud, it sounded like "May" (the name of the forthcoming month), and the tension of the dual meanings made us happy and caused us to laugh. The laws of our tribe dictate that we should be angry with Timberlake for drawing back things of the past. Timberlake is himself a creature of the past now.


5 Regrets from My First Month of Self-Employment

5 Regrets from My First Month of Self-Employment Self-employment is a victory for people who value setting their own priorities and schedules.But it's not without shortcomings. Drawbacks include lack of paid vacation or benefits, tax season nightmares, confusing or fickle clients, inconsistent work and many others. Until we address these setbacks, we'll tread water and cut profits.This...


The original Ghostbusters is coming back to theaters for two nights in June

The original Ghostbusters is coming back to theaters for two nights in June The original Ghostbusters is returning to select American theaters for two nights this June, just in time to rescue those fans who need to brush up on the series before Paul Feig's all-female reboot hits the big screen in July. Fathom Events is going to rerelease the 1984 classic in over 750 theaters around the US on June 8th, which happens to be the 32nd anniversary of the movie's theatrical debut. If you make your way to one of these anniversary screenings, you'll be rewarded with more than just the chance to watch Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd roam New York in search of the paranormal.


4 Ways to Not Suck at Your Internship

4 Ways to Not Suck at Your Internship Summer is coming and if you're a college student that probably means a couple things to you:No. 1: Let's see how many Natty Ice I can chug before I fall face first into the Miami Beach sand. No. 2: you probably need an internship. I can relate, I once needed an internship too and here's my confession.Roughly 15 years ago I was charting out my...


FCC chairman Tom Wheeler praises Comcast as it moves away from set-top boxes

FCC chairman Tom Wheeler praises Comcast as it moves away from set-top boxes Speaking in a press conference yesterday, Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler praised Comcast for its decision to partly unbundle its pay-TV service from its proprietary set-top box, according to a report from Ars Technica. Wheeler said it "points a way forward" for the industry to stop forcing customers to lease hardware they don't need. Cable companies blasted the FCC back in February after it announced plans to mandate pay-TV services be made available to makers of third-party set-top boxes.


Apple exec says you should never mention iPhones when discussing iPhones

Any iPhone users out there when have been around long enough to have bought an early iPhone 4 unit will remember the unexpected cellular signal loss they may have experienced. The antenna was on the outside of the phone, and Apple’s engineers didn’t foresee this problem: holding the phone by its antennas might mess with cellular reception. But then late Apple cofounder and CEO Steve Jobs famously explained that if you experienced signal issues while using the iPhone 4, you were probably holding it wrong. Now, a different Apple executive is telling us we’ve been doing something else wrong when it comes to the iPhone. DON’T MISS:  This is how I make my iPhone look so much better than yours For some reason, Apple’s senior vice president Phil Schiller decided to fix the Internet this week, telling us that there’s no such thing as “iPhones” or “iPad Pros.” There’s no plural for these devices. It turns out that I’ve never had two iPhones. Not because I sold off the older model when buying a new release, but because I’ve been doing it wrong. It turns out you can’t have two or more iPhones, iPad Pros or Macs. But according to Apple's Phil Schiller, you can have two "iPhones devices," "iPad Pro tablets" or "Mac computers." You can also apparently have "two iPhone" or "three Macintosh." https://twitter.com/pschiller/status/725791354769399808 https://twitter.com/pschiller/status/725937759022514176 https://twitter.com/pschiller/status/725938369826414592 Now that the Internet knows what the correct plural of iPhone is, Schiller should also pay a visit to Tim Cook and Luca Maestri's offices. It turns out they said “iPhones” and “iPads” during the company's earnings call  earlier this week.

Exclusive: Yahoo's bidder shortlist points to cash deal -sources

File photo of a man walking past a Yahoo logo during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona Yahoo Inc has shortlisted close to 10 bidders in the auction for its core Internet assets, including Verizon Communications Inc, with most offers involving cash rather than a combination with another company, according to people familiar with the matter. Some bidders that did not make the shortlist because their first-round offers were not specific enough are still being kept close to the process by Yahoo's advisers, the people said. One of those bidders is Liberty Media Corp Chairman John Malone, who has proposed a tax-efficient merger with one of the companies he controls, the people said.


Exclusive: Yahoo's bidder shortlist points to cash deal -sources

File photo of a man walking past a Yahoo logo during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona Yahoo Inc has shortlisted close to 10 bidders in the auction for its core Internet assets, including Verizon Communications Inc, with most offers involving cash rather than a combination with another company, according to people familiar with the matter. Some bidders that did not make the shortlist because their first-round offers were not specific enough are still being kept close to the process by Yahoo's advisers, the people said. One of those bidders is Liberty Media Corp Chairman John Malone, who has proposed a tax-efficient merger with one of the companies he controls, the people said.


Celebrate 50 years of 'Star Trek' at NYC's Intrepid museum

Celebrate 50 years of 'Star Trek' at NYC's Intrepid museum

Watch Glenn Beck smother his face in Cheetos dust to look like Donald Trump

Watch Glenn Beck smother his face in Cheetos dust to look like Donald Trump On his radio show today, Glenn Beck and three friends dipped their faces in Cheetos dust to look like Donald Trump. You see, Donald Trump's fake tan gives him the skin tone of an Oompa Loompa on a tropical vacation. The footage comes to us via Right Wing Watch's YouTube page.


U.S. earnings still lousy, but showing signs of life

Traders work on the floor of the NYSE As earnings season begins to enter the homestretch, what has shaped up to be a dismal quarter for quarterly profits may have reached a bottom. With 311 of the S&P 500 companies having posted results through Friday, 74.6 percent have topped earnings expectations, well above the 63 percent average since 1994 and 68.5 percent for the past four quarters, according to data from Thomson Reuters Proprietary Research. Perhaps more importantly, Thomas Lee, managing partner at Fundstrat Global Advisors in New York, notes that earnings growth expectations have begun to move up, as about 71 percent of the companies that have reported now have higher forecasts than two months ago.


Survey: How do you secure your mobile devices in the enterprise?

Survey: How do you secure your mobile devices in the enterprise? Mobile devices offer powerful productivity, but there is also the risk of security breaches. Tech Pro Research's survey looks at the best practices for securing these devices.


Survey: How do you secure your mobile devices in the enterprise?

Survey: How do you secure your mobile devices in the enterprise? Mobile devices offer powerful productivity, but there is also the risk of security breaches. Tech Pro Research's survey looks at the best practices for securing these devices.


Google just patented a crazy device it wants to inject into your eyeball

We may be accustomed to seeing high-tech companies file patents for out-there concepts and technologies, but a new patent from Google  takes the cake. Originally spotted by Forbes , Google earlier this month filed a patent which describes a method of injecting a device into a person's eyeball as a means to correct poor vision. If you're at all wary about inserting a Google product into your eyeball, well, you should be. The description of the patent in question seems to be lifted straight out of a bad sci-fi book. DON'T MISS:  This is how I make my iPhone look so much better than yours Forbes explains: [The] device is injected in fluid that then solidifies to couple the device with the eye’s lens capsule, the transparent membrane surrounding the lens. Injection would take place ”following the removal of the natural lens from the lens capsule,” the patent reads. The planned device injected into the eye contains a number of tiny components: storage, sensors, radio, battery and an electronic lens. The eyeball device gets power wirelessly from an “energy harvesting antenna.” Thanks, but no thanks. Now you may be wondering why Google is patenting something like this at all. A fair question, and while Google may be primarily known for search and Android, the company has its hands in all sorts of interesting projects. In fact, Google's R&D initiatives were so broad that the company this past August felt compelled to completely reorganize itself under a completely new name: Alphabet. As part of the restructuring, Google's disparate divisions became wholly owned subsidiaries under the Alphabet umbrella. One of the subsidiaries created as a result was Verily, effectively Google's Life Sciences division. As the company's webpage explains, Verily is primarily concerned with "bringing together technology and life sciences to uncover new truths about health and disease." And we can now thank Verily for the terrifying patent above.

Google patents smart lenses you inject into your eyes

Google patents smart lenses you inject into your eyes

Renault board maintains CEO pay deal despite shareholder revolt

Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and CEO of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, attends a round table discussion during Auto China 2016 auto show in Beijing By Laurence Frost PARIS (Reuters) - Renault stuck by its decision to pay Carlos Ghosn 7.2 million euros ($8.2 million) for 2015, defying a shareholder vote against the chief executive's package on Friday. Investors representing 54 percent of voting rights opposed Ghosn's pay deal at their annual meeting. In a hastily convened session afterwards, the Renault board endorsed Ghosn's payout, including 1.23 million euros in fixed salary, 1.78 million in variable pay and a further 4.18 million in deferred bonuses and stock.


Microsoft releases workflow automation tool Flow, and PowerApps custom app platform

Microsoft releases workflow automation tool Flow, and PowerApps custom app platform Microsoft recently released an automation tool called Flow that could be a competitor to IFTTT, and a new platform for businesses to build internal apps.


Microsoft releases workflow automation tool Flow, and PowerApps custom app platform

Microsoft releases workflow automation tool Flow, and PowerApps custom app platform Microsoft recently released an automation tool called Flow that could be a competitor to IFTTT, and a new platform for businesses to build internal apps.


Addiction Aftercare Treatment Needs A Makeover

As a grateful recovery addict and alcoholic, having spent time at a residential treatment facility and also, as the founder of a company that is revolutionizing the way aftercare support at treatment facilities is done, I've learned a thing or two.The bridge back from residential treatment to "reality," let's call it, is one of fear,...

Nissan to recall 3.53 million vehicles: air bags may not deploy

Man walks past logo of Nissan Motor Co. at the company's showroom in Yokohama Nissan Motor Co Ltd said on Friday it will recall 3.53 million vehicles, most in the United States, citing passenger-side air bags that may not work properly because vehicle sensors may malfunction. The Japanese automaker said this is the fourth recall since 2013 to address problems with occupant classification systems that may fail to properly identify adult front seat passengers. The system may improperly classify an adult front seat passenger as a child or as an empty seat, a failure that could lead to an air bag failing to deploy in the event of a crash.


Amazon's Echo can now buy your mom flowers so you don't have to

Amazon's Echo can now buy your mom flowers so you don't have to It's Friday, so that means Amazon's Echo is learning new tricks. On the lesson plan this week is the ability to order flowers from 1-800-Flowers. This integration is clearly timed for the upcoming Mother's Day holiday in the US on May 8th, and will let you order four different flower arrangements with your voice.


You can get a brand new Galaxy S7 for $560 right now if you hurry

There are precious few high-end smartphones that are actually worth paying top dollar for, but the Galaxy S7 should be counted among them. Samsung did a tremendous job of combining a gorgeous design with cutting-edge specs, and the S7 easily has the best smartphone display on the planet. It's our favorite Android phone right now, hands down. But just because it's worth paying top dollar doesn't mean you actually should. DON'T MISS:  Everything we know about the suicide at Apple’s headquarters this week If you hurry — and we mean really, really hurry — you can pick up a brand new Galaxy S7 smartphone in gold for just $560 with free shipping . This deal comes from eBay (via Droid Life ) and while we can't vouch for the seller, they have a feedback score of 16,800 and it's 98.3% positive. We like those odds. The model in question is the Galaxy S7 SM-G930F, which has 2G, 3G and 4G LTE radios compatible with both AT&T and T-Mobile's networks. Verizon and Sprint customers will have to look elsewhere, unfortunately, since this model doesn't support all of the cellular bands they use. The phones are factory unlocked, and according to the seller they're also brand new. The same Galaxy S7 model costs $615 unlocked from Amazon  with Prime shipping, which isn't a bad price at all if you miss out on the eBay deal.

VW executive committee balks at Qatar's push for seat: sources

A giant logo of Volkswagen is pictured on the wall of its production facility in Wolfsburg FRANKFURT/BERLIN (Reuters) - Frustrated with the pace of reform at Volkswagen, shareholder Qatar has asked the carmaker for a seat on the company's executive committee, a request that has met with substantial opposition, two sources familiar with the matter said on Friday. Qatar, the company's third-largest shareholder with a 17 percent stake, wants to join the committee, which currently has six members including the company's chairman, the head of VW's works council, the state premier of Lower Saxony and the chief of trade union IG Metall. Creating a new seat for Qatar - which has two seats on the broader 20-member supervisory board including Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al Baker - would entail also creating an eighth position for a labor representative, to keep a required balance between worker and shareholder representatives.


Cord-munching weasel temporarily knocks the LHC offline

Cord-munching weasel temporarily knocks the LHC offline

Cyber threat hunting: How this vulnerability detection strategy gives analysts an edge

Cyber threat hunting: How this vulnerability detection strategy gives analysts an edge Forensic experts indicate cyber threat hunting is an improvement over what currently exists for detecting security threats. Find out what makes cyber threat hunting unique.


Cyber threat hunting: How this vulnerability detection strategy gives analysts an edge

Cyber threat hunting: How this vulnerability detection strategy gives analysts an edge Forensic experts indicate cyber threat hunting is an improvement over what currently exists for detecting security threats. Find out what makes cyber threat hunting unique.


Twitter just killed off the most useful Twitter account

Twitter just killed off the most useful Twitter account It was an account Twitter created that sent you custom alerts based on the people you had chosen to follow. If 10 of them all followed the same person suddenly, MagicRecs would send you a direct message with the name of the account and which of your friends followed it. If a bunch of your friends all retweeted the same tweet, MagicRecs would let you know about that, too.


Google faces first EU fine in 2016 with no deal on cards: sources

Google and European Union logos are seen in Sarajevo Google is likely to face its first European Union antitrust sanction this year, with little prospect of it settling a test case with the bloc's regulator over its shopping service, people familiar with the matter said. There are few incentives left for either party to reach a deal in a six-year dispute that could set a precedent for Google searches for hotels, flights and other services and tests regulators' ability to ensure diversity on the Web. Alphabet Inc's Google, which was hit by a second EU antitrust charge this month for using its dominant Android mobile operating system to squeeze out rivals, shows little sign of backing down after years of wrangling with European authorities.


The 'Mass Effect' theme park attraction opens in May

The 'Mass Effect' theme park attraction opens in May

Michigan is considering criminalizing vehicle hacking, which is a bad idea

Michigan is considering criminalizing vehicle hacking, which is a bad idea Hacking into a vehicle's electronic system or exploiting its internal bugs would be punishable for some offenders by life in prison under legislation recently introduced in the Michigan Senate, according to Automotive News. The Republican-sponsored bills are an attempt to heighten regulation on the state's emerging connected and autonomous vehicle industry, but it could end up discouraging well-meaning security researchers from finding potentially dangerous bugs in vehicle systems. Mike Kowall, the Senate majority floor leader and prime sponsor of the bills, told Automotive News that the penalty was so steep because the stakes of car hacking, in which attackers could remotely take control of a vehicle's transmission, brakes, and even steering, were so huge.


GM design chief Ed Welburn on his 44-year legacy and the high-tech future of the connected car

GM design chief Ed Welburn on his 44-year legacy and the high-tech future of the connected car When Ed Welburn retires from his post as General Motors' global design chief this July, he'll be leaving behind a 44-year legacy that cuts right through the most turbulent era in GM's long history. There was the culling of the Pontiac, Oldsmobile, and Saturn brands; bankruptcy and a federal bailout; the 1973 energy crisis that flipped the American auto industry upside down and heralded the rise of fierce Japanese competition.


Who hacked Facebook?

Who hacked Facebook?

Life in airplane mode

Life in airplane mode FaceTime Audio sounds way better than a regular phone call, and both Hangouts and FaceTime can add video chat to the experience. Really what I'm primarily missing out on is talking to non-iPhone users.


Refining's silver lining loses luster at Exxon and Chevron

A view of the Exxon Mobil refinery in Baytown, Texas Exxon Mobil Corp and Chevron Corpon Friday reported their most dismal quarterly results in more than a decade on low oil prices and an oversupplied fuel market that hurt what had been lucrative refining margins. As crude prices slid 60 percent from mid-2014, large integrated energy companies have touted the virtues of a business model that both produces oil and refines it. Both Exxon and Chevron sought in Friday conference calls with investors and analysts to downplay the weakness in their refining units.


Microsoft closes Fable developer Lionhead Studios

Microsoft closes Fable developer Lionhead Studios Following the cancelation of its latest game last month, Fable developer Lionhead Studios is shutting down. Lionhead's parent company Microsoft confirmed the news to Polygon today, saying that it is working to place former Lionhead employees in different divisions of Microsoft or at outside gaming companies. "We can confirm that after much consideration over the six week consultation period with Lionhead employees, we have reached the decision to close Lionhead Studios," a Microsoft spokesperson tells The Verge.