Zuckerberg says that nobody got fired over Cambridge Analytica mess

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Facebook has been ramping up its damage control as outrage continues over the Cambridge Analytica mess. But it seems nobody at the social media company has been let go as a consequence. On a media conference call, Mark Zuckerberg confirmed that no em…
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Apple’s iPhone slowdown mess spawned 59 class-action lawsuits

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iPhone Slowdown Class Action

Remember Apple’s decision to slow down iPhones with older batteries? The move was meant to prevent unexpected shutdowns, an issue that affected a significant number of iPhones in the fall of 2016. When Apple fixed the matter in early 2017, it wasn’t exactly forthcoming about what that fix entailed.

It was only in late November that iPhone users discovered that iOS would slow down iPhones with old batteries, significantly reducing their performance. Since December, Apple has been apologizing to customers and introducing new programs to help affected users.

However, that didn’t stop iPhone owners from suing the company. No fewer than 59 separate lawsuits were filed since December, The Wall Street Journal reports.

A legal meeting in Atlanta is scheduled for March 29th, as the lawsuits are seeking class-action status. All 59 cases may be combined into a single case. Lawyers may select a lead attorney for the case and a court location, The Journal explains.

Experts say that the number of cases against Apple is unusual. It’s almost triple the number of suits filed in 2010 over the iPhone 4’s “Antennagate” scandal. Back then, Apple settled the case, offering iPhone 4 owners either $ 15 in cash or a free case — that settlement cost Apple $ 315 million according to estimates.

Legal experts think that plaintiffs face an uphill battle in this particular case, as Apple has done enough since acknowledging the issue. Apple lowered the cost of battery replacements for a year and introduced new battery settings in iOS that would allow users to prevent speed throttling.

Even so, Apple might not want afford to spend years defending against plaintiffs. The company may be forced to disclose sensitive information about its products in case the lawsuit goes to trial, and the iPhone would get more bad publicity.

Apple has been arguing for months now that it hasn’t been slowing down iPhones to force users to upgrade to a newer model. Some of the suits allege that Apple’s throttling feature does precisely that.

This year alone, the iPhone slowdown fiasco is estimated to cost $ 10.29 billion in revenue, as more iPhone users will go for battery replacements rather than new iPhones.

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YouTube’s unified artist channels clean up its music mess

If you treat YouTube like a jukebox, you know how confusing it can be when your favorite artists have multiple channels. You may have to go to one channel to get the pure album cuts, and another to watch the music videos. Mercifully, YouTube is red…
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Watch this unsuspecting river quickly turn into a chaotic mess of ice chunks

After a monster “bomb cyclone” and frigid Arctic blasts that set some new records on the US East Coast, temperatures have been a bit more merciful this week. And that’s setting the stage for some pretty cool phenomena — like this ice jam on the Ausable River in Au Sable Forks, located in upstate New York.

In a time lapse video posted on Twitter by the National Weather Service office in Burlington, Vermont, you can see the frozen river very quickly rise up, and then break up into chunks almost out of the blue. The chaotic mess of ice and tree branches then flows downstream, bringing the river level back down. The whole video condenses three hours of footage, taken today by a NWS webcam that runs 24/7.

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Don’t pirate or we’ll mess with your Nest, warns East Coast ISP

Internet slowdowns at home aren't just annoying anymore. They can be hazardous to your health or dangerous if you're in an area that freezes. Internet service provider Armstrong Zoom has roughly a million subscribers in the Northeastern part of the…
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ZTE’s dual-screen phone is a fascinating mess

 While the world was focused on bigger names like Apple and Samsung, one of the industry’s great workhorses went ahead and released a dual-screen smartphone. But the Axon M’s dual-screen technology isn’t the result of industry breakthroughs. At its heart, the Axon M is an average phone with one (admittedly compelling) gimmick to justify its flagship price. Read More
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Hands On: Cardhop by Flexibits attempts to rein in the mess that Apple’s Contacts can be

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USA and Japan’s giant robot battle was a slow, brilliant mess

The oft-delayed giant robot fight has finally taken place. On Tuesday, Team USA's mechs scrapped it out with Japan's behemoth in an abandoned steel mill for the world to watch. There could only be one victor, and it proved to be the red, white, and b…
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Enjoy this site that lets you completely mess up emoji, please

Trust me when I say you’ll be doing yourself a favor when you waste the rest of the day on this site built to fuck up emoji. Built by Dutch developer Floris de Bijl, the site loads emoji as a vector image in which you can drag around the different bits and pieces and rearrange them however you want. “It all started with my shitposts on the r/thinking subreddit. Everyone there uses Photoshop/Gimp to rearrange emoji into absurd things, but I thought there might be a better way through some tool,” Floris tells me through Twitter DM. “That didn’t exist…

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