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Google, Shmoogle. Reference Librarians Are Busier Than Ever
Sherry Yadlosky, a staff member at the Carnegie Library in this city's Oakland district, answered the phone in her cubicle late in the afternoon of Nov 1. A woman wanted to know who would be pitching for the Dodgers that night in the final game of the World Series. It looks like they're going to be starting Yu Darvish, she said. The caller asked whether Mr Darvish was a good pitcher.
Zuckerberg's Wealth Manager Wants to Be a Buyout Shop
A secretive wealth manager that invests money for some of the most prominent names in Silicon Valley plans to ramp up its private-equity investing, a move that raises the specter of possible conflicts with some of its clients. Until now, the firm has mostly pursued venture-capital deals in potentially fast-growing startups.
Fake-Ad Operation Used to Steal From Publishers Is Uncovered
Denmark-based Adform, identifier of the scheme, named it Hyphbot and estimates that it has been going on since at least August. The perpetrators then generated a wave of nonhuman, or bot, traffic that loaded the fraudulent sites, which made money mostly through video ads. Adform began informing the majority of ad exchanges affected on Sept. 28, two days after it began its analysis. Since then, it has seen a reduction in the fraudulent traffic, although Hyphbot is still believed to be active.
FCC Plan to Roll Back Net Neutrality Rules Sets Up Win for Cable, Wireless Firms
Federal regulators' plans for dismantling Obama-era open-internet rules would clear the way for a range of new deals between internet-service providers and online media and other services, in a victory for cable and wireless firms. The proposed changes-outlined Tuesday by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai-already were sparking a lively debate over potential impacts on the internet as well as online businesses and consumers.
AT&T suit may herald a new antitrust era
The Trump administration's decision to oppose the $85 billion AT&T-Time Warner merger may be clouded by suspicions of political influence. (AT&T offers wireless, home internet and TV services; Time Warner owns the Warner Bros. studio and networks including HBO, CNN and TBS. Among critics of such behavioral commitments is Makan Delrahim, now the Justice Department's new antitrust chief. The suit against AT&T could be the start of a new, more aggressive tack in antitrust by the Justice Department.
Uber reveals cover-up of hack affecting 57M riders, drivers
Uber is coming clean about its cover-up of a year-old hacking attack that stole personal information about more than 57 million of the beleaguered ride-hailing service's customers and drivers. Part of the reason nothing malicious has happened is because Uber acknowledges paying the hackers $100,000 to destroy the stolen information.
Skype removed from app stores in China
Skype's call and messaging service has been removed from app stores in China, including the Apple app store. Skype owner Microsoft told the BBC the app had been temporarily removed and the company was working to reinstate the app as soon as possible. Meanwhile, a Microsoft spokesperson said: The iOS version of Skype has been temporarily removed from the app store in China. The company declined to comment on when its Skype app was first removed, or the situation with Android.
Casio's rugged action camera looks like a G-Shock with a lens
In the latest case of a product to be filed under of course this exists, Casio has announced a rugged action camera heavily influenced by its iconic G-Shock brand. At 190.8 degrees, the f/2.8 lens is also wider than those of most action cameras. Casio hasn't announced a global release date or pricing for the GZE-1 just yet, but it costs 46,000 yen in Japan, so you should probably expect the US price to be set at around $400.
Tech simulates how to survive shootings
The US Department of Homeland Security has created a simulator to train emergency crews, teachers and students how to cope with school shootings. There have been more than 200 school shootings in the United States over the last four years. BBC Click's Marc Cieslak finds out more.
Uber paid hackers $100,000 to hide year-old breach of 57 million users
The stolen data included names, email addresses and phone numbers of 50 million Uber riders and 7 million drivers. Bloomberg reported Tuesday afternoon that the company actually paid the hackers $100,000 to delete the data and keep mum about it. In a statement to its users, Uber said it did not believe they needed to take action. In May, someone unaffiliated with Uber accessed the database, including Uber driver names and license numbers.
How Amazon Can Make or Break Holiday Retail
The maker of popular children's robots is using Amazon.com Inc to game the holiday retail season for its latest model. Wonder Workshop expects Amazon will be the biggest retailer of its new $200 robot, Cue, which is on Amazon's and other top toy lists this year. Fluctuating demand and pricing on Amazon can also make it hard to predict sales, as Wonder Workshop learned the last two years with Dash and Dot, its first robots.
Tech Rally Goes Global, Powering Major Stock Indexes to Fresh Records
Shares of global technology companies are outpacing other sectors this year by the widest margin since the height of the dot-com era, with a handful of key players dictating how markets are performing around the world. That dynamic was on display again Tuesday, when the Nasdaq Composite rose 1.06% to end at its 67th record close in 2017, the highest number of record closes in any year.
Cash Sloshes Into Venture Funds, Prompting Fears of Excess
Longtime venture capitalist Greg Sands is no heavyweight in Silicon Valley. His young firm, Costanoa Ventures, has made unglamorous investments in business software, and its profits are almost all on paper. Yet this past summer, the 51-year-old Minnesota native raised $175 million for a new fund with relative ease, shunning investors who wanted to pump in more money. This went pretty much according to plan, he said with a chuckle.
Meg Whitman to Step Down as Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO
Meg Whitman will step down as chief executive of Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co early next year, the company said Tuesday. Ms Whitman will be succeeded by current president Antonio Neri, who has been with the company for more than 20 years. HPE shares fell 7.6% to $13.05 in after-hours trading as the company also issued a downbeat profit.
Warning Signs About Another Giant Bitcoin Exchange
The first and largest Bitcoin exchange, Mt. This year, law enforcement took down another large Bitcoin exchange, BTC-E, which was accused of being a way station for many of the Bitcoin flowing through online black markets and ransomware attacks. The liquid nature of the Bitcoin markets, flowing around national borders and laws, is a product of the virtual currency's unusual structure. Bitcoin is stored and moved through a decentralized network of computers that are not under the control of any single company or government.
Google Lens will launch within Assistant on all Pixel phones in the coming weeks
Google is bringing its artificial intelligence-powered Lens tool to all Pixel and Pixel 2 phones in the coming weeks as part of an update to Google Assistant, the company announced today in a blog post. Right now, Lens won't be able to identify everything around you. Google says it's best used on simple items to start. Lens also works as a more efficient barcode and QR code scanner.

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