Mark Gurman and Debby Wu, writing for Bloomberg:
Apple Inc. will release a new low-cost laptop and a
professional-focused upgrade to the Mac mini desktop later this
year, ending a drought of Mac computers that has limited sales of
the company’s longest-running line of devices, according to people
familiar with the plans.
The new laptop will look similar to the current MacBook Air, but
will include thinner bezels around the screen. The display, which
will remain about 13-inches, will be a higher-resolution “Retina”
version that Apple uses on other products, the people said.
I don’t understand this. How can it look similar to the current MacBook Air if the display “will remain about 13 inches” and the bezels are smaller? If the bezels are smaller and the display is “about 13 inches” then the machine will be significantly smaller. If the machine is about the same size and the bezels Continue reading "Gurman: ‘Apple Is Planning a New Low-Cost MacBook, Pro-Focused Mac Mini’"
Beverage and snack giant PepsiCo announced plans Monday to acquire
at-home carbonated drink maker SodaStream for $3.2 billion.
Purchase, New York-based PepsiCo agreed to pay $144 per share in
cash for SodaStream’s outstanding stock, a 32 percent premium to
its 30-day volume weighted average price.
I really hope Pepsi doesn’t screw SodaStream up.
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One last piece in today’s Dragonfly trifecta, this one from Carolin O’Donovan for BuzzFeed:
Google employees are demanding greater transparency from their
employer and confronting management with their ethical concerns
about a project named Dragonfly, a controversial censored search
app for the Chinese market.
Employees are circulating a list of demands for the company in a
letter obtained by BuzzFeed News (posted in full, below), calling
for an ethics review structure with rank-and-file employee
representatives, the appointment of ombudspeople, and an ethical
assessment of Google projects including Dragonfly and Maven,
Google’s contract with the Pentagon to build AI-assisted drone
“Many of us believe that Dragonfly poses a threat to freedom of
expression and political dissent globally, and violates our AI
principles,” two employees wrote in an email distributing the
I do see their point: Google’s current stance on China does give the company a certain moral high Continue reading "Google Employees Are Organizing to Protest ‘Dragonfly’"
Ryan Gallagher, writing this week:
Google co-founder Sergey Brin is the owner of what is reportedly
one of the world’s fastest motor yachts. The luxurious 240-foot
boat (pictured below) is worth $80 million and has nine cabins
and space for 18 guests and 16 crew. It has an open-air cinema, a
bar, and a jacuzzi on the sundeck, which can be converted into a
But that is all less interesting to me than the boat’s name:
Dragonfly. As I reported for The Intercept earlier this
month, Google has since spring 2017 been working on a secretive
project to launch a censored search engine in China. And the
internal code-name for the China project is… Dragonfly.
I’ll explain why this small detail is very curious.
Back in 2006, Google launched a censored search engine in China.
But four years later, in March 2010, it pulled the service out of
Continue reading "‘Dragonfly’"
Ryan Gallagher, reporting earlier this month for The Intercept:
Documents seen by The Intercept, marked “Google confidential,” say
that Google’s Chinese search app will automatically identify and
filter websites blocked by the Great Firewall. When a person
carries out a search, banned websites will be removed from the
first page of results, and a disclaimer will be displayed stating
that “some results may have been removed due to statutory
requirements.” Examples cited in the documents of websites that
will be subject to the censorship include those of British news
broadcaster BBC and the online encyclopedia Wikipedia.
The search app will also “blacklist sensitive queries” so that “no
results will be shown” at all when people enter certain words or
phrases, the documents state. The censorship will apply across the
platform: Google’s image search, automatic spell check and
suggested search features will incorporate the blacklists, meaning
that they will not Continue reading "Google Plans to Launch Censored Search Engine in China"