Amazon shortlists 20 cities, including Toronto, for second headquarters

(Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) has short-listed 20 cities and regions, including Canada’s Toronto, for the construction of a second headquarters that it says will generate 50,000 new, high-paying jobs in a $5 billion investment. Major U.S. centers including New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington D.C. also made it onto the list announced on Thursday, and smaller cities such as Raleigh, North Carolina, and Columbus, Ohio. Toronto is the lone non-U.S. location. The Seattle-based e-commerce giant’s search for a location for a second North American headquarters set off a frenzy among city officials jostling for the economic boost Click Here to Read more

The Paramount Network Launches on Sling TV, DIRECTV NOW, & Philo

If you are a fan of Spike TV we have bad news for you. Yesterday was the last day Spike TV will air in the United States. Today January 18th 2018 Spike TV will be rebranded as the Paramount Network as part of Viacom’s move to update their brand and to take advantage of their ownership of Paramount. “Today we launch Paramount Network, inspired by over a century of cinematic excellence and dedicated to bringing premium storytelling to every screen,” said the network. “Telling stories that entertain, inspire and challenge. Stories you feel.” Paramount will continue many of the shows on Click Here to Read more

Apple’s U.S. tax payment does not change EU’s Irish tax ruling

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Apple’s (AAPL.O) announcement that it will pay $38 billion in U.S. tax on its overseas cash will not reduce the $16 billion tax bill the company owes Ireland following a European Union ruling, the EU’s executive said on Thursday. “Nothing has changed,” a spokesman for the European Commission said, with regards to its 2016 ruling that Apple received illegal state aid in Ireland through sweetheart tax deals with the government. At the time of the ruling, the Commission said the amount Apple would have to pay to Ireland could be reduced if other countries found the company Click Here to Read more

Report: Facebook Messenger Freezes on iPhone when user’s typing

Some people using FaceBook Messenger on iOS devices are reporting that the app makes the device freeze after typing some characters into the normal chat window. There appears to be no stopgap solution for affected people, as closing and reopening the app makes no difference, and even deleting and reinstalling may do nothing, TechCrunch observed on Thursday. Users encountering the bug are therefore having to spread sentences across several lines or switch to another messaging platform. Facebook is reportedly investigating the glitch, but has no other information to offer at the moment. Any such bug is critical not just for Click Here to Read more

CNBC: Amazon narrows HQ list to 20 states

(CNBC): Amazon.com said Thursday it narrowed the list of potential sites for its second headquarters to 20 locations. Amazon said it will spend $5 billion in the place where it builds its second headquarters and will employ 50,000 there. The company previously said it was looking at metropolitan areas with 1 million people and a stable, business-friendly environment. The remaining 20 places are: Atlanta Austin, Texas Boston Chicago Columbus, Ohio Dallas Denver Indianapolis Los Angeles Miami Montgomery County, Md. Nashville, Tenn. Newark, N.J. New York City Northern Virginia Philadelphia Pittsburgh Raleigh, N.C. Toronto Washington, D.C. The e-commerce giant received 238 proposals Click Here to Read more

TWiT Sues Twitter Over Twitter’s Streaming Service

If you had been a fan of the old Tech TV channel, you likely know Leo Laporte and his new TWiT channel that offers a long list of technology shows. Now Leo Laporte and is company TWiT are suing Twitter for breach of contract and copyright infringement. According to the lawsuit, Twitter’s cofounder Evan Williams had previously told Leo Laporte Twitter was a simple text-based microblogging service. TWiT was a video service so the two companies decided to coexist because they occupied different markets. “Williams also acknowledged that Twitter was aware of the conflict” between the TWITTER and TWiT mark, Click Here to Read more

Goldman Sachs, Wells Fargo and others invest $38 million in research tech startup

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Goldman Sachs Group Inc (GS.N) has led a $38 million investment round by large banks in Visible Alpha, a young New York-based company that helps investment managers better value the equity research services they receive from brokers. Wells Fargo & Co (WFC.N), Banco Santander SA (SAN.MC), Exane BNP Paribas, Macquarie Group Ltd (MQG.AX) and Royal Bank of Canada (RY.TO) participated in the strategic investment round, the company said on Thursday. Visible Alpha’s existing investors including Bank of America Corp (BAC.N), Citigroup Inc (C.N) and Morgan Stanley (MS.N) also joined. The startup said it will use the Click Here to Read more

Intel: Problem in patches for Spectre, Meltdown extends to newer chips

(Reuters) – Data center computers with Intel Corp’s (INTC.O) newer chips might reboot more often than normal because of problems with the patches issued to fix the so-called Spectre and Meltdown security flaws, the company said on Wednesday. Intel confirmed that patches for the security flaws can cause higher-than-expected reboot rates in Ivy Bridge, Sandy Bridge, Skylake and Kaby Lake processors, said Navin Shenoy, general manager of the data center group, in a statement on Intel’s website. The Kaby Lake chips are the company’s most recent offering. Last week, Intel said it had received reports that its security patches were Click Here to Read more

Apple plans new U.S. campus, to pay $38 billion in foreign cash taxes

(Reuters) – Apple Inc (AAPL.O) will open a new campus as part of a 5-year, $30 billion U.S. investment plan and will make about $38 billion in one-time tax payments on its overseas cash, one of the largest corporate spending plans announced since the passage of a tax cut signed by U.S. President Donald Trump. The company has been under increasing pressure to make U.S. investments since the 2016 presidential campaign, when Trump targeted the iPhone maker for making products in Asian factories. While Apple has announced no plans to change that practice and experts say it would be economically Click Here to Read more

Deal Alert: Certified Refurbished Fire TV Stick Just $29.99

Today Amazon once again has certified second-gen Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remotes for just $29.99. About this Fire TV Stick: A Certified Refurbished Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote is refurbished, tested, and certified to look and work like new. The next generation of our bestselling Fire TV Stick–now with the Alexa Voice Remote. Enjoy tens of thousands of channels, apps, and Alexa skills with access to over 500,000 movies and TV episodes from Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, HBO, SHOWTIME, STARZ, and more. Plus, access millions of websites such as YouTube, Facebook, and Reddit with browsers like Click Here to Read more

Apple to pay $38 billion in U.S. taxes on foreign cash, open new campus

(Reuters) – Apple Inc (AAPL.O) on Wednesday said it will make about $38 billion in tax payments on its overseas cash and plans to open a second U.S. campus as part of a 5-year, $30 billion U.S. investment plan. Apple said it plans a wave of investing and hiring in the United States and will create 20,000 jobs through hiring at its existing campus and the new one. It will announce the location later this year. About a third of the new spending will be on data centers to house its iCloud, App Store and Apple Music services. The company Click Here to Read more

Verizon & Yahoo Sports Expand Their FREE NBA Streaming Deal

Today Verizon and the NBA announced an expanded deal to provide exclusive NBA content on Verizon owned properties including on Yahoo Sports. This deal will include original programming, fantasy basketball, highlights, and even access to NBA League Pass if you subscribe to League Pass. < p class=”c2″>Partnership highlights include: Access to purchase NBA League Pass in the U.S. – the league’s out-of-market live game service co-managed by the NBA and Turner Sports – on Yahoo Sports and other Verizon media platforms New daily show highlighting NBA action, storylines and commentary available exclusively on Yahoo Sports and across Verizon’s media platforms Development Click Here to Read more

Bitcoin slumps below $10,000, half its peak, as regulatory fears intensify

LONDON/TOKYO (Reuters) – Bitcoin skidded below $10,000 on Wednesday, halving in value from its peak price, with investors gripped by fears regulators could clamp down on the volatile cryptocurrency that sky-rocketed last year. The price of bitcoin, the world’s biggest and best known cryptocurrency, fell to as low as $9,500 on the Luxembourg-based Bitstamp exchange, the lowest since Dec. 1. Bitcoin had touched a peak of almost $20,000 in December – and indeed crossed over that threshold on some exchanges – but has since been roiled by several large selloffs. Other cryptocurrencies plunged as well. Ethereum and Ripple were both Click Here to Read more

Study: Most Cable TV Subscribers Also Subscribe to a Streaming Service

Last week TiVo delivered one more death knell to the argument that cable TV is cheaper than cord cutting. TiVo released a study that talked to 2,500 Americans about their TV habits. One of the questions TiVo asked was are you a subscriber to a traditional pay-TV service like cable TV or satellite TV. According to the report, about 90% of the study group said they subscribe to a traditional pay-TV service. More interesting was the fact that of the study participants who subscribe to a traditional pay-TV service 60% of them said they also subscribed to a streaming service Click Here to Read more

Bitcoin slumps to $10,000, half its peak price, as regulatory fears grow

LONDON/TOKYO (Reuters) – Bitcoin skidded a further 12 percent on Wednesday, marking an almost halving in value from its peak price, with investors spooked by fears regulators could clamp down on the volatile cryptocurrency that skyrocketed last year. The price of bitcoin, the world’s biggest and best known cryptocurrency, fell to as low as $10,0000 on the Luxembourg-based Bitstamp exchange, the lowest since Dec. 1. Bitcoin touched a peak of almost $20,000 in December – and indeed crossed over that threshold on some exchanges – but has since been roiled by several large sell-offs. Other cryptocurrencies plunged as well. Ethereum Click Here to Read more