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Hedge Fund Manager David Einhorn Is Settling In For A 'tough Fight' With GM (GM)

  • Greenlight Capital's David Einhorn just laid out what's going on with his activist move on General Motors.
  • Earlier this year, Einhorn announced he had increased his position in the car company.
  • The activist hedge fund investor proposed that GM create two classes of stock, and accused the company of misleading credit-rating agencies about the plan.
  • In a letter sent to investors April 25, Einhorn noted that his firm had "made more noise than usual (and more than we'd like) by making public our idea for General Motors Company."
  • "We felt the need to press the issue as we believe there is a lot of value to unlock and the company did not fairly evaluate our idea ...
Business Insider / TechInsider | April 29, 2017, 4:14 pm
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Snapchat Is Stifled By Its Un-algorithmic Feed

  • So Twitter made its most significant product update in years: it switched to algorithmic-sorting of its feed.
  • The result has been Twitter’s first meaningful growth in many quarters, adding 9 million users in Q1 2017.
  • In both cases, going algorithmic seemed antithetical to the core identity of the services, and long-time users vocally griped that their apps were ruined…but they weren’t.
  • Algorithmic sorting of Stories has propelled Snap copycat Instagram Stories to 200 million daily active users in 10 months — more than Snapchat’s whole app.
  • This sorting also enables Instagram Stories to employ auto-advance, showing one friend’s photos and videos after another in a constant stream.
Josh Constine / Tech News Feed-Copy | April 29, 2017, 7:21 pm Author Link (@twitter) / Source | April 29, 2017, 5:02 pm

Why Did Turkey Just Block Wikipedia?

  • Wikipedia is now blocked in Turkey.Image: peter macdiarmid/Getty ImagesBy Emma Hinchliffe2017-04-29 16:49:42 UTC
  • Turkish authorities blocked all versions of Wikipedia in any language in the country through an "administrative measure" and did not give a reason, BBC reported. 
  • Turkish media reported that authorities had asked Wikipedia to remove content that linked Turkey to terrorist groups, BBC said.
  • In the past, Turkey has blocked Facebook and Twitter following protests or terror attacks. 
  • The monitoring group Turkey Blocks found that Wikipedia could not be reached in Turkey starting at 8 a.m.
Emma Hinchliffe / Tech News Feed-Copy | April 29, 2017, 12:42 pm Author Link (@twitter) / Source | April 29, 2017, 4:49 pm

GAME's Bank Holiday Xbox One S Deal Adds A Trio Of Awesome Games At A Great Price

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  • It's a Bank Holiday weekend in the UK again and that means deals, deals and a few more deals.
  • The bundle includes the 500GB Xbox One S console along with Forza Horizon 3, Gears of War 4 and Halo 5: Guardians.
  • Forza Horizon 3 is probably the greatest racer ever to grace a Microsoft console, with it's stunning HDR ready visuals perfect for the Xbox One S.
  • The price for all this goodness is just £209.99, so if you've been holding out it might be a good time to pull the trigger.
Richard Devine / Tech News Feed-Copy | April 29, 2017, 5:05 pm Author Link (@twitter) / Source | April 29, 2017, 4:21 pm

Problems With The Samsung Galaxy S8? – What The Tech Ep. 353

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Paul Thurrott / Tech News Feed-Copy | April 29, 2017, 5:30 pm Author Link (@twitter) / Source | April 29, 2017, 3:48 pm

Skybox VR Aims To Be The Best Media Player For Every Platform

  • Skybox lets you watch videos streamed from your PC, no matter which headset you own.
  • There are plenty of different VR video players that are available for viewing all of those awesome videos that you download from the internet.
  • Skybox for VR is currently available for all of the major VR headsets on the market.
  • All that you need to do to use Skybox is download the free app onto your phone, and you'll be able to watch the videos you have saved there.
  • In order to use the AirScreen feature you'll also need to download the Skybox PC client.
Jen Karner / Tech News Feed-Copy | April 29, 2017, 3:13 pm Author Link (@twitter) / Source | April 29, 2017, 3:30 pm

'The Circle' Takes Anti-tech Paranoia To Ludicrous Heights

As a book, David Eggers' The Circle was a flimsy attack against modern technology culture with occasional bits of insight. As a film, though, it's so disjointed, ridiculous and dull that even Tom Hanks can't save it. Sure, it didn't really have much...
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Saturday's Best Deals: Black + Decker, Nest Candles, Minimalist Wallets, And More

  • One of your favorite minimalist wallets, Black + Decker lawn care tools, Nest candles and oil reed diffusers, and more lead Saturday’s best deals.Bookmark Kinja Deals and follow us on Twitter to never miss a deal.Top Tech DealsIf you need a new phone on the cheap (and aren’t looking for anything special), Amazon will sell you an unlocked BLU R1 Plus smartphone with up to 64GB of expandable storage, for just $110.
Jillian Lucas on Deals, shared by Jillian Lucas to Gizmodo / Tech News Feed-Copy | April 29, 2017, 10:35 am Author Link (@twitter) / Source | April 29, 2017, 2:34 pm

This Week’s Top Stories: Project Fi ‘Travel Trolley’, Google Home, ZTE Max XL, S8 Issues, Larry Page-backed Kitty Hawk Flying EV, & More

  • Jordan writes about all things Apple as Senior Editor of 9to5Mac, & contributes to 9to5Google, 9to5Toys, &
Jordan Kahn / 9to5 Google | April 29, 2017, 1:29 pm
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Tech Companies May Have A Public-image Issue In Political Battleground States

  • Tech companies may have a public-image issue in political battleground states - Recode
  • A study by a GOP polling firm finds mixed views on the likes of Airbnb, Facebook and Uber.
Tony Romm / Re/Code | April 29, 2017, 1:07 pm
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I've Taken 3 DNA Tests That Told Me About My Ancestry — Here's How To Choose Which One To Try

  • These tests analyzed my saliva sample to find out a host of different things that my DNA can tell me about my ancestry and health. 
  • Genetic testing companies have proprietary sets of data and various ways of analyzing information, so each one I tried offered a distinc approach to how they presented my results and what information they gave me.
  • Let's compare the three direct-to-consumer ones I've tried out: AncestryDNA, 23andMe and National Geographic's Geno 2.0 test. 
  • 23andMe currently offers two versions of its tests: The $199 version comes with health and ancestry components, whereas the $99 version just has the ancestry test.
  • The health reports can tell you information about your physical traits, (like if you're likely to have dimples or curly hair), wellness (how well you metabolize caffeine or if you're a sprinter), and carrier status for certain genetic mutations.
Lydia Ramsey / TechInsider | April 29, 2017, 1:02 pm
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NVIDIA & Netflix Now Previewing 4K Support On GeForce GTX 10 Series Cards

  • Way back in May of 2016 when NVIDIA launched the Pascal architecture powered GeForce GTX 10 series, one of the notable features they announced for the product family was support for Netflix’s newly launched 4K streaming option.
  • However as the months have ticked by, we never did see any further progress from NVIDIA and Netflix on enabling 4K support.
  • Now just shy of a year later, NVIDIA and Netflix have finally taken the next step towards launching 4K Netflix support on Pascal.
  • While the article itself doesn’t offer any real explanation for the delay, the system requirements end up giving us a pretty good hint about what’s going on.
  • NVIDIA doesn’t make much mention of the OS itself, but the situation is especially interesting since this comes just weeks after Microsoft launched the Windows 10 Creators Update, their latest major update to the OS.
Ryan Smith / Tech News Feed-Copy | April 29, 2017, 1:09 pm Author Link (@twitter) / Source | April 29, 2017, 2:00 pm

Turkey Has Blocked Wikipedia And Is Censoring Twitter

  • Emboldened after his slim win in a referendum to broaden his powers, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's purge of voices critical of the government has continued online.
Farid Farid / Tech News Feed-Copy | April 29, 2017, 9:23 am Author Link (@twitter) / Source | April 29, 2017, 1:58 pm

Recommended Reading: The Genetics Of Better Beer

  • The beer industry certainly isn't hurting for money these days, but a group of scientists are trying to figure out how to make the beverage even better.
/ Engadget | April 29, 2017, 12:27 pm
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Todd Bishop / Tech News Feed-Copy | April 29, 2017, 9:10 am Author Link (@twitter) / Source | April 29, 2017, 12:58 pm

8 Surprising Ways Exercise Affects Your Brain

  • Exercise is clearly good for our bodies — it can lead to a lower resting heart rate, decreased risk of disease, improved endurance, and much more.
  • But physical activity offers huge mental and psychological benefits as well.
  • Here are a few of the research-backed benefits that exercise has for your mind.
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Skye Gould and Kevin Loria / TechInsider | April 29, 2017, 11:19 am
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Orange Is The New Black: Hacker Holds Netflix To Ransom Over New Season Of Show

  • A hacker claims to have stolen the upcoming season of Netflix’s hit series Orange Is The New Black and is demanding that the video streaming service pay an unspecified ransom to prevent all the new episodes from being prematurely released online.
  • The hacker, operating under the name The Dark Overlord, has already purportedly uploaded the first episode to an illegal file-sharing service.
  • Netflix said that a small production vendor that works with several major TV studios had suffered a breach.
  • Pirated copies of the show could dent Netflix’s subscriber growth and the company’s stock price.
  • In the ransom note, The Dark Overlord claimed to have stolen series from other studios, too, by breaking into a single company.
Associated Press / Tech News Feed-Copy | April 29, 2017, 7:58 am Author Link (@twitter) / Source | April 29, 2017, 12:08 pm

Despite Setbacks And Job Cuts, Google Is Promising A Big Update In Its Race Against Amazon’s Delivery Drones (GOOG, GOOGL)

  • Project Wing droneGoogleProject Wing, the delivery drone initiative under development at Google-parent Alphabet, felt another jolt of turbulence this week as more members of the team were officially cut loose.
  • But even as sources inside the high-profile group report ongoing challenges, the drone unit is preparing an important update to demonstrate progress that's expected in a matter of weeks.
  • Business Insider has heard from multiple people that a group of employees left the team this week.
  • Our sources are calling the latest job reductions at Wing a layoff, however an X spokesperson explains that these cuts are not new but rather the final part of the reorganization that began in January, shortly after the departure of the unit's leader Dave Vos in the fall.
  • Employees were informed back then that their jobs were going away and they had until mid-April to land another one elsewhere including within Google.
Julie Bort / Tech News Feed-Copy | April 29, 2017, 7:27 am Author Link (@twitter) / Source | April 29, 2017, 12:00 pm