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Thursday June 22, 2017 @ 08:11:41 PM mt

China bans video and audio streaming on Sina Weibo and two other websites



China is tightening its control over internet content. Yesterday, the government reportedly told three websites Sina Weibo, iFeng, and ACFUN to stop streaming video and audio content that apparently were not in line with national audiovisual regulations and propagating negative speech, according to the Financial Times.

All three sites lack a license to stream content, Chinas State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT) says. The agency previously fined Tencent, which owns WeChat, for broadcasting political and social news without a proper license. Now, individual users have to apple for a license to stream.

The Financial Times points out that Sina Weibo invested in a video streaming site last...

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Thursday June 22, 2017 @ 08:11:41 PM mt

Airbnb is testing split payments so you wont have to nag your friends



Airbnb is testing a feature that should have existed ages ago: split payments.

Currently, if you book an Airbnb for a group of people, one person has to charge the entire expense, and if theres a need to collect payments from other parties, well, thats on you. Now, as reported by The Next Web, Airbnb is testing a function with a small group of listings that allows payments to be split up to 16 ways beforehand.

Airbnb has been rolling out several updates this year to make the service more streamlined and easier to use like standardizing the check-in process with host-supplied photos and text instructions. Adding split payments is a welcome, but long-overdue update that comes with plenty of benefits (no more nagging your friends for...

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Thursday June 22, 2017 @ 08:11:41 PM mt

Uber for jets accused of not paying its employees



JetSmarter, a Florida startup that offers a subscription service for air travel on private planes, is being sued by former employees who alleges the company failed to pay thousands of hours of overtime. The lead plaintiff, Grace Lamey, worked as a shuttle experience manager, dealing with things like reservations, boarding, and handing out food and drinks.

Lameys lawsuit alleges that during the three years she worked for JetSmarter, she and other employees regularly worked more than 65 hours a week and sometimes as many as six or seven days a week. The lawsuit alleges that she and other employees were never paid for those hours, much less paid time and half. This failure, the lawsuit contends, is a violation of the Fair Labor Standards...

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Thursday June 22, 2017 @ 08:11:40 PM mt

FCC proposes a national Blue Alert system to warn public of threats to law enforcement



The FCC today proposed to add the Blue Alert to the US Emergency Alert System which will notify the public of nearby suspects or threats to their communities law enforcement officials. The Blue Alert was introduced in 2015 after two New York City police officers were ambushed and killed while on duty.

The proposal seeks to make the Blue Alert, currently active in 27 states, a consistent, nationwide system that each state and local agency can adopt. The alerts can be sent through a television broadcast (cable or satellite), radio stations, and wireline video outlets. The format is modeled after the Amber Alert for missing children; Blue Alerts can warn the public if a violent suspect is nearby, the type of...

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Thursday June 22, 2017 @ 08:11:40 PM mt

Some Uber employees are circulating a petition to get Travis Kalanick reinstated



Some Uber employees including a few managers are circulating a petition that calls for the reinstatement of Travis Kalanick, who was forced to resign as CEO earlier this week. The petition, which was first reported by Recodeand BuzzFeed, speaks in glowing terms about Kalanick and calls for supportive employees to revolt this!

Also making the rounds is a letter to the companys board that includes the signatures of over 1,000 employees asking for the return of Kalanick to an operational role, according to Axios. Both the letter and the petition are a reflection of a growing disgruntlement among some of Ubers 15,000 employees about the manner in which the companys founder and chief executive was fired.

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Thursday June 22, 2017 @ 08:11:39 PM mt

Google is launching a new line of cameras for 180-degree VR video




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Google is launching a new, more limited cinematic VR format that it hopes will be almost as accessible as regular YouTube videos. Its called VR180, a collaboration between YouTube and Googles Daydream VR division. And itll be produced with a new line of cameras from Yi, Lenovo, and LG, as well as other partners who meet VR180 certification standards.

As the name suggests, VR180 videos dont stretch all the way around a viewer in VR. Theyre supposed to be immersive if youre facing forward, but you cant turn and glance behind you. Outside VR, theyll appear as traditional flat videos, but you can watch them in 3D virtual reality through the YouTube app with a Google Cardboard, Daydream, or PlayStation VR headset.

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Thursday June 22, 2017 @ 08:11:39 PM mt

YouTube Red originals have racked up nearly 250 million views




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The eighth annual VidCon starts today, and all eyes are on YouTube, the worlds biggest platform for online video. Its been almost two years since the company announced Red, its subscription service, and began creating ad-free original content that would exist behind a paywall. While the company hasnt shared any hard subscriber numbers yet, its made clear that its bet on original programming is only going to grow. The audience is massive enough. The company announced today that more than 1.5 billion users log in every month, with each person consuming an average of one hour of mobile video per day.

For its first season, YouTube produced 27 films and series. This year, the company plans to produce more than 40 originals, and will r...

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Thursday June 22, 2017 @ 08:11:38 PM mt

Airbnb reportedly launching a premium tier to compete with hotels



Airbnb is getting ready to launch a new premium service meant to attract higher-paying travelers, according to Bloomberg. This tier will try to lure new customers who have yet to try the platform because they prefer the amenities that come with upscale hotels.

This is the first time upscale properties will be segmented into their own category, and Bloombergs sources say the included listings will be officially inspected by Airbnb to make sure the homes meet designated standards and will offer incentives for participants like a consultation with an Airbnb-provided interior decorator. Requirements for the program include new and matching bedding, single-use toiletries, available bottled water, tea, and coffee, and other amenities...

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Thursday June 22, 2017 @ 08:11:38 PM mt

Asus new Vivobook S has slim bezels a 7th-generation processor and only costs 700



Asus launched a new VivoBook S, the S510, today that features a seventh-generation Intel Core i7 processor, runs Windows 10, and is designed to look nearly identical to the MacBook Air. The laptop weighs only 3.3 pounds and has 7.8mm-thick bezel.

Here are the specs:

  • 15.6-inch Full HD, 1920 x 1280 display
  • Either Intel Core i7-7500U or i7-7200U processor (depending on model)
  • 8GB of RAM
  • Ports: USB-C, USB Type-A, USB 2.0, HDMI, headphone jack
  • Up to 1TB of storage (depending on model)
  • Windows 10 Home
  • Included SD card reader

It starts at $699 and goes up to $799 for a better processor and more storage. Its available through Asus online store, ABT, B&H, Computer Upgrade King, and Newegg.

Asus debuted its VivoBook S line at Computex this...

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Thursday June 22, 2017 @ 08:11:37 PM mt

Chicagos new Apple store has a giant MacBook for a roof



Construction is underway at the new Apple store in downtown Chicago, and today, as reported by DNA Chicago, a new design element was added a giant Apple logo. A construction crew laid out the logo on the stores silver, rectangular roof, making it look like a giant MacBook. It stayed for less than an hour before crews rolled up the logo and removed it.

Designed by London-based Foster\+Partners, the store is a relocation of Apples original Chicago flagship and is a 20,000-square-foot space which, upon completion, will have all-glass walls and a thin, carbon fiber roof... that looks like a MacBook.

The first renderings were originally unveiled in 2015, and touted the projects echo to Prairie Style homes. As the Chicago Tribune...

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