‘Hundreds’ of employees at Amazon’s headquarters out of a job

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Amazon may be preparing to build a second headquarters, pitting various cities against each other with the promise of staggering amounts of new jobs — but that doesn’t mean the jobs of its current corporate employees are necessarily safe.
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T-Mobile rolls out mid-band upgrades to hundreds of cell sites

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After announcing last month that T-Mobile had added more low-band LTE to hundreds of cell sites, T-Mo CTO Neville Ray today revealed more network improvements. Ray has confirmed that hundreds of cell sites have been upgraded with additional mid-band capacity in the past two weeks. As with the last upgrade announced by Ray, a GIF is attached to the tweet that lists all the cities that’ve received upgrades. You can find a list of the … [read full article]

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What did Barack Obama say at his secret sports speech in front of hundreds of people?

Attendees at Barack Obama’s speech at the Sloan Sports Analytics ConferenceBarack Obama spoke in front of several hundred people yesterday at a sports conference.

We don’t know what he said.

That’s because Obama’s session at MIT’s Sloan Sports Analytics Conference was off the record — conference organizers prevented attendees from tweeting, livestreaming or reporting on any part of Obama’s appearance during or after the event.

The penalty for breaking the rules, per Sloan: You couldn’t come back to Sloan.

Sloan is a conference dedicated to the Moneyball wing of sports business and fandom. It’s the kind of place you can go to see Nate Silver chatting with Steve Ballmer.

It makes sense that Sloan would want Obama to come and discuss “a wide range of subjects… from his most memorable moments in the White House, to his post-presidency plans,” along with Kraft Analytics CEO Jessica Gelman and Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey.

But I can’t fathom why that talk would be off-the-record. I’ve asked a Sloan rep for comment; a rep for ESPN, which is the lead sponsor for the event, declined to comment.

It looks like Reporters For Sports Outlets You’ve Heard Of complied with Sloan’s rules, which isn’t surprising. Complying with rules of the events you attend is the kind of thing you do when you’re a Reporter For Sports Outlets You’ve Heard Of.

ESPN had a pre-write of Obama’s appearance (and obliquely referenced the off the record part in the headline, and spelled it out in the last graph), but nothing else. And if there was any coverage at all from Sports Illustrated, Bleacher Report or my Vox Media colleagues at SB Nation, I missed it. Ditto for the bad boys at Deadspin and Barstool Sports. (Barstool does not like Obama’s portrait, though).

Still: It’s 2018. There’s no such thing as an off-the-record event, especially not one held in the United States, in front of hundreds of people with internet-connected phones, right?

Maaaaybe. Here’s a post from Justin McMahon, whose bio describes him as a student at UNC Chapel Hill and the CEO of Daily Insider, a fantasy sports site.

I’m not sure Justin was actually at the Sloan event, though some of his preceding tweets were about other Sloan speakers. I’ve asked him for more information.

And here are a couple from someone who controls the Twitter account for Women in Sports Tech, whose Twitter stream suggests they were also at the event:

@Simon_pouliot’s timeline has three tweets. This is one of them.

Alanna Astion’s bio says she’s getting a masters at UMass in sport management. This is one of the two Sloan tweets she published today:

And… that’s it?

All those people? Nothing else? Really?

If I’ve missed something, please let me know. And if you attended and want to share something confidentially, that would also be great. My email is on my bio page.

(UPDATE: Heard from one bold attendee who passed along this assessment of Obama’s comments: “It was the kind of stuff that you would say at a high school graduation. I don’t know why it would have to be off the record.” Thank you, bold attendee! Happy to hear from others.)

But to recap:

  • Anyone can go to one of Donald Trump’s private golf clubs and come away with photos of the The President of the United States watching TV, or discussing his North Korea strategy.
  • The last President of the United States spoke at a public forum yesterday where he may have discussed: the importance of playing team sports; his support for diversity in sports, and the need for reform in college sports.
  • But we don’t know that for sure, because there was a surprisingly effective media blackout.

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YouTube reportedly plans to spend ‘hundreds of millions’ on Red originals

While Facebook and Netflix are (reportedly) spending billions on new programming, YouTube is said to be holding its investments at current levels. Google's video wing is only spending "a few hundred million" on original shows for Red this year accord…
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T-Mobile adds low-band LTE to hundreds of cell sites across the US

T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray decided to drop a little network news on us before the weekend gets underway. Ray tweeted today that T-Mobile has added low-band LTE to hundreds of cell sites in two weeks’ time. When asked for more info, T-Mobile told me that this expansion includes a mixture of 600MHz and 700MHz coverage. Our network team added lowband LTE to 100s of sites in just two weeks, which means more and better coverage. … [read full article]

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Apple is trying to figure out why its repair center is making hundreds of 911 calls

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Emergency dispatchers have an incredibly important and stressful job, which is made infinitely more difficult when the calls they receive turn out to be false alarms. Dispatchers in Elk Grove and Sacramento, California have been dealing with hundreds of false alarms over the past few months, but it’s not a malicious prank or an unfortunate coincidence.

The source of the calls is in fact an Apple repair and refurbishing facility in Elk Grove.

“We’ve been seeing these calls for the last four months from Apple,” CBS Sacramento learned from police dispatcher Jamie Hudson, who said that there’s rarely anyone on the other end of the call. “We’re able to see quickly where the call is coming from, so when we get one from Apple, the address will come up with their location.”

Elk Grove Police say that they have received around 20 accidental 911 calls a day from the Apple facility, which adds up to around 1,600 calls since October. In addition to being an annoyance, Apple’s 911 calls put lives in danger when dispatchers are trying to field multiple calls during real emergencies and have to deal with the false alarms.

“We’re aware of 911 calls originating from our Elk Grove repair and refurbishment facility,” Apple said in a statement to the local CBS affiliate when asked about the issue. “We take this seriously and we are working closely with local law enforcement to investigate the cause and ensure this doesn’t continue.”

Neither Apple nor the authorities involved have provided an explanation for the false alarms, but it’s possible that the Emergency SOS feature in the latest Apple software could be to blame. With Auto Call enabled, it’s incredibly easy to place a 911 call on accident, which seems to be the most like culprit in this scenario.

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Hundreds of 2D Materials Could be the Next Graphene

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Graphene, the famous one-atom-thick superconductor, might soon be part of a broader family, as scientists have discovered hundreds of other equally-thin, 2-dimensional materials with comparable properties.

In a study published in the journal Nature Nanotechnology, scientists from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland used a unique computer program to scour open databases — such as the Crystallography Open Database — to find materials comparable to graphene. Specifically, they were looking for materials that are exfoliable, namely that have the ability to separate into super-thin 2-dimensional sheets as graphite does when turning into graphene.

After chiseling away at a pile of more than 100,000 crystal structures, the team identified 1,825 compounds that could form layers one-atom-thick. Some of these structures had never been seen before. This boiled down to a final list of 258 less complex compounds — 166 of which are semiconductors, 92 metallic, and 56 displaying unusual magnetism.

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According to the research team, “only a very small fraction of possible 2D materials has been considered up to now.” But with the team’s custom computer program and an enormous catalog to sort through, the researchers have shown that there are materials whose properties we have overlooked.

Now, scientists are excited at the prospect of discovering other strong, flexible, graphene-like materials, but what practical applications could these alternatives actually have? While mass-producing graphene may be within reach, for now it remains quite difficult and expensive to create. Comparable graphene alternatives could potentially be easier or cheaper to produce, and could be better suited to particular electronic purposes. So, while graphene remains the best bet when it comes to designing future technologies, exploring other options may have notable advantages.

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Snap’s Bitmoji Deluxe adds hundreds of new customization options

The announcement late last year that Snap intended to completely rebuild the Snapchat app would have been welcomed by frustrated users. A fresh design followed, and since then we’ve also heard that Stories will soon be available on the web. The latest crumb of news to come out of Snap Inc. brings word that there’s a new update for its other popular app, Bitmoji, offering tons of new styles.

For those who don’t know, a Bitmoji is a personal animated avatar that’s created by the app using a selfie you take for it.

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Snapchat takes Bitmoji deluxe with hundreds of new customization options

Snapchat just announced a new feature called Bitmoji Deluxe, adding hundreds more options to customize your avatar, including new skin tones, hairstyles, eye and hair colors, facial features, and accessories.

On Bitmoji Deluxe, you can snap a selfie and use it as a reference to design your avatar. When you select a particular eyebrow style, for example, the app will preview it directly on your avatar in the builder. If you prefer your current avatar, the Bitmoji classic and Bitstrip styles will still be available.

Once the deluxe feature is live, you can access the tool via settings in the Bitmoji app, and tap on “change avatar style.” You can also do this in Snapchat by tapping “edit Bitmoji,” which will take you over to the Bitmoji…

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