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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. International Trade Commission said on Wednesday it had launched on investigation into whether Fujifilm Holdings Corp was violating patents which Sony Corp holds for certain magnetic tape cartridges. The ITC said the products at issue in its probe were so-called Linear Tape-Open, or LTO, magnetic tape products and tape cartridge components comprising such products. (Reporting by Timothy Ahmann, editing by G Crosse)

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. International Trade Commission began a patent infringement probe on Wednesday after ZiiLabs Inc charged that several firms were importing products to the United States in violation of its patents on graphics processors and DDR memory controllers. The ITC said the products at issue included smartphones, laptops, televisions, Bluray players and gaming systems. It identified 17 firms whose products it wanted to examine, including Advanced Micro Devices Inc, Lenovo Group Ltd, LG Electronics Inc, MediaTek Inc, Motorola Mobility, Qualcomm Inc and Sony Corp. ...

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The Labor Department is suing Oracle, claiming that the technology giant pays white male workers more than their non-white and female counterparts with the same job titles. The lawsuit also says that the ...

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On February 12th at 11 PM, Last Week Tonight will return for its fourth season. John Oliver left 2016 on an odd note , just days after Donald Trump had been elected president. Many of his viewers were still flailing about, trying to figure out where it had all gone so terribly wrong, so as a sort of reprieve, HBO elected to upload the entire episode on to YouTube, so anyone could watch for free. Now, as President-elect Donald Trump gears up for Inauguration Day, Oliver is prepping for a new season of his late night talk show by coming to terms with the fact that he has what might be the least important show on HBO's Sunday night slate, behind Game of Thrones , Silicon Valley and, soon, Curb Your Enthusiasm . Watch the self-deprecating promo for Last Week Tonight's fourth season below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekoETowzmAo While Oliver might be selling himself a bit short here (as he has every year since his show was picked up by the network), it's hard to deny that HBO viewers are desperate for more Game of Thrones . And while Oliver's hiatus was substantial for a talk show, it doesn't compare to the five-year wait that audiences have endured for a ninth season of Larry David's Curb Your Enthusiasm . The thing is, HBO has yet to announce release dates for new season of  Game of Thrones ,  Curb Your Enthusiasm  or Silicon Valley , which means (for the moment at least) Last Week Tonight has no competition. Congratulations, Oliver. You host the most anticipated HBO show (with a release date).

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“Chelsea Manning has served a tough prison sentence,” the president told reporters. President Obama’s order did not pardon Manning or vacate her conviction, but it did reduce her sentence to just over seven years, the vast majority of which has already been served. Manning is scheduled to be released in five months, on May 17th.

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Leica has officially announced the M10, the first fully new M series rangefinder camera to be released in four years. At the same time, the M10 features an all-new image sensor, processor, and wireless connectivity, bringing it to parity in terms of image quality and modern features with Leica’s other cameras.

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Harry Campbell, a former Uber driver who runs The Rideshare Guy blog and podcast, recently surveyed over a thousand gig economy drivers and thinks he has the answer. An astounding 75.8 percent of Lyft drivers agreed with the statement that they were satisfied with their experience driving for Lyft, while only 49.4 percent of Uber drivers could say the same. This may be because Lyft drivers earn about $1.82 more per hour, which can be explained by Lyft’s higher base rates and payouts for drivers across the board, as well as the allowance for in-app tipping.

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The iPhone 8 and Galaxy S8 will be two of the most exciting phones of the year. Even if not, they’re already the most talked-about devices, as rumors and leaks continue to pour in. These two smartphones will be more alike than any of their processors, but even so, if this report is accurate, the iPhone 8 will have the most exciting smartphone design of 2017, far superior to Samsung’s similar approach to the matter. Both the iPhone 8 and the Galaxy S8 are tipped to feature all-screen designs. What that means is both phones will have minimal bezels, and their displays will occupy most of the front side. Both Apple and Samsung are supposed to remove the physical home buttons to reduce the bottom bezels and move the fingerprint sensors under the screen. But Apple may take a more radical approach by placing all the other front-facing elements of a phone under the display. In a research note seen by Apple Insider , Cowen and Company’s analyst Timothy Arcuri said Apple will have three new iPhones in stores this year, including an exciting iPhone X — aka the iPhone 8 — and two iPhone 7 successors. According to Arcuri, the iPhone 8 will sport a 5.8-inch OLED display with wraparound screen design. The display will resemble the “fixed flex” screen seen in various Galaxy-branded smartphones from Samsung, including the Galaxy S7 and Note 7. The analyst said that Apple will also embed into the OLED display the earpiece and FaceTime camera. Apple already has a patent that describes such screen technology. Arcuri further noted that Apple may switch to Synaptic’s optical-based fingerprint sensor for the new Touch ID, saying it’s "currently the only workable solution" for detecting a fingerprint through a smartphone screen. Apple also has a patent for such technology. Furthermore, the analyst expects Apple to add facial and gesture recognition to the iPhone, powered by a laser sensor and an infrared sensor placed near the front-facing camera, and wireless charging, though details about these features were not mentioned. The analysts expect potential issues with the 5.8-inch OLED screen and the embedded screen fingerprint sensor because of part yields and low availability. Samsung, meanwhile, isn’t likely to build other front-facing smartphone components other than the fingerprint sensor into the display, considering what we’ve heard and seen so far. Unlike the iPhone, the Galaxy S isn’t a similarly closely guarded secret. Existing reports and renders did suggest that the fingerprint scanner is going to be found under the screen but said nothing similar about the speaker and camera. And the phone is a couple of months away from launch, which means it probably has a final design. No other smartphone maker so far managed to come up with a display solution that would make it possible to completely remove the top and bottom bezels without also removing the selfie camera and sensors.

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CBSThose looking forward to Star Trek Discovery’s promised streaming debut in May will have to wait even longer. According to the The Hollywood Reporter, the premiere has been pushed back right as production is due to start and CBS finishes casting and script rewrites."This is an ambitious project; we will be flexible on a launch date if it's best for the show,” a CBS rep said in a statement. “We've said from the beginning it's more important to do this right than to do it fast. ...

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The confirmation hearing for Representative Ryan Zinke (R-MT), President-elect Trump’s interior secretary nominee, quickly entered contentious territory yesterday. Zinke, a Republican congressman from Montana, was grilled by the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources about climate change, sexual assault in the National Parks Service, fossil fuel exploration on public land, and the sovereignty of tribal nations. Should he be confirmed, Zinke would helm the organization that manages 500 million acres of public land, 1.7 billion acres of ocean, and the land’s fossil fuel and mineral rights.

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Every once in a while, people find strange contraptions that can be used inside the iPhone’s messaging app to crash the recipient’s device. Some of them are serious bugs, while others will only freeze your iPhone for a few minutes. In either case, they’re seriously annoying. And guess what? There’s a new iPhone-crashing text message in town that people will keep sending to their iPhone-carrying buddies. However, it can all be easily fixed. First explained on YouTube channel EverythingApplePro and Preston159.com , the bug relies on sending a string of images and characters to a target: a white flag emoji, a zero, and the rainbow emoji. The issue affects any iOS device that's on iOS 10.x, but if you're still running earlier iOS versions, you're safe. However, the actual sending of the message isn’t completely hassle-free, as the same string can also freeze the sender’s phone. The trick involves either using the Notes app on iCloud.com or iCloud Drive to share the characters. Once the message hits the targeted iPhone, the device stops working for a few minutes regardless of whether the recipient reads it or not. You won’t be able to do anything once the freeze is in effect. The buttons won’t work, and you’ll have to wait for the phone to reboot by itself. “What you see in the text is the waving white flag emoji, a zero, and the rainbow emoji,” a technical explanation on vincedes3.com reads. “The rainbow flag emoji isn’t an emoji in itself, it’s made of three characters: waving white flag, a character called variation sector 16 (VS16 for short), and the rainbow. What VS16 does in this case essentially is tells the device to combine the two surrounding characters into one emoji, yielding the rainbow flag (this is similar to how skin tone modifiers work, but not exactly the same). “The text you’re copying is actually waving white flag, VS16, zero, rainbow emoji. What I’m assuming is happening is that the phone tries to combine the waving white flag and the zero into an emoji, but this obviously can’t be done. Usually, the phone wouldn’t try to do this, but it notices that the rainbow emoji is also there, and knows that it can combine the white flag and rainbow emoji, so it tries.” There’s one thing you need to do in case the Messages app keeps crashing. You’ll have to head to this link on the phone so that the Messages is restored. To prevent this from happening again until Apple fixes it, you can also consider blocking on the iPhone the persons who’re using it against you and maybe even reassess those friendships. Interestingly, the bug also affects Android handsets, but they’ll be slow down significantly rather than freezing completely — the video below explains it all. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0iPhSuiMpk

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If you believed everything you saw on the internet, you'd be a prime target for the latest panic spreading about the iPhone: that receiving a text with a simple string of emoji crashes the handset. This story, which originated in a YouTube video, is getting reported as fact on a number of major tech websites, and is a prime example of what you might call Fake News.

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During an Oculus intellectual property trial, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that his company would make a large investment in virtual reality technology to provide a better user experience.

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Endangered nonhuman primates include, clockwise from top center, the black and white snub-nosed monkey (photo: Paul Garber), the ring-tailed lemur (photo: Matthias Appel), the golden snub-nosed monkey (photo: Paul Garber), the mountain gorilla (photo: Ruggiero Richard) and the northern white-cheeked gibbon (photo: Fan Peng-Fei).

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In an interview with Axios , President-Elect Trump apparently said that Apple CEO Tim Cook is open to building the iPhone in the US. This would represent a major coup for Trump, whose big policy statements thus far have mostly been about keeping jobs in America. Specifically, Trump said that "Cook has his "eyes open to [US manufacturing]" and that Cook "really believe he loves this country and I think he'd like to do something major here." I'm sure that Tim Cook and Trump did have a conversation about making the iPhone in the US at some point, and I'm sure that Cook, terrified of a tweet about Apple's sad, low-energy foreign manufacturing, said some things. Without access to the transcripts, we'll never know exactly what was said. But in the interest of killing time until the iPhone 8 launch, we can at least dream about how that conversation went. Trump:  Hey Tim! So, I've been thinking. Cook:  Uh-oh. Trump:  The iPhone 7 was low energy. No headphone jack, same body style. Sad! Cook:  Well, uh, I wouldn't say that, we've had some great response from our customers-- Trump:  Anyway, I don't know a lot about iPhones. But I know some good people, some tremendous people, my own son, you know. Just 12 years old, what these kids know about technology is incredible. Just incredible. And you know what they say? They say the best technology is still made in the United States. Look at what happened to Samsung. Outsourced manufacturing, no quality control. They have great engineers, some of the best -- not as good as here, of course, but you've got to respect them -- but they were sunk by outsourcing. Same as the iPhone. Cook:  Well, now, look, it's more about the supply chain, and how we can get components built to schedule. We've centered our supply chain around China for years, and it's not that easy to just move a factory -- Trump : Look, we have some very talented people here. Think of the Manhattan Project. They didn't outsource any of that. Just assembled a crack team of engineers and -- boom -- next thing, we've won the war. Twitter, Facebook -- did you know I've got nearly a billion followers between all of that, and I don't even try! -- all built in the USA. Apple needs to build some factories in the USA, Tim, or you're going to be sorry. Very sorry. Cook:  Well, of course, if we could bring some of that cash back from overseas -- Trump :  Of course, of course, I've always said that we're going to do that on day one, high priority for me and my team. You don't need to be worried about that. Cook:  -- then we can talk about maybe reinvesting some of that in the US. We have very high interest in our US divisions, and of course, with all the new product categories we're working on, we will definitely have our eyes on US manufacturing. Not for the iPhone, but of course, when the right project comes along, we'll certainly have the US on our list of options. Trump :  Tremendous.  

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Google Chrome users could be lured into downloading malware disguised as a fix for corrupted fonts, according to a recent report. Malicious hackers are breaking into poorly-protected websites, according to research by the security firm Proofpoint, and inserting JavaScript that waits for Chrome browsers to be referred to the sites via search engines. At that point, a fake Chrome dialogue box pops up, informing users that they need to download a file that looks like a font installer package.

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Nearly 80 rights groups on Wednesday accused Facebook of "racially biased censorship" and failing to be more transparent about its removal policies and cooperation with law enforcement, adding to criticism the company has faced in recent months over its management of content on its network of 1.8 billion users. The sharp rebuke, sent in response to a December letter from Senior Vice President Joel Kaplan, reflected increasing impatience among advocacy groups that say Facebook has inadequately addressed their concerns despite repeated promises of action from senior executives.

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Apple is planning three new handsets for later this year, including one that could come with a big, wraparound screen, according to a new report. In a note to investors on Wednesday, Cowen and Company analyst Timothy Arcuri said that he spoke with supply chain sources who told him Apple is planning an iPhone 8 this year that will come with a "fixed flex" screen. This design would mark the iPhone's 10th anniversary.

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The laptop weighs 799 grams, which is 1.76 pounds. Lenovo had a 1.72 pound laptop back in 2015, the LaVie Z, but that laptop now starts at 1.87 pounds according to Lenovo's own website, and it's sold out. Fujitsu is light on details about the U937/P, other than the fact that it comes in black or red, is 15.5mm thick, and has a new Kaby Lake processor inside.

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Nobody comes to Nintendo hoping for the hottest gaming hardware specs, but it's still important to know exactly how little power Nintendo is actually bringing to this console generation. The company recently confirmed to IGN that its flagship Zelda game, Breath of the Wild (which was originally announced for the Wii U, a Xbox 360-ish console power-wise), will run at 900p and 30 fps on the Switch when hooked up to a TV. The Switch's built-in screen is 720p, but Nintendo has confirmed the console can support 1080p when docked.

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In 1993, video game developer Midway published the first edition of NBA Jam. The basketball arcade game was ported to home consoles, stretched across sequels and spinoffs, lost in pop culture obscurity, rebooted, and most recently ported onto smartphones, where it occasionally bubbles onto Top 100 sales charts. Which is to say, NBA Jam has surprisingly sturdy legs for a goofy sports game.

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Apple has just updated both its consumer-friendly and pro-level music editing software to include more advanced file-sharing capabilities between the two apps, as well as support for the touch-sensitive Touch Bar on new MacBook Pro laptops. It also now includes the Alchemy software synthesizer, which was previously in Logic Pro X, Apple’s pro music software. On the Logic front, Logic Pro X 10.3 has Touch Bar support, which is a very Apple-y way of saying that you can do stuff in the app via the new touch-sensitive strip on the keyboard of the 2016 MacBook Pro.

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If you're one of the many Windows users still hanging on to Windows 7 with a tight grasp, Microsoft wants you to know that it's not super happy about it. The company, which has already admitted that it used some shady tactics to get users to upgrade from 7, 8, and 8.1 to 10, is now trying a new approach by suggesting that continuing to use Windows 7 will inevitably lead to security issues for you as a user. In a new blog post by Microsoft Germany, the company warns users that keeping an iron grip on Windows 7 is a really bad idea. Windows boss Markus Nitschke suggests that the aging operating system "does not meet the requirements of modern technology, nor the high security requirements of IT departments," adding "With Windows 10, we offer our customers the highest level of security and functionality." The company also warns that because of the age of the operating system, security updates won't plug all the holes. "Windows 7 is based on long-outdated security architectures. Three years before the end of the support, corporate customers in particular should deal with the transition to a modern operating system in good time," the post reads. "Companies and users who [still use] Windows 7 with their sensitive data within three years are faced with enormous dangers." Windows 7 launched in 2009, and with the utter failure of Windows Vista still haunting Microsoft, the new operating system helped the company regain the good will of many longtime Windows fans. In a way, Vista is still an issue for Microsoft, as users who are now comfortable and happy with Windows 7 will be even more difficult to convince, having the memory of the XP-to-Vista debacle still relatively fresh in their memories. That being said, Windows 10 is largely considered to be a good upgrade for most users, save for the goofy smartphone-esque bloatware it brings with it, so if you're still a Windows 7 user, you'll probably be pretty comfortable with the upgrade once you dive in.

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Slack today is rolling out message threads inside its familiar chat window, allowing teams to have more focused conversations inside a new "flex pane" that appears next to the main chat. Threads are rolling out today across Slack's web, desktop, and mobile apps. The idea of message threading is not an original one — it is used by some of Slack’s rivals, such as Convo, and is a foundational principle of email, which Slack has noisily promised to kill.

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Two-factor authentication is a simple way to add an extra layer of security to your Google account. Here's how to get it set up.

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