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Airbnb purges thousands of San Francisco listings overnight – CNET

Airbnb deactivated thousands of San Francisco hosts to be in accordance with new legislation. Screenshot by Dara Kerr/CNET If you were hoping to rent out a room on Airbnb in San Francisco, the pickings just got a lot slimmer. New legislation went into effect on Wednesday requiring all Airbnb hosts to register with the city. As a consequence, more than half of Airbnb’s listings in the city disappeared practically overnight. In August, Airbnb listed about 8,900 short-term rentals in San Francisco and on Wednesday that number dropped to a little over…

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This Samsung patent could solve the iPhone X’s notch problem – CNET

The iPhone X‘s now-infamous notch stirred up plenty of controversy for cutting into the screen space. But Apple’s notch just reflects a larger issue with newer phones: as screens begin to cover the entire face, what do we do with hardware such as home buttons and cameras? A Samsung patent application (first spotted by Dutch site LetsGoDigital) filed with the World Intellectual Property Organization seems to have an answer: put holes in the screen for hardware to poke through. In theory, this would allow for Samsung to completely get rid of the phone bezels…

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Here’s what the final 20 cities offered Amazon for HQ2 – CNET

Amazon’s headquarters are in Seattle. It’s searching for a place to put a second headquarters.  Ben Fox Rubin/CNET Amazon has whittled down 238 applicants to 20 finalists across North America for its second headquarters. During the bidding process, which began in early September last year, cities across the continent made a mad dash to entice Amazon to come to town, some with bizarre acts of grandeur. Tucson, Arizona, sent a giant cactus to Amazon, while the mayor of Kansas City, Missouri, said he bought 1,000 items on Amazon.com and left…

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Here’s why your next wireless speaker will listen to your every word – CNET

Smart speakers are here to stay Sarah Tew/CNET There will come a day, and probably pretty soon, where pretty much every standalone speaker will have a voice-operated assistant inside of it. In the same way way that most TVs today have integrated “smarts” in the form of streaming apps for video, “smart speakers” will simply be the default, offering streaming audio apps and music at your voice’s beck and call. At CES 2018 there were a raft of new models were announced with either Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa or a…

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Twitter DOWN – Micro blogging site not working for THOUSANDS of users

UPDATE ONE: The issues affecting Twitter tonight appear to have been resolved. This evening Down Detector registered a peak of over 6,000 users reporting issues with Twitter. However, that figure has just fallen to a few dozen now. Once services were back up and running as per usual, Twitter users took to the social networking site to tweet about the outage. One user tweeted: “Twitter went down for about 20 minutes and I couldn’t even complain about it on Twitter.” While another wrote: “TWITTER DOWN, GUYS. TWITTER DOWN. SOMEONE HELP. TWITTER,…

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Uber’s former CEO said to cash in at $1.4B in Softbank deal – CNET

Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is cashing in. James Martin/CNET The world looks like it’s about to get a new billionaire: former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick. Uber has confirmed that it closed its deal with a consortium led by Japanese internet giant SoftBank Group on Thursday selling a 20 percent stake in its shares. Once the deal is officially done, Kalanick reportedly will walk away with $1.4 billion, according to CNBC. The agreement comes at a time when Uber is working to clean up after a year of scandals, which…

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2018 Hyundai Kona achieves competitive 30 mpg combined – Roadshow

Before cars hit dealerships, the EPA determines its fuel economy and posts the results on its website. With the 2018 Hyundai Kona arriving soon, its fuel economy numbers are now published, and they’re pretty alright. The 2018 Hyundai Kona has four different EPA ratings, depending on which trim and drivetrain are selected. Its front-wheel-drive variants receive the highest fuel economy ratings, at 27-28 mpg in the city, 32-33 mpg on the highway and 30 mpg combined. Adding all-wheel drive reduces all three figures anywhere from 1 to 3 mpg. The…

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Layoffs strike as Firefox’s Mozilla reworks Asian operations – CNET

Mozilla’s headquarters in Mountain View, California. Stephen Shankland/CNET Mozilla, the nonprofit behind the Firefox web browser, has cut dozens of staff in its Taiwan office as it shifts its priorities in Asia. Formerly, the Taiwan office supported Mozilla’s broader, global open-source software efforts. Now, it’s making changes so it can “better meet the unique needs of consumers in emerging markets across Asia,” Mozilla said in a statement. Mozilla declined to comment on layoffs, but people familiar with its operations said the cut was deep, affecting dozens of people. In its…

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Facebook Messenger not letting you type? Here’s how to fix it

Users of the popular Facebook Messenger app are facing frustration today with an issue that appears to stop they replying to messages or starting new conversations. The problem, which is affecting iOS users, appears to stem from the auto-correction feature on the keyboard. Users are complaining that, when they try and type, it’s only possible to add a few words before the app freezes. Messenger fans have taken to Twitter in hope of finding a fix with one user saying: “Every time my iOS phone (iPhone 6) autocorrects in Messenger…

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Amazon HQ2 list is officially down to these 20 cities – CNET

Amazon Amazon is one step closer to planting a flag for its second headquarters. The world’s largest online retailer announced the final 20 selections Thursday for its HQ2. The list was whittled down from the submitted proposals from 238 communities in the US, Canada and Mexico.  Atlanta  Austin, Texas  Boston Chicago Columbus, Ohio Dallas Denver Indianapolis Los Angeles Miami Montgomery County, Maryland Nashville, Tennessee Newark, New Jersey  New York City Northern Virginia Philadelphia Pittsburgh Raleigh, North Carolina Toronto Washington D.C. Amazon, currently headquartered in Seattle, began its search for a…

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