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Vivendi already had access to a business plan for Mediaset's pay-TV unit before agreeing to buy it, the Italian broadcaster said on Friday as the two companies kept trading punches over a u-turn by the French media firm on the deal. Mediaset accused Vivendi of releasing market-sensitive data after the French group issued a statement saying a business plan for the division called Premium was based on "unrealistic assumptions". "Vivendi will have to face civil and criminal action also over the damages (caused)," Mediaset said in a statement.

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The U.S. Federal Trade Commission said on Friday it had overruled an administrative judge's dismissal of the commission's data security case against cancer testing company LabMD. In a statement, the FTC said its unanimous opinion, written by Chairwoman Edith Ramirez, concluded that the administrative judge had applied the wrong legal standard for unfairness. "LabMD’s security practices were unreasonable, lacking even basic precautions to protect the sensitive consumer information maintained on its computer system," Ramirez said.

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The future is here it's just distributed unevenly - Silicon Valley view of tech adoptionThe threat is here it's just distributed unevenly - A2/AD and the aircraft carrierThis is the second of a two-part post following my stay on the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson. Part 1 talked about what I saw and learned - the layout of a carrier, how the...

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The past few episodes of Vergecast have been lengthy, and this week is no exception. But we have an excuse! It's earnings week and there are a lot of thoughts. Nilay, Dieter, Paul, and Lauren bring the news right to your ears.

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(Reuters) - Shares of Talend SA, whose software helps businesses crunch large amounts of data, jumped 54 percent in their U.S. debut, valuing the company at $773.7 million. Talend is backed by venture capital firm Balderton Capital and Sumeru Equity Partners Inc, the former middle-market investing arm of private equity firm Silver Lake Partners LP. Talend's listing is one of the first venture-capital backed U.S. IPOs in nearly six months.

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Library of Congress Have you noticed how almost every form of public communication nowadays is aimed directly at you? The second person has always been the primary addressee of advertising and political rhetoric, but it’s striking how prevalent it has become in our new age of constant connectedness. You can’t go two sentences online, it seems, without hearing about yourself.Whenever someone wants to deliver an emotive message or prompt to action, "you" is the easy and reliable shortcut. ...

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LG is looking to make a major investment in flexible screens, with plans to spend around $1.7 billion on producing flexible OLED smartphone screens, according to The Verge. Flexible screens have already been used in phones such as the curved Galaxy S7 Edge and could become a leading smartphone feature in the coming years. Production of the new screens will take place at the OLED display factory that LG announced it would build last November.

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Apple fans celebrated in droves earlier this week as a new iOS jailbreak was finally released for the most recent versions of Apple's mobile platform, including the brand new iOS 9.3.3. It's not a perfect solution and it isn't a true untethered jailbreak, but it works very well and it's very easy to apply. In fact, as we explained in a recent post, you don't even have to connect your iPhone or iPad to a computer to jailbreak iOS 9.3.3 and other recent versions. Instead, you can do the whole thing on your device quickly and easily using a special web-based tool accessible in mobile Safari. Jailbreaking is easy indeed, but is it worthwhile? Wait, don't answer that question just yet. Check out the 25 hot iOS tweaks covered below first, and then decide. MUST SEE:  As an iPhone user, I couldn’t be more jealous of Google’s newest Android feature Why bother jailbreaking these days? iOS has gained so much new functionality over the years. And with iOS 10 on the horizon, iPhone and iPad users are about to get even more hot new features. Of course, Apple still limits much of what third-party app developers can do with their software, so jailbreaking is the only way to gain features that would be otherwise blocked from iOS devices. What kind of features do you stand to gain by jailbreaking? Check out the video below, which was created by YouTuber iCrackUriDevice and runs through 25 of the best jailbreak tweaks out there. Here are all of the hot tweaks listed in the video along with the time at which each one is covered: 2:05 - 1. Initialized 2:25 - 2. NoSlowAnimations 2:47 - 3. Cylinder 3:06 - 4. Breadcumb10 3:46 - 5. DeleteForever 4:16 - 6. NoAppStoreRedirect 4:38 - 7. GrabberTime 5:09 - 8. 20 Second Lockscreen 5:22 - 9. DoubleCut 6:19 - 10. PowerDown 7:05 - 11. AutoPause 7:32 - 12. LockGlyph 7:52 - 13. UntetheredHeySiri 8:12 - 14. PM, really? 8:51 - 15. TapTapFlip 8:59 - 16. iCleaner 10:07 - 17. Zeppelin 11:03 - 18. Alkaline 11:36 - 19. BatteryLife 12:17 - 20. NoMotion 12:57 - 21. NoLiveClock 13:34 - 22. iFile 14:14 - 23. VirtualHome 8 n 9 14:54 - 24. Anchor 15:41 - 25. MultiIconMover+ Remember, things can go wrong when you jailbreak and you might also void your device's warranty. But if you're comfortable with those risks, the payoff is pretty sweet, as you can see.

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When historians look back decades from now, they may wonder what killed virtual reality in the ‘10s. The technology was finally cheap and sophisticated. Billions of dollars were poured into funding hardware and software. Even skeptics were slowly being won over. But then they will find this Reddit thread, and it will all make sense.The answer is spiders.If you’re arachnophobic, you may want to close this tab.Seriously, just do itEarly this morning, Reddit user Jhzanto went to r/Vive for some much-needed advice. "I had the headset on and I see a blob move in front of the right eye," they wrote. ...

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NEW YORK (AP) — Cable and telecom industry groups want a federal appeals court to reconsider its ruling on net neutrality.

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Sydney and Toronto also listed as key destinations, survey says. Teaching is top occupation for Americans working overseas.

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Google parent Alphabet Inc and e-commerce giant Amazon.com Inc capped a blockbuster June quarter for the five biggest U.S. tech companies as their dominance in key markets helped them defy the "law of large numbers". Apple Inc, Microsoft Corp and Facebook Inc, as well as Alphabet and Amazon, all blew past Wall Street expectations for both profit and revenue.

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By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Several wireless, cable and broadband trade associations on Friday urged the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to reverse a ruling upholding the Obama administration's landmark rules barring internet service providers from obstructing or slowing consumer access to web content. A three-judge panel in June, in a 2-1 decision, backed the Federal Communications Commission's so-called net neutrality rules put in place last year to make internet service providers treat all internet traffic equally. The cable groups said the court should correct "serious errors" in an FCC decision "that radically reshapes federal law governing a massive sector of the economy, which flourished due to hundreds of billions of dollars of investment made in reliance on the policy the order throws overboard." The FCC rules prohibited broadband providers from giving or selling access to speedy internet - essentially a "fast lane" on the web's information superhighway - to certain internet services over others.

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VW upended Toyota's reign as king of sales with strong showings from Audi, Porsche and Skoda.

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Sometimes you have to carry your 3D printer across town. For $69, the company will sell you specially designed straps to facilitate the transport of your Ultimaker 2 printer. It takes the printer’s regular packaging and turns it into a backpack.

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Although it hasn't quite taken off like many pundits and enthusiasts expected it too, there's no question that the era of virtual reality has begun. Both the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive have made their way to thousands of homes around the world, and Sony's PlayStation VR is just a few months away. VR has definitely arrived, but that doesn't mean that everyone is ready for it. DON'T MISS:  This might be the most ambitious Pokemon Go hack to date It has been nearly two years since we shared the video of elderly people playing with an Oculus Rift for the very first time . It was an incredible, hysterical sight, but two years later, are they better prepared for the HTC Vive? Let's find out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFsMYRsWglA If you guessed "no, they're not prepared, and this is going to terrify them," — ding ding ding! — you were right! If you haven't personally donned an HTC Vive, you should know that it's arguably the most immersive of all the current headsets on the market, thanks to room-scale VR. You walk around in the virtual worlds that the developers have created, and before long, you start to forget that you're not walking around in the real world. It's a bizarre phenomenon, but one that I experienced myself when I reviewed the Vive . If you want to jump head-first into virtual reality and be just as scared as the people in this video, you can order an HTC Vive today for $799.99 .

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(Reuters) - Interactive Intelligence Group Inc, a U.S. provider of software and services for call centers operators, is exploring strategic alternatives, including a potential sale, according to people familiar with the matter. Interactive Intelligence is working with boutique investment bank Union Square Advisors LLC on a sale process that has attracted other telecommunications software companies, as well as private equity firms, the people said this week. Union Square Advisors and Interactive Intelligence did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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The popularity of Pokemon Go has already beckoned new ventures, like the PokeFit app for Android, reports Tech Crunch.

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The availability of movies and TV shows on streaming services is a veritable merry-go-round these days, with so many titles coming and going that it’s hard to keep things straight. So this month, I’m going to take more of a simplified approach.

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Drinking on the job is usually frowned upon, but one distinguished museum is making suds an essential part of a new position.

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