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AT&T insists it's not sweating US govt block of Time-Warner gobble

The Register - 1 hour 41 min ago
'We don't care, in fact look at this letter about how little we care. Really. Please look at it'

AT&T says it is not worried about the possibility of a US government lawsuit derailing its attempts to acquire Time Warner.…

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BBC Technology News - 1 hour 42 min ago
As the world moves towards low-carbon electric cars, how are we going to power them all?

TCL S305 series Roku TV (2017) review - CNET - Reviews - 2 hours 4 min ago
With the TCL S305 series you're not paying extra for 4K resolution you can't see, or extras you'll never use. It's just a great streaming set for smaller rooms.

Samsung WF45M5500AZ review - CNET - Reviews - 2 hours 9 min ago
Samsung's $999 WF45M5500AZ front-load washing machine cleans well -- and looks good doing it.

If you liked the Cambrian Explosion, you’ll love the Ordovician Radiation

Ars Technica - 2 hours 33 min ago

Enlarge / During the Ordovician, life was literally great. Multicellular plants and animals diversified and moved into ecological niches throughout the globe. This is probably what it was like on a typical Ordovician day, hanging out with cephalopods, crinoids, and coral at the edge of a supercontinent that covered the South Pole. I think a colony of graptolites is floating in the distance. (credit: Fritz Geller-Grimm)

Over half a billion years ago, during the Cambrian geological period, life on Earth started to get a lot more interesting. Thanks to the rise in free oxygen generated mostly by photosynthesizing algae, lifeforms could draw much more energy out of the environment. That meant the rise of multicellularity and the beginnings of a world full of the macro-sized plants and animals we know and love. That moment, full of weird-ass animals like Anomalocaris, is called the Cambrian Explosion.

The Cambrian Explosion gets a lot of play because it was the first time multicellular creatures ruled the planet. What few people (other than geologists and paleontologists) realize is that there was an even crazier time for early life. It came during the Ordovician period, right after the Cambrian came to a close 485 million years ago. The Ordovician Radiation, also called the Great Ordovician Diversification Event (GOBE), saw a quadrupling of diversity at the genus level (that's the category one step above species). Life also started occupying new ecological niches, clinging to plants floating in the ocean's water column and burrowing deep into the seabed.

Like the Cambrian, the Ordovician was a period when all of life still existed underwater. Most of the continents had formed a supercontinent called Gondwana over the south pole, creating the largest tropical coastline in our planet's history. (There were no polar ice caps during this period.) The warm coastal waters surrounding Gondwana were perfect for new kinds of animals, like brachiopods, crinoids, ostracodes, cephalopods, corals, and bryozoans. Plus, everybody's favorite Cambrian animal, the trilobite, diversified like crazy and moved into many new habitats during this time.

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Tech Turkeys 2017: The lowest points in tech this year - CNET - News - 2 hours 39 min ago
A list of the low points and most embarrassing moments in tech this year.

Intel finds critical holes in secret Management Engine hidden in tons of desktop, server chipsets

The Register - 2 hours 45 min ago
Bugs can be exploited to extract info, potentially insert rootkits

Intel today admitted its Management Engine (ME), Server Platform Services (SPS), and Trusted Execution Engine (TXE) are vulnerable to multiple worrying security flaws, based on the findings of external security experts.…

NASA: Mars' strange streaks might not be water after all - CNET - News - 2 hours 50 min ago
New research suggests another possible origin for mysterious, recurring streaks in the Martian landscape.

Black Friday smart home deals to help you connect the halls - CNET - News - 2 hours 52 min ago
It's not just TVs -- Black Friday is a great time to score a bargain on smart home gadgets, too. Here are all of the deals we're tracking.

AT&T-Time Warner in jeopardy as DOJ blocks deal - CNET - News - 3 hours 2 sec ago
The Department of Justice cites antitrust concerns.

Cops jam a warrant into Apple to make it cough up Texas mass killer's iPhone, iCloud files

The Register - 3 hours 8 min ago
Here we go again…

Texas Rangers have obtained a search warrant for the contents of a blood-splattered iPhone SE belonging to gunman Devin Kelley who killed 26 people in a murder-suicide at a church.…

The best Black Friday MacBook and iPad deals - CNET - News - 3 hours 28 min ago
For Black Friday 2017, these are the best deals on MacBooks, iMacs and other Apple computers.

Trump administration files suit to block AT&T/Time Warner merger

Ars Technica - November 20, 2017 - 11:55pm

Enlarge / AT&T will own a bunch of new media properties if it is allowed to buy Time Warner. (credit: Aurich Lawson)

The Trump administration's Department of Justice (DOJ) today filed a lawsuit to block AT&T's proposed acquisition of Time Warner Inc.

AT&T has been the nation's largest pay-TV company since it acquired DirecTV in 2015. Acquiring Time Warner and its stable of popular TV programming would give the company too much control over programming and distribution, the DOJ said.

Together, AT&T and Time Warner would attempt to impede competition from online video distributors and raise prices on rivals that want access to Time Warner programming, the DOJ alleged.

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The iMac Pro supposedly has an iPhone processor, too - CNET - News - November 20, 2017 - 11:53pm
The "most powerful Mac ever" could have a Siri surprise.

Uber slapped with $9m fine for letting dodgy drivers pick up punters

The Register - November 20, 2017 - 11:43pm
Super Cali goes – oh no, wait, this is Colorado

Colorado watchdogs today hit Uber subsidiary Rasier with an $8.9m fine for allowing drivers with felony convictions and/or major moving violations to pick up folks using the ride-hailing app.…

Black Friday 2017: Best Xbox, PS4 and Nintendo gaming deals - CNET - News - November 20, 2017 - 11:42pm
Looking for sweet deals on game consoles and video games? You've come to the right place.

The biggest Tech Turkeys of 2017 - CNET - News - November 20, 2017 - 11:14pm
Things get serious, quickly, in this gritty reboot of our annual collection of the lowest points in tech.

Best Wi-Fi speakers under $200: Sonos, Chromecast, Bose and more - CNET - News - November 20, 2017 - 10:57pm
Whether it's a smart speaker with Amazon Alexa onboard or a model with Chromecast multi-room, these are our favorites under $200. And no, Amazon Echo and Google Home didn't make the cut.

If your Pixel 2 phone buzzes, a fix is coming in 'weeks' - CNET - News - November 20, 2017 - 10:46pm
The update will tackle the strange sounds plaguing some devices.

Best pre-Black Friday deals you can get right now - CNET - News - November 20, 2017 - 10:45pm
Why wait? There are already some great deals out there -- without the need to wait in line at 4 a.m.

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