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India Is Cracking Down on Ecommerce and Free Speech

Following China’s lead, India is restricting some sales by global ecommerce companies, and weakening protections around online free speech.
Source: Wired

Apple will finally tell us why it spent $1B on video (The 3:59, Ep. 521) – CNET

Plus Android app tracking and Google’s US expansion.
Source: CNET

How to use third-party speakers with Google Home Hub – CNET

The Google Home Hub’s built-in speakers aren’t that great. Adding an external speaker is a quick and easy solution.
Source: CNET

Opera web browser targets enhanced accessibility with major redesign

The browser wars are heating up. In the latest move for Opera, a new development release pushes it even closer to Chrome with a redesign and overall goal of redefining the modern web browser. 

The post Opera web browser targets enhanced accessibility with major redesign appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

The AI Text Generator That's Too Dangerous to Make Public

Researchers at OpenAI decided that a system that scores well at understanding language could too easily be manipulated for malicious intent.
Source: Wired

Think crypto’s dead? JPMorgan to offer first cryptocurrency backed by a U.S. bank

J.P. Morgan Chase is making history by rolling out a trial, over the next few months, of the first cryptocurrency, dubbed JPM Coin, which is backed by a large United States bank.

The post Think crypto’s dead? JPMorgan to offer first cryptocurrency backed by a U.S. bank appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

Take $250 off the HP Spectre x360 laptop with this Presidents’ Day sale

If you’re hoping for something more powerful that will last more than a few months, you’ll probably need to invest $1,000 or more. Unless, of course, you take advantage of the Presidents’ Sale on the HP Spectre x360 13t.

The post Take $250 off the HP Spectre x360 laptop with this Presidents’ Day sale appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

Ebay restructures regional leadership, confirms layoffs of 2-3% of global workforce

E-commerce marketplace eBay has been rethinking its operations in a bid to bring the company back to growth amid strong competition from the likes of Amazon and a plethora of other online marketplaces. Today came the latest chapter in that development. The company announced that it would be reorganizing its business units, and specifically consolidating its geographical regions into a single team, to be led by Jay Lee, as SVP and GM for markets. As part of that, TechCrunch understands that the company will be laying off between two and three percent of its global workforce.

According to eBay, the company currently employs 14,100 people, so that would work out to cuts of between 282 and 423 people. (At least one source on Twitter seems to have a more specific number.)

The company said all geographic regions will be reporting to Lee. These include Americas, APAC, UK, Central and Southern Europe, and well as Cross-Border Trade. Also as part of the restructure, Scott Cutler, who had been SVP of the Americas for the company and before that the president of StubHub, will be leaving the company. Lee will oversee that role as well in the interim until a new head of the Americas is appointed.

The company has been under a lot of heat from activist investors such as Elliott and Starboard, who believe the company needs to be shaken up and reorganised to return to growth. (Indeed, in its last quarterly earnings, the company performed well in terms of analysts’ expectations for revenue and earnings per share, but it only saw gross merchandise value go up by one percent, pointing to very sluggish growth.) Earlier this year, Elliott published an open letter calling for eBay to overhaul its main Marketplace, refresh management and rethink its other businesses like StubHub and classifieds.

Ebay, naturally, would say that it’s not responding directly to those activist investors by making this change — even if it happens to be one of the moves that was requested. Instead, in a statement announcing the management shifts (but not the layoffs… we confirmed those ourselves), it highlights that this will give it “strategic alignment of global priorities (buyer growth, conversion, payments, advertising) across the company’s largest markets; faster decision making and execution; streamlined resource allocation with a greater impact on global priorities; and improved and simplified collaboration with the Core Product and Technology (CPT) organization, led by CTO Steve Fisher.”

Lee is a longtime veteran of the company, having been with eBay since 2002 leading APAC, and then EMEA. There will always be a debate in business about whether veterans, who “knew the company when it was in better shape”, are the best to restructure it, or if fresh talent and a fresh pair of eyes are what is best. (There have been examples in favor of both.) eBay may not be what it once was, but there is still a huge and profitable business there, and given that e-commerce is only going one way — up — that means the opportunity for eBay to come back is still there.

We’ll update this post as we learn more.


Source: TechCrunch

Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless Review: Are They for You?

Sennheiser’s high-end earbuds are completely wirefree, but they aren’t completely hassle-free.
Source: Wired

AWS announces new bare metal instances for companies who want more cloud control

When you think about Infrastructure as a Service, you typically pay for a virtual machine that resides in a multi-tenant environment. That means, it’s using a set of shared resources. For many companies that approach is fine, but when a customer wants more control, they may prefer a single tenant system where they control the entire set of hardware resources. This approach is also known as “bare metal” in the industry, and today AWS announced five new bare metal instances.

You end up paying more for this kind of service because you are getting more control over the processor, storage and other resources on your own dedicated underlying server. This is part of the range of products that all cloud vendors offer. You can have a vanilla virtual machine, with very little control over the hardware, or you can go with bare metal and get much finer grain control over the underlying hardware, something that companies require if they are going to move certain workloads to the cloud.

As AWS describes it in the blog post announcing these new instances, these are for highly specific use cases. “Bare metal instances allow EC2 customers to run applications that benefit from deep performance analysis tools, specialized workloads that require direct access to bare metal infrastructure, legacy workloads not supported in virtual environments, and licensing-restricted Tier 1 business critical applications,” the company explained.

The five new products, called m5.metal, m5d.metal, r5.metal, r5d.metal, and z1d.metal (catchy names there, Amazon) offer a variety of resources:

Chart courtesy of Amazon

These new offerings are available starting today as on-demand, reserved or spot instances, depending on your requirements.


Source: TechCrunch

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