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Top 5 Pokemon Go tips everyone should know video - CNET
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[MUSIC] Let's talk about the top five Pokemon Go tips that everybody should know. [SOUND] At number five, watch where you're going. Apparently this is a problem. People are no longer used to being outside. Two Two teenagers playing the game got stuck...
Can Pokemon GO Monetise?Gamasutra (blog)
The company that created Pokemon Go is now worth over $3 billionQuartz
Jeff Farrell: Have fun playing Pokemon GoThe Mountain Press
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette-MMORPG News-The Bitbag-South China Morning Post
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Feed Google News Sci Tech: Apple Taps Bob Mansfield to Oversee Car Project - Wall Street Journal (google.com)


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Apple Taps Bob Mansfield to Oversee Car Project
Wall Street Journal
Apple Inc. AAPL -1.50 % has tapped a highly regarded senior executive who helped bring to market many of Apple's signature products to oversee its fledgling automobile project, according to people familiar with the matter. Bob Mansfield had stepped ...
Apple shakes up electric vehicle team, places Bob Mansfield in charge of 'Project Titan' - reportAppleInsider (press release) (blog)
Report: Apple special projects guru Bob Mansfield takes the wheel on Apple CarMacworld
Apple's next secret-project hire? Bob Mansfield, former hardware execCNET
TechCrunch-9 to 5 Mac-The Verge-Engadget
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Feed Google News Sci Tech: Ford commits to Apple CarPlay, offering it with SYNC 3 for all 2017 vehicles - Macworld (google.com)


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Ford commits to Apple CarPlay, offering it with SYNC 3 for all 2017 vehicles
Macworld
Ford just made a big commitment to Apple CarPlay. The company announced Monday that all 2017 models equipped with its SYNC 3 infotainment system will come with the ability to run Apple's phone-to-car interface. With CarPlay enabled, anyone running...
Ford brings Apple CarPlay to rest of 2017 lineup through updates & new modelsAppleInsider (press release) (blog)
Ford brings Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to all 2017 modelsCNET
All 2017 Ford Vehicles Get Apple CarPlay, Android AutoPC Magazine
Android Headlines-9 to 5 Mac-Tech Times-Cars.com News
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Feed Google News Sci Tech: Here's Why Xbox One Just Got a Price Cut - Fortune (google.com)


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Here's Why Xbox One Just Got a Price Cut
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Bring on the newbie. Microsoft's Xbox One is now on sale, but there's more to the sale than a simple price cut. Microsoft announced on Sunday a “Summer sale” on the Xbox One. The 500GB model, which typically retails for $299, will be now available for...
Microsoft Cuts Xbox One Price to $249PC Magazine
Microsoft slashes Xbox One price to $250 ahead of Slim launchTechCrunch
Former Xbox chief: 'Xboy' handheld considered many times, but "we didn't have the bandwidth"Neowin
Gamenguide-WinBeta-IGN-University Herald
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Feed Google News Sci Tech: How to find Pokemon even when Pokemon Go's nearby tracker is broken - BGR (google.com)


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How to find Pokemon even when Pokemon Go's nearby tracker is broken
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It's really hard to catch Pokemon if there are problems in the Pokemon Go app that are out of your control. Say for example that the Pokemon Go “Nearby” tracker isn't working correctly how are you supposed to catch any Pokemon? There's at least one ...
Can Pokemon GO Monetise?Gamasutra (blog)
Nintendo Stocks Drop Due to Pokemon Go ConcernsComicbook.com
The company that created Pokemon Go is now worth over $3 billionQuartz
The Mountain Press-Fort Wayne Journal Gazette-South China Morning Post-New Zealand Herald
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Feed Google News Sci Tech: Space analysts say Mars mission needs more funding - Houston Chronicle (google.com)


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Space analysts say Mars mission needs more funding
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Obviously more at home in a spacecraft than on stage at a political convention, former astronaut Eileen Collins nevertheless strode to the podium in Cleveland last week to make her pitch for giving the American space program its due. While her presence...
Astronauts prepare for Mars mission at the bottom of the seaNew Scientist
Living undersea becomes a reality for South African researcherTimes LIVE
Nasa to Digitise Viking Mission Data on MarsNDTV
Science World Report-Clarksville Online-CDA News-MiBiz
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Feed Techdirt: Verizon Buys Yahoo In $4.8 Billion Attempt To Bore The Internet To Death (google.com)

Remember when Yahoo rejected a $44.6 billion offer by Microsoft? Good times. After months of redundant rumors about the bidding process, Verizon has confirmed that it has acquired Yahoo in a $4.8 billion all cash deal. According to Verizon's press announcement, the acquisition of Yahoo's stumbling empire will position Verizon as a superpower in the new media age, helping the formerly stodgy telco in its pivot toward slinging ads at Millennials. As you might expect, the press release trots out AOL boss Tim Armstrong to sell a dull deal he claims will finally let poor Yahoo shine:

"We have enormous respect for what Yahoo has accomplished: this transaction is about unleashing Yahoo’s full potential, building upon our collective synergies, and strengthening and accelerating that growth. Combining Verizon, AOL and Yahoo will create a new powerful competitive rival in mobile media, and an open, scaled alternative offering for advertisers and publishers."
Verizon executives have acquired Yahoo and AOL in the belief they can pivot from a government-pampered telco mono/duopoly to a Facebook and Google-esque advertising juggernaut. And while there is little doubt that the advertising technology acquired from these deals will be useful in Verizon's quest to monetize the company's 140 million mobile subscribers, there's been little to no evidence that Verizon is actually competent enough to execute its own game plan.

Verizon's jumping into the media and advertising game because mobile and fixed broadband subscriber growth is slowing to a point where it's incredibly profitable, but just not profitable enough for Wall Street. And if you've followed the net neutrality fights, you're probably aware that most telcos believe they're absolutely entitled to a larger share of ad revenues -- simply because they built the networks these services run over. The problem (for these telecom companies) is that most of them have spent so long as government-pampered duopolies focusing on lobbying and turf protection, innovation and competition are alien concepts.

As a result, pivoting from stodgy telco to hip Millennial-focused ad empire has had an almost comical learning curve for Verizon execs. You might recall it began with Verizon launching its own tech blog dubbed Sugarstring, where its reporters weren't allowed to even mention subjects like net neutrality or surveillance. As that effort was busy imploding, Verizon's advertising arm was busted covertly modifying wireless user data packets to track consumer behavior around the Internet. This is of course all while Verizon was busy trying to deliver a killing blow to net neutrality; not exactly endearing itself to its target audience.

After several years of stumbling, Verizon launched a new, hip streaming video service Go90, which by most measurements has been a disappointment, despite Verizon's anti-competitive practice of zero rating the service. Now we're to believe that the combination of multiple, marginal 90s brands will somehow be the missing ingredient needed to transform Verizon into a media and advertising god, despite the fact Verizon has shown minimal competence and an aggressive, active disdain for the users it's trying to target. Good luck with that, Verizon.



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