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By Dustin Volz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic Senator Mark Warner on Monday asked the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to investigate whether Yahoo and its senior executives fulfilled obligations to inform investors and the public about a hacking attack affecting 500 million user accounts. "Disclosure is the foundation of federal securities laws, and public companies are required to disclose material events that shareholders should know about," Warner said in a letter to SEC Chairwoman Mary Jo White. Yahoo has faced pointed questions about exactly when it knew about the cyber attack announced last week that exposed the email credentials of half a billion accounts, a critical issue for the company as it seeks to prevent the breach from affecting a pending takeover of its core business by Verizon Inc .

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Want to see what level 1 autonomy looks like? TechRepublic's Hope Reese drove the Fusion Energi with adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go to test out the technology.

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Consumer technology is big business, so there's money to be made forecasting and estimating Apple's sales. But in an interview, the CEO of one of Apple's biggest manufacturing partners has defended the iPhone 7, and predicted it will be a sales hit. Pegatron chairperson Tung Tzu-hsien spoke to  Nikkei Asian Review   about the launch of the iPhone 7, saying he remains "cautiously optimistic" while declining to discuss actual numbers. DON'T MISS: iPhone 7 review Tung's cautious optimism flies in the face of most other analysts, who are predicting lower sales for this year than for the iPhone 6s. Most of that is down to a perceived lack of innovation -- Apple kept the same chassis design and screen for the iPhone 7, so consumers can't be bothered to upgrade. Or at least, that's how one line of thinking goes. "Consumers do not care about what analysts say about the lack of innovative features," Tung said. That's anecdotally backed up by the fact that iPhones are sold out all over the globe, reviews have mostly been positive, and networks have seen record sales figures. But outside of the US, most numbers paint a different picture. Apple's stock fell by over 1 percent on Friday, when German market research firm GfK predicted a 25% drop in iPhone 7 sales outside the U.S. Tung also did not thing the Samsung Note 7 explodepocalypse would help iPhone sales figures. "The Note series only takes up a small portion of Samsung's total shipments. Our U.S. client's new handsets are competing against Samsung's S7 series rather than the Note 7," Tung told  Nikkei.  With Apple refusing to release sales figures this year, we will probably have to wait until the next set of financial earnings to know how well the iPhone sold. In the US, it seems like business as usual. But Apple is much more than just a seller of iPhones to well-heeled high schoolers, and the global picture may turn out to be less rosy.

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"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2" joins the quartet of "Lethal Weapon" movies and "Secretary" in October.

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Samer AldhaherWouldn’t it be nice to not need batteries to power our gadgets? Like if our drones could fly without us needing to plug them into the wall for some juice? One researcher at the Imperial College London is working on that goal. Dr. Samer Aldhaher designed a battery-less drone that can hover through wireless power. It can only float five inches above its power base, but still, no battery.Aldaher wrote a paper about how he got this drone in the air. The tl;dr version is that it took a lot of custom hardware, and I’m guessing you can’t recreate it at home. ...

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Scientists from IBM and Bay Area universities will use IBM Watson at the new Center for Cellular Construction to study how cells can be engineered to treat cancer and monitor environmental pollution.

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Apple quiere que HealthKit se convierta en esa herramienta de análisis médico que doctores y pacientes han estado esperando por mucho tiempo, dice Bloomberg.

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By Marilyn Haigh BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Europe's bid to champion the "sharing economy" is being undermined in the short-term rental sector by capitals imposing petty rules such as dictating the number of coat hangers home-owners must provide, a complaint filed to the European Commission says. In its complaint, the European Holiday Homeowners Association singled out Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels and Paris as having local regulations that restricted the activities of online platforms such as Airbnb and TripAdvisor and violated the EU's e-commerce directive. The Commission set out guidelines in June aimed at creating a true single market for a rapidly growing sector of the economy, which includes platforms from ride-hailing app Uber [UBER.UL] to accommodation service Airbnb.

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Last year, Podo Labs released the first iteration of the Podo — a Bluetooth-controlled, stick-on camera — on Kickstarter, and now the company is back with a new, upgraded version. The second-generation Podo camera looks a lot like the first, but adds a few new features. The new Podo offers a 5-megapixel camera, with pixels that are twice as large as the original Podo, as well as a new wide-angle lens.

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The automaker will use Microsoft's Azure platform to add connectivity as the industry gets closer to self-driving cars being the norm.

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Google is reportedly working on a new Pixel laptop that will run on the long-gestating new operating system that merges Android and Chrome OS. According to Android Police and 9to5Google, the device is known internally by the codename "Bison" or Pixel 3, and will run on what's currently being called "Andromeda" when it sees release in Q3 2017. In addition, 9to5Google also reports that Huawei is working on a new Nexus tablet that will also run the new OS. The notebook will be 10mm thick, have 12.3-inch displays, and will convert into a tablet mode with stylus support.

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Google has already started teasing its October 4th event where Pixel smartphones are meant to show up. But that’s not everything Google is announcing in early October. The most important thing the company might unveil is the Andromeda operating system, a merger between Android and Chrome OS. Andromeda isn’t a commercial name , but rather an internal codename for the initiative, which will represent a major shift in Android strategy. Google will be able to take the best from both worlds and release other types of Android devices, including better laptops and tablets. The first laptop running Andromeda will come out next summer, per one report. DON’T MISS: iPhone 7 review According to Android Police , the Pixel 3 laptop is set to arrive at some point in the third quarter of 2017. The project is known internally as Bison, and the laptop should be the first new device to showcase Google’s Android / Chrome OS hybrid. “Bison, then, would be the culmination of years of work by Google's Pixel team and Google's Android and Chrome OS teams,” Android Police writes. The device would not be marketed as a Chromebook, and the project isn’t part of Google’s current effort to put Android apps on Chrome OS devices. In Andromeda, Google wants to merge Chrome features into Android, which means Bison, or the Pixel 3, will be an Android device rather than a Chrome OS one. The current list of specs for the Bison includes a 12.3-inch display with touch support, Intel m3 or i5 Core processor, 32GB to 128GB of storage, 8GB to 16GB of RAM, fingerprint scanner, USB-C connectivity, 3.5mm headphone jack, stylus support, stereo speakers. quad microphones, backlit keyboard, glass trackpad with haptic and force detection and 10 hours of battery life. The device would also measure just 10mm in thickness, which would make it thinner than the 12-inch MacBook. Best of all, the Bison would sell for just $799, according to the information available to Android Police at this time. Obviously, things may change in the following year, and Google could even cancel the product. But this MacBook contender already sounds amazing on paper.

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Social Cues: Even National Pancake Day couldn't top Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton's faceoff on social media.

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An Excel spreadsheet structure might look good--but if it's full of holes, you may want to consider restructuring it.

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Google is one of the first companies to start testing autonomous vehicles technology. Unlike Tesla, which does it with the help of commercial vehicles, Google’s self-driving car fleet isn’t available to regular customers. But the cars do roam public roads, and they are involved in accidents from time to time. The worst such event happened a few days ago, and humans are apparently responsible for it. DON’T MISS: iPhone 7 review These aren’t the Google engineers manning the self-driving Lexus that sustained significant damage in a collision with a van - see the image above, with the van being towed away in the background. It’s the guys in the other car that are apparently to blame. Google doesn't always release timely explanations of the accidents involving its car, but the company was quick to issue a statement right after the crash. “A Google vehicle was traveling northbound on Phyllis Ave. in Mountain View when a car heading westbound on El Camino Real ran a red light and collided with the right side of our vehicle,” Google said in a statement, according to 9to5Google . “Our light was green for at least six seconds before our car entered the intersection. Thousands of crashes happen everyday on US roads, and red-light running is the leading cause of urban crashes in the U.S. Human error plays a role in 94% of these crashes, which is why we’re developing fully self-driving technology to make our roads safer.” The story appears to be corroborated by a witness. “I only saw the tail-end of the crash, and the dazed Google employees sitting around afterwards waiting for their tow-truck. I had to be on my way,” a witness told the site. The witness also mentioned that, based on their perspective, the self-driving car was not at fault. “From what I could see, it was the van’s fault entirely,” they said.

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As we approach the one year anniversary of America’s switch from magstripe credit card readers over to EMV chip cards, the track record for them is not good. In fact, as I complained back in July, the entire technology stack is bad, slow, user hostile, and annoying.

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8bitdo — the company behind some of the best classic-style Bluetooth controllers around — is making something special to celebrate Apple’s 40th anniversary. Called the AP40, it’s a wireless controller that’s functionally similar to a SNES gamepad, but is designed to look like the classic rainbow Apple logo.

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Earlier this month, the United States ratified the Paris climate accord. The Paris climate deal was reached at the end of last year, when nearly 200 nations agreed to cut fossil fuel emissions in an effort to combat climate change.

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Even though the number may seem small, it wouldn't be that insignificant if it's in your car.

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Apple wants HealthKit to become the central medical analysis tool that doctors and patients have been waiting for, according to Bloomberg.

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Your Legos can now take to the skies. A company called Flybrix is now selling two kits that will turn your Legos into a drone. You can build the drone either with the included Lego bricks, or you can use your own.

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Google started teasing its October 4th mobile event a few days ago, and if you’re familiar with recent rumors you probably know two things about it: the Nexus phone is dying, and the Pixel phone will replace it. Google will have other hardware on display during the event, but the company is also expected to unveil a massive milestone for Android. Andromeda, as a new operating system is internally called, might be the most important thing coming out of Google’s October 4th event. DON’T MISS: iPhone 7 review “We announced the 1st version of Android 8 years ago today. I have a feeling 8 years from now we'll be talking about Oct 4, 2016,” Google’s Hiroshi Lockheimer said cryptically on Twitter during the weekend. That’s the kind of message the often-accurate Android Police can interpret differently than most of us. The Android site has been sitting on information that something big is coming at Google’s event on October 4th. The announcement is greater than Pixel phones and bigger than Chromecast Ultra, Google Home, and Google WiFi, the site says. It’s probably Andromeda, Android Police thinks, the Android version that incorporates Chrome OS. Google has been rumored to merge the two platforms for a while now, and it may all happen next year. An Android operating system that has Chrome OS abilities would put Google in a position where it could propose buyers decent PC computing alternatives to Mac and Windows. Not to mention that Andromeda might be compatible with all Pixel-branded gadgets. https://twitter.com/lockheimer/status/779757830203068416 Lockheimer’s tweet is certainly interesting even if Android Police ’s explanation isn’t true. If Google is going to tease anything Android-related on October 4th, it’s definitely something that will affect the entire future of Android. Color us intrigued, Google!

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Because you, my dear reader, will shortly click play on the video, above, and listen to "Pen-Pineapple Apple-Pen" (or "PPAP"). Because "PPAP" will be inescapable. If you don’t hear it here, you will hear it somewhere else: on auto-playing Facebook videos, on a Vine embedded on Twitter, on the rowdy morning show that you don’t really like but play on the way to work, or on the episode of This American Life or Reply All or CBS Sunday Morning that explains how "PPAP" became SOTY (song of the year, obviously).

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