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Back to school sales offer big discounts on MacBook deals with free AirPods thrown in


MacBook deals are seeing some fantastic price cuts in the latest back to school sales. From the latest MacBook Pro and Air models to big discounts on older versions, there’s plenty of reductions on luxury Apple laptops right now. Plus, if you’re a student you’ll also find free AirPods thrown into the mix as well.

The latest MacBook Air has dropped down to $899 this week at a number of retailers (£949 in the UK). Among them is Apple, which is also offering a free pair of AirPods with every MacBook purchase. That means you can save cash and bag some extra value by shopping Apple direct, especially considering this configuration has been listed for $999 in the past.  Read More

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VentureBeat

ByteDance and Microsoft offer White House a deal to keep TikTok in the U.S.


(Reuters) — China’s ByteDance has agreed to divest the U.S. operations of TikTok completely in a bid to save a deal with the White House, after President Donald Trump said on Friday he had decided to ban the popular short-video app, two people familiar with the matter said on Saturday. U.S. officials have said TikTok under its Chinese parent poses a national risk because of the personal data it handles. ByteDance’s concession will test whether Trump’s threat to ban TikTok is a negotiating tactic or whether he is intent on cracking down on a social media app that has up to 80 million daily active users in the United States. Read More

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Tech Radar

The latest Samsung Galaxy S20 deals at Best Buy offer $400 price cuts


If you’re on the hunt for that flagship 5G upgrade, consider the latest round of Samsung Galaxy S20 deals from Best Buy, which can help you save up to $400 on a brand new phone.

Available on the Samsung Galaxy S20 5G, S20 Plus 5G, and S20 Ultra 5G models, this promotion runs until Sunday and is available on all big networks. The overall cost will depend on your carrier of choice but once you activate you’ll either get your saving instantly rebated into your account over the first few billing cycles or applied as an overall saving on your monthly phone lease.  Read More

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The Verge

Lawmakers offer more nuanced Section 230 bill in hearing


Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which says apps and websites aren’t legally liable for third-party content, has inspired a lot of overheated rhetoric in Congress. Republicans like Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) have successfully framed the rule as a “gift to Big Tech” that enables social media censorship. While Democrats have very different critiques, some have embraced a similar fire-and-brimstone tone with the bipartisan EARN IT Act. But a Senate subcommittee tried to reset that narrative today with a hearing for the Platform Accountability and Consumer Transparency (PACT) Act, a similarly bipartisan attempt at a more nuanced Section 230 amendment. While the hearing didn’t address all of the PACT Act’s very real flaws, it presented the bill as an option for Section 230 defenders who still want a say in potential reforms. Read More

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The Next Web

Tencent’s offer to buy this Chinese search engine pumped its stock by 50%


Chinese search engine Sogou‘s stock price jumped 50% after it revealed Tencent had proposed to buy all of the company’s remaining stock above asking price, delist it from the New York Stock Exchange, and take it private.

Seeking future profits, traders immediately sent Sogou stock soaring by Monday’s market open. Tencent, China’s largest tech conglomerate valued at $640 billion, had just offered to buy Sogou shares for $9 each, well beyond its $5.75 market close on July 24.

Sogou is China’s third largest search engine in terms of market share with 21%. The latest available analysis found Baidu, the country’s top search engine, commanded more than 68%. Read More

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TechCrunch

As remote work booms, Everphone grabs ~$40M for its ‘device as a service’ offer – TechCrunch


The latest startup to see an uplift in inbound interest flowing from the remote work boom triggered by the coronavirus pandemic is Berlin-based Everphone, which sells a ‘mobile as a service’ device rental package that caters to businesses needing to kit staff out with mobile hardware plus associated support.

Everphone is announcing a €34 million Series B funding round today, led by new investor signals Venture Capital. Other new investors joining the round include German carrier Deutsche Telekom — investing via its strategic investment fund, Telekom Innovation Pool — US-based early stage VC AlleyCorp and Dutch bank NIBC. Read More

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Engadget

BMW will offer fully electric 5 Series, 7 Series and X1 vehicles


BMW has a mixed electric history, as it pioneered the sector with pure EV models like the i3 and i8, then decided to focus on plug-in hybrids instead. Now, in a major revamp of its lineup, the automaker has announced that it will offer fully electric versions of its mainstream 5 Series, 7 Series and X1 vehicles. “In ten years, the goal is to have a total of more than seven million electrified BMW Group vehicles on the roads — around two thirds of them with a fully-electric drivetrain,” the company wrote in a press release (via Autoblog). Read More

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Engadget

YouTube will offer 100 kids movies and specials for free


“[W]e want to help you with a library of high quality full-length movies and specials that will enrich as well as entertain your children, and that you can enjoy along with them.”

The new selection will include Tayo the Little Bus, Baby Shark and Pinkfong, The Wiggles, Masha And The Bear, Oggy & the Cockroaches and Paddington. Hair Love, which won Best Animated Short Film at the Oscars, will also be available along with a bunch of other shorts. There will also be educational specials, such as Sesame Street’s Elmo’s World News, and brand new movies and shows debuting on the platform. Parents can look forward to new content every week to keep their children entertained: YouTube Kids will surface all its After School content every Monday under the platform’s “Shows” category over the next five weeks. Read More

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Engadget

Ford’s 2021 Bronco SUVs offer 360-degree cameras for a ‘spotter view’


After years of leaks and speculation, Ford is finally showing off the three 4x4s that will reintroduce its Bronco brand. The two- and four-door Broncos are “rugged” SUVs with removable roof panels and available 35-inch tires, while the “smaller sibling” Bronco Sport still promises off-road capabilities.

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Autoblog has more details on the engines and transmissions that will take owners up trails and over various obstacles, but inside there’s a lot of technology at work. In the larger SUVs, there’s a 12-inch LCD screen available that provides access to the Sync 4 system, as well as a look at the optional 360-degree camera made for providing a “spotter” view of your rock crawling progress without even getting out of the truck. Read More

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TechCrunch

Yamo scores €10.1M Series A to offer healthier food choices for young children – TechCrunch


Yamo, a self-described “foodtech” startup that produces and sells healthier food for babies and young children, has raised €10.1 million in Series A funding.

Backing comes from European food and agriculture tech investor Five Seasons Ventures, Swiss Entrepreneurs Fund, Ringier Digital Ventures, Müller Ventures, btov Partners, Polytech Ventures, BackBone Ventures, and Fundament. It brings total funding to €12 million.

Founded in 2016 by CEO Tobias Gunzenhauser, COO José Amado-Blanco, and CMO Luca Michas, yamo is on a mission to give parents healthier and easy food choices for their young children. Its products are available online via direct-to-consumer subscription model, and through grocery stores. The latter includes Coop in Switzerland, and trials in select Edeka and Rewe stores in Germany. With the new funding, yano is expanding to France and will launch new food products for children. Read More