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Leaked internal Apple document states that 2018 MacBook Pro keyboard includes a membrane to prevent debris from entering butterfly key mechanism (Joe…

Joe Rossignol / MacRumors : Leaked internal Apple document states that 2018 MacBook Pro keyboard includes a membrane to prevent debris from entering butterfly key mechanism   —  In an internal document distributed to Apple Authorized Service Providers, obtained by MacRumors from multiple reliable sources …

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To combat China’s rise in tech, the US government should spend more on the research and development of advanced technologies rather than imposing…

Farhad Manjoo / New York Times : To combat China's rise in tech, the US government should spend more on the research and development of advanced technologies rather than imposing tariffs   —  At the heart of the trade war between the United States and China lies a profound and unsettling question: Who should control the key technologies that will rule tomorrow?

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Apple reportedly confirms keyboard reliability fix in internal document

An internal Apple document distributed to Apple Authorized Service Providers and obtained by MacGénération and MacRumors confirms that there’s a membrane under the keyboard to “prevent debris from entering the butterfly mechanism”. This is the first time Apple acknowledges that the third generation butterfly keyboard tries to fix unreliability issues. “The keyboard has a membrane under the keycaps to prevent debris from entering the butterfly mechanism. The procedure for the space bar replacement has also changed from the previous model,” the internal document says. When Apple introduced the updated MacBook Pro , the company told everyone that the keyboard had been updated for quieter typing. But iFixit found out that the company actually added thin silicon barriers under each keycap. It’s clear that Apple didn’t want to publicly state that there is a reliability issue with its recent 12-inch MacBook and MacBook Pro models. The company doesn’t want to fuel those lawsuits . But if you’ve been using a MacBook Pro or a 12-inch MacBook, you know that the butterfly keyboard isn’t ideal. While some people love typing with it, the main issue is that it’s not reliable. Sometimes, keys become stuck, you can’t use a letter, or it inserts two letters every time you press that key. Even worse, if you try to bring it to an Apple Store to get it fixed, it’s an expensive process that involves replacing a good chunk of the computer. Dust, sand or hair can render your computer unusable. It’s still too early to say if the 2018 MacBook Pro is more reliable.

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Shanghai-based AI startup Yitu Technology, which focuses on machine vision and more, raises $100M in addition to the $200M Series C+ it raised in June…

Li Dongmei / China Money Network : Shanghai-based AI startup Yitu Technology, which focuses on machine vision and more, raises $100M in addition to the $200M Series C+ it raised in June   —  One month after Yitu Technology scored US$200 million, the Chinese artificial intelligence firm secured another US$100 million from China Industrial Asset Management Ltd.

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Indian online ticketing service BookMyShow raises $100M Series D led by private investment firm TPG Growth, at a post-money valuation of $850M,…

Supraja Srinivasan / The Economic Times : Indian online ticketing service BookMyShow raises $100M Series D led by private investment firm TPG Growth, at a post-money valuation of $850M, sources say   —  MUMBAI: Online entertainment ticketing platform Bigtree Entertainment, which owns and operates BookMyShow, has raised $100 million …

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Ofcom report: UK subscribers to Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Sky’s Now TV hit 15.4M in Q1, overtaking the 15.1M traditional pay-TV subscribers for the…

Stewart Clarke / Variety : Ofcom report: UK subscribers to Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Sky's Now TV hit 15.4M in Q1, overtaking the 15.1M traditional pay-TV subscribers for the first time   —  The level to which Netflix and Amazon are redefining the TV picture has hit home in the U.K. as new data from media regulator …

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For stories like the Trump-Putin summit, Google News needs to be clearer about how its algorithm works and learn to separate commentary from factual…

Rich Gordon / Nieman Lab : For stories like the Trump-Putin summit, Google News needs to be clearer about how its algorithm works and learn to separate commentary from factual reporting   —  The algorithm that ranks content can make some truly strange decisions.  What set of signals is Google News looking for?

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Amazon has built its empire by playing freely with new ideas; besides book-selling, there isn’t any market where Amazon has really disrupted the…

Felix Salmon / Wired : Amazon has built its empire by playing freely with new ideas; besides book-selling, there isn't any market where Amazon has really disrupted the incumbents   —  AMAZON IS ONE of the largest and most formidable companies in the world.  It's run with brutal efficiency, a keen focus on keeping …

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Microsoft announces public preview of Windows 10 IoT Core Services, which will let device manufacturers control updates for $.30/device/month after…

Richard Speed / The Register : Microsoft announces public preview of Windows 10 IoT Core Services, which will let device manufacturers control updates for $.30/device/month after preview ends   —  Gizmos gain control over Windows 10 updates - at a price  —  Be still your beating hearts, Microsoft's Windows 10 IoT Core Services …

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Leaked documents: Facebook moderators can ban Pages if admins get 5 "strikes" or if 30%+ of other people’s posts violate its community…

Joseph Cox / Motherboard : Leaked documents: Facebook moderators can ban Pages if admins get 5 “strikes” or if 30%+ of other people's posts violate its community standards within 90 days   —  During testimony to lawmakers, Facebook did not provide specifics on the threshold Pages or Groups have to cross before being deleted.

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