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    Amazon Web Services to offer macOS on-demand in the cloud, in new appeal to Apple developers

    Amazon Web Services will provide software developers with access to macOS on-demand in the cloud for the first time, promising to speed up the process and reduce the cost of making software for Apple’s computers and devices. Announced on the eve of the AWS re:invent conference Monday night, Amazon EC2 Mac Instances represent an unexpected expansion beyond Linux and Windows for AWS. Amazon says it was motivated by a desire to meet the needs of the community of more than 28 million developers who offer apps through the Apple App Store. “Until now, development of these apps for the Apple… Read More
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    Amazon to stream NFL game on Dec. 26 exclusively on Prime Video; playoff game also confirmed

    Amazon’s streaming schedule is getting busier in the later weeks of the NFL season as the tech giant and the league announced Monday that a week 16 matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and Arizona Cardinals will stream exclusively on Prime Video and Twitch on Dec. 26. Amazon, which renewed its multi-year deal to stream “Thursday Night Football” games in April, is also streaming the FOX and NFL Network “Christmas Special” on Dec. 25 between the Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints. It’s the first time Prime Video has carried live NFL action on back to back days. PREVIOUSLY: Amazon… Read More
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    Goodbye, Android: Why I’m switching to Apple’s iPhone after more than a decade with Google

    Goodbye, Android. Hey, Siri. After more than a decade of dedication to Google’s mobile operating system, I’m leaving for Apple. I don’t have a problem with Android. But I’m ready to try a new mobile experience — and for my iPhone buddies to stop berating me for being the “green bubble” guy in group chats. My smartphone journey began in 2008 with the HTC Dream, also known as the T-Mobile G1. It remains one of my favorite devices; the sliding keyboard was epic. From there I went through various Samsung Note and Galaxy devices, most recently with the S8 Plus.… Read More
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    Amazon details cause of AWS outage that hobbled thousands of online sites and services

    A “relatively small addition of capacity” to the Amazon Kinesis real-time data processing service triggered a widespread Amazon Web Services outage last week, the company said in a detailed technical analysis over the weekend. The addition “caused all of the servers in the fleet to exceed the maximum number of threads allowed by an operating system configuration,” the post said, describing a cascade of resulting problems that took down thousands of sites and services. The outage impacted online services from big tech companies such as Adobe, Roku, Twilio, Flickr, Autodesk, and others, including New York City’s Metropolitan Transit Authority. The Washington Post, which is… Read More
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    WestRiver Group will sell debt investment business to SVB Financial Group

    Seattle investment firm WestRiver Group agreed to sell its debt investment business to SVB Financial Group, the parent company of Silicon Valley Bank (SVB). The deal will help create the SVB Capital Credit Platform, a new arm of SVB that will provide investment opportunities to institutional investors and debt options to commercial banking clients. WestRiver Group previously partnered with SVB on various transactions. Erik Anderson, CEO of WestRiver Group, will joined SVB as executive chairman of the SVB Capital Credit Platform. “Erik and his team are a welcome addition to SVB Capital and will be instrumental in developing our credit… Read More
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    Slack deal would pit Salesforce against Microsoft, with Tableau acquisition as a potential blueprint

    Slack could gain new inroads to enterprise customers, and access to additional sales and marketing horsepower, if reports of its impending acquisition by Salesforce come to fruition. The combination promises to address one of Slack’s biggest relative weaknesses in its competition with its largest rival, Microsoft Teams. The Redmond company’s collaboration technology benefits from Microsoft’s existing relationships with big businesses and organizations that use Windows, Azure, Office and Dynamics — so much, in fact, that Slack alleges Microsoft unfairly leverages its market position to give Teams an undue advantage. A deal would also expand the longstanding rivalry between Salesforce and… Read More
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    Washington state launches COVID-19 exposure notification app using Google and Apple technology

    Washington state unveiled a new app to inform residents if they’ve been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID-19, as infection rates in the state soar to an average of 2,700 cases a day. WA Notify, announced Monday morning, is a free app that uses technology developed through a joint effort by Apple and Google called the Exposure Notification System. The app takes advantage of low-energy Bluetooth signals emitted by smartphones to detect and remember interactions, allowing people to be notified if they’ve been in proximity to someone who later tests positive for COVID. It does not collect any personal information… Read More
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    With ability to fly anywhere in the world, ‘Microsoft Flight Simulator’ players choose this special place

    Paris? New York? Hawaii? Over the Grand Canyon? If you could fly anywhere, even on an imaginary flight via “Microsoft Flight Simulator,” where would you go? The answer to the question is a bit surprising, but actually makes perfect sense in the age of the coronavirus pandemic. According to a new documentary about the making of the rebooted video game, when faced with the ability to fly anywhere in the world, 70% of players chose the same place. They flew home. Microsoft’s longest running product franchise returned to the skies in August with its first refresh in 14 years. The… Read More

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  • Huge Puerto Rico radio telescope collapses; many mourning

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A huge radio telescope in Puerto Rico that has long played a key role in astronomical discoveries collapsed on Tuesday, officials said. The Arecibo Observatory had been shuttered since August after an auxiliary cable snapped and caused a 100-foot gash on the reflector dish. Then a main cable broke […]
  • Dutch climate activists take Shell to court over emissions

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A group of environmental organizations backed by thousands of Dutch citizens launched a civil case Tuesday against the energy giant Shell, asking a court to order the multinational to commit to reining in its carbon emissions 45% by the year 2030. Lawyer Roger Cox told a panel of three judges […]
  • Is shopping in stores safe during the pandemic?

    Is shopping in stores safe during the pandemic? There are ways to reduce risk, but health experts advise avoiding it when possible. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says holiday shopping in crowded stores is a “higher risk” activity and that people should limit any in-person shopping, including at supermarkets. Instead, the agency […]
  • Man gets prison time for false bomb threats made to schools

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A hacker who made dozens of phony bombing and shooting threats to schools in the United States and the United Kingdom and made a false hijacking report about a California-bound jetliner was sentenced Monday to federal prison. Timothy Dalton Vaughn, 22, of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, was sentenced by a federal judge […]
  • Tesla to be added to benchmark S&P 500 index in one stage

    Tesla will be added to the benchmark S&P 500 index on a single day next month, rather than over two days as previously contemplated. S&P Dow Jones Indices said Monday that it will move the electric car maker into the S&P 500 on Dec. 21 at the company’s full market value. Because Tesla will be […]
  • Zoom reports big 3Q gains, but slowing growth sinks stock

    SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Zoom’s videoconferencing service remains a fixture in pandemic life, but its breakneck growth is showing signs of tapering off as investors debate whether the company will be able to build upon its recent success after a vaccine enables people to intermingle again. For now, Zoom is thriving as tens of […]
  • FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to leave telecom agency on January 20

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai, a Republican, says he is leaving the telecommunications regulator on Inauguration Day. President-elect Joe Biden will choose a new Democratic head for the agency. A new administration typically picks a new chairman. Pai has presided over a contentious FCC over the last four years. He undid net neutrality rules […]
  • GM rethinks planned stake in electric vehicle maker Nikola

    NEW YORK (AP) — General Motors will not be taking a stake in the electric vehicle company Nikola, and the company said Monday that it was scuttling one of its marquee vehicles, an electric and hydrogen-powered pickup, after GM pulled technological support from the project. Shares of Nikola plunged 24%. Nikola on Monday released updated […]
  • Moderna asking US, European regulators to OK its virus shots

    Moderna Inc. said Monday it was asking U.S. and European regulators to allow emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine as new study results confirm the shots offer strong protection — intensifying the race to begin limited vaccinations as the coronavirus rampage worsens. Multiple vaccine candidates must succeed for the world to stamp out the pandemic, […]
  • UK to ban new Huawei gear installations after Sept

    LONDON (AP) — Wireless carriers in the U.K. won’t be allowed to install Huawei equipment in their high-speed 5G networks after September 2021, the British government said Monday, hardening its line against the Chinese technology company. The deadline is part of a roadmap the British government is laying down to remove “high risk” equipment suppliers […]
  • Hawaii seeks to be seen as a remote workplace with a view

    HONOLULU (AP) — Software engineer Raymond Berger begins his work day at 5 a.m., before the sun comes up over Hawaii. Rising early is necessary because the company he works for is in New York City, five hours ahead of Maui, where he is renting a home with a backyard that’s near the beach. “It’s […]
  • Teladoc eyes several new phases of growth for telemedicine

    Fresh off a big acquisition and riding a wave of customer growth, Teladoc Health is ready to do more for patients. CEO Jason Gorevic said the telemedicine provider can play a big role in helping people manage high blood pressure, diabetes or other chronic conditions. Plus he wants customers to think well beyond primary care […]
  • Black Friday sees record online as US shoppers stay home

    Black Friday online sales hit a new record this year as pandemic-wary Americans filled virtual carts instead of real ones. Consumers spent an estimated $9 billion on U.S. retail websites on Black Friday, according to Adobe Analytics, which tracks online shopping. That was a 22% increase over the previous record of $7.4 billion set in […]
  • For Big Tech, Biden brings a new era but no ease in scrutiny

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama-Biden administration was a charmed era for America’s tech companies — a moment when they were lionized as innovators, hailed as job creators and largely left alone. Now Joe Biden is coming back, this time as president. But times have changed. The halcyon days of an adoring Washington are unlikely to […]
  • US agency investigating Tesla front suspension failures

    DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government’s road safety agency is investigating complaints that suspensions can fail on nearly 115,000 Tesla electric vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has 43 complaints that linkages near the ball joints can fail, allowing contact between the tire and wheel liner. The probe, announced Friday on the […]