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9 new trailers you should watch this week
Even when you're not playing, you can still have the same surprises and a-ha moments as the gamer. Check out nine trailers from this week below. This is our first look at the show, and it teases several familiar faces from the new films. Iron Fist's first season seemed to get the worst reception of any of Netflix's Marvel series to date. Apparently, it's an anthology series, which seems to explain why there are so many different famous people in seemingly disconnected places.
Google rolls back Android Messages to old design and removes dark mode
On Thursday, it looked as though Google was starting to roll out a redesigned version of its vital Android Messages app. Late last night, as Reddit users were quick to notice, Google reverted back to the old Android Messages design - even for those who had already installed the most recent update. If you had the new Messages yesterday, open it up today and you'll see that it's gone. Yes, Google has the server-side ability to change the look of Messages on a dime.
How Crazy Rich Asians turns a traditional Asian rom-com trope into a modern statement
The characters in Crazy Rich Asians are familiar types, but they aren't the usual American clichs of tiger moms, dragon ladies, or sexualized cardboard characters. As Chu said in an interview with the LA Times, Crazy Rich Asians offers role models for Asian women in ways that other stories don't. This idea that old, classic, Hollywood movies could have starred Asians with just as much style, just as much pizzazz.
HBO has picked up its Watchman show for a full season
After ordering a pilot episode last year, the network has picked up the show for a full first season, which will debut in 2019. Along with the announcement of the series pickup and roughly when we'll be able to expect the show, the network announced the cast for the series, which will include Regina King (Southland), Jeremy Irons, Tim Blake Nelson (Wormwood), and more.
Hug your old Mac with these retro pillows
That's where pillow company Throwboy comes in, with a Kickstarter for its lineup of Iconic gadget pillows that look oddly similar to some of Apple's most famous products over the years. Throwboy is extremely careful to never mention the words Apple, Mac, or iPhone anywhere on its Kickstarter page, but the pillows are unmistakable to anyone who's ever interacted with an Apple product.
Apple gains a foothold in the smart speaker market: A Foolish Take
Apple's HomePod smart speaker on a piece of furniture. Apple's Siri also lacked Amazon's Alexa skills and e-commerce backbone, as well as Google's larger ecosystem of search and cloud-based services. Despite those headwinds, a recent report from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners indicates that Apple has established a foothold in the US smart speaker market, nabbing a 6 percent share. More: Revenue from Twitch streaming video game footage helps Amazon bottom line: A Foolish Take.
New 5G networks aimed at cord cutters
For residents of Los Angeles, Sacramento, Houston and Indianapolis this year, 5G could be change that. No true 5G phones are available now, and those new iPhones expected in September probably won't be able to access 5G signals either. It won't work with 5G until service starts, and consumers will need an adapter to bring in 5G signals. Sprint said it would release a phone from LG that worked with 5G -but not until 2019. Amazon's new Fire TV Edition is a cord cutter's dream.
Google's ambitions for China could trigger a crisis inside the company
Then employees noticed that executives' words were being transcribed in real time by the New York Times' Kate Conger, who had a source inside. One, Pichai apparently characterized the nature of Google's work in China as exploratory. Gallagher has previously reported that Google had plans to get the censored search engine - codenamed Dragonfly - into a launch-ready state. While Google may have dodged a bullet on Thursday, I'm less certain than ever that the company can avoid a crisis without abandoning the project.
Elon Musk's No Good, Very Bad Year
Elon Musk is on the brink. In an emotional, hourlong interview with The New York Times, Mr Musk, the chief executive of Tesla and SpaceX, described what he called the most difficult year of his career. Over the last 16 months, he has gone from seemingly on top of the world to facing one of the most intense existential crises of his entrepreneurial career.
Silicon Valley idealism at odds with China market
The tech industry had a utopian view of the world and of itself, said Irina Raicu, director of the internet ethics program at Santa Clara University in Silicon Valley. After portraying itself as a champion of making all the world's information freely available, Google would be hard-pressed to explain taking part in online censorship in China, according to Raicu. Two years ago, it reportedly worked on a censorship tool that would filter out posts on forbidden topics there.
Privacy group tells FTC Google tracking violated 2011 order
A privacy group said in a letter sent to the Federal Trade Commission on Friday that Google has violated the terms of a 2011 settlement because of practices exposed in an Associated Press report this week. The Electronic Privacy Information Center said in the letter to the FTC that Google's recording of time-stamped location data-even after users have turned off a setting called Location History-clearly violates the 2011 settlement. The center lobbied the FTC to take action on Google nearly a decade ago.
US regulators target Facebook on discriminatory housing ads
Federal regulators are alleging that Facebook's advertising tools allow landlords and real estate brokers to engage in housing discrimination. The US Department of Housing and Urban Development said in an administrative complaint this week that Facebook violated the Fair Housing Act because its targeting systems allow advertisers to exclude certain audiences, such as families with young children or disabled people, from seeing housing ads. Facebook said the company doesn't allow discrimination and has strengthened its systems over the past year to prevent misuse.
Tesla shares tumble after Musk interview sparks fresh fears
In closing trade, Tesla shares skidded 8.9 percent to $305.50 following the publication of the interview with The New York Times. There were times when I didn't leave the factory for three or four days-days when I didn't go outside, Musk said. Musk acknowledged that no one read his Twitter post before he sent it, but insisted he did not regret it. If we say we simply remove Elon Musk from the situation, I don't know if that does much good.
When Digital Platforms Become Censors
YouTube made general reference to its terms of service and community guidelines, but didn't say what Mr Jones had done wrong. The real reason for his removal is that technology companies don't like his views and have come under increasing pressure to deny him the use of their platforms. Nor is it just Alex Jones who's been subjected to digital unpersoning lately. Internet platforms don't want to be treated as publishers, because publishers are also responsible for their decisions.
Body scanners to screen LA subway riders
Body scanners will be used on the Los Angeles subway to screen passengers for explosives and weapons, the local transport authority has announced. Portable scanners will be used to screen passengers as they enter stations, without them having to pass through a security checkpoint. The scanners have a wide field of view and can screen passengers as they ride an escalator or enter through ticket barriers.
Investors Betting Against Tesla Made $1 Billion on Friday
__________ The investors betting against Tesla just got a gift from the company's chief executive, Elon Musk. The slide in Tesla's shares generated more than $1 billion in profits for short-sellers, according to S3 Partners, a financial technology and analytics firm, which tracks the positions held by those investors. More than a quarter of its stock valued at more than $11 billion is being shorted, according to S3 Partners.
Valve unveils its Twitch competitor Steam TV
Valve has created its own Twitch competitor, and it's launching it today just in time for The International tournament. Valve's launch of Steam TV comes just as The International, an annual Dota 2 e-sports tournament, is about to begin on August 20th. The International is the biggest e-sports tournament in the world, thanks to its massive prize fund of over $24 million. It's not clear if Valve has ambitions beyond just streaming Dota 2 games, but there's already plenty of competition to Twitch right now.
Weekend at Elon's: A Tesla Subplot With Azealia Banks
On Thursday, in an interview with The New York Times, Mr Musk was asked if drugs were involved in his market-moving tweet. On the same day, Mr Musk told the website Gizmodo that he had never met Ms Banks or communicated with her in any way. Ms Banks had arrived in the predawn hours, invited to the house by Grimes, people familiar with the sequence of events say.
H-1B use skyrocketed among Bay Area tech giants
The data show the importance of H-1B workers to the tech industry, which has long lobbied to increase the number of highly skilled foreign workers. The number of H-1B approvals at Intel in Santa Clara rose 19 percent and Cupertino-based Apple received 673, a 7 percent increase. Experts say the data also doesn't show how many additional H-1B contractors tech companies may get from staffing agencies or outsourcing companies.

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