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AT&T’s New WatchTV Streaming Service Costs $15 Per Month – Ubergizmo

Ubergizmo AT&T's New WatchTV Streaming Service Costs $15 Per Month Ubergizmo AT&T already has a standalone online TV streaming service called DirecTV and today it's launching another one merely days after completing its acquisition of Time Warner. The new service is called WatchTV and it has been launched at an aggressive price ... and more »

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Standardized digital car key would work with iPhone or Android phones – Mashable

Mashable Standardized digital car key would work with iPhone or Android phones Mashable Soon, you may no longer have any use for your physical keychain. A smartphone and car manufacturer consortium published the specs for a digital key that could work across devices and car models on Wednesday. The group is called the Car Connectivity ... Car Connectivity Consortium Announces Publication of the Digital Key Release 1.0 Specification, Delivering to the ... Car Connectivity Consortium What is NFC? Everything you need to know TechRadar all 47 news articles »

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New $71.3 billion Disney bid for Fox tops Comcast’s

In a (perhaps not so shocking) turn of events, the Walt Disney Company has reentered its tug-of-war with Comcast over the acquisition of Fox’s film and TV divisions with a new $71.3 billion bid today. This bid is not only $18.9 billion higher than its  original bid in December  but it has also changed its terms, which had originally offered only stock, to offer a 50/50 split between a cash and stock payout. Importantly, this also is $6.3 billion more than Comcast’s all-cash offer earlier this month . This new bid puts Disney back on firm footing in its battle to acquire Fox’s film and television assets, including Twentieth Century Fox, Fox Searchlight Pictures, FX Productions, National Geographic Partners and a majority stake in Hulu. But, if we’ve learned anything from these updates, it’s that nothing should be set in stone just yet. In case you’re not caught up on the twists and turns of this acquisition, here’s what you missed: In December, Disney bid to buy Fox’s film and television assets — excluding Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network and a few others that will branch off to form the “New Fox” channel — for an all-stock offer of $52.4 billion. According to Disney’s release in December this was a “definitive agreement” between the companies, but that was shaken up this summer by an offer from Comcast. In May, Comcast announced that it was considering a “superior” all-cash bid on the Fox assets and made good on that statement last week  with a $65 billion offer. Today, that scale tips once more in Disney’s favor. In response to the news, Rupert Murdoch, executive chairman of 21st Century Fox, told Variety “We remain convinced that the combination of 21CF’s iconic assets, brands and franchises with Disney’s will create one of the greatest, most innovative companies in the world.” However, despite this praise, Fox’s board has stated that it retains the rights to weigh competing bids. So buckle-up, it looks like this ride isn’t over yet.

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Original Content podcast: ‘Queer Eye’ season two is even more of a tearjerker

It’s only been a couple months since we reviewed the first season of Netflix’s revival of Queer Eye , but the show’s Fab Five are already back with another eight episodes where they remake the homes, wardrobes and lives. For season two, however, they mix things up a little — not only does the format feel more varied, but the folks being helped now include a woman and a transgendered man. On the latest episode of the Original Content podcast , we’re joined by Henry Pickavet (editorial director at TechCrunch and co-host of the CTRL+T podcast ) to discuss the show. We’re all fans: Queer Eye has its shortcomings , but it really works for us, with multiple episodes ending with tears, on- and off-screen. We also recap some of the latest streaming and entertainment news, including AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner , Comcast’s new bid for Fox and Netflix’s addition of Minecraft: Story Mode . You can listen in the player below, subscribe using Apple Podcasts  or find us in your podcast player of choice. If you like the show, please let us know by leaving a review on Apple. You also can send us feedback directly .

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Two weeks after Apple’s rejection, Valve removes game purchasing option from its beta Steam Link app for iOS, paving the way for potential approval…

Eli Hodapp / TouchArcade : Two weeks after Apple's rejection, Valve removes game purchasing option from its beta Steam Link app for iOS, paving the way for potential approval   —  Late last month we were lucky enough to be included in a TestFlight beta of Valve's upcoming Steam Link app, and I posted a hands-on preview …

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Elliot Schrage, Facebook’s VP of Communications and Public Policy and a key player in company’s response to data scandal is leaving after a decade at…

Kara Swisher / Recode : Elliot Schrage, Facebook's VP of Communications and Public Policy and a key player in company's response to data scandal is leaving after a decade at the firm   —  The longtime exec has been criticized recently for the social networking giant's rocky responses to a series of controversies.

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Ripple’s chief cryptographer says banks are not ready to use blockchain to process cross-border payments due to scalability and privacy issues (Anna…

Anna Irrera / Reuters : Ripple's chief cryptographer says banks are not ready to use blockchain to process cross-border payments due to scalability and privacy issues   —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Banks are unlikely to use distributed ledgers to process cross-border payments for now because of scalability and privacy issues …

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Helped by AI, Microsoft says the Windows 10 April 2018 Update is now on 250M devices, the fastest version of Windows 10 to reach the milestone (Emil…

Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat : Helped by AI, Microsoft says the Windows 10 April 2018 Update is now on 250M devices, the fastest version of Windows 10 to reach the milestone   —  Like other tech giants, Microsoft wants everyone to know that the company is heavily investing in AI.  The latest example in this quest …

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Samsung announces second generation Chromebook Plus with 12.2-inch touchscreen, 2-in-1 form factor, Intel CPU, 32GB storage, and more for $500 (Joshua…

Joshua Goldman / CNET : Samsung announces second generation Chromebook Plus with 12.2-inch touchscreen, 2-in-1 form factor, Intel CPU, 32GB storage, and more for $500   —  Chromebooks — laptops running on Google's browser-based Chrome OS — are generally designed for affordability, making the term “premium Chromebook” something of an oxymoron.

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European Commission names 52 experts, including researchers from Google and IBM, to its High Level Group on AI, an advisory body to draft AI ethics…

Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat : European Commission names 52 experts, including researchers from Google and IBM, to its High Level Group on AI, an advisory body to draft AI ethics guidelines   —  The European Commission on Thursday named 52 experts to its High Level Group on Artificial Intelligence, an advisory body tasked …

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