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Enter The Chaotic Overcooked Kitchen In This Week's Deals With Gold

Microsoft's Larry Hryb has revealed which games have made the cut for this week's Deals with Gold promotion. Overcooked has activated all the burners to turn up the heat in this chaotic, yet incredibly humorous couch co-op game. The title is joined by a collection of other Xbox One and Xbox 360 games that are currently on sale for the next seven days. The likes of Forza Horizon 3, The Escapists, and Dead or Alive 5 are also included in the promotion.

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Facebook Talks About How Hard It Is To Deal With Hate Speech

  • Figuring out what constitutes hate speech and should be removed is the largest challenge Facebook faces with this issue.
/ Engadget | June 27, 2017, 10:31 am
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EU Slaps Google With $2.7 Billion Antitrust Fine

  • Expected for months, the antitrust penalty was supposed to be closer to $1 billion.
  • Google has vehemently denied that its practices harm competition or consumers.
  • Google has always worked to improve its services, creating new ways to provide better answers and show more useful ads.
  • Several years ago Google made multiple, unsuccessful attempts to settle the matter with former European Commission competition chief Joaquín Almunia.
  • Google General Council Kent Walker responded this morning in a blog post that says Google will study the decision before deciding how to proceed. The post is much more restrained than past statements and argues the consumer benefits of Google’s approach:
Greg Sterling / Tech News Feed-Copy | June 27, 2017, 7:08 am Author Link (@twitter) / Source | June 27, 2017, 11:29 am
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The Darwin Project Delivers A Hint Of Hunger Games To Xbox One And Windows 10

  • At E3 2017, we went hands-on with The Darwin Project, an upcoming competitive action game for Xbox One and Windows 10.
  • Microsoft demonstrated The Darwin Project with an extended trailer at its E3 2017 conference, detailing the game's Battle Royale-style gameplay, complete with influences from The Running Man and The Hunger Games.
  • What really caught my eye about The Darwin Project is its planned integration with Mixer, which will allow viewers of the game on Microsoft's streaming service to potentially interfere directly with matches they're watching.
  • During my hands-on session, I discovered a game that is already steeped with polish and great mechanics, despite only being in development for around nine months.
  • The Darwin Project is essentially a third-person competitive action game, taking place in large arenas.
Jez Corden / Tech News Feed-Copy | June 27, 2017, 7:56 am Author Link (@twitter) / Source | June 27, 2017, 11:00 am
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How To Listen To Music On Google Home

  • Google Home is more than capable of acting as your music player, and setting it up only takes a few moments.
  • Google Home has a great set of speakers, making it fully capable of filling the room with music.
  • By default, Google Home connects to a Google Play Music account, but if you want to play music or podcasts from somewhere else — Spotify, for instance — you have to connect it.
  • If you don't want a service connected anymore, you can simply unlink it from your profile!
  • If you want to use something other than Google Play Music, but don't want to keep saying, "Play X on Spotify," then you should change your default music service.
Jen Karner / Tech News Feed-Copy | June 27, 2017, 6:54 am Author Link (@twitter) / Source | June 27, 2017, 11:00 am
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The President Of Search Giant Baidu Has Global Plans

  • Domestically, revenue growth in its existing search and ads business wilted in 2016 as smartphone sales slowed in China and rivals including Tencent, owner of the popular mobile messaging and e-commerce platform WeChat, closed in.Baidu’s reputation and ad business were damaged as well by a scandal in which a student died from cancer after a sponsored result displayed by the company’s search engine led him to expensive and questionable treatment.
/ Tech News Feed-Copy | June 27, 2017, 6:43 am Author Link (@twitter) / Source | June 27, 2017, 11:00 am
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T411, France’s Most-Visited Torrent Site, Has Been Shut Down

  • T411, France's most-visited torrent site, has been shut down by police in France and Sweden.
  • As the number one torrent site among French speakers and one of the most popular sites in France, T411’s rise to stardom is the product of more than a decade of twists and turns.
  • After a prolonged battle against 31 Canadian media organizations including the CRIA, the administrator of a torrent site known as QuebecTorrent closed its doors in 2008 after the handing down of a permanent injunction.
  • “I just wanna say thanks to all the people who supported the cause and me all along,” admin Sebastian Doditz told TorrentFreak at the time.
  • Initially, it was believed that the 109,000 members of the site would be left homeless but shortly after another torrent site appeared.
Andy / Tech News Feed-Copy | June 27, 2017, 9:47 am Author Link (@twitter) / Source | June 27, 2017, 10:44 am
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Collaborative Robots Will Fuel IoT Market Growth In The Next Few Years

  • Overall robotics spending will climb to $13 billion in 2025, according to a new report from the International Federation of Robots and Loup Ventures.
  • That growth will be fueled by collaborative industrial robots, defined as small, nimble robots specifically designed to move about the factory floor to assist human workers, which will increase from 3% of all sales last year to 34% in 2025.
  • Right now, collaborative robots' popularity is limited by the robots' underlying technologies.
  • But technological advancements will make them more useful and spur manufacturers to invest.
  • The Internet of Things (IoT) is disrupting businesses, governments, and consumers and transforming how they interact with the world.
Nicholas Shields / TechInsider | June 27, 2017, 9:42 am
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Google Fined $2.7B By European Commission For Abusing Search Monopoly

  • Google has been gut-punched by the European Commission for abusing its search monopoly to squeeze out other players on the Web.
  • In addition to the fine, Google will be required to change its search algorithm so that every competing service is fairly crawled, indexed, ranked, and displayed.
  • In a statement, Google said it believes the shopping results it shows users are "useful" and "an improvement" over the text-only ads it used to display.
  • The original complaint against Google was brought by UK comparison shopping site Foundem in 2009, and by 2010 the commission confirmed it was investigating alleged antitrust violations by Google.
  • The commission's investigation primarily sought to uncover whether Google's search results systematically boosted the rankings of its other products—Google Shopping, for example—unfairly squeezing out companies that offer similar services to Google.
Sebastian Anthony / ArsTechnica | June 27, 2017, 9:34 am
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Keep Your Phone Safe On Your Hip With This $15 Hardshell Holster

  • Nite Ize Clip Case Hardshell Holster for LG K4 (2017) / Lumia 950 XL, Lumia 640 XL, Lumia 640 - Windows Phone Holsters - Windows Central Shop
  • Product DescriptionThis rugged case from Nite Ize keeps your mobile device both accessible at your side and protected from the elements.
  • The body of the Clip Case Hardshell Holster is constructed of high density EVA foam to provide protection from bumps and scratches with ballistic nylon.
  • Please Note: Product images, including color, may differ from actual product appearance.
WindowsCentralShop / Tech News Feed-Copy | June 27, 2017, 8:26 am Author Link (@twitter) / Source | June 27, 2017, 10:30 am
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Facebook Improves Its AI Messenger Assistant ‘M’ With New Wits

  • Facebook M, the company’s AI-powered assistant that lives inside Messenger, was launched widely back in April giving suggestions to users based on the context of their conversations.
  • Perhaps most notable is that the AI assistant will now proactively remind users to save pieces of content like articles, videos or FB posts to check out later or share in message threads using the ‘Saved’ extension.
  • It’s interesting that Messenger’s M is really being taught to help you avoid social faux pas as well, things that really may save you in some situations.
  • Lastly, M will be adding suggestions for voice or video calls so if you’re in a one-on-one or group conversation and someone says, “Can you call me?” M may pop up offering a quick tap to make the call inside Messenger.
  • It’s still early days for M, Facebook has been driving pretty small features that offer minute improvements to conversations without overwhelming users or being overly obtrusive.
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch | June 27, 2017, 9:14 am
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Honor 9 Goes Official W/ Upgraded Dual-camera, Kirin 960, EMUI 5.1

  • Huawei’s sub-brand Honor has brought us some stellar mid-range Android devices over the past couple years, and today the company is back with its latest release — the Honor 9.
  • The Honor 9 uses the same basic design as last year’s Honor 8 with the all glass design and reflective “3D” effect, but it does include some minor cosmetic changes.
  • Rather than placing the sensor on the back, the Honor 9 follows the example of the Huawei P10 with a front facing sensor that doubles as a gesture pad.
  • Honor has also included some bits to get the attention of millennials in the form of enhanced audio tuned by Monster and some new accessories including “Honor Monster Headphones,” a new Honor Band fitness tracker, and a pair of Bluetooth headphones.
  • Pricing on the Honor 9 isn’t available just yet, but we should have more information when the phone officially goes on sale.
Ben Schoon / 9to5 Google | June 27, 2017, 9:10 am
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Pandora's CEO Is Stepping Down As Digital Music Evolves

  • The rumors were true: Pandora CEO Tim Westergren has announced that he's stepping down from the company he co-founded 17 years ago.
/ Engadget | June 27, 2017, 8:59 am
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Apple Patent Tracks Sleep, Adjusts Alarms Based On Device Input

  • A patent granted to Apple on Tuesday details the use of devices like iPhone and Apple Watch — and potentially Beddit — in adjusting morning alarms based on monitored sleep patterns, shedding light on the company's research into sleep science.
/ Tech News Feed-Copy | June 27, 2017, 6:20 am Author Link (@twitter) / Source | June 27, 2017, 9:43 am
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Apple IPhone AR, VR Could Improve After Eye-Tracking Company SMI Acquisition

  • Apple has acquired German eye tracking company SensoMotoric Instruments (SMI), MacRumors reported Monday.
/ Tech News Feed-Copy | June 27, 2017, 5:20 am Author Link (@twitter) / Source | June 27, 2017, 9:17 am
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Seth Meyers Says Trumpcare Is More Than Just Bad: It's 'cartoonishly Evil'

  • Perhaps because Democrats have taken the non-step of calling the Senate's insurance draft  "mean" in recent weeks, Late Night host Seth Meyers has decided to use slightly stronger language: "comically villainous."
  • To be fair, the Senate bill will only leave 22 million more uninsured compared to the House Bill of 25 million.
  • The #Resistance may not be able to stop this legislation from becoming law, but at least we'll have these rants, riding us into the sunset.
Heather Dockray / Tech News Feed-Copy | June 27, 2017, 4:25 am Author Link (@twitter) / Source | June 27, 2017, 8:55 am
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Let's Be Clear: Google's Troubles In Europe Are Entirely Of Its Own Making (GOOG)

  • LONDON — Google was fined €2.4 billion (£2.1 billion) for abusing its monopoly in Europe on Tuesday, and while Americans will no doubt bemoan the stereotype of European antipathy toward innovation this is mostly Google's own fault.
  • Let's be clear: Today's action — the equivalent of $2.7 billion in US dollars — by European Commission competition chief Margrethe Vestager was based on real complaints about real things that Alphabet, Google's corporate parent, has actually done.
  • Google has, on occasion, behaved in unfair ways that hurt competition and smaller tech businesses.
  • Most of the people doing the complaining are NOT Europeans — they are other American tech companies (and their lobbyists) whose international businesses have allegedly been screwed over by Google.
  • Americans can comfort themselves with the image of French and Belgian politicians, sitting behind glasses of red wine, moaning about "les Americains" ruining everything for the workers, but that is not the reality.
Jim Edwards / TechInsider | June 27, 2017, 6:35 am
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Europe Fines Google A Record $2.7B After 7-year Antitrust Investigation Into Google Shopping

  • The European Commission has levied its highest ever fine in an antitrust case, ruling that Google must pay €2.42B ($2.72B) for favoring its own shopping comparison service in search results.
  • Further fines – equivalent to 5% of parent company Alphabet’s daily worldwide turnover – will apply unless Google resolves the issue within 90 days …
  • The EC found that Google Shopping (and its earlier incarnations) always appeared at or close to the top of product search results, while the highest-ranked competitor service typically appeared on page 4.
  • Google has abused this market dominance by giving its own comparison shopping service an illegal advantage.
  • The commission presented evidence that Google’s promotion of its own shopping comparison service – featuring paid advertisers – increased by up to 45-fold, while traffic to competitor sites dropped by up to 92%.
Ben Lovejoy / 9to5 Google | June 27, 2017, 6:08 am
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